We're so excited to welcome Niki Rowland to our 2023 design team. We can't wait to share her work with you. Before we jump into that, we want you to get to know Niki a little better.
Hey everyone, I’m Niki, aged 40 and from the UK. I live near London with my husband and three kids aged 11, 9 and 4. I’m a stay-at-home mum but also run GoGo Getaway Retreats which is a scrapbooking retreat company here in the UK and that keeps me pretty busy! I love to create and aim to do something creative every day. I love bold designs and documenting the fun and crazy things my family get up to. I love coffee and chocolate and patterned paper! I’m so happy to be on such a fantastic team with so many talented creatives and I'm excited to continue my journey with Simple Stories.
3 Fun Facts
I love to sing and can often be heard singing my heart out in the kitchen whilst chopping the veggies!
I fundraise for my children's school and spend a lot of time counting coins, amongst other random things!
I love anything that glitters!
Hey everyone! This is Niki (@nikiclairecreates
) here with you today and I’m delighted to be sharing two layouts I have made with the exceptionally beautiful Simple Vintage Life in Bloom collection. I just can’t get over how beautiful the colours are in this collection and paired with stunning florals, this collection has my heart.
For my first layout I fussy cut some of the big florals from one of the patterned papers and created a base in the middle of a white cardstock background. I also tucked in lots of the Floral Bits. I added some coloured ink to the background as a sort of ‘glow’ around my florals.
I nestled my photo into the florals and used the Page Pieces to add a title and some embellishments. I love the dramatic pop of black amongst the colourful florals, so my black title really stands out, together with the black camera embellishment.
I trimmed down my white background and placed it, at a slight angle, onto a sheet of the gingham patterned paper from the 12x12 Gingham Basics Pack. I have a real love for gingham prints so simply had to use them!
I finished off the layout with a few splatters of black ink and some little flowers from the Rub Ons pack.
For my second layout, I dived into the 6x8 Paper Pad and was drawn to the sheet with the film strip on as I loved the affirmations within the frames. I attempted to make it into a feature on my 12x12 layout, but something just wasn’t quite looking right, I felt that the film strip element needed to stretch across the whole layout. So, I took the second sheet of the same paper within the 6x8 Pad and matched them up which resulted in an extended piece – and you can hardly notice the join, only if you look really, really close!
I mounted this onto a piece of black cardstock which I then added to my black & white gingham background paper from the 12x12 Gingham Basics Pack. I got my photo in place and then began to tuck in lots of fussy cut floral and Floral Bits along the strip and around my photo. I also used more of the Rub Ons which are a beautiful new product.
I added chipboard pieces from the Chipboard Clusters as well as ephemera pieces from the Page Pieces pack and Bits & Pieces pack.
I finished off with my journaling and a few splatters of black ink.
Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you have enjoyed seeing these two layouts.