My name is Nicole Martel. Currently, I work for a credit union. In July 2010 I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a 3.32 GPA. I live in Crownsville, MD with my husband of 8 years. This October, it will be 13 years that we have been together! We have a beautiful son named Edward Zane who we love to pieces and a dog named Daisy, some crabbies and some fishies.
I began scrapping in January 2002 but I didn’t get really serious or discover the online scrapping forums until August 2006. I remember when mom asked me to go to a Creative Memories party with her. I laughed telling her no way, I'm not creative enough! By the time I left that party, I had my first album, cardstock, pens, trimmer, scissors and lots of stickers and templates. Little did I know that I'd be addicted! I totally love this hobby. It makes me happy to create layouts for my friends and family and to inspire others to scrap. My friends call me the Paparazzi. (laughs) My camera is always with me! I love taking photos and when my friends get annoyed with me, I tell them that one day, we will be old and we'll appreciate the goofy photos that we took. After all, scrapping is all about keeping the "Memories alive!" I may be a simple scrapper but I’m far from being a boring scrapper.
My main style is simple and journalistic with a bit of an eclectic feel to my work. Not only do I enjoy creating layouts but I also enjoy creating mini albums. I love using paint and ink on my layouts to make them stand out. I do not like cluttered pages because I believe that with the right photos, design and fewer embellishments, one can still create a beautiful piece of art.
Some of Nicole's favorite projects are shown below: