Do what you Love | Jana McCarthy

Hi everyone, Jana here with a new Layout for you. I got my February Kits last week and i took a picture and i scrapped it with the January Kits… because, why not?!
I went a bit Element crazy here and i added so many things to my page…


I used a lot of the exclusive DieCuts and Printables here. Kim Watson made an awesome Job, again! Love how everything worked so well together. I colored the Heart from the WoodVeneer Piece with the Texture Paste from Heidi Swapp (included in the Color AddOn Kit)


I love the black Vellum Hearts. They gives a perfect little touch!


The Picture is a bit small in that massive Element Cluster, i know! But i totally love it!
Are your scrapping pictures from your HappyMail or your Kits?


I had so much fun creating this Layout and i can´t wait to get my first page with the new Kits done! Everything i waiting on my table… eeek!

Here is my process Video for you to watch!

Thanks for stopping by today

Beautiful Love | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, its Raquel Bowman here and today I am going to be sharing my latest layout with you featuring the January Hip Kits. For this layout I am going back to after my little man was born and documenting some of those special moments. One of those moments was his first bath at home. Of course his big sister had to be right in on the action helping us out. Even at 2, it was clear that she was going to be an amazing big sister to this little man.

Here is the layout I created:

I created a main cluster to the left of the photo. In this cluster I added a fussy cut flower from one of the papers, some of the gorgeous Moonstruck ephemera, a cute Hazelwood clip and stickers and the ‘oh happy day’ sentiment cut from one of the Project Life cards.


The photo is printed in 4×6 size and matted on another one of the gorgeous exclusive papers. I also added a 4×6 card from the PL kit in the upper right.


The title is made up of the exclusive cut file ‘love’ cut on the same paper as the heart. I also added the ‘beautiful’ gold die cut word from the Pink Paislee moonstruck pack. The flower is cut from the same 3×4″ project life card as the ‘oh happy day’ sentiment. I also added some simple typewritten journaling to this also. To add some texture to the word ‘love’ I machine stitched through the center of it.


On the background heart cut file that was cut on the exclusive patterned paper I wanted to add some softness to it, so I added vellum behind the design.  I added dimension to the whole layout by popping that cut file up on foam tape, including the photo. It creates a shadow on the page and adds a nice detail.

I adapted the exclusive cut file slightly by using the eraser tool in my Silhouette software and erasing the larger heart to the right of the file. It was a little fiddly in parts but I knew that if it didn’t cut perfectly neat I could clean up the edges following cutting with my scissors.


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Did you see the March reveal!?! Hip Kits are so amazing each and every month aren’t they!


Special Moments | By Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here on the blog today sharing my newest layout featuring the bright and colourful December Kits. For my layout today I have focused on creating a multi-photo layout which features the gorgeous exclusive floral cut file design by Bea Valint for HKC.

Here is the layout I created:special-moments-layout

The photo I am documenting is a series of photos taken when I took my little girl with me to our local nail salon. The ladies there were so lovely and offered to paint her nails too and she was so excited. She loves when I paint her nails at home, but getting them done out made it just that little more special. A Mummy-Daughter pamper outing together, how fun. I documented the story using my fave way – strip journaling typed on my typewriter. For the layout title I added the Amy Tangerine foam thickers sentiment moments, onto a scrap of yellow patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Take me Away collection. It adds that perfect pop of colour to the page and helps the white thickers stand out. The ‘special’ was added with the super cute silver glitter foam thickers.


I created a little cluster to the right of the photos that features some of the amazing Pink Paislee Take me Away ephemera, some of the Birthday Bash sequins and even the asterix from the Amy Tan thickers. To add some detail to this cluster I added some foam adhesive under certain pieces.


I added a small scattering of embellishments to the top left of the layout too, to help balance it. The little heart is punched from the American Crafts glitter tape using a tiny American Crafts heart punch. Whats great about the glitter tape is that it is adhesive backed, so once I punch the shape out I simply peel off the backing sheet and stick it to my page.


In this multi photo layout there was one photo which I wanted to stand out more than the rest. To help achieve this I printed it slightly larger than the other two and also backed it on the yellow – a brighter colour, to help it pop off the page more. I also adhered the photos on a foam adhesive which gives the photos that extra bit of dimension.  special-moments-4

I hope this post has inspired you today and given you an idea for a multi photo layout using cut files. special-moments-desk

Thanks for stopping by

Raquel xxx


Cut File Number Strips | Zinia Amoiridou

Hello scrappy friends! It’s Zinia here with a fun layout using the November 2016 hip kits.


So I had this idea for a while now and with the end of 2016 I found the perfect opportunity to use it. I designed some 3×4 number cut files for December, which you can find with all the other free cut files on the Hip Kits shop, so I decided to use them and cut 12″ long strips with numbers on the edge to use as my title “2016”.

The main thing you need to keep in mind is that each number will be on top of a pattern so you want to be careful with the patterns you chose. Preferably go for subtle designs and make sure each paper has a contrasting color to the paper next to it. This will help your numbers pop.


Once I had that base set, everything else was a matter of embellishing. I chose two black and white photos to go at the sides of my page and then I finished my title using the gorgeous silver glitter thickers from the November 2016 Embellishment kit and some pieces from the Hip Kit club exclusive die cut pieces and puffy stickers.


To help my photos pop I used some ephemera pieces from the Crate Paper “Snow and Cocoa” collection and also some of the exclusive number die cuts that came in the 2016 December Documented kit.

I also used a few of the exclusive vellum stars and washi strips from the Embellishment kit.


I really hope you enjoyed this layout 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🙂


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


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


How many ephemera is too many?|Kim Watson

Hi everyone Kim here…I have a question to ask you.

“How many ephemera is too many?” I am sure you’ve also asked yourself this a hundred times right? Today, I thought I’d experiment a little. I am going to try adding  A LOT of ephemera to a page, making sure I don’t lose it’s cohesion, & that it remains uncluttered.

So here goes nothing LOL!!

These Things Remind Me of Home by Kim Watson 


Using the fantastic October 2016 kits, I created this page. I admit is was inspired by the super cute pack of die-cut ephemera by WRM found in the October 2016 Embellishment kit add-on & the diagonal stripe paper, ‘Pure Joy’ by Crate Paper. Being laid out in a kinda ombre fashion…I knew exactly what I was going to do; create a kinda ombre flow of die-cuts complementing whichever stripe they ended up on.

You will notice that even though there is a lot going on there are little things that help create structure:

  • The rows are justified left.
  • There rows of x3 enamel dots in similar positions on the different stripes.
  • The x3 big flag flowers create a visual triangle within the design.
  • Machine stitching helps draw ones eye from left to right.
  • The placement of the various elements according to color creates visual symmetry.


The blue stripe got blue Simple Stories alpha stickers found in the October 2016 Project Life kit & blue accents…there weren’t enough blue to fill the whole stripe, so I started adding aqua & green…creating a further ombre vibe.


I used the darker stripe to position more of the title, the Exclusive Hip Kits Club puffy alpha stickers, were the perfect match.


Then I repeated the same idea with the pale pink stripe, placing a mixture of die-cuts until the strips was full. I love how the machine stitching added interest & subtle texture to the diagonal page design.


Even though this page could have lived without a photo, I decided to add a one that is typical of our family. A funny photo bomb selfie with the kids in the back of the car LOL. Everything about this page reminds me of the goodness of home, I love how it is a reminder of how the small stuff we fill our lives are actually the important things. A page like this is perfect with Thanksgiving around the corner for my American friends!!

So I ended up using 25 ephemera pieces excluding the flag flowers & alpha stickers…good going right!! And I was able to keep the page unclutter. I’d say my experiment worked!

I appreciate you stopping by today, I hope you have found this inspiring & plan on trying an exercise for yourself soon?

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in finding out how to make the flag flowers, be sure to stop by the Hip Kit Club Instagram account later to watch the process video.


Everyday Happy | AMY CHALLIS


Hey everyone, Amy here! This week I’m sharing some 12×12 pocket pages I created using the August Hipkits. Although I try to include as many pictures of family and friends in my layouts as possible, most of the photographs I take on a weekly basis are of my my home (and my dog!). These are the things that feel relevant to me now. I used to beat myself up about not having more ‘faces’ in my layouts but I’ve learnt to relax and scrap what interests me about my life today (and if that’s just pictures of our puppy, that’s okay). Whilst we make improvements to our house and garden, I’m enjoying documenting the changes and hope that one day we’ll look back on these photos and be reminded of how we used to live.


Before I started scrapping, I printed all of the photographs for this layout in 4×6 and 3×4 size with a thin white boarder. I then cut down some of the papers from the Main, Paper and Cardstock kits to 3×4 and 4×6 size, also. Then I was ready to start arranging the pieces on the page, trying to balance the bright colours with papers which were mostly white or grey. At this point I rummaged through this months Project Life cards to find some to compliment the colours and patterns I’d chosen to work with.


Once I was happy with the arrangement, I started to choose some embellishments. I picked some pieces from the HKC Exclusive Ephemera and the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life Ephemera, as well as the Dear Lizzy Saturday Rubber Shapes. I started to layer these pieces with some Pink Paislee Take Me Away Wood Veneer to add an natural element.


The wonderful card here is a transparent piece from the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Day Ephemera. I cut down the side so that it would fit in a 3×4 pocket. Pretty cool, right?


The last stage was to print the journalling. I did this by typing it up on my computer and then running the cards through my printer. I did my main section of journalling on a piece of American Crafts White Cardstock from the Cardstock Kit and printed a couple of phrases on some of my patterned paper cards, as well. (I stuck the tag onto the card on the right before putting it through my printer). The ‘handwritten’ phrase I adhered onto the black and white card is from an image I found on Pinterest.


I stuck a transparent flower (from the Amy Tangerine Ephemera) on top of the card to create this kind of mish-mashed look. I liked how the flowers were similar but didn’t quite line up.


That’s all from me today! Thanks for stoppping by and happy creating this weekend.

Amy Challis





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


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.


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!!


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.



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!


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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Hi everyone, Amy here today sharing with you a quick and easy mini book. I’m at the end of my July Hipkits now, you know the moment right? You’ve used up most of your favourite papers and your go-to embellishments. You start sorting your leftovers into piles: things to go into your stash, things to give away, and so on. Well, I decided this week (as I waited patiently-ish for my August Hipkits to arrive) that I’d see what I could make with what I had left from July. A mini book seemed like the perfect idea!


Because I’m a pocket scrapper, I usually find that I have quite a few papers left over at the end of my kits (some whole, others half-used). I usually use them to make planner inserts and dividers, but this week I cut them down into 4×6 inch pieces and punched each piece at the top using a normal two whole punch. I then used a ring to hold the pages together, but a piece of string or ribbon would work just as well – whatever you have in your stash.







My theme for this mini was motivational Pinterest quotes. I thought this would be a great book to flick through on days when I needed a little push, or cheering up. Some of the quotes I hand wrote and others I stamped; I decided to not use photographs, too. I wanted this to be a ‘tech-free’ project, and as I didn’t have any photographs already prepared I made do without. Sometimes it’s great to just work on something using whats in front of you, without having to upload and plan and edit and print.


I kept all of the pages really simple, using the last embellishments I had from July. I created a little pocket for my Starbucks card using vellum from the Cardstock kit, and made a tassel from a little piece of wool – but nothing fussy!


Thanks for stopping by and good luck on all of your mini book adventures!

Amy Challis

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!!

Explore Madeira by Kim Watson

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.


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?


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.


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)


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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