Hello Clique friends! It's me Valeska here today with a new post: Pinterest Please! Using Pinterest to find something inspiring is not a difficult task, I really love Pinterest and all the beautiful photos and ideas shared in there. But to inspire me in scrapbooking, sometimes is easier to look for something different other than scrapbooking ideas. I rather look for home decor, mood boards, collages, etc. Those photos are more inspiring for me to make the idea for the layout. This peach and blue mood board was my inspiration that I found in Pinterest.
In addition to the colors, I was also inspired by the triangular shape of papers, envelopes and pillows, and also by the flowers.
I sewed triangular cutouts from two patterned papers and a white cardstock with yellow thread, and then pasted the white cardstock onto another textured blue cardstock. The triangular cutouts are also glued to the white paper with 3D stickers to add volume to the page.
On the white cardstock, I applied gesso to waterproof the paper and then I used Distress Oxide with water (colors: Mustard Seed, Broken China and Faded Jeans) to give more color to the project.
Arranging the die cuts around the page, is one of my favorite part. I love adding flowers everywhere, I think you already realize that, right? Finally, when you think it's done, I always find time and space to use Nuvo drops...
By the way, this city is Guimaraes in Portugal and at the bottom of the photo you can see a piece of the Castle of Guimaraes. I really enjoyed this trip with my family!
I hope you enjoyed and felt inspired to create amazing projects with this kit. Make sure to join our Facebook group The Clique for more inspirations and prizes. Thanks for visiting today!
Hello Lovelies! Theresa here today and I am so excited to share a layout I did with the Love Stories kit, a special release from the shop for Valentine's Day! Have a look.
This kit came with some fantastic goodies from Crate Paper La La Love and Pebbles Loves Me, and I just wanted to use them all! It also included two sheets of really cool vellum. I love working with translucent elements and adding fun layers, so I punched as many hearts as I could from the vellums. Then I punched just as many from all of the patterned papers in the kit.
My goal was to add as many of those punched hearts as I could, and I figured the best way to do that was via a radiating circle from the center of the layout. So I adhered the paper hearts and then added the vellum on top with my sewing machine to keep everybody in place.
The photo of course is the focal point, and I adhered that slightly to the left of center. This photo was an accidental capture of me and my husband Alan trying to figure out the timer setting on my phone. Our expressions crack me up and that is the inspiration for my title, Are We Doing This Right?!
I added the title in keeping with the circle theme around the photo, and then tied that into my journaling. The journaling is all about how sometimes this is how life feels. Sometimes it feels like we don't know what we are doing, and lots of days we really don't know what we are doing (!!!) but we are figuring it out together and I can't imagine doing this life with anyone except him.
I also really wanted to include this adorable little sloth, so he is tucked in with the heart doily and heart die cuts. Also notice how I cut the photo to fit inside one of the adorable couple photos from the La La Love collection! I am loving the pop of blue! This was so much fun to create!
Thank you so much for joining me today! Have you been playing with your Love Stories kit? We would love to see, so be sure to share and tag us!
Hello Lovelies, Theresa here to share a layout using the August 2018 Sketch! I am working with all the beautiful papers and embellishments from the August Meadow kit today. Here is a look at the sketch.
Working with a sketch is such an awesome way to get a fantastic layout done without having to worry about the design work. No worries, though, you can absolutely make a sketch your own just by making some minor tweaks and changes as you like.
This is my layout I have created! Notice how I took the ribbons from one of the patterned papers and turned them on their side to follow the sketch. I still have a central element just as the sketch, but I have made it my own using the papers in the kit.
As I was creating this layout, I cut out the ribbons from the paper and considered adding them to a contrasting color cardstock, but in the end a neutral cream background won out. I also looked around to find all the butterfly punches and dies I had in my stash, and used other patterns in the kit to create butterflies. I have layered those on the edges of the ribbons on the page, and once I have lightly adhered them to the page, I sewed them down.
This is the layout with the butterflies sewn down. To make the ribbons pop, I used white thread and a smaller stitch, and just ran the seams right over top of each butterfly.
I love the vertical element of this sketch and layout, and love that the stitching and butterflies amplify this. The sketch called for an embellishment on the upper right side, so I have added a few of the Heidi Swapp word stickers and my date stamp.
My photos are from a trip we took several years ago to St. Simons Island, GA. This is at the pier on a windy, cloudy day. The photos are a bit dramatic, just like the ribbons on my page. I love the moodiness of these photos.
I am loving the dimension and the splatters of color in the butterflies. The sketch called for embellishments in the lower left of the layout, so I have added the butterflies and a bit of my journaling here. I also added my title using the Heidi Swapp handwritten words.
The upper left side of the layout seemed to float off the page, so I added just the tiniest word stamps to keep us visually connected to this side of the layout. Here is another look at this pretty creation.
Have you used the August sketch this month? Let us see! Be sure to share and tag us. Thank you so much for joining me today. See you again soon.
Hi friends, it's Theresa Moxley here and I am so excited to share my very first Clique Kits layout here with you! I could not wait to get my first kit, the April Winter Park kit, and was delighted to find all the magical Maggie Holmes products included in the kit. The Flourish collection just calls out to me to create a layout about some beautiful flowers or a garden, so I pulled some of my favorite mixed media products and got to work! This is the layout I will be sharing with you today.
My favorite mixed media product has to be gesso, hands down! I love mixing up different patterns, colors and textures, and then adding gesso to blend it all together. Gesso is this beautiful medium that is designed to prepare your surface for any kind of paint or treatment, and it is also slightly opaque so whatever is underneath will show through!
For this layout I started with some white cardstock and layered a bit of the black and white polka dot packaging that came with my kit right over top. First I used matte medium as my adhesive for the tissue paper, and then I layered gesso with the layers of tissue paper for the very subtle background effect.
Once the background was completely dry, I decided the background needed just a tiny bit of color to tie it into the rest of the layout, so I added bits of Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Seafoam. This gave the background a tiny bit of shimmer (amazing!) and works beautifully with the greens in the kit!
My photo is of one of the geraniums we had on our front porch last year, so I printed it and cut it out to fit inside the wood veneer frame that was included in my kit. In the spirit of mixed media, I also gesso'd the frame with several beautiful coats, enough to still allow the details of the frame to show through. I added torn strips of patterned paper across the top of the layout, and then began adding my lovely embellishments!
The vellum title from Maggie Holmes fit my layout perfectly, so I've sewn it across the bottom of the photo along with tags, one of the market tickets, and other stickers. Most everything I chose has either black and white, or green, fitting with the background I created, and a few touches of pink because the flowers themselves are pink. The beauty of this kit, and of the black and white, is that you can't go wrong with any color. Simply pick your favorites.
Since I used one of the black tags from the kit on the left hand side, I wanted to balance that visually on the right hand side, so I made space for my journaling. It reads: "I seriously never considered myself a gardener or a green thumb (ha!) but our small yard is perfect for us and every time something blooms we celebrate!"
To finish off my layout I added a bit of green twine around the frame and stitched it in place with my sewing machine. Such a lovely, spring layout and I hope you have been inspired to try gesso in your process too! Happy crafting!
Aloha!! It's Hannah with you today. If your life is anything like mine, you have been really busy. In the thick of December, school projects, work parties, traffic jams and all that stress requires some special time in your scrap room. That is definitely how I have been coping with all the chaos of life. The busier things get the messier I like it on my pages. Today I am using both the Main Lemonade Kit and the Traveler's Notebook Lemonade Kit. These kits work together so well I couldn't help but put them together and get more layouts and projects out of them. Before I add all the pretty papers and all the cute embellishments layered on my layout I am gonna talk you through how I like to create my own background paper.
I started off with my choice of smooth white card stock. I like the thickness of smooth card stock and how it holds up to the many different kinds of mixed media I like to use. This time I decided against using gesso. Gesso is a primer that you can use before adding any kind of liquid media. It helps less of the liquid soak into the background you are adding it too. If you add it to paper, it will help less of the liquid in the media will soak up into the paper and helping it not warp as much. It will make the media dry differently because it sits on top of the gesso and paper. I choose to not add gesso because I also find that sometimes the gesso itself will make the paper warp. In times when I think I won't be using a ton of media or media that is not really liquid, like acrylic paint I find it isn't as necessary. This is purely a personal choice and if you love to add mixed media to your projects playing around with gesso and without gesso is a must. This will help you figure out what your personal preference is especially with the brands and products you enjoy using. For this layout I am using mainly acrylic paint and some glitter liquid ink from my mixed media stash.
I added and mixed green, yellow and white acrylic paint in a paint dauber. Once I played around with the mix of colors, by adding more green and more white I got a fun mint/aqua color. I also added a few squirts of acrylic airbrush medium. This liquid will help thin my paint and help it not separate and be easier to spread through the dauber. I used the dauber straight down on the layout and splatted it on the paper in random spots. I love the way the liquid paint splats and sprays out onto the background and leave lots of little streaks of paint across the white background. This is messy but a controllable mess, I like when I can control where my mess can go. After I used the dauber I just dropped my liquid gold glitter ink straight from it's bottle onto the page. I am a big fan of watercolor splatters of any kind on layouts. You don't need much of it to make a huge impact. The higher you hold up the paint brush or bottle of liquid from the layout the bigger the drops will be. I wanted my drops to be a little smaller than my dauber spats. The glittery and shiny gold against the mint really adds contrast on the background. I still felt like it needed something else. I could have stopped, and called it good. This is something I have just learned from my own playing around with mixed media. How much I like on my pages, how much media I use until I feel the background is complete. I think each project and layout is different but playing around is really the only good way for you to know what you prefer and the look you want to go with. Since I wanted this white card stock to look like a patterned background, I knew it needed another layer or so. I find mixing patterns, shapes and sizes helps create an appealing design. These layers can really work together if you do it right. For this background I decided I wanted black stripe. I used a paint brush to apply acrylic black paint. I didn't want my lines to straight and perfect so I just added them from the bottom to the top of the layout. I started with a thinner line at the bottom and getting a little thicker as I went to the top. I decided not to draw over the splatters and splats so I didn't cover up the texture you see with those splatters and splats. I also like the way this skip adds extra white space and breathing room on the background.
For the last bit of mixed media on the actual background I used thinned navy/black acrylic paint in a fine line bottle to doodle circles near the splatters and splats. I left some of the circles open in the middle and fill some in. Because the paint is in a fine line bottle and thinned out it is really easy to control and doodle with, but when it dries it still adds a little dimension on the background. The circle design also repeats off of the splatters and splats and creates a really design that is unique but has a bit of structure. Creating my own backgrounds allows me to play with something messy, and play the stress of the week away . It also allows me to add a little bit more of me on the layouts that I make. Being creative and playing with media is my way of leaving a bit of me on my layouts and spreads for my family. When we make layouts for our families we use words but we also leave and tell more of a story with the way we arrange things on our pages. I really hope to encourage you to think about the things you do on your layouts and projects and what it tells to your family about you the creator. Do the things you love and use the things you love on the layouts you create so your family can really get to know you creatively and with the words you do leave on the spreads you make. Use your strengths to help tell your stories.
I used some copper acrylic paint on this big chipboard words to match the copper on the stickers and die cuts from the kits. I layered this word with the die cuts and Paige Evans wood shapes. I think nestling embellishments together in clusters really leaves a big impact. Each shape peeking out a bit and creates shadows. To back the white card stock with the mixed media on it I added a 12x12 patterned paper with a small dot pattern slightly askew. I know this will make it difficult when adding it to my page protector, but I really like the way these two patterns look hanging off of each other. I like the imperfect look it creates. I added some stitching with my sewing machine to the top and side connecting the two papers. I used a 3x4 sized photo with a few patterned papers from the main kit. I added the photo near the bottom of the layout. I used the stripes on the background as a shelf for the photo. This helps the photo feel more grounded. In the layers I also added a glassine bag filled with some sequins and some die cuts sticking out the top of the bag. I wanted the sheen of the bag to feel a little like the snow in my photo. I let the embellishment clutters trickle down the layout. The first main cluster is up at the top of the layout. I added a couple of die cuts layered with some wood pieces and stickers near the cluster. I added some copper paint to parts of the wood pieces too. I will later added the journalling in the stripes before I add my layout to my album. This is a picture of the first major snow my kids have seen. The look on my son's face is priceless as he steps out into the snow for the first time. He is beaming to play in this magical thing called snow. I love that I can remember this moment forever by just looking at this photo. This is really the final nail for way I scrapbook. To remember these faces and moments, because my kiddos will grow up, they will move away from home and I will get older and that smile will fade from my mind's eye but this photo will last and I can see that cute big grin again.
Thanks for joining me today and playing with some mixed media to create a background. I hope you play and share what you are creating with your lemonade kit on our Facebook group or on Instagram. Use the hashtag #click_connect_create. I will see you around, and if I don't have a post before Christmas I wish you a very special and crafty holiday season!!