Let’s Stay Home Daddy with Tarrah McLean

Happy Easter Hip Kit friends!

It’s Tarrah McLean joining you this Easter Sunday….sadly I don’t have an Easter themed project to share today but I have a cute layout to share instead! I challenged myself to only use the March 2017 Main kit to create this layout!

So I began by choosing some of the pretty papers in the March 2017 main kit, the houses paper by Dear Lizzy is so hard to resist!  I cut a circle in the geometric paper using my Silhouette Cameo and then backed the house paper behind the circle.

 My title consists of the Charm Thickers by Crate Paper found in the March 2017 Main kit…I used lots of the Oh My Heart ephemera by Pink Paislee/Paige Evans to layer and embellish around my photo…the exclusive enamel dots enhance the flower ephemera beautifully!

My niece is soooo photogenic! I am so glad I have her cuteness to scrapbook now! This photo of her with her Dad was taken when she was visiting me…..I bought her this cute outfit she is wearing and I wanted to get some cute shots of her!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Hip Kit Club blog today! I hope I have inspired you to pull out your March 2017 Main kit and create something pretty!

I hope you and your family enjoy a safe and Happy Easter!

Tarrah x

Mixed media Dream Catcher | Kim Watson


Engaged by Kim Watson



Hi friends…Kim here, with a new page using the January 2017 kits & one of the amazing free subscriber cut files designed by Jessica Fabiano, to commemorate my brother’s exciting engagement on 3rd February 2017. We are so looking forward to their up and coming wedding & I wanted to create a page that was super special. The mixture of cut files, and mixed media helped me achieve the perfect look.


I had fun with the base page by creating a lovely collage of gesso, texture paste, Shimmerz, watercolor & gold mist. Then by cutting the dream catcher file in white cardstock, as well as patterned paper, I was able to create a 3D drop shadow effect. By attaching only the frame, I left the feathers loose further adding fantastic dimension.


Taking x3 feather ephemera from the Pink Paislee pack in the main kit, I slipped them in between the x2 cut file layers adding some pops of color. The cool thick cork adds, interest & contrast scattered around the page, balancing out the soft colors.



Layered frames & a notelet create an interesting cluster, decorated with puffy stickers & butterflies are the perfect detail for the bottom left side of the page.


Wanting a bright title, I got a little messy with the canvas alphas found in the January 2017 January kit. I covered my process in my technique video…but basically it is layers of gesso, x2 shades of pink paint & Heidi Swapp gold mist. The effect is fantastic!!

I really hope you liked my page & idea. I hope you are inspired to create a similar design with your January kits. Remember if you are looking for a great crafty community, be sure to join the HKC Facebook page and the HKC Member Forum.

Happy crafting friends 🙂


Monochromatic Layout | Missy Whidden

It’s Monday again…woo hoo!  Missy here again to share another layout using the beautiful 2017 January Hip Kits.  I began this page by going through all the embellishments that I hadn’t used yet.  I noticed I hadn’t used those fun metallic Heidi Swapp chipboard frames from the Main Kit yet.  I pulled three of them out and arranged them on the Fountain cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I liked the way that looked with my photo layered on top, so I went with it.  I also pulled out all the pieces that were either blue, mint, aqua or green and decided to go with a monochromatic color scheme.  I jazzed up the background with some white gesso.  I used some of the Teal Heidi Swapp Texture Paste from the Color Kit.  I watered it down on some plastic packaging and then added in some of the Shimmerz Jeni B Bleu Vibez from the May Color Kit.
I created a lot of dimension here because of the thickness of the frames and the layering.  I added some adhesive foam under that blue camera sticker to make it even with the frames.  I combined some of the Hazelwood stickers from the Project Life Kit and rub-ons from the Main Kit with some of the exclusive Hip Kit die cut flowers from the Embellishment Kit and wood veneer pieces.  I colored the fabric Thickers with some Shimmerz and a gelato.
I love how these frames look on the watercolor background.  I did some machine stitching through each one and then at the bottom and top of the design with some light blue thread.  My journaling fit nicely to the right of the bottom frame.
I love this metallic gold!  I added some Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine to echo the frames.  That beautiful butterfly sticker is from the Hazelwood sticker sheet, and I added some navy blue thread under it.
Here you can see more of the dimension.  The frames automatically create it, and it’s awesome.  I made sure they were glued down well on the mixed media background.  I layered in more wood veneer, stickers, cut aparts and rub-ons here.
Here’s one last close-up of the top area.  I love these colors together.  It’s fun to limit your color scheme sometimes and see what you can come up with!
Here’s my process video if you’d like to watch how I put this layout together.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

Butterfly Dreamin’ | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, Raquel Bowman here today with a new layout using the beautiful January kits and exclusive cut files. This week my baby girl had her first day of Kinder. This is quite a milestone event here in Aus so I was itching to get this photo documented. I was planning on adding a lot of journaling to the layout documenting all the ‘mummy feels’ however, once I started playing with the products I sort of ran out of room! Luckily, being a Mummarazzi I took plenty of photos so I will create another layout to contain the thoughts and feelings behind this special day.


To create this layout I made a feature of the gorgeous January exclusive butterfly cut file. I just loved this cut file as soon as I saw it and thought it was the perfect one for this story. I actually cut this file twice – once on vellum and once on white card stock from the card stock add on. I then traced the design onto the Pink Paislee patterned paper and hand cut around it. I could have cut the outline of the file on my silhouette but I added it as an afterthought.

To add a beautiful touch of dimension I stitched them together at the centre of the butterflies and folded the areas of the wings inwards. I love the softness this brings and the pops of pink and coral coming through the wings of the butterflies.


For the title of this page I used the exclusive veneer piece from the Main Kit and backed the ‘dreams’ part of it with the same Pink Paislee Moonstruck paper that I used behind the butterfly cut file.


To embellish the page I used a combination of products. I just love the Hazelwood collection by American Crafts that is featured in these kits. I included some of the stickers and also the butterfly rub ons. I placed the rub ons onto plain card stock and then fussy cut them out to turn them into die cuts.


There was an exclusive paper that had the most beautiful florals. I fussy cut those out and placed them either side of the photo. Of course I had to add some more butterflies and hearts to the embellishment clusters too.


I added two patterned papers behind the photo and a doily from my stash. The papers help tie in that blue and pink colour palette. I also added strips down the side of the whole layout, just to help balance the page a little. It is very busy compared to my usual style. followyourdreams-4

To finish the page I added a touch of Heidi Swapp Colour Shine. I hope this page has inspired you to get creating with your January kits and the cut files. followyourdreams-6

Thanks for stopping by the blog today,

Raquel xxx


Diagonal Design with Missy Whidden

Hey, friends!  Happy Monday 🙂  Missy here with a new layout featuring the 2017 January Hip Kits.  Aren’t they so beautiful?  I wanted to create a fun and unique color scheme for my page, so I decided on the pink and coral watercolor paper from Pink Paislee Moonstruck and paired it with the two blue and white exclusive papers.  All of these papers are in the Main Kit & Paper Kit.  I created vertical strips to make a base for my photo and embellishments, and then I decided to go diagonal with the design.  I started with my photo in the upper right area and worked my way down to the lower left corner with the embellishments and title.  I used some white gesso on the background before coming in with some of the Heidi Swapp Teal Texture Paste from the Color Kit and some Shimmerz Jeni B Bleu Vibez.  I mixed and matched a lot of the embellishments, and I love how it all turned out.
I loved adding some blue watercolor effects to this beautiful patterned paper.  I used the packaging technique first with the Texture Paste by watering it down.  It created a really soft blue look, and to darken it up a bit,  I added the Shimmerz.  I also added in some pink Shimmerz from my stash and added a little bit of a red gelato to get the right pink shade.  I used the HAPPY letters from the exclusive die cut pack and paired it with some of the One Canoe Two butterfly rub-ons and stickers as well as a few of the exclusive wood veneers from the Main Kit.
I did use the stencil from the Color Kit with the Texture Paste.  I used a brush to apply it instead of a palette knife, and I like the subtle shapes I got.  I printed my journaling on my computer and glued it to this label sticker from One Canoe Two.  I added one of the cute metal clips and added foam under it for some dimension.  I fussy cut that cute flower from one of the 4×6 Project Life cards and added a bit of blue watercolor to it.  I finished off this area with one of the exclusive cut apart phrase pieces and a Moonstruck puffy sticker.
I fussy cut these pretty flowers from one of the exclusive patterned papers and added some blue watercolor to them to jazz them up a bit.  I added some tangled thread under them as well as an exclusive flower die cut and wood veneer.
I gave the butterfly rub-ons dimension by applying them to some scrap cardstock and cutting them out.  All I had to do was add a dot of glue to the centers so I could bend up the wings.  I also punched a few of the blue circles from the patterned paper I used on the left side to bring in more of that color on the right.
Here’s a look at the title area.  I love how it turned out!  I combined some of the Moonstruck pieces here with the white puffy alpha stickers from Studio Calico.  I also stitched through HAPPY for some added interest and detail.  I just love those butterflies!
Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out.  I hope you are inspired to try something fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous scrappy week!

Hello Life | Kim Watson

Oh my crafty heart…don’t you just LOVE these colors?

The December Hip Kits are to-die-for! The wait was well worth it! Paige Evan’s collection, Take Me Away for Pink Paislee, is pretty, artsy & so easy to scrap with. Take a look at what I did.

Hello Life by Kim Watson


Using an exclusive paper by Kimberly Hutchinson, I applied layers of misty fuschia inks from Shimmerz, building up intensity as I went along. Bold splatters finished off things nicely giving a super pop of color!


Aren’t those exclusive resin stars darlin’? They were calling to be scattered across the page somewhere…just like the dreams & possibilities that lie ahead for the girls, as they make big decisions about careers & what to study at uni.


Pretty layers using ‘Take Me Away’ papers & ephemera. The Hip Kit exclusives add lovely texture & interest.


I used the gorgeous MME mirrored acrylic die cut numbers to attach the cute tassel, allowing it to dangle free.


I adore how the mix of MME mirrored acrylic die cut & charcoal glitter thickers, layered on top of a floral ephemera piece make the most gorgeous title. It is pretty & sophisticated with a touch of whimsy.

Process Video of Hello Life by Kim Watson

The December Hip Kits are totally fabulous…if you haven’t grabbed one for yourself, I suggest you do. Treat yourself whilst there are a few left to buy.

You are going to LOVE them.


All Smiles | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, its Raquel here today sharing my latest layout with you using my December kits. For this layout today I decided to create a page for my Son documenting a special little everyday moment that I wanted to record.

My son is two and it was becoming a struggle to get him to brush his teeth daily. He simply didn’t like doing it, whether I did it or encouraged him to brush, it wasn’t an easy task. The moment I am documenting is photos taken on the day that I had a bit of a ‘lightbulb’ moment and decided to make brushing fun by buying him a battery operated Spiderman toothbrush. As you can see from the photo – we didn’t have any trouble getting him to brush his teeth again. If the truth be told, I have had to tell him to stop brushing them a few times as her wanted to brush them multiple times in a day, ha. Winning!

Here is the layout I created: All Smiles


I thought the title of ‘all smiles’ from the Amy Tan Thickers pack was perfect for this page. It is clear in his cheeky grin that it is a smiley page, but also because the documenting is all about his pearly whites. To help the white foam pop off the page, I backed it on one of the Take Me Away Pink Paislee patterned papers. I also adhered it to the page with a foam tape. I love the shadow the title provides. I knew I wanted to add a fair bit of journaling and tell my story, so I thought the mirrored swirl would act as a nice transition into the journaling.


Because the page was documenting multiple photos I added small clusters to either side of that group of photos. In this grouping I added one of the November cut files by Irit, cut from one of the kits exclusive papers. And also I added an asterix thicker, exclusive ephemera, a Pink Paislee clip and small embellishments that provide that finishing touch, like the mirrored circles and Heidi puffy stickers.


Here you can see the cluster to the left of the photo. The details tab is just there for an added embellishment, but yep, all the details are in the journaling.


I am a little addicted to adding these gorgeous Crate Paper tassels to every page I create. This one coordinated with my colour palette nicely and I was able to wrap and tie it to the star cut file.


I used my typewriter for my journaling and cut it out in strip form. I wrote in third person -a bit like a story for something different. To finish the journaling and help balance the page and reinforce the design idea of visual triangles, I added smaller embellishments to the bottom right of the journaling. all-smiles-45

I wanted the photo of my son and his big cheesy grin to stand out more than the other two photos so I matted it onto the yellow from one of the Pink Paislee papers and adhered it with foam tape to the page. The whole mat of photos on the woodgrain paper is also adhered with foam adhesive. it really helps those photos pop. all-smiles-7

I hope you have enjoyed this layout today and found it inspiring. It was fun to challenge myself to create a multi photo layout about my son from what predominately could be said to be a more girly themed kit.


Thanks for stopping by

Raquel xx


Cut Files & Hand Stitching with Missy

It’s Monday again, friends!  Missy back today to share another layout using the beautiful 2016 December Hip Kits.  I began with one of the new January cut files designed by Jessica.  It’s a gorgeous cluster of butterflies, so be on the lookout for it on the Hip Kit website under the Downloads tab.  I cut it on the beautiful striped paper in the Main Kit and Paper Kit from the Take Me Away collection and adhered it to white cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I used some clear gesso on my cardstock first and then used a few Shimmerz Paints to add some watercolor splotches.  I didn’t do a lot of embellishing since the butterflies are the star of the page, but I did hand-stitch around the entire cut file using coordinating colors of embroidery thread, and I really love how it turned out.
I love hand stitching, and this cut file just begged for it!  I love it finishes off the edges and really makes it stand out.  I added some aqua and pink shades of Shimmerz here and embellished with some of the exclusive Hip Kit die cuts designed by Kim Watson.  I also used a few of the white foam flowers from the Amy Tangerine sticker sheet.
I combined some of the Amy Tan Thickers with the Take Me Away Thickers to create my title.  I love mixing and matching to get a fun look.  I also threw in some enamel dots here and there as well as some tangled thread from my stash.  You can also see the tissue paper and patterned papers I used to layer behind my photos.
I love the light shades of purple in the kits this month.  I was so happy to see that I did indeed have purple embroidery thread in my stash!  It was a perfect match.  I did add some adhesive foam under my photos to make them a bit more dimensional.
To add a bit more to these foam flowers, I fussy cut a few leaves from one of the exclusive patterned papers.  I love the pop of black from them.  I think it balances everything out with the darks in the photos and the scripty words.
Here’s one more close-up of the top of the page. I really love how these colors look, and I’m so happy how this page turned out.
Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out…I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas to try!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week, friends!

Fussy Cutting Patterned Paper with Missy

Happy Monday, friends, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Missy here, and I have a new layout to share using the 2016 December Hip Kits.  I decided to do some fussy cutting for this page.  I’ve learned to always take a close look at my patterned papers to see if you can cut out any of the designs.  This beautiful paper by Maggie Holmes jumped out at me, and so I took some time and cut out all the plus signs.  They look like they’re all made from washi tape.  I arranged them in the shape of a heart on my background paper, which is one of the exclusive Amber Star papers designed by Kim Watson.  I love the gorgeous blue color!  I jazzed up the area behind the plus signs with white gesso, Shimmerz and some gelatos.  Both of the papers I used are found in the Main Kit and Paper Kit.  One of my favorite parts about this page is the fun little tassel banner I created at the bottom.  Those pieces are from Crate Paper and are in the Main Kit.
Here you can see the background color.  I used some of the Shimmerz Well Blue Me Down Coloringz from last month’s Color Kit and mixed it with the Heidi Swapp Sweet Mint Color Shine from this month’s Color Kit.  I also used colors from my stash.  I wanted to make those plus signs pop, so I made the background colors really bold by using the packaging technique, my brush and my fingers.  I did some machine stitching around the heart and on some of the plus signs with silver metallic thread.  I mixed and matched my title using the Thickers from the Main Kit and Project Life Kit.  I also added in the cute die cut banner from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection.  That cute “remember this” die cut is an exclusive this month.
I love all of these beautiful colors!  I used a few more patterned papers to layer behind my photo as well as a bit of the Lilac cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I also added a few bits of tangled thread.
To jazz up this white Thicker, I used a silver metallic pen to create a bit of shading on the edges of the letters and then smudged with with my finger.
I added one of the cute decorate clips from Pink Paislee right onto my photo and added some purple tangled thread.  I punched a large yellow circle from one of the Pink Paislee papers to use as a layer, and that pink “love ya” tag is also Pink Paislee.
I love how this tassel banner turned out!  I used some pink thread and hung them all on it and then arranged it under the photo.  I added some glue under each one so they would stay put.  My journaling fit nicely under it.
I had a great time putting this together!  I hope it inspires you and gives you some fun ideas to try with your patterned papers.  Don’t be afraid to cut them up!  Here’s my process video if you’d like to see how I created this.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week, and Happy 2017!

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


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!



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.


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.


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


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!