The Joys Of Flying: March Clique Kit layout

In February when I flew back home to New York, we had to book my flight at the last minute. I was so happy I could even get back to the mainland when I needed too. But it was crazy, the flights. Flying from Hawaii all the way to New York in itself is no simple feat. It’s a really long journey.

I had to make three connections across the country. There was definitely lots of walking, even almost running at points to make these connections. I don’t think I have ever walked so long to make connections in all the flying I have done to date. I was however so thankful that I had no children with me to hurry along. I was also just thankful to be heading back home to be with the ones I love and help be there for them.

I really wanted to make a layout about this crazy trip. Especially since it was so memorable, having to recheck in through the airport between some of my flights. plus this was the plane trip I was doing all by myself across the country, without friends or kids. There was definitely lots of coffee ingested too, some good and some just to stay awake.

I thought that the fun nature of the March Clique kit would be appropriate for documenting this layout. This kit was built around the Seven Paper Studio Calico collection Goldie by Ashley Goldberg. There was also elements of travel in this kit too.

I will say I thought I recorded this layout, but apparently didn’t or accidentally deleted the photo age. But I love that I still can share this layout with you.

I decided to change up the size. I do things like this on occasion just to switch things up, it gets my brain to have to think of things differently. I think it’s a good way to stretch your brain creatively. I did an 8 1/2 by 11 layout. It is much different than a 12×12 size, you really have to think about how you are using your space.

I also decided to use more photos on this layout. I tend to be ok with using just one photo most of the time. Seriously, I do. I know it does not help in using all your photos from a certain day or event. It makes it so that you need more albums to tell all the stories that you want to tell. But I have come to terms that I will tons of layouts, and albums. And I know my kids may hate that they have to deal with them, but it’s their history and if when I am gone they want to throw them away, at least they had the option to know all these stories I told for them. (I really want to talk about this more later, maybe another layout later, because going home I poured over family albums and was truly happy they were available to look at. To be able to listen to my grandmother retell the memories of these stories in the pictures. She doesn’t scrapbook but I seen where that seed was started and watered. But that is a whole new layout!!)

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I really like the paper with the triangle sections. I really wanted to use this paper, and I though by having the photos in the center, or near the center, it would draw your eye to where all these triangles meet.

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By placing the photos off skewed I thought it would help the layout feel a little chaotic, which is what the journaling is all about. All about this crazy trip. I mean showing up to the airport over 12 hours before it takes off because there was a big chance for freezing rain. I didn’t want to get stuck in the country on roads that didn’t get plowed until after I needed to be at the airport for check in. So hanging in the small airport all night was interesting, Thank goodness for Dunkin Donuts and a good book!! Or having to spend extra time in the air because of a storm, though I admit the clouds from this Southern Storm looked so cool!!

I also did my classic layering but made them larger papers and just had bits of those papers stick out.

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I stuck many of the die cuts from this kit and January kit (It had Fancy Pants Designs Happy Place stuff in it). I used the wash strips to add bits without adding much bulk. The ALL THE COFFEE phrases strip was perfect for this coffee cup photo I had taken on the way to New York, While I waited in San Fran for the delayed flight. (This was one of the flights I had to recheck in, at 12 o’clock at night too.)

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I used that paper clip from the crate paper on my layout too. I thought it added a fun touch. And isn’t that sequin heart so cute!! I could have used more of those on this layout, if I had more space.

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I added that adventure cut apart on that tab. I even popped up this photo, to help separate the photos a bit, give fun lines, and add places to tuck in embellies.

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(BYW, The Martian is one of my top book reads this year! Though I admit I couldn’t restrict watching the movie first on the second flight. I then bought the book at the third layover!!LOL. They are both equally good!!)

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I had cut up that XO from one of the journaling cards from the add on paper pack from Photoplay. I just thought that looked perfect there. I added my journaling right on the background. I added the title above the photo/paper cluster. I like that it is a bit sarcastic. Though in the end I really didn’t mind all the craziness because I got to see my family and friends that I had’t seen in years. It really was just want I needed at the time, even though I didn’t know I needed it. I learned a lot about why I scrapbook and how I need to make and take the time to take photos that are going to capture the stories I live. The stories of my life and the ones I love to retell.

I hope you are inspired to think out of the box today!! Take some time, think about why you are creative, and if you are conveying the emotions, stories and feelings you want to when you do create. whether you just want to look at pretty pictures, whether you just want to remember the good times with the kids, whether you just want to observe life unfolding around you. Take the time to breathe it in, and see what you can do to recapture that on a scrapbook page, art journal, smash book, or whatever way you know how to get these stories out.

Aloha, Hannah

 

 

 

 

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March Clique Kits Pep Rally

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Aloha My Scrappy friends!! It’s that part of the month when Clique Kits does their monthly blog hop and design team members and other crafters who get Cliques share some of the things are creating with their monthly kits. The March kit this month is the “Hell Yeah” and is packed with tons of exclusive goodies. I have really been enjoying using this kit which features Studio Calico Seven Paper Goldie designed by Ashley Goldberg. If you are following the Pep Rally Blog Hop then Welcome to my blog.You probably came from Kim’s blog, if after reading my blog post you want to continue the hop there is a list at the end of the post with the whole line up. You will end up at Charity’s blog!!

Here is a quick look at the “Hell Yeah” March Clique Kit.

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For the layout I made for the hop I decided to go back and use the circles from the cut file that is available to download with you kit. Each month with your Clique kit, there are free cut files and printables. They are always fun and coordinate with the month’s kit perfectly!! Earlier this month I made a layout with their circle cut file. I had tons of smaller circles leftover, and I really didn’t want to throw them out.

I decided to cover about 2/3 of the layout with these circles. I tried to eyeball them but get them mostly evenly lined up.

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For the bottom 1/3 I used the peachy pink stripe from the paper add on. I really hadn’t touched my paper add on and there is some really fun and pretty papers, mostly from Photoplay. They are pretty girly so I knew it would be perfect for a layout about my daughter Leilani.

Many of the 3X4 cut parts have encouraging words or phrases, also perfect for Leilani. I picked the one that said, “With brave wings she flies”. the cut apart/journaling card was in a gorgeous teal color too. a good contrast to the blue in the pattern from the circles up above.

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In our kit we also had this really fun gold and silver crape paper. I really wanted to use that. I love all the texture it could give to my layout. I made a fan out of each color twice. I pieced them together in a semi circle. There was a gold and silver piece together. I tucked them one each side of the photo, knowing that I would add some other goodies with them.

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I love how it, looks peeking out from under these hand cut flowers!!

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I handout some of the floral clusters for embellishments and layered elements on my layout. I tucked them around the crape fans and near the bottom of the 3×4 card. some of the flowers I added pop dots for dimension.

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I also cut some of the hearts out of one of the other patterned papers in the kit. These tiny hearts were perfect to mix with the exclusive die cut embellishments. I used one of the journaling tags with the fans.

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I used the roller phrase stamp for a fun detail on the background near my clusters. The black ink really pops.

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I used the other cut file with marque words for part of my title. I used a darker pink patterned paper so it would add contrast with the circles on the background. I also used some gold glitter thicker words for my title. I wanted more gold on the layout since I had gold with the crape fans.

 

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I finished my title with the black alpha stickers that matched with the Goldie collection from Seven Paper. I love this font, it is just so much fun and the perfect size. I added this under my photo, to flow down the whole layout.

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There is my classic layers behind the photo, which is also on pop dots. I finished the layout with Heidi Swapp gold and hot pink Color Shine. I journaled on the back of my layout, since it would have been really hard to see handwritten journaling on the front. Plus I wanted to write something sweet to my daughter. With this being in our family album I figured it would be nice to have some journaling that is hidden, and not everyone would read. Something just for her. Because she is so special, strong and brave. She gives me so many reasons to smile!

Here is a look at my finished layout.

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You can also watch the process video I made to go with this layout.

I hope you have been enjoying this blog hop so far. I love seeing all the inspiration that all the crafters share during the pep rally. It always gives me a boost to get up and create something!! I hope you continue on and check out Charity’s blog!!

March Clique Kit Pep Rally blog hop Line Up

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia Lau https://giaaloha.wordpress.com/
Erica Thompson https://ericarosecreates.wordpress.com/
*Melissa Vining http://yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
*Leeann Pearce http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com.au/
*Carolina Schulz www.carolinaschulz.com
*Kat Benjamin http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com
*Marcia Dehn-Nix http://www.onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/
*Maryam Perez Osorio http://maryamperez.blogspot.com/
Elsie Robinson http://heyelsie.blogspot.com/
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Taina Cortes (Evi) http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
>>>Hannah Lemieux http://www.scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com/<<<<<YOU ARE HERE
>>Charity Feit http://www.scrapfaire.blogspot.com/<<<< UP NEXT
Mariah Hechler www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com/
Leigh Ann Odynksi http://www.artfulleighcreative.com

 

Have an inspired day my scrappy friends!!

Aloha, Hannah

 

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What a bunch: March Clique Kits Guest Designer

Aloha!! For Valentine’s day/Mother’s Day my Hubby got me a new DSLR Camera. And let me tell you I am in LOVE!!

I am trying to take shots all the time. So the other day when my kids were hanging on the back of the swing we have outside on our patio i decided to try to get a few shots.

I love the look of photos having fun playing, even if they are slightly posed. after trying to get a couple pics of the kids doing their own thing, I told them to get close so I could get a “good” she of them all together. I can often get individual shots of them easily, but a really nice photo together is often hard.

The girls were happy and in the mood and willing to smile nicely for me. Maybe they are realizing if they comply to my request I will let them go back to playing. Samuel on the other hand just wasn’t into sitting so close to his sisters and giving me a smile.

In fact here are a couple of shots I got of him before I made them get close.

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This one isn’t too bad, at least he is semi smiling while sticking his tongue out!!

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This one would have been better if he wasn’t to far forward.

Because I am learning to use this amazing fancy camera, I am keeping these shots even though they aren’t perfect.

By the time I made them all sit together close Sam just wasn’t into giving me a good smile.  This is very much his personality right now. Always trying to be goofy and getting a laugh. If he has to be serious life isn’t very fun. For a four year old this is extremely important too.

Here is a shot I took after I got the one I used for my layout.

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He really doesn’t look happy in this one, He looks almost ready to fight!! LOL!!

At least the girls look cute and happy!!

Since I gabbed so much about my adventures in photo taking with children I will just share a few close ups of my layout. I really love how it turned out and how the photo is the focus of the layout.

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I used the March Exclusive Cut File from Just Nick. I love all the circles. And adding the heart paper behind some of the circles really make it fun.  I also used my silhouette to cut out a title with white card stock. I love how having a silhouette I can customize a title and have it all match too.

 

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I tried to keep my embellishments simple. I layered a few of the 3×4 cut apart cards to layer. I the colors and patterns add to the layout, without be too busy.

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I love the touch of glitter and gold adds to this layout. This Maggie Holmes Thicker word and shape pack really matches well with the Goldie collection that is used in the March “Hell Yeah” Clique Kit.

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I added some black Heidi Swapp Color Shine at the end of my layout.

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The silver crape paper adds a fun element and adds a nice place for my photo to sit.

Here is a look at the full Layout.

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I also have a process video on my Youtube Channel. You can watch my video below.

Don’t forget to check out Clique Kits to see all the cool stuff they have over in their store , as well as the Kits they offer.

I hope you have an inspired week!!

Aloha, Hannah

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Wonderful Mother Nature: March Clique Kits Guest Designer

Aloha My Scrapping Friends!! This month I am the Guest Designer over at Clique Kits. This month’s “hell yeah” is featuring Studio Calico Seven Paper Goldie Collection designed by Ashley Goldberg. I love this kit!! It’s graphic and fun. Also in this kit are some exclusive papers designed to match the kit. These are fabulous!!

To check out the blog post I wrote out for Clique Kits, head over to their blog and read about the layout I created with this kit. (This link goes right to my blog post.)

Here are a few photos of my layout!!

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I love how these photos look overlapped.

 

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I used one of the 3×4 cards as part of my title.

 

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This exclusive flair matches the poison sumac, so I needed to use it!!

 

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I layered the die cuts with my paper layers.  I love the way the background turned out as well. I definitely altered it to make it look like a new paper.

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Here was a look at the full layout!!

 

I also have a process video to go along with my layout. You can watch it here.

 

Thanks for joining me today! Have an inspired week!!

Aloha, Hannah

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March Clique Kits Sketch Challenge

Aloha Scrappers!!

I wanted to hop on real quick and share with you the March Sketch Challenge over on the Clique Kits blog. This month there are two sketches that you can use for the challenge!!

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Head over to the Clique Kits Blog for more details for this challenge.

Plus you will also see some examples of the sketches from some of the design team members, including me.

Here is a quick look at my layout using the second sketch.

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You can also see my process video here as well.

 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an inspired week!!

Aloha, Hannah

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