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.

WITH HIS OWN TWO HANDS

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

Stashbusting Pages Using October Afternoon 9 to 5

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This year my family and I spent Spring Break cleaning out our storage room and my scrapbook room. It was C-R-A-Z-Y! Our house was a complete disaster zone as we filed through everything, deciding what to keep and what to give up. (We still have a few things to go through, but MAN! does it feel good to have a bunch of crud moved out of this house!)

I’m usually pretty ruthless about letting go of older supplies in my stash, but I have to admit I’m hanging onto things longer than usual these days. I still really love my older supplies! Infact, one of the questions I used to help me pare things down was, “Would I still purchase this to use today?” And the answer to that many times was “YES!” I don’t care anymore that my papers and stickers may be “old news” to others. I still really enjoy playing with them.:)

Over the last several years I have refined my personal scrapping style. Because of this, more and more of my things still work for me! But, as I was going through things, I also realized that I need to shift my creating into high gear if I’m going to make a dent in what I already own. *gulp!*

So, with that, I’m hoping to share many more “stashbusters” here on my blog. I hope it doesn’t bore you to see “older” product. If anything, maybe you’ve been holding on to the same kinds of collections and we can inspire each other to create with them, right?! Or you can always look for similar papers in your stash to recreate the looks if you’d like.:)

So here is my first round of stashbusters using the adorable October Afternoon 9 to 5 collection. Enjoy!

TYPEWRITER

I initially pulled out this collection specifically to create this page. The typewriter girls were what I had in mind when wanting to document this next memory.

I inherited my grandfather’s typewriter when he passed away. I love using it in my scrapbooking, but my kids also really get a kick out of playing on it. They are fascinated by it and beg me all the time to type their school reports on it. *giggle* I had saved a snippet of paper that my oldest daughter was typing on when she first gave it a whirl and decided to combine it with this random iPhone snapshot to tell about my kid’s obsession with Great-Grandpa Sam’s typewriter.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a little clipboard clamp to place at the top of my journaling. A gem, Karen Foster twine, and a couple of the October Afternoon flags top it off!

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I also used my Cameo to create a speech bubble journal spot. I accented them with a couple of wood shapes from my stash (XOXO bubble from HSN and hearts from Citrus Twist Kits).

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I found these 7 Gypsies tabbed cards at Tuesday Morning a couple of weeks ago … they worked as a perfect accent on the side of the page!

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At the bottom of the page I grouped several wood buttons from my stash along with a wood word by Heidi Swapp (found those at Tuesday Morning a week ago … SCORE!)

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JUST YOU & ME

After I finished creating the page above I had the patterned papers fanned out on my desk, just like they are on the page below. I loved how they looked next to each other! That was all I needed to inspire me to get going on this next page!

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I sifted through my stash and found a few layering pieces to add in behind my photo; an old dictionary page from a Noel Mignon kit, and some Jillibean Soup ephemera cards that I picked up at Tuesday Morning. The felt hearts are by Pebbles.

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I used a Maya Road kraft envelope to hold the title and tuck the journaling card behind. The blue chipboard letters are by Basic Grey, the gold hearts are by Studio Calico, the green paper is an oldie by American Crafts, and the cut file is from the Silhouette design store.

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TOTALLY AWESOME

I’ve scrapped this silly photo of my son before when I was on the BasicGrey design team, but never received my page back when they used it for CHA. So, I decided to scrap it again. This time I took it a different direction combining the October Afternoon 9 to 5 papers with some scraps and oldies from my stash.

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The aqua paper is from the BasicGrey Carte Postale collection, the Green paper is by American Crafts (an older Amy Tan line?), the gray circle paper is from a really old Bella Blvd. school line called Midterm (I couldn’t even find it on their site anymore, Ha!), and the tiny gray dot is from an old collection by SEI.

I created the file tabs at the top of the page using Heidi Swapp dies. The title uses a couple of wood pieces from the BasicGrey Hipster collection; I colored in the top one with a Silver Sharpie marker to bring the gray up to that portion of the page.

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I also pulled in a few stickers from the October Afternoon Daily Flash Snapshots collection, a green arrow from Bella Blvd., and phrase stickers by Teresa Collins Designs.

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I created the stars with metal nesting dies by Little B, zig-zag stitching them down the center for a bit more interest.

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So there you have it! My first round of projects using some stash. I won’t always be able to share multiple projects, there may be days of just one layout, but stashbusting pages are something I want to share more of here on my blog.

I’m still not finished using the 9 to 5  collection yet! (I’m definitely not bored of it yet, so many cute patterns!) I needed to put it away to work on a few design team assignments, but I plan on pulling it out again in the next week or two to use up the remaining pieces. Stay tuned if you would like to see what I do with them!

Have a great day, friends! See you again soon!

JanaBold

Carta Bella Paper: Baby Boy Blocks

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Last month, I had the pleasure of creating a fun project for a baby boy using the adorable Carta Bella Paper “It’s A Boy” collection … and I realized that I neglected to share it here on my blog.

I really enjoyed making this one! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve made anything for babies!😀 I decided to make a series of stacked gift boxes that you could fill with little goodies for the baby, and then can be displayed in his nursery afterwards. Here’s a look!

BABY BOY STACKED GIFT BOX BLOCKS

I created the blocks from Kraft Designer Cardstock using my electronic cutting machine. Next, I selected a mix of fun papers from the It’s A Boy 6×6 Paper Pad and Dots & Stripes Paper Pad. The scale of these patterns are PERFECT for a project like this!

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Each panel of each block is decorated with a little scene or vignette.I used a mixture of stickers, die cuts, chipboard, and embossed cardstock to make each one come alive with dimension.

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The stuffed animal shapes in this collection are especially cute! Baby will have so much fun learning each of the animals names. I couldn’t resist tying a little bow around each of their necks.

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Even the stars feel like they are twinkling with the addition of shiny enamel dots.

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As an added bonus, the tops of each block open easily, so that mom and dad can store a few extra cotton balls or cotton swabs inside.

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SUPPLIES: It’s A Boy Collection6×6 Paper Pad6×6 Dots & Stripes Paper PadElement StickersEphemera PackChipboard AccentsDecorative BradsEnamel DotsNatural White Linen Designer CardstockKraft Designer CardstockMini Triangles Embossing Folder, Silhouette Cameo machine, Adhesives, Scissors, Light Brown Distressing ink

If you are on the hunt for ADORABLE baby collections for a project you are working on, be sure to check out Carta Bella’s “It’s A Boy” and “It’s A Girl” collections … they are as cute as can be!

Thanks for taking a look! See you next time!

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