Hip Kit Club | April 2017 | Five Today

My latest share for the Hip Kit Club is on a Thursday inspiration post along with designers, Cara and Anna with a project each featuring these products.  This week, we are featuring the Alphas and Numbers that were included with in the April 2017 kits – please head over to the blog post to see how the other designers worked with these products here.

Here is my project:

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I decided to use the Vicki Boutin Crayons to color in the numbers from the watercolor sticker sheet both of which are in the April Color Kit to create a countdown to FIVE on my layout and used a photo of my youngest daughter Aimee on her recent birthday!   It is so easy to just color these in and add some water and they create the most beautiful color.

I also wanted to create a vertical design and to do this I added strips of the Bella Blvd black and white washi tape from the Embellishment Add on to create anchor points in my design which I used to add extra embellishments on and around.   I enjoyed using the Crate Paper  Oasis ephemera and Pink Fresh Studio leatherette stickers from the Mix Up collection to create a fun non-traditional birthday page of my daughters ‘flamingo party’ 

Some close ups:

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Hip Kit Club | March 2017 Kits |#Iheartthis

Hi scrappy friends!

I am a bit behind on my blogging after being away on holidays.  So I have a few things lined up to share over the next few days to catch up.

Firstly, I have a layout to share for the Hip Kit Club using the March 2017 kits.  Each week there is a sketch posted up on the Hip Kit Member Forum on Facebook and 4 designers play along.  This is the sketch that was designed by the fabulous Irit Landraf:

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Here is my take:  Irit Sketch 25 April

I created the circular design in my Silhouette software by combining 3 different circles and used this as the basis of my layout of my daughter Aimee’s first day of school!   I flipped the sketch design around a bit but loved how it had two photos offset on it – perfect for the photos I had of Aimee and one of her with Taylor and their friends on her first day.

Here are some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I  hope you have enjoyed my layout from the Hip Kit Club!!

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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.

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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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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:

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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

Just Nick Studio | Geometric Background 2

Today I have a new layout to share for Just Nick Studio featuring the Geometric Background 2 cut file.   This type of background is a perfect one for layouts of the boys in our lives and I wanted to utilise the different geometric shapes in the file to make little mini pocket style elements within the grid shapes.  I also wanted to share how you can adapt the cut files once you have downloaded them in the Silhouette software to make them your own and to work with your design.   This is the original file:

As you can see the original cut file is more A4 size and I wanted to widen the windows on the right hand side so I could fit my square photo and have more space to fit my embellishments.  To do this, after I traced the file, I right hand clicked on it to ungroup (release compound path).  I then dragged the outer border to fill my 12 x 12 inch space on the Silhouette software.  I then dragged the rectangle shapes out to meet my new enlarged border.  When I was happy with their size and shape, I regrouped the cut file and proceeded to cut it out.   This is the finished layout:

I cut the file out on white cardstock and layered it back on white cardstock and filled in most of the diagonal negative spaces with patterned paper.  I added my photo to the largest rectangle shape and added some fringing to the bottom as it was a square photo and didn’t actually quite fill the shape – the illusion of another line on the cut file is actually a white border on my photo and added some embellishments  to the other negative spaces.

I then added the large title wood veneer and the little frames which hold the initials of my son, Liam’s name and matched diagonal slope of the cut file and finished off with some sequin stars and small word phrases which matched the sentiment of my layout.

I hope you have enjoyed my layout I have shared with you today?  Do you alter cut files to suit your style or to fit the type of layout you are doing?  Maybe you would like to try this technique one day if you haven’t already?

Thanks 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!

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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

Just Nick Studio | Free Love

Hi,

I created this layout for my recent post over at Just Nick Studio.  The Free Love cut file was a freebie for the week but it is still available in store.  It is actually one of my favs!   I cut it out on white cardstock and added the blue patterned paper to the back of the L V E and then added the Butterfly to the middle of the O.

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Pretty much the whole layout was created using the January 2017 Main and Embellishment Kit from Hip Kit Club which is full of gorgeous products and HKC exclusives.  I am just in love with the Project Life Instax Frames which I have added pictures of my the kids to them under the LOVE file.

Some close ups: free-love-detail-2free-love-detail-3free-love-detail

Thanks for stopping by today!

I have some cool scrappy news coming soon so I will announce on my blog when I can!

Take care

Mxx

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