Halloween Layout

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This is a Halloween layout using the Halloween sampler kit from my Etsy shop.  A sampler kit is like a bag of swag from a variety of collections that work well together and are an economical way to supplement your stash with theme supplies without breaking the bank or ending up with way more than you need. The Halloween papers are from Paperhouse productions  and American Crafts products. The common theme is plaids combined with bold and modern black and white Halloween patterns. My favorite is the cut apart journaling cards from Pebbles Midnight Haunting. The kit also includes paper and ephemera from the brand new Pebbles collection Spooky Boo.

 

Here you can see how I used the spider web doilies in the kit as you would use a cut file! This was kind of a time saving hack for this layout if I’m being honest!

Here are some more closeups:

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I had so much fun putting together some of my recent Halloween faves and I hope you have a blast celebrating Halloween!

-xGia

 

Try a Clique Kit on Me!

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Aloha! Today I am sharing a layout posted a while back on the Clique Kits blog during the month of November 2017. The November Cornucopia Main and Traveler’s Notebook kits are both so beautiful and honestly two of my favorite kits last year. These kits feature two different collections- the Illustrated Faith Gratitude Documented collection and the Pretty Little Studios Tales and Dreams collection-both complement and blend beautifully together! There are also some elements from the Pebbles Girl Squad collection that are just too cute!

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I decided to treat one lucky friend to one of these past Clique Kits (Cornucopia) because lately it is hard to come by a la carte kit listings (since subscriptions have been selling out!) and I think it is important to see with your own eyes just how beautiful these kits are! To enter to win a kit on me, please follow my blog and Instagram and also like and follow Clique Kits! Leave me a comment that you have done so. The winner will be selected one week from today, on March 13, 2018.

-X Gia

 

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