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!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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!

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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

 

Clique Kits February Pep Rally Featuring Punxsutawney

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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