Summer School: Kickoff Week
Hey everybody! It's Gia and I am so excited to start Kickoff Week! If you are a Clique Kits subscriber or Summer School student, make sure you check out the Clique Into Summer Kit Tour Video now live on the Summer School Page. You will also find the events for the week are posted with chances for you to win a prize just for playing along!
On my first layout, I was inspired to use some DYMO label tapes to journal on the individual elements going in to my pockets. Unless you are a thrift store and flea market junkie like I am, you may not have one of these nifty gadgets in your tool box. (If that is the case don't worry, I sent some samples to all of my friends.)
I also made a flip up pocket which contains a die cut card from the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine collection with those cut out hearts as a little peek-a- boo element showing my feet in the sand.
When I have a lot of white space in the composition of one of my photos, I find its the perfect place to put some journaling right on or over my photo.
I had some chipboard shapes and speech bubbles in my stash (American Crafts/Amy Tangerine) and I used some chalkboard paint to convert them to little chalkboard embellishments which I doodled on with a chalkboard marker.
Last but not least I wanted to show you another little interactive element on my page using one of the little yellow tags in the kit. Here is the front side:
On this side the lower half of the tag is inserted so that it rests over the card but behind the plastic of the page protector. I prepared it first by embellishing it with some washi tape and a little snippet from a printable. You can't see it in this view, but it is sticking outside the pocket on the other side. (See below.) I ran the seam through my sewing machine to secure it in place. And now, for the flip side of the page:
Stay tuned right here for more to come from the rest of the Clique Kits gals!
Pile it on!
TGI - Saturday!! Oh yes, Jody is back on the blog with a layout filled with lots of embellishments from this fabulous Show and Tell Clique Kit! First of all, I was totally enamored with the Heidi Swapp paper right away. Who can resist a big heart and all those fun words nestled inside?! Not this girl :) I just printed a bunch of my Instagram photos and decided to make our Sari the centerpiece of this layout. I matted her 4x4" photo with the light grey wood grain from Simple Stories DIY Boutique and added another layer under that as well, this time the Simple Stories black and white herringbone.
I added lots of texture and dimension to this layout as you can see. One of my favorite elements is the May Arts chevron twill from our kit! I carefully lined up the twill ribbon under my photo and slowly ran my sewing machine as I folded the twill over... and over again. There's no glue or adhesive used, just my sewing machine and some patience! I shared a picture on Instagram a couple days ago of this work in progress. We'd love to connect with you on Instagram so here's our page RIGHT HERE! You can also follow me (Jody), Gia, Lacey and Erica to see how we document our everyday lives and tie it all into Clique Kits! Ok, now here are some more close-ups!
Despite all the layers and smaller pieces in this layout, it actually came together pretty quickly for me. I cut apart many of the Clique Kits Spelling Bee words, phrases and little designs created by our own Lacey Gasper and added them through my layout with my favorite foam adhesive, along with these super fun Simple Stories stickers (like NEWS FLASH above). I also incorporated some lovey 8mm pink sequins, some ticket stickers from my stash and the stunning black and white arrow washi tape from our April Kit Debutante, which is on sale right now in the Clique Kits Store! Just use the code SUMMERFLASH to get 35% off everything in our store. Grab a June kit single purchase, washi tapes, sequins, Lawn Fawn Stamps and more. Better yet, subscribe for July and get a coupon code for 50% off the June Kit also! Now that a deal perfect for anyone.
Hello Clique Kits fans! Erica here with you on this fabulous Friday with a quick and fun post! I hope you all had the chance to get to know our June substitute teacher Charity Donaldson! If you missed the post please click HERE and show her some love!
I have two quick and easy cards to share with you today using theJune 2014 Clique Kit Show & Tell! This kit is so much fun and filled with so many fun colors and patterns! I love the bold black and whites with the great pops of color! My first card is a 4x4 card covered with one of the Simple Stories DIY journal cards. I added a strip of hot pink paper also fromSimple Stories and die cut a stitched circle from a new Lawn Fawn die set Party Banners. The sentiment I used is from the stamp setJournaling from Simple Stories. This stamp set is available in the Clique Kits shop right now for 35% off using the promo code SUMMERFLASH. Here is a look at my process creating this card!
My next card is a standard size card with a strip of the same hot pink paper fromSimple Stories! I also punched out some beautiful butterflies using my Stampin Up punch. I used a hello sticker from one of the sticker sheets that came in my kit and it is in a beautiful yellow color! I added the butterflies to the pink strip of paper and card complete! Creating quick and simple cards like this is a great way to use up the left over scraps from you kit at the end of the month!
Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed this post and that you have subscribed to theClique Kits YouTube channel! We have two great deals going on right now till the end of June that you do not want to miss out on so make sure to check out ourFacebook page for all the details!!
This month Clique Kits is bringing you a brand new feature--our guest blogger posts! Guest bloggers choose their own topics and write a series of three related articles. Guest bloggers are subscribers who are not only talented creatives, die hard memory-keepers, but are also our friends who are willing to reach out and connect with all of us. Read on, and you will feel like a scrappy friend is in the room with you…
Click.Connect.Create. ---xoxoThe Clique Kits Gals
"I didn't really understand how to color outside the lines until I went to Walt Disney World in 2008 and decided that a scrapbook would be the perfect way to document the "vacation of a lifetime." I laugh now when I think that I just wanted to make "that one scrapbook" and then be finished with what has become one of my favorite things to do. I didn't know there were so many mediums and ways to log memories and express myself visually until I discovered the awesomeness that is paper crafting. It's opened me up in ways I never expected, and became my favorite form of therapy :) I not only scrapbook and make cards, but I love altering items and mini-books are a particular love of mine! I LOVE scrapping with kits! I also love printables and am excited about anything that encourages me to use my Cameo!"
Connect with Charity Donaldson at www.scrapfaire.blogspot.com
Passion for Printables (And Cut Files!)
I can't tell you how excited I am to be working with June's Show and Tell kit! I got so excited about the printables and cut files for this kit that I made a card before I ever got my kit in the mail. It was in my blog earlier this month. But now I have the kit in my hands and I am still drawn to those printables. I have noticed lots of people on Pinterest and on Youtube using print files more and more on their layouts and this month I was inspired to try and use lots of them myself! I love all the rainbowy colors in the kit, and I love the use of black and white with these bright colors. They are just so inspiring to me right now. I thought about photos I had of when my godchildren came to spend the weekend with me when I still lived in Memphis. They were only a couple of hours away then, not the twelve they are now.
I started out this month cutting all of the cut files out of black cardstock. And then I printed and handcut all of the printables. When I got ready to scrap, I decided that I wanted to use a large piece of one of the black and white printed papers and would NOT be using that with a piece of black cardstock and my cut files were fading into the print so I recut and resized some of the polaroid frame cut files and recut them several times out of white cardstock. I layered the pieces one on top of the other to give them some dimension and UMPH!
I started layering up diecuts, tried out different amounts of and various print and cut files then settled on an arrangement that seemed to best showcase the photo I wanted to use for this story. After I had the basic style of the page I snapped a pic so I could pick up the pieces and start gluing them down. (The purpose of the photo was so that when I went to put them back down, I'd roughly get them in the same place... you may or may not believe how long I fiddled with this layout to position those pieces).
After I started to adhere things, I decided that I really should punch the top of the black and white print to let the color from the other side peep over. And I found a few more fiddly bits and pieces to make it look just right. Then I added my journalling with my new favorite journalling pen which is by Faber- Castell. I added the photo date to the tab and the lod is the layout create date there on the bottom. I try to remember to date things because I have found going back through old layouts I wish I had put more dates on them. Adding a touch of Heidi Swapp Colorshine in Gold Lame' as well and adding some drawn lines around the border of the Favorite things paper finished out my layout. ( I used that black Faber Castell Pen for this as well... it's India Ink so the misting won't affect it.)
Thanks for sharing your new found passion for printables and cut files Charity! See you next week!
Summer School Week One
Hey everybody! Gia here! Today is officially the first day of summer for the Clique- Summer School that is! Our subscribers and anyone else who was lucky enough to pre-order one of our now sold out Clique Into Summer class kits should have received their syllabus as well as as their email notification that Lesson 1 is posted on our Summer School page. We did note a slight change to the schedule given we had to ship the kits a few days later than anticipated- we flip flopped events we had planned for this week with those planned for next week. No matter- we couldn't be more excited to get this party started with some watercolor fun!
Plunge into Watercolors covers a lot of territory about fun ways to incorporate watercolor and watercolor effects in your scrapbooking and paper crafting. Some of the techniques covered in the videos include doing basic wet on wet color washes, crayon resists, abstract background techniques with straws and paint splatters and more. I hope that if you are in the class you have had a chance to check them out. If not, no pressure- they will be available all summer long and you can even download them to watch at your leisure. So kick back, grab some lemonade or sweet tea and enjoy!
This is a one minute photo-video showing a little bit of my process:
Here is another look at the finished layout! I didn't want to start doing 6 x 9 Snap album pages until we had our cover page and first page kickoff event next week. Our kits are on the way as we speak and while we all anxiously await them I used some printables, some exclusive flair, and this and that from my stash and my own watercolor artwork.
Here is a little card using a simple multicolored wash background. The flamingo was fussy cut from one of the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine 3 x 4 card cut a parts. The watercolor wash is matted with another Good Day Sunshine card.
Just because we are rolling out 12 whole weeks of summer school doesn't mean we have forgotten about all of the other awesomeness we have planned for the Clique. We will still be posting Show & Tell projects on the blog and will have our monthly Pep Rally in a couple of weeks. Show & Tell is available in low quantities as a single kit purchase this month while supplies last. We are thrilled our guest designer this month will be here to inspire you, and we are introducing a new blog feature this month: Substitute Teacher posts (Guest Bloggers) who will be writing a series of posts on s topic of their choice! More on that soon! Subscribe now to be a part of all this and more! Did we mention than subscribers are automatically enrolled in the summer workshop for free, and that subscribers may sign up to participate in blog shares to earn product credits? Learn more about our subscriber benefits here.
We are so excited to have Stephanie as part of the team this month! We want to share some projects she created! You will fall in love with her style!
Be sure to check out Stephanie's blog! It's adorable and full of wonderful inspiration! We are delighted to see what she creates with our June Kit - Show & Tell!
Journaling Cards and Frame
Oh happy, happy Friday everyone! Jody here today for a really fast layout. Seriously, almost Jimmy Johns fast today my friends, LOL. I'm absolutely lovin' all the great journaling cards & fun frames in this month's Clique Kit, Show & Tell. The bright colors and patterns are really inspiring me to show off lots of the recent photos I've taken. So, my first layout of the month is in honor of our Hannah turning 6. She's such a fabulous little girl, I love her so! The bright pink Simple Stories DIY paper, CK Paper Clips, Pink Fresh Studio stickers are combined with some fabulous Summer Simple Stories Snap journaling cards (CK Shop) for a fast and very fun layout!
You can see below that I used my go to foam adhesive from 3L Scrapbook Adhesives to give my page elements some dimension. I also punched a heart in the bottom right of the Simple Stories Snap card so you could see through to the fun pattern behind it. I'll use that punched out heart on another project for this awesome kit.
I also just adore the paper clip flags which were handmade by our own Lacey Gasper! These are so fun and come in a variety of colors and patterns in your June kit.
I mixed and matched a few of the kit embellishments together to create a fun title for my layout. I used a Simple Stories DIY Boutique Insta Frame, Clear Photo Stickers, Card Foundations and the Sticker Words. You can easily mix and match these up for hundreds of awesome title combination or subtitles for your projects. Don't forget about creating cards with them as well. Those summer birthdays tend to sneak up us, so why not whip up a few cards and have them ready to go!
Another fun embellishment in your June kit is the black and white bakers twine. If you struggle to use the twine, there's a fun and easy way to use it on your layouts and cards. Don't worry about having every last inch of the twine glued down to you page... you'll just end up with a mess. Instead, try allowing the twine to fall naturally onto your layout and tack it down in a few spots from there. I used mine to "hang" my photo banner from at the top, then I allowed the twine to twist and loop however it wanted to. I used a combination of my handy dandy Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and tacky glue.
Finally, you can see I added some ink splatters and a few of the Fancy Pants buttons right onto the layout. I adhered the buttons with my 3L Scrapbook Adhesive glue dots and used my Tiny Attacher to help keep my bakers twine in place at the end and under the Snap card. I also thought it would be fun to use the bakers twine as a journaling line for a short explanation of my photos. To keep the middle of that twine length in place, I added a small amount of Aleene's Tacky Glue onto the twine and held it onto the paper. Worked like charm and you can't see a thing because the tacky glue dries clear :)
Thank you for joining me today! Now that you've seen a freaky fast layout done with our Show and Tell kit I hope you'll take some time and create something today.. or this weekend. WHEN you do, us Clique Kits girls would love if you'd share it with us on our Facebook page! Just head over to our Clique Kits Facebook page and upload a photo to share.
Do you Instagram?! Clique Kits does AND we have fun Photo A Day Challenge going on right now. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and check out our hashtag #ckphotoadayjune to see how everyone is playing along this month!
Join us! Click. Connect. Create!!
Happy Thursday everyone! Erica here with you today to talk about one of my favorite tools. Well actually two tools, my die cutting machine and my dies! A die cutting machine cuts shapes out of a variety of materials using either a steel rule die or the thin metal dies. There are so many great dies available now and so many possibiltes with them! You can use them to create your own embellishments, home decor and party decorations, greeting cards, and also mini albums. Today I want to share how I used one of the new Lawn Fawn die sets Stitched Party Banners to create base pages for my mini album. I pulled out my June 2014 Clique Kit Show & Tell and decided on a few papers for my base pages. Using the biggest banner die from the die set I ran them through my WRMK Evolution Advanced die cutting machine! I love how these dies from Lawn Fawn have the faux stitching around them. I also used the heart die that comes in the kit to cut out some heart shapes to add as embellishment for my album and also to punch out heart shapes in my base pages! I love the look of cut out shapes on my pages! This album is going to document a class I took with Heidi Swapp at Hannah's Home Accents in Antioch, IL. I had the best time ever and Heidi Swapp is the sweetest person ever! I also met up with a few great friends I have met online through Facebook and Instagram! One of them all the way from Texas! So awesome to connect with people who share the same passion and love for creating! Here is a look at a little video I put together using the Flipagram app. If you have been following our blog and Facebook you may have seen a few other Flipagrams from us Clique Kits girls! We love to share our process with you and this app is so much fun!
I hope you have been inspired to pull out your dies and create something fun! We would love to see what you are creating with your Clique Kit so please share with us on Facebook or tag us on Instagram! Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you all have a great day!
Yearbook: Summer Break
I've been going to school for the past few years, getting a second degree. So I still LOVE summer break! One thing I love to do on summer break is scrapbook and a LOT! During the school year my time is limited in the hands to paper memory making department, but now that I can LET LOOSE, I'm able to really be in my studio space!
On that note, I started playing around with the June Kit - Show & Tell! I love this kit and all the bright colors, the bold patterns and the softer patterns. It is a great mix! For my first layout I created with the June kit, I created a Flipagram, so you could see my process in how I created this layout!
The best thing about having a wedding less then a year ago, I still have lots of photos to scrapbook with! I have barely made a dent in my wedding photos and I haven't began the process of putting together my album yet (in time). I love how each kit brings me something new and inspiring to scrapbook my wedding photos. This photo was taking by the talented Bernadette Pollard (Minneapolis Wedding Journalist).
Thanks for stopping by today!
XOXO -- Lacey
Art Studio: Show & Tell Mini
Hi, it's Gia. Today I'm sharing a mini album I made from some extra large shipping tags and my June kit; Show & Tell. Last week was the last week of school for my kids and my daughter won a special award. As a reward, we had a mother daughter staycation for one night complete with drinks (shirley temples for her), shopping, and a soak in a hot tub. I had so much fun mixing and matching the Heidi Swapp, Simple Stories, Chic Tags, and exclusive bits and pieces in this kit. The chalkboard wood arrow on my cover is from one of our add on selections featured in the school store!
I loved seeing my youngest son watch his big sister-hopefully he will be inspired to follow in her footsteps the way she was inspired by her big sisters and brothers! Since my daughter wanted to help me make something for her mini I found those corrugate butterflies and clouds in my stash. I let her go at it with some paint and glitter. They made the perfect finishing touch embellishments and she will always remember that she got to contribute to her special memory book!
And now I thought I would show you some details. I love the handmade fabric tab paper clips in the kit. I used so many of the exclusive spelling word cut a parts in this mini also. The pinkfresh enamel stickers and color block wood veneers add so much to your layering! This kit also came with an exclusive sequin mixture which is so versatile! I pulled out a few stars, and have a mega ton left for other projects.
Thanks for stopping by today!