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July Clique Kits Pep Rally

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Welcome! Please join us today for the July Instagram share. We hope to inspired you with a variety of projects using the July Pool Party kit. Here’s how this works; it’s very simple.

Subscribers are eligible to earn free product credits for participating in the Pep Rally via Instagram. Participation is a very relaxed commitment on a month by month basis. Simply email marketing@cliquekits.com by the 15th of the month to have your credits recorded. Subscribers may earn 5 credits (1 credit=$1) for each month they participate. If you end up not participating- we lash you with wet noodles. (Kidding.) We simply skip over your points that month. Credits are cumulative as long as you are still a subscriber! Sound good so far?

What do you do once you sign up? This is really straightforward too. We hope this step by step instruction covers what you do, who is eligible to win a prize, and what the prizes are.

Step 1: Take pictures of projects you created using the monthly kit (please use a minimum of 80% kit and add on products so that the inspiration provided for the Clique is kit-focused.) You can do this anytime during the month- but be sure your photos post before 10 am CST on Pep Rally Day.

Step 2: On or before Pep Rally day, join the event on Facebook and Instagram by sharing on Facebook with your friends and tagging them on Instagram letting them know that each name tagged is entered to win a gift certificate to spend in the CK shop!

Step 3: Use the Instagram search tool with the keywords specified in the Hashtags and enjoy the eye candy! Leave some love for all your friends!

Step 4: Tune in to Clique Kits for announcements of the monthly Pep Rally participant winner selected to win an additional $10 product credit to spend in the Clique Kits store!

And without further ado, here are the hashtags. The first 3 are the same every month. The last two will obviously change each month.

#Click_Connect_Create

#CKPepRally

#CliqueKits

#CKJulyKit

#CKPoolParty

Here is a sneak peek at some of the projects that our Design Team has created for the hop!

And before you run off to check out the beautiful projects by our Varsity Team and Subscribers, here is the August Kit!

 

 

 

 

Now get out there and get inspired because there are tons more where these came from! We love our subs and followers, and our community is growing every day. We are so thankful for you and hope you have fun!


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Art Studio: Smile

Hello everyone. I am sharing a fun mixed media layout with you today using lots of pretty products by Elle’s Studio from the July kit and some stamps by Altenew! Also, I finally tried out my Shimmerz Paints Creameez. Love how soft these watercolor paints look in the background.

I used some stamp ink pads and water color paints to color white cardstock teal and purple then stamped the flowers on top and cut them out to use as an embellishment for my layout.

I added a few embellishments along the right side of the photo strip.

I stamped “Hello Sunshine” at the bottom using a minty color ink and added a few acrylic hearts!

I cut the striped patterned paper into a banner to use for my layout. I added a puffy sticker and journaling right onto the strip to save room on my layout for all of the embellishments.

Thanks for visiting today!

-Nicole


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Geek Lab with Hannah

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Aloha!! It’s Hannah here with you today! Lately I have been loving adding my own brush script to my layouts. It is a fun way to add a bit of me to the layout. It makes the layout seem more homemade and has an unique touch.

Today I am going to be sharing with you how I take my own brush script and making it into a png file so I can add it to the Silhouette Software and add it to an exclusive Clique Kits Cutfile.

At the end of the blog I’ll also have a video tutorial that I put together sharing this same info as well in case you like to see what someone is doing in order to learn. I hope you will save that video in your Youtube info so you can refer to it the next time you want to add a png to a cut file.

Adding your own brush script to a cut file is so easy.  It just takes a few extra steps and a piece of you is injected to your layout.

First, use some card stock or watercolor paper, watercolor paints, and some watercolor brushes. I prefer to use black watercolor or at least a dark color paint so that it shows up when you can your image. I also like thicker paper because it won’t warp also allowing for a crisper and cleaner file when you scan it.

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Brush script out the title or word you want to use. I find in general with brush script, practice makes perfect. Also know that it is not going to be perfect and that is generally the look I am going for. If you want it close to perfect keep trying until you get the look you want.

You will also need a scanner that is connected to your computer. Mine is wireless so I can do everything right from my computer. Scan your image however your system allows you to do. (My scanner will scan if I go into the system preferences and switch the printer to the scan section.) I like to scan at 300 dpi because I will also get a cleaner clearer image. I scan and save my image to a PNG at this point. You can scan and save as a JPG and switch it to a PNG later.

You will need a PNG in order to use it in the Silhouette software.

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I decided to use the Sun exclusive cut file for July. I pull up the Cutfile in my Silhouette software like I normally do when I am going to cut it. I like to open it using the SVG file, because all the cut marks are already added. It’s one less step.

You can open it in a png and then trace it to add the cut lines. Make sure you the High Pass Filter is selected and the value is high enough to get all the intricate cuts of this file.

I also recommend that when you cut this file out you use a nice sharp blade and double cut it. This will ensure that your file be cut right and you don’t have to redo it.

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You will need to pull up the scanned cut file in another window in your silhouette. Select the words or phrase in the software with the trace tool. Select the High Pass Filter up the value until everything you want to cut is in yellow.

If there is any part of the image you don’t want cut this is a good time to select the image and select release compound path. This will separate the lines in the image, allowing you to select and delete certain areas of the image. (I show how to do this in detail on the tutorial, as I had info on the image I didn’t want to cut.)

When all the lines you don’t want to cut are deleted, then reselect the image and select Make Compound Path. This will connect all the words in the phrase so you can move them together.

When this whole image is selected (the phrase or word you brush scripted), Copy it.

Click back on the Exclusive Cutfile from Clique Kits, and paste the brush script into the exclusive file. Adjust the brush script to whatever size you like, inside the middle of the sun.

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All your cut lines should be in red, since you already selected and traced the outlined phrase you are adding.

From here you cut the file as you would any other cut file.  Adjusting the settings according to the paper you are cutting on.

Here is the tutorial video showing you all this info I explained.

I used a piece of patterned paper from the July Pool Party Main Kit, from Bella Blvd. I wanted a fun pop with the cool design.

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I kept my layout really simple so that this amazing cut file would shine.

You can watch my process video of this layout below.

 

Here is a look at my finished layout, with some watercolor behind the cut file so it peeks through all the cuts of the file.

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Thanks for joining me today. I hope you try and share with us how you use the Clique Kits Exclusive Cutfiles!!

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Art Studio: This is what life is about

Good morning friends. I hope you’re having a great week! Do you ever open up your new kit and get excited, thinking you know just the right photo to use? A photo that maybe you haven’t scrapped yet because you didn’t have any product that might work with the photo or theme of the photo? Well, that’s what happened to me with this kit. I immediately thought of the photo I had from the fair last summer. Edward and Sidney had the best time together and I had one particular photo that captured that moment…

 

I used a variety of patterns for the background of my layout. I added the transparency at the bottom of the layout to cover the wood grain paper. I love how it looks. And to add a little color to the heart pattern, I colored a few hearts with a pink marker to help blend the pattern in with the layout.

I used the green and blue strip paper to make a little collage of embellishments on the right-side of the layout.

Thanks for visiting today!

-Nicole


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Yearbook: Grade 1 Memories

Happy Monday friends! Today, I am sharing my first layout using the July Clique Kit. I love this month’s kit. It’s been awhile since I scrapbooked a layout using products from Elle’s Studio. I really like the patterns and die cuts!

A few weeks ago, just  few days before the last day of school, I went through Edward’s book bag. While I was going through his bag, pulling out his recess bag of toys and such, I came across this little booklet he made at school. It was titled, “My End of year Memory Book.” I get excited when I see these little booklets because I get to read what he writes without having to ask him what he learned that day etc.

I don’t know why, but I can never decide where to place my enamel dots! They never look right. Ever. Is it just me or does this happen to you too?!

I used one of the die cut tags as a template for my journaling tag. After I printed my journaling on white cardstock, I covered the typed journaling with a tag and cut around it. Then I did the same with the transparency sheet and layered it on top of the journaling tag with a sticker heart. I really like how it turned out.

Normally, I use the sentiments from my die cut packs for the title, however, for this layout, I wanted to mix it up a bit so I used two different alphas for the title.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

-Nicole


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Art Studio: Favorite

 

Hello  everybody! I am sharing my very first layout using the July Clique Kit. I love the pretty papers and embellishments in this kit. And I really like the Pretty Little Studio paper, flair and transparency. Fun kit! The colors make me so happy.

I tried to keep this layout simple by adding some yellow and blue Shimmerz mists in the background. I added a 1/4″ border around the edge of the white cardstock using a ruler and a black pen. And because I couldn’t get enough of the pretty transparency, I cut the “always” image out using scissors and added a puffy sticker on top of the transparency and adhered it to the bottom of the layout.

I cut the flowers from the Pretty Little Studio cut-apart paper and used a foam square to make the middle of the flower pop off the page. The leaves are actually Altenew stamps!

 

I used the transparency to cover one of the die cut tags above the photos. And I tucked strips of paper “branding strips” slightly behind the photos.

We hope you love this month’s kit as much as we do! Thanks for visiting today.

-Nicole

 


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Yearbook: Beautiful

Hey CK friends! I’m here to share my third project made using the beautiful April 2017 Jellybean Kit. For today’s layout I wanted to document a photo with flowers, so I thought in the flower’s paper that came in the kit.

What I’ve done was fussy cut some of the flowers, and put them on the left side of my page. Then, around the flowers I created a cluster of embellishments, including enamel shapes, some leaves cuts, etc.

Here are some close-ups:

My title for this layout was “beautiful”. I chose it because the flowers of the photo are just beautiful. I don’t like so much to take flowers photos but I this one just stole my heart.

The journaling is about where I took the photo and how much I love that place.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. And don’t forget to document those simple things or moments that we have in our lives.

Happy Sunday!