Thursday, January 3, 2013

Let Me Introduce Myself

Hello to everyone at Noel Mignon!  I'm so excited to be joining this amazing kit club.  I have always admired Noel's kits because she packs them with so many goodies!

To tell a little about myself...I'm a young at heart 45-year old, married for 22 years, and living with our 17-year old cat named Archie, and our beautiful little 4-year old daughter, Emma.  We are an adoptive family.  You can read more about our adoption and becoming a family here.  I live in south Louisiana where I can wear flip flops pretty much all year.

So you know I like to scrapbook, but I have also been enjoying making cards and a few altered items.  I do dabble in art journaling, although not always enough.  I'm a Project Lifer, just completed my first one for 2012.  I love the whole idea of it and it has taken away the guilt of getting every photo scrapped and documented, but it is a commitment.   It is worth seeing my daughter look through it...although I wish I had done something like this when I was single!  Those days are a blur!
I will be visiting the boards to get to know everyone more.  I know a few from visiting in the past.  I am on Twitter, but mostly on Facebook and Instagram.

Besides doing this creative hobby, I love photography, try to go on as many walks as I can (trying to keep this older body healthy), love Starbucks so much, I bought a latte machine, read (although not much lately), watch Disney Jr. and jump on the trampoline with my daughter, love Mexican food...and love TV, yes I do!  I love Sci-Fi shows, like Doctor Who, Merlin, Firefly.  I tend to be by myself when I watch those ;)

I was so excited to dig into my first Noel Mignon kit, the Soda Shoppe kit.  I just knew her kits were for me...they are so full of product, that all goes together so well.  For me, it was a dream kit.  Whenever I look through product, I always pick out favorites, which can be hard for me, because I LOVE it all!  Really!   I picked the soft My Mind's Eye paper as the background.  The chevron paper from Basic Grey caught my eye, so that got cut first, then the Kraft Lawn Fawn paper.  I wanted to add more color, so I added the blue polka dot paper from My Mind's Eye horizontally.
I rarely get a layout done in an hour, but the colors and variety in this kit worked so well together, this was done in an hour.  I had no idea how I was going to use the straws, but the dimension and color it adds...I NEED more!  I glued it on with Zip Dry glue, not going anywhere.
I use a lot of pop dots.  I can't help it.  I need to order a case of them.  I love dimension and texture.  The "you & me" was cut with the Silhouette.
I tucked the journaling inside the bag on the American Crafts tag.  Any layout I do about my daughter and her best friend, Merrin, is a special one.  These girls were together in China as babies, and we are blessed to live so close to each other now!

Thank you for letting me introduce myself, my family, and share my first Noel Mignon layout.


cissi said...

What a lovely layout, I wish I could come up with something like this. What a lovely story about your daughter and her friend, seems like they where supposed to be together.

Melanie said...

What a fun layout! I love hearing about your process of putting it together. So happy to get to see your designs each month with NM :)

senoritaml said...

Great layout and congrats on becoming part of the design team.

Diane Payne said...

Welcome to the team, Patricia! Your layout is AMAZING!

Leslie Ashe said...

I'm so glad you're on this team, Patricia!! Your layout is GORGEOUS girl! I love dimension too and go through just as many pop dots!
Amazing work, my friend!

Jen said...

Welcome, welcome!! Love your layout and ALWAYS love meeting another pop-dot fan, LOL :)

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

Congratulations Patricia! You will be a wonderful addition to Noel's awesome team! Love your layout and post!