Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Clique Kits Blog Share - Enchanted Meadow

Hip hip horray - it's Pep Rally Day! For those of you who aren't familiar with the Clique Kits Pep Rally, it's an awesome blog hop where both the CK design team members and the Clique subscribers get to show off the layouts + projects they've made with the monthly kit. The December 2014 kit is called Enchanted Meadow and it's chock-full of goodies from the September Skies collection by Heidi Swapp. There were also some great add-ons this month including a limited edition mini kit.

If you've followed the pep rally for awhile, then you already know that each month the blog hop participants are given a theme or a challenge to work with. This month, we were asked to be inspired by the following quote - "A diamond is a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well."  

2014 was an extremely stressful year for my husband and I - probably our toughest year of married life so far. I plan to share more of our journey with you all in the new year but, long story short, we've been trying to get pregnant for awhile now and haven't had much success. It's been a very discouraging, heartbreaking process. I wouldn't say that I've handled the stress of infertility "exceptionally well" but I do think I've done my best to stay optimistic and positive. When I saw that quote, I knew I wanted to give myself a little pat on the back and make a page documenting this part of our story. 

I used the main kit, Enchanted Meadow, as well as the special add-on kit for this layout.

The journaling is hidden on the back of the layout. If you're wondering why I chose a photo of my feet, the journaling talks about "standing firm" through the trial and not giving up hope no matter how stressful things become. 

Your next stop on the blog hop is Kat … be sure to check out her post! 
For the full blog hop line-up, visit the Clique Kits blog. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Our First Noel : Creating Holiday Layouts With Everyday Supplies

Can I share a secret with you? As much as I love Christmas - and I do love Christmas; I'm completely obsessed with candy canes and gingerbread men and presents and holiday hymns - I really, really, REALLY struggle when it comes to making Christmas layouts. There are a few reasons why.

First of all, I'm just not a big fan of the traditional holiday colors of red and green. I like a green Christmas tree and the red paper cups from Starbucks and that's about it. Fortunately for me, a lot of manufacturers have started branching out and designing collections featuring gold, teal, grey - even pink and purple! These new collections are right up my alley but I still haven't been able to jump on board the Christmas layout bandwagon. I'm a scrapper on a budget and I prefer to buy products that I can easily use year-round on a variety of projects. Snowflakes and reindeer are cute, but I'm not going to be reaching for those things once the holidays are over. So, what's a girl to do?!

The solution I've come up with is to use regular, "everyday" papers with just a sprinkling of thematic goodies to create my holiday layouts. That's why I was SO excited to see the December kit from Clique Kits. The September Skies collection by Heidi Swapp is great for everyday layouts but also perfect to use to create trendy, contemporary holiday pages. Here's a Christmas page I made …

This photo has been sitting in my stash for ages. It was taken on Christmas morning back in 2011, the first Christmas that my husband and I celebrated together. He was my boyfriend at the time and even though it's only been 3 years when I look at that photo I can't get over how young we look!

Most of the patterned papers used on this layout, as well as the fabulous sequin stamp, are from the December kit from Clique Kits, Enchanted Meadow. The wood veneer snowflakes are from the special edition December add-on kit. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello December … { What I'm Playing With This Month }

"Christmas time is here! Happiness and cheer! Fun for all, that children call, their favorite time of year! Snowflakes in the air! Carols everywhere …"

Today is December 1st and the Christmas season is officially upon us. This is a busy time of year for me but, believe it or not, I actually tend to get quite a bit of scrapping done during the holidays. I think it has to do with the fact that the year is quickly coming to an end; I get motivated to wrap up projects and albums I've been working on to make room for new scrappy adventures in the new year.

Here's a peek at some of the supplies and goodies I'll be working with this month … 

First up - the December main kit from Clique Kits called Enchanted Meadow (above) as well as the special edition add-on kit (below). I LOVE these kits - absolutely love 'em! The colors and designs are so playful and bright … perfect for documenting winter fun but also great for everyday photos. If you want to see Enchanted Meadow in-person, I filmed an unboxing video last week which you can view on my YouTube channel right here.

In addition to the two kits above, I also picked up a few goodies from the Clique store. I'm so excited to play with the Kiss My Neon paper pack (below) and the Kesi Art stamp set. Don't forget you can use coupon code STEPHANIE10 to get 10% off your Clique purchases and you don't have to be subscriber to shop in the Clique store! 

I'll also be participating in an online class this month - or, at least, attempting to participate. I signed up for Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas class last year but only made it through week one of class and only completed one layout (this one). Since the class comes with permanent membership I've decided to give it a go again this year. Here's a video where Shimelle gives a quick run-down on what to expect, in case any of you are interested in signing up. 


And last, but certainly not least, it just wouldn't be December without some Christmas scrappy goodies, would it? When I saw these "Winter Weather" Silhouette cut files by The Cut Shoppe I knew I just had to have them. I love Frozen :)

And now it's your turn! What are you planning to scrapbook with this month?! Did you snag any fabulous Black Friday deals or are you desperately trying to work through your current stash?

I challenge you to write your own "What I'm Playing With This Month" post and then link up below so we can all ooohh and ahhhh :)