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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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.

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

Mxx

Before Braces | Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Made of Awesome

Hi everyone (is anyone still out there?)

Seriously though, my blog is always seems to be neglected these days.  Instagram and Facebook have taken over my social media sharing but sometimes just sometimes I manage to get some layouts actually here on my blog.  Today I have had to go to grab coffee and work on my laptop in order to actually sit down and sort out blogging!  It really feels like I have been doing lots of creating lately but mostly for DT stuff in the future so I can’t really share it yet which probably makes me feel like I am not sharing my stuff enough but in reality I haven’t actually been able to yet.

Right so today, I have a layout I  have created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio!  Unfortunately, some new goodies have gotten a wee bit lost in transit on the way to me in NZ so I haven’t been able to play with any new goodies just yet.  In the meantime, here is a layout with Made of Awesome.

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This turned out to be a super fast layout.  Probably about 20 minutes in total – I say that is a testament to such a great collection that is so easy to work with.  There embellishments are perfect and fit well with boys of all ages and the patterned papers work really well together as well.  Liam got his bottom braces put on his teeth on the 14th June so I wanted to take a before photo of him with his teeth so we could compare later.  It has been a long time coming with many orthodontist appointments before Liam had finally lost enough teeth and we were ready to go.  The weird thing is the same orthodontist that did my braces is now doing Liam’s braces!

Here are some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest blog post !

Mxx

Sketchabilities #143

Hi everyone,

Today I have a layout to share with you for Sketchabilities Sketch #143.  Another amazing sketch this fortnight and I enjoyed taking part again.  I have been subbing to the Hip Kit Club scrapbooking kits for awhile now and I have so much lovely new product that I am dying to use so I thought taking part in a few challenges would be a good way to go. Here is the sketch:
143And here is my take:Sketchabilities 143This layout is of some cheeky girls at Petra’s 5th birthday.  Gosh the girls are growing up! Gotta love the silly faces…I have used a mixture of the May and June Hip Kits to create my layout.  Here are some close ups:
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Cheers

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

Friends!

Taylor has been super lucky to have a great friend at kindy.  They have been glued to the hip for just about a year and have been so good for each other. Both the girls love spending time hanging out and playing imaginative games inside and out. They both love doing the ‘monkey bars’ at kindy. Today, Petra started school which is a bit sad but school is on the same grounds as Taylor’s kindy so they can ‘meet’ each other at the fence. Often kids who have started school who have been to the kindy come and ‘visit’ their old friends.  When I asked Taylor today if she thought Petra would be excited about starting school. She thought for a minute and then said Nah.  I was like why is that.  She said because Petra would miss me so MUCH. Bless.

Queens Birthday Weekend Taylor was invited to go and stay with Petra’s family at their bach up North. What crazy four 4 year goes off for a holiday with a friend for 3 days at that age – actually she reminds me of myself when I was young. Taylor had a BLAST, she was spoiled rotten with lots of fun at the beach, games, hot chocolates and playgrounds, scooting to the shop for ice creams, bouncing on the trampoline in the rain in her pjs, pancakes for breakfast. I’m pretty sure she will jump at going for another visit up there with her friend.  I know they will have lots of memories of their adventures up North.

This layout is one of the photos Petra’s mummy took for me.  I just LOVE Taylor’s expression in this photo and I couldn’t wait to scrap it.  I did a weekly challenge for Hip Kit Club which was to be inspired by a layout from Stephanie Bryan  as well as to use up lots of bits and pieces from your stash, stitching, labels, something shiny.

I hope, you and Petra are best friends forever!  You have such a special bond.
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Cocoa Vanilla Studio – In (LOVE) with Sugar & Spice

Hi everyone,

On the weekend I shared this layout on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog featuring the gorgeous Sugar & Spice collection!

Here I have used a cut file which I have outlined in black pen from The Cut Shoppe to create a cute background for my photo.  I love adding pieces of patterned paper underneath the cut file to add interest and it is a great way of using up your left over scraps of paper too.  How cute are those banners wood veneer – they have to be one of my favourite products from the whole collection.

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Some close ups:

Love banner detail 1 Love banner detail 2 Love banner detailProducts used:

Sugar & Spice Collection – Dot to DotCandy StripesJournal CardsWood Veneer Shapes,  Accessory Stickers,

Flying High Collection: Cork StarsWood veneer shapesSky High

Have a scrappy day!

 Michelle xx