28 March WEEKLY SKETCH INSPIRATION

Hey, hey it’s that time of the week again; where a few of our Design Team members get together and give their take on the weekly sketch ūüôā The sketch was designed by team member Anna Komenda and here’s what we all came up with. Remember to play along with us in the Facebook Forum; we love to see what you create!

Sketch 4 by Anna Komenda – 28 March 2017

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Wonder On by Missy Whidden

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Hello by Tanya Hubbard

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Love by Jana McCarthy

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Less work by Terhi Koskinen

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Keepin it Cool with Michelle Whorwood

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.

 

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I 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.

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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.

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.

Take care

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How to limit your color palette |Kim Watson

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are feeling like a little early week inspiration to get you in the crafty mood? Today I am going to show you how to limit your color palette with great results.

My page today used the ever versatile February 2017 kits…who would have known bits from this kit could be coordinated to create this gorgeous palette:

Teal, Lime & Yellow

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Having pulled out a selection of ephemera by Crate Paper & Little Pink Studio¬†and¬†a vague idea of the type of page layout design¬†I wanted to try, I added watercolor splatters in three areas around the page, creating the perfect canvas on which to layer the other elements. My color choices were inspired by Claudia’s tags & painted flower die cuts, pulling out the teal, lime & acid yellow.

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Initially I was worried that the pink on the tropical tag would mess with my palette, so covered a few of the pink flowers with blue die cuts. As I progressed with the page I realised a few hints of pink here & there actually¬†added warmth & didn’t¬†distract at all. Don’t you love how the scattered pops of gold & yellow give the page life?

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The photo, cut into a 2,5″ x3,5″ tag shape, really reinforces my grid design. The straight edges & tweaked width, helps with the overall symmetry and the twine bow adds subtle texture to the top of the page. Following¬†the naturally forming lines, I built my grid design, filling¬†extra¬†spaces with smaller elements. It is a fun way to use up left over embellishments without cluttering the page.

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As you have probably noticed, I lost my second ‘E’, in the title: ‘Together’ haha! The funny thing is I only noticed it whilst editing my process video, which meant I had to go back & MacGyver an ‘E’ with the space there was AND do it in such a way so it doesn’t look like an obvious mistake. Every time I look at it I can’t help but laugh…it is really a case of not being able to ‘see the wood for the trees’ LOL!!¬†

Anyway..I also wanted to mention a fun way to jazz up your journaling. I bought the February 2017 PL kit, included was the cutest stamp & notelet set from Paige Evans Oh My Heart. I used some of those little stamp prompts within the body of my journaling. Fun idea hey? It not only adds color, but emphasis to important parts of the text too.

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Lastly, I added a gorgeous butterfly tag & embellished it with a fringed butterfly accent & ephemera from both Maggie Holmes & Paige Evans. The result is a sweet cluster of butterflies & hearts with an appropriate sentiment.

I really hope you have found this inspiring. Limiting your color palette can be a fun way to challenge your creative process. I look forward to seeing your pretty pages in our member gallery on FB. Be sure to let me know when you post them, so I can leave you some crafty love. Have an awesome Monday peeps ~ Kim X

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This Is Us | Irit Landgraf

Hey everyone! Irit here with a new project I created using the lovely March main kit only! Here’s the finished layout-

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The main kit is full of gorgeous papers and embellishments. I fussy cut flowers from one of the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection and used those as embellishments. I love using grid papers as background, because it is so easy to line up everything.

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As usual, I created a video tutorial so you can see exactly how this came together!

**Click here to see the video**

Thanks for stopping by! Have a scrappy Sunday!

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Pure magic by Anna Komenda

Hello everyone. It’s my turn to inspire you today ūüôā I got my March kits few days ago and I just couldn’t resist diving into them right away. They are so beautiful and fresh. This is exactly what I need on my desk after a long winter. And have you seen March cut files? They are gorgeous too. Rainbow with clouds designed by Kim Watson is fantastic. I love using many colors on one page and what would be more perfect to do that than a rainbow?

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I decided to use some soft background but not white because I used white cardstock from Cardstock kit to cut the rainbow. I chose light pink paper from “Chasing dreams” collection called “Royal”.You can find it both in Main kit and in Paper kit.

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I colored the rainbow with watercolors and backed the clouds using blue cardstock from Cardstock kit. I aslo added a layer of vellum to soften up the clouds. Parrot and cute hot air baloons are in the perfect spot. They are both from “Lovely day” ephemera by Dear Lizzy. You can find them in Project Life kit. This ephemera pack is filled with beautiful, whimsical designs.

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March kits are filled with rainbows. You can find them on every item from Pinkfresh Studio collection “Dream on”. I used this cute little rainbow from puffy stickers pack. I just couldn’t resist. I created a title by fussy cutting another beautiful paper from Main kit – “Encourage wonder” by Shimelle. This paper is a great source of titles and inspirations.

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Those shiny hearts are gold acrylic mirror stickers and I love them. This is a product manufactured by Pinkfresh Studio and it gives great texture to the page. You can find them in Embellishment kit along with rubber charms.

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I hope You like my page. I also have a process video for You ūüôā

Thank You for stopping by and see You soon on Facebook.

XO Anna

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SWEET HEART LOVE – CENTRAL DESIGN LAYOUT – RENAE BOWELL

Hey Lovelies, Nae here back with my very first layout and process video for you. I have been so patient waiting for my HKC box of goodness flying across the oceans to reach me here in Australia. When I opened that box, Oh My Goodness, inspiration over flow!! So many amazingly beautiful products, I had absolutely no idea where to start.

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So, to get started with my first design here on the team and my very first Hip Kit ever! I decided to stick to a layout format that I generally use. I love central designs with nice bold fonts. The gorgeous paper by Shimelle’s Little By Little collection was just screaming to be fussy cut and used as a focal point on a layout. All of those beautiful bold words, the typography lover within me was singing from the rooftops.

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I love to centre¬†my layouts in the middle third. I am sure most of you have heard about the rule of thirds in some kind of design in your lives but if you haven’t, divide you layout into three equal rectangles, that middle rectangle is where I like to focus my designs. If you work in thirds on your layout, include embellishments in three clusters on your page, you will always be able to achieve a balanced design layout.

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Another feature of my layouts are soft layers like doilies and polka dot tulle but I also love adding in white die cuts to add a little bit of interest. I am a huge lover of white on white on white in my designs but today I decided to do something a little different and use the pretty pastels in the Cardstock Add On. The soft mint green is just so beautiful and still adds that pretty soft layer but in just a slightly different hue. The cut file I am using is one of the wonderful March cut files, designed by the beautiful Jana, You and Me. The vines and leaves in this cut file are just divine and are something I use a lot in my designs.

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When creating embellishment clusters between my layers behind my photo, I love mixing textures as well as colour. The beautiful gloss of the Shimelle sticker sheet, the dimension of the rubber charms, the softness of the Pinkfresh Studio Puffs and the leather like textures from the Pinkfresh Leatherette Stickers, all come together to create more interest and dimension without cluttering up my page with big bulky icons. I tend to stick to smaller embellishments, that tend to work with the colour scheme already decided in my designs.

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Finally, here is a little process video to share with you how the layout all came together. Like I said, working with the blues and greens was a completely different experience for me. As much as I loved creating this layout, Ill be back next week with a more pink layout.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my first ever Design Team Project. I would love to see your rule of thirds or centred layouts using these beautiful March Kits. Jump over to the Facebook group to share yours!! I can’t wait to see them all!

Love you guys,

Love always,

Nae xoxo

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Thursday Inspiration: Patterned paper – with or without?

Hey everybody!

Thursday is here again Рthis means that we will give you three different ideas on how to use a certain products. Today, Terhi, Ashley and Jessica are joining you with fun projects.  Ashley and Jessica are giving you ideas with the Oh My Heart paper 24 by Pink Paislee (included to March Main kit) and Terhi will lead to the world of paints on a scrapbook page Рwithout patterned paper! Which one you prefer, have you ever tried scrapbooking without patterned paper?

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Hey! Even though my huge passion is to use patterned papers in any possible ways, sometimes it is really exciting to step out from the comfort zone and try something different. We have three amazing paints in February Color Kit and by using them in few different ways I received vibrant page without a piece of patterned paper.

As the Shimmerz Self Priming Paints don’t need any kind of gessoed surface to add on to, I took the lovely blue one and started to play with straight on the white cardstock. By using only my fingers I draw three oval(ish) shapes and let dry.

To add more interest, I took Heidi Swapp Metallic blue texture paste from January Color kit and used a stencil to add it on top of my paints. Then layered lovely Pretty Little Studios embellishments in three clusters.

To finish up to page, I mixed the same paints again with water and springled the liquid here and there. What a lovely effect! I really hope this inspired you, it was so much fun to work on this layout!

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Hey there! Don’t you think this patterned paper is so much fun? Now, I must admit that I don’t tend to use a whole sheet on a single layout, but can you imagine that I have almost nothing left of the paper once I was done creating this layout?

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First, I punched out a circle using two patterns facing each other. (Check picture for reference).Then I cut around the outer edges to have another circular element that I spread across the filled circles and all around the page. It was so much fun! I also punched out fun colors from the cardstock kit and placed them behind my picture. I embellished it with the awesome flower ephemera from Paige’s collection, then added some mixed media using the designer stencil and yummy shimmerz paste from the color kit.

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Here are some closeup pictures. As you can see, I added tiny enamel dots onto the Oh My Heart ephemera and I also colored in those gorgeous Thickers from the main kit using alcohol markers – I love doing that.

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I hope you’ve had some fun joining me today – check out what the other talented ladies created!

xox,

Jessica Fabiano Design Team Member

#3: Ashley

Hey y’all!

I absolutely LOVE the idea of focusing on patterned paper because not only does it challenge me, I feel like I have direction during my scrapbooking process! As Jessica mentioned, we are focusing on the “Oh My Heart” patterned paper.

So most of you know that I love to use my punches. There is SO much you can do with punches. I have a variety of tools in my stash, but I often love to grab punches or cut shapes from patterned paper just to add a little bit of something different.

This time, I used lots of the #24 paper by “Oh My heart” and decided to cut the squares into triangles. I added them vertically along my page and then simply stitched them down. In addition, I cute some cloud that complimented the triangles and I LOVED the contrast of the rounded cloud shape to the edgy angle shapes!

I also used my “notebook” punch to cut another piece of the “Oh My Heart” paper so that the page felt more cohesive. Lastly, I added some embellishments from the Dear Lizzy collection, Pinkfresh Studio (Live More) collection, and the Paige Evans (Oh My Heart) collection.

I love the way this page came out and I hope you do too!

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For my¬† PL Spread, I took on somewhat of the same approach as I did in my layout. I used some of the cloud punches as well as some of the leftover triangle pieces from my LO. I cut some of the “Oh My Heart” papers to 3×4 and 4×6 and simply used these as my cards. I also used a few pieces of the White Cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.

I used the black thickers from our PL Kit for the title card, and used lots of embellishments from the “Oh My Heart” Collection along with the Pinkfresh Studio Live More collection. Those Pinkfresh phrase/word stickers from our PL Kit HAVE to be my favorite embellishment pack in these kits!

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Don’t forget to check out my process video for my two projects!

XOXO

Ashley

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We hope you enjoyed this post, have a happy scrapping!
Envelope Pockets & DIY Embellishments Using February 2017 Hip Kits @abstractinspiration #ziniaamoiridou #cratepaper #maggieholmes #wrmk #hipkitclub

Envelope Pockets & DIY Embellishments

Hello Hip Kits fans! It‚Äôs Zinia here to my last project¬†using the February 2017 Hip Kits. I had so much fun using these kits and I created a bunch of different projects throughout the month but I’m really excited to start playing with the March kits as soon as possible.

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This layout was pretty hard for me. My first couple of ideas didn’t really work out so it took some time and experimentation to get here. If you are curious about the whole process, you can watch the process video bellow:

I really wanted to use my envelope punch board to create some pockets and fill them with the beautiful Oh my Heart cut apart specialty paper that came in the Paper Ad-on Kit. I measured the cut apart pieces I wanted to use and I created envelops in the closest size. Then I cut off the top flap and turned them into pockets.

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The embellishing part was much easier. I went for my go-to embellishment from this month’s kit, the butterflies. I also used a few florals from the Chasing Dreams sticker sheet that came in the Embellishment kit.

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I also used the Color Kit to create some DIY embellishments. I mixed the AcriTonez with some heavy gel, spread them through the stencil and fussy cut them to create some lovely geometric hearts.

(During the photoshoot, my little assistant did a thorough check to make sure everything was good)

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Before I go, I want to show you some more pages from my traveler’s notebook minibook for February.

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In some spreads I tried to keep things very minimalistic. When there was an item I really loved, I didn’t want to stuff it on a busy page. I preferred using it on a simple spread so that it’s on the spotlight.

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I really tried to implement as much stamping as possible. I really enjoy playing around with stamps in my traveler’s notebooks and this one is not exception. I absolutely adore the Oh my Heart stamp set that came in the Project Life kit.

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I also used some interactive elements like this file folder to “hide” a goofy photo of my boyfriend and his valentine’s date.

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When I’m working in my traveler’s notebook I always try to use the products that I wouldn’t normally use in my scrapbooking. ¬†For example I don’t often use washi tape and tags on my 12×12 pages, so I made sure to include them in my TN and use them up in my lovely notebook spreads.

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So these are my projects for today. I really hope you enjoyed them and you got inspired to create something with your February Hip Kits. Make sure to stop by the HKC Facebook page and the HKC Member Forum for even more inspiration.

Until next time, happy scrappingūüôā

Hello by Nicole Nowosad

Hey everyone! Nicole back on the blog today sharing one last page with the February Hip Kits! I used mainly the Main Kit on this page and challenged myself a little bit with this one.

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Truth is, I am a patterned paper person. I can’t even imagine a page without some patterned paper on it. Well, except now, I can. ¬†I only used one piece of patterned paper on this page and that was just for the base of the layout. For me – that is unusual as I am not a mixed media person with the ability to jazz up a simple sheet of paper into an artistic creation!

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Instead, I used ephemera as my jumping point. Sometimes you just need to let the kit do the work for you – in this case, it was the Crate Paper Chasing Dreams Ephemera Pack that did the work for me.

The great thing about using an ephemera pack like this – it all just goes. The guess work is totally removed from the whole layout planning process and you can just play!

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To see how my page came together, I created this process video for you! Sit back and enjoy!

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