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:
Thankful detail 2 Thankful detail 3 Thankful detail

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!

Love You no sun

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.


Life is Beautiful | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Gosh!  It really has been awhile since I managed to blog! Life is really just a bit crazy here… building a house, packing up your old one, 5th birthday parties and sick kids have been pretty much monopolising my time over the last month or so.  I have still be creating layouts though I just have been super slack at sharing them

Today, I have a layout to share with you for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the brand new Life is Beautiful collection.  I have just loved working with all the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections and Life is Beautiful is no exception.  The soft blues mixed with teal, navy, orange and yellows makes this a really versatile range to work with – here I have scrapped a holiday snap from a trip to Brisbane to see my sister and her family.

sweet memories

Some close ups:

sweet memories detail 2 sweet memories detail

I just adore this cute banner and wood veneer butterfly which adds a bit of whimsy to my layout.  And the journal cards make a perfect trio to add to my grid style layout and the sentiments on them fit perfectly with my photo.  I really love using Die cuts in the Ephemera pack and here I wanted to use the cute arrow but the colour wasn’t what I wanted so I just flipped it over and used the blank white side and added a cute heart from some detail too.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Take are


Pretty at 3 | Color Stories Inspiration #171

It is a rainy Monday morning here and after the weekend I am catching up after the weekend with blogging some scrap layouts I have completed recently.  I have a busy week so trying to get on top of all the house stuff and things so it is less stressful all round.  I have always got great intentions of being organised, meal plan and such like but often feel like I am even too busy for that.  What do you guys get up too to be organised for the week!

In the meantime, here is case file 171 for CSI.  I really liked this colour scheme although struggled a bit end the end… the mojo has been lacking of late!

And here is how I solved the case file:

CSI 171 unframed

To create my background I used ‘the all heart’ cut file from The Cut Shoppe as a stencil with texture paste.

Evidence: Stripes, Triangles, food related embellishment, jar, labels, something transparent, texture paste, wood and cork and dots!
Testimony: Documented a celebration – Aimee’s third birthday!!

Some close ups:
CSI 1709 unframed detail 1 CSI 1709 unframed detail 2 CSI 1709 unframed detailThe deadline for completing Case File No. 171 is  Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  I hope you have time to play along with us for this challenge!  

So Proud | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Today I am sharing a layout I have created using the Made of Awesome Collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  This is truly a ‘fun’ and ‘happy’ collection and so easy to use!!  Today, I have a layout of my 11  year old son posing with a certificate he received for an academic achievement at school and I love that the Ephemera in this collection has lots of ‘good positive words’ which worked perfectly with my layout.  To begin, I sprayed my white card stock with some Warm Calico mist and then added some sprays of water and allowed the heavy misting to run up and down the page.

So ProudNext, I started layering up the patterned papers from the collection under my photo, I stitched on some banners and then adding in some Ephemera and the frame around my photo (the top of my photo had some artwork and by adding this frame I covered this over – creating a cleaner look). So Proud detailSo Proud detail 2

To create further interest I added a border strip of the ‘Directions’ patterned paper at the top and bottom. And then added some more Ephemera and stickers from the sticker sheet and finished off with a splattering of the enamel dots, cork and veneer stars (from the Flying High collection) to create flow and tie the layout together.So Proud detail 3So Proud detail 1

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Michelle xx