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Three Easy Cards in under 10 Minutes!

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Karten

Hey everyone, it’s Kathleen again. Today I’m sharing my last blog post for the Clique Kits April kit “Happy Everything” with you. Since I’ve already shown you four different layouts in the past few weeks that I’ve made with the kit (here and here), I decided that this time I would make some cards.

I’m usually not much of a card maker and have only recently started to make more cards. I always admired all the pretty elaborate cards of so many scrapbookers out there. You know, cards with so many details that you could look at them again and again and still find something new. Everytime I tried my hand at making one of those, I failed desperately and gave up. I only ever made cards anymore when there really was a special event (like the birthday of a family member or close friend) but not so much just for fun.

Well, a while ago I discovered that I actually DO enjoy making cards – only a different kind of cards: simple but still pretty ones.

Cards don’t always have to be super-elaborate and full of stamping, embellishments and so on to be pretty. And to be honest, a simple card that was handmade with love is still better than any store-bought one, right?

With the gorgeous gold foiled watercolour cards from the kit it was so easy to make these cards and all three together didn’t take me longer than 10 minutes total!

Fun

I think this card is really versatile and could be used for many different things. Maybe an invitation for a coffee date? Or a nice day-trip somewhere? Or just to go get an icecream together? No matter what it is, if you ask someone out with a card like this he/she sure can’t say “no” πŸ˜‰

Happiness & Happy Days

These two cards could also be used for various occassions. The one on the righ maybe for a birthday, an anniversary or a passed exam since it says “Hooray” at the top? The one on the left could be a card that you send out to a friend just because. For no special reason, just to let them know that you think of them – it’s always nice to get messages like this, right? πŸ™‚

For all three cards I used a 3,5″x10″ strip of paper and folded it in the middle. Then I cut out a piece of patterned paper that was slightly smaller than 3,5″x5″ as the background for the gold foiled card. I adhered all the cards with foam squares to give the card some dimension. Then I just added some embellishments from the die cut package or some of the heart stickers and the cards were done πŸ™‚

The only thing that I used on these cards that was not in the kit (except the white cardstock) was the gold acrylic spray paint. This is from my stash and I use it on almost any of my projects πŸ˜€ (if you look back on the layouts I show you, you will see that it’s true πŸ˜‰ )

I hope I inspired you to make some quick and easy cards with your Clique Kits April kit! It was an absolute pleasure working with this kit as a guest designer on the CK team!! Thanks so much for inviting me! πŸ™‚


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Incorporating “White Space” in Your Layouts

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Hey there, it’s me again, Kathleen. Today I will show you two more layouts that I’ve made with the CK April Kit “Happy Everything” to explain how you can incorporate “white space” into your layouts.

“White Space” doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be white but rather that it is “unmarked”, so in terms of scrapbooking without any text, patterns, embellishments, stickers etc.

As I’ve already told you last time, I do like to use white as background for my layouts, so in my projects the white space usually really is white. I like to use this technique (if you can call it that) because as the saying goes, “sometimes less is more”. By leaving white space in your layouts, you can draw the focus to the photo or the story you want to tell with this layout, rather than all the patterns or embellishments on your page.

Cometa 1

If you have never used lots of white space before and it feels a bit intimidating or unnatural for you, you can first try it by only covering half of your layout with a patterned or coloured paper and leaving the other half empty (the ratio doesn’t necessarily have to be 1:1, you can also make it 2:1 or sth. else). In order to bring the two halves together, you can place your photo in a way that it connects them, like I did in this first layout.

Cometa 2

Cometa 3

If you already feel more comfortable with the idea of white space, you can also do it like I did in this following layout and leave even more of the page “uncovered”.

Wonderful 1

I cut only part of the patterned paper to layer it beneath my photo and added another strip of PP on the bottom of my page.

If you splash some mist onto the page and add some enamel dots, for example, the layout doesn’t feel too empty anymore. By the way, if you place the misting and the enamel dots in a diagonal line, it leads the way for the viewer. In this second layout the enamel dots and mist splodges go from the top left corner to the lower right corner and thereby lead the view across my photo and my journaling.

Wonderful 2

Wonderful 3

So, what about you: What do your layouts look like? Do you like to incorporate white space into your layouts?

I hope this post gave you some ideas so you might give it a try! πŸ™‚

Kathleen a.k.a. ScatteredConfetti


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Inspired by Circles

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Hey there, it’s Kathleen a.k.a. ScatteredConfetti here. I was invited to design with the gorgeous Clique Kits April “Happy Everything” kit, which is also their Anniversary Kit! One year of Clique Kits already – so let’s all congratulate the girls behind Clique Kits on that!! πŸ™‚

The two layouts I will show you today were both inspired by the one patterned paper in the kit with the many differently patterned circles on it. Immediately when I saw that paper I knew that I wanted to use it to punch out the different circles and use them on a layout (and I think many others had the exact same idea πŸ˜‰ ). When I started making this first layout, I changed this plan a bit and also added in punched circles from the other patterned papers because they seemed to fit my photo and the look I was going for better.

Daydream 1

Daydream 3

The layout is fairly simple. I just punched some circles (with a 1.5″ punch), adhered them in a 4×4 pattern to my page and then stitched them down with my sewing machine. Then I just added some embellishments, a border on the lower edge and my photo. And that’s already it, simple as that! πŸ™‚ To repeat the circle pattern, I also added some enamel dots in different colours and some splashes of ink.

Daydream 4

Daydream 2

Daydream 5

In this second layout (size 8.5″x11″) I used some of the leftover punched out circles I had lying around from after the first LO. If you know me or my scrapbooking style, you know that my projects have lots of white space and usually white backgrounds.

Create 1

When I saw this pretty pink paper with the pretty drawn leaves, I knew I wanted to use this as a background. Using the whole paper as my background however seemed too much for me. So I decided to cut it up and use it on half of my page – and I think the contrast with the crisp white other half looks great and makes the pink pop! πŸ™‚

Create 2

Create 5

I chose one of the photos of my recent crafty endeavor (read: obsession): weaving! And I specifically chose this photo because the pink of the vase and the tapestry in the photo matches the background perfectly and thereby gives this layout a cohesive look. The different colours in the letter stickers also resemble the colour of the photo, as well as that turquoise little heart matches with the yarn in the photo.

Create 3

Create 4

The punched out circles are again complemented by some enamel dots and ink splodges and round off the whole layout! (pun not intended :D)

I hope I could give you some ideas for how to use the pretty April kit, I’ll be back in April with another post for you. In the meantime you might like to hop on over to my blog or IG to follow my crafty projects!

Thanks for having me, Clique Kits!! πŸ™‚

Kathleen a.k.a. ScatteredConfetti