Welcome lovelies! This month's special event on the blog is an interview with Designer in the Spotlight for November the amazingly talented Zinia Amoiridou. Grab your drink and sit back while we get to know this artist better! Zinia designed the Tales & Dreams collection for our friends at the Pretty Little Studios company and we fell in love with it at first sight. We have had so many compliments on the November kits- Cornucopia because of the gorgeous rich colors and patterns like bold painterly florals. We hope you enjoy this feature today!
DIS=Designer in the Spotlight: Zinia Amoiridou
CK: First of all, please share the places our readers and fans can find you on the web and social media! (URL/Links please!)
DIS: First of all I have my blog abstractinspiraiton.com which basically where people can find everything about my work including my collections and classes. I’m also active in many social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
About your process…
CK: Clique Kits is obviously in love with your latest collection. Can you tell us a little about your inspiration for this collection and your creative process?
DIS: Each collection is different but in many cases, I like to start with a color palette. Choosing a few main colors and then generating some shades in between to work as complimentary accents. Once I have a draft for my colors I try to build a theme around them. I prefer to keep my collections as versatile as possible and easy to use for multiple occasions. That is why I try to stay away from very specific topics like holidays and seasonal trends.
I like to sketch most of my elements traditionally and then scan them to turn them into a digital form.
CK: What are your ideal surroundings when you are designing?
Location: My craft room
Listening to: When I’m trying to decide on the main idea/palette I prefer silence so I don’t have any distractions. During the designing process, I often put my Owl City playlist on.
Snacking on: Nothing. Although I really love food in general I don’t often snack especially while I’m working.
tools within arm’s reach: When I work with traditionally media I always keep a variety of black sketch pens around. I also have a few different watercolor palettes since they are my favorite medium to work with. When I move to the digital part I often like to use my Wacom tablet.
People/things nearby: My dog, Irma, always stays by my side even when I’m working.
Other: I prefer working during daylight cause the colors and designs look clearer and closer to the finished product.
CK: What is the hardest part of the work of designing for you?
DIS: I generally love what I do and enjoy every part of the process. I’d say the only hard part is time management. A collection just like a painting is a process that doesn’t have a clear ending point so I always have the feeling that I can add more things or improve the current designs.
CK: Do you have a “go to” color palette?
DIS: Yes and no. I have a specific logic I use for all my color palettes. I want to have shades from all the colors families. I always need to have some sort of pink, blue and yellow. Also for the main colors in my collections I chose mostly bright shades.
About your history…
CK: What was your earliest success as an artist?
DIS: Well as an artist in general some of my very first success memories are when my art teacher picked one of my painting for a small contest. I didn’t really win or anything but I felt so proud just for getting picked. Also shortly after that, my cousin and I designed the costumes for our school play and we actually won the best costumes award in my city.
CK: How did you start as a paper-crafter and designer?
DIS: I discovered the craft world in early 2014 when I accidentally stumbled across some planner setup videos on YouTube. I’ve always been a creative person keeping colorful notes with pens and stickers so when I saw that other people shared my love for stationery and paper products it felt like I finally found my tribe. I made an Instagram account and started sharing a few photos from my planner too and before I knew it I landed my first design team with Studio L2e. I can’t even express how grateful I am to Kanani (the owner) for seeing the potential in me and trusting a newbie with 60 followers to be part of her team.
Through my whole crafty journey I’ve always been a go-getter chasing opportunities and trying to find my place in the industry. Of course I’ve always dreamed about having my own collection but I didn’t really imagine it would really happen. I was over the moon when Melissa told me she liked my designs and would have me as a collection designer in Pretty Little studio.
CK: What was your very first favorite company in the industry?
That’s a hard one. In my early steps I had a hard time finding supplies so I was just working with whatever was available but I always had a huge crush on anything from Pink Paislee, Crate Paper and American Crafts.
About you currently…
CK: What have you been doing lately?
Watching on TV: Castle
Buying: Stamp sets and cardmaking supplies
Visiting: My parents cause I’ve been sick in bed for a few weeks and needed someone to take care of me :P
Using in artwork: Distress Oxides. It’s my new favorite product for every type of project.
Wishing for: Shorter overseas delivery time.
CK: Something that most people do not know about you…
DIS: As I kid, I hated and didn’t eat any fruits and vegetables. I managed to overcome my veggie issues after high school but I still struggle with fruts.
About your future…
CK: Can you share or hint about what is in store for you next as a designer?
DIS: I’m continuing as a designer with Pretty Little Studio and I’ll have at least 2 collections coming up next year.
CK: Other things on your bucket list?
DIS: I want to continue and do even more designing and teaching classes. I really hope to one day manage to attend CHA/Creativation and get more and more involved in the industry. Another thing I’ve always dreamed of is to be a signature designer and curate some art supplies.
Thanks so much for allowing The Clique to get to know you better!
Hello to all Cliquers! It's Donna here sharing a spread in my Traveler's Notebook using the November "Cornucopia" Main Kit.
This is one of the few photos of my daughter on her 3rd birthday that is not blurry. She's always moving and it was hard to capture her properly. Though I wish she's looking at the camera, I still like this one because I was able to capture the expression on her face while looking over her friend who were playing and having fun with the photo props.
I used just used 1 patterned paper here and I love the contrast in colors and patterns. One side colorful and the other side with just black and white simple wavy pattern.
I created edge borders with the fussy cut florals and leaves
I used a pink colored patterned paper to mat the word art "happy girls are the prettiest", I think it made it stand out better.
I love this bike die cut in the ephemera pack. I fussy cut the itty bitty flowers from one of the die cuts in the pack too
That's all from me today!
Don't forget you can use my DT code DONNA10 for a discount in the CK store!
Hope you have a great day!
Happy Wednesday! I first want to say Happy Birthday to my grandma (Omi), though she won't see this as she is not on social media.
Today I'm going to share a Travelers Notebook spread I put together. I like to create simple, non-bulky travelers notebook pages and I had so much fun using the November Travelers Notebook kit to help me with this spread.
I flipped through my phone and found a picture of my unmade bed that I took the other day. I remember seeing the words "dream" or "dreamy" in the Travelers Notebook kit and thought it would work perfect with my photo.
I added the clear sticker from the Amy Tangerine pack that came in the kit right over my photo and then adhered the "dreaming" word from the Pretty Little Studios Pack. Now the challenge was find the word "of". I looked through my stamps and other stickers and struggled finding anything with the word "of". I guess I need more tiny letters. I finally found a Bella Blvd sticker sheet (I believe came in a Clique Kits past kit) and I cut apart a few words to get an "o" and "f". I attached this between "dreaming" and "a million tiny..."
Using my sewing machine I attached the tab to the top of my photo. On the opposing page I used the beautiful brush strokes paper and adhered 3 of the 2x2 squares from the collection. Under the photo I tucked the foiled tag and added some ribbon to the top that I had in my stash.
And that is it!! A super simple spread using the November 2017 kit. I love how it came together and how it highlights my photo. The focus of my new travelers notebook is to keep it simple and focus on the photos. I love this addition to the book.
Thank you for joining me today. If you love this kit, we do have a few available a la carte in our shop. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for even more Clique Kits inspiration!
Also, if you are thinking of putting together a holiday album or December Daily, join my workshop to stay motivated and inspired.
Aloha!! It's Hannah here with you today! Everyone should be starting to get their kits and playing with them, I hope you are enjoying all the stuff in the November's Kit.
Today I am using the Main Cornucopia Kit. I am loving all the fall inspired products and papers. Today I am going to talk a bit about Creating Texture on your layouts. Texture is one of my favorite things you can do. There are so many ways you can create texture too. Along with this post I also have process video so I will try not to babble on too long, so you can mainly watch the video and see how I love to create texture on my layout. Let's take a look at my layout.
Here are some of my tips for creating texture on your layouts.
Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to check out my process video from Youtube down below. Can't wait to see you later with another creation.
Be sure to check out the Clique Kits Store and use my code Hannah10 to get 10% off all the add ons and specialty kits in the store.
Aloha!! It's Hannah with you here today and I am actually going to mix both the Main and Traveler's Notebook Cornucopia kit's together for my Project Life Spread. I actually do more of a monthly type spread, only adding a month card and then filling pockets until the end of the month. I don't worry too much about the week numbers. It's my way of trying to not stress about how many slots I need to fill if I have a small photo week. I am mostly working on the week before Halloween. It was filled with tons of Autumn photos and not many of my kids and I. I knew my Clique Kits would be perfect for this week. All the leaves and warm colors of the main kit really say Autumn. Let's take a look at my spread and what I did.
I really like to make my own Project Life filler cards. This has been a bit of a downfall because it generally takes me about two hours to fill a 12x24 size pocket protector. The thing is I have tried doing it really simple, and it's just not that fun. My advice to anyone struggling with Project Life, is try lots of different things until you find what works for you.
This kit was so much fun to play with, having tons of things to cut out of the pattern paper to use as embellishments. The whole die cut pack from Pebbles has some really pretty pieces as well.
For my side I used two of the 3x4 journaling cards from Illustrated Faith. I traced over the leaf to cover the phrase on the leaf because it didn't really go with my photos.
I really love to do this kind of thing, making the pieces work for you. With just vellum and another piece of patterned paper on the leaf, I created some dimension and interest to the card.
I also added some of the tiny acorns from one of the pattern papers on the other 3X4 journaling card as an embellishment cluster with the enamel hearts.
I used my sewing machine with one of the circle die cuts on top of some patterned paper. I love the way a little stitching looks on handmade journaling cards. If you don't have a sewing machine even twisting some thread in a circle and adding it to some layered embellishments looks cool too.
I wanted to add journaling for my bottom photo, even though there wasn't visible space. I took a grid journaling card from my stash and added a tab from the Traveler's Notebook Kit to the top of the card with a mini staple. I tucked it behind the acorn and stitched diet card.
I love how my bottom photo looks in black and white with that black calligraphed die cut looks. With all the color on my page this is a little place of peace.
Here is a look at the whole first side of my Project Life. I am using a design A protector. I have found this to be a staple this year in mainstreaming my process.
This week I did have a lot of 3X4 photos, and they were horizontal which is a bit weird. I normally use 3X4 for vertical photos. I liked having a bit of space for journaling right next to these photos. It allowed more space for filler cards which was nice for a change.
For the second side of my Project Life, I really played. I added a piece of vellum over a foggy autumn tree. I really like how the tree outline peeks through the vellum. I added a silhouette cut leaf and a sticker from One Canoe Two from the September Main Kit.
I a couple of the 3X4 Journalling cards from the Traveler's Notebook Kit designed by Zinia. I love the muted colors on these two cards. The Love card looks cool with some stitching, gold thread and an exclusive flair button.
I added some red line tape on the foam piece of this bow and added it to the front of my page protector. This will make sure it doesn't go anywhere, since it is too bulky to fit inside the pocket.
I added a couple of torn paper strips at the bottom of my photo in similar colors as the leaves in the picture. This really helps tie the photos I am using to the papers I am using throughout my spread. I also added a gold leaf rub on from the Traveler's Notebook kit. I really like how easy they rub onto photos.
Some tiny acorns, a bit of hand journalling and the date stamped on in black ink from One Canoe Two and that finishes off this photo.
Here is a look at the full second side of my protector. I love that I got to use lots of big 4x6 photos that really speak Autumn. The top picture of my dog playing outside in the fog is my favorite photo of the week. All that fog is so typical of the mornings here in Washington. It often doesn't get clear until the afternoon, and as the sun spreads all those clouds it's magical. I used my DSLR for that photo, and I made sure I used Photoshop to edit it. With all that sun, it messes with the exposure. I really wanted to highlight that bright sun so I added another One Canoe Two word Stickers with the date in the middle of the sun glare.
I added lots of layers and stitching to my cards. I also make sure I journal a lot on my spreads. I love adding pretty pictures but combined with words, really makes our week come alive. Even a really simple week filled with school, work and chores. The Autumn colors and creating really rejuvenates me.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my spread. Maybe even got an idea or two. I can't wait to see what you are creating in the Clique Facebook group. Share your November Kits and the beautiful spreads you are making.
Also don't forget to check out the special Holiday workshops that the other Clique Ladies are starting for Thanksgiving and document December. Both Gia and Lacey have workshops still available!!
Can't wait to see you later, until then Stay Inspired!!
Hey, Friends! Maryám here with you today to share a new project using the November 2017 kit and the Printable Journaling Cards I designed for this month. If you are a subscriber go to “The Clique” tab and then click “monthly downloads”, and if you are not a subscriber click in the button down below to get them.
For today’s project I wanted to create do something easy and simple, so I printed the Journaling cards and chose my favorites to work with. These cards are perfect for Thanksgiving Day or for any other day or person that you feel grateful.
For the first card, what I did was resize the .png image in Photoshop and once I had it done I sent it to my printer. Then, I took the foam scripted words that came in the kit and I added the word “thank you” and, at the end, I added a black enamel heart from Bella Blvd.
For the second card, which is more like a tag, I printed the journaling card first and then, I created a cluster of embellishments. First I added gold leaves that I fussy cut from the gold vellum sheet that came in the kit, then I added a flower from the Girl Squad ephemera pack and, at the end, I put a kind of a ticket that says “thank you” and with some foam squares I put that little girl with orange hair over the flower. As a final touch, I added some white and gold twine.
I hope you liked these “Thank You” cards. They are super easy to do and are perfect to make with kids or friends.
Have a wonderful week!
It is Sunday Funday and I am really excited to be here on the blog to share some more layouts with the November kits. Recently I was invited to a fundraising crop for a local Christian school on Oahu and I got to spend almost 12 uninterrupted hours with some friends killing my November main kit! I often read social media posts by other friends preparing to leave for a crop and one of the biggest challenges is deciding how much of your scrap space do you "move in" to the area around your table at a crop. As a member of the Clique it has been years since I have had that problem. Naturally, I always have some Clique Kits already packed and ready to go- with everything I need already there! All I have to do is pack my photos and my basic tools and I'm off! One of so many benefits of using kits, wouldn't you say? It was hard to choose whether to do a Geek Lab, Locker Room, or Art Studio post...so I thought why not just do all three. LOL
Geek Lab: Using a title cut file
For this layout I used a title cut file as a focal point against the Maggie Holmes paper with the colorblock triangular design as a background. This design of patterned paper just calls out to be used as a background, in my opinion, because it already creates interest and moves your eye around the page. Even though the layout is quite simple, I was pleased with how it came together.
Art Studio: Mixed Media background
Next I have an 8 1/2 x 11 layout- and wanted to point out that even some partially "themed" kits, like the November kit with some of the fall and gratitude themes are not at all limited in how they can be used. Living in a season-less climate it is even more important to me that I do not get pigeon-holed by supplies that are intended for a specific holiday, season (with subsequent weather), or topic.
For this layout I wanted to use one of my add ons from the Clique Kits monthly releases in the shop. I started with a couple of stencils-the Crazy Blessed one was an add on from a November kit about 2 or 3 years ago from Jillibean Soup, and some textural media, which I then painted on with this Prima watercolor paint. The photo and background did not really need a lot of embellishment, so I focused on adding some stamped journaling and some snips of a pineapple washi tape from my stash. One of the yellow patterned papers in this months Traveler Notebook kit was perfect peeking from behind my photo adding a subtle tie in of the yellow pineapple float in the photo.
Locker Room: Steps to Designing with Texture
Monochromatic layouts in my opinion are usually soft and pretty, but the hard thing is they risk being boring if one is not careful. The key is adding texture, and using dimensional elements in clusters.
Step 1. Look for simple monochromatic patterns like this simple black and white wavy line paper and combine with other monochromatic elements to give the composition unity- such as the foam thickers word I used as a title.
Step 2. Use dimensional paint like Shimmerz to add some more layering and depth and stitching -either by hand or by machine to texturize even further.
Step 3. Multiply the impact of a monochromatic embellishment by going BIG with repeating the element. In this case instead of using 2 or 3 of the black and white Prima butterflies from the CK shop I decided to cover the whole side of the page with them.
Thanks for spending some time with me on this lovely Sunday. I hope that somewhere in my 3 in 1 post you found some helpful tips and inspiration!
Hello Clique fans! Here is Réka and today I am sharing my first card created with the sweet November Main Kit. I love the beautiful patterned papers from this kit.
For this card I have chosen the Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes) Carousel – Marquee paper. This pink is so soft. I also used some fussy cutting green leaves from the Bella Blvd: Gratitude Documented - 3x4 Cards paper. I have also chosen one embellishment from the Pebbles: Girl Squad – Ephemera Pack and cut it out. I have created a little clusters on the card. I have also added the cute gold heart ephemera.
The last step was to make some pink watercolor splash.
Here are some close-ups.
I hope you like my latest card. Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day! See you next time! Réka
Happy Friday!! Today I'm sharing a layout I created with the November 2017 Kit (now available for a la carte purchase in our shop). I just love the colors oft his kit and all the adorable little elements. When I pulled out this photo of my two pups I took the other week, I KNEW I had to showcase it using this kit.
I am never really good at journaling on 12 x 12 layouts. I'm much better in a travelers notebook. But I really try to express the photo in few words or let the photo speak.
For this layout I did just that. My dogs are pretty independent, they don't sit next to each other often with out being a little "crabby" with one another. So when I walked into the family room to see them sitting so close with out fighting, I had to capture the moment.
All in all, these two are best friends. They spend a lot of time together when my husband and I are not home. They are sad if one needs to leave for the groomer or a vet and the other has to stay home.
In this picture it also looks like they are making a heart. Like I stated above, the picture tells the story.
What do you plan on doing with the November Kit? What project have you recently created where the photo did all the speaking?
Thanks for joining me today. I hope you have a great weekend.
This month's kit is just so beautiful that I couldn't wait to jump in! When I work on my first project with a new kit, I try to limit myself to just a few pieces or I end up with a project that I throw every single product in the kit on just because I am so excited. Anyone else have that problem with a brand new kit?
For this layout, I decided to start with a stencil that I had picked up recently that seemed like a perfect match for the gorgeous Illustrated Faith Gratitude Documented papers in this kit.
This particular leaf stencil seemed to match one of the leaves in the border strips that came with the papers and so that became my starting point. There was a black border strip covered with different colored and shaped leaves. I dug into my embroidery thread and found all of the coordinating colors. Using my stencil as a guide, I punched loads of holes and hand-stitched all of those gorgeous leaves onto my white yardstick background.
The beauty of hand stitching a detailed background is that the embellishments and additions to the rest of the page are often more simple to allow the details of the stitching to stand out. I added a piece of that gorgeous black border strip under my photo along with a pop of orange from another border strip to match the orange in my photo. I also flipped that paper over and used the striped paper on the back to mat my photo. Adding a couple of little black enamel hearts from the kit as well as two of my signature folded edges completed the look while allowing the photo and the stitching to shine.
As the final detail, I added the gorgeous Maggie Holmes "love you" puffy sticker right on top of my photo to serve as my title. I just adore stitching on my layouts and would love to see you give it a try too! Anyone else a huge fan of hand stitching on layouts?? Have a happy crafty day!!