Monday, July 07, 2014

some exciting {Simple Stories} news to share!

So a pretty neat thing happened recently.


I was invited to join the Simple Stories team, and seeing as how their products consistently allow my pocket pages to just about fall together, I was happy to join in on the fun! Here are a few projects I made for my first post this month...



You can see the rest of my projects (there's more!) + a fun interview here:
Simple Stories blog

(and yes, I used the woodgrain + rainbow chevron pattern on EVERY project I made, lol...I love it that  much.)

It's a good feeling when you sit down to make something and there is no hesitation.
Bits & pieces come together with an end result that you love...how often can you say that about products in your stash?
#luckyme
:)


Monday, May 05, 2014

Gossamer Blue May kits...my favorites yet!!

I can't explain what makes me love one kit more than another...it just happens that way, I suppose.
The May kits at Gossamer Blue rocked.my.world.
It could be because I'm hung up on aqua + melon + gold right now.


Or maybe it was the clear stickers I fell hard for from Simple Stories' DIY line...and used everywhere.



It could have been the fun Heidi Swapp plastic pieces that remind me of the products she made years ago...and I may or may not still hoard. ;)


It could have been the happy rainbow bits & pieces throughout.


Or the graphic feel of some of the journal cards...that I jazzed up with my Gold Sharpie.


Whatever the reason, I fell hard for this one.
And I won't apologize for it.
;)

Saturday, May 03, 2014

NSD 2014 :)

Happy NSD everyone!! I hope you're taking the time to sit down and enjoy your favorite hobby today...I know I am :)
I wanted to share a layout I made using bits & pieces from the new Hello Sunshine line from Pink Paislee...it is full of great phrases + trendy accents, and I love every bit of it! When sifting through the 3x4 Journal cards that were designed for this line, two of them jumped right out at me and I knew exactly which photo I wanted to pair them with. Don't you love when that happens?! ;)



I scrapbook 80% of what my family is up to these days using pocket pages...so it should be no surprise that I am a sucker for a grid design, lol. I stuck with that and just offset the grid a bit by pairing 3x4 cards + photo with 3x3 squares. You aren't breaking any laws if you 'think outside the box/grid' and move things a bit, lol...I promise.



I love that vellum has made a comeback (especially colors like the teal squares and pink stars!)...and 99% of the time, just layer it onto white cardstock to allow the color to stand out. Gold seems to make it's way onto every page I make these days, and the glitter cardstock definitely fit the theme of this page. I layered it underneath 2 of the squares I cut from the die cut files available on the SCT site (for free...awesome!) so it wasn't too overwhelming. Then I added more gold with washi tape, stamps directly on my photo, spray ink and even a Sharpie marker...the sun die cut was a bit too yellow, so the Sharpie came in handy. ;)


This line comes with an awesome set of chipboard stickers, and I used a few here and there...love the word bubbles. The black & white chipboard alphabet is trendy as well, and I LOVE the graphic feel it adds.

Please make sure you check out the Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog HERE...giveaways every hour and tons of inspiration!!

I am also participating in a fun NSD celebration with Big Picture Scrapbooking...check out this cool idea: they are hoping for 10K scrapbook layouts to be uploaded today!! Info is here: #NSD10k

Enjoy today and make time for being creative!!
:)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SCT Spring 2014...Pocket Page Layouts :)

Happy Tuesday to you...I hope you're settling into Spring wherever you are! After such a looooooooong winter here, I don't care if it rains all day...as long as it isn't snow, lol.
Raise your hand if you're with me on that.
:)

I wanted to share my layouts that I created for my article in the Spring issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine (available for FREE download HERE!), since they scream 'spring' to me :)

In each article, I will be focusing on a different manufacturer and for this first installment I was insistent on working with Albums Made Easy products from We R Memory Keepers. I am enjoying their new designs so much, as well as partnering with them here and there for the classes that I teach. They are a huge supporter, and just all around good people...such a pleasure to connect with them whenever I can.

Their new Farmers Market line has great phrases, trendy designs (watercolor + script?!) and lovely 3x4 and 4x6 journal cards. Don't assume that you are restricted to using this line for 'outdoor' or 'farm' projects lol...I couldn't be less of a farm girl if I tried, but LOVE this line!! ;)



I worked with Becky Fleck (SCT's awesome editor!) to come up with some fun FREE cut files for this article, so make sure you download those as well :)
Free Cut Files

Make sure you download the entire Spring issue for TONS of inspiration!!
Have a great week, and happy SPRING!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Starry eyed for the April Gossamer Blue kits.

Sharing a layout I made with the April Gossamer Blue kits, thanks to a specific item I found within all of the fun new products. Often, I find that a specific item grabs my attention not necessarily because of color, but maybe it's shape. I am a sucker for stars, and while sifting through the contents of my kits, I zeroed in on all of the star elements...more specifically, the vellum and the cork.


(I confess, I may be hoarding the rest for future use)
;)

I decided to use white cardstock with the vellum, as I love how vellum looks against white. After cutting down my 12x12 cardstock to 8.5x11, I reached for my star punch and went to town.

After randomly scattering the stars I had punched around the layout, I added 2 layers of the vellum as a photo mat. The 'No 2' die cut was perfect to use as a title, and when you punch it out, you're left with a cool negative to use again. All I needed were a few red + blue + gold elements at opposing corners of my photo, and I was all set!

Almost.
;)

I decided to stitch the center of each star and lift the edges up a bit, just to add some dimension. Then I noticed the 2 tiny stars stamp from my Life Pages kit and stamped each star...again, it fit perfectly with the theme of this page.

My name is Nicole, and I am addicted to stars.
The first step is admitting you have a problem, lol. 
:)

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Inked Rose...a brand new line from We R Memory Keepers.

I’ve been so eager to share a project using the brand new Inked Rose line!! I am immediately drawn to navy blue, so when you add the green + yellow into the mix I was on cloud nine. I’m sharing another pocket page today using the Albums Made Easy system…let’s have a look. :)


I am using the back side of the same page protector I shared last month, with (4) 4×6 pockets and (3) 4×4 pockets. As I mentioned in my last post, I rarely stick to the ‘intended’ layout of a pocket page…I love slipping 3×4 cards into a 4×6 pocket to switch things up! This time around, I wanted to stress that it is perfectly OK to allow one of the AME cards to shine all on it’s own. As I tell people over and over when teaching classes using this system, I love pretty paper!! And when I find a card that I love the design of, I sometimes just slip it right into the sleeve.


 On the left of the above photo, you can see where I layered one of the metallic vellum cards underneath a die cut 4×4 Inked Rose card. I am head over heels for the vellum line, as it pairs easily with ANY other AME items you already have…just spruces them up a wee bit by adding some trendy metallic.


Again, that butterfly card? Straight out of the set…just a splash of gold spray ink and a bit of washi + some doodling. The polka dot card was perfect for my traditional ‘this week was’ card…I usually include this as a summary for anything I may not have focused on somewhere else on the page. All of these cards are pretty ‘plain’ other than a strip of washi and an enamel shape or two. Remember, not every pocket has to be a ‘masterpiece’ that you spend tons of time on!!
Make sure you check out the brand new Instagram Albums Made Easy sets…there are a ton of great 4×4 and 2×2 cards in each, including die cuts!!

***We R Memory Keepers is offering a giveaway for one of their brand new Instagram mini albums + a Corner Chomper + the Inked Rose Instagram set!!! You can enter HERE and the winner will be announced on Monday, April 7th. :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sharing a secret...so excited!!!

I still am kind of pinching myself...the brand new Spring issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine was released on Friday while I was away teaching at an event for them in Moncton, New Brunswick. I always look forward to seeing all of the beautiful projects that are offered with the release of a new issue, but I was just a wee bit more excited than normal for this particular issue...for this reason:
I am 100% STOKED to share my approach to pocket-style documenting in my own article in each issue of SCT this year!!! Having completed my fifth event with them just this weekend, where I share my ideas/take on this style, while explaining that it doesn't mean you have to choose between 'traditional' layouts and pocket pages...there is absolutely nothing that feels better than when I have an attendee approach me afterward and I see that 'spark' that is encouraging them to dive right in.

I certainly don't profess to have reinvented the wheel, lol...but sometimes, hearing from someone how this style of journaling day to day events has refueled their love of this hobby is just the jump start you need to be off and running. In one respect or another, we are ALL busy. We have jobs/kids/families/homes/ourselves to take care of. No one of us is any 'busier' than the next. Whether you are working full time outside of the home or a stay at home mama...WE.ARE.ALL.BUSY. Setting aside time to keep yourself sane is huge, and for me this has afforded me that outlet.

The fact that I get to share those concepts with other people is the icing on the cake :)

I have partnered with WeRMemoryKeepers to share this love of pocket style scrapbooking...they are a wonderful company with what I consider to be the best products out there to use as a base for your albums. They have been ridiculously generous in their offerings, and I am thrilled to show off their great designs to as many folks as possible at these events, as well as on their blog. Their Albums Made Easy system just makes me happy, and the designs on their AME sets literally make me want to sit down and play...projects honestly fall together whenever I reach for those cards. I look forward to having the chance to represent them in the future :)
One last bit of news...I am flattered to stand alongside this team of creative ladies as part of the 2014 SCT Design Team. Each issue, they knock it out of the park with innovative ideas and design...PLEASE go check out the FREE DOWNLOAD of the new Spring issue HERE.

Just don't blame me if you get lost in the pages for a bit.
;)