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Designing on the Diagonal

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Hey Everyone!! It’s Sarah here today and sadly this is my last post on the Clique Kits Design Team. I’ve had such a great time being a part of this team, but it’s my time to say goodbye! I will always love the kits though, and I definitely plan on sticking around to check out what the new design team has in store!!

Ok, now back to my layout! I want to share with you how to create a layout on a diagonal design. Now, if you’re looking at something, your eye automatically looks from the bottom left, to the top middle, then to the .bottom right. It’s the natural way your brain processes things, so when you create your design on the diagonal, it’s very visually appealing. It flows easily and guides your eye right to where you want to look!

For this layout, I used all the beautiful embellishments in this month’s kit to create a diagonal line that I put my photo on. I also layered the patterns on this layout in the background loosely following the rule of thirds. If you don’t know what the rule of thirds is, it’s basically a rule in art that stems from the theory that the human eye naturally gravitates towards intersection points that occur when the image is split into thirds. So things often look more appealing when they’re set along these lines in composition 🙂

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I clustered some of the printables from this month with a cute little camera stamp and those awesome wood veneers and enamel dots that came in the add ons this month. I just kept placing things along the diagonal line until I liked the way it looked!

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I made my title out of one of the wood veneers and the scripty phrase stickers that came in the kit and made sure I kept that on the diagonal too. I just wanted to keep everything flowing in that direction.

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Those vellum hearts are one of my favorite things in this kit!

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Once I had placed everything down that I wanted on there, I stamped these adorable heart clusters and the chevron arrows from the Oh Snap stamp set by Honey Bee Scraps. I absolutely love this set! It’s got the cutest camera stamps, and if you know me, you’ll know I’m completely addicted to cameras!

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I finished this layout off with a little bit of journaling underneath my photo and that was it! I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to the amazing girls at Clique Kits for having me on their team! I’ve loved every minute of it!!

Blessings,

CK_VarsityTeam_Sarah


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Pocket Pages: Not Just For Project Life

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Good Morning Clique Kits fans!! Sarah here to share with you a layout I made using the September Kit! I wanted to make a layout about how much of a blessing my four boys are and I knew I wanted to use 4 pictures. Now to make this easier, I thought I’d use a project life page! I love how they’re already planned out for you and you can just make up these cute little pockets and you’re all done!

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I love that you can have space for quite a few pictures and also a lot of room for journaling too while still making cute little embellished areas on your page too!

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I can’t even get over how handsome my boys are! I know I’m a little biased, but even still, they’re so stinkin cute! lol

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I hope I can inspire you to break out your pocket pages and get some scrapping done even if you don’t do project life!

Thanks for stopping by!!

CK_VarsityTeam_Sarah


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Gelatos, Paints and Die Cuts, Oh My!

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Good Morning Everyone!! Sarah here today to share with you probably my favourite layout I’ve made in a long time!

When we were in Vancouver in July, my oldest son Ethan was on a hammock in my husband’s uncle’s backyard and he had my camera. I guess he was taking selfies because when I put all my photos onto my computer I found all these awesome shots of him lying in the hammock! Some he was making goofy faces, and others just looking at the camera. I really loved these two and I knew I wanted to use them in a layout!

I really loved this month’s exclusive cut files and I knew I wanted to use the big background floral one (it kind of reminds me of a spirograph! does anyone else remember those?!), I just didn’t know what I was going to do with it…then I thought it would be fun to use some of that gorgeous paint that came in the Clique Into Color kit  and a few of my gelatos to create a custom background that matched the colors in this kit!

I started this background twice, and I quickly realized that I needed to do a layer of gesso first before coloring it. I was using a lot of water and the cardstock didn’t handle it well on it’s own. So I started over again and painted a thin layer of gesso over the entire sheet of cardstock first, then after it dried I got down to business! I started by colouring a layer of my pink gelato and sprayed my sponge with some water then just smeared it around. I did the same thing with the orange gelato. When I was using the paint, I put it directly on my sponge, then misted it with a little water to make it more fluid, then layered it down on the paper too.

I really love the effect it gave behind the cut file!

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I really loved the ephemera and that cut apart paper from Cocoa Vanilla that came in this kit! It’s perfect for layering!

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The alphabet stickers didn’t stick too well to the page because of the mixed media, and I was going to sew it down with my sewing machine, but I forgot! lol As I’m looking at these pictures I realize that it’s completely bugging me and I will definitely be doing some stitching on this layout later!

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I really love this mixed media technique and I can totally see many more layouts using it in the future!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Blessings

CK_VarsityTeam_Sarah


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Using your Project Life Cards on 12×12 layouts

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Good Morning Clique Kits fans!! Sarah here to share with you a layout I made using the Exclusive Project Life cards in the kit! Every month Clique Kits comes up with some pretty amazing PL cards, and since I have tried and failed miserably at making a Project Life album, I want to come up with other ways of using them!

This is is a super easy way to use those cards! I printed off 3 3×4 photos and arranged them in a grid with the PL cards! Add a little stitching and some of the Exclusive flair and some of the other cute embellies in this kit and you’ve got yourself a quick and easy Project Life inspired layout! image

I stitched in between the grid to give it more of a pocket page style to it and add some more interest and texture! I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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So you don’t have to be a Project Life scrapper to use up those cards in your stash! I’d love to see what you make with yours!!

Blessings,

CK_VarsityTeam_Sarah


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Playing with Big Titles

Good Morning Clique Kits Fans! Sarah here to share my last layout using the July kit! I’ve had so much fun with this kit that I’m almost sad that it’s gone, but I’m also really excited to get my August kit, so it makes it ok! lol

Big titles on layouts are so in right now, and I am loving using them in my layouts! They make a great statement and act a great embellishment on your page too! You can make them big and bold with a thick font, or you can use a scripty font for a more delicate look. For this layout I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and it’s got both thick bold letters with a nice hand written addition!

I actually jumped the gun on adhering everything to this layout and then once I had, I realized that it was a little heavy on the one side with the large title and then I had nothing on the other side. And of course I used super hardcore adhesive on my photo, so there was no moving it! So I added the die cut banner, some thread and the exclusive flair from the kit and my journaling and I think I managed to somewhat balance it out! It’s till heavy on the side with the title, but I still like it 😉

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I’d love to see what you do with big titles on your layouts! You can link them up to our Anything Goes challenge for a chance to win some PinkFresh Studios goodies too!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

CK_VarsityTeam_Sarah


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Art Studio: Everyday Happiness

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Good Morning! Sarah here today to share with you how I made my title on my Silhouette Cameo! I got this idea from an amazing fellow scrapper Missy Whidden! She is such a mixed media guru! I just love all of her layouts! Anyway, she tried this technique on one of her You Tube videos and I thought it was such a great idea I had to try it out!.

It’s a really simple technique, but it works so good! I started out by cutting the title “Everyday Happiness” from the July Exclusive cut files with white cardstock. Now, here’s the technique: Before you take the title off your cutting mat, you do all of your colouring with your mixed media! You can do any technique you’d like, but I used another one of Missy’s techniques, which is using ink on a piece of packaging and just dabbing it randomly around. See how technical these are?! lol It’s awesome though because it’s such a simple thing, with some pretty awesome results! I used Ranger Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio and I just pressed the ink pad onto the packaging then added a small amount of water. Then I folded the packaging in half and smeared it around before I dabbed it onto my cutting mat. You do have to make sure it’s really dry before you peel your letters off the mat, and using some kind of metal spatula really helps it along! Doing it this way is so much easier than taking it off the mat then adding your mixed media though because you don’t have to deal with possibly tearing your paper when it’s wet and you’re getting it all inky!

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Once I was done cutting it out and adding it to my layout, I just lined it with a black pen so it would stand out more. I’m really loving the way it turned out!

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I snapped this pic of my oldest and youngest sons sleeping together. They have such an amazing bond, it just warms my heart!

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I wanted to add a little more interest to my cardstock, so I took a scripty background stamp from my stash and just randomly stamped it on the background without using a block. I find you can make it more random that way and you get away from that square background stamp look.

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I’ve had so much fun working with this kit, and I am proud to say this layout was the kit killer! lol I only have scraps left and I’ve got 6 layouts done with it! I love that satisfaction you get when you use up an entire kit! Feels good to put a mini dent in that stash! lol

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you give that technique a try! It’s so fun!

Blessings

CK_VarsityTeam_Sarah


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Playing with the Fuse Tool!

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Good Morning my fellow Clique Kits junkies!! Sarah  here to show you how you can stretch out the use of your fuse tool! I LOVE this tool! You can do sooo many fun things with it! For this layout, I wanted to make a big circle embellishment, so I used an 8.5×11 page protector I had kicking around and my biggest circle nesting die as a guide and created this cute confetti pocket! It was pretty easy! You just really have to remember that the Fuse tool gets really HOT!! It seemed to slip my mind when I was using it, and I totally burnt myself! I can see that being a regular occurrence around here for me! lol All I did to create this pocket was pick out what I wanted to have in it, and put it in the page protector first, then put the circle die around it. I used the inside of the circle as a guide, then run the Fuse tool around it, and voila! Easy Peasy! I taped the “do more of what you love” card inside the circle, and I added sequins and I also made some confetti with my bubbly border punch and some of the scraps left over from the kit. I liked having a card taped inside the circle, because it gave me an easy spot to add adhesive when I was putting it on my layout!

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That silver paper that comes in the kit is perfect for die cutting!

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I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe to create that cute little heart banner under my photo and I added those adorable puffy stickers to it to make it pop! I’m loving how it turned out!

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I’m totally loving this layout and I’m so happy with the way my fun circle embellishment turned out using the Fuse Tool! I really like thinking of fun ways to stretch my supplies and come up with a lot of different uses for my tools! I’d love to see what you make with your Fuse! If you don’t have one and NEED to get one, then you can use my coupon code SARAH10 in the Clique Kits shop for 10% off your purchase!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

I’ll see you soon!

CK_VarsityTeam_Sarah