Monday, August 21, 2017

{Sweet Little Baby Face} layout with the "Weekend in Paris" Classic Kit

Hello there!  It's Meridy here and I have another single page layout using the "Weekend in Paris" Classic Kit!  The colors of this month's kit are so soft, just like the soft colors in the photo I choose for this layout.  

I started this layout with 4 triangles I cut from 6x6 squares of my patterned paper.  Once I got them laid out, I decided to add some more patterns with the branding strips on the right hand side of the layout.  I wanted to mimic the vest I'm wearing in the photo, and the cream colored trim in this month's kit was the perfect match!

Next it was time to add my other embellishments, such as a few puffy stickers, cardstock stickers, enamel dots, and vellum phrase stickers.  I tried to use all kinds of patterns and/or colors in order tie everything on this layout together.

Finally, it was time for me to work on the little cluster of embellishments on the upper left hand side of the layout.  I continued using the enamel dots and the puffy stickers to create continuity on my layout.  I also added a tissue paper rose and a flair badge.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  I would love to see what you have created on the Noel Mignon Instagram #NoelMignon.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Some daily diary with a Weekend in Paris

 Oh. My. Word. Y'all.

Have you purchased a Weekend in Paris kit yet? Have you? Have you?! This is quite my favorite kit in some time. It's like a mix of girlyness and Anthropolige to me. Love love love. 

I am catching up with some older photos with this kit... and I ran out of adhesive, so today's shopping list is to grab some more so I can keep going tonight! 

Isn't the layering of these colors just lovely? I love the splash of "paint" style on that card tucked behind the photos. P.S. Don't forget to scrap all those silly selfies! I'm glad I have these pics of me! 

These cards are tucked into a page protector, while the Project Life card is adhered on top! 

I love how these cards have typed sentiments on them already. It's like I had everything planned for me. Easy peasy! 

Get yours here- and free shipping today if you get it before midnight! 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Free Little Library: August "Weekend in Paris" Classic Kit

Hi!  Sarah here with another layout using the classic kit this month.  I wanted to take advantage of the soft colors and banner elements in the kit.

I really love the Heidi Swapp banner paper and it was the perfect starting point for this layout.  I echoed the banners in two other places using both the Carta Bella black and white paper and the Julie Nutting blue floral paper, along with the die cut banners to the right of the photo.

I used some Tim Holtz distress ink in Hickory Smoke to help bring the papers together and look cohesive.  The gold Crate Paper sequins was the perfect finishing touch to the layout.  And I love that they're self-adhesive!

I used a combination of the two alphabets in the kit, the Thickers and the Webster's Pages tiny alphabet stickers.  The epoxy "yay" sticker was a great way to fill up the awkward space over the journaling spot.

I love the large black and white ribbons and it looks so beautiful over the doily included in the kit.  

Thank you so much for joining me today.  I can't wait to see how you guys are using this gorgeous kit.  Please share them in the Facebook group so we can all see them!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Love You Always- keeping it simple


Today I have another project for you created with the Weekend in Paris Daily Diary kit and the paper pack from the classic kit.

For this page I did something that I rarely do- I kept the design fairly simple. I did not even add a lot of spray mist like I typically do. I liked the design nice and simple and decided to keep it that way.

My page started out with an   8 1/2x11" sheet of white cardstock mounted on this cute polka dot paper background. I decided to cut some 1/4" strips of black cardstock to make a border around the white cardstock as kind of a frame. I really like that it makes the page stand out more. I cut the black and white striped piece from one of the pocket page cards. 

The things that really catch my eyes most on the page are the gold heart and the handcut roses (Meridy shared her beautiful watercolor technique with these last week- I opted to keep the ones on this page black and white to go with the color scheme of my page). The floral paper may seem a bit overwhelming in one piece but if you cut out individual flowers they are a beautiful addition to any project. The gold heart that I used was cut from one of the journaling cards in the kit. 

I added the black and white puffy sticker bow and doodled strip (these stickers are in the Classic Kit) along with some gold foam Thickers to finish off my title. The gold alphas are perfect! I love their smaller size. The "love you" is also from the Maggie Holmes puffy sticker pack found in the Classic kit. 

Do you challenge yourself to try a different style- used mixed media (mists, paint, etc.) when you usually stay simple or go with a simpler design when you typically like to add a lot of embellishments? 

I am glad that I kept with a simpler design on this page and think it takes on an elegant look with the black/white/gold color scheme. 

Keep checking back each day- we'd love to hear what you think about the kits and our projects. 

Have a fanstastic day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Hey all, Michelle here! I know some of you probably have kids that have already started back to school but we still have a couple weeks left of summer vacation and we're milking it for all it's worth! I'm also spending a little bit of time documenting our fun memories while they're fresh in my mind.
I know most of you would probably look at the Weekend In Paris kit and think it's not 'summery' but that's what I love about Noel's kits, there is so much variety in each kit you're not limited to one particular theme. 

For this page I was drawn to those colored lanterns in the the background paper (at least they look like paper lanterns to me!) and loved how the pink patterned paper and doilies added a nice accent. 
I grabbed the blue alphas from the High Five Daily Diary kit and they matched perfectly with the 'fun' sticker and the mini alphas from the Weekend In Paris kit.

You'll also notice I don't have any journaling on this page, which I sometimes will do when it's an activity that we do every year. There's not much to document other than the photos of us being together and that's enough for me :) 

Side note on getting that action shot of my son coming out of the waterslide - I actually take video & then go back and take pictures from the video. Much easier than trying to take a picture at just the right second!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wall Decor with the Weekend in Paris Daily Diary Kit

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I have been busy with my boys fitting in a few summer activities before school starts next week.  I'm sure I will miss a little of the summer carefree days, but right now I'm ready to be back on a routine.

This week with the kit I created a décor piece for my wall.  I have a wall in my living room filled with 12x12 prints of my boys.  Awhile ago I had new pictures printed to replace some of the older pictures and when I went to rearrange them I couldn't bear to take down any of the pictures.  I got all mommy sentimental and instead my gallery wall grew from 6 pictures to 12.  Unfortunately there is a light switch on this wall and when I hung them up I ended up with a space in between the last row.

I have had that weird gap for a couple of months now trying to figure out what to hang.  I finally decided that I would have to make something to fit that space and while digging around in our shed I found an old piece of wood that would do.  It fits the space and is what I used as my foundation for todays projects.

I pulled the lined/graphed 3x4 cards from the kit and lined them up to cover the length of my wood.  The wood didn't have a totally smooth top and it's actually one of the reasons I picked this piece.  I really like the texture of the grain along the top.  To leave the grain showing I cut all the cards down to fit the smooth top.

One of the journaling cards has the sentiment "you make me happy".  Instead of covering it up I decided to use this as part of my sign.

I used a couple of sheets of 12x12 paper from the paper pack and cut a strip of  Fancy Couture sheet from Carta Bella and placed it along the bottom.  I then fussy cut flowers from the Maggie Holmes flowered paper for my accents.

I used the gold thickers from the kit to spell out "so very" and the swirl font from the Silhouette store to cut out the word happy.  I had my silhouette cut out the word in black cardstock fives times and I stacked these on top of each other to add dimension to the cut.  

Here is a look at my wall with my décor hung in the weird gap left for the light switch.  I have to say I like the wall a whole lot better now.  

Do you use your kits to make home décor projects?  I would love to see if you have.  

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Monday, August 14, 2017

{Hello, My Love} layout with "Weekend in Paris" Classic Kit

Hello all!  It's Meridy here with a layout I made using the "Weekend in Paris" Classic Kit.  I went for a bit of a monochromatic black and white look with a little touch of aqua.  I thought that the black and white picture of my son from last year would go perfectly with this color combo.

I layered a piece of black cardstock with the "b" side of one of the Maggie Holmes papers from this month's kit and topped that with the heart print paper to create the base of my layout.  Once I had that set up everything else layered together pretty quickly.

I knew right away that I wanted to use the "hello" wood veneer and paint it white to match the layout.   As I was going through the rest of the embellishments from the kit I found the word "LOVE" on the puffy sticker sheet.  I thought that the "hello" and "love" were perfect for a title, and I decided to add the word "my" with the mini alpha stickers for the final title of "hello my love".  

I added the cute clip with hearts on it right above my title, a sprinkling of dark grey enamel dots and the self adhesive gold sequins,  2 banner die cuts, a bit of the gold washi tape, the date, and a couple of label stickers to finish off my layout.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I would love to see what you have created lately with your Noel Mignon kits on Instagram #NoelMignon.  Have a great week!!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cross-Stitch: August Weekend in Paris Classic Kit

Hi!  Sarah here with this week's challenge: Using stitching somehow on your project.  It can be hand-stitching or using a sewing machine.  I chose to hand-stitch on my layout and it was perfect since my layout is about my daughter Caylan completing her first grown-up cross-stitching project.

For the background, I wanted to use this Heidi Swapp paper with the ovals on it because they remind me of the cross-stitching hoops used to make the projects.  I also used more Heidi paper with the pink gingham and a strip of Julie Nutting paper with the blue florals.  I chose to use some Tim Holtz distress ink to highlight the edges of the papers since I was using multiple patterns together.  I used the color Worn Lipstick.

I used some black thread to do my hand-stitching.  I did a few stitches along the Melissa Frances lace trim from the kit. I did this on the top and bottom of the layout.

I did bring out two things from my stash I had been saving for this layout.  The "So Much Fun" die cut and the "Make" wood veneer.  Both highlight this topic perfectly.  For the title, I used the Thickers and the Webster's Pages tiny alphabet stickers.  I highlighted the title and embellishment cluster with the enamel stickers from Thickers.

For more hand-stitching, I used an Amy Tangerine stencil from my stash and made some cross-cross stitches to highlight the fact that the topic is about cross-stitching.  I did a series of stitches on both sides of the layout.

This layout was super fun to make and I haven't hand-stitched in a while so it was a good push to get me to do it again.

Let us see how you take on this week's challenge in the Facebook group!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stitching and the Weekend in Paris kit

Hello again!

Today I am sharing my first project created with this month's Weekend In Paris kits. I received the Daily Diary kit but also got the paper kit so I will be incorporating that with my kit.

This week's designer challenge is to add stitching to a project. 

While I love to machine stitch on my pages my machine isn't working right now so I pulled out a paper piercer and some embroidery floss and added stitching on a couple spots on my page. 

After handcutting this cute pennant strip from some patterned paper and adding the pompom trim I added some stitching. I used my paper piercer to make the holes before doing the stitches to make it easier to go through the paper.

I also added a couple of x's here on this lower part of the page. I like the homemade element it adds to my layout as well as the bit of blue that complements the kit colors well. 

There is such a fun mix of embellishments in this kit, as there always is, but these little gold foam Thickers are my favorite! They are just the right size for titles in small spots like this journaling spot that I cut from one of the pocket cards included in the kit. I also punched some tiny stars from the pink paper I used on my page. 

How have you used stitching in your projects? 

We'd love to have you share with us on our Noel Mignon Member page on Facebook. 

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fun times

Hey guys, Michelle here! This week the design team is adding some sewing or stitching on our layouts. I've been sewing on my layouts for years and I love the texture that it adds to my pages. 

So for this page I used the beautiful Weekend In Paris Classic Kit and added stitching to multiple places, including that adorable pink pom pom ribbon, around the inside frame on my page and also along the green floral page.
So here's a few tips when sewing on your page: 

1)Change your needle - I always use a separate needle for my paper crafting (sometimes your needle can get some adhesive on it from your page). Of course, if you don't do any traditional sewing with fabric you don't have to worry about that! 

2) Try not to use too much adhesive in the areas that you plan on stitching so that your needle doesn't get gummy 

3) use a bigger stitch length - I usually set mine to around 2.5. If the stitches are too close together they'll just create one big hole on your page and no one wants that! 

4) Go slow until you get the hang of it (but it's pretty easy...and fun!)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cards with the Weekend in Paris Daily Diary Kit

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope you are having a fabulous week so far.  It is stormy here in Utah today.  I'm excited since I love summer rain storms and I'm hoping it clears out the smoky air that we have had from all the forest fires.

This week the design team was challenged to add hand or machine stitching to our projects.  As I started pulling out all the elements from the daily diary kit I found myself playing with some of the embellishments and knew they would be perfect on cards.

I cut the pendant from one of the 4x6 cards and added the sentiment with a mix of thickers and a 3x4 card.   I added some messy machine stitching to the top of my sentiment.  To achieve a little dimension I used foam adhesive and then tucked my sticker embellishments underneath.

I added a little bit of shine to the butterfly with a little Heidi Swapp color shine from my stash.  

I usually make cards in 2's or 3's so the above card led into the this one:

I used my sewing machine to tack down the background pattern paper.  I then placed a small strip of pattern paper on the bottom and built my elements over the top.  Three of the Heidi Swapp stickers were placed in a visual triangle around my card and I used one of the frames to house my sentiment.  The gold glitter heart as well as the 'be bright', 'be you' were all cut from 3x4 project life cards.

I really love making cards, but I really need to be better about using them.  I'm ashamed to admit how high my stack of homemade cards is getting.  That is all from me today.  I hope you are enjoying this months kit as much as I am.  

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, August 7, 2017

{Happy Birthday} Layout with the "Weekend in Paris" Classic Kit

Hello friends!!!  Hope you are having a great Monday.  It's Meridy here and I want to share the first layout I made with the "Weekend in Paris" Classic Kit.  This kit is PACKED with beautiful things.  The soft color scheme caught my eye and I decided I wanted to scrap a photo of my daughter from her 11th birthday last month.

When I saw the black and white floral paper in the kit I knew right away I wanted to fussy cut it and watercolor the flowers.  I love water coloring elements on my page, because I can make them match any color scheme I want.  Here are a few detail shots of my (very) beginner watercoloring skills. 

I use one of the water brushes to do the watercoloring, so I can quickly control the amount of water in my painting.  I try to do a combination of darker shading using very little water and lighter shading of the same color using lots of water.  I love the mottled look of the different shades of the same color.  

I try not to fuss too much with the watercolors on the paper, if I do, the paper gets too wet and the colors get muddy and blend into one flat color.  I know that my watercoloring isn't perfect, but I like that imperfect look, so it works for this technique.  

In case you are curious, I use a water color set from Michael's, it's $5, and looks like this...
I do a lot of mixing of colors to try to match the exact shades of color that are in the papers.

Ok, back to my layout.  I adore the Maggie Holmes puffy stickers that came in this month's kit, so I used the word "happy" and a few puffy hearts on this layout.  I added a banner sticker and spelled the word "birthday" with the mini alpha stickers from the kit.  The balloon sticker from the Maggie Holmes sticker sheet was the perfect addition to a birthday layout! 

Last, but not least, I added a few phrase stickers and stamped the date onto another Maggie Homes cardstock sticker.   And that wrapped up my layout.  

I can't wait to work with the kit some more this month.  I would love to see what you've created with it on Instagram #NoelMignon.

Have a great week!!!