Mixing chipboard and Alphas | Hip Kit Club | September 2017

Hiya, just catching up on sharing a layout I created for the Hip Kit Club. Did you know that it is super easy to subscribe to the kits even from NZ!  There are a couple of options for subbing, either monthly or to save a bit of postage you can sub bi-monthly as this does make it a bit cheaper.  Either way, you are super lucky as you receive lots of amazing up to date product from some of the biggest scrapbooking designers and also there are lots of Hip Kit exclusive products that you can ONLY get if you subscribe.

Today, I have a layout featuring the Chipboard and Mixing Alphas featuring the September 2017 Hip Kits.

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I really wanted to create my layout around a fun and eclectic title with a vertical design using the two different Alphas in the September kits.  The Gold Chipboard alpha from the September 2017 Main Kit, and the HKC Exclusive Puffy Alphabet and the Glitter Girl Phrase Stickers both from the September 2017 Embellishment Kit.  Before I started to create my title work I created my background using the two Shimmerz mists from the 2017 September Color Kit (Caribbean Sunset Spritz and Tuscan Sun Spritz) which provides the background for my title work.    Then the fun bit begins – I started with the photo I chose and the sentiment I wanted to portray in my title which also acts as my journaling on my page.  I first chose a couple of the Glitter words as they have some cool shapes to work with and then added in some little details in around it.  I then added in the gold Alpha and the exclusive Alpha as well mixing up the colours and fonts.  To further add interest and fun, I started layering some of the Alphas under and over each other which gives the title movement.  Lastly, I added in some of the Chipboard from the Turn the Page Collection by Paige Evans to complete my title work.

Some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have enjoyed my layout share xx17101508_10155895973054778_556265118_o


Mixing up Bold Patterns |Hip Kit Club | July 2017

Hi everyone, today I have a new layout to share with you for the Hip Kit Club! This was for part of the Thursday Inspiration Blog Post which was Mixing Bold Patterns.    You could say I went super bold … Continue reading

Hip Kit Club | Scraplift |You are a Bright Spark

Hi everyone, My latest DT assignment over at the Hip Kit Club was to scraplift of another DT member’s layout. Gosh I had lots of trouble choosing here as I love everyone’s work. I finally chose a layout by the … Continue reading

iNSD | Hip Kit Club


Over the weekend the Hip Kit Club held lots of challenges for (inter)national Scrapbooking Day over on our Hip Kit Club Member Forum on Facebook and as Hip Kit Designers we each held a challenge of our own.

My challenge was to create a layout using a design principle (such as rule of thirds, visual triangle etc) and repeating elements.  I have created my layout using the April 2017 Hip Kits and it was so fun to put together!!!


Some Close ups:

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If you are interested in how I created this layout, check out my You Tube process video!


I have just started doing process of videos of some of my layouts to highlight my creative process so I would love it if you could check it out.

M 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:


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:


Thanks for stopping by my blog today xx M

Paper Issues


I just wanted to share some layouts today that I have created for several of the challenges over on the Paper Issues Facebook group. I haven’t had much time to share things on my blog lately with it being the summer holidays and the kids taking up all my time.  So my blog has been neglected so much.  I do hope that with the school routine getting back on track my blog will get more love this year.  Of course I have been still sharing a lot on my Instagram.

Pretty much all the my layouts I have used my Hip Kits for all four of these layouts. I am still in love with these kits, I love how versatile they are, how you can mix and match the kits together even makes it super easy to create layouts with them.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Next I am going to share my recent Just Nick Studio layouts that I have created in the last month or so please check back if you are interested  if seeing them too!

xx M

More layouts!

Having done lots of creating but not too much sharing on my blog – here is a wrap up of some of the layouts I have created recently!  Most of these I have created solely using products from recent Hip Kit Club kits and cut files from Just Nick Studio.

Let Your Dreams Soar

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She Loves To Dance!She loves to danceShe loves to dance detail 1She loves to dance detail 2She loves to dance detail 3She loves to dance detailSuch Great TimesBlack and White with oneBlack and White with one detailBlack and White with one detail2

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest scrapbooking layouts!

Til next time xx

Hello Santa | Hip Kit Club

My second layout share of the day!!  I haven’t felt that well this holidays so my creative mojo had definitely left the building!!  So what do you do when you don’t feel like being creative but actually miss it.  You start organising your scrap room which if I had my way would be well kitted out with custom furniture but budget constraints right now means more of a temporary measure!  My room is teeny.  1.8m x 1.8m square with no windows = essentially a giant cupboard but it is a space to be creative and to store everything in our smallish house (218sqm).

This is my first layout I have actually created in there – usually I head out to the dining room table and of course – spread out over most of the table, and the island bench and the buffet table – well you get the drift.  I have used an older Hip Kit – not sure which one.  I love creating Christmas layouts in a non-traditional way using just general products.

I hope you like!!

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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

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.