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Geek Lab with Hannah

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Aloha!! It’s Hannah here with you today.  The fresh and bold colors in the “Jelly Bean” April Kit have me thinking about Spring. Where I live it’s still pretty green and damp. It has me dreaming about my flower bed from the summer and all the beautiful colors they wore proudly. I knew this kit and the exclusive flower cut file would fit perfectly together to make an awesome layout.

Maybe by making a layout about my flowers will entice them to grow faster! If only scrapbooking brought on the season change and made the weather behave?!! While I dream about wearing old sneakers and dirty garden gloves, lets take a look at what I created.

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I really wanted to go BOLD so I used my silhouette to cut the exclusive floral cut file with pattern paper. The cut file is really intricate so it really helps this busy paper pop. The flowers come alive. It will work well on my layout because I am using white cardstock that I made several stripes with dark grey acrylic paint. The color against the dark and white really help them stand out.

I cut one set of flowers big and left them open. I also cut a couple of other sets in plain white cardstock.  I like to use smooth cardstock with my cut files. I find they look better and the thicker quality helps them hold up better in the silhouette. These smaller sets I backed with some of my left over “Paint Me” patterned paper and some of the dotted vellum. I used some tiny staples in gold from my tiny attacher to attach and hold the paper together. I wanted to create shadows by attaching them this way. I wanted the cut file to lift up a bit from the paper to add dimension too.

To me this really helps makes an impact on a layout when you use dimension and shadows in your favor. The bright colors in this kit and paper really help with that as well.

I used 3 3×4 size photos that I matted with white cardstock. With all the color in the cut file and in my photos I didn’t want to go crazy. I also knew I would finish off the layout with some splatters of the Shimmerz Acri-tonez Paints.

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I added a couple of the cut aparts from the “Daily Details” Paper for some extra layers. I love the writing on them it’s so fun and said perfectly how I felt. The gold foil on some of the cards is gorgeous and I couldn’t help myself not to use that on this layout.

I lightly embellished this page. The color and intricacy of the cut file really helped fill the page up. I used a few of the Freckled Fawn foam word phrase stickers. They are really fun. I also added some of the Bella Blvd Puffy Stickers and Epoxy Stickers from the Clique Store.  These stickers add just the right amount of extra color to tie my layout together.

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For the title I used the Elle Studio White Alphas and one of the Heidi Swapp Acetate words in gold. I love when I have word phrases in my kits to help me with my title. I don’t really mind if I don’t have the most thought out title. As long as it helps capture the feelings I have when I see my photo that’s all that matters to me. I know I will have journaling somewhere on my layout eventually so my family and I can remember all my thoughts about these photos.

Though truth be told, I just really enjoy taking photos of my gorgeous flowers. They are all mine and they are beautiful! I just want to remember how beautiful they are, especially during the middle of the winter when it has been raining for ten days straight and you can see your breathe when you wake up in the morning. It’s times like this I want to remember there is color and beauty that grows right in my own back yard. I don’t need a fancy title this time for that!

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To finish off my layout I added Freckled Fawn enamel dots and shapes around my cut file. That is intact what I want my eye to go to first when I look at this layout. I added the year for a date with more of the White Alphas by Elles Studio. Since the date really isn’t important I don’t need it to stand out. I also finished by adding splatters with the Shimmerz Acri-tonez Paints. I just let the paint fall out of the bottle as I lightly squeezed it. I really love the look it gave adding them this way. The paint made really raised spots around my layout and have great dimension. I made sure I put my layout off to the side while it dried so the paint didn’t get touched, or settle down.

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I hope you are inspired today to create different looks using just one cut file. It really makes a cut file be versatile when you can get different looks just by changing a few things, like color, shape and what is behind the cut file itself.

Have a great day and I hope you are excited about playing with your April “Jelly Bean” Kit when it shows up at your door. When it does arrive be sure to tag us and share what you creating with your kit!!

Also Check Out my Process Video on the Clique Kits Youtube Channel for more details on how I made this fun layout.

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Yearbook: Be Impossible To Forget

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Hello Crafty friends!

Happy Spring to everyone!   Today,  I wanted to share with you all a new project created with the beautiful Jellybean kit.   This kit has the most beautiful papers from Bella Blvd.’s Make the Mark collection, as well as Paige Evan’s Oh My Heart collection, and it is full of embellishments that complement the papers.

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We all have special ways to mark the height of our kids as they grow.  My choice has always been to photograph them against a fixed reference.  Last summer as we took the littles (my niece and nephew) to the fair,  they all had to be measured before going on the rides.  Finally my daughter (now 14) reached the adult height requirement, and the littlest also reached the height to be able to go on the rides.  To mark this growth spurt, I simply photographed their bracelets showing the milestone.

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I was drawn to the words on the Impossible paper from Bella Blvd. -included in the Jellybean kit-, and I knew the title was going to be formed by fussy cutting the words out.

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The background for this project was created using a heart cut file (#65661) from the silhouette store.  The patterned papers used to back the cut file all came from the Jellybean kit, I simply followed the color palette of the Impossible paper (that is what is so wonderful about these kits, all papers are curated to work harmoniously together)

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I love this kit so much, I set to use a piece of each of the goodies included in my little pizza box from Clique Kits, even the doily (and I am not a doily person! 🙂  ) Here is the final layout:

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I have created a small video on how this layout came together,  just sit down and enjoy!:

Aren’t the colors in the Jellybean kit just amazing?  I hope this has inspire you to find  a creative way to capture your kid’s growth, and a fun way to document it, too.  Remember that you can find all the details on this kit, and add ons on the Clique Kit Store -there is always new goodies available at the store-.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Study Hall-The Story of This Stuff

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Hello friends!  Candace with you today to share a very special layout using the April kit, Jellybean.  Here is a look at the kit incase you missed the reveal.  Currently our subscriptions are sold out but you can get on the email list here and we will be happy to contact you soon when space opens up!  There are a few add ons still available in the shop here!

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For my layout today I knew that I wanted to tell the story of a quilt that I have had for a very long time and is starting to fall apart.  It is these kinds of stories that I am looking to tell this year.  Stories full of heart and love.

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For my spread I started by printing out a 6×8 photo of my quilt.  I used a stamp from my stash along with the white alpha stickers that came in the kit to create my title.  I also added one of the adorable foam hearts for contrast.

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For the base of the layout I used the beautiful ombre paper from Pink Pasilee.  I chose this paper to compliment the photo of the quilt.  I wanted to keep with the light delicate theme of the quilt and added a few pieces of the doilies to the edges of my journaling block.

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If you are interested here is my extended journaling included on my layout.

“Our lives are like quilts – bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.”

I have always loved quilts, always.   It started when I was very young, I was drawn to the bight colors stitched so lovingly together.  The combination of colors and designs always kept me staring.  The machine made quilts never held as much interest to me. I liked the handmade quilts the best.  I liked to sit and think about the hands that stitched all the colorful pieces together.  Were they old weathered hands from a hard life?  Were they young hands just staring a family?  Where did they sit as they stitched the perfectly cut squares together?  What did they think about as they pulled the needle in and out of the fabric?  Who did they love?  Were they happy, or sad?  I loved that every quit had a story, a life of its own.  I stared collecting quilts when I was eight.  I remember asking my mom for a quilt, any quilt, as long as it was handmade.  One summer as our family was driving across the country in another one of my parents attempts at a fun family adventure I saw a little cottage on the side of the road in Alabama.  It was a brown cottage with quilts hanging all over the front porch.  A large wooden sign hung from the top of the porch that said, “Handmade Quilts for Sale”.  I remember my whole spirit lifting when I read that sign.  I begged my parents to stop and let me go inside.  I remember walking into the little cottage.  Quilts everywhere.  I remember running my hands over all the quilts.  It was  magical.  A cottage full of stories.  I saw this quilt, this beautiful blue quilt, this enormous, beautiful, blue quilt.  I had to have it.  I don’t remember what I promised my parents I would do in return for purchasing this quilt for me or how long I begged for it.  But what I do remember is sitting in the back of our 1987 Ford Aerostar van running my hands over this beautiful quilt and knowing for sure that I would never love anything more than this perfect quilt.  For years this quilt laid across my childhood bed, then to my college bed and finally to the bed I placed in my home with my husband as we began to build our life together.  Not many years after that I laid  my newborn babies on this quilt as they crawled around.  This quilt may have had a story when it came to me at eight years old but I think the story it has seen for the last 26 is even more magical.  It is now torn and tattered, ripped and rugged but I love it even more than that hot Alabama day years ago.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope this inspired you to tell a special story about something in your life.

Candace


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Break Rules | Stephanie

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Hey loves! Stephanie Gold here with a Traveler’s Notebook layout made with this month’s Jellybean Kit that’s speaking to my soul right now. 😉

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So I was cracking up as I made this because my hidden journaling was basically all about YOLO… wait… don’t click exit! I swear there’s a point to this haha. Now I am NOT one to use that saying as it sounds ridiculous to me in all honesty however, I find I actually appreciate it’s sentiment in certain terms.

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I want to live my life to it’s fullest and not dull it down just to play it safe. I’m not saying we should all go out there and start base jumping and cliff diving (although if that’s your thing, go for it!), I just want to encourage all of you to get out of your comfort zones and do something you normally wouldn’t for the sake of being courageous, outgoing and adventurous in your goals!

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So go out there today and be a life warrior!! If I can support you, let me know how! Much love all!

Xo, Stephanie

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April Guest Designer Angie Pond-Moment Captured

Hello Clique Kit friends and fans!! I’m Angie Pond and I’m thrilled to be the guest designer for the month of April!

I was so excited to see all of the beautiful products in the Jellybean kit. The kit has such pretty papers from Bella Blvd. and Pink Paislee, some amazing exclusive pocket cards as well as some great embellishments.

I was also so excited to be able to play with the cut files that Clique Kits offers. Subscribers to the kit get access to exclusive cut files and printables and then there are other cut files that can be purchased in the Clique Kits shop.

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I decided to use the cut file “Moment Captured” as my title. This is a cut file that will be available for purchase in the Clique Kits store in April.  I cut the file on my Silhouette using some white American Crafts card stock from my stash.  I backed the word “captured” using the beautiful vellum from the kit. I inked the edges of the cut file and outlined it in black as well.

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I chose the blue polka dot patterned paper from Bella Blvd. as my background paper. That paper is called “Believe.”  The pictures I used on this layout are of my sweet nephew, so I wanted to try to pull out the more masculine papers and embellishments. I wanted to add some more interest to that background paper so I decided to use a circle stamp and some black ink to add a few more circles.

The green paper that I used to mount my photos on is called “Magnifique” and it’s from Bella Blvd. as well. That beautiful gold foiled card is from the Bella Blvd. cut apart sheet called “Daily Details.” That gold foiling is just amazing and it’s scattered throughout this kit in the papers and embellishments. I used the b side of that “Magnifique” paper and a Fiskars scallop punch to create the scalloped border that runs under my photo area. I inked and outlined all the papers (except background paper) on this layout using black ink. Above my photos I used the paper aptly named “Make Time.” I love the repeating sentiment in the various colors and we should always make time for the things we love! Having small strips of those colorful papers above and below the pictures helps to tie the layout all together!

 

The circles under my title and in the bottom right were cut using the b side of the “Make Time” paper from Bella Blvd.

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For the “XOXO” strip located on the bottom embellishment cluster, I simply used one of the cut apart cards and just trimmed one strip off. The polka dot heart is from the Bella Blvd. embellishments that come in the kit. I added a foam heart and some enamel dots from Freckled Fawn to complete that embellishment cluster.

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I nestled in another embellishment cluster under the top of the t in my title, using a gold foiled heart, a foam heart and some more enamel dots.

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My third embellishment cluster is located  to the bottom left of my title. Once again using some more of the wonderful embellishments from the kit. I added gold and black splatters in each area as well. IMG_1722

I love the clips that come in the kit and wanted to use one of them. Honestly, I struggle with using clips even though they are so adorable. I decided to tuck the clip under my photo instead of actually clipping it to the photo. There really are so many possibilities and ways to use these embellishments.

I hope this layout will inspire you to use the wonderful Jellybean kit and those amazing cut files to document your memories.

 


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Art Studio: Let’s Be Lazy

Good morning everyone! I am back with another mixed media layout. For this layout, I decided to play with a variety of embellishments and printables using the April Clique Kit! I used the Pink Paislee and Bella Blvd. papers for my base. Then I printed this month’s printables on white cardstock and hand-cut the images using a pair of scissors. Once I had the squares adhered and my photo mat adhered to the bottom of the grid, I splashed some mist on to the layout. Once dry, I added the embellishments and photos.

I just love the pretty colors in this month’s kit. And the printables from this month’s kit really compliments the kit so well. The circles at the top was a last-minute decision. I love this patterned paper from Paige Evan’s collection and knew that if I didn’t use the left-over scraps from this paper, it would go in the trash… so I hand-cut them and added them at the top of the layout to create a fun border for the layout. I used one of the Clique Kits exclusive journaling cards to hand-write my journaling.

Thanks so much for visiting today! Have a wonderful weekend!
-Nicole


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Art Studio with Steph

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Helloooooooo all! Steph here with a fun Art Studio project! I started out by painting the center of a 12 x 12 piece of white cardstock with a little bit of yellow water color. I intentionally painted right on regular cardstock because I wanted to embrace any warping as extra texture. I trimmed my page down and adhered it to one of the gorgeous floral papers from the April kit (found HERE!).

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I also couldn’t help myself and HAD to use one of this month’s cut files!! Have you seen the gorgeous designs from this month?? Check them out here!

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I also got to use a truly sweet stamp set from Latina Crafter.

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I finished my layout off with a bit of black paint splatters – one of my favorite techniques on scrapbook layouts. 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by everyone! I will see you soon with even more goodness from April’s kit, Jellybean! 🙂

Xo, Stephanie

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