Nicole Nowosad's Blog Posts

Hey everyone! Nicole here on the blog today to share a few layouts with you using the new Beautiful collection. I don`t know about you, but when I first saw this collection, I thought “wow, that is really beautiful”. I know, pretty obvious, but I also thought it was perfect for scrapping some recent photos of my daughter on our recent family vacation.

I wanted to create a grid of sorts on my page to incorporate some of the fun little details in this collection, so I diecut a simple circle background to help me along! I added in lots of diecut cardstock stickers and chipboard into my open areas, along with punches of patterned paper too!

I couldn’t resist adding a few of the great clear stickers to the inside of those same circles, I just love how they look like they were almost printed on the patterned paper background.


Now, this collection is really pretty – but it is great for masculine pages too! I decided to challenge myself to use this same collection with a masculine twist, and I think it turned out great.

I used a basic grid for this page too, this time alternating between patterned paper from the collection and 4x4 Elements. It is really so easy to make a page come together when you start with a basic grid and color scheme.

I added in some of the less “pretty” cardstock stickers, like these fun balloon shapes and a lot of punched circles from the black gingham patterned paper to add around my basic grid design.

Although I used the same collection for both pages, I was able to take advantage of the girly and masculine side of things for two uniquely different pages and I hope you are inspired to do the same!


Good morning! Nicole here today to share some inspiration using lots of florals! I am slightly obsessed with all floral patterns right now and it's a good thing that there are so many pretty floral patterns to be found in the Simple Stories collections. I hope to inspire you to dig into those floral patterned papers and get creative!
My first project is a literal interpretation of using floral patterns - I diecut some flowers on my digital die cut machine from some great floral patterns in the Faith collection.  I just love the pretty mix of pinks, teal and golden yellow and when trimmed down to floral shapes, they look pretty awesome!
I wanted to add some stems to my flowers, so I simply stapled on some natural twine and then added some loops and tucked them behind the flower shapes. I finished things off with a simple diecut title, some buttons and some great Simple Stories stickers on the flowers.
My next project uses lots of the floral patterns in a less obvious way. Using florals makes patterned paper mixing easy  as there is a collection of color choices already done for you! 
I diecut some pie chart shapes and used the floral paper in this case to fill in the design. I was able to add in variations of color and pattern by using the simple pie chart shape to hold it all together. Look  how lovely all those pretty floral patterns look mixed together, but it's not overwhelming either!
I couldn't resist a diecut title with more floral patterns and added in some neutral letters stickers to finish off my title and then added in some stickers and enamel dots to complete the page.


Hey Simple Stories fans! Nicole here today to share a few projects using cut apart/element sheets in different ways! I love how each Simple Stories collection has different sized element sheets that can be simply clipped out for you to get creative with!


For my first project “Summer is a State of Mind”, I started with the cut apart sheet from Summer Days. I was too tempted to use a lot of the different cards and patterns, so I chose a few favorites and clipped them down a little to make some simple banners on my page.



You can see that I varied the size and shape of the pennant designs and then added in some smaller sized patterned papers to add to the flow of the pennants.




 I love how the cards provided me a simple title for my page – one of the hardest things for me to decide to do on a layout is the title!



Now that my pennant designs were all ready to go, I was able to add some Cardstock stickersDecorative brads and Bits & Pieces to embellish each pennant quickly and easily too!




For my second layout, I took a more simple approach to the use of the cut apart sheet in the Hello Lovely Simple Set. I chose the “Hello Lovely” 4x6 journaling card from the sheet and used it as the title on my project.


The bold black adds a pop! to the page and creates a great focal point for the layout to come together. I added in some simple strips of paper from the Hello Lovely Simple Set, mixing in a little blue paper from my stash.



All there was really left to do is add some Cardstock Stickers from the collection using foam adhesive to pop them off the page slightly, and of course a few enamel dots I had left over from the Life in Color collection.