April 27, 2016

Is the spring coming?

Hello friends! Edward and I had a great day yesterday. We went bowling. He loves it and had a blast. After we bowled, I took him to Sweetfrogs for frozen yogurt. As usual, he decided to add a little yogurt with a lot of candy. LOL. Then we went to the bridge near mommy's work so he could watch the turtles and lizards. We had such a great time together. On the way home, Edward said, "maybe we can have another fun day sometime?" Absolutely! Before we came home, I noticed a rash on Edward's neck. It looks like he got poison ivy while we were at the park this past weekend... so I stopped at the store and bought him some ointment for it.

While Edward played on his computer, I scrapped this layout. I took this candid shot with my cell phone while we were at the park the other day. I just LOVE it! And Pinkfresh Studio's "Felicity" collection goes perfectly with the photo. What do you think? I love when that happens! We still have some of the Felicity collection in the Clique Kits Shop if you are interested. Use NICOLE10 to save 10% on your order. Click here!

Here are some close-ups:
I really love the sentimental die cuts in this collection. So sweet and perfect!

Thanks for visiting today!
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April 26, 2016

Pinterest Inspiration: Hello

Pinterest Inspiration

Hello everyone. Today, I am going to share a layout in which I used this photo from Pinterest to inspire me. I decided to use lots of florals and vellum paper on my layout. I love vellum paper because it gives the layout a very soft, serene look. I need to pull out my vellum papers out more often. Notice how the vellum looks so much more softer than the paper? I simply backed the vellum up with white cardstock. This paper is so pretty. I am normally not a flower person, but these florals are gorgeous. I also used some vellum paper to create a border for my photo collage.

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Pretty Little Studio Here + There: Vellum/Floral Shop, Let's Go, Paper/Coffee Shop, Seine, Journaling/Belle, Journaling/ Beau, Sticker/Roses, Alphas/Blanc.
Also, notice how I cut the sticker flowers from paper and layered them together using foam squares. It helps add a little dimension so that the layout doesn't look too flat. You can simply do the same thing by cutting patterns from the floral paper if you have extra pieces on hand. Either one works fine.
A few close-ups:
Thanks for stopping by today! What do you think about this gorgeous collection? Love it? So do I!

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April 22, 2016

Playing with Vellum Paper

Hello everyone. Today, we are featuring vellum on the blog. I love vellum paper because it gives the layout a very soft, serene look. I need to pull out my vellum papers out more often. Notice how the vellum looks so much more softer than the paper? My favorite way to use vellum is by punching shapes out from vellum and using them as die cuts on my layouts.

I decided to scrapbook another photo from about six years ago. We were celebrating my best friend Mischelle's birthday. And it was the first time I've been out since being preggers and just having Edward! We had such a great time too. CC made fun of my outfit. Said I looked too professional, but in reality, my entire wardrobe looks like this because I spend more time at work than I do at home. And I rarely get the time to go out these days, so why bother buying outfits I will not wear. Can you tell I am a mom? I know my readers are shaking their heads and can relate. Cheers to us moms. We have a tough job, but we must remember to spend time with our friends every now and then if we want to keep our sanity.

This layout came out to be a surprise. Initially, I had planned on having the squares at the top with just a photo and sticker. I was going to keep it simple, but then I kept adding stuff. Hence, the embellishments are sooooo fun! I couldn't help myself.

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Pretty Little Studio Here+There: Paper: Macaron, Night Stroll, Coffee Shop, Seine, Posh, Journaling: Beau, Journaling: Jolie, Flair/Adventure, Sticker Vellum Tape/Lovely, Stickers/Click.

I used my star punch by Epiphany Crafts to punch little stars out of vellum paper. I adhered the stars to the layout using glue dots. And since the glue dots peeked through the vellum a little bit, I covered them with sequins.


A few close-ups:
Thank you for stopping by today. Have a great day!

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April 21, 2016

Spring is in the air

Good morning friends! It's hard to believe I'll be celebrating my 12th wedding anniversary on May 8th. And we've been together for 17 years! That's kind of crazy. It's almost half of my life... Not quite, but almost.

Initially, I was going to use the May Northern Lights kit to scrapbook my wedding anniversary, but I decided to use Pinkfresh Studio's Felicity collection instead. It was the perfect collection to go with a spring wedding! My favorite pieces of this collection is the die cuts, vellum alphas and the birdie stickers! So cute.

I decided to use this sketch from October Afternoon's designer Sasha Farina. I just love this sketch. What a neat design. And I am really digging the triangles! I also like the multi-photo mats. I decided to mix it up a bit by scrapping a black and white photo with a color photo to make the layout really pop.


Here is what I came up with. I decided to add my title and cluster of embellies to the bottom right-side of the layout, rather than add them in the triangles. I am too OCD to have separate embellishments spread out like that. haha. If you've been on the fence about buying this gorgeous collection, get it today from the Clique Kits shop and save yourself 10% by using NICOLE10 in the checkout. :) Yes, I am enabling you. Just a little...

I hand-cut the #LOVELIFE banner from patterned paper and then added the vellum alphas and puffy stickers at the bottom.


For this layout, I used the word die cuts to sum of my story. The pictures and word strips says it all. Wouldn't you agree? And I couldn't resist the #lovethis stamp. FUN!


This layout makes me happy just looking at it. Love the soft colors on this layout. It's so very pretty and springy-like.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a fabulous day!
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April 20, 2016

April Clique Kits Blog Share

Hi everybody. It’s Nicole here, wishing you a fabulous Wednesday! Welcome to the April Pep Rally. This month, we hope to inspire you with the "Origins" kit. I am loving all the fun Simple Stories goodies in this month's kit and the entire pack of enamel hearts by Bella Blvd. A girl can never have too many enamel hearts. What a treat!

For our challenge this month, we challenged everyone to use circles on their projects. I love circles and they look great on layouts!

The Pep Rally, for those of you who are new to the Clique, is our monthly subscriber and design team blog share typically held the third week of the month and participants earn product credits-yes, free stuff to do what you love-who can beat that? It's out with the old, in with the new time at Clique Kits when we (hopefully) have all killed our kit from the previous month and have lots to show off, and we start to chat and hype the excitement for the coming month’s kit. In other words, we party! We don’t leave out our guests-there is always a prize for a hopper who comments on each post and likes and shares on social media! Just leave a new comment for each like and share for a separate entry in the random drawing for this month’s prize. One lucky person will win this month’s Origin's kit! Get the word out and have your friends join our Pep Rally because they might end up with this gorgeous kit at their doorsteps!

Here’s today’s line up:

​Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia Lau https://giaaloha.wordpress.com/
Erica Thompson https://ericarosecreates.wordpress.com/
Lacey Gasper http://laceybugcreations.blogspot.com/
*Donna Espiritu http://www.scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
*Justyna Skowron http://www.made-by-justt.blogspot.com/
*Aliza Deutsch http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/
*Kat Benjamin http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com
*Marcia Dehn-Nix http://www.onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/
Kim Oedekoven http://krodesigns.blogspot.com/
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
*Leigh Ann Odynksi  http://www.artfulleighcreative.com
Mariah Hechler www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com/
Sarah King http://scrappinmylittleroyals.blogspot.com/

* Design Team Members on Kit Duty
Feel free to hop in any order, if you get lost, you can always come back here to find your place. This month, I decided to play with patterns. Can't you tell? I love these papers from this month's kit. They are so funky and fun! I kept this one pretty simple since the patterns are enough. What do you think?

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Stickers: Die Cuts: Chipboard: Frames: Enamel Dots: Simple Stories, Twine: Doodlebug Designs, Stamp (#lovethis): Cosmo Cricket.

Here are a few close-ups.

Now, hop along and see what our design team and subscribers have been working on. Don’t forget to check out the gallery on the website landing page featuring our Varsity Team (design team) projects using the March kit and check out the Monthly Kit page for all the details about next month’s amazing Clique Kit Northern Lights. Take care!

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April 18, 2016


Hi all. Hope all is well. I wanted to share my last project I created using the April Clique Kit! I really had fun scrapbooking with this kit. I created 3 layouts and 1 mini and still had lots of embellishments left! I LOVE EMBELLISHMENTS. They are my absolute favorite. As you can see, I used lots of embellishments on this layout. My personal favorites from this month's kit are the enamel hearts and clear sticker words. You can barely tell that there are clear stickers on this layout.

I kept this layout pretty simple! The squares of 3"x3". I tried to keep everything asymmetrical on this layout. Initially, I was only going to include the double mat for the photo, but felt that the bottom left-hand side needed another layer to help balance the layout out a little more. Also, I included embellishments at the top and bottom using some stamps and embellishments!

Supplies: Cardstock: Doodlebug Design, Patterned paper: Clear stickers: Chipboard: Frames: Simple Stories, Transparency: Enamel heart: Bella Blvd., Corner rounder: Creative Memories, Stamp: Ali Edwards, Ink: Altenew.
Here are a few close-ups:

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April 14, 2016


Hello everyone. Do you ever just sit down and go through your older photos? I rarely get the time to do this, but recently while I was uploading some photos to my thumb drive to delete photos from my computer, I came across this photo from over ten years ago. It's one of my favorites and I really should frame it, but for today, I decided to scrap it.

I used the Butterfly Background from Just Nick Studio's shop and Pretty Little Studio's Here + There collection to create a fun, whimsical background for my layout. I wanted to keep this layout pretty simple so that the main focus was my photo. As you can see, patterned paper can go a long way and make such an impact on your projects when using digital cut files.
For my photo corners, I cut a 3"x3" square in half diagonally to use as photo corners for my layout. I adhered the camera sticker to cardstock then cut it out using stickers and attached it to my layout using a foam square to make it pop off the page a bit. And since I was low on die cuts, I used digital cut files with products I had on hand (paper), rather than make another quick purchase for my layout.

Pretty Little Studio: Here + There Paper/8x8 Night Stroll, Paper Posh, Le Fleurs, Stickers/Click, Journaling/Belle.
Here are a few close-ups:

Thank you for stopping by today!

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April 13, 2016

May Clique Kits Mood Board

Happy hump day friends! I just wanted to take a minute to share the Mood Board for May. Isn't it beautiful? I love the colors and patterns. It looks so cool. We still have some subscription spots to fill. I promise you, you'll want the May Northern Light kit. :)

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April 10, 2016

This is real

Hi all. It's not often that I catch these two together in a photo, but I was determined to get a decent picture of these two. It's not perfect. Notice how Edward is holding bubbles in his hands. It's the only way I can get him to cooperate for a photo or two.  Hey, I do whatever it takes to get some photos in my house. haha

I decided to play with my Clique Kit again. I must admit, at first I wasn't sure how I felt about this collection by Simple Stories. The colors seemed too dark, but after playing with it a bit, I LOVE it. This collection looks so good. And the embellishments are perfect for scrapbooking everyday moments. Can you tell, I love layering papers and embellishments? I had a hard time, not over-doing it with this layout. I just wanted to keep piling the embellishments on.

Initially, I didn't add the triangles and paper strip at the top, but I felt like the layout was missing something at the top so I played around with it for a bit.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Stickers: Enamel Dots: Die cuts: Chipboard: Simple Stories, Mist: Memories.

A few close-ups:

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