a saturday night surprise

Yeah, so my office is pretty much gone right now. Okay, so maybe it’s not necessarily ‘gone’ since all that stuff is now in the middle of my front room. But you know what I mean. And  I sent off my old desk to my sister’s house–found it a new home. So it’s looking pretty empty right now. Oh, and there are carpet samples that I keep flopping around at the various times of the day. Lighting changes and all. Gotta make sure it goes. So excited to get rid of the ugly dark brown carpet.

Feeling a little lost without my big mama Mac. Luckily I do have a laptop that can help me bide my time.

So I went out to dinner with my hubby, just got back from taking the dog for a walk, and I’m finally taking a moment to relax in my bedroom this evening, and I have my laptop . . . well, in my lap, and I’m listening to the last part of Sherlock Holmes. SI I thought it might be fun to take this moment and suprise you all with a page this fine Saturday evening from our darling Miss Nichol.

[ Shapes | Need Directions? (“love it” phrase) / Here Kitty Kitty (“meow”, paw prints, kitty) / XOXO (hearts) / Life Additions #2 (file folder card) / Freebie Negative Frame ]

Nichol has such an amazing way of including so many details. You literally have to pour over her pages to see what she’s done. And all together, it’s just a masterpiece.

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Here lately I am addicted to using negative frame die cuts on my pages, especially for framing up older photos (pre-digital days!). The ability to resize them to suit my specific photo/layout needs makes them an ideal way of emphasizing the photos, even when they aren’t the best quality of photos. This free file Kerri put up ages ago continues to be one of my all-time favorites! The original has a die cut “u.” along the bottom (wider) edge and one of the frames has the phrase “love this” along one edge. With just a tiny bit of manipulating I ungrouped the image, then removed the letter “u”. I duplicated the plain cut out frame and replaced the frame with the phrase with the plain one. Then regrouped the image for a bit more “plain jane” negative strip! To customize these even further, I added one of Kerri’s more recent designs “love it” from her Need Directions kit to the bottom of one of the filmstrips.
Instead of die cutting the paw prints and adhering them on top of the layout I chose to die cut them from my background paper instead and pop a contrasting paper behind. Makes it much easier than trying to piece the paw prints back together. :)
2017-10-18T16:16:58+00:00March 2nd, 2013|nichol magouirk, pages|4 Comments


  1. Ruth G March 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Kerri, thanks so much for sharing this! Not only did it make my hubby, daughter and I giggle (LOL poor kittens!) but it reminded me of a fundamentally positive aspect of using negative space from die cuts – not having to piece images or letters! I hope you have a wonderful evening and hopefully I’ll remember the power of being negative on a LO very soon!

  2. Sandra March 3, 2013 at 1:17 am

    What a stunning page! What a great idea to turn the strips and lay them over each other. Lovely.

  3. Michelle Liimatainen March 3, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Nicole is AMAZING. This layout is phenomenal and I LOVE how she brings older photos to life in a new and inspiring way. Just adore her pages and her.

  4. Tanya March 5, 2013 at 5:01 am

    You hit the nail on the head, exactly how I feel about Nichol’s layouts – so many details to pour over. I am literally brought to TEARS at how beautiful her work is!!! I would LOVE to have just a smidge of her creativity and vision … I try so hard to layer how she does, and it never looks right to me. I am in AWE yet again of such a gorgeous layout!!! :) Thanks for sharing!

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