Process of a Two-Pager

Happy Friday! Today I am up on the Noel Mignon Blog with a two-page layout using the Fresh Start kit. In the blog post, I show you how my cell phone has become an integral part of my scrapbooking process. I use it to try out different options on my page. I will snap a picture with the elements lightly placed, and then look at the picture and decide if it is something I want to adhere permanently. I love getting a bird’s eye view of my page this way. Infact, a lot of times, I will snap pictures of a few options, walk away and do something else for the rest of the day, and then look at the pictures with “fresh eyes” later.

Here is a look at the completed project, with a few detail shots. If you would like to see my thought process as I put this layout together, be sure to pop on over to my post on the Noel Mignon blog HERE. Be sure to tell them “hello!” ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a L-O-N-G post, so instead of readding it here, I thought I would just link you. I hope that is okay. ๐Ÿ™‚


Note: Unfortunately, the Noel Mignon Fresh Start kit is now sold out, but you can find out more information on how to become a subscriber HERE. Also, be sure to like the Noel Mignon Facebook page, for the most current information and sneak peeks of future kits. Sneak Peeks for the February 2014 “Book of Love” kit have already begun. Yay!


A couple of years ago, my husband and I took a cruise to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. Before leaving the port on the first day, my husband and I walked around the ship and took pictures to text to our kids back at home, so that they would have an idea of what we would be doing the following week while we were away from them. I wanted to collect those photos together on this page spread so I could remember all of the beautiful details of the cruise ship we were on.



For the title, I used a combination of Silhouette Cameo die cuts and the letter stickers from the kit. I also used a die cut and the stamps from the kit as accents. The sunburst accent behind the title is from the Silhouette store and can be found HERE (by Sophie Gallo Design). The word “Anniversary” is from THIS CUT by Hero Arts. I used my scissors to snip away the word “happy.”


I wanted blue letters in my title, so I used the Tiffany Blue SEI ink pad from the kit to change the color of the white glitter thickers. They lost a bit of their sparkle, but the glitter gave them a cool textured look … it kind of reminds me of sand on the beach … only blue! Ha!


I also used the Tiffany Blue ink pad to change the color of the BasicGrey Capture wood veneer shapes included in the kit. Simply pounce the ink pad on the shape and allow it to dry.


How could I create a cruise layout and not add waves and a cruise ship to this page?! You know me and my affection for creating scenes on my layouts. *grin* I used this wave border from the SVG Cuts Wet & Wild collection (I welded a rectangle to the bottom to make it taller. I also used the offset feature in the designer software to create a white cardstock shadow for each layer.) The boat was created using my Cricut Expression and the Pack Your Bags cartridge. I embossed the gray layer with a polka dot folder, and added our initials to the back of the boat using the letter stickers from the kit. A few heart stamps trailing behind the boat add a bit of romance, don’t you think? Hehe!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you felt inspired. See you again soon!


I *heart* Fall Banner

I’m back with another Fall project … a Fall Banner! This one comes together fairly quickly with simple shapes and letters found on the Cricut Classic Font Cartridge, available digitally here. A Cricut Craft Room cut file for this project can be downloaded HERE in the Cricut Project Center.


I cut a different shape for each section of the banner and then used my sewing machine and brown thread to add stitching around the edges.


I punched each shape and then tied them together with lengths of brown satin ribbon. Next, I added rust colored twine and wooden buttons to each knot in the ribbon for some cozy, Fall texture!


Finally, I accented each letter with metal flowers (Maya Road), gems, and pearls. I can’t wait to add this to my mantel … and the best part is, I can leave it up from now until Thanksgiving!


Fun Fall Gift – Scarecrow Scented Sachet Envelope

WooHOOO! It’s officially FALL! My favorite time of year! I just love everything about this season. The warm and cozy colors, textures, food, and scents. It’s a time to pull out the corduroy jackets, boots, clogs, and make a pot of warm, savory soup. It’s a time to start adding special decorating touches to the house and to visit friends and family.

If you are looking for a fun gift idea to drop off to a friend, you might like this next idea. I purchased a pack of scented sachets with yummy fall scents. These can be found at several different types of stores. I purchased mine at Michael’s. Next, I made them a little more special by slipping them into a decorative envelope created with my Cricut Expression machine andย the Simply Scarecrow Seasonal Cartridge.


The envelope pouch was created with the Cricut Mini Books Project Cartridge, but you could use any type of envelope or envelope cut file and simply trim off the envelope flap. The half circle notch could be added with a circle punch. I used the Cuttlebug machine and the Contemporary Nature embossing folder to add some texture.

The layered ovals were created with the Cricut Cake Basics Cartridge. I stitched around the edge of the top oval with my sewing machine. I love making fall projects, because you can go crazy with layers and texture! I really don’t think you can overboard in this area. ๐Ÿ™‚


The scarecrow is holding a cute little dimensional leaf banner created with baker’s twine and Cricut cut leaves. Just punch with a 1/8″ hole punch, string the leaves and tie onto the arms of the scarecrow. The crows eyes are black pearl stickers, but you could also use dimensional black paint. (I like Inkssentials Enamel Accents, which can be found at JoAnn’s … and probably Michael’s, too). Finally, add some buttons to the scarecrow and pumpkin for more homespun detail.

If you would like the Cricut Craft Room cut file for this project CLICK HERE to go to the Cricut Project Center to download.

Happy Fall, Friends!


Halloween Sock Hop Sweetheart

Yesterday, I shared with you a Christmas project and today it is all about Halloween! My daughter chose to wear the cutest Sock Hop poodle skirt outfit for her Halloween costume last year. Instead of scrapping these photos with the traditional orange and black, I decided to be inspired by the colors of the fifties and use black, white, pink, and aqua. The My Mind’s Eye Cut & Paste Flair collection was PERFECT for this!


My Mind’s Eye Cut & Paste Flair Collection: “Wow” Specs Paper (black), “Wow” Sweet Paper (pink/black polka dots), “Today” Quoted Paper (blue/white polka dots), “Small” Charms Paper (frames/stripes), “Small” Point Paper (handcut arrow border at top),ย “Today” Present Paper (cut apart cards), ย 6×6 Paper Pad, “Today” 5×7 Sticker Sheet, Tiny Word Stickers, Decorative Brads, Enamel Shapes, Bits & Pieces (Layered Stickers), “Snapshots” 4×6 Journal Card, Decorative Buttons
Other: Cardstock (black, white, coral pink), Silhouette Cameo Machine, Cricut Expression Machine, Cricut Nifty Fifties Cartridge, Cuttlebug Machine, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, White string, SEI Pink Letter Stickers, Date Stamp, Black Ink, Trimmer & Scissors, Adhesives

The Charms paper has stripes on one side and these adorable mini chalkboard-looking frames on the other. I decided to cut out several of the frames to hold each letter of my title. In between the words “Sock Hop” I added a flower created with my Cricut Expression Machine and the Nifty Fifties cartridge. The flower is on page 65 and was cut at 1.75″. I cut two layers of each of the flower petals and then layered and secured them together with a My Mind’s Eye Enamel brad. Below the framed title, I added the word “sweetheart” cut on my Silhouette Cameo machine.


At the top of the page I created a little cluster with one of the cut apart journaling cards, a sticker from the 5×7 sticker sheet, and a layered sticker. The layered sticker with the hearts was initially a speech bubble shape. I just cut off the little tail with my scissors to use it as a rectangle. To the right of the cluster I added a chipboard button tied with white string. Below the cluster I added a tiny word sticker phrase. The “Date/Snapshots” flags were cut from the 4×6 Journal Card. I stamped the date with a rolling date stamp, and then accented the ends with a couple more enamel brads.


I couldn’t help but add this cute poodle from the Cricut Nifty Fifties cartridge. In retrospect, I think I would have made him a bit smaller, but it works. ๐Ÿ™‚ I cut him (her? … because she is pink) out of black and white cardstock, and the ombre shaded sheets from the Flair 6×6 paper pad. I used the Cuttlebug to emboss the white layer with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.


At the bottom of the poodle I added one of the My Mind’s Eye enamel shape sticker. I wanted to repeat the felt heart that was at the top of the page, so I took out the layered stickers and carefully peeled the heart from the quote sticker. I used Tacky Glue to secure it in place on top of the enamel shape.


Thanks for taking a look at my non-traditional Halloween page! I need to get caught up on my other kids’ costume pages … so watch for those sometime soon.

Have a great weekend!