Farewell to March!

 

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There it is-the breakfast of champions. My hot,triple shot, venti caramel machiatto, stirred. And a banana. What are you drinking? Here is a quick layout and my last one of the month with the March kit! I am ready to cut into the April Kit! So before I do, I did one last super sweet and simple one.

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I really enjoyed using the March Kit Hell Yeah! Here is one last picture of it and a link in case you would like to know where you can purchase one of your own!

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Thanks for stopping by!

-xoGia

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Inspiration is everywhere, if you just look around. But sometimes, like on Mondays, my mojo can use a little kick in the butt. How about you? That’s why I sometimes force myself to do these Mojo Monday posts- to remind myself to find the inspiration in everyday life and remember to use it in my creative life! So here goes!

I bought this dress at Target this weekend for $29.99. I love the pretty salmon/coral color and noticed that this color is everywhere these days and even in the March Clique Kit Hell Yeah! I also found that some fun jewelry pieces matched and were on sale at Aeropostale buy one get two free-so I got a necklace, bracelet set and earrings (not shown) for $17. I am starting a new job site on Monday so I am feeling that “first day of school” excitement to meet new people and make a first impression. This outfit is very “me.”

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The traditional Japanese culture inspired Cherry Blossom Festival has been happening in Honolulu recently. I love this photo of the Queen and her court. The festival includes a pageant, which is fun. This photo is inspiring with the pretty shades of pinks and purples and greens against the bold black and white rectangular checkered pattern. Zoom in and the florals are also lovely.

And now for my layout using the March Clique Kit Hell Yeah!

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Check out one of my previous Mojo Monday posts for more about those eyes!  I love the gold feather die cut which was an add on available in the school store-it really makes the layout special.  If there are any of the March Clique Kits still available, you can purchase one here. To make sure you don’t miss out on any future kits, make sure you subscribe!

-xoGia

Clique Kits March Pep Rally featuring Hell Yeah!

Pep Rally HellYeah

 

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Welcome to my blog and this month’s Pep Rally. I am delighted to share my projects using one of my favorite kits that we have created so far–Hell Yeah!, and also to celebrate the reveal of the April Kit with you all! Before we get started, here is today’s blog line up!

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia Lau https://giaaloha.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/
Charity Feit http://www.scrapfaire.blogspot.com/
Mariah Hechler www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com/
Leigh Ann Odynksi http://www.artfulleighcreative.com

We are glad you are here to join the fun! At Clique Kits, subscribers who blog are invited to participate in our monthly blog hops to share projects using the kit and celebrate the reveal of the next month’s kit, earning free product credit for doing what we love and inspiring each other. Its definitely a win win all around! Just another perk of subscribing! Right now there are many products in the school store to spend these free product credits on, and if you shop before the 28th you can have items added to your kit box where up to 3 pounds are eligible for free or discounted shipping, depending on where you live. Last but not least, leave a comment on every blog and you will enter to win a free kit!

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Here is my  layout. I had fun playing with the chartreuse and papaya colored sequins that came with the kit to decorate my pineapple die cut on this page. Everything  except for the title lettering and a pineapple die that I used to cut the pineapple shape came in the kit!

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And now I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created!  Don’t forget to head over to Clique Kits for the full reveal of the April Kit: Origins. It is our Anniversary month and there will be lots of inspiration and neat stuff happening!

-xo Gia

Throwback Thursday: Basic Grey Tribute

 

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For my Throwback Thursday post this week I am sharing an older layout of my son Nikolas building something with his legos. Back in the day, Basic Grey was one of the hottest, trendiest companies! I have so many great memories of shopping in my small town LSS called Scrapbook Alley where they always carried Basic Grey lines! It is so sad to see Basic Grey no longer making paper collections!

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To play along with the Flash Mob tribute on Facebook, post your own Throwback Thursday layout using any Basic Grey collection. Tag a friend and use the following hashtags to enter to win a prize from Clique Kits!

#‎basicgreytribute‬

‪#‎basicgreyflashmob‬

‪#‎throwbackthursdaybasicgrey‬

#‎cliquekits_basicgreytribute‬

I know that we will never have another Basic Grey!

-xo Gia

 

Sunday Funday

 

Aloha! I hope you are enjoying your Sunday and maybe even spending some time creating today! Today I challenged myself against every fiber of my colorful being to do a very simple and clean monochromatic Valentine layout  using my February Clique Kit Hot Mess.  This layout features a photo I just love of my oldest son with his girlfriend being playful. I am really excited to watch him graduate from law school this May.

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I am usually a very colorful scrapbooker, but sometimes the impact of black & white is irresistable, even when it requires a lot of restraint to execute! This kit is full of bright colors, and the elements all coordinate making it easy to create with. I had fun playing with this challenge today! What kinds of layouts are most challenging for you? I love to read your comments!

-xo Gia

 

Clique Kits January Pep Rally: Happy!

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Aloha! I suppose it has been a while since I was able to participate in the Pep Rally and this poor little blog has been very neglected. But nevertheless-it’s a new year and no better time like the present to follow through with my biggest resolution of all- making time to be creative every day no matter what!

Here is today’s lineup of blogs. Clique Kits will give away a prize kit to one lucky blog share commenter and as always, there are product credits awarded to every Clique subscriber who participates in this hop! So please leave some love on every blog and share away on social media!

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Me——>Gia Lau https://giaaloha.com/
*Melissa Vining http:yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz   <————Next stop
*Candace http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
*Kat Benjamin http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com
*Leigh Ann http://www.artfulleighcreative.com/
*Aliza http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com
*Elisabetta https://abcdeliblog.blogspot.com/
Donna http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Emma Pescott http://emslifedocumented.blogspot.co.nz
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Kim Allen kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Mariah Hecher http://www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com/
Renee Aslette http://www.reneeaslette.blogspot.com
Kate Blue http://www.kateblue.blogspot.com
Megan Blethen www.craftymeggy.com
Kelly Baron kaybeetoo.blogspot.com
Bernie Miller http://weekendatberniis.blogspot.com.au/

Upcycling Christmas to Valentine’s Day

Today I am sharing a layout made from the January kit Alegria. This photo was taken at a fancy Christmas party and even though I have had it as the wallpaper  on my phone I wanted to scrap it because it captured my memory of a really special and fun night! I love that this kit name Alegria means happy and chose the die cut word Happy as my main title/journaling.

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One of the crafty things I did this weekend with my kids is make some Cupid’s arrows out of felt, paper straws, and washi tape.

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Paper patterns  used to cut the felt and straws leftover from Christmas.

I wrapped the straws in washi tape to update them from Christmas to Valentine’s Day.

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After making a few of these Cupid arrows I thought that it would be the perfect homemade embellishment to add to a layout! I have to show you the side view so that you can see the dimensional elements of the layout. Since the Cupid’s arrow is such a large piece, I wanted to keep the rest of the layout fairly simple.

And now I am totally in the mood to tear into my Clique Kits Valentine’s Day Kit called XOXO!  If you haven’t picked yours up yet, better hurry as they are going fast. I can’t wait to see what everyone else is sharing today using the January kit! There will be a special Valentine’s Day blog hop coming in February where the Clique Kits and Bella Blvd design teams pair up for twice as much fun! Make sure you follow the Clique Kits blog and social media for news of new product and kit releases as well as the Clique community Events!

xoxo

Gia

Clique Kits November Pep Rally

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Hi and welcome to the November Pep Rally! Here is the line-up for today!  This month so many people have been sharing their projects and layouts using this kit. It truly has been inspirational! I am really excited that next month’s kit reveal week is finally here. The December kit Girl Cave features one of my favorite brands-Pink Paislee- and the papers have a lovely pop of lavender to brighten any dreary winter day and refresh your own crafty space! Make sure you head over to the Clique Kits website to check out the December Kit today!

You came from here—>Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia http://www.giaaloha.wordpress.com/  <——You are here
Go here next—–> http://ericarosecreates.blogspot.com/
Kim* http://krodesigns.blogspot.com/
Justyna* http://made-by-justt.blogspot.com/
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Candace* http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
Donna* http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Marcia* http://onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/
Caroli* www.carolinaschulz.com
Aliza* http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/
Janet Zeppa www.janetsjoy.ca
Leeann Pearce http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com.au/
Melissa Vining http:yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
Charity Feit http://scrapfaire.blogspot.com
Hannah Lemieux http://scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com
Leigh http://www.artfulleighcreative.com
Evie http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
Emma Pescott http://emslifedocumented.blogspot.co.nz
Tarrah Mclean http://livetoscrapscraptolive.blospot.com.au/
Wendy Antenucci http://antenucci.blogspot.com

Today I am sharing a post about scrapping a special family photo of six of my children taken 3 years ago! I thought the colors in the photo would be perfect with the rich colors in the November kit. Whenever I have a special photo, I always feel it deserves “special” paper, and this collection definitely qualified!

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To begin this layout, I decided to create a sketch that would allow me to  use a variety of the beautiful patterned papers in the kit. IMG_1454

I don’t use sketches very often, but sometimes they come in handy. Again, when I have a special photo I feel more comfortable knowing I have a plan. With this sketch, I knew I was going to do some paint splatters in the upper corners. I used some navy blue paint watered down for this purpose.

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I kept my embellishments simple but chose the ones that added to the composition rather than detracting from the photo. I just love the little felt deer add on and the Lora Bailora exclusive flair included with the kit.

And now there is so much more to see, so let’s go hop!

-xoGia

Sunday Funday: A Halloween Mini Album

 

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To create this mini album I used some of the pieces found in my Day-of-the-Dead mini kit from Clique Kits such as the 2 canvas boards as my covers, the black chevron washi tape from We R Memory Keepers, the black leather tassel, the spider loteria card, and the black mini-clothespin. Did you know that the majority of this kit was made from authentic ephemera, as in recycled/re-purposed paper goods and found objects? Clique Kits is aiming to integrate greater sustainability and eco-conscious choices in with the rest of the alternatives we have to create with.

The rest of the patterned paper pieces were scraps from the Crate Paper Wonder collection, an add on paper pack in the store, and some of the stickers and embellishments from the Crate Paper Wonder collection and the Pinkfresh Studios collection in the October Funfetti kit. The only real “Halloween” themed additions to this mini album were the crocheted pumpkin from the Clique Kits store and the Halloween stamp I used from my stash! I used an orange colored gelato to create a wash background to stamp on. I kept this mini album simple and easy for little hands to manipulate knowing my youngest children would really enjoy looking at it and showing it to their best friends, who are also in the photos with them.

Holiday and seasonal themed supplies used to be a trigger for me to make many impulse buys I later regretted and had a hard time purging after they sat around year after year in my craft stash never getting used before they were no longer trendy and I was chasing the next hot collection the next year! As a former hoarder of scrapbooking supplies, especially patterned paper, I  finally learned that themed collections were one of my major pitfalls. In reality, any collection can be used for any occasion, with the addition of just a few choice embellishments. You can even make your own “themed” embellishments, dig into your stamps, dies, or search online for free printables and cut files. I hope this little project inspires you to free yourself to use your stash and your kit supplies to get your seasonal and holiday projects done. It will be easier on your budget and will also challenge you to think outside the box!  You can find some ideas for small, inexpensive yet unique touches for Halloween, fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in the Clique Kits store that won’t require you to spend a fortune or buy more than you need. There is also a coupon code for 25% off everything except new pre-subscriptions and pre-orders of holiday kits.Halloween Sale

Throwback Thursday: Halloween Traditions

 

Today for Throwback Thursday I have some layouts of my kids from past Octobers! We have some October traditions in my family- visiting the pumpkin patch, burning pumpkin scented candles, baking pumpkin muffins and pies, and of course trick or treating. These traditions were the inspiration behind the sketches I created for Clique Kits’ exclusive Halloween Pumpkin Everything card collection in collaboration with our graphic designer Lacey Gasper. I used these, along with lots of other items from the Clique Kits shop and Halloween Pop Up Shop to create some layouts of my kids from past Halloweens.

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Supplies Used: (All available in the Clique Kits shop)

Trick or Treat Paper Pack from Pretty Little Studios (PLS)

Thriller Tabs by PLS

Trick Label Cut Aparts by PLS

October Phrase Strips by PLS

Pumpkin Pie Gold Word Stickers

Crocheted Pumpkins (handmade item from CK Shop)

My Minds Eye White Cardstock (from CK Shop)

Basic Grey Barista Paper Pack

Pebbles Wood Veneer Leaves

Pumpkin Flair by PLS

Pumpkin Everything Card Set by CK

This awesome sale starts tomorrow (Friday!) so make sure you jot down the code Aloha25  which is good for 25% off just about everything in the Clique Kits store, with the exception of new pre-subscriptions and pre-orders of the brand new holiday kits.

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Clique Kits October Pep Rally Featuring Funfetti

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I am so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers–Quote from Anne of Green Gables

October…I love you! Welcome to the Clique Kits Pep Rally Blog Share! This month’s Clique Kit Funfetti was the perfect kit for any subject! Here is the line-up of blogs in today’s hop-make sure you leave a comment on each blog to enter to win a prize!

You came from here—->Clique Kits
Gia<——–You are here
Go here next——–>Erica
Leeann Pearce
Maryam* 
Aliza*
Megan Blethen
Emma Pescott 
Melissa*
Kim
Leigh
Renee Aslette
Kat*
Sandy Gonzalez
Tyra Babington 
Marcia*
Kim Allen 
Candace*
Rhonda Van Ginkel 
Hannah
Evi 
Janet Zeppa 
Melissa Goble
*Design Team Members on Kit Duty

A Layout in Ten Minutes or Less…

I am sharing a photo heavy layout about an everyday moment with my children that I created in less than ten minutes! On Saturday mornings I love to sleep late and then walk to the corner Starbucks with my youngest son and daughter. On the way we pass by a creek and usually stop to feed some ducks and look at what the frogs, tadpoles, and fish are up to. On this day, we found a tiny baby aquatic turtle. I was inspired by the exclusive “Never lose your sense of wonder” card in this month’s kit to create this layout of this particular memory.

To create this page I printed 4 3 x 3 photos on my Canon Selphy. By varying the angles and how close-up I let the photos tell the story. The most time consuming step was fussy cutting some leaves from one of the Pinkfresh Studio papers. I left them neutral as part of the white space around the photos, so they do not make the background “busy” while still hinting at the nature theme of the layout and our wildlife observing activities. Add the finishing touches of a few strategically placed puffy stickers and viola! A complete page in no time! Now, what am I going to do with all my free time? Scroll down for my October Bucket List!

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Gia’s October Bucket List:

  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Make caramel apples
  • Go trick or treating
  • Burn scented candles
  • Decorate the house with spooky stuff
  • Carve some pumpkins
  • Plan a fall photo shoot
  • Bake a pie

What’s on your October bucket list? Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy it and take lots of pictures! Share them with me and the Clique on Facebook and Instagram @giaaloha @cliquekits #ckoctober

With Halloween around the corner, I am excited already for Thanksgiving, and starting to gather ideas for my December memory keeping. Now is the time to pre-order what you want, while supplies last.