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.



Hi again,

I know another post and another layout.  It is the first day back after school holidays here in NZ.  It is so nice and quiet here this morning without the rug rats.  Although it was a culture shock to get us all out the door early this morning.  I’m sure the kids are all having fun at school, kindy and creche!  In the meantime, here is a layout just for fun.  Don’t get to do that very often!!  This one is of Aimee and her friend Adisyn at creche on the swings.  Usually on Wednesday this is the first thing the girls get up too when we drop them off – thanks Wendy for the cool photo too. Friends Swing

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Michelle xx


Taylor has been super lucky to have a great friend at kindy.  They have been glued to the hip for just about a year and have been so good for each other. Both the girls love spending time hanging out and playing imaginative games inside and out. They both love doing the ‘monkey bars’ at kindy. Today, Petra started school which is a bit sad but school is on the same grounds as Taylor’s kindy so they can ‘meet’ each other at the fence. Often kids who have started school who have been to the kindy come and ‘visit’ their old friends.  When I asked Taylor today if she thought Petra would be excited about starting school. She thought for a minute and then said Nah.  I was like why is that.  She said because Petra would miss me so MUCH. Bless.

Queens Birthday Weekend Taylor was invited to go and stay with Petra’s family at their bach up North. What crazy four 4 year goes off for a holiday with a friend for 3 days at that age – actually she reminds me of myself when I was young. Taylor had a BLAST, she was spoiled rotten with lots of fun at the beach, games, hot chocolates and playgrounds, scooting to the shop for ice creams, bouncing on the trampoline in the rain in her pjs, pancakes for breakfast. I’m pretty sure she will jump at going for another visit up there with her friend.  I know they will have lots of memories of their adventures up North.

This layout is one of the photos Petra’s mummy took for me.  I just LOVE Taylor’s expression in this photo and I couldn’t wait to scrap it.  I did a weekly challenge for Hip Kit Club which was to be inspired by a layout from Stephanie Bryan  as well as to use up lots of bits and pieces from your stash, stitching, labels, something shiny.

I hope, you and Petra are best friends forever!  You have such a special bond.
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CVS – Watch me Fly

Yesterday I was up on the CVS blog with a layout using the ‘Flying High’ Collection featuring my almost 11 year old son, Liam.  I don’t know about you but I always find loads of cool products and collections for my two little girls but it is a lot harder to find cool stuff to scrap for my son – especially as he is getting older now.  BUT, Flying High is an amazing collection for boys of all ages!!   Here is my layout:

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I used ‘Flying High’ Up and Away for my background offset against some white card stock which allowed me some white space to add my journaling along this border.  Because my son is a bit older I wanted to grunge it up the patterned paper a bit so I added some white gesso and then texture paste using a Prima brick wall mask over the top with a hint of navy mist to create my background.  Then I set  to work adding lots of layering of patterned papers under my photo.  Once I had added lots of layers and a cute thread circle then I set about adding embellishments.  I love the both sticker stars from the accessory sheet and the wood veneer stars as they work perfectly layered together to create a fun eclectic page.  I also couldn’t resist the cute little embellishment cluster at the top left hand edge of my page, adding some flair and a jet stream ‘watch me fly’ which worked really well with the theme of my page.


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Thank you so much for visiting the blog today – I hope I have inspired you to get crafting with ‘Flying High’ and creating memories of the men in your life – no matter how young or old they are.

// Take care Michelle xx

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:

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

Til next time


I heart icecream

Happy Saturday!

The next case file is now ready to play along with at Color Stories Inspiration.  Hmmm, this one just screams Neapolitan ice-cream to me!111flat

and this is my take:Michelle Whorwood 111I started off spraying the mists on my white cardstock and basically followed the colours in order of the picture above.  To create the softer colours and to mimic ice-cream drips, I added some sprays of water into the mist and then held the page up and allowed the mists to dilute and run down the page.  The stickers are from a Dear Lizzy Collection (not sure which one now) which fit the theme perfectly – the little banners at the page and the cute camera and ice-cream were perfect embellishments to accompany my photo.  To create the little pictures within the white border I used an app on my called Pic Frame on my iPhone and added 3 photos, rounded the corners and created a little montage of my three kids eating yoghurt story at the mall.  All my kids are fans of ice-cream although I’m not a fan of the ice-cream madness that descends shortly after from the sugar rush!

Little details:2014 02 18_2082_edited-1 2014 02 18_2083_edited-1 2014 02 18_2087_edited-1 2014 02 18_2084_edited-1Thanks for stopping by today.  I have one more reveal to go from my special investigator stint at CSI.  I have totally enjoyed being part of the team for the month and I hope you have enjoyed seeing my inspiration and maybe you have taken the plunge and had a go at the challenges too.  They are heaps of fun.

Take care

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It is a gorgeous sunny Sunday here.  You can really tell that summer is just around the corner.  Taylor keeps asking for the paddling pool – so I have to be careful what I say.  If I say it is quite warm or hot today she asks if it is Summer.  Because of course I told her she couldn’t go swimming in the paddling pool until summertime!

Yesterday I did a layout just because I wanted to use up some  product (will share that later) but it got me inspired to play along with the latest CSI challenge.  The colour scheme was just perfect with I think February’s CMK kit.

The challenge comes with a colour scheme you must use plus two evidence items:  I’ve used hearts, ribbon, and a bit of distressing, plus one item from the testimony section.  I’ve journalled on a library card and then tucked in under my layers.  I am being super good at using my typewriter now I have moved it right to my scrap desk!


I got my inspiration from the gorgeous head-piece Aimee is wearing and the soft colour palate was just perfect for a baby photo.  First, I fussy cut out the hearts from a sheet of Pink Paislee patterned paper and then I’ve added lots of layering with my patterned papers – mostly left over pieces and then got out my stash of Prima and D-lish Scraps flowers. My journalling has been done on two cards from my Dear Lizzy PL kit.  I think I am definitely going to be adding these 3×4 inch cards to my layouts a LOT.  2013 10 06_9667_edited-1Close ups –
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Michelle xx


Creative Scrappers Sketch #252 reveal

Hi everyone,

It is our second reveal for Creative Scrappers.  I hope everyone who played along enjoyed the first sketch but now it is time for sketch  #252:

Sketch 252 actualThis one is from the gorgeously talented Jenny Evans and wow I just love those stripes – lots of scope to play around here with strips of patterned papers, washi tapes, masking, cameo cuts and lots more endless possibilities.

 Here is my take on the sketch:

Sketch 252I had so much fun creating this… I was lucky to purchase a 1/3 of the Dear Lizzy Fifth & Frolic project life kit so I thought why not use some of the gorgeous 3×4 inch cards to help mat my photos.  Even only having 1/3 of a kit still means I have a lot of cards to utilise and layering them on my layout is a perfect way to add detail.  Next, I have used two of my new Crate Paper Pier frames to frame two of my photos and then added lots of bits of  leftover pieces of patterned papers under along with the negative of a chevron cut out on my cameo.

Details:Sketch 252 detail three Sketch 252 detail two Sketch 252 detai onel Sketch 252 detailOne other little tip from me.  I may be really slow to the party here but usually I try and outline my alphas on my titles after I have already adhered them to the page.  But I usually stuff up a letter and end up drawing on my layout which I really hate as I am a closet perfectionist!  This time I decided to outline my letters on the sticker sheet – doh lightbulb moment.  Yep – you guys already probably do this all the time!  But for me it has made that so much easier – I used to be so put off doing that as I usually hated the end result.  Not any more – if I stuff up a letter then I can just use another one (hopefully!!)

Thanks for popping by my blog today.  I hope you have enjoyed the latest reveal, the designer layouts and the little details you have seen on my blog.

Until next time!
Michelle xx

Stuck Sketch – May


Here is my entry for the Stuck Sketch for May.

I have used mostly my CMK kit for May and a bit of Dear Lizzy – the sticker embellishments

StuckMayI just love this expression on Aimee’s face and being able to capture it whilst making sure she doesn’t stand up and fall over and hurt herself!  Mission in itself.

Thanks for stopping by!