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Share Your Space: Leigh’s Craft Room

Hello Clique Kits Friends! Leigh here today, to share my craft room with you!

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An overview of the room from the doorway . The room is above the garage, and measures 13 feet by 19 feet. I waited 11 years to turn this space into a craft room, and once the youngest started high school, we decided they didn’t need the play room anymore:) ¬†Hubby had the idea to rip out the carpet, and replace it with laminate. He knows me pretty well after 21 years, and since I am pretty klutzy, I had definitely dropped an ink pad or two upside down on the carpet before! ūüôā Love having this floor that is so easy to clean.

I made the standing height craft table in the center of the room, and have a detailed tutorial on my blog. ¬†It’s made of 3/4 inch Birch Plywood , and I hand finished the stain with a staining cloth and Minwax Bombay Mahogany stain. ¬†This table is 4 feet wide and 6 feet long, and has a 48 inch clearance all the way around for traffic flow. The bases are from Wal-Mart.com and the openings fit the 14×14 inch Itso Bins from Target.

I also used a hand saw and miter box to make the frame for the pegboard, and spray painted and hung it all by myself as well. Hubby calls me “Bob the Builder”! Hee hee There’s ¬†a detailed tutorial for the pegboard also.

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We will start here on the left side of the room. The two tall bookcases were repurposed from another room in the house, and I painted them with Antique White paint, color matched to the Antique White Bedford Desk units in this room. the first one on the left holds patterned paper sorted by manufacturer. Some of the paper holders I repurposed from those Priority Mail medium boxes that your scrap purchases come in. Painted, and covered with paper to match my room and the Target Itso Bins are in use here to hold larger amounts of patterned paper by manufacturer. The middle units are from Michael’s and an old entry bench I repainted, to hold card stock sorted by color. The right bookcase holds embellishments sorted by manufacturer.

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On top I like to display some of the mini albums I’ve made and my kid’s photos.

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The next bookcase holds My Project Life¬ģ albums, Core Kits, Inspiration and sketch books, and American Crafts White Card Stock, all purchased at 40% off or more with extra coupons. The rolling cart next to the bookcase holds Project Life¬ģ cards ¬†sorted by color and kit. I have a tutorial on that one too!

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That first little brown basket on the counter holds Project Life¬ģ Theme Kits, some mini albums hang on the dress form, and you can see the Bedford Modular Desk Units from Pottery Barn. They were my one splurge in the room since I repurposed, made, or thrifted the rest of the furniture.

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The Silhouette Cameo, sewing machine, and Mac computer are next in this area where I blog, edit and print photos. The Tiffany Blue file folders on the wall, and paper sorters, are by Martha Stewart for Staples. The wall quilt is by my Mom, and my sister painted the mixed media art above it. My grandma paints as well, we are all very crafty in my family:) The pegboard wall holds mostly American Crafts supplies, and was inspired by Heidi Swapp’s wall in her craft room, love the stripes! It sits above the Planner Station. ¬†I sewed the pillows and curtains from fabric by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics.

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You can see the whiteboard behind my Mac, which I use to keep Design Team assignments in plain view. Kit embellishments sorted by color are on the wall along with my most used punches in the Target Dollar Spot pails. That weathered gray wall organizer is also from Target, and holds enamel dots, die cuts, black pens, pencils, and glue dots, and punches. To the right of the Mac is a magazine holder that I store my Design Team layouts in until I can file/photograph them and put them in albums. The file folders to the right of there, hold tips for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Silhouette tips, and Neenah Solar White Card Stock for printing the Clique Kits exclusive printables included each month, and any other printables.

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More Project Life¬ģ cards and Studio Calico Kits, and the “Create” word is from Heidi Swapp Hello Signature Wall Art. I have a couple more pieces to paint and hang in here as well. Love them!

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Here at the planner station, you can see my completed Week In The Life‚ĄĘ and #Myselfiescrapbook 6×8 albums, and my little West Elm succulent plant just makes me happy in that gold dot container! More Target Dollar Spot buckets hold different journaling and planner pens that I use here. In Design School we learned to store items at their point of use, for the most efficient room design. I tried to employ that technique throughout the room. Where do I use an item? Then incorporate storage there.

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A close up of my different planners and full size Minc Machine I got on sale!!

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Here you can see the cabinet my sister sent to me, on the floor that holds Sizzix dies. I stained it to match the floor and the craft table. Love it Sis! Next to that are my Cricut Machine and a Clip It Up  spinning organizer for rarely used embellishments. Behind curtain one on the left is the Die Cut Station. Behind curtain two is the Stamping Station.

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Curtains open on the Die Cut Station. Dies, embossing folders, letterpress plates, and materials to cut are here. I have baskets with Fun Foam, Acetate, and repurposed chipboard labeled for use. Photos organized by year and month are above. I made sure to have LED lights so they are archival safe and don’t emit UV light.

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Stamping closet holds all stamps, pads and reinkers, Distress Inks, Alcohol Inks, and mists. Basically anything that could be messy, is in here:) Masks are hanging from a recycled cafe rod. I had installed this pegboard that the home improvement store cut for me. It’s so inexpensive and a great way to organize lots of things. I used chipboard from packaging to hold the small ink pads, reinkers, and other stuff. Simply laid the chipboard on the flat peg board hooks.

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Close up of the stuff I keep close at hand on the standing height craft table. Kellie Stamps, Studio Calico Stamps, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, spinning tool caddy, and more.

Thank you so much for joining me on this long craft room post!

2015 Craft Room Tour Video below on You-tube

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Art Studio: Mac Love Layout

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Hello everyone! Leigh here, to bring you a “sweet” layout about our current favorite sweet treats, macarons!

What’s your favorite sweet treat? It was so fun to make this layout about our family’s fave, and I used the Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and Pink Gumball Ranger Paint Dabber from the Clique Kits Store, to resemble frosting.

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Love these Pinkfresh Studio papers!

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You can cut the exclusive cut files for October on standard office supply transparency film to create your own stencil to use over and over again. I label mine with washi tape and back with black card stock for added durability, and to make them easier to see!

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Use a palette knife to spread your Whipped Spackle on like frosting!

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Add the Pink Gumball paint, it’s really easy with this dabber topped paint.

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Use a craft knife or paper trimmer to trim out 3 inch by 3 inch patterned card stock diamonds as desired.

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I printed my photos out at 2.75 inches so I could back them with a 3 inch vellum piece.

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Cut out your cut-a-parts and add your favorite embellies from the October kit, and have fun!

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This layout was made with the Clique Kits exclusive cut files, Faber Castell Whipped Spackle, Pink Gumball Ranger Paint Dabber available in the Clique Kits Store, and the October Funfetti Kit! Thank you for joining us here today!

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Geek Lab: Love This Girl Layout

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Hello Friends! Leigh here to highlight the exclusive digital cut files for Clique Kits October Funfetti Kit!

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This 8.5×11 layout’s main focal point is the geometric cut file, I just LOVE this! Simply add different patterned papers behind the sections as desired.

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I cut all my files from Clique Kits for the month at once on white card stock. They inspire me to create once I can see them in real life!

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Close up of the embellishment cluster at the top.

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That Pinkfresh Studio wood veneer is perfect for bringing attention to your photos. I used one of the glassine bags from this month’s kit to hold some confetti, punched shapes, and the title “Love This Girl”. Added sewing machine stitching to keep the bag closed.

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Layout made with Clique Kits October Funfetti kit.

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Thank you for joining us here today!!


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Yearbook: 6×8 Project Life Album

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Hello Clique Kits friends! Leigh here, with a super easy 6×8 size Project Life layout using the adorable October journal cards and printables.

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That macaron card is adorable! The ice cream 3×4 card is sweet! Perfect for any sweet pics you have.

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I simply printed the selected October journal cards and one inch punch outs onto a white textured piece of card stock.

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You can also add any journaling you want to include, and print it out along with the printables. Use any one inch punch to get the circles cut out.

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Add a few embellishments, like the Pinkfresh Studio wood veneer circles from the kit.

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Love the black and white journal cards included this month! This 6×8 size is so doable. Just a couple of photos does it. All the cards on these pages are from October Funfetti Kit!

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All supplies from the October Funfetti Kit.

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Thank you for joining us here today!


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Geek Lab: CK Exclusive Printables Modern Geo Layout

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Hello Fellow Clique Members! Leigh here to bring you a modern geometric layout inspired completely by the exclusive Clique Kits Printables in the October Funfetti Kits. LOVE These!

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Cut desired cut files for the title from this month’s exclusives.

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Print out your photos. I used Adobe Photoshop to shape mine to match the octagon printable, but don’t worry if you don’t use Photoshop, I have options below:)

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Lay standard office supply acetate or transparency film under your photo and trim around it to cut the acetate and your photo all at once. You can print out the above using your preferred program, like Pages on a Mac. (without Photoshop: You can use any program that allows you to create basic shapes and print an octagon on card stock at 2 and 7/8 inches to fit inside the printable. You will have two stencils, one at 2 and 7/8 inches to lay on a photo and trim to fit inside the printable, and also the 4 inch one cut from around your printable. Then continue on with steps below.)

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You have created your own stencil/template that you can see through to trim photos and paper, and is reusable as many times as needed. I label mine with washi tape.

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Trace around the template on any desired paper from your kits and cut out.

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These are a couple of the exclusive printables ( journal cards ) that I have altered in Photoshop, and printed out with my journaling, but totally use the transparency stencil idea to trim your cards after printing if you don’t use Photoshop!

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Stitch on three of the octagons shapes with sewing machine from corner to corner.

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You can see I have cut some vellum also to layer and stitch through. Use a Xyron sticker maker machine for the acetate triangles from Pinkfresh Studio from your October Kit.

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Adhere any paper strips, flair, acetate triangles, and photos you choose. Love the puffy stickers in this kit, and used one here as part of the title words.

Have fun dripping and splatting some gold and black in three spots and…

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you have a Finished layout!

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Supplies : The October Funfetti Kit and the add-on Pinkfresh Studio Acetate Triangle Die Cuts

Thank you for visiting!

CK_DT1516_Siggies_Leigh Ann


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Art Studio “I Love DIY” Layout

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Hello Clique Kits Friends! Leigh here, to bring you a misted layout and a sketch for Art Studio today.

I am so excited to get started, and can’t wait for you guys to see the yummy goodness in these October kits!

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You can use the color, texture, and pattern of the purposeful mist and splatters as a grounding spot for your embellishment clusters. I placed items on the background card stock without adhesive first, to see where to create the embellishment clusters. Then took them off and sprayed and splatted, have fun with it!

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You can right click and save this free sketch to your desktop, and keep your sketches all in one place for easy retrieval later.

I keep them in a file folder, on my computer desktop, named “Sketches”.

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You can combine different colors of mist as you wish, to get the look you want. I used Blush, and Coral to create a little more orange in the pink mist so it would coordinate with the patterned papers from Pinkfresh Studio this month. LOVE this Happy Things Line!

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Once the mist dries, add your stuff. The flat sequins in this kit are perfect for sprinkling. Add layers of the patterned papers, and vellum behind your photo and adhere with foam dots.

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Place the tag from Pinkfresh Studio on your layout, then add title and journaling, the acetate triangles and paper, behind and over the tag to create interest. After the adhesive dried, I stitched with my sewing machine in three spots around this embellishment cluster to further ground the elements here. Thank you for visiting today!

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Love the October Funfetti Kit used for this page along with the Pinkfresh Studio Acetate Die Cuts (triangles) pack add-on from the Clique Kits store. Love that subscribers get a secret preview page to purchase coordinating add-ons, and that link to the left sends you there!

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