Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Clique Kits Blog Share - Masquerade Ball

It's blog share day!!! Hip hip hooray! I can't believe we are already nearing the end of October ... this year is just flying by! Today is the Clique Kits Pep Rally - a blog hop where both design team members and the Clique subscribers get to show off the layouts + projects they've made with the monthly kit. 

The October kit was called Masquerade Ball and it was loaded with goodies from the amazing Second City collection by Kelly Purkey and Basic Grey. If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you're well aware that I am just a tad bit obsessed with Kelly Purkey. When I opened my box and saw all the Second City products, I let out quite the squeal. 

Every month the pep rally has a theme and this month's theme is a quote from LM Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables … "I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." The challenge was to create a project that showcased what we love about October. I love autumn and October is one of my favorite months, right up there after December. I love pumpkin spice lattes (well, pumpkin everything, really) and wearing cozy layers and Thanksgiving (us Canadians celebrate it in early October) and the leaves changing colors … the list goes on and on. 

That said, when I started playing around with the kit I knew it was *perfect* for documenting my San Francisco photos. My husband and I went to San Francisco to celebrate our second wedding anniversary and we decided to splurge and get a room at the Fairmont. We arrived at the hotel just before midnight and when we tried to check in we were told that they had accidentally overbooked the hotel. They ended up giving us a complimentary upgrade to their penthouse suite!! This photo was taken on the private outdoor terrace of the penthouse, right around midnight. It was such an amazing experience … truly, a once-in-a-lifetime moment. 

Everything used to create this layout is from the Masquerade Ball kit, except for that "Bright Lights, Big City" chipboard square which I purchased separately. If you're interested in seeing other projects I've made using this kit, check out this post and this one.

For even more Masquerade Ball inspiration, be sure to do the full blog hop as each lady will be revealing projects made with the kit. Here's the line up from start to finish …

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Falling In Love … With October, Clique Kits and San Francisco!

Hellloooo everybody!!! Did you miss me? I'm sorry for being out of touch these last two weeks - my husband and I were away in Montreal visiting my family. We had a wonderful time but now we're home and I'm finally getting back into the creative groove.

Today I have a new page to share with you - the first of many layouts made using the October 2014 kit from Clique Kits called Masquerade Ball. Masquerade Ball is loaded with goodies from the Second City collection by Kelly Purkey & Basic Grey. The collection features bright, bold colors as well as skylines and fun graphics - perfect for documenting life in your neighbourhood or a fun trip abroad. I decided to use my kit to scrapbook some photos from our San Francisco trip back in July. It was my first time visiting San Francisco and I immediately fell in love with the architecture. The Victorian rowhouses in pretty pastel colors with their cast iron gates and hidden gardens grabbed hold of my heart and wouldn't let go.

The journaling says: "This is where I fell in love with San Francisco … near Octavia Street, July 2014." I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe called Right On Target to create the fun black overlay to put on top of my circle. I also took the purple circles from the sticker sheet, cut them apart and used 3D foam dots to give them dimension. I love how they look like giant enamel dots! 

This fabulous kit is already sold out but you can sign up now & get on the waiting list for a November subscription or you can pre-order one of their fabulous holiday kits. Trust me … as a design team member, I've seen the kit mock-ups and you will NOT want to miss out. They just keep getting better and better. I've already got my hands on the Clique Cards kit (below) which is available for just $19.99 for subscribers and $24.99 for non-subscribers. Order yours today & we can spend next month creating awesome Christmas cards together :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's October - Let's Get Our Scrap On! What I'm Playing With This Month …

Hello there and welcome to my favorite month of the entire year … October! I'm going to try and keep this post short and sweet and jump right in to showing you the amazing scrappy products I plan to use this month - namely, my October Clique Kit (Masquerade Ball) and my homemade Counterfeit Kits (Both Sides Now). 

Chances are, if you stumbled across my blog today you are hopping your way through the Counterfeit Kit reveal blog hop. You should have arrived here after visiting Susanne's blog but, in case you didn't, you can head back here to start from the very beginning. 

Each month, the Counterfeit team draws inspiration from a "real-life" kit and creates a homemade, counterfeit version using products that have been sitting in our stash of supplies for awhile. Usually, I create a full kit loaded with papers and embellishments but this month I've decided to try something different. I created two small page kits, each designed to be used to create specific layouts. I'm calling the kits Both Sides Now, after one of my favorite songs by Joni Mitchell. 

For my first counterfeit page kit, I was inspired by the black & white polka dot paper seen in the real kit. I pulled out the only polka dot paper I had in my stash and built the page kit around that, using colorful embellishments to add a fun, festive feel. 

For my second counterfeit page kit, I drew inspiration from the polaroid frames, bows and floral patterned paper seen in the original kit. This one has a more traditional autumn feel to it, and I'm looking forward to creating a Thanksgiving layout with this.

The other kit I'll be working with this month is my monthly Clique Kit. This month the kit is called Masquerade Ball and it's full of amazing papers and embellishments from Kelly Purkey's collection with Basic Grey. I am absolutely *in love* with this kit! You can watch the full reveal in the video below … 

I would really love to see what you are all planning to work with this month! If you're participating in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge be sure to link up your kits over on the Mister Linky page. For my fellow Clique Kit subscribers (or anyone interested in getting more information + inspiration from the Clique) be sure to visit their blog throughout the month for amazing projects and ideas!