Featured Friend- Meet Scrap Booker Nikki

I have been kicking the idea around to feature creative friends in various posts for a long while. I hope that by reading about creative efforts of others, a spark may be lit for you to appreciate what various artists and crafters are expressing. I have decided to begin this monthly themed featured post with my friend Nikki’s talents.  Her chosen art form: Scrapbooking.

Nikki Carmouche, 2012. Rest in Peace: March 05, 2014.
Nikki Carmouche, 2012.

Meet my Featured Friend

With many friends and a young family, there is no question why Nikki would not value photographs. I  first met Nikki (Tanikka) Gambirazio Carmouche when we both lived in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  We had a bit in common as she was from Havelock, North Carolina and I also lived there at one point in time.   We were in the same local business referral group and so we would see each other once a week and at other networking functions from time to time as well.

Nikki had a few jobs at once but, I knew her best as an enthusiastic Independent Scentsy Consultant.  She would often be heard saying witty taglines in her conversations about the fragrant wickless candles she sold like: “My business makes scents”, and “Keep your nose in my business.”  That type of creativity was also found in an artistic way through scrap booking and paper crafting.

A Creative Space

Her workspace was a generous sized spare room located upstairs within her home. I remember visiting and sharing in her excitement of her then newly acquired “prized possession” in her creative space: The Cricket.  This machine is a great tool for the avid scrap booker. It serves as a creative tool for cutting shapes quickly from multiple papers.  Letters, stickers, and specific theme motifs are made quickly and easily with this inventive table top machine.

Nikki and me-2011

Why Scrap book?

Making scrapbook pages are popular because a crafter can satisfy the need to be creative while at the same time create a book to view for generations to come.  I know from experience that scrap booking can be addictive but it is also very expressive and investing time to visually create a tangible keepsake is important.

Warrior Quote

Comfort in Distraction

While Nikki was battling with breast cancer, she probably used her scrapbooking as an activity to escape mentally from her daily pains. I hope so.  I do know it gave her pleasure to create them.

Nikki and her husband.
Nikki and her husband, Terrell.

I have fond memories of Nikki and her creative journey.  My daughter and I visited Nikki in the hospital bearing a large basket of scrapbook supplies. It was fun picking out items that we thought would work well from her bedside. Items like stickers, fill-in-the-blank journaling prompts, ink pads, empty paper frame cut-outs, markers, tape, small travel scissors and the like all served as creative supplies.  Scrapbooking was used to pass time while waiting for chemotherapy, and  became busy-work to keep thoughts on a purposeful task.


We don’t have to look far to notice the friends who have a creative flair.  They are the people that are expressive, and love to “get lost” in their creations.  Creative types like to keep what they create AND share what they create.  Scrap booking allows room for both.

This world lost a creative person on March 05, 2014. After a long and hard battle with cancer, Nikki passed away leaving many valuables behind: her husband, her 4 children and extended family, friend’s memories…and her hand-made scrap book pages. All priceless, like she was.  God bless her always.


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Creative Views: Around Town

Corn husk dolls and other crafts using natural elements were displayed and demonstrated.

Today’s Club Creative Studio “Two-Cent Tuesday” post is a prompt to look closer within your own community for a new creative view.  Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy outdoor festivals and gatherings.  Most craft-fairs and fall festivals do not have an entrance fee so it makes the creative views even more appealing.  Are there events you can explore in your area this weekend?

Good toe-tappin’ mountain music had the audience sitting around on hay bales enjoying the sounds with a great natural setting the Smokey Mountains.

If you happen to find a different place to be other than your local backyard, you may discover highlights from around a new town to enjoy and appreciate.  This was the case when I recently visited another state. Unaware of the annual festivities focused around the region, we enjoyed what was called “Mountain Heritage Day” in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Held on the grounds of Western Carolina University.

The Newfound Forge: Blacksmith Westley Angel handcrafts forged iron.
Forged iron from Leicester, North Carolina

Mountain Heritage Day celebrates the traditions of rich southern Appalachian Music, Dance, Arts, and Folklore.  There were 100 plus, Juried Handmade Arts and Crafts Booths, with Three Traditional Music Stages, a Kid’s Area, Cherokee Stickball Games, Workshops, Heritage Demonstration sand Exhibit Areas, Living History Area, Canning and Baking Contests, an Antique Car Show, Chainsaw Competition and plenty of Festival Food. You gotta love that “fried pie”.

Mountain Heritage Day, Cullowhee, North Carolina. At Western Carolina University grounds, 2012
Wonderful sculptural baskets made from local fallen tree branches.

The pride of the mountains is reflected in the arts during this day-long festival. This celebration was the 30th annual celebration. It proudly showcased some of the finest arts, crafts, music and dance of the southeast since 1974. It has been named one of the top 200 craft events in the United States. I hope you run across a great fall festival in your area soon.

Jim Long and his wife Nancy Hornbuckle of River Cane Weaving display and demo their creative use of natural materials in their weaving of mats and baskets in Cherokee, North Carolina.
Triple C Pottery from artists: Cale and Christy Williams, Eagle Springs, North Carolina create hand thrown stoneware.
Down-home goodness.
Artist: Lori Anderson shares creations from the past and present from corn shucks and other natural materials.


I hope that you have the time to discover something that expresses and appreciates the arts like a good-old-fashioned fall festival.

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A Group Art Prompt


Club Creative Studio would like to highlight the creativity of a small group of people in this TNT (This-N-That) blog post today.

New Bridge Middle School in Jacksonville, North Carolina was the setting for creativity at the summer Leadership Camp. Five young artists and their instructor led efforts for a group art project . The collaborative works will be proudly displayed.

Take a look at the creative process in the video on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio , and you will see how all parts DO make the whole. This is a project that may inspire you to do in your own way because it is rewarding at all stages of development.

Thank you to the participants and the instructor, and acquaintance Mr. Bernie Rosage, Jr. He will certainly agree that this group art project was created with pride and joy.

Get inspired! This over-all project display technique can be replicated in a variety of canvas sizes, as long as they are anchored securely before and after your wall placement. It reminds me of a puzzle. Happily, their theme is NOT puzzling!

What did you think? Share your thoughts here!

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>Craft Fair & Car Show

>I am an active member of the Coastal Carolina Artist & Crafters (CCAC) guild, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. If you are in the area of 421 Court Street, we are having the annual Spring Craft Fair & Car Show in downtown Jacksonville at the historic River Walk Park. From 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. Club Creative Studio would love to see you and we welcome your interest!

We are celebrating the arts and the 275th Birthday of Onslow County.

It is free event to attend and admire and purchase from over 35 artists represented. There will be a special area for the children and food is provided by the area Onslow Shriners organization. Portion of the proceeds benefit the Shriners. Day long raffle from CCAC guild member’s contributions. Car show trophies awarded at 2:00 P.M. Scavenger hunt for you to participate in, painted umbrella contest public display, birthday cake cutting ceremony and cake served at 3:00 P.M. while supplies last, umbrella winner announcements. made at that time as well. Scavenger Hunt winner announced at 3:30 P.M. Hope to see you there!

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