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.

Halloween Sale

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.

Clique Kits September Pep Rally featuring Capture

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Welcome to my Clique Kits September Pep Rally post! You should have come from the Clique Kits blog, and our Design Team leader Nicole Martel had something wonderful to share I am sure! Here is the complete September line up just in case!

Clique Kits 
Gia   <<—– Here
Go here next——->>Erica
Sarah* 
Sandy G.* 
Aliza
Caroli 
Cassandra* 
Kat 
Tyra*
Marcia*
Evi 
Hanna Lemieux 
Charity Feit 
Emma Pescott 
Kim Allen 

Today I am sharing a layout process post! I scrap traditional layouts of many sizes. The reason is, I love to start with a blank page. It makes me feel most creative! From there, I always choose my focal point photo. The photo contains all of the information I need to determine what kind of layout I will make. What is the memory? What emotion does it evoke? And most of all, what colors do I want to design with? Yes, I am a big time COLOR scrapper. I love to work with color palettes. I even organize my leftover kit embellishments by color! Let’s take a look!

Here is my finished layout!

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Here is the photo and items I wanted to use from the September Clique Kit Capture. I have already done a lot of layouts and projects with this kit, so I was picking through some scraps actually. This black and white flower paper was one of my favorite patterned papers in the kit. I keep going back to it over and over! I had fussy cut many of the flowers and had some left to use. This photo is of my three all grown up step daughters from when they came to visit us this summer.

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I started with a simple ink splash background using some Tim Holtz distress ink in broken china. It is one of favorite ocean colors. Next I decided on my color palette. I thought I would create a little vignette of some embellishments floating around those black and white flowers. The pinks in the cocoa vanilla scraps would look great complemented by some peachy yellow-oranges adding a soft , warm sunny tone to the page.

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Here is my tower of embellishments organized by colors. It doesn’t look like a lot because it isn’t. I get overwhelmed by too much stuff- so I thin it out often! If I haven’t used something in six month or longer-I probably won’t ever! So out it goes!
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I pulled out some items I loved with the cocoa vanilla florals. That feather I actually made by dipping the tip in paint and glitter. The vellum ephemera were from a previous kit or add on. That butterfly is actually ancient, but I held on to it because I love butterflies- they always get used eventually.

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My last step was just to frame the whole page and for this I chose something with a lot of contrast -the narrow black and white stripe paper left from my Clique into Color kit (Bella Blvd’s Just Add Color collection) And that’s my process! I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me and my scrappy style today! What’s your process?

Join the Clique today and be part of the learning and sharing every day in our interactive community on the world wide web. We welcome all to our Facebook group (email info@cliquekits.com for an invite) and hold online crops and challenges with prizes and giveaways. Subscriptions which have been by waitlist are soon opening up -we are optimistic for CHA-W 2016 to be able to get everyone in who wishes to be a subbie! Stay tuned for more info. Comment on this blog share to enter to win a kit! Subscribers who participate in the Pep Rally are entered to win extra store credit and earn product credit just for doing what they love. September was an awesome month, but the October Kit Funfetti is going to be another one to kill! Yay!

Enjoy the rest of the fun today! I know I can’t wait!

-xGia

Tuesday’s Topic: Capture

 

One Kit Three Ways

Today I posted the kickoff post on the Clique Kits blog to start off the month of September featuring the newest kit Capture. The designer collection in the spotlight this month is by Cocoa Vanilla Studio called Hello Lovely and it is beautiful. I always love working with pretty patterns like florals, stripes, and polka dots and love the brushtroke look and watercolor look so this kit was easy for me to kill. Here are the three different layouts I showed today to demonstrate using one kit three ways!

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Sometimes I want to whip out a layout really fast but still have it look on trend- scrapbooking kits are great for that! Design right out of the box and you know everything will coordinate together! No fuss and no mess! Sometimes I have a ton of pictures- and some people do pocket page scrapbooking which would work equally well-for style #2 where I did a double page spread. And sometimes I go back to my traditional style and get artsy with mixed media and lots of layers.   The best part is- these are not three different kits- these are from just one kit. I love that.

Thanks for letting me brag a little about the Clique today! There is a waitlist right now, but as soon as we can get enough product from manufacturers for upcoming kits we are increasing our numbers, which will be soon! So, we expect very soon that everyone who wants to get in, will be able to! Happy dance!

xGia

Clique Kits Gallery

Throwback ThursdayI love subscribing to a papercrafting kit club. About a year ago I created a graphic to share my top ten reasons why it is such a great way to meet my creative needs and goals. Since this is a new blog, I thought I would post it again here, and then share with you one of my favorite layouts from just about every Clique Kit since the club began! It was a little but difficult to narrow it down to just one layout from each kit because I averaged about 5-6 layouts or spreads and lots of other little projects like project life spreads and cards and mini albums on top of that each month out of just one box including the digital products and sometimes something here and there from my stash. But here we go…

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  1. April 2014: Debutante featuring Amy Tangerine
  2. May 2014: Field Trip featuring Fancy Pants Designs
  3. Clique into Summer LE Kit: Simple Stories
  4. July 2014: Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Allison Kreft
  5. August 2014: Glam Camp featuring MME Jen Allyson
  6. September 2014: Study Abroad featuring Studio Tekturek
  7. October 2014: Masquerade featuring Kelly Purkey/Basic Grey
  8. + 9. November 2014: Homecoming featuring Lemon Owl

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  1. March 2015: J’Adore featuring WRMK Love Notes
  2. August 2014: Glam Camp and exclusive digitals
  3. March 2015: Another J’Adore
  4. + 5. April 2015: Happy Everything (Anniversary Kit) featuring Pinkfresh Studio Up in the Clouds
  5.  June 2015: Carpe Diem featuring Chickaniddy Crafts
  6. August 2015: Ambrosia featuring Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss
  7. September 2014: Study Abroad (studio Tekturek)
  8. +9. September 2015: Capture featuring Cocoa Vanilla Studios

It was really fun to look back over the past year and reminisce about all of the great kits we have created with together. I am so excited to be the Watergirl for another phenomenal Varsity design team term starting in about a month and am looking forward to the amazing inspiration they will provide for using future kits. I am also so excited to see where the trends will be heading in the next year and how this will affect our art and the way we use supplies. Organizing and simplifying has become a new favorite sport of mine-using planners and related stationery supplies to help make it pretty while staying focused on my priorities is a real goal for me this year. These are some of the fun things I’ll be talking about on this blog, so please come back real soon!

-x Gia

Clique Kits August Pep Rally: Featuring Ambrosia

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Hi friends! I am very excited to particpate in this month’s Pep Rally! This month’s Clique kit Ambrosia featured the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection and so much more! This kit was so inspiring to me to get started creating again and I have been working on this mini-album documenting my recent long weekend in Kauai. You should have come from the Clique Kits Blog. Here is the full line-up:

Clique Kits

Here—>Gia
Erica <—Next
Sophie*
Sandy G.* 
Megan 
Emma Prescott 
Mariah 
Cassandra*
Donna* 
Aliza*
Kim Allen 
Tyra
Karrie
Evi Ortes 
Hannah

So I have written a lot so far about this mini album and today’s post for the Pep Rally will be a continuation of the series. Since this is a brand new blog it isn’t too hard to find the last two posts if you are interested 🙂

For today’s post, I decided to show you a watercolor technique to make a multicolored or ombre colored pineapple with a diamond cross hatch pattern much like the pineapple design in the Pink Paislee collection. I used this technique to create a personalized layout in my mini album featuring a photo of my son Jesse.

Here we go!

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And now let’s head over to see what great project Erica has today!

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-xGia

Documenting Snorkeling Na Pali Coast

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The beautiful Na Pali Coastline of Kauai is one of the most amazing pristine places to snorkel and observe the gorgeous tropical fish and other sea life along a living reef. It is only accessible by boat or by air. We were lucky enough to take a cruise on a 65 foot catamaran called the Blue Dolphin II. I wanted to create a special interactive layout that my son would appreciate when he looks at this album and remembers our snorkeling experience in Kauai.

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I started with a package of tropical fish embellishments from Little B. I felt like these stickers were exactly the fish we saw underwater! Perfect! In order to create the transparent watery effect I was looking for, I left them attached to the clear plastic backing in the packaging. I cut them apart in random shapes and dipped the plastic in some paint from Jillibean Soup that came with my Clique into Color kit.

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Once I had the fish inside the pocket I used my fingers to smoosh the paint around a little until I was happy with the appearance. You do have to be careful not to use too much paint or it will ooze all over the front of the fish.I used some sequins and enamel dots for finishing touches.

And here is how I made the adjacent page

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-xGia

Documenting My Trip to Kauai with Clique Kits

This project consists of multiple parts, so I am going to divide it into more than one post. In this post I will give an overview of the project!

For my birthday weekend I had a chance to go to a neighbor island with my husband Joel and my youngest son Jesse, age 7 1/2. It is really rare that we get to spend quality time with any one of the children, let alone with each other. Needless to say, this was a really special treat! The stars just happened to align that weekend for us, so off we went to Kauai. I have been keeping a travel album of our visits to all of the other Hawaiian islands, but I was so blown away by the beauty of Kauai I had to make a special album just to dedicate to this trip.

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I started the album with an empty 3-ring binder we had a very limited quantity of in the Clique Kits store way back when. I loved it for the gold debossed flamingos on the outside cover and the lovely salmon color. I started filling the album with cardstock, watercolor paper, acetate, and some Simple Stories pocket pages trimmed down by one column.

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I decided that I would keep repeating certain motifs throughout the album, so that even though it is a very eclectic album, certain themes are coherent. Some of the repeated items are pineapples, watermelons and other fruit from the Ambrosia kit (I especially loved the artwork by Lacey Gasper for this project), flamingos, and Palm fronds. The colors are all in keeping with the colors from the Ambrosia kit palette, which included salmon, pinks, aquas, greens, yellows, and orange. The add on paper pack from Kesi Art with a Hawaiian theme was perfect for this project, and so were the little pineapple and watermelon dies.

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In the next post, I will show you how I used some watercolors and other paints to personalize my album by creating some one-of-a-kind artwork for some of the layouts in the album.

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-xGia

E Komo mai! Welcome to my new blog!

August is my birthday month, so I decided it is the perfect month to make a fresh start on a brand new blog. I will save the story of why I have been too busy to blog for another day and get right to my first project. I already shared this layout on the Clique Kits Instagram, so it isn’t brand new. I need to open a new personal Instagram also, to go along with this new blog. Baby steps, right?

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This layout was made with my August kit Ambrosia. It was love at first sight for me and this pair of Vans tennis shoes. Now we go everywhere together. This kit featured the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection. I have been spying the trend of what I have called the Neo-Lily Pulitzer trend in scrapbooking this year for a really, really long time. If any of you were followers of my old blog, you know I used to write a column all about trends, and I predicted we would be falling in love with fruit, especially pineapples, as well as things like flamingos for quite some time now! Speaking of trends, I LOVE to follow the trends in paper patterns and embellishments as much if not more than I love to follow trends in fashion. How about you? I would love to know if you would be interested in my starting another column about trends on THIS blog. Let me know in the comments please!

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-xGia