Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Snow day!

Hey everyone, Michelle here! I have a traditional page to share today along with a pocket page. I had a lot of photos from our snow day last week that I wanted to use so that's why I added a pocket page to go along with my traditional page.
For my pages I used the Little Bird Daily Diary Kit along with the extra papers that were from the classic kit. I absolutely loved that heart shaped paper and knew I wanted to cut that out so that's exactly what I did. I also added stitching around each triangle. It doesn't show up much in photos but in person it just adds a subtle amount of texture to my page. The silver glitter thickers are from a kit from last year and were perfect for my snow theme!
The pocket pages I used a mix of photos, journaling cards, and stickers. Love those epoxy stickers in the kit!
It was such a fun snow day! My dogs especially enjoyed it :) 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Oh, they're teenagers." - Little Bird Classic Kit

Hello all!  Nicole here this week to share a layout that I put together to remember a conversation my youngest had with my husband.  I overheard them talking and after having a good laugh I quickly pulled out my phone and typed it up in a memo.  I love doing this and have a place in my memo lists for each family member.

I feel like this layout needs a little explanation and why I might find this funny.  We have a unique situation with our kids because of their age difference, they are nine years apart in age.  The younger just started Kindergarten and the older is in 9th grade.  The little guy gets to hear us blame a lot of the older ones mumbling, grumbling cave man noises (please tell me this is normal!) and other random weird behavior  that he and his friends do on them being "teenagers".  The little guy has now decided that he himself doesn't want to become a teenager and basically thinks being a teenager is something he should avoid at all costs.  The hubs and I did explain that no matter how hard he tried that one day he also would be a teenager. ;)

Part of the journaling:

Overheard as we were getting ready to go to the summer concert in the park
T:  Are Jake and Shane going to be there?
B:  Yes they are coming
T:  (laughing to himself) Oh . . .  they're teenagers.

I started by arranging part of my title and journaling in Photoshop.  I measured for the photo and then printed this out on white cardstock.  Since this layout was based on a conversation and not an actual event I went through some photos and picked ones of the people that were mentioned in the conversation .  I happened to find the main photo as an outtake from our family photo shoot and knew it would make a great focal photo since the three teenagers are looking at the little guy.

After getting my title, journaling, and pictures printed.  I then just played around with lots of the different pattern papers in the kit until I was happy with the mix.

I placed the epoxy stickers to draw attention to my title.

I used the Distress Ink to tone down the outside of my white cardstock to help it blend into the background cardstock.

Overall, I was going for a bright and fun layout that documented this little conversation and I'm very happy with the results.  Everything on this layout in exception of the red shipping tag is from the kit.

 I have a few more conversations like this one saved on my phone that I hope to get documented on future layouts.  I love that modern technology can help make this process of getting things recorded a breeze.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Monday, January 16, 2017

{Mommy's Little Artist} with the "Little Bird" Daily Diary Kit

Hello Noel Mignon fans!  Today I am sharing a 12x12 layout that I made using the "Little Bird" Daily Diary Kit and the "Little Bird" Paper Add On.  But first I want to share a photo of the kit, there are still a couple left in the store!!!

Isn't this kit just full of awesomeness!!!?!

I started this layout by blocking off the bottom half with the diamond patterned paper and the herringbone navy paper on the left hand side.  Next I built up the "love to create" card and the photo by layering them on some of he light blue paper from the paper pack.  I really loved the bright red Daily Diary card, but I didn't want to use the whole card on this layout.  So I cut it on the diagonal and created a partial photo matt and punched a heart out of the section that is behind the photo.  

I added a few really cute flags, tags, and tabs to embellish the 4x6 "love to create" card.  I also outlined a few various pieces with a thin red marker to bring in a little more red, and to make them stand out a little more.  I cut the lined paper I used for my journaling card from one of the 3x4 cards from this month's kit.   

I added a few splashes of mist since the pictures are of my son painting.  I thought the mist mimicked the look of paint splatters.  And finally, I added my title "Mommy's Little Artist".  The letters for the word "Mommy's" came from the sticker sheet in the Little Bird Daily Diary kit.  The red Thickers for the word "artist" came from my stash.  And that about wraps up my layout.  I love seeing you share your work on the Noel Mignon Members Facebook Page---I hope to see you there!  Have a great week.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Squad Goals * Little Bird Classic Kit *

Hey guys! This week is all about "goals" and I thought I'd make a lighthearted twist on the topic... with a pic of my 7 year old and some of her best buddies. 

How darling are those little pink letter stickers from the Little Bird kit?  I love them. 

I recently have been trying to figure out what a family album looks like for us (after taking some time away from scrapbooking). I wanted something that was a little easier to hold and interact with than a 12x12 album, so I settled on a 6x8 album. So what you see here are my first pages for that album! 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Adventure Awaits | Little Bird Daily Diary Kit

Hey friends! This week the design team is challenged to create a layout that reflects our goals, resolutions, one little word or the like for the new year. Since I am not much of one to make resolutions and I do not really do much with my one little word, I opted to document a goal I have for 2017 - which is to have more adventure in my life.  Now I am not speaking of far away exotic adventures, but more taking time to get out and enjoy life a little more! And I really hope I remember the camera!

After giving some thought to the theme of my page, I struggled a bit as to how to document it. Then as I was sifting through my kit I was inspired by the 6 x 6 paper in the Gather collection that a grid of little rectangles. I found this photo of it in 12x12 format on the site. (Forgot to snap a picture of my piece.)

Anyway, I cut up the paper into the little rectangular pieces and started playing with them, spreading them around on my desk and laying out a grid design. Grid designs are a little out of my comfort zone, so I challenged myself to go with it!

There were 12 little rectangles on the page, so I figured if I added 4 photos I could do a 4 up, 4 across grid.  The next step was to sift through my massive amount of photos to find a few that spoke to my theme.  I didn't really pay much attention to the date they were taken as that isn't really important to my story. Instead I focused on what was going on in the photos and picked ones where I was on an adventure, whether is was near or far, or photos of people or scenery didn't really matter.

After printing the photos, and integrating them into my grid design by placing one photo into each row, my design felt a little too structured, so I pulled one little rectangle from each row, varying the position that I pulled it from.  This created a blank space, which to me felt like a little resting spot in the design. 

Once these main elements were adhered to my page, I stitched around their perimeter with my sewing machine.

Next, I gave some thought to embellishing, I knew that I could tuck small embellishments anywhere on my page.  But what about larger ones?  I pulled 3 large-ish stickers from the Hazelwood stickers sheet and removed one more rectangle from my spread and added in an extra column, for each sticker I would add.

After adding my journalling which I hand wrote on a scrap of paper and taped it to a little rectangle with some of the washi from the kit,  I then proceeded to add in small embellishments.

 I splattered on some gold and navy Heidi Swapp color shine to finish off my layout.

My layout was feeling a little blah and lost so I mounted in onto the pretty polka dot patterned paper from Echo Park (the back of the cut apart cards) that came in the kit.  All in all, I kind of like the way it turned out, and I only used 1 partial sheet of the 12 x 12 paper (as I gutted it) and 3/4 of the 6x6 paper - kind of fun when you think about it!

Supply List:  From the Kit - Echo Park just be you 4x6 journalling card paper and sticker sheet; Hazelwood 6x6 paper, washi tape and sticker sheet;  Pretty Little Studio Hello Heather cut apart flags and Belle pocket cards; Simple Stories The Reset Girl enamel shapes and phrase stickers.  From my stash - Tim Holtz Kraft Core cardstock; Heidi Swapp gold and navy color shine; Fancy Pants Flair.
Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Create Beauty (Little Bird Classic Kit)

Hello, everyone! It's Sherry and today I'm sharing a layout created for our prompt, "goals". I decided to use a broader approach and create a reminder to myself to not only dream about a beautiful things but to actually create beauty. It's so easy to think about things we'd like to do, but without action, nothing happens. This layout will be hanging in my craft room, for inspiration.
I adore the Maggie Holmes (Gather) wreath stamp and thought it would be fun to create a larger wreath with it. I lightly traced around a paper plate to keep my circle from getting wonky. After stamping around the circle, I erased the pencil line.
Since I was creating a wreath, I thought the beautiful ribbon from the kit would be the perfect touch to add color and softness to the layout. I used my Crop-o-dile to punch holes to weave the ribbon through.
The little birds from the MH Kindred paper were begging to be fussy-cut, so I obliged. I tucked the branches under the ribbon and added foam dots for dimension. I punched circles from the MH Jane and Beautiful paper and filled the center of a few wreaths.
For the title, I combined the Thickers from the kit and die cut the word "beauty". I created a bullet list of my words using the dots from the Thickers. The "remember to" stamp is from my stash.
Hopefully, you've been inspired to document and actively pursue your goals! Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 goals

Hey everyone, Michelle here! This week we're talking about goals. And while I don't do the typical New Year's resolutions I do like to have goals that I set for myself throughout the year. And one of those for this year is that I would like to be more consistent with using my planner. Last year I did pretty good for a while, then fell off the wagon, then back on, etc. The weeks that I'm consistent with my planner I feel much more organized and a tad less stressed (for obvious reasons!)
So this year I picked up 2 planners, both Happy Planners. The regular sized planner will be my most used planner with the mini planner just as a calendar that I can throw in my purse. I much prefer to have a physical planner than using the calendar in my phone. Side note - last year I had all of the dates in the calendar on my phone just disappear. It was awful. Once again I was reminded why 'old school' is sometimes best!

So here's a look at last week's spread in my Happy Planner:
I was able to decorate a bit more since we didn't have a ton going on other than the whole back to school routine. Not every week is decorated this much, just depends on what I have going on and how much time I have to devote to decorating my planner. However, using the Little Bird Daily Diary Kit I was able to decorate pretty quickly.

And here's a look at my mini planner:
Pretty basic, I don't spend a lot of time on decorating this one. Just a little washi along the edges and a few stickers from the kit. I write notes in it as the week goes on. Like I said, this one gets thrown in my purse so I have important dates with me when I'm away from home (my regular planner stays home, either on my desk or the kitchen counter). 
I absolutely love the washi in this kit so I enjoyed using it in my planners! It will definitely be making another appearance in the weeks to come!