Monday, November 4, 2013

Creative Inspiration by Nicole Doiron

Another month, another share of 2Crafty inspiration!

 Let's start with a love-inspired layout (they ARE my favorite!)
 dedicated to none other than... him. :)

As you can see, I did a lot of mixed media work on the left side of my layout
 using different stencils, gesso, Glimmer Mists and Liquid pearls.  I used the same
 mixture on most of the chipboard pieces, adding some Distress Stains here
 and there. Below, you can see that I used the Dainty Alphabet for my
 title and adorned it with one of the very versatile Adornment Set 2.

The Tiny Leaf Stems were perfect for tucking behind my flower cluster.

I adore bracket shapes and the Frame Bracket Borders are a must-have.
 You get 5 pieces in one and they are perfect to add a little something in the
corner of a layout where you need a little pizzazz.

In the next 2 images, you will see that I cut the rectangle Frame Flourish
and created 2 corners for my picture which I stitched on.

The next image shows more closely the grungy texture that the mix of gesso
 (heated with a heat gun) and layers upon layers of different Distress Stains
 have given my chipboard pieces, including this leafy wing shape from the 
Adornment Set 1 Who knew that the rusted metal look could
 be so endearing?  hehe

And now, before I move on to my 2nd layout, one final look at... him.

Just Be You

Being a lover of the shabby chic style (which I've shared with you last month),
not surprisingly, I tend to do layouts that could be considered a bit more
 feminine with loads of flowers, pearls and soft colors.  It works out well too
since I have 2 beautiful nieces who are as girly as can be and who love all those things.
  However, I also love to dabble in the more masculine side of scrapbooking a
s seen on this layout which features my friend Nathalie's son, Tristan, and the
Echo Park "Note To Self" collection.

Here's a great title from 2Crafty, Just Be You, which was treated the same
 way as the chipboard on my  first layout.  The colors used this time
 around gave the chipboard a more marbled effect. Sometimes I find that I
 tend to use the same technique on my chippies over and over again
 (which  normally include either gesso or molding paste). 
 I tell myself, if it works, why stop?


I wanted to try something different on the background.  I popped out all
 the letters out of my Dainty Alphabet 12x12 sheet and used the actual
sheet over some patterned paper to add a silhouette effect across my page.
  What's good about quality chipboard is that you don't want to waste any of it!

I used these Gears on many of my 2Crafty layouts and here are the last
of them.  I guess I will just have to order some more!

How cute is this Moustache?!  I put it in the Cuttlebug to add a little embossing.

And how about this trendy Lightbulb? It comes in a set of 4.

Another very popular trend nowadays in the scrapbooking world
 are Word Bubbles.  These just fit in so perfectly with this layout and
 just happen to describe little Tristan to a "T".

Look at that cute face!

Now let's go from one extreme to another... boy vs. girl :)

I was so thrilled last month when I found out that 2Crafty Chipboard
would be sponsoring the October challenge at Scrap Around The World.
 The October Mood Board was so pretty!  I decided to turn the sketch
 clockwise to better align my single-photo layout.

The first thing that inspired me from the pretty images was the touch of blue admist
 the white.  I absolutely wanted to make the colour blue the central focus of my layout,
 beginning with the Imagine Title.


Here, you see part of the oval Frame Flourish 5 tucked behind a flower cluster.

All my 2Crafty pieces were treated the same way, using molding paste, different
 shades of blue Glimmer Mists and Smooch paint.  I then dabbed them with white.
  On the left is one half of a Journaling Frame,


Now the beautiful, whimsical Butterfly Frame,

Here's the other half of the Journalling Frame.

 The picture of my niece Ella in her blue butterfly wings is definitely
 a favorite of mine!

And there goes the end of my post.  The months go flying by and I still can't 
believe that I'm part of this wonderful Design Team and able to work with
 such a wonderful inspiring product as 2Crafty.  Every day, I find myself 
looking forward to my next DT reveal.  I already have plans for my 
December creations and I hope you will join me on December 4th for
  *hint hint* a little Holiday spirit. 
In the meantime, check out my other creations at