Hip Kit |December Kit

Hi everyone, hope 2016 has been amazing so far!  For some reason, my WordPress has been a pain and not wanting to add any photos to my blog post so I haven’t been able to post any layout pictures in the last couple of weeks. But it seems to be back on track so fingers crossed.

Here are two layouts I have done with the Hip Kit Club – December Kits. The first one is of Taylor and I on New Years Eve.  I used the cut file designed by Nicole Nowosad for the December Kits to create my background by using the ‘stars’ as a mask with texture paste.  I then added a piece of the vellum from the Cardstock Add On Kit to soften the pale green cardstock that  I have used on my background.

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My second  layout with the December Kit is a cute one of Aimee and  one of the birds that  is at Sandspit Holiday Park.  For this layout, I used a few pages from the Maggie Holmes Shine Collection 6″ paper pack from the December Embellishment Kit.  I also loved the wood veneer ‘dream today’ which I altered and coloured in a cute mint colour.  The birds from the Maggie Holmes Shine Collection Chipboard pieces were perfect embellishments for my photo too.

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IMG_8718IMG_8719IMG_8720Hope you have enjoyed my two layouts with the December Kits.  I have one more to come this week so will share when I can.

Take care xx

Taking Stock


I saw this November Taking Stock Post over at Our Urban Box so seeing as my blog has also been neglected I thought I would do a list of things that have been occupying my time up lately!

Making : not much, making scrapbooking pages when I can fit them into my busy day
Cooking : again not much, we have been eating out a lot due to been so busy with the house move, living in Hobsonville Point.  The kids are being exposed to Japanese, Italian and lots of different cuisine
Drinking : a Soy decaf Cappuccino from Ginas.
Reading:  no time to read right now
Wanting: lots of things, new furniture for the house mainly and an Iphone  6+
Looking:  for ideas for the new house
Playing: music on spotify whilst cleaning
Deciding: on what furniture and things I need for new house and what things we don’t need to keep and declutter
Wishing: it was Friday and we take possession of our new house
Enjoying: Monday morning me time!
Waiting: For the window cleaner to finish cleaning my windows
Wondering: What Santa might bring the kids for Christmas
Loving: The warmer weather we are finally having even if it is muggy
Considering: what I will wear out to dinner on Thursday!
Buying: a new outfit to wear to dinner on Thursday
Watching: Catching up on all my TV on demand so our MySky box doesn’t explode whilst we aren’t watching all our TV
Hoping: We get a quick and good sale on our old house
Marvelling: At how much stuff one can accumulate in only 4 years of living in this house
Cringing: at the dirt that is coming out of our carpets as they are being cleaned
Needing: new rattan outdoor furniture for Christmas Day
Questioning: how I can fit all my kitchen stuff in my new smaller kitchen
Smelling: the carpet cleaner!
Wearing: my active wear and my white birkenstocks
Noticing: how much faster the Mac computer is than using my laptop
Admiring: my nice clean kitchen and empty house
Sorting: out the last few things that need to be done so we can move
Getting: the kids Lego  Advent Calendars out of the garage to take with me today.
Disliking: Still having the last few things to be put in boxes – the awkward stuff
Opening: nothing yet but soon on the weekend we will be opening up boxes
Feeling: Mostly good, excited about the end of the week!
Snacking: On whatever I can find in this old house – which isn’t much!

As you can see there is a bit of a theme… most of the stuff keeping me away from the computer is old house or new build related.  It will be strange next week once we have moved and it wont be as frantic as it is now.

Michelle xx

Remember | Hip Kit Club | October 2015


Today I have a layout to share for Hip Kit Club. This one is inspired by the October Mood board below:


I just love all the black and gold accents in this kit!  They work perfectly with the browns, teals and corals.  This photo is Taylor when she was doing an activity book which she received from her Grandad for her birthday.  Some close ups: Remember detail 1 Remember detailThanks so much for visiting my blog today!  Hope you are enjoying all the October Hip Kit layouts the design team has been sharing over the last few weeks.

Til next time


Zoo Day Out | Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Life is Beautiful

Today I have a layout to share with you for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the Life is Beautiful collection.  Love this collection so much… it was perfect for my zoo photos of the kids.  There is one elephant at Auckland Zoo where the kids always sit on and have their photo taken and these photos are our most recent shots from the September school holidays.
Zoo Day Out

Close ups:Zoo Day Out detail 1 Zoo Day Out detail 2 Zoo Day Out detail

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today


Thankful | Hip Kit Club | October 2015

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to my blog!  I am sharing my second layout using the October Kits from Hip Kit Club which I shared over on the Hip Kit Club Facebook page yesterday.  This time I have done a grid style layout project life style of some progress shots of our house build.  The project life cards in the Project Life Kit are perfect for a grid layout design.  I’ve also added some frames and embellishments from the Cedar Lane Ephemera Pack and the cute little wood veneer from Simple Stories with the little house and the little people were perfect finishing touches.  I cut out the ‘thankful’ from the exclusive subscriber cut file and then coloured it in with the Prima water coloured pencils and stitched it to my layout.Thankful

Close ups:
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I’ve hope I’ve inspired you all to get out your October Kits and get crafting!

Til next time

Michelle xx

Love You | Hip Kit Club | October Kits

Hi everyone,

It is my first layout share for Hip Kit Club using their October kits today.  The colours in this kit are to die for… and so versatile.  I have used the coral, blacks and teals on my layout of Aimee.  This photo is a recent one from our zoo trip after a chocolate ice-cream experience!

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I just adore striped patterned paper and my eye was immediately drawn to the  two papers  “Brush Strokes” and “Ribbon Stripe” which I added to the length of my page.  I then added the ‘hello’ washi from Jen Hadfield washi strip papers and then added the feather card from the Project Life kit.  On my layout I have used the exclusive subscriber October cut files designed by Nicole Nowosad – the leaf branch which I cut out on my Cameo Silhouette and then added a pen outline.  I finished my layout with lots of Ephemera and Stickers in lots of layers to create a fun and balanced page.

Some close ups:

Love You no sun detail 1 Love You no sun detail 2 Love You no sun detail 3 Love You no sun detail

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Michelle xx

CSI 179

Hi everyone,

The latest case file has been revealed over at Color Stories Inspiration.  179 flat

Here is how I solved the case:  I loved all the gorgeous greens and corals in the case file.  CSI 179

Evidence: Washi Tape, Envelope (for my journaling), feathers and flowers
Testimony:  My story is in the envelope on a tag.  It is a message to myself to be cool, live the dream and life to the fullest!

Some close ups:CSI 179 detail CSI 179 detail 1 CSI 179 detail 2

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest layout.  Would love it if you played along with the latest challenge – there are lots of cool prizes up for grabs from our sponsors – do check them out.

Michelle xx

A bloggy update

Hi everyone,

I can’t believe we are in October already… now that crazy September is over and done with I am feeling that much more saner about the world, building houses, and birthday parties galore made it a fun yet full on month.

I know I haven’t shared my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studio layout on my blog yet so I thought I would take a few minutes peace whilst the kids are eating their lunch (School holidays here in NZ).

The two new collections Life is Beautiful and Tis the Season for Cocoa Vanilla Studio are both amazing.  On my layout I have used mostly Tis the Season on a non-traditional Christmas layout.  I have chosen a photo which I think is actually 6 x 8 inches in size which is photo you get when you buy the package of photos when you go to a touristy type attraction.  This is a photo of Aimee and myself on the chair lift after going down the luge together! I really loved all the photos  you get when you go on these attractions but they aren’t the best quality photos and usually I never do anything with them but I decided to challenge myself.Love You & Me

As my photo is a larger landscape photo – I wanted to balance out the photo by adding some different sized strips of the patterned paper at the bottom of the photo to ‘ground’ it.    And I have left the rest of the layout quite simply embellished – I took advantage of having white space in my photo to add my title from the sticker sheet  LOVE with a cute border strip to anchor it.  I finished off my layout with a couple of embellishment clusters from the ephemera and sticker sheets from both Life is Beautiful and Tis the Season collections.

Some details:

Love You & Me detail 1 Love You & Me detail 2 Love You & Me detail

I also have another layout to share with that I created as part of my DT application for Hip Kit Club’s Creative Team.

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I’ve used products from mainly the July 2015 Hip Kit and then added in some Cocoa Vanilla Studio wood veneer from Life Is Beautiful.

That’s all I have to share for today!  Lots of blog posts going around in my head though – just need a few more hours to write them all.