Hip Kit Club | December 2017 Hip Kits | Sketch Friday

Hi everyone!  Today I am sharing a layout for the Hip Kit Club based on a sketch designed by Corrie Jones. I just loved the vertical design of this sketch with lots of opportunities to add embellishments and detail.  I broke … Continue reading

Summer | Just Nick Studio

Hi everyone! today I have a new summer filled layout to share with you for Just Nick Studio!  I really love creating summer layouts especially down here in NZ when it is actually Winter it makes me feel a lot warmer and keeps me sane until summer arrives for us again. Here is my layout using the ‘Summer‘ cut file to create my title!

As you can see below the ‘Summer‘ cut file set includes five different cuts including gorgeous sun rays and lots of fun words along the summer theme! But for me I really wanted to go large with my title and I enlarged it to fit the full width of the 12×12 cutting mat and cut it out in a subtle patterned paper by Pink Fresh Studio.  I then backed it on the soft buttery yellow cardstock as this colour just reminds me of sunny sunshine.

Once I had decided that my title would sit across the page in the lower two thirds of my page I created some interest with a mixed media background and then tucked my photo in and slightly over the two MMs of SUMMER.  As the title is so large it doesn’t matter that my photo slightly overlaps here as you can still make the the letters very easily.  I then created lots of little embellishing around my photo and also on the bottom part of the R to give it some balance with my bottom cluster, my photo cluster and then this finishes the visual triangle.

Here are some close ups:

I hope you have enjoyed my ‘summery’ layout today!

Hip Kit Club | Artful Clusters & Stickers | May 2017 Kits

Today, I have a layout I have created for the Hip Kit Club  showcasing ‘Artful Clusters’ and ‘Stickers’. In fact I have challenged myself to only use ‘things that stick’ and mixed media on my page so my layout has no other elements to it and I love how it turned out!


I wanted to create two clusters on my page so I started off by adding some white gesso and mixed media work with the Prima WaterColor confections (May 2017 Color Kit) watered down to decrease their intensity. I have used the ‘grassland’ and ‘thunderstorm’ colours together to create a two toned effect as these colours matched my photos the best. I then added lots of stickers mainly from the Shimelle little by little collection sticker book from the May 2017 Project Life Kit. This book of stickers had so many options from washi to alphas to that adorable bear!! I kept my colour palette quite simple with mainly blues/greens and black and white.

Some close ups:

stickers detail 1stickers detail 2stickers detail


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!!

Hello SantaHello Santa detail 1Hello Santa detail 2Hello Santa detail


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.

Taylors first tooth

Some details:Taylors first tooth detail 1Taylors first tooth detail

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


Love a good Selfie

Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing a layout from the Hip Kit Club – March Kit that I created for their weekly challenge 17th March.

Our layout needed to include

* SOMETHING BLACK & WHITE (not your photo)
* A REPETETIVE SHAPE (hearts, triangles, hexagons, clouds, etc…)

Here is my layout:

Love a good selfie

Details:Love a good selfie detail 2 Love a good selfie detail 3 Love a good selfie detail

My background is a cut file from The Cut Shoppe called – Geometric Graffiti – it is such a cool cut file.

Til next time


CSI Sketch 131

Hi everyone

Today I have a layout to share for Color Stories Inspiration #131. Here is the case file:

131 flat

And here is my layout:

CSI 231 Michelle Whorwood

I just loved this sketch!  The woodgrain worked perfectly too with my photos from the Rotorua Marathon.    The Pretty Plaid cameo cut is from The Cut Shoppe which can be found here.  Prior to cutting it, I resized it and then trimed it slightly to get it to work under my photo and turned it so that it was up and down rather than diagonal.

Evidence – wood grain, plaid and pen work
Testimony – journalled about an outdoor activity which is on the back of my layout. It was super cold outside on the morning of the Rotorua Marathon but it didn’t stop the three of you from enjoying playing at a playground near the start line and playing with the leaves that had fallen on the ground

Close ups:CSI 131 Michelle Whorwood detail 2 CSI 131 Michelle Whorwood detailThis was a great sketch to get 5 photos on one layout.  Perfect for an event type layout.

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle xx


Stuck Sketches

Hi everyone,

I was looking around for a sketch the other day and came across the latest Stuck Sketch and yep the rest is history.

Here is the sketch:

may 15 2014and my take:

2014 05 27_4149_edited-1I have created this layout using my May Crazy Monday kit which I have just loved the colours in it.  So pretty!!  The photos are from the last weekend of the school holidays – duck feeding at Hamurana Springs (just out of Rotorua) which is a gorgeous little place next to the golf course where there is a bridge to feed the ducks. It is a bit of family tradition to go there on the way home from the Rotorua Marathon and I have blogged about it before.  The last time Taylor was there she was a little 8 month old cutie so not quite old enough to actually feed the ducks.  This time all three kids got totally stuck in and the ducks were HUNGRY.  Luckily I had bought LOADS of bread so we had lots to give them.

I thought I would do a little tutorial on how I created my background and the thought process for my layout.  I haven’t quite got the whole video thing sorted yet so it will just have to be photos.

Right who here remembers Twinkling H2Os.  Well I was thinking the other day about how they would make a gorgeous water coloured background. I used three colours.  A yellow, a green and a brown to mimic the colours in my photos and the greenery and trees and such like.1913 03 16_4054_edited-1 I used my water brush but I was lazy lol and just added water to a small piece of packaging and added the twinkling H20s to the middle of my white cardstock.  Love the pretty washed out look.   Just add water and colour until you are happy with the overall look!1970 02 03_4053_edited-1 Now I wanted to add another layer to my background and create a bit of texture but also to soften the edges of my water coloured background1970 02 03_4057_edited-1 Then it was onto the sketch.   The funny thing with backgrounds is sometimes you end up covering up most of it when placing things on top of it!  As you can see I kinda covered up most of the green.  But I did add a green element transparency embellishment to the bottom of the photos which kinda mimics what I have done!1970 02 03_4061_edited-1I really liked the Maggie Holmes frame with the hearts but didn’t want to use the whole frame as you lost too much of my patterned paper so I cut the corner piece off and added it under my photo.
1970 02 03_4059_edited-1Next, I was super happy when I cleaned my scrap room I found my favourite yellow washi so added a piece of that to the top of the layout to act as an anchor for some Heidi Swapp words 
1970 02 03_4063_edited-1 I’m all about balance so next I added a piece to the bottom right of my page too!1970 03 18_4064_edited-1 Here you can see I have added the Heidi Swapp words, my title (there are SOOOO many letters in that letter pack included in the May Kit – had to tip them all out to see the letters I wanted.   The words ‘times’ and ‘the best’ came from a Snap mini alpha set.  1975 09 08_4067_edited-1 Lastly, to cover the ‘edge’ of the Maggie Holmes frame I added some flowers from the kit and a Butterfly from the Basic Grey Ephemera.  2014 05 27_4145_edited-1 Mimicked that at the top and added another heart to the top embellishment cluster and under the Crate Paper flower (not from the kit).2014 05 27_4147_edited-1Lastly, added my journaling and the layout was done!

Hope you have enjoyed reading about how I created my background and the design of my layout.  I bet you have some twinkling H20s or similar product hidden in your stash too.   Why don’t you have a go at creating a water coloured background too!  Let me know if you do would love to see it.

Michelle xx


More layouts!


I did these layouts just for fun at Autumn Escape.  Not often I have time to create just for me and I enjoyed not having any design criteria to adhere too in these layouts.  Mostly I have used my Crazy Monday Kits for most of these layouts with a few little things here and there from my stash.  It was super easy to create these at the retreat and having kits meant it was way easier to know what to actually to pack!

November – CMK Kit:

Liam frisbee

details:Liam frisbee detail 3 Liam frisbee detail 2 Liam frisbee detail 1 Liam frisbee detail

More from the January CMK KitPlayground friendsdetails:
Playground friends detail 1 Playground friends detail

January Scrapbooking Kit/Project Life KitAimee in the family cornerdetails:
Aimee in the family corner detail

Aimee last sleep in her cot
Aimee last sleep in her cot detail 2 Aimee last sleep in her cot detail 1 Aimee last sleep in her cot detailUsing Maggie Holmes Collections, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists, Heidi Swapp Heart Mask, Crate Paper Pier and Maggie Holmes Frames

Til next time!!

Michelle xx




CS Sketch #256

Hello all!

I am super excited to share the reveal today for Creative Scrappers’ Sketch #256.  Have you checked out all the amazing layouts that the Paper Issues DT have done with this sketch?  There layouts have been up on the blog all week. BUT now it is our turn.

Remember to add your layout to our Inlinkz at the end of our CS Sketch 256 Reveal – You have a chance to win a 30$ GC to Paper Issues! 

OMG.  This sketch honestly scared the bejeezus out of me.  Totally got me out of my comfort zone.    Sketch 256

But OMG.  I love my layout.  Funny how that happens.  This is one of the main reasons you should do things you aren’t so sure about.  Because trust me you may surprise yourself with how much you like the end result.  Here is my layout:   Sketch256I am loving the white on white thing at the moment.  I cut the ‘pie chart’ shape out using my Cameo and then filled in the gaps with some Maggie Holmes patterned paper from Fleamarket.  I then added it to my layout which I had splattered with neon Mister Hueys.  I kept it really simple with minimal layering this time but added another cameo cut and a frame from the fleamarket collection as well.

Sketch256 detail1 Lastly, I added stitching detail with my sewing machine and some wee banners.  Stitching was the perfect way of adhering the thin cameo cut to my layout too.  I added a couple of cute bows on the end of my loose threads to tie it all together. Sketch256 detailThanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  I would love to see your creations over at Creative Scrappers too.