Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Layout: How LUCKY am I

Hey hi everyone.
I'm dropping in to share a layout a made that actually has me in it!! I think it is only the second page to ever include me! And I just hit the 60 pages mark.

How Lucky Am I

The pictures are selfies of me and the kids chilling on the coach on afternoon. These days it is particularly impossible to get Chloe to smile at the camera so I was surprised when I looked back at them to finally see a happy grin.

I was inspired to scrap these pics when I saw this months challenge over at 'Once Upon a Sketch' here. The theme this month being 'lucky'. And on good days like these I really do consider myself lucky to be able to spend my time with my kidlets. On the bad days... well, that's another story lol

At first I was a bit lost with the sketch, it didn't have any paper layering and really required you to be a bit 'messy' on just one background paper, which isn't really my style. But I love to change things up and try out new styles/techniques.
So I dug out my paints, stencils and kaiser texture stamps. I mixed some texture paste with navy blue paint and randomly splodged it over the brick crafters workshop template, I then splodged it again with just the normal white texture paste to give it a more interesting look.

The Kaisercraft Laugh stamp has the perfect words on it 'Life Love Laugh', I think I will be reaching for it a lot! I used it in a line through the middle and lil bits here and there.

I experimented with getting out the boarder punches and adding other papers in that way, but typical I didn't have that just right punch and decided the strips through the middle needed to be the same 'thing' to not take away from the photos too much

I decided to keep with the 'not my usual style' idea and grabbed my stash of flowers. During my recent trip back home my cousin made me the awesome grey flowers which are perfect here!

This page is very dimensional for me. I knew the flowers would be high but I didn't want them to over take the photos, hence I double foam dotted the pictures and single foam dotted the journaling.

Thanks for dropping by! Let me know what you think!
XoXoX Nicole.

MME - Miss Caroline - Dilly Dally 'Celebrate' Tickets Paper
MME - Miss Caroline - Fiddlesticks 'Story' Sticker Labels
MME - Be Happy - Decorative Brads
WOW - Chipboard - Classic Alphabet Lower Case
Dusty Attic - Chipboard - Fancy Trim #2
Kaisercraft - Shaken Not Stirred - Daniel
Kaisercraft - Clear Stamps - Dictionary Meanings
Kaisercraft - Clear Stamps - Laugh
??? - Love Stamps
Cricut - Rock Princess Cartridge
??? - Flowers


  1. Lovely page Nic. I like the way you have brought out the blue of the photo with the blue splodges. The colours all connect beautifully. Glad Anna was some help as well. XXXX

  2. Adorable page, with lovely colours and a great take on the sketch!
    Your two little angels are so beautiful! Thanks for joining us at OUAS!

  3. Amazing wooden background! Love it! Thanks for playing with us at OUAS.

  4. Nicole, what a lovely page. I love how you went out of your comfort zone to scrap these beautiful photos of "you" with your children and in a different style. The page came together beautifully and looks like it should be a natural style for you! Thanks for joining us for the September Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge and for posting your LO on our Facebook page! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

  5. Nicole, I LOVE this page of yours. Beautifully done!! Gorgeous colors, great photos, fabulous details!! So glad you joined us at OUAS!

  6. For something that is not normally your style I think that you nailed this one. I love what you have created. Even with all the background stuff you have kept the lines clean and I love the title. You take great selfies too... and that is not easy :D I love this layout.
    Thanks for Playing Along with us and at OUAS Please do not forget to upload your layout to Our FB Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Once-Upon-A-Sketch/150044095058422?ref=hl
    for your Chance to be in the draw for our monthly prize :)

  7. Yup! chiming in with Val and Tracey; this sure looks like something within your comfort zone. Everything flows beautifully, perfect cluster and just love your selfies. Your oldest has the cutest little scrunched up smile, absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for sharing your page with us at OUAS!

  8. What a sweet page documenting precious & quality time spent with your children! I think you did a great job with adding a bit of mixed media texture to your background...you have some really adorable children. Great take on the sketch & challenge! Thank you for joining us at OUAS!