This month Clique Kits is bringing you a brand new feature--our guest blogger posts! Guest bloggers choose their own topics and write a series of three related articles. Guest bloggers are subscribers who are not only talented creatives, die hard memory-keepers, but are also our friends who are willing to reach out and connect with all of us. Read on, and you will feel like a scrappy friend is in the room with you…
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"I didn't really understand how to color outside the lines until I went to Walt Disney World in 2008 and decided that a scrapbook would be the perfect way to document the "vacation of a lifetime." I laugh now when I think that I just wanted to make "that one scrapbook" and then be finished with what has become one of my favorite things to do. I didn't know there were so many mediums and ways to log memories and express myself visually until I discovered the awesomeness that is paper crafting. It's opened me up in ways I never expected, and became my favorite form of therapy :) I not only scrapbook and make cards, but I love altering items and mini-books are a particular love of mine! I LOVE scrapping with kits! I also love printables and am excited about anything that encourages me to use my Cameo!"
Connect with Charity Donaldson at www.scrapfaire.blogspot.com
Passion for Printables (And Cut Files!)
I can't tell you how excited I am to be working with June's Show and Tell kit! I got so excited about the printables and cut files for this kit that I made a card before I ever got my kit in the mail. It was in my blog earlier this month. But now I have the kit in my hands and I am still drawn to those printables. I have noticed lots of people on Pinterest and on Youtube using print files more and more on their layouts and this month I was inspired to try and use lots of them myself! I love all the rainbowy colors in the kit, and I love the use of black and white with these bright colors. They are just so inspiring to me right now. I thought about photos I had of when my godchildren came to spend the weekend with me when I still lived in Memphis. They were only a couple of hours away then, not the twelve they are now.
I started out this month cutting all of the cut files out of black cardstock. And then I printed and handcut all of the printables. When I got ready to scrap, I decided that I wanted to use a large piece of one of the black and white printed papers and would NOT be using that with a piece of black cardstock and my cut files were fading into the print so I recut and resized some of the polaroid frame cut files and recut them several times out of white cardstock. I layered the pieces one on top of the other to give them some dimension and UMPH!
I started layering up diecuts, tried out different amounts of and various print and cut files then settled on an arrangement that seemed to best showcase the photo I wanted to use for this story. After I had the basic style of the page I snapped a pic so I could pick up the pieces and start gluing them down. (The purpose of the photo was so that when I went to put them back down, I'd roughly get them in the same place... you may or may not believe how long I fiddled with this layout to position those pieces).
After I started to adhere things, I decided that I really should punch the top of the black and white print to let the color from the other side peep over. And I found a few more fiddly bits and pieces to make it look just right. Then I added my journalling with my new favorite journalling pen which is by Faber- Castell. I added the photo date to the tab and the lod is the layout create date there on the bottom. I try to remember to date things because I have found going back through old layouts I wish I had put more dates on them. Adding a touch of Heidi Swapp Colorshine in Gold Lame' as well and adding some drawn lines around the border of the Favorite things paper finished out my layout. ( I used that black Faber Castell Pen for this as well... it's India Ink so the misting won't affect it.)
Thanks for sharing your new found passion for printables and cut files Charity! See you next week!