Clique Kits & Precious Remembrance Blog Hop


Hello new and old friends and welcome to the blog hop for Clique Kits and Precious Remembrance stamps.  You should have come here from Lisa Elton, but if you got lost you can check the links bellow.  I am so excited to share a layout I created using the Totally stamp set from Precious Remembrance stamps and the Clique Kits August kit.  Here is a quick look at the stamp set and the August Scrapbooking kit “Rio”.


First let me say that I am SUPER picky about the stamps that I use.  I tend to like more text based stamp sets with a mix of fonts and types.  As soon as I saw all the stamps in the Precious Remembrance shop I loved them all!  The stamps are really so versatile and can be used for many different projects and occasions.

For today’s layout I wanted to create something out of the box. I decided to try making a cut file out of the “totally” sentiment on the stamp.

Here are 5 easy steps to create a cut file from your favorite stamp!

  1. Stamp out your image or sentiment on a plain piece of cardstock or paper.
  2. Take a photo of the stamped image.
  3. Upload the image to Silhouette Studio.
  4. Select the image to trace and create cut lines and normal.
  5. Cut your image!

So fabulously easy to make your favorite sentiments or images in to cut files.  With this awesome trick it will provide endless creative options for your stamps!

Finally, here is a look at the layout I created using the “totally” cut file I created from the stamp set and the beautiful August Rio Kit.




I had so much fun creating this fresh summer layout!  I am excited to see how I can use the stamp to create a background cut file!

Thanks again for stopping by today!  Remember to leave a comment to win a $20.00 gift certificate to Clique Kits or the Totally Stamp set from Precious Remembrance!  Your next stop on the hop is Melissa Chipperfield.  If you got lost along the way you can jump back in using the links below!

Have a beautiful day!


Clique Kits ­

Leigh Ann Odynski

Kim Oedekoven ­

The Cut Shoppe-Oh Happy Day

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing a fun new layout for The Cut Shoppe using lots of stitching!  While I am not new to stitching on my layouts I am new to using the Silhouette to create the pattern.  I used the “Oh Happy Day” sentiment from the Everyday Essentials cut file set.  You can check out the set in the shop here.


To create the stitching pattern on my layout I simply changed the cut line settings in my Silhouette software and set it to cut! After the perforated cuts were made on my layout I then stitched the words in three different colors.  I just adore the final result and I can’t wait to try this technique again!  Here is a look at the final layout!






Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a beautiful day and give this technique a try!



Clique Kits July Pep Rally



Hello friends!  Thanks for stopping by today along the Clique Kits blog hop for the July Pep Rally!  Here is a little peek at the July kit Raskog featuring Pinkfresh studio.  To see some up close pictures and get your hands on a kit you can check it out in the shop here.


This month I created 2 project life spreads and 4 12×12 traditional layouts.  I loved this kit and the bright bold colors in the collection.  My all time favorite colors to create with are mint and white.  This kit had lots of mint in it so I wanted to put that together to create a soft summer layout.  I paired the soft colors with the AMAZING cut files this month and here is the layout I created.




Such a simple layout but soft from the vellum backed cut file and delicate from the doily.  I also added a little softness to the photo in photoshop.  I just adore how it turned out!

I have also been creating a lot with the summer kit that is out this month.  I prepped my album for vacation and shared a video here  that talks all about the kit.  You can also follow Clique kits on Instagram to see sneaks of the final summer album.  When you head to the shop to pick up this amazing summer kit you can use my code CANDACE10 for 10% off


Thanks so much for stopping by to share in all the fun and excitement about this fabulous kit.  **Remember to comment along the hop for a chance to win the Raskog kit!**  Next on the hop is Janet Perafan-Babar.

In case you got lost along the hop here is a list of al the ladies.  Have a beautiful day!

Clique Kits
Gia Lau
Erica Thompson
*Justyna Kowron
*Elisabetta Margini
*Aliza Deutsch
*Candace Perkins
Janet Perafan-Babar
Sandy Gonzalez
Kim Allen
*Leeann Pearce
*Kim Oedekoven
Maryam Perez
Caroli Schulz
Donna Espiritu
Sara Mishler
Hannah Lemieux

Leigh Ann Odynski


The Cut Shoppe-Getting to Know You


Hello friends new & old!  You should be joining me from Irit’s blog.  I am so happy to be joining The Cut Shoppe for another term!  I just adore all of Ashley’s creations in the shop and I am so excited about the new digital scrapbooking collections!  Today I am sharing a layout using the 12×12 Zig-Zagged cut file.




This was such a fun layout to create!  I added colored stitching around the layout to accentuate the zig zags then clustered like colored embellishments for maximum impact.  I love the final result!

If you are new to me,  here are a few fun questions and answers to get to know me and my scrapbooking style…

1. How many times in a week, do you work on something scrapbook related?
Almost daily!  I am a project lifer so I am taking photos daily.  I am lucky enough to work for a few fabulous design teams so I am creating daily to stay on top of projects.
2. What’s your favorite subject to scrapbook?
Of course, my children are my favorite subjects!
3. What is your favorite color to use on your layouts/projects? What is your least favorite color?
I love white and white space.  If I had to choose one color to pair with white it would be mint.  I ADORE MINT….LOL!  My least favorite would have to be black and purple.  I can never find anything to match purple.
4. Why do you like using cut files on your layouts/projects?
I find so much inspiration from cut files.  I could be stuck in a scrapbooking drought and see and cut file and have tons of ideas come to me.  I love that it can be a starting point for a layout or a finishing touch.  I find that cut files are definitely my most used medium in scrapbooking.
5. What are some of your other favorite hobbies? If you were not a scrapbooker, what other hobby do you think would consume most of your time?
I am a avid exerciser.  I teach group fitness classes at the local gyms in Phoenix.  A few of my favorite classes to teach are Body Pump, spin, Combat, Crossfit and Barre.  If I am not at the gym teaching I am usually there working out.  Between the gym, my 4 crazy boys (9, 7, 5, 3) and my very active husband we are a busy little family!
6. Tell us 5 things we don’t know about you!
*If I could live my life over again I would star in Wicked on Broadway. (No I can’t sing or dance…LOL)
*I am not really an animal person…even though we currently have a dog.
*I went to state championships in Badminton in High School.
*I love to sleep in…even though with 4 boys I can’t remember the last time I did it…
*I love to go to the movies by myself. My own popcorn, my own candy, my own drink and no one to talk to….love it!
Whew! LOL! Too much information??? So fun!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and getting to know me and the rest of the design team ladies a little better.
****Remeber to leave a comment on my blog and I will be choosing one random winner to receive a Cut Shoppe Gift certificate.  Make sure that you check back at The Cut Shoppe blog on July 13th to see if you were a winner!
Now on to the next blog the lovely Mandy Melville!  I have included the full blog hop order below in case you got lost along the way!  Have a beautiful day!
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Clique Kits June Pep Rally


Hello friends!  Welcome and thanks for stopping by the June pep rally for Clique kits!  I know I say this every month, but this month is my favorite!  Here is a little look at the kit.


As soon as I saw the kit I started creating like crazy!  This kit is packed with yumminess!  I was able to create 5 12×12 layouts and 2 project life spreads with this one kit!  I love it when I can use up all my kit documenting stories and recording memories.  Today I am sharing one of my project life spreads.  The colors in the kit matched the colors in my week 10 photos perfectly.  Here is a look at my final spread!




I created a process video taking you through this layout step by step you can check it out here:

In case you missed anyone along the way here is the full line up.  **Remember to comment along the way to be entered for a chance to win the June La Dolce Vita kit!  You can check out the full kit here in the Clique Kits shop!  Your next stop along the hop is the wonderful Kim Allen!  Have fun!

Clique Kits

Gia Lau

*Kat Benjamin

*Elisabetta Margini

*Marcia Dehn-Nix

*Aliza Deutsch

*Candace Perkins

Kim Allen

Maryam Perez

Sara Mishler

Audrey Yeager

Kim Oedekoven

Donna Espiritu

Janet Perafan-Babar

Janet Zeppa

Mariah Hechler

Clique Kits & JustNick Blog Hop

Hello friends!  So happy that you are stopping by along the hop today!  Today’s hop is featuring the beautiful June kit from Clique kits and the wonderful exclusive cut files from JustNick.

For my layout today I wanted to focus on layers.  I just adore all the papers from Elle’s Studio Little Moments collection that come in the June kit and I wanted to challenge myself to use as many as I could on one layout.  With a collection that coordinates so beautifully together this is very easy. Here is a look at the final layout along with a few close ups.



After layering all the patterned paper and cut file along the left side of the page I tucked embellishments and wood veneer pieces behind various papers.  I love the look of lots of layers and clean white space.  Such a fun layout to create and celebrate the start of summer!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don’t forget to check out the June kit over in the Clique Kits shop and fabulous cut files over at Just Nick! Your next stop along the hop is Audrey Yeager!

Clique Kits –
Tarrah Mclean –
Candace Perkins – **You are here**
Audrey Yeager – **Go here next**
Nicole Martel –
Lee-Ann Thornton –
Marcia Dehn-Nix –
Donna Espiritu –
Nicole Nowosad –

Have a beautiful day!


Citrus Twist & The Cut Shoppe Product Swap

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Hello friends!  So happy that you are joining me along the hop today!  I am sharing two layouts with you today all using the May “Beach Glass” Pocket Life kit.  I loved working with this amazing kit!  The kit is filled with colors that I love to create with which made it easy to inspire my design.  For each of my layouts I created a process video to walk you though my design thoughts as I was creating.

First here is a look at my 12×12 traditional scrapbooking page “Most Favorite”.


And a few close ups…


For this layout I used the 6×6 patterned paper from the kit along with a few journal cards to back the Sassy Circles cut file.


I added some stitching around various circles for added interest and texture.  Finally, I finished off the layout by adding a few embellishments from the kit and some Heidi Swapp color shine in Tinsel.

Next, I created a double page pocket page scrapbooking spread.  Here is a look at the final layout and a few close ups…




I can’t even tell you how much fun I had creating with the May pocket page kit from Citrus Twist kits and my new favorite cut file Sassy Circles!  So much fun!  I love it when the products are so inspiring that it makes creating a breeze!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope this has inspired you to use your pocket page kit in a traditional 12×12 layout and gave you a few ideas for your next pocket page spread!  Your next stop along the hop is Emma Wood!  Have a great day!


The Cut Shoppe-Happy Clouds

Hello I am so excited to share a new fun layout using Happy Clouds cut file.  I am in looooove with this cut file!  These adorable clouds can be used for so many different themes.  I can’t wait to see how many I can create with just this one cut file!  Here is a look at the file in the store.

For this layout I used the Little Moments collection from Elle’s Studio.  The collection and cut files made a perfect pair!  Here is a look at the final layout and a few close ups….


To see my step by step process on creating this layout you can check out my process video on my YouTube channel!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a beautiful day!


Clique Kits-Mini Album

Hello friends! I am over on the Clique Kit blog today sharing a mini album made with the positively gorgeous Spring Card kit. If you missed it here is another look at the kit that you can pick up in the shop here.


Here are a few sneak peeks at the mini.  To see the whole book head over to the Clique Kits blog and get all the details!




Thanks for stopping by today for a little inspiration.  Have a beautiful day!



Photography Tips For Your Projects

Hello friends! Candace here with you today to share some tips on photographing your projects. Recently on the Clique Facebook page there was a discussion about project photography so I wanted to put together some quick, easy and inexpensive tips to improving your project photography.

Here is a look at a home decor project I made with an old Maggie Holmes frame and the beautiful goodies from the Hot Mess February kit. I will give you a quick walkthrough of how I photographed the final project.


Tip #1: White background. I bought a package of 16×20 canvas at Walmart to create a white background for my projects.

Tip #2: Natural light. If possible go outside to get the most clear and natural light.

Tip #3: No direct sunlight. Photographing in direct sunlight will washout your photo too much and create a glare.

Tip #4: Get directly on top of your project. This will make for easier cropping and straitening of your photo.

Tip #5: Use a good photo editing program. I use a combination of two programs. Photoshop and Rad Lab. Photoshop has so many different functions BUT I think that it does have a rather large learning curve, (or maybe it is just me!). Photoshop can also be expensive, though they have a new monthly option which I think is fabulous! Rad Lab runs through Photoshop and has various filters and recipes to correct common problems with photos. Think of it kind of like a really advanced Instagram. If you don’t want to go with either of these programs you could follow all the previous tips and use Instagram’s filters or Pic Tap Go for the IPhone.

Tip #6: Take lots of photos. You never know if one will come out blurry or cropped on the actual photo so take a lot of photos! I also like to take different angles to show the dimension and different points of view on a project.

There you go! Six quick, easy steps to improve the photography of your beautiful projects! If you have any questions please let me know, I am happy to help! Have a beautiful day!