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12.04.2009

Product Spotlight: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker








{Reported by Bethany Kartchner}

Ever since Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker opened up shop about a year ago, I've been intrigued by her interesting color palettes and fun designs. I mean, who combines cherries, horseshoes and houndstooth? Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker does and she does it well! You can just feel her sense of humor through her paper and through the funny descriptions on the product packaging. I like that. A lot.










What I liked:
1. Something that I noticed right away was the versatility of the papers. They are cute, but not so cute that they are gender-biased. I found these just as easy to use with boy pics as well as girl. As a mother of boys and girls, this really means a lot to me!
2. Cool cartoony graphics. They are not something that you normally see and it is refreshing.
3. Each stamp set comes with like a billion images. Okay, not a billion, but you definitely get a bang for your buck.

What I disliked:

1. The brad colors don't seem to coordinate well with the paper. I'd like brads that match better.
2. There aren't very many embellishments for each collection. I'd like to see more!
3. The paper on the craft flags is poorly cut. Some of them have a black line on one edge while others don't. I'd like more precise cutting on these.

What I made:


Materials: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker papers and stamps; colored pencil; Ranger ink; American Crafts pen and thickers; Bazzil cardstock


Materials: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker papers, brad and stamps; Ranger ink; American Crafts pen and thickers; Bazzil cardstock; my own mists

If you want to make a really fast card, I mean really fast, on one of the pattern papers, there is a side that has various images to cut out along with two completed card faces for you. Talk about easy! All I did to this card was:

1. Cut out the face.
2. Adhere it to cardstock.
3. Doodle for about 2 minutes. Adhere another cherry circle using a pop dot to give my card some dimension. That's it!

Materials: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker papers; micron pen; Bazzil cardstock

One thing to be aware of is that the chipboard albums do not come with any pre-punched holes. As long as you have a good punch, this isn't a problem. In fact, this gives you more creative freedom which I love. But if you don't have a hole punch that will go through chipboard, you'll be pretty frustrated and stuck with pieces of a mini album.


Materials: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker papers, brads, stamps, breadless tags, mini-album and craft flags; acrylic paint; ribbon from Michaels and Target; American Crafts pen; Harmonie buttons; DMC floss


Here are pictures of each letter so you can see all the fun details.









Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker is a company to watch because they really think outside the box. I can't wait to see what they come up with next!

Where and How Much:
Product Name: Sweet Cherry Pie and Victoria's Street pattern paper lines and stamps; breadless tabs; craft flags; warm and cool cord brads; chipboard album
Manufacturer: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker
MSRP: $0.90-$14.28
Available at: Addicted to Scrapbooking and A Cherry On Top

What Do You Think? What do you think of Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker designs and color combinations? Are you inspired by their products? I'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment by noon EST Saturday and be entered to win the fabulous prize pack seen below!!


85 comments:

Theresa said...

These are beautiful products - I often see online projects that used this brand, but have not seen them in the stores.

The sample projects are gorgeous, and I especially like the mini-album pieces and the way they were used to make the banner - what an awesome idea!

toomuchstuff said...

Very cheerful! The mini banner is so cute.

smahrty said...

I had heard others mention Nikki at CHA last summer, but not much advertising since. Thanks for spotlighting her designs. I love the banner you created!

Jenny McGee said...

These products look pretty cool. I like them. Thanks for a chance to win.

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Great projects used with the products!!!

Dana said...

Love the neutrality of this set! The colors are that you can use this with all sorts of different pics!

Christie said...

I met Nikki through your message board and saw her product when she was just in the beginning phase. It is so awesome to see how she made her dream a reality! Love her products! Go Nikki!

SMK said...

well i certainly love all the projects you've made, so I'd have to say I also love this line! :D

Joni Parker said...

I loved the Henry's Brillance line from her last release. Can't wait to get these new ones. Great review on the embellies...that's why I come here before purchasing things I can't see (online). Great giveaway....(fingers crossed).

Aly D said...

i like what i see so far! i do agree that matching brads would be nice though. great projects bethany! love that adorable banner. =)

Ruth Shanahan Allmart said...

Loved your projects Bethany. Great review too. I remember hearing about these poducts from the last CHA but hadn't seen them in the stores. I love those little breadless tags and the flags. I also love those horeshoes, so cool. Being a stamper, I love when there are stamps to coordinate with a paper line so I can make my own embelishments and journaling cards. I'd love to try some of these products out. Thanks for the review :)

Brooke said...

I really like the color combos. They are combos that make me happy! I haven't tried any of this particular product but would love too. Great review

julie.schellin said...

I love the NS stuff every time I see - would be great to win some! Thanks for the review.

Nikki Sivils said...

Bethany- Thanks for such an awesome review!! Your projects rock!! Love that banner, I just made a banner like that for Christmas using my North Pole Nights paper line along with Jenni Bowlins Christmas bingo cards!! So cute....

We are working hard to get into all the retail stores.... just takes time when you are brand new!!

Thanks again for the great review!!

Vel said...

I just got my first paper from her and love it but I know what you mean about not enough embellies. Her stuff is too cute not to make embellies to go with it.

Rebecca G said...

I have never heard of this line. But I do love this sneak peak. The colors are wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.

Francesca Di Leo said...

Hi. I haven't heard of this line before, so thanks for introducing me to it. Looks like Nikki's done a great job. I'd love to play with her products.. And I must say, I don't agree that the brads should match exactly... I love it when elements on a page aren't so matchy, matchy. Gives it more oomph and pop.

Francesca

Carla said...

Very cute paper!! I have mostly boys to scrap and this would be a great line to use for those boyish pages!! Your projects are so cute!! Thanks for the great review!

Lueyes said...

I enjoyed your review and like the patterned paper. Would be fun to see it all IRL.

mustangkayla said...

Everything looks like a lot of fun! Neat embellies and fun papers!

Jingle said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this line. I've been really back and forth on it, but I have to say that your pages and your banner really came out cute!

Erica Hettwer said...

They look really cute but I haven't seen them in stores yet.

Danielle Holsapple said...

Do I like Nikkin's stuff? HECK YA is an understatement! I drool over it and sooooo wish my lss would carry it!

Joli said...

I love that banner!!
Some of her products are cute, but I feel like some are just re-hashes of other lines from different companies.

Rebecca said...

I havent been able to get my hands on any of her stuff yet and I need to see it in person to make an informed opinion, but I definitely appreciate the review and would love to win some :)

Jackie said...

Wow what cute products, and I love the banner it is adorable :)

Vicki said...

What great projects you made. Thank you for showing the whole lines. Did not know there were things besides paper. I just realized I just used 2 pieces of her paper last week, thought the couch look familiar, lol.

Jewel said...

I love your project, especially the banner, the colors are fab. I haven't heard of this company before but am looking forward to seeing what they do in the future.

Kendra said...

I feel Nikki brads match perfectly with the "My Sweet Cherry Pie", "North Pole Nights", and "U R My Favorite" lines!

And for those that haven't seen them at your LSS, tell them to get it ordered! Her Christmas line sold out, your doing your LSS a favor by bringing this company to them!

Jennifer Hansen said...

Love the bright, fun colors!

jlh774 at gmail dot com

Joy Pearcy said...

Great review. I haven't seen these products in person yet, but I will be looking for them now. Love them and appreciate all the comments about them! Hope I win some:)

marla said...

WOW those products are beautiful and would inspire me to make wonderful layouts and beautiful things!! I would LOE to make these my own.

Marnet said...

I LOVE Nikki's products and purchase them at my LSS , Photolicious Scrapbooking & Gifts in Buffalo, Texas. I think they are perfectly coordinated and the "whimsy" really appeals to me. She is on her way to "stardom" in this business!

~~Mia~~ said...

*sigh*

I love her.

I love you guys for the awesome reviews.

I love that banner.

I love that fun prize pack.

I am feeling the love today. Thank you!

Nancy L. said...

it looks like a fun line!

Janine Rachau said...

Love all your creations, especially the first layout! Great stuff!

Jennifer Cowan said...

Interesting collection... I have not seen this in my LSS. I will be on the look-out!

Shelley Haganman said...

Great review Bethany! LOVE the banner!!

kgscrapper said...

I love the "My Sweet Cherry Pie" collection. The color scheme and whimsical desings are too cute!! I wish I could find this paper line at the local scrap store!!

Gabi said...

I am so inspired by that line, especially that "Oh Happy Day" hanging. It is just gorgeous and just plain fun!!!

Gimme, gimme some of this. I'd never heard of Nikki Silvis until just today, thanks!!

-Gabi from Savannah, TX

gilroy gal said...

Very cute...love the color combo of the Sweet Cherry line!

lisa808 said...

I love the Sweet Cherry Pie pack.

Thanks for the chance to win your give-a-way.

Etta said...

Very cute1

Debby said...

I really love her designs. I saw them up close and personal At CHA and met and talked with Nikki. Her scrapbooking design certainly reflect who she is...a lot of fun.

deborahL591@yahoo.com

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Hi my darling Bethany!!!! ***waving to U!!!!**** I miss U and we sooooooooooooo need to get together again SOON!!!!! :):):):):) Love love love love love what U made with Nikki's papers....and U don't have to put me in the drawing...I work for her...sooooooooooo I all ready have her stuff!!!! AWESOME give-away though! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Dan said...

These are darling! I would love to see them in person :-)

Rebecca said...

What a cute line! Thanks for sharing!

jstonehocker said...

I love those little flags! Fun Fun Fun!

debmac said...

Oh I am hooked. Just too dang cute!

Anonymous said...

I love the paper and your great ideas. I know I am going to lift the double border.
Jeanne Klohr
jeannek93309@yahoo.com

Veronica said...

It's really cool! Maybe she'll create more brads?! LOVE LOVE the banner!

Marie Pilgrim said...

Victoria's Street grabbed my attention. Very cute and I loved the colors.

AngMomof3 said...

Intriguing. That product would be super fun to create something with.

Jen said...

I've been eyeing up Nikki Sivils since it popped out on the scene, but can't find it locally. I'd love a chance to play with some.

Scrapamum said...

You did a great job with those goodies! I've been noticing the Nikki Sivils products more and more. I like what I see!

Kyla said...

What a SUPER CUTE collection! WOW! I'm just thinking of all the possibilities! ;)

Erin said...

I love her paper.So cute..

Elizabeth R. said...

Bethany, Great review! I think these products are adorable!! I love the variety of projects you made and especially the cute "happy" banner. That is something I would scraplift. I think I would love the versatility of unpunched chipboard to use for an album or a banner or decorations etc.

Cynthia B. said...

I heard of Nikki Sivils from the last CHA show, but I haven't seen a lot of her products in action. I really like the stamp sets - I can see using the house and furniture images from the Victoria's Street set, as well as the owl and conversation bubbles from the Henry's Brilliance set over and over.
My favorite papers are from the North Pole Nights line - I love pink in a holiday line!
Thanks for the review about Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker! I enjoyed getting a look at these products.

S said...

I love Nikki's cherry-themed stuff. Just finished a couple of layouts; would love to get my hands on more.

Jessica said...

I am not one who usually likes the “cartoony” paper and this paper wouldn't normally do it for me. Your projects really helped me to see some potential. I think cutting it into various embellishments works and I agree with you that there aren’t enough embellishments in the collection. I would love to cut up some of that paper into various embellishments and use it that way.
I especially like the “Victoria’s Street.” I love interior design, and I think it would be fun to gear it towards a card or page of that theme… something about me. The colors look like ice cream, so yummy 
I also make a lot of cards, and agree with you that this paper is great for making them quick and easy but also fabulous at the same time.

serena said...

I really like the letters. nice details. I also like that the chipboard albums don't have pre punched holes. as you said that would leave lots of creative room.

Kim M said...

I really like her line of products. I haven't gotten to see any up close in person but I can tell from what I have seen, that it is definitely a company that will go far.

connie said...

I haven't seen any of these products. Would love to have some. Great projects and LO's.

Melanie Stanczyk said...

I think the products are really cute. I would love to play with them!

Lisa J. said...

Thanks for the review!

Rachael said...

I don't know what I'd use if for but I want that couch paper!

Heidi E. said...

Berry Fun...lol I love the colors..

Thanks for sharing..

JgWM said...

I have seen some of Nikki's collections on line, however I have not seen this collection. Very cute and quirky design.

Thanks for the review. I love your projects and clear directions for the projects.

Thanks for the contest.

Gayle

cbk said...

Love the color combinations. The line is very cheerful!

Marit said...

I like the colours of the paper and embellies, because it's not too sweet or girlie... and the paper leaves room for interpretation. Most pattern paper are "too obvious" and that way I'm stuck with bounderies (hard to explain in English, I'm Dutch, but you know what I mean?) I'd love me some Nikki Sivils goodness!

Katrin said...

Awesome! Love the colors!

Peggy said...

Bethany, when I see what you have done with these papers, all I can think is: "I want me some Nikki Sivils papers as well!!!!!!!!!". Keeping my fingers crossed (while drooling over that cute christmas tree I can see in that last picture...)
xxx Peggy

NanaBeth said...

I love her designs. They're just so darn happy. It's quite refreshing. I'd love a chance to play with some of her product.

Dixie Supler said...

Ooooo....That does look like a fabulous & fun giveaway pack!

Holly S said...

I love her colors for the season-the pinks and greens are super cute! Love getting away from the traditional colors and stepping outside the box...thanks for the chance to win!

Veronica Hugger said...

Fun line. Great projects! Off to look at more NS,S stuff.

Susan Dupre said...

Hey girl!! So nice to see you reviewing Nikki's stuff!! Since I am on the dt, I don't need to win, but I wanted to tell you I love her, her stuff and oh - and you too!! You are such a sweetie!! :)

Terria said...

This an awesome line I absolutely love the colors !!

Tanstar said...

Thanks for reviewing Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker - the products just scream lots of fun, haven't heard of this brand and doubt my LSS has any, would love to win - cheers!

Yaritza said...

I love the colors. They're so bright and cheerful. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

charmi said...

Loved the happy banner...reat review..thanks !

Carly said...

Very cute collection! Hope it's my lucky day!!!

jocko2 said...

Very cute. Very playful designs! Great designs to get your creative juices flowing.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Fabulous colors...love the banner!