Happy, so happy | Kim Watson

As a subscriber you get the privilege of enjoying some fantastic exclusive cut files. This is one of them…The Fringed Butterfly. All I can say is WOW! The February 2017 kits are so, so pretty…the butterflies & the amazing colors, are what make this craft so much fun!

Happy by Kim Watson

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Starting with the cut file, but keeping in mind it would dominate a big portion of the layout, I started arranging things around the page. Tilting the butterfly to the left, left space plenty of space in opposite corners, which was how I solved where to place my photograph. kimwatsonhappyhkc02

I took the piece of ‘Oasis’ paper from Crate Paper & fussy cut a selection of roses suitable to fill the corners. The clusters, decorated with chipboard stickers & wood accents add to the bright, exotic feel of the page. I love how keeping them snug against the corners grounds the design without it looking too busy.

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Fussy cut butterflies from Chasing Dreams were exactly what I needed to decorate the wings of big cut file butterfly. Using the x2 different sizes add dimension & balance. 

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I hope you have found this inspirational?  I had so fun creating it & I know you will too! Thank you so much for stopping by. Remember to grab our complimentary cut files to help you make the most of your kits.

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Put a little Star Wars in your life!

Is your home Star Wars crazy right now? Well mine is…the flashing of light sabres, robot voices, Darth Vader & heroics of Obi Wan are the order of the day, so it seemed fitting that I ‘forced’ a little Star Wars on y’all today.

Before I carry on…let me say that I waited in vain for the postman to deliver my December kits today…but alas, still nothing. The SA postal system is super slow over Christmas time, so you’ll have to forgive me for yet another page using the fabulous November 2016 kits. Not that I mind, because I ADORE them! Take a look at this one.

Darth Santa?! by Kim Watson

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Is this photo not the cutest you’ve ever seen LOL. It is from a few years back. My son comically reinterpreted his santa costume with a little Star Wars influence. Hysterical!!

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For the red peppermint accents, I used one of Hip Kit Club 12 Days of Giving FREE cut-files. Teamed with silver glitter thickers, they make such eye catching embellishments on the grey background paper!

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The photo is matted on a layered collection of patterned paper pieces, Crate Paper ephemera & exclusive December Documented journal cards.

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A little sentiment cluster on the top right corner makes the perfect anchor for my journal strips, where I discuss the similarities between Santa & Darth Vader. Don’t hold it against me please haha!

So as you can see…the possibilities are endless with the November kits. I hope you have been inspired to try something similar! Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome Monday!

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Get Creative with your Title by Kim Watson

Do you like long titles? I tried this idea with the page I am sharing today, using the fabulous wood veneer words included in the November kits from Crate Paper. Given the entire pack was snow themed, I was able to use x3 of the words in a long, conversational title.

Snowflakes are cold…Brrrr! by Kim Watson

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I love how the mixture of wood veneer & glittered chipboard creates an obvious focal area around the photo!

Inspired by the title, I used snowflakes found in the exclusive Hip Kit ephemera pack, as well as from the Crate Paper ephemera pack & created a snowstorm! Layering each flake onto a vellum circle, gives the impression of a snowball, further supporting the feeling of a chill in the air and a swirling flurry!

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The mixture of printed, punched, die-cut & 3D glittered flakes, really help add dimension, and machine stitching helps each flake stand away from the page with an interesting effect.

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Collage a few ephemera pieces for the cutest snowglobe accent. Die-cuts slipped under the deer are almost invisible but add to the subtle texture.

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Double matting & foam adhesive lift the photo off the page.

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Using a bow cut-file from Zinia (found under downloads on our website), I cut a bow from cardstock & glittered the edges for a little sparkle.

I hope you like this page, as much as I do. It was such fun to put together!

Have a super day!

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Paint an iconic Christmas tree | Kim Watson

I have a second project to share today using the November kits. It is a page inspired by a fabulous digital technique I have admired for years. (Attribution: unknown). Use a single paint stroke to create an iconic page motif; I used the technique to create a Christmas Tree and adore how the page turned out!

Merry & Bright by Kim Watson

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The aqua frame is one of the exclusive papers from this month & teamed with the cute dotted craft paper from Crate Paper was the perfect canvas for this idea. The painted stroke had to be one application because there is something so pleasing about the organic feel of having it swirl across the page. The hot pink machine stitching over the aqua paint, not only added definition but helps tie the color palette together beautifully.

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Little clusters of circle shapes, a photograph & other embellishments, gives one the feeling of decorations hanging from the branches. It was obvious that I would use the baubles from the Hip Kit Exclusive Ephemera pack found in the Embellishment add-on together with puffy stickers, Flair & punched circles. The mixture of elements is so much fun.

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Scattering a few mini pom-poms adds lovely softness & 3D texture as do the vellum stars. Don’t you love the sweet colors?

Having a super wobbly page to contend with after the paint dried, meant I needed to come up with a way to flatten things. ‘Light bulb moment’: I triple machine stitched the edges in places leaving threads (‘cos that’s just what I do LOL) ; the result is gorgeous texture & a flat page.

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The title is a mixture of sentiments from the exclusive Hip Kit Club puffy sticker sheet. I love how the crazy fonts compliment each other. Also do you notice how the little bow creates a vertical line with the star, helping emphasise the tree shape?

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And lastly the tree star. A big, glittery one found the December Documented kit. It really needed to be there in all it’s glory!! (BTW there are only x2 DD kits left, so if you want one you better grab it today!!)

Wow…I am so glad you stopped by today! I have enjoyed sharing my projects with you. I really have a super festive week. See you next time.

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Make a Faux Snow Globe | Kim Watson

This year we decided to give handmade Christmas gifts. It is a super way to get the children involved and makes Christmas more personal & less commercial. I had this idea for little girl gifts some months ago…so started collecting empty jars in preparation. The arrival of the festive & uber colorful November Hip Kits, meant I could start creating! Here is one of them, destined for a little girl called Callan, who I know will totally love it!

 Faux Snow Globe by Kim Watson

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To make this you will need:

  • A clean & dry glass jar with a wide mouth
  • A colored lid to avoid having to cover it in paper
  • A variety of patterned paper
  • A mixture of colored sequins
  • Ephemera from the Hip Kit exclusives found in the Nov kits
  • A paper star (mine was from the December Documented kit)
  • Puffy Stickers from the Nov Embellishment kit 
  • Various punches/ dies
  • Twine
  • Cotton balls
  • Mini pom-poms
  • Paper sentiment
  • Hot glue gun

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So the top of the jar isn’t left plain, I die cut a large snowflake in white & topped it with a fun glittery star. Attached is a tag cut from patterned paper & decorated with a die cut bow, puffy stickers & a paper sentiment from the Exclusive Hip Kit Club Phrase Sheets designed by our own Kimberly Hutchinson.

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Inside the jar, I created a sweet snowy scene adhering everything to the inside of jar’s lid using hot glue. The layered & machine stitched tree adds great dimension & sparkle from the sequin tree ornaments and acts as a background for the little snowman, who is surrounded by tiny mushrooms & mini pom-poms.

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To finish off the bottom of the jar, I added a paper strip & turquoise bakers twine. Tying it a couple of times before adding the bow, adds subtle interest & texture. And it is as easy as that! With a little patience & creative flair you can make one for every little girl on your Christmas gift list. I have made 5 of these cute little jar gifts so far…they look so adorable waiting for wrapping.

I admit given they are so cute, it is going to be hard to let them go.

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you make some for yourself, remember to post them in our Hip Kit Club Community gallery on FB. We would LOVE to see them ❤

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Oh Christmas Tree – By Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today sharing a new layout using the festive November kits and cut files. My aim today was to keep a simple colour palette, so I stuck to neutrals with mint, light pink and pops of hot pink/red. I decided to make one of the exclusive cut files (stay tuned to the Facebook pages for this one!) a feature of my layout and cut it on my 12×12 white card stock.

Here is the layout I created: Oh Christmas Tree

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I documented two small wallet size photos of my little man and princess trimming the tree on December 1st this year. As always, it seems to be getting more tricky to snap photos of them so the quality was not the best, however a lot better when converted to black and white images. I placed the photos on the ‘steps’ of the tree, one on either side to help keep the page balanced.

I embellished to the sides of each photo. On the image below, I fussy cut out a few of the trees from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa patterned paper. I just adore these little trees and it seems to be all I have used that paper for so far. I also added an exclusive flair from the embellishment add on and an exclusive die cut ephemera word strip which had a good sentiment ‘our pretty tree’.ohchristmastree-close1

To the photo on the right of the page, I added another one of the exclusive flair, more of the fussy cut trees, and one of the exclusive stickers which can be found in the Embellishment add on. This sentiment was what I used as my title. ohchristmastree-close3

To the bottom of the cut file tree I added the exclusive puffy sticker presents, to mimic what a real tree might have under it. They are so cute!ohchristmastree-close2

The large stars from the Documenting December kit are so glittery and fun – I had to use one of the silver ones as my tree topper. ohchristmastree-close4

I added patterned papers to the back of the cut file. Firstly I added a mint patterned paper from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa collection to replicate the snow falling. I love the softness of that patterned paper under the cut file. I wanted the tree and text, the main part of the cut file to make a real statement on this page. I tried it with every patterned paper in these kits but this exclusive wood grain was the best by far. It really allowed the text to pop. I love how it turned out. ohchristmastree-close5

I hope this page today has given you some inspiration for using those November kits.

Raquel x

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#itsbeginningtolookalotlikechristmas

HA! I am seriously getting into the Christmas mood…I mean how can one not after unpacking the GORGEOUS November Hip kits???

It is so pretty with amazing colors & fabulous exclusives…I am itching to get creating!

This is my first page…

Season of Joy by Kim Watson

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For this page I used only the Main November Hip Kit kit. By keeping the color palette simple, I was able to create a more sophisticated vibe even though the elements are so whimsical.

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A cluster in the top left corner of the page adds interest & draws ones eye to the photo collage. Plain paper glittered & diecut into a bow, star & tab shape add gorgeous bling.

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Paper layers remind me of gift wrap…a little finger curling makes them nice & 3D.

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Black borders around the photo adds emphasis & punch to the photos helping them to stand out. Sequins on top of punched snowflakes are a great way to fill space without clutter.

I love that adorable face! Just looking at this page has me humming carols under my breath! Now to get some Christmas shopping done LOL. Thanks for stopping by…I am so glad you did!

Remember to visit our member forum on Facebook for more inspiration & our website for exclusive printables & cut-files.

Have an awesome day!

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DECEMBER DOCUMENTED FOUNDATION PAGES PART 1 | JESSICA COLE

I know it is only a couple of days after Thanksgiving, but if you could see my house right now, it is completely decorated with Christmas music playing 24/7. I absolutely love this time of year!

Since we’re only a few days away from December 1st, I thought I would get started on and share some of my December Documented album. Before we dive into the pages, here are personal guidelines for building these foundation pages

  1. Keep it simple. Creating something in advance keeps the project from feeling overwhelming, but keeping it basic allows me to make changes and get creative in the moment.
  2. Be flexible. Removable adhesive is my best friend for these pages. In the past, I’ve ruined many good products by creating something too far in advance that didn’t fit my story come that particular day.
  3. Don’t get too far ahead. I’ve only created the first week of foundation pages by design. For me personally, creating the whole month in advance leaves me too boxed in and takes some of the creative fun out of the project.

Now, with that being said, here are my first week of December Documented pages:

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One of my flaws is that I have a fear of creating title pages for albums. Something about it seems too permanent, so I almost always leave that to last. Instead, I took one of the documentor cards that I thought would make an excellent inside cover, scanned it, then blew it up in Photoshop to be 6×8. I love the result!

My right side contains a 3×4 grid. I used two documentor cards, leaving the one in the upper corner as is, then added a die cut to the lower one. I plan on using this card to journal about our Christmas tree.

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On the back, I added the a vellum star to pull in some pink to the “Creating a List” card. Because I liked the back of the stripped card so much, I left that as is and embellished it by using a flair badge and a puffy sticker to balance out the pink and black.

The left hand side using a different page configuration with two 6×4 slots. I left the bottom for a picture and cut up some of the exclusive 12×12 paper. On top, I used a horizontal card with a bit of washi tape to hold it in place. Again, I’m very aware of how both sides of my pages look next to each other so I try and keep my color scheme cohesive.

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Again, I really liked the backside of the paper, so I left it as is (not only does this save product, it saves space too!) and added some additional die cuts. My plan is to put an instax photo or a smaller photo between the tree and the title.

The right hand side uses a stripped card with a fawn die cut and a phrase die that says “happy smiling faces”. The bottom left card is so colorful that I left it as is and love how it pulls all the other colors from both sides of the layout.

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Finally, I kept the backing of the same card and decided to play off the red’s for this side of the spread. I really went crazy with the embellishments here by pulling out the ornaments and holly. If these look a bit haphazard, it’s because they are stuck down using my removable glue so they tend to move a bit. When the time comes, I’ll stick these down permanently in a more intentional fashion. To keep it balanced, I used the Falalalala card which has a white background and popped on another cut word strip.

 

Here’s a process video showing how I put together these pages:

 

That’s it for my first week! The colors in this November kit make my heart swoon every time I look at them. I had so much fun matching these up for my album. Your turn! Do you have your own guidelines for your foundation pages or do you prefer to wing it?

 

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I Love Right Now | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, Raquel here today sharing a new layout using the August Hip Kits. I just love these kits, they are so bright and fun and contain some of my favourite brands and products. My focus for todays post is ‘lots of photos’ so I decided to document some of the many selfies that my daughter and I have taken together recently. iloverightnow

The yellow Dear Lizzy thickers title was perfect for this layout as it adds a great pop of colour and fit perfectly within my design. iloverightnow-5

The journaling and story of this page documents how much my daughter loves taking selfies with me and how I love it too. I do not get in many photos and mainly the only photos I am in is selfies, lol. So all these pictures we get together are so important. iloverightnow-3

I worked on a vertical type design and created three main clusters on the page which if you join them together form a visual triangle. For this cluster on the bottom right corner I incorporated a wood veneer from the Cute Girl collection, some puffy stickers from the cute girl collection, exclusive ephemera, Dear Lizzy stickers and a few My Minds Eye enamel dots. I love mixing textures within my clusters. iloverightnow-10

I have added the wood veneer in three places on the page, again forming a triangle. How cute is the wood crown on my daughters head? I thought it was perfect! Being a selfie page I added the clear camera sticker from the Amy Tan sticker book too. iloverightnow-9

The cluster at the top right of the page was a little more simple. I added the Cute Girl cloud, an ephemera piece and wood veneer butterfly. iloverightnow-7

I loved the statements in the clear Dear Lizzy sticker set. They add that lovely contrast against the white card stock and really pop off the page. iloverightnow-4

The photos are printed four to a page on a 4×6″ sheet of photo paper. I print my photos at home, so using various size photos is nice and easy. I matted the photos with papers from the Cute Girl collection by Crate Paper, have I said how much I love that collection yet?iloverightnow-8

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope my post has given you an idea of how you can incorporate lots of photos onto your page design. iloverightnow-1

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Embrace your inner artist!

I have a question…”Do you feel like getting messy?”. Today my answer was….yes! And this page was the result! Yeah!

Memories by Kim Watson

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Inspired by one of the July 2016 PL kit journal cards, I decided to tap into my inner artist! The mist & paints from the July 2016 Color kit  & triangle stencil from the June 2016 Color kit were perfect to achieve the look I saw in my head.

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Using an old credit card, I first gessoed the background. Once dry I used the same credit card & applied teal paint. After that I added lime Shimmerz mist & yellow paint, creating an artsy, blended & layered look. Orange ink, applied with a sponge through the June stencil left a scattering of triangles around the page…just GORGEOUS!!

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Layers really help this page look amazing. I used paper pieces & journal cards to do this. Ephemera die cuts & puffy stickers make the cutest photo corner & little Lawn Fawn silver plusses added understanded twinkle.

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The Bella Boulevarde die-cut chipboard title looked too white on the page, so I painted it too. A little Shimmerz yellow with water was a simple way to ombre the title with fabulous results!

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When adding my photo, I tried a double exposure effect by printing x2 of the same image & offsetting it slightly. It really works with the trendy vibe of the page.

I sure hope you like this layout as much as I do…I urge you to crack open your color kit & get messy, you might be pleasantly surprised with the results, just like I was .

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