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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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:

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.

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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

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

Hip Kit Club – March 2016

Hi everyone, It is Friday night here in NZ, and it’s been a full on week… sick kids, birthday party preparation for Aimee’s 4th Birthday on Sunday, lots of work done on storage in the house.  Decluttering, putting up shelves … Continue reading

Remember | Hip Kit Club | October 2015

Hi

Today I have a layout to share for Hip Kit Club. This one is inspired by the October Mood board below:

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I just love all the black and gold accents in this kit!  They work perfectly with the browns, teals and corals.  This photo is Taylor when she was doing an activity book which she received from her Grandad for her birthday.  Some close ups: Remember detail 1 Remember detailThanks so much for visiting my blog today!  Hope you are enjoying all the October Hip Kit layouts the design team has been sharing over the last few weeks.

Til next time

Michelle

Thankful | Hip Kit Club | October 2015

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to my blog!  I am sharing my second layout using the October Kits from Hip Kit Club which I shared over on the Hip Kit Club Facebook page yesterday.  This time I have done a grid style layout project life style of some progress shots of our house build.  The project life cards in the Project Life Kit are perfect for a grid layout design.  I’ve also added some frames and embellishments from the Cedar Lane Ephemera Pack and the cute little wood veneer from Simple Stories with the little house and the little people were perfect finishing touches.  I cut out the ‘thankful’ from the exclusive subscriber cut file and then coloured it in with the Prima water coloured pencils and stitched it to my layout.Thankful

Close ups:
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I’ve hope I’ve inspired you all to get out your October Kits and get crafting!

Til next time

Michelle xx

(Inter) National Scrapbooking Day

Happy Tuesday everyone,

Over the weekend I participated in a series of challenges over on the Hip Kit Club Members Facebook group as part if (Inter)national Scrapbooking Day  It was a super fun online crop with a whole lot of challenges.  I only managed to do 3 layouts over the weekend – I was a bit scrapped out from the 9 the weekend before so I was pleased to have gotten the three done I did manage.

The first layout was a monochromatic one – using one colour but different shades set by  Terhi Koskinen – who is an amazing scrapbooker who I am in awe of her layouts they are just GORGEOUS!

Here is my layout for her challenge

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Details:Hip Kit NSD one colour detail 2 Hip Kit NSD one colour detail 3Hip Kit NSD one colour detail 4The next challenge I participated in was a one colour challenge – so one colour with only black and white accents set by  Kay Rogers.

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details:

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And my third layout to share is a ‘balanced layout’ challenge.  Right up my alley this one… I do like to create a nice balance and flow on my layouts set by Aleksandra Gadji 

Hip Kit Club NSD Contrast challenge

Details:

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That’s all I have to share today.  A lot of the product I have used on these layouts have come from my Hip Kit Club kits – definitely if you are in the market for a kit club – this one is amazing.

Take care

Michelle xx