Thursday, 19 March 2015

GUEST BLOGGER - Michelle Nommensen

I hope you are all having a great day. I am here to introduce the talented Michelle who is here sharing a guest blog post. 

Lydia xxx

Hi Everyone! My name is Michelle and I am excited to be here writing a guest blog post for Lydia. I love paper crafting and memory keeping in any way, shape or form so, I am always happy to chat about something that makes me feel happy!

A Little About Me…

I am a Paralegal by day. My life revolves around a cool husband, five beautiful daughters, two adorable granddaughters, and handsome GoldendoodleI am an inherent busy body. I work, I play, I create. (Not necessarily in that order). I love spending time with family and friends, creating decadent desserts, playing with pretty paper, snapping photos of just about anything, and working on crafty DIY projects.

I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years. I am a previous consultant for Creative Memories and Stampin’ Up and previousowner of an online scrapbooking and cardmaking kit company, Picture It Made. My husband might say I am “a little” obsessed with scrapbooking but he lets me be excited about it just the same.

Finding Scrapbook Inspiration…

Where do you find your scrapbooking inspiration – blogs, online galleries, Pinterest, craft storesCrate & Barrel? There are so many wonderful, and seemingly endless,places to find ideas and inspiration for any type of scrapbooking project - traditional, digital, hybrid, pocket pages or Project Life. 
Recently, while on a weekend trip to ChicagoI convinced my husband to go into Crate & Barrel. I was in search of a clock for my daughter’s bathroomFound it! Checked out, leaving the store, when these little pretties caught my eye

I knew immediately what I could and would use them for…scrapbooking, of course! (And my guest blog post was born). Back through the checkout line I went. As we left the store, page ideas began to swirl around in my mind – the creative possibilities were going to be endless. These doilies were just a little bit different than the paper doilies you see during Valentine’s Day. To me, they felt more timeless—with a bit of a modern twist.

For my layout, I decided to use the larger of the two paper doilies as a background. The creative process was underway…so exciting!

Step-by-step, my layout came together. Here is my completed scrapbook layout Together featuring these fabulous paper doilies…with a little splash of gold and sparkle to make it shine!

So there you have it. Scrapbooking inspiration can strike anywhere and in the most unusual places. When you are passionate about something, inspiration finds you and that’s a beautiful thing!

What to do when this happens:

• Find your story
• Embrace your inner creative
• Feel free to make mistakes
• Stay focused on the creative
• Push the envelope and amazing things will happen!!

I hope you enjoyed the post! Thank you Lydia for the guest blog opportunity! I had a lot of fun!!

Let your creative shine,

Michelle Nommensen

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