Fun in the Sun!


The Fun in the Sun cut file was provided with the Clique Kits July Kits: Regatta. I have been doing a lot of white backgrounds lately and almost always start with a white cardstock base when designing a layout but this time I challenged myself to try a different approach! The red white and blue naturally work together and I just had to use some of the super playful die cut embellishments from the Fancy Pants Designs Poolside ephemera.  How cute are those swimming girls!



A smaller amount of green and pink accents balanced the french nautical palette in the background.


Last but not least I really love the flair in the kit this month designed by Cecily Moore! Her style is modern and fun and she has been an amazing addition to the Clique Kits graphic design team this term. The Clique Kits exclusives add a unique touch to every kit! I love to see what everyone in The Clique does with them, don’t you?


Sisters: Using Savannah Dreams!


Pretty Little Studios is one of my favorite companies and the latest releases are just beautiful! Like the Savannah Dreams collection designed by Kim Watson! You have to see it in person to really appreciate how beautiful the papers are ! Luckily, the Clique Kits shop allowed me to pick up this paper pack and save on shipping adding it to my July kit box. Are you a subscriber yet?



To get this look I first designed a repeating pineapple cut, then after backing the negative space with my patterned papers I added some of the positive “leaves” back in here and there for added texture and dimension. The result was something different I ended up liking very much! In addition to some pieces from my July Clique Kits I used some Cute Girl by Crate Paper from my stash- the bright colors worked well with the Savannah Dreams palette. Thanks for visiting!



Adventure! Clique Kits July Main Kit Regatta


Hi lovely scrapbooking friends! I have another layout to share today using the amazing, inspiring Clique Kits July Main kit! The papers in this kit from Fancy Pants Designs Poolside collection and the Kesi-Art papers coordinate so well. That is the beauty of a curated kit subscription– the job of finding supplies that work together is done for you giving you more time to enjoy the design process!

This is another cut file I used my Scan N Cut machine to create. I love how the kit papers look backing this cut. Here is a close up!


The first thing my daughter did on her visit home from the mainland was jump in the water! She is living and going to college in a place without the ocean nearby and she misses the endless summer and lifestyle of living in paradise! I would be more than thrilled if she moves back to Hawaii once she finishes her degree. I have so many photos of beachy fun and am definitely getting close to killing my July kit with them! Thanks for visiting today!


Sunny Memories Layout


I am absolutely in love with the Sunny Memories collection by Zinia Amoiridou for Pretty Little Studio which I ordered to add to my kit box with my July Clique Kits. It pays to be a subscriber because there are always new products coming in to purchase at a discount and you also save on shipping when adding to your kit box.

To create this bright, cheerful layout I backed the negative of the dragonfly cut file I used in the layout posted here with 6×6 papers from the Sunny Memories 6×6 paper pack. Using both the positive and negative spaces from a cut is one way to stretch both the cut file design and your supplies.


This layout is about my daughter having her first sleepover in her new room of her own. It is a really big deal to her that she no longer has to share a room as she has grown up sharing rooms with sisters all of her life until now!


The rainbow die cut is from one of the Clique Kits digitals which you can find here to download and print at home- you get so many cute pieces in this set for only $1.50 and the colors work really well with so many other kits and popular paper collections.


You can download my dragonfly cut file here for your personal use! There is a png. and an svg. file available.


Thanks for stopping by and please share your project with me if you decide to use this file! Enjoy!



Clique Kits July 2018 Main Kit


Here is the first of a series of layouts to come using my Clique Kits July Main Kit: Regatta.


I started with a sketch I had of a dragonfly, which I scanned in to my new toy the Brother Scan N Cut 2 machine. I then created a repeating design in the machine, which I cut from 12 x 12 white cardstock and then layered on some mixed media. To create a variegated blue splatter design I started with some Tim Holtz distress oxide ink from the shop, followed by some ink sprays in different shades of bright blue.  When I was happy with my dragonflies, I bent the wings up a bit to give them some dimension when adhered only down the mid section.


The rest of the layout came together really quickly with one piece of Kesi Art patterned paper, one card cut from the Carta Bella cut apart paper, and one rubber piece  and several chipboard pieces (Freckled Fawn) from the kit.


And there you have a very fast and easy mixed media layout! I hope you enjoyed this layout and stay tuned for lots more to come using the Regatta kits and more!


Clique Kits June Pep Rally


Hiii-yeeeee! I’m back! Aloha from Maui! Life threw me some curve balls in May and I had to take a little sabbatical from my CK work. Actually, I was not so much on leave as withdrawn to the background and not as visible on the internet while I tackled other pressing situations in my life. I will share more on that later- right now I don’t want to distract from presenting my project! By some miracle during this period completely lacking in mojo, my June Main Kit showed up and I was able to pull off a layout! It was just what the doctor ordered at the time! So thanks Clique girls!

Today’s Pep Rally is a celebration of all of the fun we had with the June Kit: Horizon. I love this kit-it features a couple of beautiful Bella Blvd/Illustrated Faith collections and has lots of little surprises in it.


The hashtags for today’s Pep Rally (drumroll please…)





I will share this layout on Instagram also and please do search up these hashtags to find all the other inspiration today!

About “Mamacita Needs a Margarita”

For this layout I used the cut file designed by Lacey Gasper/Lacey Ann Designs exclusive to the June Kit for CK. In searching up her URL I noticed she has a beautiful new website/blog so I hope you check her out. You may have seen me share that my newest toy is the Brother Scan n Cut 2 and I imported the SVG’s of this cut file, separated them, and played with them to suit my layout design. I love that CK gives so many options with their digital downloads.





Its very subtle, but I used a stamp set called “Frond of You” from Ink Road Stamps in black ink and sprinkled some droplets of Caribbean blue mist on my white cardstock before beginning to layer the ephemera and die cuts below my photos. I printed my photos in a smaller size so that I could comfortably fit all 4 of them in a curved row above all of that tropical goodness.

I hope this little “comeback” foreshadows me getting back into the swing of things soon! I can’t wait to get back to the best little online creative community in the world!





Clique Kits This is Us Layout


This layout was inspired by one of the Clique Kits design team members Rachel Lowe! I loved how she used the pink sloth die cut and the iridescent acrylic piece “fun” paired with the black and white palm tree patterned paper in one of her layouts. So I started by pulling those items out of my This is Us kit and  just started to play. I took a scrap of deli paper and ran it through the big shot with a palm leaf pattern embossing folder. I used pink chalk ink over the embossed surface and used it as a backdrop for the focal point of my composition.


I love how light and airy the pastel colors and the translucent layers look together.


I used a somewhat overexposed Instax photo on this layout in keeping with the dreamy, airy feel and was happy with how quickly and easily the layout came together.

I hope you like it! There are just one or two of the full kits left so hurry over to Clique Kits and use my code GIA10 to get your hands on one. In case you do miss out, you can also purchase the paper pack, add on flair set, or the digital kit which included printable die cuts.