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Nicole Martel – Prima Ribbonista

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:


  1. Marcia Scantlin

    I like how the white paper totally set off your picture and layout.

  2. Connie L. Riley

    Nicole, congratulations on joining the May Arts DT. Thanks for sharing such great LOs. I like your vision and style. I look forward t seeing more ideas and projects from you. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  3. Nicole Martel

    Thanks so much ladies!

  4. AnnetteH

    Looking forward to learning how to make my projects stand out

  5. Samantha Kania

    cute LO, congrats

  6. Renee VanEpps

    Beautiful projects, congrats on making the team and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your creations!!

  7. Cheryl Hutcherson

    Congrats!  Love your work!

  8. Maureen Hayes

    I started out with Creative Memories too and I like that you have a clean, journalistic style.  Congratulations on becoming a Ribbonista, I a, looking forward to seeing what you create and learning more about you and your family!

  9. Glenda F

    Beautiful pages.  Love your philosophy of living life.  Congratulations!

  10. Indy


    Fabulous projects!  Congrats!


  11. Sandy Allnock

    Such amazing work – I'm excited to be on the team with you!

  12. Sue D

    Wonderful layouts!

  13. Charlene

    Welcome to the team, Nicole!

  14. Virginia Fynes

    Love your LO's, and your style!  Great photography too! Happy to work with you!

  15. mary s. - aka Big Mamma

    I love your layouts.  Congrats on the new team

  16. Linda R

    Lovely layouts and congratulations!

  17. Amy Jones#8546

    Great layouts.  Cant wait to see more.  Welcome to the team.

  18. Ann M

    Beautiful layouts!!


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