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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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Yearbook: Surprise

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Hello everyone. I have a simple layout to share with you today. Every morning, Edward shares the milk from his cereal with his kitty, Jessica. This really surprises me since he gets grossed out at the thought of letting someone eat or drink after him, but yet, he will let Jessica lick the milk off of his spoon. LOL

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I felt that the “Bestie” flair was perfect for this layout. I especially, love the color.

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I layered a few banner stickers at the top-right side of the photo and added the “hello” puffy sticker and star sticker to help pull the layout together. And at the last minute, I decided to tuck the “Remember this” ticket behind the photo. I am so glad I purchased the stickers from the add-ons this month. I love stickers because they really do help you stretch a kit.

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Thank you for stopping by today!
-Nicole


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Study Hall: Red Nose Lola

Hello Clique Fans!  Erica here with you today to share a layout I created using the fabulous March 2017 kit PLAY featuring the Little by Little collection from Shimelle!

Now if you are on Instagram you may follow the IG user SCRAPPYLIKEAFOX …if not you really should!  Well she has post about this Yippe Strippy challenge and has a ton of inspiration on her IG!  I was very inspired by these projects and decided to cut up some strips of my own and create a fun layout using the March  kit!  I just love the way the layout turned out and this is a great way to use up little strips of scraps!!

I started by cutting strips that I had left over from creating some project life cards!  I cut them in a couple different widths and then began to adhere to my white cardstock!  Oh wait!  First I had to add some great color splats to match my papers!  I used a yellow, pink and teal from my stash!

The photo is of our Red Nose Pitbull Lola!  She is the sweetest little thing and my heart breaks when I hear so much bad rap for Pitbulls.  I have met so many wonderful sweet and loving Pitbulls  and they just have such a bad reputation.  It is all in how you raise a dog is how I feel and I stand up for our pittie and other pittes!  We have turned a lot of people who had bad thoughts of them into pittie lovers!  I could go on forever but lets get back into the layout!!  I pulled out some of the awesome add on products I picked up in the Clique Kits shop and started to embellish my layout!  I love the Shimelle wood buttons and enamel dots!!  I scattered them around the strips of paper along the side of my layout.

I also added one of the Oh My Heart charms that was included in the kit!  My title is Red Nose Lola and I used the playful and colorful alpha that was also included in the March kit!  I love all the fun colors and polka dots in this alpha set!  I also ran my layout through my sewing machine to add some fun texture to the paper strips!  I love all the little strings everyone!  I finished my layout off with some black ink spatters and my journaling at the bottom of the page using the WRMK Typeset Typewriter!  I just love that thing so much!

Here is a look at my final layout!!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and I hope to see you give this Yippe Strippy challenge a shot!!  Clique Kits subscribers have started to get their kits in the mail!  We look forward to seeing what you create with your kits!  Remember Clique Kits has a monthly blog challenge going on you can check out HERE!  You can link up for a chance to win a fabulous prize from The Cut Shoppe!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you are interested in the March 2017 kit you can grab one HERE in the Clique Kits shop!  These kits are going fast so grab one today before they are gone!  Have a great weekend everyone!

 


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Locker Room: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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Hello crafty friends,

Nathalie with you today bringing you a colorful and cheery project using this month’s beautiful, colorful and so versatile “PLAY” kit.

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I was inspired by all the color in the papers, and Dr. Seuss’s famous quote, “Oh, the places you’ll go” to document a memory of my little nephew on one of our summer outings.   He is our baby, but -trust me- he keeps us all busy whenever he visits;  he is a small-cute-beloved tornado.

 

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This project started with the  Arrows with Attitude cut file from the Cut Shoppe.  The empty spaces were backed with the mostly the branding strips of the  Shimelle’s Little by Little collection papers in the PLAY kit.

 

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Once the arrows were backed, a bit of color shine spray mists and the packaging technique were used to create a colorful background that matched the colors in the  backed cut out (which are the same in my nephew’s shirt).

 

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The arrows were then stitched to the page, and the picture was framed with pieces from the PLAY kit, and pieces from the add-ons that can be found in the Clique Store.

 

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Dr. Seuss’s quote became the title of this project.   A simple font was used to cut the words from the specialty paper in the PLAY kit, and an offset of the words was created, so that the words will pop  in the title.  Some machine stitching holds the title in place.  A few journal lines, and ink splatters complete the layout:

 

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I totally love how this layout came together.   The PLAY kit’s colors are rich and versatile that can be used to document all types of memories.  Here is a small video on how this page came together,  enjoy!:

 

 

I hope this inspires you to use all the little pieces the PLAY kit has to offer.   It is really a beautiful kit filled with colorful papers and gorgeous embellishments.  Remember to visit the Clique Store, where you can find products that work seamlessly with this kit, as well as many products for your crafting needs.
Remember i am a comment away if you have a question on how this page came together.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Geek Lab: Happy Birthday

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Hello everyone! I just love the fun stickers from the March add-ons. I am so glad I bought them. They really help stretched this month’s kit. I felt this month’s kit was perfect for scrapbooking a photo from Edward’s birthday party since it included banners, flags and the word “happy” in the embellishments and add-ons. He was so happy his daddy could take a little big of time off from work to be at the party. His face is priceless in this photo. I just love it.

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Before I started putting this layout together, I already had an idea as to what I wanted to do. I wanted to use the washi tape strips at the bottom of the layout for a fun design. I used scraps of patterned paper to create a fun frame for the photo. Once the photo was adhered to the layout, I added the stickers. I used a fine-tip pen to hand-write birthday to the flag sticker. Initially, the sticker banner did not include the “congratulations”, I had cut the congratulations from a sticker to add to the banner.

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Since I ran out of washi strips, I added the “ADVENTURE” banner sticker at the end to fill in the space so there wouldn’t be a gap in space. I used foam squares to pop the stickers up from the layout a bit.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a wonderful day!

-Nicole


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Yearbook | Trio

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Hello!

Today, I am very happy to show you a new layout made with the Play Kit (March kit), that you can buy in the store here. I am totally in love with the bold colours of this kit and I am sure you are too. Don’t forget you can even add some products matching this kit offered in the store.

I love the different die cuts from Shimelle! They add a funny touch to any layout.
And some of them allow to add beautiful journaling spots to your layout. I’ve decided to show you how to use one of them to create an original journaling.

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As you can see, I’ve used the little blue typewriter to highlight my journaling. I’ve written my journaling with the computer using the Traveling Typewriter font. It’s important to write the journaling on a narrow piece of paper, as this is the detail that creates the wow effect.

As you may already know, The Cut Shoppe is our sponsor for the March challenge, and I’ve decided to use a cut file for this occasion. Look at the effect on the background! Love that!

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I also love the Play kit because it can be used for lots of different colour combos. Mine is yellow, navy blue and blue. It was mainly chosen because I used the Bear Hug Paper from the Little by Little Collection of Shimelle.

As I only used the right part, it gave me the colour direction of this layout.

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Here is a better look on some parts of my layout. Enjoy!

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And I have to say I am a little bit sad today, because this is my last blog post on the Clique Kits blog, as I have to leave the team for personal reasons. I want to thank you all the team, Erica, Nicole and Gia for this wonderful experience over the last month!
As the CK kits are full of products, I have lots of products left from past kits, so be sure you will see some other layouts from me made with them!

Have a wonderful day!

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The Finishing Touch {Locker Room}

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Hi friends,

Melissa here with you today and I’m sharing a couple cards using the awesome March Kit – Play. For this post, I’ve got a Cards with Melissa video for you. In this video, I’m taking two cards and showing you how to add the finishing touches with embellishments.

Specifically, I’m using the enamel dots and wood buttons that you can find, as add-ons, in the shop with the March kit.

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Aren’t those buttons adorable?

For this first card, in the video, I’ll be showing you a card that I’ve already placed the papers, and even a couple of die cuts. But, it was missing something. I’ll show you the thought process to how I chose the buttons, and triangle enamel dots, and even get into the detail of why I chose to place them in the direction that I did.

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For this second card, I’m showing you how simple embellishments, like the enamel dots and wood button, really do help ground and add that perfect finishing touch.

Are you ready for the video? Enjoy!

Here are the two cards in their full glory.

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Thanks for joining me today!

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