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Geek Lab- Machine Sewing tips

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First of all, I just wanna say how excited I am to be here sharing my first page on the Clique Kits blog!  And secondly, how gorgeous is the new October Kit Sapphire?!

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Here is my first page I created with the kit combining both the Pinkfresh Studios and Simple Stories papers.  I tend to usually stick with one line when I create, even within a kit, so I wanted to mix it up this time.

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The large sections of aqua, navy and red seems a bit boring, so I decided to give my sewing machine a workout to add some more interest and jazz it up a bit!

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I added a bit of white and gold twine from my stash to coordinate with the other gold elements in the kit like this beautiful wood veneer piece with gold accents.picture-day-1_edited-2

I tried to add continuity throughout the page by adding aqua, red, yellow, and navy accents at each point of the visual triangle.

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You can watch how I created this page below, and after that is another video that I created on machine sewing on your scrapbook pages.  I hope you are inspired to break out your machine and add in some more texture and details with some stitches and thread.


 


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Locker Room-Hello Love

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Hello friends!  I am so happy to be here today sharing with you a new layout created with the stunning October Sapphire kit.  Here is a peek at the kit and you can check it out in the store here with all the fun add-ons too!

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One thing that I absolutely adore about Pinkfresh Studio papers is that they come so beautifully decorated like mixed media.  This allows me to concentrate on creating a page with embellishments and stitching because the mixed media work is already done!  Having predesigned paper also allows pages to come together much quicker and with less mess.  Here is a look at my final spread!

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To start the page off I stitched around the edges three times to create a circular pattern to provide a resting place for all my embellishments and to keep the focus on my photo in the center of the layout.

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I clustered the embellishments by color along the stitching for maximum design impact.  I love how it makes the mixed media background and embellishments pop!

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I just adore the black ink splatters on the page!!!

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I wanted a big bold title so I used the Dear Lizzy thickers from last month’s kit…they are kinda my fave!

Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out a little design inspiration with the new October kit.  Remember to stop by the shop to check out the kit and all they extras!  Also, make sure that you stop by the blog to see all the new design team girls inspiration with this kit…they are fabulous!!!

Have a beautiful day!

Candace

 

 


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Locker Room – When Less is More

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Hello!  It’s Melissa here with my last post for this month!  For my layout today I really wanted to focus on the beautiful sequin mix from Spieglemom Scraps.  So I decided to make a type of shaker feature with one of the exclusive “Summer” cut files from the Raskog kit.

In order to make the pockets, I used some clear plastic packaging and my trusty Tombo Mono Multi liquid glue.  It was very fiddly, and I wasn’t sure whether it would even work, but it did.  The sequins don’t actually shake in the pocket, but they still give the illusion that they do.

In order to balance out my layout and keep the title (and photo of course) as the main feature, I kept my embellishment to a minimum.  In fact, I didn’t really embellish this layout at all except to add one of the cut apart phrases, and a strip of the yellow embossing plastic (dry embossed with flowers).

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A close up of my sequin pocket title.

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I love those Pink Fresh Studio acetate words, and I especially love how they look machine stitched.

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Here is my process video

Thanks so much for looking!  Have an amazing weekend.

CK_DT1516_Siggies_Melissa

 


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Geek Lab -For the Love of Hand Stitching!

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Hello creative friends!  It’s Melissa back with you again and today I’m going to share my latest scrappy love!  Before I discovered scrapbooking I was a keen cross stitcher, with projects on the go since I was 14!  What a delight to discover I could combine the two, and my Silhouette Cameo has made the process so much easier and fun!

I recently purchased the Silhouette Pen Attachment (containing three different sized attachments), which enables any type of pen or pencil to be used with the sketch function.  It means I can now draw cut file designs and then hand stitch them.

I decided to create a layout with one of gorgeous exclusive cut files from this month’s Raskog kit.  As soon I saw this one I knew I had to stitch it!

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I rotated it to the right, and then sketched it with a pen.

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Once it was sketched I left my mat in my Silhouette and then opened another copy of the cut file so I could reduce the size of the three circular shapes.  Then I cut them out on my Silhouette to provide frames.  In hindsight I wouldn’t have made the frames so large.

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The next step was to use my paper pierce to create hundreds of holes for my stitching.

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Then came the fun but long process of stitching.  I used colours that were complimentary to the Life Noted collection.  Whilst you can see the black of my pen, its not obvious when you look at the layout in real life.

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And here is the completed layout, which although it appears clean and simple and quick was a labour of love with all the stitching.  As a busy mum of three I did the stitching in small increments, and I left it on my dining room table so I could come back to it throughout the day.

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I embellished with like colours to each of the three circles.  I love the exclusive flair in this beautiful kit!

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The Pink Fresh Studio rubber charms had perfect sentiments for my photos.

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Love those yellow alpha from the collection too!  I also added a flower that I made with a Sizzix die and my Big Shot Plus.  I added extra embellishments from the Pink Fresh Studio “Felicity” collection that I purchased from the CK store here.

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If you haven’t tried the sketch function of your Silhouette you really should, and I highly recommend you purchase the Pen Attachment!

Have a lovely week!

CK_DT1516_Siggies_Melissa


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Yearbook -How I Document Birthdays

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Hello again!  It’s Melissa here with you again!  Today I’m sharing how I document my children’s birthdays.  As well as doing the usual present and cake layouts, I love to take a photo of them on their birthday, and then “interview” them about their current favourites.  My layout today is all about my oldest daughter Azaria, and her favourites a year ago when she turned 6.

I used this amazing exclusive cut file from the Raskog kit for my background.

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I backed the cut file with predominantly papers from the Life Noted 6×6 paper pad, which you can purchase as a kit add-on in the CK store here.

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And here is my layout with the photo added in the central open space.

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I used my Sizzix Big Shot Plus and a Thinlits flower die by Lori Whitlock to cut flowers and leaves from several of the the 6×6 papers.

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And here are the assembled flowers.  I used some really old Stampin’ Up split pins from my stash for the centres.  So pretty with all the different papers!

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And here is my layout complete with embellishment and journalling.

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That gorgeous yellow acrylic heart is also a kit add-on and you can purchase it here.

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 I generally always handwrite my journalling because I like how it looks in my albums, but for a layout such as this with lots of detail I prefer to type it on my computer.  This also enables me to cut it into strips and disperse it on my page.

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My daughter’s name is Azaria, but I didn’t want to use so many of the A’s on one layout, so I used her nickname for my title.  I do love that her nickname enabled me to use up two of the Z’s!

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Azaria is turning 7 tomorrow, I’m so looking forward to seeing what her answers are for her birthday page this year!  Thanks for joining me today, I hope I inspired you to feature journalling on your birthday layouts, and to document more than just presents and cake (which are also important!).

CK_DT1516_Siggies_Melissa


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Art Studio – Playing with Mist

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Hi it’s Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back on the blog with you this month as we share projects made with the amazing Raskog kit!  This kit features Pink Fresh Studio’s “Life Noted” collection, and is stunning!

I decided to play with my mists for this Art Studio layout, and I envisioned a heart made entirely of ink splatters.  I searched for an uneven heart shape image on the internet, and then opened it in Silhouette Cameo so I could size, position and cut it.  Then I put it over my white cardstock and splattered mist drops in colours present in the Life Noted collection.  I started with the lighter colours first, then the darker colours and finished with big drops of gold Colour Shine.  The photo is from my 12 week pregnancy scan.  Its the original scan photo, I just backed it on white cardstock to stabilise it and also took a photo of the photo to preserve it for perpetuity (just in case the photo doesn’t last, only time will tell).

First Photo1I wanted to keep the heart very fluid, and initially I thought about doing some white hand stitching around it to define it more, but decided it would be too much.

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I kept my embellishment very simple, and I backed my photo with some gold tissue paper from my stash.  Less is more for this page!  The epoxy stickers with gold accents are an add-on to the kit, and you can purchase them in the CK Store here.

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Machine stitching was the perfect way to both adhere the acetate title and add texture.  I added some black letter stickers from my stash to complete my title.  I stamped the date in gold ink so it didn’t take away from the title.

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I also made a process video.

Thanks for looking/watching!  I hope you enjoy your kits as much as I am!

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Life Is Good

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Hello Clique Kits friends!

Marcia here today with some layout inspiration with the awesome July kit Raskog featuring the Pinkfresh Studios Life Noted collection. Take a look at all the amazing things included in this kit …

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There are lots of ways to tell a story; with photos, with words, you can convey feelings with colors, or some combination of all of these. With my layout today I wanted to use those awesome colored acetate words to help tell my story. In this case a fishing trip my son just returned from. Check out this huge largemouth bass he caught!

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In Minnesota, with over 10,000 lakes, we do a lot of fishing for fun. Since my son was going to release this guy back into the water, he wanted a picture of it so as not to be razzed about it later. It seems with the retelling of fish tales, the fish just gets bigger and bigger each time the story is told! so with photo as proof, I thought “A Real Fish Story” would work nicely on my layout for a subtitle. I used a combination of the acetate words and the Pinkfresh Studio Alphas that were included in the kit. Stitching over the acetate words worked really well to adhere them to my layout.

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I wanted the Title of my layout to be Life Is Good, making use of the large LIFE letters on this page. I trimmed the “IS” from the “Go See Do” and the “Good” came from the “Good Times”.

I love those unique rubber embellishments in the kit too! I added one just below my title and another on my photo. Computer journaling finishes the details of my story. I cut these apart and scattered them around.

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I added some of the cut apart pieces in the lower left along with one of the exclusive flair buttons and that awesome arrow paper clip.

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I hope I gave you some fun ideas on how you can use your July kit! Thanks for stopping by today.

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Geek Lab:Time to shine

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Good morning friends! I have a fun layout to have a fun layout to share with you today. Initially, this was supposed to be a simple layout. However, I just couldn’t leave it alone. The first thing I did, before adhering anything down was run my white cardstock through my silhouette to create a scribble heart using a yellow sketch pen. I had to play with it a bit. The first one came out too large so I flipped the cardstock over and tried again. It’s a great way to get a stamped image without having to mess with acrylic stamps and inks. Skip the mess and try using your silhouette!

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After I placed everything down and added a few taps of mist, I still wasn’t satisfied so I pulled out my word stencils by We R Memory Keepers. It’s been a while since I hand-stitched on a layout so I decided to do something different for a change. I didn’t like how the fuchsia looked on the layout so I pulled out a blue permanent marker and lightly traced the thread to change the color. It took a while, but I think it complimented the layout nicely. What do you think?

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And here a rea few close-ups:

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Thanks for visiting today!

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Locker Room – Embellishment Cluster

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 Hello CK fans its Leeann and I’m excited to be here today to share one of my pages with you. Using the November Tapestry Clique kit. I have a massive love for embellishments they make me squeal, it’s like looking at yummy  candy, but you cant eat these ones.   Today’s post is about creating  layered mats  for your photos and journal cards and also embellishment clusters. This is something that I love doing and you will notice I layer/mat my photos alot. So lets take a wee peek at my page and then get started on the process.

 

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Lets start with grabbing some photos and designing a four square. In this first pic,  you can see that I like to layer paper and create photo mats.  I do the same for ready to go journal cards.

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 This next pic shows you that I like to add detail, with some machine stitching.

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Once you are happy making all your layered mats for photos and journal cards adhere together.

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Next we are creating a punched out mini circle grid for our embellishment cluster. Once you are happy with the  design glue the circles down.

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And just a quick tip while I am here. Always look at the packaging, products come in such cute packaging these days that you can use them on your creations. Here you will notice I snipped the end of the flair packaging.

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And I layered that piece under one of the photos, creating a tab.

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As you can see in this detailed shot I filled each of the punch out circles with twine, flair, printables, tabs, tickets, butterflies, cork heart, paper arrow, buttons etc. See, I told you eye candy right there!

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And in this detailed shot layers under and also on the top.  Be creative in your layers at the top by cutting them into shapes. That way you still can add your journaling.

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I hope today was fun and has given you a fresh look on creating clusters of embellishment. Next time you have a handful of scrappy candy create a shape and embellish it! Thank you and I look forward in seeing you again!

CK_DT1516_Siggies_Leeann


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Be your own paper designer !

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Here is a little scrapbooking insider tidbit for you:) When a company, like Pinkfresh Studio, is designing a line of paper there will be repeated elements throughout the collection ( or they would just look like separate pieces of paper, right?!)  Designers will choose Color and Shapes as the two main ways to create a cohesive collection. So, when I have no idea of where to start because I’m in a creative funk, Those are the things that I look for and try to pull inspiration from:)

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On these two pieces of ‘Happy Things’ paper, I admired the triangles. The way they were orientated, overlapping, transparent and dimensional.  So I thought I would recreate the paper in my own way with the pictures being the majority of the triangles.

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I chose a picture with no faces or orientation so It would be easier to cut from and not worry about missing eyeballs.  Sky shots, floors, or other non portrait like pictures would work very well.

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Then, I stitched and pasted the pictures, velum and other fussy cut triangles from the kit to create the ‘paper’ on which to have my full pictures on. I also stitched a few floating triangles as well to add some texture.

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From there my creative juices started flowing and I was able to add the final touches with some alphas, height, wood veneer and watercolor splashes.

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So my humble advice is not to fret when your stuck. Just be your own scrapbook paper designer and I’m sure that you will love the result.

XOXOXO

-Kim

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