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Guest Contributor – Angie Pond

Happy Monday everyone!!  We have been so thankful this month to have our April Guest Contributor Angie Pond sharing so much inspiration with us!  Today I have another layout Angie created using the April kit!  Make sure to follow Angie on her blog to see more of her fabulous work!  Now lets get into her layout using the April kit and the fabulous printables designed by Creative Director Gia Lau!

For the April challenge, I drew inspiration from the different blocks of paper that are shown in the sketch. I used many of the beautiful papers from the Jelly Bean kit and treated each block of patterned paper almost like it’s own little layout.
I used one of the exclusive cut files under my photo. I cut it on white card stock and painted it with watercolors. Then I simply cut it apart and used it as an additional layer under the cute photo of my nephew on his first Easter. 
Most of the embellishments on my layout are from the printable files that come with the kit each month. I adore that cute bunny and I even used the “Happy Easter” printable as my title.
The flags in the upper left block of my layout are from the printables as well and they make a great addition along with my journaling.
In the section where my title is, I hand cut a few clouds and used that printable doily shape almost like a sun. The pink cloud comes from one of the Bella Blvd. clips that came in the kit. I simply cut the clip part off and adhered it to my layout.
I did some stamping on the block with the pink polka dots. I used just some black ink and a circle outline stamp to add some more interest to the paper. I pair the word labels and the circles from the exclusive printables with a few enamel dots from the kit to complete that section of the layout.
Thank you Angie for another awesome project using the April 2017 Kit!!   I love all the details in your page and love how you used the exclusives!!  Here is a look at Angie’s completed layout!
Thank you all so much for stopping by today!  Please remember to leave Angie some love down below!  We still have a few April kits left in the shop right now and we also have a great kit sale going on!!  Have a wonderful day!


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Yearbook: You go girl

Hello!

It’s Donna here for my last project using the April “Jellybean” kit.

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Here is my scrapbook layout I made for today

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I wanted to use the “You go girl” word art cut file so bad but I was stumped which photo to use (adding that my printer isn’t working yet so I had to choose from the ones I’ve already printed). I try to remember the stories behind each photos and I decided to use this one photo of my daughter slumped on the floor with lots of Hello Kitty shoes. We were there to buy shoes but it’s not the kind we were looking for at that time. She wasn’t even two yet when this was taken and she knew what she likes already and kept on saying “Kitty” while gathering ALL the HK shoes she can find. So I focused my journaling on how I wish she grows up to be a strong-willed individual who knows what she wants in life.

Good thing I cut the word art already before my printer broke. But I used a plain white cardstock. Since the Silhouette studio software is still crashing when I try to open on hubby’s computer, I had to use my good old scissors to cut around the paper that I used as backing. I did this twice since I wanted to use this colorful Bella Blvd paper and the polka dot Paige Evans paper as well. I adhered the white cardstock first and carefully cut around it, alternating my scissors and sharp cutter. Then I adhered it again on the polka dot paper. I used a thin cardboard to add a bit of height to the big title.

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I love the colors in the kit but I need some black to somehow “balance” the look I’m going for. So I used the b/w bag which stores the embellishments in the kit. And then I used the polka dot vellum paper to make a little paper clip bow.

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I doodled randomly as well using my PITT pencils.

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I used mists/paints to create splatters. You can find similar products in the store especially the April Product of the Month Acri-Tonez Shimmerz Paints.

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I maximized the remaining doily from the kit by cutting it in half.

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That’s all from me today!

Happy crafting,

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Art Studio: This is bliss

Hello! Donna here once again!
Will be sharing my second layout using the April kit, “Jellybean”.

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I used the floral cut file again, using the same technique I did on my first layout I posted yesterday.

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I brushed gel medium inside the floral cut file, adhering them at the same time. After it has dried, I used my watercolors to color inside the cut files. I mixed various colors, based on the floral included in the embellishment pack.

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Then I used one of the journal cards to mat the layers of photo and doily for a bit of height and some messy thread for a bit of texture. To make the white small alpha stickers stand out, I matted the alphas to one of the colorful patterned papers in the kit.

 

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This is how the layout looks like.

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I hope you like it!

Thanks for dropping by.

Happy crafting,
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April Kickoff: Traveler’s Notebook Kit Subscriptions now open!

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Well, you can officially start stalking your mail person this coming week as the April Kits will begin shipping Monday! April is not only the month of Easter this year, but it is also Clique Kits birthday month- we are celebrating our third year as a kit club this month! And of course as always the treat’s for you! (Seriously, not an April fool’s joke there is a teeny sweet treat coming in your box just for you 🙂 Thanks for being a subscriber and a special part of our community!

To kickoff April I am sharing layouts from my son John’s graduation album. In less than 2 months he will be a high school graduate, and I am finally putting together his collection of layouts since he was a baby in to an album that chronicles highlights of his first 18 years. I barely use 1/10th of the potential of each kit- if only I had time to cut the beautiful cut file designs, and print more printables- there is just so much potential- hopefully someday. But I love that I can open my box and whip off a few layouts without having to think about coordinating products. One of the many pleasures of kit club membership!

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This layout shows my son helping to set up my new Macbook pro laptop for me when it first arrived. His college plans are to study IT and hopefully learn even more than he already knows about computers. I always tell my kids that if they do what they love, they will never work a day in their life! (Advice my father gave me when I went to college-so true!!) Here is a close up.

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I love the bright, happy colors and painterly designs by Bella Blvd in this kit. I sometimes worried about using my kits to complete a teenage boy album- as the feminine qualities of the collections always call out to me- but honestly- it has been easy as pie to put together layouts from any of the monthly kits that are all boy!

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I don’t know where the past 5 years have gone- but this layout shows my son playing guitar at Vacation Bible School in 8th grade! He takes after his older brother and sister in being another really good musician in the family! I love the resin butterfly -such a sweet finishing touch!

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The patterned cardstock from the Make Your Mark collection with the gold foiling are just simply gorgeous!

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Last but not least I have this layout of my son and one of his closest friends. I call him one of my kids because it seems like he lives at my house. And what can I say- we have the same Italian name (I am Gia and he is Gio) This layout actually has a couple other CK products in it- the title cut from one of the March kit papers and the black and white handwriting card from Pretty Little Studios Summer Vibes collection that was in the CK store. The Yess! flair was in the most recent limited edition traveler’s notebook kit!

Did I say traveler’s notebook ? I know many of you have been patiently awaiting this day- as Clique Kits introduces a new subscription kit now available on a monthly, delivered-to- your-doorstep basis!

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Here is a little sneak peek at the first official monthly TN kit. Subscribe now through April 30th to get your May kit! Depending on demand, we are hoping to increase availability of slots starting in July, so hurry to not miss out (and if you do- don’t worry, we will grow as fast as we can!)

If you are considering being a TN kit subscriber, you might also be interested in pre-ordering a Traveler Notebook cover. We are taking pre-orders now and will be shipping them this summer as soon as they are available! (They are made in China, and will take approximately 8-12 weeks from ordering to receive them)

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Learn more about our TN kits right here!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful April!

-xo Gia


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Mood Board – April 2017

Happy  Sunday everyone! It was starting to feel like spring where I live (Minnesota), but something in the air changed this week to have that winter chill. Though with April around the corner I know springtime is almost here to stay. With that in mind, today we are ready to share the April mood board and sneak peeks!

Clique Kits first kit launched in April 2014 and here we are 3 years later with another launch and another great year of kits planned (as well as other surprises!) I’m so excited to be on this journey with an amazing group of women. To share our passion for documenting life’s moments with amazing products. I’m so fueled with inspiration by not only our design team, but the faces behind Clique Kits. April also marks the start of a term for a new Clique Kits design team. So many amazing things happening with Clique Kits so keep your eyes on our social media and your email (subscribe to our e-newsletter here).

Alright, now time for the goods! Our April Mood Board. The April kit is titled, Jellybean.

Now, how about a few sneak peeks of our April Kit: Jellybean?

What do you think about our April Kit sneak peeks? Don’t forget Wednesday, March 15 is our March Pep Rally and the full reveal of our April kit. So be sure to stay glued to our social media.

Have an amazing Sunday everyone and happy documenting!


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Clique Kits February Kickoff

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All the February news and a Layout: Life is Lovely!

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February is here and for the past two weeks we have been absolutely drooling in anticipation of the beautiful Bee You kit featuring the Hazelwood collection from 1Canoe2 and many gorgeous accompanying exclusives! Here are some highlights of what is in store for you when the postman delivers your box! (Not a subscriber yet? Click here and please hurry- there are a limited number of slots left before subscriptions will be sold out-at least temporarily!)

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Here is a layout I did using the February Kit, add ons, and the We R Memory Keepers CMYK inks available in the shop right here.

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Here are some close-ups.

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If you are interested in how I used the inks and a Clique Kits stamp, I made a short video you can find here. The fun stamp I used was still available when I planned this post but has since sold out 😦

As a newbie to the You Tube world, I have only started to post videos, and am still on the learning curve for making and editing them. It is truly amazing though how much you can learn on You Tube!

Did you know that many of the Design Team Members and my own partner in crime, Erica Thompson (Erica Rose Creates) have their own You Tube Channels? They also try to upload their videos with tutorials, unboxings, and fun process videos to the Clique Kits channel. Don’t miss out on all this great, FREE content for your inspiration by subscribing to ALL of these great channels. One of our goals for this Spring is to increase our You Tube presence by providing frequent, quality content for our subscribers and fans to enrich their experience as a papercrafter. If you have a scrapbooking or other crafty You Tube channel we would love for you to share it with us in the comments.

New Product on the way

This is also an exciting time of year since the 2017 Creativation Trade Show just took place and we are anxiously awaiting new releases for you guys to take advantage of being able to add on to your kit boxes.

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Here are just some of the brands and collections we fell in love with and hope to have arriving in the warehouse in February and March! Of course, we don’t want to be a spoiler and show you the beautiful products planned for upcoming kits since it would ruin the surprise, but we promise they will be amazing!

New Design Team Additions Announced Soon!

Other news…Clique Kits recently had a design team call to fill some spots being vacated on our design team when this term ends, starting with our April reveal. We are getting ready for the big announcement and reveal of the extremely talented and special ladies who will be joining us soon! Stay tuned and don’t go away…

Traveler Notebooks Shipping Soon!

Those of you lucky enough to get a pre-order in before they were sold out- the latest installment in our series of limited edition traveler notebook kits are getting packed to be shipped as we speak. As promised- they should be shipping in early February!

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Traveler’s notebooks have been around in certain circles, but for the first time they have take the mainstream scrapbooking world by storm! We love this particular genre of documenting and memory keeping because it is so freeing. Go ahead and unleash your creativity whether it is mainly journaling, sketching, painting, mixed media, or using it as a daily layout or memory mini book!  There are no specific rules. Make it as clean and simple or as messy as you want. Many people are organizing different types of travelers notebooks for different uses and streamlining a multitude of projects in this manner. You will see Traveler notebook inserts listed as add-ons for future Clique Kits very often! We love how they easily accommodate the same products in the main kit, and even help to use up scraps as well as experiment with tools like stamps and inks, paints, and more. A great way to make sure you kill your kit. We will continue to offer some product suited to those of you who decorate your planners or document and store photos in your planners too. If you are a planner gal, don’t forget to check out the Planner Shop section of the Clique Kits store for some unique goodies.

USPS Raising Prices Again

Clique Kits, like most small businesses relying on the post office to deliver the happy mail, will be negatively affected by the latest price hikes. We are in the process of crunching the numbers to work out any upcoming changes to our shipping costs. We are reluctant to have to adjust subscriptions causing inconvenience for everyone, but may have no choice. Changes may unfortunately also affect the prices for shipping product from the shop, whether as add ons or regular orders. We will be completely transparent about these changes, if and when they happen. If our shipping prices change, we will send an email notification. Please subscribe to the newsletter/blog in order to make sure you are on the mailing list for all news and updates.

Introducing a New Clique Kits Event

Starting in February 2017 (yes, this month) Clique Kits will begin publishing a semi-annual online magazine and Look Book. You have probably seen a fashion look book. It is something like a catalog with photographs showing products as they may be used and presented in a way that inspires. Every 6 months our graphic design team will be working closely with designers to present projects and inspiration to help you get the most from kits during your term as a subscriber. We will feature not only kits, but store products and exclusives. There are many ways for YOU, our subscribers and followers to get involved in The Clique community, and the Look Book will be one more way. Stay tuned for the first ever call for submissions to our next Look Book to be published in August of 2017. The details will soon follow, but this publication will be available to the public and submissions from subscribers and other customers if published will be awarded  product credit and other prizes!

All in all, February is going to be quite a full month. And I didn’t even mention Groundhog Day or Valentine’s Day!  We love seeing all of your layouts with the January Kit and the January add on Valentine’s Day kit. More cute Valentine’s Day products can be found here.

No matter who you are, what color your skin is, what religion you practice, what state or country you live in, please remember that you are now and always will be welcome here. The Clique Kits community will always be welcoming and will promote love, kindness, and understanding. Life is Lovely!

-xoGia


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Mood Board: January 2017

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Hello everyone, happy Saturday.

Can you believe this year is coming to a close? The holidays are joyfully approaching and in my world right now Nutcracker has taken over. Saying that there are so many great things to look forward to! A new year filled with new possibilities, goals, and of course awesome Clique Kits!! The first kit of the NEW year is called Hey, Sugar.

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Now, how about a little mood to go with that logo! This kit has charm to it and will sure get you in the spirit to kick off 2017!

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Of course we can’t leave without giving you a SNEAKY PEEK of our January 2017 kit, Hey, Sugar! Lets bring in the new year together with this awesome kit!

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Thank you for stopping by today. Lets remember to enjoy each moment this holiday season and not wish it was over. Spend time with loved ones and make great memories.

Have a lovely holiday season and happy documenting.

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