Family Fun with Nicole Martel

Hello! Today I would like to share two of my most favorite layouts that were just recently published in Scrapbook Trends Create Magazine. Notice how I followed the same design for both of these? I usually have a difficult time scrapping 4×6 photos so when I came up with this design for my first layout, the second layout came together within minutes!

Glitz Design ‘Happy Travels” patterned paper
Glitz Design “Happy Travels” Rhinestones
Glitz Design “Happy Travels” Cardstock stickers
Glitz Design “Happy Travels” Epoxy stickers
Glitz Design Teeny alphas

Heart border punch: Creative Memories
Corner rounder: Creative Memories
Adhesives: Creative Memories


And here is my second layout. My momom always worries that Edward will not remember her… and I am constantly telling her that he will because he is always asking for her. He is her first great grandchild and she absolutely adores him as much as he adores her.

Glitz Design “Pretty in Pink” patterned paper
Glitz Design “Pretty in Pink” Rhinestones
Glitz Design “Pretty in Pink” Whatnots
Glitz Design “Pretty in Pink” Cardstock stickers
Glitz Design “Pretty in Pink” Epoxy stickers
Glitz Design Teeny alphas

Step by Step Saturday with Laurie Schmidlin

Hi friends!  Today I am sharing ten of my favorite ways to distress Glitz paper with you!  I love the vintage feel of the Glitz collections and they lend themselves so nicely to distressing!

I’ve got several photos to share with you, so grab a cup of your favorite drink, sit back, and enjoy!  :-)  Hint – for a closer view of any of the photos, just click on them.


Ink Distress

My absolute favorite (and most used) way to distress is using ink!  There are two techniques that I use.  For the first one (see the sample on the left in the After photo), I hold the paper with one hand and lightly sponge the edges with my other hand.  Sometimes I want a bolder look so then I will rub the ink on.  I start with my paper flat on my desk and rub my ink of choice in a circular motion all around the edges.  You can add as much or as little as you want, but this technique usually gives a darker look than just sponging it on.  You can click here to see samples of inked edges.


Painting is another fun way to distress paper!  I start with a dry brush and dab on just a little bit of acrylic paint.  Then I just play!  You can rub the brush across the paper, paint just edges, or do both!  Here is a sample of a painted background layer.


Tearing is a great technique to give a worn and tattered look.  For my photo, I chose two different patterns and store them into strips.  I then mounted it on to a card base.  So easy!  To distress it even more, try inking up all of the torn edges!  You can see the card I made using this sample at the end of the post.


Sanding is such a fun way to distress paper!  With so many different options (I’ve shown a few in my photo above), you can achieve many different looks!  In the photo above, I chose to just sand the edges, giving it a worn look.  To see a sample of sanding, click here (the tag on the album cover).


Sewing is another way I choose to add character and texture to many of my projects!  You can stitch around the edges of a layer, use fancy stitched, or just sew some shapes together (like I did in the photo above).  You can see the card I created using the above sample at the end of this post.  You can also click here to see more samples of stitching on cards.

Distress Tools

With so many fun tools out there, distressing paper is now so simple!  In the photo above I used the small paper distresser to rough up all the edges as well as curled some of the corners!  Such and easy and fun technique!  Although tools are fun to use, you don’t need them…you can always use the side of a scissors blade (be careful though!!) or even your fingernail!  You can click here to see a project I made with roughed up and curled edges.


Spritzing, either with your favorite ink spray or a marker and spritzer tool, is a wonderul way to distress your paper!  In the After photo above you can see the sample of ink spray (shown on the left) and marker spritzing (on the right).  I used this technique on one of my cards I’m sharing at the end of this post.



Another great way to age your paper is crumpling (or wrinkling) it!  I like to spray my paper with water first, then wad it up into a small ball.  After rolling it around in my palm for a bit, I straighten it out and let it dry.  If you are in a hurry you can always use your heat tool to hurry the drying along.  :-)


I love to stamp directly onto patterned paper to add that extra sumpin’ sumpin’ to my backgrounds!  Glitz has some great vintage patterned stamps that work great for this technique!  You can see a sample of this here (the first card has a map stamped lightly on the background) and here.


On this card, I used the sample I for the sewing photo above.  I kept the card simple, letting the pretty paper hearts be the focus of the card!


For this card, I used the background sample created for the tearing photo above.  Because I rarely just use one distressing technique at a time…I kept on going!  :-)  I added some marker spritzing as well as inked edges. 

Thanks so much for joining me here today!  I hope I inspired you to try some of these distress techniques!  ~Laurie


Adventure Card
Glitz Design Happy Travels 6″ Glitz Paper Pack
Glitz Design Happy Travels Epoxy Words

Dream Card
Glitz Design Vintage Blue Papers – Floral, Toile
Glitz Design Vintage Blue  Epoxy Words
Glitz Design Vintage Blue Trim
Glitz Design Vintage Blue Glitzers
Glitz Design Vintage Blue Paper Layers
Glitz Design Vintage Blue Whatnot

Documenting your Journey with Mou Saha

Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with today’s layouts. The first one is about the doubts and decisions we sometimes face. I used the 6×6 Happy Travels WORLD paper with the compass in keeping with the direction theme of my page.





The second layout is about my kids enjoying summer vacation at home.





Layout 1
Pretty In Pink Ledger 12×12 paper
Happy Travels 6×6 paper pad
Pretty In Pink Title stickers
Happy Travels Title Stickers
Happy Travels Layered Stickers
Teeny Alpha Teal Stickers
Beautiful Dreamer Cardstock Stickers
Layout 2
Happy Travels Stripe 12×12 paper
French Kiss Stripe 12×12 Paper
Scarlett Wallpaper 12×12 paper
Happy Travels 6×6 paper pad
Happy Travels Layered Stickers
Happy Travels Title Stickers
Pretty In Pink Layered Stickers
Teeny Alpha Black Stickers

Blast from the Past with Laurie Schmidlin

Hi again!  It’s my turn to share some Glitz projects!  I thought I would show a little love to some older collections!  I created a couple of cards using some Afternoon Muse, Love Games, & even a little Laced with Grace goodies!

GD Be Silly

When I first saw this circus tent shaped card pattern in the Silhouette store the other day, I KNEW I had to make is using some of Glitz’s Afternoon Muse products!  I think the two were made for each other!  :-)  I have lots of goodies going on here…Afternoon Muse papers, Glitzers, Cardstock Stickers, & even some Peek-A-Boos! 

GD Be Silly (inside)

I was having so much fun, that I decided to decorate the inside as well!  To finish it off, I added a stamped birthday sentiment!

GD Never too Old

My second card has a little bit of everything on it!  LOL!  The papers are mostly from the Love Games Collection with a little bit of Hoopla paper thrown in for good measure!  :-)  I added a cardstock sticker, an Epoxy Word, a Peek-a-Boo, and a stamped sentiment.  For a fun look, I tore the strips of paper as well as curled the bottom edge and left corner.

Thanks so much for joining me here today!  I hope you have a wonderfully creative day!  ~Laurie


Circus Tent Card
Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Papers:  Polka, Banner, Block, Carte Postale
Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Glitzers
Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Whatnot
Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Peek-a-Boo
Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Cardstock Stickers – Titles
Other:  Birthday Bash stamp set (Verve Stamps), Circus Tent pattern (Silhouette)

Never to Old Card
Glitz Design Love Games Papers:  Stripe, Damask, Scorecard, Polka
Glitz Design Love Games Cardstock Stickers – Journaling
Glitz Design Love Games Peek-A-Boo
Glitz Design Laced with Grace Clear Stamps
Glitz Design Hoopla Paper – Frames
Glitz Design Happy Travels Epoxy Words

Mangoes and Skating with Lisa Andrews

We were able to fill our summer up with a few getaways that were prefect for escaping the intense heat here in AZ and a great time to collect a bunch of new photos along this way.

While we were at the beach in Mexico, a guy pulled up a cart with a big rainbow umbrella and parked it pretty close to where we’d set up camp. We saw him carving up mangoes and turning them into a beautiful flower on a stick. How could we resist??

Keeping with a bit of Mexican food flair, he added chile powder and lime to one of the mangoes. Such a cool combination. Of course, the kids liked it plain, but I was up for the new flavor combo.

Another fun thing we did this summer was to ride a gondola up a steep mountain at Squaw Valley, CA to get to the site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. There was a roller skating rink at the top of the mountain. How cool is that?

We even had the rink to ourselves for most of our skating time. I’ll be honest, I didn’t lace any skates onto my feet. I wanted to be injury free for the rest of our vacation and I wasn’t sure I could trust myself out on the rink. There were a few falls, but luckily, no major injuries. Success!

 I’m lucky to have the new Glitz 6 X 6 paper pads, so I mixed in a
bit of the new Cashmere Dame line with the Happy Travels line on both of these layout. I’m
loving how well these lines go together. Teal and yellow together are one of my favorite color combos! Can’t wait to get the full new lines!
Mangoes in Mexico Supplies

Glitz Designs “Happy Travels” Patterned Paper: Stripe, Bicycle

Glitz Designs “Cashmere Dame” 6 X 6 Paper Pad

Glitz Designs “Happy Travels” Large Rhinestones

Glitz Designs “Happy Travels” Epoxy Stickers

Glitz Designs Teeny White Alpha

Glitz Designs “Happy Travels” Layered Stickers

Glitz Designs “French Kiss” Paper Layers
Roller Skating Supplies

Glitz Designs “Happy Travels” Patterned Paper: Bicycle

Glitz Designs “Cashmere Dame” 6 X 6 Paper Pad

Glitz Designs “Happy Travels” Epoxy Stickers

Glitz Designs “Happy Travels” Layered Stickers

Glitz Designs “Happy Travels” Epoxy Stickers

Glitz Designs Teeny Black Type Alpha

Glitz Designs Teeny Black Round Alpha

Hybrid Hoopla Cards with Kristii Lockart

Happy Monday dear friends!!  I don’t know if you have heard, but Glitz Design has come out with another digital kit.  The Glitz Design Hoopla Digital Kit is now available at jessicasprague.comand it’s as fun as can be!  Here’s a peek at the kit:

So many fun papers and elements and the colors are way fun too!  I chose to use the Aqua Polka Dot paper and one of the paper layers in my first card:
I printed out each of the papers and then I re-sized the paper layer to make the birthday cake a little bigger.  I printed out the larger image, fussy cut the birthday cake and glued it to the already trimmed Paper Layer on the card base.  I just love the colors in the birthday cake!  Oh so pretty and inspiring!

I wanted to pull the pink out in the cake, so I stamped the Paper Layer with little pink roses.  I added a little birthday tag, filigree border, and seam binding ribbon to bring it all together!  I am totally loving  these digital kits!! They are so fun to manipulate and change according to each and every project you make!

Supplies Used:
Glitz Design Hoopla Digital Kit
Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Cardstock, The Sweet Life Stamps and Filigree Border Die
Seam Binding, Flowers and butterfly from my stash

The second card was made using Paper Layer 2 from the French Kiss Digital Elements Kit.  I adjusted the color in PSE to a lovely pink and printed it out twice.

I fussy a sewing machine from one of the Paper Layers and used pop dots to adhere it to the sewing machine stand on the other Paper Layer to give the image some added dimension!!  Way fun!!!
I added a Pretty in Pink Glitzer to the background and layered several die cuts over the top including a fun little stamped dress form.  I also added a little flourish die, seam binding bow and a little angel wing for some added sweetness!
Supplies Used:
Glitz Design French Kiss Digital Elements
Glitz Design Pretty In Pink Glitzers
Glitz Design Beautiful Dreamer Floral Paper
Lawn Fawn Sew Lovely Stamps
Papertrey Ink Fancy Flourishes Stamps and Dies; Rustic Cream Cardstock; Button Card Die, Dress Form Die, 
Lace, Buttons and Seam Binding from my stash
Thanks for stopping by!!! 
I wish you a very Glitzy Day,


Step by Step Saturday with Nicole Martel

Hello everyone. Hope you’re in for a fun weekend! Today I would like to share a fun layout that I created. I used lots of product from the Afternoon Muse Collection. The first thing I did was spray a little mists on the cardstock and then I used the Afternoon Muse Corner stamp for the top right and bottom left of my layout.I created my own unique background using several patterned papers, whatnots and my hectagon punch by Creative Memories. I love whatnots, but sometimes I find them hard to use the entire thing, therefore I prefer using bits and pieces from them. While I was trying to place the hectagons on my layout, I thought of a way to make it easier on myself. I punched the shapes and adhered them to cardstock and once I was sure I had the shapes where I wanted them, I trimed the outer edge and adhered it to the base of my layout.

I hope I inspired you to try using your stamps and punches to create a fun layout of your own. Thanks for visiting and please come again.

Happy Saturday,

Glitz Design “Afternoon Muse” Patterned paper
Glitz Design “Afternoon Muse” Whatnots
Glitz Design “Afternoon Muse” Glitzers
Glitz Design “Afternoon Muse” Acrylic stamp

Creative Memories: Hectagon punch
American Crafts: Thickers
Pink Paislee: Tag
Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mists
Webster’s Pages: Trim

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