January 2020 Guest Designer: Nenette Madero

by Altenew

Hello, Altenew friends! Welcome to our second Guest Designer post for January 2020.

You are in for a wonderful treat today! One of our Altenew Certified Educators is here to inspire you with TWO amazingly gorgeous scrapbook layouts! Nenette Madero, the lovely lady behind My Little Attic, dropped by to share her amazing talent and creativity with us. In case you want to see more of her creative work, feel free to check out her blog and head over to her Instagram feed.

Get to know Nenette!

Hi everyone! I’m Nenette—Mom to 1 young adult and 2 teenagers and a wife to a loving husband. Ever since I can remember, I have always loved crafting, specifically with paper. I started scrapbooking 20 years ago when my eldest child was born. When I chanced upon Altenew’s website in 2014, I fell in love with their floral stamp sets and my focus shifted to cardmaking.  This year, though, I want to get back to scrapbooking cause I feel like I’ve missed documenting so much of my children’s lives!!! Scrapbook pages are my love letters to them and hopefully this year, I can continue to create more layouts to preserve all these memories.  I’m proud to be a certified Altenew Educator and I truly enjoy giving cardmaking workshops 3-4 times a year. Maybe in my next workshop, I will include a scrapbooking page!

It is such an honor to be invited as a guest designer for this month! Here are two Iayouts using some of the products from the Hope and Flowers Creativity Kit.

Let's check out Nenette's layouts!

“I've Got You” Layout

I wanted to create a mixed media background for this layout to add some interest but first I had to somehow match the watercolors to the blue shades of the Monochrome Washi Tape. First, I mixed Desert Night, Persian Blue and a little bit of Jet Black to get as close to the colors of the washi tape as possible.

Then, I added water to dilute the mixture and wet 3 areas of the watercolor paper. 

Using a transparent sheet, I picked up the watercolor and tapped it onto the wet paper to create splatters or washes.

Next, I added droplets of paint using a wet brush. This is how the finished background looked like. Notice that I concentrated adding colors on 3 areas of the paper and made sure to leave some white spaces around them.

Once the painting was dry, I mixed some embossing paste using the leftover watercolor.

Using a stencil, I spread the embossing paste onto the paper to create striped patterns on 3 watercolored areas of the paper. Then I allowed the embossing paste to dry.

This is how the background looked like after watercoloring and adding the stenciled embossing paste.

I went ahead and die cut the butterflies using coordinating colored cardstocks to match the outfits. Vellum die-cuts were also created to add some softness to the butterflies. These were layered on top of each other to create dimension.

Next, I also die cut the title using the Fine Alphabet Die Set. I cut 5 per letter and adhered them on top of each other to create my own alpha chipboard. I added embossing ink to the lower part of the letter, poured Rose Gold Embossing Powder, then heat embossed it. The gold gives an added touch to the title.

I adhered the Monochrome Washi Tape to white cardstock and fussy cut the flowers. These cut-outs were arranged around and behind the photo using glue and foam squares to create some dimension. The butterflies were also glued to the layout.

“Hermanas” Layout

For this layout, I wanted to create a stamped background using the solid floral images from the Wings of Hope Stamp Set. I thought of using both front and back sides of the stamp to create a layered flower. Using the backside, I inked it up and stamped the image then flipped the stamp to ink up the front side then stamped over the 1st image making sure that the petals do not line up. This made the illusion of more petals.

I went over the outline of the 2nd image using a fine pencil so that I can create dark and light pencil marks for the outline and the center filaments. Then I continued stamping the flowers, berries, and leaves, making sure they touch each other to create a fluid floral background. Here’s a video for more details on how to create the flowers. Watch it here or on Altenew's YouTube channel.

The Botanical Rhapsody Washi Tape was adhered onto white cardstock, then the images were fussy cut. I also die cut some leaves from the Rose Flurries 3D Die Set in a contrasting color to add more interest. I then arranged these flowers and leaves behind the stamped image.

The torn edge of the stamped layout, the edge of the journaling block, and the edge of the blue background were embossed with Rose Gold Embossing Powder to add a pop of color.

Thank you so much, Altenew, for giving me this opportunity to share my layouts with all of you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me through mylittleatticstudio on Instagram and Facebook or through my blog at My Little Attic. Happy crafting everyone!!!


Thank you so much for being our January Guest Designer, Nenette! You have wowed us with these stunning layouts! We would love to have you again soon!

If you want to see more of her creations, you can check out her blog, Facebook, and follow her on Instagram. Don't forget to leave her lots of love in the comments section below!


Wings of Hope Stamp Set
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Monochrome Washi Tape
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Fine Alphabet Die Set
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Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
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Botanical Rhapsody Washi Tape
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Mix & Match Mariposa Die Set
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Embossing Paste
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Hope & Flowers Creativity Kit
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Cindy C. January 18, 2020 - 5:17 pm

Gorgeous layout!!!

Nenette Madero January 18, 2020 - 9:20 pm

Thank you so much, Cindy!❤️

Suzy Rillie January 18, 2020 - 6:46 pm

Just absolutely beautiful. Your layouts are so lovely and I love the idea of using both the front and back of floral stamps to give the impression of fuller flowers! I also love the note about your daughters taking centre stage in the second layout. Great job! Thank you for inspiring me!

Nenette Madero January 18, 2020 - 9:22 pm

Thank you for your kind words, Suzy!❤️ So happy to know that you appreciate my work. I’m so happy to be back to scrapbooking again!❤️

Margaret R January 18, 2020 - 7:30 pm

These are really beautiful layouts, and so meaningful, too. Your kids will cherish these in years to come!

Nenette Madero January 18, 2020 - 9:26 pm

Hi Margaret! For me, I always start with the journalling. It’s so important to document certain aspects of their lives! ❤️ Thank you for your kind words!

Tricia A Podmore January 19, 2020 - 9:05 am

What a treat to see your work. You are an amazing Artist. The layout and embellishments with your color palette are soooo creative. Glad you guest designed for Altenew and hope they keep you as a regular designer.

Nenette Madero January 19, 2020 - 9:22 am

Thank you so much for your kind words, Tricia! Your comment inspires me to create more❤️Truly appreciate it! Thanks for dropping by.

Inkin' Chickie January 20, 2020 - 8:27 am

I enjoyed watching the build on the video. The various layers work so well together. Very much like the combination of colors and the stamp use to create a fuller flower look. I like how you incorporated the pencil work as well to define the flowers.

Nenette Madero January 21, 2020 - 2:04 am

Hi Inkin’ Chickie! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I appreciate that you took the time to watch the video. 🙂 Thanks so much for dropping by!

tara prince January 5, 2022 - 12:28 pm

so very pretty


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