This month the Clique Kits girls asked Lilith Eeckels to be our Designer in the Spotlight because she inspired us to include chalkboard paint in the September Kit with her creative use of it on a scrapbook layout. We are very fortunate to have her as an honorary member of the Clique! Read on to get to know Lilith a little better…
Q: First of all, thank you so much for visiting with the Clique this month as our Designer in the Spotlight. Can you share with everyone the places where they can connect with you such as your blog, you tube channel, instagram feed,etc ?
A: Thank you for asking me. You can find on my blog where I post regularly. http://lilithandscrap.blogspot.com
You can subscribe to my facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/lilithscrapbookingventure
My instagram account is: http://instagram.com/lilitheeckels and I also tweet a little (https://twitter.com/LilithEeckels). I also love making videos and have a youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Lilithsscrapbooking
Q: How long have you been designing for the paper crafting industry and can you tell us about the companies you now design for? We LOVE your work for Glitz Designs and American Crafts. Are there also other companies in Europe or elsewhere who you design for? How did you get 'discovered' ?
A: At the moment I'm designing for Glitz Design and I have designed for American Crafts for three years. This year was my last year with them and I have loved every minute of it. I have been scrapbooking for a very long time but it became and major part of my life about 5 years ago. I really wanted to be on a design team. Not for the perks although they are nice but to be pushed out of my comfort zone. I LOVE to learn and to be creative and being on design teams has meant I have learnt so much about papercrafting but also about mixed media and I have also be able to grow. I have learnt more about myself by scrapbooking than even before. My first DT was a kit club and it gave me the confidence to try out for other teams. I then had the privilege to design for American Crafts and Crate Paper (my dream come true). Lately I have been working more and more on personal projects like online classes and my photography business. I am also designing for SCRAPBUTTONS a European company that creates flair and special paint papers.
Q: Have you always been creative? Who or what have been your influences artistically throughout your life?
A: I have always been creative. Before I started scrapbooking I loved to paint to do calligraphy. I grew up in a musical family and learnt how to play the piano, trumpet and guitar. I also took up singing and sang in several choirs. I believe that my love for music and art is very close as music inspires me every day. I remember as a teenager buying books about Monet, Manet, Renoir and Van Gogh. My love for art has always been very present in my life.
Q: Tell us a little about your work space. What are some of your 'must have' supplies and tools? When are you the most creative?
A: I am lucky to have an office as I am a teacher. I have created a little nook which holds all my scrapbooking supplies (video:http://youtu.be/fkoDbFrxPYo?list=UUd9yZKv59-2Y9oi6j7bLWtw ). My favourite tools are my silhouette Cameo and watercolours but I love all kinds of supplies. I have caught the scrapbooker's bug and love anything related to papercrafting. My husband is always reminding me that have enough supplies for a life time. I am a teacher and usually don't have a lot of time. Looking after my family also takes about a lot of time so I usually scrapbook in the evening. When I am on vacation I do scrapbook during the day but I am the most productive at night.
Q: This month's kit is named Study Abroad and features a collection, One Way Ticket, from a Polish scrapbooking company called Studio Tekturek. Since you design for some American companies, can you compare and contrast ways that scrapbooking is alike and different in America and Europe?
A: I love seeing European companies entering the scrapbooking world. Like all companies they are creating products that helps us document memories and special moments. I do feel that they are orientated in an artsy direction. Their collections focus a lot more on modern design and usually there are less products but they are extremely well thought through and I enjoy working with them. I usually use the whole collection and have very little left over. Buying a whole collection from an American brand (especially the larger companies, where the collections are composed of a lot of products) wouldn't be an option for me but I would buy an entire collection created by Studio Tekturek.
Q: Many different trends come and go in scrapbooking. What are some trends you are loving right now? Are there any trends you predict are right around the bend we should watch out for? Can you let us in on any lesser known sources of inspiration you have?
A: I am still loving all the gold and the watercolour look. I can see that rub ons are making a come back and can't wait to see more of those. As for shapes I think diamonds might be on a rise. As for inspiration I usually use my pinterest boards. I do love looking athttps://dribbble.com/ for graphic design pieces. They inspire me immensely.
Q: Right now, what are you...
Reading- The Siren by Kiera Cass (well just finished it and LOVED it.)
Listening to- I love supporting upcoming artists and my current favourites are Peter Hollens (the song Baba Yetu) and Chester See (love his song Where are you now?)
Loving to wear- dresses. I LOVE dresses but summer has been a bit chilly so I've gotten my leggings and warm sweaters out.
Trying for the first time- sketch pens on my Silhouette Cameo. LOVE LOVE my first tries.
Thanks so much for sharing! And thank you for inspiring us to include chalkboard paint in our September Kit! We can't wait to see what everyone creates with it this month!
-xThe Clique Kits Girls
Welcome to the very first Clique Kits Challenge! We are so excited to be bringing you this new feature on our blog and we hope you will join in on the fun! Challenges will always be posted on the first Saturday of the month and run till the last day of the month. Challenges will always be Anything Goes with a twist and the twist being to use product from that months sponsor. We will also provide optional sketches, mood boards and inspirational photos from time to time to get your creative juices flowing.
This month we are so excited to havePinkfresh Studio as our very first challenge sponsor! Pinkfresh studio is giving one randomly chosen winner a goody bag filled with Pinkfresh Studio product valued at 25.00!
Pinkfresh Studio offers a small but exclusive range of craft products with a bit of a twist and fresh take on craft embellishments. They are quickly gaining popularity because of their unique products.
We here at Clique Kits love all things Pinkfresh Studio and you will find their products in our kits often! Pinkfresh Studio offers a variety of products from enamel stickers, brad stickers, washi tapes, glitter tapes, stamps, screen-printed wood veneers and just recently wood drop stickers! Make sure to head on over to the Pinkfresh website and blog for some amazing inspiration and products.
Here are a few details about this months challenge
Here are a few projects created by the Clique Kits girls for this months Anything Goes challenge using the September 2014 kit!
We look forward to seeing what you create for our very first challenge!
So, I had a dilemma this month. I have 5 beautiful girls to scrapbook, including pictures I took with them wearing pink and black. Study Abroad is definitely NOT pink lol!! What's a girl to do right?! Well, I decided to scrapbook out of order..... again. I actually do this all the time because lets face it, not all my current pictures will coordinate with what Clique Kit I'm working with right now. So, I created a quick pocket page layout with a couple photos of Sari from Kindergarten that I hadn't done. (It had to be quick this week my friends... all three of my little girls have yucky bronchitis right now!! BLA!!) These two pictures were outtakes and ones I didn't scrap. No reason really, other than Sari was making some silly faces. I guess that made these photos perfect for this month! I created my layout with my Project Life page protectors. I added a few of our Clique Kits exclusive printables, along with filling a big pocket with some fabulous Clique Kit Study Abroad sequins and Pink Fresh Studio color block wood veneers. Short and sweet today CK friends!!
Thank you for spending your time with us today!! There's still so much going on behind the scenes here at Clique Kits and our most recent sneaky business was just unveiled this week! First, we have a sneak peak of our fabulous new Clique Cards!! It's just $24.99 to pre-order, plus our subscribers save $5 off the kit. In addition, Clique Cards can be shipped with a subscriber's October kit at no extra shipping charge!
Next up, our exclusive kit to document your holidays, your way!! Daily, weekly or whenever!!! It's Clique into the Holidays!! This jam packed, exclusive Clique Kit is only $34.99 to pre-order, plus our subscribers save $5 off the kit!! Clique into the Holidays can be shipped with our subscriber's November kit at no extra shipping charge also.
That's a wrap for me today friends!! Time to cuddle with some sick kiddos and give more breathing treatments (sigh). Stop by tomorrow for another special post from CK girl Erica!! You're going to love what fun stuff she has in store for you!
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Unless you are ready for some sneak peeks!
We are just wrapping up Summer School this week and the Clique Kits girls are already thinking about what lies ahead. That's because we are so excited to share the news about the not one but TWO special limited edition kits we are sharing with the Clique this holiday season.
This time of year is so busy and filled with memory making, we want to be sure our subscribers and friends are well prepared to scrap and craft the holidays away. We are going to make it really easy and inexpensive for you to get your holiday inspiration delivered to your front door! Just like every monthly Clique Kit, our two limited edition holiday kits will be chock full of the products you love. Designer collections, must have embellishments, and all of the little extras that make Clique Kits unique and special- all affordable and a special value for our subscribers especially!
So, without further ado, meet the very first Clique Cards Holiday Edition…
Even though we are naming it Clique Cards, this kit is perfect for holiday cards, tags, stationery, and party decorations and even pocket page or traditional scrapbooking layouts. Oh! Deer was just released this summer by Fancy Pants Designs and features a beautiful, fresh and modern take on the traditional Christmas colors adding in a pop of aqua blue and a little pink for fun. Of course, while the patterned paper will be from a full 6 x 6 pad and scaled for cards, there is no reason you would have to use this kit just for cards. But we know from our in house card expert who designed this kit, Erica Thompson, that card makers are going to just LOVE it!
Clique Kits wants you to get your hands on this kit when you can maximize use of it all season long just as soon as the products become available from the manufacturers. So DON'T WAIT for the full kit reveal to order as it may be too late by then!
Price Only $24.99
Subscribers save $5 off the kit price to pre-order and have Clique Cards shipped with the October kit at no extra shipping charge!
Next up we have another AMAZING limited edition kit which will be shipping with the November Kits in time for you to use it for your December Daily, holiday mini, project life spreads, or traditional scrapbook layouts. This kit leaves December documenting up to YOU to do it YOUR WAY! Meet the first annual Clique into the Holidays...
Unlike our monthly kits, which spotlight a designer, Clique into the Holidays will be all about providing variety and an array of products from numerous companies and designers. It is a sampler of holiday favorites! In fact, all four Clique Kits girls selected their favorite new products and painstakingly crafted a beautiful, perfectly coordinated kit we know will be thoroughly usable for any purpose and a variety of styles! For those of you who love how our kits coordinate, this kit will be no different. Of course there will be exclusive products like flair, unique and hand made items, and the digital products that extend the kit beyond your expectations. There will also be add ons in the school store with seasonal products all fall/winter long. We can't wait to share with you all the new inventory we are ordering as it becomes available in stock from most of the major manufacturers who are shipping over the next two months.
Clique into the Holidays Kit Price Only $34.99
Subscribers save $5 off the kit price to pre-order and have Clique into the Holidays shipped with the November kit at no extra shipping charge.
It definitely pays to be a subscriber! You too can save on these special kits and earn discounts all year long. Are you a blogger who likes to work with a group of like minded friends using the same products and sharing inspiration with each other? Our member blog shares could be for you! Subscribers earn free product credit for participating. November will be here before you know it, so don't hesitate to subscribe now to hold your place guaranteeing a November kit and earn the privilege of pre-ordering Clique Cards and Clique into the Holidays at a discounted members only pre-order price! We'd love to see YOUR face soon in our members only private Facebook group!
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Happy Tuesday everyone. First off I want to say congrats to those on the Clique Kits Design Team! I'm excited to see what you create with our kits and the inspiration you will all bring in the next year!
Today, I'm going to share with you a layout I created with the September kit! I simply LOVE this kit. It is packed with fabulous embellishments and papers! It also has some awesome add ons that I really love, including the Jillibean BeanBoard in Yam Yellow and the cool stamp I'm using in my layout today by Lawn Fawn - Flyin' By.
As you see below, I stamped the paper airplane images multiple times and colored them in with copic markers (water colors, paints, or color pencils would work as well). I cut these out and placed them on my layout.
Us Clique Kit gals really try to provide our subscribers and friends with coordinating products that really enhance the kits and the monthly theme. We also do our best to keep these products affordable and under $10. If you have not checked out our shop and monthly add ons, many of them work from kit to kit. Check out our add on section today in the School Store!
Thanks for joining me today! Have a scrap happy day.
Happy Monday everyone! We are thrilled to finally announce the very first Clique Kits Design Team! Here are just a few of the stats on this year's Varsity Team! We have 8 team members from the U.S.A and 6 from abroad, including the countries of Netherlands, Chile, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore! They represent a variety of memory keeping formats including traditional scrapbooking, Project Life style, clean and simple, artsy, and everything in between! We have selected an amazing team and we can not wait for you to see what they do with Clique Kits. We will be learning more about them as we welcome them in to the Clique this month and get to know their work in October! Please give a huge hello and congrats to the 2014-2015 Clique Kits Design Team! Click.Connect.Create.
Please help us welcome these fabulous ladies to the team! To learn a little more about each team member please click on their photo to be directed their blogs! We will be showcasing each new team member here on the Clique Kits blog in October so stay tuned for that! In the meantime make sure you follow these talented ladies on their blogs for some amazing creative inspiration.
Happy Sunday evening from Wisconsin everyone!! Yes, that's the beautiful land this mama & her family calls home! We're quickly wrapping up summer here, as school starts Tuesday for our munchkins. I have to say, I'm kind of dreading it. I know I'll be hiding my Mama-tears behind big sunglasses as I proudly watch them enter 1st and 2nd grade this year. Time truly does fly, so keep those memories all you fabulous memory keepers out there!! Ok, I digress :)
Here is my first Study Abroad layout, featuring our Abby nearly taking flight on the swings at our favorite park!! Here's my take on some easy photo inspiration from Erica. I left some white space on the side of photo for some text, which was courtesy of Rhonna Farr's photo app. Love it!!
I've included lots of pictures, followed up by a little teaser for tomorrow's first Clique Kits Design Team reveal! I also used a fun sketch to create this layout fast!! I'm a big fan of Sketchabilities and often turn there when I need a mojo boost or make a layout super fast... like in 23 minutes fast!
Once again, watch out because here comes September!! Our Study Abroad kit is sold out as well as October's kit, but do you know what's even cooler???! Tomorrow we're announcing the 2014-2015 Clique Kits Design Team!!! Can you say AWESOME-SAUCE!!!!! See ya tomorrow, it's gonna be a fantastic year!
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How About Both!
Hey everybody, its Gia here…surprise! What am I doing in the locker room today? I am usually found in the Art Studio. Well Coach Jody is busy behind the scenes paving the way for the BIG DAY! The introduction of the first ever Clique Kits Varsity Team!! That's scheduled for this Monday- so be there or be square! You HAVE to meet this Varsity Team line-up! Subscriber Pep Rallies will be ever so much more fun now that we have these ladies to inspire us!
In the mean time, I have designated myself the team Water Girl. I usually don't go out for slapstick comedy much, except if it's an Adam Sandler film. I just love him. Anyway, if you are not familiar with the movie Waterboy Adam Sandler plays a typical loser who gets bullied until the football team realizes he has amazing tackling skills the team can use. I feel I can relate to him! My superpower is throwing out the cray, outside the box ideas that everybody says can't be done…and I say, Why not? Oh, and using the f-word a lot. Ask the other CK girls. I kind of have a mouth on me. See, I belong here in the locker room after all!
Okay, so my topic today is about gender stereotypes and color in scrapbooking. Did you look at the September kit Study Abroad and see all that blue and green and yellow and think automatically…BOY! No? Me neither! Okay, maybe a little at first- my first grade boy does love to make paper airplanes! But I recently had some back to school photos taken by my hubby of all 4 of my kids still in grammar school -2 boys and 2 girls- and I couldn't wait to scrap them both using this month's kit.
This page came together embarrassingly easily once I cut out some awesome cut files from The Cut Shoppe. These particular cuts are now in the shop and coordinate perfectly with this kit! So go get 'em!
And here is one of my girl pages. I also used a cut file as my title on this one. But I was itching to also dive in to my chalkboard paint. I made a grid with washi tape then painted over it and when dry removed the tape.
Geesh, I hope Coach Jody doesn't get upset with me for bringing some paint into the locker room. Naaah. She paints all the time in here! LOL. Okay, here are some more close-ups of my two sweet and super easy layouts. I finished both of these in under thirty minutes. I used my Study Abroad kit, and found a few accent pieces in my stash in hot pink to match the girls t-shirts in the photo. I am really pleased with the fact that as a Mom I could use my kit for back to school photos. But, do you see a bunch of yellow school buses, pencils, notebooks, apples or other typical back to school things around here? Nope- we try to avoid using traditional themed papers or embellishments in our monthly kits because we are all at different stages and places in life and have different kinds of memories to preserve... we can find inspiration for ANY theme in lots of places.
The "happy" card and the "bicycle" card are exclusive Clique Kits printables included in the kit!
I hope you have a wonderful labor day weekend! See you next time!
Happy Thursday everyone! Erica here with you today to share something fun and new I created using the September kit! I have been wanting to use a big photo on a scrapbook layout for sometime now but have always been a little afraid of how it would turn out! Well I finally did it and and I love the end result! I normally scrap 2x2, 4x4 or 3.5x5 photos but I have always loved the look of a large photo on a layout! So I took the plunge and went for it! I used a photo of our youngest son Eli James at the park. He was climbing up the ladder to the big slide for the first time on his own so I snapped a quick shot with my iPod. Now being the the scrapbooker that I am I knew to leave some white space at the top of my photo and have my subject towards the bottom so that I could embellish, journal and add a title along the top. The colors in the photograph also seem to just go with the September kit perfectly! I played up the little bit of yellow in the photo as much as I could with some brighter yellow elements from the kit along with the add-on Jillibean Soup Beanboard Alphas.
I cut down a piece of pattern paper from the kit to 8.5x11 to use as my base and like I said in a previous post, this size is becoming a favorite for me. I printed my photo out to 8x10 and trimmed it up a little bit and mounted it onto some vellum. I also pulled out stickers and embellishments from my Clique into Summer kit and the July kit that I thought went great with my layout. I am in love with this months flair so I used two of them in my layout. I kept the embellishments to a minimum adding them around my journling and title at the top of my page and a small cluster in the bottom right corner close to my subject. Using a large photo like this is a great way for me to document this big moment in my little guys life. It reminds me of how big he is getting, how independent our little man is and just look at how cute those little legs are! Do you have any tips and tricks for designing with larger photos? Do you step outside the "normal" size and go big? Share with us in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed my layout today and give the larger photo a try in your next layout! Before I go today I want to thank everyone who joined us in our August Glam Camp Blog Share and announce our two winners! If you missed it you can check out all the amazing inspiration HERE. Congrats to Renee Joy and Tyra! Renee thank you so much for all your lovely comments! You will receive a $10.00 credit to the Clique Kits store. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. We appreciate your support of Clique Kits! Tyra you blew us away with your beautiful cards inspired by the "Wild and Free" challenge. You will have $10.00 in honor credits added to your balance! Happy Shopping girls and thank you to everyone who joined us!