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Geek Lab | You Go Girl

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Hello everyone!

I hope you all have been enjoying all the beautiful projects the DT has created this month with the beautiful “Jellybean” kit.   It does not only contain beautiful papers and embellishments, but also exclusive printables and  beautiful cut files!

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For this layout, I wanted to use the  large phrase title cut file  as the main focus in the page,  so I chose to convert it into a large stand out title.  Here are the picture steps I followed on the Silhouette Software to create this title:

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Here is the image ready to be cut.  DO NOT close the program or image after cutting it!

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Using the offset  command, add an external offset to this image ( i have colored the original image, so you can see how the function works).  You can chose the size of the offset.

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Separate the images, just click on the edges of the original image, and move it out of the picture.  Now the offset is ready to be cut.

 

To make the title stand out, i added a small white border around the title (the offset).  The title was cut from the beautiful Bella Bld.’s “Magnifique” paper  -though the flowers are gorgeous, I was drawn to the colors and paint brush marks on the image-.  I made sure to cut the title from the center of the Magnifique page.

 

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Once the cuts were glued together,  the edge of the title was pierced to add some stitching and texture to it.  After adding hand stitching to the title,  I set out to construct the page.   First,  i trimmed about 0.5in from two of the edges of a light pink card stock.  Then I used watercolors and inks to add some color to the background.

 

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Once the background dried,  the title was attached to the page, making sure it sit right in the middle of the large watercolor background.  The picture of  my niece holding her art TN (she loves TNs as much as I do!) was placed above the title.  I used the exclusive printables, and ephemera included in the Jellybean kit, as well as the puffy stickers from the Make Your Mark collection that are available in the Clique store, to frame the picture.

 

 

To finish the page, using the sewing machine, I stitched the  layout to the left over piece of the “Magnifique” paper, making sure to leave two opposite corners free .  These were folded into the layout to be used as part of the clusters formed here. I tried to use these corners to bring some of the colorful accents and embellishments from the Jellybean kit.  Here is the final layout:

 

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Don’t the colors and title work just pop  out of this page?  Though I love the roses, I wanted to take a different approach when using the Make Your Mark  “Magnifique” from the Jellybean kit in this layout.   I am so pleased with the end result, and i hope it inspires you to create stand out titles for your project.

Don’t forget to check Clique Kits to register for a subscription (there are just some spots available) for their gorgeous kits, or sign up for their newer Traveler’s Notebook kit.  You will love them!

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

Thanks for stopping by, today!

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Art Studio | Right Now

art-studioHello Clique friends!

Today, I am sharing a new project created with the beautiful “Jellybean” kit, and one of the exclusive cut files included in this month’s kit; I think the entire DT is in love with this cut file, not to mention the colors and patterns in the kit!

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This project is the happy result of the fusion of scrapbooking and Bible Journaling,  as it was created inspired by the  beautiful cut file, the colors in the kit, but above all Psalm 9:1, “I will give thanks to you , Lord with all my heart;  I will tell of your wonderful deeds” 

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To frame the beautiful flowers cut out, I chose to go all artsy,  and use a combination of watercolor, ink, stamps and gelatos to create the background of the page.  Using the packaging technique, some green ink was spread on the page.  A little bit of gelatos was then smeared on the  page using some water and watercolor.  Once all these dry, I used the new Altenew’s Daisy layering stamp, that can be found in the Clique Store – to add just a few of the outline  of the leaves.   I have created  a small video on how the page was created, so sit and enjoy!

I hope you like the video!  As you can see, even when i mistakenly  smeared ink on the page, the beautiful flowers (created with the exclusive cut file and Paige Evans’ Oh My Heart collection  paper #14  -both included in the Jellybean kit- ) cover a large amount of the background, so the big smeared just becomes a hint of color under the flowers.

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I created this page after working on my Bible journal,  and since I had just taken the picture for an updated head shot, i used the page as  a ways to journal about me and what i am thankful for.

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For the title, the beautiful wood piece in the Jellybean kit fit this layout perfectly.  So i simply added a thin layer of gold acrylic paint, and then gold embossed the letters for that added shine in the page  ( i love the end result!).  Here is the final layout:

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I am happy with the end result of this page (even when the subject of the layout is me!).  The inspiration i found in combining my Bible journey, the Jellybean kit and color soothes my soul.  I hope you like it, too!  If you are not a subscriber, there is still a few a la carte Jellybean kits available, so don’t forget to check the store.

I am always  a comment away if you have a question on how this came together.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Field Notes – My Personal Journal (TN)

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Hello there!

I hope you are enjoying all the projects that the beautiful April kit, “JELLYBEAN”, and that they are inspiring you to use every single piece included in the kit.  The papers, embellishments, and the exclusive printables are so versatile, and perfect to use in all kinds of paper projects.

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I have kept a journal throughout my entire life.  The format has transformed to the years, but once I discovered Traveler’s Notebooks a few years back, i have been hooked on them.    I try at best to make at least a daily entry on my journal, it works as my PL format.  This month, I have loved adding bits and pieces from the JELLYBEAN kit to my journal.

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This month’s challenge sponsor is Latina Crafter; their stamps are just gorgeous.  I was lucky to receive this beautiful wood veneer stamp  (MUCHAS GRACIAS,  LATINA CRAFTER), which i used to create the background on one of my TN entries.

 

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Using archival ink, I stamped then Latina Crafter’s image at opposite edges of the TN’s page, and a small piece of white card stock.  Once I placed the picture on the opposite page,  I used the stamp card stock to create a small arrow that tied the two pages together.  The PL cards included in the kit, and the exclusive printables are just perfect when documenting in this format.

 

 

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My next entry is all about my kid’s first day of Spring Break ( we survived!!).  For this entry, I  used the small scraps of the Oh My Heart paper #  to cover one side of the page.   The large PL card, included in the Jellybean kit, was then glued across both sides of the TN – I simply cut the card with the paper trimmer, and glued it to the TN-.

 

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Once again, I used this month’s exclusive printables to add interest to the page, and the small letter alphas from Elle’s Studio, included in the kit, are just the perfect size for this entry.  I am always trying new ways to journal on my pages; this time, I chose to write along the edge of the page!.

 

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Finally, the last entry i am sharing with you, is just a fitting example of how versatile the  JELLYBEAN kit is,  and how easy is to document in a TN format.   Once again, I picked  the last piece of the Impossible paper -included in the kit-, and covered one side of the TN.  The beautiful ephemera pieces from the Make Your Mark collection  serve as the sentiment and embellishment on the page.

 

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By using the TN on a landscape format, I was left with  a large space to add my journal lines (this entry is all about me, and how happy my DSLR makes me!).  I balanced the page, by adding some of the ephemera pieces, and a sentiment fussy cut from the cut-apart paper from the JELLYBEAN kit.

I hope these all serve as inspiration to take a look at Traveler’s Notebooks, and how to use the JELLYBEAN kit when documenting in this format.  TNs are versatile, and work for many different types of memory  keeping/ planner/ art journal.   Make sure to check the Clique Kits  store to find the kit, and the many TN kits they are always curating.

As always i am just a comment away, if you have any questions on how any of these came together.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Yearbook: Be Impossible To Forget

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Hello Crafty friends!

Happy Spring to everyone!   Today,  I wanted to share with you all a new project created with the beautiful Jellybean kit.   This kit has the most beautiful papers from Bella Blvd.’s Make the Mark collection, as well as Paige Evan’s Oh My Heart collection, and it is full of embellishments that complement the papers.

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We all have special ways to mark the height of our kids as they grow.  My choice has always been to photograph them against a fixed reference.  Last summer as we took the littles (my niece and nephew) to the fair,  they all had to be measured before going on the rides.  Finally my daughter (now 14) reached the adult height requirement, and the littlest also reached the height to be able to go on the rides.  To mark this growth spurt, I simply photographed their bracelets showing the milestone.

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I was drawn to the words on the Impossible paper from Bella Blvd. -included in the Jellybean kit-, and I knew the title was going to be formed by fussy cutting the words out.

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The background for this project was created using a heart cut file (#65661) from the silhouette store.  The patterned papers used to back the cut file all came from the Jellybean kit, I simply followed the color palette of the Impossible paper (that is what is so wonderful about these kits, all papers are curated to work harmoniously together)

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I love this kit so much, I set to use a piece of each of the goodies included in my little pizza box from Clique Kits, even the doily (and I am not a doily person! 🙂  ) Here is the final layout:

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I have created a small video on how this layout came together,  just sit down and enjoy!:

Aren’t the colors in the Jellybean kit just amazing?  I hope this has inspire you to find  a creative way to capture your kid’s growth, and a fun way to document it, too.  Remember that you can find all the details on this kit, and add ons on the Clique Kit Store -there is always new goodies available at the store-.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Traveler’s Notes: My Journal

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Hello there!,

Hope you all are doing well.  Today  i am bringing you a few entries of my personal journal (aka my Traveler’s notebook).

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This month’s PLAY kit was ideal for documenting  my every day happenings.  The kit is so well put together, it makes is so easy to work with.

 

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For my first entry (as you all know by now, we have a new member in our family), I used the  PLAY kit to create an entry of the first picture of my cousin holding his baby.  For this i started by using Crate Paper’s Oasis collection stamp, that i picked up in the Clique Store and has sold out-  with some archival black ink.  I simply drew some slanted lines with a 2h pencil on one side of the spread, and stamped the word HELLO along the line.   Once i was about to finish stamping  the page, I simply switched the letters to read BABY, and the color of the ink, and finished stamping the page. There is also a bit of shimmering watercolor in some of the words.

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For the opposite side, i simply cut a piece of paper from the kit to match the angle of the stamped words, and placed the picture in the middle of the page.  All the embellishments come from the PLAY kit, and from the Clique Store (there you can always find paper supplies to complement their kits).

 

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The next entry i am sharing shows just how versatile the PLAY kit can be.   A few weeks ago, it snowed heavily here in Toronto; that means play time for my kids and the littles.

 

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I dug into my stash, and pulled this spotted vellum that reminded me of snow falling.  Using the Very Merry cut file from the Cut Shoppe, the snow flake was cut;  a simple font was used to cut the word snow.   The paper was then trimmed to fit in the insert, and a half an inch was added to the left side of the page.  The word JOY was formed with the Shimelle’s Little by Little collection foam thickers  -available in the Clique Store-.

 

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I folded the extra half inch of the vellum, and glued it under the large picture of my niece and nephew walking in the snow.   The  opposite side of the page was created by using the b side of one of the papers in the PLAY kit (the dots continue the theme of the spread).   I pulled my type writer to add the journal in one of the  pieces from the ephemera pack included in the kit, and glue them to the page.  Here is a quick look at the picture  behind the vellum.

 

 

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one of the CK exclusive printables was perfect to complete this spread.

 

Thanks for stopping by today,  I hope this inspires you to check the  new Traveler’s Notebook kits that are available in the  Clique store.   I have journaled my entire life, but love the format of the TN, and Clique Kits monthly kits make it so easy to add my daily entries.   Remember to always check the Clique Store, there is always new items in the shelves that quickly sell out (just like the stamp used in this  spread).

Remember you can always reach me if you have any questions on how this came together.

Til next time!

 

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Art Studio: Beautiful Boy

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Hello Crafty friends,

Nathalie here, with a new project using the colorful and so beautiful March kit, “PLAY”.   This  kit features Shimelle’s new collection, “Little by Little”, and it was perfect to document a  new member of our family.

 

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I am the firstborn grandchild in our family.   My sister and I loved playing house, the only difference is that our dolls were real life babies, our cousins (who are at most 9 years younger than us).  Now my babies are having babies of their own, and i get to enjoy it all once again.   This project was created for the newest addition to our family, baby TADEO.

Here is small video on how the page came together,  please enjoy:

 

 

For this layout, I wanted  to recreate a sky where i can nestle the baby’s picture in the clouds.  It all started by  wetting the part of the card stock where the mixed media was located ( I am using Bazzill heavy weight Marshmallow 12x 12 in, so there was no need to gesso the page).  Next, using a brush add some water droplets to the page.  Then load a round brush with the color you want to use, and add drops of the paint to the page ( for this project Prima watercolors were used).  Using the same brush gently join the water and paint drops together, allowing the color to mix, and flow on the  page.  Since the papers in the PLAY kit have some teal on them, some drops of teal ink were also added in the same fashion as the watercolor.

 

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The clouds were created using the Happy Clouds cut file from The Cut Shoppe.   The empty spaces were backed with some of Shimelle’s “Little by Little” collection featured in this month’s PLAY kit.  To add softness to some of the clouds, they were backed using vellum.  In addition, a little bit of hand stitching to some of the images helps to add texture to this project.

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Once the picture was attached, clusters of ephemera from the PLAY kit, and the kits add ons -available at the Clique market – were created around it.   The title of this project was formed using the alphas included in the kit, and the foam thickers from Shimelle’s Little by Little collection available at the Clique store.   Finally, a few lines of journal, and a few small details  complete this layout:

 

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I love the feeling of serenity and cheerfulness in this layout.  The PLAY kit is just so beautiful, and all the playful colors in the papers are perfect to document all types of memories.  If you want to see details on what is included in the kit, just visit Clique Kits, and while there don’t forget to check what the ladies are stocking in the Clique Store shelves.  Remember you can use the DT’s codes to obtain a discount at checkout.

 

As always let me know if you have a question on how this came together;  I am just a comment away.

 

Thanks for visiting today!

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Art Studio – Love Everlasting

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Hello Clique Kits Fans!

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Today I am back with a new project using the gorgeous “Hey, Sugar” kit (have i mentioned how much i love this kit).   It is packed with beautiful papers from Crate Paper’s Heart Day collection, and Simple Stories’ Love and Adore collection, and lots of beautiful and colorful embelishments.   Since the colors made me think of love, I chose to translate the inspiration into a sweet layout about my sister and her love for her son.

 

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For the focus of this layout, i used the Just Nick exclusive cut file  for Clique Kits from February 2016.  I cut only the outlet of the heart on water color paper, and used  the pencil attachment to lightly draw the triangles inside the heart, all this was done using my Silhouette Cameo.

 

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the heart cut out was colored using the watercolors.

 

To make sure to  leave a white edge around the heart image, I simply used masking tape to attach it to the silicone mat.  Next I sprinkle water inside the taped lines, followed by varying shades of pink watercolor.  Using a lightly wet brush i connected the splatters together allowing the watercolor to run into the water splatters.

 

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Once the heart cut out dried, a paper piercing tool was used to make holes in each corner point of the triangles of the original  cut file (you cannot see them in the picture, as I used a 2H pencil to draw them in the Cameo).   Using simple back stitching,  all the triangles were completed.  Here is a few close ups to the heart piece.

 

 

This heart is the focus of this layout, so it was attached using a large piece of fun foam to the layout.   Next i fussy cut quite a few flowers from the Crate Paper’s Adore You paper included in the “Hey, Sugar” kit, and tucked them behind the picture and lower edge of the heart.  The clusters around the picture  were formed using chipboard stickers from the Heart Day collection, and card stock stickers from Simple Stories’s Love and Adore collection, these can be found in the Clique Store.

 

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To complete the layout, the title was formed using the beautiful black and White alphas included in the “Hey, Sugar” kit, and one of the word stickers from last month’s Wonderland Kit.  Here is the final layout:

 

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The beautiful papers and embelishments in this month’s, “Hey Sugar” kit worked seamlessly to construct this layout about my sis and her little one.  Remember you can still purchase the kit, just click here, or better yet check the limited edition “Love, always” kit available at the Clique Kit Store.  You can use one of the DT’s codes to obtain a discount at checkout.

Let me know if you have any questions on how this came together.

Thanks for visiting today!

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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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Study Hall: DONUT DELIGHT

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Hello Clique friends,

Happy New Year to you all!  May 2017 be full of love, peace and blessings.

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Today, i wanted to share with you a new layout created with this month’s “Hey, Sugar” kit.   Isn’t it lovely?  All the beautiful papers and embelishments are so fun to work with, but there is also a set of cut files that is included with each kit.   One of this month’s cut files features an image of a donut;  once i saw the cut file, I knew that it would work perfect for what i had in mind.

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I started by printing the image of the donut, using the Silhouette software, in my printer.  I  used a pencil to transfer onto trace paper the image of the donut.  Using the Prima watercolor palettes, i created a few circles on watercolor paper to look like the dough of a donut.

 

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Using the trace paper image as a guide, the watercolor circles were cut to obtain the donut shape.  At the same time, I isolated the icing image of the donut, on the Silhouette software, and cut it from some of the papers in the kit, as well as the Heart Day 6×6 pad (this month’s kit add on) available at the Clique Store. 

 

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Once i had the “donut icing” cut outs, i glued the pieces together, and added a bit of hand stitching to secure the pieces, and add texture to the donut shapes.  Putting the page together after that was so  simple, and fun!

 


The donuts were attached to the page using adhesive foam (in different thickness), so that they create dimension on the page.   All the sprinkles in the donuts are the part of the Joy Parade (from Fancy Pants) puffy stickers included in the kit, I simply cut the triangles to create the sprinkles for the donuts.  I created a photo strip  of my nephew eating only the sprinkles of a donut, and nestled it amongst the donuts.  This month’s exclusive printables were perfect to create little clusters along the photo strip.

 

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For the title, I used the circumference of the donut to create a playful design with the Crate Paper’s Heart Day Alphas  included in the kit, and one of the word stickers (from the Joy Parade collection) also included in the “Hey, Sugar” kit.  I love the color combination, and the retro vibe it adds to the page.  To finish the project, I simply added my journal lines along the circumference of the donuts, and added the date to the project.  Here is the complete project:

 

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I love when i can bring my ideas into a reality, and this is the case with this layout.   It was all possible using this month’s “Hey, Sugar” kit.  This is a must have, even if lots of pink is not your thing!.   Trust me, you want to make sure to subscribe for it, and get all the add ons at the Clique Store, just use one of the DT’s code to obtain a discount at checkout.

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

Thanks for visiting, and have a great New Year!

 

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Traveler’s Notebook – My Journal

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Hello Clique Friends!

I hope you all had a great Christmas!,  and are getting everything ready to receive the New Year.

Today, I will share with you a few entries of my traveler’s book (also known as my personal journal) created with the beautiful January kit, “Hey Sugar”.  This kit is so gorgeous, and full of beautiful papers, and colorful add ons.  It is perfect to document all those loved holiday memories.

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I don’t know about you, but i love coffee.  During the holiday season, I am partial to the Starbucks’s Peppermint Mocha; needless to say, i had to add an entry on my diary to remind me the rest of the year of this wonderful drink.

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To start, i used a piece of the packaging tissue paper (the kit comes wrapped with) to cover one side of the traveler’s note book, and added a picture of my daily addiction .  The coffee cut tag comes from the 6×6 Heart Day paper pad, which is available at the Store as an add-on to this kit;  the little enamel glitter heart comes from the embelishment package in the kit.

 

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This year Starbucks chose to have decorated cups for the Holiday season, let’s just say that the friendly staff was glad to give away many cups to one of their frequent customers.   In order to preserve my memories,  i broke apart the cup, and cut it to look like a smaller version of it.  A small hole to the top of the cut-out transform it to a tag, and i used a Sharpie marker to write some journal lines on the back of the image (the paper clip comes from my stash).  Since i also kept the cup’s sleeve, I decided to create a small pocket from one of the papers in the Simple Stories Love & Adore collection included on the Hey Sugar kit.   A little bit of hand stitching holds it in place, and the Fancy Pants “Golden Days” stamp available in the Clique store, along with some small embelishments and add ons to the kit complete the page:

 

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The next entry on my journal, was put together while I waited for my son to finish his hour  soccer training.  I traced a large heart over the next two pages of the notebook, pierced the image, and hand stitched a large heart.  I also punched a few holes in the center spine of both pages,  and used the needle to create some string art inside the heart.

 

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This month’s exclusives printables are perfect to use when documenting in a traveler’s notebook.  I used one of the tags to serve as a layer behind the picture of my hubby decorating gingerbread cookies.  I used another of the printables to create a small cluster on the lower left corner of the page, using the branding strips from one of the papers from the kit, a label from Simple Stories Love & Adore collection (an add on to this month’s kit), and a few pieces from last month’s kit.

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Since the heart took most of the space of the page, i added my journal around the heart’s edge.  I added a few of the Fancy Pants puffy stickers included in the Hey Sugar kit to add interest on the heart.  Here is the completed page:

 

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Aren’t the colors in this month’s Hey Sugar kit so gorgeous?  Like I mentioned before,  they are perfect to document all your beloved memories.    Don’t forget to visit the Clique Store and Market to find more details on this kit, and all the add-ons available for purchase.  You can always use one of the DT’s code to obtain a 10% discount on your order at checkout.

Thanks for visiting today, and may you be blessed in the New Year!

 

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