Pure magic by Anna Komenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XO Anna

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SWEET HEART LOVE – CENTRAL DESIGN LAYOUT – RENAE BOWELL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love you guys,

Love always,

Nae xoxo

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Thursday Inspiration: Patterned paper – with or without?

Hey everybody!

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

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

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

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

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

Terhi xx

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

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

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

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

xox,

Jessica Fabiano Design Team Member

#3: Ashley

Hey y’all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XOXO

Ashley

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

Envelope Pockets & DIY Embellishments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, happy scrappingūüôā

Hello by Nicole Nowosad

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

 

Hello Paris by Tarrah McLean

Happy Sunday Hip Kit fans!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I have a new layout to share using the amazing February 2017 Main and Add-On kits!

I have been blessed once with a trip to Paris a couple of years ago and I am super duper lucky to be going again in 7 weeks time! As soon as I saw that gorgeous Amour paper by Dear Lizzy I just knew that  I had to pull out a Paris photo!

I started out by cutting the geometric heart cut file from one of the pink patterned papers included in the February 2017 Main kit and backed it with that gorgeous Amour paper and then machine stitched around the outside. I used some foam tape to pop it up from the mint coloured background paper.

While creating this layout I was pulling out bits and pieces to embellish it with…I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the date on the globe sticker with the number 24 and then May and Wed really small…….THIS IS THE EXACT DAY WE ARE GOING TO PARIS!! We are getting the Eurostar across from England on this date! Can you believe that?! That sticker was made just for me and this layout!!

I love all the embellishments that refer to travel included in the February 2017 Hip Kits…they are just perfect for this layout! I also added one of those gorgeous fringed butterflies and a gold puffy heart by Maggie Holmes from the Chasing Dreams collection.

I absolutely love how this layout turned out and I hope I have inspired you to create some projects using some of your Hip Kits!?

Happy creating…see you next week!

Tarrah x

Let’s Play Dress-Up

Hey everyone, Ashley here, bringing you another Project Life and Scrapbooking layout, using the March 2017 Kits!

This week, it’s all about dressing-up your Project Life Cards. I really try to do this during my normal processes but I totally stepped out of my comfort zone and used my own handwriting on some of the cards. This was a total scare for me!

I started by choosing my cards and adhering the photos down. I then began embellishing by adding a few stickers from the “Little by Little” collection, which came in our Main Kit, along with a few of the Pinkfresh Studio word and phrase stickers and the puffy stickers.

For my title card, I used those amazing Dear Lizzy thickers that came in our Embellishment Kit.

Even though I’m not too keen on my handwriting, I still love the way it turned out!

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For my scrapbooking page, I created a tone-on-tone look for the background by using a piece of pink cardstock with Shimmerz Pasteez (Raspberry Sherbet) from our color kit!

I began layering underneath my photo and used all of the Thickers that came in our March Kits to create a long title. Again, I used several of the Shimelle Laine “Little by Little” stickers, and finally, added a few of the “Oh my Heart” ephemera from our Main Kit.

I hope you love the way this one turned out!

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

XOXO

Ashley

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Mix it up with Ephemera | Michelle Whorwood

Do you ever get overwhelmed by all those die cut Ephemera that come in your kits? ¬†I assure you,¬†you aren’t alone in this!! ¬†When I first receive my Hip Kit, I am full of excitement, I get it all out, I drool over it for a bit and then reality sets in, how am I going to organise all this and use it all up? For me as I am a visual person, I grab a divided serving dish (purposely bought for die cut storage whilst I am creating with a kit of course!) and dump it all out in there so I can ‘see’ it all with the aim of using it all up. ¬†Because as we all know there will be more gorgeous die cuts arriving in the next kit.

Today, I have a layout to share using the January 2017 Hip Kits:

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Okay now, we need to figure out how to use all the die cuts on your layout without overwhelming your page. ¬†For me this means I am going to layer those suckers up! ¬† Don’t get stressed about ‘seeing’ the whole die cut¬†on your page. ¬†As you can see below, I have added the gold butterfly under the corner of the patterned paper and my photo and then I have added some word stickers on top of that.

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Now let’s think outside the box, don’t forget that you can negative space from a¬†die cut for something a little different –¬†I have used the negative space of the ‘ampersand’ on this layout tucked in behind the bottom right of my photo.

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Lastly, I really liked the word ‘dreamy’ die cut but it was a bit large and overwhelming on my page so I tucked it under my layered photo so you can still read what it says but overall it was less dominating.

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I finished off my layout by adding a title using the Studio Calico Thickers from the Embellishment Kit and created a border around the page. ¬† Because I like hoarding Thickers (a whole new blog post could be dedicated to this!), it is a mission of mine to get more of them on my page. ¬†In this instance, I found the¬†Thickers work a bit like journaling on my page as well as a design element and because I have left them in a natural white state they blend and don’t take over the page.

I hope that I have inspired you to empty out those packets of Ephemera and start layering  up those die cuts on your layouts. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Michelle xx