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Friday, September 12, 2014

Introducing our September GD, Nicole Mantooth

We're very excited to introduce to you our September Guest Designer.

Please join us in welcoming ....





Hello, my name is Nicole Mantooth.  I live in Hesperia, CA with my husband of 15 years and our 3 kiddos.  Little Jacob is 9, Caleb is 7 and Chloe is 4.  We have 2 dogs and 7 new puppies, a cat and 3 little kittens, a turtle also named Jacob and a bunny.  We have our own little family zoo. I am mostly a stay at home mom, but I do some photography on the side and I love creating handmade custom things for my etsy shop.    I have been scrapbooking for so many years, I don't even remember when I actually started.  I have always loved to create crafty things and it just sort of evolved into my love of scrapbooking and documenting. When I first started I mainly did just layouts, but over time as my style has evolved I also love making cards and other little crafty projects I can think of. I enjoy baking my boys teachers some yummy treats and finding fun and creative ways to send it to them at school.  I love to try to push my creative side and think outside the box and try to use what I have on hand instead of rushing out to buy all the new products and paper lines because boy could that get me into tons of trouble.  My husband really encourages me to put myself out there in both my photography career and with all my creative adventures.  Thank goodness he is so supportive because sometimes my creative side takes over the entire house, including the kitchen counters and table.  I love spending family time together and documenting our lives along the way.  I love to share our lives on social media especially facebook and instagram. I am currently on the SILHOUETTE AMERICA design team and I am grateful to be a guest here with you as well. 


You can see more of Nicole's work on her blog.

Now let's see some of her wonderful projects that she's sharing with us today.


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"Tiny Fingers"

This layout was created with the MY BABY GIRL LINE. 



I started with cutting out the saying from my SILHOUETTE CAMEO on the white cardstock.  I then backed it with kraft color cardstock, but backed the CUTE and SWEET words with pink cardstock. 
 
I took the BANNERS PATTERNED PAPER and cut out the banners for a die cut look.  



I then took the MY BABY GIRL DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK 12"X12"CUT-OUTS patterned paper and cut out the sweet baby and little moments cards.

Something fun I like to do sometimes is take the tiny strips on the bottom of each patterned paper and use the back side with the design on my layout.  It just looks like you cut a small strip from a large sheet, saves from tossing it.  Using up all those small things you would normally throw out.  

I took the other side of the CUT OUTS paper and laid it down with the die cut title page to create a full 12x12 page.  

I laid my photo collage on top and tucked under a JOURNALING card that I printed my journaling on.  

I had some wood hearts on hand that I colored with a copic marker and added those with some pearls and silver dots to my page.  I just placed those randomly all over my layout.  

I saw this saying in my SILHOUETTE STUDIO SOFTWARE and knew that I had to use it on a layout since my niece is named Bria Rose.  My sister in law posts monthly update photos of her and I love seeing how much she changes from one month to the next.  



Supplies:
Imaginise: MY BABY GIRL : patterned papers, cut out, banners, journaling cards


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Banner

This was a fun little name banner I made for a friends daughter.  Her new baby has the same name as my daughter. I have been wanting to make her some kind of fun little personalized gift for her and as soon as I saw these journaling cards I knew I could make her something so fun with these.  




I used the MY BABY GIRL line for this little banner project.  
I took 5 different cards and stacked them all on top of each other and punched holes on each side of the top.  
I cut her name out in kraft cardstock and pop dotted them to the top of each card.  
I used smal pieces of some of the patterned papers in the line to make flags and little tags.  I even created a super tiny accordian rosette to add next to the H.  
I used the bottom backside strip of the paper from one of the patterened papers again to make a little tag for under the L.  
I used one of my sewing needles and attatched a little notched flag I made and stamped the word hello onto. 
I sprinkled  die cut hearts that I cut from the opposite side of the BANNERS patterned paper. 
I added some random hearts and pearls to the JOURNALING cards before I attached them all together.  
I then took some twine I had on hand and tied each card together.  I tied a bow on each one.  
I can't wait to give it to her for her new precious baby girl.  



I love that I can products that are "made" for one thing and use them for another.  These journaling cards made the perfect base for my little name banner.  

Supplies:
Imaginisce: MY BABY GIRL patterned papers, banners, journaling cards.


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Thanks for joining us today.  
Nicole will be joining us again next week with some more fabulous projects!!

4 comments:

TracyM #6773 said...

CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME Nicole!!!
Great getting to know you and to see your work too - LOVE your STYLE - your layout & banner are DELIGHTFUL, such pretty colors & dimension!!!

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

These are adorable!

Ange said...

Gorgeous! Love, love, love the layout and the banner is so pretty! Great projects.

Suzanna Lee said...

Adorable Nicole! Thanks for guesting with Imaginisce!

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