"When our eyes see our hands doing the works of out hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our soul flies open and love steps forth to heal everything in signt"

-- Michael Bridge

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Paper Niche Project #1

I know, I know, I’m a little liar, I promised I’d be back yesterday to share some crafty goodness... it just wasn’t in the cards. I’m sorry :(. I sure do miss posting craftiness regularly. Things have been so crazy busy for me lately.

Today I wanted to share one of the projects I created using **Paper Niche’s** April Kit. YAY!!! There are so many interesting goodies in this month’s kit!! It’s just jam-packed with Prima (I mean, paper, flowers, trim, ribbon, you name it). It also included the new metal Prima Flowers!!! WOW! They were awesome, - and worked great with Glossy Accents {is there ANYTHING Glossy Accents doesn’t work on, anyway?!?}.

Here is a look at my first project using the kit, “Year One”:

Close up of 1st Pg:

And the 2nd Pg:

Ok, let me just say it; I am so SUPER excited that Paper Niche has started carrying Lawn Fawn Stamps!! That means that I can use Lawn Fawn when creating with my monthly kit for the store!!! I knew right away, that I wanted to make a 2 pager about Alivia’s 1st year using - what else but the Say Cheese polaroid. I also used Say Cheese too for the Months - cool huh? I really love how it turned out. But...

I can tell you, that the one mistake I made (on pg 2, to your right) - which maybe doesn’t stick out to you as much as it does to me (it REALLY sticks out to me!!!) - happened after I got everything finished and glued down. Ok, I was planning to use the acrylic Bo Bunny letters from the kit for the title, then I thought it’d be cool to use those letters as a mask/template - and Mist (you know I’m loving the mist right now!) the title onto the page.

The problem was that I had already basically finished the LO. So, what I did was stick a couple Post-it Notes around the page - to protect everything else, then I placed and misted the letters using Glimmer Mist. Some pics of that:

Next time I do this technique, I will be doing that step FIRST... not last. Dumb mistake. I wish I had my brain storm before the glue. So, then I faux stitched (a.k.a. drew) a little border around the misted title using a Copic Multiliner. I finished the LO off with a bunch of goodies from the PN Kit (pretty flowers & bling - which was a flourish that I cut into half and then used it on each side of the LO). You know I couldn’t NOT use those adorable Martha Stewart Butterfly Punches!!! I love them so! There is also a ton of Vintage Paper Distress Ink going on over here ;). It’s one of my new favorites!!!

All in all, I really treasure this LO. I used several different techniques on it (stamping, paper piecing, punches, masking, misting, distress inking, layering, etc) - all of which were a lot of fun! When I started the project, I had a completely different idea, in the end, I really like where I ended up.

It’s funny because Prima isn’t really the papers I’d pick up at my LSS. I love them, and think they’re absolutely beautiful, but when I’m shopping, I tend to go for the October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, Fancy Pants, Basic Grey, Crate Paper, etc. Usually Bright & Fun! Working with these kits have made me think outside the box - and that is a great thing!!!! Our DT Coordinator, Gine is amazing and does such a fantastic job!!! She know how to balance the kits so well, and packs them FULL of goodness!!!!

I’m really at a place where I’m craving learning new things and techniques. Stretching my creative style. I don’t like to be boxed in. I’ve really appreciated working with the Paper Niche kits for that reason. The style is very Vintage. Artsy. I love that look, but am still learning how to incorporate that with my “cute & fun with clean lines” style.

Anyway, I’m getting talkative lately huh?!? Hope I’m not boring your brains out! I’ll be back tomorrow with another PN project. I hope you have a great day & night!!!


  1. Heather I love how it all came together! I totally LOVE this idea & wish I knew what pictures were from which month so I could make one too!! Can't wait to see the other stuff!

  2. Love your page and your baby will treasured it forever!

  3. Beautiful layout! Isn't it amazing how quickly children grow up?? (my daughter is 13)
    It's a wonderful way to capture precious moments =)