Friday, February 29, 2008

New Hopscotch Kit

Here are some layouts with Noel's latest kit! Perfect for any girly layouts and Easter projects.

(All products supplied in kit except white Heidi Swapp flowers and brads and photos by my SIL).

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Used the Gingersnap kit for this one! Layered a bunch of my scraps along with the Cosmo Cricket journaling cards (the blue squares) for a fun photo mat. Finished off with some buttons from my stash. The polka dot stamp is by Paper Trey.

Georgie boy

All the papers from this are from the Hopscotch kit! I also added some black and blue thickers. I stitched around the edge of the papers with black thread. I also used some BoBunny rub ons, some itty bitty blossoms and button brads in yellow and white.

I’ve been having so much fun designing and fooling around with the aspects of acrylic albums that I thought I would share a few tips and techniques that I have learned along the way ...

How to Create your own Acrylic Album

I usually keep the front page simple, with or without a title, so I can maintain the integrity of actually being able to ‘see through’ the album. For example, with the cover on this particular album, I used a Hambly Screen Print and Craft Bond Spray Adhesive to fasten the print without actually seeing any adhesive.

I also love to use a lot of different size flowers, as can be seen with this album. The flowers help conceal the materials I use to adhere the supplies to the reverse side of each page. The flowers also provide a nice look when the album is closed.

Another product used to disguise the content is paint. I use paint to hide what is on a reverse page to permit back-to-back journaling with only paint being visible on both pages (refer to sample).

Florish rub-ons are another media I utilize as they can be seen from both sides of the page. I enjoy using the rub-ons because I believe they add a lot of colour and character to the page as well.

When you are beginning the design of your album, I believe the best way to initiate the layout is to continuously monitor both sides of each page to ensure you cannot see any adhesive or unwanted detail.

One handy tip is to use Mini Glue Dots and hide the dots behind buttons or similar embellishments.

Believe me, it sounds a bit tedious, but it is so much fun and the end result is absolutely spectacular.

So get out there and order an acrylic book today ~ get your flowers and lots of bling to add to your pages and show us what you do with your own see through album !!

She loves her dog

She Loves Her Dog
I used patterned paper from Devoted and Passionate kits.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Fancy Pants

using the Gingersnap kit!
my animal: owls :)
i'm a wee owl obsessed!!

tis the season

I did this for layout for a up and coming challenge. I looked through last months passionate kit and the pattern paper I used here is just perfect for this layout.

Don't Feed The Animals

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hopscotch Kit!

Click here to order now!

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Kit includes the following:
Making Memories Garden Party
-12x12 DieCut Scallop Circle
-12x12 DieCut Artisan
-12x12 DieCut Scallop Square
-Glitter Solid Aqua
-Glitter Diagonal Stripe
-Glitter Dots Pink
-Flowers (DBL Sided)
-Stripe (DBL Sided)
-Dots (DBL Sided)
Scenic Route Lynden
-Parkside Court (DBL Sided)
-Springview Drive (DBL Sided)
Pink Paislee Office Lingo
-Bottom Line
Hambly Screen Prints
-Chic Circles Pink
Bazzill Basics Cardstock
-Lemon Lime
-12x12 Scalloped Chiffon
-1 package Imaginisce Spring Dreams Rub Ons
-1 yard ArtChix Golf Dot Border
-1 package Scenic Route Redmond Stencil Chipboard Alphabet in Mint
-1 yard Bazzill Ribbon in Stitched Pink
-1 Imaginisce Sunshine Acrylic Stamp
-4 Imaginisce Stitchin' Buttons in Bright Lights
-2 ArtChix Gold Butterflies
-4 pieces assorted Making Memories Garden Party Glitter Die Cuts
-3 pieces assorted Making Memories Garden Party Epoxy Shapes
-2 assorted Shabby Chic Crafts journal circles
-2 assorted Jenni Bowlin Felt Butterflies
-2 assorted Jenni Bowlin Printed Tickets - Girl Icons
-3 assorted Imaginisce Butterfly Blossoms

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Use Inspiration As It Strikes

I walked through the room where my kids were watching T.V. and on the screen was an image that struck me as soon as I saw it. I don't know what they were watching, but it appeared to be a blurb about a children's artist and they were showing some of his/her work. The image that caught my eye was a painting the artist had done of a tree. The tree had red branches and in the branches were dozens of birds in bright, primary colors.

I thought to myself, "That would be really cute on a scrapbook page!" Normally, I would just think my thought and go on with my daily stuff and probably forget all about it. This time, I went straight to my scrap room, pulled out my Noel Mignon Gingersnap and Passionate kits and went to work.

Instead of birds, I used buttons to suggest a tree full of bright fall colors to go with these fall pictures of my children. I can't say it turned out as cute as the artist's painting but I had a lot of fun creating it!

So now I'm going to challenge you . . . Next time you see a fun idea, don't file it away in your brain. Go scrap it right away!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sneak peek of one of the new kits!

Any ideas on what to name this pretty baby (maybe that would be good!)?? These are almost ready to go...just waiting on some PINK PAISLEE to add! Yum! So keep these in mind...they should be released in the next week or so! If you would like me to notify you when they are ready, please email me at

I'll add up the other sneak tomorrow for kit #2!

Monday, February 18, 2008


My one and only layout from this weekend! Had fun putting this together for an upcoming challenge!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

At the Beach

I did this for the "Scrap your Crap" sticker challenge. You had to use at least 10 stickers and I just made it including my sticker felt! This was a great challenge to join as I got a few things out of my stash. Papers are from the MME Tres Jolie line from last year I think. Rub on is also MME. The only new thing I used is the felt flower which I also stiched around, it's from the CI Creative Cafe line. Also used a MME transparency, ranger ink, and all the stickers are from 7 gypsies.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Quote 'Em!

I've been scrapping for almost three years, and my biggest source of inspiration besides the photos and product are quotes that I've gathered in my memory over my lifetime. There are several places to pull quotes from, and most of our photos can be paired up with a number of quotes.

The most obvious place to pull a quote from is the subject of the layout. What is the person saying as your taking the picture? Does your child have a cute pronunciation of a word? Do they repeat themselves? Is it something they're "known for?" Listen while you look and you're sure to get a good title or starting point for your journaling on the layout. Here are some examples:
If I'm looking for a specific quote about a subject, I usually turn to Quote Garden. I found this quote when I was looking for one about happiness:
Two more sources of quotes are books and movies. I used a line from a popular children's book for this first layout and a quote from one of my all-time favorite movies for the next one:

And since music is such an important part of my life, the source for most of my quotes come from songs. I can usually look at a photo and immediately think of a corresponding song. And on some occassions, I carry that over into my layout about the person and/or event.

Pick a song that describes the event:

Pick a song that was used at an event (this song was played at my son's baby dedication):

Pick a song that describes your feelings:

Pick a song that describes the relationship:

There are endless resources of quotes available--use them as a starting point for your next layout or project!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Better Together

from the jack johnson song "better together," it reads "it's always better when we are together"

and it's me and my lover boy of course!
used the gingersnap kit for this one and a tad bit of stitching too! (also used the sewing machine with no thread to just poke holes in it. adds a subtle border!)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Boys Rule

This features the new upcoming Cosmo Cricket "Cogsmo" papers. I was lucky enough to receive a sample. Also I used a slice of hambly, a couple of pieces of grungeboard and a ton of Foof A La buttons.

Love You to Pieces

Used the Gingersnap Kit for this one!
Stamps are: Collage Press Office Policy and Junkitz School Days. Letter stamps are by K&Co.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Let's get messy!

my absolute favorite thing to use on a layout or project is paint! ah, paint is lovely and versatile and MESSY!! oh, i see some of you cringing already! but i challenge you to try paint if you never have. it's unpredictable and can get all over the place, but it's a lot of fun.

here are a few different ways i like to use paint.

1- painting directly on the paper
my style is sorta go with with the flow. sometimes i plop some paint on my foam brush and have at it. sometimes i will pre-plan a page and decide where i want the paint to go. but most of the time, i will just guesstimate where the picture will be placed and then just go a bit crazy with the paint. in the page i did using Noel Mignon's Gingersnap kit, i used a heck of a lot of paint under all those layers! but then i decided to use a lot of things and most of it got covered up. but there's still some pink paint peeking out from behind the photo's. i also painted a red border, which leads me to the next technique

2- painting a border
i love to paint borders around the whole layout, but i also love giving a frame to pictures with paint. in this mini book i started, i used bright green paint over a black and white photo to make it pop! it really draws your eyes to the photo.

3- use unintentional items with paint
my new favorite technique is using bubble wrap as a stamp! if you haven't tried this yet, you have to! it's so much fun, and the effect is so cool. it never comes out the same way twice, and thats the beauty of paint!

(i love to use more than one color. my foam brushes get A LOT of use and our bathroom sink looks like a rainbow attacked it most of the time! all in the name of art though right??)

4- fingerpaint!
get messy! be a kid again! dont be afraid to stick your whole hand in and smear it all over the place! i love fingerpainting/hand painting for art journals. the freedom to smoosh paint all over the place is so liberating! in my "book of me" i did a lot of pages using paint. this is one where i used my fingers with a bunch of different pinks!

5- use paint to make something POP
if you use patterned paper as your background, sometimes the title can get a little lost. i like to just dash a little bit of paint that contrasts with my title color in the area i want to put my title, and voila! you have a title that pops!

6- use different things to apply paint
use the edge of a playing card to give it sharp lines
use an empty toilet paper roll to make circles
use cardboard as a stamp!
use a leaf
use newspaper
use anything! sky's the limit

and if using paint on a layout is too intimidating, try something smaller! i am currently decorating a card a day (a playing card). it gives me the opportunity to try out new techniques every single day.

it's small and easy and doesn't have to go in an album to be shared, so if you dont like it, don't show anyone! try your techniques out on a smaller scale and you will be surprised at how exciting it is! and once you've mastered them, you will be much more confident to try them out on a bigger scale. :)

Friday, February 8, 2008

"Sweet Stuff" using the Passionate Kit

Passionate Kit Items:
Black Bazzill cardstock, Jenni Bowlin Red Tab Stickers, Queen and Co. mini felt fusion, American Crafts "Sprinkles" thickers in red, Heidi Swapp small crimson floral, Heidi Swapp XL brad in white, Imaginisce "I *heart* U" clear stamp, Black Bazzill cardstock, Heart shaped Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts Metropolitan "Studio"

Devoted Kit Items:
American Crafts Metropolitan "Karaoke"

Gingersnap Kit Items:
Cosmo Cricket Hey Sugar "Cupid"

From the Noel Mignon Store:
Collage Press Clear Stamp Set "Official Record"

From My Stash:
Prima Black Flower Center, Felt, Embroidery Thread

Thursday, February 7, 2008


Words can NOT express how much I LOVE THIS KIT!!!! I had so much fun scrapping today! Now I'm going to rest up and see what else I can create tomorrow!!!




7Gypsies Type writer words & Stickers

Bazzill Polka Dot Ribbon

PP Imaginisce

PP KI Pop culture

Non Kit Items

Bg Scarlet PP and Tag

Alphabet letters cut with my QK Silhouette

I scanned this but it looked wonky because of all the dimension on the page.....


soooo I ran outside and took a picture realllll quick like...


But the glare sucked lol Anyway, to keep the heart from just JUMPING off the page, because it was SOOOOO red, I kinda toned it down with some bronze ink. Love the look of it.

I LOVE these photo corners...


Kit Items:

KI Lace CS

Bazzill Heart

Non Kit Items;


Colorbox Bronze Ink

MM Chelsa PP and photo corners



Kit Products:

Bazzill CS

PP American Crafts

PP Jenni Bowlin

Bazzill Polka Dot Ribbon


Non Kit Items:
Ric rac

HS Ghost Hearts , Letter stickers and acrylic paint

Martha Stewart Glitter

**Tip, when working with glitter, after it is dry, spray it with a little hair spray and won't go anywhere**

That's it for now guys! Have a great day!!