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

Pep Rally Origins

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.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

Tuesday’s Topic: A Quick Sketch Challenge

Sunday morning just for fun Erica posted a sketch challenge in the Clique Facebook group for subscribers and fans over at Clique Kits. I had two b&w photos I was planning to scrap anyway so I was up for the challenge and felt inspired by the sketch right away!

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Using my April Clique Kit Origins plus a few simple additions from the Pinkfresh Studios Felicity collection die cut pieces and some washi tape from my stash (and from MAMBI Happy Planner collections) I was done with the layout in less than 20 minutes.  I really love the wood veneer title piece that was in this kit from Fancy Pants Designs and the little coffee cup was perfect for the photos of us on a lazy weekend morning having our morning coffee. Here are a couple of other views.

If you would like to join the fun and are not already a member of The Clique simply request an invite to the group or email for an invite to info@cliquekits.com or erica@cliquekits.com.

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

Tuesday’s Topic: Marbled Hearts

 

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If you are a follower of Giaaloha on instagram you may have seen this pic recently! If not, please follow my Instagram feed!

 

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This technique uses nail polish and shaving cream!

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Spread some shaving cream in a container

Drip some nail polish on top. I also spritzed some gold lame mist.

Then use a toothpick to make a design

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Gently lay each heart down on the surface and lift it straight up.

Once the foam settles and the air bubbles pop

Wipe the surface with a smooth cloth

such as a piece of clean cloth used to clean electronic screens or eye glasses

If you do not have these, a scrap of any soft rag such as flannel or old t-shirt will work.

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Each one has it’s own final appearance.

It takes a little experimentation to get different effects.

If you don’t have the time or or the desire to get messy, you can buy some of these handmade embellishments already made for you in the Clique Kits school store. April is our anniversary month and one of our goals for this year is to educate and share even more with our followers and community about our values and our goals of carrying MORE handmade, sourced from small business, Girl boss owned, and fair traded and eco-conscious companies! If you happen to be a DIYer or the owner of such a company and would like to contact us about your products, please feel free to email me at gia@cliquekits.com.

-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

Saturday Morning Art Kids

 

 

Do you remember shrinky dinks? My kids love to use my stamps and inks to create charms to turn into jewelry, zipper pulls, and other fun stuff using heat shrinkable film. Here is how we did it!

 

 

There are still some of this adorable stamp available in the Clique Kits shop! I just love using the cactus and adding the faces and bows and the polka dot pattern! Have you got yours yet?

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-xGia

Girl Friday: Planner Check In

 

 

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Just a quick post to share some of the fun stamps I have been using in my planner this month. I just love this macaron stamp which was designed by Lacey Gasper and is a Clique Kits exclusive stamp! I love that it stamps really crisp as an outline and I can color it however I want- this time I was playing with my paints. I am not sure how many of this stamp are left but if you hurry you can still get your own!

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I know I am a bit quirky, because these stamps are not at all considered “planner” stamps, yet I love to use them to decorate my pages with the fun and whimsical designs! In fact, I have found that I use my stamps the most on my planner pages, or in my travel journals and sketchbooks where I feel the most free to just play and be goofy.

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Here is a close up of the Celestial stamp from Wildflower +Co. also still available in the Clique Kits store. I adore this stamp because it is unique and funky. How cute is that constellation kitty?  Do you use stamps in your planner? What are your favorite brands? Thanks for stopping by today!

-x Gia

 

 

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