Thursday, November 20, 2014

SImple Stories Life Documented = mad love.

When the box of Life Documented products found it's way to my doorstep, I tore into it immediately...and was BLOWN. AWAY. The colors, the phrases, the little details...all of them are just happy. I am not (yet) aboard the planner train, but wanted to share how these elements can all work together for a 'standard' pocket page!

Let's have a look...


I had been stumped for a bit on how to incorporate this particular page protector style into my album...until I discovered the planner inserts for this line!! They are PERFECT for documenting the events of a single day (as I did here), a week of vacation or even a specific holiday. Let's have a closer look:


I started with a blank insert from the Life Documented Basic Planner Inserts and added numbers from the new line to indicate/journal about our day trip. I added stickers here and there where I had room, just to jazz things up a bit. ;) Even if you aren't a 'journaler', this is a quick and easy way to get started.


I kept my pockets fairly simple...adding a sticker or die cut here and there. I printed out a screen shot of the map app from my phone to include as a fun way to keep track of where we went. The fonts + phrases in this line are so flexible that they can be used for just about any kind of event!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

confession: I love bits & pieces.

November already?! Before we know it, we will be hearing Christmas carols…which reminded me of ‘Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens’ ! So while thinking about what grabbed me from the November kits, aside from the stamp set in the Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit (uh…LOVE) these were ‘a few of my favorite things:


You’ve got it.
Not one piece of paper in that photo.
I loved (considered hoarding) every die cut, rub-on and tag in these kits…but instead, put them to use on a piece of white cardstock.




I ended up framing that white cardstock onto a piece of patterned paper from the Main Kit, but other than that I let the little bits & pieces shine all by themselves. The ‘you’ stamp is an all-time fave…by offsetting the stamping of the outline it looks like a totally different font. I randomly stamped a few of them and filled my journaling in around it.


The large ‘cool kid’ veneer was colored with a gold Sharpie marker and backed with one of the Life Pages cards. Then it just became a free-for-all of tags + die cuts + rub-ons. I almost let it get out of control before stopping myself. ;)


Some folks are afraid of journaling, but I find it so easy to grab a favorite photo and just start writing about the person in it. I used this pic of my daughter and just jotted down a few quick sentences about where she is at right now…super quick, and something that I do every few months to keep up with her ever changing teen ways, ha!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gossamer Blue Inspiration Blog Hop



We know how tricky it can be to be just receiving your Gossamer Blue kit, while us DT folks are already giddy about the next month...so we thought it would be fun to share some inspiration using the kits that are just landing on your doorstep :)

You may have arrived from Michelle Wooderson's blog, which is always chock full of ideas!! As always, you can always refer back to the Gossamer Blue blog to double check that you haven't missed anyone on the Blog Hop today :)

Nobody is happier than me that rub-ons have made a resurgence into the paper crafting world, so I used them like crazy this month. Right on top of my photos. I'm crazy like that, lol. ;)


I also have a flair for being sassy...so I paired the 'be brave & wild' acetate piece from the Heidi Swapp ephemera pack with the 'be still' card in the Life Pages #3 add-on. Nothing a little circle with a line through it can't fix to get  my point across. ;)


I was drawn to some of the bolder colors in the kits this month, so I focused on the black/red/mint/gold combo on this page. Love all of the contrast!



Next place to visit for LOTS of ideas + inspiration is Rebecca Luminarias!!
(I confess: I got sucked in and spent quite some time looking at all of her awesome projects!!)

Have a great weekend :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Exciting News...COMING SOON!!

Confession: I have neglected my blog.
:(

But I am changing that as of NOW!!
I have a few exciting announcements coming very soon...and I can't wait to share :)
To celebrate, I'm giving away the brand new Get Happy collection from Gossamer Blue...look how FUN this one is!!



To be entered, please do the following:

1. Visit my Facebook page...this one, where I post all of the info on upcoming classes/travel/projects, etc:
Nicole Harper Papercrafting

2. If you haven't already, click 'LIKE'.

3. Comment there by TAGGING A FRIEND...MAKE SURE THAT THEY 'LIKE' THE PAGE AS WELL, to be entered.

***BONUS ENTRY***
Please feel free to click the 'SHARE' button on the giveaway post that you will see on the Facebook page...I will choose a separate winner of some Gossamer Blue goods from those who do!!

Looking forward to sending this box of happiness to someone...this contest is for U.S. and Canada residents only please, and shipping & handling is on me ;)



Monday, July 07, 2014

some exciting {Simple Stories} news to share!

So a pretty neat thing happened recently.


I was invited to join the Simple Stories team, and seeing as how their products consistently allow my pocket pages to just about fall together, I was happy to join in on the fun! Here are a few projects I made for my first post this month...



You can see the rest of my projects (there's more!) + a fun interview here:
Simple Stories blog

(and yes, I used the woodgrain + rainbow chevron pattern on EVERY project I made, lol...I love it that  much.)

It's a good feeling when you sit down to make something and there is no hesitation.
Bits & pieces come together with an end result that you love...how often can you say that about products in your stash?
#luckyme
:)


Monday, May 05, 2014

Gossamer Blue May kits...my favorites yet!!

I can't explain what makes me love one kit more than another...it just happens that way, I suppose.
The May kits at Gossamer Blue rocked.my.world.
It could be because I'm hung up on aqua + melon + gold right now.


Or maybe it was the clear stickers I fell hard for from Simple Stories' DIY line...and used everywhere.



It could have been the fun Heidi Swapp plastic pieces that remind me of the products she made years ago...and I may or may not still hoard. ;)


It could have been the happy rainbow bits & pieces throughout.


Or the graphic feel of some of the journal cards...that I jazzed up with my Gold Sharpie.


Whatever the reason, I fell hard for this one.
And I won't apologize for it.
;)

Saturday, May 03, 2014

NSD 2014 :)

Happy NSD everyone!! I hope you're taking the time to sit down and enjoy your favorite hobby today...I know I am :)
I wanted to share a layout I made using bits & pieces from the new Hello Sunshine line from Pink Paislee...it is full of great phrases + trendy accents, and I love every bit of it! When sifting through the 3x4 Journal cards that were designed for this line, two of them jumped right out at me and I knew exactly which photo I wanted to pair them with. Don't you love when that happens?! ;)



I scrapbook 80% of what my family is up to these days using pocket pages...so it should be no surprise that I am a sucker for a grid design, lol. I stuck with that and just offset the grid a bit by pairing 3x4 cards + photo with 3x3 squares. You aren't breaking any laws if you 'think outside the box/grid' and move things a bit, lol...I promise.



I love that vellum has made a comeback (especially colors like the teal squares and pink stars!)...and 99% of the time, just layer it onto white cardstock to allow the color to stand out. Gold seems to make it's way onto every page I make these days, and the glitter cardstock definitely fit the theme of this page. I layered it underneath 2 of the squares I cut from the die cut files available on the SCT site (for free...awesome!) so it wasn't too overwhelming. Then I added more gold with washi tape, stamps directly on my photo, spray ink and even a Sharpie marker...the sun die cut was a bit too yellow, so the Sharpie came in handy. ;)


This line comes with an awesome set of chipboard stickers, and I used a few here and there...love the word bubbles. The black & white chipboard alphabet is trendy as well, and I LOVE the graphic feel it adds.

Please make sure you check out the Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog HERE...giveaways every hour and tons of inspiration!!

I am also participating in a fun NSD celebration with Big Picture Scrapbooking...check out this cool idea: they are hoping for 10K scrapbook layouts to be uploaded today!! Info is here: #NSD10k

Enjoy today and make time for being creative!!
:)