Welcome to the March Pep Rally! Our tradition in making the transition from one kit to the next involves linking up on Instagram by searching the following hashtags! Prepare to be blown away with inspiration from everyone posting projects using the March 2018 kits!
Next month we will be enjoying the beauty of Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Flourish collection in both the main kit and the travelers notebook kits. Both kits share the same collection, but different products! So if you are lucky enough to get both kits you do not have to worry about duplication! One change that we have made to the Travelers Notebook kits starting this month is that we will no longer include an insert with the kit. We just want you to know that we listen to your feedback and found out that people felt their inserts were starting to pile up. It makes sense to be able to offer even more great product in the kit instead- supplies to help you get those notebooks completed! Another reason is that if you prefer to use a passport size, personal size, extra wide size, or standard size travelers notebook or all of the above you are free to use your kit with your preferred inserts. Right now we are still taking pre-orders for the Simple Stories Carpe Diem latest release of travelers notebook covers which come with inserts. These are a bit larger, and many people love the extra roominess. In any case, we respect your personal choice and want you to get the best value for your money in terms of what is included in your box each month!
Enjoy the Instagram Pep Rally and make sure you head over to check out the full reveal of Winter Park!
Yearbook With Sara Scraps
Hello Hello! First, this will be my last blog post as part of the CK Design Team and may I just say it has been an amazing few months. Not to fear, I am moving into a brand new role as a Brand Ambassador for Clique Kits and I couldnt be happier to create and promote for this amazing company! Thank you so very much to the entire Clique Team for an amzing term and for allowing me to be part of the Clique family.
Okay...on to my project. ....
I wanted to share some pocket pages with you today. Pocket pages for me are harder to scrap then other types of pages, because I view each pocket as its own little mastepiece. A few years ago I started setting up my albums with pocket pages, but in a monthly, not weekly, format....and Im still a year behind because...again.....each pocket must be its own little masterpiece.
Here are the pocket pages I created for you today using the fabulous Malama kits. My kits have completely run into each other so there is a little TN kit and a little Main Kit, and some add-ons. I love these projects I make at the end of a kit because Im familiar with all the products and I think the ideas flow a little better.
Another great use for these monthly pocket pages are for extra photos...like these of my nephew. I did a 12X12 page...or 3....but still had all these adorable photos I wanted to include in my album. So like a good auntie, I included them in the monthly pocket page.
Thank you so very much for joining me today on the blog!
Using sketch pens with a cut file
Aloha!! Are you getting excited for the Pep Rally and the full kit reveal? It's one of my favorite times of the month. I know you will all be so excited to see the April Kit.
I am loving all the different looks I am getting with this month's kit. There are so many different kinds of stories I am able to document. I will be sad to put to rest the March Malama kit.
Today I want to talk about using the exclusive cut files. I love the exclusives, it's one of the things that drew me into Clique Kits in the first place. Not only do they have awesome kits with great products, I love that the exclusives go along and really make the kit better. Each month we get printables and cut files.
This month the exclusive cut files are so much fun. I decided to use the big doodled flower. I started off by Using some of my Shimmerz Vibez and Shimmerz watercolors to make some droplets. I am loving the green and purple combo, bright and spring inspired. This color added a little something different for the background and then allows me to use the patterned paper for layers. This kit has tons of rich colors and keeping the mixed media simple will help it be less busy.
I love cutting out the cut files, cutting it with the patterned paper, cutting plain white card stock and then adding watercolor or other mixed media on it. I also love using pieces of patterned paper inside the cuts of the file. But you are really missing out if you haven't tried out the sketch pen feature. You can buy the special pen holder and use your own markers and pens or you can use the Silhouette brand pens too. Either way it is a really cool effect.
My favorite sketch pens are the metallic sketch pens. It really makes a cut file pop. I choose to use a copper pen for this fun cut file. It really looks like something I would have doodled on the background myself.
I used two 3x3 1/2 inch photos of flowers from my outside flower bed that is filled with rocks. When we bought our house the owner filled the beds with rocks to help the house sell better. These best two years we are finally learning all the cool flowers the owner had planted years ago. This one bed, is really growing this year and the few days of sun are making these so pretty and sweet smelling flowers bloom like crazy.
I knew these bright colors would work well with the March Malama Kit. I used both the patterned paper from the main kit and some of the 6x6 paper from the Traveler's Notebook Kit.
I layered the title on the patterned paper, I think it helps the title have a solid place to sit on, we also call it a shelf. I used the Alpha in the kit, I love the floral pieces in the alpha. It really helps carry that spring feel throughout my layout. I also used some Freckled Fawn puffy alphas from an older kit. I thought the loopy font would look well against the more straight main alpha. Mixing up the fonts in a title really help add bits of the embellishment clusters and have it flow together.
I did lots of layering. I layered the patterned paper behind my photos. I layered die cuts in the patterned paper layers. I even added some of the exclusive printables in the embellishment clusters.
I added the Fancy Pants Designs puffy stickers among the clusters. I am really enjoying them. I added the enamel dots throughout the layout. I used them among the watercolor drops and near some of the clusters to bring out those colors from the papers and die cuts.
I added two of the butterflies around the layout, I adhered them with pop foam dots. depending where on the butterfly you add them it can really make them look like they flying. I like to add the foam to the middle of the butterfly on the body of the bug.
I also decided to hand write my journaling at the bottom of the layout. I like to use a black pen, like the one in the Traveler's Notebook. It really writes smooth and solid. I like to underline the lines of journaling too, just to help it stand out a bit.
I outlined the whole layout with a copper pen. This helps to tie the cut file and the edge. Plus it helps it feel homemade especially since the cut file looks doodled.
Here is a final look at the whole layout.
Using your sketch pen option with your cut files, can really change up the exclusives looks. I hope that you take the time to think about using your sketch pen or pen holder. It is the same process as you do for the Clique Kits cut files, just when you go to select the blade you switch it to the sketch pen. Then hit go, and as long as the sketch pen is in the blue holder tight, it'll look amazing.
Be sure to be on the look out for the Pep Rally on Wednesday!! There will be tons of amazing projects with the March Malama Kit and you will see more sneaks and full shots of the April Kit.
Until Next time Stay Inspired!!
Study Hall: Radiate Positivity
Happy Sunday! Sometimes, weekends for me are full of more time-consuming projects with intricate hand-stitching and lots of details and sometimes, weekends are for lots of family activities and tiny pockets of time where I can get in a little creating. This weekend, is one full of baseball tournaments and spring break fun so I wanted a quick and easy project. This month's kit has such gorgeous colors, patterns, and phrases that you can easily create a big impact with a little time investment. I am working in my daughter's traveler's notebook insert today and decided to cut apart the vellum phrases specialty paper from the kit and then create a bright, busy, fun grid surrounding a 3x4 photo of my daughter.
In her traveler's notebook inserts, each spread is a letter that I write to my daughter. In this case, I found this 3x4 pocket card from the Pick Me Up collection that I decided to use and turn directly into a letter. I just grabbed that card, and added a heading and signed my name at the bottom and it portrayed the same feelings that I would have written in her letter but in a little different format and I just love the results.
Using all of those vellum phrases, I didn't need a lot of embellishment because the page was pretty busy already (but in a good way, I think!). I added just a few tiny puffy stickers clustered around my letter and my photo and that was it. A tiny pocket of time in a busy weekend that resulted in a little bit of creative time for this busy mama. Do you have any timesaving tips for creating when you only have tiny pockets of time? Leave them in the comments below and we can try to inspire each other to create even when life is busy busy.
Study Hall: WOW
Hi Dear! Here is Réka with my last blog post. Last year was very exciting and I am entirely grateful for the opportunity to be a member of this amazing team for a year. This adventure has been really fantastic. Thank you so much for all your support and love. I have got lots of new crafty friends which means the world to me. My heart is full of love.
For the last blog post I have brought my favorite project which is a card.
I love making card. Why? Because we can cause a great joy to others.
For the card I have used flower and frame embellishments from the Paige Evans – Pick Me Up ephemera pack.
I have also created some 3D elements which were butterfly and bow to add dimension for the card.
Gold splashes added the finishing touch.
I really love how this colorful card turned out.
I am happy that you were here and hope we meet again in the near future. Thank you so much for everything. XOXO Réka
Field Notes: Fun
Here is the final project.
Here are some close-ups.
I hope you liked this project. Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have a fabulous day!
Locker Room: You Are Beautiful
Hello! Donna here with another layout using the March "Malama" Kits. I mixed the Main and TN kits once again and I so love the result!
But first, let me show you a short step-by-step tutorial on my layout.
I started by cutting several pieces of the 6 x 6 papers in the TN kit into 1 inch x 6 inches. I wanted to use one of the oldie but goodie cut files in the CK digital shop.
The next step is to adhere everything in place. I cut the circle doily in half and placed one on top and the one at the bottom.
And this is how my layout turned out!
I thought I'd add more strips at the top and bottom part of the white background but decided to keep things as is. I just love how colorful everything is!
That's all for today and I hope you liked my layout. Don't forget to use DONNA10 for a discount in the CK Shop!
Yearbook: Disney Magic
Good Morning! Khristina here and his month's kit is one of my favorites. Yes, I know...I say that every month. BUT....I just adore this new collection from Paige Evans and the cut files to go along with it are just spot on this month. This kit is so versatile that you can use it for just about any occasion and I decided today to would be the perfect day to put a Disney spin on it!
My first job was modifying this month's cut file to create a stitching template that I could use for a border element. *I talk about this in the process video if you want to see how I did that! Then, I got started stitching using the embroidery thread that came with this month's kit as well as one additional color from my stash.
After I had all of that stitching done, I cut out the center of the one of the flowers and made it a mini shaker pocket with a few sequins from my stash. *A quick and easy way to do this part is also in that process video if you aren't too familiar with making shaker pockets.
Then, I knew that I wanted to create a fun look with my journaling so I made an interactive flip folder to layer underneath my photo. The whimiscal frames paper from this kit was the perfect place to add a few comments of journaling or even a longer story if I wanted that too. I added a few embellishment and sprinkled a few more sequins and then added a title to the top overlapping my photo and that was it. Easy peasy (and fun) Disney layout with some interactive elements and cut stitching.
I hope that you will stop by the process video where you can see a lot more detail into how this all came together and how I modified that cut file to create a stitching template. I just know that you are going to love this month's kit just as much as I do!
Study Hall: Happy
Hi Dear! Here is Réka again. Today I would like to share my first layout using the very bright Malama March Main Kit featuring Paige Evans Pick-Me-Up collection from Pink Paislee. I absolutely adore the vibrant colors and the gold foil elements of this collection.
This kit also contains 3 beautiful pieces Lace Papers from Do Craft. When I saw them I knew I would like to use them for my next project. And now here we are.
The circle one was put to the middle of the page with 3D tape. The square one was cut out as the diagonal line and I also created two triangle pieces. I have added them at the top and the bottom of the page. For this I created a vertical layout for the page.
I know that I didn’t want to write long journaling for this photo. So I have decided using the 17 paper from Pick-Me-Up collection. This paper contains lots of positive sentiment which is perfect for this photo. I love how this pink background is speaking instead of me.
The Paige Evans – Pick Me Up ephemera pack includes lots of big flower cluster images. So I put one beside the photo and another flower cluster image was cut into 3 pieces and added to the lace papers.
For the layout I also used lots of hearts and dots from Fancy Pants - Puffy Stickers sheet. They are just amazing and one of my favorite elements which I often use on my projects.
The gorgeous butterflies weren’t missed out and they gave the finishing touch for my layout.
I really love how this pink layout turned out.
I am happy that you were here and hope you are inspired to use lace papers to your next creation. See you soon. Réka
Study Hall With Sara
Hello Hello! Im so excited to be joining you today for Study Hall!
Today I am sharing a layout that features the stamp set from Kaisercraft in the Traveler's Notebook kit! I loved this floral and butterfly stamp and knew I wanted to color a few up and make them the star of at least one project with this kit. I colored my stamps using Tombow Dual Brush pens which are my pens of choice for coloring stamps and then I finished them off with a coat of Wink of Stella to give them some sparkle...
I also have a process video to share with you...
Have A Lovely Day!