Friday, October 31, 2014

Flashback Friday Halloween edition

Happy Halloween everyone!! I'm super excited that it's finally Halloween. There's nothing like candy and good costume to make for a fun evening. It's also a fun time to look back at Halloweens of the past and see just how much the kids have grown and how their tastes in costume have changed. That's exactly what I did with my layout today. I flashed back to 2008 when I only had 2 sweet little girls (we've added a little boy since this pic) and they got to REALLY trick-or-treat for the first time.

I called my layout "Lovin' This" using the My Mind's Eye rub-ons that came in the kit. The arrow and little triangles are also from that sheet of rub-ons. And staying with the flash back theme, I dug deep into my Pinterest account and found a layout from a favorite designer, Jen Jockish, and used one of her layouts that I'd pinned (waaaay back) as my inspiration. Then I went with the "2" theme, because it's neat to look back and see what our family looked like minus one. Admittedly, I can't remember a lot from those days thanks to major sleep deprivation. To fit the "2" theme, I used the wood print die-cut that came in my kit as well as the "Admission for Two" Fancy Pants ticket stub. Then I added more rub-ons, some chipboard 3D stickers, my journaling, and called it finished.

Thanks so much for joining me today as I flashed back to our Halloween 2008.

Hope you have a fantastic Halloween tonight and make many memories!!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

trick or treat!

Hey guys! I have a Halloween layout to share today :)

Ever feel like all of your holiday layouts have the same title?? I think most of my Halloween layouts either say "happy Halloween" or "trick or treat"! haha Not too inventive when it comes to layout titles...but I'm totally ok with that :)

I'm loving all of the colors in the Early Autumn kit and what I'm finding is that they're perfect for a multitude of themes...not just fall or Halloween. But, of course, since Halloween is in just one day (eek!!!) I figured I'd share that one today!

I used one of those great printable cards that Virginia shared last week. I foresee using those on many pages! Originally I was going to color on it but then opted to print it on one of the patterned papers that had a grey side on the back. In doing that it gave the card a bit of color so I simply inked the edges and added some of those great "pop drops" stars to the top!

I was also inspired by Virginia's layout this week so I added some doodling around my page. Her pages almost always have some cute doodling on them!!

And now it's time for me to get cracking on finishing up this year's costumes and getting some Halloween treats ready for Friday!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall and lots of Fancy Pants

Hey there!

I have another "Early Autumn" project to share with you today!

This kit is packed as always and this month features  lots of goodness from Fancy Pants' True Friend collection. Some of us on the Noel Mignon team were able to create a Fancy Pants-focused project for their newsletter this month and this is the page I made:

I used a metal die to cut the leaves for the background using a variety of Fancy Pants True Friend patterned papers. I used the mist included in the "Early Autumn" kit to add some droplets to my background before adhering the leaves. 

I mixed in some of the True Friend sequins with the paper leaves and mist droplets. 

I used some twine from my stash to wrap around one of the cute library pockets from the True Friend collection. I added some extra leaves and a sticker to the front of the pockeet before adding it to my page.

I added lots of other stickers to the page before finishing of with some handwritten journaling. 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ghoulies and Ghosties - Early Autumn Kit

 For us in the South, Autumn has been very reluctant to arrive. Sure, we've had our chilly mornings, but there's been very few pretty leaves so far. I am a little surprised at what a green Halloween we might have this year! So the Early Autumn kit from NoelMignon has been lovely to work with this month to get my fix of fall colors!

I pulled out last year's Halloween pics this week to work with. It always takes me aback to see how much my kids have changed in just one year.

I was inspired by Deanna's post last week to crop down my photos with my trimmer... I so rarely do that these days because I typically fill my photographs the whole way and can't really lose any of the image, but I forgot how easy it is to just trim your photography by hand and not have to worry about ordering the right sizes! Since I was using photos that were the same size as Project Life cards, I went ahead and used one of the free printables I shared last week to balance it out. I loved how Deanna used it with watercolors and I wanted to try something else to color it- so I pulled out my color pencils. I love how forgiving they are and how they added just the right amount of color!

Be on the lookout for the Maple Creek kits to ship to your doors this week! There are still a few Daily Diary kits left- it's the perfect chance to get a taste of a NM kit with a lower price! 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

DIY Costumes

Hello friends! Today, I am going to share a fun little project that I made using the Early Autumn kit with you!
For Halloween costumes this year, we decided to use things we had around the house to make our own costumes. Our oldest daughter was easy, she wanted to me a mad hatter, so we went online and looked at some different costumes and put together a fun, bright, and very mismatched costume for her...she even ended up winning first prize in a costume contest at one of our local festivals! For our little guy, again, easy, he's just like his daddy, and loves all things trucks and of course, he had to be a little mechanic!
For our middle daughter, we had a bit of a harder time. We started out with her wearing an older witch costume that we had, but she was not happy with that one at all, so we started brainstorming, and she decided she wanted to be a scarecrow! Easy, a flannel shirt, some jeans, her cowboy boots and she was good. I wanted to make something a little fun for her to wear along with it though! So, in came my Noel Mignon kits!
I started off with the Fancy Pants burlap bow that came in our "Sweet & Simple" classic kit. Then using supplies from the "Early Autumn" kit, I embellished it and made a cute and simple bow for her to wear in place of a hat!

This was very simple to put together...but it made for a fun memory that I know have of this Halloween with my girl! She picked out the embellishments that she wanted, and helped lay everything together.,.,and she LOVES it! :)

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Trick or Treat?

Trick or Treat? Well, TREAT of course!! And maybe a little trick too.

On Wednesday Virginia gave us all a TREAT by creating a free printable sheet of Halloween pocket page inserts. I took full advantage and immediately printed several copies of those babies. Not only do I plan to use them in my PL book, but I also thought it'd be another "treat" to show how I'd use them on a 12x12 layout, and here's how that turned out.

First, I printed Virginia's printable on cardstock. I coulda, shoulda, wish I woulda, printed them on watercolor paper too (note to self for next time) but the cardstock worked just fine too. After I printed the cards, I pulled out a couple of my favorite watercolor paints. I wet the entire insert with plain water first, then went back and added orange to the top and bottom of the card. I proceeded to play with the paint until it bled into all the places I wanted it to. And last I dried it with my heat gun.  One TRICK I've learned is that after the front is dry, you can wet the backside of the card and blow dry it too and then it won't be quite as warped. To embellish my newly painted card, I backed it with gray paper poked 2 holes in it at the top of both the gray and painted cards, and laced the gray ribbon from the Early Autumn kit through them and tied a bow. Easy peasy. This watercolor technique and embellishment could be use for either a PL album OR a layout. I chose to work it in to my layout.

I'd love to see how you use these printable tags! Be sure to share with us on the Noel Mignon Members Facebook page!

Happy Friday everyone! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Easy Halloween frame!

Hey there! I have a bit of a treat for you all in the way of a fun and easy Halloween frame idea!
I found this great burlap frame in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby & figured it'd be the perfect backdrop for a Halloween display.
I started with some vintage dictionary pages (if you notice, I did take care with which pages I picked...Halloween, vampire, etc!) Then I pulled out bits and pieces of a leftover Halloween kit & just began layering with the rub-ons & embellishments. I also added some orange inking around the edges. I also took out the glass of the frame so the embellishments would have room.
See? Easy peasy! You can create a similar frame with one of Noel's mini kits - like the Masquerade kit - over in the shop!

You can also Modpodge old book papers onto a plastic pumpkin. I thought I had a picture of the one I did last year but I couldn't find it :( But it was similar to this:
I just cut the papers into strips and attached them to the pumpkin with Modpodge. A little time consuming but very easy!

Here's another project I found on Pinterest using vintage book papers:

You can head here to see more of my Halloween Pinterest board!