December Clique Kits Pep Rally Bolg Hop



Aloha Scrappers!! It’s that lovely time again, where the members of Clique Kits get together and share some of the things they creating with their December Girl Cave Kit. At the end of the blog post I will have the line so you can make sure you visited everyone, and so you can continue on in the Hop.

The Girl Cave Kit included Pink Paislee Memorandum. Like always I love this kit, this kit has an amazing acetate piece that has cut aparts with crisp images and bold colors. Gorgeous!!

I feel in love with the aquas in this collection!! I really wanted to play with a monochromatic type of layout. I remembered I had a photo of my son from Thanksgiving and he is wearing a aqua and blue shirt that went really well with the colors in this kit.

My son is so silly! Every chance he gets he is trying to get us to laugh. He is our family comedian!! On Thanksgiving in order to get a serious picture of him I had to let him do some silly photos. I really wanted to scrap this memory! IMG_4490

I really wanted to use white card stock as my background but knew that is needed something to help add a splash of color. At this point I didn’t know what I was going to do with my papers at all. I took some dark blue paint and some aqua paint and created an ombre effect with the paint. trying to stay more toward the middle of my paper. I still wanted white to show, and have peeks of the blue and aqua pop out from under the photos and paper.


After the paint dried I used one of the pattern papers from the kit to border the white paper. I have been liking this technique lately of drawing your eye into the layout. Plus if I cut the middle out of my patterned paper I still get good mileage out of my paper.


I decided to cut many of the blue/aqua and white papers into strips. I was thinking it would be fun to line them close to the sides of the layout. having the papers be lined up opposite on each side.

I added the photos ( I used a 4×6 and 4×4 sized photo) in the middle, overlapping them for interest.


I also added one of the beautiful acetate from the kit to the photo cluster. The gold and cameras were a great match to layout. I added a gold die cute word on the bottom of the picture as well. This helped tie the gold from above the photos.


I then looked through the embellishments in the kit, the cut apart sheet that came with the kit and a few pieces from last months kit. I added these embellishments on the strips of paper on the sides of the layout. I did this instead of the traditional triangle of embellishment. I really like how the different shades of blue, aqua and gold look on the sides of the photos. all the different textures from the embellishments really added a fun aspect that mirrors my son’s silliness.


For the title I added the cutest wood veneer piece ever (a pair of glasses), under the photos. I added part of the alpha’s from the kit, which were Bella Blvd alphas, on top of the glasses. The second part of the title I added under the glasses. I used a different color for the second word, but added one letter the color from the first word. I really love how that looks.




After working on a lot of christmas themed layouts, and my December Daily album, I am really enjoying using this month’s kit. Especially since Hawaii isn’t very cold or have that traditional christmas feel, it is a nice treat. I am hoping to make a christmas layout using this kit too though, for just that reason.



Don’t forget to check out Leigh’s post next!!

Here is the December  2015 Line Up
Clique Kits
Sandy Gonzalez
Melissa Vining
Kat Benjamin
Kim Allen
>>Hannah Lemieux<<<< YOU ARE HERE
>>>>Leigh<<< Click Here

*Design Team Members on Kit Duty


December Daily Thoughts

Aloha Crafters!!

December has been going strong for a while now. And to be honest this is the point where you either are in love with your album so far, or think what have I done?! The craziness of life starts getting you tired.

I hope you haven’t given up yet though!! This lesson I am learning this year working on my album is you gotta do what works for you this year!! This isn’t last year, where I just had one youtube channel to manage, and just a small circle of crafty friends I was sharing with.

This year so much has changed, and so my plans on how I am going to finish my album on time this may need to change, and that is ok!!

I want my album to be fun, because I honestly love christmas time. I have so many great memories that I want this time of year be super special for my kids too. I want them to feel the magic of Christmas.

My plan before was to record most of my process and share it on my Youtube channel. I love Youtube as a sharing platform. I love seeing others being creative and want to share that too. But this year sharing every time I sit down for twenty minutes here or ten minutes there, just isn’t easy.

I took the guilt of having to share every little detail away, I gave myself permission to make my album low key.

What are you doing with your album that isn’t working because you are trying to be a super crafter!! That is totally me, and really it’s an easy way to get burned out this time of the year!

I still plan to share but just not my process. And that is ok!!

It is ok to switch things up and make this process easier on us. This is a busy season and in the end we need to enjoy right?!!

Here are a few pictures of what I have completed so far.

(FYI I start my album after Thanksgiving since that’s when we start decorating, I just have christmas be my last day)

November 27: We started putting up the tree. I focused on that story. I also journaled about how I almost always run out of lights for the tree.


I haven’t decided if I am going to embellish the top Deck The Halls card.

For this pocket I am going to sew or fuse it shut, I just haven’t done it yet. Thus the tape.




November 28:

We finished up the tree. I have more pictures this day, because I took a shot of each child putting up an ornament on the tree.






November 29:

Since not much happened that day, I documented how the girls had a sleepover downstairs to look at the lights on the tree at night. The photos from this aren’t amazing but I really wanted to add them, because I love how excited they were to experience the magic of the christmas tree.


November 30:

Nothing really special went on this day, and I wasn’t sure exactly what story I want to tell. I am thinking about retelling an old christmas memory . All I have is the base page done.


I also have an envelope on the other side of the spread and added the photo of our train under the tree. We try to put this up under the tree every year starting last year.  (Even though I admit that it doesn’t always make it through the season because our children can’t resist touching the train)


December 1:

Before the first I added a picture of the tree all lit up at night. On the other side I added patterned paper, in which I will add typed up journaling about the signs of christmas. This is a prompt from the Journal Your christmas by Shimelle.


This is my photo for December 1st. It is a rainbow in the sky.



I haven’t finished this spread either. I have a cloud/rain 3×4 card from the Wonder collection that I am embellishing in one of the pockets. The other I am thinking of adding more journaling.



December 2:

I seen a prompt from Felicity Jane kit club about Hot Cocoa and wanted to make homemade Hot Cocoa for the kids. Which of course they really enjoyed and welcomed, even if it is warm!! Later that night My Hubby brought home Starbucks Hot Cocoa on a stick, YUMM!!


I have to add the journaling and I may embellish the top card a little more.




December 3:

Not much happened on the 3rd as well. We are in the thick of doing school work before the Christmas Break. I took a photo of the school board with the date on it. I also added a picture of out Nativity set to the back of the hot cocoa photo. I still need to add journaling to this day.




December 4th:

Besides the fact that we did school on the 4th and I recorded The Crafty Maven Podcast about December Daily, not much went on. My Hubby brought home a nice treat of seasonal Blue Moon Beer, which I enjoy during the holidays. IMG_4172

This is what I done on this day. I need to finish up the other page, with embellishments.

December 5th:

On Saturday I went grocery shopping and then we made some cookies.

For this page I actually have the photo on it, but still need to write my journaling. I haven’t decided if I am going to type my journaling out or write it in white pen on the wood grain. My picture is of Mochi, and I am journaling about the cool hawaiian things we get to have during the holidays.


December 6th:

On Sunday we made some more cookies and the kids worked on a gingerbread train. The story I am focusing on is how we are going to start a new tradition the includes everyone in our family picking a cookie or two for us to make during the holiday season. I am going to be printing a recipe out for my Hubby’s pick which were his Grandma’s pecan cookies.

The train I am adding to another day.

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December 7th:

This day is Pearl Harbor day and I want to add an insert with a picture of Pearl Harbor and an article in which they found an airplane over in Kaneohe Bay, that had sunk during the attack. Since this day is such a big day here I really want to pay respect to it. (I haven’t done this yet, but have it in my christmas journal until I am ready to finish this insert)

I decided to make this day be for the kids christmas lists, even though they had them written out a couple of weeks ago. Over the weekend we had finished buying the big gifts, so it seemed a good day to add this.



In the Starbucks christmas bag I added the actual lists the kids made, even though I did include the photo of one of the lists. (Leilani had written her list way early!!)



December 8th:

We spent a lot of this day at the hospital getting check ups. In my album I actual have the 8th and the 9th switched, because i made a silly mistake with how I inserted my big photos for those days. And instead of reprinting I am just going to have them switched. It really isn’t that big of a deal, really.

For the 8th I still need to make a date card and do the journaling and possibly add something to my big photo.

December 9th:

Since this day is going before the 8th in my album I have this day pretty much completed except a little journaling.

I made a big turkey at home because we ate Thanksgiving at a friends house. My Hubby really wanted my sage sausage stuffing and we still wanted a little extra turkey. It made the house smell yummy and I went all out and made mashed potatoes, stuffing, green casserole and cranberry sauce.


I am also adding the gingerbread train here, to the back of the Starbucks bag. It just seemed to work. Plus I am not sure it really needs tons of journaling.


This is the day card and journaling about me making the turkey.


I am going to journal here about the kids making a wish on the wishbone. This is the first year we had them make a wish on the wishbone.


Sam got the bigger side and he was so happy (Even though he then told us his wish out loud!!) I printed this photo at 8×8 and I love the way it looks. I haven’t decided if I will embellish this photo with anything. I will probably wait until I finish the photo on the other side and then decide.


I have photos for December 10 and 11 printed. but not finished.

I figure quite a bit of this week will have prompts from Shimelle or other places, as filler cards since we did a lot of school work again. I am trying to take photos of our christmas decor and I have a few stories I want to get down as well for these slow days.

I think the important thing to remember about projects like December Daily is to not stress and make sure you are journaling what you want to do your pages about. Even if you aren’t caught up it’s not a big deal.

Also I wanted to share with you The Crafty Maven Getaway Podcast December Daily Episode that came out today!! Katty Miranda, Kelly Barron and I talk all about our December Daily albums.


I am hoping to come back later this week and share some more of my album with you!!