Happy September! It is Ali here with you today being inspired by Vicki Boutin's new collection, Color Study. If you haven't purchased it yet, I advise you to rush to the shop and buy whatever is left. You will want two of everything if you are like me!
This picture was taken of me in Las Vegas at the Seven Magic Mountains. I went there with two friends to run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. We made a little detour to check out these bright fun boulders and love how bright the colors are in this photo. You can also notice the shadows of the other people checking out the exhibit. I was holding on to this picture for the last couple years because I was waiting for the perfect paper and embellishments to match these boulders. Well it was worth the wait! I am in love and inspired with Vicki's new collection.
I used two of her packaging inserts to create that rainbow burst coming out of the photo. I glued one of them flat to the mixed media background and cut the other package insert apart. I used foam tape to pop some of the colors off the page. I also used white stitching rub ons to add a little more texture to the rainbow burst. I love how all that color is radiating right off this page.
I completed the layout with stickers and ephemera from this collection. I hope this inspires you to add some color to your layouts.
Dont forget to check out the Add-On Kit | Vicki Boutin Color Study Embellishment Kit | American Crafts (cliquekits.com) in the shop.
Love, Ali xoxo
Hi friends! Dana here today sharing a layout that was inspired by the Black Pumas song Colors. I used the sold out Mesa Base Kit. If you missed this kit you can put together an almost identical version using the Mesa Add-On Kit, the Brave and Bold 12x12 Designer Paper Pack, and the Carefree 12x12 Designer Paper Pack.
The song Colors explores the natural and colorful diversity that can be found in any given moment of our lives. What I loved most about my time living in the Washington, D.C. area was the mix of people and cultures. It was refreshing to have my children attend a school where they were in the minority. We were constantly exposed to people of different backgrounds who spoke other languages. We were so lucky to become fast friends with a wonderful family from Ethiopia with children the same age as mine.
I chose the Heidi Swapp Vista patterned paper as the base of my layout for the beautiful waves of color. I used a stencil from my stash to apply a large face and butterflies to the background of the page. I centered the eye in the middle of the waves of color. I liked the depth created with just a simple black outline, so I left the stenciled image as is.
I layered simple embellishments around the photo and included the song lyrics on the journaling card.
It's a good day to be
A good day for me
A good day to see my favorite colors, colors
My sisters and my brothers
See 'em like no other
All my favorite colors
The Amy Tangerine Monarch patterned paper matched both the stenciled butterflies and the color palette of the base patterned paper so I cut several butterflies out to use as dimensional embellishments.
Clique International Supplies:
Heidi Swapp + American Crafts Mesa Base Kit
Heidi Swapp + American Crafts Mesa Add-On Kit
Heidi Swapp Carefree 12x12 Designer Paper Pack
Amy Tangerine Brave and Bold 12x12 Designer Paper Pack
Other Supplies: Jamie Dougherty 12x12 Bloom Girls Sharon Stencil: Prima Marketing; Black Marker; Song Lyrics: Colors by Black Pumas
Hi friends! Dana here today sharing a scrapbook layout that I was inspired to create after listening to the song "Soul Singing" by The Black Crowes. I've been streaming a lot of concerts from home over the last 6 months. One of the most recent shows featured various artists, one of whom was Rich Robinson. After that show ended, YouTube auto-played The Black Crowes VH1 Unplugged Show from 2008 (which I highly recommend!). Since then, I've had those songs running through my head.
Whenever life has me feeling stressed out, I always find relief by looking through photos of my family, especially my young nieces and nephews. I found this gem and couldn't help but smile! This sweet photo and two lines from the song; "My life's a smile not a frown," and "You got my soul singing," were all I needed to get my mojo running. I combined the Bad Girls Couture and Clique International Limited Edition Bliss Kit with the American Crafts Urban Legend Base Kit to create this page. The pastel color palettes, flowers, and wood grain designs of both kits blend really well together.
I cut two wood frames from one of the Mintay patterned papers from the Bliss Kit. I used one for a photo frame which I embellished with a die-cut from the Urban Legend Kit and a chipboard sticker from the Bliss Kit. I placed the foam flower stickers from the Urban Legend kit under my photo to help raise it off the background paper.
I created a shaker embellishment with the second wood frame. To create this feature I first cut a piece of patterned paper the same size as the frame. Then, I applied foam tape around the edge of the floral patterned paper. Next, I sprinkled Clique sequin mix onto the patterned paper. I also added a small die-cut to the area. Lastly, I topped the foam tape with a piece of acetate and then the paper frame. I attached this embellishment to the page just like the other frame, on top of foam flower stickers, for added dimension.
Clique International Supplies:
Bad Girls Couture and Clique International Limited Edition Bliss Kit
American Crafts Urban Legend Base Kit
Hi friends! Gia here with an "Inspired by" post and 12 x 12 layout. Today I want to talk a little bit about accent colors. Accent colors are like when you decorate a room with an eye pleasing color palette and then BOOM there it is...the throw pillow with just a POP of unexpected color! A game I love to play for inspiration is to pick a color and type it into the search bar in Pinterest and see what it brings up. Our eyes are magnetically drawn in to the images with colors in certain proportions. The dominant color is important of course. But then there are the harmonious colors used with it in lesser amounts, and finally the finishing touch...that statement accessory. You get the idea!
There is really nothing difficult or time consuming about this layout...no hard work, no need for technology or electricity even. All of the magic is in the color which is layered in from background texture to the last embellishment- a faux wax seal by Maggie Holmes from one of last years fall kits (Gaia).
I hope you will try taking some inspiration from all of the beautiful color palettes in the fall kits! Thanks so much for stopping by today- leave a question or a comment below!
Hi Everyone, it is Piroska here today with my latest layout for Clique International. Do you like watching stories? I like to start my day to sip my coffee and scrolling through IG stories. I like getting to know the people I follow a little bit better through that, and getting some news from different countries. One of my favourites is @bayourbori, who is Hungarian girl living with her family in Germany. She has posted a photo of a shop-window which inspired me to make this layout.
I love how the shop-windows in Hamburg are installed, and there is always a message regarding to our crazy days of Covid-19. Like @bayourbori captured it here:
The play on words catched my eyes and I decided to make a layout with that as a title. We've just started schoon on the 1st of September, and although the numbers of the infected are raising, we have to go in and teach/learn in a mask. It's a must, I know, but I have to admit, it is very hard to wear it 8 hours long and speak appr. 6 hours in it... It became a must-have accessoire nowadays, an absolute mask-have...
I chose the Let"s Stay Home Sampler Kit for my layout. As my mask is blue I've been looking for a blue background paper. I decided to use the Around our Hood paper, and because I really liked the other side I didn't want to use the whole paper. I cut some strips from it and distressed the edges.
I think the You Are Stronger paper of the Let's Stay Home Sampler Kit has some great messages, so I cut some strips from it and distressed the edges as well. And also fussy cut some scalloped borders and distressed it too.
I wanted to use a white cardstock as a background but found it too plain. So changed it to a watercolour paper and got out my Prima Watercolours. I used some beautiful pastel colours that matched the colours of the Let's Stay Home Sampler Kit. I still found something is missing, so I used a stencil from my stash to create some more stripes with modelling paste.
It backed my photo with some patterned paper, vellum and scalloped border strips. I added my title using both kind of alphabeths of the collection: the big blue alphas are in the Let's Stay Home Sampler Kit, and the smaller colourful ones in the Let's Stay Home Add-On Kit.
I added some other embellishments using both kits: some eohemera of the Journaling Bits, chipboard flairs, fabric bows from the Let's Stay Home Sampler Kit.
Having so many options for embellishing makes it easy to create. I like how it finally turned out, altough I have to admit, I ahd my struggles while creating :-P
We would be very happy if you would show us what you've created with this collection. Tag us so we can see it - maybe your work is going to be shared on the Clique International blog next time? ;-)
Hello there, it's Piroska here today with my latest layout for Clique International. My task was to make a layout in the Inspired by... category, and I have to admit, that I've been thinking about this challenge for weeks! :-P
Scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest I always find some amazing macrame wall decors. I really like them, and would love to try to make something like that once. But this time I thought why not trying it on paper and with paper?
I got out my Lora Bairola - Abril - Sampler Kit and chose two pastel papers from which I cut some monsterra leaves with a die from my stash.
For the macrame I chose a paper that has a hand drawn grid design, and I drew the line of the imagined macrame wall decor with a pencil, then cut it out. I've left long strings for the leaves.
I glued the macrame paper on a darker background paper and left the strings loose. I wanted that they have a floating effect so I glued the monsterra leaves on the strings and not on the background. I also bend them a little to have more dimension.
Then I added my photo and started to decorate my page. I really love this part of the process, the Abril Sample Kit has many beautiful embellishments!
I added some leaves too, and some cut outs, foam stickers and enamel dots. The title foam sticker is an older Cocoa Vanilla Studio sticker from the Unforgettable collection.
I hope you liked my Inspired by... inspiration. It is fun to try something new, so give it a try! ;-) Visit the shop to find new goodies for your next projects!
I am very happy to be here again with new projects to show you. Today the topic of this post is Inspired by... and I have created and art journal inspired by the sentence "She believed she could, so she did". I think that this inspires me to create, not to have any fear of what may comes and I think that the May Day collection designed by my friend Mima Molina is nothing but dare in all the papers and designs. You can find the collection for purchase here.
To prepare this art journal I took some cloth that I had at home and I decided to add some cardboard on the inside and filling, like the ones we use on cushions. I am not quite an expert in sewing so I try to use all the spare things I find at home and the things I try to steal from my mom hehehehe. I sew everything. I have to say that in this project I haven't used any glue or tape to put together everything. Just my sewing machine.
I have used all the patterned papers from the collection. The approximate size of the pages is 4.5x5 inches. I have added some watercolor paper and some laces that I had at home. To add more decorations to the project I have used some stickers and enamel dots that I had from the Unforgettable Kit of Cocoa Vanilla Studio that I had from my first projects as part of the DT.
For the cover I have used some tags that are included in the collection, torn paper, buttons, thread, laces and I have made the title with my Dymo machine. I couldn't decide for an alphabet to use so I made the title myself. I love the effect that all the stitched that are in the project. It gives a grunge touch and it encourages you to create freely and start adding complements and pictures in this art journal!
I will post also on my Instagram account a short video so you can see the full project! I hope you liked this project and I hope to encourage to create witn no limits!! See you soon with new projects!! Lots of love,
Hi friends! Dana here today sharing a scrapbook layout that I created after listening to the song "Isolation" by John Lennon. Although this song was released 50 years ago it is still valid today, maybe even more so with the current COVID-19 Pandemic. I used the Over the Rainbow and Color Me Happy Kits for this page. The Over the Rainbow Kit has sold out, but you can still buy the extra paper pack here.
I have depicted a girl and a boy alone inside separate black and white boxes along the top of the page. I used Pretty Little Studio die-cuts rather than photos here to help represent all people in a less personalized way.
While some people, like myself, are enjoying the imposed isolation as a time to destress and recharge, I know that is not the case for many. It is hard to see my children struggle to understand and cope with the current situation.
I created my own rainbow colored background and garden scene from cut up patterned papers included in both of the kits. This mix of products really work will together. To add more dimension to the design, I embellished the flowers with buttons and dots. I included the song lyrics that resonated with me the most and wrote them on the rainbow: "We're afraid to be alone. We're afraid of everyone. Afraid of the sun."
Here are the full song lyrics to "Isolation" by John Lennon:
People say we got it made
Don't they know we're so afraid
We're afraid to be alone
Everybody got to have a home
Just a boy and a little girl
Trying to change the whole wide world
The world is just a little town
Everybody trying to put us down
I don't expect you, to understand
After you caused so much pain
But then again, you're not to blame
You're just a human, a victim of the insane
We're afraid of everyone
Afraid of the sun
The sun will never disappear
But the world may not have many years
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are safe and healthy.
Nicole here and today I'm super excited to share a layout inspired by someone from our Clique International group on Facebook! My challenge today was to create a layout inspired by one of our very own followers and I'm using this layout that was posted during INSD by Jennifer Cain (pictured left)!!
What drew me Jennifer's layout was the use of lines and her choice of colors. Each very bold and defined her layout beautifully. I chose to follow her layout very close, as I wanted to carry those strong lines thru my project. When adding the lines, I used the branding strips from 12x12 papers and it was a great way to bring in other patterns from papers that I did not have from this collection.
Here are a few other close ups from my project:
....and lets have one more look at Jennifer's project! A huge thanks to Jennifer for letting me "scrap lift" her design and layout today! You're layout is beautiful and I can wait to see what more you share with us!!
It's Isa today on the blog and I am here today with a new layout inspired by...my love for copta books! Since I discovered them and mastered how to make them I haven't stopped making them! I feel soooooooo relaxed when I make them! You cannot imagine that! It's like my creative yoga. That is why I felt inspired by the picture of the layout to create it. It is a picture that a good friend of mine took after a whole day teaching coptic binding in her scrapbooking store in Barcelona.
For this layout I have used the wonderful collection Imagine by Wilma Rodriguez for Mintopia Studio. You can find all the products of this collection and more from this brand here.
I have used ripped stripes of paper from the collection which I sewed with my sewing machine. I also did some fussy cutting for the flowers that I have used to decorate the project.
For decorating the picture I have used a dolly and some die cuts from the Imagine collection. For the title I have used the puffy alphabet that comes with the Imagine collection.
To add some finishing touches to the layout I have added some puffy stickers to decorate and also I have glued some sequins from the Imagine collection itself. They add some elegance and shiny to the project, although I have to confess that it was hard to glue them, LOL!
I hope you liked this project and that scrapbook and your creations inspire you to document these wonderful creative moments. See you soon with new projects! Take care.