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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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Fuse-fun!

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Hi all – it’s Anna Sigga here and I have my first ever Fuse-shaker-card to share with you all.

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I got this fab new tool the other day and I just love it to bits – shaker-cards are gonna me my new addiction! 🙂 If you want to get your hands on the Fuse you can get yours from the SpiegelMom shop.

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I used the Magical Ocean Sequins Mix along with some dies, mists and flowers from my stash.

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Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out our FB group 15 Minutes 2 Scrap – we would love to see you!

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Cuteness

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Hi it’s Anna Sigga here today and I simply adore those soft colored sequin pack from the SpiegelMom Scraps store and the Glass Slippers and the Pinky Pie Pink sequins pack were a perfect match to the gorgeous patterned paper.

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Of course I find it ohh so difficult not to include a pretty white doily on my creations and this layout was no different!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I hop your day is a sparkly one!

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Good times – by Anna Sigga

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It’s Anna Sigga here today and I have a layout to share.

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I love pinks and greens so I decided to use those colors as the starting point for my layout. Then I just had to add the gorgeous gold doily and the Chevron wood veneers.

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I just love how a small selection sequins can add just the right amount of sparkle to a layout. The sequins I used are the Moonshine Delight & Pinky Pie Pink.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying Easter.

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Project Life || Growing Up Too Fast

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @teresacollins @wermemorykeepers @projectlife, #spiegelmomscraps #projectlife #scrapbook #DIY #papercraft #memorykeeping

Hello, hello!! Jody here today and oh how I’ve missed blogging!  As you have probably seen, I’ve been busting my butt behind the scenes these last few months getting ready for big things in 2016.  The first big thing was the tripling of my Design Team, The Sparklers!!  They are a fabulous bunch of ladies from around the globe!!  I hope you had a chance to check the Design Team reveal posts HERE and HERE.  

Today, I’m sharing a Project Life spread I’ve been playing around with for the last few days.  These photos are from the first day of school this year and now that I’m looking at them here, Sari is taller.. up to my neck!!  I need to put a brick on that girl’s head to slow her down!!  Sheesh.. ok mommy rant over.

I’m using the We R Memory Keepers photo sleeves and really love them. They’re thicker plastic than the Project Life sleeves, which is HUGE for me. I’ve ripped too many of the PL brand ones because I tend to like chunky embellishments and it’s tough to squeeze them into the pockets.  I really do try to keep my pocket pages pretty simple.  It doesn’t always happen, but it’s thought that counts for me LOL!!  I am trying to get caught up after all… eh’em…. 

Another thing I’ve been working on lately is using the papers in my stash. This can definitely be a challenge though because by the time I have a couple papers left in a collection or some larger scraps to work with, most or all of the coordinating embellishments have been used up.  Adding those little details are what I absolutely love to do and that’s when I reach for the unique embellishments from the Scrap Shop right here!  Whether it’s cork, sequins, felt die cuts or another fun embellishment, I always have something thats just right.

Below, I’ve added the Chunky Cork Hearts to the bottom middle pocket and really love the contrast and texture they add.  They have the perfect earthy feel that works well with all the colors on the page.

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Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my back to school spread today.  If you’re interested, I’ve linked the products from my Scrap Shop below.

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Have a great Sunday and do something creative today!

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff

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Mixing Wood Veneers & Kraft with Color + DT Peak!

Hello everyone! Jody here today with a layout share & a little Design Team sneak peak!! First up, my layout. These last several weeks have been crazy busy for me which led me to create my first creative group on Facebook. It’s called “15 Minutes 2 Scrap” and it’s deticated to carving out time in our busy lives to breathe and create, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. This is seriously the only way I get anything done these days between working full time outside my home, family priorities, building our new home, running my small business & managing whatever else life throws my way. Sometimes all I need is 5 or 10 minutes to decompress by crafting a little. That’s exactly how this layout came together over a few days.  5 minutes at a time!
I used some Webster’s Pages paper & stickers from my stash, Chic Tags & Studio Calico wood veneers, Recollections Kraft heart stickers, Pink Paislee white rubber title “travel” and a Kraft heart from American Crafts.

I also positioned a tiny yellow heart sticker in the middle of our youngest daughter Abby and my “Pa” right onto my photo. I love doing this on photos at times, like in this case to show a special relationship. I love the look of natural Kraft with these muted colors in the papers. It’s just bold enough to stand out but it’s not overbearing.Thanks so much for stopping by tonight! I hope you were inspired to try this combo sometime. Feel free to join the Facebook group by clicking HERE!  I’d love to see you over there!  Lastly, here’s a peak at a few projects submitted by my new Sparklers Design Team!  Can you name the designers??@spiegelmomscraps, #spiegelmomscraps #DIY #scrapbook #watercolor #mixedmedia #cardmaking

See you soon!  Design Team reveal will be the week of January 17th!!  Get ready to be wowed!! 

 

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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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