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

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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!


Fun with My Stash: Two Layouts to Share


I’ve been making an effort in between design team projects to dig into my stash and just play with whatever products are calling my name. It’s been a lot of fun! And I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I use my stuff instead of letting it continue to sit there. It’s one of my very favorite things to do!

I pulled out the beautiful November 2015 Felicity Jane kit and was inspired to create the following two pages.


I’m so happy that all of my daughters get along so well with each other … I really hope that continues into their adulthood. I think they will look back on silly pictures like these and just treasure them! They are the perfect illustration of the fun they always have together!


I’ve been loving adding several layers under my photo groupings lately … and you will see that on both layouts I am sharing today.

I LOVE patterned paper, layering them together like this is a fun way to use them!


The pink vellum letter stickers are from an older Pebbles Inc. collection. I bought them at the American Crafts warehouse sale recently and was glad the color went so well with the pink flowers in the floral paper here.


I wanted the feather clips to look like they were falling down the top corner of the page. I could have stitched them on, but opted to cut a small slit in the background cardstock and just clip them on. Easy peasy!




I handcut several leaves from a patterned paper for this page. I used them all over the page to add some flair. I think they help to keep your eye moving around, taking everything in. Especially because these photos are on the average spectrum … just some  standard crowd photos.  *giggle* I included them because I think my daughter will enjoy looking back and seeing her classmates someday.


See those pink letters. I adore them! They are really old, but I wish I had another set of them. They are by Making Memories from a baby collection called Pitter Patter. They are the most lovely pink and have the sweetest cross-hatch pattern on them. They go perfectly with the colors in this kit!  Sigh … I miss Making Memories … does anyone else wish they were still around?


You can’t tell from the photos, but those word phrases are actually gold foil SWOON! I love the shine they add to this page. They are made by American Crafts (the DIY line) and I adore them! I think I’ll leave them on my desk for awhile and use them on every page until they are gone!:)



This week I’ll be working on some fun Echo Park projects using the Mermaid collection (I’ll share those with you as soon as they hit the Echo Park Paper blog) as well as planning Camryn’s 10th birthday with her friends later this week. I love a party! And will share any crafty things we decide to do with you here.

Have a great week! I’ll see you again real soon!