Clique Kits This is Us Layout

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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.

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

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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.

-xGia

Clique Kits International Scrapbooking Day Kit

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This past weekend there was an online crop filled with challenges and inspiration over in the Clique facebook group. Unfortunately I was working so I have not yet linked up any of the challenges. But I was lucky enough to have had Erica send me some bits and pieces from the kit featuring the Jillibean Soup Bohemian Brew collection. I managed to pull off a couple of travelers notebook layouts. Unfortunately I just realized that this kit is sold out.

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For this layout I used some of the really fun strips and a Kesi-Art stamp from the Clique Kits shop. It’s called Wild & Free and is one of my most used stamps ever. Save 10% using my code GIA10 if you want to pick it up!

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In this layout I used the flower letters from the exclusive designs in the NSD kit and a couple of the die cuts.

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The exclusive sheet flowers were fun to layer to add some dimension and I absolutely love the caption stickers from the Jillibean Soup collection!

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Here is my last layout using the kit and especially the exclusive designs that come with it. They coordinated very well together for layering.

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Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you will head over to facebook and join the event in the Clique. If you are not a group member, email or message info@cliquekits.com. The challenges will be open until the end of the month. You do NOT need to make a purchase or have a kit to participate- the Clique Kits worldwide online community is open to all!

-xGia

Riga in my Traveler’s Notebook

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I sometimes struggle with wanting to make my layouts in my travelers notebook as rich and textured as my regular layouts but don’t want to damage the already “exposed” pages by making them lumpy and bumpy which can indent or even rip the paper over time.  Stencils and masks on a background is a great way to create the illusion of layering and depth while keeping it flat.

 

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The layered floral dies from Altenew are another way to include lots of variety and pops of color from my patterned papers in a small space! The one I used is called Fantasy Floral 3D 

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I think die sets are pricey and therefore an “investment” I try not to make impulsively. This die set is one that I know I will be able to use over and over and every flower can be completely unique!

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I hope there was a tip or two in this post that you find useful especially if you are feeling your way forward in the Travelers notebook genre like I am !

-xGia

Clique Kits Cut Files

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For this layout I used a Clique Kits cut file called “Keyhole Floral” available in the shop for under a dollar.

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There are so many options now to find inexpensive cut files for instant download and the Clique Kits shop has an ever growing collection of them. Free cut files is one of the perks that comes with a subscription, but there are many freebies also. Don’t forget to use my code GIA10 to save 10% anytime in the entire Clique Kits shop.

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I made this layout of me and my man on a lunch date because I wanted to document that feeling of just knowing someone is your rock and it is the best feeling in the world to have a strong, solid, secure shoulder to lean on. That piece of ephemera that says, “Real is rare” took the words right out of my mouth. As a title it is  subtle in form but the significance is profound.

-xGia

 

Pink & Rose Gold: Friends

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I love that the Riga kit has such a pretty soft color palette with pink and coral and really soft blue-green shades. I decided to use some rose gold paint to alter a formerly black foam word from an older kit (Pebbles: Girl Squad Thickers) and I loved the way it came out! I watered down the same paint for some rose gold splatters on my background. The photo doesn’t really show off how much sparkle and glisten is really there but if you try some of the rose gold embellishments or media options in the Clique Kits shop you will find out for yourself!

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How cute are those little yarn tassels? You get 2 of them in the Main kit and they are also available as an add on if you want more! Thanks so much for stopping by today!ACS_0184

-xGia

May Clique Kits: Breaking a New Kit

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Aloha Friday everyone! Today I am talking about my first layout using a brand new kit that arrived to brighten a very blah week. Why was this week blah? Well, nothing specific- just everyday “adulting” and 3 little letters: I R S. I don’t know anyone who feels excited to be alive on tax day, do you? Even those people getting money back have to face the reality of how much of their hard earned money was sucked up by Uncle Sam over the past year. Anyway, as one of my BFF’s Lacey said the other day, and this quote should really go down in history: “When one is feeling anxious, one should scrapbook I think.”  So true Lacey, so true!

Do you have a routine when a new kit first arrives to “break” the kit by creating your first project with it? I always have a hard time with this. Once I go through everything and sniff that new paper smell and drool over all the pretty stuff I have a hard time deciding what to do first. The arrival of the May Clique Kits Riga kit was no different.

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The Riga kit contains a beautiful selection of papers and they are actually from multiple collections each with its own concept. Even though the papers coordinate with each other the details behind the little phrases give away that they each have something a little different to offer. For example, the papers and embellishments from the Pinkfresh Studio Case of the Blah’s collection are all about being real and expressing the vulnerability we all know is there in being authentic and documenting even when we didn’t wake up and “be amazing.” So it was the concept of this collection that spoke to me the most and I decided to do my first layout focusing on how I was really feeling that day. I had a selfie which was the perfect photo for this layout.

My plan was to use a simple mask/stencil stripe pattern (Stampin’ Up) to create a bold black painted foreground to layer over the gorgeous gray wonky grid like patterned paper that I chose as a background.

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Whenever I get something new, I seem to always want to use it right away and this Wild Hibiscus stamp (Altenew) was on my desk. I stamped a bunch of flowers on some watercolor paper and then used my Kuretake paints to add some of the color palette in Riga so they would work with whatever other embellishments I decided to pull out of the kit. I adhered them in layers at different heights for depth and texture.

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The fabric die cuts included in the kit are really nice- I love having texture but not bulk!

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Now that I completed my first layout, I am feeling inspired to go ahead and kill this kit this month! And I hope that by documenting this selfie with these messages someday my girls will see this and remember they are enough and beautiful as they are, no apologies for imperfections and flaws, and no shame in an ordinary life well lived.

-xGia

 

 

Take 5 Challenge for Traveler’s Notebook Layouts

Hi everybody! Today I am channeling my inner minimalist in my traveler’s notebook and wanted to share with you my take on a challenge I saw online somewhere-only instead of using it for full size layouts I am applying it to my recent traveler’s notebook spreads. You are probably familiar with some variation of the concept of selecting a handful of things from a list and limiting yourself to just those items in a layout. Yeah…that’s the one. Here are the 5 items I chose!

  1. Ephemera
  2. Washi Tape
  3. Stickers
  4. Stamp Sets
  5. Patterned paper pads

I did not “count” things that I consider to be staple supplies like something to write with, adhesive, and ink for the stamp sets, but otherwise I was fully compliant!

So first up I have a “divider” spread where I used washi tape to add a vellum page to serve as my marker for a new section ( and also because of its general prettiness.)

 

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I tend to be all over the spectrum from minimalist to maximalist in style depending on the day and the mood on my layouts but it never ceases to amaze me that when I do the simplest things to just get the memory documented I realize how much time is spent adding extra stuff to the essentials- a great photo, a caption or title, and a little bit of color to make it pop.

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This spread is shown pre- handwritten journaling- and did not end up quite this sparse but almost.

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And this last one only uses paper and one sticker, and yet I still love how it looks and how it conveys the memory perfectly. I mean, I will always know who, what, and when this memory happened. And that is the truly the essential part of scrapbooking.

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My overall assessment of this challenge and what I learned:

I love to strip back to the essentials sometimes because it gives me a chance to really focus on the overall design of the layout. You know those elements and principles of design we use all the time but sometimes we are not as intentional about?  Thinking about things like unity, rhythm, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, and movement. Simple exercises like this help to practice, practice practice design.

I learned that sometimes I am so focused on how a page looks that I forget to record the crucial little details that will prompt the memory 10 or 20 years from now. (Trust me, I thought I would not need those things until I started looking back at layouts from 20 years ago and really wanted to kick myself!)

So what’s the down side? At this rate I will never go through even a tiny fraction of my stash by the end of the year. How will I possibly justify buying all the new pretty stuff that comes out? First world problems, I know.

-xGia