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Geek Lab – Shine Like the Stars

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Hello scrappers and welcome back to the blog! Today I have a fun layout to share using the June Aquarelle Main Kit. I am in love with the colors in this kit – from the soft blue tones to the watercolor accents. This kit is stunning!

Here is the layout I made using this fantastic kit along with the exclusive Clique Kits “Shine Like the Stars” cut file to serve as my title.

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I love using cut files as a way to create interesting titles and accents. And to be honest, I am sort of a lazy scrapper and I rely heavily on tools like cut files as a short cut to creating fabulous layouts!

I cut this digital cut file using my Silhouette Cameo (suitable to cut with other electronic cutting machines such as a Cricut). Because of the delicate detail of this file, I adjusted the cut settings in Silhouette Studio to a speed of 2 and to a thickness of 31. This ensured that the middle words “like the” would cut without issue.

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I initially cut this image on dark blue card stock but I just didn’t like the look of it once I placed it on the layout. I wanted the cut file to mimic the navy blue watercolor accents that are featured in the die cuts and frames that I used on the layout. To remedy this, I cut the file a second time on white American Crafts Textured Cardstock and painted the cut file with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to create a navy blue ombre effect.
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I used extra water to spread the paint, starting with a dark shade of navy blue at the bottom of the cut file and working my way up.

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Once I finished painting the image, I used a heat tool to dry the cut file. When the cut file was completely dry, I adhered it to my layout using Tombo Mono Aqua Liquid Glue.

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The result is a stunning title that coordinates perfectly with the accents featured on this layout!

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Using cut files is a simple way to add high impact to a scrapbook layout without much effort!

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Once the title was in position, the remaining accents of this layout came together rather quickly.

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Haven’t tried a Clique Kits exclusive cut file? Wait no more! Head on over to the CK store, download a few cut files and give them a try! Until next time, make it a great scrappy day!

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Yearbook – Showcase

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Hello scrappers! It’s Victoria and I am back with a pocket layout I created using the gorgeous May 2017 Sorbet Kit. This kit features an amazing color story and stunning icons!  I could not wait to put it to good use!

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I love pocket layouts for two main reasons: I can incorporate a ton of photos and I can tell a robust story. For this layout, I documented my daughter’s recent school showcase, which is an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned during their unit of study. The students created projects based on the intersection of recycling (science), financial literacy (math), poetry (language arts/reading) and artistic careers. I love that I am able to see my daughter apply the concepts she is learning in class!

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During the show case, I took a ton of photos. And honestly, there was not one photo I was willing to sacrifice. Ultimately, I paired down my collection to the main photos that told the story I wanted to document. For me, the photos and story always come first and typically serve as a starting point for my layouts. Using a pocket style layout is a great way to showcase multiple photos and to tell a robust story. I like to keep my pocket layouts clean and simple.

For this layout, I am using a Becky Higgins Project Life Pocket Protector (Design F) that features two 4×6 pockets and twenty 3×4 pockets (10 pockets on each side, front and back). I started by trimming some of the pattern papers down to 3×4 pocket cards and incorporating them with a few of the pocket cards that came in the kit. I created the title card using the gold chipboard font stickers by Thickers called “Brush” to spell out the word “Showcase”.  To the title I added a die cut camera and a puffy arrow by Pink Fresh Studio and a 3×4 photo of the front door of my daughter’s classroom.

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The remaining cards were embellished using some of the May 2017 Sorbet printables that are available in the Clique Kits Monthly Downloads.  I used a variety of die cuts, most of which are popped up on foam squares for added dimension and a few of the puffy embellishments from the “Dream On” Studio Puffs Stickers by Pink Fresh Studio.

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Creating pocket layouts is so much fun and a fantastic way to document a great story with lots of photos!

IMG_5753Thanks for stopping by the blog today and don’t forget to check out all of the new goodies now available in the Clique Kits Store!

Happy Scrappin’!

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Clique Agenda – Planner Spread Using the Jellybean Kit!

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Hello planner lovers! This is Victoria and I am so excited to share my planner spread using the April 2017 Jellybean Kit. As you all know, CK kits are so versatile and there are a ton of goodies you can use in your kits to create gorgeous planner spreads.

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My spread is inspired by all things spring, which of course is my favorite season! I took advantage of the beautiful floral die cuts by creating layered clusters around my spread.

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To add a bit of sparkle, I used some gold glitter washi tape by Shimelle from American Crafts to accent the top and bottom of this spread. A little sparkle goes a long way!

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I am a sucker for die cut phrases and I happily used three of them to accent my spread and to inspire me as I work through my tasks this week. I also used a few of the floral stickers from the exclusive sticker set, available as an add-on in the CK store.

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I’m now ready to add my action items and appointment reminders!

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There are so many wonderful ways to accent your planner spreads using CK kits. Give it a try this week! Happy planning!

(NOTE: Stamped images are from my stash and are not included in the kit.)

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Guest Designer: September 2015 “I’m in the Clique!”

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If someone would have told me that I would be guest designer for a scrapbooking kit club, I would have looked at them like they were crazy! I consider myself to be an everyday scrapper. I hold scrapbook designers right up there with Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama!

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I have certainly grown in my scrapbooking abilities, enough to get noticed by others…which is awesome! I thought I would celebrate my super cool accomplishment by making this layout.

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I used the September 2015 Captured kit along with a piece of textured white card stock from my stash.

IMG_8852The kit came with a piece of black crepe paper that I ruffled on the side of my photos.  I further embellished the crepe paper by threading a strand of sequin with silver thread. I used an exclusive Clique Kit digit die cut, “Love This”, to add additional dimension to the layout.

IMG_8851The kit included papers and embellishments from the Cocoa Vanilla Hello Lovely collection. One of the papers included several cut aparts which I layered on the side of the layout. I added an exclusive flare that was given to me by the wonderful folks at Clique Kits which also served as the inspiration for my title. The title features a die cut “hello” and gray puffy font stickers from  Evalicious. I added the Kal Barteski pink font by Thickers from my stash.  I finished the layout with a few butterfly die cuts from Cocoa Vanilla and black mist from Heidi Swapp.

IMG_8854It took me less than 20 minutes to put this layout together! I love the overall relaxed look and I am so happy with the finished product! And I am glad to be a part of the Clique!

Happy scrappin’!

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These Moments-Guest Designer Victoria Calvin

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Hello everyone! This is Victoria Marie, the Clique Kits guest designer for September 2015. Thanks so much for having me!

When I received the Capture Kit, I couldn’t wait to make a layout! The papers and embellishments from Cocoa Vanilla are incredible! I don’t normally go for black backgrounds, but the corrugated black paper from Fancy Pants Designs was calling my name and needed to take center stage in this layout.

IMG_8689Without a doubt, I love being a mom! I cherish every moment that I have with my little munchkin Corinne. Recently my family and I went on a short “staycation” to Austin, Texas – a quick getaway from our normal routine. This picture was taken while we were enjoying a wonderful breakfast buffet at the Embassy Suites Arboretum.

IMG_8696After a full day of activities, we later settled into our hotel room. I decided to look at the pictures that I took that day and stopped at this photo. There are some days when I cannot believe that my little sprite is becoming such a lovely big girl. It seemed like only yesterday that I was holding her in my arms; she was ever so tiny. Now, she is a newly minted kindergartner, full of spunk and energy. I don’t care how big she gets…she will always be my baby! I am so glad that I took a moment to stop and take it all in.

Life goes by so fast.

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IMG_8693I created a layered look for both the base of the layout and the around the photo. For the base, I used three patterned papers, Lucky Dip and Flower Patch from the Hello Lovely collection by Cocoa Vanilla, and Baxter by Sever Paper. I mounted my photo on a glassine bag (which contained some of my Clique Kit goodies) and layered a fun assortment of die cuts, stickers, and tags from the Hello Lovely collection by Cocoa Vanilla and the Cienna collection by Elle’s Studio around my photo. I adhered the photo layer on the black corrugated specialty paper. The exclusive Clique Kit pocket card served as a space for my journaling and my title. I used the Gray Woodgran Alphas from Evalicious for the subtitle “You and Me”.

IMG_8692I added a doily that came with the packaging from my kit, along with the exclusive Clique Kit flare, sequins, and bit of silver thread and twine that I grabbed from my stash. I really love to create free flowing layout designs that are fun and have a lot of movement.

Another memory…captured! Happy scrappin’ my friends!

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