Using Large Photos and a Project Life Spread! | Adrienne Alvis

Hello Hip Kit Club fans! Grab a cup of coffee or some tea and get comfy because I’m here with not one, but TWO projects to share with you today that I created using the gorgeous September 2016 Hip Kits! First up, I have a layout that I created using a super-sized photo…


I rarely ever scrap a photo larger than 3×4, but since my challenge was to “supersize it”, I decided to go big or go home with a 5×7 photo of our campsite that I took this past summer. Since my photo was scenic, I decided to position it near the bottom of the layout and layer my title and lots of embellishments around it to help draw the eye down my page.


I used a combination of the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Gather collection Thickers (available in the September 2016 Embellishment Kit) with one of the chipboard stickers from the same collection that are available in the September 2016 Main Kit for my title. I placed part of it on and above my large photo so it would look more cohesive with all of the other layers on my page.


I added lots of dimension and texture to my page by layering many of the Gather ephemera pieces from Crate Paper, along with some of the Simple Stories Posh Bits & Pieces that are available in the September 2016 Project Life Kit, along the side edges of my photo and up towards the top of my layout. I also added various pieces of patterned paper from the September 2016 Paper Kit so I could add more color and patterns to my page. I also placed several of the Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills Wood Veneer Paper Clips in the layers of ephemera as well for even more added texture and color.


I really love how this page turned out and how well the larger photo looks with the big title and pretty embellishments from the September Kits!


Next up, I have my Project Life spread for September 2016 to share with you…


I used many items from the September 2016 Project Life Kit to complete this month’s spread such as the HKC exclusive PL cards, the Dear Lizzy Saturday Wood Veneer Words, and the Simple Stories Posh Enamel Dots.


I also used some of the Simple Stories Posh Bits & Pieces from the PL Kit to accent several of the exclusive PL cards. I just love how well the colors from the PL cards coordinate with the other items and embellishments in the kit!



I now use a 9×12 album for my Project Life spreads and I document them by the month instead of weekly, so I like to keep everything as cohesive and flowing as possible. The Hip Kit Club PL kits are always so helpful in doing this because everything coordinates so well.


I added several of the Maggie Holmes Gather Gold Phrase Stickers (available in the September 2016 Embellishment Kit) on top of my photos to bring out the golden color in my color scheme and to accent my journaling which I typed directly onto my photos.


Well, I hope I’ve given you LOTS of inspiration on how to use your September 2016 Hip Kits today! Be sure and check out the HKC Facebook page and member forum for even more inspiration using the kits!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!



All about the title!

Hey y’all!

I’m back with two projects featuring the September 2016 Kits! I am so excited to share these super, yet fun projects with you all.

For my layout, I used a white background from our Cardstock Add-On Kit. I a piece of patterned paper with repeated frame shapes and simply cut them apart to add a fun little touch behind my photo. I stitched these down and began embellishing after the placement of my photo.

Most of my embellishments either came from the Main Kit and the Embellishment Kit and most are from the “Gather” collection by Maggie Holmes.

I wanted my title to be one of the main focuses of this layout. I used a few of the Maggie Holmes “Gather” chipboard stickers, as well as the Pinkfresh Studio “Indigo Hills” alphas for a little but of a mix-up. I just love the way this title turned out—one of my very favorite things is to use big words that are already created and add to them.

I sure hope you love this one! Check it out below.


For my second project, I went with a 9×12 Project Life spread. I used cards from the Project Life Kit and simply adhered my photos right one top. For my “title” card, I used the number “8” from the “Gather” chipboard sticker sheet as well as lots of pieces of Simple Stories ephemera pieces for smaller elements. I used two of the beautiful “Indigo Hills” Chipboard hearts (from the PL Kit) as well as some of the “Gather” ephemera pieces that came in our Main Kit.

I hope you all love this one too!


I hope y’all have a great week and don’t forget to check out my process video for these two projects!



Ashley Fowler


Gather in the Garden | Amy Challis

Hi everyone, Amy here! This week I’m sharing some pages I created using the gorgeous September kits. The papers this month really stole the show for me, with lots of soft floral and shabby patterns from Maggie Homes’ Gather collection. Honestly, these pages about  the work we’re doing in the garden simply fell together! Don’t you just love it when that happens?


I started, as per usual, by cutting the papers to 3×4 size and arranging them with the photos so that the pages were balanced. I chose papers with lots of orange, pink and gold as I’m really starting to feel those autumn vibes! I cut the Polaroid images out of the Gather ‘Moments’ paper and used them as embellishments on two of my cards. Next I selected some of the smaller pieces from the Simple Stories Posh Bits and Bobs to use – the camera die cut is my favourite!


Using phrases from the Simple Stories Posh Bits and Pieces, the Maggie Holmes Gather Mixed Embellishments and Gather Gold Phases stickers, I started to create small clusters of embellishments. I finished of the filler cards with Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills Chipboard Hearts and Simple Stories Posh Enamel Dots.


I used the Simple Stories Posh Totally Chic Washi Tape from the Embellishment kit on the top and bottom of a white card which I then typed my journalling onto. I usually choose to journal on white cards as I love the clean look this creates.


Can you believe this is my last blog post as a member of the Hip Kit Club Design Team? I’ve loved sharing with you guys every month, it’s been a pleasure. Happy scrapping everyone and i’ll see you around!🙂



September GDT: Jill Keller.

Hello Everyone!  Jill Keller back with another layout featuring the September 2016 kits!

 This week I am focusing on the background cut file designed by Kim Watson.  I adore those birds on wires and I thought it would be a perfect background for a photo of my girly and her little school friend.
Learning to Fly by Jill Keller
I used two Maggie Holmes papers for the background, cutting the birds from the pink paper and then adhering it to the yellow.  To add detail and texture I stitched along the wires of the die cut with my sewing machine, and then around the entire perimeter of the background die cut.
The photo area consists of a few of the Polaroid frames from another Maggie Holmes paper; I cut the paper apart for my project last week and wanted to use up the rest of the frames.  I added Simple Stories tabs and stitched these pieces with my sewing machine as well.
More Simple Stories die cuts were used to embellish my page, including this little heart that I added between two birds to make them look like lovebirds.
I wanted to use the words, “learning to fly” somewhere on the page because this photo was taken at back to school night, and it just flows nicely with the bird theme.  I used Maggie Holmes gold alphas along another wire in the background to add the phrase, stitching through it with my machine.
I wanted to add more embellishment to the photo area so I choose the “shine” die cut and added a few more Simple Stories pieces to finish the layout.
My next project is a quick card I put together, basing it off the large cursive word from the Thickers Blessed pack.  I wanted something inspired by my layout, so I decided to use the cursive word similar to the “shine” die cut from my page.
I started by using Distress Inks in Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw, along with the Echo Park stencil in the Color Kit.  This provided additional color and detail to the white card base.
I layered another Polaroid frame on top of a Maggie Holmes tag from the ephemera pack, adding one of the exclusive cut files and the words “you are” created with my label maker.  The card sentiment “you are loved” works great for close friends and family.
Thanks for reading my post this week!    Find Jill on Facebook here>>>

You are loved | Anna Komenda

Hello. It’s Anna here and it’s my turn again to inspire You with some fun projects created with September 2016 Hip Kits. I just got the parcel two days ago and… OMG!!! Everything is so beautiful. I think it’s my most favourite kit. I probably said that in August too… But “Gather” collection from Maggie Holmes is just so beautiful. I love combination of navy, mustard yellow and pink.


I decided to create my first project using mostly “Gather” collection. I wanted to use up as much ephemeras as possible. You can find them in Main Kit. I created a background using bits and pieces, that were quite colorful so I decided to use monochromatic background. I chose a pink cardstock from Cardstock Kit. This color is simply beautiful.


Ephemeras are flat so I needed to add some dimension to my page. I used few chipboard stickers from “Blessed” Thickers. Those were also included to the Main Kit.


I really love the “Gather” Embellishments from Embellishment Kit. I added few buttons and a paper bow.


This page looks quite busy but thanks to the ephemeras creating it was really easy. Adding some Gold Phrase Stickers was a final touch. I love how it turned out.

I have some leftovers so I made a tag shaped card too. It’s also made of “Gather” collecction.


I created a title using Pinkfresh Studio Alpha Stikers from the Main Kit, I also added few Pinkfresh Studio Chipboard Hearts from the Project Life Kit. This new “Indigo Hills” line from Pinkfresh Studio works perfectly with “Gather” collection.


That’s all for today. Thank You for stopping by and see You next week on Facebook in my final post for Hip Kit Club.

XO Ania



Fussy Cutting Patterned Paper

Hey friends!  It’s Missy, and I have a new layout to share using the 2016 September Hip Kits.  Don’t you think these kits just keep getting more and more beautiful each month?  These papers and embellishments are just stunning, and you all know how hard that makes it to choose what to start with!  I was drawn to the pretty royal blue color in a few of the Maggie Holmes Gather papers from the Main Kit & Paper Kit.  I would never have thought to mix peachy pink and mint with that darker blue, but this collection makes it work so well.  I was inspired by that gorgeous frame paper, so I fussy cut several of the frames out and created a background design with them.  I also used the Echo Park Stencil from the Color Kit along with the two Shimmerz Paints.  I scraped modeling paste over the stencil and then used the Anchors Away & Great Fruit Shimmerz on top of it.  I used the packaging technique and a brush.  I also used a few of the Prima Oil Pastels from the August Color Kit.
Here you can see the beautiful texture created from the stencil, paste and Shimmerz.  I have to say I really love these colors together.  I decided to use these photos because my daughter is wearing royal blue, so it brings everything together nicely.  I did use some white gesso before adding any of the other products to protect the cardstock from all the liquid.  Those gold script puffy alphas are also from the Maggie Holmes Gather line, and they are in the Project Life Kit.
I completed my title with the puffy alphas from Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills from the Main Kit.  I created a fun little layered cluster under that using chipboard, a Simple Stories die cut, and a Maggie Holmes sticky button.  I added some blue thread under it all for added color and texture.
I also did some machine stitching in mint, blue and shiny gold.  I just think it makes everything look finished.  It also adds color and texture, and I felt like I needed a little pop of gold over on that side.  I added some tissue paper under my photos as well as some gold Color Shine.
I just love this adorable camera die cut.  It’s in the Simple Stories Posh collection, and that die cut pack is in the Project Life Kit.  I added pop dots under it to give it even more dimension.
Here’s my process video for this page.  I hope you get some fun ideas!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


Let’s Plan Your Day!

Hi, it’s Cara and I want to talk a bit about planning, but it may not be what you are expecting.😉


I think that a lot of people pride themselves in being busy. Being able to list off all the things we need to do, or a long list of things that we were able to cross off on any given day is like earning some kind of busy badge or medal of honour.

But, I want to you to think about adding some white space to your day, today. Not only in the design of your page, but actually in your schedule. If you are anything like me, you are forever trying to fit in just one more task or one more errand before an appointment or pick up time for your kids. I usually end up late, or stressed that I’m going to be late, and both of those make me cranky! What a way to greet my children right?😛

When I take the time to add in white space, a mid morning cuppa, leaving the house with lots of time to walk to the bus, or get the errands done, I’m a much calmer person.

We tend to overestimate what we can get done in a day. So I am challenging to try and not jam pack your day with a million tasks and obligations. Give yourself some breathing room. Work it into your design. Leave literal white space on your planner page, which can, not only be white spots that are left blank, but also stickers or die cuts or anything else on your page that makes you smile.


On my page for today, I not only left space around each of my plans, I also added lots of goodies from my HKC August kits. Especially die cuts (both the Exclusive Ephemera, designed by Claudia Van Rooijen from the embellishment kit and the Amy Tangerine die cuts from the main kit). It all started with that awesome, giraffe by the way! There is a bow clip from the Crate Paper small embellishment pack from the Main August Kit. I added the black foil stickers from Dear Lizzy from the embellishment kit.

I love the ‘a million tiny things’ sticker. This little guy packs a punch and has quite a few jobs on this page, and his friend ‘Life is now’ lends a helping hand. First, it’s pointing out all the small tasks that I need to get done today, my task list. But also, paired with the large giraffe, it’s a hint to me to look at those little everyday moments as more than just things to cross off of my list. Those little things are what make up life. For me, it’s not so much the birthdays and vacations, but being with my family and shaping my children and myself with this daily activities. I love my memories of the children stealing food as I cook it, and playfully batting away their hands with my spoon, or an older child explaining life to a younger one. Or even just being able to give my mind some white space as I do the dishes or the laundry, monotonous tasks that allow my mind to wander and dream.

This quote also reminds me to watch out for these tiny little things. Keep my eyes and ears open for those moments so that I can stash those away in my memories to pull out later when the children are fighting…again.

Next up is this funky exclamation point clip. It comes from the American Crafts Thickers by Dear Lizzy in the main kit. I just hot glued it to a paper clip, cutting out matching pieces for the backs. I was careful to only glue the dot bit to the inside part of the clip so that  the clip was still functional  in my planner.

This last project is a little out of my comfort zone, I’m not a big card maker, but I will make them when occasion calls.


From the August paper kit, I used white cardstock for the base of the card and layered vellum, the Saturday ‘Metro’ paper from Dear Lizzy and the ‘Cheery’ paper from Crate pepr’s Cute Girl line. I fussy cut some flowers from the ‘Central Park’ paper (also from Dear Lizzy). I dug into my Project Life kit to finish off the cards and used my favourites products, the enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye, the wood shapers from Dear Lizzy and those adorable bird stickers from the Amy Tangerine sticker book.

I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with white space!


Cara Vincens-2


Road Trip | Kim Watson

Road trip photos are so much fun!! Group songs, selfies, sleeping kids…junk food & loads of other memorable moments! I have a project today that I hope will inspire you to haul out those road trip snapshots & scrap ’em!!

Road Trip by Kim Watsonkimwatsonroadtriphkc01

Wanting to create the feeling of driving, I placed everything diagonally across the page. Using the photo strip as a shelf for my little car scene & main title. I love the diagonal strip gives me extra room to add photos.


The American Crafts wood alphas were calling to be jazzed up a little. I did so with red paint. Only painting them to the halfway mark, really gives them a funky vibe! Splattering a little cherry paint top & bottom the page, completes a visual triangle.


Arrows, text & stickers all help the diagonal movement, as well as contribute toward telling the story.



Don’t you love the little yellow rubber taxi & wood veneer arrow…they really ground the design on this side of the page & add a pop of color to the dark, photos. This entire kit makes me SO happy…I love the fun colors & playful patterns & motifs. What better way to document vacation photos?

There are a few of the August kits still available in the store…I urge you to grab one if you haven’t already!

Thanks for stopping by…have a super, crafty week❤



Good Times | Christin Grønnslett

Hello everyone, Christin here today to share with you a layout with the August 2016 kits. Last week I went very dark and black with my layout on the Hip Kit Club with a mix of black and yellow with help of the Prima Marketing Oil Pastels from the August 2016 color kit. This week I am going for the opposite. This time I have again used the oil pastels and painted it in strips in Wilna Furstenberg style.


To create a dark page it’s all about the contrast colors, but to create a bright page it’s all about avoiding hard contrast, but focus more on the subtle ones.  For instance one of the papers with yellow was not as soft as the others, so if you feel that some of the papers are stealing the focus you have a few options: You have them as far away from you focal point – your photo(s) as possible; you can just use little pieces; you can tone them down with vellum (not done here).


The same principle goes for backgrounds. To soften up a background a great idea is to use stencils and heavy gesso. (Here I have used a stencil from an earlier kit)  I used quite a lot of water with my oil pastels, but I felt they could use some more softening.

Another thing to think about when you want to make a layout with soft colors is to use a lot of white. I have a white background, I trimmed the edges of my photos wide and I added an Amy Tangerine heart  under the photo (from the color kit) so that the light colored photo could stand out even with these spft colors.  I feel that the layer just underneath the photo is the most important layer. If you use a dark color – its’ because you want the photo to stand out more against the other papers and the secondary focus is contrast. But when you work with lighter colors you still want to do a contrast color and white does the same trick, just more subtle and the wider the white edges around the photo – the more the photo will stand out – even with darker colored papers.



Have a nice weekend /Christin

Christin Gronnslett dt


Love This Crazy, Fun & Wild Bunch | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

Its Tarrah here today sharing my layout for this week using the August 2016 Main and Add-On kits!

For my layout this week, I decided to punch some circles from a couple of the exclusive Project Life cards that matched well with the ephemera pieces from the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life collection.love-this-crazy-fun-wild-bunch

I machine stitched through the punched circles to add some texture. I knew that I really wanted to add that cute yellow giraffe to my layout this week so I guess he was my inspiration for my layout this week! love-this-crazy-fun-wild-bunch-detail-4

I also wanted to add different typography to my page so I used all the different alphabets included in this months kits to create my title and I LOVE how it turned out!love-this-crazy-fun-wild-bunch-detail-2

This photo of my brother and his family was the perfect photo to use for this layout…my nephew is being his crazy self poking his tongue out while on a family walk, hence my title, ‘Love This Crazy, Fun & Wild Bunch’!love-this-crazy-fun-wild-bunch-detail

Even though its not the exact colour, I just had to add that super cute rubber shape camera piece! I think its adorable and it fits perfectly right there!love-this-crazy-fun-wild-bunch-detail-3

Thanks so much for joining me on the Hip Kit blog today! I hope I have inspired you in some small way with this layout today!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x