Noel Mignon: Two Pages with the Trailblazer Kit


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.


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!


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!


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!)


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!


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


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?!



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.:)


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.


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!


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!


Two More Stashbusters


Happy Friday, crafty friends! I’m on a roll with the stashbusting around here and figured I would take advantage of the feeling while I have it … I have two more shares for you today.


Last fall, I told you I was reorganizing my entire stash of products by theme and color families (Primary, Brights, Pastels, Muted) to see if it would help me to use up my existing stash … I gotta say … I’m REALLY liking it! It’s working for me! And it’s helping me to mix things together better.

I had these snapshots from a trip to my in-laws cabin laying around waiting to get in our book … I pulled down the group of Outdoor themed papers and embellishments and started to work.


I knew I wanted to use up that cute Martha Stewart Crafts owl, so I arranged my photos in a way that made sense with it … all of the small photos together across the top and then the owl embellishment pointing to our family photo below.

All the papers that I used are scraps (with the exception of the background cardstock). It’s rare that I turn to my scraps to start a page … I think I’m just “tired” of them after using them once or twice before, but I found new life in these pieces by combining them together.


I created the journal block with a stamp from my stash by stamping black ink on kraft cardstock. The stickers around it are from American Crafts and October Afternoon. The flair is from BasicGrey.

I used up some of my Thickers to create the title. To the left of the title is a few random chipboard stickers I had left from a K and Company sticker sheet. Below the title I stamped a phrase from a Technique Tuesday stamp set and the date.


More stamped bits surround the family photo … remember those date label stamps from Autumn Leaves? I rediscovered them and am loving the phrases across the top … I can see myself pulling those out again and layering them behind photos, etc. some more like I have done here.


The felt butterflies came with the owl sticker and look so cute here floating above his head. I had one more pine tree sticker from the K and Company sticker sheet and figured I might as well get it used up, so I added it to the bottom of the page with the “explore” sticker.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock (cream, dark brown, kraft), Patterned Paper (Pebbles, My Mind’s Eye, We R Memory Keepers, Echo Park Paper), Stickers (Martha Stewart Crafts, October Afternoon, K and Company, American Crafts), Letter Stickers (American Crafts), Stamps (Autumn Leaves, Technique Tuesday, Date Stamp: Sparco, Other: Unknown), Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins Designs), Flair (BasicGrey), Other: Brown distressing ink, Black Stamping Ink, Dark Brown Stamping Ink, Acrylic Block, Button, White twine, Foam Dots, Adhesive, Trimmer, Scissors, Black journaling pen



This page uses up some Die Cuts with a View “Woodland” papers I purchased YEARS ago at Michael’s. The woodgrain was perfect with the photo of my daughter playing on this tree house-looking playground.


It’s kind of weird, but I had this strange “ashamed” feeling of using the big box DCWV papers on this page. It’s so stupid! I mean, I still like these papers … so why should I feel “ashamed” of using them. I guess they wouldn’t be considered a “designer” brand … I’m trying to get over that … and just use up what I have and still love. Do you ever get that feeling?! It’s silly, isn’t it!


I REALLY wanted to use some green circular letters I had by Bella Blvd. in my stash … but unfortunately the letters I needed had already been used. I decided to pull out my circle punches and recreate the look of the letters on my own. I used old BasicGrey chip letters. I had actually run out of the letter “h” … so had to create one by piecing together the letters “l” and “u.” It works, right?!


The die cut clouds are from the Echo Park “Under the Weather” die set and the butterflies were created with a Martha Stewart Crafts punch.


To embellish the bottom corner of the page, I hand-cut a few of the flowers from the DCWV floral paper. I popped them up with foam squares and added some Doodlebug buttons tied with twine to give them a bit more dimension.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock (green, dark teal), Patterned Paper (DCWV, October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup, Green Solid Scrap by My Mind’s Eye), Label Stickers/Label Die Cut (October Afternoon), Chipboard Letters (BasicGrey, American Crafts), Punches (Butterflies by Martha Stewart Crafts, Tab by Jenni Bowlin), Cloud dies (Echo Park Paper), Cuttlebug Machine, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Pinking Shears, Gems (Darice), Buttons (Doodlebug Design), Phrase sticker (Bella Blvd.), Other: Black Journaling Pen, White twine, Trimmer, Scissors, Adhesive, Foam dots

Thanks for coming by! Enjoy your weekend!




Noel Mignon: With His Own Two Hands


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


Noel Mignon: Sleeping Under the Stars


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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 store.


See you again soon!