Embrace your inner artist!

I have a question…”Do you feel like getting messy?”. Today my answer was….yes! And this page was the result! Yeah!

Memories by Kim Watson


Inspired by one of the July 2016 PL kit journal cards, I decided to tap into my inner artist! The mist & paints from the July 2016 Color kit  & triangle stencil from the June 2016 Color kit were perfect to achieve the look I saw in my head.


Using an old credit card, I first gessoed the background. Once dry I used the same credit card & applied teal paint. After that I added lime Shimmerz mist & yellow paint, creating an artsy, blended & layered look. Orange ink, applied with a sponge through the June stencil left a scattering of triangles around the page…just GORGEOUS!!


Layers really help this page look amazing. I used paper pieces & journal cards to do this. Ephemera die cuts & puffy stickers make the cutest photo corner & little Lawn Fawn silver plusses added understanded twinkle.



The Bella Boulevarde die-cut chipboard title looked too white on the page, so I painted it too. A little Shimmerz yellow with water was a simple way to ombre the title with fabulous results!


When adding my photo, I tried a double exposure effect by printing x2 of the same image & offsetting it slightly. It really works with the trendy vibe of the page.

I sure hope you like this layout as much as I do…I urge you to crack open your color kit & get messy, you might be pleasantly surprised with the results, just like I was .

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Today was totally fun | Christin Grønnslett

Hello everyone, Christin here today to share with you my first layout with the August 2016 kits.  Today I have a little confession…. I needed 6 tries to make the background for this layout….. This is for all you guys out there struggling with mixed media, I too can feel your pain.

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 In the end I ended up with a light background in colors that I liked using the August 2016 Color Kit with the Prima Oil Pastel.   The difference is perhaps that I keep on trying until I am happy. I don’t throw the other backgrounds in the trash, I keep them for later, usually they can be salvaged and improved – often using lots of gesso and stencils – a little bit what I have done here.   I can tell you what some of the problems that happened to me is that the colors didn’t blend well in the sense that the colors were too far apart on the color chart or that I mixed too many colors.   It’s much easier to make the color transition work if you have colors that blends more seamlessly.

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There are different techniques to use with oil pastels, and I can say that one of them I DON`T use is scribble on the paper with the oil pastel and then mix with water, then I never get it all mixed and I end up with a darker spot in the middle like this so I mix the colors before I add them to my background paper. Here is an example. This is because I use watercolor paper as my background, but if you use cardstock and enough gesso it’s easier to use your finger and smudge before you add water.

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If you don’t have any nice trays (like ice cube trays or other trays) just use the plastic leftover from embellishments in the kit – they are perfect for this. So don’t throw away any plastic in kits, they are all great for transfering color to your background.

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The August 2016 kits is full of both soft colors and black that gives you the choice of either just using the soft colors or making a statement and going for all the black pieces in the kits from Dear Lizzy/American Crafts and Crate Paper.  

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On to the topic of my layout… Anyone else bit by the Pokemon Go bug ?? I tried very hard to keep my kids unaware of this since my oldest phone is too old to install it on, but after seeing friends he just had to and here the kids are on of our little trips to visit different local Pokestops at Verdens Ende (a place called The End of the World). The kids really wanted to go see things, not that we haven’t gone hiking earlier – the kids walked up to a spot at over 1800 meters. (without Pokemon go….)  

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For the title I mixed different material – chipboard, wood and acetate. When I have lots of mixed media and different layers with different colors I sometimes like to add a neutral background under the acetate so you really can see the title – it might otherwise get a little lost.

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Explore | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you today to share my last layout using the July 2016 Main and Add-On Hip Kit Club kits! My August kits finally arrived this morning just in time for the weekend!


I love a good sunburst design so I pulled out the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness paper and used it for the top half of my layout. I added some of the blue from the blue ombre paper designed by Kim Watson to the middle part and then used the light Kraft from the July 2016 cardstock add-on kit….this way it replicated the sun, water and sand…just like at the beach!  and so I decided to draw the eye in by adding some of the exclusive word and phrase stickers to some of the rays of the sun paper.


My theme for this week is to focus on stickers, I decided to draw the eye in by adding some of the exclusive word and phrase stickers to some of the rays of the sun paper. I thought this was a cool way to use up some of those small little bits and pieces we have laying around in our kits!

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This photo was the perfect colours to document using these products as the clothes my son is wearing, match the colours in the kit perfectly! I backed the photo with one of the exclusive project life cards from the July 2016 Project Life kit and layered some other pieces of exclusive ephemera also.

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Adding the large embellishments like the Pink Paislee/Paige Evans Fancy Free wood pieces tied everything together across my layout. I am super happy with how this turned out…why not give your next layout a try using the sunburst paper up the top?!

Thanks so much for joining me on the Hip Kit Club blog today!

See you next week! Happy creating!



August kit GDT: The talented Claudia van Rooijen

Please join us in welcoming our uber talented, August kit Guest Designer, Claudia van Rooijen, to our blog today. We are super excited to showcase her amazing talent not only through her paper craft projects but also her graphic design.  If you didn’t already know, Claudia designed our August 2016 Hip Kit Club exclusive ephemera pack & clear stickers. Aren’t they just gorgeous?! For her full bio see the bottom of this post.

So Cute by Claudia van Rooijen


Hello everyone! It’s Claudia here with you today and I’m so very excited to share the first layout I made using the gorgeous August 2016 kits. I absolutely adore these kits and it was so hard deciding on what to use first since everything is so pretty. One of the things that instantly caught my eye as I was going through the kits, was the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life Die Cut Tags from the Color Kit. I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with them yet, but I knew that I wanted to use them somehow. There’s a lot of ways you can use these but I thought it would look really cool to mount a piece of paper behind it. I ended up going through the Project Life Kit and saw this gorgeous 4×6 card designed by Kim Watson. I absolutely love the way that looked because it instantly added a lot of color to my layout. From that same kit I cut out that beautiful black and white floral out of one of the cards. I decided to leave it as it was and not color it. I’m also using a black and white photo because I love the contrast between black and white and lots of color. I also added some enamel dots to the die cut tag to make them look like florals.


I also added quite a few of the puffy stickers which came in the Main Kit. I didn’t know if I would like these butterflies at first, but I thought they looked really cute on this layout.


I was lucky enough to design some exclusive ephemera pieces for the Embellishment Kit this month so I added a few pieces from that pack as well.


To finish off the layout I added some gold splatters using the Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine from my stash.

Happy Birthday card by Claudia van Rooijen


I also made a quick birthday card using these gorgeous thickers from the Main Kit. They are a part of the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection and I love how they’re black and white with polkadots. I never make anything other than 12×12 layouts so I just decided to keep it simple, sometimes less is more and that’s exactly what I did with the card. I added a few clear stickers from the sticker book in the Project Life Kit this month to decorate it just a little bit. The clear white stickers look really amazing on top of a colored piece of background paper.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects and I will be back with more next week!


My name is Claudia van Rooijen and I’m from the Netherlands, though currently living in Denmark with my boyfriend. I spend most of my days learning the language and since January I have been designing my own printable/digital collection which I sell in my Etsy shop so that has kept me quite busy too. Most of the things I love have something to do with being creative but I also really enjoy going outside for a nice walk or bike ride. I’m very excited for the opportunity to be a guest designer for Hip Kit this month and look forward to sharing my projects with you!

Find Claudia here: Instagram : Facebook : Youtube : Pinterest : Blog


Love You | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, Raquel here today with a new layout featuring the July kits. My post for today has a focus on ephemera. So today I am going to share a little tip with you on how I  create my own ephemera using the Project Life kits.

But first, to create this layout I have used the August sketch and August cut files.

Here is the sketch:

August 2016 Sketch

I just loved the design of the  sketch this month. The diagonal, the banners and central positioning of everything is just such a nice design that I was itching to create a layout using it. The photo I am documenting is one of my little man who has a recent obsession with my iPad. It has become a daily struggle with my son and daughter who gets to play the iPad. We have a rule that my daughter gets to play it when my son has his afternoon nap and my son gets to play it in the evening after his nap. I wanted to document how he enjoys playing it and the battles we have on this layout. loveyou-jack-logo

As I mentioned earlier my theme for today is all about ephemera. I get the Project Life kit each month and because I don’t project life as such I challenge myself to use the cards in some way. On this layout I decided to cut out and make my own ephemera from the 3×4″ cards which I will explain in more detail below. loveyou-jack-desk

In the cluster to the left of the photo is a globe. The globe was cut from one of the cards and adhered to the page with a foam adhesive. I finished the globe with the captured tag from the ephemera pack. I also cut a heart from one of the August cut files and one of the exclusive papers to use as a layer in the cluster.


The love you was cut from some black card stock in my stash and an August cut file too. I love the contrast of black on this page with the soft blue and pops of yellow. loveyou-jack-2

The Becky Higgins chipboard coordinated well with the colours in this layout too. I added a puffy arrow to direct your attention to the typed strip journalling. loveyou-jack-3

The floral die cut was also cut from one of the exclusive papers. I am not afraid to add florals to a boy page. I think this cut file still compliments the page well and I love how it looks. I added a touch of texture to the page using the Color kit stencil and some Faber Castell whipped spackle. The yellow heart is also a cut file which I have added some stitching through the middle. loveyou-jack-4

The hello good times tab was actually on one of the 3×4 cards too.  I used my We R Memory Keepers tab punch to punch it out. I must remember to keep that punch out on my desk as it was a quick and easy way to customise an embellishment for my layout. loveyou-jack-5The photo was added to the page with a foam sheet to add dimension also. loveyou-jack-6

Using a similar design to the sketch I also created a card using my scraps from the layout. I used a die cut heart and a couple of the exclusive puffy stickers too. So fun and a nice eye catching design. hellocard

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Did you see the release of the September kits? I think they have to be my favourite kits ever! Cannot wait to play with them. Be sure to check them out in the store if you haven’t seen them yet. Raquel Bowman


OH what FUN – BEA Valint


Hey, friends! BEA back with you today, and I have a new layout featuring the 2016 July Hip Kits! The moment I opened my July kit, I knew one of my layout I wanted to make would be on this gorgeous Sunset Blush paper! I just adore that gradient so much, it gets me a sweet summet feeling!


For this week my brief was ‘Supersize it’, so I started my layout with stitching a big boat in the middle of the page. My sons love sailing and every sea sports. They spended all our summer vacation on the board! I filled the stitching with the dotted Fancy Free patterned paper. I could use differents sizes of the paper for the sails and for the boat.


I created a cluster to the left of the page. To do this I combined a HKC exclusive ephemeras with puffy stickers and Bella Blv. Chipboards. Just perfect!


My second project is a card I created from the beautiful ‘Painted Dreams’ exclusive patterned paper.  I decided to cut some hearts out of the paper randomly, and look, how beautiful are they!!! Once I cut them out, I arranged them in the middle of my card and sew on a piece of wellum. I add my title by using the shiny AC glitter stickers. I just love how it turned out!


Thanks so much for stopping by the Hip Kit Club blog today!


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Hi Girls! It’s Flóra here with a new layout. Today I focus on titles. I used almost all the Bella Blvd. – Chipboard Words from July Main Kit on the left side of my layout. On the right side of the page I used the Pink Paislee – Fancy Free – Paper 04 and lots of embellishments.

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I really love the HCK Exclusive – Color Me Happy – Puffy Stickers -designed by Kim Watson, specially the black words. These come from the July Embellishment Kit.

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I adhered also few of the Project Life – High Five Chipboard Embellishments from July Project Life Kit. They have such a fun design.

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I placed some puffy polka dots between the white titles to connect the two pattern papers.

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I hope you like my page. Thanks for stopping by! Have fun!


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Tips on Using Lots of Layers | Adrienne Alvis

Hello everyone! I’m here today sharing a few of my favorite tips and tricks on how to add layers to your pages. Luckily, there are so many great items in the August 2016 Hip Kits to make this process easier and a lot more fun, so let’s get started!


To begin with, you have to think about layers being more than just paper or ephemera pieces added to your page. When I create my pages, I mentally use a layer breakdown of color, patterned paper, photos, embellishments, and miscellaneous items such as machine stitching or paint. For this layout I gathered some of the items that I wanted to use and started by choosing some Coloringz spray ink in Pink Stiletto from Shimmerz (available in the June 2016 Color Kit) and lightly misted some of it onto the patterned paper that I chose to use for my background. So far that’s already two layers that I’ve used from my list above!


Next, I used some of the Prima Oil Pastels and one of the die cut tags from Amy Tangerine (both available in the August 2016 Color Kit) to create a color coordinating embellishment for my page. I simply rubbed the oil pastels on the tag and then used my water brush to blend the colors. Once the die cut tag was dry, I placed it under the left photo on my page to see if I liked it’s placement, which brings me to my next layering tip…don’t be afraid to layer photos on top of each other like I did on this page. I printed my photos off at 3×3 and 2×3 so the right one would fit nicely on top of the left one, covering up some of the white space in the photo. I mounted the right photo using some foam tape adhesive which is a great way to add even more dimension to your page and create an extra layer.


After I committed to my photo placement, I started choosing ephemera pieces from the HKC exclusive ephemera pack, available in the August 2016 Embellishment Kit and started tucking them under, around, and on top of my photos. I also used dimensional foam adhesive for many of these ephemera bits as well because I love how it helps add some extra depth and dimension (just make sure you like the placement of something before you commit to adhering it down!). I also cut a piece of the American Crafts Saturday collection patterned paper from the August 2016 Paper Kit at 3×4 and slipped it under the photo on the right to add even more color contrast to my page and thus creating another layer.


Another tried and true layering tip that I like to utilize is to overlap the words in my title like I did in the photo below. I used the ephemera “hello” piece and placed the “adventure” phrase from the Dear Lizzy Saturday Hello Thickers sheet (available in the August 2016 Main Kit) and overlapped it slightly on top of the “hello” piece. I also placed several of the My Mind’s Eye Hooray enamel dots from the August 2016 Project Life Kit and the Crate Paper Cute Girl small embellishment pack enamel dots around my page, creating yet another layer of color and dimension.


Ok, so let’s review everything we’ve learned about layers!

  1. Use items such as spray ink, machine stitching, and embellishments to layer instead of just paper.
  2. Don’t be afraid to overlap your photos and titles!
  3. Use foam adhesive to lift up certain pieces on your page.
  4. Don’t be afraid to cover ephemera and die cut bits up using other embellishments.
  5. Have fun and make sure you like the placement of something before you adhere it to your page!

Well I hope I’ve given you lots of information on layering and some inspiration on how to use your August 2016 Hip Kits! Thanks so much for joining me today!

Adrienne Alvis Graphic


September 2016 Hip Kit Reveal!!!

Hip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)
CLICK HERE to join!
Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95

Products Included:

  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Jane Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Moments Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Melody Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Kindred Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Kate Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – You & Me Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Saturday – City Lights Paper
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Posh – Dream Big Paper
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Posh – Laugh Lots Paper
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Blessed Thickers
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Ephemera
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studio – Indigo Hills – Navy Puffy Alphabet Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studio – Indigo Hills – Wood Veneer Paper Clips
  • 1 pkg. – Simple Stories – Posh – Decorative Brads

Project Life
Hip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)
CLICK HERE to join!
Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Hip Kit Club subscribers can purchase individual Project Life Kits for the member price. ($29.95)

Products Included:

  • 24 HKC – Exclusive Project Life Cards – designed by Kimberly Hutchison (NOT SHOWN)*
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Gold Puffy Alphabet Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Saturday – Wood Veneer Words
  • 1 pkg. – Simple Stories – Posh – Bits & Pieces
  • 1 pkg. – Simple Stories – Posh – Enamel Dots
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Fresh Studios – Indigo Hills – Chipboard Hearts
  • 1 pkg. – HKC Exclusive Die Cut Labels – designed by Kimberly Hutchison (NOT SHOWN)*

*Our image including the HKC Exclusive Project Life Cards & Die Cut Labels will be updated by Friday, August 19th.

Price:  $27.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases

Products Included:

  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Chipboard Accents
  • 3 pieces – Crate Paper – Cute Girl – Tassels
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Mixed Embellishments
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Gold Phrase Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Together Thickers
  • 1 pkg – Simple Stories – Posh – Totally Chic Washi Tape

Price:  $14.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases

Products Included:

  • 1 each – Echo Park – Mini Leaves 6×6 Stencil
  • 1 jar – Anchors Away Shimmerz Paint
  • 1 jar – Great Fruit Creameez Paint


Price:  $12.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases

Products Included:

  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Jane Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Moments Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Melody Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Kindred Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – Kate Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Gather – You & Me Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Saturday – City Lights Paper
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Posh – Dream Big Paper
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Posh – Laugh Lots Paper

Price:  $11.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases

Products Included:

  • 4 sheets – American Crafts – White Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – Flamingo Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – Bubbles Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – Stargaze Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – Fountain Cardstock

I love right now…

Loving life, loving these kits, loving to document! I love right now….

I’m back with two new projects using the August 2016 Hip Kits! Yay!!! I. Seriously. Love. These. Kits!

I started with a white background and focused on the sketch designed by Ashley Horton—it’s brilliant!


I started by trimming my papers and then cut a fishtail banner at the end of each one. I then placed my papers going diagonally across the page. The papers I used were Amy Tangerine “Oh Happy Life” and Dear Lizzy “Saturday.” I (very roughly) sewed the top of these banners and then placed my photo (with lots of layers) right on tip.

I used the Amy Tangerine Thickers from the Main Kit for my title and then began to layer ephemera (from the Main Kit) right around my layers. I added a few butterflies from the “Cute Girl” collection that came in our Embellishment Kit. In addition, I used a recent learned technique of placing clear stickers onto white cardstock so that they instantly become ephemera–The clear stickers I used were from the Project Life Kit and they are designed by Amy Tangerine.

Lastly, I added some india ink because why not?

I hope y’all love this one!

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Here is my process video for this project!


For my second project, I created a PL spread documenting Week 5 of 2016. Ok, I’m a little behind but at least I’m trying, right? I used PL cards from our PL Kit and I have to admit, I went a little crazy with those Black Clear Stickers by Dear Lizzy (Saturday)–those came in our Embellishment Kit.

I then added a few ephemera pieces, as well as Cute Girl puffy stickers, and a sweet little bow clip.

This one was a blast to create!!!


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Here is the process video for my PL Spread!




Ashley Fowler