Friday, January 13, 2017

Top Ten Memories or 2016

Hello friends!

I’m sharing a page that is highlighting my Top 10 moments of 2016. I’m using the gorgeous January kit from Clique Kits… oh my lands I love this kit!
So, before I show you the page, I just have to say I really enjoyed the whole process of making this page. I found that going through my Instagram feed was the best way to remember all the fabulous memories of 2016. For me, it was a great year! Full of blessings. Full of new adventures. Full of amazing friends and opportunities. Every year has it’s hardships but, the blessings outweighed those and I’m so thankful!
Truth be told, I had a very difficult time narrowing it down to 10 things but, that seems to be the magic number. And I feel like any more and it would just crowd the page. Once I finally decided on the 10 moments, I printed out my photos super small. I wanted to create a partial collage with lots of journaling. So, here is the finished product…

I kind of like the “authentic scrapbook page” feel of this. What I mean by that is, after glancing through the old scrapbooks my grandmother kept, everything was usually just placed together in a collage type manner. Sometimes little memorabilia was tucked behind photos and such. While I didn’t add that, I did use the embellishments from the kit to help add texture, color and interest to the layout. I just really love the look of a collage. All my memories connected and placed together.

I had to think of a way to add a title. My pages always need a title. And since I had a vision to place my journaling all on the right side, I thought of doing something sideways to visually split the design areas up. Those title words from Fancy Pants work perfect! Add in the thickers to create the year and, it’s perfect!

When I make layouts, I love to journal. I like to talk so, it would make sense I’d have a lot to say on a written page, as well. Ha! I decided to get a little fancy (not really) with my journaling by sometimes printing and sometimes writing in cursive or my half print/half cursive type handwriting. That was one of my favorite things to see in my Grandma’s scrapbook – her handwriting.

Thank you so much for joining me today!
Grab your January Hey Sugar kit HERE. I hope you find time to document all your favorite memories from 2016!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Using Printables {Clique Kits}

Hello friends!
I’m sharing a card I created using the gorgeous printables from the January kit. Have you truly utilized all the wonderful digital product that is available to you in your kits??? Cut files and printables that coordinate perfectly with the kit contents, can add to your projects so well!
I’ve been wanting to play with the printables but, have been lazy and did not have ink in my printer for almost a year. Yes, you read that right. A year. But, I finally got some and was so excited to add the printables to my cards.
I cut apart the pennants to use on this card and they were the perfect way to complete the design of the card.

I loved using the printables to add a pop of color to the design of my card. The vellum is so pretty with the shiny gold and the hearts on the pattern paper have a really pale pink. So, to help give the card a little boost, the pennants really helped to balance the overall design.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you take advantage of all the awesome things your kit includes – like the printables!
Happy creating!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top 16 of 2016 {Blog Hop}

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a fun yearly tradition that I've been part of for the past several years. I, along with many other creative ladies, are sharing our favorite projects from the last year. 

I love doing this! Why? Well, for one, it causes me to actually enjoy the pages I created for the sake of memory keeping. I actually go back and fulfill the purpose of those pages - to remember and reflect. Also, it's fun to see how my style has evolved, improved, shifted or remained the same. I love to see other crafters, artists, etc. favorite projects too. It's interesting to see what are MY favorite vs. what other people love. Isn't that interesting? 

So, this is a blog hop! If you are just arriving at my blog, you'll want to head over to Mendi's blog and start. There are prizes, hosted by the various bloggers, and I don't want you to miss out on that either! If you are already hopping along, you should have arrived here from Traci's blog.

First, I want to reflect on all that 2016 included for my creative endeavors. I had some amazing designing opportunities with Imaginisce, Just Nick Studio and Clique Kits. My focus on creating has shifted from layouts to cards. As December came to a close, I remembered how much I love making cards! So, I'm refocusing my niche in this industry. While I'll still make layouts and "me" layouts, what I share with all of you will have a heavy focus on cards. I'm excited for that! I also launched my new video series called Let's Make Cards with Melissa. I might dub it as LMCM. We'll see. ;) Speaking of video, I finally got a good set-up for recording and have regularly posted videos to my You Tube channel. That is exciting! Viewership is low but, that's okay. Everything takes time and I'll keep posting regularly. :) 

Alright, enough yibber yabber... let's get on to my faves:
*I have to match the year so, I'm sharing Fave 16 of 2016. ;) 
**99% of the cut files used are from Just Nick Studio

The Layouts

Title cut file by me.

Title words by Me.

Here are the cards:

Inspired by Jana Eubank

Hey! You made it! 

I'd love to offer up a little prize on my blog, too! How about I treat you to a $10 gift certificate to Just Nick Studio? Just leave a comment below, on my Instagram or You Tube post, telling me your creative goals for 2017! Let's spur one another on and make this next year amazing! I will choose a winner on January 2nd, 2017.

After you leave a comment, head on over to Monika's blog! Happy Hopping! 

P.S. Here is a complete list of everyone on this blog hop, in case you get lost. 
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