Shake it Off!

Cara here, planner girl extraordinaire!

Shaker dashboards really scream planner girl, don’t they!! This one is a mini shaker that I made with two of the Heidi Swapp chipboard frames from the Project Life kit.


I made a plastic pocket with some leftover page protectors and my fuse tool, added the HKC Exclusive Acrylic Dots from the Embellishment kit. At first I thought they might be too thick, but they worked out perfectly.

For extra pizzazz, I stuck in two PL cards trimmed down and glued back to back. These were in the Project Life kit. Then, I sealed the top with my fuse.


The frames were also stuck back to back, sandwiching the shaker pocket in with hot glue, but first to get the dashboard to fit in my happy planner I used a piece of plastic backing from last month’s enamel dots, those things never last long in my studio so I have lots of empty sheets! 😉


I trimmed it to size and it was also sandwiched between the frames along with the shaker pocket when gluing. Then I punched some disk holes. You can use regular hole punches if you have a ring planner.


It can lay inside the planner anywhere, including peeking out the top for a bookmark.

For the planner spread, I punched little boxes from the fabulous papers from the Main Kit.


That floral one from Simple Stories may be my favourite thing from all of the July kits 😉 The others are divine as well, I used 2 of the exclusive papers from Kim Watson and the Paige Evans 04 from Pink Paislee. I layered some of the exclusive die cuts also from the Main kit and indulged in something lumpy along the side… a chipboard sticker from Project Life that is fittingly found in the Project Life kit  😉


The clip below is that darling camera flair from the Embellishment kit!! LOVE it! Flair clips are so fun, I hot glued a paper clip to the back and covered it with a circle punched from one of the patterned papers.


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Love You | Raquel Bowman

Hey everyone, Raquel here today with a new layout featuring the July kits. My post for today has a focus on ephemera. So today I am going to share a little tip with you on how I  create my own ephemera using the Project Life kits.

But first, to create this layout I have used the August sketch and August cut files.

Here is the sketch:

August 2016 Sketch

I just loved the design of the  sketch this month. The diagonal, the banners and central positioning of everything is just such a nice design that I was itching to create a layout using it. The photo I am documenting is one of my little man who has a recent obsession with my iPad. It has become a daily struggle with my son and daughter who gets to play the iPad. We have a rule that my daughter gets to play it when my son has his afternoon nap and my son gets to play it in the evening after his nap. I wanted to document how he enjoys playing it and the battles we have on this layout. loveyou-jack-logo

As I mentioned earlier my theme for today is all about ephemera. I get the Project Life kit each month and because I don’t project life as such I challenge myself to use the cards in some way. On this layout I decided to cut out and make my own ephemera from the 3×4″ cards which I will explain in more detail below. loveyou-jack-desk

In the cluster to the left of the photo is a globe. The globe was cut from one of the cards and adhered to the page with a foam adhesive. I finished the globe with the captured tag from the ephemera pack. I also cut a heart from one of the August cut files and one of the exclusive papers to use as a layer in the cluster.


The love you was cut from some black card stock in my stash and an August cut file too. I love the contrast of black on this page with the soft blue and pops of yellow. loveyou-jack-2

The Becky Higgins chipboard coordinated well with the colours in this layout too. I added a puffy arrow to direct your attention to the typed strip journalling. loveyou-jack-3

The floral die cut was also cut from one of the exclusive papers. I am not afraid to add florals to a boy page. I think this cut file still compliments the page well and I love how it looks. I added a touch of texture to the page using the Color kit stencil and some Faber Castell whipped spackle. The yellow heart is also a cut file which I have added some stitching through the middle. loveyou-jack-4

The hello good times tab was actually on one of the 3×4 cards too.  I used my We R Memory Keepers tab punch to punch it out. I must remember to keep that punch out on my desk as it was a quick and easy way to customise an embellishment for my layout. loveyou-jack-5The photo was added to the page with a foam sheet to add dimension also. loveyou-jack-6

Using a similar design to the sketch I also created a card using my scraps from the layout. I used a die cut heart and a couple of the exclusive puffy stickers too. So fun and a nice eye catching design. hellocard

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Did you see the release of the September kits? I think they have to be my favourite kits ever! Cannot wait to play with them. Be sure to check them out in the store if you haven’t seen them yet. Raquel Bowman

So happy together | Anna Komenda

Hello Hip Kit fans. It’s Anna here with some new layout created with July 2016 Hip Kits.

First I want to tell You a little about what I do when my mojo is low. It’s one of my few methods and it can be used with kits or paper collections. I just pick one or two colors that are present in the kit / collection and I choose every single element that fits my color scheme. I run through papers, ephemera packs, stickers and I group everything in one place.


This is what I did with July kits. First – I chose this gorgeous ombre blue exclusive paper designed by Kim Watson. I really liked it and wanted to use but I didn’t have any particular plan. I checked exclusive ephemeras pack from Main Kit and Embellishment Kit looking for some blue / white elements. I put them in one place. Later I decided that I will add a little bit of silver by using Freckled Fawn puffy metallic stickers.


When I decided of a color palette I walked through my printed photos (I always print more pictures to use in future projects) I chose two that matched my paper. White Bella Blvd. chipboard stickers were also a perfect match with my photos and other stuff.


I wanted to add some subtile detail to the background so I took a vellum sheet from Cardstock Kit and cut heart background using  July “I heart this” cut file designed by Ashley Horton. Teal glitter was some stronger, eye catching accent that I decided to add too. “Fancy free” wooden elements were covered with teal glitter so I used them in my composition.


Project Life “High five” little chipboards were like cherry on the top for my layout. You can find them in Project Life Kit.

And that’s all. Really fast and simple, even when Your mojo is low. I encourage You to try this “go monochromatic” method to high up You mojo and strech Your kits.


Anna Komenda


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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July kit Guest Designer: Zsoka Marko

Many thanks to our July kit Guest Designer, Zsoka Marko for sharing her amazing talent with us over the last couple of weeks. It has been an inspiring & colorful journey. If you want to keep up with her creative endeavors, be sure to see the bottom of the post for the links. 

Hello there scrappy friends,

Zsoka back here with you today with my second and final guest post for Hip Kit Club! Thank you so much again Kimberly and Kim for this awesome opportunity, I always love working with Hip Kits!

Stuck on You by Zsoka Marko


For my first layout I used the cutest cactus cut file from Kim that was a bonus file this month. I modified it a little, added some flowers from an earlier HKC cut file set and I also added Ashley’s heart cut file to the pot!


I like experimenting with cut files and add my twist to them! I then blew it up so that it took up most of my page and cut it from one of the exclusive papers. I didn’t want to back it with one single color so I was happy when I found this gorgeous exclusive paper that reminds me of a sunset. This way I had some color variation without having to back each section of the cut file separately. I then stitched around the cactus with white thread to give it more texture.


For my background paper I chose the striped paper from the Illustrated Faith line. I cut my title from white cardstock and adhered it to my background. Then I hand stitched around the letters. I tried to match my embroidery floss colors to the sunset paper to have a more harmonious look. I layered my photo over some papers, chipboard frame, washi tapes.


Finally I added embellishments to my cactus, mostly chipboard pieces. I found some cute flowers in the ephemera pack too, but only two matched my color scheme. So I ended up fussy cutting a third one from a piece of scrap paper! I popped up my cactus with pop dots to add some dimension and also added some to the flowers from the ephemera pack. Added my date on a chipboard piece and done!

Wanna Hug card by Zsoka Marko


Obviously I wanted to use the same cactus cut file for my card too. Here I didn’t modify it, just cut it as it was from white card stock. I sprayed some Shimmerz Don’t Citron Me on a piece of white card stock, added my white cactus on top. Then I also added some gold metallic thread from my stash to add a bit of interest to my card.


 There was a cute little cactus in the ephemera pack and I thought why not layer this on top of the white one? I added some pop dots to it and adhered it down. I fussy cut two tiny flowers from one of the Simple Stories papers, added pop dots to these too and glued them on my tiny cactus! So cute isn’t it?


Then I added a sentiment using those gorgeous HKC exclusive alphas! I added a piece of scrap paper behind this and on top of my white card stock base. I did a bit of machine stitching to finish off my card. Simple and quick!

July skies by Zsoka Marko


For my second and last layout I created a cut file from a part of Ashley’s Happily Ever After file and a circle. I generally go for pattern paper for my backgrounds too and I wanted my cut file to stand out, so first I backed it with a subtle yellow pattern paper, then I hand stitched around it and I also drew around the flowers in the circle with a black pen.


To decorate my layout I added some fussy cut flowers, some of which I popped up. I also added some of the Freckled Fawn crosses.


I was so happy I finally found a way to use a PL card on my layout because I just love them. Especially these past 2 months, the new finish of the cards is amazing! So I chose the one that had July on it and used it as part of my title.


For the rest I used the exclusive alpha stickers. I added some layers of papers behind my photo, as always, and I was done!

It doesn’t get better card by Zsoka Marko


My last card is a simple one too: I adhered some paper scrap to my white base, stitched around it. Then I added one of the Heidi Swapp frames and some more fussy cut flowers, gold thread and crosses just like on my layout.


Finally I picked a sentiment chipboard from the Project Life chipboard sheet and glued it on top of my frame. A bit of black paint splatter and that was it! So simple right?


I hope you like what you see and I could give you some ideas on how to use your kits in an efficient way (that is, use your scraps from your layouts to make cards or similar smaller projects! Don’t throw away anything! Yes, hoarder here, I’ll admit!).

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day! X


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You made me smile – Bea Valint


Hi there Hip Kit Club fans!  It’s BEA and I am so excited to share my layout using the lovely and colorful July Kit!

I LOVE this kit and I cannot wait to create lots of layouts and other paper crafts with it. I love this photo of my daughter and me. She really is the sweetest girl in the world and her kindness could make me smile every time.


When I saw these gorgeous flowers on ‘Doodled blossom’ patterned paper I knew that I had to fussy cut them! I am a HUGE fan of any type of pretty floral! By layering the flowers, it will certainly give a great look to your design. For keeping my layout in balance I chosed a simple white cardstock as backgound againts the colorful flowers.


I love to make contrast by layering colorful embellishments on dark background, so I placed a stipe of the ‘Ombre sky’ paper behind my flowers. I placed a piece of white wellum and a piece of folded silk paper between the black patterned paper and the white cardstock.


I added a few clusters to this page which comprised of HKC exclusive die cut ephemera,Fancy Free Glitter Accented Wood and Freckled Fawn Silver Hearts stickers. I love the detail this gave and it also allowed my page to balance with a visual triangle around the photo.


I hope I’ve inspired you to fussy cut flowers on your next layout! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day! xo Bea

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Gettin’ Crazy with Text and Alphas | Adrienne Alvis

Hello and happy Tuesday, crafty friends! There are so many lovely alpha sets, word phrase ephemera, and text bits in the July 2016 Hip Kits that I just had to create a long title for this layout that I have to share with you today!


I used one of the July cut files designed by Ashley Horton, cut it out from the B side of the “Ombre Sky” patterned paper, and layered it on top of the “Art Class” patterned paper from The Happy Life collection and then positioned my photo to the left side of my page.


Next, I added some Bella Blvd Ciao Chip phrases, available in the July 2016 Main Kit, for part of my long title and then placed a mix of HKC exclusive puffy alpha stickers and the American Crafts foam Thickers, available in the July 2016 Embellishment Kit, for the rest of it.


To make positioning different alphas in a long title easier, I used a clear ruler and placed  the letter stickers on it so I could hold it over where I thought I might want them to go before I committed to sticking them on my page. This is a very helpful trick for me!


After I was satisfied with my title placement, I layered several punched circles from some of the journaling cards, available in the July 2016 Project Life Kit, and placed them on my page so I could make embellishment clusters out of them. The ephemera phrases from the HKC exclusive “The Happy Life” collection came in handy to add extra color and depth to my page.


I also added several of the Happy Life and Freckled Fawn puffy stickers to my page so they would pop and give off a more whimsical vibe.


I hope I’ve inspired you to use lots of alphas and text phrases on your next layout! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Adrienne Alvis Graphic

Beautiful Blooms! | Adrienne Alvis

Hello, Hip Kit Club fans! Today I’m sharing a layout that I created using the July 2016 Hip Kits. I was really inspired by the gorgeous HKC exclusive patterned papers designed by Kim Watson and by today’s “beautiful bloom” theme for my page.


I split the difference between the two beautiful exclusive patterned papers by cutting them in half and layering the floral piece over the yellow piece. I placed the photo of my daughter in one of the photo frames from the HKC exclusive Color Me Happy Word Stickers (available in the July 2016 Embellishment Kit) and placed it toward the bottom of my page. To continue with the “beautiful bloom” theme, I added lots of lovely floral puffy stickers and die cuts from the Color Me Happy ephemera pack that is included in the July 2016 Main Kit.


I also added several of the Amy Tangerine Happy Together rubber charms around my photo for added dimension and color pop. I filled the middle of some of the flowers on the patterned paper with puffy stickers and one of the exclusive flair badges, also available in the July 2016 Embellishment Kit.


I completed my page by sprinkling a few different colors of spray ink around the yellow patterned paper side, including the Shimmerz Coloringz “Don’t Citron Me” non-shimmering mist available in the July 2016 Color Kit, along with several of the HKC exclusive acrylic dots for a fun and textured finishing touch.


There are so many beautiful bloom inspired papers and embellishments in this month’s kit! I hope I’ve given you some inspiration on how to use some of them today!

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Adrienne Alvis Graphic