Do Not Read This...
Unless you love Simple Stories' New Summer Release Good Day Sunshine!
The Clique Kits gals are so excited to offer a summer-long workshop for our subscribers and friends! We are going to get our daily summer fun documented quickly, easily, and creatively with just a phone camera and some amazing NEW Simple Stories products. Play along with us for nearly three full months of documenting our adventures together and putting together a whole album with a variety of pocket page format layouts including the latest trend in pocket pages…SQUARES! We love square photos (ie. Instagram) square cards, and square pockets! Wondering where to have your square photos printed? We'll help with that too.
The workshop is FREE for our subscribers in The Clique! Non-subscriber friends are also welcome and pay NOTHING for the workshop with the purchase of a Summer School Kit! HURRY as this is a LIMITED EDITION KIT and will go quickly!
More details on Summer School with Clique Kits....
What is included in the workshop "Clique Into Summer" and how much will it cost?
Workshop ONLY: Subscribers FREE | Non-Subscribers $15
Here’s what you get if you register for the workshop! Subscribers are automatically registered for the workshop portion -if you are a subscriber wishing to join us for summer school…do nothing-you're IN the Clique.
Introducing...A LIMITED EDITION: The 2014 Summer School Clique Kit !
This kit is JAM-PACKED and overstuffed with product. We will save the itemized listing of ALL of the contents for our official reveal in a few weeks, but here are some highlights of the products you love that will be in the box!
Of course, like every Clique Kit this one will include many surprises!
The kit includes enough product for approximately 48 pages or 24 double page layouts. (Your results may vary depending on how you design your pages and how much you embellish.)
When and how do I sign up?
We are taking pre-orders for the kits and albums now through May 14th. After May 14th, registration will be on a space available/kit available basis.
Summer School 2014 begins this June!
This is going to be a great workshop and a great time to crop together virtually all summer long and have an album completed that your friends and family will enjoy looking at for years to come! We hope you will enroll in Clique Into Summer with us!!
--xoxo Gia,Jody,Erica, Lacey
Yearbook: Using up scraps
I'm back for another Yearbook Tuesday post! Today I want to share a layout I created using the Debutante kit. At this point in my creating, I was running low on April Debutante product. Of course, I didn't want any piece to go to waste so I created this layout with scraps from the kit that I had left over. And while doing that, I used a collage of photos of my husband and I throughout the years.
I love how this layout developed and how I was able to use scrappaper, journal cards, die cuts and various elements included in the kit. I enjoyed looking through my photos, finding some new and old that would work together to create a layout that I "cherish".
How do you use your scraps? Do you make cards, use them on layouts or give them away! Share with us on how you use them!
Thanks for joining me today! Can you believe it is almost May! That means more inspiration and a new fabulous kit! Have a scrap happy day!
First up, we have the random Blog share hopper prize of a Debutante paper pack (from Amy Tangerine's Plus One collection!) which goes to Renee Joy! She is now a subscriber to the Clique Kits Blog/Newsletter by email and here is her comment:
"Yes, I knew the hop would be awesome!! Great job ladies!! 'Loving all of the inspiration, too!!" -Renee Joy
Renee, please email Clique Kits with your address so we can send your prize right out to you!
As a side note, if you have already subscribed, but have not been receiving our emails even though you have not unsubscribed, please try to subscribe again. I received a notice from Mail Chimp that for a couple of weeks Yahoo was bouncing emails in error, which led to removal from our list. The problem seems to be fixed, but we don't want anyone out of the loop!
Okay, now back to winners!
The winner of the Honor Society Challenge is Mandee Gillen a.k.a Scrappin' Madge! As an optional activity for this share, we challenged participants to share something about themselves either in writing, photos, or on their layouts or projects.
The Clique Kits gals loved the enthusiasm that Madge showed the Clique leading up to and during the blog share. She also took the time to share more about herself in her post (and her cute little Pug doggy child) AND she showed us pictures of her incredible scrapping space! In case you missed the blog share, you should go back and check out all of the inspiration on the blogs who who participated. We were kind of blown away by the talent in our Clique. Just saying'
Here is a slideshow of her awesome mini. She really made the most of the kit using not just the Plus One products, but the exclusive cards, flair, washi tape, Pinkfresh studio color block heart wood veneers, and sequins! Her project really shows off everything we love about Debutante. Thanks for everything Scrappin' Madge! And thanks to everyone else who joined us at the first Pep Rally! Looking forward to many more to come (with more chances for YOU to be a winner.)
--xoxoThe Clique Kits Gals Gia,Jody,Erica,Lacey
Hi, its me, Gia ! For the first time ever in my life I made a video! I have to confess I didn't do it alone- I had the help of one little girl named Scarlet-my 11 year old daughter- who is definitely the videographer in the family. So, I have a few disclaimers about it. First, there are a few bloopers in it-don't laugh okay? Second, I was a little nervous so at one point when I meant to say "Scrabble" I said "Bingo"…another blooper (what was I thinking?"). Finally, yes that is the Sister Sledge Song "We are family…I got all my sisters with me" playing in the beginning. Again, don't laugh because even if it dates me as an 80's girl, the Clique Kits girls (that includes YOU there in the Clique) are all my scrappy sisters. And I am glad to be hanging out with you this Sunday morning (sorry about the length of the video…I understand if you skip any boring parts.) I promise I will get better at this-especially keeping them shorter. What can I say- I like to chat. A lot.
We have lots more exciting stuff coming up in May. We are putting the finishing touches on an exciting plan and I don't want to ruin the surprise, so you will have to stay tuned later in the week for more on that!
As April is coming to an end soon and as we say good bye to Debutante, we are hailing in a new month and a fabulous new kit…Field Trip! The reveal is now public and you can see it all live on the video! In case you have any problem watching the embedded video, here is the link to its permanent home on our You Tube Channel.
Well that was fun!
To put it mildly, us Clique Kit girls are super excited for our second month's kit reveal today!! Our May scrapbooking kit is called Field Trip and embraces so many fabulous elements, patterns and rich colors. We selected all the elements to be versatile and interesting, while adding texture and depth to your projects. Here's the full kit we created with many products from the Fancy Pants, As You Wish line, LaceyBug Creations (our own Lacey Gasper), May Arts burlap string & washi tape from SpiegelMom Scraps (our own Jody Spiegelhoff).
And now here's the low down on all the papers. The first photo encompasses the A side of the Fancy Pants papers from the As You Wish collection. The second photo is the B side of the same papers. Isn't that world map paper fabulous! Wondering how you'll utilize these papers? Join us all month long in May for projects ideas, scrapbook layouts and more!
Next up we have all the embellishments! Tags, journaling cards, washi tape, exclusive flair, May Arts burlap string, hand punched travel shapes, decorative bags and titles.
As you know, its not a Clique Kit without some fabulous exclusive printables from Lacey Gasper!
Here's the product complete list!
KIT CONTENTPAPER (1 sheet each, double sided)
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — World Traveled
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — Well Traveled
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — Wish
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — My World
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — Dictionary
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — Quilt Work
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — This & That
SPECIALTY PAPER / CARDSTOCK (1 sheet each)
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — Gold Foil Paper
American Craft: Cardstock — Parfait
Clique Kits Flair (Set of 6)
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — Gold Alpha Stickers
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — Brag Cards (1 pack, 36 cards total)
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — Ephemera (Assortment)*
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — Small Decorative Tags (2)
Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish — Decorative Bags (2)
Studio Calico: Chipboard Shapes — Gold Cameras (4)
Studio Calico: Gold Stars (1 Large, 1 Medium, 4 Small)
Green Chevron Washi Tape (1 Roll)
May Arts Natural Burlap String (3 yards)
Anchor / Airplane Map Confetti (Assortment)
* The Ephemera seen in the photo above may differ in your kit.
Well, now that you've seen what's packed into our May kit, I bet you're excited to be subscribed!! Not subscribed you say?? Clique Kits announced a few days ago that we've opened up new subscriptions for June!! That's a month ahead of schedule peeps and we couldn't be more thrilled. We'd love for you to join our Clique! There some pretty cool behind the scenes events going on and even more in the works for this summer. Head over to our subscriptions page HERE to join us starting in June!
Welcome to the PEP Rally!
Today's event is brought to you by our Honor Society with special guests, our Students of the Month (Guest Designers) for April-the fabulous Danielle de Konink and Brooke Petermann!
We have an awesome blog share to show off projects made by our subscribers using our debut kit Debutante. As an optional challenge, we are getting to know each other better by sharing something about ourselves in our posts! If you are visiting here today and do not know about us yet, please sign up to follow us by email! You will receive an email notification whenever there is a new blog post plus a newsletter whenever there are special events, sales, and announcements! Feel free to learn more about us here, as we have openings for new subscribers for June! One of many great perks is getting to participate in these monthly blog shares and earning product credits for doing so!
Without further ado, here is the list of blogs to visit.
Everyone who comments on each blog and follows us by email will be entered to win our blog share prize. This months prize package is an Amy Tangerine Plus One Paper Set. There are exclusive printables and die cuts still available with numerous other items in the April School Store. The challenge winner will receive an additional 5 honor credits bringing their total for this blog share to 10! Eeek! We will announce the winners here on the blog on Sunday, April 27th.
And now here are some Pep Rally cheers for people Clique Kits wish to thank for helping us to have such an amazing debut this month!
Amy Tangerine- for being our Designer in the Spotlight and inspiring us with her Plus One collection.
Simple Stories- for their friendship and ongoing support!
Pinkfresh Studio- for the fabulous embellishments and inspiring products we love to include in our kits!
Freckled Fawn- for more amazing and unique embellishments, and for including us in their listing of small businesses.
And of course the new friends we have made and welcomed into the Clique so far!
Can we get a great big T-H-A-N-K-S ! And thanks to you for joining us today. Now enjoy the blogs and the inspiration you will find there!
--xoxo The Clique Kits Gals
Yearbook: Journal Cards
I'm back again with another series of journal card sketches and samples using the April 2014 Debutante Kit! I really enjoy making one-of-a-kind journal cards for my albums. They are personalized for me, my style and my projects!
These four journal cards really give you endless possibilities to create dynamic journal cards for your pocket page albums, layouts or even use them to inspire your next card creation! Here is how I took these sketches to the scrapbook desk!
Here are all four cards together! These cards add a lot of personality to my page protector album!
Punch with a circle (or shape punch) sections of a pattern paper. Apply an epoxy sticker on top to add a personalize flair style image to your journal card, layout or cards!
Have you seen all the great announcements in the last few days? If you missed it, here is a run down!
1. We have subscription slots open starting June 2014! Be sure to sign-up before it's too late, under store - Subscriptions.
2. Join the Clique Kits gals and the Kit club Subscribers (Honor Society), TOMORROW, April 23rd for the April Kit blog share! Start here at the Clique Kits blog. The share begins at 10am CST (8am PST, 9am MST, 11am EST).
3. Have you seen the MAY Sneak peeks? Head over to our Facebook page or Instagram page to see some sneak peeks of our NEXT kit!
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you have a scrap happy day!
We are so excited to have not just ONE guest designer but TWO this month to help launch our kit club! We already shared some projects from Danielle, now lets get to know Brooke! We fell in love with Brooke's page protector pages! Look how she used this method of documenting life with our April Kit - Debutante!
BROOKE: My husband and I were married in June of 2010. We honeymooned in Jamaica immediately following the wedding. When we returned from Jamaica, I promptly got to work sorting through wedding photos and getting all of my favorites out of digital files and into actual albums.
And then, life started rolling along and I somehow forgot to ever scrapbook our time in Jamaica.
When I saw the Debutante kit, I immediately knew that it would be a perfect fit for scrapbooking our honeymoon. The bright colors and bold patterns mesh so beautifully with our beach and foliage photos. Many of the sentiments on the cards, thickers and other embellishments seemed to call out to be used in a honeymoon album.
Four years and two kids later, I can't tell you how much fun it was to look back through these photos. Creating the album also provided some good reminiscing with Brian as I worked to fill in my journaling with specific details from our trip.
This kit was so much fun to work with. I used a bit of almost everything - papers, journaling cards, wood veneers, thickers and badges.
I have always been jealous of albums with sequin-filled see-through pockets. I thought it wasn't possible for me since I don't know how to use my sewing machine, but I decided to try filling a pocket with wood veneers and hand sewing with embroidery floss. Guess what. It worked! And, I love how it turned out.
Although I wish I would have recorded more details of our trip immediately after our arrival home, I think it was worth it to wait to put the album together. More journaling would have been nice, but I think the album does a good job of capturing the spirit of our trip. Working with these photos gave me so much joy and brought back many happy memories that can now be relived each time we flip through this album.
And, I'm not done putting this kit to good use. Little bits have been finding their way into several of my weekly Project Life pages and later this week I will share one weekly layout that is exclusively made with this kit. Thanks so much, Clique Kit girls!
CLIQUE KITS: Brooke also shared this awesome video below showing spreads in the album she created using the April Kit! ENJOY!
Thanks for being one of our Students of the Month, Brooke!! To see more of Brooke's work check out our April Kit Blog Share this Wednesday, April 23! Starting right here at the Clique Kits blog at 10am CST.
We also have a special announcement today, so be sure you are a fan of our Facebook page and see the previous post today (located below!)
Have a Scrap happy day!
Art Studio: Happy Easter!
Happy Easter friends! This bright pink watercolor look paper with the big white brush stroke "Love" is such a versatile paper- I love that Debutante does not have a 'theme' and it leaves the creative possibilities wide open! For example, Plus One is in no way an "Easter" collection, but I was able to use it as one. In order to make this an "Easter" page, I followed Jody's tutorial from the other day to die cut some cute felt bunnies. If you missed it, it is here. If I am going to invest in a collection, I want to know that it will work with any number of themes, and most of all, the everyday stuff! The Clique Kits philosophy is to design kits with this in mind.
I also used my Amy Tangerine/American Crafts "Duplicate" embossing folder with some vellum to create a unique looking layer. First, I embossed the vellum while at the same time printing with gold letterpress ink right in the embossing folder! This technique does not give a perfect "letterpress" design but does give a random, somewhat distressed looking print. I then went over some of the cameras with my watercolors to add more pops of the colors in my patterned papers.
I have also been getting tons of mileage from the added printables and die cuts in this kit. It still blows my mind how much more I am using Debutante than any other kit I have ever bought! We wanted Clique Kits to help us move from our old habits of hoarding more supplies than we use, to being efficient, productive, and doing so much scrapping we use our favorite products up! Judging from Debutante so far- I think we are off to an excellent start! Stay tuned for the Pep Rally when the Clique Kits Gals and the Honor Society will be showing you even more ways to use your kit. It's taking place Wednesday, April 23rd starting here on the blog. Join us !
Workin' Those Printables
Hey!! Jody here today on this very Good Friday. Today, I have a couple pocket-style pages to share using my Debutante Kit elements and printables. These layouts are actually in the same page protector, just back to back. I loved Erica's pocket page layout yesterday with her bright pops of yellow against her mostly black background. Wasn't that eye-catching!! I loved it. Today's pages also have some pops of color, but there's a variety. Plus, I'll show you another way to get the most out of your printables.
Just a little side note here... You've seen me do this before, but I wanted to just point out quick how I added a few more pictures to my pocket page. I hand cut a couple little banners from the edge strips off the 12x12" sheets and adhered them to the top of some extra pictures. These little banners will serve as pull tabs so you can easily pull out of the photos and check them out! Ok, I digress...
Above, you can see I punched out Lacey's printable designs as intended using the same shape. Below, check out the patterns from the Debutante printables which weren't predestined to be hearts or clouds. I printed out an extra set and punched some shapes! The yellow heart was actually punched out from the yellow journaling card with the camera on it "Take a picture it will last longer."
And here they are in action! I added two punched hearts from the Debutante printables on top of the printed heart (pink card). This has some special meaning for us, as I often say to our girls, "I love, love, love you!" I added a few banners and circles to the bottom left photo of the runaway truck ramp coming up. And who doesn't love the "To Be Continued" thicker stickers from Amy Tangerine!!? These are super cute and can have so many different uses and meanings.
I hope you've been inspired to print out some more printables and get punching! You don't have to go crazy with embellishments and extras to spice up your pocket pages, but it sure is fun.
Have you stopped by our School Store recently? We've added some new goodies, including more add-ons for your Debutante Kit!! Oh yes we did :) Lacey also added a new Digital Store section so you shop them separately.
Also be sure to LIKE Clique Kits on Facebook HERE to get to know the Clique Kit Gals, see some sneak peaks and get involved in the Clique. Subscriptions are also filling up fast.. WOW! Thank you to everyone who has subscribed and to those on our wait list. If you're interested in being a part of our Clique, please get on our wait list for our next kit openings. We'd love to have you join us!!
Thank for spending your time with us today. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!