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