Adventure! Clique Kits July Main Kit Regatta

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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!

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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!

-xGia

Sunny Memories Layout

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

-xGia

 

Clique Kits July 2018 Main Kit

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

-xGia

Clique Kits June Pep Rally

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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.

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

#click_connect_create

#CKJune2018

#Cliquekits

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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.

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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!

-xGia

 

 

 

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

#The 100 Day Project Vol. 2

 

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This is the second installation of my posts about the 100 day project which started in the beginning of April. Rather than sharing every single day, I decided to only post every 10 days selections of my faves. You can also find more posts on this topic on my instagram account @giaaloha. I hope you will follow me here on the blog and also on my Instagram if you interested in all things paper craft and mixed media.

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USArt Quest Mica Colors watercolor palette. Here I am playing with these pigment watercolor cakes containing mica for lots of pretty shimmer! These are also interference paints, which means they do show on dark paper, if you are into that. I have both the pastel and the metallic palettes and I love them both. 
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This is another sample using the mica colors in the more muted colors which are not usually my first choice. I experimented with adding some marks with pattern/texture stamps on the top layer, and finally added a paper word.
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This is a very simple watercolor sketch of a pear. I have a hard time with not over working my watercolors and this pear was an attempt for me to show restraint. Unfortunately I felt it came out looking more like a potato than a pear. But thats okay- its practice.
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This was a little study comparing translucent effects of some watercolors in an abstract background with the more opaque colors and how they work in layers. 
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I just felt like using my favorite pink color when I painted this fantasy wildflower. This is a color that always makes me happy.

 

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More simple pink wildflowers
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Abstract blue butterfly
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And now back to pink

One of the experiences that I have had in doing this project so far is that it has stirred up a lot of emotions that I was not expecting. I feel as if I have unplugged some blocked energy inside my self and in doing so there was a clearing of sorts that has been taking place. One of the emotions is a feeling of loss that has to do with all of the time and energy that I spend in life doing things that are not art. I feel a profound loss that life is passing by, and so much has to be done for survival and to honor responsibilities that naturally eclipses creative time. But I also acknowledge that if I was suddenly able to spend 100% of my time creating I would inevitably have moments of creative block, boredom, and frustration for other reasons, the most salient one that comes to mind being deprivation in other areas. Maybe it would be in relationships or maybe in material things. I don’t know. But I am wise enough to realize that grass is greener fantasies are pretty useless.

Another emotion I have to describe as frustration with not being able to do things as well as I wish I could, which has a lot to do with not having as much time to dedicate to practice as I would like. But, perhaps, if I was able to spend a lot more time practicing  I would still feel inadequate. The feelings of inadequacy are probably always there under the surface. Lastly, I think that I have been experiencing a profound search for meaning. When I am mindfully focused on doing something with my hands like painting, I feel at peace and I feel relaxed and I recharge my batteries. I feel connected with my soul. The only other time I usually feel exuberant is when I am having a spiritual experience which sometimes happens to me during prayer or other times while enjoying nature such as the beautiful beaches on Maui.

I am going to keep plugging away at this project if for no other reason than that it has been motivating me to go to my little art space on a daily basis and while I am there I linger and tinker on lots of different projects, not just this one. I think I am waiting for an epiphany of some sort that will lead me to making some revolutionary change in my life. But instead I just take one step at a time and keep living one day at a time.

I wonder if others participating in this project are experiencing a similar emotional roller coaster or a clearing in a similar way. I would love to find them if they are out there.

-xGia

DIY Watercolor Embellishments with The Ink Road Stamps

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Hi guys. Today I am sharing another traveler’s notebook spread using my Clique Kits Riga Traveler’s Notebook and Main kits and a little bit of my process using a new stamp set from The Ink Road to create some watercolored embellishments. I actually did this because I had mixed some watercolors to use on a scrapbooking layout which I shared here and had leftover paint, which of course must never go to waste.

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I started with a blank sheet of hot press watercolor paper. Some people ask what the difference is between cold press and hot press watercolor paper and it has to do with the process of how it is made, and the outcome in terms of the texture or “tooth” of the paper. Cold press watercolor paper is the most commonly used and has a bumpy texture. This paper tolerates lots of water as is needed for doing washes. Hot press, on the other hand, is a nice, plump, thick absorbent paper that is smooth and therefore is very practical for drawing or stamping in combination with watercolor paint, mists, inks, or other wet media.  133755_x

So there you have it-if you enjoy using mixed media on your layouts or in your journals, I highly recommend keeping some hot press watercolor paper in your stash. My favorite is Fluid: an economical brand that is not as expensive as a brand like Arches but for my purpose is high quality enough. It also comes in square as well as rectangular shaped pads! So you can buy 12 x 12 for layout backgrounds, and you can also buy 8×8 which you can turn into traveler’s notebook pages, and even 6×6 pads.

Another important pearl of wisdom for combining stamping with watercoloring is that you have to remember to use permanent, waterproof ink such as Ranger Archival ink. If you use regular water base dye ink your stamped design will certainly smear when you add any water media.

Once I added fun color to my stamped phrases and designs I fussy cut them with a small scissors. I also used a scrap of the painted black stripe paper that I had used in the previous layout, again waste not want not.

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Finally, I wanted to use a couple of houseplant embellishments from my Riga kits because they were gold foiled and added a little pizzaz to an otherwise very simple layout.

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Thanks for stopping by today I hope you will come back soon or better yet follow me.

-xGia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to another Saturday Morning Art Kids post!

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In this episode I am sharing my experience of documenting in traveler’s notebooks with my 12 year old daughter Gigi.  Out of seven kids, I was bound to have one (maybe? possibly?) who enjoys scrapbooking like her Mom. She has watched me do many TN layouts before and then she helped me make this video of how I set up my latest TN’s.

 

 

I am using two TN’s at the moment. One contains inserts for painting and sketching and more mixed media. The Clique Kits shop carries some specialty TN inserts (watercolor and mixed media) as well as lots of cute exclusive inserts with bright white paper inside. I am grateful to my friend Lacey for sending me a handmade palette of peerless watercolor swatches. These are perfect for keeping in a travelers notebook! You can find TN covers and inserts in the Clique Kits shop “Basics” section and also in the new products right now. The other TN I set up is for my traditional memory keeping- which will hopefully remain “clean” to protect my photos.

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When Gigi asked me if she could “set up” one of my older TN’s for herself  of course how could I resist! We ended up spending a couple of hours together working on our projects.  This is Gigi’s TN

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Here is Gigi and our other guests- some Sloths…and here are Gigi’s layouts:

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These unicorn clips from Shimelle Glitter Girl collection (last year’s October Clique Kit) were right up her alley!

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I love this page with the photo taken in McDonalds because she color coordinated the washi tape and hearts with the Ronald McDonald colors. She also picked out the french fries embellishment- very apropros. Aww- she even made a page about me. So cute.

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While looking through my stash for supplies for Gigi to use for her TN I discovered that it was about time for me to thin out my stash of embellishments and ephemera, which I organize by color. When my stash gets too crowded I have a much harder time using it. So I took the opportunity to pull out lots of items for her to “shop” from for her own stash, and all of the leftovers will likely appear in my Etsy shop pretty soon!

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I think that if you are lucky enough to get any of the youngsters in your life whether kids or grandkids or pupils in Sunday school interested in scrapbooking I have a few tips to offer from this experience:

  1. Traveler’s Notebooks are a relatively inexpensive way to get them started. Most inserts run under $5. They can also easily be handmade using plain white copy paper and a patterned paper cover. There are many tutorials on You Tube and Pinterest for DIY inserts.
  2. Some simple “design” tricks they can easily learn as soon as they are old enough to know their colors are how to pick out colors in the photos to coordinate with the layout supplies and embellishments. You can also ask them to describe the memory in their own words, which can prompt ideas for them to choose a title or theme for the page.
  3. Tape runners and glue sticks are easy for little people to use and non-toxic as adhesives. For larger items like flair or wood veneers, glue dots in different sizes work well.
  4. Some supplies are so abundant that chances are you wouldn’t mind sharing. For me, washi tape is one supply I love to collect but have so much more than I will ever use.

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I just want to make the experience of scrapbooking with my daughter one that will be enjoyable and not stressful for both of us. After all, we have an obligation to leave our legacy by creating the next generation of scrapbookers!

-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