Clique Kits July Challenge

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Today over at the Clique Kits Blog we are sharing the July Challenge. The theme this month is Anything Goes. We are also using up some of our Add On products from the Clique Kits Store.

It is always fun for me to add old stash with my new stuff. It helps me get excited about using all the product I have so I make good use out of it.

This is the layout I made using both the Main Pool Party July Kit featuring the Live Laugh Love Collection by Elle’s Studio and the Traveler’s Notebook Pool Party July Kit featuring Ain’t Life Grand by Pretty Little Studio.

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This mixed media layout was so fun to make. I mixed my watercolors with my gelatos around many various sized circles to get a really cool look. I used some Shimmerz Dazzlerz and purple acrylic paint with my finger to help add some more pink around the circles. I doodled around each of the circles to make them pop. I also used a stamp set from Pink Fresh Studios that I got as an add on. there are some circle elements as well as some fun phrases.

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I scattered some of the acrylic Elle’s Studio pieces in the circles. I added a ton of enamel dots, some were from this month’s kit but some were from last month’s kit too.  I wished I could have used the Bella Blvd Stars though too.

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By adding the acetate paper in the inside the main circle it really added some extra color to this already colorful layout. I really just wanted this layout to be really playful. I am documenting when I colored my hair dark purple last month. I love that I can be really playful with my hair and have a little fun. I love expressing myself through hair colors and things I wear.

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I used the 4×6 cards for my layers behind the photo. By keeping them really natural it helped my photo really stand out.

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I added the title in a semi circle around the big circle. I did a play on words with the title. I wrote Change is in the hair instead of Change is in the air. I used the Copper Pink Fresh Studio Alpha’s from the June Kit.

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Lastly I scattered some die cuts from the main kit. I also added a Maggie Holmes fringe heart near my title. I love the idea of the butterfly transforming like I am transforming my look to fit my personality. These butterflies are so beautiful too.

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I hope you head over to the Clique Kits Blog and see what the other Design Team Members have made with their Kits and Add ons for the July Challenge. I hope you play along too. You have all month to get your layout or project done and tag us.

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You can watch my Process Video while I create this layout,

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Scrapping Wonders DT: Watercolor Insert Spread

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I was asked to join the Scrapping Wonders DT. I have been loving playing around in my own Traveler’s Notebooks so I said yes. Frankly I am honored to be asked!! I know I just like to play around in my Notebook’s. It is a way to to have fun and learn.

Today I am sharing a Watercolor spread in the Watercolor Insert In the Scrapping Wonders Etsy shop.

I wanted to create a scene with Watercolors and some other mixed media on one side of the double page.

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I also wanted a full page sized Black and White photo on the other side. I really wanted it to feel like we were stepping back in time. That is because when walking down this street in Tacoma makes you feel. All the old brick style building. The cobblestone streets, the train tacks that run straight through the street. You feel like time stood still for a minute.

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I Used watercolor brush script to create a title for the spread I made. I really didn’t feel the need to  do a ton of journaling. I will probably make a full size layout of the photo in color, so I am not worried about telling the story in words. I wanted to create a feeling. Almost retelling history.

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For the sidewalk area I used Shimmerz paste and sprays, watercolor and Gold texture luxe to get that feel of a walked on street or side walk. I wanted it to feel old and I wanted to see the texture like you see when you are really walking on the sidewalk.

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I built little clusters of embellishments in the colors I used on my spread to help tie everything together. It is the scrapbooker in me that needs to add a photo and paper to my spread.

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I love the Arrival tag, especially since this building up ahead is Union Station. I wonder how many arrival stamps have been added to people’s papers and luggage?!

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Here is a final look at my spread. I am really happy with how it turned out, It really was a learning process. To see my process head over to Youtube or watch below..

 

 

I hope you were Inspired try something different or tell your story a little different, using a different approach.  Look forward to seeing more Traveler’s Notebook spread in the future!!

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Seven Scrappy Ladies Challenge: June random 5 challenge

 

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I have started doing a new series with an amazing line up of scrappy youtube women. Once a month we will be doing a challenge and having fun.

This month we are using 5 random items on our layouts. This is really fun because you could have your favorite items or have some things that you don’t always use.

My 5 random items were 1. ribbon 2. bows 3. Branding strips 4. Velum and 5. a big title.  Though I may have miss interpreted the challenge, it was a really good practice to use random items that I didn’t pick or maybe wouldn’t have thought to put together normally. It really stretches you to go outside of your own style and create in a different way too.

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To see my process video watch below:

 

 

Here are the videos from the other ladies joining in on this monthly challenge

Eternally Inspired Mama (Elizabeth) 

The Tattooed Crafter (Julia)

Crafty Meggy

Tori Bissell

Kira

Mary

To play along use the hashtag #scrappy7

Also look forward to next month when we do another challenge!!

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Clique Kits: Take Note Thursday

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Aloha!! I am taking on frames in Traveler’s Notebook on the Clique Kits Youtube Channel. I am using their June Kit which features the Cocoa Vanilla Wild at Heart Collection. I also am mixing in a bit of the May Traveler’s Notebook Kit with my June Main Kit.

Here are some close up pics of my layout.

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I filled in some of the frames with pattern paper, I wanted to layer embellishments in them and highlight the embellishments.

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I used both chipboard frames and the die cut frames from the embellishment pack.

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I really love how the June Main kit and the May TN kit work together.

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I loved using the exclusive Printables from the June Main kit inside all the frames.

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I am using a square photo to document. I am working on a Traveler’s Notebook that I started in September 2015, when I was trying to do a TN instead of Project Life to document our month. This photo is showing some watercoloring I was working on to work on my Website logo. I love that tactile why of designing things. Instead of just working digital I wanted to create something with watercolor and then digital alter it to hit in the space I want.

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I love all the layered elements on this page.

Here is a look at the full Traveler’s Notebook Spread:

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Here you can watch the process video from the Clique Kits Youtube Channel:

 

 

Thanks for Stopping by today!!

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I hope you have an Inspired Day!!

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SpiegelMom Scraps Youtube Channel: Twenty Five Years Later

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This month we are inspired by the 80s and the 90s over on the SpiegelMom Scraps Design Team. It is really fun to go back in time and think about all the things we loved and things we are glad to leave behind about our younger years.

This layout I decided to document my favorite band growing up. Thankfully I had amazing parents who put up with all the music and posters on my walls, Because My music player was definitely on repeat.  Well my favorite band is celebrating being a band for 25 years and going on a world tour.

I used internet pictures from back then and now and scrapped them.

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It was a bit difficult because they used lots of yellows and oranges. I took on the challenge and made a monochromatic layout.

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I finished off with Just Beachin’ It and Black Tie event Sequin mixes and it was the perfect finish to my 8 1/2 x 11 layout.

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I also finished my layout with some I cork U cork hearts. It added a nice texture and neutral color to this very colorful layout.

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Here is look at my layout.

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You  can watch my process video from the SpiegelMom Scraps Youtube Channel below:

 

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Can’t wait to see you later with some more layouts and projects!!

Have an inspired Day!!

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Silhouette print and Cut Tutorial (You Tube Video)

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I wanted to share with you a Tutorial I am posting to my Youtube Channel on how to use a print and cut. Many scrapbooking kit clubs offer print and cuts or printables. Many times it would be easier to just stick it in your Silhouette Cameo and cut it out instead of having to hand cut it out.

I am using the June Aquarelle Clique Kits Exclusive Traveler’s Notebook Printables.

I also created my own template in Adobo Photoshop as the image outline to use in the Silhouette Studio Software to use the print and cut feature.

You may copy my image to use for the silhouette if you want. Know that you must purchase the printables from Clique Kits in order to use them. You can however make your own images to cut with this template. It has some tags, flags and a 3×4 journalling card space. (You need two images in order to do the print and cut feature in the Silhouette Software.)

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In order to use this image in the silhouette software it needs to be a PNG file.

Check out my tutorial below:

If you have any questions about the print and cut feature don’t hesitate to ask!!

Look forward to Tutorial on changing a png to a cut file next week!! Later in June I will be sharing a tutorial on creating a brush script title into a cut file as while on the Clique Kits Blog!!

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Clique Kits Design Team Layout: Shine Like the Stars

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Aloha!! I hope your day has been delightful! We have had glorious weather the past couple of weeks here in the Pacific Northwest Area, and we have been taking advantage of it by spending a lot of our time outside. Getting our garden ready, doing some much needed spring yard work done, also just soaking up some of those Vitamin D rays and playing with our puppy.

Today I want to share a layout I made using the June Aquarelle Kit from Clique Kits which features the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Wild at Heart Collection. It’s a gorgeous kit. It’s been really hard to know what to use first because I want to use it all.

I started off by cutting some of the exclusive cut files from this month with some from earlier and past kits.  I also roughly sketch out my own sketch on some lined notebook paper. I do this when I have an idea of how I want the layout to look like. This helps me just into the groove of creating too.IMG_6145

I then used acrylic paint that I watered down and created a background that was ombre, I wanted it to look like a night sky going from black to blue to purple. I splattered some Shimmerz Acritonez in white and Navy to look like stars.

I glued down my cut files and then stitched lines from the top to the layout to the stars. I wanted it to look like the stars were hanging from the sky. I had a small issue with the tension in my thread so I had to compromise and only do a few lines. I then strung some of the May Exclusive Sequins on some string and hung it in one spot. It ended up being a really cool element.

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I layered some embellishments up at the top so I could cover some of the really loose threads and layered some of the kits exclusive printables. The black tags from the Traveler’s Notebook printable are my favorite.

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I added the middles of the star cut file on pop dots and scattered them around the layout. There were some copper stars on the Alpha from Pink Fresh Studio in the kit and I used those too. This really tied down the concept of a night time starry sky.

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I also used the Wild at Heart glitter enamel dots around the layout with some of the yellow flower sequins. I was hoping the yellow flowers would look more like stars.

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I simply layered some of the papers behind my 4×6 photo of my kiddos on their first day of school. I kept the layers really simple because there is a lot going on on the layout. Also I realized once I had all the cut files down I almost had no room for the photo at all. OOPs. I hate when I do that too. I really didn’t want a double page spread at all, so I just decided to cover more of the star cut file than I would have liked. In the end it all worked out fine.

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I used some of the April’s kit Elles Studio white alphas with the copper ones from this kit and made a mini title not eh photo itself. I even stitched through the white alphas. I really love how that looks.

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I wrote the journalling under the photo and kept it nice and simple. Other than it being the first day of school there wasn’t anything more to this photo anyway.

I finished the layout off with some gold and white Heidi Swapp Color Shine. I like the way the gold looks like stars!!

Here is my finished layout.

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You can watch the process video over on the Clique Kits Youtube Channel, or down below.

 

Use my code Hannah10 and you can get 10% off in the store for your add ons (today is the last day to add June add ons to your kit too). Many things are also on sale in the store, so take a look at the Clique Kits Store today!!

I hope you have a wonderful day and are inspired to use cut files with your kits and layouts!!

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Clique Kits May Pep Rally

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Head over to the Clique Kits Store and sign up for the June Kit and buy your add ons. The add ons are just as dreamy as the kit is too. (Use my code Hannah10 and you can get 10 %  on all your add ons.)

To watch my June Unboxing video look below:

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Today Also is Clique Kits Pep Rally. This is where the members and design team get together and all post what they are working on with their monthly kits at the same on IG. Using the hashtag #click_connect_create and #ckpeprally you can find and see all the layouts and projects with the kit that day.

I love Pep Rally day, I love seeing everything everyone else has made. It really inspires me to finish my kit up and inspires me in the next kit.

Here is the layout I made for the Pep Rally.

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This layout went through the ringer until it ended out like this!! I know I have said this before and I will keep saying it, I love the journey you go through when you make a layout.

I started out by using watered down acrylic paint on the resist speciality paper by KaiserKraft in the main kit.  I sprayed a few spritzes of Shimmerz spray in Eggnoggin. It left this really pretty purple with hints of gold on it.

Once I added my bottom row of layered paper things started to change for me. I thought the purple would look amazing next to the soft mint greens and coral/pink colors of the Pink Fresh Studio Dream On Collection.

The problem was with the gold and the other colors, the blue and the yellow. I just didn’t like it. But in true mixed media style I kept going. Kept working the page, it always look crazy before it looks good , right?!!

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I stitched in a zig zag pattern with my sewing machine. Added some squares with pop dots and some left over hearts from the exclusive cut file.

I still didn’t like the big blob of purple and gold. I then grabbed my white gesso, which really isn’t white. It’s creamy. Mixed with the paint and spray, this color was quite different from what I was thinking or liking. Which I will say is strange, I generally like lots of colors and try to work with what ends up on my page. I think with mixed media you need to have this mentality most of the time. There are just sometimes though, when you need to know when to throw in the towel. So … I threw in my towel.

The problem is, I really liked the stitching and layers at the bottom.

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So I took a piece of white card stock and cut it down to cover most of the paint and gesso. I am sad that I couldn’t use that resist paper too. It looked really cool with just the paint. There always is next time, right?! This is what the journey of learning with mixed media is about. Learning from your mistakes!!

I mirrored the layering I had on the bottom up on the top of my page.

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Using some of the same elements on the top as the bottom, like those cut file hearts, and other exclusives from the Traveler’s Notebook Kit. Then I stitched the same zig zag stitch on the top.

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For my photo, I took leftover bits of patterned paper from my kit and layered then under. I have lots of layering so I only used and little bit of layering. I really wanted to focus to be on the layering on the top and bottom of the page.

I used one of the journaling printables for my journaling. I layered a couple of the smaller squares from the patterned paper, along with one of those cut file hearts. I added a puffy sticker from the kit and it looked really good.

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I added one of the Pink Fresh Studio mirror stickers over the Dreams on the cut apart cards on the patterned paper. It just seemed fun.

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I ended the layout with some Razzle-dazzle Berry Shimmerz Vibez in Splatters throughout my layout. I like the way that added some purple without being really bright or over the top.

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This layout ended up being one of my fave that I have made lately, maybe it was the journey I went on. Maybe it is just because I had to work so hard to turn it into beautiful or maybe it’s just because it is soft, dreamy and so pretty!!

I also took the time to journal about this journey I have been taking throughout this past year or so, to better myself in the scrappy world. I really feel like I have changed in a good way to make my layouts better, and true to me. I have really worked hard to learn new skills and make my layouts better on the screen. You can have an amazing layout but if you share a dark and blurred photo of that layout, nobody will notice your work.

I love scrapbooking!! It truly has saved me in so many ways. To give back I want to learn to be better. To have something I can appreciate later in life, something my family will be proud to look through and have to share with future generations.

I feel so honored to be a part of this community and to finally have a chance to learn and grow in a new way with the scrapbooking design teams I am now a part of. They have inspired me to be a better me!!

To watch my process video look below:

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If you want to check out the Clique Kits Blog to see all the other inspiration the Design Team is sharing head on over. There is also a post with the new Aquarelle Kit too.

To see all the projects on the Clique Kits Youtube Channel, head over and subscribe there.  The videos posted on that channel won’t be anywhere else.

I hope you have a great week!! It’s only Wednesday so there is still so much of it left, make the most of it!!

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Project Life Challenge and Collaboration

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If you have been following me this year, then you know that I have been trying really hard to keep up and do project life or pocket page documenting.  A couple of years ago, I tried it for a few months. I really enjoyed it, but it really become too much for me to keep doing. My love is really for 12×12 scrapbooking and I tried to make my pockets like mini layouts. With my style back then it wasn’t a realistic goal.

Looking back at that scrapbooking album and seeing those pocket page spreads throughout our spring that year, they have became my favorite things to look through. I love seeing the progression of our lives throughout that spring and into summer. I really wish I hadn’t stopped. And maybe one day I will go back and finish that year. Maybe I will go back and finish part of last year too. I still have tons of photos that I haven’t used mainly because we moved in the year and it was hard to actually scrap current during that time.

I am a current scrapper, I love taking a photo and scrapping it 5 minutes later. I always have been. It is way I love printing at home. I think it is part of why I love pocket page scrapbooking. You can take your current stories and share them in a fresh new way.

Anyway, onward, I was asked to join in a collaboration with Mary and Kira of createcraftrepeat on IG and Youtube. Two really close scrappy friends who joined forces and started a youtube channel together. Sounds like so much fun right. We all love our scrappy bestie and collaborating with them is pure genius!!

Of course I said yes, I have a soft spot for scrappy friends who stick together and join forces, remember Ohsnapgonzo (Sandra) and Maggie Mylow (Lisa). They were one of the first scrappy bestie I saw on Youtube grow as friends and stick together and join forces and make a podcast. And they were fun, and I tagged along and learned so much from them!! Seriously if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be the scrapper I am today!! They encouraged me, and really let me join them on their journey of being scrappy besties far across the continent.

Since them we have seen many scrappy bestie friends join forces and do great things. But really it’s the encouragement you get from a person who loves scrapbooking the way you do. Who will chat scrappy ideas at midnight, who will listen to you ramble about how your layout sucks because it just doesn’t seem right, who will remind you you are the best mixed media scrapper, even when you know they are stretching it. These women are all over the community and help each other stoke the fire of scrapbooking!!

So Mary and Kira asked me if I would join them, and I said yes!! And of course I had a blast with this first Project Life Challenge. Our challenge was to take out about 5 extra cards then you would need for your spread. Pick all your cards randomly and then you needed to figure out a way to use them in your spread.

Well I almost picked about 5 extra cards, for each set of cards I needed. I picked about 5 4×6 cards and 5 to 7 3×4 cards. I picked as randomly as I could, though it was hard. All my cards are in different places throughout my room. My Ali Edwards Story Kits are in one place, my old cut apart pocket page cards in another, and out on my windowsill are my newer PL cards. I really feel I got a good mix of old and new cards.

Here is my process of picking and putting together my Project Life spread for March 4- March 10th.

 

 

Don’t forget to check out the other ladies joining in on the challenge and collaboration!! It is a fun line up today!

Tori Bissell: https://www.youtube.com/Toribissell

Megan Blethen:
https://www.youtube.com/meganblethen1

Julia
https://www.youtube.com/thetattooedcrafter

Mary & Kira
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SpiegelMom Scraps Shake It Anytime Tutorial

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I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s day yesterday!! I was able to lounge around my house, watch sappy chick flick movies, cuddle my kids, hubby and dog, and not cook. That is pretty good in my house, because cooking and cleaning and getting up and down from the couch if I choose to relax is so common. Like most moms, it is nice to have a day where your kids try to remember to do things for you all day long.

Today I want to share a shaker 6X8 page protector insert that I made to go in my Week In The Life album I am putting together.

It is a small fun way to have some color and a bit of embellishing considering most of my album is simple and filled with words and stories and the photos that go along with the stories.

I used a 6X8 page protector with the 2X2 squares. I really don’t like adding photos to those since you can’t really see most in them anyway. Filling them with some chipboard embellies and some sequins is a way to add something special to my album with not to much effort.

I did need to use my fuse for the protector to close the little pockets. I also used an old sticker package for the thin acetate the stickers were on. I added my number Thickers on the acetate so it would appear to be floating. The sticker acetate is much thinner so it is really hard to see it. As long as you keep it clean, it shouldn’t show angle either.

You should let the alphas or numbers on the acetate dry before inserting them into the 2X2 pockets.

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Next I picked two round elements, a wood veneer and a foam black thicker from Amy Tangerine. I added Pocket Full of Posies Sequins to those pockets and fused them shut.

 

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I pulled out my Love U tons felt hearts in white and pale yellow. I used my mini stapler to keep two hearts that are different sizes together.

One top pocket I added two hearts (one big felt heart and a cork hearts) and Summer Paradise sequins together.

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I filled the bottom pocket with the hearts and Jaded Hearts sequins. I used my fuse to close that pocket.

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A little piece of advice I want to add is, make sure your fuse is hot but not too hot or the page protector will melt and not fuse properly. Also make sure the pockets that have the sticker packaging to hold the numbers and other stickers, isn’t too high. If you fuse with the sticker packaging in between the protector it won’t fuse. The Fuse is not hot enough to melt the sticker packaging, and it will just melt your protector.

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After all my shaker pockets were filled I fused them and looked through my chipboard and other stickers to add a few more elements to my page. I choose stickers so when I placed them inside the pockets of the protectors they would stick on their own and stay suspended in the middle of the pocket. Later they may need a little dab of liquid glue to stay put for years. If you are wooded that that won’t hold you can also use a small strip of redline tape too.

I used some staples for my bigger chipboard pieces that were on top of the protector for a fun element.

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This shaker pocket protector was really simple and quick to put together. It is a fun element to add to my Week In The Life album. The spring sequin mixes in the SpeigelMom Scraps store are an excellent choice to add a bit of color to my album as well.

To watch my tutorial on the SpiegelMom Scraps Youtube Look Below:

 

Be sure to check out the Blog for other fun and amazing ideas as well. This year we have three different teams within the whole team, the ladies at the blog aren’t sharing on the Youtube channel, so you will see a great variety of projects and ideas all over social where you enjoy looking for it.

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I hope you have an inspiring day!!

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