Thursday, July 23, 2015

YOU by My Style Stamps

Hey everyone!  Boy has it been a busy few weeks!  Amelia is going through a big growth spurt, work is picking up, and I'm getting ready to have surgery (eek!!)

I haven't been crafting nearly as much as I'd like - I tried doing weekly layouts for the month of June and it is just NOT my thing.  I ended up taking the majority of the layouts apart and have really been struggling with how I should put it back together.

So, while I'm deciding how to fix that mess, I decided to get my mojo back, and what better way to do it than with the amazing new digital card release from My Style Stamps!?


I decided to use them for a mini insert that showcases Amelia turning 3 months.  I used all but 5 cards of the kit, but I have plans for the remainders (and still plan to print more - which is easy when you buy a digital kit download versus a physical card kit!!!).


I also used the Lollipop colored sequins from My Style Stamps to keep everything flowing and connected - and i absolutely love them!!  They're this fantastic candy pink color with a bit of iridescent shine.



I definitely plan to stock up on more sequin colors, especially since they're only a dollor for a whole baggie!! The rest of the embellishments are leftovers from my stash, but if you have any questions on anything specific, let me know.


Even close up, it's hard to tell that these cards aren't real watercoloring - and I'd imagine it wouldn't be hard to make DIY watercolor embellishments to match.
I absolutely loved working with this card kit, and I hope that you will too!!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

April Showers... and sequins

Hey everyone!! Today I want to share with you my layout and inserts for April 2015!  

April was quite a busy month for us after we brought Amelia home - mostly because I felt amazing and was able to do a lot even though I'd just had a baby!!  We had Easter, a zoo trip, and even a trip to Ohio to visit Poppy for a spaghetti dinner!!

I hope that you enjoy the layouts, and if you have any questions just send me a comment!!



I love documenting things like first baths - even though they always make silly faces, it's fun to look back on later on down the road.


This little gal sleeps ALL. THE. TIME!!  That's what makes scrapbooking so easy hahaha!



I decided to do a mini insert for each of Amelia's month days.  I got some super cute pictures of her propped up in the chair and used a grey blanket as a background.  I also used the shirt sticker as an embellishment!



I hope my layouts inspire you to get crafty today!!

-Nicole


Thursday, July 9, 2015

My Style Stamps: 4th of July

Hey everyone!!

I am so excited, as most of you know if you follow me on instagram or on facebook, because I've been selected to design layouts for My Style Stamps using their brand new digital pocket pages card sets!!



The first set I've received is a 4th of July set, created with beautiful maroon and navy and absolutely perfect for a layout dedicated such an important day in history.  


I used only the My Style Stamps cards to create my layout for this year's festivities, and I used all gold embellishments from my stash to really bring out the rich maroon and navy of the cards.  I didn't want too many colors in the layout to distract from the patriotic feel, and i really felt that the gold gave the whole layout a more classic design element.


There were only two cards that I didn't use from the set, but I plan to use them later on in my album because while they are "red white and blue", they definitely are not holiday specific, which makes it easy to use them with a different layout later on.  What's more exciting, is since these sets are available digitally, I can always reprint cards that I like for future layouts too!

I've taken some close-up photos of each section so that you can see the little details Ive added to really draw out the beauty of these cards.







I hope that you enjoy the layout, and make sure to subscribe so you don't miss my future posts featuring all the newest My Style Stamps digital pocket pages card sets!!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Make Lemonade

Even negative events can be beautifully scrapbooked, and when you're using project life to document (especially weekly) it's not uncommon that you'll photograph the not-so-happy parts of life.  

In this picture, my 3 year old was sick with gastroenteritis and was definitely not a happy camper.  It was an instagram photo, so the square picture didn't flow well with the rest of my layout, and I had some other instagram photos I was putting on an insert as well, so I decided to go with a 6x6 layout for this.
I decided to use the age-old saying of "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade" but spun it around as if to say "HOW can I make lemonade out of these rotten lemons!?!?!"  I chose the lemon paper to flow with the theme, and the sparkly yellow thickers to spell out lemonade.  I didn't want too much black on the layout, so I chose the grey chipboard thickers for the rest of the title.  I didn't use embellishments on this page because I wanted the photo and the title to be the main focus, and felt like embellishments would have been too much.  I do wish I'd had a lemon shaped paperclip, that would have been nice in the bottom left corner!  If I ever find one, I'll have to come back to this layout and attach it.  It's always a work in progress for me!
As you can see, even the boring, mundane, and even yucky parts of life can be made beautiful, just by using some creativity and some pretty supplies.  Enjoy!