Noel Mignon: Two Pages with the Trailblazer Kit

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Hi Friends! I have had so much fun working with my Noel Mignon Trailblazer kit this month. I have two more camping-themed pages using this kit to share with you today!

This first page features my son all ready to go on a hike with his scout troop.

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The Noel Mignon design team has been playing along on the Let’s Get Sketch blog this month. This is the page I created using the one of the sketches. I loved working with this sketch! Sometimes I have trouble knowing what to do with a large 12×12 canvas when I only have one photo to work with … this sketch features one photo and lots of nested layers. I love the way it turned out!

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First, I used added a bit of the Heidi Swapp Tea mist included with the kit to the background. You gotta love some golden-brown splatters on a camping page … kind of reminds you of the dirt and grime of hiking/camping, am I right?! LOL!

Next, I began building the layers, using the provided sketch as inspiration. I wouldn’t have normally thought to add the small circular  rings to the page, but really love them here.

The crowning touch … those SUPER-CUTE Prima clips … I’m dying at the cuteness of those little binoculars and tiny camera! Swoon!

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Most of the papers and elements I used on this page are from the My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper collection. I also pulled in the red Echo Park Paper to ground everything.

All the bits clustered here together just make me happy! On a sidenote, one of my son’s favorite (and hilarious!) YouTube videos to sing/watch is “Guy on a Buffalo” … so you know I had to include the buffalo rub-on on a page about him to memorialize his humor. Ha! (watch the video … and tell me you’re not giggling at that song!)

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Below the photo cluster, I wanted to draw the eye down the page in a diagonal line. I used the My Mind’s Eye rub-ons (along with the mist splatters) to accomplish that. A stamped stars using the roller stamp and a row of punched chevrons round it all out!

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SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon April 2016 “Trailblazer” kit, Cardstock (dark brown), Patterned Paper (Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley, My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper, Echo Park Paper The Wild Life), Burlap Letters (American Crafts Thickers), Burlap Tag (Jillibean Soup), Label Sticker (October Afternoon), Rubons/Brads (My Mind’s Eye), Roller Stamp (Studio Calico/Seven Paper), Paperclips (Prima), Wood Circles (Maya Road), Washi Tape (Queen and Co.), Spray Mist (Heidi Swapp Tea), Punch (American Crafts), Other: Brown distressing ink, Brown stamping ink, Black journaling pen, Trimmer, Scissors, Adhesive, Foam dots

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For my second page, I tried my hand at following along with the design team challenge of “Here Comes the Sun” on the Noel Mignon Blog this week, where we were to add a sun to our page. Mine is not your typical sun shape in a shade of yellow … it’s there as more of a textural piece behind an embellishment cluster … can you see it?!

MIDWAY

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There it is! Behind the My Mind’s Eye die cuts/brads in the top right corner! I told you it was subtle … but I really like the hint of detail it adds here.:)

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I cut out the trailer from the My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper “Adventure” paper to use as an embellishment on this page featuring our yearly camping trip. I placed that date across the top of the flag using the October Afternoon letter stickers included with the kit.

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I love the look of the burlap letters with the kit elements this month. Such a great texture for camping pages! And you know I just HAD to sit one of the cute Maya Road resin birds on top of the letters. I love those little guys! They are so happy and friendly!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have enjoyed seeing my projects using the Noel Mignon Trailblazer kit this month … the new “Pure Bliss” kit is on it’s way to me and I can’t wait to get started with that one! Noel puts together THE BEST kits! If you haven’t given her a try I hope you will! I highly recommend them!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

JanaBold

Noel Mignon: Selfie Stick

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Hi Friends! This week on the Noel Mignon blog the design team is working with April’s Trailblazer kit and the “Line It Up” challenge. For this challenge, we were to do something fun with our journaling lines. I love using my sewing machine on my pages and thought it might be fun to create stitched lines to write on.

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My daughter asked for a selfie stick as one of her presents for her last birthday … so of course we have lots of silly photos trying the thing out.😀 I printed the photos off into two filmstrip-type rows to add them to my page. I tied a bit of kraft colored twine around them for some added texture.

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For the title, I used this shape by Echo Park Paper found in the Silhouette Design Store. I placed it above my stitched journaling lines and then added a few stamped phrases around it using the Studio Calico/Seven Paper roller stamp included with the Trailblazer kit. The silly sayings were a perfect match for our silly photos!

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I adore the two bright yellow Maya Road tulle flowers that were also included in the kit. To give them a bit more presence against the layered strips below them, I cut out cardstock flower layers to go beneath them. The leaves were also die cut using my Silhouette Cameo (flower shape from Lettering Delights, Leaves from SVGCuts.com).

Below the flowers I placed a few fussy-cut cameras from the Shimelle Starshine “Pathfinder” paper. On top of the flowers I placed one of the cutie-patootie resin birds included with this month’s kit. Doesn’t he look happy there enjoying the view?!😀

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SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon April 2016 “Trailblazer” kit, Cardstock (My Mind’s Eye Ecru and Goldenrod, red and navy scraps from my stash), Patterned Paper (October Afternoon Treasure Map, American Crafts Shimelle Starshine, Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley, Green solid scrap from my stash), Sewing Machine and Navy thread, Silhouette Cameo Machine, Stamp (Studio Calico/Seven Paper), Letter Stickers (October Afternoon Treasure Map), Brad (My Mind’s Eye), Flowers/Resin Bird/Navy Ribbon (Maya Road), Woodgrain Washi Tape (Queen and Company), Twine (Karen Foster), Other: Gray distressing ink, Adhesives, Foam Dots, Trimmer, Scissors, Black Journaling Pen, Navy Ink

Thanks for popping by today! I had fun sharing my project with you. Stitching the journaling lines was a lot of fun … I definitely will be doing this again on another project!

JanaBold

 

Noel Mignon: With His Own Two Hands

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This week, in the spirit of stashbusting, I have added a few stash items to my page created with this month’s Noel Mignon Trailblazer Classic Kit. Our design team challenge on the blog this week is called the “Dot-to-Dot” challenge, where we are to use circular elements on our page somewhere.

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Last year, my son had the time of his life on a back-country hike with his scout troop. He had purchased a fishing license for the year and was excited to “live off the land” and catch his dinner from the stream. However, the fish must not have been used to having people around because they ended up being easier to catch by hand. My son would just reach down into the stream and grab them! He had a blast and I was thankful when one of his leaders sent me this photo to remember the weekend.

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I used a piece of cardstock as my background and then built up a grid design on top using the patterned papers from the kit. The top half of my page is devoted to the photo, title, and journaling, … while the bottom half is reserved for embellishing.

The circle journal spot with the title were both pulled from my stash. The circle is by Jenni Bowlin and the brown chipboard letters are from one of Heidi Swapp’s first releases. They are still a classic in my book and work perfectly here paired with the October Afternoon letter stickers from the kit to create my title! I added a few wood dots from the kit to the right of the title to repeat the “fish bubbles” happening on the lower half of the page.

Below the title, I added the journaling and a few hand-cut Pretty Little Studio flags from the kit.

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My favorite part of this page was embellishing the bottom!

I cut several strips of patterned paper into pennants and layered them together on the left. I added enamel brads to the tops of a few of them for more fun.

To the right of the pennants, I created a block with three fish cut with my Silhouette Cameo machine (image by Lettering Delights). The wood dots from the kit make the perfect little fish bubbles and are so cute with the other “wood” patterned elements happening on the page!

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SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon April 2016 “Trailblazer” Classic Kit, Cardstock (kraft, dark brown), Patterned Papers (My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper, Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley, Echo Park Paper The Wild Life, American Crafts Shimelle Starshine, Bella Blvd. Midterm), Chipboard Letters (Heidi Swapp), Letter Stickers (October Afternoon), Cut Aparts (Pretty Little Studio), Journal Block (Jenni Bowlin), Wood Dots (Jillibean Soup), Washi Tape (Queen and Company), Enamel Brads (My Mind’s Eye), Other: Distressing ink, Black journal pen, Adhesive, Foam Dots, Trimmer, Scissors, Photo corner punch

This page was a lot of fun to make! I really love adding circular elements to a page to break up all of the straight lines. Often times, when I’m feeling stuck on a project, I take another look and see if I can add something circular. It softens things a bit and is often the perfect solution to a page design.

Hope you are having a great week! See you again soon!

JanaBold

Noel Mignon: Sleeping Under the Stars

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Have you seen the April 2016 Trailblazer kit by Noel Mignon? I have my first page with this kit up on the Noel Mignon blog today, and I will also be sharing it below. But first, if you’d like to take a tour through the kit, you can do so by watching my Unboxing Video HERE or below.

Each week on the Noel Mignon Blog the design team tackles a design challenge. This week we have been challenged to “Cut It Out,” either by creating a negative hole or shape in our project, or implementing some fussy-cutting.

SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS

I had these photos of my daughters sleeping out in the backyard in the family tent and thought it might be fun to create a night sky by cutting stars in the constellation paper.

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I’m very familiar with my electronic die-cutting machines, but rather than spend 30 minutes figuring out the placement of my stars in relation to my photos on the screen, I decided to do it the good ol’ fashioned way … by hand with a star template.

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After cutting out the stars with a pair of fine-tipped scissors, I placed the vintage map paper included with the kit behind the openings and then stitched around them with my sewing machine to give them a bit more definition. In retrospect, I wished I had used orange thread for a bit more colors, but I do like the way it turned out!

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To the right of my photos, I added a strip of the brown cardstock included with the kit. I used my Cuttlebug machine and the Mojave Embossing Border to add some texture. At the top I placed the two feather brads from the My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper collection.

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I love creating a long, large title with letter stickers! The fun burlap texture of this month’s Thickers are perfect with all of the outdoor-themed papers this month! I underlined the title with a strip of white cardstock with the heart rub-ons applied to them.

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At the bottom of the page, I layered a strip of that DELICIOUS Teal Woodgrain washi tape from the kit over the orange patterned paper. I zig-zagged across the top of it and then placed a row of wood circles and flair badges from the kit. They are too cute!

My journaling is printed on kraft cardstock and placed to the right of the photo.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my take on the “Cut It Out” Design Challenge this week! And maybe now YOU feel inspired to cut a hole in your next project!

One last item … every six months the kit subscriptions at Noel Mignon are opened up … If you have been wanting to sign up for the Classic Kit or the Daily Diary kit, NOW is the time! You can find out more information HERE in the NoelMignon.com store.

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See you again soon!

JanaBold