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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!


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Field Notes – Colorful and fun

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Hello Clique friends. I’m back today to share a couple of spreads in my traveler’s notebook. The super fun March Play kit was perfect to give my pages lots of color and a happy vibe.

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For my first spread, I decided to use a couple of pictures of my daughter playing in the snow.

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I always start by covering the pages with cardstock, as it makes them thicker and more difficult to tear. I picked white for the left side and patterned paper from the Little by little collection for the right side. I then fussy cut two of the wreaths out of the Clever Little Fox paper to use them as a base for my photos.

egudor_March14_FieldNotes_CloseUp2For the opposite side, I went for a tone-on-tone look. Ephemera pieces and stickers match the colors in the background. To bring the spread together I used a branding strip across the bottom of both pages.

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My second spread took a little bit more time as I decided to add some stitching to it.

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One of the patterned papers in the kit has several words in different colors that I absolutely love. I picked the ‘heart’ one, as the color matched my daughter’s shirt in the picture. I glued the letters onto the polka dot patterned paper and stitched around them using the same color thread. The texture it adds is what I was going for. I completed the page with some ephemera pieces.

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For the right side of the spread, I went for a simple look and only used a few embellishments that matched the colors on the opposite side.

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I hope you felt inspired today to use the beautiful March Play kit in your traveler’s notebook. The Clique store has a lot of supplies to make your spreads come together quickly and beautifully. I can’t say enough how amazing the kits are each month. They are very versatile and can be used for a variety of projects.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day!

Enza


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Mood Board – April 2017

Happy  Sunday everyone! It was starting to feel like spring where I live (Minnesota), but something in the air changed this week to have that winter chill. Though with April around the corner I know springtime is almost here to stay. With that in mind, today we are ready to share the April mood board and sneak peeks!

Clique Kits first kit launched in April 2014 and here we are 3 years later with another launch and another great year of kits planned (as well as other surprises!) I’m so excited to be on this journey with an amazing group of women. To share our passion for documenting life’s moments with amazing products. I’m so fueled with inspiration by not only our design team, but the faces behind Clique Kits. April also marks the start of a term for a new Clique Kits design team. So many amazing things happening with Clique Kits so keep your eyes on our social media and your email (subscribe to our e-newsletter here).

Alright, now time for the goods! Our April Mood Board. The April kit is titled, Jellybean.

Now, how about a few sneak peeks of our April Kit: Jellybean?

What do you think about our April Kit sneak peeks? Don’t forget Wednesday, March 15 is our March Pep Rally and the full reveal of our April kit. So be sure to stay glued to our social media.

Have an amazing Sunday everyone and happy documenting!


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Clique Kits March Challenge

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Hello everyone and welcome to the Clique Kits March blog challenge!  First I want to thank everyone who linked up last month and a big congrats to Timi Biro for being our randomly selected winner for our February challenge!

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Timi please email erica@cliquekits.com with February Challenge winner in the subject line to claim your prize!  I also want to give a big thank you to our February sponsor Mommy Lhey Designs!  Please remember to check out thier website and Facebook page for the cutest stamps and planner kits!

This month our challenge is Anything Goes as always but we would love to see a cut file being used in your project!  We also have a wonderful sketch to provide for more inspiration!  This sketch was desinged by Kristine Davidson over at Creative Scappers!

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This month our fabulous sponsor is The Cut Shoppe and they are giving our randomly selected winner a $25.00 gift certificate to thier shop!  They have fabulous cut files, digital collections and classes!  Make sure to stop by the shop and check it out and also make sure to follow them on Facebook!

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Now here is some inspiration from the Clique Kits Design Team!

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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 March 31st, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit, cutfile or sketch to link up.
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post

Thanks so much for stopping today!  You can link up by clicking the blue button below!

Rainy Day Fun – GD Lisa Lahiff

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Hi!  I am so excited to be here on the Clique Kit Blog!!!  My name is Lisa Lahiff and I will be guest designing for the month of March, thanks to the amazing Clique Kit Team for having me!  When I opened my beautifully wrapped March Kit “Play” I squealed with delight.  This kit is packed with one of my favorite new lines called Little by Little by Shimelle.   When I saw the rain drop patterned paper I instantly knew what photos I had to document first…

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The vellum black numbers were perfect for drawing attention to my photos, and to help them stand out more from the busy background I used a white gel pen to add dashed lines outlining each one.

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The striped rainbow patterned paper created the perfect lines to help keep my thickers straight.  And the clouds found in the Little by Little Die Cut Shapes package played off of my title too!  With a few sequins I was able to create my own rain fun.

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Thank you for stopping by today!  Make sure you check out the March Kit called Play you won’t want to miss getting your hands on this one!

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Happy Crafting!

Lisa


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Geek Lab | One + One

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Hi Clique Kits fans,

I am very happy to be here with you today, to show you a fun way to customize the wood embellishment (one + one = us), that you can find in the March kit (Play kit)
available in the shop.

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As you can see, I’ve tried to create the same effect than in the letters from the kit.
I’ve painted half the letters with a new product from Aladine: the Izink 3D Texture Paste.
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It’s a kind of light coloured texture paste, very easy to apply.
To obtain this effect, I’ve used washi tape as masking tape. I did not have any more masking tape, but that may be better to use masking tape than you favorite washi tape, except if you want to leave the washi on the letters.
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Then, I’ve applied my texture paste directly on the wood with my finger. The best is to follow the lines of the wood, and the embellishment is perfect for that.
Let the texture paste dry at least 10 minutes. Then take off the washi tape and enjoy!
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I absolutely love the result!!

Then, this wood embellishment can be used in your layout.
Here are some close ups for you to see the details.
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Have a great day and don’t hesitate if you have some questions.
Magali


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Clique Agenda – March spread

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Hello, everyone. Enza here with a planner spread featuring the new gorgeous March Play Kit. I love this kit to pieces. It is just beautiful. Such happy colors and fun patterns.

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I was so inspired by all the goodies in this month’s kit that I decided to make my own dashboard for March.

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I knew I wanted to use the Lil’ Bit Lovely patterned paper. I thought the chevron pattern would be cute to create a little pocket. As my base, I used a piece of white cardstock, which I trimmed to fit my Mini Happy Planner (it measures approximately 4.75” x 7”). I then did the same thing with the patterned paper. Since I wanted to cut the chevron paper in half, I first punched holes in it. That gave me an idea of where to cut.

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I used some foam dots to give dimension to the beautiful floral piece included in the ephemera pack, and added one of Dr. Seuss’s quotes that I have always loved as my inspiration for the month. I had a hard time choosing the bits and pieces to go in the pocket. They are all so fun!

This is my monthly spread for March.

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I like to keep it simple and usually only jot down a few things. The weekly spreads are much busier.

How lovely are these embellishments included in the kit? Don’t forget you can also download the exclusive printables that coordinate perfectly with the main kit.

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If you are a planner girl, the Clique store has a whole section where you can find stamps, stickers, monthly pages, washi, anything you need to complete your planner spread.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day!

Enza