Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gammy & Gunnie - SUYS

So I am finally sharing a layout that has actually been finished for over a week now.
It just kept floating around my desk, getting moved to and fro, as I just wasn't 100% happy with it. To be honest I still feel that something might be missing.

Gammy & Gunnie

This month I discovered a new-to-me challenge blog, Show Us Your Stuff, which provides a piece of inspiration (sketch/mood board) and asks that you use a hand made item on the page. Octobers challenge is the sketch below.

I LOVE this sketch. It was an absolute MUST for this month. The handmade item included is a flair button from APOCD. 

It was this section in the picture above that was giving me the drama while completing the page, not sure if it is still missing something...

The journaling has been hand written with a white pen and tells the story of the nicknames and love from my aunt and uncle to my daughter Chloe. I thought it was about time I started scrapping the other people in my kiddos lives. Many of them are just as important if not more. And they are two extremely loved little people.

The flower is an old blossom from Bella Blvd and all the papers are also Bella Blvd, the Family Forever collection, rather fitting hey.

Thanks for popping in. Hope you like the page. I intend to create many more on Chloe and Jayces extended family, even the non related ones.
XoXoX Nicole.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Our Lil Bub - Scrap & Play

After an enjoyable venture into the card making word, I am back with the usual, a bright layout of my kiddies.

Our Lil Bub

Surprise. Surprise. This layout has been inspired by a sketch. This time from Scrap & Play a fairly new scrapbooking challenge blog. The challenges vary from colour combos, words plays and sketches. Challenge #11 is the sketch below.

For this layout I have used only Bella Blvd. 90% from the Molly collection. I was totally shocked to discover that I had not used ANY of it yet. Well that certainly had to be fixed!

I fiddled with different supplies to create the 'banners' behind the photo strip from the sketch, I considered paper strips, washi tape, flowers and finally decided on the feathers. Thought it was something new to try and had the perfect colours to match Chloes dress.

Also because of the dress I had to include at least one flower. The Baby Blooms from Bella Blvd where again just perfect for the page.

I didn't have a title in mind when I created the page, so it was a last minute. The 'everyday girl' die cut was again just what the page needed, as these are just photos of Chloe that I like.

Thanks for checking out my layout.
XoXoX Nicole.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thinking of You - WCMD

So this card was the first one I did today. And it changed design and meaning about 15 times. Eventually I just stuck it down and moved on.

Also based on the My Scraps & More WCMD Blog Hop this sketch is from Lisa.

The heart is three vellum hearts on top of one another to give it a some depth.

Well thats all the cards for now. Although I am currently undecided weather I should go to bed or squeeze out another... We will see.
XoXoX Nicole

You're My Fav - WCMD

Have another card to share, I think this one might be my favourite...

Once again I turned to the My Scraps & More WCMD Blog Hop. This time the sketch from Tracey R's blog

I have used a bunch of old Bella Blvd cardstocks for this one. Dark blue is not normally a colour I would use and did mean I had to decorate the inside too, but the effect is well worth it.

One more left...
XoXoX Nicole

You're The Best - WCMD

Back with another thank you card from today.

 This card was based on the My Scraps & More WCMD Blog Hop sketch from Michelles blog.

It is amazing what a black pen can do.

More coming...
XoXoX Nicole

Thank You - WCMD

So I loved making *this* card the other day. It felt good. Today a managed to find myself with a little (very little) bit of spare time!!! I know, crazy right? That never happens!! So put it to good use making some more.

I took inspiration from the sketch by Missy Whidden (a scrapper I have been blog stalking for awhile now, love her stuff!) for the My Scraps & More WCMD Blog Hop.

The card started with the 'flower'. It is actually two layers of colourful hearts which I cut out using my aunties Cricut a very long time ago (I knew I would use anything heart shaped eventually).
However I used so many colours in the flower I didn't leave any for the background, vellum to the rescue! I'm so glad it is coming back 'in'. I love the subtle effect it gives.

Thanks for dropping by. More cards yet to come!
XoXoX Nicole.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Positive Thoughts - WCMD

Happy World Card Making Day my friends in the blog-o-sphere!
Unfortunately yesterday I received some rather sad news which left me wishing I could do something, anything, to help. And unfortunately it is one of those situation where there isn't really anything you can do but just let the people know your there and thinking of them.
So in the spirit of today, I decided to make a card.

I made this decision about 5 minutes before my chance to visit them. So reached for the internet to inspire me. I found this sketch at Tracey F's blog for the My Scraps & More WCMD Blog Hop.

Armed with the sketch I merely rummaged through my scraps stash and the card was finished in a matter of minutes. I've used chevron patterned paper strips and washi tape all from Bella Blvd.

I do wish I took a little more care writing the sentiment and had I more time I probably would have outlined the strips with black pen. Oh well, next time.

I also put a strip of washi tape through the middle on the cards inside with positive quotes from Hazek & Ruby.
The card is not perfect but I think it did its job. I hope to make more cards in the not too distant future! 
XoXoX Nicole

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two Crazy Kiddies - Bo Bunny & My Creative Sketches

So. This post is going to be short and sweet with terrible picture quality for now. It is well past my bed time!
Tonight I created my third ever double page layout of my two crazy kiddies on a shopping trip to Kmart. My previous two-pagers have had varying success, the first was certainly not a masterpiece, in fact I don't think I ever completely finished it, and the second was picked up and published in the American magazine Scrapbook and Cards Today.

2 Crazy Kiddies

The photos are from a shopping trip to Kmart wear these beanies were just screaming to be worn! I couldn't help myself and popped one on each and snapped some quick pics. I am a very indecisive person so shopping trips can drag out a bit but doing silly lil things like this help keep the kiddos happy, well... tolerable.
The title and journalling are more about shopping trips in general and other silly things I do to while they are in the trolley to ward off tears and tantrums.
This page combines two sketch challenges.

The first page is from My Creative Sketches September Sketch and looks like the above. Can you see the resemblance? It was the Bo Bunny - Our Lil Monster 'Rawr' paper which married these photos with this sketch for me.

The second page was based on the Bo Bunny September Sketch challenge. I loved this sketch as circles are an element that I rarely use but know they create great effects.

I used only the Bo Bunny Our Lil Monsters collection for this page. I have wanted it since its reveal but could not find it until a holiday trip which just so happened to drive directly past a scrapbook store! Yay.

The few times I have created a double page layout I insist on putting embellishments over the page split to help unify them and to make my life more difficult this time I did so with a banner.

 Each letter has been fussy cut from the All Star paper then stuck over the string.

An assortment of fitting words have been stuck near the two separate photos.

That is all for now.
I will be back again with better pictures when the sun is high and I have had a reasonable amount of coffee!
XoXoX Nicole

Monday, September 29, 2014

Not So Beachy Keen - Creative & Sassy Scrappers

A very big hello to summer!!! Wait. What. Its only September. Who cares, this weather is gorgeous!
I am again outside while the kiddies play lathered in sunscreen (they got my skin, poor lil things) on a perfect 30 degree day. And it is meant to stay this way the whole week! High five Mother Nature.
Anyway. On to the business. Today I share a layout of Chloe back in April last year when she had her first full beach experience, she wasn't a fan...

Not So Beachy Keen

The page design is based on Creative Scrappers sketch number 277. To make it my own I switched triangle for shells.

Meanwhile the inspiration to scrap this photo came from the September Mood Board at the online store Sassy Scrappers.
I must confess, during our holiday to Mollymook two weeks I ago, I may have staged a photo or two with this scrappy challenge in mind (you know your a scrapper once that happens!) but couldn't stop thinking about the difference between her first time and now. So I thought it best to get that on paper asap.

Unlike last months Sassy Mood Board entry HERE, this time I was inspired by the overall 'feel/topic' and mostly the top right image, such as the title.

 My partner loves terrible puns, so after reading the image words I couldn't help but make the title a play on words from the saying 'peachy keen'.

The quote on this PL card could not be more perfect because that is exactly what happened.
With my continued effort to journal more I decided to write about both beach experiences that lend me to this page. I journaled the photo-relevant details in clear view onto the background itself.

And used this extremely relevant PL card to hide the 'now' contrast details.

Thank you muchly for checking out my page.
I hold very high hopes of being able to create another page before months end (yes I do realise that is tomorrow... I pray for an early night for the kids!)
XoXoX Nicole

Friday, September 26, 2014

Favourite Dudes - Stuck?!

Hey guys.
I am back again, currently sitting outside in the amazing sunshine typing while my kiddos play happily. This is why I hold onto my uni life and always buy laptops!
I have today a layout of Jayce with a photo bomb from a not so familiar face, daddy. I really should start scrapping more photos of him with the kids but he is not a fan of being in front of the lens and some how manages to take a horrible shot 95% of the time...

Favourite Dudes

To create the page I have used only Bella Blvds Max collection. I love this collection! It was not love at first sight though. Originally I did not think I would get much use out of it but brought it anyway out of customer loyalty. Now four layouts later I still intend to use it again.

The design for this page is based on the September 1st sketch at Stuck?! sketches which is currently celebrate its 1 year birthday. Ha-Ha-Happy Birthday!
As is my style, I have kept very true to the sketch. However I did tweak it a little:
Switching paint drops for fussy cut speech bubbles...

stitched circles for stars...

and moving the journalling over because I ran out of room.

Thanks for checking it out. Hoping to be back again tomorrow with another share. Fingers crossed for double nap time. (Toes crossed too)
XoXoX Nicole