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Field Notes: Follow Your Rainbow or Sunset

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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November Pep Rally

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This month Clique Kits is trying something new as part of our monthly celebration of our current kit creations and the reveal of the next month’s kit. While we really loved the idea of a monthly blog share, we realized that today’s paper crafters are trending toward  Instant gratification such as Instagram for inspiration! Like everything new, we expect to run into some snags along the way. But basically how it works is very simple.

Subscribers are  eligible to earn free product credits for participating in the Pep Rally via Instagram. Participation is a very relaxed commitment on a month by month basis. Simply email marketing@cliquekits.com by the 15th of the month to have your credits recorded. Subscribers may earn 5 credits (1 credit=$1) for each month they participate. If you end up not participating- we  lash you with wet noodles. (Kidding.) We simply skip over your points that month. Credits are cumulative as long as you are still a subscriber! Sound good so far?

What do you do once you sign up? This is really straightforward too. We hope this step by step instruction covers what you do,  who is eligible to win a prize, and what the prizes are.

Step 1: Take pictures of projects you created using the monthly kit (please use a minimum of 80% kit and add on products so that the inspiration provided for the Clique is kit-focused.) You can do this anytime during the month- but be sure your photos post before 10 am CST on  Pep Rally Day.

Step 2: On or before Pep Rally day, join the event on Facebook and Instagram by sharing on Facebook with your friends and tagging them on Instagram letting them know that each name tagged is entered to win a free kit!

Step 3: Use the Instagram search tool with the keywords specified in the Hashtags and enjoy the eye candy! Leave some love for all your friends!

Step 4: Tune in to Clique Kits for announcements of the monthly Pep Rally participant winner selected to win an additional $10 product credit to spend in the Clique Kits store!

And without further ado, here are the hashtags.  The first 3 are the same every month. The last two will obviously change each month.

#Click_Connect_Create

#CKPepRally

#CliqueKits

#CKNovemberKit

#CKSwanLake

 

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Beautiful photostrip style layout from Subscriber @ohsnapgonzo.

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Amazing use of this Maggie Holmes Gather paper for a grid design layout.

And a little peek at a few projects that will be shared on Instagram by our Design Team. Arent’ they inspiring?!

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Now get out there and get inspired because there are tons more where these came from! We love our subs and followers, and our community is growing every day. We are so thankful for you and hope you have fun!

 


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Yearbook: Thanksgiving Memories

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Hello everyone!

Today I am back with a sweet project about a holiday memory using this month’s gorgeous Swan Lake kit.   This beautiful kit features papers from Maggie Holmes’s Gather collection, and lots of extras and add-ons that are perfect for documenting your holidays.

 

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I  know our American friends are set to celebrate Thanksgivings this weekend, while here in Canada the holiday was celebrated over a month ago (second weekend of October).  Since I hosted an entire weekend of family gatherings, there were lots of pictures to chose from; however is our tradition to go for a walk and photograph the kids with the beautiful autumn colors as our background.  It is nice to go back, and look at all those pictures of my kids, and how they have changed along with nature, and now they are teens.   With that in mind, I wanted to create a fall layout without the traditional fall colors, and the Swan Lake kit was perfect for this.

 

 

I started by transforming my picture from color to black and white, and enlarging it to fit into a 8×8 in square.  I used the April exclusive cut files to cut the leaf wreath to fit around the picture (7.5 in diameter), and the word  “memories” out of white card stock. Here are some close ups of the layout:

 

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Small clusters of ephemera and stickers tucked in between the leaf cut-outs.  The exclusive printables were perfect for this

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The cut-out was back with papers from the kit, and vellum.  I chose to alternate the papers and vellum along the wreath.

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The picture was mounted on the corrugated paper from the kit.  This helped to add dimension to the layout.

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The larger cluster around the picture. I simply added pieces from the die cut package, exclusive flair, and some die cut pieces from Simple Stories Posh collection (available in the Clique store)

 

For the layout mat, i used white card stock and glued paper strips from the “Pure Joy” paper from the Swan Lake kit to both corners of the mat.  I trimmed the mat a bit and glued it to the “Love”paper from the kit ( i had cut the center of the paper for another project).   I used my sewing machine to secure all the papers, and to  add a bit of texture to the layout.

 

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The title was built by using one of the April cut-files.  I chose to also stitch the word “memories” to the layout.  I pulled the gold mini alphas (they belong to the Gather collection card stock sticker sheet) from my stash to create the word “Thanksgiving”.  I added a few splatters of gold ink around the wreath, scattered some sequin, and added a line of journal to the top of the page before calling it done!.  Here is the final layout:

 

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I have created a process video, where you can see how i went about creating the layout:

 

 

I am loving this take on a  fall layout.  The Swan Lake kit and all its add-ons, along with all the beautiful products available at the Clique Store were exactly what made this page perfect for my teens’s picture.  I hope this inspires you to document your holidays in a non-traditional way.

Remember to visit the Clique store to check all the materials used in this month’s projects; and always tag us or link your finished projects to the blog and the Clique page on Facebook.  We love to see what you are created, it is inspiring!

Thanks for visiting today!

 

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Geek Lab: Typewritting with my Silhouette Cameo

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Hell there!! How are you? Caroli once again with my last post of the month using beautiful Swan Lake kit, featuring Gather collection by Maggie Holmes.

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Today I want to show you a simple trick that I am using a lot these days. Since I dont have a big scraproom and my crafting area is quite limited, I don’t have a 12×12″ typewritter. They are so cute and trendy, but I managed to have that typewritter look without a real typewriter by using my Silhouette Cameo machine.

For making this you have 2 options: you can use sketch pens or you can use the pen adapter holder. In both cases you will just use your Cameo for writting on your 12×12″ page, just like you would do with a typewriter.

You just have to use the text tool and write your journaling using a typewritter looking font, in my case I used a font named “Courier New”, which is very similar to a typewritter.

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When sending the file to the machine, instead of cutting I chose “sketch pens” and write the words.

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Here is the layout I made using this feature. As you can see, you need to design your layout in advance so as to make the available space to match with the text you will write.

My layout is super clean and simple and with a lot of white, I love it. I used this cute cutfile from Just Nicks Studio, and of course this gorgeous flower from the ephemera pack included on the kit.

 

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Here you can see how my text came out perfect and exactly where I wamted it to be, isn’t that cool?

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In order to make it fit precisely I recommend to make a test in another paper first, so you can check if elements in the page can be placed as you want or you need to move the text a little.  Here is another closeup of my typewritter wannabe text 🙂

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I hope you like this idea and give it a try. We need to make the most efficient use of our resources so as to save money and can buy more pretty kits, LOL! Have a fabulous day!

XOXO – Caroli


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Study Hall: Butterfly Cards

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to Study Hall! Melissa here with you today and I’ve got two fun cards to share with you. Before I go on, I just want to say how much I love this category. We had Study Hall in my school days. I usually used it to goof off but, I always knew it was special to have some extra time to catch up on homework, get in some extra review and such.

So, for this post, I thought the Study Hall focus could be on “catching up” and getting in some good, card making review! I love making cards and I love experimenting with product and seeing how far I can make everything stretch.

One of those tools that help with making my products last as long as possible is my butterfly punch from Martha Stewart. I have had this thing forever! Thankfully, butterflies are timeless and can be used on many, many projects for years and years to come!

For this first card I’m sharing with you, I only used a couple of butterflies but, I can tell you about the overall design of this card. I love layering! And how fun is that corrugated paper??? By trimming a smaller piece and tearing one of the edges, I’ve just created some awesome texture for my lil’ ole card!

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Here are a couple of close ups:

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For this next card, I went all cray with my butterfly punches. I wanted to showcase all the luscious beauty of the Gather papers. SO pretty!!!

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I love the whimsy that the butterfly trail provides.

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Here is one more close up:

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This may be review for some but, hey, this is Study Hall after all – when it comes to cards, think on a smaller scale when making your kit stretch. Small punch images, like my butterfly, help with that. Have fun layering and don’t be afraid to use “bulky” items like the corrugated paper. It will fit just fine in an envelope! More importantly, have FUN!

Thanks for joining me today! I know sneaks have started for the December kit already but, you can still snag some November kit items HERE.

Happy creating!

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Locker Room: XOXO

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Hello there!,

Nathalie here with a new layout created with this month’s beautiful Swan Lake kit.  I think we are all swooning at the lovely papers, and all the add ons on this kit.  It is the perfect kit to document memories regardless of the season.  It is just to versatile!

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For this project, I pulled one of my favorite summer pictures ( I happened to catch my little nephew and my daughter in this lovely moment), and the papers from Maggie Holmes’ Gather collection were perfect to document this memory.  Here are a few close ups of the layout:

 

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I was drawn to the “Kindred”, “Kate”, and “Sunshine” papers in the Swan Lake Kit.  I used the”Sunshine” paper as my layout mat, and i fussy cut the flower clusters in the “Kate” paper, and a few of the bird and branches from the “Kindred” paper.  I made sure to cut some of the images that were  along the edges of the papers, as I wanted to create sort of a branch design on my layouts.  There is a process video at the bottom of the page where you can see how this page came together.

 

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Before gluing the fussy cut images, i used some Heidi Swapp color shine in gold, teal, and blush to create a row of ink splatters where i wanted to glue the images.  I used foam adhesive to add dimension to some of the fussy cut images on the branches.

 

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I converted the picture to black and white, and simply layered some vellum (one of my favorite things!), and a few of the exclusive cards from the Swan Lake Kit.   I used a few of the die-cut pieces from the Gather collection, and also added some chipboard stickers from this month’s kit add-ons.  The mini tassels (included in the kit) were perfect to add some detail to the picture, I simply attached a piece of crocheting floss to them, and tied them to the ephemera piece on the picture.   To complete the page, I added the title using the Petals thickers in the Swan Lake kit, and a glitter arrow from the chipboard sticker.  Here is the complete layout:

 

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My sister has asked if she could take this layout for her album (as I create albums for my littles -that is what we called my niece and nephew), but i love it too much to let it go.   It is like the Swan Lake kit was made solely to create this.     Here is small video on how the layout came together ( i just cut the part of me cutting all the flowers!)…

 

 

Don’t forget to visit the Clique Kits store to pick this month’s Swan Lake kit and all its add ons, plus you will find lots of products that will inspire you to document your memories.  You can always used any DT’s code to obtain 10% at checkout.

Thanks for visiting today, see you all soon!

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Yearbook: Great at Eight

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Hello and happy Friday everyone! Do you have scrapbook plans for this weekend? As for me, I plan on keep on using my november kit Swan Lake, it’s oh so pretty, I surely wont leave a piece 😀

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Today I want to share again a project documenting something special. As a mother of 2 i have realized how fast time flies, specially for kids. The girl I had one year before has nothing to do with the girl I have today, so I though that it would be nice to document how my princess is now, when she just turned 8 years.

I loved all the feminine feeling and soft color of this collection by Maggie Holmes, it’s simply perfect for this kind of layout.  I went for a grid design, a good way to use some of the pretty cards included on the ephemera pack.

I made a list with all her current faves: food, music, BFF, school subjects, etc. I think it will be fun to look at this in few more years and see the evolution of her personality 🙂

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Love the acetate pieces also included on the ephemera, this wreath looked beautiful as a layer behind my Fuji instax photo.  Love the transparency effect ❤

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I cut some words in golden cardstock so as to complement the title with the pretty Thickers included on the kit. The acetate ballerina is also so pretty, I had to include it on this layout ❤

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I think I love this and i will start doing the same for my two kids on every birthday, it will be such a cool documenting tradition, don’t you think? Have a fabulous day!

XOXO – Caroli