August 8, 2017

Zumba


 
Pinterest Inspiration

Hi scrappers. I am so excited to share my layout inspired by the Pinterest image. I had such a fun time creating this layout. I decided to use my watercolor paints by Shimmerz Paints on this layout.
 

The first thing I did to prep the page was splash some blue, pink and yellow paint on to white cardstock.
 

Once the paint was dry, I used some Bamboo crisp dye ink by Altnew and a star stamp by Honey Bee stamps to stamp all over the page.
 
 
Here is how the background turned out.
 

I added some scribble circles by Precious Remembrance Stamps before I started applying my embellishments. I went with black, rather than a pink or green to make it stand out more against the bright colors.
 

For my title, I used Crate Paper's alpha stamps from the Oasis collection. I wanted to use stickers, but I didn't have any in my stash that were big enough. I wanted my title to be visible. :)
 

I hand cut the "memories made here" sentiment and flowers from the Live & Love paper.  Also, I printed the photos small enough so that they fit inside the die cut frames! LOVE.
 


 
Pretty Little Studio Ain't Life Grand Paper/ Live & Love, Cloud 9, Cork/Whole Hearted, Die-Cuts/Framed, Sequins/Funky Pink, Stickers/Snapshots, So to Speak
 
Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope you have a great week!
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August 5, 2017

Life is Good

Hi everyone. I have a summer layout to share with you. I love this photo of Edward. We were at the beach and he was perfectly content playing in the sand by himself. What you don't see is, Edward drawing a smiley face in the sand. He erased it too fast for me to snap a photo, but I love how his happiness shows... He is always drawing pictures of "happy" people or things. What can I say, he's a happy boy!



I love the cloud 9 papers and felt this was the perfect layout to use them with Edward at the beach and all.


I love the cut a-parts in this collection. I used the cut apart banner at the top of the photo just because it seemed like the perfect place to place it.


I wasn't sure where to add the tiny "photo love" sticker so I just stuck it at the bottom right-side of the photo.




Pretty Little Studio Ain't Life Grand Papers/Cloud 9, Feeling Funky, Tilted Teak, Stickers/Happy Hearts, Shutterbug, So to Speak, Cut-Aparts/Best Ever, Happy Life, Die Cuts/Happy Days, Love Life Words.

-Nicole
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August 1, 2017

One Little Word: Playing Catchup!

Hi everyone. I must admit, I am not good with month-to-month prompts such as One Little Word by Ali Edwards. I signed up for this class in January to focus on improving myself and trying to be a better mom by not ruining a perfectly good moment with my son because I am simply tired, burnt out and just unhappy...

I've been doing really good this year even though I haven't been following the class lessons. LOL. I just do my own thing. The most important thing here is to follow through with my goals... the documenting doesn't always have to be right now...

So today, I was a few months behind. I had nothing for June and July so that's what I did this morning! I am feeling pretty positive and proud of myself for how far I've come. My son and I have both been so happy and we have soooo much fun now that I have started taking vitamins (my happy pills) and working out 5 days a week. It really helps my stress. Gosh, I had no idea how much exercising could change my life, but it totally works.

Also, finding time for ME is very important. It's tough finding that time since my husband is only home 2 days a week, but I manage.

Here are a few pages I've had from a few months that I didn't share  yet... This was the from the Mood Board challenge. This was FUN! I got to play with stencils and mists.


Sharing a few precious moments with my darling son. I need to  back and print a few more photos of the two of us and put them in the book. It's a work in progress.



And here are the pages I completed this morning. Initially I was trying to say within the same color palette, but it was driving me crazy... so my album totally does not match, but that's OK because it's sort of like a diary for me so it doesn't matter as long as I continue recording my progress. Right? Right!







How are you doing with your One Little Word. What is your process? Do you set time each month to do them or are you like me, do a few at one time?

Thanks for visiting today!
-Nicole

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July 27, 2017

Let's make plans

Hi everybody. I am sharing a planner page spread I created. Since I already decorated my summer months pages in my planner, I decided to use this month's kit to decorate my October pages and added a few plans while I was at it. At first, I wasn't sure if I could pull it off... but it totally works.



The adhesive patterned sheet in this month's kit fit perfectly in the MAMBI planner squares. I simply cut a few out using scissors and added them straight on to the page.



I love the gorgeous mermaid so I had to include her on the spread.



I left plenty of room in the left margin so I can include notes etc.



What do you think? Are you a planner girl? I'd love to see your planner pages using this month's kit! Post them to your Instagram or another social media account and tag us! If you're looking for other embellishments to add to your planners, check out our shop!

Have a wonderful day,
-Nicole
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July 25, 2017

Love



Hi everyone. What do you think about today's Picture Challenge? When I first saw this image, I was excited because I've been wanting to try a similar blocking technique on my layout using a variety of patterned papers. For this layout, I decided to use the "Ain't Life Grand" collection because I wanted to use bright colors for my layout!


While I was at it, I decided add some hand-stitching to my layout. Super easy to do with the die cuts in this collection because Ashley added the little dots around the word to guide you!


Initially, I was going to use lime green for each of the letters and then decided on the colors pink, green, orange and blue.



I hand-cut the "hello, hello, hello" flag from the cut-aparts and added it above the cluster of tags using a glue dot.



Pretty Little Studio Ain't Life Grand Papers: Flower Power, Cloud 9, Happy Go Lucky Teal, Love This, Over the Rainbow, Journaling/Cloud 9 4X6, Cork/Whole Hearted, Cut-Apart/Best Ever, Happy Life, Die-Cuts/Framed, In Stitches, Stickers/Shutterbug, So to Speak, Tags/Easy Breezy
 
Thanks for visiting today!
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July 24, 2017

Loved



Hi everyone. I thought it was time to stop hoarding this gorgeous patterned paper from the April Jellybean Clique Kit and use it. I love this paper so much with the greens and blues. SO pretty! We still have a few left in the shop in case you're interested in purchasing the kit. Plus, save an additional 30% using the coupon code SALE all through the month of July to save 30% on your ENTIRE order.

 
Before I started embellishing this layout, I sprayed some Cobalt Blue mist (Prima's Color Bloom) on to the paper, then I used a marker and star stencils I had in my stash to dreaw little stars randomly on the patterned paper.




I cut a few triangles from my scraps to create a photo corner and added a button from the stash on top of the photo corner. I added another button at the top right-side of my photo.



The die cut flower was originally pink and since it didn't go with the blues and green, I used a marker to color on top of it! Then I layered it with a die cut arrow, puffy heart sticker, enamel dot and a pearl.



Thanks so much for visiting. Click here to check out the kit!
-Nicole
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July 23, 2017

Good Times

Hello, it's Nicole with another fun summer layout I created using this month's Clique Kit. Ah, the colors are so pretty! I can't get enough of this kit. I really like the ice cream motifs in this month's kit so naturally, I had to use them. Luckily enough, I had a photo to go with my theme too. Love when that happens.

 
I decided to mix a few patterns together for the background. Then I used several chipboard, stickers and die cuts to embellish my layout. This layout came together pretty quickly!
 
 
I tucked a few stickers behind the filmstrip die cut to make it pop! And there goes the smiley face again. I can't get enough of these.
 
 
I added a piece of string to the "Good times tag" then adhered it below the photo. Then I added a few more die cuts and stickers behind the photo.
 
A few more close-ups:
 


 
Thank you for visiting today!
-Nicole
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July 22, 2017

Beach Boy

Hello friends! I hope you had a great week. I must say, I am loving the colors in this month's Clique kit. And since I live 4 blocks from the beach, I have a good amount of beach photos to choose from. I am a big fan of taking candid shots and scrapping them. It's a good thing because my son does not like it when I take his photos. Sigh

 
 
I am sharing a layout where I played with a variety of patterned paper to create a fun background for my layout. I selected a few patterns that I felt, matched the photo perfectly. Once I had the background designed, I added the photo and started adding embellishments.
 
 
I decided to add the vacation vibes frame on to the photo to use as a place to add my journaling! I used a slick writer so my ink would not smear. Then I added a few die cuts! LOVE the wave die cut.
 
 
I used the chipboard alphas from the July Kit paired with the silver metallic alphas from this month's kit to create a fun title. Oh, and I had to add the smilies! So cute.
 
 
A few more close-ups:
 


 
Thank you for visiting today!
-Nicole
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