Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finishing Up and South Shore Reveal!

Here are the last couple of spreads for Baby Reed's fifth month in his album. This was such a fun kit to start back with Noel, and a great set of goodies to add to his album.

I like having different sizes of inserts in my albums so that you get a sneak of what's on the next spread, and these Becky Higgins journaling pages are definitely doing the trick. I journaled on the front side, and made a mini layout on this side. It had a journaling prompt, but I wasn't into it. So I figured I'd add this photo of the homemade baby food process. Because you know, it's never too early to start reminding them how many hours a day to slave away for them... ;)

 I just added a few strips on the bottom and those delicious gold Thickers to make my title, and stapled some of the ephemera pieces to the top. I forgot to include something to journal on, and it was like, 11:30, so I just scribbled right over the photo. And I'm kinda fine with that.

I kept this spread pretty simple - just a couple of easy filler cards using the pieces from the DD kit, some journaling, and just one "artsy" card from my stash. LOVE that stitched banner!

 For some reason, I like clustering different little pieces in groups of three...

 This is the last page of the spread. Another pretty simple one. I keep going back and forth about how I want to do my Project Life albums - artsy (bulky) or simple (kinda boring but quick and clean). I'm still deciding, mid-process...

 I used one of the gold cut files I made in my last post over on my blog to make the "remember" piece and just cut down the transparency to fit along the bottom of the photo.

 I love using the Collect App to print photos these days. I see so many people who use JUST this type of photo, and I always think how nice it looks, but then I go to print my photos, and can't help but vary my sizes and formats a little. Soon I'm going to just take the plunge and see how it turns out... What I do love it adding a bit of afterthought to the card in my own writing.

 Short and sweet. Flair=good.

So that's it for me this month! I get next week off, so I'll see you back here the first week of August for the Cruise Crop! Can't wait for that - gonna be lots of fun!

Oh, and one last thing! Here's a reveal video I made of the new main kit for August - South Shore. It is filled with lots of goodness - be sure to grab yours in the shop!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

playing with buttons, butterflies and burlap

Hello again! It's Becky Williams with you here today to share a layout that I made with the Sweet & Simple main kit. 

I used the cute collage paper from October Afternoon for my background but wanted a more neutral base for my page so I cut a piece of the Crate Paper white brick paper from the kit (the one with the triangles on the other side) to soften my background. I also cut some strips of paper on an angle to add to the top of my page along with some gold polka dot washi by Queen and Company that I picked up in the Noel Mignon store. 

I love the little frames in the kit and decided to use them to add an extra layer to my page. I had those glued down and was adding buttons to my layout when I thought it might look cute to add some buttons to the little blue frame. LOVE how this turned out. It's the little things, right? The little star was cut from the October Afternoon background paper before I glued everything else down. 

I used a few of my Heidi Swapp Color Shine mists on some wooden butterflies to add some sparkle to my page. Everything needs a little sparkle, right? 

We sure hope you are enjoying the Sweet & Simple inspiration. 

Our new kit will be here soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Camper

Hi there friends! Happy Monday! Today marks my girls halfway point in their summer camp experience. Their camp graciously posts pictures every day of the previous day's activities, so I've gotten to see what they've been up to. These pics could NOT have been more perfect for the Sweet & Simple kit. So I picked on of my favorites, my oldest and her cabin, and got to work. I LOVE that I've been able to scrap some of their pictures before their even home! This is such a great kit!! And it makes me so happy to capture her in the moment.  (She's the one in the blue t-shirt arms wide open, on her counselor's back.)

Anyway, for this layout I chose to marry the Fancy Pants burlap cardstock with the bold stripes of the My Mind's Eye paper in an attempt to get just the right touch of rustic and colorful. I think it worked.  And then of course the kit includes so many "happy" embellishments, and I went with the HAPPY theme, thus "Happy Camper."


I combine my Sweet & Simple DD kit with the main kit a little bit. This arrow flair is from the DD kit as well as the Memories wood veneer and the little yellow arrow.  They were just too perfect for the page, I couldn't resist combining the two kits. 

Have a great week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

using up scraps

When I was thinking of what layout I wanted to work on this week I had my Sweet & Simple Classic kit sitting out on my table along with all the scraps from my layout last week

Now, I don't keep every single bit of paper. What usually happens is I will keep the scraps around while I'm still working with a current kit to see if I want to use them in a layout, card, Project Life, etc. By the way, cards are a great way to use up scraps! I also have a spot where I put extra papers for my kids' stash and they know that whatever is in there is theirs to use whenever they want.

Back to the scraps...I had this photo of my daughter that I printed up last week. And when I took a look at the scraps on my table I knew I could create a simple layout by layering some of them on my page.

All I did was create a frame with that burlap paper (hello burlap!!) and then layer some of the scraps around and underneath my photo.

A quick little background on the photo - my 3 yr old is very much into the "I can do it myself" phase. So in this photo she had put the headband in her hair & came to me all excited saying "mommy, I so booihfoe!!!" (beautiful) Ah yes, kool-aid mouth and all :)

I added some of that gold striped washi & brads along with some yellow thickers from another NM kit (I love the gold thickers from the Sweet & Simple kit but they just didn't show against the burlap paper). I have a tendency to switch around the thickers from different kits :)
By using up some of the scraps I had laying around I was able to create this layout pretty quickly!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Baby Reed's Album Continued...

So here's my desk today. Still working on Reed's spreads for month five.

I used more of both of the Sweet & Simple kits to fill up this pocket page, and then added in a journaling page from Becky Higgins - I love having tons of stories for Reed to go through later.

I kept it pretty simple - just added some stickers and cut out the stitched heart. Ran it through my sewing machine, and of course, added some enamel dots. Because that's mandatory, folks.

Here's a little zoomed view...

 I love this.

I had these two little Instagram shots that I wanted to include. The one on top is okay, but the one underneath is one of my less flattering photos. I just loved the honesty in it though - and I think Reed will like it later. So, I just slid that one into the sleeve, and fastened the good image on top of the sleeve, with a little strip of that adorable gold striped washi in the big kit.

 This card is simple enough - just a little sticker and washi, stitched on with some enamel dots. The gold foil "#lovethis!" is a Heidi Swapp stamp from the daily diary kit (sold out) that I made into a cut file, then stamped straight onto with Black StazOn ink. Seriously in love with the gold foil. For a little tutorial on how to make this cut file, just head over to my blog tomorrow to check it out!

So that's it for me today. I hope you're having a great week so far!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With You

Hello friends! Today I have a new layout to share with you using the Sweet & Simple classic kit!!

This layout actually started out using a different background, I had it completed, didn't love it, so I added some misting, hoping that would help, and it still just wasn't quite what I had pictured. So, since I had used permanent adhesive, I simply cut my photo and all the layers leaving a small mat of the original background paper..adhered it to this AWESOME green striped paper, and it was perfect!!

Then I wanted to bring in just a little more of that navy polka dot paper. By layering some strips along the side, I was able to make a visual triangle with that paper, and bring a little more interest into the layout, since I couldn't layer more into my photo area, without possible tearing my photo.

The embellishing on this layout was kept to a bare minimum, I really wanted to layers and the photo to take center stage. I couldn't, however, resist adding in one of these adorable little tree clips...and it worked perfect with my photo!

This layout turned out even better than my original vision, don't be afraid to trust your instinct with your creations! If you are going to put the time into a project, it needs to be something you love!! :)
If you are looking for some fabulous products to inspire you, there are still a few of the Sweet & Simple kits available here, and sneaks for the upcoming South Shore kit have been shared over on the Noel Mignon facebook can find that here!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

playing with stickers


It's Becky Williams with you here again and today I am going to share a layout that shows off the cute stickers in our July Sweet & Simple kit. 

I like the look of layouts with strips of paper as the background behind the photographs and so I decided to create the same effect with the October Afternoon stickers in the kit. 

I layered a couple of the patterned papers (burlap and aqua polka dot) for my base and then grabbed the sheet of border stickers and layered them this way and that varying the lengths each time. I think that it gives a fun, playful look to my page. 

From there I added a small block of striped paper from one of the Simple Stories patterned papers, layered my photos and a chipboard frame.

Here I used lots more stickers! I mixed in some cute buttons and a Chic Tags balloon rub-on. The metal heart is from one of the metal embellishments, I just twisted until I got just the heart part that I wanted. I used foam adhesive on some of the stickers to help them stand out a bit.

Have you used the stickers in the kit? 

We'd love to see!

Thanks for stopping by today!