Clique Kits September Pep Rally and a Winner!

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This month the Clique Kits Pep Rally is taking place over on Instagram! There is a great lineup of inspiration using the September Kits (Farmhouse) and you can find them using the following hashtags: #click_create_connect #ckpeprally #cliquekits #ckseptember2018 and #ckfarmhouse. You can find mine too @giaaloha. In addition to my layout I also promised to announce the winner of my first Instagram giveaway!

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The winner of the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Bundle is @piros01 (Czako-Radvanyi Piroska)

She commented that her favorite thing about fall is “all the beautiful colors.” If you are she please email  info@cliquekits.com as I will need your shipping address! This announcement will also be posted on Instagram in case you missed it here!

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And now a little bit more about this layout!

I started with the stencil that came in the Farmhouse travelers notebook kit and had fun creating a messy background for my first layer of the layout.

I used the patterned papers in the Magnolia Moments add on paper pad to back the Autumn Wreath cut file from Clique Kits.

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Here is a close up- lots of ephemera and bits and pieces from my main and travelers notebook kits were filled in over and under the wreath to create lots of layering and different textures. The finishing touch- that adorable deer– was a leftover from a previous kit that had featured the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection. We often see deer families running through our yard so it was the perfect embellishment for this photo of my daughter in our backyard at our lemon tree.

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Thanks so much for visiting- I hope you will head over to Instagram and comment on all of the stops along the hop!IG Hop participants as there is a chance to win a prize from Clique Kits:

@Giaaloha (me)
@sara.scraps
@paper_glitter
@rachellowe____
@dandalion2002
@Nupur2728
@heartpeonies
@cheekypapercreations
@cristina__sales
@iampinay25
@larkindesigntm
@khristinasorge

-Hugs, Gia

Multi-Photo Layout using Farmhouse

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Today I am sharing a layout using my September Clique Kits Farmhouse kit (Main Kit). I have found that there are two main ways to incorporate a large number of photos on a single page layout. The first way is to create a grid design with photos of a uniform size. The second way is to use a cut file where the design includes frames suitable for multiple photos.  For this layout, I obviously chose the latter technique.

I customized this cut file by duplicating it and then making the duplicate a mirror image just below it on the 12 x 12 cutting space. cut file

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This file had an additional layer which I cut from a different contrasting color pattern paper. It was interesting to use a vector file that was designed to use in laser cutting wood- for my purpose it worked well for paper too!

First I created a simple background with just a little bit of the black and white papers in the kit keeping it simple stitching triangular shaped borders at the top and bottom of the page. Then I used some gesso and acrylic paint to create a distressed painted background. I wanted to tie together the blue-grey siding on my parent’s house which shows in most of the photos because they were taken on the front porch.

I printed all of my photos on one page by creating a collage of different sized and shaped photos to be cropped as closely as possible to the dimensions in the frame. They did not need to be exact because I was able to trim them when backing the cut file to just the right size.

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I loved the black word/phrase stickers in the kit because they allowed me to use them for journaling without distracting from a layout where there is already quite a bit going on. This family reunion was the first time in years that my siblings and I were all together with our children and my parents had almost all of their grandchildren in the house at the same time! Actually, 3 out of 17 were missing, which is pretty amazing considering we live all around the world and came together for just 1 week around my father’s birthday. I will probably make a mini album using all of the candid photos from the reunion but wanted to include a 12 x 12 layout with these special “posed” pictures to document all of the cousins together at this once in a lifetime event.

I feel like the September Farmhouse kit was perfect for this layout because it is totally a kit that is all about family and home and simple pleasures of loved ones gathering together.  If you are not a Clique Kits subscriber you can pick up one of the Farmhouse kits a la carte but in order to ensure you get a kit every month the best way is to become a subscriber!

-xGia

 

 

A Mini Album using the Meadow Kit

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Aloha everyone…today I am sharing a teeny tiny mini mini album that I made officially killing my Clique Kits August Meadow kit. At least I do not think I can squeeze out anymore projects but you never know- I still might. LOL. I really don’t want to say goodbye to summer, do you?

For this project I used the little glassine bags that kit contents are sometimes packaged in as a base for the album. I stacked them on top of eachother alternating which end is the open end and then stitched straight down the middle at the fold. The bags were 2.5 x 4 inches I think so the final album measured 2 x 2.5 inches- so cute and teeny tiny!

The embellishments basically all came from the exclusive cut apart sheet included in the  Meadow kit (and might look familiar to you since it consists of my designs some of which I have shared on this blog) I love that these exclusive print and cut sheets are included in kits now and do not require you to download and print anything (I almost never have enough color ink to do them justice)

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I also used what remained of the die cut ephemera in the kit which included all of the title phrases I used on my album pages. By using this sheet and the matching ephemera it kept the mini album simple and cohesive. Here it is:

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In each of the pockets I was able to tuck in a small card with additional photos and journaling to complete my album. I tied it closed with a natural jute ribbon and tucked it inside a small canvas bag for safe keeping. The photos I used for this mini were all from the month of August and reflected nature in our environment. It’s good to slow down and notice things like wildflowers and little creatures living all around us.

-xGia

 

August Pep Rally

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Welcome to my blog and the Clique Kits August Pep Rally. Here is the lineup of talent for you to be inspired by in this hop!

—-> You came from here Clique Kits – (http://cliquekitsblog.weebly.com/)
Gia Lau – (https://giaaloha.com/) <—- You are here
Go here next!—->Lacey Gasper – (https://www.laceyann.com/)
Donna Espiritu – (https://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/)
Nupur Patel – (http://nupurpatel27.blogspot.com/)
Rachel Lowe – (http://inmyworld-scrapbookingourjourney.blogspot.com/)
Jasmin Paar – (https://www.paperandglitter.net/)
Heather Doolittle – (http://craftyscrapbooker.blogspot.com/)
Jackie Howell – (https://www.instagram.com/cheekypapercreations/)
Cristina Sales – (https://larcadellastellapiumata.blogspot.com/)

And don’t forget to search our hashtags on Instagram also for even more great projects!

#CliqueKits

#CKPepRally

#CKMeadow

#CKAugust2018

 #Click_connect_create

My project today is a 4×4 mini album using the August Meadow Travelers Notebook Kit. I wanted to create a special memory book to document my family’s recent trip to New York City. This kit was perfect!

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The little black and white pockets in the kit were perfect for holding tickets and other memorabilia from the trip. The only additional supplies used were the album itself from Close to My Heart and the black and white acetate squares also from CTMH. I have had them in my stash just waiting for the perfect project! My favorite part of the TN kit this month were the black and white Crate Paper Here and There puffy stickers. I was inspired by the B & W theme to create some stamped backgrounds also using a painterly pattern making stamp by Ashley Goldberg.

Leave some love on all the blogs for a chance to win a prize from Clique Kits! And don’t forget to check out the release of the September kit: Farmhouse happening today!

-xGia

 

Using a Sketch

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This layout is based on a sketch of the month from Clique Kits several months back:

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It was the perfect design for me to use this wreath paper in the August Main kit Meadow. To add more depth to the wreath, I layered some of the twigs from the August cut file:

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Here is a close up showing how this looks.

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Its hard to see in this photo but I used some copper embossing powder to coat one of the wood veneer butterflies in the kit. As opposed to most kits where I use white cardstock as a background and then do lots of cutting with patterned papers in the kit, this kit inspired me to use almost every paper as a background base.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have not used this sketch yet give it a try!

-xGia

 

Fun in the Sun!

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The Fun in the Sun cut file was provided with the Clique Kits July Kits: Regatta. I have been doing a lot of white backgrounds lately and almost always start with a white cardstock base when designing a layout but this time I challenged myself to try a different approach! The red white and blue naturally work together and I just had to use some of the super playful die cut embellishments from the Fancy Pants Designs Poolside ephemera.  How cute are those swimming girls!

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A smaller amount of green and pink accents balanced the french nautical palette in the background.

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Last but not least I really love the flair in the kit this month designed by Cecily Moore! Her style is modern and fun and she has been an amazing addition to the Clique Kits graphic design team this term. The Clique Kits exclusives add a unique touch to every kit! I love to see what everyone in The Clique does with them, don’t you?

-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

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