Mix It Up Monday On The Crafty Maven Getaway

Aloha Scrappers!! I have had a busy and fun weekend and crazy start of the week, it feels like it is Friday. It is only Wednesday however. I really need the weekend to come so I can relax and scrap to destress.

I want to share a project I made throughout last week and shared over at The Crafty Maven Getaway Youtube Channel. If you haven’t heard of The Crafty Maven Getaway yet, you need to check it out. There are so many amazing ladies over there. Everyday there is a new process video of crafting goodness.

On Monday for Mix It Up Monday I made some chore charts for my kiddos. We have been working on doing our on part in our family and giving the kids simple things they can do to help out. I wanted a fun way for them to see what their chores were. I am hoping that the cuteness factor will encourage them to actually be excited to do their chores. (This may be over wishing but a Mom’s gotta try, right?!)

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I used my December Clique Kit for much of this project. I really wanted them to match and look nice together but still wanted them to be different to match my kid’s personalities. The Pink Paislee Memorandum collection was a good fit, with it’s artistic feel but also that office or work feeling too. Plus I really liked the colors in this kit.

I bought mini clipboards at a local store and cut my patterned paper out to fit most of the board. I covered both front and back of the clip board.

I added my kid’s names to the back with the acetate from the kit. I embellished this back side a little with sequins from the kit, from Jilly Bean Soup. I also added hearts from the kit, and some Seven Paper too.

For the chores part, I used my Evolution die cut machine. I cut out some Dear Lizzy Flowers and some different size tags.

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I used the Bella Bvld letter sticker sheet from the kit and also used some smaller alpha’s from my stash. Then I added the chore flowers and tags to clipboards. I added an envelope to one clipboard and twine to another.

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These clipboards were so fun to make for my kids! As scared as I was to use a kit to make them, it was nice to see my papers and embellishments getting used in a cute project. It really feels like I got a lot accomplished when I finished.

I have a video on The Crafty Maven Getaway Channel showing the process of putting these clipboards together. You can watch it here below.

 

December Clique Kits Pep Rally Bolg Hop

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Aloha Scrappers!! It’s that lovely time again, where the members of Clique Kits get together and share some of the things they creating with their December Girl Cave Kit. At the end of the blog post I will have the line so you can make sure you visited everyone, and so you can continue on in the Hop.

The Girl Cave Kit included Pink Paislee Memorandum. Like always I love this kit, this kit has an amazing acetate piece that has cut aparts with crisp images and bold colors. Gorgeous!!

I feel in love with the aquas in this collection!! I really wanted to play with a monochromatic type of layout. I remembered I had a photo of my son from Thanksgiving and he is wearing a aqua and blue shirt that went really well with the colors in this kit.

My son is so silly! Every chance he gets he is trying to get us to laugh. He is our family comedian!! On Thanksgiving in order to get a serious picture of him I had to let him do some silly photos. I really wanted to scrap this memory! IMG_4490

I really wanted to use white card stock as my background but knew that is needed something to help add a splash of color. At this point I didn’t know what I was going to do with my papers at all. I took some dark blue paint and some aqua paint and created an ombre effect with the paint. trying to stay more toward the middle of my paper. I still wanted white to show, and have peeks of the blue and aqua pop out from under the photos and paper.

 

After the paint dried I used one of the pattern papers from the kit to border the white paper. I have been liking this technique lately of drawing your eye into the layout. Plus if I cut the middle out of my patterned paper I still get good mileage out of my paper.

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I decided to cut many of the blue/aqua and white papers into strips. I was thinking it would be fun to line them close to the sides of the layout. having the papers be lined up opposite on each side.

I added the photos ( I used a 4×6 and 4×4 sized photo) in the middle, overlapping them for interest.

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I also added one of the beautiful acetate from the kit to the photo cluster. The gold and cameras were a great match to layout. I added a gold die cute word on the bottom of the picture as well. This helped tie the gold from above the photos.

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I then looked through the embellishments in the kit, the cut apart sheet that came with the kit and a few pieces from last months kit. I added these embellishments on the strips of paper on the sides of the layout. I did this instead of the traditional triangle of embellishment. I really like how the different shades of blue, aqua and gold look on the sides of the photos. all the different textures from the embellishments really added a fun aspect that mirrors my son’s silliness.

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For the title I added the cutest wood veneer piece ever (a pair of glasses), under the photos. I added part of the alpha’s from the kit, which were Bella Blvd alphas, on top of the glasses. The second part of the title I added under the glasses. I used a different color for the second word, but added one letter the color from the first word. I really love how that looks.

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After working on a lot of christmas themed layouts, and my December Daily album, I am really enjoying using this month’s kit. Especially since Hawaii isn’t very cold or have that traditional christmas feel, it is a nice treat. I am hoping to make a christmas layout using this kit too though, for just that reason.

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Don’t forget to check out Leigh’s post next!!

Here is the December  2015 Line Up
Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Maryam* http://maryamperez.blogspot.com/
Carolina* www.carolinaschultz.com
LeeAnn* http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com/
Kim* http://krodesigns.blogspot.com/
Justyna* http://made-by-justt.blogspot.com/
Donna* http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Evie http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Melissa Vining http:yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
Candace http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
Kat Benjamin http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
>>Hannah Lemieux http://scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com<<<< YOU ARE HERE
>>>>Leigh http://www.artfulleighcreative.com/<<< Click Here

*Design Team Members on Kit Duty

 

November Clique Kit Pep Rally Blog Hop

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Welcome Scrappers!! If you’ve been following the Clique Kit blog hop you just came from Charity’s blog. Welcome!! Welcome!! If yon’t seen all the amazing layouts and projects from the other ladies in the Clique Kit blog hop, there will be a list at the end of this blog post, so you can go back and feast your eyes some more.

This month we received the Tapestry Kit for November, which had mostly the WRMK Wildflower Collection. This collection and Kit is gorgeous and perfect for Autumn. I love all the texture on the paper too. It really inspired me on many of the layouts I made so far.

This month in the store as an add on I spied gelatos! I couldn’t pass them up. It really has been a while since I played with gelatos, and when I got my kit that was what I was most excited to use. They really inIMG_4136spired me on this layout.
I love how gelatos help give you that watercolor look without much work. They are easy to use and easy to wipe away with gesso, if you add too much. They really give a nice mixed media look without having much knowledge of mixed media techniques.

 

I choose to use three colors that were in my photo, and covered most of the background with the gelatos. I added a little water to mix and activate them. I was careful to clean my big brush so I didn’t mix the colors together though. The colors were a little bright (it’s a little hard to imagine me saying that, right?). The colors were a little neon for the colors in the papers. Though the green was a deep olive green, matching great with my photo.

I used a feather stencil from my stash to wipe off some of the gelatos with a wet paper towel. This helped a little with the color but it still needed to be toned down before I added my paper layers and embellishments. I also carefully added some pearlized white paint, I really didn’t want the gelatos  to mix with the paint I just wanted the paint to cover the color a little and tone it down. I like the shimmery look of the pearlized white and that it is much more translucent than regular white paint.

Lately I have been looking through older family photos. I spotted this old family portrait we took in 2003 for my grandmother. We were still all together in the same area so it is nice to have a snapshot of us all together. Especially afterIMG_4143 many of us have moved away and don’t see each often. We all dressed in Autumn colors and went to a local bridge to get some really nice shots of us near the colored Autumn leaves in the background. Even though I only have this one little photo I still wanted to make sure I scrapped it to put in my album to remember all of them. I knew the colors in this photo would work really well with this kit too.

 

 

To try to complement the fact that my only photo is so small (especially on a 12×12 layout) I added a frame off set to the side of the photo. I kept it open, and only added embellishments around the sides of the framIMG_4140e. At first I thought I might add a few embellishments to the middle of the frame, but decided I liked the open space, and really wanted to keep this layout simple. The bows from WRMK’s for this collection were adorable and perfect for this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I used lots of layers behind my photo. All these layers just make me happy. I even used the glassine the embellishments came in as a layer. I love how all the colors in the papers work together in the layers. They worked really well with distressed and torn edges too. I also decided to use a tag from the cut apart sheet as a layer and added it slightly askew for interest. The feather clips from Pink Paislee really helped add a nice texture to my layers too.

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I wanted to add a few extra embellishments and something at the bottom for extra interest. I wanted everything to work together though, because IMG_4137of all the color going on. The bottom I used gold and neutral colors with a wood heart from Pink fresh Studios and some yellow enamel dots.

 

 

I added some butterflies with the wings popped up and used green and orange enamel dots to match the colors on the background.

IMG_4142I used the alpha stickers from the sticker sheet for the bottom part of the title with a banner under the photo. The dark blue and gold are so sharp. They worked so well with the Word thickers in gold fro the collection that I bought as an add on. I used the word Lovely as part of the title, and placed it up above the picture. I don’t always like to separate the title but I was hoping this keep your eye more on the photo with it apart like that.

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I definitely look forward to creating more with this kit too. I still have plenty more even though I have made quite a few layouts so far.

I  posted a process video for this layout on my Youtube channel. You can watch it Here.

I hope you continue and check out Leigh next in the Pep Rally Blog Hop Her link is below!!

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia http://www.giaaloha.wordpress.com/
Erica http://ericarosecreates.blogspot.com/
Kim* http://krodesigns.blogspot.com/
Justyna* http://made-by-justt.blogspot.com/
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Candace* http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
Donna* http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Marcia* http://onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/
Caroli* www.carolinaschulz.com
Aliza* http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/
Janet Zeppa www.janetsjoy.blogspot.ca
Leeann Pearce http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com.au/
Melissa Vining http:yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
Charity Feit http://scrapfaire.blogspot.com
>>>Hannah Lemieux http://scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com  <<<<< ME
>>>>>Leigh http://www.artfulleighcreative.com <<<< Next
Evie http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
Emma Pescott http://emslifedocumented.blogspot.co.nz
Tarrah Mclean http://livetoscrapscraptolive.blogspot.com.au/
Wendy Antenucci http://antenucci.blogspot.com
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Megan www.craftymeggy.com

 

Thanks for joining me today!! Have a great week everyone!! I hope you leave this blog hop inspired to use up the last of your kits.

Aloha, Hannah

 

 

Laughter is the best medicine

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Aloha!! It’s Hump Day, actually almost over according to my clock!!  I really want to share this layout with you today though!! I made this layout last week. I am using my September Clique Kit which uses the Cocoa Vanilla Hello Lovely Collection. I love this kit, I think so far I have made four layouts, which is really good for me. I have the tendency to make a couple of layouts than need to use different papers or collections so I don’t get bored. But this kit I am just eating it up.  I wished I bought the add on papers, which I didn’t. Not that I need more paper. I have tons!!

I started out this layout in a whole different direction, by painting a background in an ombre backIMG_2916ground. I used one of the pocket page cards that came exclusive to the kit that says life is better when you are laughing. When I read that card I knew the perfect picture for this layout too.

I love this photo of my daughter Leilani, laughing, smiling with that bald head!! I haven’t scrapped many photos when Leilani was completely bald like this from almost two years ago now. It’s a hard time to remember for me, I hadn’t thought at first cutting all her hair off would effect me that much, I mean it’s only hair right?!! But it really did, her hair was so beautiful and long and blonde. It made her seem maybe even more healthy than she really was because at least she had some. But once we cut it off, there was no denying that she was sick, and that the chemo was strong!! I hate that I have to remember that part of life. I mean, who wants to be reminded of these tough times and things we have to go through, especially when we didn’t even choose to go through them. The circumstance choose us, choose ME! And that sucked, but it happened and life went on. Leilani grew, Leilani flourished!!

I think that why this card just had such an impact on my thought process! But it also reminded me of all the laughter that happened in this time too. Even though this was when she had her strongest chemo doses, she also had some of her best IMG_2887belly laughs!

Whenever she had her toys near here, she was always smiling.  They were some of her best friends!! When I took this photo, I remember wanting to try to get her to put the doll down, but she just wouldn’t smile for me. She would only smile and laugh the biggest when holding that baby doll, her baby called brown baby!

That is where I came up with the title which reads Laughter is the best medicine. Without fail, when she was laughing she felt so much better!! I like the way the title looks with all the different fonts. And those Amy Tangerine Thickers are my favorite Thickers!! I love the touch the silver looks with all the pinks and grays.

That pink background I mentioned at the beginning didn’t end up making the cut though!! After I finished my layers on the photo, I just didn’t like the way it looked. It just didn’t feel like me. I find if I am not feeling it, I gotta listen and try something new!!

I am glad I dIMG_2920id, I decided to go for the craft paper with the white hearts. It makes all the difference for the feel. I finished layering the picture and the exclusive card on some black and white dot paper from Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy. I also added some corrugated black paper from the kit from Fancy Pants. I love the dimension that it gives to my layers, which I will use to my advantage later.

I added a tag, an acetate 4×6 card with Happy on it, and then I found some gold ribbon from my stash to add across the layout. I love the way it looks with the staples in it too. I added those so the ribbon won’t fall off but it just adds one more texture to the layout.

IMG_2917I tucked lots of ephemera pieces into the spaces on my layers!! I added some Vellum  and sticker hearts in the clusters.

I also made a cluster at the bottom of my layout where I used a die cut Ampersand from a die that I had from PinkFresh Studios. I love that die!! It is so fun, it cuts out an ampersand but it also embosses stars and triangles on the inside of the ampersand. So much Fun!!!

I layered IMG_2912some of the gold ribbon from the top of my layout. I put a wood veneer on the ribbon. and another die cut word above the ribbon. I added a butterfly on pop dots. I love how this cluster turned out, it’s just so cute!!

Lastly I added journaling lines for my journaling, which I made all different lengths. I added a couple of hearts on the side of my journaling since the journaling was really important to this layout. I wanted to make sure your eye gets drawn down there too!!

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I love how this kit has been so easy to work with, I can’t wait to use it again!! It is perfect for the girls too!!

I also have a process video for this layout to share with you today too. You can watch the video on my Youtube Channel.

I hope you, my scrappy friends, have an inspired week!! May your crafty mojo be flowing!!

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Aloha,

Hannah