Mixed Media Monday: Monochromatic

 

 

Happy Monday! Tonight I am heading to Salt Lake City for the Sierra Pacific Mixed Media show excited to scope out new products for Clique Kits. I thought it would be apropos to share a mixed media layout today!

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A quick and easy way to get appealing results from a composition is to use a monochromatic or analogous color palette. This layout combines yellow and green gelatos from the Clique Kits Mixed Media shop colored on and then stroked with a wet brush, together with some great stamps from Precious Remembrance layered on with Altenew Crisp black ink. I know that this stamp set is currently out of stock but is hopefully going to be back in stock along with other great stamps soon!

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I dripped some Prima watercolors in blue and green as an accent to tie in the “Fierce” design on my daughter’s shirt in the photo.

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Here is a listing of the rest of the supplies used on this layout!

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Precious Remembrance stamps seem to fly off the shelves as soon as we get them in, so please check the website often for new releases and make sure you follow Clique Kits and all of our associated blogs! Don’t forget the amazing Design Team!

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You can find more colors of upcycled embellishment grab bags pre-organized by color to make your scrapbooking layouts easier in my Etsy shop.

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See you soon!

-xxGia

But first coffee…and donuts

 

This may not be big news to you on the mainland US, but here on Oahu I am pretty excited because I heard a rumor that Dunkin’ Donuts shops are going to be coming to the island. I love D & D donuts and coffee! For today’s But First Coffee post  I am sharing some cute things new to the Clique Kits shop starting of course with some new donuts!

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These cute puffy stickers are adorable! There are 6 to a sheet for only $1.00!

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How about these sticky note tabs from Japan! My pick of course- the donuts! (And cupcakes) These are only $3.00 per set while supplies last.

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Have you heard of squishies? These donut key chains/planner bling as I call it (stuff to hang from and decorate my planner) are really fun- and just a little squeeze has NO CALORIES or FAT! Yay!

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I DO-NUT know if you know this, but Clique Kits has the cutest planner kit still available! It features these small donut sticky notes which double as a hole reinforcer if you have a ring bound planner. The rest of the kit is truly amaze-balls. You can see a really terrific unboxing video here.

And I don’t know if you have been following any of the newest releases from your favorite manufacturers, but Amy Tangerine’s new line called Oh Happy Life! contains this paper:

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You can be sure that Clique Kits will be carrying many of the newest scrapbooking products just released as we restock the store after the summer sales. This week I will be heading to Salt Lake City for the SPC Mixed Media trade show and scoping out more new products for Clique Kits!

In the meantime, I came across this coloring challenge on Amy  Tangerine’s blog and really enjoyed the Blog Hop. I have recently played with some coloring on some color-your-own papers and journaling cards myself and I recommend these pencils to get started with ! I think that we will be seeing more coloring designs infiltrating the scrapbooking world! I especially love the idea of stamping freestyle in a travel journal and then coloring them in just to enjoy the process. Travel journals are a great place to get creative in smaller blocks of time, experiment with different media and techniques, and really free yourself to not have to finish a complete project or make everything a masterpiece to enjoy journaling and documenting every day.  I am super excited that Clique Kits is putting together a limited edition travel journal kit right now! It will be available later this summer!

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I don’t want to be a spoiler by sharing the contents of the new travel journal kit just yet, so make sure you subscribe to this blog and the Clique Kits blog, and follow Clique Kits on Facebook and Instagram for all the updates! Check out the new stuff added to the Clique Kits store!

-xGia

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Nerd

 

When you have been scrapbooking as long as I have you see a lot of supply manufacturers and designers come and go. A while back there were two companies I loved called Sassafras Lass and KI Memories. So colorful, whimsical, and fun! I collected a lot of supplies by these companies and found that once they were no longer available I was reluctant to use them up!

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Supplies used for this “Nerd” layout:

How cute are those little happy clouds with the rainbow tails- I just love them. The rubber embellishments in this layout were from a designer called Love Elsie many years ago (the colorful camera and paint palette)!

I think it’s cool that rubber embellishments are coming back in style! Check out these from Amy Tangerine available in the Clique Kits shop:

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Here are some pictures of the Over the Rainbow Kit available in my Etsy shop Gia Aloha which is all about reducing, re-using, and recycling used craft supplies to make scrapbooking eco-friendly AND economically easier on the pocketbook!

 

Use code FRIENDS20 in my Etsy shop for 20% your purchase!

This week only use code KITBOGO on the Clique Kits website for 25% off all past kits or Buy One Get One 1/2 off the purchase of any 2 kits!

-xo Gia

Tuesday’s Topic: Unplugged Scrapbooking

 

 

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Happy belated 4th of July everybody! I hope you had a lot of fun this holiday weekend! I for one had a relaxing weekend “roughing it” in a cabin on the north shore of Oahu- I call it camping but it’s probably technically “glamping.” I brung a tote bag full of scrapbooking supplies with me but the one thing I didn’t have was internet or any tools that require electricity. I challenged myself to go ahead and make some layouts without using a die cutting machine, sewing machine, or printer (using pre-printed photos of course). I think it is really nice to spend some time unplugged in general and force my kids to do the same!

So here is a layout made the old fashioned way, with just paper, scissors, and glue!

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Thanks for stopping by today! I’d love to hear if you have ever tried unplugged scrapbooking! It’s definitely a challenge but also rewarding.

–xoGia

Clique Kits June Pep Rally

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Happy second day of summer in the northern hemisphere! Perfect time for some really summery layouts using my June Kit La Dolce Vita…The Sweet Life! Here is the lineup for today’s blog share! I can’t wait to see what everyone is sharing today!

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You are here———————>Gia Lau
*Kat Benjamin <————–Go here next
*Elisabetta Margini 
*Marcia Dehn-Nix
*Aliza Deutsch
*Candace Perkins
Sandy Gonzalez
Kim Allen 
Maryam Perez
Sara Mishler 
Audrey Yeager 
Kim Oedekoven
Donna Espiritu
Janet Perafan-Babar
Janet Zeppa
Mariah Hechler 

Visitors can enter to win a free kit by leaving a comment on each blog. Bloggers of course will earn product credits for participating and be entered to win the monthly prize of extra credits!  I already have my product credits wish list for shipment with my July kit. There are great sales going on this summer-a new sale each week which helps to stretch the budget even further! You can use code CK40 for the weekly sale items.  And don’t forget to order your limited edition Clique into Summer 2016!

Summer Layouts: Creating Drama with Large Titles!

This month I challenged myself to get back into the swing of using my Silhouette Cameo before it gets corroded under layers of dust and rust. I am always so glad I exerted the effort whenever I take advantage of the many digital files available to the Clique.

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For my first layout I wanted to use the negative space of a large die cut title. This one is actually one of Clique Kits past kit die cut files from last July! I love the soft pastels and the tiny floral patterns in the Elle’s Studio collection featured in this month’s kit. The acrylic piece is really special too and deserved to be a focal point. Finally, my finishing touch was an add on item-the mirrored hexagons from British company Do Crafts.

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Here is another layout with a large title die cut with my Silhouette Cameo using one of the June kit monthly cut files. For this one using the positive image for a white on white textured look I blew the size of the title up really huge. The exclusive cards and one of the 6×6 papers were very sparsely layered behind my photo and title. I wasn’t sure at first how to use the clear acetate words and shapes in the kit but found out my favorite look is when they are layered just as they are adding depth to an otherwise flat page.

Thanks so much for stopping in and enjoy all of the amazing inspiration to follow!

-xoxo Gia

Trendy Tuesday: I Love Indigo

 

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Did a little trend stalking while shopping at Anthropologie this weekend. I have also noticed this trend in home decor and fashion. It’s indigo blue! There is something so appealing about it and it reminds me of elaborate china patterns and rich looking textiles. Of course scrapbooking paper patterns will not be far behind!  This trend was the inspiration behind my layout today using the June Clique Kits kit called La Dolce Vita.

To make this layout I cut my title using a file downloaded from the Silhouette Studio shop from a sheet of white cardstock that I had prepped with white gesso and then painted with blue watercolor paint. Gesso helps to make a clean cut after the cardstock has been painted as long as it is sufficiently dry. I also liked the effect of some of the white showing through and giving it a distressed look.

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Here is a close up of some embellishments added from my stash of leftovers from a previous Clique Kit. There are some of the January and February kits still available in the shop, along with some of the Amy Tangerine washi tape!

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Using indigo in this layout featuring my daughter in that blue shirt was a no brainer! I love how it came out!

I hope to see you back tomorrow for the Clique Kits monthly pep rally!

-xo Gia

Clique Kits April Pep Rally featuring Origins

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Welcome to my favorite day of the month-Pep Rally day! And reveal of the new kit! YAY!

Here is today’s lineup of great bloggers featuring projects made using the April Kit Origins. And don’t forget to stop by the Clique Kits website to take a peek at the amazing May kit! It is so incredible- those colors!

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/

Here—->Gia Lau https://giaaloha.wordpress.com/

 

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This month I used the Origins kit and one of the best selling add ons- the Maya Road steel geometric heart die – to create the major elements of this layout. First I used the die as intended to cut some of those lovely hearts from the Simple Stories Life in Color patterned paper. I also used the die as a template to cut two heart shapes from the Bella Blvd acetate paper in the kit and I used my WeRMemoryKeepers Fuse tool to adhere them into a pocket which I stuffed with sequins.

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I was super excited about how this embellishment turned out! (sequins from Clique kits and Pinkfresh Studios). I used one of the mist colors that coordinates with the Origins kit (Diet Cola)  along with some watercolor paint to create a mixed media background for my layout.

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These Prima watercolors have been flying off the shelves in the Clique Kits shop. They are so convenient in the adorable little metal box and the colors are so vibrant! I cannot wait until more colors are available!

I loved the mirror acrylic laser cut piece that was a CK exclusive in the April kit. It would make any layout extra special. And the Bella enamel hearts went perfectly with my yellow and greyscale color scheme on this layout! They really added a pop of happiness!

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I finished my background with some Kelly Purkey stamps from my stash. I have found that where I used to sew, the fuse has become my new timesaver, for better or worse. Sigh.

I know you will enjoy the rest of the hop! Please leave comments for chances to win an April Kit, (or choice of prize of equivalent  value if you are already a subscriber), spread the word and invite all your friends- the more the merrier! Have a happy, happy day!

-xGia