And now let's dive in to getting to know Emma!
CK: First of all, please share the places our readers and fans can find you on the web and social media! (URL/Links please!)
Emma: Instagram : instagram.com/emmakatescrapbooking
Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/emmakatescrapbooking
About your process…
CK: Clique Kits is obviously in love with your work. Can you tell us a little about your inspiration and your creative process?
Emma: My inspiration comes from many places, it could be from a patterned paper, a photo I’ve taken, or a piece of ephemera. It also comes from friends & like minded crafty people. I usually take a couple of days on each layout, longer for mini books, because I like to take my time, think about it if something doesn’t quite feel right. I often use mixed media too so I leave it dry naturally rather than using a heat gun.
CK: What are your ideal surroundings when you are designing?
Location: My craft room
Listening to: 90’s R&B
Snacking on: Chocolate
tools within arm’s reach: Fussy cutting scissors, liquid adhesive, tweezers
People/things nearby: My other half & daughter somewhere in the house usually giggling.
Other: Wearing my pj’s
CK: What is the hardest thing for paper crafters in your country? What is the best thing?
Emma: The hardest thing is probably the cost, things are pricey in the UK. The best thing is the community, I’ve made many friends through the crafting world.
CK: Do you have a “go to” …
brand you love?
tool you use all the time?
Emma: My go to colours are pink & aqua, you will usually find Nuvo drops & more recently sequins on my layouts. Choosing a brand I love is hard because there are so many amazing brands out there but if I had to choose it would probably be Pinkfresh Studio. The tool I used the most would have to be my fussy cutting scissors.
About your history…
CK: What was your earliest success as an artist?
Emma: Not sure I deserve the title of an artist but I guess my earliest success as an artist was becoming a design team member for Ella Bonella (an online UK based scrapbooking store).
CK: How did you start as a paper-crafter and designer?
Emma: My journey started with card making, where I stumbled upon Project Life which in turn lead me to traditional 12x12 scrapbooking & I haven’t looked back since.
CK: What was your very first paper crafting memory?
Emma: The 12 week scan of my baby girl, Bea.
About you currently…
CK: What have you been doing lately?
Watching on TV: The Great Pottery Throw Down, The Masked Singer, Love Island.
Buying: Not much because I’m broke after Christmas but the last thing I purchased was a travel pillow, crafty wise the last thing I bought was sequins.
Visiting: Venues for my littles girls 4th birthday party.
Using in artwork: Sequins, thread/cotton, inks.
Wishing for: A snow day.
CK: Something that most people do not know about you…
Emma: I play football (soccer).
About your country…
CK: What are some must see cities, landmarks, or locations in your country?
Emma: I must admit I haven’t really explored my own country that much but I love that it’s so green here. I particularly like the Devon coast line (south of the UK), it’s beautiful!
CK: Are there any national or cultural traditions unique to where you live you can share?
Emma: I guess the south west of the UK is famous for its cider & Cheddar cheese, if you are ever visiting its a must try!
Thanks so much for allowing The Clique to get to know you better!
Here are a few examples of layouts from Emma's Instagram feed using product from Ella Bonella Scrapbooking!
Hi! Odessa here from the middle of Canada. When I saw the Studio Forty Gaia kit I knew it would pair perfectly with some family adventures. Over the holidays we drove up to Riding Mountain National park here in Manitoba to spend the weekend in a wintery wonderland with wood stoves, snowy hikes in the woods, ice skating and cozy family time together. The nature-focused imagery in the kits was just perfect and a great way to show off my (currently very chilly) part of the world. Winter is so long here that it’s important to me to get out and enjoy it instead of hiding inside.
I’ve been documenting in a big family album this year with monthly layouts and separate sections for my favourite adventures, all in pocket pages. As usual, I started by laying out all the photos and then slowly adding more and more of the lovely embellishments until it was just perfect! The left side of the layout is full of all sorts of stickers, chipboard stickers, sparkle and more and the left side is a little more simple to let the large 6x6 photos shine.
The kit comes with some great extras I made sure to include; an adorably cozy stamp set, cute charms, some sequins that I had too much fun with, tags, tickets and more which were so easy to mix in with the kit. I filled up my pockets by stamping on the tags, adding clusters of charms, chipboards and sequins, and my favourite of all, a little chipboard sticker surrounded by sequins. It was the perfect thing to add to the sky in the photo!
Gaia came with a cut apart sheet full of 3x4 journal cards that I used on the page but made my own with embellishing - I added the tickets to the woodgrain one with some stamping, a cute floral card that I added word stickers and chipboard to and a leafy patterned one that I stuck one of the pretty envelope seals to.
On the other side I just cut down an adventure-y patterned cardstock to fit in the pockets. I used a different leafy pattern for one of them which I added one of the tags to. I then stamped a phrase from the stamp set on top to add a focal spot to the page.
I hope you liked this look into winter fun here in the middle of Canada!
Hey Clique friends, Rachel here and I am thrilled to be back as a guest designer for January.
So let’s talk all things Memorydex! Initially I had little interest in creating memorydex cards, how could one ever create with such a small area to work with and what was the actual point of them?! In my pursuit of creating something everyday, which is my ‘must do’ to maintain my inner calm I started to play and from there my passion grew.
I love creating inspirational quote memorydex cards, which I sit in a tray on my desk, yes they look pretty but the quotes remind me of the things in life I am grateful for, a quote of encouragement when perhaps my day is not going so well.
Taking this a step further I always create a memorydex card celebrating our seasons, our holidays and traditions.
Themes are also another focus, such as travel highlights memorydex cards. You have the option of incorporating a photo to the front of your memorydex card or placing them on the back with a little journalling. I often cut a small envelope, attach to the back of my memorydex card and fill with photos and journalling. You will see this is a 3D bag that I then filled with beach themed elements. Memorydex cards don’t have to be flat.
You have either the choice of using a Memorydex Roller or a tray (or both!). These are super simple to create. As long as you have a box with a minimum width of of 5 inches you can personalise your own tray. Use a standard memorydex card to line up where you need to punch two holes, front and back of box, insert two straws (I have a collection of coloured ones), thread some strong string down the straw, through the punched hole, do this to both sides and tie a knot to secure. You then just have the fun part to do, decorate your box.
So here is the kit I received from Clique kits to do some Memorydex creating:
Here are links to products still available!
Serendipia Main Kit
Serendipia Junior Kit
Stamp Sets and Inks
Altenew String Art Dies
I have a Heidi Swapp Memorydex punch* and her metal dies (you get one in the Clique Kits Memory Dex starter kit!). There are also cut files available if you have a cutting machine. The good thing about owning the punch, you are not limited to certain shapes and sizes, with the punch you can create almost any shape and size memorydex card.
* These are expected to be in stock soon so be on the look-out!
I created a mid sized tray to put my memorydexcards in, keeping it simple but pretty, using the clear stickers in the kit and papers to cover outside only.
I headed over to the Clique Kits store and downloaded the flower and rainbow digital cut files. I ensured that I used a width size so they would fit in my tray. I paper pieced both cut files and on the flower cut file I added with foam tape some extra petals (release compound function of you have a Silhouette Cameo and drag out the specific pieces you want to cut) to add dimension.
I stamped both the beautiful girls and coloured to shades to coordinate with my papers. I added them with foam tape over the flower and rainbow shapes. I used the cut ephemera to embellish, tucking them under the girl stamp. I finished off with my inspirational quote/word. I cut 2 1/2 inches in width (with enough height to attach to the back of the shapes) white cardstock and punched, then gluing this piece behind the flower and rainbow cut files.
Clear memorydex cards are all the craze at the moment, and fun to fill with pretties such as sequins and decorate the outside. You can either Fuse it together if you have a fuse tool, or hand/machine stitch together. I added townie cut flowers to the inside along with white sequins and clear heart sequins. I then added the puffy bird sticker to the outside and the die cut phrase sentiment with small flower.
Another great idea for a memorydex card is cutting an envelope and filling it (this is where you can add photos, journalling) as I have done here, filling it with die cut ephemera flowers.
Here is an example of a tab metal die memorydex card, I kept this one simple but adding a strip of pom pom ribbon to add texture and using two different papers for the base.
As you can see from all of my memorydex cards created with my kit, you certainly can create a variety of shapes, sizes, materials and themes. I have used a few extras from previous Clique Kits, and yes they are amazing for using up your stash of embellishments and paper pieces (as you don’t need 12x12 papers).
You will be able to pre-order the Heidi Swapp black spinner and the Heidi Swapp Memory Dex punch in the Clique Kits shop very soon so stay tuned!
If you have any questions please leave it in the comments and I will get back to you! I hope I have inspired you to start your own memorydex collection.
I will also be posting some FB memorydex card challenges soon, so watch out for that. Join The Clique for this and other events and a chance to win great prizes!
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.