Butterfly dreams and Project Life/ Felicity Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello! Felicity here today with a project using the February 2017 kit. Now, if you have a phobia of butterflies, look away! Tee hee.. no, seriously, these butterflies are  so pretty. Tell me one person, who saw this sheet paper in the kit, from Crate Paper chasing dreams collection, who didn’t cut them out? Its hard not to right? So, I spent a l o t of time fussy cutting. My feet thanked me though, because I sat in the couch, all snug with my feet for a good few hours!

This layout turned out better than I expected. Its so pretty.

I didn’t do a lot of embellishments because it would conflict with the butterflies. Doesn’t mean I was tempted though. Of course layers under the photo don’t count! tee hee

I did add a few circle elements to carry that through from the photo of my daughter. That photo couldn’t be more perfect uh? My daughter had her first hair trim, shes nearly 2 and I was so worried she’d loose her curls, like most Mummy’s with a daughter with curly hair. But, guess what, it made it curlier.  The hair dresser giggled because as her hair was drying, it just sprang up so quickly. Curls are staying girl!

Anyways… side tracked… I wanted a photo of the back of her hair, so in order to get her to ‘stand still’ for just 5 seconds, I told her to look at the wall with the magnifier glass… it worked I got my photo and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So when I was looking for photos to go with my butterflies, i could not go past this one. Couldn’t be more perfect!
I wasn’t real sure where to add my journaling, so I decided to tuck it in the top as a layer.


Before you go here’s a Project life spread using the February 2017 Project life kit.

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Happy dreaming butterflies folks!

 

Let’s Get Painty: Layout Influenced by Art | Jessica Fabiano

Hello friends. Did you know that I love art? I am sure that some of you feel the same. During my studies at university I focused on abstract paintings and I sometimes let my love for art influence the way I scrap. Have you heard of informalism (Art Informel) or Abstract Expressionism? Perhaps you’d like artists like Bernhard Schulze, Michel Keck, or Britt Bass Turner to inspire you to pull out your paints and get started, too – because that’s what they do with me. Here’s the layout I created for today:

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The February 2017 Hip Kits are stuffed with gorgeous colors, patterns and a BUNCH of embellishment. I love paper  – but embellishment is what makes me roll. As you can see, I started off creating a bold painty background. The color add on of this month comes with the Shimmerz Paints Acritonez acrylic colors (magenta, white, blue). I mixed the white and magenta to achieve the pale pink look on the left side but added some red color to the magenta for the darker shades on the right side. This creates depth and interest. I tried not to let the colors blend as they were still wet on my surface – this is just a preference; blending makes it softer and more natural, not blending makes it bolder. I also prefer boldness in abstract art. It looks very easy but it requires a lot of practicing – I find that I often blend the colors more than I want to. I still have lots of room for improvement after so many years!

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Once my color was dry, I added white sandy texture paste using the gorgeous color add on stencil. Did you check the February downloads? Zinia’s gorgeous heart cut file was so much fun to use and matched the stencil perfectly. I cut it using a pale pink sheet of paper from the cardstock add on. I also added some pink mist on top of the heart to give it more depth. To make it a bit more interesting I backed random sections of the heart with Maggie Holmes’s Chasing Dreams paper. Then I added in the fun embellishments mainly from the Oh My Heart Puffy Stickers by Pink Paislee (Paige Evans) and also some of the Shimelle wood buttons. So so cute!

 

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I love those dynamical cyrcles that we can often find in abstract paintings – I used several shades of pink for this section of the layout. I also added a golden puffy fabric heart and a little phrase sticker.

 

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I love how the mint green pops on top of the pale pink. Those colors make me happy!

 

List of products I used for this layout:

  • Paper “Keepsake” – Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams) (Main Kit).
  • Wood Buttons – Shimelle (Little by Little)  (Main Kit).
  • Chipboard Sticker – Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams) (Main Kit).
  • Golden fabric puffy hearts – Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams)  (Main Kit).
  • Puffy Stickers – Pink Paislee/Paige Evans (Oh My Heart) (Project Life Kit).
  • Sticker Book Stickers – Pink Paislee/Paige Evans (Oh My Heart) (Project Life Kit).
  • Phrase Sticker – Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams) (Project Life Kit).
  • Acrylic Paints “Pinkadelic” – Acritonzes (Shimmerz Paints) (Color Kit).
  • Acrylic Paints “3 Sheets To The Wind” – Acritonez (Shimmerz Paints) (Color Kit).
  • 6×6 Stencil “Geometric Heart” – Echo Park (Color Kit).
  • Cardstock “Blush” – American Crafts (Cardstock Kit).
  • Cut File “Geometric Heart” by Zinia Amoiridou.
  • Color Shine Mist “Sweet Mint” – Heidi Swapp (Color Kit December 2016).
  • Gelatos (Bubble Gum, Passionfruit, Limoncello).
  • White texture Paste

 

I hope you’ve had some fun joining me today,

xox,

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DOCUMENTING WITH WARM TONES | JESSICA COLE

Hi there! It’s Jessica back today with a project life spread from my 2016 album. Today, I cracked open my February Project Life kit and fell in love with all the pinks, yellows, and oranges that were in my box. The colors go perfect for a Valentine’s day theme, but I decided to fill in some of my autumn gaps using these warm tones.

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This week documents the week I went to Seattle. I do have a mini traveler’s notebook that I made that covers this trip in more detail (you can see that project on Facebook here), but I always like to have a highlight spread in my project life album.

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I went back to my digital roots momentarily to print out my journaling on this card. I love that it has a little map in the background because it subtly speaks to the fact that I traveled this week. Or maybe that’s just a fun ink spot… I’m pretending it’s a map 🙂2017-02-19-hkc-jessicacole-03

I have a soft spot in my heart for anything brush stroke, so this ombre card was an immediate win. I wanted to add a bit of contrast to the spread, so I pulled out one of the BEAUTIFUL Maggie Holmes fringe butterflies from the Embellishment Kit and layered it on the card, along with a word strip from the same collection.

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Is there anything more goreous than fresh flowers at the market? I can’t think of anything right now. I embellished a few stickers directly on the photo, then used some washi strips from the Oh My Heart sticker book to back more word strips. To top off, I used a few Pink Fresh foam gold hearts to round out the gold in my layout.

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That’s it! Another week in the books! I loved that these warm tones will go perfect for February layouts, as well as any fall layouts you may be catching up on (like me!). I can’t wait to see how you use these colors in your spreads!

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All Smiles | Tiffany Medina

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Hey everyone! Tiffany here with a project using my December Hip Kits. This is another one of those Project Life spreads in my 12×12 spiral scrapbook. I’ve taken a liking to doing my PL spreads this way and honestly don’t miss the pocket pages at all. I don’t know what it is, but I have a seriously aversion to the pocket pages when it comes to a PL style album. I guess it’s cause I feel a bit restricted when making my layout. I like the effect of things overlapping each other.

Anyway, I worked in my 12×12 scrapbook. Now, I’m using this scrapbook to house all of my favorite things–I’m calling it “My Favorite Things” album–and am using some of my favorite photos that I’ve taken over the years. My aim is for this album to be light and fun, and not something that I need to constantly update but instead work in whenever I want.

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So I used up the remaining PL cards I had from the December Kit, along with cards I made from the papers in the Main kit. I used two papers from the Pink Paislee Take Me Away collection: the grid side from paper #22 and both sides from paper #4. I played around with the position of the cards until I found a really nice balance in color before I began laying out my photos.

For the photos, I stuck with the ones that had a lilac purple hue to them because I felt they matched the colors of this kit better. All of my cards are roughly 2×2 in size, which is a perfect fit to place them on the cards and layer them over paper. All of the photos are matted with either the lilac cardstock from American Crafts that came in the Cardstock add-on or that Take Me Away #4 paper.

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In the top row, I use two 3×4 cards and a 4×6 card. The first is the Hello card from the PL kit. The next is one of the Take Me Away #4 paper cards I made. I put one of my favorite feet photos on this card and embellished it with one of the phrases from the cut apart sheet included in the PL kit, layered on top of a strip of the aqua glitter tape from the Embellishment kit that I cut into a banner. I then place one of the Heidi Swapp Gold Puffy hexagon stickers from the PL kit and a pink Carta Bella enamel dot from the Embellishment kit to accent the banner off.

For the next card, I used the backside of the Take Me Away #4 as my base. I then took the Maggie Holmes Blossom paper from the Bloom collection, and cut out a few of the plus signs. I used them as X’s down the left side of the card. They sort of resemble colorful bandages. I then took the “Hello You” tag from the Take Me Away ephemera pack from the Main kit and placed it crookedly on the card. I layered my favorite photo of my dad at an angle on top, then embellished the whole thing with butterflies I punched out of the #4 paper and a few of the Carta Bella enamel dots. I love the ombre-ish effect the butterflies give to this card!

For the second row, I use four 3×4 cards. The first card is the grid side of the Take Me Away #22 paper. I simply place my photo matted on the lilac cardstock in the center and used one of the HKC exclusive arrow wood veneers along with one of the My Mind’s Eye gold acrylic bows to frame it. I did the exact same thing for the forth card in this row, in order to keep the balance.

The second and third card act as my journaling and title cards. I used that list card from the PL kit to list what each photo I used on this spread represents. I just covered the “Moments I don’t Want to Forget” title with one of the phrases from the cut apart sheet that reads “Just Because…” I also tucked the Details tab from the HKC exclusive die cut ephemera pack behind the car at the top. For my title card, I used the Amy Tangerine white foam phrase thickers to read “All Smiles” on top of a card I made from the #4 Take Me Away paper. I embellished this card with a few more of those butterflies I punched out of the same paper.

In the last row, I have one 4×6 card and two 3×4 cards. For the 4×6 card, I used the backside of the #4 Take Me Away paper to mirror the 4×6 card in the top row. I took the “#LoveYa” tag from the Take Me Away ephemera pack and cut it in half to use the top part tucked behind my photo. I placed it down on an angle on the left. I then took the craft jar ephemera piece from the same pack and placed it on the right. Again, I embellished the card with those pretty ombre butterflies I punched out, with a few of the Carta Bella enamel dots.

The 3×4 card next to it was from the PL kit and it reads “Just Keepin’ It Real.” And the final 3×4 card is the grid side of the #22 paper. I used the “#LoveYa” part of the tag as a tab coming from behind the photo I placed in the center of the card. I repeated the aqua glitter tape banner underneath the photo with a phrase cut apart piece layered on top that reads “Made Me Smile.” I accented it with a gold camera puffy sticker from Heidi Swapp. Repeating little accents like this really help to balance out a spread and I love how this one came out!

Products used: Hip Kit Club December 2016 Main KitDecember 2016 Embellishment Kit Add-on + December 2016 Project Life KitDecember 2016 Cardstock Add-on

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Pocket Pages in my Memory Planner | Tiffany Medina

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Hi everyone! Tiffany here with a spread in my 2017 memory planner. I’m using my Simple Stories Carpe Diem planner in Robin’s Egg Blue as my memory planner for the new year. This is a new system for me, as I used a Heidi Swapp Memory Planner last year, so I’m just finding my groove in this new planner. For my first week spread, I used bits from my December Hip Kits. I decorated my January dashboard and even incorporated a small 4×6 pocket page to add a bit of Project Life flair to my pages.

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For my dashboard–as well as my pages–I decided to add a bit of watercolor to the pages. I used my Prima watercolor palettes and used colors that matched the pretty papers of the kit. So lots of mint, pinks and purples. I dabbed a bit of watercolor on the bottom corner of my dashboard in order to give the page a bit of color without overdecorating it with paper and embellishments. In the top right hand corner, I covered the birthday section with a squared piece of the plus sign paper from Maggie Holmes Bloom collection. I wanted a little section on the top to write out the month, which I did with the Charming thickers from the Crate Paper Heart Day collection.

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I embellished the square on the top and bottom with little banners that I either cut from branding strips or used from the exclusive HKC die cut ephemera from the PL kit. On the bottom banner,  I added a strip of the American Crafts Teal glitter tape that I cut into a thin banner. On the top, I added a few phrase strips of the exclusive HKC cut apart sheet that read “Goodbye 2016” and “Hello 2017,”also from the PL kit. I embellished it with a Carta Bella enamel dot from the Embellishment kit and a gold puffy star sticker from Heidi Swapp that’s in the PL kit. I did the same on the bottom of the page over the small watercolor splotch. I layered a couple of banners and embellished with a phrase strip that says “Happy New Year!” and another enamel dot and gold puffy star sticker.

For my weekly pages, I began by adding a few watercolor splotches in lilac purple, mint and pink colors. I personally think I went a little overboard with the watercolors here, as I find them a bit harsh and wish I had left more white space, but you live and learn. Once I had that down and dried on my page, I took the branding strip from the HKC exclusive Sparkle paper from the Main kit and used it like washi tape along the bottom edge of my weekly inserts. On the bottom right page of my spread, I placed the pink sofa die cut from the Pink Paislee Take Me Away ephemera pack, layering a die cut from the exclusive HKC ephemera pack that reads “a perfect day!” on top of it.

With my base pages basically done, I began to play around with photo placement. I matted all of my little 2 inch photos on the American Crafts Lilac Cardstock, except for the four photos I used in the pocket pages. I placed my photos as close to the day of the week they were taken, as a few of them were from the same day. But I’m not too picky about where they go, as I know they are all from the same week.

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Once I knew where everything was going to go, I used a couple of branding strips and cut them into small banners to cover up the days of the week and replace them with my own. I only did this because my inserts had a Monday start to them, but January 1st was on a Sunday and I wanted to include that Sunday. I used the gold acrylic number stickers from the My Mind’s Eye Yes Please collection that’s in the Embellishment kit to number my days. It creates a bit of a bulk to my pages, so maybe not so ideal for planners, but I liked the look of them and used them anyway.

When I had my photos down and all the banners and dates in, I began embellishing. I used a few gold puffy stickers from the Heidi Swapp sticker sheet to accent a few of the photos, as well as a few of the phrase cut aparts from the exclusive HKC cut apart sheet. The pink “throwback” tab piece was from the Take Me Away ephemera pack from the Main kit. I also added a few of the gold star sequins from the Pink Paislee Birthday Bash confetti pack that was also in the Main kit scattered about the spread. That is the extent of the embellishing. I kept it minimal because the watercolors added so much interest on its own that I didn’t want to overdo the spread.

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Now, since I had four photos left over that I wanted to include in my week, I decided to include a small pocket page to house them. I used a 4×6 pocket insert from Simple Stories that fit two 3×4 horizontal cards. I used the “Fantastic” and “Here & Now” cards from the PL kit, covering the backs of those two cards with the watercolor brushed strip paper from the Pink Paislee Take Me Away collection. I kept these cards really simple. I added one photo to each card and embellished them with bits from the kits. I didn’t include any journaling as I just wanted a place to showcase photos of my art journal that I made that week. I did however, use a couple of phrase stickers from Simple Stories Posh line that I had in my stash to add a few phrases to the cards that I thought fit.

Be sure to check out the video below to watch my entire process of documenting my first week in January in my 2017 Memory Planner!

Products used: Hip Kit Club December 2016 Main KitDecember 2016 Embellishment Kit Add-on + December 2016 Project Life KitDecember 2016 Cardstock Add-on

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Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017 | Tiffany Medina

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Hello everyone! Tiffany here with two projects to say goodbye to 2016 and to ring in the new year using my December Hip Kits! The first one is a fun little faux Project Life spread using the Project Life kit and embellishments from the Main and Embellishment kits. I’ve always done PL in a 6×8 sized binder, but I’ve always wanted to create a 12×12 spread. So for this  project, I took a cue from Suse Fish and did a faux PL spread in a plain white 12×12 spiral scrapbook. This let me test out the waters a bit without committing to buying a 12×12 binder and pocket page inserts.

Since my challenge was to used numbers, I decided to create a spread highlighting my Top 7 favorites of 2016. I thought it was only right to end the year with a reflection on the moments, places and things that I thoroughly enjoyed this year. So,  I went through all of the photos I took this year and printed off a handful of them that I felt represented some of my favorites. I didn’t end up using them all, but I pulled out my top ones that best represented my Top 7.

All of the cards I used, except the plus sign one, is from the Project Life kit. The plus sign one I cut from that Maggie Holmes Bloom paper we got in the Main kit. Once I chose all the cards I wanted to use, I went ahead and trimmed them down a bit because my page wasn’t exactly 12×12. I also rounded all of the corners. I then laid them out on the page how I wanted them before gluing down and beginning my photo placement and embellishing.

I used the “Our Life” title card as my first card, embellished with a piece from the exclusive HKC cut apart sheet that reads “2016 Highlights…” The next card then begins my Top 7 with a photo of me I took at Park Guell on my trip to Barcelona. Barcelona is by far my most beloved city, so included that photo of me and embellished the card with the Pink Paislee Take Me Away alphas to say “Barca.” I used the #1 puffy sticker from Heidi Swapp to indicate my first favorite, and another cut apart piece that reads “Just be you.” The follow card is my first 4×6 card. Here I documented my second and third favorites. I matted the photos using the plus sign paper from Maggie Holmes. #2 is a photo of the Eiffel Tower I took on my trip to Paris. I absolutely loved my time there this past July. Again, I used a cut apart piece under my photo that reads “a few of my favorite things” and an gold acrylic arrow piece from My Mind’s Eye. #3 is a photo of Varenna, a small town on Lake Como in Italy. Such a storybook looking town; it was absolutely stunning and one of my most memorable places that I visited during my month in Italy in June. above the photo, I used two of the cut apart pieces to say “Wow! So Beautiful!” and embellished around them with enamel dots  from Carta Bella and one of the acrylic stars from the exclusive HKC acrylic pieces.

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The second row is all 3×4 cards. The first one is the card I made from the plus sign paper from Maggie Holmes, and it documents my #4 favorite, which is this photo of my dog Joey. I matted that photo on the Lilac cardstock from American Crafts. Underneath it I used two of the cut apart pieces to read “This warms my heart! So Handsome!” and embellished it with two enamel dots. The next card is a title card that reads “a few of my favorite things” and I used it in conjunction with the next card, which is the countdown card that reads “moments I don’t want to forget,” as my title for this spread. On the countdown card, I listed very simply what each of the numbered cards were. The final card in that row is #5, which is a photo I used on my blog and on Instagram to share some of my favorite crafty podcasts I listen to. The photo shows the How She Creates podcast on my phone, which is my favorite new podcast of 2016. I matted that photo on the lilac cardstock and embellished the card with pieces from the exclusive HKC die cut pieces. I tucked the tab that reads “Love this!” sticking out from the top and used another cut apart piece to add “noteworthy” to the bottom of the card, over a banner I cut from the branding strip of the plus sign Maggie Holmes paper.

The last row I used three cards: a 3×4, then a 4×6, and then another 3×4. The first card acts as a filler that I simply embellished with one of the embroidery hoop pieces that reads “so much fun” from the Take Me Away embellishment pack. The 4×6 card in the middle documents my #6 and #7, which is represented by one photo: a selfie my mom, brother and I took at Animal Kingdom during our September trip to Disney World. This was our second family trip to Disney since my dad passed away. We’ve sort of made it a tradition to go to Disney once a year, because it’s so much fun. So it’s a huge moment of my life that I always want to remember. It gets to be two of my favorite things because one, this selfie is everything, and two, Disney World is my favorite place.

Anyway, I matted that card using the plus sign paper from Maggie Holmes and placed the #6 and #7 puffy stickers on opposite ends of the photo. I used one of the wood veneer arrows on the bottom left of the photo and that selfie tab poking out on the right. I then embellished the card with pieces from the HKC die cuts and cut apart sheet to say “Oh what fun!” “Silly selfie LOL.” and sprinkled a few of those HKC acrylic stars on it. The last card in this row is just a title card.

Definitely watch the video below to get a peak into my entire process.

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To say hello to the new year, I created a vision board mostly using the December kits, with a few bits from the November and October kits, and some bits from my stash. I would normally do a vision board spread in my planner based on my new year intentions/goals, but this year, I went ahead and created a real vision board to hang in my room.

I took a regular 16×24 inch cork board and covered the brown cork part with natural canvas. I don’t know about you, but I like fabric covered cork boards because it adds a nice texture and covers the ugly brown cork really well. I chose natural canvas because I wanted all of the colorful bits and pieces I pin to the board to stand out and make a statement. Once I had my cork all covered–I simply tucked the canvas edges into the wooden frame of the board–I proceeded to gather all my bits and began with making two little pockets. I made these pockets the exact same way I made them for my planner, the post and video you can find on the Hip Kit Club Facebook page and my Youtube channel. I used two papers from the Main kit: the plus sign paper from Maggie Holmes and the ledger/hexagon paper from Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away. I embellished them with die cuts from the Take Me Away ephemera pack and the Pink Paislee Birthday Bash sequins.

I then began placing things on my board. I placed the pockets on opposite ends of each other on the board. In each pocket, I have a quote card from Kikki K that’s all about being brave. Brave is my One Little Word for 2017, so I tried to incorporate it into this vision board as much as possible. I also used a lot of words–from the white foam word thickers from Amy Tangerine and the gold foam thickers from Take Me Away that came in the October kits–that either added onto the word Brave or that represented things I want to do more off in 2017.

Besides the two quote cards and my photos, the “Be Brave” card along with the macrons and heart balloons cards, as well as the white and gold butterflies, pink gold foiled ticket and mint heart die cut were also from my stash. A few of the flair pieces, like the bird and hot air balloon, are also from my stash. The bits from other Hip Kits that I included on my board are: the “Wonderful” flair piece and the pink and blue mini pom poms from the November kits, and the Take Me Away gold foam thickers from the October kits. Everything else came from the December kits.

All of the photos on my board were matted on the Lilac cardstock from American Crafts. All of the thickers were placed directly onto the board because they were self adhesive. All the other elements that seem to be floating on the surface of my board with tacked on by being super glued to metal thumb tacks. Definitely watch the video below where I show you each section of my 2017 vision board to get a better idea of how it all came together!

Products used: Hip Kit Club December 2016 Main KitDecember 2016 Embellishment Kit Add-on + December 2016 Project Life KitDecember 2016 Cardstock Add-on, Take Me Away Gold Foam Thickers from October 2016 Main Kit, Crate Paper Mini Pom Poms from the December Documented 2016 Kit, HKC exclusive “Wonderful” flair from the November 2016 Embellishment Kit

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First Pages of my December Daily Album | Zinia Amoiridou

Hello to all of you amazing people!

It’s Zinia here again and this time I have some December Daily pages to share with you. I started working on my album a bit later than I was expecting but I’m hoping to rush through the days after I print the rest of my photos.

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So let’s get down to business. The album I use is the Simple Stories 6×8 album that came as an add-on for the December Documented 2016 kit. I’m trying to keep a minimalistic approach to make sure I will not abandon this project before it’s completely finished. This way I can finish more days every time I sit and scrap.

To decorate the cover of my album, I masked around a strip to add a bit of the “Foiled Again” Dazzlerz paste that came in the November 2016 Color Kit. I actually mixed the dazzling paste with some matte gel medium to dull the sparkle a tiny bit and have a more subtle effect.

Then I used a puffy sticker, the silver glitter thickers that came in the November 2016 Embellishment kit and one of the gold dimensional stars by American Crafts.

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Inside my album I used one of the Hip Kit Club exclusive papers that came in the November Main Kit to create my inner cover page. Again I kept things simple and I just added a couple of tags and paper pieces.

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For my pocket spreads I had a really hard time picking embellishments cause I simply loved everything that came in the kits last month. I used the exclusive number die-cut pieces that came in the December Documented kit and a bunch of the exclusive Hip Kit cards. I also cut a couple of the papers from the Main kit to make my own cards.

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I tried to place my cards so I can use both sides on my spreads. I loved them so much that I didn’t really want to waste any of their gorgeous sides.

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For my last pocket, I played with the Color Kit again and I added the “Foiled Again” Dazzlerz on a piece of vellum using the Echo Park stencil that also came in the November Color Kit.

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I really love adding little touches of mixed media in my pockets to make everything a bit more artsy, whimsical and unique.

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I really hope you enjoyed the first pages in my December Daily album using the November 2016 kits. Make sure to stop by the HKC Facebook page and the HKC Member Forum for even more inspiration.

Until next time, happy scrapping🙂

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December Daily pages – Justyna Skowron

Hello all!

How are you? How is it going with your December Daily Albums? Have you got one? This is my sixth album and every year I love them more! It’s a special month for me because I have my birthday then.

This year I decided I’ll try to keep it clean&simple, with lots of white. Below there’s a page from my birthday (on the right) and a page with my new Christmas socks 😀 The pages are made with the November Main  and Embellishment Kit. If you don’t have a special DD kit, no worries! Those two will be enough!

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Here is one of the cutfiles from November Kits. I don’t have a cutting machine so scissors and a knife were needed 😉 I cut it out and then put a glue on it. Then I put some glitter and let it dry. Thanks to the glitter, the signs of contour are not visible. And I really like how it turned out!

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I hope you like it!

Take care,

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Subtle Mixed Media Details for Project Life & Scrapbooking | Zinia Amoiridou

Hello everyone! It’s Zinia here and today I have some lovely projects to share with you using the October 2016 Hip Kits.So let’s begin with a project life spread. As I continued in my album I had to deal with the back side of a 2×2 page protector I created earlier this month. The thing is I created a few shaker pockets with some ephemera so they are one-sided and I didn’t want to cover their backs with paper and lose that transparency effect.

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To go around that problem I decided to put a vellum insert and cover it’s back side. This way when I look at the previous spread, the pockets look beautiful and see-through and when I look at the other side, my eyes are focusing on the vellum and I don’t notice the mess that’s going on behind it.

For this spread, I wanted to use a few subtle mixed media details and create a magical look. So on top of my vellum, I used one of the September 2016 cut files designed by Kim Watson. I cut it out of watercolor paper and brushed some of the gorgeous “Crushed Coral” Texturez, that came in the October 2016 Color Kit, over it. Once the paste was dry, I used some watercolors to create a rainbow gradient. If you look at it up close, you can see all the glory of the granules from the paste.

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I also used some of the Jen Hadfield rub-ons from the October 2016 Embellishment kit around the cut file and sprinkled a few paint splatters with the Shimmerz spray that also came in the  October 2016 Color Kit.

On the right side of my spread, I kept my color palette fresh and light. I used some of the papers that came in the Main Kit and cut my own 3×4 cards. I didn’t go too crazy with the embellishments, just layered a few pieces together and used my dies to cut out some shapes from my paper scraps.

I decided to add some more mixed media on the bottom left card to bring everything together and help both sides look cohesive. I followed the same “pattern” of cut files, rub-ons and splatters but in a smaller scale.

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Moving on to another project, I also created a scrapbook layout that is similar in a way to this project life spread. In both cases I used a few subtle mixed media details to make my projects look magical and interesting and then I decorated them with layers of gorgeous ephemera.

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For this layout, I experimented again with the Texturez we got in the October 2016 Color Kit. I really love it’s color and texture but for this specific page I really wanted to dull it’s shimmer a bit. To do that, I mixed it with some heavy gel medium with matte finish (approximately 1:1 ration).

Now let me tell you something. It’s not that I don’t love the shimmery finish of these products, but this gel mixture looks absolutely fantastic! It has a very subtle silky finish and I have a feeling this is going to be my new favorite technique.

I went with a pretty simply design because I was a bit worried on how this page will turn out. I’m almost at the end of my October kits so I decided to chose my favorite embellishments from what I had leftover and layer them to create some fun dimensional clusters.

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I tried to pull all the different materials that came in the kits including the ephemera, chipboard, wood veneer, washi tape and rubber shapes. I also used a piece of the glassine bag that was holding the pins in the embellishment kit. I always find it fun to include bits of unconventional materials and packaging is a great source for that.

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I really hope you enjoyed these projects and got inspired to create something fun with your October 2016 kits. Make sure to stop by the HKC Facebook page and the HKC Member Forum for even more inspiration.

Until next time, happy scrapping🙂

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Keeping It Simple | Tiffany Medina

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Hey everyone! Tiffany here with two simple projects using the October Hip Kits. For this first one I want to share two 6×8 Project Life spreads. I’ve been working on my 2015 album and I had left off at my friend’s wedding weekend back in June. I decided to share two spreads because I was working on a small scale–6×8 is pretty restricting–and because the event just happened to span three and a half page protectors. I unfortunately didn’t have a process video for the making of these spreads, but in the video down below, I walk you through each individual card that I made with the papers from the main kit and how I embellished them as well.

Since I had to work with the photos I already had tucked into the page protectors, I decided to keep the spreads simple. Though, a way that I tried to incorporate something new and interesting to my album was to attempt a bit of hand-stitching on my title card, which reads “Friends For Life.” I’ve never done hand-stitching like this before on any project and it was definitely a process! But I do enjoy how it ended up looking, just adding that nice stitched touch to my spread.

Since most of the photos that I had were printed larger than my new normal, I do have a few 3×4 photo cards in my spreads. I decided to leave these plain of any embellishments because I honestly found them a challenge to embellish. In this first spread, I have two 4×6 cards on the bottom of each page where I used a larger photo. On the left I have another 3×4, which I decided to line up along the left edge of the card and have a few bits of ephemera from the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection poking out from behind it. I wanted to use a much of those We R Memory Keepers family themed die cuts as possible for these spreads, in order to emphasize friendship also being family. So I added one of those pieces to this first card.

For the second 4×6, I had this huge 4×4 photo of my friends and I that we had taken. I decided to align this one to the right and on the left side of the card I folded over a white doily just to take a bit of the focus away from that large photo. Since I’ve known these friends since high school, I decided to spell out our year with the pink alphas, in homage to a small reunion of sorts. Then over that photo I used one of the Pinkfresh Studios Indigo Hills rubber charms that had the perfect sentiment for the occasion on it.

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For this second spread, I basically continued in much of the same way. I left that one 3×4 photo card the way it was and embellished the other cards around it. For the “Feels like home” card, I actually tossed one of the photos that I had originally wanted to include in this spread and replaced it with that die cut from We R Memory Keepers Honey I’m Home collection. I liked how I just took one of the cardstocks and cut it to 3×4 then used one of those die cut pieces with a lovely sentiment on it to create my own filler card. That filler card acts as a transition card of sorts, since it signifies the end of my friend’s wedding event and the going back home. The next and last 4×6 card is of my planners, cause receiving and setting up a new planner deserves to be documented as well. 🙂

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For my second project, I want to share a simple traveler’s notebook DIY. I made two traveler’s notebook inserts using papers from the main kit and embellished the covers with a few pieces from the embellishment kit as well. These types of inserts are super easy to make. I decided to just make mine plain. One insert has lined paper and the other has grid paper. You can easily make and print your own paper either on Photoshop or with free online tools like Gridzzly.com. You can even make an insert with different types of pattern paper or simply leave it blank. I decided on one line–that I’m going to gift to my bother–and the other grid, because it’s my personal favorite.

I show you step by step how to make these easy inserts in the video below. You’ll need your chosen papers, embellishments for the covers, some embroidery thread or similar string and a needle to bind everything together. For reference, a typical standard-sized inserts is 4.33in x 8.25in (or 11cm x 21cm). I made mine with 8 sheets of regular printer paper, so that when folded in half, I get 16 pages total. You can add more or less pages. I find that having 16 – 20 pages is the right size for embellishing with photos, stickers and such, as the insert will bulk up the more you add to it. I would say no more than 30 printer paper pages is key. Of course, this all depends on the type of paper you use because thicker cardstock or watercolor paper causes more bulk, so you’ll have fewer pages per insert. But you can make them however you like so  have fun with them!

Products used: Hip Kit Club October 2016 Main KitOctober 2016 Embellishment Kit Add-on + October 2016 Cardstock Kit Add-on

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