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What About Wednesday: Starting a New Kit

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Hello!! It is Hannah here with you today!!

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Do you ever get a new kit in the mail and it looks far to pretty to cut into? Or do you ever sit with your kit on your craft table and wonder what parts of that kit you should use first? Well today I am going to talk a little bit about my process for starting a new kit.

Here is a Youtube video of me talking through opening a new (June) Clique Kit that I haven’t used yet because it was just so pretty.

My first real tip for being able to dig right into a kit when you get it, and this is really a mind over matter issue. Just think of it like any old paper or layout you are starting. When I stop overthinking about a kit, it usually is easier for me to jump right into using my kit.

My next tip, is to start with my photo. By picking my photo and using that as the starting point, I can tailor my layout to match the feel I am going for.

Knowing the design can also help digging into my kit. If I know I want to make a L shaped design or a grid design. I can pick papers that help me achieve that design concept. Some of the papers in my kit may not work with the design I want and that makes it easier to pick papers.

Also what about just using your favorite paper or embellishments to start making your layout. If you pick out your favorite parts of the kit and then add pieces from the kit that work well with those pieces then you will have a layout that you love because you love the elements on the layout.  Using the pieces I love always gets me excited about scrapbooking and then I tend to like my layouts more too.

Lastly I want to mention that if you have a routine for starting a layout, this could also be helpful. Are there certain things you notice you do when you are successful in producing a layout or project in a timely minor for you? I notice for me(also realize this is different and unique to each scrapper), that I feel successful in my scrap room when I stick to a scrappy routine. Making sure I am not overwhelmed with inspiration online is the first thing. If earlier in the day I picked out my starting point definitely helps me. I then put on some music and pick a photo from my photo pile and get to town. I look through the kit and pick out things that jump out to me as matching the feel of the photo(s) I choose.

I try to think about my stash and think if I have anything in there that matches my photo or feel I am trying to accomplish on my layout. i try not to spend too long looking around for things and just kinda go with my gut. When I am successful, I find that I am taking about an hour to create a layout from start to finish. Using and sticking to my kit helps. Also making decisions without stewing over them is what I try to achieve.

It I start each layout or project the same way I get into the habit of making better instinctual decisions on my layouts. And I tend to love them better.

Let’s take a look at the layout I made with my newer June Clique kit that I hadn’t used yet.

 

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I picked My photos first, I knew I wanted to make a layout about the new coffee maker we bought right after we moved into our new house. We had to wait another week to get our household goods, so a coffee maker would be needed to make it through the week. This new one we found, had a container to put milk into. Then you microwave it, and pump to add air to make foam. I can now have homemade lattes right at home. This literally makes my soul sing!!

Because I knew what story and photos I wanted to tell, I took from my stash some stickers and die cuts from Pretty Little Studio about coffee. I also had an old coffee cup clip from a past Clique kit.

I also took this time to pull out some grey and blue feltie hearts from the SpiegelMom Scraps Store. I knew they would be perfect because my coffee cups all had blue and grey tones in them.

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The kit I used had tons of cute Elle’s Studio stuff in it. Using a kit really helps keep things coordinated. This helps making a layout a little faster for me. I take less time figuring out things that all match or work well together. And this kit’s main colors worked perfectly with the color scheme I wanted to use.

I instantly picked out this Clique exclusive because the saying went with the feel I was going for. It’s the little things of life that makes life better. I backed the patterned paper with white card stock from the Store to add texture without being really heavy.

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I backed each of my photos with a white doily. I wanted lots of layers but didn’t want to add a lot bulk. The doilies are good for that. I also used some vellum and tissue paper behind my photos.

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The clear acetate pieces mixed with the SpiegelMom Scraps exclusive mix for the kit and the new Mocha Mint Dreams sequin mix add light layered embellishments to the layout without feeling really heavy.

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I love how these sequins look like steam coming from my cup!!

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Those blue feltie hearts in a row, add something fun tucked in the layers of the tissue paper and add a shelf for the script font on the background paper.

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I also love the pops of pink throughout the layout.

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I may have ran out of room for my journaling!!

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The way I clustered my photos and journaling card, make the best use of this diagonal design on the background paper. It is really fun and different from the designs I usually use on my page. It stumped me at first, I won’t lie. I took about thirty minutes working on the placement of the photos before I was happy with how it looked. Once I was happy with the way they looked the rest of the layout came together really fast.

I hope I gave you a few good tips for starting a new kit. Also know that there is no right way to dig into your kits. As long as you are happy with your process, it is the right way!!

Have an inspired Wednesday!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buckle Your Seat Belts For……

…a super special announcement!!  Jody here today taking over the blog for this awesome news!  SpiegelMom Scraps has a totally exclusive sequin mix included in the June Clique Kit, “The Sweet Life”!! Whoot whoot!!  

Their June kit is being sneak peaked to the world now and the products included in this kit look amazing.   Check out these stunning kit photos!! @spiegelmomscraps @cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @ellesstudio, #spiegelmomscraps #cliquekits #CKthesweetlife #scrapboooking #projectlife #woodveneer #ckjune16 #diy #crafts #ellesstudio #purple #kitclub

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Tell me, what products do you spy in “The Sweet Life”??  A random winner will be chosen from the comments left today by 11:59pm, and will win a $5.00 shop credit.  The winner will be posted tomorrow right here on the blog between Noon and 1pm CST.

I’m so very excited about this and happy to be supporting Clique Kits as they continue to grow and be totally awesome!!

Oh BTW, sharing this post on social media and leaving another comment will earn you an extra entry for the $5.00 shop credit!!  Go, share!!  

Thank you for spending your time here today!!

Jody

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Heidi Swapp and sleeping kids

Happy Father’s Day everyone!  I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weekend with, or remembering, those special guys in your life!!  

These past few weeks have been super busy with making more new embellishments for my shop to kick of July!!  A few of them will even be brand new for my Scrap Party Blog Hop July 10-17th!!  I cannot wait to show them all to you!!  I hope you’ll join my Design Team along with some very special guests! Check out my event page for more info!

In the mean time, I’m popping in to share a quick layout just for fun! I dove into whats left of a 2014 Clique Kit, featuring Heidi Swapp’s September Skies line, and created this layout about our daughter Hannah sleeping.  There’s something I love about checking on our girls when they’re sleeping.  They are so sweet and precious to look at and it makes me to grateful to be their mother.  After tucking them in I went back to check on them like I always do and found Hannah with a sponge roller in her hair. The next morning I asked her about it and she didn’t remember doing it, blaming Abby.  Hmmm, we’ll never know how that mysterious sponge roller ended up in Hannah’s hair, but it’s one of those precious memories I wanted to save forever!

Overall this layout is pretty simple.  I painted over part of my background with some gesso and then layered some of other Heidi Swapp papers under my phone of sleeping Hannah.   You see more about adding gesso and paint to your scrapbook layouts in THIS VIDEO and participate in a fun challenge with Create*Craft*Share, hosted by Scrappin’ Madge!

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @heidiswapp @americancrafts, #heidiswapp #spiegelmomscraps #jodyspiegelhoff #americancrafts #stickers #septemberskies

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Here are a couple close ups.

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I added some Heidi Swapp stickers, Studio Calico silver star rub-ons & black Mr. Huey’s for my final touches and called it a day!  This layout only took about 35 minutes to create and I worked on it for about 10-15 minutes at a time over a couple days.  It’s the best way to scrapbook for this busy Mama!

Have your given “15 minutes to scrap” a try yet??  If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences, challenges and successes!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post!  Remember, do something creative today! Your heart will love you for it!

~ Jody

 

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Clique Kits February Pep Rally Featuring Punxsutawney

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @americancrafts @dearlizzy, #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps #dearlizzy #serendipity

Welcome, welcome everyone!  I’m so happy you’re joining us today!  You should have arrived here from Erica’s blog, but if not here is the entire line up in case you get lost along the way.

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Erica http://ericarosecreates.blogspot.com/
Jody  http://spiegelmomscraps.com/
Lacey  http://laceybugcreations.blogspot.com/
Danielle http://picsandcheesecake.blogspot.nl/
Nicole M http://www.nicolemartel.blogspot.com/
Sarah M. http://sarahmoore4.blogspot.ca/
Kim http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Allie  http://www.magicalmesses.com/
Kat  http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com/
Donna http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Charity http://www.scrapfaire.blogspot.com/ 
Sandy http://www.thepinkcamera.com/
Mariah www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com
Marcia  http://www.onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/
Alisha  Www.alishabuggins.blogspot.com
Tyra  http://www.justtyra.com/

Now for my two page spread!  I haven’t done a two page layout in like FOREVER and I was definitely missing them.  This month I wanted to mix it up a little bit and do a traditional 12×12 on one side a Project Life style on the other side.  I’m really happy with how it turned out and will probably continue to do more of these.  Here is what it looks like side by side.

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And here’s the right side, a 12×12 traditional layout.  Besides my Punxsutawney Kit, I added a few of the cork embellishments from our sold out We Go Together Kit, which was fabulous!!  I think cork is a great accent and works with so many papers and themes.  I love the colors and tones in the Serendipity papers, especially when you mix the contrasting ones together and layers.

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And here’s the Project Life side!  I’m using one of the pages in the the Big Variety Pack, Style 3 for this side of my spread.  As you can see, I created a fun sequin shaker pocket at the top right.  To seal the top of that opening, I simply ran a thin line of glue at the top edge and allowed it to dry.  The glue itself does dry clear, but I could still see the glue.  Knowing myself, I’m probably the only one in my family who would notice it!  Nonetheless, I added some washi tape from my stash along the top edge to cover it up.

Abby turned 3 last November and she’s getting to be such a little girl and less baby.  Insert tear here!  We have an absolute blast together on my days off when her sisters are in school. It’s just Mama & Abby, perfect!

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I hope I’ve inspired you to give Project Life, or partial Project Life, a try!  This feels like a good fit for me and I’ll be sharing more like this in the future!

*** Please be sure to leave us all a comment as you hop today!  We’ll be picking a random winner who will receive their very own Punxsutawney Kit!!!  EEKKK!  So, spread the word and share this hop with your friends!  We’d love to see some new faces.  You can also purchase the kit and anything else the Clique Kits shop for 10% off using my special code JODY10! Enjoy!

Thank you for spending your time with Clique Kits today & enjoy this fabulous hop!!  You’re next stop is Lacey’s blog HERE.

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Clique Kits Pep Rally Peak

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @americancrafts @dearlizzy, #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps #dearlizzy #serendipity

Get ready to join us tomorrow for the next fabulous Clique Kits Pep Rally Blog Share!  We’ll be sharing some beautiful projects with our February Kit, Punxsutawney, which is loaded with the lovely Dear Lizzy Serendipity line.  Here’s a look at the kit.  There are a few left in stock in the Clique Kits shop, so grab yours today and get 10% off by using the code JODY10 at checkout.

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @americancrafts @dearlizzy, #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps #dearlizzy #serendipity

And here’s a sneak peak at my project for tomorrow’s Pep Rally!  I totally adore every piece in this kit!

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Set your alarms to join us tomorrow at 10am CST.

See ya then!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @americancrafts @dearlizzy, #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps #dearlizzy #serendipity

 

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Clique Kits Pep Rally Time!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff  @amytangerine @chictags @mayaroad, #cktailormade #cliquekits #amytangerine #stitched #woodveneer #mayaroad #chictagsHellllooo Pep Rally goers!! As you can tell, I’m super excited for today’s awesome blog share! You should have arrived from the Clique Kits blog, but in case you didn’t here is the entire line up for today’s Clique Kits blog share!  As always, we love to feature our lovely subscribers right along with the CK girls (Gia, Lacey, Erica & I) and our Varsity Design Team girls on monthly kit duty.  

January Line-Up
Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
You are here >>> Jody http://spiegelmomscraps.com/
Lacey http://laceybugcreations.blogspot.com/
Sarah M. http://sarahmoore4.blogspot.ca/
Bonita Rose http://www.bonitarose.com/?view=classic
Nicole M http://www.nicolemartel.blogspot.com/
Cari O. http://cariilup.blogspot.com/
Carolina S http://www.carolinaschulz.com/
Sandy http://www.thepinkcamera.com/
Charity http://www.scrapfaire.blogspot.com/
Kat http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com/
Kim http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Mariah http://www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com/
Alisha Www.alishabuggins.blogspot.com
Danielle http://picsandcheesecake.blogspot.nl/
Aliza http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/

Ok my friends, onto my layouts today!  I am totally stoked to be creating with Amy Tangerine again!  We just adore her and her Stitched collection blends perfectly this month’s challenge.  I hope you grabbed your favorite beverage and have a snack ready for this inspiring blog hop. Think about what you’d create with our challenge this month!

In the true spirit of Tailor Made, we want to see something sewn, stitched, embroidered, quilted, knitted, or crocheted on your project this month!  For extra credit, share some goals, hopes and dreams for the new year, or even your “word” of the year if you choose one.

For this first layout, I cut the Dots cut file after enlarging it slightly on my Portrait.  I love this photo of our daughter Hannah selling Girl Scout Cookies door to door last year.  I also love to scrapbook along with my girls.  Hannah helped me stitch this flower onto the die cut 😀  She loved it and it meant a lot to both of us to spend some one and one time together.  As you can see, I added many of the Tailor Made embellishments including the lovely  Chic Tags acetate words, stickers, enamel dots, Echo Park Creative Agenda chipboard stickers and cut files!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @chictags @amytangerine @americancrafts

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I love combining different stickers and chipboard for interesting little sub-titles in my layouts!

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Next up is a much different layout.  This much softer layout has lots of white, gray, black and a few pops of color!  I also used some of my Ranger Texture Paste, mixed with some ink to add a soft looking subtitle.  This was done by placing a stencil (from Dear Lizzy) onto my layout and gently spreading the tinted texture paste over the stencil.  Pretty simple actually!  I added these fabulous chipboard triangles (heat embossed with white Ranger Embossing) from our January challenge sponsor Creative Embellishments.  I love the contrast added by the Amy Tangerine Thickers combined with the softness of the sweet little heart polaroids from the Amy Tangerine paper.  My scrappy toppings included the Amy Tangerine enamel dots, Maya Road wood veneer stitched heart (also heat embossed) and some sequin hearts from my stash. (Photo credit in the layout goes to Rachael Contreras of JAM Photography in Racine, WI)

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Thank you so much for spending your time with us at Clique Kits today!  We hope you enjoy the Pep Rally and are inspired to create something today.  Be sure to leave a comment on our blogs…. you know we just love to give away scrappy goodies!  This month we are giving away a full Tailor Made kit to one lucky commenter!  Sweet!!  

You’re next stop is our fabulous Graphic Designer Lacey Gasper!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps, #cliquekits #masqueradeball #Octoberkit #scrapbookkit #DIY #sequins #card #twine #gold #basicgrey #secondcity

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Creative Scrappers January Challenge Sponsor

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m so excited that 2015 is here and I’m kicking it off by sponsoring a $25.00 prize from my Etsy Shop over at the Creative Scrappers Challenge Blog.  Here’s one of the fabulous sketches you can play along with this month.  @creativescrappers @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @amytangerine @chictags, #spiegelmomscraps #etsyshop #sequin #creativescrapper #challengeAll you need to do for a chance to win is create a layout based on one or both of these awesome CS sketches,  Sketch 285 and/or 286, and and link it up! That’s a whole lotta scrapbooking goodies my friends!  And here is the layout I created based on the sketch.

@cliquekits @amytangerine @chictags @creativeembellishments @americancrafts, #cliquekits #jodyspiegelhoff #spiegelmomscraps #etsy #sequins #triangle

The super cute triangles on my layout are from Creative Embellishments and such a fun element on my page.  Just like a lot of chipboard, it comes a plain brown.  I really wanted to use it, but it needed it to be softer and not a hard brown color.  So, I turned to my embossing powders and heat gun to tackle this chore.  I chose the triangles I wanted on my layout and pressed them into my Versamark Ink pad to get them nice and sticky.  Then I poured my Ranger white embossing powder over them, then heat set them.  I have a video coming soon on how I did this also.  Here are some close ups!

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In addition to creating with my January Clique Kit, Tailor Made, I added a few more goodies from my Etsy Shop: Foam adhesive, tape runner,  10 mm Moonshine Sequins and Silver Triangle Sequins.

Thank you so much for spending your time with me today!  Be sure to watch my YouTube channel for my next video to be live very soon.  

For my wonderful blog subscribers, you also should have received a special discount code today in honor of getting organized! That’s some  serious shopping power!  If you didn’t receive your coupon, be sure to leave me a comment under this blog post so I can get it to you asap!

Also coming soon is my new logo & Design Team reveal!! So exciting!

Remember, so something creative today!

~ Jody

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Experiment | Adhering Sequins

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @amytangerine @stampinup @echoparkpaper, #creativeagenda #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps @spiegelmomscrapshop #etsy #sequin #scrapbookadhesivesby3L #dodz #gluedots #glitter #myscrapsandmore

Happy Sunday everyone!  I’m up on the Clique Kits blog today sharing this layout, which I created to link up the My Scraps and More Sketch Challenge blog.  I created my layout based off of this fantastic sketch and used my January Clique Kit, Tailor Made (featuring Amy Tangerine’s Stitched Collection!) 

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I love this sketch for a few reasons.  First of all, the title is right smack in the middle of the layout which I rarely do.  Second, it splits to photo collages in opposite corners of the layout.  This can be interpreted in so many ways:  lots of layering, big or small photos, etc.

Here are some close-ups of my layout.  You can easily see that I scattered a mixture of sequins from my Etsy Shop diagonally across my layout.  I used the flat silver sequins from this mixed metals pack HERE and the Dark Aqua sequins.  I conducted a little experiment this time. I usually go between using my Aileen’s Tacky Glue and Scrapbook Adhesives Dodz to stick my sequins onto my cards and layouts.  This time I used both to compare them side by side.  The flat silver sequins are adhered with tacky glue and the dark aqua sequins are adhered with my favorite Dodz (glue dots).  So we’ll see how this page holds up to our daughter paging through our 2014 family scrapbook! 

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @amytangerine @stampinup @echoparkpaper, #creativeagenda #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps @spiegelmomscrapshop #etsy #sequin #scrapbookadhesivesby3L #dodz #gluedots #glitter #myscrapsandmore

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @amytangerine @stampinup @echoparkpaper, #creativeagenda #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps @spiegelmomscrapshop #etsy #sequin #scrapbookadhesivesby3L #dodz #gluedots #glitter #myscrapsandmore

Check out the glitter filled Amy Tangerine heart in the photo below!  I created this look by filling the inside of the foam heart with tacky glue, then carefully filling it in with a fabulous glitter from Stampin’Up!.  After it dried, I shook out the excess glitter over a scrap piece of paper and put it back into the container.  I think this particular glitter was discontinued awhile ago from Stampin’ Up!, but there are more beautiful glitters available now.  If you’re interested, please check out my friend EricaRose’s Stampin Up! Page HERE. She’s just fantastic!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @amytangerine @stampinup @echoparkpaper, #creativeagenda #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps @spiegelmomscrapshop #etsy #sequin #scrapbookadhesivesby3L #dodz #gluedots #glitter #myscrapsandmore

Thank so much for stopping by today!  Remember, my Design Team Call is open through tomorrow night at midnight (CST).  You can out more details about that HERE.  I’d love to see what YOU create!  Send your applications to me at SPIEGELMOM@GMAIL.COM!  

Remember, do something creative today!

Jody

 

 

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Create*Craft*Share You Tube Hop!

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @cliquekits @scrapinmadge @tammysmith @flowersandmorebyrhonda, #decemberdaily #youtube #bloghop #simplestories #pinkpaislee #prettylittlestudioHello crafters!  Here we are again for another awesome YouTube hop with myself and three other amazing crafters, Scrappin’ Madge, Flowers & More by Rhonda and Tammy Smith!  Our challenge this month was create a Christmas themed project.  I knew I wanted to get more of my December mini album done which features our family’s Elf on a Shelf, Raphie!  This was the perfect time, PLUS, I wanted to show you all how I created a few of my pages.  

Here’s my video, which features my December mini album created with my Clique into the Holidays kit from Clique Kits!  Thanks so much for watching!

 

Other fun news!! I’m having a Design Team call for my Etsy shop and have just extended the due date to January 5th!  I’m still working with my graphic designer on my new logo and would love to reveal both my Design Team and new logo at the same time!!  So, get your applications in to me at SPIEGELMOM@GMAIL.COM 

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @studiocalico @chictags @shimelle @americancrafts @amytangerine

See ya soon!

~Jody

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Clique Kits December Pep Rally!!!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @heidiswapp @prettylittlestudio @sweetstampshop @echoparkpaper

Happy Holidays all!!  Here we are again for another fabulous Clique Kits Pep Rally!!  You should have arrived here from Gia’s blog, but just in case you didn’t here is the entire line up for today is below!  This month’s challenge was to something in a project or in the text of your post inspired by this image and quote…

A diamond is piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well… Author Unknown

Clique Kits
Gia
 I’m Here >>>> Jody  <<<<<<<<<<<
Erica
Lacey
Mariah
Alisha
Stephanie
Kat
Charity
Nicole
Marcia
Danielle

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @hkswapp @heidiswapp @sweetstampshop, #cliquekits #heidiwapp #sweetstampshop #kesiart #diecut #scrapbook #scrapbookkit #spiegelmomscraps #septemberskies #stamp #ink #mist #mrhueys #creativeagenda #echoparkpaperI don’t know about you, but as a busy Mom who works full time AND owns her own TWO creative business I HAVE STRESS.  It’s all the time, day in and day out.  But my secret to handling my stress is this amazing hobby!  I intentionally make time and even blow off laundry to scrap for a little while.  Even a short amount of time to create is helpful to me to relax!  Another great to reduce some creative stress is to use a sketch!  I did just that here and pulled this amazing sketch from Creative Scrappers this week.

@creativescrappers @cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscrapsAnd now here is my newest layout, created with Enchanted Meadow!  It features our daughter Sari reading her little heart out, accented with the fabulous KesiArt Die and lots of amazing Heidi Swapp, Echo Park Paper, Kesi Art and scrapbooking goodness!

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Besides my fabulous Enchanted Meadow Kit, I added a sweet little banner from Creative Retreat, an embellishment kit club I adore!!  P.S. I’m sorry for the dark photos!!!  Our weather here has been dark and cold for over a week!  No sun stinks!!

Thank you so much for joining us today!  I’d love to see you follow our Clique Kits Blog and my blog so you don’t miss a thing!  You can use BlogLovin’ or enter your email in my right sidebar to get updates on my blog posts and a monthly newsletter featuring my Etsy Shop sales.

Next, you’re heading to Erica’s blog where she proves you can scrap pictures of boys, even with little girly touches!  Check it out and enjoy the rest of the Pep Rally!  Don’t forget to comment on all the blogs… ONE super lucky winner will get a full December Enchanted Meadow Kit!!!

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Gold Sticker Masking Technique

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Hello my scrappy friends!  I’m sharing my last layout using up nearly all of my November Clique Kit, Homecoming.  I used the pretty floral background from Lemon Owl and added a pretty pink ink to the edges from Close To My Heart. Yes, that is a lot of pink…. but think about what it would look like on a boy page in blue, yellow or gray!  Doesn’t that look cool!  

Next, I wanted to tone down the middle of the paper so I added some Gesso by painting across the section I wanted dulled down.  After letting it dry, I began adding some layers of papers I had left over from other layouts.  When I was finished adding my layers, I decided to add some more inking in the form of masking!  I used these fabulous gold leaf stickers from Pretty Little Studio and included in the Homecoming Kit!  They are awesome!  To use them as a mask I stuck my finger on the back a few times to reduce some of the stickiness then put them onto my page where I wanted to use them as a mask.  After doing so, I used my Tim Holtz ink blending tool to rub the ink over the stickers, pealed them off and ta-da!!  You can do this with any type of sticker in your stash!!

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Here are some more close ups for you!  At the angle below you can really see the gold leaves and the masked areas on the layout.  This is a great way to add more visual interest to your layout or even a card without adding a lot of extra embellishments.

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Thank you for spending your time with me today!  I hope I inspired you to create a project and use a mask!!  Try it out!!

Here is a link to our Clique Kits November Kit ~ Homecoming... HERE.   Also, did you know that all of our past Clique Kits in stock are currently available for purchase at an additional 50% off now through December 1st!!  Just use coupon code CKSANTAKIT at check out my friends and grab one or two of these before they sell out!!

Additional products used:  Maggie Holmes Gold Glitter Alphas                        Close To My Heart Stamp Set~One Way Borders ~ Lynn Darda CTMH 🙂

Tomorrow is also the last day of my Etsy Stop wide 60% off Holiday Sale!  Just use code HOLIDAY60 on any order $15.00 or more to get a whomping 60% off!! That’s including all holiday items like Advent Calendars, sequins, treat bag kits and more!  Don’t delay, some quantities are getting low!  You click HERE to go right there.

Remember even during this super busy season, do something creative today!

~ Jody

 

 

 

 

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Quick No-Stamp Card with Clique Cards!

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Welcome to my November Clique Cards Kick off!  Our card kit is absolutely packed full of embellishments and it’s only $19.99 when you’re a Clique Kits subscriber!  We have a fabulous deal going on now ~ subscriber and start receiving your monthly kits in December and then start reaping all the other Clique benefits NOW!!  Member blog share where you earn cash for creating along with us, subscriber discounts, early peaks at kits and so much more!!  Go HERE to see more!

Here’s the contents of the entire kit (pictured above):

Kaisercraft Basecoat Holiday Stamp
(4) Clique Kits Exclusive Flair
Creative Embellishments wood veneer “Merry Christmas”
Pretty Little Studio Merry Christmas die cut
Pretty Little Studio small deer die cut
2 white felt snowflakes
Pinkfresh Studios Enamel puff borders (gold)
Cardstock- 8 1/2 x 11 size
(2) Marshmallow  (2) Wax Lips (2)  Parakeet  (1) Kraft card stock (1) Vellum Cardstock            Fancy Pants Oh Deer Tags                                                                                                                        (1) Pretty Little Studio star vellum

Trims
May Arts Natural twine
Maya Road green and red twine
White seam binding
May Arts red chevron twill ribbon
Other:
Holiday sequin packs
(2) mini clothespins
6 x 6 sheet of burlap paper
3 white doilies

Here is one of the first cards I created with my Clique Cards Kit!!  I just love this kit and how many embellishment options I have when creating!!  This was a very fast and easy card to create.  To start out, I cut a piece of the green Bazzil cardstock in half the long way and folded it to create my 5.5″ by 4.25″ card base.  Next I just trimmed this super cute tree paper down to 5.25 by 4″ and adhered it to the front of my card with my favorite foam adhesive from 3L Scrapbook Adhesives, found here. Then, I sprinkled a few fun sequins from the Clique Card kit into my mini glassine bag and sealed with a small strip of 3L Scrapbook Adhesives taper runner before I wrapped the mini bag with some fabulous Twinery Shimmer twine.  Then I just adhered it to the front of my card.  I chose this fun holiday tag from the assortment of Fancy Pants Designs tags from their super cute Oh Deer collection and let the string fall randomly.  To add some sparkle, I used a glue dot to adhere the 15mm snowflake sequin right on top of the Fancy Pants tag.  For a finishing touch of gold I added a Pink Fresh Studio gold puffy sticker along the bottom and TA-DA!! Done!

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Don’t you just LOVE those Pink Fresh Studio Gold puffy stickers and the gold in the twine! Products used that are not included in your Clique Cards Kit:

Gold Shimmer Twine from The Twinery 

Mini Glassine Bags in My Etsy Shop (use coupon code NOV20 for 20% all purchases of $10+)

Thank you so much for spending your time with me today!  If you’d love to have the Clique Card kit to create with now, just go HERE and check it out!  You’ll save $5.00 off your kit if you become a Clique Kits subscriber first 🙂  We’d love to see ya creating along with us!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!  And remember, my monthly newsletter, The Hot Sheet, will be hitting your inbox on Thursday this week along with a new Etsy Shop coupon AND a fabulous special announcement!!!  I can hardly contain myself…. but I will until Thursday!!

~ Jody

 

 

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Clique Kits Blog Share ~ Masquerade Ball!

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Hello everyone!  You should have arrived here from Gia’s blog where I’m sure you totally adored her project!  If you’re joining me here first, you can find the entire line-up on the Clique Kits Blog HERE!

This month’s challenge was based off of this quote 

I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers–L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Isn’t that beautiful! The challenge for this month is create a project about or tell everyone what you’re grateful to live a world where there are Octobers!  In our home, Octobers are filled with kids soccer games, Packers football games on Sundays, warm comfort foots, time with our family and lots of holiday prep!!   All of which I’m very blessed to have in my life!  

Now for today, I created two layouts for this Pep Rally with my Masquerade Ball kit and some of the add-ons from the Clique Kits store.  My extra products outside my kit include the fabulous Basic Grey Second City Feathers {designed by the one and only Kelly Purkey}, Simple Stories Frankie and Friends Enamel Dots,  Jillibean Soup Yam Yellow Beanboard and the Fair Trade Silk Strips of Recycled Sari Cloth.

Here’s my first layout!  I pulled out Hannah’s 4K picture from her first day.  It’s amazing how much she’s changed in only two days!!  One of my favorite elements is the Fair Trade Sari Cloth I used to create a circular flower embellishment to balance out the other two circles on my layout.  I did this by using a white cardstock circle as the base and stapling the Sari Cloth to the center first.  Then, I began twisting the Sari Cloth around in a loose circle, outward from the center while tacking it down with a few random staples with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.  It’s a pretty each technique to do actually.  Grab some Sari Strips and try it out!! You can also made some cute handmade flowers for headbands or barrettes using a metal or plastic base and hot glue!!

The other two circles were made with one of the Second City stickers and plain white cardstock circle topped with the fun Jillibean Yam Yellow Beanboard.  I just love this Jillibean alphas!  They totally rock and there a ton of them in one package!!

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For my next layout I started with a sheet of yellow textured cardstock from American Crafts and then chose the very bold Second City paper with all those fun houses!!  I pulled a few of our Disney photos from Epcot in March and I just love these photos of our little girls playing these awesome bongos!  I used lots of the fabulous Second City stickers and those funky feathers and the Simple Stories Frankie and Friends enamel dots.  I also used the thin sticker frame and added it right onto Abby’s picture… it really POPS off the page!

These Second City feathers and just fabulous!  You can bend them up and really make them 3 dimensional.  The package contains a variety of sizes in cardstock and vellum ~ Score!!  I also added foam adhesive and popped up a few of the ephemera pieces and stickers.

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Ok my friends, thank you for spending your time with us today!!  I hope you enjoy the entire Clique Kits Pep Rally today.  It’s going to totally rock with all the Second City inspiration today.  To check out some more Masquerade Ball inspiration on my blog you can also check out this post HERE.

Next, you’re heading over to check out Erica!!  Happy hopping and don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 Clique Kits store credit!! Whoot whoot!! With so much new product in the store, you’ll be in scrappy heaven!!

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Scrapbook with fabric!

Hello scrappy peeps!   I’m sharing a bold layout today on the Clique Kits blog that incorporates some Recycled Silk Sari Stripes from the Clique Kits school store.   I used the new SOLD OUT kit called Masquerade Ball from Clique Kits and I’m totally enamored!! Today I’m showing just one way to use any type of fabric on a scrapbook layout, with more instructions on the Clique Kits Blog. These lovely stripes of silk material can be attached with a stapler, tacky glue or even sewn right onto your project!!

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And now for some more close-ups of the Silk Sari Cloth Stripes and the fabulous SpiegelMom Scraps Sequins!

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Thanks so much for spending your time with me today!  Don’t forget to hop over to the Clique Kits blog for more details and check out the October Challenge from CK!!  I think you’re going to love what our Sponsor, Fancy Pants, is giving away!!

If you’re a subscriber to my blog via email, you should have received my first newsletter called The Hot Sheet!  It contains some an AWESOME coupon code so make sure you’re signed up!! You’ll get The Hot Sheet monthly and an email containing any new blog post I create.  Don’t miss out on lots of fun here!  There will be FREE gifts with purchases in my Etsy Shop, SpiegelMom Scrap Shop, blogs hops with prizes and more SpiegelMom Scraps giveaways right here!  It’s really easy to sign up, just enter your email address in my right sidebar where is says “Get The Hot Sheet!”  Join and get crafty with me!

~ Jody

 

 

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Clique Kits & Cut Shoppe Team Up!!!

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Happy day, it’s here!!!  Our team up with The Cut Shoppe!  I can’t even begin to tell you how totally excited I am for this blog hop.  It’s us Clique Kits girls and the entire Cut Shoppe Design Team. Pretty awesome right?! In case you didn’t get here from the beginning, you can start on the Clique Kits blog HERE and if you’re following the blog hop order, you should have arrived here from Annelie Maddock’s fabulous blog.  Wasn’t her project rockin’!!  

Important ~ Be sure to leave a comment on each blog to be entered to WIN!! The Cut Shoppe is giving away a $15.00 prize to their shop AND us Clique Kits girls are giving away an awesome Study Abroad and Pink Fresh Studio prize pack!!  We’d also love it if you followed our blogs with BlogLovin’ or by email. You really don’t want to miss a thing from these ladies!  You can connect with Clique Kits on Facebook HERE, Instagram HERE and Twitter HERE!  Let’s get connected and hang out!

Onto my prep-work and layout for today!! (P.S. I’ll have another layout on the Clique Kits Blog this Friday with more The Cut Shoppe goodness!!)  I started with a few extra supplies, pictured below.  Then cut these fabulous cut files using my Neenah white card stock.  Next, I sprayed them with my Studio Calico Heirloom Blue Mr. Huey’s and let them air dry.  I just love this color!! While the die cuts were drying, I created a fun green watercolor by mixing the Heirloom Blue with Sunshine and about a teaspoon of water.  I played with the colors on my card stock base… just a little so the card stock didn’t get too wet.  I could have used a watercolor paper here, but just decided to use my Neenah.  I also splattered some ink right onto my background using the same colors.

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Next, I built my layout on top of my watercolor background.  I added some fun clouds by stamping right onto my background with the fabulous chalkboard paint included in the Clique Kits Study Abroad kit!!  I used an Amy Tangerine stamp and masked off the sun-part of the stamp for all but one of the paint-stamped images on my layout.  Then I used the the Heirloom Blue Mr. Huey’s mixed with a little bit of water and painted inside my clouds.  I love how they really pop off my page!

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And now for some more close-ups of the details. Sequins, die cuts and origami hearts… oh my!!

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Thank you for joining us today!!  Remember to leave a comment on each of our blogs to be entered to win those fabulous prize packs mentioned at the beginning of my post and on the Clique Kits blog!!

I’d love it if you connected with me using my social media buttons in my sidebar too!  I have an exclusive coupon code on my Facebook page today, SpiegelMom Scraps!

Now, you’re in for a real treat!  Your next stop is the talented Cari Orellana. This scrappy girl is going to knock your socks right off!!

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