Welcome back for our Clique Kits Student of the Month, Katie Smith's second post this month!! She's back today with some wonderful projects for us. I love how she mixed all the Glam Camp patterns from the My Minds Eye Market Street papers in each of her fun projects. Katie really captured the essence of these beautiful Market Street patterns and combined them beautifully with the earthy textures and glam in Glam Camp.
And now for Katie's layouts!! I just adore how she used a pen to accent the elements on her pages and how she added her handwritten journaling. Outlining letter stickers really gives them some more dimension and makes them pop right off your page! Such great details from Katie here.
Welcome to Glam Camp Friday with Jody! Today we're not only playing with our August Kit Glam Camp, we're also playing with some acrylic paints, dry embossing and vellum. Now, I love this floral background but there's no doubt its bold. Sometimes bold papers scare us away from creating with it, but what we should be doing is embracing it!! Just go for it! Here's one easy way to help you tackle that bold background paper you're dying to use!
My go to supplies for this task are acrylic paint and plain 'ol vellum. I started with a 5" x 7" piece of scrap vellum and ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique with my favorite dots embossing folder. It's already cuter just by embossing it! Next, I painted over the backside of the embossed vellum and let it air dry. You can carefully run your heat gun over the painted vellum to speed up the drying time, but since I tend to work in short time frames with our girls home, this was a perfect stopping point for me to go back upstairs and see why it was all of sudden so quiet, because that's rarely a good thing! Turns out, they made a huge fort in Abby and Hannah's bedroom :) Good times! Anyway, I always say it takes just "15 minutes to scrap", and you'll get some layouts done in no time!
Here are a couple close ups of the main elements in my layout. Note: the kraft cardstock with white stamped leaves is from Amy Tangerine for American Crafts and was totally begging to come out of my stash this week. A few other embellishments which are available in the Clique Kits School School under August are the lovely My Minds Eye Enamel Dots, Gold Wood Hearts and Starry Night Confetti. I also included some fabulous UMWOW Studio chipboard clouds and hash tag words! They're just so fun!
Besides the paint on the embossed vellum, I also brushed the same paint in opposite corners of my layout. I simply started off the page and then gently brushed some paint onto the layout. It really added a nice wispy effect and toned down those corners a bit. To compliment the white paint I also added our exclusive Clique Kits die cuts in white card stock to add some pops of white. These really stand out, even against the bold floral background. I even brushed some paint onto the UMWOW Studio chipboard to help tie it all together.
Thanks so much for spending your time with me today! Now, dig out a sheet of bold paper and have some fun with it! I think one of my favorite things about our Glam Camp kit is all the fun gold accents! I love how they catch the light just right and BAM, you see some glam!
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Hey everyone! Erica here with you today to talk about using busy, bold and fun papers on your layouts! I tend to use white cardstock as my base for layouts or a very subtle paper as my layout base but I always admire when other scrabookers use the busy patterns in their layouts! So today I am sharing a layout I created using a beautiful polka dot paper from My Minds Eye that is included in the August 2014 kit.
Now this may not be busy for some scrapbookers but for me this would normally be cut up and used as a layer piece in my layouts but today I went for it and used it as my base! Once my layout was complete and I stuck everything down and committed to using it I really did love how it looked!
To keep my main focal point from looking like it was just floating on the page I adhered two strips of solid paper along the top and the bottom of my page. This helps to ground your layout and give it more of a complete look. I also used some cork embellishment from my stash to try and create a visual triangle to help your eye move around the page.
You can see I also stamped out some tiny hearts from the Lawn Fawn stamp set Wish You Were Here pretty close to the cork embellishments. The Fancy Pants corrugated paper adds some texture to my layout along with the May Arts string that was also included in this months kit! Using busier backgrounds as a base for me will take some getting use to but I am up for the challenge! How about you? Do you love using a busy pattern paper as your base? Feel free to leave your tips and tricks in the comments section below if you would like share! I challenge you to pull out your busiest pattern paper and have some fun! Share with us on Facebook or upload to our Flickr gallery! If you are a subscriber and using one of your kits please upload to our Pinterest group board! I am looking forward to seeing what you all share with us! Thanks so much for stopping today! I really hope you enjoyed my layout today as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you! Our 25% off sale is still going on and some products in our store are already marked down so this is the perfect time to get some great deals on some fabulous products! Enjoy your day!
Products used today
August 2014 Glam Camp Kit
My Minds Eye Enamel Dots
Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here Stamp Set
July 2014 Kit
Hello all! Jody here today with two orders of scrappy, fun business!! First up our winners from our last Pep Rally!! This month's Pep Rally challenge was "Captured on Film" where we were challenged to use a viewfinder, film stripe or document something with that overall 'feel'. This month was especially difficult to choose our winner, because our subbies were totally rocking this challenge!! After much deliberation, this month's challenge winner is Danielle de Konink. You can check out her fabulous layout and blog Pics and Cheesecake. Congrats Danielle!!!!
Next up, our comment winner is Lynn Darda with the lovely blog From My Bungalow!!! Thanks so much of hanging out with us Clique Kits girls Lynn! We appreciate the support of our followers and appreciate all your sweet comments on our blogs! You'll each get a $10 credit to our Clique Kits store to start shopping or save it for something bigger! Just email us at email@example.com. Plus our 25% off sale is going on through Sunday, August 3rd at midnight!! It's a perfect time to scoop up some goodies with product credit + a sale!! The sale code is AUGUST25.
Next, I'm sharing some fun pocket-style pages using my Project Life page protectors and Simple Stories SN@P cards! These SN@P cards make it so super easy to put a fast layout together. For these layouts I used Simple Stories HER SN@P Cards and added sequins, punched shapes, cork elements (from Clique Into Summer), Simple Stories DIY Clear Photo Stickers and some lovely Studio Calico Alphas (pink, lower right photo). The HER SN@P cards complimented our June Kit, Show and Tell perfectly! If you're interested in picking up Show & Tell, now is the time!! There's only one left in stock! GO HERE :)
You probably recognize the 12x12 layout on the left from this post in June. I had several more photos I wanted to incorporate so I decided to use a pocket page on the opposite side, which worked out perfectly. I love it when a two page spread comes together like this! I feel like I haven't done a two page spread in awhile!
Here are some close ups! One thing I love to do, besides add lots of layers, is to add alpha and phrase stickers right onto my photos! This is a perfect way to utilize that 'white space' in a photo. By white space I'm talking about an area of your photo not occupied by the subject of your photo. For a good example of this, take a look at the photo of my Abby and Hannah in the lower right corner of the pocket page.
Aren't these pocket pages fun! They're very easy also, just add a SN@P Card, layer some punched shapes and you're good to go! If you'd like to learn more about adding more fun things to your pocket pages, like sequins and memorabilia, I'd encourage your to take our Clique Into Summer workshop! It may say "Summer" in the title, but the techniques are good year-round. It's an awesome 12 week, self-paced workshop that covers a wide variety of topics including pocket pages, photography, meaningful journaling, watercolors and more! The workshop itself is actually FREE to our fabulous subscribers and only $15.00 to everyone else. That's jam packed full of creative fun just for YOU! Here's the link ~ CLIQUE INTO SUMMER so you can check it out. (Note, the actual kit is sold out but you can use your stash to work through the entire workshop!)
I have one more quick pocket page to share with you. I created it with all my scraps from my April Kit, Debutante. I had some papers, printables, exclusive Clique kits flair and foam Amy Tangerine Thickers left, so I decided to create a pocket page with them. Here's what I came up with by adding some Studio Calico wood veneers, stickers from my stash and additional sequins.
Thanks so much for spending your time with us today!! I hope my pocket pages inspired you to grab some Simple Stories SN@P cards while they're on sale! That's in addition to our extra 25% off discount with code AUGUST25. The extra 25% off sale only runs through Sunday, August 3rd at midnight friends, so be sure to go grab some goodies. The Simple Stories SN@P cards won't be restocked!! Also, don't forget about our fabulous Design Team call going on now! All the details are HERE!
Happy scrappin' my friends!
Today I want to share a few cards I created with the May kit - Field Trip. I have two short tutorials as well showing how I put two of the cards together. There will be lots of pictures so lets get started!
Shaker cards have been around for quite some time now. I just want to show you how I made this particular shaker card.
The next step-by-step is shorter. I just want to show you the elements I picked for a journal card to make it my own. As you see below, I set out some embellishments that I considered using on the card and they played around with where I wanted to place these elements. Working with different shapes and sizes.
I loved how many journal cards came with the May kit! So of course I found ways to use them. I used them creating journal cards as well as cards.
I also love to make cards with scraps of the kit. The card below I used a Studio Calico Acetate Sheet to help enhance the pieces of this kit I found laying around. I paired it with a bubble word (which will be available in the Clique Kits store soon!)
There you have it! There are so many uses for the bits and pieces of your kits as well and uses for journal cards to really make them your own and fit your projects and personality!
Before you go! Here is a quick view into our June kit - Show & Tell! June subscriptions still available. The kit will go into our shop tomorrow to be purchased as a single kit.
Hey all! It's Jody on the blog today and it's a beautiful day here in Wisconsin, finally!! This warmer Spring weather definitely makes me giddy and eager to get outside with our girls. But before I do, I'm happy to be sharing another fun layout with our May kit, Field Trip. Today, I used this fabulous You Are My World paper from Fancy Pants. These types of papers are great because your title is always there for you to design around it.
This is my last full 12x12 sheet from this kit so now I'm starting to work with smaller pieces and scraps. I'm also working on some cards to send to my Girl Scout troop next week. We had our last meeting for the school year this week and I wanted to send them a little something special to thank them for being so awesome! I'll share those with you next week :)
For today, I used my punches on the fabulous Fancy Pants gold foil paper! I recently purchased a Silhouette Portrait but still need to get it set up!! I know, I know .... it's on my list to day this weekend so I can finally cut Lacey's fabulous custom cut files!! These are my favorites punches by far, which I'm sure you've noticed because I use them often. Next, I fussy cut around the chevrons to create the bottom boarder to my Day Trip 4x6" Clique Kit printable. This helped to ground the larger element so it didn't look like it was just floating in space there. I trimmed the bottom off one of the journaling cards and added it along the bottom for some journaling too. I also used lots of foam adhesive throughout this layout from Scrapbook Adhesives. This is my go-to foam adhesive, I just love it!
Here's a little tip for when you're cutting your banner shapes, like the ones at the right side of my photo. You can use the left over triangle pieces from the middle as more page elements like I did below. I used them as arrows to help draw your attention down to my photo. I added some additional cuteness but layering a cork chevron shape right on top of the triangles. I used more Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares for the triangles and gold clouds and Aleene's Tacky Glue for the cork chevrons.
Thank you for joining me today! We'd love to see what you create with our kits and currently have a few more open subscriptions starting in June!! As a Clique Kits member, you'll be in our Facebook private Clique, have access to our private Honor Society website page, private forum, early kit reveals and more! You only until May 28th to subscribe starting in June so don't wait another minute and GO HERE to sign up!!
Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend everyone!
Hello!! Jody here today with a mask and some misting! First off, I started with the beautiful dark woodgrain paper from Fancy Pants. I've been itching to do some misting lately so I took out my Studio Calico Mr. Huey's white spray ink. I love Mr. Huey's because the ink is opaque and provides a fabulous contrast on your layouts, just like in my layout below! I've had this sweet photo of 2 of our girls in mind to scrap for a long time and this woodgrain paper was the perfect fit! The photo was taken on the dock of the Fox River in our little town. My hubby, Brad, works the boat patrol during the summers and our girls I brought him dinner on this particular night. There's something so calming about being near the water. Ahhhh.. summer days!
To create my misted background, I used a 6" gold foil doily as my mask and then actually used the same doily right on the layout after I dried it off with a paper towel. I wanted the wood grain and misting to be very visible on the majority of my layout, so I stuck with smaller elements to frame my 4x4" Instagram picture, such as the several of our Clique Kits exclusive printables & flair, Fancy Pants journaling cards, May Arts Burlap String and the awesome hand punched map paper confetti. Your layout doesn't necessarily have to be nautical or travel themed in order to incorporate certain elements. Our girls were just near the water and I felt these elements still worked very well. I also used the May Arts Natural Burlap String to create a little circle of rope at the bottom right of my layout. This was symbolic of the boat's rope that Brad used to tie the boat to the dock. I also used the burlap string to tie around my title journaling card for some added texture.
There are some close ups of my layout. You can see several of the little exclusive printables peaking out from behind my photo and the gold foil doily. I printed my printables out onto glossy photo paper, which turned out fabulous!! I used an aqua colored fine point Sharpie marker to write my journaling right onto my exclusive printable tag. Try printing out your Clique Kits printables onto a variety of paper types such as vellum (like Erica did in THIS POST), cardstock, photo paper, linen paper, and more!! We'd love to hear about something you printed yours out on, so please feel free to share!
Here's a much closer look at my gold foil doily masking element and the misting. I wasn't shy about spraying my paper at all. I just placed my gold foil doily right onto my paper and gave my Mr. Huey's a good push down onto the spray nozzle!! I think the key to utilizing any mask is to let the ink dry on the paper for a few minutes before you actually move your mask off of your project. After I let mine dry, I carefully removed my 6" gold foil doily and dried it with a paper towel. Then, it became one of my page embellishments!
Another fun way to create more page elements from the products in your kit is to USE YOUR TOOLS! Check out the cute pink journaling card that serves as my title below. I used a Martha Stewart heart punch along the bottom, then added that heart to the other side of my photo, holding the 'rope'. That fun negative heart space was the perfect spot to add another Clique Kit's hand punched anchor shape from map paper.
It's hard to believe that May is already half over, say it ain't so!!! Before we know it summer vacation will be upon us along with warmer weather and more sunshine!! June is the perfect time to join our Clique by subscribing to our monthly kits!! We have opened up additional subscriptions for June and we have one with YOUR name it! Just go here to subscribe today!! SUBSCRIBE ME NOW!
Thank you so much for spending your time with me today! I hope you'll try out some misting on your next scrapbooking project. Until next time my friends, happy scrappin'!!
Hey all, Jody's on the blog today with a fun little mini album! If you know me, you KNOW I love to make mini albums, especially as gifts. Mother's Day really snuck up on me this year, probably because this Mama works most weekends (sad face). That being said, I wanted to whip up a couple Mother's Day gifts for those super special people in our lives.
To create this little mini album, I started with a few standard card bases (4.25" by 5.50") in cream cardstock. I stacked a few of them together and built my mini from there. Of course, I used lots of goodies from my May Clique Kit, Field trip, along with a few things from my Etsy Shop. Here's my Mother's Day mini album.
Below, you'll see that I added some Studio Calico wood veneers & some pink word stickers by My Minds Eye, which I just adore . You'll notice that I used the full 4x6" journaling card "Always Look on the Bright Side" across this center part of the mini album. I simply creased the journaling card where the middle of the mini album was and allowed it to span across.
And here are my final pages. I'm a big fan of using my paper punches to create extra little elements in my paper crafting. I used my heart punch to create a 'negative' heart shape on the bottom right, then used that 'positive' shape in the upper left corner after hitting the edges with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick. I popped a few things up with my favorite foam adhesive also.
I also added some sweet Studio Calico labels & Studio Calico sticker sheets in our School Store now! The aqua chevron ribbon is from May Arts and available in my Etsy Shop now. Oh, and those fun cork shapes... well, more on those little cuties a little later!
Thank you for joining me today! I hope I've inspired you to take a couple hours and create a mini album for someone special this weekend!! Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!!
Happy Easter friends! This bright pink watercolor look paper with the big white brush stroke "Love" is such a versatile paper- I love that Debutante does not have a 'theme' and it leaves the creative possibilities wide open! For example, Plus One is in no way an "Easter" collection, but I was able to use it as one. In order to make this an "Easter" page, I followed Jody's tutorial from the other day to die cut some cute felt bunnies. If you missed it, it is here. If I am going to invest in a collection, I want to know that it will work with any number of themes, and most of all, the everyday stuff! The Clique Kits philosophy is to design kits with this in mind.
I also used my Amy Tangerine/American Crafts "Duplicate" embossing folder with some vellum to create a unique looking layer. First, I embossed the vellum while at the same time printing with gold letterpress ink right in the embossing folder! This technique does not give a perfect "letterpress" design but does give a random, somewhat distressed looking print. I then went over some of the cameras with my watercolors to add more pops of the colors in my patterned papers.
I have also been getting tons of mileage from the added printables and die cuts in this kit. It still blows my mind how much more I am using Debutante than any other kit I have ever bought! We wanted Clique Kits to help us move from our old habits of hoarding more supplies than we use, to being efficient, productive, and doing so much scrapping we use our favorite products up! Judging from Debutante so far- I think we are off to an excellent start! Stay tuned for the Pep Rally when the Clique Kits Gals and the Honor Society will be showing you even more ways to use your kit. It's taking place Wednesday, April 23rd starting here on the blog. Join us !
I love buying and creating 3 x 4 journaling cards. I'm always looking for different ways to use them and incorporate them into my projects, beyond pocket protectors! I love the 3 x 4 cut apart cards included in the Clique Kits - Debutante Kit this month! They are so funky fun! I couldn't wait to cut them apart and create a layout centered around these fantastic cards!
As you can see I used the cards as elements on the layout! I layered papers, cards, Clique Kits die cuts (available now in store), and embellishments to create this fun layered layout! This is a great way to use your journal cards and small sections and scraps of paper. If you don't like side A of the journal card, there is always side B, which is typically an awesome pattern you always hate wasting.
How do you use your 3x4 journal cards? Do you scrapbook with them beyond a page protector?