Field Notes: A first look at my September TN
Hello Clique Kits Friends!!
Nathalie back with you today! We are still unpacking our bags after a month long vacation in Ecuador. The 5 week break from scrapbooking was hard for me (as i do it on a regular -almost daily- basis), but space was limited on the bags. So instead i opted to bring with me my personal journal (aka TN), lots of stamps, watercolor palettes, stickers, and a pieces of the many different past Clique Kits. Today i want to share with you some of the entries created while on vacation.
Every time there are small pieces of paper left from any particular kit, i tend to trim them to fit into my TN, and store them back in the kit’s bag so i can always use it with the coordinated embellishments. This is the case for one of the entries of my journal. I had prepped the pages, before hand, by gluing the last piece of the “Pint Size Fun” paper from Shimelle’s Little by Little collection featured in the PLAY kit to one of the TN’s pages.
I took all the alphas, and embellishments from the PLAY kit with me, so it was easy to add the details to the page while on the air. To create the title, I simply aligned the alphas to the bottom of the page, and added a few die cuts to balance the spread.
One of the best things I packed for the trip was the HP Sprocket (best travelling photo printer!!!), so i was able to obtain prints on the spot, and use them on my TN. For this picture, I layered the exclusive printables from the PLAY kit behind the picture, and added embellishments in a small cluster. The Altenew stamp (which i picked up at the Clique Kits Store) came in handy to add the small detail on the picture. The sentiment was typed with my grandfather’s type writer -which he has happily handed down to me, and is now living on my desk!!!!- Here is final layout:
Love the final look of this page! It is clean and simple, and was an ease to put together (though the sentiment came together upon arrival in Ecuador).
This next entry was created with the Clique Kits Spring Card kit (which I picked up on one of the Store sales), and a large photo .
After enlarging the picture to fit into a letter size page, I trimmed it and glued it to the TN spread (Yes, I packed photo paper with me, and used my cousin’s printer!). I picked a photo with lots of white space on it, so i can easily embellish onto the picture.
All the MME embellishments included in the Spring Card kit happen to match the colors of some of the exclusive printables in the POOL PARTY TN kit (which i purchase to take with me on the trip!) so it was easy to combine them to create clusters at the corners of the picture. This spread was all about the picture, so a little embellishing went a long way. Here is the final spread:
What can I say!. Love how easy this came together with a few pieces from some past Clique Kits. Sometimes it pays to rework your paper scraps into new projects, as well as to mix pieces from different kits to come with a new one that fits your needs. If you would like to check these kits remember some of them are still available at the Clique Kits Store (take advantage of the July sale happening at the moment!!). All the kits are beautiful and oh so versatile!.
I will be back to show you more of the entries of my travel journals, but remember you can always contact me with any questions you might have on how this came together.
See you all soon!
Hey everyone! I want to share some cards with you today that I actually made a bit ago using an incredible cut file that was free to download with the May Challenge – you can find it here.
So I actually downsized the cut file a bit so it would fit better on my cards and cut about 3 or 4 different pattern papers from it using the June Kit.
For this card I adhered the little triangles closely together onto a piece of cardstock and then trimmed it down and used it as it’s own layer when putting my card together.
And for this card I actually followed the exact format of the cut file and adhered each triangle directly onto my card base in specific places. I love how different both of the card designs ended up! 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic weekend! 😉
Aloha My scrappy Friends!! It’s Hannah with you today. When I started scrapbooking I was hooked on Mixed Media. When I made a layout it always had a variety of media on it, and I may have went a little crazy. It really appealed to me in the no rules aspect. It really helped me grow and learn about about as a scrapbooker. This journey is one of the most important for a memory keeper. It helps you forage the way you end up telling your story, in the way you need to do. This is whether or not you yourself add media to your projects.
As I started growing and leaning towards cleaner layouts, I did less and less media. My products sitting lonely in my mixed media drawer.
Lately though I really have been itching to play around and get dirty. Literally. I think Mixed media is like riding a bike, once you get the hang of it and into the groove you get better with time.
Today I am going to be using the May Sorbet kit with add ons from the store to be making my Travelers Notebook. I wanted this size because I think sometimes it is a good place to start, a smaller size to fill up.
Also I hope you take quick look of the new Travelers Notebook Kit that is being added to Clique Kits. It matches the main kit and has tons of goodies play with it your Travelers Notebooks or even adding to your main kit.
Let’s look at what I made. I am not going to lie, this spread was my nemesis!! A real labor of love. No matter what I did, I was not sure how I felt. When I am using mixed media products I really use my gut feeling to help guide through the creating process. I think this is quite different approach from just making a layout or other memory keeping project.
Here are some tips to remember about Mixed Media :
It almost always looks bad before it looks really good. I think this is because layers is the key. Sometimes a stencil gets smudge a little, or a paint splatter is bigger than you thought.
When making my layout I had tried using the cut file Maryam had designed, and adding that right to the page. It was just too much paper on all the paint I had added. I actually used my cut file to trace the triangles on top of my paint. splotches.
These splotches are through my layout and I used Shimmerz Acri-tonez in hot pink (it dry so fast and I don’t have to add gesso before, which is nice when I don’t have extra steps.) and gold paint.
When you mess up you can always cover it up. Sometimes a stencil doesn’t leave a clear image, or you smudge paint before it dries. When I make a mistake I always try to remember that I can always cover it up with an embellishment or photo. This helps take the pressure off so I don’t have to stress about it being perfect. Mixed Media is all about having fun and experimentation.
Also if you really screw things up, you can always start over again on a fresh new page or cover it with gesso. Since mixed media is about the layers adding gesso and another layer of paint or media it will add an unique twist to your spread.
On my spread I used a doily I had left over from last month’s kit and used it as a layer under my photo. I layered a piece of card stock with the Pretty Little Studio washi strips. I placed these over an area where my silkscreen didn’t transfer my gold paint very well.
I love the way that tab from the exclusive printable looks under my photo with some hearts from Pink Fresh Studio. The gold mirror heart was in the Add on store, and these pieces are so cute. They really help tie in all the gold I used on the background.
Mixed Media is about art expression, use things you love. When you love the techniques, colors, products, tools or embellishments, it will show on your spread. Playing and learning is part of mixed media, but in the end the things you love that you add to your project really set your page from just okie to a LOVE page. You may not love every page you make, but using products and elements you love will give you pieces that you love too.
On the page I made I really was eyeing the Freckled Fawn clips. They are so bold and fun. They really make a statement. I layered them with a cut part from one of the papers from the Main Kit and a stamped image I popped off the page. I stamped the image, with the Pink Fresh Studios stamp set, on white card stock and cut it out. Adding pop dots to give it dimension off the page and making the image more of the focal point. Especially with stamped or written phrases on the inside.
Also layered under the clip was a gold doily from my stash, gold thread and some of the exclusive sequins for this month. They match this kit so well, and the flower sequins looked so cute inside my rainbow.
I added some Pretty Little Studio block alphas to finish my title and finished this cluster up with a gold mirror heart.
My last tip for mixed media, is Have Fun and Play, Play, Play. Mixed media is about expression and when you aren’t having fun it shows. If you aren’t having fun, you won’t want to come back to it later. Just let go and have fun playing.
Playing and practicing also makes a difference. It will help you get better and get a feel for the techniques you get quickly and the ones you need to work on if that is the media you want to use.
These Maggie Holmes butterflies in the Add on section in the store are so fun. They worked perfectly with my spread because it’s about change. Embracing the change an flying high with it.
Here is a look at my full spread. It’s not perfect, but in the journey of making this I really embraced it. I really kept trying until I got a look I was happy with. Even if I had to take up things off the page three or 4 times.
I hope this week you give some thought in how you can add some fun and play mixed media to you spreads. Even little things like adding some modeling paste to a journaling card, or splatter some color ink on white card stock before you start layering papers.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this weekend, for international Scrapbooking Day, May 6th. We will be hosting tons of amazing challenges to play along in. There will be lots of chatting, scrapbooking and prizes!!
Hey loves! Stephanie Gold here with a Traveler’s Notebook layout made with this month’s Jellybean Kit that’s speaking to my soul right now. 😉
So I was cracking up as I made this because my hidden journaling was basically all about YOLO… wait… don’t click exit! I swear there’s a point to this haha. Now I am NOT one to use that saying as it sounds ridiculous to me in all honesty however, I find I actually appreciate it’s sentiment in certain terms.
I want to live my life to it’s fullest and not dull it down just to play it safe. I’m not saying we should all go out there and start base jumping and cliff diving (although if that’s your thing, go for it!), I just want to encourage all of you to get out of your comfort zones and do something you normally wouldn’t for the sake of being courageous, outgoing and adventurous in your goals!
So go out there today and be a life warrior!! If I can support you, let me know how! Much love all!
Hey friends! Stephanie here again with a Traveler’s Notebook layout for you today using the super incredible February Bee You Kit.
I was so thrilled that I finally had a wonderful way to use this coral colored corrugated paper!! I adore the texture in these types of papers. I lined my entire left side with it and topped it with my photo and a couple pieces of ephemera. I also put a few of the rub on butterflies on top of my photo and I LOVED how they blended with my picture.
On my right side I layered a journal card with a few different pattern papers and a couple more pieces of ephemera. I used the journal card to write out a quote that has been speaking to my soul lately,
I am growing flowers
in the darkest parts of my heart,
for if light ever enters
it will know where to start.
– Noor Unnahar
Thank you so much for spending a little part of your day with me! Much love everyone!
Hey loves!! Stephanie here with a super adorable (if I do say so myself 🙂 ) Traveler’s Notebook layout utilizing the lovey dovey vibes from the December Wonderland Kit!
When I first opened my Wonderland kit I was soooo happy to see the lovely hearts and love you sentiments on the pattern papers and ephemera. I am such a girly girl and these just made my heart happy. I instantly knew I wanted to create a page for my handsome bearded man. 🙂 So here it is!
I LOVE black and white contrasts and when you add in subtle pinks and feminine hearts, my little crafty heart goes pitter patter! I’m also slightly obsessed over the word phrase stickers this month. They are petite and adorable and I basically wanted to use them all.
What cracked me up most about this layout is that I didn’t end up adding a bunch of journaling. Usually I turn into a mush and write down a bajillion things I love about that man and slowly start weeping at my desk until I can run over to him and give him a hug (UGH such a mush, I know!!) but this time the papers really wrote it all for me. I finished it and thought, “Yes. It’s done.” Haha.
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Thanks for stopping by, friends! Much love!!
Today, I want to show you a page of my travel notebook. It’s not an actual travel notebook, as I don’t speak about traveling around the globe. But it’s a notebook in which I like to write my precious moments of life. And last month, I had one of these…
My sister visited me (a total surprise!) from Europe for a few days and we had fantastic moments together. I had not seen her for three years… it’s a long time!
One of the characteristics of my sister is that she loves trees (“arbres” in French). She loves to learn all the different species. She had a fantastic time discovering that the species were so different than in Europe. And I’ve learned a lot during her stay.
As the picture shows it, I used the left page to explain how I’ve loved to discover my own environment with fresh eyes. I used the Post Card die cut, as it was perfect to write down this memory.
I added a big tag on the right page. This tag indicates all the trees we have seen during her stay (with their latine names). And then I used the leaves die cuts that I love so much.
As there is a touch of gold on the leaf and that leaves looks like gold in fall, I added some gold touch (like the title, the washi tape in the middle and the little drops of ink).
I really love the result! And I hope you will feel inspired by my notebook!
Hey everyone! Stephanie Gold here with a Traveler’s Notebook layout that’s sure to either inspire you to create in your notebook OR inspire you in life!! Haha you will see what I mean… 😉
Sometimes I just need a little pick me up… A reminder that I CAN achieve my dreams even if I only make a little bit of progress some days. Today this layout is all about reminding myself to stay focused and keep working hard!
I created a couple little flaps using this gorgeous daily washi tape and some journal cards.
The day I created this my brain was being flooded by all the things I thought I was doing wrong or not good enough, so my “journaling” ended up being short, bold, positive phrases.
How fun are these leather alpha stickers?! Love how different they are!
Remember ladies and gents, YOU CAN DO IT. If you are having a bad day, take a second to remind yourself how awesome you are and how CAPABLE you are. I believe in you!! And if you still need a little extra love, send me a message because I would be happy to help encourage you as well! 🙂
Much love my friends! Don’t forget to check out this whole kit and sign up for the subscription if you haven’t already… You seriously will not be disappointed.