Saturday, May 27, 2017

My Crew {Shimelle & CliqueKits}

Oh hey friends!

Man, it has been OVER a month since I last blogged. 

And I'm okay with that. 

Truth be told, my priority has been on social media lately. The reason is because... well, I'll be honest. Time and desire. There was a time when I was always eager to share on my blog because I knew it was read and people interacted. Now, not so much. Plus, time. It takes time to thoughtfully type out meaningful content for a blog post. If I'm going to take the time to share something here, I want to make sure I include some good text to go along with it. Because, I'm assuming since you are reading here, you want more information as opposed to a simple photo. 

Am I right? 

So, if you stop by and read this blog post, could you just leave me a little comment below that lets me know a couple of things? 1) You're reading it. 2) What you want in a blog post. How detailed do you want me to get? 

Alright, now on to the content! I am STILL digging through my March kit from Clique Kits. That happens a lot with these kits. So much awesome product that I continue to sift through it over days and weeks and months. I loved the March kit because it had Shimelle's Little by Little collection in it. SUCH a fun collection and my favorite from her so far. I'm going to share some close ups as I share my process with the final photo being shared last. Hope you don't mind. :)

Let's talk about My Crew. Yes, you are probably here because you want to see how I created the page and all that but, I think the content is equally important. The who, what, when, where and why. I mean, that is WHY we scrapbook, isn't it? To preserve the memories, to record information and document something special so we can go back and remember. That's what I do anyway. And one of those things I love to document are the people that make up my "crew". My village. My family. I love taking time to create a page that focuses on one of my tribe and just celebrate how special they are to me. 

OF COURSE it always helps to have awesome product to create with. While my style is on the clean and simple side (with moments of artsy and fun thrown in), I love adding in tiny details. Things that you might have assumed were part of the product but, were actually little things I added. Such as the strip of hearts on that typewriter and the paper I placed under the wooden heart. Little things that might not mean much to someone else but, I'll notice them later and know that I added them with purpose. 

And the full reveal. I've loved the look of this overall composition on other pages and I wanted to try it out. The triangular motion and rhythm is so fun as it draws your eye to the middle. I did some heavy embellishment clusters near the photo to help with solidifying the focal point. Also, it adds color and texture. 

Hey, thanks for reading through today and joining me. I hope you DO take time to answer my questions. 

This page was created using the March PLAY kit from Clique Kits featuring Shimelle's Little by Little collection. Use code melissa10 to save yourself 10%. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Love Us {Clique Kits}

Hey friends, 

Well, the weeks have been flying by and life just keeps on trucking along. In my personal world, I've been so busy but, have still been creating. Just haven't been able to find a few minutes to blog or share! And here I sit, in a nice quiet room with the sun streaming in. I'm on my break from being around my 4-5 year old students and enjoying some time to blog. 

I managed to create another layout, recently, and it uses the beautiful April Jellybean kit! Such a fun collection of product from Bella Blvd and the Make Your Mark collection! Love, love, love! I had to pair it up with a cut file from Just Nick Studio, too. Here is the finished page:

I loved the quote 'be impossible to forget' that was on the bottom of the 12x12 paper. I had used part of the paper for some cards and saved that bottom piece for a page of some sort. I realized I had not scrapped a photo of me with my aunt and cousin, hitting the Placer Wine Trail in California last Summer! I love the time I get to spend with them especially when we get to drink delicious wine!

I threw in some items from my own stash like the black script words. Those are from a Dear Lizzy collection for American Crafts. I like how they ground the overall design and also just help to create a theme and feel for the subject matter.

The acrylic 'beautiful' word piece IS in the kit and is so fun! I chose to adhere it with a staple. Easy peasy and I like how it comes off the page. Not sure how easy it will be to get it into a page protector right now but, that's okay. :)

Other items from my own stash are the pink arrow enamel dots (Doodlebug Design) and the Oh Happy day and date stamp which are both from American Crafts.

I love layering and creating clusters and look how fun that Pink Paislee paper is coming through the cut file! It's also in the April kit. 

Thanks for joining me today! And thanks for hanging around even when I seem to go on these two to three week unplanned sabbaticals. Ha!

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You can find the cut file I used from Just Nick Studio.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Scraplift Sunday: Cathy Martin

So, I'm going to try something. No promises on it being a regular thing but, I just have so many designers that I'm inspired by. Every once in awhile, someone creates a project that makes me want to create! Such is the case with a layout that Cathy Martin recently made for Just Nick Studio. 

Check it out:

Incredible, right???

I didn't recognize the white background paper so, asked if it was already printed with the star circle.


She stamped that baby! Can you believe it??? 

I could stare at this page for hours. I love the colors and the playfulness of it. I love how she incorporated the patterned papers with the cut file and... really... I love all of it!

So, here is my lift. I really didn't do it justice but, I will say it was so much fun to create!

Pardon the photo I used. The last time I used a photo of me making a funny face, I got some negative feedback. Haha. But, I had to show some 'tude with this photo because it was National Coffee Day and I had to go get my own stinking coffee!!! This was after putting out a plea to my friends about being stuck at school with no caffeine. I mean really. Come on friends!!! ;)

I, too, used a cut file from  Just Nick Studio (naturally) and, because I wanted to play up on the XO and LOVE for coffee, I used a small heart stamp from Clique Kits and my black Versafine ink. 

Before I stamped, I traced the circle, lightly, with a pencil so, I knew exactly were to stamp. I like the idea of some of the hearts being covered by the paper.

After that, I did some ink splatter and embellishing. This was a great way to use up some of my enamel dots stash. As much as I hate running out, I did have a couple of packs that only had a few left and matched this collection (Little by Little by Shimelle) perfectly!

Since I only did one photo, I created some "heavy" title work in the place where Cat had placed her other photo. This helps to balance everything out... plus it exudes my love for coffee. :)

So there you have it! 

Thank you Cathy for the amazing inspiration!

If you would like to check out the product I used, here are some links for you:

XO Ring Background from Just Nick Studio
March 2017 Play kit from Clique Kits (use code melissa10 to save 10%)
Thicker Words from Dear Lizzy Documentary collection

I use a Silhouette Cameo to do my electronic die cutting.