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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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Field Notes-Memories From This Adventure

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Hello Clique friends!  Candace with you today to share a fun traveler’s notebook spread using the limited edition kit featuring  Crate Paper’s Oasis collection.

I am in love with this little kit!  So beautiful!  If you missed out on the kit this time around make sure to stay in the know on our Clique Kits Facebook page.  We post there first when limited edition kits are available!  There are still a few add ons available in the shop here.

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I set up my spread in the cute insert that came in the kit.  For this spread I wanted to document the weekend our family spent in California at the beach.  It was a magical weekend and I wanted my spread to reflect that.

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For the main focal point of my spread I created a full page photo of one of my littles looking at the beach.  To add my journaling and a few additional photos I created an envelope out of the 6×6 paper.

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I cropped the pictures down to 3×4 to tuck into the envelope.  On each photo I added a little word strip and a cute puffy sticker.  I included a few of the exclusive journal cards in the kit to tell my story.

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To accent the large photo I added a few more word strips and a geo tag.  So many special memories from this trip!  Magic…I am so glad I got all our moments recorded.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope this inspired you to document your magic moments in your travelers notebook.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Have a wonderful day & create memories!

Candace


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Field Notes-You Do You

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Hello again friends!  Candace with you today to share a travelers notebook spread using the breathtaking February kit.  In case you haven’t seen the kit yet here is a peek at all the goodies in the kit.  You can check out the kit and the extras in the shop here.

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For my spread I knew I wanted to use the “you do you” acrylic piece as the focal point and theme to drive my spread.  With all the light and whimsical colors in the kit I knew that creating a spread doing a little personal reflection would be perfect.

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For the right side of my spread I paired the acrylic piece with a photo of me from January.  To add a little more color to the acrylic piece I backed it with a few different papers from the kit.  I simply glued down the acrylic to the paper then used sharp, fine tip scissors to cut around the acrylic.

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For the left side of the spread I needed to create a home for my journaling.  To create the pocket for my tags I stitched down an embossed piece of vellum on three sides.  I tucked a few tags from the kit along with a few tags I created from coordinating patterned paper.

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To add a little light embellishment I added a flower from the die cut pack and a little gold tab on the edge of the journaling pocket.

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I love the final spread!  I think it is so important to take the time to include yourself in your scrapbooking.  Years from now I know I will love reading about my thoughts and feelings at this point in my life.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Don’t forget to share you travelers notebook spreads with us in The Clique group on Facebook!  We love to see all your creations.

And don’t forget…You Do You!

Candace


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Locker Room-My Whole World

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Hello again friends!  I am so grateful every time I find myself here writing another piece of (hopefully) inspiration for you.  The beautiful kits always inspire me to create something new and this month’s kit is especially beautiful!  Here is a quick look at the kit that you can find in the shop here.

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For today’s layout I was inspired to use this month’s wonderful cut file.  Can you even take in all the cuteness?!  I wanted to focus on the little guys that make up my whole world and tell the story of my 4 kids.

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To start the layout I cut the file out of white card stock from my stash.  Next, I used white embroidery floss and hand-stitched around the outside of the globe.  I backed the open globe with the etched wood veneer.

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I surrounded the globe with flowers from the ephemera pack and flowers fussy cut from patterned papers in the kit.  I also added a few of the stunning puffy stickers flowers from the Hazelwood add-on.

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In line with the theme I embellished the globe with a few chipboard hearts and a small bundle of string.

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For my title I used the gold thinkers in the kit.  I adore the script letters!

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For a few final accents I added the chipboard arrows and stamped the date.  I adore the final spread.  I love how easy the layout came together working with such lovely products!

I hope this has given you a few ideas on how you can play with the fun embellishments in this months kits.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a beautiful Monday and capture some memories!

Candace

 

 


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Locker Room-Love Mini Album

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Hello friends!  Candace here and I am happy to be with you today to share my first project with the beautiful February kit, Bee You!  Have you seen it?  Here is a little look and you can check it and the add ons out in the shop here.  Gorgeous, right?!

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Today is all about playing with paper and what better way to play with paper than to make a little mini album.  What I love about this mini is that the base is created using just one piece of paper!  You can pick up this free cut file from Bea Valint here.

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This is a look at the mini all put together.  For my mini I cut the base 2x, once out of patterned paper and once out of plain white card stock.  I adhered the two bases together so the arrows would be on the outside and the white would be on the inside.  While this is not necessary, you can just use one piece of paper, I wanted the inside to be white.

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I treated each set of flip outs like its own layout.  For my first set of flip outs I did a spread about my 3 year old little guy.  I added cork accents from the kit along with patterned paper from the cut apart sheet.

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The next flip out is all arrows, that happens to be the outside of the box.  These can be decorated but my box was already getting a little thick so I chose to leave them plain.  (I also adore the arrows!)

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On the bottom flip out I stitched the pocket together with white thread and tucked a tag and photo inside.  For my title on this little spread I added a sentiment from the cut apart sheet and a little chipboard heart.

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For the top flip out I added a photo and a little journaling.  I love the flowers peeking out from behind the photo!

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On the right side there is another flip out and pocket.  For this side I added another sentiment from the cut apart sheet along with tags and another photo of one of my boys.  On the cut file in this flip out there is a flower cut-out.  I choose to take that out of the file because I knew that I wanted to use that area for a photo.  You can choose to leave the flower cut-out in and create a sequin pocket or add a bit of hand-stitching!

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For the last flip out I added a photo of some yummy cupcakes my husband brought me back from New York.  I layered the adorable chipboard letters over the top of the photo and backed two of the squares with a little patterned paper.

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Here is a look at the whole mini flipped out.  This was such a fun mini album to put together!  I love when I can sit down in my craft room and just play with pretty paper!  Give this mini album a try!  We would love to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping  by today!  Have a wonderful Sunday!

Candace

 

 


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Locker Room- Seamlessly Mixing Different Elements

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Hello friends!  Candace here to share my first layout using the completely yummy January kit!  Here is just a little sneak at the kit.  You can check out the kit and the all extras in the shop here and here.

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I loved all the papers in the kit this month and I loved how beautifully they played together so I wanted to create a layout using multiple papers.  I started with a 12×12 piece of white card stock for my background.

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Next, I cut 2.5inch  strips from various patterned papers and vellum from the kit.  I adhered the strips down to the base then ran a stitch along the top and bottom of each paper about .25inch in.  I slid my bone folder between the stitching to pop up the edges of the paper to add a little dimension and interest.

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I wanted a soft edge around my photo so I added a white base to my photo stack.  This creates  a seamless transition from black and white to the colors in the patterned paper.

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To add a little more interest to my title I combined different fonts.  This is one of my favorite tricks to combine color elements across my spread and stretch my supplies!

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Using a few of the beautiful dimensional embellishments from Crate Paper I created a cluster on the bottom right corner of my photo stack.

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I love how seamlessly this layout blends together from the patchwork background to the mixed title and black and white photo.  Give some of these tips a try on your next layout!

Remember to always tag Clique Kits when you post pictures of your projects so we can swoon over your creations!  We are a community of crafters and we love to support one another along our crafty journey!

Have a beautiful day and a lovely Christmas!

Candace

 


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Field Notes-Reflections on 34

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Hello and happy Wednesday friends!  Candace here with you today to share a travelers notebook spread using the fabulous December Wonderland kit.  This kit is so full of beautiful papers and embellishments!  You can take a look at all the goodies here in the shop.

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I knew when I saw the kit I wanted to use the beautiful Pink Pasilee paper.  This paper is full of sentiments that are perfect for self reflection and inspiration!  I looked through the paper and cut out 2×2 squares that inspired me.  I collected these papers and collaged them together on the right side of the spread.  Oh, don’t they just look lovely!!!

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For the left side I printed out a 3.5 x 3.5 photo of me and fussy cut a 34 out of another piece of patterned paper from the kit. I saved my favorite 2×2 square and placed it right under the photo.  This year has been a big year for me and I loved that sentiment to capture how I am feeling right now.

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I added a bit of journaling highlighting a few things that I want to work on in the next year.

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I love how the final spread turned out and I have to say it was quite cathartic to think through the past year and my goals for the next year.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Remember to enter our challenge this month!  We love seeing all the beautiful projects you create!  Also, if you are interested in working with the amazing products and wonderful Clique Kit ladies make sure that you send in your application for the design team call!

Have a beautiful day!

Candace


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Locker Room: Santa

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Hello friends!  Candace back with you today to share a layout using this month’s sketch.  I knew when I saw this sketch I wanted to play with it.  I love the clean lines and geometric shapes.  With sketches like this the possibilities are endless as far as creating interesting & creative layouts!  Here is a look at the sketch.  We would love for you to play along and create a fun project or layout using the sketch too!

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For my layout I used the Clique into December kit featuring the Snow & Cocoa line from Crate Paper.  I started the layout with white card stock.  Next, to create the triangle pieces, I cut 2 of the patterned papers to 6×6 inch squares and then down the center on a diagonal.  This gave me 4 equal triangles making putting together the shapes super simple!  I decided to simulate the white lines on my layout with stitching.

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I wanted to add a little more interest to the layout but keep the light, soft feel of the spread.  I used embossing paste and a tiny star stencil to add subtle detail to the corners of the layout.

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I let the paste dry over night then continued to create my layout by adding a photo stack using various papers and ephemera from the kit.

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For the title I used the lovely large letters in the December kit along with the exclusive word & phrase stickers for the journaling.

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The final touches included wood veneer snowflakes and stickers.  I just adore the final layout and the adorable memory that was captured and documented.

If you would like to play along the sketch do forget to link it up on the blog and tag us so we can swoon over your creation.  Also, make sure that you are a part of our Facebook page The Clique, this is where you can stay up to date on all things Clique Kits and share all your projects!

Have a beautiful day!

Candace


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Holiday Gift Card Bags

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Hello friends!  Candace here with you today to share a  fun holiday project using the Clique into December kit.  I adore this kit!  It is jam packed with so many breathtaking goodies from the Snow and Cocoa collection from Crate Paper.  This kit is now sold out in the shop but don’t worry you can take this same idea and use any paper and embellishments from your stash.

This quick holiday project is created to hold little gift cards with a personal touch.  I started by using a bag cut file from the Silhouette store and cut out the small bags from the adorable patterned paper.  With quick, easy directions I assembled the bags and then had fun embellishing!

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On the first bag I layered a few tags and added the cute puffy reindeer.  For the second bag I layered a tag with a die cut snowflake from the ephemera pack and a wood veneer.

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The third bag is may favorite!  On this bag I wanted to use the little puff balls that came in the kit.  I used multi media glue in matte and adhered the puffs to twine and tied the bag off with a cute tag.  For the last bag I layered a few snowflakes and another little ball for a simple and cute bag.

This was such a fun project to create and now all my gift cards will have a nice handcrafted bag to sit in!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a beautiful day!

Candace

 

 


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Locker Room-Boys Roar!

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Hello Clique friends!  Candace here with you today to share another layout I made using the goodies in the shop.  I love that Clique kits not only puts together beautifully coordinated monthly kits but also carries the latest scrapbooking goodies from the hottest manufactures in the industry.  For today’s layout I used more goodies from the Bella Blvd Alex collection.  As a mom of 4 crazy boys I can’t get enough of this awesome collection!

Here is a look at the fun layout!

 

And a few close ups…

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Quick tip:  If you are having trouble getting started on a layout use a fun cut file to create the center piece or focal point of your layout.  By using a large cut file a bulk of the design process will be done!  Now you can play with your embellishments and papers to create the rest of the layout without worrying about the base design!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Next time you are stuck and have a little creative block try using a fun cut file to cut down on the design anxiety so you can just play!

Have a beautiful day!

Candace