Inspired by a Sketch: Photo Placement


Sometimes the hardest part of beginning a page is knowing where to start. You have a set of pictures in front of you, but nothing concrete is coming to mind. You push them around the page and … nothing.

Turning to a sketch can be a great way to help you get started. Sketches are great as a pattern for following a page design, but they can also be great for helping you break out of your norm and arrange your photos in a way you may not have thought of.

For today’s page, lifting the photo placement from a sketch was my starting point for this design. I used the current sketch challenge at Stuck Sketches to help get me going. I used one larger photo with two smaller photos overlapping the bottom right corner. The sketch used square photos for the two smaller photos; however, I kept mine rectangular because the square shape would have cropped out more of the photo subject than I wanted.



I could have kept going with the sketch design … because it is lovely! … But I opted to take it in my own direction. I kept the horizontal band that anchored the photo grouping, but changed everything else about the placement of my elements.


I used both of the “Summer Lovin'” July kits from Noel Mignon as the palette of this page. I mentioned in my process video last week that it hurt my heart to cut a strip out of the Simple Stories “Sunshine & Happiness” Happy Day floral paper, because I KNEW I would want to fussy-cut those flowers for another project at some point.

THIS became that project! I cut out the flowers and layered them in clusters under the top right and bottom left corners of the photos. I grabbed some pink pearl stickers from my stash to add a bit of dimension to them, by using them as flower centers here-and-there.


I used a journal card from the Daily Diary kit hanging off the edge at the bottom of the page to hold the journaling. Here I added more handcut flowers (this little cluster comes from a journal card), a couple of the phrase stickers (one phrase and one in a green pattern), and that adorable piece of flair with the bike on it.


This really was a fun one to put together!


SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Classic Kit, Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Daily Diary Kit, Cardstock (pink , yellow, white), Patterned Paper (Echo Park Paper Summer Party Vacation Time, Imaginisce Sunny Hello Sunshine, Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness Happy Day and High Five), Die Cuts (Imaginisce Sunny, Elle’s Studio Sunny Day), Journal Card (Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness), Stickers (Simple Stories Sunshine & happiness), Pearl Stickers (Queen & Co.), Gray journaling pen, Gray distressing ink, Scissors, Trimmer, Adhesive, Sketch Inspiration (Stuck Sketches)

So next time you are feeling stumped on where to start on a page, try looking at a sketch in a new way and just use the photo placement to get you going!


On another note … the August 2016 kits have been released at Noel Mignon! This month the kits are the Vintage Charm Classic kit and the Vintage Charm Daily Diary (pocket style) kit. If you are interested in seeing what is included this month, I have listed a picture of each kit, as well as the unboxing videos below.

I still have several projects using the July “Summer Lovin'” kits that I’ll continue to share on my blog this coming week or so, and then I’ll start working with the Vintage Charm kits on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Noel Mignon August 2016 “Vintage Charm” Classic Kit

Vintage Charm Classic Kit


Noel Mignon August 2016 “Vintage Charm” Daily Diary Kit

Vintage Charm Daily Diary Kit Aug 2016

Thanks so much for coming by! I hope you have a great week!


Scrapbook Process Video: Happy Summer


Hello, Friends! I had so much fun playing with the bright, cheerful goodies in the Noel Mignon Summer Lovin’ kits on this page today. Pink, yellow, and aqua = Jana in scrappy-bliss!

I even made a process video! (I know, I know … it’s been far too long!) Check it out! That is, if you enjoy watching people go through their decision-making process as they create. If not, you can skip to the still shots below.:)


I used the Summer Lovin’ Classic kit for all the paper on this page and then dipped into the Daily Diary (pocket-style) kit for the embellishments and journal cards. I love how the two kits work so well together! Here is the result!


Our design team challenge this week is called the “High Five Challenge,” where we were to use 5 different manufacturers on one project OR scrapbook about 5 things we love about summer.

Using five manufacturers is easy with Noel’s kits … infact, that is one of the reasons I love them so much! She does such a wonderful job at coordinating products from across the board that helps you get a cohesive, yet unique look.

The 5+ manufacturers I used are: Elle’s Studio, American Crafts, Imaginisce, Freckled Fawn, Simple Stories, May Arts, and A Flair for Buttons.


I LOVE this title! I just cut out the letters from a Simple Stories 4×6 card, but I’m just loving the bright, mix of colors. And that little Freckled Fawn sun embellishment … CUTE as can be!!!


I also cut out these two little birds from a Simple Stories 3×4 journal card. I thought they looked like cute little friends … just like my daughter and her friend in the photos.


SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Classic Kit, Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Daily Diary Kit, Cardstock (white, lemon, geyser, pink), Patterned Paper (Elle’s Studio Sunny Days, Imaginisce Sunny, Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness), Journal Cards (Simple Stories, Elle’s Studio), Stickers (Simple Stories), Punch (EK Success, Fiskars, American Crafts), Wood Embellishment (Freckled Fawn), Flair (A Flair for Buttons), Ribbon (May Arts), White Crochet Twine, Gray Distressing Ink, Trimmer, Scissors, Black Journaling Pen, Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives, Scotch), Tape Adhesive

Thanks for coming by!


Noel Mignon: Lemonade Stand


Hi Friends! If your kids are like mine, they BEG you to have a lemonade stand every summer. The bright colors of the Noel Mignon Summer Lovin’ kits reminded me that I have a few of those lemonade stand photos just waiting to be scrapped. So here is what I came up with using the Classic Kit with a few things mixed in from the Daily Diary kit.


It was a given that I use that adorable Lemonade paper from the Echo Park Paper Happy Summer collection on this page! I’ve already mentioned in other posts how much I LOVE that paper! ha!


In the upper right corner of the page, I created this fun cluster using the Elle’s Studio puffy stickers and a couple Echo Park chipboard stickers from the Classic Kit. I think Mr. Sun looks especially cute in his “sweet sunnies” (as my daughter would say).


On the left side of the page, I created a little grouping of summer treats. The chipboard, puffies, and brads are from the Classic kit. The pop bottle was handcut from one of the Simple Stories journaling cards included in the Daily Diary kit.


Finally, I couldn’t resist all the cute, colorful letters from the Echo Park Letter Stickers (included in the Daily Diary Kit) for my title. The journal card, tab die cut, and phrase sticker are also from that kit.


This one has so many fun layers and details … it was a lot of fun putting it together!


As a summer rule, we keep a bunch of change in our car during the summertime so when we stumble across some cute kids selling lemonade we can support them! Have you bought a cup from your local lemonade stand this year?:)

See you next time!


Noel Mignon: Sidewalk Chalk


It’s been a L-O-N-G time since I have attempted any kind of messy technique in my scrapbooking. Oh, sure … I’ll add the occasional spritz of mist, or stamp something in a safe way on a journal block or scrap of paper, but I’m not like you amazing mixed-media gals who go all crazy with paints on my pages. I love and admire the look, but don’t like the unpredictable nature of such techniques.

Back in the day, I used to have fun incorporating different techniques into my work … I loved the challenge! But nowadays, I tend to stick with techniques and design that is comfortable to me. I think this is part of my style now.:) Or maybe it’s just a sign of my old age. Ha!

So with all that said, please be kind about my page today! Ha! The Noel Mignon design team received Distress Crayons in this month’s Summer Lovin’ Classic Kit, and this week’s design challenge was to incorporate a watercolor technique onto our page.

I was so nervous! But did it anyway. Here are the results!


I decided to try my hand at creating a scribbly-looking, watercolor background to go with some pictures I had of my kids and their cousins with their sidewalk chalk art. I randomly scribbled the crayons on a white cardstock background, and then added splatters in pink distress crayon, white mist, and gold mist. After letting it dry and stressing about how I was going to make this work, I was ready to start adding pictures and embellishments.

Gulp! Here goes nothing! …



I used pops of yellow to draw your eye around the page and add a summer-y feel.

I anchored each photo with aqua patterned branding strips to tie things together.


I was going to try my hand at “thread nests” since a lot of designers seem to do that with watercolor pages, but it just didn’t feel like “me.” So I die cut some white swirls using my Cameo instead.


I then sprinkled in a few brads. I liked the way the silver rims of the brads added a bit of shine to the page. I decided to add a little MORE shimmer by punching out the little arrow/chevron pieces from silver glitter paper.


This page was really different for me. Maybe too different … but I did like pushing myself creatively. I may just try this again sometime!

SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon July 2016 “Summer Lovin'” kit, Cardstock (white), Silver glitter paper, Branding strips from Patterned Paper (Simple Stories, Imaginisce), Distress Crayons (Ranger), Chipboard/Brads (Echo Park Paper), Wood Embellishments (Freckled Fawn), Cut Aparts (Elle’s Studio), Alpha Stickers (Amy Tangerine by American Crafts), Silhouette Cameo Die Cut Machine, Swirl Die Cut Image, Punch (Studio Calico), Gray pen, Computer journaling, Paint Brush/Water, Adhesive, Trimmer, Scissors

So are you like me? Does paint, mist, and anything unpredictable make you nervous to incorporate on your projects?

Thanks for coming by!