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Study Hall: Stitching with Cut Files —– —– —–


Salutations! Sophie here and I hope you are ready to have some fun with cut files today.  I think cut files are versatile and inexpensive tools to create with. Beyond using them with an electronic diecutting machine, they are perfect as stitching templates too. Here’s how.

Materials You Will Need

Materials Needed

  • Printout of selected cut file (I’m using the sunflowers digital cut file from 17 Turtles)
  • Scissors
  • Paper piercer (Mine was damaged, so I taped a needle to the handle and it works great too!)
  • Needle
  • Embroidery Floss / thread (Some floss have different tones in the same strand, like the pink one in the photo above. Using floss like these makes it easy to get different tones of the same color without having to switch thread colors)
  • Washi tape
  • Coloring medium (Paint, coloring pencils, water color etc.)
  • Cardstock
  • Foam mat (or a mouse pad)


Step 1

Step 1

Roughly cut out the printed sunflower and attach it to a piece of cardstock. Use only a little adhesive to hold your die in place. I would suggest placing glue on areas outside the pattern. For a clearer view of where you would be piercing the holes later, you can use a black pen to outline the shape of the sunflower if you like.


Step 2

Step 2

Using your paper piercer and foam mat, punch holes on the sunflower. Start at a corner and space your holes as evenly as possible. Try not to punch the holes too closely together, as the paper may tear when you stitch later.


Step 3

Step 3

Separate the printout die carefully from the cardstock and erase any residual tape. Thread your needle, knot the end and stitch through the holes. Here, I used the embroidery floss as it is, to achieve a fuller looking bloom. If you like your stitched image to have a thinner outline, use less strands of the floss. Once all your stitching is completed, you can either knot the end or use a little washi tape to secure it.


Step 4

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Color in your image using your medium of choice. Trim away excess cardstock around the image and you are done! As you can see from the photo, I chose not to stitch the center of my sunflowers. Instead, I left the holes empty and outlined them with a brown marker. You can use a French knot for the center or perhaps use some perfect pearls to dot it too.

And here’s a look at my layout using these stitched sunflowers:

Sunshine Smile, @Colortypes Sophie @CliqueKits, #Cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #CKhomecoming


Remember I mentioned using floss that come with different tones? The roses on the layout in my previous blog post were stitched using it. This resulted in blooms that had darker outlines in the middle and lighter pink tones on the outer petals.

Sewing Detail Small


Well, I hope you are inspired to create some stitched images of your own. Try different stitches and floss for completely different looks. If you are on the look out for some awesome cut files, don’t forget that you get to take 25% off your order at 17turtles with CK17TURTLES25. And, to make the deal even sweeter, you get to enjoy 25% in the Clique Kits shop using CKNOV25. Both promotions are till the end of November 2014. Do share and leave a comment should you find yourself picking up your needle! Happy stitching and creating!





Geek Lab; Adding Text to Your Layout

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Hi everyone! It’s Aliza here with a layout, and some (hopefully helpful) tips to share with you for printing your journaling directly onto your layouts. I discovered pretty early on in my scrapbooking career, that I do not want my handwriting on my scrapbook pages. Yes, perhaps one day, some future descendant of mine would treasure my actual handwritten notes. But for me, I just don’t think it looks that pretty. So, I am always tinkering with ways to print onto tags, scraps of paper, and now that I have a large format printer, directly onto my layouts.

It’s a pretty straightforward and logical process, that takes just a bit of planning, measuring, and remembering not to add embellishments before running it through the printer. (I have made that mistake.)

I start by getting the basic design of my layout. In this photo, the four layers of patterned paper are attached together, while the photo and smaller layers can still be moved around.


Once I had everything placed where I wanted them, I took some careful measurements. Then I measured again. And again, just be on the safe side. (Let’s just say, that mistakes have been made in the past.) I wanted my text to line up with the hexagon patterned vellum behind my photos. I measured from the left edge of the paper, to where the text would begin. I also measured how long the text box would be.


Then I measured from the top edge of the page.


In Photoshop Elements, I created a blank 12×12 document, and dragged some grid lines to where my text would go on the layout. In this case, it was 2.5 inches from the left, and 6.75 inches from the top of the page. To fully justify the text (to have the writing flush on the right and left margins) I typed ctrl+shift+j.


I printed out a test copy on a piece of scrap white paper, (I use the 12×12 sheets that sometimes come inside of sheet protectors) to make sure everything printed where I thought it would, and it would all fit in the allotted space.


Once it was all looking copacetic, it was time to run the actual layout through the printer, during which time I always say a little prayer that all will work out as planned. Once the text was printed without any mishaps, I was free to add my embellishments, and layer it up to my heart’s content.

Justus2, @Alizad, @cliquekits, #cliquekits, #scrapbooking, #DIY, #ckhomecoming


Thanks so much for stopping by!





Art Studio: Distressing and Hand Sewing

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Hello there! It’s Caroli here and today I want to show you this layout I made using distressing and hand sewing.

As you can see, I used a lot of triangles, they are very trendy lately, but I wanted to add a special touch to my triangles, so I use a distresser tool on the edges and also hand-sew around it for a more interesting texture and volume.



Also, I created a sequins pocket with one of the triangles using vellum and some star-shaped sequins inside, love how it looks 🙂



I love the soft and delicate look of all patterned paper from Lemon Owl, they are great for mixing and very modern.



I used a gold doily from my stash and placed it behind my pic, and then used one of the butterflies from the embellishment strips to decorate. I cut the same shape in vellum and placed it under it so as to add more volume.





I hope you like the idea and dare to distress and hand sew some triangles on your layout. Have a nice monday!




Yearbook: Let’s Do the Write Thing!


Hello everyone! Sophie here today to share with you about writing on your creations. In a journaling rut? Have no fear! Today I’m going to share with you numerous ways to climb out of the hole and plunge right into your journaling. So pick up your pens and let’s Beg, Borrow or Brave it to get our words on a page, without the need to buy anything. Yay!

1. Beg It.

Sometimes the words to a page are best written from a different perspective. When I am stuck or lost for words for a page, I turn to my husband to get his thoughts. Some of my best writings are the result of interviews with family members and friends. I love my colornote app on my mobile phone, which allows me to quickly write precious gems of stuff my kids say or do. I refer to these notes whenever I am creating, and they are my fuel for words. Alternatively, get someone to write a sentence or two on the subject matter that you are scrapping. Perhaps have a family quiz where everyone answers the same questions. Not only does it work a treat for family bonding, but you produce instant fodder for your journaling purposes. I have asked my daughter the same list of questions every year in her birthday month – favorite color, place, food etc. and love how the responses show she is evolving as she grows up. Next year, she will have to write her answers and this mama will score some words without lifting a pen.

Other ways to get words from others include using those penned by your child’s teacher in progress reports, greetings written in cards, thoughts found on Facebook status and even comments on your photos on Instagram. Since many of us actually spend time on social media, why not use those words for our pages too? While at it, look out for numerous free printables that are everywhere these days. Clique Kits have some of the loveliest around and they are oh, so versatile to be used as part of your journaling. These often have beautiful sentiments that work great as embellishments too.

See the title on the following page? That’s from a 17 Turtles cut file:

Grateful, @Colortypes Sophie @CliqueKits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #CKhomecoming

2. Borrow It.

Why reinvent the wheel? There are loads of great journaling stuff found in quotes and famous speeches. Try searching online for quotes with specific words in them that convey the sentiment of your page or use lines from your favorite show, song, book or even the tagline of products and mottos of institutions. Many of these make great titles too and you kill two birds with one stone in the process. Personally, I love including lines from poems and children’s books on my pages. I have also found myself reading information leaflets for words and descriptions of the places we have been. No harm using those on a page since they have already been written and edited.

Instead, of having entire chunks of words as journaling, have a list of words, or use a definition. Perhaps a list of synonyms describing your feelings, child, day or trip. Consider having the definition of “life”, “breathe” or “excitement” for a page about your everyday. Clean the dust off your dictionary and thesaurus and there you have before you, instant potential journaling material at your disposal. In the above page, I chose to include a list of wishes we have of our daughter. That made journaling on the page much faster.

3. Brave It.

Do it yourself. Set the timer for a minute and write. No editing or doubting yourself. Never mind grammatical or spelling errors. If you would like to edit what you have written, then write on scrap paper first. If you are in the habit of journal writing, read through your entries and select choice sentences to use on your page. To shake things up a little, try writing using a different medium. Think crayons, markers, paint brushes or calligraphy. Have fun with your own handwriting. If you are one of those who would really rather not have your handwriting on a page, there is always the option of typing on a typewriter or a computer. Play with the fonts, size and colors. The possibilities are endless!

Or perhaps you are after some extra oomph in your writing? Play with words. Use literary devices like puns (words that sound alike such as “right” and “write”), alliterations (words starting with the same letter), metaphors (likening a person to something “You are my cupcake”) or onomatopoeia (sound words like “ah”, “whoosh” and “Wham”) in your journaling. These often add a dimension of humor, fun and deeper thought to your creation and will certainly illicit a laughter or conversation with whoever admires your pages.

And there you have it. Three possible ways to get you writing again. To make things even easier for you my dear reader, all these journaling tips have been summarized in a chart for your quick reference.

Clique Notes: Do the Write Thing

Tips to Get Out of a Writing Rut




Beg It Interview someone 


Someone else’s handwriting

Create questionnaires

Free printables

Progress reports

Comments from Social Media







Notes you have taken

Borrow It Stories, poems 



Movies, songs, taglines, mottos

Definitions, synonyms

Overheard conversations

Information leaflets






Notes you have taken


Brave It Type it 


Paint it

Write without editing

Play with fonts

Literary devices

Keep a Journal

Typewriter / Computer 



Personal handwriting




Print it out and the next time you find yourself in a journaling rut, pull out the chart and try one of these ideas. So go on now and do the write thing! Oh, and before I leave you, see those blooms on my page?

Grateful Sewing Detail, @Colortypes Sophie @CliqueKits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #CKhomecoming

Those were hand sewn using 17 Turtles cut files as a template and painted thereafter. There are loads of yummies in the Clique Kits store waiting to be discovered, so don’t forget to enjoy 25% in the Clique Kits shop using CKNOV25 and take 25% off your order at 17turtles with CK17TURTLES25. Promotion runs till the end of November 2014. Happy creating!


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Clique Kits October Wrap Up

@cliquekits, #cliquekits #promcommittee #DIY #ckdesignteam #designteam #scrapbook #card #inspiration #octoberkit #masqueradeball

Happy Friday Clique Kits fans!  Erica here with you today and I am excited to be bringing you the October wrap up!  This is a new post that will happen each month where I take you back and highlight some fun and exciting moments that happened over the month and also give you a peek at what is coming up!  We had an exciting month starting with the kick off of our very first Varsity Team (design team).  They have all done an amazing job so far and we can not wait to share more of their amazing talent with you!  You can check out the Varsity Team HERE and remember to follow their blogs and grab their special discount code to use in the Clique Kits shop!  We also have our October Challenge going on right now that you will want to link up to for your chance to win this fabulous prize sponsored by Fancy Pants Designs!

We hope you enjoyed all the amazing projects, tutorials, and inspiration that the Varsity Team shared with you so far this month!  Now lets take a look at a few of the amazing projects created this month by our fabulous Varsity Team!



TransamericaPyramid, @Danielle de Konink, @Cliquekits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #ckmasqueradeball

Danielle created this gorgeous layout and shared how she used created custom backgrounds using the Clique Kits exclusive cut files!  Click on her layout to go directly to her blog post.

Little Day Out, @Colortypes Sophie @cliquekits, #cliquekits #scrapbooking #DIY #masqueradeball


Sophie pulled out this amazing tassel tutorial that you just have to check out!  I love how she added them to her layout and it adds so much interest to her page.  Check out her full tutorial HERE.

NYC Album, @alizadeutsch @cliquekits #cliquekits #scrapbooking #masqueradeball


And last but not least Aliza takes us for a walk through her hometown with this fabulous mini album she created using the October 2014 kit!  For more tutorials and projects using the October kit please head on over to the Clique Kits blog!  Another highlight this month was our Designer in the Spotlight Kelly Purkey!  We were all so thrilled to have her share a little bit about herself on our blog!  If you missed the Q&A with Kelly you have to check it out HERE!



Of coarse no month would be complete without our Clique Kits Blog Share and this month was our biggest blog share ever!  Our subscribers and Varsity Team wowed us this month sharing their projects using this months kit.  In case you are not familiar with our monthly Blog Shares let me give you the details!  Each month our subscribers have the option to join the Clique Kits founders and Varsity Team in sharing what they have have created using the current Clique Kit.  There is always an optional challenge to go along with the blog share and a winner not only for one randomly chosen blog share hopper but also for one of our subscribers.  Subscribers participating in the blog shares are also awarded honor credits that can be used in the Clique Kits store!  Each blog share is 5 honor credits and each credit equals $1.00 and these credits can be rolled over!  Just a perk of being a Clique Kits subscriber!  We would love to see your name in our next blog share line up so subscribe today!

As I wrap up this post I want to leave you with what is coming up for November!  We are so excited to be bringing you our November kit HOMECOMING and subscriptions are now open and each new subscription will include a free paper pack from Studio Tekturek.  This kit is jam packed with a full paper collection from Lemon-Owl, vellum from Studio Calico and cut apart sheets from Websters Pages Nest collection.  The embellishments in this kit are not only beautiful but unique and this month we have a special treat for you with cut files from 17turtles!

17 Turtles

We are so excited to be teaming up with 17turtles to bring you some custom cut files that coordinate beautifully with this months kit and also they will be sponsoring our November Challenge!  Stay tuned to the blog as the Varsity Team begins sharing projects using the November 2014 Kit Homecoming!  I leave you today with two promo codes that run from today until the end of November! Enjoy 25% in the Clique Kits shop using CKNOV25 and take 25% off your order at 17turtles with CK17TURTLES25.  Make sure to also stop by the 17turtles blog and Facebook page for more inspiration!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  We look forward to a creative November and we hope you will join us!  Enjoy your weekend!