Fun with Ephemera…and Froyo | Andrea Bethke

Hi Everyone! It’s Andrea again, and today we will be having some fun with ephemera and the July Hip Kit Club kits! First, let’s talk a little about ephemera. I love ephemera! I am always using ephemera in my scrapbooking.


There are a few different kinds of ephemera. There is the kind that you get from the places you go…like a ticket from a movie you went to, a map from Disneyland, a menu from your fave restaurant, that sort of thing. Then there is the kind you collect that reflects the things you like to do and your style…like me, I like to collect vintage ephemera like antique and retro Valentines Day and Christmas cards, and also vintage Disney ephemera. And then there is the kind of ephemera that comes in a scrapbook collection. This is a kind of “faux” ephemera, if you will, but I love it just as much as the other kinds and it is always the embellishment in a scrapbook collection or kit that I find myself using the most! I was super excited this month to see that both the July Main Hip Kit and the Project Life Kit had exclusive ephemera packs in them!


So today I want to share with you a scrapbook layout and a pocket page that I made for my project life album using lots of ephemera! I wanted to document a recent trip my hubby and I made to our fave Froyo place! I wanted to use ephemera from both of the July kits and a couple pieces of actual ephemera from the Froyo place. Project Life albums are a perfect place for your ephemera — they help complete the story of your daily life along with your pictures.


Anyways, I wanted to use the different kinds of ephemera in different ways. As you can see, some I used like stickers, some I clustered up, some I doodled on, and some I layered. I decided to add some stitching to some of my ephemera layers and clusters too.


And, as you can see, I also did some hand stitching on my page with a large heart embellishment I made, with some criss-crossed blue thread and a piece of the Bella Blvd patterned paper from the kit, in order to reflect the “good life” ephemera in the adjoining pocket page.



I layered some of the exclusive Hip Kit ephemera up underneath a picture on my layout to show you how ephemera can also be used as a kind of mat for your pics.


The ephemera in the kits can be used flat, or you can pop them up to add more dimension, like the little ephemera flower on my page that I popped up with foam dots on top of a button to make a really cool, dimensional embellishment.


I also want to point out how I used my “found” ephemera as well — as you can see, I used the little “Mickey’s Froyo” advertisement by just slipping it into a pocket. I added the “oh what fun” ephemera piece from the exclusive ephemera pack in the main kit and a little bow paperclip from the kit to just add some more interest to my found ephemera.


And for the small “Mickey’s Froyo” card, I just added it to my exclusive Hip Kit Project Life journaling card (where I wrote my fave froyo flavors) with another one of those cute bow paperclips from American Crafts. This way, it is easily removeable — a kind of interactive element in your project life album. I hope that I have inspired you to use some ephemera in your Project Life Scrapbooking today and that you will have as much fun with the exclusive Hip Kit July ephemera packs as I did!

Andrea Bethke

June Highlights | Amy Challis

Hi everyone, it’s Amy here sharing my Project Life pages for this week! At the end of every month I scrap, I like to include some monthly highlights or note some things that characterised that month. Sometimes I include photographs of special purchases, a new favourite food or a new habit or hobby. It’s a great way to use up those extra photographs that didn’t fit into other layouts and bring the month to a close.

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I started by choosing some cards from the July Project Life Kit, picking those with white backgrounds to balance out some of my busier photographs. Because I was working with 3×4 pockets, I cut three of the 6×8 cards in half and arranged everything on the page so that the photos and journaling would be evenly spread. I printed my journaling directly into the blue and green card by running it through my printer. I usually print onto white card stock, but I thought the third page could do with a little more colour!

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Next, I used the HKC Exclusive Vellum Washi Stickers to decorate one of the cards from each page. I trimmed each strip down and stuck two or three pieces along one side of each card so that they slightly overlapped. I love how the stickers are partly translucent making them great for layering! On top of the washi strips, I added Project Life High Five Chipboard Elements, Amy Tangerine Better Together Rubber Charms and HKC Exclusive die cuts.

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To embellish the other cards and photos, I used an assortments of items from the July Embellishment Kit and July Project Life Kit. The Crate Paper She Blooms Gold Glitter thickers made the title really pop and I used HKC Exclusive Puffy Stickers and Project Life Gold Rub-On phrases to add the finishing touches. Another handful of pages completed quickly and easily thanks to this month’s Hipkits!

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy scrapping everyone!

Amy Challis

July kit Guest Designer: Zsoka Marko

Please join us in welcoming our creative, July kit Guest Designer to our blog today, Zsoka Marko. We are super excited to showcase her amazing & super colorful projects using the gorgeous July kits & cut-files. For her full bio see the bottom of this post.

Hi there scrappy friends, Zsoka here with you today to share my first projects as a guest designer for Hip Kit Club using the 2016 July Hip Kits! I am so excited and honored to be here! Thank you Kimberly and Kim for the opportunity!

I don’t know about you but I have a weird process when it comes to my Hip Kits. Normally I always work on one project, but when I receive my Hip Kits, they are so full of goodies that I have no idea what to start with. Then I pick something, start working and about half an hour in, another idea comes to my mind…then another…Not to forget them, I start on those projects too. So I work on about 3 layouts at the same time!

Explore Lausanne by Zsoka Marko


I started off with Kim’s house cut file but this layout actually ended up being the 3rd I finished because it just didn’t want to come together. I cut it from kraft card stock because I never use kraft and wanted to do something different. I backed the file with one of the exclusive papers that had different color rectangle shapes on it. But the whole thing turned out too pastel for my taste, and I can’t handle pastel. There. I said it. I love my bright colors!


So after I finished another two layouts, I started with the house cut file from scratch. I cut it from white card stock this time and then painted it with different Shimmerz paints from this month’s and previous months’ color kits. Then I sewed it onto another exclusive paper with the most amazing water color print on it. I raised the middle square (I modified the cut file to have a solid square in the middle which you cannot really tell from the photos), I put several layers of papers and Project Life cards there, some on pop dots so that my photos stand out more.


I also did some machine stitching there. Then added different embellies from the gorgeous exclusive ephemera pack and the Project Life chipboard stickers. I also used a Pinkfresh Studio stamp from my stash to add some black accents. For my title I used a die cut from the ephemera pack and those fabulous lime green alpha thickers (lime green is my favourite color so I was pretty happy when I saw them in the kits!).



For my smaller projects I decided to create some really quick cards that somehow match my layouts, either in colors, or topic.

Enjoy card by Zsoka Marko


There were 3 houses in the ephemera pack so it was kind of obvious that I’d go with those for my card! I used white card stock for the base, then glued a scrap piece of paper in the middle. I punched some circles for the background, did some machine stitching, and added my houses. Some I put on pop dots, because I don’t like flat designs so much. For the title I used another die cut from the ephemera pack (also popped up) and added 2 pieces of chip boards, et voila! Possibly the quickest card I have ever made!


Together by Zsoka Marko


For the second layout I am sharing today I welded a circle with the middle of Ashley’s heart cut file. If you know my work, you know how much I love circles…I then backed it with that beautiful water color paper I used as a background for my houses too, to back my cut file and then did a bit of machine stitching again. I put the circle on pop dots so it stands out. I also wanted to use the chevron cut file from Ashley, but instead of cutting them as solid chevrons, I wanted only the outlines so I could back them with different papers.


Then I arranged them around my circle. Again, I layered some PL cards, papers and one of the Heidi Swapp frames behind my photo to give it a bit of height. For my title I chose a chipboard word from Bella Blvd, rubbed some gelatos on it (I saw this technique done by Missy first and I can’t stop using it, it’s so pretty!!!). It didn’t stand out from the background so I doodled on it with a black pen.


I normally go with a lot of embellishments on a layout but here I only used a chipboard sticker and a die cut from the ephemera pack. I’m only noticing this now that I’m looking at the photo ha!

Go See Do card by Zsoka Marko


For my card going with this layout I used a white card stock base again. Then I adhered another piece of white card stock on it, which I previously sprayed with some Shimmerz from the June color kit.



I then used the scrap pieces of chevrons I had left from my layout (see, not throwing away anything!), did some machine stitching and added my title for which I used the exact same technique as for my layout. Another quick and easy card!

Hope you like my first projects! Stay tuned for more! Thanks for stopping by! X

A little bit about our creative guest designer:

I’m Hungarian but have been living in Germany for almost 12 years with my Dutch boyfriend and our 7-year-old son. I’ve been crafting all my life but scrapbooking I only started early 2015 after my disc surgery to take my mind off of the constant nerve pain (still there to this day). I haven’t stopped since! I hope this craft will finally stick with me for good unlike the others!

At the moment I am honored to be on the Scrapbook Werkstatt, The Cut Shoppe and Scrap Our Stash Design Teams and I also have guested for Pink Paislee and Shimelle, and have been featured in Scrapbook Expo.



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Say yes | Anna Komenda

Hello. It’s Anna here. I want to show You today two projects created with June 2016 kits.

First project – layout – was inspired by one of the Irit pages. She used exclusive june cut files designed by Andrea Bethke. I also wanted to use those flowers in one of my pages.


I used craft cardstock from Cardstock Kit as a base of my layout. I cut the flowers using Silhouette Cameo and glued them to my base. I covered it with a thin layer of gesso and painted with watercolors. It was really fun and easy process.


I used gorgeus paper with grid patterns from Fance Free collection to create a composition around my flowers. You can find this paper in Main Kit.


I used small square pictures because I didn’t want to cover my background (as I planned before I painted the flowers). I used few Fancy Free buttons  and rubber shapes from “Bloom” collection from Crate Paper. They both came with Embellishment Kit.


I also picked few ellements from Project Life ephemera pack from Embellishment Kit. My title “Say yes” is from Dear Lizzy Watercolor Die Cut Phrases from Main Kit. I decided to leave it as it was, becasue I didn’t want it to compete with roses.


Enamel dots from Project Life Kit and Gold Foil Stickers from Embellishment Kit were my final touch with this page.

You can watch whole process in the video 🙂


My second project for today are two cards. I created them with leftovers of Fance Free paper.  They are both similar, with the same type of composition. The pink one has a Polish inscription “Happy birthday” and the dotted one is also perfect for birthdays. I reached for some exclusive ephemeras from Main Kit designed by Kim Watson.

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That’s all for today. I hope I inspired You a little bit and see You next week on Facebook.

XO Anna

Anna Komenda

Creating a Big & Bold Title

Happy Thursday, friends!  Missy back with you, and I have another layout to share using the 2016 July Hip Kits.  I was inspired this week by those adorable little round exclusive acrylic pieces.  I wanted to use them like confetti, and so I decided to scrap these fun summer photos that coordinated with the acrylic pieces.  I stuck with a mostly blue & pink color scheme with some light oranges & yellows added in.  I used only two pieces of patterned paper — both beautiful exclusive papers from the Main & Paper Kits.  I created the word “sunshiny” in my Silhouette software using the Alleana font, cut it out, backed it with paper and then hand-stitched around it using four different colors of embroidery thread.  I did a small bit of watercoloring around the photos using Shimmerz Jeni B Bleu and some plastic packaging.  The rest is lots of embellishments, including a fussy cut camera from one of the Project Life Kit cards.
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Here you can see the stitching detail.  This is such a fun way to add texture and interest to your layout. It does take some time ,but the end result is worth it.  I added some of those gorgeous gold glitter Thickers to complete my title.  I also added a few of the Becky Higgins gold rub-ons & chipboard pieces as well as some Pink Paislee wood veneer pieces.
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I’ve been waiting for just the right layout to use these Paige Evans Fancy Free glitter wood veneer.  This spot was perfect for the arrow.  It fit perfectly right here.  Here you can also see those cute acrylic circles, the fussy cut camera, the chipboard & exclusive die cut and the spray ink on the background.
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How adorable is this exclusive flair from the Embellishment Kit?!  It was the perfect piece for this area.  I added a die cut tab to the photo as well as some bright pink tangled thread.  For an added layer under the photos, I used the exclusive stencil from the Color Kit and three Shimmerz sprays.  I fussy cut some of the design out and used it a s subtle layer.
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Again, I was waiting for the perfect layout to use this awesome giant wood veneer button.  This was it!  I also fussy cut that paint stroke out from a PL card.  I also added another arrow rub-on, a small word die cut and an enamel heart.
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I fussy cut this gorgeous pink flower from one of Kim Watson’s exclusive patterned papers.  I also added a piece of the exclusive washi tape which has the greatest consistency.  That cute frame is from the exclusive die cut pack.
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Here’s one last look at the title and stitching.  I love creating large titles like this and working the photos & embellishments around it.
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Here’s my process video if you’re interested in watching how I created this layout.  I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day!
Missy Whidden

Plan your life before it Plans you!

Hi there planner girls! It’s Cara here to keep you organised and planning your best future!


Remember that planning is more than soccer games, meetings and what’s on the menu this week. Don’t forget to plan in your dreams, that means plotting out time to work towards what is in your heart and what you want your future to hold, so don’t forget to schedule that in.

Here I’ve used the planner perfect method to set my intentions for these days, highlighting what I really want these days to include.


I used the exclusive die cuts by Kim Watson from the July Main kit and the washi strips from the July Project Life kit. The clip is simply a flair button from the July Embellishment kit hot glued to a paperclip and a circle punch to cover up the clip.


I was pleasantly surprised to see the ‘oh what fun’ die cut in that exclusive pack, because I’ll be cranking the Christmas carols and working hard this week on a Christmas planner class, so it was the perfect touch right below where I wrote about setting the mood to work on this class.

thursdayAt the end of each month I will go back and review how things went and how I did with my progress towards my goals and dreams. It has really kept me motivated because we tend to concentrate on what we haven’t got done. But going back and looking at what I’ve actually accomplished in a month alwyas amazes me and fuels me forward.

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I made this spread at the beginningof July with the June kits.


I use routines to help make sure my day goes as smoothly as possible leaving room in my day to squeak in a bit of time for myself, and work towards my goals and dreams.

Having it listed out keeps me on track until a new routine is set to memory.


Another helpful thing to have handy is a photo list for big events. I’ll stick one in my planner or purse when I go so that I can check it through out the day to make sure I get all the photos I’d love to take, and not miss the birthday boy with Grandpa or a candid shot of adults chatting (I love these ones, but I always forget because I focus too much on getting shots of the children). You can use these for a summer, vacation, school year photo list or anything else you’d like, it doesn’t just have to be for a one day event.


These little reminders were made with the June Project life kits except for the the puffy stickers and die cut which are from the June Embellishment kit. The same pink camera is printed onto the card, but I added the puffy sticker version to add a little spunk 😉

I hope I’ve given you some ideas to make your day run a little smoother.

Happy Planning!

Cara Vincens-2

Monthly Planner Spread and Project Life Page

Hello Hip Kit fans! Anita here today to share how I used the July 2016 kits to create a monthly planner spread and a new page for my Project Life album. I love that there are so many versatile products in the Hip Kits each month and they can be used for so many different types of projects. This month I pulled a few items from the Project Life Kit and Embellishment Kit to dress up my monthly planner spread. I use my monthly spread as an overview and quick reference of what’s going on throughout the month so I chose some fun embellishments to make our special events and appointments pop off the page. I used the exclusive washi tape strips from the Project Life Kit to block off days for travel and also used them as decorative elements at the top of the spread. I then used the Amy Tangerine enamel hearts (also from the Project Life Kit) to mark off appointments and events throughout the month. Finally, I added a scalloped die cut as a decoration at the top and several exclusive Hip Kit puffy stickers throughout the calendar. Here’s how it turned out:

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I also used the July 2016 Hip Kits to create a new page for my Project Life album. I pulled together some fun photos of me and my husband that were taken earlier this month and decided to use them as the main focus for my page. I then chose one of the exclusive patterned papers from the Paper Kit and cut it up into squares for my pocket page. I also cut and added one of the cards from this month’s Project Life Kit that coordinated well with the rest of the spread. I absolutely LOVE the Project Life High Five chipboard embellishments by American Crafts this month and knew I wanted to use them on this page. So, I used a lot of them in the various pockets and love how they stand out on the page! The result is a fun page that I can’t wait to add to my Project Life album!

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Thanks for stopping by today and hope you are inspired to find fun, new ways to use the items in your kits on your projects. Have a great week and happy crafting!

Anita Patel

Adventure | Christin Grønnslett

Hello everyone. Christin here today to share with you my first layout with the July 2016 kits.  This summer we haven’t gone on big adventures. just smaller ones like going fishing and my grandma’s house (she is 94 years old and is still living at home )

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Sorry that I forgot to take a picture of my background, but I can explain a little what I did.  There are three different kinds of colors/paints in the kit (Shimmerz Paints and Dylusions Paints) and I just mixed them with water and together to get different shades of grey or keep the yellow to match the green grass in the photo. That way I felt the orange in the photo could stand out much more.  To get some contrast in my background I used distress ink with the Stencils in the July 2016 Color kit.

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When I do layers I like to either go tone on tone or create contrasts so the different layers don’t get lost.

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For my title I painted the white Bella Blvd title with black distress stains to get a more watercolor effect.

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A few more pictures. When I work with layers I often prefer to mix the different shapes, I don’t like to have all my layers square but mix with round edges, circles and other shapes to make it a little more interesting.

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Such Great Times | June 2016 Hip Kits | Tarrah McLean

Hi there everyone!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you today to share a layout using the awesome June 2016 Hip Kits including the Main Kit and Add-On Kits!

For this week, my brief was to use lots of layers so I decided that it might be cool to create a paper weave effect using the Fancy Free paper by Paige Evans/Pink Paislee that was in the Main kit!

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I cut the paper into strips about 6 inches long and began to intertwine them over and under and adhered them down to my chosen background paper, the exclusive notepaper one designed by Kim Watson.

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Staying with the layering brief for this week, I also used some of the exclusive project life cards and exclusive ephemera pieces for layering underneath my photo.

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I loved adding some of the HKC exclusive puffy stickers, the Heidi Swapp silver glitter puffy stickers and those ever so cute rubber charms from the Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes.

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I love how the paper weaving effect turned out and how the whole layout came together around it!

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

Tarrah McLean

July Guest Designer: The talented Janna Werner.

Hello everyone, Janna here. I am back with my 4th and last post as Hip Kit Club guest designer – time flies when you are having fun!

 In this last post I am sharing a layout and 2 gift boxes both featuring flowers and leaves. I have become quite obsessed with flowers while working with the June kit  🙂 Instead of cutting the out by hand, like I did with this layout, I used my beloved Big Shot and dies. But first things first…

 A True Story by Janna Werner


Lately there are so many great scrapbooking pages online that feature stitched circles. Sadly, my sewing machine broke a while ago and I weren’t able to fix it. I was lucky as my grandmother had one that she didn’t need anymore. Yay! When I started sewing on my projects with my new old Singer machine, I recognized how much I missed it.

 The inspiration for this layout came from the many great layouts I saw online, like the one from Anna Komenda, as well as from great paper flower projects I found on Instagram and Pinterest (make sure to check out that Pinterest board, it is worth it!).

I started by drawing a circle in the middle of white cardstock, then I stitched 3 circles. Afterwards I used the Big Shot (did I tell you how much I love it?!) to cut flowers and leaves from the Hip Kit Club June Kit papers, then I added a few more embellishments. As you can see, there is quite a lot of text on my layout – I decided to add it to the left bottom corner, but I think it would also look nice and maybe even cleaner, if the text was going from the left side of the layout to the right, highlighting the entire bottom part.

The photo… actually this is me 24 years ago (oh my, now that I have written this, I feel old!) at the age of 13. My family, a friend of mine and I went to U.S. and visited quite a few parks. There was one where you could wear these gorgeous dresses and they would take a picture of you. What you can’t see here is that the entire backside of the dress was open, only held by a few clips 😀 Like this, people could slip into the dress very quickly.

Flowery Gift Boxes by Janna Werner


Now let’s have a look at the gift boxes – again – those were created with dies plus Big Shot. I like both boxes a lot, but the blue makes me even happier. The green and pink color on the navy background – awesome! I don’t think I have to tell you that I used tons of dimensional dots on all my layouts, right? 🙂


Dear crafty friends, thank you so much for coming here and reading my last guest design post for Hip Kit Club – it has been a blast creating with this fantastic kit. I’d be happy, if you’d check out all my other projects too.

Thanks to Hip Kit Club for having me and the super Design Team for all their inspiration.




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