Recently I watched a demonstration at my Ben Franklin store promoting Ken Oliver's color burst products
which was my first happy accident of the week. You see, I had actually gone looking for the Tim Holtz Oxide Distress ink products which they did not yet have. (If you have ever lived in Hawaii you know that there are very few places to buy supplies, and when you find them, they are not always the newest products!) Needless to say, a package of these intensely pigmented watercolor powders came home with me- what can I say, I am a sucker to try every kind of watercolor paint known to man. Distress oxides will have to wait!
Fast forward about a week to the first chance I had to sit down at my desk and play. I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cold pressed watercolor paper. Not really having a "feel" for how much powder to use, and how the paints would behave when mixed with a brush versus sprayed with water and how to mix the colors in an effective way, I just had to start somewhere. I should have taken a picture of the other 100 sheets of paper to show you just how much fun I ended up having in the process of playing. I saved all of these "accidents", because I never like to waste paint or paper, and you never know when these scraps may come in handy!
Fast forward again to the creation of this layout...what I thought would end up in the rubbish can inspired me to use it as a background for this layout about the rainbows that appear in the valleys of the West Maui mountains in the front of my house. Hawaii is known as the rainbow state and when people ask if we really have rainbows all the time, the answer is yes...every friggin' day! The Hawaiians call them blessings, and they truly are.
Usually mornings at my house are not our finest hour-the kids are usually hurried to get ready for school and yelling their heads off at each other. So imagine my surprise to find them arm in arm pointing at the full arch double rainbow from our front stoop. After playing around with some layering of patterned paper and embellishments from the December Clique Kit I decided to use a little of the copper metallic color burst on the left side to tie in the copper accents in the die cut pieces. Unfortunately they do not show up well in the photos, but are so much prettier in person. The shimmery copper paint made a good finishing touch.
In conclusion, in your art like in life, it is impressive to have everything work out exactly as you intended it to...but sometimes life has a different plan, and you never know...you just might like how it turns out!
Hello everyone! Donna here sharing another project using the December "Lemonade" kit featuring the Star Gazer collection by Dear Lizzy.
A little background of my scrapbook page today. I usually start in the middle and work my way around that spot in my layout. For today's project, I decided to do it differently in terms of design flow.
I cut a patterned paper in half, diagonally. Then I adhered it on the left side of a white cardstock. I added a white doily and also folded it in half. This is where I placed my photo with some messy thread underneath.
I followed the diagonal line to adhere the fussy cut flowers and frames.
I like the mixture of different embellishments in the kit. I used wood veneers, fussy cut images and ephemera pieces to decorate my page.
I used a pink metallic paint to color the chipboard word "memories" and then scattered colorful sequins to finish off the whole page. To add texture and height, I used foam tapes to some of the fussy cut images as well as ephemera pieces.
That's all from me today. I hope you liked my page!
Thanks for dropping by.
Aloha!! It's December 2017 and I am still working on December Daily 2016, haha. To streamline my process I am using the Clique Into the Holidays Kit for the pages I still need to put together. Into the end it will be a patch work album of combined collections and products. Focusing on majority of what work I have leftover with one kit, has really helped cut down the time picking and choosing products, making pages come together quickly.
Here is a look at the December Daily spread I put together for 2016, Day 17. I used the exclusive printables Lacey designed for the CK Holiday Workshop.
I decided to make a big shaker 6X8 pocket with a photo of some Oreo peppermint bark I made and the sequins from the kit.
The Sweater Weather papers are so much fun to fussy cut the images out of to help embellish. I used the houses, trees and snow capped mountains to build a day embellishment cluster. I added some twine for texture and layered circles from the patterned paper.
I kept the pocket cards simple and used the Sweater Weather stickers and enamels to embellish them . I backed most of them with the patterned paper from the kit.
Here are some of the filler cards I used with Lacey's Holiday Workshop Printables. On some of the cards I used the holiday themed Honey Bee Stamp Set with some Altenew ink.
You Can watch my process video down below!! I hope enjoy it and are inspired to use your Clique Into the Holidays Kit.
Thanks for joining me today!!
Don't forget while in the Clique Store use my code Hannah10 and you can get 10% off all the add ons and holiday kits!!
Can't wait to see what you are doing with your Clique Into the Holidays Kit.
Hello Friends! Maryám here to share with you a new project using the December LEMONADE Kit. For today's project, I decided to include an interactive flap because I wanted to give some interesting to my spread. The photos I used today are from when I was a baby.
And... If you are curious, under the flap I put my journaling.
Here is the final result:
Here are some close-ups:
I hope you liked this project. Let me know if you have any questions about the process, the layout, etc.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Aloha!! It's Hannah with you here today!! It feels like it's been a while since I have been on the blog. I have missed everyone. I have missed playing with my regular kits because as December comes around I get into the swing of December Daily and forget to grab for the regular kits. Are you like that too?
I thought it would be fun to show a little bit about how my December Documenting looks when I am not making a spread with a photo that is about or related to Christmas. Many times the pictures I take in December are just your typical day to day snapshots. Many times using these photos with christmas or holiday themed papers just seems weird to be honest.
Today I am using both the main and the traveler's notebook kits combined. These kits both feature Dear Lizzy Stargazer. It's bright and cheerful. I am really loving this kit.
Let's talk a little bit about something else else.... How to make a Traveler's Notebook page that is filled with layers and goodness but isn't bulky. It can be really hard not to add everything into your notebook. I am the queen of layers so it is always a challenge to tone down this creative spark to have it fit into the little package.
Traveler's Notebook's are very trendy right now. The are pocket sized (OK, maybe pocket book sized). They are often filled with so many pages. But once you start adding papers, embellishments, stickers and little bits from our collections and kits those pages spring up and can often make the notebooks really full. I have a few that I don't even want to finish because they are so full.
There are however some things you can do to get amazing spreads in your Traveler's Notebook's without adding too much bulk and letting you get the most out of each notebook you get.
Tip 1: Use mixed media for your background whenever you can. No matter what kind of paper you have in your notebook just by adding a little paint or spray you can transform your neutral background into something textured and colorful (if you want it colorful).
For this spread, I used a fine line bottle with thinned paint and drew circles. They are crazy and not perfect and I love them. They fit my daughter's personality and that is always a neat thing when you can connect those types of elements on your spreads. I used various colors that match the papers and my daughter's shirt. These Shimmerz watercolor Inklingz paints add a punch with little work.
In my bottom circle I stamped with the Dear Lizzy stamper the same word repeating. I think this effect is really cool and adds some varying tones without much effort.
Adding stamps to you background spread with or without media can really give you a cool pattern or design depending how you stamp them on your background. They don't add bulk to your page so they are really perfect for Traveler's Notebooks.
Tip 2: From the beginning choose a dimension level you are comfortable with. Everyone has different preferences for dimension on a page, and especially Traveler's Notebooks. Picking how think you want your page to be and sticking with that is key.
On this spread I choose the thin wood pieces from Paige Evans in the kit. They are lightweight so that is also a positive because it doesn't tug at the pages or leave weird indentations once the album is settling. Using this piece as my guide I choose a few papers from the 6x6 pad to layer under my photo. If you were worried about the layers being to thick use only thin strips behind the photo. Use washi tape as a layer behind the photo or use only one sheet of patterned paper. You can always add a couple of stickers or die cuts behind the photo for layers and it won't be too bulky.
I love this library card pad from Dear Lizzy as a layer. The metallics of the paper is striking but this paper is really thin too.
Tip 3: Instead of adding lots of embellishments add color or alter the embellishments you have added. On my page I added more Shimmerz paints to a couple of the wood pieces. I also used a copper paint pen on the wood pieces too. Adding metallic in general to a page can go a long way. A little bit of sparkle can do a lot for your spread too. How about using sequins to your Traveler's Notebooks to add sparkle and dazzle without being heavy or thick.
Tip 4: Use die cuts as your title or part of your title. Thickers tend to be heavier or thick so swapping out some of the words with a die cut can really keep the thickness down. You could also, if you are comfortable with your own handwriting, hand script part of your title too.
I mixed my title up with the Amy Tan Thickers from the main kit and then added that wonderful die cut. I let my title take up the bottom of my spread. Keeping this bottom simple and minimal, I only have layers on one side.
I added stickers to the photo and embellishments to add interest without being really thick.
Tip 4: This is my last tip for today, Don't be afraid to layer things near the edges of the pages. Many times when I am building layers I let the papers hang off page a bit. By doing this, I am spreading out the paper over more space longwise instead of height wise. Besides it really makes your notebooks look homemade and more like a journal you might find, something you used to make as a teenager when you added pictures to your journals with real ephemera. Keeping this tactile element on your page really adds something special, like baker's twine in a tag or stitching on an embellishment cluster before to adhere it down on the page.
I hope you are inspired to try some new techniques to keep your Traveler's Notebook's bulk free. Can't wait to see your December Lemonade Kit spreads in the Clique FB group too.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!!
Hello Friends! Maryám here to share with you a new project using the December LEMONADE Kit. One of my favorite things in this kit was the Bella BLVD chipboard stickers of this month, why? Because they were white and looks like they were created to be painted !!!
Now was time to fussy cut some of the flowers from one of the Dear Lizzy papers from the kit. After that, it was the turn of the funniest part for me: add embellishments. I added die-cuts, wood veneers, stickers, etc.
And that was it! I hope you liked this project. Let me know if you have any questions about the process, the layout, etc. I will be really happy to answer you.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Hi it's Gia stopping in to share one of my favorite features of the December kit-and the Dear Lizzy Stargazer collection...copper ! I have noticed on my Target runs and Pinterest surfing binges that copper has really been trending in everything including stationery, home decor, and even clothing. I remember when gold first appeared as a real trend in scrapbooking and this year we saw both copper and rose gold added to the family of metals.
In this close up you can see I added some of the copper colored sequins which were actually in the December traveler's notebook kit. If you are subscribing to only one kit or the other and are lucky enough to be able to consider subscribing to both I have to say--do it! The two kits always complement each other so well I find myself mixing and matching with the contents all the time! I used some copper tinted gel medium to add the patina to the chipboard word I used as my title. I really love how it turned out!
And now for extra credit...can you guess another trend I am sharing in this post? You betcha! Its swans! What are your thoughts on copper and other metals? Have you been seeing more swans around also? I'd love to hear what trends you are following!
Hello Clique fans! Here is Réka and today I am sharing my mini album’s cover created with the beautiful December Main Kit.
For this cover I have used one illustration from the CK Workshop // December 2017 - Holiday Memories’ printable and I have converted it as a cut file. After I have cut it out of the Dear Lizzy: Stargazer - Sun Setting paper and I have backed it up the white cardstock and gold paper from my stash. The next step was to sew around the card with my sewing machine.
Finally, I have added one die cut piece from the Dear Lizzy: Stargazer - Copper Foil Ephemera pack and one flair from the same collection. I have fussy cut the cute bear illustration from the CK Workshop // December 2017 - Holiday Memories’ printable and also added it.
And done! I really like how it turned out.
I hope you liked my album's cover. Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful crafty day! Réka
Happy Saturday! It's Khristina back again with another project with the gorgeous December kits. I am just loving all of the fun little elements that this kit (and collection) has to offer. For today's project, I had another photo from a trip we took to stay in a log cabin in the woods. I had used this collection already with some photos from this same day so I loved being able to continue the same colors and feel across another layout.
My daughter is like the spokesperson for this phrase "worry less." She is one of those free-spirited kids who is constantly singing and dancing and twirling. Anything we do, she is all in. Seeing the joy on her face when she can just be free to be herself is always something that I strive to capture on film. This collection was the perfect accent to that vibe. Do you ever feel like sometimes a kit just speaks to the soul of the pictures? Maybe I'm just weird like that!
Something that I have been totally surprised by is how much I am adoring the copper washi tape roll that came in the traveler's notebook kit. Adding little peeks of that washi to my layers just adds such a pop of unique color and detail that it keeps showing up in all of my projects with this kit. Are you loving that one as much as I am? I Love the constellation tape but for some reason this copper one just keeps making an appearance.
I hope that you are having as much fun with this kit as I am. I would love to see what you are creating to! Make sure to tag me or share with me when you share because I love to be inspired by all of you as well. Until next time, happy crafting!
Happy Friday and the first day of December! I hope that you are busy starting your December documenting and maybe getting excited to start opening your advent calendar!
This year's December kit is full of beautiful colors and imagery that work with so many different themes, seasons, and styles. The name Lemonade is not only inspired by the lemon images in the papers and embellishments but is also a nod to our subscribers and others who live in the Southern hemisphere where December is a summer month! So wherever you are, and whatever you are documenting this month- we hope that you will enjoy the main and travelers notebook kits this month.
Here is a mood board I created to get the ball rolling!
Here is a layout inspired by the orange wall with the frame gallery in the lower right corner of the mood board. The cute frame motif in the Dear Lizzy Stargazer collection is one of my favorite elements in the kit-I just had to highlight them on a layout. To create this layout I used watercolor paper as my base and did a two color wash with pink and orange watercolor paint. I fussy cut some frames from one of the papers and also used some of the Paige Evans wood veneers and cut apart printables in the main kit. I borrowed a snip of washi tape from the travelers notebook kit this month to attach one of my photos and voila! A super easy page.
How about some close ups?
Can't wait to see what you all create with the December kits which will begin shipping this weekend! Don't forget to email us to sign up for the Pep Rally on December 20th. Use the Pep Rally hashtags when you share your projects on Instagram to receive your points/product credits this month. Hugs!