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

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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!

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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

Throwback Thursday: Basic Grey Tribute

 

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For my Throwback Thursday post this week I am sharing an older layout of my son Nikolas building something with his legos. Back in the day, Basic Grey was one of the hottest, trendiest companies! I have so many great memories of shopping in my small town LSS called Scrapbook Alley where they always carried Basic Grey lines! It is so sad to see Basic Grey no longer making paper collections!

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To play along with the Flash Mob tribute on Facebook, post your own Throwback Thursday layout using any Basic Grey collection. Tag a friend and use the following hashtags to enter to win a prize from Clique Kits!

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‪#‎throwbackthursdaybasicgrey‬

#‎cliquekits_basicgreytribute‬

I know that we will never have another Basic Grey!

-xo Gia

 

Sunday Funday

 

Aloha! I hope you are enjoying your Sunday and maybe even spending some time creating today! Today I challenged myself against every fiber of my colorful being to do a very simple and clean monochromatic Valentine layout  using my February Clique Kit Hot Mess.  This layout features a photo I just love of my oldest son with his girlfriend being playful. I am really excited to watch him graduate from law school this May.

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I am usually a very colorful scrapbooker, but sometimes the impact of black & white is irresistable, even when it requires a lot of restraint to execute! This kit is full of bright colors, and the elements all coordinate making it easy to create with. I had fun playing with this challenge today! What kinds of layouts are most challenging for you? I love to read your comments!

-xo Gia

 

Trends to try!

 

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Hey, what’s up? I love this mug. I saw it at Target and it inspired the name of an upcoming Clique Kit…oops spoiler alert! One of the things I love to do on a bloggy catch-up weekend is grab my coffee and talk trends. So let’s do it!

Trend 1 Marbleized surfaces:

Marble and marbleized surface design on paper is a really really old technique. But it has re-surfaced as a modern pattern in everything from stationery to fashion to home decor. Italian bookmakers and handmade paper makers actually invented over a dozen specific patterns of marbleizing, but my favorite is freeform. I especially love when metallics like gold and copper are mixed in. I have seen more and more marbleized paper appearing in scrapbooking recently from patterned paper collections from Dear Lizzy to Crate Paper to Maggie Holmes and even a whole monochromatic marble line from Bazzill basics.  I think we will continue to see marbleized paper through several more seasons!

Trend 2 Plaid Patterns:

I think this trend was especially apparent at Christmas time when black and red and sometimes gold were very hot, but get ready for Spring when pastel colored plaids and tartans are going to be just as big a hit! I am especially enamored with some patterns I saw from Photoplay paper company and Lawn Fawn!

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Trend 3 Wild Things:

Animal Prints, animal faces, geometric animal illustrations, and more…we seem to have developed a fetish for our furry friends- whether wild or domesticated, cute and cuddly or not so much! Some trends have been around in fashion and have always made a bold statement, like giraffe print and zebra print. What kinds of wild looks do you like?

Pictured above is an ipad cover with a non traditional zebra print spotted at Target, a We Are Memory Keepers Clearly Posh acetate print in gold cheetah, and a cat face sweater!

Trend 4 Tassels and pom poms:

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I have been seeing tassels and pom poms everywhere. I don’t know about you. They started out as something I saw mostly as party decor-banners made up of fringy tassels made from crepe paper in pastel colors and even gold. Now I am seeing accesories and key chains and even techie gear like the item pictured made from classy leather tassels. Small tassels are pretty embellishments on mini albums and planners. I remember making pom poms in summer camp once- I never thought it was something I would look up again, but I couldn’t help myself. Here is a link to a super easy fork method of making pom poms and a tutorial to make this adorable and trendy pom pom bracelet!

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Trend 4 Brushstrokes and Painterly Effects

This is defined as patterns where the artist’s hand is visible in the strokes of paint-whether watercolor, ink, acrylic, or oil, or even splashes- there is evidence left behind of the process of the artist. We are loving this look lately-from monochromatic to bold splashes of colors- and even florals! There are some amazing collections that have come out incorporating this style for scrapbooking by designers like Dear Lizzy, Amy Tan, Ashley Goldberg, Paige Evans, Shanna Noel, and many more! I can’t wait to get these in my upcoming Clique Kits (oh no-more spoilers)

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Trend 5 Geometrics

These designs are really popular right now and really make an impact on any space-like this bedroom wall. I love geometric patterns on paper and geometric renderings of animals likes bears and foxes. They look really cool in scrapbooking too. Keep an eye out for dies, stamps, wood and acrylic shapes, die cut pieces, and paper patterns incorporating geometric designs.

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Trend 6 Neon Pastels

This is more of a color palette trend but I have seen a lot of this especially in fashion and it also influences paper and embellishment collections in scrapbooking we like, planner colors along with accessories. I really like to add pops of neon and gold to my pastels-so feminine and pretty for Spring!

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Trend 7 Succulents

How about those cactuses (plural cacti?) And their cousins the succulents? These have become the houseplant to have lately, and naturally, images of them are a popular motif in stamping, cards, and paper patterns. I was given one as a gift and with my black thumb I managed to…never mind. It’s too sad. I do have a really nice thriving one outside on my front lanai.

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I probably missed some new popular trends, but those are the ones that immediately come to mind! I hope you enjoyed my trend talk- please let me know your thoughts!

-xo Aloha! Gia

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Clique Kits November Pep Rally

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Hi and welcome to the November Pep Rally! Here is the line-up for today!  This month so many people have been sharing their projects and layouts using this kit. It truly has been inspirational! I am really excited that next month’s kit reveal week is finally here. The December kit Girl Cave features one of my favorite brands-Pink Paislee- and the papers have a lovely pop of lavender to brighten any dreary winter day and refresh your own crafty space! Make sure you head over to the Clique Kits website to check out the December Kit today!

You came from here—>Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia http://www.giaaloha.wordpress.com/  <——You are here
Go here next—–> http://ericarosecreates.blogspot.com/
Kim* http://krodesigns.blogspot.com/
Justyna* http://made-by-justt.blogspot.com/
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Candace* http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
Donna* http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Marcia* http://onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/
Caroli* www.carolinaschulz.com
Aliza* http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/
Janet Zeppa www.janetsjoy.ca
Leeann Pearce http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com.au/
Melissa Vining http:yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
Charity Feit http://scrapfaire.blogspot.com
Hannah Lemieux http://scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com
Leigh http://www.artfulleighcreative.com
Evie http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
Emma Pescott http://emslifedocumented.blogspot.co.nz
Tarrah Mclean http://livetoscrapscraptolive.blospot.com.au/
Wendy Antenucci http://antenucci.blogspot.com

Today I am sharing a post about scrapping a special family photo of six of my children taken 3 years ago! I thought the colors in the photo would be perfect with the rich colors in the November kit. Whenever I have a special photo, I always feel it deserves “special” paper, and this collection definitely qualified!

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To begin this layout, I decided to create a sketch that would allow me to  use a variety of the beautiful patterned papers in the kit. IMG_1454

I don’t use sketches very often, but sometimes they come in handy. Again, when I have a special photo I feel more comfortable knowing I have a plan. With this sketch, I knew I was going to do some paint splatters in the upper corners. I used some navy blue paint watered down for this purpose.

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I kept my embellishments simple but chose the ones that added to the composition rather than detracting from the photo. I just love the little felt deer add on and the Lora Bailora exclusive flair included with the kit.

And now there is so much more to see, so let’s go hop!

-xoGia

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.

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