Bits of Color

Happy Friday! I’m up on the Noel Mignon blog today with another page using the Social Butterfly Kit. The colors of this kit are ones that I naturally  gravitate towards … I just love bright happy colors! But sometimes papers with lots of color can be tough to scrapbook with because they compete with the photos. When this happens, I like to keep the background simple and add color in smaller areas around the page.


My son’s scout leader sent would send out a newsletter each month containing photos of the activities they had completed the previous month. I love having photos from events I’m not able to be there for, and I know my son will appreciate being able to look back at some of these times later in his life. :)


For this page, I used white cardstock as my background, adding droplets of spray mist in two different colors for more interest. I also inked the edges of the cardstock with the orange ink pad included in the kit. I placed all of my photos together on a single mat. I broke up the four-square grid of photos with one of the My Mind’s Eye Flair Pins topped with a die cut and accented on either side with a cork arrow sticker.  Along the top of the photos I added a hand cut strip of the speech bubble patterned paper by Simple Stories. I used a couple of the bubbles to add details about my photos.




Along the bottom of the page, I added another hand cut bit of patterned paper paired with a length of the fabric tape. The smaller letter stickers of the title help to carry the color orange around the page.

Thanks for popping by today! I hope you have some fun things in store for the weekend. Me?! I think I will be doing a bit of Spring Cleaning both inside and outside of our home.

See you again soon!



One Sunday, a gal speaking in my church told the following story (this isn’t the exact story, I found this one online) about the butterfly, and talked about how the butterfly has since become a meaningful symbol to her in her life. It really touched me, and since then I have also become drawn to the butterfly as a symbol of life’s experiences forming us into the person we are meant to become.

The Lesson of the Butterfly
 The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled.

The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shrivelled wings, incapable of flight.

What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.

Sometimes, a little extra effort is precisely what prepares us for the next obstacle to be faced. Anyone who refuses to make that effort, or gets the wrong sort of help, is left unprepared to fight the next battle and never manages to fly off to their destiny.

Noel Mignon’s latest kit is called the Social Butterfly kit and includes a large, chipboard butterfly. I knew it would be the perfect symbol to include on a page of my daughter receiving an English department award from her school last year.

Jensyn has always loved reading, writing, and anything to do with words. She is very smart and witty and is a talented debate artist because of all of this. I have no doubt that she will use her writing and/or speaking talent someday in an important way. :)



At first glance, the Social Butterfly kit is a very bright kit … but I was also able to use it in a softer, more feminine way by pulling out the yellow and aqua colors and pairing them with white.


I loved the way that the felt flower looked layered on top of the white chipboard butterfly … but I really wanted the butterfly to have more texture or pattern to it. I thought about stamping it, but then decided to try running it through my embossing machine with a polka dot embossing folder. It worked like a charm! I used my electric eBosser machine, so I didn’t have to flex my muscles too much trying to crankthe thicker material through a handled machine (like the Cuttlebug or Big Shot).  I LOVE how it turned out!


To add some detail to my title, I placed one of the BasicGrey metal pieces in between the two words along with one of the large wood-framed gems by Jillibean Soup (both included in the kit). What a gorgeous combination of textures! I will definitely be purchasing more of the Jillibean pieces. SWOON! LOVE those things!

Thanks for letting me share my page with you today! I hope you enjoyed the story of the butterfly, if you haven’t heard of it before, and will now look at it as a symbol of hope as we go through life’s challenges.

Love ya!


Downtown Disney

Last time we visited Disneyland I took several snapshots of my kids getting into the “vacation spirit” as we browsed Downtown Disney. (gotta love my goofy son pretending to be a Disney Channel star. Hehe!) I wanted to combine all of these photos onto one page, but was worried about how chaotic all the different colors might feel together. I decided to frame each picture with the kraft Jillibean Soup polaroid frames included in the March 2014 Noel Mignon Wishing Well Kit. The neutral color of the frames was perfect at keeping all the color in the photos contained in nice little squares, and this page actually came together quite nicely.



I arranged the frames into three rows. The top two rows are anchored by strips of striped patterned paper, that also serve as a baseline for my title letters.



I cut the mouse ears using my Silhouette Cameo machine. I found an image online and then used the trace feature in the Silhouette program to make it into a cut file. The mouse ears are embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and adhered with foam dots for lots of dimension.



I don’t use a lot of glitter in my scrapping, but here it is perfect! It helps to add that special, magical Disney feel to this page, don’t ya think?!



Each photo was numbered using the My Mind’s Eye stickers that were included in the kit. At the bottom of the page, I placed a journal strip with correlating numbers explaining what was going on in each of the photos.

I’m really happy with how this one came out and can’t wait to add it to our albums. Do you have any vacation photos that you’ve been dying to tackle?

See you next time!



Local Hamburger Joint

I have been going to Pace’s Restaurant in my hometown for as long as I can remember. I don’t know exactly when Pace’s opened, but it has been around for as long as I can remember. My mom actually worked there when she was a teenager. At any rate, this place, with its footlong hot dogs, onion rings, rainbow slushes, and popsicles, holds a special place in our hearts. So why not scrapbook about it?

This week on the Noel Mignon blog the designers were challenged to use a non-scrappy item on our pages. I chose to scrapbook about Pace’s and record how our family likes to play “table hockey” with our cardboard number until we hear that number called (meaning our order is ready). I hope Pace’s will forgive me, but I stole one of the numbers to include on my page. :) Here’s a look.



Most everything here is from the Noel Mignon March 2014 Wishing Well Kit, with the exception of the number, the polka dot paper, and the white photo corners. The color scheme for this page was pulled from the floral BasicGrey Mon Ami paper at the top and I like how the city pattern on the green paper gives a subtle nod to the fact that this restaurant is a part of my hometown.




Do you have a local restaurant that deserves a spot in your family scrapbooks? Why not take a trip there this weekend and snap a few photos for scrapping? You will be glad you did.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend!