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Yearbook | DREAM BIG

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Hello Crafty Friends!

Nathalie here with a new project featuring this month’s super gorgeous Aquarelle main kit.   Seriously, this kit is so versatile, full of color, and watercolor designs that  are perfect for documenting all your cherished memories.

 

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I love butterflies, and the “Mariposa” paper included in the kit was the starting point for this  layout.   However, I went ahead and search the Clique Kits digital store for a butterfly cut file, and found this one from January 2016.  The combination of color and clean lines of the butterflies in this project bring the page to life.

 

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I love capturing my kids and littles growth, however, i always chose to photograph the difference in their progress using a fixed object.  This time, after a quick shopping trip to Michael’s, both, my daughter and niece -unknowingly to each other- bought the same bracelet.  “DREAM BIG” is what the beads in the bracelet spelled; and i used the bracelet as my point of reference to compare their developments -they are 6 years apart after all-   So sit, and enjoy a compressed version of  how this page came together:

 

 

For this page, I chose to create a watercolor background using a few Prima watercolor palettes.  The color splatters can easily be created by sprinkling some water drops, followed by some ink splatters (on top of the water ones), and then using a round brush connecting the color and water droplets together.

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Though I created the background with a different design in mind, the change of orientation of the background helps the overall look of the page.

 

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The cut out butterflies were backed with vellum, and randomly stitched to the watercolor background.   All the fussy cut butterflies from the “Mariposa” paper included in the Aquarelle kit were sprinkled around the page, and also sewn into the layout.

 

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The exclusive cards that are included in this month’s kit serves  as the layer behind the picture.  In addition to finding the cut files, I also found some exclusive printables  in the store (September 2015 kit) that also match the colors of the Aquarelle kit.  The large tab from this printable serves as  part of one of the clusters created around the picture.  The rest of the embellishments come from the die cut pack, and this month’s exclusive printables.

 

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To create a visual triangle on the page, another small cluster was created at the top of the page using pieces from the kit along with a piece of the paper’s branding strip.   The title of the page is “DREAM BIG” which is what the beads on the bracelets spell.  I am not big on alphas, but this month’s Pinkfresh Studio copper set is so beautiful,   it needs to be featured in your projects.  After adding the journal lines, here is the final layout:

 

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Can you tell, i love butterflies?  Trust me, I think i used at least one of them in almost all my projects this month (there are still a few more projects coming to the blog soon!).  But you will also be reaching for your detailing scissors to fussy cut this lovely designs.   The Aquarelle kit is just a dream to work with.  If you haven’t checked the kit, run to the Clique Store to pick one of the few left (i hope they haven’t sold out yet!).

 

You can always leave me a comment if you have any questions on how this page came together.

 

Thanks for stoppping by!

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Field Notes – My Personal Journal

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Hello Clique Friends!

Nathalie here bringing you a few entries of my personal journal created using the beautiful ( it is truly a gorgeous!)  Aquarelle main kit.  This month’s kit features  Cocoa Vanilla’s “Wild at Heart” collection which is full of florals, watercolor motives, and lots of beautiful designs.  If you haven’t checked the Aquarelle kit, yet, then you better run to the Clique Store to pick the few available for sale.

 

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Did you know that there is a large library of cut files and printables available for purchase at the Clique Store?  I happen to visit the store, and combined the  printables from the September 2015 kit with the the Aquarelle kit to create a spread about this year’s NSD. Here is  a small video on how the page came together:

 

 

The picture (of the day) was enlarged to fit into one of the pages of the TN (4.25×8.25 in).  After gluing it to the page, I added a few pieces (Pinksfresh Studio Alphas, and CK printables)  of the Aquarelle kit to the picture.

 

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Since the picture has plenty of white space at the bottom, it was the perfect spot to add a few lines about the day’s experience.

 

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To balance the page, the large sentiment card in the September 2015 exclusive printables was machine sewn to a piece of white copy paper -cut to the TN’s page size- .

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One of the  small tabs was then glued to the card to complete the page, and stamp the date.  Here is the final spread:

 

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The next entry in my personal journal uses the Double Dot paper included in the Aquarelle kit, along with some of the exclusive printables, and Pinkfresh Studio’s Nico stamp ( unfortunately, this stamp has sold out in the  Clique store).   Here is a detailed video on how the spread came together:

 

 

This spread was so easy to create.  First, I found the center point of the TN page, and used it to cut a large triangle (that will cover the other page of the TN) out of the patterned paper.

 

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The title for this spread was created on the paper covered page using a combination of  stamps (Pinkfresh Studio’s Nico alpha, and Simple Stories Faith roller stamp), and the Pinkfresh Studio alphas included in the kit.

 

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A few simple exclusive printables was all that was needed to complete this page, and balance the large triangle on the spread.  After a few lines of journal, and a  few more sentiments added with the roller stamp in  Faded Jeans ink -Distress Oxides- , the page was completed.   Here is the final spread:

 

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Both pages were created in a really small amount of time (between 10-15 minutes), and I love the different looks, I was able to achieve with the Aquarelle kit, and the CK printables.  

Remember to visit the Clique Store to check all the exclusive printables, cut files, and most materials used in this pages.  You can use the DT codes to receive a discount at checkout.  As always, I am a comment away if you have any questions on how this came together.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

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Geek Lab with Hannah

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Aloha!! It’s Hannah here with you today.  The fresh and bold colors in the “Jelly Bean” April Kit have me thinking about Spring. Where I live it’s still pretty green and damp. It has me dreaming about my flower bed from the summer and all the beautiful colors they wore proudly. I knew this kit and the exclusive flower cut file would fit perfectly together to make an awesome layout.

Maybe by making a layout about my flowers will entice them to grow faster! If only scrapbooking brought on the season change and made the weather behave?!! While I dream about wearing old sneakers and dirty garden gloves, lets take a look at what I created.

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I really wanted to go BOLD so I used my silhouette to cut the exclusive floral cut file with pattern paper. The cut file is really intricate so it really helps this busy paper pop. The flowers come alive. It will work well on my layout because I am using white cardstock that I made several stripes with dark grey acrylic paint. The color against the dark and white really help them stand out.

I cut one set of flowers big and left them open. I also cut a couple of other sets in plain white cardstock.  I like to use smooth cardstock with my cut files. I find they look better and the thicker quality helps them hold up better in the silhouette. These smaller sets I backed with some of my left over “Paint Me” patterned paper and some of the dotted vellum. I used some tiny staples in gold from my tiny attacher to attach and hold the paper together. I wanted to create shadows by attaching them this way. I wanted the cut file to lift up a bit from the paper to add dimension too.

To me this really helps makes an impact on a layout when you use dimension and shadows in your favor. The bright colors in this kit and paper really help with that as well.

I used 3 3×4 size photos that I matted with white cardstock. With all the color in the cut file and in my photos I didn’t want to go crazy. I also knew I would finish off the layout with some splatters of the Shimmerz Acri-tonez Paints.

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I added a couple of the cut aparts from the “Daily Details” Paper for some extra layers. I love the writing on them it’s so fun and said perfectly how I felt. The gold foil on some of the cards is gorgeous and I couldn’t help myself not to use that on this layout.

I lightly embellished this page. The color and intricacy of the cut file really helped fill the page up. I used a few of the Freckled Fawn foam word phrase stickers. They are really fun. I also added some of the Bella Blvd Puffy Stickers and Epoxy Stickers from the Clique Store.  These stickers add just the right amount of extra color to tie my layout together.

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For the title I used the Elle Studio White Alphas and one of the Heidi Swapp Acetate words in gold. I love when I have word phrases in my kits to help me with my title. I don’t really mind if I don’t have the most thought out title. As long as it helps capture the feelings I have when I see my photo that’s all that matters to me. I know I will have journaling somewhere on my layout eventually so my family and I can remember all my thoughts about these photos.

Though truth be told, I just really enjoy taking photos of my gorgeous flowers. They are all mine and they are beautiful! I just want to remember how beautiful they are, especially during the middle of the winter when it has been raining for ten days straight and you can see your breathe when you wake up in the morning. It’s times like this I want to remember there is color and beauty that grows right in my own back yard. I don’t need a fancy title this time for that!

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To finish off my layout I added Freckled Fawn enamel dots and shapes around my cut file. That is intact what I want my eye to go to first when I look at this layout. I added the year for a date with more of the White Alphas by Elles Studio. Since the date really isn’t important I don’t need it to stand out. I also finished by adding splatters with the Shimmerz Acri-tonez Paints. I just let the paint fall out of the bottle as I lightly squeezed it. I really love the look it gave adding them this way. The paint made really raised spots around my layout and have great dimension. I made sure I put my layout off to the side while it dried so the paint didn’t get touched, or settle down.

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I hope you are inspired today to create different looks using just one cut file. It really makes a cut file be versatile when you can get different looks just by changing a few things, like color, shape and what is behind the cut file itself.

Have a great day and I hope you are excited about playing with your April “Jelly Bean” Kit when it shows up at your door. When it does arrive be sure to tag us and share what you creating with your kit!!

Also Check Out my Process Video on the Clique Kits Youtube Channel for more details on how I made this fun layout.

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Study Hall- Folding Paper

 

What do you do when you have a piece of patterned paper and you love BOTH sides of it?   Well all I did was fold a corner over and was able to create an interesting design AND see both prints at the same time!

 

I like that the colors on this paper were boyish, and I thought that the blue polka dots would be a good contrast to the bright and colorful “watercolor” side of the paper.  I initially had the fold on the bottom and the photos on the patterned paper, but thought that the photos stood out better on their own in the corner on the white background.  (I also love that the colors in my photo go so well with the colors in the prints!)

 

For my embellishments, I also stuck with the same color palette and used some of the 3×4 cut aparts, the die cuts, and even pieces of this month’s exclusive printable.

 

 

And the gold foiled elements add the perfect sheen to the page, too!

You can watch how I created this page from start to finish here:

Hope you are enjoying working with your kits!


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Carpe Diem

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Today, I have a little video for you, to show you my creation process for this layout made with the new BeeYou February Kit.

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I love how delicate and soft are some colours of the kit… you can create beautiful colour combo like this one. A little touch of gold and I am happy!

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Here is the process video for you!
You will discover all the steps to create this layout.
I hope you enjoy it.

Have a wonderful day,

Magali


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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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Card Double Feature: Art Studio

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Hi everyone,

Melissa here with you today and I’m sharing my process for prepping cardstock for paint. I love incorporating watercolors, ink splats and various other paints with my card making.

For this post, I’ve included a process video so, make sure to watch that for all the details.

Some tips:
– I use clear gesso so that the color of the cardstock shows through.
– Use something with a flat edge to spread the gesso. It creates a cool texture!
– A heat tool/gun works fabulous for drying a project quickly.
– Use at least an 80 lb. weight, smooth cardstock. For these cards I used Neenah brand. The heavier weight holds up to the paint and water mediums better.

Alright, to see the full process, check out my video below:

Here are the full photos of the two cards I created after using the watercolor cardstock.

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Some design notes: I love how the watercolor cardstock gives just a touch of added texture to the card while not overpowering. The colors I chose were purposeful in that it would bring out the colors of the papers and embellishments.

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How fun is that cluster of sequins??? I use to never know quite know how to incorporate sequins. Especially on a card. But, I’ve been experimenting and that is the best thing one can do. Experiment. Sure there will be some cringe worthy mistakes but, there will also be those fun little treats!

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I love utilizing ephemera for my cards. The watercolor background helps to anchor the overall design of the following card.

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How fun is that Wild about You card??? I used some mist, from my stash, to spray and bring out the words. These are included in the November kit and this one was begging to be used on a card!

While all product, with the exception of the paints and mist, are from the kit, I did throw in some enamel dots from my stash to help finish off the overall design of the card.

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Thank you for joining me for this Art Studio post. Hope you get an opportunity to add some fun watercolors to your cards!

Go check out the gorgeous Swan Lake kit HERE. It really is stunning! I’m still creating with it!

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