Hello Clique Friends Valeska here with you today on the blog sharing a 5x5 mini album that I made for a friend. I really enjoy making mini albums, this is my favorite paper craft project to make.
I used the Keeping it Real Sampler Kit from Pinkfresh Studio which is not available anymore in the store, but you can replace it for Happy Blooms Sampler Kit that is also beautiful, to make your own mini album.
I made a circle shaker for the cover using vellum paper and the floral paper. I added sequins that fit perfectly with the collection and glued flowers die cuts around the circle. I stitched the cover with light pink thread and added Nuvo crystal drops and puffy phrases.
For the binding, I used white eyelets to hold the pages with colorful threads.
All of my internal pages were watercolor papers. For each page, I chose some colors from my watercolor set that match perfectly with the die cuts and some details that I used. Everything was placed thinking where am I going to put my photo.
Hope you enjoy it and get inspired to create a paper craft project to someone you love. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. See you next month.
Hello Clique Friends!! Valeska here today sharing a 12x12 layout made for our blog category "Let's go". The idea is to share with you something about a journey or road trip, and some curiosities about the place or event. I chose a sweet memory from my son that was when he finished his first young triathlon competition in Daytona Beach in December 2020. This competition is called Challenge Daytona and takes place once a year in the city of Daytona Beach, Florida. The great thing about it is that the competition takes place at the Daytona International Speedway circuit. Imagine the thrill of running on the track where cars go super fast ... it's amazing!
Now, let's talk a little bit about the project and how I created it. I used only two patterned papers from the Best Kid Ever Limited Edition kit, I decided to mix only the Cocoa Vanilla Studio papers that you will find in the kit. On a white cardstock, I made some mixed-media with blue and orange watercolor. I cut one of the papers into large triangles, used the front and back of the paper, and sewed them on the white cardstock with orange thread to highlight.
I also decided to use Paige Taylor's cut file (BRAVE) and lined it with patterned papers from the paper card sheet. Besides that I sewed a few times on top of the cut file to give it even more volume and texture, so I glued it with 3D stickers.
Also you can find in the kit, enamel dots that goes perfectly with the color palete, and I love to use them in my projects. Some elements that I used in this layout I already had in my stash, like phrase stickers and some embellishments.
I placed the photo practically in the middle of the layout, and added layers of paper behind it and glued it with 3D stickers as well to gain more volume. I like to use this feature so that our eyes fall directly where it is highlighted.
I hope you've been inspired and be sure to stop by Clique International Shop to see how many beautiful kits are waiting for you there. Thanks for stopping by today!
I'm primarily a 12x12 scrapbooker. I have to admit that I don't use stamps and dies as much as I could because they are generally on the small side and are designed more for card making. I was thrilled when I received the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Stamp and Die Sets. This butterfly is stamp is over 5 inches across which means that it is a great size for use on 12x12 layouts. I love butterflies and recently snapped a photo of one that flew into my back porch last week. These stamps and dies were the perfect way to complement my photo. I used the stamps and dies together to make a layered butterfly embellishment that I designed after to gorgeous Vicki Boutin stickers in the Wind Beneath My Wings Kit.
Dimensional Butterfly Embellishment Tutorial
Step 1: Spray a piece of watercolor paper with water. Press the Catherine Pooler Minis onto a craft mat to release some ink onto the work surface. Use a water brush to pick up the ink and spread it onto the wet watercolor paper. Blend and splatter the ink onto the paper until it is covered. Let dry.
Step 2: Use the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Butterfly Die to cut a butterfly from the watercolor paper. Set aside.
Step 3: Apply Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink onto the Wings of Joy Butterfly Stamp and press onto a piece of vellum. Let dry.
Step 4: Use the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Butterfly Die to cut the stamped butterfly from the vellum.
Step 5: Use a permanent gold pen to color the body of the vellum butterfly. Attach the vellum butterfly to the watercolor butterfly base using a piece of 3D Foam.
Bonus Butterfly: Use the Flora + Fauna Delicate Butterfly Die to cut a piece of patterned paper and a piece of vellum. Apply adhesive to the patterned paper butterfly body, line up the vellum butterfly die-cut over the top, and press to attach. Fold the vellum wings up towards the center of the butterfly body to separate the wings, creating a 3D embellishment.
I couldn't resist using the rest of the stamps in the kits. I'm a patterned paper addict and I rarely use cardstock, so I used the stamps from the kits on top of my patterned papers to add additional prints to this page.
The Catherine Pooler Minis work great with stencils! I sponged Fiesta Blue Ink over a stencil to add more butterflies to the background of this layout.
I created my own file folder from patterned paper, cardboard, and washi tape. I used both of the small Flora + Fauna stamp sets to add a pretty bright blue flower print to the paper.
I wanted to add a contrasting color to the background of my layout to offset the blue. I would usually use a stencil and texture paste for this effect, but used the dot cluster stamp from the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Stamp Set instead with the Catherine Pooler Minis Rockin' Red Ink. I love the look! I feel like I should make a note here and mention that the red ink is more of a dark pink.
The Wind Beneath My Wings Kit contains paper flowers but doesn't have any leaves. I used two of the small leaf stamps from the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Stamp Set with the Catherine Pooler Minis Grass Skirt Ink to add small leaves around each of the paper flowers on this layout.
I used one of the sentiments from the Catherine Pooler Wings of Joy Stamp Set to make a small title for the layout.
I also added a small sentiment along the bottom of the page that I made from the Kesi'art Thanks Die Set.
I hope I have inspired you to use dies and stamps to create large embellishments. And, if you're a cardstock lover, I hope I have opened your eyes to the possibilities of stamping on patterned paper! I'd love to see your take on this challenge so please upload your project in The Clique Facebook Group by the end of the month for your chance to win a prize!
Hello everybody! It's Isa today on the blog and I am thrilled to present you a new project made by one of the collections of the moment: Imagine, designed by Wilma Rodriguez for Mintopia Studio. It is one of my favorite Spanish brands and for me it's such an honor to work with them for international sites!!
On today's post I will show you a layout I've made with papers of the collection and die cuts, playing with watercolors and the layers of papers. You can find the collection and other products from Mintopia here.
To start with the project, I made a background with different colors and sets of watercolors. I love them and I love using them for creating backgrounds. I made different drops of paint of different sizes. It is very easy to make once you have it under control, it's just learning how to play with the brush and water and let the magic begin! I used the colors that appear on the papers and die cuts that I use. What I like about this collection is that it has endless combinations of colors.
For the layering of the project I have used scraps of paper that I had once I finished a mini album that you will see very soon with this collection. I didn't think much about cutting or measuring them. I always take the picture as my reference and then I start building the cluster of papers behind it. I put some vellum too, thread of different colors (yellow, pink and white) and then to decorate some die cuts and puffy stickers from the collection.
For the title of the layout I have used the alphabet of the Imagine collection itself. It's puffy and all the letters have different colors so it combines with mostly everything!
I hope you liked this new layout and I hope that you create beautiful things with such beautiful collection. See you real soon with new projects! Take care. Love, Isa
Hello scrappy friends! Nicole here and today I'm sharing my first layout with the May kits! This months kit features a lot of softer colors from Crate Paper All Hear collection. I'm not going to lie, I was a little intimidated by this collection at first because I'm a bold and colorful type of scrapper. However, I find now after working with this line on a few projects that it just might be my new favorite style!!!! Along with the May main kit, I also received the color kit this month which is the beautiful water color kit from Amy Tangerine. On today's project, I used them both to create this cute layout featuring our new pup, Odie!
Let me start by saying this dog has a personality that I've never seen in an animal before! He has such character and is so funny! This photo was taken on Easter Sunday and he was wearing his cute bow tie. After all the playing and visitors, he fell asleep on my dad's lap and was sleeping in no time! I just thought how he fell asleep was so stinkin cute and funny!
Ok, so on to the layout! I loved the rainbow paper for the background and knew I wanted to match that with a larger rainbow. I pulled out the new Amy Tangerine watercolors from the color kit and created my own unique rainbow. Once dry, I cut each color of the rainbow out and stitched it with my sewing machine.
Once adhered, I sketched and cut two clouds from some off white paper I had in my stash. I stitched it the same way. Once those two main elements were glued to my page, I stitched around the outside boarder of my page to tie it all together.
Next, I added my photo, layers and only a few embellishments because I really wanted the rainbow and cloud to be the star of the show, next to the photo itself. Lastly, I used the pink Thickers in the main kit to create my title. I didn't think it really stood out, so I put it on white cardstock and then trimmed around it. I think this finishes it off nicely!
Thanks so much for joining me today! I can't wait to see what you create with the May kits!!
Hello Lovelies! Theresa here to share a most fun layout I created using the January Heart Eyes kit! I wanted to create a mixed media background and build up layers on top today, so take a look at what I created.
One of my favorite things about the Heart Eyes kit and the amazing Whimsical products included, are all the different color options in the kit. You can literally pull any color scheme from these beautiful papers and I always say go with your favorites. For my mixed media background I pulled pinks, yellows, and greens, which are the main colors I see in my photos.
I wanted to repeat the hexagons in my background, so I started with a hexagon stencil I had in my stash from The Crafter's Workshop/Balzer Designs. I pressed my Versamark ink pad down over the stencil and then heat embossed the design using American Crafts Zing! powder in clear. Then I used Dr. Martin's Bombay watercolor inks to apply my color. I used Yellow Ochre, Cherry Red, and Aqua.
When you heat emboss a design and then add watercolors, the design then resists the colors that you apply to your paper. For this layout I applied each color one by one, just dropping a tiny bit of color in different areas and spritzing water to the splotches so the colors would run across the page. I love this method so much! Watching the colors react to the water and leave the beautiful pattern behind is so satisfying!
Once my background was complete, I layered photos and ephemera on top of a cutout from the hexagon patterned paper. I also created my title from the foam words included in the kit, and added a bit of journaling at the bottom of my page. I also used a label from the kit to add my date above one of the photos.
My story for this layout is all about my daughter Natalie's first day of Kindergarten. The photos themselves tell the story of how excited and ready she was, and notice how tiny she looks getting on that bus! I had to much fun adding ephemera around the photos, including hearts (because of course!), butterflies, the watercolor palette, a wolf (which is her spirit animal), and a bird (which I include in almost every one of her layouts). Everything about this layout was so much fun to put together!
Thank you so much for joining me today! Have you had a chance to play with your Heart Eyes kit this month? If so, please share with us so we can see!
Hello Lovelies, it's Theresa here to share a mixed media layout I have created. I am working with the October Gather kit, which contains elements and papers from one of my favorite collections this year, Pink Paislee's Auburn Lane. Here is the layout I am sharing today.
This layout was quite a process, and in the end I relied heavily on my most favorite mixed media tool, gesso. I began with a black and white patterned paper from the kit, pink solid card stock, gesso, modeling paste (both Liquitex brand), a floral stencil (Dear Lizzy), and of course my photo and other embellishments.
I used my stencil to lay down a floral background on top of the patterned paper, using the modeling paste. This one is a gel paste and I love how light and easy it is to use. I also painted some of the gesso onto the patterned paper, so there was a transition between the stencil and the black and white. Once it fully dried I had this.
Now, I absolutely love color and at this stage I decided to add watercolors to the stenciled image. I take a very wet paint brush and start with the lightest color first. Let the colors flow in and out and through all the cracks and crevices left by the stencil and see what happens!
At this point it's really pretty, but the alphabets and photo got a little lost when I tried to place them on top. So I pulled my favorite trick, whenever the background is a little too much: gesso. I added another full layer of gesso right over top of all of it. Gesso has this magical quality that allows colors to show through just a bit, and it makes a busy background perfect.
Once all that was dry, I added my photo plus embellishments to complete the layout. My photo is of our daughter Natalie, who is age 11 and went into middle school this year. I did a mini photo session with all four of our kids right before school began, and this is one of the candid photos. She looks so pretty and her pink shorts tie in perfectly with the pinks in the kit!
My title also evolved a bit as I created the layout. All together the title reads: I will always love her and her beautiful heart.
As I was adding my embellishments to the page, I layered the photo on top of the grid papers and library cards that were in the Gather kit. I also added some of the florals and hearts and the adorable houses from the embellishment pack, and I stuck down the Beautiful sticker.
The title is the working design element in this layout because now it moves your eye from the upper left hand corner down and across to the bottom right. It also serves as my journaling for this layout. Here is one more look at the full layout for you.
Thank you so much for joining me on a mixed media journey today! I hope this inspires you as you receive your kits this month. Be sure to share your projects with us, we would love to see what you are making as well. Use #cliquekits. See you again soon!
Hello, lovelies, Theresa here with a lovely mixed media layout using watercolors today! Our product focus this week is a favorite of mine, and so I pulled some watercolors, a bit of water, and a giant brush to work with. Here is the layout I want to share with you.
Watercolors can be so incredibly satisfying to work with, all it takes is a willingness to let them do what they want to do on the page. Let the outcome be the outcome. Here I used a wide brush to create strips of color starting a bit beyond the center of the page. At first I made the stroke with wet paint, and then a second time with a very dry brush to create the brush strokes. When that was dry, I adhered the butterflies in the June Horizons kit following that line.
I had some beautiful photos of our daughters, Emberlynn and Natalie, from our recent trip to Savannah, GA. We were visiting the Children's Museum there, and this door invited us to see one of the spaces they rent out for events. The girls are so lovely there, framed by that gorgeous farm door!
I created my title using some of the Jillibean Soup alphabets that are in the Market shop. They coordinate beautifully with the other elements of the Horizon kit!
I created a very vertical title here, and used space in between the letters to add my journaling for the layout. I stamped a simple dotted line above each line using an old dotted line from my stash. Then I wrote a few sentences about how happy I am that these two will be friends for life.
I love the light, airy feel the butterflies give to this layout! They were my favorite product in the Horizon kit, to be sure, so I made a point to use them first. I did take them apart - they were the loveliest layers of gold and acrylic and silver, but they came apart fairly easy and I was able to peel the adhesive off. To attach them to my page, I simply added the tiniest strip of pop dots to each one.
I also added just the simplest of floral cluster on the right hand side of the layout, which is layered on top of a doily for a bit more texture. I also noted the who, where, and when underneath the photo. Here is another look at the layout.
Thank you so much for joining me today! This was such a fun layout to create and share with you. How are you using your Horizon kits this month? Be sure to tag us on Instagram! We would love to see!
Hello lovelies, it's Theresa here to share a mixed media layout with you! Our product focus for the month of June is watercolors, so I grabbed my Kuretake set and a stencil, plus my June Clique Kit called Horizon and got started!
My favorite feature of watercolors is how they flow along the page, and when you use them with stencils they make the design of the stencil pop! I began here with plain white card stock and laid down my stencil pattern using ordinary modeling paste. My favorite is Liquitex, but any brand will do beautifully. My stencil is from DecoArt #201606, and I have laid it down in a diagonal direction to lead your eye across the page.
Once the stencil is laid down, you can add your paint. You may need to gesso your page first, to get the paint to flow. I also like my watercolors to be more on the watery side, so when you turn your paper they flow beautifully around the design of the stencil. This also makes them more translucent and dimensional on your page. I typically start with the lightest colors first, because you can always go darker but you can't go lighter! On this layout I began with the reds and I laid the paint down on the flowers of the stencil, and then misted on more water and turned the page in different directions so the paint would move. You can control it somewhat, but it also layers beautifully when you begin adding other colors. The best way to approach it is to be open to an uncertain outcome and embrace how it turns out - you will be pleasantly surprised with this technique!
I also wanted a bit of shimmer on my page, so I accentuated the dots from the stencil using these shimmer paints from DecoArt and FolkArt. These are favorites of mine that I highly recommend keeping on hand! Now that my background is set, I can go about adding the photo and the embellishments.
I decided to place my photo in the center but slightly offset to the right of the layout. This photo is of me and was taken several weeks ago while we were in Savannah, GA at the Children's Museum. The museum is an outdoor museum made from an abandoned building that only has the ruins of the walls left, and the walls are just incredibly beautiful with so much texture and color and layers. I felt so inspired being in this space, and the sun was shining so beautifully, it was a perfect photo opportunity so I gave my husband the camera and asked him to take this. I am so glad I did!
My title felt right on top of the photo, and I wanted to use the glitter alphabet in the June kit, so I added a touch of patterned paper behind it. I also love the pop of black and white here. Every layout needs a bit of black! I have repeated the black and white using the washi tape, at the bottom of the layout as well.
Other little touches of black are in the flair and the journaling. Notice I also added a few paint dots and sequins around my page as well! There is so much to look at on this layout.
The ephemera pack is just divine, so I also used a few of the floral embellishments around the photo. I didn't want a lot, just a few simple pieces to repeat the colors and add more dimension to the floral stencil I already had in place. Thanks so much for joining me today! How are you using watercolors with your Horizon kit?
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!!