Friday, May 30, 2014

Carousel card trio

Hi there friends! I'm up today sharing a trio of cards that I've made with the scraps of my Carousel kit. I love doing this at the end because it's a quick fun way to make the most of my kit and spread my crafty love with my friends. Yes, I give my cards away.  A lot of times I have someone in mind when I'm making it.

Here's the trio all together. I always hear Tim Gunn from Project Runway in my head when talking about the final collection--let it be cohesive but each piece must stand on it's own. SO that's what I've tried to do here. The elements I was using to tie them together were an oversized embellishment, pink, and geometric shapes.  So without further ado, here is my card set.

Carousel kit card trio


"Dream Big"

"Hello Little Lady"

That's all from me today! I hope you guys have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Good morning!

I used to hear people say that time flies so quickly and the older I get the more I realize how true that is.

Here is a layout that I made using the Carousel kit with my now- 3 year old youngest daughter.

I started out my page using some hearts I cut on my Silhouette Cameo and a mix of Heidi Swapp Color Shine mists. I backed those with a variety of papers from the Carousel kit. The little striped journaling card was cut from the 12x12 sheet.I also added some Chickaniddy pennant strips and some gold glitter hearts cut from some scraps in my stash. 

I left one of the hearts open for a journaling spot and added lots of the cute enamel hearts from Chickaniddy along with the blue glitter American Crafts alphas. ♥ them!

I liked the idea of using #timeflies as part of the title because of the whole social media trendy thing going right now. Plus, I liked the extra touch of glitter! 

This is my last project using the Carousel kit for this month and soon you'll be seeing lots of projects using the brand new Balboa kit so stay tuned!

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hello Baby Goats!

Good morning friends! Cassie here today to share a layout I made with the newest, awesome Noel Mignon kit- Balboa.  I LOVE this kit- just LOVE it! The bright colors, the chalkboard, the wood veneers, the whole thing is amazing.

I was having a hard time scrapping this photos of my son petting baby goats from a few years back because the black in the photos made it difficult to find coordinating supplies.  Balboa was a perfect way to match the black in the photographs while adding some fun pops of color.

Make sure to pick up the Balboa kit - it's great for those hard to match photos!  Have a great day!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Hello friends!! I have a fun little layered card to share with you today! I always have so many fun bits and pieces left over from my kits, so I challenged myself to put some of those goodies to use on this fun card.

Layering the rub on under the photo overlay added fun dimension, then I decided to build up from the camera center. This cute flair badge added in some needed color, pins and clips added in even more texture and dimension. Cutting apart one of the chevron rub ons from the Maggie Holmes collection, I was able to make some small photo corners, and add in more of the gorgeous gold accent. Layered a few of the banner stickers, and I was left with a fun, colorful, dimensional, card for any occasion!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friends Always

Hi there friends! I'm here to share with you another fun layout using the Carousel kit. Today's the last day of school for my kids, and it's been a great year. One of the things I'm most grateful for this year are the sweet friendships my girls have acquired. I've learned that friendships, true sweet ones, are hard to come by even at an early age. So I do what I can to encourage those that are special.

My layout today is about one of those precious friendships--one that's actually 3 generations old. You see these girls' grandfathers were best friends until my dad died last year, and then I am great friends with this angel's mom--in fact she was my favorite babysitter when I was growing up, and now all these years later here are our own girls developing their own friendship.  Such a special bond.

Have a great weekend everyone, and Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Are you ready for summer vacation?

It's the end of the school year for most of our kids and if your children are like mine they are counting down the days until they are FREE!

This week we've had awards assembly after awards assembly and today was both kindergarten graduation (for my 3rd) and the last day of preschool for my 4th so this post is a bit late but I hope it's worth it!

My kids love school and do well there but they are more than ready for summer vacation, time to relax, time to play, time to sleep in and do lots of fun things.

For my layout this week I decided to do something I don't usually do- create a photo-less page.

Have you ever tried that?

Our theme this week is "end of the school year" and I thought it would be fun to create a layout about what our plans are for summertime so I gathered my kids together and we came up with our "bucket list" of things to do while they are out of school. Of course we might not get to all of these things but it sure is fun to think about!

I created this page using the Carousel kit from this month:

I used that beautiful Pink Paislee paper for my background, topped it off with some white cardstock with edges painted with spray mist. I like that it helps set apart the patterned paper from the cardstock.  

I added a small banner piece to the top of the page along with a rose that I cut from the Dear Lizzy paper. I also added one of these roses to the bottom of the page. I added glue in spots and then some of the cool pink glitter from the kit. This adds lots of sparkle to my page to go along with the glitter alphas and frame that I also used on the layout.

After adding some spray mist splatters (you can find some in the Noel Mignon store here) I used the nozzle to draw some lines for my journaling. Here is where I put that pack of My Mind's Eye alpha and phrase stickers to work on my page in a major way. This is a fun way to spice up your journaling and give it some pop!

I added some enamel hearts from Chickaniddy here and there and some bits of Glitz washi tape.

Have you created your bucket list for this summer vacation? 

Have you been creating with this or other Noel Mignon kits? 

We'd love to see what you've been making!

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by Noel Mignon today!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Happy Wonderful

Good afternoon!! Today I have a fun fall themed layout to share with you using the "Carousel" kit, with a few bits and pieces from some past kits thrown in.
I love the soft colors that are included in the "Carousel" kit, but I really wanted to challenge myself to use them on not only a boy page, but a fall themed page. So I started out by pulling all the blue/greens, and brow papers and accents out. I knew I wanted to add in some darker shades also, so I went through some past kits and pulled out anything that I thought would coordinate, yet still bring in those darker tones.

That squirrel paper from Glitz, was one of my favorites out of this kit, and I knew this would be the perfect layout to use it on, I wanted to add more interest to it though, so I cut some random strips, and by adhering them along the sides, I was able to use that while still adding in more colors and texture.
I really wanted to showcase a long title along the more solid blue paper, I pulled out a fun stitching template form my stash, and used it as the starting point. Then by layering in some stickers, paper, and wood veneer, I put together a fun title that works to fill that large blank space.

Finally I added in my layered mat, if you look closely, you will notice I even snuck in a bit of pink for even more interest and color. Since I had so much white space in these photos, I added in a few clusters that layered in for fun texture and dimension.

I tend to go for more primary and brighter colors on my boy layouts, so this was a fun change, and I love getting to add in some of those fun bits and pieces that I have been holding on to!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Life is Beautiful!

Hi friends! I've got another layout that I made with this month's Carousel kit. (Sorry it's sold out).

I promise I didn't plan my kids Easter outfits to coordinate with the Carousel kit, but I was so happy when I saw the first sneaks on Facebook. And I *may* have squealed a little bit when I pulled out the gray and pink papers from Chickaniddy Crafts when my kit arrived. I knew immediate which picture I was going to use! I'm really loving the soft subtle colors of this kit. This layout came together pretty quickly.

For this layout I deconstructed several of the journaling cards and kraft tags by hand-cutting the elements I knew would work well on this page. I also hand-cut the large pink/peach flowers, and tucked my picture inside a corner of the Heidi Swapp glitter frame, using it kind of as am enlarged photo corner.

Here are some close-ups of the details:

Thanks for letting me share! Hope you're enjoying your kit as much as I am!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hand cut titles and the Carousel kit

Hello again!

For today I have another layout to share with you that I created using the Carousel kit from this month. 

I really like the pastel hues and the fun script words on some of the patterned papers. I decided to use the "Happy" from the paper with "choose happy" for part of the title on my page. 

I very carefully cut out the words using some pointed scissors and a craft blade and saved "choose" for a card that I will share with you soon. I finished off the title with some glitter Thickers and a sentiment "together" from the kit. 

Here is a look at the whole page: 

The little metal clips in the kit are so cute! I cut out these two hearts from the journal card sheet and positioned them to look like clouds, then added the Maya Road clip over the top and secured with just a few stitches. I added some of those fun heart epoxy stickers, too. 

As I think I said before, I really like the sheets of My Mind's Eye stickers in the kit this month! They are the perfect filler for journaling, adding little bits of info and accents for  your projects. I used some of the alphas and sayings on my layout. 

I really like the clothespins with the paper bows but didn't want that much bulk on this page so I carefully removed the bow from the clip and added it to the bottom of my journaling block. The gold star washi tape is from Queen & Company and is an extra you can find in the Noel Mignon store along with lots of other cute new tapes. 

We hope you are enjoying the Carousel kit. 

Don't forget to share your projects with us on the Facebook page!

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Washi Tape Titles

Good morning Noel Mignon Members!  I've got a fun idea for using washi tape to make a colorful title today.  I love how Noel includes washi tape all the time in her kits, and because of that I've grown to have a pretty big stash!  For this layout I was using up some of the leftover tidbits of Noel kits past and decided to do a big and bold title using my stash of washi.  Here's how it came out

I love how the overlapping on the washi gives extra color gradients to the letters.  A big and bold title is a great way to use up some of the negative space on your layout if you're only showcasing a small amount of photos.  I kept the main elements of my layout down the center of the page but expanded to the edges with both the title and patterned paper strips.  Sometimes a layout doesn't have to take forever or include any crazy techniques for it to be just what you want it to be :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Enjoy The Journey

Hello crafty friends!! Today I have a sweet and easy little home decor project to share with you using the "Carousel" kit. 

I had this frame laying around that I had found on clearance last summer. I knew that the colors in the "Carousel" kit would be perfect to use with this frame! I started by taking out the glass, that way I could add some dimension to the main piece. I cut patterned paper to fit the opening, and layered one of the kraft Heidi Swapp tags and a doily in the center.
I loved this cloud wood veneer, but knew that I would never use it for a layout, so it was one of the first things I pulled out to use. It had a preprinted sentiment of "today" on it, but that didn't quite make sense for a decor piece, so I pulled out the My Mind's Eye stickers, and found this one, which was perfect. I layered it over a piece of the included washi to give a little more color. Using the last little leftover bit from the vellum borders, some twine, and the cute banner stickers, I made a "shelf" for my cloud to rest on.

Using foam adhesive, doubled on the wings, I adhered the butterfly for a little more dimension and color. Sequins and enamel hearts finished it off!

This was such a fun little project to make, and I used up lots of those little bits that were included in the kit!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Art Journaling with the Carousel kit

A friend of mine introduced me to the Documented Life Project earlier this year, and since then, it's been percolating in my creative brain to adapt for myself. 

I started by adhering these weekly note sheets from the Target Dollar Spot into an art notebook with heavy duty pages that I can paint on and mod podge on with them buckling or bleeding through. 

I'm not sure how I'll use the weekly pages- some weeks I may jot down something each day, but for this last week, I just journaled across the whole page. I have a very close friend who is in the hospital this week and this has been a good outlet for my anxiety over her condition. 

I was inspired by this print from Katygirl Designs, and wanted to add it to my art journal. It was a good reminder for me this week. 

The Carousel kit fit perfectly with my art journal, and I'm excited to continue with this project! I'm looking forward to Noel's new kits coming out soon, the Daily Diary kits. Wouldn't that be great for an art journal project? 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Embracing the Camera

Hi everyone! I'm super excited to share my layout with you today as a part of our Mother's Day theme. The inspiration behind my layout is from a blog post by a photographer I really love, Ashley Ann. Her blog, Under the Sycamore, is a lot about motherhood, every day moments, and she takes some really great candid photos. One blog post that was particularly impactful  for me, and is the inspiration for my layout, was one where she encouraged her readers to embrace the camera. A lot of us moms love to take pictures, and as a result we're not IN those pictures. So Ashley Ann started a hashstag on Instragram encouraging moms to jump in the pictures WITH their kids--no matter what their hair looks like, even if they don't have on make-up or what the house looks like--but to GET IN THE PICTURE! It's those memories of everyday activities, that the kids will want to remember when they look back through our albums one day.

So I've taken that challenge and have tried to be more intentional about getting in pictures with my kids. THEY love selfies, so that's what we do.  I've also tried to mix up the scenarios a little bit by taking a selfie of all of us in carpool or laying in the grass (that's what these two pictures are of). And if I admit it, I really do like that I'm forcing myself to capture these shots too. I like seeing myself with my kids in our everyday environments, or just being silly with them.  So here's my layout of 2 of our #embracethecamera selfies.

"Being Intentional"

Details about the layout: I used a neutral palette with the pops of blue from the Carousel kit (sorry, sold out) to create a fun whimsical LO. Keeping with an Instagram theme, I layered my layout on a white cardstock border, added a few mists to the kraft paper and lots of hand-drawn squigglies around the pictures and edges.

This Mother's Day weekend, I want to encourage you to get out there and Embrace the Camera with your family--your kids, your mother, and other generations if you have them. I really believe it's a big deal to leave a legacy for our kids, and what better way to evidence it than by taking a picture with them.  So Go. Embrace the Camera. Capture your memories. Love on your family!