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Geek Lab- The Ocean is Calling


Hi everyone!  I have totally ripped through this entire August Kit, Malibu, featuring Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection.  I love the water color look and the gradations from yellow to blue to purple and pink.

For Geek Lab today, I thought I would use some of my trusty tools: my Silhouette Cameo, my sewing machine and a circle punch.

I began by cutting this cut file from the store from a CK Clique Into Color Kit from a year or so ago.  The images are large paint strokes, and I wanted to create a “sand” layer, a “water” layer, and a “sky” layer up my page.  Once I had my layers down, I stitched over most of them with coordinating threads to add some texture and interest.

Once I had the layers on, I punch some circles from coordinating papers and overlapped them on two colors.  I wanted a place to ground my embellishment and the circles did just that.

Finally, I embellished each circle area with chipboard and stickers.

You can watch the whole process here:


What are your favorite tools to use on a page?

Thanks so much for stopping by today!



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Study Hall: Let’s Get Dazzled!

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Hello friends!

Melissa here with you today and I’m sharing a card using the June Aquarelle Kit. For this card, I wanted to highlight the awesome Shimmerz Dazzlers you can get as an add-on from the shop. This stuff is so much fun! It’s, essentially, modeling paste that already has the color and lovely sheen to it.

I googled some ideas on how to use it. I loved what I found and definitely wanted to translate it to the smaller scale of a card. Here is the full photo:


I just love how the Dazzlers give this card a little “oomph” for the background.

What I did was super simple – I used a mask that I had in my stash and smoothed the dazzlers over it with a palette knife. I was careful to not leave it took think but still have enough dimension. I also love the messy look in which it seems as if I scraped off some of the Dazzlers off.


It didn’t take long to dry so, I was able to complete this card rather quickly. At least, quickly when I think of how long modeling paste can normally take to dry!

While it was drying, I begin to layer the top part of my card. I used bits and pieces from the patterned paper, the vellum and die cuts. I even broke out the sewing machine and added a little bit of stitching.


Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

I hope you enjoyed this card today. And, I hope you get a chance to go dig around in the shop for add-ons. While June is winding down, I know many of you are just now digging in to those June kits. Don’t forget to use up the scraps to make a few fun cards, too!

I’ll be back next week with another card and the fabulous Dazzlers!!!


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Geek Lab – Simple Stitching

Hello Clique fans!  Erica here with you today to bring you a layout using the March 2017 kit and add ons!  You can find this kit in the Clique Kits shop HERE.  I will also be using the March sketch that went up earlier this month for our blog challenge!

This month our sponsor is the fabulous Cut Shoppe!  Link up your projects for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to The Cut Shoppe!  I have been having so much fun creating with the March Clique Kit and we I have been enjoying seeing all the fabulous projects that our subscribers and design team have shared so far!

For my  layout I started with a white 12×12 cardstock and added two pieces of pattern paper from the kit!  I cut them to match the sketch and love how they came out!  I decided that I needed to add some texture so I pulled out my handy dandy sewing machine and found a nice zig zag stitch!

Stitching on your projects is so easy to do and you can find really affordable machines on Amazon!  I just love the texture it adds to my projects and it is super simple and quick to do!  I keep my machine right under my desk so it is easy to just grab and get to work!  Once my stitching was done I added a few layers behind my photo and adhered it down to my layout!  Then the fun part…pulling out all my embellishments from my kit and add ons from the shop!!  I love that the Clique Kits shop has a la carte add ons so you can pick and choose what you want to add to your box each month!  You can check out the March Add ons HERE in the shop!  Don’t forget to also check out all the other goods Clique Kits has available too!

The ephemera in this kit are amazing and you get so many in your kit!  I used a few here on my layout to frame my photo!  The photo is of our youngest son Eli and his best friend Izzy our boxer!  These two are just so close and it melts my heart to see how much they love each other!  I snapped this pic of them napping together in Izzy’s bed!  I mean how adorable right!

I used some stickers from the Shimelle accent sticker sheet that was on of the March add ons!  To finish off my layout I added some ink splatters and some journaling with my WRMK Typeset typewriter and called it done!

Using the March sketch helped bring this layout together so quick!  I would love to see you give this sketch a shot and link up to our monthly challenge!  You can find the challenge HERE and also if you are on Instagram or Facebook you can tag us so we can see what you have created!

Tomorrow is our April kit reveal and we hope you will join us here on the blog and on Instagram for our Pep Rally!

We also have something new that will be launching in April that you do not want to miss!  Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to get our monthly product specials and any discount codes we have out!  Thanks so much for stopping today and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!




Geek Lab- Hello Little Critter






Happy Thursday!  For my page today, I decided to use a tool that rarely gets used from my stash: punches, along with my February Kit.  I used some small circle punches to add some bright spots of color to my layout below:


For the rest of my page, I kept to a palette of cool colors with the purples, teals, and mint in a simple layout design with a black of patterned paper on the left and another on the right and a strip of gingham down the middle. Centering a photo on this strip helps guide your eye to the photo.

For embellishing, I fussy cut some of the black and white flowers and added some white tags for journaling.




I felt like I needed something to “pop” on the page, and was playing around with other papers, but I tried a tiny bit of this corrugated cardboard from Fancy Pants and it really helped add some amazing contrast.

I actually tried to cut to corrugated cardboard using a cut file and my Silhouette, but it was an epic fail!   The cardboard ripped and the design did not cut.  Perhaps a deep blade would work?  Anyways, I decided just to stick with some simple circles that I punched with some circle punches.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Locker Room-My Whole World

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Hello again friends!  I am so grateful every time I find myself here writing another piece of (hopefully) inspiration for you.  The beautiful kits always inspire me to create something new and this month’s kit is especially beautiful!  Here is a quick look at the kit that you can find in the shop here.


For today’s layout I was inspired to use this month’s wonderful cut file.  Can you even take in all the cuteness?!  I wanted to focus on the little guys that make up my whole world and tell the story of my 4 kids.


To start the layout I cut the file out of white card stock from my stash.  Next, I used white embroidery floss and hand-stitched around the outside of the globe.  I backed the open globe with the etched wood veneer.


I surrounded the globe with flowers from the ephemera pack and flowers fussy cut from patterned papers in the kit.  I also added a few of the stunning puffy stickers flowers from the Hazelwood add-on.


In line with the theme I embellished the globe with a few chipboard hearts and a small bundle of string.


For my title I used the gold thinkers in the kit.  I adore the script letters!


For a few final accents I added the chipboard arrows and stamped the date.  I adore the final spread.  I love how easy the layout came together working with such lovely products!

I hope this has given you a few ideas on how you can play with the fun embellishments in this months kits.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a beautiful Monday and capture some memories!





Locker Room- Seamlessly Mixing Different Elements

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Hello friends!  Candace here to share my first layout using the completely yummy January kit!  Here is just a little sneak at the kit.  You can check out the kit and the all extras in the shop here and here.


I loved all the papers in the kit this month and I loved how beautifully they played together so I wanted to create a layout using multiple papers.  I started with a 12×12 piece of white card stock for my background.


Next, I cut 2.5inch  strips from various patterned papers and vellum from the kit.  I adhered the strips down to the base then ran a stitch along the top and bottom of each paper about .25inch in.  I slid my bone folder between the stitching to pop up the edges of the paper to add a little dimension and interest.


I wanted a soft edge around my photo so I added a white base to my photo stack.  This creates  a seamless transition from black and white to the colors in the patterned paper.


To add a little more interest to my title I combined different fonts.  This is one of my favorite tricks to combine color elements across my spread and stretch my supplies!


Using a few of the beautiful dimensional embellishments from Crate Paper I created a cluster on the bottom right corner of my photo stack.


I love how seamlessly this layout blends together from the patchwork background to the mixed title and black and white photo.  Give some of these tips a try on your next layout!

Remember to always tag Clique Kits when you post pictures of your projects so we can swoon over your creations!  We are a community of crafters and we love to support one another along our crafty journey!

Have a beautiful day and a lovely Christmas!




Yearbook: Handwriting the story



Hi everyone!  Audrey here with a Yearbook post today.  I had an important story that I wanted to document with this kit, so I am focusing on my journaling for this page.  Sometimes I think my journaling is messy (and I misspell words a lot!) but I remember that when my kids or grandchildren are look at these in the future, they are going to want to see a part of me!  So that is why I choose to hand journal on my pages.

I knew I wanted to use bits of the bright colored papers with the black and white stripe, so I cut out some scalloped shapes from a few different bright prints.  I ground my photos on the black and white paper with a piece of pink paper the same scalloped shape.



I kept my embellishments on the left side of the page leaving a lot of white space on the right.




The striped lines of the black and white paper provided a great place for journaling.pierced-ck-2


Hope you enjoyed this post and remember to put a little piece of you on your pages!


Yearbook: Thanksgiving Memories



Hello everyone!

Today I am back with a sweet project about a holiday memory using this month’s gorgeous Swan Lake kit.   This beautiful kit features papers from Maggie Holmes’s Gather collection, and lots of extras and add-ons that are perfect for documenting your holidays.




I  know our American friends are set to celebrate Thanksgivings this weekend, while here in Canada the holiday was celebrated over a month ago (second weekend of October).  Since I hosted an entire weekend of family gatherings, there were lots of pictures to chose from; however is our tradition to go for a walk and photograph the kids with the beautiful autumn colors as our background.  It is nice to go back, and look at all those pictures of my kids, and how they have changed along with nature, and now they are teens.   With that in mind, I wanted to create a fall layout without the traditional fall colors, and the Swan Lake kit was perfect for this.



I started by transforming my picture from color to black and white, and enlarging it to fit into a 8×8 in square.  I used the April exclusive cut files to cut the leaf wreath to fit around the picture (7.5 in diameter), and the word  “memories” out of white card stock. Here are some close ups of the layout:



Small clusters of ephemera and stickers tucked in between the leaf cut-outs.  The exclusive printables were perfect for this


The cut-out was back with papers from the kit, and vellum.  I chose to alternate the papers and vellum along the wreath.


The picture was mounted on the corrugated paper from the kit.  This helped to add dimension to the layout.


The larger cluster around the picture. I simply added pieces from the die cut package, exclusive flair, and some die cut pieces from Simple Stories Posh collection (available in the Clique store)


For the layout mat, i used white card stock and glued paper strips from the “Pure Joy” paper from the Swan Lake kit to both corners of the mat.  I trimmed the mat a bit and glued it to the “Love”paper from the kit ( i had cut the center of the paper for another project).   I used my sewing machine to secure all the papers, and to  add a bit of texture to the layout.




The title was built by using one of the April cut-files.  I chose to also stitch the word “memories” to the layout.  I pulled the gold mini alphas (they belong to the Gather collection card stock sticker sheet) from my stash to create the word “Thanksgiving”.  I added a few splatters of gold ink around the wreath, scattered some sequin, and added a line of journal to the top of the page before calling it done!.  Here is the final layout:




I have created a process video, where you can see how i went about creating the layout:



I am loving this take on a  fall layout.  The Swan Lake kit and all its add-ons, along with all the beautiful products available at the Clique Store were exactly what made this page perfect for my teens’s picture.  I hope this inspires you to document your holidays in a non-traditional way.

Remember to visit the Clique store to check all the materials used in this month’s projects; and always tag us or link your finished projects to the blog and the Clique page on Facebook.  We love to see what you are created, it is inspiring!

Thanks for visiting today!







Hello scrappy friends. Today, I am sharing another layout using the Kraft
tags from the kit and die cuts. I took this adorable photo of Edward behind the school one day. He was in the mood to have his picture taken so I took advantage of it. And I really wanted to get a picture in his adorable plaid shirt that I bought for picture day!


I used a pen and ruler to create a faux stitched look on the kraft tag. And did the same thing with the heart journaling tag. And because I felt that the “just own it” flair was perfect for this photo, A added it to the corner of the layout with some die cuts and stickers.



Thanks for visiting today!


Geek Lab: Moments captured with love


Hello everyone! Maryám here and today is Geek lab day! I usually use printables for this section of the blog, but today I want to talk about something a little bit different for me.

I asked to my mom if she could stitch something on my layout, and she said yes! I gave some “instructions” to her, and when she finished, I said that I loved the result.


The stitched look is so cool and also added some texture to the page.


For this design, I only used white thread, but I think the next time I’m going to try with more colors.

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I hope you liked this layout, and if you have the oppurtunity, just add some stitching to your pages!

By the way, Audrey posted some videos about how to use your sewing machine on scrapbook, if you want to see her post, just click here.

Have a lovely day!