Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Beautiful Zion with Little Bird Classic Kit

Hey Nicole here on the blog today!  As Meridy mentioned yesterday we are all using sketches this week to inspire us.  I chose a sketch that I found on my Pinterest sketches board.  It was originally posted on the October Afternoon blog.

This sketch caught my eye because of the number of photos used.  I wanted to highlight a recent trip my husband and I had taken to Zion National Park and knew I wanted to include quite a few smaller pictures.  This grid sketch was the perfect solution. You will see that I did flip the sketch upside down and played with the placement of my title.  

I had a really hard time choosing from the Fancy Pants sentiment stickers and went back and forth with title options.  So instead of picking just one I used them all :).  One for my title and the rest on the top block of my layout.  The problem I ran across was when I got my layout all put together the stickers were too bright and seemed to distract from the rest of my layout. 

My solution:  vellum.  I trimmed a piece to the same size and stitched it in place.  The result was exactly what I wanted.  The block was now a design feature, but doesn't draw too much attention away from my photos.  

One thing I love about Noel's kits, versatility!  These pictures were taken in October when the leaves were still changing.  I easily created some fall leaves for embellishments by fussy cutting only the leaves from the Hazelwood pattern paper.  I then creased them and added ink to give an even more fall look.  

And really this layout came together in a breeze thanks to using a sketch.  I love being able to have some of the design work done for me.  Do you use sketches?  If so we would love to see your projects.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! :)

*All items but the vellum and small date label are from the Little Bird Classic kit. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

{Me & My Brownie} using the "Little Bird" Daily Diary Kit

Happy Monday, Noel Mignon fans!  It's Meridy here and I have a double page layout to share with you today using the "Little Bird" Daily Diary kit, along with a "Little Bird" paper add on kit. 

This week the design team is using sketches as inspiration.  The sketch I choose is from Sketch Savvy, and it's called "2 page sketch #19".  Susan Stringfellow designed this sketch...

And here is my take on the sketch...

I started by picking out patterned paper to coordinate with each pattern in the sketch.  Once I got the "bones" of the layout adhered, it was time for me to pull out the embellishments.

I created a couple of different embellishment clusters on each side of the layout.  I started with the Hazlewood sticker pack, then fussy cut some of the papers (mainly the little bird paper by Crate Paper).  I also added some of the Reset Girls Label stickers, a journaling block, and epoxy hearts.  I finished off each cluster with a little strip of washi tape from the kit.

I took apart the glittered flowers that came in the kit.  I made them flatter, by peeling off the center layers, so they would fit better in the page protectors.  I replaced the centers with my own centers using a small flower punch.

I finished up my layout by creating a title and subtitle.  The subtitle "Me & My" uses letter stickers from the Daily Diary kit, I used Thickers that I already had in my stash to spell the word "Brownie".

One more close up detail of an embellishment cluster...

I would love to see if any of you work from the sketch I posted.  Stop on by our Members Facebook Page and share your creations!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Traveler's Notebook Simple Set Up with Little Bird Classic Kit

Have you heard of Traveler's Notebooks? They have been increasing in popularity over the last few years in the planning community, and of course, the scrapbooking community saw what a fantastic way it is to have memory journaling and pretty papers on-the-go and it's being adapted by all sorts of creative folks! I've spotted several new product sneak peeks with a Traveler's Notebook influence this week at CHA, and I'll be excited to see what else comes out for us scrapbookers! 

I am leaving tomorrow for a trip to Colorado with my family. It's been ages since I've flown and I am trying to be wise with my packing space... but I knew I'd want a place to journal and record our adventures. I decided I'd use the Little Bird Classic Kit to make some beauty to travel with me. This little Traveler's Notebook cover came from Amazon about a year ago, and it was around $20. 

I made a paper "cover" to slide in and encase everything inside. I folded over an edge to create a small pocket right inside the cover. 

The elements in this kit were perfect for adding special, easy touches throughout. This section is for a blank book, where I can sketch, practice hand lettering, write out quotes and memories from our week. 

This little plastic pocket is perfect for adding post it notes and little cards with washi tape to,, because it's easily removeable!

The other side has these small pockets that I was able to slide some extra sequins and a card with washi tape in. Those vellum bags from the kit slid in as if they were made for it and it made me so happy!

A section with lined paper for me to journal and make lists in is covered with another sheet of paper, with the back side including a slant pocket I made to slide in additional notes or photos. 

I hope you enjoyed my little notebook! You can follow me on Instagram to keep up with our adventures this week if you'd like!

If you liked this kit, just wait 'til you see the February kit! Come join us on facebook for the kit reveal tomorrow night! 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sweet Times | Little Bird Daily Diary Kit

He there!  It's Laura here with a new layout to share today!  The design team had an open week, so anything goes for us!  Since I am playing with the Daily Diary kit this month, which includes a lot of pocket cards etc., I opted for a grid design for my page.  I pulled in some 12 x 12 paper from my stash to act as my background.

The Pocket Cards from the Simple Stories Reset Girl collection have a fun vintage vibe, so I pulled out this photo of my oldest son, my mother in law and myself from way back in 1990. And as luck would have it I had a couple of 12x12 sheets of this collection left over from my Simple Stories design team kit, so they were perfect for my background!

I trimmed down my photo to 3 x 3 and matted it with some cream cardstock.  Then I trimmed down three 3 x 4 pocket cards to 3 x 3, as well.

I kept one card fairly plain so that I could add my title and journalling to it. Of course, I added in an embellishment or two, too!

This photo was challenging because there are so many different colours going on in it.  This was taken long before I thought about scrapbooking!  But I think I made it work.  You can see I pulled in the twine and the Heidi Swapp gold color shine from a previous Noel Mignon kit.

Each quadrant got fancied up, in some small or not so small way.  This one got layers and layers of stickers!

I cut this large ampersand from another pocket card and popped it up on this pretty floral card.  I  love the way it looks and it was a fun way to use it!

Supply List: (from the kit) May Arts ribbon; American Crafts Hazelwood stickers; Simple Stories "The Reset Girl" pocket cards, enamel shapes and phrase stickers; Echo Park Just Be You stickers; (from my stash) Simple Stories "The Reset Girl"patterned papers (6819, 6810); The Twinery gold and cream bakers twine; Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine; Staples card stock.

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hello, New World (Little Bird Classic Kit)

Hello friends! Sherry here, with a fun mixed-media layout. I was so excited to see the Echo Park Stencil and Distress Ink in the kit. These products were the inspiration for my layout.
I stamped the Distress Ink onto a craft mat and mixed with Whipped Spackle (from my stash); I love the soft, buttery color it creates.
I used a palette knife to spread the spackle through the stencil. I didn't worry that it wasn't perfect; it just adds to the loose, artistic look. :)
I adore the buffalo plaid washi tape, from the kit, and used it to frame the center portion of the layout.
I fussy-cut butterflies from the Hazelwood paper and also used a small butterfly punch to create tiny butterflies to scatter throughout the layout.
I needed the tile to pop of the dark negative space of the photo, so I used white alpha stickers (from my stash) and colored the word "world" with the Distress ink.
Of course the stencil can be used in many ways: mists, paints, or even just stamping with the little ink pad. I hope you've been inspired to create with stencils! Thanks for joining us today!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Snow day!

Hey everyone, Michelle here! I have a traditional page to share today along with a pocket page. I had a lot of photos from our snow day last week that I wanted to use so that's why I added a pocket page to go along with my traditional page.
For my pages I used the Little Bird Daily Diary Kit along with the extra papers that were from the classic kit. I absolutely loved that heart shaped paper and knew I wanted to cut that out so that's exactly what I did. I also added stitching around each triangle. It doesn't show up much in photos but in person it just adds a subtle amount of texture to my page. The silver glitter thickers are from a kit from last year and were perfect for my snow theme!
The pocket pages I used a mix of photos, journaling cards, and stickers. Love those epoxy stickers in the kit!
It was such a fun snow day! My dogs especially enjoyed it :) 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Oh, they're teenagers." - Little Bird Classic Kit

Hello all!  Nicole here this week to share a layout that I put together to remember a conversation my youngest had with my husband.  I overheard them talking and after having a good laugh I quickly pulled out my phone and typed it up in a memo.  I love doing this and have a place in my memo lists for each family member.

I feel like this layout needs a little explanation and why I might find this funny.  We have a unique situation with our kids because of their age difference, they are nine years apart in age.  The younger just started Kindergarten and the older is in 9th grade.  The little guy gets to hear us blame a lot of the older ones mumbling, grumbling cave man noises (please tell me this is normal!) and other random weird behavior  that he and his friends do on them being "teenagers".  The little guy has now decided that he himself doesn't want to become a teenager and basically thinks being a teenager is something he should avoid at all costs.  The hubs and I did explain that no matter how hard he tried that one day he also would be a teenager. ;)

Part of the journaling:

Overheard as we were getting ready to go to the summer concert in the park
T:  Are Jake and Shane going to be there?
B:  Yes they are coming
T:  (laughing to himself) Oh . . .  they're teenagers.

I started by arranging part of my title and journaling in Photoshop.  I measured for the photo and then printed this out on white cardstock.  Since this layout was based on a conversation and not an actual event I went through some photos and picked ones of the people that were mentioned in the conversation .  I happened to find the main photo as an outtake from our family photo shoot and knew it would make a great focal photo since the three teenagers are looking at the little guy.

After getting my title, journaling, and pictures printed.  I then just played around with lots of the different pattern papers in the kit until I was happy with the mix.

I placed the epoxy stickers to draw attention to my title.

I used the Distress Ink to tone down the outside of my white cardstock to help it blend into the background cardstock.

Overall, I was going for a bright and fun layout that documented this little conversation and I'm very happy with the results.  Everything on this layout in exception of the red shipping tag is from the kit.

 I have a few more conversations like this one saved on my phone that I hope to get documented on future layouts.  I love that modern technology can help make this process of getting things recorded a breeze.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!