March 25, 2017

Let's Be Lazy

Good morning everyone! I am back with another mixed media layout. For this layout, I decided to play with a variety of embellishments and printables using the April Clique Kit! I used the Pink Paislee and Bella Blvd. papers for my base. Then I printed this month's printables on white cardstock and hand-cut the images using a pair of scissors. Once I had the squares adhered and my photo mat adhered to the bottom of the grid, I splashed some mist on to the layout. Once dry, I added the embellishments and photos.

I just love the pretty colors in this month's kit. And the printables from this month's kit really compliments the kit so well. The circles at the top was a last minute decision. I love this patterned paper from Paige Evan's collection and knew that if I didn't use the left-over scraps from this paper, it would go in the trash... so I hand-cut them and added them at the top of the layout to create a fun border for the layout. I used one of the Clique Kits exclusive journaling cards to hand-write my journaling.

And here is my layout. What do you think? I love scrapping in a grid. It's so fun and super easy!!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Have a wonderful weekend!

March 21, 2017


Hello everybody. Today, I am sharing another layout using the gorgeous "Blooming Hearts" collection. I just love this. For this layout, I drew my inspiration from the photo. I love the angle of the photo so I decided to use the fun triangle journaling card. And I used the black and white striped card from the tire rim. I decided not to use any flowers on this layout, however, I did add a touch of pink!
I wanted to keep this layout pretty simple so the focus remains on the photos and journaling. This layout was super quick to make. I simply added a few journaling cards for the background, adhered my collage of photos that I created using PicMonkey and added a few embellishments here and there.

Pretty Little Studio Blooming Hearts Journaling Cards/Love You Everyday, Our Story, Vellum Tape/Adore, Stickers/Words from the Heart, Cut-Aparts/Lovely Circles, With You Word Flags, Die Cuts/Picture Perfect, Soul Mates, Flair/Just Saying, Wonderland Stickers/Snow Cream Vellum
Thank you for visiting today!

March 20, 2017

Let's Go

Happy Monday scrappers! Nicole here with a fun summer layout... I don't know about you, but it's been a crazy winter in Maryland! Last month, when I created this layout, it was in the 60's all weekend. On the 20th of February! Naturally, I was in the mood to scrap a summer layout. LOL.

I used three different cut files from Just Nick's Studio and Simple Stories' You  are here collection for this layout (Arrows 3, Summer Words, Sunny Days). I also used some of my Altenew stamps to create a fun geometric flower and a smaller flower to add to the "relax" die cut circle.

Here are a few closer photos of my layout. I love all the layering on this layout! 

Products Used: Patterned Paper, Stickers: Chipboard Frame: Enamel Dots, Clear Stickers: Die-cuts: Simple Stories, Stamps: Altenew, Digital Cutfiles: Just Nick Studio (Arrow 3, Summer Words, Sunny Days).
Thank you for visiting today!

March 16, 2017

Right Now

Hi everyone. I am so excited to share my first layout using the fabulous Jellybean Clique Kit. The colors in this month's kit is so vibrant and pretty; I love it. Before I started embellishing this layout, I sprayed yellow and blue spray mists by Shimmerz Paints on to white cardstock. I used a paper towel to dab the excess ink off the paper so it wouldn't bulk up. Then I used a honeycomb stencil and ink to create a fun border across the middle of the layout in pink and orange. I used yellow and blue paint to alter the wood veneer. I wanted this layout to be as colorful as possible.

I purchased the Add-On paints and puffy stickers from the April Shop. I am so glad I bought them because I am loving how smooth the Shimmerz Paints are and the puffy stickers are absolutely beautiful... you have to see them in person. They also feel like they are made from nice quality material. I paired up a heart die cut with a heart puffy sticker to make the heart more interesting. I love adding layers to embellishments.

And here is my layout. Our design team Maryam Perez created the journaling cards that I used on this layout. I love them all.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope I was able to inspire you to use mist and some acrylic paints on your next projects! It's so much fun and once you get started, it's not as scary as you might have thought. :)


March 13, 2017


Happy Monday friends! I have a fun layout to share with you today, using Heather's Summer Vibes collection. I must say, I am officially out of this collection. I've used most of my stash so I'll need to buy some more because this is one of my favorite collections by Pretty Little Studio.

For this layout, I decided to use journaling cards for my background. I used Just Nick Studio's Doodle Daisy Background digital cut file for the bottom of the layout. I love using sketch pens on my layout. It's so easy to do and totally fun!

I used the cut-apart tags for my journaling. And to help pull the layout together, I used the flower die cut with a few buttons from Jillibean Soup. Since the buttons were initially a brown color, I used chalk ink to change the color!
I added the yellow Rub-on from my stash to the journaling card to make it pop. LOVE how it looks. You can hardly tell it's a rub-on.
Pretty Little Studio Summer Vibes Journaling Cards/Sandy 3x4, Let's Go Outside, Vellum Tape/Festival, Cut-Aparts/Summer Labels, Wood Flags/Cut-Aparts/Summer Days, Die Cut/Fuchsia, Here Comes the Sun/Stickers/Think Positive, Wonderland/Stickers/Snow Cream, Other: Patterned paper: Studio Calico, Transparency Word: Pinkfresh Studio, Buttons: Jillibean Soup, Ru-ons: American Crafts
Thanks so much for visiting today!

March 11, 2017


Hello everyone. I have a simple layout to share with you today using Clique Kit's March kit. Every morning, Edward shares the milk from his cereal with his kitty, Jessica. This really surprises me since he gets grossed out at the thought of letting someone eat or drink after him, but yet, he will let Jessica lick the milk off of his spoon. LOL

I felt that the "Bestie" flair was perfect for this layout. I especially, love the color.

I layered a few banner stickers at the top-right side of the photo and added the "hello" puffy sticker and star sticker to help pull the layout together. And at the last minute, I decided to tuck the "Remember this" ticket behind the photo. I am so glad I purchased the stickers from the add-ons this month. I love stickers because they really do help you stretch a kit.

Thank you for stopping by today!

March 10, 2017

Love You Everyday

Happy Friday friends! Today, I am sharing a layout using Pretty Little Studio's new "Blooming Hearts" collection by Zinia Amoiridou. When I first saw this collection, I was immediately drawn to the teal and yellow. These colors together, make me happy! And the collection, well, it makes me happy and excited to be scrapbooking beautiful projects with it.

For this layout, I decided to scrapbook my guys. I cut the "love you everyday" sentiment from one of the journaling cards and adhered it to the photo using a few foam squares. I matted the back of the photo using a few more journaling cards. I really love the vintage floral sticker and card! BEAUTIFUL design.

Pretty Little Studio's Blooming Hearts: Paper/Falling For You, Journaling/Love You Everyday, Journaling/Our Story, Cut-Aparts/Lovely Circles, Die-Cuts/Soul Mates, Stickers/Heart You, Stickers/Soul Mates, Vellum Tape/Adore
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

March 7, 2017

Happy Birthday!!

Hello everyone! I just love the fun stickers from the March add-ons. I am so glad I bought them. They really help stretched this month's kit. I felt this month's kit was perfect for scrapbooking a photo from Edward's birthday party since it included banners, flags and the word "happy" in the embellishments and add-ons. He was so happy his daddy could take a little big of time off from work to be at the party. His face is priceless in this photo. I just love it.

Before I started putting this layout together, I already had an idea as to what I wanted to do. I wanted to use the washi tape strips at the bottom of the layout for a fun design. I used scraps of patterned paper to create a fun frame for the photo. Once the photo was adhered to the layout, I added the stickers. I used a fine-tip pen to hand-write birthday to the flag sticker. Initially, the sticker banner did not include the "congratulations", I had cut the congratulations from a sticker to add to the banner.

Since I ran out of washi strips, I added the "ADVENTURE" banner sticker at the end to fill in the space so there wouldn't be a gap in space. I used foam squares to pop the stickers up from the layout a bit.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a wonderful day!

March 2, 2017


Hi scrappy friends. Today, I decided to play with the Woodland collection. This is one of my favorite collections. I love the colors in this collection and the embellishments. I decided to include a lot of journaling on my layout. Normally, I like to write my journaling, but there was just too much that I wanted to write, so I typed my journaling on the computer and printed it out on white cardstock paper. Some might read my jounaling and think it's a bit personal, but it's very REAL and I want to encourage scrappers to scrapbook the good and the bad...

I used a good amount of stamping on this layout. I decided to use stamps for my title and sub-title on this layout. I really love how the stamp work pulls this layout together.

Pretty Little Studio Woodland: Papers 8x8, Journaling/Wild Rose 3x4, Frames/Pinecone, Stickers/Wanderlust Words, Stickers/Monarch Butterfly, Flair/Chipmunk, Vellum Tape/Petals, Tabs/Rose Bush. Other: Stamps: Ali Edwards

Thank you for visiting today! The next time you are in need for embellishments for your title, consider using stamps!

March 1, 2017

Meet the 2017 Clique Kits Team

Hello everybody. Welcome to the Meet the 2017 Clique Kits Design Team blog hop! Today, we hope to share a little bit about ourselves so you get to know us a little better! Along the way, we hope to inspire you with a project that best represents our scrapbooking styles! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and get ready to be inspired. You should be arriving from Steph's blog!

2017 Clique Kits Design Team

Candace Perkins
Donna Espiritu
 Victoria Calvin
Taina “Evi” Cortes
Sheryl Banares
I love creating 8 1/2"x11" layouts. I just love the way this size looks and it's much easier to scrap on this size, rather than 12"x12" (in my opinion). I consider myself a simple scrapbooker, however, It depends on my mood. Sometimes, I like to play with mixed media which isn't so simple. LOL For this layout, I decided to keep it pretty simple, focusing on the photo. 

I hand-cut a few leaves and used foam squares to make them pop off the page.

I stamped a few florals from Altenew's Take Care stamps on patterned paper and then hand-cut them and applied them to the layout using foam squares.

I tucked the chipboard cherry blossoms slightly behind the photo and used a foam square to make the "love this" die cut pop off the page a little bit. I like to use foam squares because it helps add dimension to a layout so it doesn't look too flat.

Products Used: Patterned Paper, Die cuts, Transparency Word, Chipboard: Stamps: Altenew
 Fun Facts About Me
1. What's your favorite color? Blue and green is a close second.
2. What's your favorite song right now? No Running from Me-Toulouse, Ayo-Lady Gaga, Long Live Love Me-Leanne Rimes
3. Who inspires you? People who came from nothing and made something of themselves by working hard and never giving up.
4. Favorite Book? Dream Catcher by Stephen King
5.Favortie Movie? Fried Green Tomatoes
6.Favorite snack? Dark Chocolate Pretzels, Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream, Almonds, Gummy Bears.
7. What is your favorite food? Mexican
8. Where would you like to visit someday? Australia and Ireland
9. Who got you into scrapbooking? My mother
10. How many years have you been scrapbooking?17 years
11. Favorite Manufacturer? Jillibean Soup, Pretty Little Studio, Pinkfresh Studio
12. Currently Reading: Behind Her Eyes-Sarah Pinborough
Any other fun facts you'd like to share.
1. I played Goalie for a Novice Adult Ice Hockey Team when I was 19.
2. I played Lacrosse for three years in High School.
3. I have a potbelly pig, two kitties and 4 Betas.
4. I love to travel and I am an avid reader.
5. I used to play on a pool league. (I Miss it!)
6. I am right-handed, but I play sports with my left hand. (weird)
7. Favorite TV show: Bones, The Originals, Outlander
8. Favorite Vacation Spot: Costa Rica. I can't wait to take Edward someday.
Feel free to follow me on social media:
Twitter- nicolemartel654
Thanks everyone for hopping along with us. We hope you learned more about us and that along the way, we were able to inspire you! Your next stop is Donna! I just love her work...