Friday, May 16, 2014

May Creative Blossoms by Nicole Doiron

 Happy May, everyone!!!

It's time for another DT reveal from yours truly, Nicole!

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful


 

My first layout is inspired by the May challenge at Once Upon a Sketch.  
The journaling theme is 'Anything Goes' and this lovely sketch is provided as inspiration. 


I've been wanting to scrapbook this fun picture of my pretty niece Ella for a while.  
She is so carefree and full of life, having fun during a weekend at her Memere's.  
In my journaling, added to the 2Crafty Jenna Frame
I wanted to give her a heartfelt message to always be herself.


After doing some stenciling work as well as misting on my background, 
I added the Window Shutter Set.  I treated both 
window frame and shutters with Liquitex Natural Sand 
and then covered them with different paints and silks.


 On the Scallop Circle Bunting pieces, I put a heavy coat of gesso and heated it up.  
I added a whimsical touch with Flourish Adornment Set 4 
and different sizes of Sharon's Butterflies.


You all know by now that 2Crafty offers awesome title chippies 
and this one, Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful, is definitely a favorite of mine 
with its different fonts.  It was perfect for my layout, 
and painted white, it pops out against the blue background.


 And now, another look at beautiful happy Ella! :)


Like the previous layout, this next one was also inspired
by the May sketch and journaling challenge at Once Upon a Sketch (see above).
 Because I didn't get the chance to play along last month, I thought I'd enter twice this month

Our Story


Love is definitely my favorite scrapbooking subject.  I adore creating page after page in homage
of my fiancee Yves and I's love story.
 On this layout, I actually wrote our love story on a tag tucked behind the picture.
 It recounts how we first encountered one another on a
social media website and how it took months of random messages
before we actually decided to meet in person... as friends.

However, the friendship soon grew into something more and 8 years later,
I couldn't be happier, sharing my life with the most wonderful man on earth.


Here's a sneak peek at my handwritten journaling.


The different 2Crafty chipboard pieces used on this layout were treated with white gesso,
 Luminarte silks, Liquitex natural sand, and layers after layers of paints
in order to get the perfect shade of rusty brown that I was looking for.

Let's start off with showing you the Our Story Title laid over a Francesca's Journal Frame.


I used the larger frame from the Square Leafy Frame Set to put around my design. 
 

I did a lot of stenciling with molding paste on my background as seen here.


Cutting a Large Corner Flower Vine into 3 different pieces,
I tucked each piece and added them behind in and around my flower clusters.


The word love which I stuck at the bottom of the picture was taken off the Love Border.


As you can see, 2Crafty offers numerous elegant and romantic chipboard designs
to make any love-themed layout extra special.

For my final share, here is a layout I recently created
that was inspired by 3 different May challenges...  the more inspiration, the better!
 7Dots Studio, Berry71bleu and Sketchabilities.
I shared this layout already on my blog a week ago.


Beautiful

 
 This photo was taken a few years ago while Ella
(yes! the same Ella who is all grown up in my first layout!)
was taking a leisurely stroll outside and enjoying the blooming Spring tulips.
Such a precious photo!

Here you see some leafy flourishes from the Leafy Shrub Set 1 (below)
& Leafy Shrub Set 2 (above) on which I used gesso and white paint.


The Beautiful Loopy Font title was treated with a first coat 
of white acrylic paint, then Luminarte silks and very 
lightly dabbed with some more white paint.


I love all 2Crafty Adornment Set pieces, this one being from Set 3.


The Daisy Flowers used were covered with a thick coat of gesso and molding paste.  
I then used my heat gun to make these products bubble and crack to give texture.


 
I always like to finish off with a close-up of the picture.
This one I will surely cherish forever.

 
Thank you for joining me again this month during my reveal.
 
I hope that you will check out the 2Crafty Store to see all the awesome chipboard designs 
that 2Crafty has to offer, including some fabulous new releases!
 
To see more of my creations, visit my blog @ http://scrap-utopia.blogspot.com
 


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7 comments:

Di Garling said...

Brilliant post Nicole, especially the first one. You have used all the chippies in such a brilliant way & showed us just how versatile they are. STUNNING Nicole, love them all. Cheers Di

Helen Tilbury said...

Such pretty work Nicole! I agree with Di - absolutely LOVE the first one with those shutters!! I need those!!! Beautiful pages - love the monochromatic kinda style I'm seeing from you lately ♥

Denise van Deventer said...

Stunning, stunning! Beautiful projects!

Janice Nicholls said...

An amazing post Nicole....wonderful layouts and use of the gorgeous chippie...Stunning creations.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Gorgeous layouts and fabulous use of all the chippies!! I think the first is my fave too but I love them all!! Beautiful work!! ox

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Really pretty work, Nicole. Just gorgeous! :)

Lindy Gillespie said...

Amazing projects Nicole!love the use of the chippies.