LET’S TAKE A TOUR OF MY STUDIO | JESSICA COLE

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to bring you my first post here at the Hip Kit Club! I’m Jessica Cole, a pocket page scrapbooker living in south Florida. I live with my husband and two little dogs. Besides crafting, I love the outdoors, photography, and a good glass of red wine.

To kick things off this month, I thought I would share a peek into my scrapbooking space and show you where the magic happens.

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I’m extremely lucky to have an entire room dedicated to my arts and crafts. This is what you see when you first walk in, so welcome!

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You’ll notice my room is very uncluttered and full of white space. Even though this area holds a lot of stuff, it was important to me to keep it well-organized and much of the “stuff” out of the main view. To me, it’s like having a blank canvas when I walk in and I’m not distracted by anything.

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I originally had my albums organized by date but after accumulating a few different colors and patterns, I decided they looked better balanced on my shelf if they were scattered.

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What would a craft space be without a cart? I’m definitely no exception. The top part is the most organized and hold my pocket cards organized by color, because that’s how my brain works when I put together my layouts. I DIY’d these little dividers using my Silhouette and they’re perfect and keeping my cards separated.

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The other two shelves hold my inks, roller stamps, and unopened product that is waiting to be used.

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Finally, I have a little carousel that sits on my desk and holds my essentials. Pens, glue, hole punches, scissors…anything that can be used on every layout goes in here. It’s super convenient to have these supplies at arms reach because losing glue or a pair of scissors mid-project can be a show stopper.

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Here is where I sit and create my layouts. I keep embellishments and stickers in those drawers to the right, my papers hidden in a cubby on the side of my desk, my stamps in a basket at arms reach.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour of one of my favorite rooms in the house! See you next time!

Jessica

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Explore Madeira by Kim Watson

My first page using the AMAZING July 2016 Main and Add-On kits!! I have to say I feel blessed & honored that Kimberly selected my collection,‘The Happy Life’ for this month’s kits. Everything turned out better than I could ever have expected! You can imagine the sheer insanity that went down when I opened my box…the colors, patterns & fun elements had me wanting to rip open packets & start scrapping immediately!!

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I love how the colors really speak of summer…& the sophisticated patterns remind me of art class. On their own, the painted paper would have been too much for my page design, but I was determined to use it on this layout. The trick was to cut it down to bite size pieces, then creating easy layers, allowing them to compliment each other. Before I started layering, I used some of the Ranger Dylusions paint to add a little more interest to my background. Make sure to watch my process video on Instagram to see how I did it.

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2″circles were trimmed slightly & overlapped them stitched onto a patterned strip. The heavy black zigzag stitching formed a visual break between the two busy patterns, allowing them to compliment instead of overwhelm. Don’t you love how the zebra crossing in the photo caused directionality, drawing one’s eye towards the top of the page?

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The title is a mixture of ephemera pieces & some of the GORGEOUS lime green exclusive puffy sticker alphas. Notice how the flair adds a kind of ‘period’ at the end of the word ‘explore’, finishing off the little cluster nicely.

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This photo is striking on it’s own, & didn’t need much dressing. A few ephemera (this kits is bursting with different options), chipboard & puffy stickers. (My black pen bombed out whilst I was writing the work sightseeing. Note to self: Never try go over anything a second time…it nearly always looks worse afterwards LOL)

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I tried something a little differently for my journaling. This time I used an empty frame, allowing the cool paint effect to show through. Narrow journaling strips, allowed me space to saw what I wanted without having to fill the frame.

Well I hope you have found this page inspiring & you are LOVING your July 2016 kits?! Remember to check out our FB page for more inspiration as well as our Members forum on FB. Have yourself a super crafty day further.

Until next time. Bye for now!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!).

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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

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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!

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Together by Zsoka Marko

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Best Mates | Tarrah McLean

Hi there everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you and today I have another new scrapbook layout to share with you using the amazing May 2016 Hip Kits! I used lots of products from the May 2016 Project Life kit and the May 2016 Embellishment Add-On kit too!

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My theme this week is to ‘Make it Manly’! Well that is super easy for me as I have sons and this photo of them is a few years old now but still one of absolute favourites! I wanted to make this layout bright and to use some unconventional colours like pink! I used lots of the exclusive Project Life cards designed by Kim Watson and Kimberly Hutchison from the May 2016 Project Life kit as layers under my photo…

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I embellished using lots of the May 2016 exclusive ephemera, puffy stickers and acrylic shapes plus added some goodies from the Jillibean Soup Healthy Hello Soup collection like the wood veneer, the alphabet and the Wordfetti wood veneer. There are also some enamel hearts and a mini bow clip from the Illustrated Faith collection by Bella Blvd.

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I do love how the colours really pop against the white cardstock and also against the adorable black and white photo too!

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

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

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A peek into my life – Anna Komenda

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Hello. I am Anna and I am a scrapoholic. Now you know the truth about me. It’s my first post as a DT member of Hip Kit Club & I am sure you can guess how happy I am? Today I planned a little trip around my craft space but first I would like to say few words about myself.

My name is Anna Komenda and I live in Poland with my supportive husband (I guess most scrappers need supportive husbands, right?), two daughters and a beagle dog called Pirat. I am a geologist but do not work as one right now because I decided to become stay at home Mom. My days are quite predictable, full of routine but also filled with love and little things I want to remember forever, that’s why scrapbooking is so essential for me. Memories are the only thing that no one can take away from us and they stay with us always.

I create projects to preserve those little moments and memories (but also because it’s so much fun 🙂 ). That’s why I mostly make projects with photographs such as layouts, mini albums and Project Life spreads. I am pretty sure you all feel the same.

Few months ago we moved into our new home and I finally have my own craft room with lots of lovely space. I am so happy about it whereas I had only a desk and few drawers in our living space before. Now, I can finally make a lot of mess 🙂

So please, join me on a little scraproom tour 🙂

My room is very bright with white furniture. I decided to paint one wall light blue in color to cheer up the space and add a fresh touch.

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And here is where I create. I have a long desk with the place for my laptop, sewing machine and Silhouette Cameo, the easy access means I can now use them all the time.

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I store my PL card in a storage box that I got from my friend. She made it all by herself. How cool is that? She even painted it in the same color as my wall. I also have few containers hanging on the wall. In there I store some wood veneers, flair buttons and little chipboards. I even have a little basket for my favourite mists.

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I bought some plastic children’s plates and bowls from Ikea and I use them for temporary storage of ephemeras, cutouts or wood veneers whilst I am working on particular project. This helps keep the clutter under control & my desktop free. Clean up afterwards is so easy now.

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The other side of the room is for storage and displaying my designs. I decided not to hang anything on the walls so I can rotate the projects easily. I keep them on shelves with few decorative elements.

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I store washi tapes and 6*6 paper pads in wire baskets with two shelves dedicated my mini albums.

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And I saved the best for the end…this is a cute pen my “very supportive” husband bought me on one of our trips. Yes… it has feathers, sequin butterflies and one leg. And is all neon pink which makes me so happy!!

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Thank you for joining me today. I can’t wait to inspire you here and on Hip Kit Club Facebook page.

You can follow me on Instagram. I post a lot of pictures there. You can also visit my blog. I have a You Tube channel too with a lot of process videos. And I recently joined Periscope and I am going to share some scrappy stuff there. Search for @moriony.

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Let’s meet in my scraproom! – Bea Valint

Hi Everyone! I’m Bea Valint and I’m thrilled to be a member of the Hip Kit Club design team! This is my first blog post on Hip Kit Club blog, please let me introduce myself and share some pictures about my favourite place in my house, my little scrap corner!

I’m from Hungary, a little country in middle Europe… we have pretty hot summers, spicy foods, and a difficult history… I’m an economist and I’ve always been interested in numbers so right now I have FOUR kids, TWO hobbies, ONE husband and ZERO time… I always have been a creative person never stop with making home decorations, paper crafts and DIY projects. 

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I’m so happy to share a little tour of my scrap area! My crafty space feels a lot like me…not super organized and always “in progress”. I’ve got a corner in the room where my craft tables are set up, overlooking the rest of my children play area.

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My computer, my printer and my Silhouette Cameo are at the top of my list of “must have” items for my projects. I print all my photos at home and can’t imagine a layout without some die cut letters or shapes. I have two memo boards by my desk that I fill with my favourite layouts. On the bottom board are my “in progress” or “it will soon in progress” photos, quotes and inspiring pictures. It always reminds me that I have so many things yet to do!

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I love decorating my little corner with my DIY projects, creates a personalised space perfectly embracing who I am.

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I keep my kits and mixed media stuff in square plastic storage boxes with divided trays. I like to take everything out of it’s packaging and trim everything out before I get started. This way I can see at all of my stuff and find the perfect elements.

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My craft area is always open… I create things together with my kids, sometimes friends, but never with my husband… he just enjoy the results 🙂

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today in my little scrap corner! I hope my April Kit will arrive soon, and I can start creating my projects with those beautiful products!

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