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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

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!

#‎basicgreytribute‬

‪#‎basicgreyflashmob‬

‪#‎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

 

Clique Kits January Pep Rally: Happy!

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Aloha! I suppose it has been a while since I was able to participate in the Pep Rally and this poor little blog has been very neglected. But nevertheless-it’s a new year and no better time like the present to follow through with my biggest resolution of all- making time to be creative every day no matter what!

Here is today’s lineup of blogs. Clique Kits will give away a prize kit to one lucky blog share commenter and as always, there are product credits awarded to every Clique subscriber who participates in this hop! So please leave some love on every blog and share away on social media!

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Me——>Gia Lau https://giaaloha.com/
*Melissa Vining http:yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz   <————Next stop
*Candace http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
*Kat Benjamin http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com
*Leigh Ann http://www.artfulleighcreative.com/
*Aliza http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com
*Elisabetta https://abcdeliblog.blogspot.com/
Donna http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Emma Pescott http://emslifedocumented.blogspot.co.nz
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Kim Allen kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Mariah Hecher http://www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com/
Renee Aslette http://www.reneeaslette.blogspot.com
Kate Blue http://www.kateblue.blogspot.com
Megan Blethen www.craftymeggy.com
Kelly Baron kaybeetoo.blogspot.com
Bernie Miller http://weekendatberniis.blogspot.com.au/

Upcycling Christmas to Valentine’s Day

Today I am sharing a layout made from the January kit Alegria. This photo was taken at a fancy Christmas party and even though I have had it as the wallpaper  on my phone I wanted to scrap it because it captured my memory of a really special and fun night! I love that this kit name Alegria means happy and chose the die cut word Happy as my main title/journaling.

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One of the crafty things I did this weekend with my kids is make some Cupid’s arrows out of felt, paper straws, and washi tape.

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Paper patterns  used to cut the felt and straws leftover from Christmas.

I wrapped the straws in washi tape to update them from Christmas to Valentine’s Day.

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After making a few of these Cupid arrows I thought that it would be the perfect homemade embellishment to add to a layout! I have to show you the side view so that you can see the dimensional elements of the layout. Since the Cupid’s arrow is such a large piece, I wanted to keep the rest of the layout fairly simple.

And now I am totally in the mood to tear into my Clique Kits Valentine’s Day Kit called XOXO!  If you haven’t picked yours up yet, better hurry as they are going fast. I can’t wait to see what everyone else is sharing today using the January kit! There will be a special Valentine’s Day blog hop coming in February where the Clique Kits and Bella Blvd design teams pair up for twice as much fun! Make sure you follow the Clique Kits blog and social media for news of new product and kit releases as well as the Clique community Events!

xoxo

Gia

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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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

 

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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