Hello to everyone at Clique Kits, a super excited Emma here sharing my first layout 'My Little Fishy' as Guest Designer for the month of January
From an early age my daughter Bea has loved the water so as soon as I saw the fish in the Cokoloko Souvenir collection I knew what I wanted to do. Furthermore, the blues of the collection matched perfectly the blue within the pool photo's.
To begin I coated my white cardstock with gesso, then using the packaging technique, Altenew ink cubes & water I created my mixed media background. Next I tore 2 strips of patterned paper & adhered it to my background, machine stitched in blue thread along the straight edge therefore creating an anchor for the rest of my layout.
Then I mounted my 3 photo's using tissue paper, patterned paper & tags from the kit, & staggered their placement along my torn strips, adhering them using foam tape. I also added my title on top of my photos using the American Crafts Heidi Thickers.
Now for the fun bit (well for some of us), fussy cutting! Using all my fussy cut foliage & fishes plus nests of cotton in the same colour of the machine stitched lines I created areas of embellishment throughout my layout.
To finish I added my journaling & lots of sequins to add some sparkle to my layout, I like that they kind of look like bubbles, very pretty, shiny bubbles. Can't tell you how much I enjoyed creating this layout & I hope it will inspire you to get crafting!
Products used in this layout in the Clique Kits shop.
In our family a lot of our life revolves around football this time of year. Our son Jesse really enjoys playing in a flag football league that is able to run year round in Hawaii. But since it is NFL season we also have family get togethers at our place for Sunday dinner and football watching. The greater the fan rivalry, the more fun we have-- especially when it is a good game!
This layout probably breaks every rule about scrapbooking. It's a boy layout using pastel colors. It mixes and matches a number of different collections because I had scraps to use and even recycled some corrugated packaging to create my large football element. But do you know what? Rules are meant to be broken! I also used Haute Mess acrylic paint and some cut files that I believe were from The Cut Shoppe.
The background paper was from the Pinkfresh Studios Just a Little Lovely Sampler Kit (now sold out!) I backed my photo with a stack of layers of scraps-some papers from the Gaia kit and also some scraps of my own mixed media lying around my desk. Never throw away artwork you end up not using because it may make its way into another project. No paint or paper is ever wasted!
Recycling corrugated cardboard is one of my absolute favorite textures to add to a layout. This hand cut football ties in the subject of the photo with the rest of the design. The photo, the title, and the cardboard football work together to tell the story even though the rest of the background is neutral and could be about anything. The fussy cut butterflies to me evoke motion, and watching my son make a metamorphosis from a complete novice to a real athlete over the course of his 11th year. Again, don't be afraid to use symbolism that means something to you. These kinds of personal touches will make your work unique and add so much more meaning. Lose your fear of what other people will think and you will develop your creativity in a positive way!
I used a hot glue gun just down the middle "body" to adhere my fussy cut vellum butterflies from the 1 Canoe 2 Willow collection to my page so that they are dimensional. I only discovered too late that this vellum with gold foil and butterflies coordinates really well with both the Pinkfresh Studio Just a Little Lovely collection and the Gaia kit. Which reminds me that I wanted to remind you to pull out those specialty papers from past kits and collections you haven't used. I still have many in my stash from past Clique Kits that I hoarded because I didn't want to "waste" them. This is another unspoken or unwritten rule we need to purge! If you use it up, you will still get to see it. Only instead of it hiding in your stash it will be in your album! Which is even better, right?
Here are some items available in the Clique Kits shop and on the Bad Girls Couture website related to this project! I don't know who needs to hear this... but you are creative and your ideas are special! Go ahead and follow your heart in all you do!
It’s Isa today here and I am very happy to show you a new project I made with the Unforgettable Kit.
Today’s project is a coptic book. Since I got the binding tool of We’R Memory Keepers I haven’t been able to stop doing this kind of projects. I just love creating the books and I find it very relaxing to do the stitching and adding so many complements!
The book I am presenting today is very small. It’s 3x4 inches and I love creating them in this size. The covers are two pieces of wood I cut myself at home and the inside pages are papers from the collection of Cocoa Vanilla Studio that are included in the Unforgettable Kit of Clique Kits. I painted the covers in white so it combines perfectly well with the rest of the papers. The mint thread is also perfect for the colors of all the complements in the collection.
What I like the most is to add charms to the books, I add them at the time I stitch the divisions into the book.
As a title of the book, I have used some thickers included in the Unforgettable Kit. I think that coptic books are a great way of storing a great amount of pictures and also an amazing way of creating very original and beautiful notebooks.
I hope you liked this one and I hope to be back soon with new projects and ideas.
In focusing on people and events I don't often enough create layouts to document memories of the natural beauty around me on Maui. The Gaia kit gave me the perfect inspiration to pull some of these photos of nature off my phone and stick them down onto some layouts. This is a picture of some fragrant white ginger flowers growing on the side of the road to Hana.
The base of my background is the Gaia wood texture paper and I layered a mandala cut file from Handipaper on Etsy over it which I partially colored with some Bad Girls Couture acrylic paint.
The transparent stickers from Studio Forty in the kit were perfect for embellishing with pops of black around the page.
I love how the Gaia kit includes some unexpected bits and pieces from other collections that coordinate beautifully! Like the glitter butterfly and wax seal puffy sticker from Maggie Holmes Heritage collection
I layered some recycled brown paper bag and corrugated cardboard from kit packaging in this layout because it makes sense for a kit about nature to also be about protecting our beautiful planet by reducing, reusing, and recycling as much as possible even in our scrapbooking!
Here are some of the products used:
Hello everyone! It’s Isa today and I am glad to be back here to present you a new project.
Today’s project is a very colorful layout that I have created with acrylic paints.
I love playing with acrylic paints and my own hands. Rarely will you see me using brushes! I
have used the Unforgettable Kit of Clique Kits with the collection of Cocoa Vanilla Studio,
which I think it is fabulous. This kit has sold out! But you can still purchase the 6x8 paper pad of this collection in the Clique Kits shop.
For this project, I have used a white cardstock as the base of the project. I have painted with
my fingers to make the background using different colors of acrylic paints that combine with
the papers of the collection and the picture I have used. Before adding more complements, I
added a spray paint in white to add more drops of paint. In the same background, I have added
some transparent stickers that are included in the Unforgettable Kit.
For adding volume to the picture, it has some layers made with scraps of papers from the
collection, and some die cuts to give more colors and fun. Below the picture, I have added
some stickers from the Unforgettable Kit with some words.
As decorative elements for the project, I put some enamel dots that belong to the same Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection.
Finally, as the title of the project I have used the black thicker words that are included in the
Kit, with the words “The Good Life”. As you can see, it is very easy to create great backgrounds
with just four colors of acrylic paints. The possibilities are endless.
Hi Everyone and welcome to our Clique Kits X Bad Girls Couture Holiday Blog Hop! At this time you have hopefully visited every blog, left some love, and had a chance to get to know Wendy, Gia, and friends at these two amazing women artist owned companies!
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It’s Isa again. I am thrilled to be back in the CliqueKits blog with a new layout for today featuring the Unforgettable Kit. Today’s project is a new layout. I had some pictures of my summer holidays and I could not find the perfect papers for the pictures until I received the kit. All the paper combine perfectly with my pictures.
As the base of the layout, I have used a white cardstock paper and I have added a stripe of decorative black paper that is sewed that is included in the Unforgettable Kit. I have used it to match a patterned paper with the white cardstock. The patterned paper is wood like and is included in the Kit.
I wanted to use colors that are not predominant in the papers of the Kit, so I went for browns and blacks. I used also the word “captured” from the thickers that are included in the Kit.
In the superior part of the layout, I have decorated it with some butterflies that are included in the die cuts from the Unforgettable collection, but before adding them in the layout, I have sewed them to make them more visible in the project. I have added also some drops of distress oxide in mint and pink.
As the base of the layout, I have used a white cardstock paper and I have added a stripe of decorative paper
For the picture, I have added some die cuts as layers and some scraps of paper to give it more volume. As final touches for the project, I have added some enamel dots. I think they are a wonderful complement for any scrapbooking project.
I hope you liked my layout and I hope to be back very soon with new things to show you! Lots of love! Isa
Products used in Isa's layout:
Isa is an amazing scrapbooking layout designer as well as coptic book creator and mixed media artist. She lives near the famous city of Barcelona in Spain. We interviewed Isa so that we could learn more about our favorite hobby in her country. Read on...
CK: How did you first learn about paper crafting hobbies and how did you get started?
Isa: Well, I have to confess that since I was a child I have seen my mum and my dad with crafts in general. My mum used to be a teacher and she was paper crafting 24/7 and my father is quite handy so they are the best example for me to follow and I always did things with them. With scrapbook, it was about 10 years ago when my mum decided to take me to a paper crafts festival here in Barcelona. I went with her and a colleague from her school and she already knew what scrapbook was. My mum, following her advice, started buying me all kinds of complements, papers, washi tapes that she could find to get me started. The rest is history. I started searching online, going to workshops and just let my imagination fly and my time. I have to say that scrapbook is my particular yoga and my way of relaxing. It is the best hobby and therapy I could have found.
CK: Are you on any design teams?
Isa: Yes! Right now I am part of the DT of MissMamamint and Studio Forty. I am really really proud of being part of these wonderful teams. I hope to be a Clique Kits designer for a very long time creating beautiful things! Before I used to work with Cocoloko Scrap also which was a great experience.
CK: What are some traditional arts and crafts where you are from or unique to your culture? Do any of these influence your style?
Isa: Well, I am not very much into art and traditional stuff from my culture. I am more of an States culture fan LOL! But I have to confess that there are some people from Spain that do scrapbook that have influenced my style since I started. There is a scrapbooker called Mireia Carbonell and she has been my inspiration when it comes to create mix media projects. Everything that I know relating to this issue is thanks to her and I think that my style is quite defined from what I learnt from her.
CK: Exciting things to see and do in your city....
Isa: Barcelona is full of great places, if I had to choose only one thing and my favourite one to do is to go for a walk in La Boqueria, which is a traditional market. Its colors, smells, food and all the mix of cultures that you can find there really inspire you.
CK: What are some of your favorite manufacturers or businesses for papercrafters in Spain?
Isa: My favorites here in Spain are MissMamamint, because their collections are perfect for all the occasions in one’s life. If I have to choose more I’d go with Lora Bailora, Mintopia, Sweet Moma or Cocoloko Scrap. I am really really proud of seeing that the Spanish scrapbook industry is growing successfully and more and more we have more manufacturers here. I also believe that all manufacturers even the smallest ones deserve the opportunity to have market in this wonderful world of scrapbooking.
CK: Tell us about your style and your favorite projects to make:
Isa: I’d say that my style is a bit a mixture. I like to create projects full of colors, full of paint and watercolors and sometimes I just go for the most clean and simple things. So I like to try a little bit of everything, always with bright and happy colors. My favorite projects to make are layouts. I think they are the best representation of the essence of scrapbooking. Lately I am also into Coptic binding books. They are really addictive!
Favorites right now...
Food or drink: I love a good Chai Tea Latte and everything my mum is cooking :P
Music/musician or group: I am Backstreet Boys fan. The biggest one you can find hahahhaha
TV show: My favorite shows are One Tree Hill and Arrow
Sport/team: I love the NBA! I watch all the matches I can with my boyfriend and we are starting with the NFL.
Fashion Must haves: My converse shoes are a must always and dresses!! Cannot live without them and they are the perfect combination for my casual outfits for working!
CK: What are your must have in arms reach supplies or tools?
Isa: My watercolors, my acrylic paints, my book binding and crop a dile!
CK: Top three on your bucket list..
1. Swim with sharks
2. Write a book
3. Going to Disneyland dressed as a princess
CK: Where can we find you online?
Isa: I used to be active in all kinds of social networks but due to the fact that some social networks look like they are losing popularity or audience, right now I am only active on my Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/_isa_ng_/
and my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCu2jOhpt_B_LRupAh0ybIg
We agree with Isa that Spanish brands contribute amazing products for papercrafters and we share her love for all of the brands she mentioned. Links are provided for shoppers in the U.S as Clique Kits offers a convenient way to try out these amazing brands! Do not let the bilingual language stop you- there are many words and phrases in English and of course the patterns and visual elements speak our universal language...art!
I hope you enjoyed learning more about Isa and that you will leave her some love!
Hey everybody! It’s Isa (https://www.instagram.com/_isa_ng_/) and I am thrilled to be here. It
is a great honor to be part of the Passport design team and to be able to create with these wonderful kits. On
today’s post I want to show you one of the layouts I’ve made using the Unforgettable Kit. I love
the colors and the embellishments in this kit.
I have used as the base of the layout one of the patterned papers of the collection that has a
wreath of flowers.
What I have done is to combine some die cuts of the collection, mostly the ones that are
flowers like the ones in the paper and put them with some 3D squares to add volume to the
layout. It is a way of making a simple paper more complex and quite remarkable to the eye.
I have placed the flowers around the picture, that it is also with a frame that is included in the
die cuts of the collection. For the picture I have used also the sticker with the word
“snapshots” because this picture was taken by my boyfriend when we were having lunch in a
restaurant and I did not notice that he was taking it.
To add more special details to the project I have added some drops of watercolors of different
colors go with the flowers I have used.
As a title, I have used the thicker with the word “Bloom” so it can complement
and embellish the layout.
I hope you like it and you get inspired by it! See you soon with new creations!
Lots of love,
Hiking at 10,000 feet wearing a winter coat then driving back down where the beach is sunny and warm and jumping in for a swim is one of the invigorating experiences on Maui in the fall. It's also a rare experience to walk around above the clouds and not be in an airplane! I always feel a deep respect for the Earth, or the aina as we say in Hawaii. It is so peaceful to take in the scenery and pray or meditate with gratitude for so many blessings. That is what this layout is documenting using the perfect kit for this photo- The Gaia kit featuring Studio Forty's beautiful fall collection.
The Succulents and Crystal Geometric Frame Cut File from Handipaper on Etsy was perfect to frame my photo. I used both the positive and negatives of the file and layered them over the beautiful floral paper in addition to backing the succulent and crystal shapes with papers in the kit and some scraps I had from another layout.
A spritz of blue picked up the blue in the photo and tied it all together against the more neutral background. The Prima puffy stickers add on could not be better coordinated to go with the Gaia collection. I love the Maggie Holmes wax seal shaped puffy stickers in the Gaia kit also!
Products used in this layout available in the Clique Kits Shop: