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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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!
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!!
Welcome to the PEP Rally!
Today's event is brought to you by our Honor Society with special guests, our Students of the Month (Guest Designers) for April-the fabulous Danielle de Konink and Brooke Petermann!
We have an awesome blog share to show off projects made by our subscribers using our debut kit Debutante. As an optional challenge, we are getting to know each other better by sharing something about ourselves in our posts! If you are visiting here today and do not know about us yet, please sign up to follow us by email! You will receive an email notification whenever there is a new blog post plus a newsletter whenever there are special events, sales, and announcements! Feel free to learn more about us here, as we have openings for new subscribers for June! One of many great perks is getting to participate in these monthly blog shares and earning product credits for doing so!
Without further ado, here is the list of blogs to visit.
Everyone who comments on each blog and follows us by email will be entered to win our blog share prize. This months prize package is an Amy Tangerine Plus One Paper Set. There are exclusive printables and die cuts still available with numerous other items in the April School Store. The challenge winner will receive an additional 5 honor credits bringing their total for this blog share to 10! Eeek! We will announce the winners here on the blog on Sunday, April 27th.
And now here are some Pep Rally cheers for people Clique Kits wish to thank for helping us to have such an amazing debut this month!
Amy Tangerine- for being our Designer in the Spotlight and inspiring us with her Plus One collection.
Simple Stories- for their friendship and ongoing support!
Pinkfresh Studio- for the fabulous embellishments and inspiring products we love to include in our kits!
Freckled Fawn- for more amazing and unique embellishments, and for including us in their listing of small businesses.
And of course the new friends we have made and welcomed into the Clique so far!
Can we get a great big T-H-A-N-K-S ! And thanks to you for joining us today. Now enjoy the blogs and the inspiration you will find there!
--xoxo The Clique Kits Gals
It's a 'howdy' kind of day today! I think it's because I pulled out my cowgirl boots for the first time in awhile. Love them! In case you didn't figure it out yet, it's Jody here today! Speaking of pulling things out that I haven't used in awhile ..... I finally printed my Christmas photos, finally! Yup, I'm scrapbooking Christmas in April. Why not! There really shouldn't be any rules about this type of thing in scrapbooking, at least not in my text book. There's a time and place for chronological order, but not here my friends. Not when you're photos and papers inspire you to create with them, no matter what your subject or season happen to be.
On the note of breaking some rules today, I've created something for Christmas with our Spring kit, Debutante... What?! Yup, rule breaker alert! It's totally OK to use 'non-Christmas' papers to create a holiday project, in fact we highly encourage it!! I know some of my friends need a permission slip to do this sometimes, which is completely understand. I've been stuck in the "I have to scrapbook in order" rut, but no more. Case in point >>>> look below!
Does this black and white paper look familiar? It's the 'B' side to this Amy Tangerine paper, Soul Mate, which is in our Debutante Kit!! A few weeks back, I did a post about whether you were an 'A' or 'B' and shared that I'm mostly a B........side scrapper that is. So, which would you choose of the Soul Mate paper?
Here's my Christmas layout using the Soul Mate paper. You'll notice a difference in the color of the two images. This is just due to one being a digitized image from the website and the other is an actual photo. So, there's nothing wrong with your eye, at least today.
I love that our kits are colorful, but also have a great balance of neutrals. This is the beautiful thing about our kits peeps! All it took to get this layout into the holiday spirit were a few red elements. Easy peasy. My 'go-to' red string is by May Arts, which I also carry in my Etsy Shop here. It's a perfect 1/32 of an inch thick and adds just the right pop of color and texture on any project I'm working on. Next, I added some red metallic sequins, a bingo chip and a heart from Freckled Fawn (thank you again Gia!). I also added lots of die cuts from the exclusive cut files which came with the kit subscription. Speaking of those cut files & printables, they should be our Clique's email boxes right now!
Here are a few close ups too :) I love how the May Arts burlap string looks like it's floating across my layout. If you're wondering how in the world I attached the May Arts burlap string, it's pretty simple. I used a few daps of Aileen's Tacky Glue in several sections and let it dry for a bit. This is seriously one of my favorite glues everyone. It's great because it dries clear, not expensive at all and is thick so it really holds onto your embellishments such as wood veneers, sequins and ribbon! You can find it at any hobby store and use your coupon.
I hope you were inspired today! Go look at your Debutante kit, or through your stash, at those non-holiday papers. Now, really take a good look at them and I'm willing to bet that you can see them in a different light. I know you all have papers that you can totally use for those holiday photos even though your paper isn't specifically holiday themed!
I wanted to thank everyone who subscribed to our monthly kits!! We are so grateful and excited to be SOLD OUT through June. Don't worry, we are adding more subscriptions for July and onward! If you're interested in being on our growing waiting list, please go HERE and enter your info. This will help us in ordering supplies for our upcoming kits so you all can join our Clique and hang out!
Thank you again for spending your time with me today! Happy Scrapppin'!
Welcome back to the blog for another day of Debutante Week ! Today you are here in the Art Studio with me, Gia!
Do you love color? I do !! We live in such a colorful world, and the fact that there are so many possible hues makes me giddy just thinking about it! Not only can color make me giddy, it can make me feel a lot of different things! Warm or cool, tranquil or energetic, hopeful or sad, whatever the mood-there's a color palette that "speaks" its language visually. Thanks to the internet and websites like Pinterest, it is so easy for creative types to find visual inspiration nowadays, and scrapbookers are no exception. I decided to show you how I used a mood board to create a layout.
What could be more fun than a little girl twirling in a twirly dress in Springtime? How about two little girls! Here are the three adjectives I used to guide me in my search for an inspiring visual.
And here is what I came up with:
Even though the dominant color in this layout is my current favorite neutral (grey) with lots of black and white, the colors from the "Pool Party" palette were easy to pull from my kit as they are found throughout Amy Tangerine's Plus One collection and really add that "pop" of color.
Here is my supply list for this page:
From Debutante kit: Amy Tangerine Plus One patterned papers, Freckled Fawn acrylic arrow, Freckled Fawn glitter star pick, Clique Kits yellow "Play" flair, black triangle/arrow washi tape (which I sliced in thirds to give it a 'lighter' feel), Amy Tangerine Thicker words, yellow sequins, and Pinkfresh Studio yellow color block heart wood veneer.
And a few extras: Handmade crochet heart gifted to me by Lacey Igo Gasper (if we all beg maybe she will make these available to the Clique all the time!) Additional washi tape by Papyrus. Acrylic camera embellishment (exclusive Amy Tangerine embellishment from a class kit.) Pink camera paper clip and transparency 3 x 4 cards from Freckled Fawn. Silver striped vellum from Stampin Up and resin bird from Close to My Heart.
Yesterday, Lacey showed us some ideas for using sketches for inspiration for pocket page cards. I absolutely love making my own cards, don't you? So in case you missed it, check it out here. And now you have seen another easy way to kick it up a notch in no time flat on your layouts by using a mood/palette board with your Clique Kit!
Enamel frames, icons, and drops, ombre washi tape and washi tape with gold highlights, and new color block wood veneers…I KNOW, RIGHT? We want and need them all ! That is why Clique Kits is collaborating with the super special, one-of-a-kind Pinkfresh Studio for a Blog Share next week. And just because we know you can't wait to get some Pinkfresh Studio embellishments in your first Clique Kit, Debutante, coming this April, we are going to GIVEAWAY a goody bag so you can have a chance to get your fab design loving hands on some right away!
The very first time I heard about Pinkfresh Studio was here, on Amy Tan's blog. I started with some washi tape, which arrived in a hot pink bubble wrap envelope! And I was smitten! More recently, I fell in love with the enamel stickers. They come in neon, pastels, brights, retro, and neutrals. Clique Kits may or may not be including one of their hottest, newest items in our first kit, with more to come in the future. (Sorry-you just have to wait for the full reveal…) I highly recommend you subscribe NOW, as there are less than 30 days until Postman stalking begins for those of us in the Clique.
Speaking of the Clique, do you know Kinnari? She is the founder, owner, and designer that IS Pinkfresh Studio, and she is definitely in the Clique-if nothing else an honorary member! We are pretty excited to be featuring Kinnari as one of our Designers in the Spotlight. She's all that too. Don'tcha just love it when women with BIG dreams inspire us with small businesses? Seriously, this is yet another benefit of subscribing. If you don't think you have time to be a purveyor of the most hip, premium quality, and unique supplies for your projects, and believe you have to settle for 'big box' mayhem, think again! The Clique Kits gals will help you out, with new items hand selected for your happy mail box every single month. Clique Kits is always on the hunt for the best designers and small businesses and the handmade/DIY markets worldwide, not to mention how proud we are of our in house designers. So please join us, and Pinkfresh Studio next week, Wednesday March 5th, for some inspiration and a chance to win! See you then, starting right here.
Hello everyone!! Jody here for my first Clique Kits post... whoot whoot! I want to thank you for joining us on this amazing memory keeping journey! I couldn't be more excited to be sharing this venture with Gia, Lacey and Erica. For my first CK post I'm giving you a play-by-scrapping-play on adding layers to your layouts! Don't be afraid, it's actually pretty easy. Since many of us scrappers are visual people, I'll get down to the layout right away.
I used a basic rule in design of gallon-quart-pint. No, I'm not baking here! This means the paper, or color, that makes up the majority of your layout is the gallon, the paper/color that fills the next highest amount of space is the quart and the least is the pint. To create this layout I started with this very close up photo of my daughter Hannah. I love how this picture really focuses on her eyes, which are her daddy's eyes, I wanted to create a frame around her photo and add some dimension as well. So, I grabbed a few papers from the Maggie Homes Flea Market and My Minds Eye Cut & Paste collections. These both have a wide variety of pretty florals, stripes, dots, wood grains, ombre and more. You can really see the variety in this layout!
I thought this "paint sample" looking paper was very cool for the background and could almost capture Hannah's eye color which goes between hazel and grey. Next I used a few larger scraps I had left over from previous projects, the small floral and the pink dots to start creating my photo mat. Before I actually tape or glue anything down, I place my photo and papers about where I think I want them. This is by no means an exact science!! I liked how these papers all worked well together because they pulled colors from the other papers. You can see the aqua blues and the pink in the pretty floral and they just 'work'.
To start my layering process, I have an important play in my playbook - DON'T PUT ADHESIVE AT THE EDGES OF YOUR PHOTOS OR PAPERS! That's it really, a very long title for a very easy scrapbooking play. By not putting your adhesive right to the edges of your papers or photos it leaves room to tuck other papers or embellishments in and around your layout. Case in point... I adhered the pretty floral and pink dot papers on top of each other and then later decided I wanted to add the cream graph paper with the torn edge along the bottom of the pink dot. Instead of pulling up the pink dot paper, praying to a higher power not to rip it or my photo, I just slipped the cream graph paper underneath the pink dot with some adhesive already on the backside of it. Much easier right!?
Another easy way to add layers and dimension to your layouts is by using foam adhesive, a.k.a. pop dots. I think you can guess the name of this scrapbooking play. Yes, it's called Pop It Up. These fabulous little pieces of foam adhesive are my heroes. It may sound a little silly to you, but look at the clouds in the photo above. You can see a shadow under them, like they're really floating on top of the layout. Here's another closer view of those clouds. They just wouldn't be the same if they were adhered flat onto the layout.
Another fun way to add layers is by using your die cutting tools. I call this play, Tool Time. I created this cute rosette with the Tim Holtz Rosette Die and some chunky glitter from by stash. I hear many of my girlfriends say, "I never use my Big Shot" or "I don't know what to use it for." We have to stop this madness right now!! Erica already gave you some great ideas for using your stencils, the Cricut Craft Room and embroidery kits all in one post! We all fall in love with our crafting supplies & tend to hoard them, but we need to learn to use them. So, when you visit the CK Locker Room we'll be giving you some smart play-by-play ways to rev up your scrapping and get in the game. Check out the glittery rosette below!
Ok, for my last play of the post... Flip It. By that I mean if something doesn't quite fit or look 'right' in its intended or normal position, turn it upside down or onto one side or the other. Up close, this cluster of embellishments looks like it sits nicely on top of the fabric Maggie Holmes frame. But, take a step back and look again. The frame is actually turned upside down. I didn't like where the teal banners ended up hanging on Hannah's sweet face, but I loved the wood grain fabric frame against the mixture of prints. I just flipped the frame upside down and was totally happy with it!
So to wrap up today's playbook, we learned what not to do with our adhesive, to incorporate the use of our tools, add dimension by using foam adhesive and flipping embellishments around to maximize their impact. You guys are already scrapbooking all stars in my book, just don't be afraid to try out for the team! I'd love it if you tried out one or all of my scrapbooking plays and let me know how they turned out! The ball is in your court... so go play!
Until next time, keep on scrapping!