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.

Focus on Ephemera detail 2

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.

Focus on Ephemera detail 1

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.

Focus on Ephemera detail SNEAK

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

Sketchabilities #142

Hi,

I’m up to date with most of my DT work at the moment so I thought I would get out my recent June kit from the Hip Kit Club and play along with a Sketchabilities sketch #142.

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Sketchabilities July 13

I just LOVE all the summery colours in the June Kit and the Pool Side Ephemera is to so much fun to use – perfect for layering up of embellishments.  Makes me wish it was summer here in NZ.  Well right now when it is freezing  most things make me wish it was summer!!  Even though my photo is actually a photo taken in Winter here in NZ – I loved the bright colours and the sentiments of ‘Hello there sunshine” was perfect for my youngest child.  I love switching up themes to make them work for me. I do have some summer photos left to scrap which would also be perfect for this kit.

Some close ups:Sketchabilities July 13 detail 2 Sketchabilities July 13 detail 3 Sketchabilities July 13 detailThanks for stopping by today.   Hope this bright and fun layout warmed up your day !!

Michelle xx

Hello Lovely & Made of Awesome

Hello !

I am super excited to share my first layout with the brand new to be released collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  My on My…. these collections are FABULOUS… full to the brim with gorgeous products from flowers to ephemera to sequins to stickers.  Need I say more.

*Please note: The brand new collections will be available to purchase from the beginning of June 2015**

For my layout I was drawn to the gorgeous black and whites in both the collections. I am a HUGE FAN of stripes at the moment and I went for a monochromatic look for my page so that the my photos would “pop”.  The photos I have used are quite busy in colour and in action so I wanted to create a background which didn’t draw attention away from the photos themselves.

SweetChildofmine

Little details:SweetChildofmine detail 1 SweetChildofmine detail 2 SweetChildofmine detail

Thanks for stopping by today xx

Michelle