Hello Hello! I hope you are all having a wonderful Saturday. I had a bit of fun playing with some of the Shimmerz paints in the store and I thought I would share with you my process and how I did it!
I created a stencil using one of the Rhapsody exclusive cut files and then created a background with the stencil, some hand-stitsching and the Winter's Mist paint from the shop. It was a perfect color match to the blue in the Bohemian Dreams collection. I also used the paint to color one of the Filofax cards in the kits as well.
The Maggie Holmes gems in the kit were the perfect, sparkley finishing touch!
You can find a video of my full process here-
Have A Lovely Day!
Field Notes: Youtube Friends
Aloha!! It's Hannah with you here today. I am using a mix of both the Main and the Traveler's Notebook Rhapsody Kit. This is the kit that keeps giving, I have made quite a few layouts and Traveler's notebook spreads at this point of the month and it feels like I still have a full kit. If you are looking for a bang for your buck this kit will not disappoint. I have been able to get a variety of different styled layouts out of my kit too.
Today I thought I would something a bit different and hopefully helpful. When I create with mixed media I will use up all the paint, ink, modeling paste, etc in a Traveler's Notebook. My thought is that one day I will go back and use these backgrounds as starting off places. It seems all the cool mixed media artists do this, so it can't be that hard for me to do , right?! The real problem is that I never go back to these backgrounds and use them.
I think some of it for me is that it isn't white. I have mentioned this white page syndrome before. I don't suffer from this at all, actually I have the opposite now, the white page inspires me because I can create anything my mind can concoct. When the background is covered with something or a busy pattern my mind goes blank. It is crazy and frustrating no matter which of these you suffer from. It really shouldn't matter whether a page starts off white or with color and a basic pattern on it.
Today I am starting off with this Traveler's Notebook background.
This background has a basic wash and then I added acrylic paint in leaf and dot like pattens. I did this background in multiple steps over a period of at least three months. No joke. The copper leaves at the top are from a pen i have and I think I did them after I was using the darker acrylic teal to make leaves. I also used a fine line bottle filled with equal parts black-navy acrylic paint and airbrush fluid medium. This makes the paint very liquid and easy to doodle with. This background really has no meaning or direction, which is why it sat untouched.
Today will be the day I turn it into something beautiful and makes sense. To do this I grabbed more mixed media products. I figure adding another layer of media can help tie the past with the present. I also want to add another color. Right now it's pretty much mostly teal, and the Rhapsody actually has this color but it also has tons of purples. I am gonna add more purple.
First I attached three strips of leftover negative cut file pieces from an old Clique Kits Cutfile. The team was challenged this month to use it. While I have part of the file on another patterned paper waiting for me to turn that into something amazing, the negative pieces were just sitting on my desk. I notice lately I tend to grab for bits of pieces leftover from other projects. Thankfully I didn't just throw them out. I used my sewing machine to attach these three strips. I love the texture sewing them gives.
I glued a few other Vicki Boutin die cuts onto the background and covered a lot of them with absorbent ground. Absorbent ground is similar to gesso, it is more transparent than gesso but works better for watercolor media. I really like absorbent ground for my mixed media projects the more and more I use it with really liquid mediums. Just like gesso it tones down the other colors on my page in certain areas. I just used my finger to rub it in because I was only wanting a little and in a few spots. Once this dried I added my color.
For this spread I really want a vibrant watercolor, so I used my prima watercolors. I really love the concentration I get with the color. I can really tone it down by adding water too. If you wanted a shimmery watercolor look you could definitely use something like a Shimmerz paints color. The shimmer won't be as translucent but you can water it down with water to get a light tone.
I added my watercolor in many different areas around my spread. I added it to the patterned paper and die cuts. I let it drip down my paper. I blotted it up in certain areas so it didn't pool around and I let it get watered down and almost clear in some areas. I added both purple and I mixed a simple teal. I let this dry, which didn't take too long, because I didn't add the watercolor all over the page. I used my heat tool when I thought it was just about dry to finish it the rest of the way. I didn't want any more paint getting on my pieces now. At this point I pulled out my absorbent ground again and added it to a couple areas I wanted a bit lighter and whiter.
Now is the fun part of building a photo cluster. A lot of my job is already done because I still have tons of big ephemera pieces and 3x4 journaling cut apart from the patterned paper in the main kit. I also added to my cluster white card stock, a white doily and teal tissue paper from my stash. I wanted my layering to be fairly tight and light. I am only using a 3x3 photo because it is a Traveler's Notebook. I also didn't really want my picture to go over the spread much. I have done this in the past and can look really cool but today I really wanted pretty much everything contained inside the page.
The 3x4 cut apart card I fussy cut the floral part and added it to the back ground. I thought about layering this on the side of my photo in the white space above my head, but after playing around I felt like this was just too much stuff hanging off the layers. It also was a bigger space around the photo then I wanted. This kind of decision is really a preference of your own eye. I hope you get to the point where you can decide for yourself what your taste is for how the layers look on your page.
I layered lots of flowers and floral die cuts on the top right and bottom left of the photo. Some of the florals I added once my photo cluster was glued down some of it was added before.
I added dimensional adhesive behind some of the die cuts. I wanted the textures of the vellum, the card stock flowers and other elements to really stand out. One way I find really helps is to have different elements at different heights and leaving a bit of space in between them so you create shadows.
This can also make your butterflies look like they are flapping or your flowers look like the moving in the breeze. It really makes the difference and can set your spreads above a flat layout.
On the left side of my photo and the left side of my Traveler's Notebook I decided to build another cluster of florals and die cuts. Since I had already added the fussy cut floral from the cut apart patterned paper, I decided to use that piece as an anchor for more die cuts and ephemera. One way I like to do is use a square and circular frame and use that as a guide or holder of my embellishments. By keeping the embellishment pieces near or contained inside to frame you can really layer pieces but have it not feel over whelming on your page or spread because it is in a small area. I made sure I tucked pieces in, used dimensional adhesive and curled the edges of my pieces to create dimension and texture.
Inside the frame I also added part of my title with the cute tile alphas from Pretty Little Studio. I only added half of the title because I didn't want to over crowd the letters but I also wanted to draw eyes back to my picture after you look at all the goodies in the the cluster.
I also made sure my frame touched the original die cut I added watercolor to at the bottom of the left side of the Traveler's Notebook. This connects the page and doesn't make my cluster and title feel like its floating in the air. I feel like it also helps highlight more of the drips and watercolor media I added to that side of the page.
I added a bit more doodling on my spread with that copper pen I have in my stash. I looks so sharp on this watercolor looking tag from Pretty Little Studio from the Traveler's Notebook Kit.
I also added some Maggie Holmes gem hearts around the top and bottom of the photo. I lined the bottom of the photo with some of the Dear Lizzy Ribbon attached with my sewing machine. I used the same zig zag pattern I used on the strips of paper to create continuity.
I really love how I was able to take a Traveler's Notebook page that had leftover bits of media into a spread with purpose and tells a story of a friendship. The Rhapsody Kit really has so many elements you can create lots of different types of layouts and tells many different types of stories with it.
Don't forget to check out the January Add Ons as well as the Valentine's Day products like Crate Paper Main Squeeze. There are some many cute pieces in that collection. We also have a ton of new Shimmerz Paints products, which are one of my favorite things to play with. They are so shimmery and and colorful. Check out the Clique Store and see if they have your favorite color!!
I can't wait to see you around in the Facebook Group this week!! I hope you stop by and share the projects you are creating this moth with your kits.
Dream & Smile
Hello! It’s Réka. Today I am sharing with you a very quick spread from my new album.. I don’t know how to describe this album exactly. Maybe ... It is a combination of the planner and the traveler’s notebook.
This is the opening page for my January 2018 album and on this page I chose a nice memory from 2017.
I used the Cocoa Vanilla: Bohemian Dream - Boho Bits paper and fussy cut out some pieces of it . I totally love this beautiful flower clusters and the butterfly is also my fav.
I added some machine stitching and of course I used my watercolor palette to make some splatters. And my spread was done.
Thanks for joining me today and hope you like this spread.
Hello Friends! Maryám here to share with you a layout using my January 2017 Rhapspdy Kits. For this project I'm also using one of the cut files that I designed for this month.
While I was designing the cut file I got the idea to create a layout and use the cut file as a dream catcher so once I had the kit in my hands the first thing I did was to create this layout.
When I started this page I cut three times the cut file. The size of them was too small for what I wanted so I decided to cut a big one. Once I had it cut I backed it with a purple 6x6 paper from the Traveler's Notebook Kit and I put it in the center of my page. After that, I traced some lines with a pencil then I punched some holes and I added hand-stitching.
The photo I'm using today is a selfie with my sister that we took with the Instax Camera. I love the size of this photos because they are perfect for an 8 1/2 x 11" layout and also for Traveler's Notebooks.
Here are some close-ups:
I hope you liked this project. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Prom Committee - Main Squeeze
Hello Clique Fans!! Erica here with you today and I am so excited to share some of the fun Valentine products we have in the Clique Kits shop from Crate Paper Main Squeeze collection.
This year we are not doing a Limited Edition kit but we do have a lot of a la carte items for you to create fun projects! Our Creative Director Gia has also put together some fun and unique embellishment kits for you and you can find them HERE! These are very limited so grab one today! We have some fun corrugated paper from Fancy Pants Designs that will help add texture to your projects! I think it would be so cute to cut out some hearts with the corrugated paper and layer pattern paper on top and use on a layout or card! You can find our selection of papers HERE! I will also make sure to link all products down below for you!
One thing I knew I had to get from the Main Squeeze collection is the stamp set! It is small but mighty and can be used for so much! Since I do not have any paper from this collection I am going to use the stamp set to create my own pattern paper! Seriously the little cherries will make the cutest paper! Also using the Happy Valentine Day sentiment repeating on white cardstock is going to look awesome! I will share the completed project with everyone in a later post!
Of coarse you are going to need some mixed media products as well to add to your projects and we have some great ones! You can find all our mixed media HERE but lets get to the ones I pulled to go with the Crate Paper Main Squeeze! First I have some great mists in Pink Moscato and Snowstorm. You will love these two splattered on your projects to add a fun touch!
We also have some Shimmerz Paints and the color I pulled is called Buddys Favorite Color! The stock photo just does not do these colors justice! This color is gorgeous and a must for your Valentine projects!
I really love the waterfall sticker pack from the Main Squeeze collection. It has a ton of great heart stickers but under the heart stickers are these great word stickers in some great colors! You are totally going to need a pack of these and OH do not forget the ephemera!
Lets talk about adorable! I just can not get over how much you get in this pack and the cutie pieces that come in it! Here is a shot of some of the bits I pulled out of my pack!
My favorite has to be this cutie pineapple! Is the pineapple image ever going to go out of style? I think not! It pops up in every season not matter what!
If you haven't check out all the Valentine fun in the shop you can find most of it HERE! We also have some great Valentine cutfiles and printables and I will make sure to link those down below for you! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I can not wait to see what you all create with all these fun products! Have a great day!
Art Studio: This Is Bliss
Hello, everyone! Donna here sharing another fun project using the January "Rhapsody" kits
Here is what I came up with for today's post
I was inspired by one of the exclusive cut files this month, the Mandala cut file. At first, I wanted to do a dream catcher but ended up with this page design instead.
I cut it in 4 parts and planned to adhere to the four corners. But I decided to do just 2 corners in the end. I used the Prima Marketing Inc Watercolor Confections - The Classics to color the cut file. Then backed it using papers from the Main and TN kits. Mostly scraps so don't throw away those tiny papers.
I combined the colors teal, purple, blue and pink to make splatters to the background before adhering everything to place. When I make splatters, I tend to wipe them away or blot them with tissue paper right away. It will leave a subtle color to the background. But if I want them a bit vivid, I let it sit for a while before blotting it with a tissue paper. That's why you'll notice some are subtle and some are vivid. Blotting also lessens the drying time (because most of the time, I'm too lazy to take out the heat tool lol!)
That's basically what I did with the bottom corner as well. And to make the edges stand out, I mixed blue and black watercolors and brushed the outer and inner edges of the cut files.
That's all for today! I hope you liked my page!
Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting!
Study Hall: Be You
Hi everyone! Khristina here and I am SUPER excited today because I get to share one of my favorite techniques with you today. This month, we have an amazing free cut file available in the Clique Kits shop and it looks like this:
I was really excited to play with this one because of all of the fun lines and geometric properties. I decided rather than backing it with patterned paper from the kit, I would use my favorite technique--hand-stitching. I simple cut this cut file out of black cardstock and used it as a template to punch holes for stitching. The bonus here is that I still have the cut file and can use it again! Then, I chose some embroidery thread in six of the colors that matched the January Rhapsody kit and those gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla papers.
I printed my photo in black and white to really help it pop off the page and then I kept my embellishing fairly simply. I used dimensional adhesive foam to elevate my photo off of the background and used a thin white cardstock mat as well as a thin mat from the floral patterned paper in the 6x6 paper pad. Don't you just love that Cocoa Vanilla has 6x6 paper pads now?! I know that I do! The Celebrate Thickers included in the kit made a perfect title addition that I adhered right on top of the bottom edge of my photo.
Last, but not least, I added a few butterflies from the ephemera pack and TN Sticker Tablet from Carpe Diem by Simple Stories. Creating these fun layers of embellishments around my photo really made my photo the star and the stitching detail the supporting role which is just how I like it.
And, just like that, the layout was done! I know that hand-stitching can sometimes seem overwhelming and time consuming but it is a technique and look that I just adore. Have you tried hand-stitching on your pages yet?
Here is the video version of how this layout came together. I would absolutely love it if you would stop by my channel and check it out! I would love to see you grab this free cut file from the shop and give it a try! As always, I would love to see what you create.
Study Hall: Clips & Clothespins
Hello! It’s Réka. Today I like to show you some easy DIY projects.
I have got a lot of simple clips and wooden clothespins in my stash so I have decided to decorate them with the January main kit’s Dear Lizzy ribbons and Maggie Holmes: Chasing Dreams rhinestones.
I have cut off one piece from the ribbon, turned half, added some machine stitching and finally I put one rhinestone. I love the result so much.
For the wooden clothespins I added one piece of double side tape and after I adhered one piece ribbon. I really like how it turned out.
The January main kit was so popular and now it is out of stock but the good news that you can buy the ribbons and rhinestones separately here. Don’t forget to use my code Reka10 to get 10% off your total purchase.
Finally, I also decorated the paper bag which come with the kit. It contained the cute Heidi Swapp: Watercolor Memory Dex Cards and the Library Cards. I added one word and frame from the Vicki Boutin: All the good Things Pack. Now, I can collect my notes to this bag. I love this monochromic style.
I hope you are inspired to create some cute clips. Thanks for joining me today.
Hello Hello! It is Sara joining you today and I am super excite to share this elegant TN spread with you! I love art...really. I have done more then a few tours of The Met and I just needed to snap photos of all the art! But when it came time to scrap those trips, I set the art photos aside and focussed on the stories of the trip. Enter TN inserts! These inserts are perfect for these kinds of photos. I get to document something I love and the small size means I dont have more large albums I need to store! The Rhapsody kit was the absolute perfect fit for this photo of one of Monet's Waterlilies paintings .
I used one of the cutfiles included in the kit and sized it so I could cut it from a 6X6 paper and it fits in my TN perfectly! I love the circular detail it provides.
I embellished the cut file with some silver sequins to add a little extra detail. And some fun doodling to add some whimsy to my butterfly.
You can watch my process for creating this horizontal TN in my process video too!
If you have extra "scenery" photos from trips, why not try documenting them in a TN ?