Happy September friends! It’s Gia here to kickoff a new month! I know September is a busy time of year for most-its back to school and routines after summer vacation in the northern hemisphere. Perhaps it has different associations elsewhere, but wherever you are, Capture is a beautiful and versatile kit that does not really have a specific theme, making it perfect for anything goes! I decided for this month’s kickoff post I would show you how I used this month’s kit 3 very different ways!
Simple scrapper: Minimalist 8 1/2 x 11
When I first saw the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla paper collection I saw a lot of absolutely lovely florals and pinks, but there is much more than meets the eye in this kit. The pops of black and white with the grey neutrals and the pastel blues and peach shades add so much possibility. I took advantage of some of the hidden gem B sides and little cut apart pieces from the different papers here to create a very quick and simple layout focused on a photo that pretty much speaks for itself. (#Stay Cool….Oh yeah!) One of the trends in memory keeping that will continue to gain momentum is the minimalist trend. Who doesn’t love the idea of keeping it simple, yet still loving the modern, stylish look?
The September kit includes a piece of black crepe paper and some of you might be looking for ideas for how to use this. In case you missed it, Erica has shown a gorgeous layout using the crepe paper as a ruffle in her layering in a previous post. I am definitely going to scraplift that idea! In this layout I created a banner of black and gold tassels using the crepe paper for my black tassels. Simply use a scissor to cut strips in a piece of crepe paper about 2 inches wide. Roll it and tape it on the uncut edge with double sided tape. Here I also made a couple of tassels from some gold mylar I had in my stash.
My alphabet (and numeral) stamp from Kesi-Art is my best friend lately for fast and easy journaling, along with my Hero Arts Ombre ink pads. The school store has re-stocked them some in the newest colors! Pick them up while they last! Here are some tips for trying out a minimalist layout:
- look at the backs of your papers for B side patterns
- white space-lots of it
- add interest with texture rather than lots of embellishment (in this layout I used white lace and white foam thickers which added texture without taking away from the simplicity)
Two Page Layout: Lots of Photos
Last February I took a trip to Las Vegas and since it was my first time there I took a ton of photos. I am not a project life scrapbooker, although I have made many attempts to be and really gave it my best try. For this 2 page spread I used my Canon Selphy to print out my own photo collages which have some digital icons added to them to add to the design. This is easy to do using free online programs or apps. The focal point of the layout though is the photo of the Elvis impersonators, which is what my journaling is about. I used some white gesso and a stencil to create the map piece from the black corrugate cardstock included in the September kit. Two of the cards are Clique Kits exclusives, and two are cut-aparts from one of the included 12 x 12 papers. I was able to fit 19 photos on this spread! Whew! That is a record for me!
Traditional/Mixed Media 12 x 12 Layout
This layout really highlights the lovely florals and pinks in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection. I wanted to use the dreamcatcher die to express the feeling of the photograph of my daughter’s dreamy silhouette on the pier close to sunset. To make my title I used the Evalicious alphabet from the kit layered over some Pinkfresh Studios washi tape that I first subdued a little bit with gesso. Mixed media layouts have never really not been popular with certain artists, but I believe that more and more traditional scrapbookers are trending toward using gesso, gel medium, texture paste, in addition to the usual paints and inks in their layouts. This month’s kit is a wonderful kit to use to experiment with this style and there are many items now in the school store to help you along the way!
I hope you enjoy using Capture and we would love to see what you create with it. Please share your projects in the Facebook group and on Instagram, participate in the monthly challenge, and we welcome you to join the Pep Rally blog share!
Don’t forget to check out the landing page gallery for more inspiration and follow this blog for daily mojo! Clique Kits is working furiously behind the scenes on the upcoming fall and holiday season. The Clique Cards fall edition:Flutter is available to pre-order and ships mid September in time for our National Card Making Day online event October 3rd. This kit features the Fancy pants designs Flutter collection and comes with an amazing stamp set by Wildflower + Co. This stamp set is unique to Clique Kits and not to be found in any other card kit out there- so get yours while supplies last!