Hip Kit Club | May 2017 kits | Going Whimsical

Today, I am capturing the good times with a Whimsical layout for Hip Kit Club featuring a snapchat photo, a mixed media cut file and lots of layering!

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My layout actually started with a piece of white cardstock that I had added some mixed media work with the Prima Confections watercolors from the May 2017 Color Kit which I had discarded from a previous layout as it just didn’t work.   I really loved the colours so I cut out the ‘Hot Air Balloon’ from the May Hip Kit Cut files designed by Kim Watson.  I then backed this cut file on the amazing Dear Lizzy Up & Away Ombre patterned paper and this became the basis of my layout.

Using a cut file as a central focus on your layout gives you a great platform for embellishing – I just love how fun the cut file is so I wanted to add in some fun embellishing too.  I started with fussy cutting out the ‘Capture the Good Times’ from the Pink Fresh Studio Dream on patterned paper.  I specifically chose this phrase as the photo of my daughter with a snapchat filter on was taken whilst we were recently in Hospital with her with pneumonia and she was feeling a bit better at this point so I wanted to reflect that in my title.

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I then added lots of embellishing with the ephemera from both Shimelle Little By Little collection from the May 2017 Project Life Kit and the Hip Kit Exclusive ephemera designed by Kimberly from the May 2017 Main Kit.  These two sets work so well together don’t you think!

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I hope you have enjoyed my Whimsical layout with cut files and ephemera today.

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Just Nick Studio | Wave

Hi, today I have a layout to share for Just Nick Studio.  I am super excited about this one as it is one of my faves!   I have actually used two different files on this one being Word 4 and Ride the Wave Background.  Here is my layout and how I created it:

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I really wanted to use the ‘wave’ background because my photos are all pool related.  But I wanted to create a grid style background so I replicated the cut file 4 equal times on white card stock and stitched it down in a grid.  I added some stitching to hold it down and also to give it some texture.

I had about 3 or 4 photos of the kids jumping into the pool on our recent holiday and as they were quite busy on the busy background I decided to create a fun and funky title using the ‘Today’ from the Word 4 cut file and put my photos inside the framed word.  I really love how the coral card stock allows the blues and brightness of my photos pop on my page and it is a super easy technique to do!

Here are some close ups:

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Til next time

Mxx

Just Nick Studio | PageMaps | Fun Times

Hi everyone, Michelle here with a new layout.  This week the Just Nick designers were all given a different  PageMaps Sketch to design a layout on. How cool is that!   This is my sketch: And here is my take … Continue reading

Just Nick Studio | Happy Love

Hiya

Today I have a new layout to share for Just Nick Studio!!  I have used two cut files on my layout, firstly the gorgeous Delicate Butterflies and also the Word 4 cut files which I used to create my title.

I knew as soon as I saw this cut file I knew it would be perfect for these photos of my daughters entering the wearable arts competition at our caravan.   Yes my girls outfits are made out of paper!!  I really love the vintage vibe of this cut file which I cut out on a floral patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection.  As the name would suggest, this is a very delicate cut file – I would definitely recommend cutting it out with a sharp blade and not having a too sticky mat as it is very fine.  I really liked how the butterflies flowed down the page and I was able to tuck my photos in and around the file this helps your eye wander down the page from the first photo to my second photo too.

Next, I wanted to add a second cut file to my layout – and the Word 4 file worked perfectly for a fun title, and adding it on the larger butterflies added an extra layer of dimension to my page too.  I first cut out the outline in some teal coloured cardstock so that it matched the colours is in the embellishments and the cut file.  Then I cut it out on white cardstock to fill in the file and make it pop off the page.

I really enjoyed cutting out these files and using patterned paper added some interest and variance in colour to the butterflies and of course made it super easy to embellish with more of the Maggie Holmes collection.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Do you cut files with mainly cardstock or do you use patterned paper as well?

Michelle xx

 

Hip Kit Club | March 2017 Kits |Oh Be Still My heart

My next layout share is a Mixed Media one!  I don’t do a lot of mixed media but I totally enjoyed creating this one with the Hip Kit Club March 2017 kits!

I started off with the patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection and added some white gesso to it and then used the stencil from this month’s Color Kit with the Paste-eez (Hold the Mustard and Raspberry Sherbet) in a grid design and then added some extra straight to my page with an old credit card.

I really wanted to add some more vertical design so I created the linked circles in my Silhouette Cameo and used these circles to anchor my embellishments.

IMG_4864I really loved the way this turned out and I am totally enjoying getting the Color Kits from the Hip Kit Club each month.  It is a great way to try out new mixed media products and they work so well with the monthly main and embellishment kits.

Thanks for stopping by today xx M

Together | Just Nick Studio

Hi everyone!

Today I have a new DT layout for Just Nick Studio featuring one of the new cut files in store  Butterfly Background 2 cut file.  As soon as I saw this file I wanted to use on it a layout as it is so pretty and whimsical. We recently had this family photo taken at my youngest daughters’ 5th birthday party and I wanted a cut file that would frame my photo and add some background detail which the butterflies do perfectly.  Here is my layout:

I have used the papers and embellishments from February 2017 kits and the created my mixed media background using the March 2017 Color Kit from the Hip Kit Club.  I wanted to make my layout as pretty and whimsical as possible so I added a bit of mixed media to my background patterned paper by using a Shimmers Raspberry Sherbert Paste-eez texture paste applied with a credit card as well as adding some mint and gold mist.  I then added the Butterfly cut file cut out on white cardstock and then added some navy patterned paper to the larger butterflies.  I love the way the butterflies look on the textured background and how the white pops on it as well.  I then added some layers of pink, mint and yellow patterned papers and ephemera from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection and then matted the patterned paper background back onto some white cardstock and added some machine stitching to create more texture to my page.

Close ups:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you have enjoyed my layout using this gorgeous butterflies background.

Hello Gorgeous | Just Nick Studio

Hi everyone,

Today I have a DT layout to share for Just Nick Studio of one of my girls kindy photos.   I don’t usually tend to scrap the more formal ‘school’ photos but this one of my two girls were so adorable – it worked perfectly nestled into the cut files on my page.

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I have two of the newer cut files on my layout today.  Firstly, I have the Floral Swag which I have used to frame the photo of my two girls.  I love how this looks white on white with just a pop of colour in the floral centres.  It also complements my flowers that I have added to my layout as well.  Next I have created my title using another cut file called Hello Spring.  My gosh I love this one, BUT it isn’t spring time here in NZ as we are going into Autumn but I didn’t let that stop me and so I have cut the whole file out but fussy cut out the ‘Spring’ section and used the ‘Hello’ as part of my title.  I also backed it in the same colour patterned paper that I have used for the Floral Swag.  I love how easy it is to adapt the Just Nick Cut files to work with the theme I am scrapbooking.

Some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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

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!

Visual Triangle layout

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