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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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“ABC Dude” Process Video

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I wanted to pull out the colors in the October kit, Sapphire, to use on a back-to-school page.  I thought the combination of navy, mustardy yellow, and aqua were a great palette, and some of the greys and blacks on the Pinkfresh patterned papers reminded me of a chalkboard look.

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I wanted to do something with “ABC’s”, so I used a cut file to cut out my letters, making the rectangles just smaller than my photo to make the photo stand out more. You can see how I manipulated the cut file in my video below. I backed the letters with different colored papers.

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My initial plan was to use kraft paper as the background, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  I had ONE whole sheet of patterned paper left in the kit, and it was a perfect fit!  I added a few more black splatters to match what was already on the paper, and then just layered my cut files and photo on.

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To draw more attention to the photo, I want to have some “arrows” pointing towards it, and the triangles from one of the patterned paper were perfect for the job.  I tried to create a visual triangle with the colors at the top and bottom with the colors on the abc cards.

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You can watch how I completed this page from start to finish below.  Hope you enjoy!

 

 


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Everyday has a Story

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They say a photo can say a 1000 words.  But that’s only if you are the one who knows the story behind it!  When I am scrapbooking, I often have to write out the full story so that my children (and anyone else who looks through my books) knows what this particular photo means to me.

For this page that I created with the October Kit, Sapphire, I had a bit to say, but didn’t want it to take away from the design of my page.  So I created a little pocket behind my photo to hide my journaling.

 

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I added a piece of paper to the back of my page to help hold me journaling tag in place.

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The tag is one of the exclusive cards in the kit.  I added a little punched strip to the top and a die cut from the PinkFresh Die Cuts pack.  Then I stitched it all together.

 

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My story is written on the back.

 

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You can also see one of the October cut files under my photo that I layered with patterned paper, die cuts, and flair!

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You can watch this entire process here in my video:

 

 

Be sure to tell your story on your pages!!