Finding Inspiration: Using a Magazine Ad as Inspiration for a Page Design


I read somewhere once that the problem with being a creative person is that we can see the “potential” in everything. Most of the time it serves us very well, so you might be asking how that can be a problem?

Well, the problem arises when you are trying to clean out your house. It’s so hard to get rid of things! Haha! For example, I came across a stack of old magazines. I always enjoy looking at the colors and images of home decor magazines, but since these are from 2010, I figured it was probably time to let them go.


I then made the mistake of picking up the top one and flipping through the pages. I came across an ad for wheat thins that grabbed my attention right away. I knew it would make the perfect scrapbook page!

I printed out a series of square photos, took out my Noel Mignon Golden Delicious Classic Kit and set to work. Here is what I made.



I arranged the square photos down the left side of the page like the crackers in the ad. I then needed to figure out what I could sprinkle in between the photos to mimic the cheese curls.

Remember the floral paper from my kit sorting video? I did decide to cut out the leaves and use them tucked around the photos. It took awhile, but I really like how they look!



The strip along the bottom of the page was inspired by the row of photos in the ad. I placed my title and journaling in similar spots as the text of the ad.

In retrospect, I wish I would have taken time to create sentence strips instead of writing directly on the background paper. I was going for a subtle look, but when I erased the penciled journaling underneath, the ink on the paper lifted a bit and left a lighter area … not a look I was going for, unfortunately. Oh, well!



It’s hard to tell, but I used the leaf stencil from the kit to add a subtle pattern of leaves behind the photos, title, and journaling. You might be able to catch a glimpse of them here-and-there in these shots.

The “Autumn” word is a cut file from the Silhouette store. I combined it with the gold letter stickers from the kit and then used tiny letter tile stickers (Cosmo Cricket) for the word “at.”



SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon Nov. 2015 Golden Delicious Kit, Patterned Paper (Carta Bella, We R Memory Keepers), Letter Stickers (American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket), Label Cut Aparts/Wood Pieces(Evalicious), Border Sticker (October Afternoon), Lace Trim (Maya Road), Cork Stickers (Seven Paper), Enamel Dots (My Mind’s Eye), Stencil (Echo Park Paper), Silhouette Cameo Machine, adhesive, inks.

Hmmm. Maybe I can bear to part with that 2010 magazine now that I have made use of it one more time. … I better check to see if there are any other ads that could inspire me in there before I do. *giggle*

See you again soon!


Noel Mignon: Queen of the Kitchen


Happy Sunday! Today I’m up on the Noel Mignon blog with another scrapbook page using the Golden Delicious Classic Kit.


For this page, I used the colors in the photo to help me select the papers for the page.


In the top left corner of the photo, I created a little vignette of flowers layered over a cut apart label. I placed two of the flowers on different heights of foam squares to give it some variety; then added in a sprinkling of colorful brads.


I wanted the viewer’s eye to be led across the photo to the title next, so I used more flowers tucked behind the right edge of the photo to accent the word, “Queen.”

My daughter actually came up with this title. I was trying to figure out what to say about her winning a recipe contest at a teen church night, and she squealed, “How about ‘Queen of the Kitchen?'” It was perfect! And I love that she was still so excited about winning that night!

The gold letter stickers from the kit spell out the word “queen.” The rest of the title was created using the two colors of letter stickers from the Golden Delicious Daily Diary kit.


Finally, I layered together all kinds of fun bits around the title. The mason jar was cut from the Imaginisce “Happy Harvest” paper. Then the pumpkin, apple, and plaid button come from the Simple Stories chipboard sheet. Finally a few brads, and phrase stickers and a die cut on top. It’s so cute and eclectic!

Well, with Thanksgiving approaching I hope you are gearing up to be the “Queen of your Kitchen” this holiday! Are you hosting this year? My daughter will be getting her wisdom teeth out on Wednesday, so my assignments are minimal this year.

Stay warm and cozy!


Noel Mignon: Happy Camper & a Stashbuster


I asked my husband to start getting out the boxes for Christmas and this is what he emailed me. Maybe you have seen it … but in case you haven’t it’s pretty funny. My husband made his point. He is very passionate about waiting until AFTER Thanksgiving to start celebrating Christmas. Hehe!

I guess that means I am okay to finish sharing my Fall projects with you this week, right?! Don’t worry, my December Noel Mignon kit will be here soon and I will be diving into the holiday projects right along with the rest of you! ;)

First up, is a page I created with the Noel Mignon Golden Delicious Classic Kit.

I know that some scrappers shy away from using themed products, but I really love them from time-to-time. The Golden Delicious Classic Kit included this piece of paper from the Imaginisce “Give Thanks” collection. I just knew I had to figure out a way to use that darling squirrel somewhere.



I decided to use him on a page about the outdoors.


At the top of the page, I used a metal die to create three tabs. I stamped each of them with a phrase from a travel-themed October Afternoon roller stamp from my stash.


The squirrel lives at the bottom of the page. I cut him out of the orange paper and then mounted him on foam squares for a more dimensional look. I overlapped him onto the photo where there was a lot of white space in the image.

The title cut was made on my Silhouette Cameo machine and is an image that I purchased in the Silhouette Online store.


I cut each word out twice; then used my scissors to trim out every other letter. I added the letters on top of the first word layer with foam squares for a layered feel. A brad in between the words helps the words not run together visually.

The brown pattern for the word “camper” is actually the product packaging from the Imaginisce “Give Thanks” stickers included with the kit. It works perfectly with the other patterns I selected on this page.


The yellow journal spot was created by trimming down one of the square October Afternoon cards included in the Golden Delicious Daily Diary kit. I also trimmed the leaves and the “So Thankful” circle from other cards.


This next page is a Stashbuster page created from products I have had in my stash for almost three years. The papers are from the KaiserCraft Tiny Woods collection. I still love those little critters!


I mixed in some of the new wood buttons from this year’s Imaginisce “Give Thanks” collection. The colors and images blended perfectly here!


The trees were cut from a sheet of patterned paper from the collection. It’s hard to tell in these photos, but they have a shiny thermography layer on them accenting the patterns on the trees. So cute! I think I will save that piece of paper until I have a chance to cut out every single one!


Can you name the company of the orange journal spot? That’s right! Scenic Route Paper Co. … I sure miss their fun designs. I’m so glad I was able to finally find a home for this journal spot.


The thickers are an older font by American Crafts, I think from a couple of years ago. They are canvas with a printed stitch line around each letter. I adore this font! It especially looks so cute here with this paper line.

Thanks for taking a look at my projects today! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

See you soon!


Live Inspired Giveaway Winner!


Happy Friday, Friends! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Live Inspired challenge at It was so much fun to see your beautiful projects!

It’s time to announce the winner!


The winner of the Noel Mignon Blue Moon Daily Diary Kit is …

myscrappyideas (Tina Gale Husong)


CONGRATULATIONS, Tina!!! Please email your address to me at and I will get your kit in the mail.

Thank you again to Tracie Claiborne of the Live Inspired podcast. She has another fun guest on her show this week that you will want to check out. Also, later today she will be posting the winner of her giveaway on her Live Inspired video series. Be sure to watch and find out who won!


Well, I did it! I “killed” my November Noel Mignon “Golden Delicious” kits! All of the papers are down to the bits and pieces … all of the rest of the leftover bits (and there are still a LOT of usable items) will be filed into my stash to use on other projects.



So what did I end up making? Nine scrapbook pages, two 2-page pocket page spreads, four single page pocket pages, and one home decor piece! Woot! Woot! I will share these projects with you over the next week and then I will be moving onto holiday projects.

THANKFUL Home Decor Tray

I picked up this tray at Hobby Lobby. It is by The Paper Studio brand with a listed price of $12.99. However, I’m pretty sure I got it on sale … they are ALWAYS running great sales or use a coupon for it.


I was excited about purchasing this tray because I thought it would be a great rotating home decor piece that I could use pocket cards in. My plan is to rotate out the cards with the different holidays and seasons. Fun, right?!

I discovered, however, that the openings in the tray are smaller than 4×6 and 3×4. If you pick up one, just keep in mind that you will have to trim your cards approximately 1/8″ on each side.


You can also fill the openings with photos if you’d like! I just opted not to do that this time around. :)


My favorite card in the bunch is, surprisingly, the one with the layered gold bow. I’m usually not a bow person. I really struggle on finding places for them on my projects, but I had a lot of fun layering the chipboard pieces and brad on this one. The shimmer of the gold just makes me happy!


I also really love that cute little owl critter. I love how his eyes are closed … combined with the phrase “Give Thanks” below, it looks like he is in the middle of a sweet prayer of thanksgiving. :) Awwww! That makes my heart happy!


I’ll be back over the next several days to share the rest of my Noel Mignon layouts with you!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!