Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Hope you all are starting the new year out with a bang... and a table full of new scrappy supplies! This is my first post since the WINTER WONDERLAND ornament challenge and I have to admit that my tree is still up because I enjoy walking by and seeing all those fun pictures embellished! It was a fun challenge and I appreciate everyone's comments and emails!

So... it is officially 2012 which means so many things! I don't know if you are the "resolution" type {I tend to make them and then forget - just being honest!} but either way this new year is a fresh start. I would like to spend more time one on one time with my hubby & our girls, take better care of myself and capture more of our everyday moments with my camera!!!

Speaking of everyday moments... you know that pile of "Must Scrap These" photos... well, here are some fun, new layouts using the DESTINATIONS line using pictures from that pile.

This layout was 100% inspired by the picture. Our family loves to read and the idea of making a mini-3D book using foam board and the bright papers and cardstock stickers just made my heart happy! I made sure to create a bookmark made of ribbon because we wouldn't want to loose our place in the story! I used a few of the role-up flowers along with the flag banners for the leaves to add additional dimension to the layout. The journalling was done using the a few of the icons which were popped using Therm-o-web's 3D Zots and of course the Mini Alphas and Glitter Alphas. I love this layout on the TRIP OF A LIFETIME Circle Scallop paper!!!
Journalling using the MINI ALPHAS, fussy-cut icons and CARDSTOCK STICKERS
A close up of the handmade story book from foam board and DESTINATIONS papers

Let me start by saying this photo makes me laugh hysterically! I know you don't know my oldest whom I call our Desert Darling, however she is so the opposite of what this picture shows. She is kind, she is friendly, she ALWAYS has a smile on her face... never a growly-bad-to-the-bone look. To say the least when it came time to edit pictures I knew I had to scrap this one!!! I used the "B" side of the JOURNEY paper as my backdrop and then layered a newly-punched "B" side of the HAPPY HOUR strip of paper to the right of the layout. I really liked the look of the turquoise diecut rolly flower undone so that was added in the upper right corner. I used the punch out clouds - My Little Shoebox is known for their clouds and personally I can't get enough of them - to round out that same corner. I layered the picture on white cardstock {TIP: if I don't have white cardstock handy, I go to my scrap pile and reach for the My Little Shoebox Circle Scallops since their "B" sides are white} and then again on the "B" side of the SOUVENIR paper. The SPARKLE GLITTER ALPHAS and MINI ALPHAS make up the title along with a hand-cut heart out of the polka dot journalling tag on the POSTCARD paper.

An upclose look at the homemade paper rose and journal tag
For this layout I wanted to highlight the bright-happy red and pink combination of this line. The HAPPY HOUR and SIT BACK AND RELAX papers are so pretty when they are layered together and then there is a pop of the fun turquoise color! I hand-cut the journalling tag off the POSTCARD paper and then layered it with the photo and the "B" side of the HAPPY HOUR paper. I added a few of the flowers from the diecut sheet and then added a homemade role up flower using the "B" side of the SOUVENIR paper. Making the title was the fun part... I like to stretch myself sometimes and I was trying to come up with a way to use all the fun icons on the JOURNEY and POSTCARD papers.
A closer look at ADDISON spelled out using random pieces within the DESTINATIONS collection... do they look familiar???

Here is how I made the letters to spell out ADDISON:
A = made from the triangle flag on the diecut sheet
d = flipped the "parking" sign to make a lower-case "d"
I = turned the "do not enter" sign to make the "I"
S = fussy cut out 2 of the "U-turn" red arrows and then turned them over to use the "B" side and connected the arrows to make an "S"
O = fussy cut out the "60 mph" sign and then layered it with white cardstock to create a white border
N = fussy cut the letter "N" off of the "ONE WAY" sign on the POSTCARD paper

Thank you for stopping by today!
Wishing you and yours a very happy new year!
Creative Cheers!


  1. Love the way you did the "Addison" title, and what a perfect photo for Storytime! TFS!

  2. Gorgeous projects Nicole, each one so different yet wonderful. Just love the paper flower on the second layout! :)