Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pocket Pages with Hello Darling

Good afternoon everyone, Brenda Smith here. I received my April Daily Diary kit, Hello Darling, last week and was so excited to see all the yummy cards and embellishments in there. If you'd like to see the video I made of myself going through the kit, you can find it here.



There are several fun horizontal-oriented cards in this kit that I wanted to play around with so I found the perfect page protector in my stash by SEI. It's 10x12 and includes three horizontal 4x6s and four horizontal 3x4s.


It's been a tough couple of weeks with my kiddos. Both have been extra wild and ornery so I've been trying to keep them busy. But with the extra attention I've been paying them, I've also been slacking on picture taking. The pictures that I do have are not perfectly composed or well-lit but I think they still do well to tell the story of these days. 


I love the subtle dimension that the doily gives when placed under the photo. I topped it off with some of the striped washi and that perfect wood veneer.


My husband and I went on a little mini vacation with some friends and had the best time. It was just what we needed to refresh after the chaos that is our everyday lives. I wanted to keep this side somewhat simple to allow the photos to shine and tell the story.


Since I am lacking in photos to represent a somewhat eventful week, I made sure to journal a lot to tell the part of the story that was not represented by photos. While I love to photos to look back on, I am trying to be better at not getting consumed by the notion that every event must be fully documented by photos. I think I'm getting better at enjoying the moment while I'm in it, but that doesn't mean that I don't sneak in a few photos here and there.

Make sure you share with us everything you are making with your Hello Darling kits. And if you have not already, join the NoelMignon Facebook group for more inspiration from the design team and subscribers alike.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I am 8 !!

Hello everyone !

I am so happy to here with you today to share my last pages using the Shine Bright kit.

Something on my recent To Do list was to complete birthday pages for both of my girls. They both had birthdays back in February and March. This Months kit was perfect for this particular project and matched my pictures perfectly.


It has been tradition to take a picture of the kids with fingers up showing how many years they are old. I snapped a photo of Maddie and her eight fingers. I added a simple sticker in the corner.


We recently took some family photos over in the almond orchards when they were in bloom. I chose to use the photos I took of Maddie for her birthday pages. Plus her outfit matched perfectly with the kit !!

I used one of the 3x4 journaling cards to add a few tidbits about Maddie.


I made my own 4x6 journaling card with some patterned paper and cut out the heart and banner. I added more things about Maddie that I don't want to forget.


A photo that I added a few stickers for embellishments.


I knew that I wanted to have a fun conversation with Maddie.  To ask her a whole bunch of questions and let her answer. And I really didn't want to try and figure out how to fit it all in the divided pockets. So I made a 6x12 tradition page for the right side.

I printed out a 4x6 photo and embellished around it.


Here is a look at the bottom of the 6x12 page. It was definitely a lot of fun to sit down with her and ask her some of these questions.


I am so very glad that I took some time to get these pages done for my daughter. It is going to be so fun to look back on later down the line. I looked back and the last time I did this was when she was 4 years old !! Wow, I need to remember to do this every year.

That is it for me this week !! See you next time.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Putting Shine Bright to Bed

Here's my last layout with the Shine Bright kit! Of course, there will still be little bits and pieces that will make an appearance now and then - how could I not use every last piece?

A little more simple of a layout for me - not so many layers. It's nice to simplify every so often. I love the glitter that Noel put in the kit! It's perfect for glitzing up the edges of the wood veneer title!


 Love me a hidden journaling tag.


And here's a little look at a spread from my album...



 That's all for today! Be sure to check in over on the Facebook page for a sneak of what is on my desk right now, using the new Hello Darling kit!



Friday, March 27, 2015

French champagne challenge

Hey everyone! I'm here with your Friday challenge for the Springtime in Paris online crop. Today's French champagne challenge is to use bubbles on your pages! 

Now, my photos didn't convey a whole lot of bubbles so I mimicked some of them using circles on my page along with accents of enamel dots & sequins.

You can find out more about this challenge and all of the great challenges & inspiration over on the Noel Mignon facebook group

There are some great prizes including a free kit & guest designer spot for April. Whoa!!! Come over & check it all out!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mon Petit Enfant...

Bonjour! I have just uploaded another challenge for our Springtime in Paris online crop. Head over to the NoelMignon Members page for all the details :)




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Springtime in Paris- Monet's Garden Challenge!

Have you had a chance to come over to our online crop

We are giving tons of great prizes away this week, including a GRAND PRIZE of a free kit and a guest designer spot for April?! What?! I know, right? 


Today's challenge includes this color palette: 


And here's my take on it: 


But you'll have to come over to our crop to find out more! ;) And to learn what today's awesome prize is! 


(This is a layout from a challenge earlier in the week called Beaucoup Bouquets... it's not too late to join in!) 




All the projects on this post were made with the Shine Bright kit. It's so pretty. 


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mona Lisa

Good morning all! We have two more challenges up in the Noel Mignon Facebook Group today for our Springtime in Paris online crop with yet another prize up for grabs. Here is a sneak peek at my challenge page.


Be sure to head on over to the group to learn more about this challenge so you can play along us with week! Kit subscribers and non-subscribers alike are welcome to join the group and play with us so invite your crafty friends as well!