*Leigh Ann Odynksi
*Leigh Ann Odynksi
Hello! I’m Meredith, and I’m so excited to be a Guest Designer for Clique Kits this month! I’m usually a Project Life scrapbooker, but after moving a few months ago I’ve gotten really behind. So instead of using this kit for my weekly spreads, I thought I would use it for a special mini album of a trip I recently took with my sister to Boston.
For the base, I started with the grey corrugated paper from the Northern Lights – May 2016 kit. I cut the 12×12 sheet almost in half to 6.5 x 12, so that the ridges were running up and down (vs. left to right- this is really just a personal preference) and folded it in half.
When we were on the trip we tagged all of the images we posted to Facebook/Instagram with #MorganAndMeredithInBoston so I thought it was a fitting title, using the Fancy Pants alpha stickers and tags from the kit. I love these striped stickers! I attached the tags to the cover using my mini stapler.
For the pages, I cut up different 12×12 sheets from the kit into 6×6 pieces. I picked some of my favourites (which was pretty much every paper in the kit) and tried to use both the front and the back to co-ordinate with the images. The colours and sayings on these papers were perfect for a girls weekend!
The ‘breathe it all in’ was originally a 4×6 card, but I fussy-cut it with scissors to fit better on the page. Boston was beautiful, and we definitely spent some time just breathing it all in!
How gorgeous are the papers in this kit?? The colours, the patterns… I can’t get enough. I couldn’t bring myself to cover up the beautiful colours on the left so I left it as an accent page.
And for some pages, all it needed was a selfie! I love the ‘me’ flair- perfect for any selfie!
One of my favourite parts of Boston was visiting the Mapparium. You’re not supposed to take pictures inside, but I am obsessed with all things map so I may have broken that rule a bit… It resulted in a terrible quality selfie, but I love the picture too much to leave it out!
I tried not to repeat the papers too many times, so that I could still use them in future projects.
Being from Canada, of course we hit up a Blue Jays vs. Red Sox game- actually, that was the whole point of the trip. The Girls Night Out card was perfect for a drink before the game!
I wanted to add a little something on the back, so I used one of the flair pieces to act as a bit of a latch to keep the album closed (it’s a bit bulky with all of the pages and embellishments). To keep the pages together, I placed them all neatly inside the cover and stapled it together with some blue staples to make it pop. Be sure to keep this in mind when you are making the pages (I found it easier to put the pages together before binding) so you don’t put images too close to the inside edge, since they would end up being covered.
I absolutely love how the album turned out! Thank you so much to Clique Kits for letting me be a Guest Designer this month.
Hello everyone. Every year, since Edward was born, I have been creating yearly layouts for him. You can see them all on my personal blog. I think it will be neat when he gets older, he can flip through his albums and read about the things he enjoyed as a kid. Things like, what’s his favorite food, movie, toy, best friends, teacher’s name etc. I wish my mother had done this for me, but she didn’t and so I am doing it for my son because I think it’s important.
Most of the time, when I need to include a great deal of journaling on my layout, I will type up my journaling and print it on regular white cardstock paper. That way, I have more room to add a photo or two and some embellishments. I don’t know about you, but I love embellishments and I can’t create a layout with at least 5 or 6 embellishments. LOL
I am really excited about this month’s exclusive die cuts from Clique Kits! I have been wanting a “Wassup Dude?” and “Charmer” die cut for a while now and the clouds. This was the perfect kit for these adorable dies. Lacey did a great job. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful.
Here are a few close-ups:
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Good morning friends! I have a fun layout to have a fun layout to share with you today. Initially, this was supposed to be a simple layout. However, I just couldn’t leave it alone. The first thing I did, before adhering anything down was run my white cardstock through my silhouette to create a scribble heart using a yellow sketch pen. I had to play with it a bit. The first one came out too large so I flipped the cardstock over and tried again. It’s a great way to get a stamped image without having to mess with acrylic stamps and inks. Skip the mess and try using your silhouette!
After I placed everything down and added a few taps of mist, I still wasn’t satisfied so I pulled out my word stencils by We R Memory Keepers. It’s been a while since I hand-stitched on a layout so I decided to do something different for a change. I didn’t like how the fuchsia looked on the layout so I pulled out a blue permanent marker and lightly traced the thread to change the color. It took a while, but I think it complimented the layout nicely. What do you think?
And here a rea few close-ups:
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Good morning, everyone! Kat here today to share my last layout made with the Northern Lights kit.
I love creating layouts on an angle, but I think they’ve all kinda of started to look the same, so I decided to mix it up a bit for this one. I began by cutting out my large title using my Silhouette and then adding in lines of small photos around the title.
I backed my title with the primary-colored (blue, red, yellow) papers – with a little green and black – from the kit, since those were the predominant colors in the photos.
I also used some of my scraps to create the patterned paper borders along the top and bottom of the page. I finished off with some simple mist splatters. In total, this page probably took me 15 minutes to make – very simple indeed!
I think a big title combined with small photos can have a huge impact…what do you think?
Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful National Scrapbook Day, and for you moms, a happy Mother’s Day. It’s Aliza here with a clean and simple layout using the May kit, Northern Lights.
Since this was a layout about the great outdoors, I really wanted to use that wood grain paper. Also, because it’s a beautiful shade of grey.The blues in the Basic Grey papers were a nice contrast, and brought out my son’s shirt in the photo. (One might think that the young man in the photo is male model, but no, it’s just my son looking preppy and fabulous.) Anyway, that was the start to the layout. In case you haven’t noticed, I am drawn to placing my elements together in a grid, and that is just what I did here.
I really wanted to use this wood veneer from my stash, and its semi-circular shape inspired some of the other embellishments that I used.
I was a little worried about the muted colors, and I experimented with some pops of color simply by laying them near the layout.
I printed out my journaling strips, and I decided not to keep those inside the grid design. Just to keep things interesting.
In the final product, I repeated the dark blue and the light blue around the layout, in order to keep the eye moving around the page. And, that pop of color? Well, I went with red in the end.
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Hello Clique Kits friends!
Marcia back today with my 4th layout using the May Clique Kit Northern Lights. Since I am not a PL scrapper, I like to look for new ways to use those PL cards that are in every Clique Kit. This PL card stood out for me; ‘Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile’. I knew I wanted to use it on a layout … and lucky for me my daughter left this selfie on my phone, lol.
I used a JustNick digital cut file called Bits and Pieces Heart. If you look closely you can see I cut apart another PL card and used it to fill my negative space behind my cut file. Since that Smile PL card contained blues and purples, I then choose blues, purples, white and black pattern papers from the Basic Grey Urban Luxe and Fancy Pants Designs Attwell collections to fill the remaining negative spaces.
I left the rest of my layout relatively simple. Because I wanted to keep the heart shape prominent, I added embellishments on top of my photo. That Hey Chica die cut also went with my color scheme. I added a few alpha stickers and a puffy heart sticker from the Fancy Pants Attwell collection. I tucked a tag behind my photo for my journaling.
I hope I inspired you to give those PL cards another look when using them on your next layout. Thanks for stopping by.
Good morning, everyone! Kat here to share a very *colorful* layout with you today. This kit contains so many bright and fun colors that I knew I wanted to create something colorful. The more I looked at the kit, though, the more I realized that I had an almost-rainbow with the patterned papers (just missing the orange).
I immediately got to work cutting the papers into strips and then layering them on top of one another. I finished off the layout by adding coordinating embellishments on top of their corresponding colored patterned papers.
This layout came together very quickly, and I really like the way it turned out. The “rainbow technique” is definitely one of my favorites in scrapbooking. It’s just one of those things that I think always ends up looking good – but it’s SO EASY to do…which is always a win :o)
Thanks so much for popping by – I hope I’ve inspired you to have a colorful day :o)
Good morning, everyone! Kat here popping in to share a layout that I recently made with the Northern Lights kit. I don’t really have any earth-shattering techniques for you today, but I do have a few tips that I always use to help in creating my scrap projects.
1. Bold patterns scare me. I adore them, but I never know how to use them without my page getting too busy. I’m really a white background, white space kinda girl. However, when I find a pattern that I adore and just *HAVE* to use, I usually cut it into a strip and use it as the anchor for my design. In this case, I used half of the paper I loved…this helps me feel like the paper isn’t overwhelming my project.
2. Keep the rest of your design simple when using a bold pattern. Without the bold background, my page would be pretty blah. But paired with a simple design, the bold pattern becomes a great accent – and I actually really like how the page turned out.
3. Use embellishments in threes to make invisible triangles all over your page. 3 tags, 3 sets of enamel dots, 3 groups of mists, 3 strips of washi…you get the idea 🙂
I hope you have found some of my tips a little bit helpful – thanks for stopping by!!
Hello Clique friends!
Marcia back today with another Honolulu layout using the gorgeous papers from the Basic Grey Urban Luxe collection. This one captures the skyline at night. Our hotel with its partial ocean view was the ideal spot to watch the fireworks. Who knew that every Friday night, there are fireworks over the harbor! What a wonderful surprise!! Here is my layout …
I love using my Silhouette sketch pens to embellish my background paper. With the skyline photos, I thought it would be really cool to add a sketched skyline to my layout. I used a platinum sketch pen so it would have some shimmer and stand out against the black background. Some splattered white paint and a few stars complete the skyline look. Aren’t those emoticon cloud die cuts adorable! They are a Clique exclusive.
Since the top of my layout was so dark, I wanted the lower half to pop with color. I cut several circles the same size out of a variety of pattern papers. Then I scored a square in the middle of each one. This made it easier to fold the edges of the circles to the inside.
Yes, it is a bit labor intensive, but the result is eye catching.
With all that color, I didn’t go too crazy with other embellishments. I love this flair button from the Fancy Pants Attwell collection and those Richard Garay matte enamel dots.
I hope you give this paper folding technique a try. It’s lots of fun and is a good way to use up lots of scraps.
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