Mini Albums

#Finish-it-February

On February 1st I was scrolling my newsfeed on Facebook and came across a post in the Scrap Gals Community Facebook Group on the tradition of using the month of February to finish several of the projects that you just never got around to completing! It made me think about some of the pitfalls for completing projects that often affect me.

  1. By the time I come across an unfinished project, I have no enthusiasm for the project anymore.
  2. Other events or pictures have eclipsed those memories in importance
  3. Sometimes I don’t like the products I was using at the time (even though I thought they were perfect at one time!)
  4. I’m just not into whatever style or media I was using when I started.
  5. I have new products calling me to use them right away.
  6.  I am afraid to “waste”  what little time I have to scrapbook on an old project when I have current stories and photos to document.

Do you relate to any of these pitfalls? I think that the idea of setting aside one whole month to go back to my unfinished projects would possibly help me to finish at least some of them, and in the process rid me of some of the guilt of “wasting” supplies, and my past time and energy. I may not be able to finish everything I want to finish (I have the 3 past years of unfinished December dailies and if I am honest I have been putting these off for- well- 3 years.) But I can do what I can for one short month, and let the chips fall where they may. Right?

I really love to travel, and when a photo album I had of a trip I took to India was destroyed (in the pre-digital photo days) I cried over the loss of those photos and memories. So for me, this month is going to start with finishing some travel journals that are really important to me. I am happy to announce that I did it! I finished the TN insert of my trip to Thailand last September! One down and…never mind how many to go.

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Here is the short list of Clique Kits products I used in this journal. I love that Clique Kits is now offering Limited Edition Traveler Notebook kits. I hope that at some point there will be enough demand for a full TN subscription kit.

  1. The Cosmo Cricket Art Deck. This is a booklet, the same size as a TN insert full of pretty sayings hand script with trendy designs as resist patterns on watercolor paper, along with some gold foiled designs.
  2. Assortment of Washi Tapes
  3. My goes-everywhere-with-me box of Prima watercolor paints and a waterbrush. (no link because they are sold out- but I imagine they are available other places!?)
  4. A bunch of skeleton clips like the ones visible in some of the photos. These are a must for using anything wet while on the go since you need a way to keep your pages open to dry.
  5. The travel stamp set by Meli Melo studio that Clique Kits sells, which is perfect for stamping in your TN!
  6. This lovely butterfly stamp.

A couple of things to note before I conclude this post.  This was my first attempt at working in the Traveler Notebook insert formula and there was a little bit of a learning curve for me. First, I am used to working with wet media on cold press watercolor paper or at least mixed media weight paper. I learned that the paper in the average TN insert is quite thin, and I figured out halfway through the project that it was better to paste two pages together than to try to use them singly when using anything wet on them. So yeah, the front half is full of wrinkled, flimsy pages and the second half is much more sturdy and lays flat.

I loved adding little bits of memorabilia to the album, like this 20 baht note (Thai currency). There is a story behind this particular note- and now I will never forget it!

I used this project as an opportunity to practice some brush stroke lettering, without pressure because my lettering was not perfect and I was totally okay with that! (unlike how I would feel if it were on a scrapbook layout) I am now enamored with traveler notebooks and whatever the trip or subject, I know they will be very personal to me and something that I love to look back through in the future. I also plan to work on an archiving system for them for when they are finished and end up on my shelf. There is much to talk about with Traveler Notebooks that I will save for future posts!

I would love to hear from you if you have any unfinished projects to work on during #Finish-it-February and what some of your pitfalls are to getting them done. Maybe we can help each other!

-xoGia

 

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LOVE the February Clique Kit

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Aloha and thanks for looking! I have this layout which is going to be one of many about my son John, who is graduating from high school this May. I always make an album for each of my children that I give to them at graduation spanning from birth to graduation. I go through all of the layouts ever made over the course of their life and choose my favorites for this compendium of a childhood.

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It’s really quite a simple layout, and I love the way my We R Memory Keepers CMYK bird stamp turned out as a fussy cut and glittered embellishment on this page. This stamp and the inks to go with it are available in the Clique Kits shop and the stamp is on sale!

One of my favorite embellishments in this month’s Clique Kit are the Hazelwood rub-ons by 1 Canoe 2 and American Crafts. Do you use rub-ons? I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years and have seen rub ons come and go in scrappy fashion. I am glad they are making a comeback because I have always been a fan! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

-xoxoGia

 

 

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CMYK Stamped Background

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Just showing this 8 1/2 x 11 layout that I posted on the Clique Kits monthly kickoff post today. This layout features a hand stamped background that I previously made in this process video using an art stamp from the Clique Kits store and the We R Memory Keepers CMYK inks.

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This layout gets away from my recent pattern of doing backgrounds with a lot of white space. In fact, quite the opposite it is full of pattern, color, and layering with a tremendous amount of texture from stitching and the different textures in the art stamps. The outcome does reflect the happy and carefree mood of the layout titled “Life is Lovely”

I also used some chipboard, an embellishment that I have gotten away from using! Is there something you have been doing recently that is outside your comfort zone? I found that it really challenged me to be more creative.

Now take a peek at the beautiful February 2017 Clique Kit Bee You. You can purchase one here and/or subscribe today for a 3 or 6 month subscription which would begin in March.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Thanks for stopping by!

–xoGia

 

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Saturday Morning Art Kids

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

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Girl Friday

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

 

 

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