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Yearbook | MY SUMMER JOURNAL

Hello everyone!

I am back today with my final post using the beautiful and super colorful MALIBU TN kit.  If you haven’t checked the kit completely, then just click here -to be taken to the Clique Kits website-, and you could see the entire kit and add ons.

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I have kept a journal/diary since i was a small kid.  Through the years the format has changed, but I fell in love with TNs a few years back, and used them as my form of memory keeping/Project Life.   So I thought, I will share with you how i have incorporated the Malibu TN kit to some of my daily TN entries.

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We are babysitting my littles for the summer, so I had to snap a picture of the kids and my daughter as they enjoy some summer movie fun.   I converted it to b/w so that it can easily fit into the spread without clashing with the colors in the papers.  Next, I cut one of the papers from the Pink Paislee’s Summer Lights collection to about a 1/2in taller than the picture.  I cut the paper so that it could easily fit into the 2 pages of the spread, and then added my picture at the end of the paper.

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To balance the page, I cut some of the leftover pieces from the papers in the MALIBU kit (i am down to scraps of papers after all this projects!), and created banners. They all were attached to the top of the page, above the picture, in a cluster with a little piece of washi tape from my stash.

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The typed journal lines balanced the spread, and a few embellishments made from the  papers, stickers, and exclusive printables from this month’s Malibu kit complete this page.  So simple and quick to put together.

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Next,  i used this striped paper from the Summer Lights collection (featured in this month’s Malibu TN kit) as it reminded me of a beach towel.

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This time, I used the entire 6×6 paper sheet to cover the center of the 2 page TN spread. I cut the paper so that it fit on both pages, and glued a picture of the 2 girls to the top corner of the paper.  I added a small piece of another paper to mat the picture, and make sure it pops from the busy background. a few fussy cut images from the CK Exclusive printables, and the papers  along with the swim suit chipboard sticker is all that was needed to  frame the picture.

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I used my editing software to enlarge some of this month’s exclusive printables.   In this particular page, I chose to add my sentiment inside the hexagon.  I am loving the alphas from last month’s POOL PARTY kit.  The color matched this month’s kit also.

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Here is the final layout.   I love how easy it came together, and all the color in the page -even in the journal lines… the neon pens included in the kit will steal your heart, too!  I hope you all are ready to use the MALIBU KITS to document your summer adventures.  There are a few available at the Clique Store, so make sure you can get your hands on one of them… You will love it!

Remember to leave me a comment if you have questions on how this came together, or just to say hi!

Take care!

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Happy days with hot-air balloon

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Hello Everyone! Here is Réka and this month I am using the cute Traveler’s Notebook Kit of July for my projects.

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Today, I’m sharing my weekly planner spread but before I show it I’ll bring a very quick DIY project.

This idea came from the striped PL card from Pretty Little Studio: Ain’t Life Grand – 3 x 4 Cards, Hello Today. When I saw this pack at first time I thought this was a notepad but after a few second I realised what it was exactly. After I’ve printed the Main Kits’ exclusive printable of July and my eyes stuck on the cute striped with hearts border’s PL card and I knew it would be the base of the notepad. I’ve printed more copies, then I’ve stitched them together and finally I’ve glued them onto the Pretty Little Studio: Ain’t Life Grand – Word Stickers’ wrapping paper. Yes, I love using these papers and the Pretty Little Studio’s wrapping is always perfect for this. Then I’ve decorated it with the word of ‘TODAY’, and the ‘YOU’RE AWESOME’ stickers.  And then, the cute hearts, of course, which I’ve been fussy cut from the other printable card. The last step was to put it on a piece of white cardstock.

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The back side I’ve decorated with the Hello sunshine printable card which I’ve printed it on the vellum paper and I’ve fixed it with my sewing machine and I’ve also decorated it a little bit and I’ve punched it, that I could put it in my planner. Finally, I’ve got a bookmark and a notepad at the same time, two in one. I really love the result.

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Now let’s see my weekly planner spread. I’ve used the Travelers Notebook Kits’ printable of June for the days and the numbers which I’ve stamped from my one stash. Next, the clouds, which were fussy cut out of a Pretty Little Studio: Ain’t Life Grand – 4 x 6 Paper and I’ve made some cluster on my pages. I ’ve also added some mint mist, words stickers and the little hearts. If there were clouds, the hot-air balloon cannot be missing. I’ve used the hot-air balloon cut file as the pattern and I have stitched this cute pink one, which brings smile in my day.

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Here are some close-ups.

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When I prepared the following week on my planner, I only decorate the borders of the pages, and when the days are coming I’ll fill them in.

I hope you enjoyed my DIY project and you will be try it. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful crafty day! See you soon! Réka

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Art Studio: Back to Basics

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Hey everyone!

Melissa here with you today and I’m sharing a clean and simple card using the July Travelers Notebook kit. It truly is a perfect kit to make some cards! Just the right amount of papers and embellishments that are designed for the smaller scale of a Traveler’s Notebook… so, naturally, it would be perfect for cards too!

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To go with this post, I also have a process video I’d love to invite you to watch.

Now, normally for these Art Studio posts, I’m always drawn to creating with paints and other “artsy” and messy supplies. Mixed media is always a go to. As I was contemplating what to do for this post, my “teacher hat” came on. I realized, YES… sharing our thoughts and ideas using all that product is awesome but, maybe we need to take it back to the basics and bit and talk about where we go for making sure our projects look pleasing to the eye (while still embracing our individual styles!).

Artists have their founding with the Elements and Principles of Design. Elements are the components and Principles are we organize them… put them in to action, if you will. So, for a little review, here are the Elements of Design: Line, Color, Shape, Form, Value, Space and Texture. Principles of Design are: Balance, Emphasis, Movement, Proportion, Rhythm, Unity and Variety.

Each of these terms are a little self explanatory but, if you’d like to go deeper with their definitions, you can check out this awesome resource at Oberlin.

Here is the card I created using the July TN Kit and contemplating how I use using the Elements and Principles of Design:

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It’s a very clean and simple card. But, I thoughtfully used each kit item to create a well composed card. By using symmetrical balance, I utilized the colors and patterns of the papers to also create unity and variety. The flower is clearly the focal point. I also was able to draw attention to the lines and shape of the card design by bringing in rhythm and texture. Where does the emphasis lie? I believe on the flower but,  your eye also is taken on a brief journey to the sentiment and cute little heart up top.

For more thoughts, have a watch of my video below:

You can find the July Pool Party TN Kit here.

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Here are a couple of close ups of that card so you can see all the lovely details:

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Thanks for joining me today!

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Yearbook: Be Impossible To Forget

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Hello Crafty friends!

Happy Spring to everyone!   Today,  I wanted to share with you all a new project created with the beautiful Jellybean kit.   This kit has the most beautiful papers from Bella Blvd.’s Make the Mark collection, as well as Paige Evan’s Oh My Heart collection, and it is full of embellishments that complement the papers.

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We all have special ways to mark the height of our kids as they grow.  My choice has always been to photograph them against a fixed reference.  Last summer as we took the littles (my niece and nephew) to the fair,  they all had to be measured before going on the rides.  Finally my daughter (now 14) reached the adult height requirement, and the littlest also reached the height to be able to go on the rides.  To mark this growth spurt, I simply photographed their bracelets showing the milestone.

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I was drawn to the words on the Impossible paper from Bella Blvd. -included in the Jellybean kit-, and I knew the title was going to be formed by fussy cutting the words out.

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The background for this project was created using a heart cut file (#65661) from the silhouette store.  The patterned papers used to back the cut file all came from the Jellybean kit, I simply followed the color palette of the Impossible paper (that is what is so wonderful about these kits, all papers are curated to work harmoniously together)

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I love this kit so much, I set to use a piece of each of the goodies included in my little pizza box from Clique Kits, even the doily (and I am not a doily person! 🙂  ) Here is the final layout:

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I have created a small video on how this layout came together,  just sit down and enjoy!:

Aren’t the colors in the Jellybean kit just amazing?  I hope this has inspire you to find  a creative way to capture your kid’s growth, and a fun way to document it, too.  Remember that you can find all the details on this kit, and add ons on the Clique Kit Store -there is always new goodies available at the store-.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Being Fussy

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I am always tempted to use scrapbook paper whole, the way the designer and manufacturer has intended.   This paper from Pink Fresh Studio in the October Funfetti kit is so beautiful on it’s own, the soft clouds,  the delicate feathers and especially the words of encouragement!

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BUT…

The snapshot I wanted to use, in my opinion, too dark for the original lighter background ‘dream big’  paper.

So I wanted to recreate the paper by taking all the elements from the page I adore and rearrange all the parts to work with another background.

Here they are side by side so you can see where the elements came from.

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I wanted the feathers to be trailing like before and also added a couple more from another paper in the kit.

Fussy cutting the word ‘Dream’ was easy but I substituted the ‘big’ for the matching sticker in the kit.

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I did take some inexpensive craft paint and whitewashed the background before attacking the layout.  It’s a great trick to use that will lighten any background paper.

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I gave the Crate Paper tassels a trim to make my rays of sunshine behind the clouds.  Adding height really gave it dimension.

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Fussy cutting is indeed time consuming, but I think totally worth the effort!

XOXOX

-Kim