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Clique Kits June Challenge

Hello everyone and welcome to the Clique Kits June Challenge!  First thank you to everyone who has joined us in The Clique Facebook group!  So many new faces and projects being shared!!  We just love it!  Our winner for the May challenge is Vania Fonseca!

Vania please email me erica@cliquekits.com to claim your Pink Paislee prize pack!  Thanks so much for joining us in the May challenge!  We hope to see you again this month!

For our June challenge we would love to see you use some cutfiles in your projects!  If you do not have a Cricut or Cameo but you have steel dies and a machine like a big shot please feel free to use that!  Just a reminder Clique Kits does have pre cut files available for purchase in the shop!  I will have a few of them linked below for you to check out after the post!  This month prize is a $15.00 gift certificate to the Clique Kits shop!  Pretty awesome!  We are excited to see what you create!  Please feel free to share our challenge with others and invite your crafty friends to join us in The Clique!

Here is some inspiration from the Clique Kits Design Team!

Remember you can link up in The Clique Facebook Group HERE!

Here are a few details about the challenge!

  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by June 30th, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up.
  • Create any type of project

Thank so much for stopping by today!

October Background Pre Cut  

September Circles Pre Cut 

Butterfly Pre Cut


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June Kick Off!

Hello Everyone and happy June 1st!  We are so excited for this month and our 2 June kits!  If you did not already know we have added a new monthly subscription with our travelers notebooks!  We have only a few spots left so if you are interested you can check it out HERE!

Our main kit subscriptions for July are now full but we do have some June kits available in the shop for single purchase!!  You can see all our available kits HERE!  This month we have Heather Doolittle as our June Guest Contributor!  Heather will be sharing projects this month using the June kit and we can not wait to share what she has created!  You can check our Heather’s blog HERE!

This month we you will also see a spotlight on our digital shop!  The team has created project not only using our current cut files but also digging deep into our older files!  Here are a few peeks at some of their projects!!

You can check out all the fabulous files HERE in our digital shop!  We also have some freebies there and also freebies in our Clique Facebook group!  We hope you will join in this month and create with some fun Clique Cuts!

I have been busy cleaning out and organizing the Clique Kits Warehouse and have added a lot of products to the shop including exclusive flair, exclusive die cuts, tons of thickers and a few past travelers notebook kits!  We also have a few new limited kits added to the shop!  And I mean very limited!  The Elle’s Studio mini kit is my favorite!  It is jam packed with so many goodies you will just love it!  It even includes a stamp set!  We also have 2 limited Halloween kits also filled with yummy goods!  Last but not least we have our Washi Tape Grab bags!

So much going on and in a couple weeks we will be revealing our June kits!!  Yikes!  We know you are going to love them!!  Winners for our NSD challenges will be posted soon so make sure to check the Clique Facebook group for that!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  We hope to see you sharing your projects this months in The Clique!


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Designer in the Spotlight – Sheryl Banares

Hello everyone!!  I am super excited to introduce you to our  Designer in the Spotlight!  She has been a member of the Clique for sometime now and recently became one of our newest members on our Graphic Design team!  This month she designed the June journal cards that are included in your June Kit and even some of the exclusive cut files!

Our Designer in the Spotlight  has taken some time to answer our fun Q&A to share with all of you today!  Please say hello to Sheryl Banares!

 

 

1. Tell us a little bit about your creative process. I love creating where I feel comfortable at that moment, it can in the kitchen or in the living room even on in bed sometimes (when I’m super lazy). I don’t force myself to think of how to make a layout. I just sit down and start scrapping whenever I feel like it.

2. Where and when are you most creative? I don’t like scrapbooking at night because my lighting is terrible so I mostly scrapbook on daylight. My layouts are often inspired from pinterest, that’s where I like to search for random stuff when Im bored.

3. What are some of your must have supplies? scissors, zig glue pen and double sided tape.

4. Who are some of your influences? I’m a graphic designer so I meet a lot of creative and interesting people that are inspiring me everyday and let’s not forget the amazing scrapbook community we have on Facebook and youtube, there are lots of talented woman that truly inspire me.

5. 3 things people probably do not know about you. – I love korean dramas! (be aware! super addicting once you start) – I’m learning russian, since my fiancee’s family speak mostly russian. – I play the guitar, ukulele and keyboards.

6. Favorite: !

Book- It ends with us by Colleen Hoover !

Movie- Phantom of the opera (2004) and Titanic ! Candy- Coconut chips !

Drink- Coffee!! !

Music- anything 90’s 🙂 !

Color- light blue !

TV Show- anything with action and suspense- NCIS, Criminal minds.

7. Can you share what helps you break out of a creative slump? I love taking a walk, listening to music and riding my bike.

8. How long have you been design and what inspired you to get started. I’ve been scrapbooking for 4 years now. I started scrapbooking when I accidentally saw a process video of someone on Youtube and ever since my world became colourful and scrapbooky (I think I just invented a word)

9. How would you describe your style? My style is very much colourful and heavy embellished, I love taking my time when I’m creating the layouts. I add sometimes mix media and some stitching.

10. Can you share with everyone the places where they can connect with you such as your blog, Instagram and website. Blog- http://www.sherylbanares.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/sherylbanares/

11. What are your predictions for the new trends? I think we’ll be seeing more colors that we usually don’t see in scrapbook collection like purple, neon colors and some gold rose foiling, maybe even metallic colors with abstract designs.

Sheryl thank you so much for being our Designer in the Spotlight!!  I am sure our readers are looking forward to more beautiful designs from you!

Thank you for stopping by our blog today!  To get your hands on some of Sheryl designs you can grab a June Clique Kit HERE in the shop or head on over to our Digital Shop and purchase some of her cut files!  Have a wonderful day!


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Clique Kits May Challenge

Hello and happy interNational Scrapbooking Day!  We are all so excited for a fun filled day and we hope you will join us in The Clique Facebook group!  Today I am here to bring you our May challenge but first I want to thank everyone who played along!  A big congrats to Sandi for being our randomly selected winner!

We just love how you used the sketch we provided for inspiration!  Thanks so much for linking up and we hope to see you again this month!  Please message erica@cliquekits.com to claim your prize!  This month our challenge is All things Gold!  We want to see gold mixed media, gold embellishments, anything gold!  We also have a fabulous sketch and a free cut file for you this month!  The sketch and cut file are optional but just a little extra inspiration for you!  These have been designed by one of Clique Kits Graphic Designers Maryam Perez!

You can find the free cut file HERE or in The Clique Facebook group!  Now lets see some inspiration for our Design Team!

DONNA ESPIRITU

STEPHANIE GOLD

VICTORIA CALVIN

NATHALIE DESOUSA

MAY GUEST CONTRIBUTOR KAREEN DION

To join in on our challenge please head on over to The Clique Facebook group and upload your projects to the May Challenge Photo Album!  This month’s prize is a Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom Prize Pack!

Here are a few details about the challenge!

  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by May 31th, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit or sketch to link up.
  • Create any type of project

Before I head out today I do want to share a free printable we have available today in the Clique Kits shop!  This was designed by Graphic Designer Lacey Gasper just for iNSD2017!  We also have a super cute set of flair available for purchase HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping today and we hope you have a great iNSD weekend!!

 

LINK UP HERE!


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Guest Contributor – Angie Pond

Happy Monday everyone!!  We have been so thankful this month to have our April Guest Contributor Angie Pond sharing so much inspiration with us!  Today I have another layout Angie created using the April kit!  Make sure to follow Angie on her blog to see more of her fabulous work!  Now lets get into her layout using the April kit and the fabulous printables designed by Creative Director Gia Lau!

For the April challenge, I drew inspiration from the different blocks of paper that are shown in the sketch. I used many of the beautiful papers from the Jelly Bean kit and treated each block of patterned paper almost like it’s own little layout.
I used one of the exclusive cut files under my photo. I cut it on white card stock and painted it with watercolors. Then I simply cut it apart and used it as an additional layer under the cute photo of my nephew on his first Easter. 
Most of the embellishments on my layout are from the printable files that come with the kit each month. I adore that cute bunny and I even used the “Happy Easter” printable as my title.
The flags in the upper left block of my layout are from the printables as well and they make a great addition along with my journaling.
In the section where my title is, I hand cut a few clouds and used that printable doily shape almost like a sun. The pink cloud comes from one of the Bella Blvd. clips that came in the kit. I simply cut the clip part off and adhered it to my layout.
I did some stamping on the block with the pink polka dots. I used just some black ink and a circle outline stamp to add some more interest to the paper. I pair the word labels and the circles from the exclusive printables with a few enamel dots from the kit to complete that section of the layout.
Thank you Angie for another awesome project using the April 2017 Kit!!   I love all the details in your page and love how you used the exclusives!!  Here is a look at Angie’s completed layout!
Thank you all so much for stopping by today!  Please remember to leave Angie some love down below!  We still have a few April kits left in the shop right now and we also have a great kit sale going on!!  Have a wonderful day!


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Clique Kits April Challenge – Latina Crafter

Hello Everyone!  Erica here with you to bring you our April challenge!  But first a big congrats to our March challenge winner Claudia!

Claudia please email erica@cliquekits.com to claim your prize!  Thanks so much to everyone who linked up and we hope to see you linking up again this month!  A big thank you to our sponsor The Cut Shoppe for providing a fabulous prize!  You can check out their shop HERE!

This month we have Latina Crafter as our sponsor!  You can read about Latina Crafter and the woman behind the company HERE!  Diana has provided stamps for each of our team members to use and also a prize of $25.oo to her shop for one randomly selected winner!  We also have another fabulous sketch designed by Kristine Davidson for inspiration!  This month the challenge is to use stamping on your project!

Here is a look at what our Design Team has created has created for the challenge!  You can see some fun Latina Crafter stamps in action!  I love how I design team used them in their projects!

TUROCZI REKA

VICTORIA CALVIN

MELISSA ELSNER

HANNAH LEMIEUX

ENZA GUDOR

CANDACE PERKINS

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR ANGIE POND

We can not wait to see what you create!  If you are not already in the Clique Facebook group we would love to have you!  You can join HERE!

Here are a few details about the challenge!

  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by April 30th, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit or sketch to link up.
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post

This month you can also link up your project to our Clique Facebook Group for an extra entry into our challenge!  Beginning next month all our challenges will be held in our Facebook group so now is the perfect time to check it out!


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Clique Kits March Designer in the Spotlight – Shimelle

Hello Clique Fans!  We are super excited about this months Designer in the Spotlight!  Our March 2017  kit featured the Little by Little collection designed by Shimelle!

We want to thank Shimelle for taking the time out of her busy day to share a little bit about herself with us!  So grab your drink of choice, curl up in your favorite place and say HELLO to Shimelle!

Tell us a little bit about your creative process. Where and when are you most creative? 

I work (and play!) from a studio space that is a room in our home with the outside ‘wall’ actually a floor to ceiling window. The light is beautiful even on grey days, which we have plenty of here in London. For many years I was a night owl, but my son is not on board with this plan and likes to get up far too early, so my most creative time is whenever I have five minutes uninterrupted really, almost matter what time of day that may be.

What are some of your must have supplies?

My giant scissors have been on my desk for so many years that they feel like an extension of my hand. I could give plain cardstock a miss entirely but you will have to pry the patterned paper, little tiled letter stickers, and glitter Thickers from my cold dead hands.

Who are some of your influences?

I was a film and theatre student when I first discovered scrapbooking, and much of my inspiration comes from that visual world: Wes Anderson, Mary Blair, and even Busby Berkeley.

3 things people probably do not know about you.

My family tree is a long line of performers in one way or another. My mother is a musician and my grandmother still sings several shows a week.

I take great joy in the extremely trivial craft of coordinating-but-not-exactly-matching family clothing.

I grew up in Kansas and came to England as a student but knew within the first two weeks that this would be home. 

 Favorite:

Book Alice Through the Looking Glass
Movie Romeo and Juliet.
Candy do they still make Butterfingers in America? They do, right? I’ll say that.
Drink coffee. Except I haven’t had caffeine since 1996. Sometimes this is frustrating.
Music there is little I don’t like but I have a serious passion for Sigur Rós.
Color really? I have to pick? Aquapinkgreenpurpleredblack. That’s just an unfair question so I’m giving an unfair answer.
TV Show Buddy the Vampire Slayer (though for current things, I’m glad Designated Survivor has come back!)

Can you share how Glitter Girl came about?

I was at the end of a year-long video series for Two Peas in a Bucket (an online shop that has since closed) and we were happy with what we’d done with a series of twelve videos over a year but at the same time, it didn’t always feel right to lock into a single topic for a whole year when trends can change so much over that time. I really liked the idea of working with the community and involving them, so I pitched the idea of a scrapbooking superhero who kind of flew down to the message boards to give a surprise video response each week to one of the discussions. I pitched it totally out there bonkers hoping they would say yes to something, even if it was less – like once a month could work so I said once a week. They loved the idea and took it on board pretty much exactly how I pitched it. I think we did 122 episodes with the store? Then a while after the shop closed I was able to start the series again and now the questions come from those who watch and comment on YouTube or post on the Scrapbook Like a Superhero Facebook group. There’s no single shop involved and everyone is welcome, no matter the style you scrap.
We love the little by little collection! Can you tell us what inspired you when creating this collection?

Thanks so much! Little by Little is inspired by British children’s literature, and you’ll find references to Harry Potter and Peter Pan if you take a look. I wanted the colours to be a real highlight of the collection, that you could work just with pastels for one look but switch it up to primaries on your next page and then again with black and white plus a bold colour of your choice. I hope the variety gives you so much versatility while you craft.

Have you always had a love for design?

Perhaps an appreciation for design is a better term for me. I never took an art class after elementary school (until the last few years when I’ve done some study to broaden my skills) and although handwriting and lettering were something I can see developing in the notebooks I have from my youth, I didn’t know where to start with drawing or painting. I could see it in my head and then just nothing would come close on paper. I was quite embarrassed about it so I just stopped doodling, which is really the worst you can do in terms of keeping your sketches improving. But I did use the time to absorb so much visually so I developed a much stronger idea of what I liked. I don’t regret that chain of events though, because it has been quite enjoyable to learn essentially a whole new aspect of the craft at this point in my life, just since working with American Crafts.
What is one thing you love about the scrapbooking industry and what is one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out with scrapbooking?

I love how the industry creates products that become a neverending mix of unique pieces on unique pages. I dabble in crafts that ask you to follow a pattern and I can enjoy a sewing project, something to stitch, and so on. But scrapbooking is my passion because every page is its own creation, from start to finish. I love that feeling when your words come together in a way that you wonder if anyone has ever said that before in the history of the English language, and I love that same feeling when mixing and matching supplies de new and old collections across dozens of manufacturers.

If you’re just starting now, be true to yourself and don’t stress. Today’s photos can easily be reprinted if you decide you don’t like something and want to start again. Don’t be scared out of something that feels right to you- for years I printed all my journaling with fonts because someone told me I should. It’s been ten years since I did that on a single page and I’m so much happier for it. Whatever it is that makes it joyful for you, keep doing it no matter what trends tell you.
How would you describe your style? 

Relatively simple at the core, but filled with colour and pattern, and always created with a story in mind. In fact, that’s how I design products as well as my pages: if I can think of ten different stories scrappers might be able to tell with a particular product, then I know that’s something I want to include.

Shimelle thank your for being a creative superhero and connecting with our readers!  You can check out the Scrapbook like a Superhero Facebook group HERE and also find Shimelle on Instagram and Twitter!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful rest of your day!