Happy first day of March my friends! This month is a little bit nostalgic as we will end the month saying farewell to some members of our Design Team. Of course, it is also super, super exciting that we are ushering in a brand new term and new team! This next term we celebrate Clique Kits entering it's 5th year of business. I know... it's nuts. April is our Anniversary Month and our 4th official birthday. We are celebrating in a big way...bringing on one of the biggest design teams we have ever had. And also releasing our very first all exclusive collection and limited edition kit This is Us.
Speaking of This is Us, we are so thrilled to announce that it is now available for sale to the public! You can head over to the Clique Kits store and pre-order your very own! Choose from the full LE kit, or just the exclusive paper pack. The whole collection will soon be listed as a digital product also, if you are saavy enough to know how to download and print your own paper and embellishments this may be an economic option for you!
Winner Winner !!
I am also very excited to announce the winner of the paper pack from Sunday's blog post introducing This is Us is:
Tracey Eggers( firstname.lastname@example.org )
2/25/2018 03:03:55 pm❤Firstly...Congratulations on your First Exclusive Collection...I love the Sloth...hes the cutest...I love the vellum hearts...black and white hearts paper and the pretty floral paper...such a cute and pretty versatile collection❤
Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to post a comment supporting us in this very exciting new adventure. Tracey please email us for your prize! email@example.com
Now that all of those announcements are out of the way, let me tell you a little about the layout I am sharing using the March kits: Malama. One of the things I enjoy doing is creating my own mixed media backgrounds for my layouts. The process of painting for me is so relaxing and is definitely one of my self care activities. I have been working on documenting some of my scenic and cultural photography from my trip to Thailand in 2016. This photo of a pink bicycle was taken on the floating village of Koh Panyee. I have so many photos of Thailand I think I could fill a few volumes of National Geographic magazine. But certain ones inspire me to create and this was one of them!
I used heavy body acrylic paints to create a palette very similar to the one in the Paige Evans collection and without a specific plan I painted an abstract painting on a piece of cardstock. The technique I used is called dry brush because by not loading my brush with a lot of paint the brush strokes show through and give it a painterly effect. I allowed each color to dry before painting a contrasting color overlapping it so that I did not get any "muddy" color mixing but a pretty layering. Once the paint was dry, I did some stamping with the Kesi Art stamp currently in the shop! I know that I will be using this stamp quite a bit. And finally, again when the paint and ink were dry, I laid a 12 x 12 Prima bicycle stencil over the page and selectively spread some texture paste medium here and there. Once this background was ready, I was ready to decorate and embellish my layout using the March kit!
Some close ups:
My title is a bit understated depicting just the location the photo was taken. I focused more on my journaling using the "So much has happened since then.." heart on the Clique Kits print & cut sheet as a journaling prompt. I also found that the Kaisercraft roses trim that was one of the March add ons called to me to be used on this layout to ground my photo. As much as I enjoy both enabling others and the guilty pleasure of buying pretty supplies, sometimes it is the layouts like this one that barely put a dent in my kit or stash that I end of loving the most! In addition to the March Main kit, here are the products used for this project.