Keepin’ it Cool | Hip Kit Club | October 2016

Hi everyone,  I am totally Keepin’ it Cool whilst waiting for my March Kits to arrive (not really but I am totally trying to do so).  There has been lots of requests for creating boy pages with the kits, so today I am sharing a masculine layout of my almost 13 year old son and I am also stash busting with the October 2016 Hip Kits.  I have used a mix of both the Main Kit and the Embellishment Kits on my page.

keepin it coolI am totally motivated with the graphic nature of scrapbooking with Black and White photos at the moment and lots of white space.  Scrapbooking with a black and white photos makes it easy to adapt the Hip Kits to work with just about any theme.  I also love how the patterned paper and embellishments pop on the page as well.  I definitely find it more of a challenge to scrap boy layouts especially when they are at the tween/teen age but I find keeping it quite hip and fun using lots of words, tags and a masculine colour palette is the way to go.

keepin it cool detail 1
I have used the Pink Paislee Take Me Away Thickers to create my title – originally it was a phrase called ‘Keepin it Real’ but I changed it to include cool instead as I felt it was a bit more appropriate for the photo of my son and one of my cousins’ kids.  And it adds more interest to my page.

keepin it cool detail 2

How cute is this camera!  Added a little heart to it for some interest too.

The ‘leaves thickers’and the ‘hanging with my fam’ works perfectly for my photo  as it was a family reunion when the photo was taken.   The little glasses worked so well with the boys both wearing the glasses it was an easy choice to add them to my layout as well.

keepin it cool detail

I hope you have enjoyed my layout today and I have inspired you to use your Hip Kits to create layouts about the boys and men in your lives.

 

17101508_10155895973054778_556265118_o

Really Beautiful | Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday everyone.

Today I wanted to share a layout I created for a challenge over at the Paper Issues Facebook group.  I am still not so patiently waiting for my March Hip Kits so I am doing a bit of stash busting right now.

At kindy this week I helped on a trip along the estuary walk way to one of Aimee’s kindy teacher’s homes where we had a picnic morning tea on her massive front lawn.  The kids had a ball, it was a good 5km walk and they all managed so well.  The highlight was using the toilet at the teachers house !  I snapped this photo of Aimee and one of her kindy teachers (Sharon) as Aimee had jumped in her lap for a cuddle.  I love how happy and comfortable Aimee is snuggled in there.  I just had to scrap it.

I have used lots of older Hip Kits mixed up together . It  was a white space challenge so 2/3rds of your page had to be white space.

IMG_4450

Some close ups:IMG_4451Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Do you like creating layouts with lots of white space?

Mxx

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

Just Nick Studio – October Layouts

Hi everyone,

I haven’t been doing a lot of creating lately but today I am going to share my design team layouts for Just Nick Studio for October.

My first layout features Pretty Little Studio’s – Here Come’s The Sun collection.  How amazingly adorable is this collection – I couldn’t resist buying lots of it to create my layout.   I have used two different Just Nick Cut Files on my layout:  Heart Explosion Background and the Simple Scallop Strips and I loved using the bright pops of colour from the  this collection behind both of the cut files on my page.

pretty-little-studio

Close ups:
pretty-little-studio-detail-1 pretty-little-studio-detail-2 pretty-little-studio-detailMy second layout is a Halloween inspired layout and I went all out girly pretty Halloween style for this one!  I love creating texture with cut files so I cut out the  Hey Spidey Background cut file in white cardstock and then layered it back onto white again.  I added pops of mint green patterned paper under some of the sections of web and added the puffy stickers and enamel dots to the points and negative spaces of the web as well.  I loved the ‘Too cute to spook’ title from the 31 cut file set was just perfect for the sentiment that I wanted to portray. I cut this out on black cardstock pop dotted it to add some dimension to my page and used this as my title.
too-cute-to-spookSome close ups:too-cute-to-spook-detail-1 too-cute-to-spook-detail too-cute-to-spook-sneak

That’s all I have for today, I hope you have enjoyed my layouts with the fabulous cut files from the Just Nick Store!

Mxx

Just Nick Studio | September 2016

Hi everyone,

Today, I am sharing two layouts I have done for Just Nick Studio in September.  Gosh I love love love love the Just Nick Cut files.  They are just AMAZING.  Anyway.  My first layout is a collaboration with Stuck Sketches.  If you want to play along with the sketch then you might just win a $25 voucher to the Just Nick store!!   This is the sketch:

13133330_10153430493651039_6437048419997870080_n

And this is my take on the sketch:

make-a-splash

 I had been eyeing up the fabulous Summer Fun and Summer Lovin’ cut files and enjoyed using the icons from the Summer Fun set as embellishments on my page – there are lots of elements that are perfect for beachy photos in this set.  I then created my title   ‘Make A Splash’ from the Summer Lovin’ cut file set.   Don’t be afraid to split up the cut files to make them work on your layouts as I have done on my title here to frame my bottom photo.

And some close ups:

make-a-splash-detail-2make-a-splash-detail-3make-a-splash-detail

My second layout is also a photo from Fiji of Gary and myself.  I also used the Summer Fun set on this layout.  This is such a fun set to use with lots of cute icons for summer.   I ungrouped and enlarged the ‘anchor’ and cut it out on patterned paper and placed it under my photo to ‘anchor’ my photo so to speak!  I also used the play on the word anchor in my title ‘You Anchor Me’ which is a fun way of linking my photo to the cut file as well.   I also cut out the pineapple and the watermelon shape from the cut files and added them as embellishments

you-anchor-me

Some close ups:

you-anchor-me-detail-1you-anchor-me-detail

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Mxx

Jillibean Soup

Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing a layout and a couple of cards that I created for the Jillibean Soup  DT call.  I didn’t make the team but I sure had lots of fun creating them – they are such fun products to work with and perfect for both layouts and cards.

For my layout and also on the two cards I used Jillibean Soup Alphabet Soup II collection with a few bits and bobs from stash.  This collection is great for school layouts and I also did a thank you card for Aimee’s kindy teachers when she recently moved kindy.

jillibean-soup-dt-call-layout-1jillibean-soup-dt-card-2jillibean-soup-dt-card

Thanks for stopping by my blog today ! I have some more to share with you tomorrow so hope to see you soon. xx M

Just Nick Studio | DT Layouts

Hi,

Just a quick round up of layouts I have done recently but haven’t had time to share them on my blog, first up Just Nick Studio design team

Zoo | Background Cut File | Funky Rectangles

ZooZoo detail 1Zoo detail 2Zoo detail

This moment | Creative Scrappers Collaboration | Cut File: Chopsticks BackgroundCreative Scrappers LayoutCreative Scrappers Layout detail2Creative Scrappers Layout detail1Creative Scrappers Layout detail

Thanks for stopping by today !!

 

Just Nick Studio DT Announcement & Layout

Hi everyone,

Oh wow… it has been so long since I posted on my blog!  I’ve been so lucky to be included in the 2016 Design Team for Just Nick Studio with lots of talented ladies.  Just Nick Studio is an online store which has amazing cut files designed by the gorgeous Nicole Nowosad.

13522733_10157037875235720_3002112434699455142_oI shared my first layout on the Just Nick Blog yesterday which was a layout All About Me.  I used the Let it Shine Background cut file as my background and cut this out on patterned paper and then added a white cardstock circle with Right Now on it as it fitted the selfies I took of myself a couple of weeks ago and I liked how it created a centre piece on my layout.

All About me with BannerCut Files used: Let It Shine Background and Right Now

Some close ups:All About Me Layout detail 1All About Me Layout detail 2All About Me Layout detail

Thanks for stopping by my very neglected blog!!  I have quite a bit of scrapbooking to share so will scheduled some more posts over the next few days.

Take care 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!!

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

Mxx

Rope Swing | Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Life is Beautiful

Hi everyone,

Catching up on blogging today after a fun filled but a bit crazy school holidays here in NZ.  I have a layout using Life is Beautiful collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The photo is one I took of Taylor over the Easter holidays at Sandspit Holiday Park.  There is rope swing down at the beach which the kids loved playing on, loved this photo even though her eyes are mostly closed.  Shows the stunning scenery behind her as well – we are having a great long summer and we have definitely taken advantage of the hot sunny weather. Rope swingSome close ups:
Rope swing detail 1

Rope swing detail 2 Rope swing detailThanks for stopping by, have you seen that Cocoa Vanilla Studio now has exclusive cut files for the Cameo Silhouette, check them out here

Michelle xx