December 30, 2014

Life is good

Edward has been having a blast with his new scotter that he got from Santa. He is starting to get the hang of it. I worry that he will knock one of his teeth out before he gets it down... but so far, he has all of his teeth.

I decided to pull out my January Clique Kit for this layout. I am not tired of the pastels yet... it's something different. I rarely scrap with pastels, but this kit is so brilliant and I managed to scrap a few boy layouts with it! So don't think you can't scrap your boys with this kit because you can... I love these chipboard triangles from Creative Embellishments that came with the kit. They are awesome! I think I need some more. I also love the washi tape that came as an add-on! For more inspiration on how to use washi tape, click here!

Supplies: Patterned paper: Enamel dots: Rub-ons: American Crafts, Washi tape: Glitz Design, Chipboard triangles: Creative Embellishments.

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everybody!

December 20, 2014

Celebrate today

Hi everyone. Hope all is well. I've been crazy busy lately. I haven't had much time to scrap these past few weeks, but here's a layout that I was able to squeeze in using lots of goodies from the Clique Kits store. I am love with Shimelle's collection. Really. It's such a great collection for documenting my life stories. This layout is full of layers and bright colors. It makes one fun layout wouldn't you say?

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper: Stickers: Die cuts: American Crafts, Enamel dots: Basic Grey, Rubons: My Mind's Eye, American Crafts.


December 17, 2014

December Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hi everyone. Welcome to the Pep Rally for Clique Kits! Here's a layout that I created using the December "Echanted Meadow" kit. Seriously, I love this kit. At first I thought it was a bit girly, but once I dug into my kit, I fell in love with the die cuts and the papers. Such a fun assortment of goodies in this kit! I especially love the Echo Park paper. I had a lot of fun with Heidi's papers too.

I took this photo of my best friend Mischelle and I over 6 years ago and it's still my absolute favorite photo of all time. We've been friends for 16 years! She has never left my side even when I had a baby and my other friends left... She waited until I could hang out again... Such a true friend. We joke all the time that we will grow old together and end up in the same nursing home playing poker and calling strippers to our room. HAHA. Those will be the days! HA. I'm laughing as I sit here thinking about it.
Look closely and you will see how I used the adorable stamp set from the Sweet Shop Store. And I love the puffy alpha stickers from Evalicious!
I just realized something... I totally went back time on these. My next layout is an oldie too. I never scrapped this photo of Edward and I. He was not quite one yet when my family and I took him to the Baltimore Aquarium. I totally had fun with this one! Lots of paint, mist and stamping! Oh and I used a template to stich my heart. Isn't this such a fun layout?
I hand cut the flowers from the patterned paper and stamped the little diamond images onto white cardstock and cut them out to make my own leaves!
 Everyday life can be stressful-it's not about the ups and downs, its about how we respond to them! Here are some ideas to challenge yourself with this month...
Do you make lemonade when life hands you lemons?
  • Sometimes mistakes and "fails" turn to something even better or unexpected in our projects ! Have you made something ugly into something beautiful? 
  • Everyday life looks a little different for each of us, but we have in common our hobby which teaches us to cherish our memories- with all their beautiful imperfections!
 Thanks for stopping by today. I really appreciate it. Your next stop is Marcia. Enjoy!

December 15, 2014

Top 10 Scrapbook layout for 2014

Hello everyone! Can you believe that 2015 is almost here? Where has the time gone? Today, I just wanted to share with you my top 10 "favorite" layouts of 2014! Just looking at these layouts makes me very happy! I love going back through the past years and looking at my older favorites. I can definitely see how my scrapbooking gets better and better each year that goes by. I've also made a huge effort to use more COLOR photos on my layouts. Last year, I think that more than 80% of my layouts included a black and white photo. And yes, while that's OK, nothing wrong with that, I think that color photos make the layouts look more real. I have to say, 2014 was a much better year than 2013. Things are getting better in the Martel household.

December 14, 2014


Yesterday, I didn't really feel like decorating. It's been a really hard week for me. We had to put Daisy down... but the little guy has asked me every day this week if we could put the tree up and I didn't have the heart to tell him no... so we did it together. And I have to say, it made me happy doing it.

I even was brave enough to put my beloved babies on the tree this year. I swallowed the lump down my throat and smiled knowing they were together now up in heaven.

Here's one of the Ninja turtle ornaments that Aunt Jamie and Edward made together.

Edward was so excited when he saw "yummy" his elf in the box... he said, "look, it's a smurf guy! We learned about him at school." Very cute.

This is the first time in ever that I decided to put up a fake tree. Mom wasn't using hers so I thought I'd give it a try. No, it's not the same as a real tree, but it's safer!

December 11, 2014

Do you want to build a snowman?

Hi everyone. Nicole here with another fun layout! Edward was so excited this year when we got so much snow on the East Coast. He didn't know what to do with himself. He totally cracked me up by making a snowman out of snow, a strawberry, candy eyes and a whopper! He is so clever. HAHA.

The "Enchanted Meadow" kit really works great with the snow pictures. I love the blue, pink, orange and lime together! So very pretty. Kudos Clique Kits for creating another fabulous kit that is so versatile.

I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out my little die cut star at the bottom and I free hand-cut my triangles at the top of the photo. Also, notice at the bottom how I used a tiny strip of patterned paper as my border? I didn't have any washi tape that went with the colors so I made my own little strip and it worked great. Also, I hand-cut some of the polka dots from the patterned paper and adhered them all around the layout to make them pop!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

December 9, 2014

Happy birthday!

Just wanted to take this moment to wish my grandmother a very happy 77th birthday!! I love you so much and I am so lucky to have you in my life!

December 8, 2014

Misting die cuts

Happy Monday friends! I don't know about you, but I've been scrapping up a storm using my "Enchanted Meadow" kit by Clique Kits. I tell ya, these kits are getting prettier and prettier and I love them. I love when I am inspired to try new things to help push me to do something new. This month I decided to play with my mists. It's been awhile since I've pulled them out to play. Before I started creating this layout, I knew that I wanted fall leaves. So I cut two large leaves using my Silhouette Portrait. Then I placed the leaves on kraft cardstock and sprayed the leaves with my mists, leaving a naked spot on the kraft paper that I want to keep as part of the layout! I love how it looks. When spraying, be sure not to spray too close, otherwise it will look like puddles, rather than mists. I spray about 6 inches above the layout.



After I sprayed the die cuts, I removed them aside to let them dry a bit and wiped the excess mists off the paper using a paper towel. This helps keep the paper from wrinkling.



Once the die cuts and mist dried, I applied the leaves to my layout and embellished it with papers and a few pieces of the Color magic resist die cup pieces from the kit! These little die cuts are fantastic! I love them and can't get enough of them. I simply used a paint brush to brush the mist on the dies and set them aside to dry before applying them to my layout using glue. What do you think?


And here's my layout after everything was dried and applied! I love the way the mist looks on the kraft paper!

December 7, 2014

Clique Kit challenge

Hi everyone. Today I would like to share this layout that I created for the Clique Kits challenge. I love the digital cards included in the Enchanted Meadow kit. Danielle really has an eye for design. This month's challenge was to created something "mini". I decided to created a layout using "mini" embellishments! Be sure to upload your "mini" project to the Clique Kit blog.

Supplies: Kraft cardstock: MME, Patterned paper: Echo Park Paper, Heidi Swapp, Digital cards: Danielle Young Designs, Enamel dots: Doodlebug Design, Sticker alphas: Evalicious, Stitching template: American Crafts, Stamp: Catslife Press, Mist: Tattered angel: Die cutting machine: Silhouette America, Pen: Signo, Adhesives: Beacon, Kit: Clique Kits (Enchanted Meadow).
This months sponsor is Creative Retreat and they are giving our randomly selected winner their November Kit and coordinating digital journaling cards designed by Danielle Young Designs.


Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking

Happy Sunday everyone! I was so excited to see my Paper Crafts And Scrapbooking issue at my door when I got home yesterday. Why? Because I'm in it! Sadly, this is the last issue for Paper Crafts And Scrapbooking. The company decided to close it's doors after the February issue. There are only a few paper magazines left! It really makes me sad, but I'm fortunate to be a part of the last issue! It's kind of bitter sweet and the editors included a little goodbye... so touching! I wish the editors the best in their future endeavors. They really rocked it out with the last issue. Closed it's doors with a bang! You can get your copy here!