Guest Designer | Nicole Samuels | Herbs & Honey



We are so thrilled to feature Nicole Samuels as our guest designer for April! Her creativity knows no boundaries and she really thinks outside the proverbial box when she puts her projects together. Nicole played with our Herbs & Honey collection and the results are just amazing!




Nicole Samuels: I’ve been a long time fan of all things BasicGrey and was so excited and honored to be asked to Guest Design this month.  I worked with the Herbs & Honey collection and immediately fell in love with the rich colors and fun patterns.  For my first page, Cream of the Crop,  I designed a sort of retro type circle design with my Silhouette and cut it out with the various solid papers in the collection. The bottle cap embellishments were perfect for continuing the circle theme of my page.


Nicole S Page


Nicole S Page Det


My second page, Hello Autumn, was inspired by the warm red, orange and gold in this collection.  The “Autumn” title is part of a BasicGrey cut file from the Silhouette shop.  To create the ombre look, I just cut the letters in varying shades of solid papers.  The floral 6×6 paper ties all the colors together nicely and serves as a nice photo mat.  Don’t you just love 6×6 paper pads?!


Nicole S Page 2


Nicole S Page 2 Det


I love how the designs in Herbs & Honey can be used in lots of different ways.  For example, I used the pear tag as a starting point for this card about being “pearfect together.”  Lots of the embellishments have a cute play on words.  My other favorite?  ”You’re pretty RADISH.”  :)


Nicole S Card 1


Nicole, thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us. Your projects are incredible and you really made the Herbs & Honey collection shine! Before you go, we have a quick Baker’s Dozen questions for you:


Baker’s Dozen Q’s:

Favorite color: green

Buttons or brads: buttons.  no, brads.  no, buttons.  ahhh, can’t decide!

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz:  I have to go with Doc McStuffins.  That’s the only Dr. show on at our house!

Dots or stripes:  polka dots for sure

Mac or PC:  MAC

Ribbon or twine:  Ribbon

Ninjas or pirates:  pirates

Google or Yahoo:  Google

Sweet or salty:  salty

Chipboard or wood veneer:  veneer

Mountains or beach:  beach

Dog or cat:  dog

Cake or pie:  cake




BG Basics | Kelly Goree | Capture







Kelly Goree: Wood veneers are one of my favorite ways to add texture and dimension to any layout or project. I love how easy they are to color and customize to match your papers.




For this project I simply used ink, but they can be stamped, embossed, misted or anything else you can think of!




You can also cover them with acrlic paint, vinyl, patterned paper and markers. The sky is the limit with these versatile embellishments!


Capture collection pack

Capture wood veneers

Micro mini alphas (black)

Capture chipboard shapes



Friends of BG | Kelly Purkey





Kelly Purkey: Hi everyone, it’s Kelly Purkey and today I’m sharing a peek into a Capture album that I created using my Mon Ami collection.




I am a big fan of the Capture albums and the pocket page protector system, it makes it really easy to get things documented in a fast way. It’s especially great for using on travels, which I did here with a trip to Austin, TX.




I had saved a lot of memorabilia from the trip like business cards and menus, along with some cool greeting cards and postcards I’d purchased there. Basically a ton of paper came home with me!


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The pockets made it super easy to slip things into and I added things in with the great Attach-Me stickers.


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The Mon Ami line is perfect for using on travel projects, the stickers in the collection really say it all sometimes. I hope you’re enjoying using Mon Ami on your own adventures!


Freebie | Lisa Dickinson | Highline





Lisa Dickinson: The vibrant, energetic colors in the Highline collection are ideal for creating these simple cards that are sure to brighten anyone’s day! Using a variety of the pink, orange, red and yellow papers in the Highline collection pack, I created a flower border to adorn the front of this card. Brads and Candy Buttons make perfect flower centers and a simple die cut + alpha stickers for the sentiment completes the design.














For your freebie flower cutting file click HERE.