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My first project with the Shimelle collection!

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The situation was incredibly surreal. Wonder Boy was sound asleep in bed, which was surreal enough, and I was staring at a desk full of papers, embellishments, and tools with my own name on them. Exactly where does one start in this scenario? I figured I had to just start cutting paper or I might stand there paralysed by fear, and I know that is never a wise decision in those short windows of time in which a baby sleeps contently!

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @
And so, I’ve done it: one completed scrapbook page to get me started using my own supplies! Nearly everything here is from my collection, with the exception of three aqua enamel dots, Mister Huey’s green mist and gold Color Shine mist. There are five patterned papers (one cut-apart and one branding strip), some of the die-cuts and stickers, three designs from the stamp set, glitter hearts from the rub-ons, the ‘lovely’ steel die, and all three lettering options – two kinds of gold Thickers plus a small tile alphabet in grey.

I know Wonder Boy has a Project Life album and then I go and scrap him on 12×12 pages. I promise there is method to my madness: the Project Life album is a baby book made for him; the 12×12 pages are for my chronological albums. I would call those family albums but I make them for me, most of all. When others enjoy looking at them, that’s a definite bonus, but I create them for my own wellbeing first and foremost. Plus I don’t like choosing one extreme or the other. Having both album options keeps me happy, no matter how much time I have or what mood I’m in. Sometimes more is more, right?

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @
It’s been gloriously sunny, which is lovely but does produce some rather extreme shadows!

To answer a couple product questions, the collection is shipping to stores imminently, and when it arrives I will post links here to a variety of places where you can purchase what you like. (Thanks so much to anyone considering a purchase!)

I’m looking forward to making more with these now that I’m past the fear factor of it all! And even more excited to see what you make with it. Cannot wait for that!

14 July 2014

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65 Comments for My first project with the Shimelle collection!

  1. Margot Says:

    No surprise you have made a beautiful layout with such an adorable subject and such lovely supplies! I’m hoping that a New Zealand retailer picks up the entire range for your fans here to purchase.

  2. Jacky S Says:

    Love what you’ve made with ‘your supplies’….can’t wait to purchase some.

  3. Siri Says:

    Sometimes more is perfect :-) love your collection, and Wonderboy is such a cute boy!

  4. Dawn Says:

    Fabulous layout as always, love to see Wonder Boy featuring!

  5. Hayley Stewart Says:

    Oh my gosh I can only imagine the performance anxiety if I had a collection with my name on it. Eek! Of course you did a fab job, love seeing wonder boy, I love those early baby days.

  6. Amy Says:

    I’ve been dying to see what you’d do with your collection. Your work is even more lovely than I imagined. And seeing the adorable Wonder Boy just makes it even better.

  7. Sandra Says:

    Oh gosh yes. I have to have my 12×12 album too. It’s so theraputic. How utterly surreal to have your own collection! Congratulations again. So marvellous!

  8. Granny Rose Says:

    Beautiful layout. Your little Wonder Boy is awesome. Thank you, Shimelle.

  9. Robin Gibson Says:

    Such a lovely layout! What a precious Baby Boy :) And that collection is just so perfect! Can’t wait to get some! Well Done Shimelle!

  10. Kelly Says:

    Gorgeous layout. You’ve definitely done the collection justice. I already have almost all the collection on preorder. I can hardly wait until it arrives. Christmas in July!

  11. Crystal Says:

    Lovely layout! The collection is just beautiful, as is your feature. I could imagine myself being frozen and unable to start anything in your situation. I knew you would have no such hesitation. Thank you for always being such an inspiration.

  12. Jamie Hensley Says:

    Congrats on this beautiful and versatile collection! I want it all,especially that camera washi tape dispenser. The layout is just amazing. Can’t wait to see what layouts you make involving travel.

  13. Kathleen Says:

    I love this layout and can’t wait to get my hands on your collection (LOL that sounds funny). Your little boy is really cute too! Thanks for sharing

  14. Kathleen Says:

    BTW I thought of you the other day because I bought a stamp set from OA called Dude and one of the stamps says “Wonder Boy”! I hope you have that stamp set!

  15. Melissa Vining Says:

    Your layout is absolutely gorgeous, and shows off your beautiful line! I also want it all! Your wee boy is such a darling, and if he was born on 15 April has the same birth date as my new baby girl x

  16. Leslie Says:

    I love the layout and the collection. You did a beautiful job on this page! The collection was made for Wonderboy. Can’t wait to purchase!

  17. Lindsay Says:

    Lovely Lo & fab papers, embellishments, etc.

    Most definitely do not waste content baby sleeping minutesm

    Wonder boy is such a darling. xx

  18. Laura Says:

    Your little guy is totally adorable, Shimelle! It must be fun to scrap with supplies that suit your style and aesthetics so well. I haven’t bought much in the way of crafting supplies this year, but your collection is on my list, for sure.

  19. Youngmi Says:

    Lovely layout! And congrats on your collection. I can’t wait to see it in person and to scrap with it!

  20. Tilla Says:

    Oh it’s beautiful ! Would love to know if anyone will get it in SA – otherwise will have to get it in UK and wait till December for family to bring it over !

  21. Lisa Says:

    Congratulations on your new collection! He is the most gorgeous baby. I never say that but he is!

  22. Michelle Wederetz Says:

    Beautiful, beautiful baby! And your collection is pretty cool too—cannot wait to get it!

  23. Dara Says:

    Of course, we are going to buy your products!

  24. Isa Stubblefield Says:

    I preordered everything from Cherry on Top already! I tried to be selective but I couldn’t resist anything with your name on it, LOL! I LOVE this page, makes me even more eager to get that collection into my hands!

  25. Jenny Kozar Says:

    This is just perfect! I already have your collection on pre-order and cannot wait to start playing with it myself!

  26. Leanne in CA Says:

    Wow, love this layout! It is absolutely beautiful and shows your style so well. Congrats on the new line. Love it all!! And the boy…so precious. Enjoy every moment!

  27. maria Says:

    Shimelle, your l/o is lovely with your new products. But, oh my, that precious little face!

  28. Becky Says:

    I pre ordered the entire collection the day you announced it here from I’m beyond excited! And wonder boy is just BEAUTIFUL!

  29. Claudette Says:

    Love your page and love your line! So happy for you!! Can’t wait to see more creations from you using your line!

  30. Lisa Says:

    Love it! And can’t wait to get my hands on this collection :)

  31. Jackie Bienemann Says:

    What a great layout and what a great subject to scrap! Wonder boy is adorable and I can’t wait to get my hands on those beautiful supplies! Thank you Shimelle, great job!

  32. Cynthia Larson Says:

    love your l/o and what a CUTIE! I have pre-ordered almost your whole collection from A Cherry On Top. Cannot wait for it!!!

  33. Gilma Says:

    It is only appropriate that you use your collection to scrap your son. Beautiful! (and I can’t wait to get he collection)

  34. glee Says:

    Aww, congrats. So proud of you. For both your collection and your greatest creation: wonder boy. oh yes. he is. and forever will be.

  35. donna c Says:

    Ahh, he is just beautiful Shimelle. So incredibly happy for you and your family on his birth, and your very own fabulous collection!!! Stunning layout as per.

  36. ana frazee Says:

    love the layout, as usual. But your stuff is great, can’t wait to hear where to buy…..I’ll even do an online order to get them!

  37. Ruth Says:

    this is gorgeous Shimelle, I cannnot wait to get all of this lovely line, i think i need every bit of it :)

  38. kim strother Says:

    i want, no i need, every single piece of your line. Love it!! and the layout with cute wonder boy. SO precious!

  39. Lisa M. Zepponi Says:

    I love it! Thanks for giving us a sneak peek of your line “in action”! and what a sweet baby you have!

  40. jane Says:

    Beautiful layout using amazing supplies and an adorable baby boy – what more could we ask for :)

  41. Mary Bainbridge Says:

    A stunning page as always, hope I will be able to buy the kit here in GB

  42. Tracey H Says:

    Oh your boy is just gorgeous! Congratulations.
    Can’t wait to get my hands on your collection.

  43. Lori Hernandez Says:

    So glad you are at a place in your life that you have dreams and fulfillment in family and career! I have enjoyed your creative teaching so much for quiet some time. Your SB page, products are wonderful. Wonder Boy is so precious. :)

  44. Gab Says:

    What a fantastic LO! I love that pic of Wonder Boy – just so adorable.
    And I have your collection on pre-order from A Cherry on Top!!!

  45. Joanne Hunt Says:

    Brilliant LO with a fabulous line for a gorgeous subject. Congratulations on all three.

  46. Lara Says:

    So thrilled for you Shimelle! Wonder Boy looks gorgeous as do your products. Enjoy! xx

  47. Jen Hart Says:

    Congratulations, the layout is gorgeous and Wonder Boy is looking as cute as can be.

  48. Maria Says:

    So lovely!!

  49. Nancy Jo Says:

    Beautiful layout – Beautiful collection – Beautiful boy! I am so looking forward to you continuing to tell your stories while inspiring the rest of us. Thanks for all you do for scrapbooking.

  50. Tammy Says:

    Girl, you have a charmed life, so talented, and now gifted with that precious bundle.(both bundles haha) Thanks for continuing to inspire.

  51. Wendy Antenucci Says:

    Love all the bits and pieces you used. I already have your collection ordered, can’t wait till it arrives!

  52. Wendy Jeffus Says:

    So excited!!! I can’t wait to buy!!!

  53. Jenny Says:

    This is so beautiful! I absolutely cannot wait to buy it all! I’ve been so looking forward to the release of this collection for ages and it’s even better than I’d imagined. Everything you do is just so awesome :)

  54. Kelli W Says:

    I absolutely can not wait to get my hands on every bit of your collection that I can!

  55. Davida Stafford Says:

    LOL – “considering making a purchase” – I plan to buy the whole line :) Love your new line and love your page :)How exciting…

  56. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    Love love love it! Can’t wait to get my hands on some of it! I can’t imagine the thrill of creating a layout with products you’ve designed yourself – I hope you feel as proud as you should xx

  57. MaryAnn N Says:

    Wonderful layout and love your photo….so cute…I love red haired babies.(like mine and yours)

  58. june2015 Says:

    I love the collection, obviously, BUT – I think this photo of WB’s sweet face is what is surreal! That look will stay with you, Shimelle – the utter dependence, the absolute trust, just waiting and watching. Oh, how dear.

  59. Tammie Says:

    It would be great to see you use YOUR collection in a ‘collection class’. I’ve ordered all of it and can’t wait to get it – but it would be awesome to see how you would use all of it together. Just a thought.

  60. NLP Trainer Says:

    very nice. I agree with your thoughts. Thank you very much I’ve benefited so often I will visit your site

  61. Darlene Says:

    I just finished my first layout using your new line. I love it. I was thinking it might be fun if you set up a challenge of sorts so we can all display our layouts.

  62. Sandy H Says:

    I do not see any links for your new line. Does that mean that it is sold out everywhere? If not, would you provide the links again? Thanks so much!

  63. Ole Says:

    What a great post. I appreciate your work again and again . Please share with us more post in future..
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  64. Betty C Says:

    Will your stuff be available in CANADA?????

    Or by mail?

  65. บาคาร่า Says:

    nice project, im loving it
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