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Art Studio: Ombre Watercolors Column

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Hello there! It’s Caroli here with my first post using the beautiful kit Swan Lake, featuring gorgeous Gather collection by Maggie Holmes.

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I love mix media but since my style is rather clean and very simple I don’t use it that much on my projects. But, I love watercolors and how they look on scrapbooking, so I though why not adjusting them to my own style? Today I want to show you a simple idea I had for making a pretty watercolors ombré background for my layout.

I love anything ombré and watercolors are a great way to get an ombré effect easily. Although I love the free and wild look of watercolors, I had in my mind the idea of an ombré column with clear borders, so I’ll show you what I did.

First, I used some washi tape to delimit the area where the ombré column will be. In order to avoid the paper get damaged, I sticked the washi tape to a pillow few times to make it less sticky before adhere it to my cardstock.

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Once I had my area clearly defined, I just watercolored the paper. Something I love about this kit is all the shades of pink and coral of the papers, so I decided to use this palette for my ombré.

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Once the area was fully painted I just carefully removed the washi tape from the cardstock and that’s all! Here’s my ombré column background ready to use 🙂

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I wanted a monochromatic look for this layout, so I used a black & white photo and also coral paper and embellishments.

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I love these acetate roses, they are the perfect fit for the concept I had. I also fussy cut some flowers from an Cocoa Vanilla paper from a past kit, black & white again.

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And here is the full layout all finished. I  love how it came out, it’s simple but yet colorful and funny.

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I hope you like this idea and give it a try, I really loved the result and had a lot of fun working on my ombré 🙂  See you soon in another blog post, have a lovely day!

XOXO – Caroli


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Hello everyone. I am really enjoying the November kit. Seriously, it’s so pretty!

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For this layout, I wanted to tell a story using a moment in time. And I used my own hand-journaling. I practiced on a plain piece of paper first and made the lines using a pencil… then I traced it with a pen and erased the marks to avoid making any mistakes.

I love the kraft tags in this kit. And actually, I cannot get enough of them. You’ll be seeing them again on another layout. I promise. 🙂

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For this layout, I included lots of layers. I used the tags to trace several different tags using the patterned paper from the kit. The marble paper is my favorite! Notice how I pulled the background out by adding the marble tag tucked behind the kraft tag?

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Thanks so much for vising today!-Nicole


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Hello, Love

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Hello everyone,

Melissa here with you today sharing a card that is utilizing all the bits and pieces of your kit and papers! I love the challenge of using every piece of product to the last itty bitty piece. If my tape runner can fit, it can be used!

For this card, I wanted to use some leftover strips that were remnants from a previous card. I could easily throw them away but, no. I shall use them! Plus, I want to make a card that shows off the beautiful colors and patterns of this beautiful collection from Maggie Holmes. The Gather collection is so gorgeous and I can’t stop creating with it!

So, I used a scallop border punch and created some strips to layer on my card. Once I got them where I wanted them, I did some stitching which is always a fun, and easy, way to add some texture.

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How fun is that? I love the look of stitching I think it just enhances the overall base design of this card.

The rest of this card flowed pretty easily. I cut out one of the polaroid shapes from the patterned paper and used it to frame the sentiment. By mounting it on pop dots, it added some awesome dimension, I think. And how cute are those paper clips??? Easy and adorable embellishing!

Here is the final product. I’m so happy with how this card turned out!

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As always, thanks for swinging by today and I hope this has given you more ideas on how to use every single piece of your kit while showing off the beauty of it as well!

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Field Notes – My Journal

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Hello everyone!

Nathalie here with my very first  post as member of the Clique Kits’s Design Team ( i am so thankful to Clique Kits, and excited to be working with all the amazing designers in the team).   For today’s post i will be sharing with you how the beautiful and soft Swan Lake kit was used in my personal journal.

 

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I have kept a journal since I can remember;  a couple years ago, I discovered Traveler’s notebook style journals, and i have been hooked on them since I bought my first one.     I think my style of journaling is  a bit eclectic (you’ll see), but it is me in a book!.

 

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The two page spread for our Apple picking tradition.

 

For my first spread, i am documenting our Apple picking trip.   I created the photo strip on Adobe Lightroom, and printed it in color.  I cut the little frames from the “Moments” paper included in the main kit, and the paper corners from the “Pure Joy” paper included in the Swan Lake kit add on.  I layered the frames behind the photo strip,  added a sticker from the Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills collection, and a foiled die-cut from the Posh collection that i picked at the store.  To complete the page, I added a few of this month’s exclusive printables, which worked seamlessly in tying all the colors and feel of this spread.  Here are some close ups:

 

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Like i mentioned previously, my style of journaling is eclectic; for the second spread of my journal, i used the Prima  Decadent Pies watercolor palette to create the background for the picture of my husband and I on our Thanksgiving Day walk (we already celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada!).  I just added splatters of paint to a wet background, and help the paint spread with a wet brush.

 

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Once dried, I attached a black and white picture, along with some chipboard stickers (from this month’s kit add-ons), one of the exclusive printables, and a die cut from the Posh collection that it is available at the Clique Store.

 

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I wrote a very personal note about how  this man makes my life better every day, but I chose to keep it hidden (sorry!), for that I used the “Love” paper included in the  Swan Lake kit add-on.  I used an exacto knife to cut the rectangle out of the paper, and attached it to the page using some of the Amy Tangerine washi tape available at the  Clique store.

 

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a small paper clip die cut from Simple Stories Posh collection serves as a marker for the page.

Here is the  full spread:

 

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I love how easy it was to incorporate pieces from the Swan Lake kit into my personal journal.  Don’t forget to check the store for the the new Traveler’s Note kit, and many of the small details used in these spreads.  You can always used any of the DT’s code to get a 10% discount at checkout.

 

Thanks for visiting today,

See you all soon!

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Plan with me.

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Hello, scrappy friends! Enza here with you to share my very first post as a member of the new Clique Kits Design Team. Saying that I’m excited is an understatement! The kits are gorgeous and fun to work with. They are very versatile and can be used for any projects.

The November 2016 Swan Lake Kit, featuring the new Maggie Holmes Gather collection, is just fabulous. I’m in love with it! So soft and pretty.

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Today I’ll show you how I planned my upcoming week. Sundays are the best days for me to sit down and combine my family’s schedules. From sport activities to dance, school functions and church, there is no way I could live without a planner! Not to talk about family gatherings, especially at this time of the year! I also like to have everything in one place, as opposed to have several planners for different activities. It makes it easier for me to prepare for the week ahead.

Here is the full spread:

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As you can see, I also like to make it pretty. The November kit features beautiful florals and soft colors. I mixed it up with some planner stickers from the Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills collection that you can find in The Clique store, and some exclusives that come in the kit.

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Some close ups:

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One of the papers in the collection has all these little frames that are perfect to add some color and a fun look to your planner pages.

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The tiny tassels are so adorable!

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I also incorporated some of the exclusive printables that are included in the kit. They coordinate perfectly with the collection.

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That is all, friends. I hope you enjoyed my process and felt inspired to use your November kit to decorate your planner. The Clique store also has a Clique Agenda kit and a Planner shop where you can find anything you need to plan your weeks. If you use my code, Enza10, you can also get 10% off your total purchase 😉

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!

Enza

 


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Hello Card: Geek Lab

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Hi everyone,

Melissa here with you today for my very first post as a CK Varsity Team member and I’m excited that it’s Geek Lab!

I love using cut files and my Silhouette Cameo to create projects. One thing that has been interesting to adapt is, utilizing cut files that are meant for layouts, on my cards. I’ve learned a couple of things by watching You Tube videos and just pushing buttons in my Silhouette software. I thought I would share with you today a card I made and how I made a cut file work for my card.

I used one of the exclusive cut files you can find, in the shop, that are part of the Swan Lake November kit. (Isn’t the kit a beauty???) I used the large background cut file. Man, I love a good background cut file!

Once I uploaded it into my Silhouette Software, I had to do something called ‘Release Compound Path’. This allows me to separate all the little pieces and shapes of the cut file. I’ll show you why I need to do that in a sec but, here is a screenshot of this looks like:

 

The reason I do this is because I’m going to take out the majority of this file to make it work for my smaller canvas – that is a card. If I were to shrink down this cut file, in it’s entirety, those cut lines would be way too tiny.

Once I release the compound path, you can see in the screen shot how I now have a bunch of pieces. I’m going to delete most of those until I’m left with the following:

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Now, I’m ready to Weld the pieces back together and resize to what I want for my card. After selecting all the shapes, I’m going to head to the bottom-left of my Studio and select ‘Group Selected Shapes’. I don’t have an arrow pointing in this screenshot but in the bottom-left, you can see the little pop up bar saying just that. When I click on that, it will all be one shape again and will resize properly.

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Here is another trick I use in my Studio software. For cards, I like to create a shape that measures the size of my actual card. This helps me figure it out the exact size I would like my cut file to be. Here is a screenshot of that happening:

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Once I get it just right, I delete the card shape and cut out my file!

Here it is cut out and ready to go:

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I did make a boo-boo when I resized the cut file and ended up having to cut it all the way out to adhere to the top of a new card base. It actually worked out just fine!

Now that my cut file is ready to go, I can finish my card by adding various papers from the GORGEOUS November kit. I mean really, you gotta love those Maggie Holmes papers. So beautiful!

Here is my finished card with some close ups:

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Thank you so much for swinging by today!

To get the November kit, Swan Lake, and see the exclusive cut files, head over here.

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Patient Zéro | Magali

I am so so happy to be here to show you my first blog post as a Clique Kits design team member! I hope you will feel inspired by the following layout made with the November Kit Swan Lake.

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We are used to document the happy and joyful events of our life, but I am fully convinced that sad events have to be lived to enjoy the lucky events even more. Have you ever noticed how your heart explodes when you see someone you love smiling after several days of sickness?

So, please, don’t forget to document the unfortunate moments in your albums… these are also parts of your life and they are a complete part of your story. No need to say a lot, no need to find the perfect words, just write what you need to say truthfully from the heart.

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Difficult to find the words? Try to use the computer to write your story (easy to correct and delete parts when necessary), choose the font you prefer and print your text. This way, you just need to cut stripes and add them to your layout.mleluc-november-patientzero2

As you can see, this was not the best day for our oldest son, but no worries, he’s better now! After he developed a relatively rare complication of a streptococcus infection (we did not even know he had been infected), we discovered he was the first case of a family epidemic!mleluc-november-patientzero3mleluc-november-patientzero4

It’s your turn now… find an important, but not so happy, event to document! I am sure you will treasure this memory!

Magali
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February Clique Kits Blog Share

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Hi everybody. It’s Nicole here, wishing you a fabulous Wednesday! Welcome to the February Pep Rally. This month, we hope to inspire you with the “Hot Mess” kit. I am loving the vibrant colors and die cuts In this kit. And I think it works well as a boy or girly kit. Sure there’s a great deal of pink in this kit, but there’s a good amount of greens and blues in the kit as well. 🙂

For our challenge this month, we went with an “Anything Goes” theme.

The Pep Rally, for those of you who are new to the Clique, is our monthly subscriber and design team blog share typically held the third week of the month and participants earn product credits-yes, free stuff to do what you love-who can beat that? It’s out with the old, in with the new time at Clique Kits when we (hopefully) have all killed our kit from the previous month and have lots to show off, and we start to chat and hype the excitement for the coming month’s kit. In other words, we party! We don’t leave out our guests-there is always a prize for a hopper who comments on each post and likes and shares on social media! Just leave a new comment for each like and share for a separate entry in the random drawing for this month’s prize. One lucky person will win this month’s Capture kit that is sold out! Get the word out and have your friends join our Pep Rally because they might end up with this gorgeous kit at their doorsteps!

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Here’s today’s line up:

 

 

Feel free to hop in any order, if you get lost, you can always come back here to find your place. I decided to scrap this photo of the Clique Kits girls at CHA! It’s my absolute favorite photo from the weekend. We were getting our caffeine fix before we headed into the show! We were busy, busy, busy, and we hit the ground running all weekend long. We had such a great time and it was my first time meeting the girls in person! So fun. What a fun group of girls.

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Supplies: Patterned Paper: Die Cuts: Stickers: Crate Paper, Stamps: American Crafts.

 Here are a few close-ups. I decorated my background with a few flowers. What do you think?

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Now, hop along and see what our design team and subscribers have been working on. Don’t forget to check out the gallery on the website landing page featuring our Varsity Team (design team) projects using the February kit and check out the Monthly Kit page for all the details about next month’s amazing Clique Kit. Take care!

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Yearbook: Sparkle

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Hi friends in the Clique! Leigh here today, to share a layout that documents the everyday, candid moments. Don’t you just love the unposed and candid shots that capture your loved ones personality?? I sure do!

 

 

 

 

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Using the February Hot Mess Kit for this 12×12 page. There are still plenty of Add-ons that coordinate with the February kit in the Clique Kits Store here.

 

 

 

 

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Here you can see the hand stitching added to the three triangular pieces inside the circle cut file. I made my own cut file by simply adding a 7.5 inch circle outside of a 7 inch circle on my Silhouette. Of course, you could trace a plate or bowl if you don’t have an electronic die cutting machine. Back your cut file with 3 different patterned card stocks from the Maggie Holmes Shine collection. Pierce holes along the edge between each piece and hand stitch.

 

 

 

 

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As you can see above on the full page photo, you can pick three areas to splatter some black paint or mist, or india ink. Then, add a variety of embellishment types from your kit to those three areas. Paper die cuts, stickers, chipboard, and foam stickers are what I chose.

 

 

 

 

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At the top left cluster, add more embellishment variety here, and attach one of them to the top left of your photo to connect everything.

 

 

 

 

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Then, nestle your title at the bottom of the circle. This title is from the Jen Hadfield “Die Cut Glitter Words” pack from the add-ons section in the Clique Kits Store.

 

 

 

 

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This was such a lovely kit to work with, and I can’t wait to see what you guys make with it!! See the February Hot Mess Kit here! Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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Locker Room-Mini Clipboard

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Hi Clique Kit friends!  Candace here with you today to share a mini clipboard project I created using the February Hot Mess kit.  I love all Maggie Holmes collections so when she releases a new collection I usually buy it all up!  I create away, but her collections are so jam packed with goodies that I often have a bunch left over.  When I got the Hot Mess kit I looked thru my stash to see if I had anything that I wanted to use up and I found these little clipboards that are from her 1st collection.

I cut up various papers from the kit to 5.25 x 7 including the acetate.  I also made some 5×7 envelopes to layer in between the patterned paper and acetate.  Then I went to embellishing!  I had so much fun creating this project!  I did some gold embossing on the wood veneers, painted some wood veneers, did a little sewing.  So much fun!  Here is a look at how it all came together!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Now for the best part of the post.  I am giving this little clipboard project away! Here is how you enter to win! Head over to the Clique Kit’s Instagram page and make sure that you are following, then head over to my Instagram page and follow me too!  Lastly leave a comment on my post about the mini clipboard letting me know that you would like to win the clipboard. For an extra entry you can tag a friend!  I will announce the winner on my Instagram page on February 25th.  Good Luck!  Have a beautiful day!

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