Going Green | Hip Kit Club | March 2017

Have you thought about going green?  Today, I am here to show you just how easy it is to use green on your layouts!  The focus of my layout was to highlight a particular colour.  The March 2017 kits are so full of lots of different colours but one of my favourite colours to work with is ‘greens’.  From aquas, to mints to forest greens there are so many different options in the March 2017 kits that you can use.

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When I am creating a layout with just one main colour focus, I start off by finding all the little bits and pieces that are in that colour theme.  So I started looking through the 2017 March kits and picking up all the green papers and embellishments that I thought would work on my layout.

First off, I was drawn to the the Paige Evans no 24 patterned paper as those little squares are just begging to be fussy cut out.  I loved all the different designs on each of the little squares but because they are all the same colour it doesn’t make my layout too busy or over the top.  The squares and my smaller photos really started me off on a grid style design which really allowed me to add lots of fun embellishing touches too.

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Once I got my general design laid out on my cardstock it was really about embellishing those little squares and creating interest and dimension. I have used a couple of project life cards from the March 2017 Project Life Kit on my page, I have mat my photos of my girls on one of the mint ones, added the MARCH word to the side of it and also cut out the triangle that sits at the bottom right hand side of my page. The ‘Sweet’ word on the Shimelle Little By Little patterned paper just fit my title perfectly.

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The squares on my grid design created their own little areas for me to add embellishments to and there was lots of opportunities to add detail with all the embellishments in the kits.   I finished off with some black elements which I felt helped tie in my black and white photos and some of the gorgeous HKC exclusive enamel dots.

Sweet Girls detail

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, I hope I have inspired you to create a monotone layout with the Hip Kits and maybe give ‘green’ a go too.

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Keepin’ it Cool | Hip Kit Club | October 2016

Hi everyone,  I am totally Keepin’ it Cool whilst waiting for my March Kits to arrive (not really but I am totally trying to do so).  There has been lots of requests for creating boy pages with the kits, so today I am sharing a masculine layout of my almost 13 year old son and I am also stash busting with the October 2016 Hip Kits.  I have used a mix of both the Main Kit and the Embellishment Kits on my page.

keepin it coolI am totally motivated with the graphic nature of scrapbooking with Black and White photos at the moment and lots of white space.  Scrapbooking with a black and white photos makes it easy to adapt the Hip Kits to work with just about any theme.  I also love how the patterned paper and embellishments pop on the page as well.  I definitely find it more of a challenge to scrap boy layouts especially when they are at the tween/teen age but I find keeping it quite hip and fun using lots of words, tags and a masculine colour palette is the way to go.

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I have used the Pink Paislee Take Me Away Thickers to create my title – originally it was a phrase called ‘Keepin it Real’ but I changed it to include cool instead as I felt it was a bit more appropriate for the photo of my son and one of my cousins’ kids.  And it adds more interest to my page.

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How cute is this camera!  Added a little heart to it for some interest too.

The ‘leaves thickers’and the ‘hanging with my fam’ works perfectly for my photo  as it was a family reunion when the photo was taken.   The little glasses worked so well with the boys both wearing the glasses it was an easy choice to add them to my layout as well.

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I hope you have enjoyed my layout today and I have inspired you to use your Hip Kits to create layouts about the boys and men in your lives.

 

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Mix it up with Ephemera | Hip Kit Club

Yesterday, I shared this post over at the Hip Kit Club all about Ephemera.

Do you ever get overwhelmed by all those die cut Ephemera that come in your kits?  I assure you, you aren’t alone in this!!  When I first receive my Hip Kit, I am full of excitement, I get it all out, I drool over it for a bit and then reality sets in, how am I going to organise all this and use it all up? For me as I am a visual person, I grab a divided serving dish (purposely bought for die cut storage whilst I am creating with a kit of course!) and dump it all out in there so I can ‘see’ it all with the aim of using it all up.  Because as we all know there will be more gorgeous die cuts arriving in the next kit.

Today, I have a layout to share using the January 2017 Hip Kits:

Focus on Ephemera

Okay now, we need to figure out how to use all the die cuts on your layout without overwhelming your page.  For me this means I am going to layer those suckers up!   Don’t get stressed about ‘seeing’ the whole die cut on your page.  As you can see below, I have added the gold butterfly under the corner of the patterned paper and my photo and then I have added some word stickers on top of that.

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Now let’s think outside the box, don’t forget that you can negative space from a die cut for something a little different – I have used the negative space of the ‘ampersand’ on this layout tucked in behind the bottom right of my photo.

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Lastly, I really liked the word ‘dreamy’ die cut but it was a bit large and overwhelming on my page so I tucked it under my layered photo so you can still read what it says but overall it was less dominating.

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I finished off my layout by adding a title using the Studio Calico Thickers from the Embellishment Kit and created a border around the page.   Because I like hoarding Thickers (a whole new blog post could be dedicated to this!), it is a mission of mine to get more of them on my page.  In this instance, I found the Thickers work a bit like journaling on my page as well as a design element and because I have left them in a natural white state they blend and don’t take over the page.

I hope that I have inspired you to empty out those packets of Ephemera and start layering  up those die cuts on your layouts. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Michelle xx

Design Principles | Hip Kit Club

As I am still waiting on my first design team kit, I thought I would share a few of my favourite design principles that I use to when I create my layouts. I have a quite balanced scrapbooking style where I find myself drawn to basic design principles when I create.

The Visual Triangle 
Firstly, I often using the visual triangle (placing elements in three different points to create a triangle on my layout) where I cluster embellishments to create interest on my page. I also tend to repeat my elements/or even colours in these spaces. For example, If I place a butterfly embellishment in one space then I add another butterfly embellishment to the other points of the triangle as this makes a nice visual arrangement in my page. As you can see in my ‘Love This’ layout, I have created a visual triangle of embellishments with the pink butterfly, the double hearts and the wood veneer ‘this’. I have also repeated the butterflies on my layout as described above (top right of my photo, bottom left hand side of my layout and also under the wood veneer ‘this’. Often you can create several different triangles on the one page!

Visual Triangle layout

Close ups:

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The Rule of Thirds
Another design concept I use on my scrapbooking layouts is a spacing design principle called the “rule of thirds” . When I use the rule of thirds I divide the 12 x 12 space on my page into 3s and place my focal point on one of these points it draws you eye into your photo or embellishment cluster rather than putting your main focus on the centre of your page. On my ‘Rocking Hunting’ layout , I have split my layout into thirds and placed my photo off to the right hand side and more to the bottom left and then used the butterfly cut file to draw you to that bottom third of my layout and ultimately into my photo. I have also added my title in the far left hand (third) of my layout which adds further balance to my layout. You might have noticed I have created a ‘visual triangle’ on this page as well.

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Some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today xx M

Just Nick Studio | A hearts a Flutter

Hi

On the Just Nick Studio blog the design team have been showcasing different background files this week and I had been waiting for a good excuse to use the A hearts a Flutter  background file since it was released.

Here is my layout

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I had lots of fun creating this layout.  I cut the file out on white cardstock and added patterned paper to the negative spaces in the smaller hearts.  Filling in the negative space of cut files is an effective way to add pops of colour to your layouts which is what I do quite regularly.  This time I decided to take this one step further and add strips of washi tape stickers to two of the largest hearts in the cut file.  It is really easy to do, when you cut out your cut file, keep the negative heart shape.  I then added the washi tape directly to the shape and inserted it back into the cut file on my page.  I don’t know about you but I have rolls and rolls of washi that I need to use up so I think I will definitely use this technique again!

Some close ups:

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Products used: January 2017 Hip Kit Club, HKC exclusive Frolic washi tape stickers, Amy Tangerine Heart Enamel Dots, Pink Paislee Moonlight Ephemera, Pink Paislee Moonlight Puffy Stickers, HKC Exclusive – Wood Veneer Phrases & Shapes, American Crafts – 1 Canoe 2 – Hazelwood – Butterfly Rub-Ons

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I hope I have inspired you to dig into your Washi Tape and add it to the negative space in your cut files.

Mxx

Hip Kit Club – March 2016

Hi everyone, It is Friday night here in NZ, and it’s been a full on week… sick kids, birthday party preparation for Aimee’s 4th Birthday on Sunday, lots of work done on storage in the house.  Decluttering, putting up shelves … Continue reading

Gr8 Mates | Hip Kit Club | March 2016

Hi everyone!

Today I have my first layout to share with you featuring the March 2016 Hip Kits.  We are so lucky to have lots of Hip Kit Exclusive Papers designed by the talented Kim Watson – including this wood grain I have used as my background.   I have used a sketch designed by Ashley Horton which is one of the challenges set each week in our online Facebook forum (Hip Kit Club Member Forum on Facebook).  If you haven’t checked out this lovely community you need to come along and join in the fun.  This is the sketch:12052656_10154105426192566_2475801020682751282_oI totally love the embellishments in the March Kits, Ephemera from Basic Grey (Saturday Morning), Elles Studio (Little Moments) and Pinkfresh Studio (Felicity collection) – they are perfect little treasures to layer on your layouts. Best Friends

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest layout for Hip Kit Club xx

Hip Kit Club|February 2016 Kit layout | April 2016 Kit Reveal

Hi everyone,

I have one last layout to share with the February 2016 kits and I would like to introduce you to the April 2016 Kits by Hip Kit Club.

Firstly, here is my layout :

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April 2016 Hip Kits

Hip Kits April Kits showcase brand new CHA products from Amy TangerineShimellePink Fresh StudioElle’s StudioSimple Stories & My Mind’s Eye.  We have also included two HKC Exclusive Papers that were designed specifically for this kit by Kim Watson.

0000777_april-2016-main-kit_510You definitely won’t want to miss out on the April Embellishment Add-On Kit.  It is jam packed with scrappy goodness!  Be sure to check out HKC Exlusives included in this kit…  tiny Acrylic StarsFlair Badges & a gorgeous Cut Apart Sheet designed by Kim Watson.  We have paired our exclusive products with the Little You Thickers,  Life Noted Washi Tape StickersStar Shine Stickers & more!  Having these goodies at your fingertips will make embellishing your projects a breeze.0000793_april-2016-embellishment-kit

The Hip Kit April Color Kit includes an HKC Exclusive Butterfly Stencil along with 2 of the brand new Shimmerz Coloringz Mists which will give vibrant color to your projects without  the shimmer.  The bright yellow & aqua mists and whimsical butterflies are the perfect combination to celebrate spring.  HKC DT members, Missy WhiddenTerhi KoskinenChristin Gronnslett Irit Landgraf are masters when it comes to creating mixed media layouts. You will find new projects showcasing these products on our blog & Facebook page starting the first week of April. MissyIrit Terhi share process videos throughout each month that highlight different ways to incorporate our Color Add-On Kits into your projects, so make sure to check those out and order your Color Kit so that you can follow along!0000782_april-2016-color-kit_510HKC April Project Life Kit is gorgeous!  You will find a collection of 25 HKC Exclusive Project Life Cards designed by Kim Watson Kimberly Hutchison.  In addition to our amazing PL Cards, you will find a set Life Noted Epoxy Stickers, On Trend 2 Enamel DotsStar Shine Mini Phrase Stickers My Story Wood Veneer Shapes.  We have also include two sets of alphabet that are the perfect size for adding titles and captions to your PL Cards.  You will have absolutely everything you need in this one kit to create amazing PL pages in no time at all!0000790_april-2016-project-life-kit_510

Did you know that we share a new set of HKC Exclusive FREEBIE Silhouette Cut Files each month? Just REGISTER on the HKC website to get access to the downloadable files. We also, have additional FREE Silhouette Cut Files & Printable Cut Apart Sheets that are available only to our HKC Subscribers. This is just another little benefit of being a HKC Subscriber. When you login to your account you will see the download tab with all of your available download files. All of the HKC March Cut Files are available on our website now, and the HKC April Cut Files will be revealed on April 1st. So, be sure to get set up so you can download and get creating with these amazing designs!

If you aren’t already a member of the HKC Facebook Forum you should definitely join the fun! Just CLICK HERE for access to our group. It’s a great place to share your Hip Kit projects. Come right in and introduce yourself, and get to know other Hip Kit Club members. Our DT members visit frequently, so you can chat with them as well. It is a super friendly welcoming group! Jump in and join our Weekend Challenges!  Just create a layout for each week’s challenge for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Hip Kit Club online store. Who can say no to free goodies? I sure can’t!

The Hip Kits are truly amazing for both value and style!  You don’t want to miss these.

First Tooth | Hip Kit Club |Feb 2016

Hi, today I am sharing a layout for Hip Kit Club using the February 2016 Kits.  I have used one of my favourite patterned papers in the kit for my background and I love how the black and white photo and the other papers/project life cards ‘pop’ on the navy spots!  I have also used some of the project life cards and Amy Tangerine stickers and frame as embellishments on my page!  Taylor loosing her first tooth was a momentous occasion in our house  and I couldn’t wait to record this special event in her life.

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you have enjoyed my layouts with the February Hip Kits. I have one more for next week before my March kit arrives hopefully in the next day or so.  Til next time Mxx

 

Hip Kits – January 2016

Hi all,

It has been a bit crazy around here with summer holidays and settling into our new house – blogging has taken a bit of a back front so I need to catch up on a few layout shares over the next couple of days so I am all up to date.  I am totally loving being on the Hip Kit Club design team. They are amazing kits full of the latest and greatest scrapbooking products which come so nicely packaged to my front door monthly.  I don’t need anything else to scrap with now that I get these kits.  I have probably been getting them for about a year now (subbing before I was on their DT). So here is some of my creations with the January 2016 Kits.

#BabyLoveAimee and lucy

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Hello Darling

Hello Darling

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Road Trip

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