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Locker Room: 2016 Wrap-up

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Hello Clique Friends,

Happy New Year to you all!   As we begin this new year, it is also time to  look back at the last 365 days, and reflect on what we hold most dear.   So with that in mind, I set up to create a wrap-up layout using the beautiful “Hey, Sugar” kit.  All the beautiful and colorful papers are the perfect to create a layout about your most beloved memories.

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To begin, i created a cut file/sketch that will allow me to add my top ten memories from 2016 without crowding the project.   After playing with a few combinations, i decided that circles will be the best option for the pictures, with a large title to balance the page.  Here is the sketch/cut file -feel free to download it-

 

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First I transformed all the pictures to black and white, and printed them to fit into 2.5 in squares.  Once i had the pictures cut to 2 in circles, I set the size of the circles to 2.25 in on the my Silhouette software, and had the circumference edges perforated.    A little bit of hand stitching along the perforated edge created a textured, and colorful background for my pictures.

 

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For the title,  I used the top part of the cut file to cut one of the Simple Stories papers included in the main “Hey, Sugar” kit.   The numbers were backed using papers from the kit, as well as the Heart Day 6×6 pad (this month’s kit add on – available in the Clique store).  To ensure continuity, I hand stitched around the number cut-outs.

 

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Before attaching the cut out to the page, I used my new typewriter (my Christmas present) to type the list of the top ten moments of 2016 -in chronological order- on the top part (above the circles) of the layout.  I had decided that the number cut-out will become a flap over the typed list.

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The pictures then were attached to the layout.   I used the alphas included in this month’s kit to number the pictures.

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I used a the puffy heart stickers, enamel dots, and embelishments included in the “Hey Sugar”  kit to add color, and interest along the pictures.   Since all the products in the kit coordinate, it was easy to color block the stitched circle with their respective puffy heart or enamel dot (i love this kit!).    Finally, i dug into last month’s “Wonderland” kit for a little tab as a way to create a marker for the layout’s flap.  Here is the complete layout:

 

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Though, i am not a fan of multiple picture layouts, I got to say that i was pleased with the balance of picture to white space on the page.  I love how the pictures, and all the pieces from the “Hey Sugar” kit work together harmoniously.

Don’t forget to check out the “Hey, Sugar” kit in the Clique Kits website, as  well as the new  specialty kits  – Love Always, and Traveler’s notebook  – in the Clique Store.  You can use any of the DT’s code for a discount at checkout.

As always, I am only a comment away if you have any questions on how this came together.

Thanks for visiting, today!

 

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PILES OF SMILES -Adding hand stitching to a layout

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Hello!,  I am back today with a new layout featuring the beautiful Swan Lake Kit.  I love all the papers, die cuts and extras included in the kit, but mostly i am amazed at how versatile it is.

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One of my favorite techniques to use, when creating a layout, is hand stitching.   There are many ways to create a “stitching guide/pattern” on  a layout, but when there is a lot of stitches to add, I use the Silhouette Cameo to do a big part of the work for me.

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Here is the cut lines  of the leaf being used in the layout; note how they show as full lines as they are ready to be  cut

 

The key to creating a stitching guide with your Silhouette Cameo is to use the “PERFORATE EDGE” function when setting your cut style for your project.  As you can see in the picture below, the machine will not cut a solid line across the edges of the image; instead, the blade will  make small indentations/holes along the edges of the cut-lines which can be used to hand-stitch the design.

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Once the image (Geometric Autum Leaf cut file from the Silhouette store) was perforated on the card stock (i am using water color paper for this layout), I used the Prima watercolor palettes to  fill the inside of the leaf image ( i tried to match the colors of the paper, “Beautiful” from the Swan Lake kit).  As soon as the watercolor dried, I used embroidery floss to hand stitched the perforated edges of the image.

 

 

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The starting point for the stitching (it is easier to appreciate the perforations of the image once the paint has dried)

 

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A close up to the finished stitching on the layout

 

To complement the colors of the leaf, the edges of the layout were trimmed, and the layout was then attached to the “Beautiful” paper from Maggie Holmes’ Gather collection  which is featured in this month’s Swan Lake kit.

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My choice of a black and white picture for this layout was made mostly to highlight both the background, and my little niece and nephew on our Thanksgiving walk.  I used papers from the kit as layers behind the picture, as well as the Gather collection chipboard stickers, and exclusives to create a cluster around the picture.   Also, I picked the die cut pieces from Simple Stories Posh collection from the Clique Store, and used some of the pieces in the picture’s cluster.

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To create the title, I cut the “Piles of Smiles” card from this month’s exclusive printables, and attached the small chipboard sticker frame (from the Swan Lake Kit add ons) to it.  I cut the small  top left corner of the chipboard, and placed a small chipboard heart from last month’s Sapphire kit.

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To finish the layout, I scattered some of the sequin around the page, added my journal lines and a few black ink splatters.  Here is the final layout:

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I really love the texture the stitching adds to this layout.  Trust me, the Silhouette Cameo is a great help when creating a stitching pattern, and the beautiful and soft papers in this month’s Swan Lake kit are perfect for  a bit of stitching.

Thank you for visiting today!  I look forward to seeing a bit of  hand stitching on your layouts.

See you all soon!

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Guest Designer Nathalie DeSousa: Awesome Friends

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Hello everyone!,

I have had so much fun creating a few projects with this beautiful RASKOG kit.     The beautiful papers, cut apart pieces, and all add ons are so easy to combine, that layouts come together rather rapidly.

For this project, I chose to cut the word ‘Awesome’from one of the Pinkfresh Studio paper, and glue it onto the nice colorful striped paper (also from Pinkfresh Studio).  Once glued, i pierced the edge of the letters, so it can be hand stitched.  I chose to use different color embroidery floss, that matched each of the respective color where the letter was placed.

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The picture was printed in black and white to match the letters of the word.  I used some of the 4x4in cards to back the picture, as well as one of the glasine bags included on the kit.  I stitched one of the acetate words to the picture, and created clusters of the cut-apart  pieces, and small cut-outs (created using The Cut Shoppe’s Summer Time Circles cut file) around the page.   The title was completed by using the beautiful yellow alphabet stickers from Pinkfresh included in the kit.

 

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I love adding small clusters around the page, so i used some of the rubber pieces and a few circle cut-outs to create a small cluster at the bottom of the large word.

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Finally, i added some small details around the page along with my journal lines.  Here is the final layout

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As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions  (you can find me in Instagram @tachita55, or Twitter @tachita55, or in my blog “Living An Inspired Life“).

It has been an honor to share a piece of my work with you.  Thank you Clique Kits for the invitation, and the beautiful RASKOG  kit.   You guys are great.  I am a fan!!

See you around!