Such Great Times | June 2016 Hip Kits | Tarrah McLean

Hi there everyone!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you today to share a layout using the awesome June 2016 Hip Kits including the Main Kit and Add-On Kits!

For this week, my brief was to use lots of layers so I decided that it might be cool to create a paper weave effect using the Fancy Free paper by Paige Evans/Pink Paislee that was in the Main kit!

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I cut the paper into strips about 6 inches long and began to intertwine them over and under and adhered them down to my chosen background paper, the exclusive notepaper one designed by Kim Watson.

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Staying with the layering brief for this week, I also used some of the exclusive project life cards and exclusive ephemera pieces for layering underneath my photo.

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I loved adding some of the HKC exclusive puffy stickers, the Heidi Swapp silver glitter puffy stickers and those ever so cute rubber charms from the Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes.

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I love how the paper weaving effect turned out and how the whole layout came together around it!

Thanks so much for joining me on the Hip Kit Club blog today!

Tarrah McLean

Happy exploring! | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, Raquel here today to share a layout I created inspired by the July mood board. I chose to draw inspiration from the image on the bottom left of the board with the polaroid images and pegs and also the notion of exploring from the quote.

Here is the July Board:


And my layout: Happy Exploring


The Jillibean Soup pegs were perfect to replicate that pegged photo look. I tried to choose ones that had coloured veneer than complimented my colour palette. I added some string from my stash along the tops of the photos also and secured it with staples.  image

Each photo was mounted onto a 3×4″ card from the project life kit in coordinating colours. The landscape photo of my kiddies in the middle was double matted and embellished more than the photos on either side to make it more of a focal point. The embellishments are a combination of the exclusive die cuts, puffy stickers, and Jillibean Soup wood veneer. imageThat ‘hip’ peg by Jillibean Soup was perfect for my little man. I love adding the puffy sticker tabs to the tops or side of photos too. image
The journaling is typewritten on my trusty typewriter. I just never tire of the look of the strip journaling. It is so easy and quick to add my stories to my layouts.  image

Each photo was backed with foam adhesive as the peg creates a lot of dimension and needs to foam to make it a flat surface. image

The title was made from a combination of products. The Happy was from the Bella Boulevard chipboard from the June kit and the Jillibean Soup Navy alphas from the July kits. I created a multi dimensional cluster to the bottom right of the page. I added the Heidi Swapp chipboard, Jillibean Soup veneer, the exclusive die its and puffy stickers, Pink Paislee buttons,  and more. imageThe kids had such a fun day this day so I am so pleased that this kit was perfect for documenting it.  imageOf course while I had this beautiful kit out on my table I had to have more of a play and create a tag just for fun. This will go in my ‘card’ stash and be a quick and nice little addition to a gift for someone.

I created the tag itself from some white yardstick and applied a reinforcement sticker to the top after I punched the hole. This makes the tag look like a brought one instead of one I have just made. The main element of the tag is a camera with speech bubble which was cut out from one of the 3×4″ cards in the Project Life kit. loveyoutag

I embellished the tag with the exclusive die cuts and the Simple Stories alphas, stickers and enamel dots. I love how it turned out.  loveyoutag-close

Thanks for stopping by the blog today everyone. Have you seen the August kits? Oh my, make sure you check them out!

Raquel Bowman

July Guest Designer- Janna Werner

Hello everyone, I am happy to be back with my 3rd post for Hip Kit Club, featuring the adorable June kits. It is so much fun working with the colorful patterned papers and great embellishments, perfect for happy and light projects!

Hey by Janna Werner


The first creation I´d like to share today is a layout called „hey“. I chose white cardstock as background and framed it with patterned paper. The colors of the center coordinate with the design paper in the background.


I created three embellishment / title clusters – one on each photo, the one in the center (including the title) touches both photos. I attached similar shapes to connect the clusters with each other.

Cards by Janna Werner


Then I got two cards to share. The one called „oh hi“ includes four die cuts, the other one („best day“) was created with a tag punch & patterned paper, a die cut and stickers. Although both of them include quite a lot of black, they are light and happy. To apply the happy and light touch to the bold colored cards, I used tons of dimensional dots 😉


I hope you like today´s projects and are inspired to get crafty! Please make sure to check out my previous posts which include layouts, cards and gift boxes for more inspiration.

Have a great day, crafty friends & thanks for stopping by.



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Staying cool in the pool | Anna Komenda

Hello Hip Kit fans. It’s the reveal day in Hip Kit Club and I am super excited on what is coming in August. So many beautiful new stuff in the upcoming kits. Can’t wait to play with all of them. But June 2016 kits are great too. I still have so many goodies to work with.

Today I want to show You layout and a card. I love vibrant colors and graphic patterns and June kits are full of those two. Working with them is a real pleasure.

Summer is in the full swing here in Poland and I already have few pictures from the pool. My older daughter is a child that has some mermaid genes. She loves water and she can swim for hours even with her lips turning blue 🙂


I was inspired by the July sketch with the circular composition and cute arrows. I decided to use up some of the alphas that are included into the kits. I used a navy Jillibean Soup alpha from Embellishment Kit, exclusive blue puffy alpha from Main Kit and some letters from Simple Stories Alpha Stickers Sheet from Project Life Kit.


I also added some smaller bits and pieces from various kits around my circle. I love those black clear stickers from Simple Stories that were included in the Project Life kit.


Exclusive puffy stickers designed by Kim Watson are just gorgeous. I loved the speech bubbles and I places them around my picture too. Watercolor Die Cut Phrases designed by Dear Lizzy inspired me to create a title “Staying cool in the pool”.


That is not all for today as I also have a cute card for You. I created it using exclusive ephemera pack from Main Kit mostly.


That is all for today and see You on FB page next week.

Anna Komenda

#finishingstrong by Kim Watson

Yay! My June kit arrived this week!!

I was so excited to rip it open & see everything IRL!! What had spent hours on my computer screen was at last in my paws at last- LOL. I adore the fresh, bright colors & patterns and wanted to create a white, bright page to compliment the gorgeous products!

#finishingstrong by Kim Watson 


Inspired by Sunday’s sermon…I wanted to capture my thoughts on the subject of #finishingstrong. I needed a big block of space for journaling so chose a linear page design, keeping the text at the top of the page helps it retain its importance.


Fussy cut flowers & ephemera flowers, layered with sentiments & raised with pop dots, make the prettiest of corner clusters. I typed the journaling leaving spaces top & bottom, to allow for the clusters to be arranged on top of the journal block.


A few puffy stickers slipped under the layers create some super dimension…as does the addition of a wood veneer title placed on top of the cluster. Height makes such a difference on your scrapbook page.


Laying the text out like a magazine makes it so much easier to digest when reading. The controlled paragraphs add to the clean design, making this page work so well.


Finding a photograph for a page heavy in text and meaning can be tricky. I settled on one with symbolism, complementing the page theme; one of my little boy winning a running race. It really makes the page extra special to me.

I really hope you have found this inspiring! Remember to stop by our FB member forum for a chat & some more super projects from the members & DT alike!!

Have a great day further, until next time!

KJ DT graphic

Sunrise by Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah back with you today and I am sharing a new layout with you that I created using the June 2016 Main and Add-On Kits!

This week I was given the brief to focus on text/alphas and I knew I wanted to use that amazing exclusive text paper that was designed by Kim Watson!

The paper did prove to be a little challenging with all those words so I decided to cut some circles out of it using my Silhouette Cameo, I kept some of the negative pieces from the circles and flipped them over to reveal the other side of the paper and added them in a few random places! I then backed it up against the wood grain paper which I love the look of how it turned out!


I had this photo that I took at Easter time of a beautiful sunrise one morning while camping. I took it using the panoramic setting on my phone and it was perfect! I thought it was the perfect photo to use since there are lots of sun/summer themed embellishments in the June 2016 kits!Sunrise Detail

I added lots of the embellishments from Simple Stories Jillibean Soup, American CraftsPink Paislee and Heidi Swapp plus the exclusive ephemera pack by Kim Watson too! The Go See Do circle and the ‘I’m Dreaming of This’ phrase were from the May 2016 Kit but  I thought they went perfectly with this layout!

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I filled almost every open hole on the layout either with a phrase or an embellishment…I love how using a small little item can really just add the perfect detail you needed! I added some machine stitching right around the entire edge of the text paper. Getting back to my brief of focusing on text/alphas…I used lots of other different text pieces including, puffy stickers, ephemera and phrase stickers as well!

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Thank you so much for joining me on the Hip Kit blog today!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

Tarrah McLean


Happiness Together| Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, Raquel here today sharing my first layout and a tag created using the June kits.  These kits are just so beautiful and as always that first layout is a little tricky as you have to choose what you will use when there is so much fun choice.

For my layout my focus this week was to ‘focus on the photos’.I have decided to create a layout based on the July Sketch. As soon as I saw this sketch by Ashley I knew I wanted to play along too! I loved that the arrowheads dictate and lead your eye towards the focus. Your focus is certainly on the photos in a design like this.

Here is the July Sketch by Ashley. 13522788_10154401119407566_4986407689904220618_o

And here is my layout ‘Happiness Together’ featuring the June Kits. The photo was very dominated with yellow and orange with pops of pink so the Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness Papers teamed with Kim Watsons exclusive papers were the perfect compliment. happinesstogether

I love the effect that only securing the arrowheads with a light dob of glue in the centre of each one and finishing with machine stitching brings. If you fold each end inwards it brings about such dimension. happinesstogether-5

It can be hard to keep a clean and balanced style when you background is so busy. I always try to remember my visual triangle in times like this and ask myself; is my layout balanced? is the design to heavy to one side? etc. I decided to add a cluster to the top left and bottom right of the photo. That then brings me back to a visual triangle and balances out my layout. The cluster contains some of the exclusive ephemera, Jillibean Soup Clothes pins and Red Raspberry Soup veneer, and even a touch of the Project Life Currently Ephemera and the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness stickers. I added foam tape under these to bring them to the same dimensional level as the photo.


I added some journaling along that bottom right diagonal using some white paper and my typewriter. I found that if I placed the journaling any where else if was off balancing the whole design. The Silver arrow is in the Heidi Swapp puffy stickers. I chose silver as the accent and bling tone on this page. happinesstogether-3

The photo mat is adhered to the page with quite think foam adhesive dots. This is because the peg created quite a bulk on the page and a thick foam dot was needed to even it back out flat. happinesstogether-4

I loved layering all the different papers on this page. I was able to use the lime paper from Pink Paislee’s Fancy Free collection as the first layer. I then layered multiple papers from the kit making sure to alternate between bold and busy patterns to more subtle calm patterns. I added some definition to the notepaper exclusive by Kim Watson by adding a binding edge punch to the left side. happinesstogether-6

I was having to much fun with the kits, so while all these pretty goodies were out around me I decided to use some of them on a tag for a birthday present. I used one of the off cuts from my silhouette cutting to create a mega arrowhead. I backed that with vellum to help it stand out. I also added more of the binding edge to scraps of the notepaper patterned paper that I had cut off. tag

Once I had the foundation of the page done I was able to embellish. I just had to cut the florals from the Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness paper. I love that is made such a statement on the tag. I then added a touch of embellishments like stickers, a clip and a title which was stamped on vellum and backed with some tulle. tag-1

I hope you have enjoyed this post today. I will have a process video for the layout up on my You Tube channel VERY soon!

Raquel Bowman

July sketch + Pocket Letters| FLORA MONIKA FARKAS

Hi Everyone! It’s Flóra here with a new layout and a Pocket Letters.

First about the 12″ layout. For this I used the July Hip Kit sketch designed by Ashley Horton. It’s just so stunning, isn’t it? I wanted to make a fun, colorful summer layout. Probably it could be more masculine, but I was not bothered with the diversity of the page.

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First I cut out the arrows with Silhouette Cameo and then backed them with the Pink Paislee – Fancy Free – Paper 06 from the June Main Kit.

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For embellishing I used a lot of HKC Exclusive Everyday Day Ephemeras – designed by Kim Watson. They are perfectly fit to the colors of the pattern paper. I love that the package includes titles, word labels and floral shapes as well. My other favorite from Jun Kits are the Simple Stories – Carpe Diem  – Clear Stickers from the Project Life add-ons. As my photo had some blank space I adhered there few of the stickers randomly.

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In the end I complete my layout with colorful Simple Stories – Sunshine & Happiness – Enamel Dots. I really like the result. And I think HKC June Kits are my favorite so far, they are excellently selected.

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In the process video you can check how I put together the layout.

My second project for today is not a Project Life even if this has also pockets. I have just sent out a Pocket Letters to my scrap friend, thought I would show you. For this I used the leftovers from the May Kits.

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I used bits and pieces from all the kits like HKC Exclusive papers, HKC Exclusive – Meadowbrook – Ephemeras,  Jillibean Soup – Wood Veneers, Illustrated Faith – She Blooms – Chipboards and Enamel Hearts. In the back of the pockets little gifts are hidden and a letter as well.


I also created some kind of hanging tag as a decoration just to spice up the project.  Have you ever made a Pocket Letters? It’s so fun to create it and of course get it. You definitely have to try. 😉


That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by!


Flora Monika Farkas (1)

Focusing On Ephemera | Adrienne Alvis

Hey Hip Kit Club fans! I’m here with a layout that I created using the June 2016 Hip Kits!


There are so many great ephemera pieces in the June kits that I wanted to focus on using them on my layout. I started with a photo grid of my daughter taking selfies one afternoon and placed it on top of the fun cut file designed by Ashley Horton that’s available in the shop under June 2016 Downloads.


Next, I layered several of the American Crafts Project Life Currently Chipboard Ephemera pieces available in the June 2016 Embellishment Kit around my photo grid and placed the “captured” piece in the middle using some foam adhesive for added dimension.


I kept adding ephemera pieces around the bottom and up the right side of my page tucking some under the cut file and layering others on top of the HKC exclusive Everyday Ephemera pieces that are available in the June 2016 Main Kit. I love how well the ephemera pieces coordinate with the HKC exclusives!


One of my tricks for getting so much dimension when I layer is using foam adhesive on certain pieces and by using a wide mix of embellishments such as the Everyday Puffy Stickers designed by Kim Watson, the Pink Paislee Fancy Free Decorative Buttons, and the Jillibean Soup Today Words Wood Veneer pieces that are available in the June 2016 Project Life Kit. The mix of materials, colors, and shapes help add lots of texture and dimension which helps draw the eye around the circular design of my layout.


For a finishing touch, I hand-stitched several stitches around the cut file using bright aqua embroidery floss and sprinkled a few drops of the Shimmerz Coloringz Pink Stilettos non-shimmering mist (available in the June 2016 Color Kit) on the speckled background paper as well.

I really love how this page turned out and I hope I’ve given you some inspiration on how to use up all of that gorgeous ephemera that’s available in the June 2016 Hip Kits! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Adrienne Alvis Graphic

Making it Masculine

Hey y’all!

I’m back! With a super unusual layout for me using the June 2016 Kits—I really stepped out of my comfort zone for this one and I actually like the way that it turned off. Believe me, it took time for this page to grow on me, and I even thought about redoing it completely but I decided to keep it because after all, it’s a good thing to step out of our comfort zone and accept imperfections! My biggest challenge: NOT USING PINK! This challenge was set by myself so that I could try and make this page as masculine as possible. I think I achieved the masculine part, but the outcome wasn’t exactly my favorite!

I started with a white background and one of the Dear Lizzy die cut phrases that came in our Main Kit. I simply set the die cut onto my page and then sprayed right on top of it using the Color Kit’s Shimmerz spray called Mandarin Mai Tai.

I then began my layering process, using some of our exclusive patterns as well as some of the Jen Hadfield Pebbles papers. I embellished using several elements from the Main Kit, as well as the Embellishment Add-On Kit.

I then added some of the puffy stickers that are an HKC Exclusive from our Embellishment Add-On Kit and then hand-doodled with a pen around the edges.

I hope you like this one!



For my second project, I created a project life spread that focuses on several pictures taken of my sweet baby girl when she was about 7 months. (insert bawling face emoji here). Anyway, I took several photos of her before church one morning and loved how each and every one of those turned out. Why not use all of them? So, I did. It was the perfect addition for my PL Album.

I used a few of the HKC Exclusive cards from the Project Life kit and then used the Paper Kit for extra 3×4 cards.

I embellished with the Jillibean Soup wood veneer, puffy stickers, lots of Simple Stories stickers, and a few pieces of ephemera from Becky Higgins’ Currently collection and HKC “Everyday.”

I had tons of fun making this one and loved this process from the beginning. 🙂

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Make sure to check out my process video for these two projects!



Ashley Fowler