Thursday, December 04, 2014

Trendy Techniques w/Gossamer Blue...join me at a CKC in 2015!!

Excited to have been included for another year of travel + shared moments with the Creating Keepsakes Convention crew for 2015...there really isn't anything quite like meeting people who 'get' your hobby, and I'm a lucky gal. Returning to a few favorite locations, and also teaching at a few 'new to me' spots...SEVEN events lined up!!

Please make sure to check the CKC website for class/date/location info :)

Sharing sneaks of both double page layouts we will make during the 'Trendy Techniques with Gossamer Blue' class, that begins in Portland and will be taught at every single venue this coming year. The plan for this class is to simplify the double page process a bit while demystifying spray mists/inks...so much fun and lots of great ideas to be shared.



We will be using the On My Desk collection from Gossamer Blue...a line that is perfect for documenting just about ANYTHING you have in mind.


The class kits are chock full of papers + embellishments (die cuts, stickers, wood veneer, sequins)...we won't even come close to using all of it, so you will have lots to take home and use for other projects.

My friends at CK Events wanted to offer this GREAT coupon for early bird registration:



I would love for you to join me at a CKC in 2015...plan now to attend!!
:)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Elements of Our Everyday...a new class at Gossamer Blue.

Enrolling NOW...my brand new class at Gossamer Blue!!

I can't quite fit into words how stoked I am to be doing this class. After traveling for quite some time now, 'preaching the pocket page gospel' (haha!), I have come to realize that there are LOTS of folks out there who would love to try this approach. Problem is, there are a few myths that go along with the buzz...and I intend to dispel them.

My favorite venue for that is standing right in front of you...at an event with other people who feel the same way. There is something about being up-close-and-personal that both makes me happy and seems to get the point across, lol. Seeing as how not everyone is able to attend a live event, I approached Lori at Gossamer Blue about sharing my process + ideas with people via an online class.

That is how Elements of Our Everyday came about.
Breaking that down...
  • Elements: bits. pieces. tidbits. facts. memories. thoughts. ideas. goals. laughter. tears. (and everything else in between)
  • Everyday: the routine. schedules. plans. work. school. home. life. (and everything in between)

Everything is fair game.
Nothing is too trivial to jot down.
So stop telling yourself that 'I don't do enough interesting things to constantly be filling pockets with'.
Because friend, that is the kind of thinking that will have you throwing in the towel before you even start.
;)
 
As a reminder, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST...the above items are FREE when you register!! Yes, that lovely 4x6 stamp set designed by One Little Bird is all yours...so don't miss out!

Joining me in sharing their hearts/projects/family life/insight/ideas are these 7 amazing gals...so happy that they are on this journey with me. They represent every style/approach you can think of, and they are going to knock your socks off. :)


Peppermint (the awesome owner of One Little Bird Designs) also whipped up these items that we will all be using in class...also available on the Gossamer Blue Class page. The concept of using what you love/already have/may or may not be hoarding is one we will hit on as well during class...so these items you see will be incorporated with MANY different products, to allow for TONS of different bits of inspiration. Make sure you check these out!!

Questions?
I'm all ears.
I really would love for you to join us...because your everyday is just as important as those 'events' you tend to focus on.

Actually?
Your everyday is more important.
At least in my book.
;)


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Who doesn't love an awesome (free?!) stamp set?

And gold vellum die cut shapes.
And a cool 3x4 wood veneer card.
But honestly...THIS STAMP SET!!



I've been working with Lori (owner extraordinaire of Gossamer Blue) + Peppermint (you know and love her as the creative genius behind One Little Bird) for a few months now...and I am sneaking a pic of just a few of our labors today. I am STOKED to be teaching a pocket page class at Gossamer Blue, and can't wait to share all of the details!!

But that has to wait just a wee bit longer.
;)

I couldn't resist sneaking this photo of what each person who enrolls will receive...FREE!! This 4x6 stamp set is AWESOME, and filled with images + phrases that you can use over and over again. Working back and forth with Peppermint on this set was easy peasy...she is just kind of amazing at getting a feel for the fonts + phrases that I had in mind, and lining them up all neat-like in one set. Add the gold vellum shapes + wood veneer card in, and you can't go wrong :)

And like I said...everything you see in this photo is FREE for those who enroll!!
(while supplies last, of course...)

And there are more cool bits to come.
As well as 7 fun contributors who I think will cover just about every possible way to incorporate pocket pages into whatever kind of schedule/life/routine you have.

No more saying you don't have time.
No more confusion that trying this approach means you have to give up on 'traditional' scrapbooking.
No more stressing that you aren't 'caught up'.
(what even is that, lol?)
No. MAS.

Elements of Our Everyday.
It's gonna be awesome.
I promise.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SImple Stories Life Documented = mad love.

When the box of Life Documented products found it's way to my doorstep, I tore into it immediately...and was BLOWN. AWAY. The colors, the phrases, the little details...all of them are just happy. I am not (yet) aboard the planner train, but wanted to share how these elements can all work together for a 'standard' pocket page!

Let's have a look...


I had been stumped for a bit on how to incorporate this particular page protector style into my album...until I discovered the planner inserts for this line!! They are PERFECT for documenting the events of a single day (as I did here), a week of vacation or even a specific holiday. Let's have a closer look:


I started with a blank insert from the Life Documented Basic Planner Inserts and added numbers from the new line to indicate/journal about our day trip. I added stickers here and there where I had room, just to jazz things up a bit. ;) Even if you aren't a 'journaler', this is a quick and easy way to get started.


I kept my pockets fairly simple...adding a sticker or die cut here and there. I printed out a screen shot of the map app from my phone to include as a fun way to keep track of where we went. The fonts + phrases in this line are so flexible that they can be used for just about any kind of event!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

confession: I love bits & pieces.

November already?! Before we know it, we will be hearing Christmas carols…which reminded me of ‘Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens’ ! So while thinking about what grabbed me from the November kits, aside from the stamp set in the Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit (uh…LOVE) these were ‘a few of my favorite things:


You’ve got it.
Not one piece of paper in that photo.
I loved (considered hoarding) every die cut, rub-on and tag in these kits…but instead, put them to use on a piece of white cardstock.




I ended up framing that white cardstock onto a piece of patterned paper from the Main Kit, but other than that I let the little bits & pieces shine all by themselves. The ‘you’ stamp is an all-time fave…by offsetting the stamping of the outline it looks like a totally different font. I randomly stamped a few of them and filled my journaling in around it.


The large ‘cool kid’ veneer was colored with a gold Sharpie marker and backed with one of the Life Pages cards. Then it just became a free-for-all of tags + die cuts + rub-ons. I almost let it get out of control before stopping myself. ;)


Some folks are afraid of journaling, but I find it so easy to grab a favorite photo and just start writing about the person in it. I used this pic of my daughter and just jotted down a few quick sentences about where she is at right now…super quick, and something that I do every few months to keep up with her ever changing teen ways, ha!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gossamer Blue Inspiration Blog Hop



We know how tricky it can be to be just receiving your Gossamer Blue kit, while us DT folks are already giddy about the next month...so we thought it would be fun to share some inspiration using the kits that are just landing on your doorstep :)

You may have arrived from Michelle Wooderson's blog, which is always chock full of ideas!! As always, you can always refer back to the Gossamer Blue blog to double check that you haven't missed anyone on the Blog Hop today :)

Nobody is happier than me that rub-ons have made a resurgence into the paper crafting world, so I used them like crazy this month. Right on top of my photos. I'm crazy like that, lol. ;)


I also have a flair for being sassy...so I paired the 'be brave & wild' acetate piece from the Heidi Swapp ephemera pack with the 'be still' card in the Life Pages #3 add-on. Nothing a little circle with a line through it can't fix to get  my point across. ;)


I was drawn to some of the bolder colors in the kits this month, so I focused on the black/red/mint/gold combo on this page. Love all of the contrast!



Next place to visit for LOTS of ideas + inspiration is Rebecca Luminarias!!
(I confess: I got sucked in and spent quite some time looking at all of her awesome projects!!)

Have a great weekend :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Exciting News...COMING SOON!!

Confession: I have neglected my blog.
:(

But I am changing that as of NOW!!
I have a few exciting announcements coming very soon...and I can't wait to share :)
To celebrate, I'm giving away the brand new Get Happy collection from Gossamer Blue...look how FUN this one is!!



To be entered, please do the following:

1. Visit my Facebook page...this one, where I post all of the info on upcoming classes/travel/projects, etc:
Nicole Harper Papercrafting

2. If you haven't already, click 'LIKE'.

3. Comment there by TAGGING A FRIEND...MAKE SURE THAT THEY 'LIKE' THE PAGE AS WELL, to be entered.

***BONUS ENTRY***
Please feel free to click the 'SHARE' button on the giveaway post that you will see on the Facebook page...I will choose a separate winner of some Gossamer Blue goods from those who do!!

Looking forward to sending this box of happiness to someone...this contest is for U.S. and Canada residents only please, and shipping & handling is on me ;)