Monday, June 27, 2016

Hello Chicago - even more Clique Kits inspiration

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with even more Clique Kits inspiration for you using the awesome July Kit Raskog featuring the Pinkfresh Studios Life Noted collection. When I saw the AWESOME paper, I really wanted to use it to scrapbook a picture from a trip to Chicago with my daughter and some of her friends. How can you not think to scrap some city pics with those buildings on this paper! I find most of the Pinkfresh Studios papers to be very busy ... lots of patterns, graphics, colors. It can be a bit overwhelming, especially since my style tends toward layering and combining pattern papers with digital cut files. I find it much easier to use the papers as they were designed and not try to mix pattern papers too much. I only used a single sheet of paper on this layout. It is very simple...


I merely added a little watercolor, pulling out some of the colors from my photo. This really helps draw the eye to my photo. I embellished with one of this month's exclusive flair buttons, an arrow clip, a rubber charm and sequins from the kit, and then a few extra add on pieces from the Pinkfresh Life Noted collection.



The Hello acetate word and alphas included in the kit were used for my title. I used my Xyron Sticker maker to adhere the acetate Hello here. It worked really well.


I wanted to share a scrap room organization tip with you today too. I don't always use all the flair in each months Clique kit <gasp>. Sometimes they just didn't coordinate with the photos I scrapped. I kept my extra flair in a bowl on my scrappy desk. But my bowl was getting full, and I thought I would use more flair buttons if I could easily see what I had. I decided to make a magnetic frame to store them on.


I bought this 8x10 vintage looking frame at Micheals and inserted a magnetic sheet from my Xyron Creative Station in place of the photo. I could then display my metal backed flair on the frame. It holds 63 flair buttons! You may recognize some of the Clique Kits flair, others came from Etsy stores; A Flair For Buttons,  the Flair Shop, and Paper Issues. I may have a slight flair addiction ... this IS NOT even all of my flair! I love this frame so much though that I am thinking of making another one for my Cocoa Vanilla Studios flair.

Well that is all the scrappy inspiration I have for you today. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summer Adventure - Clique Kits inspiration

Hello blogging friends! 

I am back today with some digital die cutting inspiration using some of those awesome July Clique Kit exclusive cut files. I fell in love with the SUMMER cut file with all the variety of patterns going on in the different letters. I combined it with the adventure cut file. Now I had a perfect title for a layout to document a road trip vacation we took to the Black Hills in South Dakota! Oh, how I miss our camper! With kids almost done with college we have been talking about camping trips again, Wahooo! Here is my layout…

I used the yellow acetate sheet to back the cut file. Yellow is perfect for summer layouts! Here is another look at that awesome title.

Yes, I did a crazy amount of machine stitching on this layout. The watercolor background paper just wanted to curl up everywhere on me. Mounting it to heavy black cardstock and stitching helped immensely. Machine stitching is a great way to adhere those fabulous Pinkfresh transparency words too… Even on photos. I placed one of the exclusive flair buttons over an’O’ in the Go See Do transparent phrase. Works perfectly there!

My journaling is all about sticking heads and cameras out of car windows, lol. It’s hard to see in the photo, but that black head above my daughter’s head is my dog Satchel. You can see some of those pretty sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps and a Pinkfresh Studios rubber charm here too.

I hope I gave you some more fun ideas on how you can use your July Clique Kit! Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Life Is Good - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with some Clique Kit layout inspiration with the awesome July kit Raskog featuring the awesome Pinkfresh Studios Life Noted collection. Take a look at all the amazing things included in this kit  ...


 There are lots of ways to tell a story; with photos, with words, you can convey feelings with colors, or some combination of all of these. With my layout today I wanted to use those awesome colored acetate words to help tell my story. In this case a fishing trip my son just returned from. Check out this huge largemouth bass he caught!


In Minnesota, with over 10,000 lakes, we do a lot of fishing for fun. Since my son was going to release this guy back into the water, he wanted a picture of it so as not to be razzed about it later. It seems with the retelling of fish tales, the fish just gets bigger and bigger each time the story is told! so with photo as proof, I thought "A Real Fish Story" would work nicely on my layout for a subtitle. I used a combination of the acetate words and the Pinkfresh Studio Alphas that were included in the kit. Stitching over the acetate words worked really well to adhere them to my layout.


 I wanted the Title of my layout to be Life Is Good, making use of the large LIFE letters on this page. I trimmed the "IS" from the "Go See Do" and the "Good" came from the "Good Times". I love those unique rubber embellishments in the kit too! I added one just below my title and another on my photo. Computer journaling finishes the details of my story. I cut these apart and scattered them around.


 I added some of the cut apart pieces in the lower left along with one of the exclusive flair buttons and that awesome arrow paper clip.


I hope I gave you some fun ideas on how you can use your July kit! If you are interested in subscribing make sure to tell them I sent you. These kits are so very well put together! I know you will love them as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Little Moments - Clique Kits and JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!! It's time for the Clique Kits June blog share. If you would like a chance to win a prize start at the Clique Kits blog and leave a comment, then visit the rest of the blogs and do the same. Here is our fabulous blog line up ...

*Elisabetta Margini

I am back today with some more Clique Kit layout inspiration using the June Clique Kit featuring the Elle's Studio Little Moments collection as well as some Jillibean Soup paper and embellishments. Take a look at this fabulous kit...

It is a super versatile kit. I have already used it for vacation layouts, and now a puppy and baby layout! The digital cut files this month were designed by the talented Nicole Nowosad and were absolutely amazing!!

I think those butterflies were my favorite!! Check out this adorable puppy layout I created with them...

With all the pink and blue in this kit, I kept thinking about baby layouts and decided to create this baby girl layout using this months JustNick Studios Freebie cut file; the Tic Tac Toe Background. You can download this file for free until June 30th using the code TICTACTOEFREE at checkout.

This was a bit of a challenge for me, not being a grid based scrapbooker, but I love a challenge to get me out of my comfort zone and try something different. I really love how my layout turned out...

I used the Elle's Studio Little Moments collection and sized my cut file openings to 2" x 2" so that these square project life cards would fit in the openings. I like the ombre effect I achieved by backing the cut file with the ombre pink pattern paper. I filled the solid areas with my photos,  I didn't have enough photos for all the spaces so this vellum heart ephemera piece worked well to fill that last little space.

I even placed my title over two of the squares.

Thanks for stopping by today! Your next blog to visit is *Aliza Deutsch


Friday, June 17, 2016

Super Star - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with an adorable little boy Cocoa Vanilla Studios Totally Rad layout. This nephew of mine loves American football ... and he is only 2! Totally Rad was the perfect choice for scrapping this picture of him holding his beloved football. I love the cute little boy elements to this collection, like those robots. I decided to play up the stars from the collection with the help of a digital cut file from JustNick Studios. This particular cut file was a freebie from Scrapbook and Cards Today.


 I backed my die cut star circles with 4 different pattern papers and arranged them in a grid on my layout. I have been wanting to do some hand stitching on a layout as I really love the look with the thicker threads of the floss versus my sewing machine thread. I kept the stitching pretty simple though, just some circles back-stitched around a few of the cut outs with embroidery floss matching the 4 pattern papers I chose from the Totally Rad collection. I do so love the look ... but it is much more tedious then using my sewing machine! After stitching, I embellished with the Totally Rad wood veneers, flair, woodies, enamel dots, paper clips, acetate stars, stickers, and die cut ephemera. I even used some tiny star wood veneers I had left from Made Of Awesome! Yes, I went a little crazy and I had lots of fun with it!



I used one of the Totally Rad ephemera die cuts and the alpha stickers to create my title. Those tiny alpha sticker were also from my stash of Made Of Awesome!


Of course I had to use an adorable little die cut ephemera robot. He helps to bring the focus to my photo on this busy layout. Some enamel shapes layered on my robot give him some dimension.



Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I inspired you to go a little crazy with your embellishments too. ~Marcia

Monday, June 13, 2016

Bloom & Grow - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends

I am so excited to share a couple awesome Simple Stories layouts today using the brand new Bloom & Grow collection. I think I have a new favorite collection!! It combines my love of gardening with my love for paper. I just love those little gnomes to pieces. 

For my first layout "Bloom & Grow", I wanted to use a chicken wire background digital cut file and fill in the negative space with a variety of pattern papers. The prints are small enough on the 12x12 Bloom & Grow paper to make this possible. You could also use the 6x6 paper pad. This is a perfect way to use up scraps when you are nearing the end of playing with your papers. I added some stitching too for a little more texture. My animal loving daughter Colette is the little girl on this layout.

At the top of the page I used one of the 4x12 page elements. I love that Bloom & Grow graphic! I thought it would make a great title too. I gave it a little dimension by placing a chipboard sticker over the "&".

One of the those fabulous chipboard gnomes embellishes my photo. Those pink enamel dots work so well to give him a nose and make him look more life-like. There are the cuties little sayings as well. I couldn't resist the "chillin' with my gnomies".

More garden elements are clustered near the bottom of my layout along with another gnome. Isn't he is so adorable?

For my second layout "Be Happy", I decided to layer my pattern papers along with some die cut doilies to give my layout a country look. The woodgrain background paper adds a rustic feel and really shows off the delicate doily.

This adorable little bird and birdhouse make a nice cluster over the doily in the upper right. I couldn't resist adding a little jute bow here too,

The Simple Stories Bits & Pieces are fabulous for tucking under photos too. They are layered here with some Stickers, Chipboard, Enamel Dots, and oh so pretty Bradz.

I like distressing the edges of my papers slightly by rolling corners, or bending and tearing the edges. It helps to add dimension so your layout doesn't look so flat.

Thanks for stopping by today. Watch for both of the new Bloom & Grow and Sunshine & Happiness Simple Stories collections at your local scrapbook store. You will absolutely LOVE them!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Apostle Islands - JustNick & Clique Kits Blog Hop

Hello blogging friends!

Have you seen the awesome June Clique Kit yet? It's full of the Elle's Studio Little Moments collection, Jillibean Soup Healthy Hello, and of course some Clique Kit exclusives ... like the awesome JustNick Studio digital cut files!

Our design teams have put together a blog hop of inspiration for you. It all starts on the Clique Kits blog so be sure to start there and comment along the way because we have some fabulous prizes for you from both JustNick and Clique Kits!

Clique Kits -
Tarrah Mclean -
Candace Perkins -
Audrey Yeager -
Nicole Martel -
Lee-Ann Thornton -
Marcia Dehn-Nix -
Donna Espiritu -
Nicole Nowosad -

Enough already!!! Let me tell you about my layout...
I love adding sun rays on my summer layouts. I couldn't resist using the sunshine icon in a big way on this vacation layout. I pieced some yellow Elle's Studio paper in the negative space that was from the 6x6 paper pad. This is a great way to use those smaller pieces of paper!

Last summer hubby and I escaped to the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior for an extended weekend. The only way to get to the island is by boat ... in our case it was the Madeline Island Ferry. The best part of all was going off grid. Yup no cell phone service except for in the town of La Pointe! No way for our 9 to 5 jobs to call us while we were on vacation!! It was pure bliss.  You are probably wondering what the heck that sign says! The Ojibwa Indian sign on my layout was at the beach. It says "No Life Guard On Duty ... No Diving Or Jumping From Bridge ... Swim At Your Own Risk". The Islands are beautiful and I had so many photos from our trip that I decided to create a couple filmstrips of images. I didn't want my layout to be too busy though so I added the Hello Summer icon in the middle. This worked out well for setting off my title too.

Here are some detailed shots....

The foam thickers were from my stash ... I thought my layout needed a little more dimension.

I  love these Bella Blvd enamel hearts. I think I ordered all the possible colors that were available as add-ons with my June kit from the Clique Store. You can use my discount code Marcia10 and save 10% on your order :)  Lots of other fun stuff is in the store too, so be sure to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is Donna Espiritu -