A List Maker's Life: Artistic Albums

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Artistic Albums

Congratulations to the winner of this giveaway, according to Random.org, comment #6!

Heather said...
I love all her pages - my favorite of the day is her Reflections page.
October 17, 2009 11:57 AM

It's no secret that I enjoy scrapbooking. In the past 3 years I have also found myself caught up in the digital scrap scene. Which is increasing in popularity because of the options, the cost comparison, and the time savings.

I've encouraged friends who are overwhelmed with all the pictures they need to catch up on to use the digital programs to do just that. In fact, I've told them this is the best way to dig out from the picture piles.

Until now. I've have discovered the MOST effective and non-stressful way for completing albums in a hurry. Hire Nicole!

Nicole, a fellow blogger and mom to a darling 19 month old, has started her own business completing creative digital pages for others!

Artistic Albums by Nicole

In her own words,
"I've been scrapping since my senior year in high school and digitally scrapping for a year and a half. However, I just started my business 6 months ago. I got the idea to start Artistic Albums from my best friend. She kept telling me how much she loved my work and that I should do it for people for money. When I uploaded all my pages to Facebook I got an overwhelming amount of wonderful comments and responses about them. I then decided that maybe I could do this as a job and began the process to start my very own scrap-for-hire business."

I love it. A mom-prenuer who took the initiative to turn her hobby into a productive income from her family.

In her own albums, Nicole's focus is her daughter. Her favorite pictures to work with are weddings and babies. She also enjoys putting together pages about military families, as her husband is in the Coast Guard. Yet, personal preference aside, she does nice work on pictures from events of all kinds.

I was really excited to pass along some of my favorite pictures from this fall for Nicole to layout.
I sent a few different page options and she very generously put together all 3.

I provided the wording for the page's journaling and title bars. As you can see, the pages are journaled in more detail that my typical layouts, but that was my choice.

I plan to display the pages of Gavin's first day of school as a two page spread. I liked how Nicole matched Gavin's shirt with the striped paper she chose for the background.

To be completely honest, as a scrapper myself, I was a bit concerned that I would be critical or fussy about the pages when they where sent back to me. I had a bit of an idea in mind as to how I wanted to pages to look in final format. Nicole must have some kind of mind reading talent because she highlighted the photos and text the way I was envisioning, while still putting her own creative outlook into the pages. Sometimes you need another set of eyes to bring design, perspective, or arrangement to pictures that you may have missed on your own.

In the end we only made very slight adjustments to the pages, mostly because of my overly wordy text. Nicole was very understanding about making the changes with a very quick turn around. Talk about customer service:)

Artistic Albums by Nicole also has a design service. She is willing to custom design birthday invitations, note cards, Christmas greetings, and more. To see samples of her work please visit the Artistic Albums by Nicole Gallery.

WIN
Nicole is offering her services to a reader of A List Maker's Life at no charge! You may win your choice of 3- 12x12 jpeg pages, 1- 12x12 printed page, or 1 announcement or greeting card digital design.

To be entered to win, please choose one of the required entry options listed here:
~Check out Nicole's Gallery and leave a comment regarding a page that caught your eye
~Follow Artistic Albums by Nicole

For an additional entry:
~Follow Nicole's personal blog, Ramblings by Nicole

This giveaway will close on Thursday, October 29th at 10 PM EST.

Nicole put together the three digital layouts shown here free of charge in exchange for my time writing this review. Even so, my impressions about her business, creativity, and professionalism are geniune.
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40 comments:

  1. I love the reflection page...but it all looks like great work!

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  2. I too love the reflection page, as well as the Air and Space Museum page!

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  3. i like the absolutely perfect page!

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  4. I like the beach page
    http://www.artisticalbumsbynicole.com/Webpics/Gallery/23.jpg

    tanyainjville@yahoo.com

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  5. I love all her pages - my favorite of the day is her Reflections page.

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  6. Oops - here is my email address. dereksgirl321@hotmail.com.

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  7. love the black and white washington dc one

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  8. I liked the big day page.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  9. the christmas eve day mverno@roadrunner.com

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  10. I love the Reflection Day page. I think this is a neat idea-having someone else do it for you. I have thousands of pictures nothing has been done to!

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  11. valerie @ HealthyWays123.comOctober 19, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Most definately the Reflection page!!! awesome work...I would love for you to help with wedding pictures (I never got completed by the lovely photographer) and my son's "beginning journey" book (from Prego to birth).

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  12. Wow, these are great! I love the Glamorous girls one!

    hebert024 at aol dot com

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  13. I follow nicole's personal blog

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  14. I follow her business blog, too :)

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  15. I love the newborn to 1 year page, so much so that I had nicole do one for my twins!! :)

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  16. I also follow her personal blog :)

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  17. Lovely work - My fav is the "Fall Splendor" page. I'm so busy - it's nice to know of this business.

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  18. I follow both of Nicole's blogs! I love scrapbooking, and her pages are some of the best I've seen! All of her stuff is fantastic, but I LOVE the Beach page.

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  19. I love dthe "up to no good" page. There is such a wide variety! She is really creative.

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  20. OMG!

    The reflection is AWESOME!

    I LOVE IT!!

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  21. I really like the reflections page.
    dreamcleavers@yahoo.com

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  22. i love the reflections page....also the mothers day page is so pretty





    cpsnsamples@aol.com

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  23. I loved November 2008, Glamorous Girls and The Big Day, among others. Very talented! Thanks! theprophecygirl at hotmail dot com

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  24. I like both of the baby announcements! Very cute!

    hap041@yahoo.com

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  25. I follow her personal blog.

    hap041@yahoo.com

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  26. I follow her professional blog.

    hap041@yahoo.com

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  27. beach and reflections I love this but do not totally understand How it is done...but would LOVE TO WIN kayMI kaysweep@att.net

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  28. The Reflections page is my favorite.

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  29. I love the Reflections page. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  30. Love the absolutely perfect page-
    Diane



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    esldiane@gmail.com

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  31. I follow Artistic Albums by Nicole.

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  32. I follow Ramblings by Nicole.

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