Thursday Inspiration: Oasis Die Cuts!

It’s Thursday once again and that means it’s triple the fun! Each Thursday 3 of our Design team members use the same product, whether they are on a scrapbook layout, a Project Life spread, off the page, in a planner or elsewhere. Plus, they all have their own unique style, which means lots of inspiration for you! This week, Jennie, Nicole and Cara have got some fantastic projects using the Oasis Die cuts from Crate Paper which are in the April Main kit. Let’s see what they’ve done!



These die cuts are just beautiful!  From the muted colors and gold foil, I couldn’t wait to get them on my pages.  I had a handful of photos from our recent spring break and I knew that the die cuts would go perfectly with the April Project Life kit and those photos!

First, I layered the die cuts with the exclusive Project Life Cards!



Not only are they beautiful layered on cards, they are also gorgeous layered on photos!


Aren’t the little details just great?  I love how they all work together throughout the whole page!



Would you like to see how all of this came together?  Check out the process video I created for this layout!


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I just love the idea of using die cuts for the majority of embellishing on a scrapbook layout. It really keeps your choices simple and makes you think outside the box a little too! I opened up my Oasis diecut pack and layered them across my page that I has painted with a little mint green paint ahead of time.

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The great thing about the Oasis die cuts is the sizing variety and shape – so many fun choices in one little bundle of happiness! Makes the layering type of scrapbooker super happy to add lots of little bits to your project.

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All that is left to do is add in a staple, enamel dot or even a puffy sticker from the kits to add a quick layer to the diecuts to add some fun dimenstion!

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I love it when a page comes together with the help of a simple idea and some product that inspires you!




Howdy planner girls! I’ve got a treat this week, I’m in my bullet journal! This is a book that is always tucked into the front elastic of my Traveller’s Notebook. I have pages for routines, dreams and goals, books I’ve read, checklists, monthly plans and others ideas that don’t really have a set deadline. I’m going to use this spread as a spot to put all the things that I would like to do this spring, a sort of Spring Bucket list.


This past weekend I got to meet the amazing Terhi from our Design Team! It was so nice to meet her in person, and she is sweeter, prettier and even more talented in real life, if you can imagine that! I took one of her classes at a event in Paris and in this week’s project, I’ve taken the techniques she taught me and used them in my planner! Yes, you can put mixed media in your planner!



I then took some of the Oasis die cuts with lots of space or lines for writing and arranged them on the pages along with a couple of the Hip Kit Project Life cards that had lines. These are where I will write my spring list so I added them first. Next, I decorated!! I added more die cutes (isn’t that camera the cutest!?!??!) along with washi, stickers from the same Oasis line, acetate shapes and leatherette stickers from Pink Fresh, chipboard from American Crafts and then I added some random bits of stamping with the roller stamp from Vicki Boutin.


To finish off the spread, I took one of the exclusive flair badges, an Oasis button and hot-glued them together, sandwiching a paperclip in between. I took the foam off of the back of the button first to take away any extra bulk.



Happy Planning!


Thursday Inspiration: A Few of Our Favourite Things!

Hey everyone! We hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far! Today, we have 3 takes on the things we loved the most that came in our kits for March and April.

Cara: Patterned Papers

I’m a scrapbooker as well as a planner girl. Patterned paper is always my favourite when I scrapbook, there are so many possibilities! I thought that I would bring that over to my planner. I absolutely adore fussy cutting, give me a good movie and some sharp scissors and I’m a happy camper.


I grabbed a couple of my favourite papers, (from Dear Lizzy for American Crafts), in my March main kit, and cut out words and flowers to make clusters in my spread for this week.


I took a few more papers from Shimelle (American Crafts) and Paige Evans (Pink Paislee) and added squares and the word ‘PLAY’ about the pages. A few die cuts from Paige Evans (March Main Kit) and Dear Lizzy (March Project life kit) and some enamel dots (March Main Kit) were all I needed to finish off the spread.


The planner clip was made from the same Dear Lizzy paper as ‘dreamer’ and ‘love’. I made it so that it can be moved along the page to mark the current day.


When I made it, I realised that if I was fussy cutting, it would be smart to cut a second piece at the same time so that I would have a matching piece for the back to cover the paperclip. To keep them from moving around, I used a binder clip and moved it only at the end when the only side I had left to cut was the one under the clip.


Happy Planning!


Jessica: All The Florals!

Hey guys! I wondered what I go for most when I scrap and undoubtedly it’s pink as a color, mixed media for the technique, and flowers for the patterns/embellishment. The April kit really has some lovely chipboard flowers to scrap with. Little spoiler: I was assigned a no-flower task later, I know exactly why that happened (lol). Anyway, here’s the layout I’m going to share with you today:


I used my floral lace cut file that you can find in the march downloads; I changed it up a little to how I liked it better and then cut it with my Silhouette Cameo.



To color in the cut file I used my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor palette which I love! The colors are so vibrant and pretty. So yes, the good life for me definitely consists of pink, watercolors and flowers! What about you?

Thanks for joining me and check out what Ashley came up with!

Jessica Fabiano Design Team Member


Ashley: Pink Fresh Acetate 

For my project, I’ve created a Project Life spread for you all with a focus on one of my favorite products from the kit (the Pinkfresh Acetate).

I started by cutting some of the patterned papers down to size to fit in my pockets. I also used one of the HKC Exclusive PL cards from our Project Life Kit.

I used some of the alphas from Pinkfresh Studio (Embellishment Kit) and the My Mind’s Eye “Palm Beach” Collection (PL kit).

I lightly embellished with pieces from the “Live More” collection, but also from the “Oh My Heart” collection.

One of my favorite things in this kit is the acetate pieces! I love the colors and the designs. I wanted to keep things simple, therefore, I chose approximately one piece per card, although there are photos without them (they just wouldn’t have shown up great on those particular photos).

On the title card, I sewed the acetate piece for more texture but I also love how subtle this yellow and pink tag is on the bright pink card.

I hope y’all enjoyed this process and gained some inspiration!! 🙂

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Ashley Fowler




Thursday Inspiration with Cara Vincens, Nicole Nowosad and Jennie McGarvey

It’s Thursday once again and we are back with lots of inspiration for you! One product, 3 ways, the possibilities are endless 😀 This week, Cara, Nicole and Jennie are using stickers from Shimelle and Pink Fresh in their projects. Cara is in her planner, Nicole has a scrapbook page for you and Jennie’s Project Life project will finish us up.

First up is Cara:

Stickers are a planner girls’s best friends so this project was so much fun for me.

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I started with the big Shimelle feathers because they were my absolute favourite! So pretty

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I fussy cut some of those adorable houses from the fabulous Dear Lizzy and aded them to some of the boxes. I also added some matching Project Life cards.

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Here’s a video so that you can recreate this in your planner or simply get inspiration:

Happy Planning!


Nicole is next with her scrapbook page:

I really used the stickers as the inspiration for the background design of my page. I started with the fun vinyl stickers from Pinkfresh Studio and it just went from there!

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I created a bit of a background using the Pinkfresh Studio stickers and some diamond shapes cut from patterned papers in the kit.  I added a floral backing behind my photo using the FREE cut file for March in the store!

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I added some  rows of stitching to make both items work cohesively together and then added more stickers from the kit to embellish around my photo. I like to use foam adhesive behind my stickers to make them have the feel of chipboard!

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Last but definitely not least, is Jennie’s fantastic Project Life spread:


I was excited by the product feature this month because, heck, who doesn’t love a sticker?  Even better, these PinkFresh and Shimelle stickers are so easy to use it was tempting to maybe overdo it!  Now, now…we’ll keep it easy, putting some to work on a multi-photo two page layout.


The pages share both types of stickers and also the overall theme, which was our Little League’s opening day!  I don’t think you would know this was a baseball themed layout at first glance.




It was pretty fun to add the stickers to the photos and cards, as well!



One of my favorite things to do with stickers is to layer!  Here I had one of the Pinkfresh Studio triangles peek out behind the flair badge.  Easy layering!


And who could forget the little details?  Not me!


Would you like to see how these pages came together?  I have a Process Video walking you through each step!


Thanks for joining all of us today! We hope you are inspired to use up all those stickers in the March kit!


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Thursday Inspiration with Cara Vincens, Laureen Wagener and Zinia Amoiridou

Hi Hip Kit fans! It’s Thursday day again, so that means we’re back with another new 3-Way Challenge! If you missed last week, you can check it out HERE. Each Thursday, 3 design team members will be given a product, kit or idea to create with. We’ll post them here to inspire you with 3 different ways to use the same thing. Hopefully, you can come up with even more ideas.

This week, it’s Cara, Laureen and Zinia and we are using Thickers from the February kits!

Cara is up first:

I went with the aqua ombré letters… so so pretty! I love using fonts that are more or less symmetrical to make ‘TODAY’ bookmarks or dashboards in my planner. All 5 letters in the word ‘today’ are symmetrical so that means I can back them with a second letter sticker, which allows me to use Thickers on my transparent dashboards and have the backs looking almost as pretty as the fronts.


YADOT? sure, why not 😉


I’ve also added a to-do list to the dashboard. Since I used the transparency from the front of the sticker book by Paige Evans, it is fantastic for dry-erase markers! You can re-use this list every day!!


Here’s a peek at this week in my planner as well.


This video walks you through how I decorated this week in my planner and then the dashboard at the end.

Here is Laureen’s take on the challenge:

We are all loving the aqua ombré Thickers, right?! But they are just too beautiful to pass on them.
Now for my project I went with a classic layout – my favorite type of project to create! If you know my way of scrapbooking, you may have noticed that I am a huge fan of larger titles and I created many many layouts using a combination of different products to form my title. For this layout I decided to just use the one font to spread my title across the page.


As you can see I created a cluster at the top and the bottom and spread my title.
The main part is arranged at the top in the shape of the circle – I chose the quote “You and I are more than friends” for the cluster at the top.


To finish up the title I used the blue Thickers again to create a “complete” look. I didn’t have enough Thickers to spell out the entire title, so I just wrote a part in a black pen.


Here you can see the curve in the title – this creates a dynamic look and movement in your design.


And who doesn’t love a good close- up shot?! I just love the Fringe butterflies that come in the kits so much, I definetly had to use one in a small cluster around my photo.IMG_3190

Zinia is going to finish us up with her Thickers project:

To incorporate thickers in my project I decided to use them to write small messages on my gift boxes. I think thickers and letter stickers are mostly popular among scrapbookers but you can really use them in any form of paper crafts.

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I really love all the different fonts we got in the February kits so I used them all! I made my first box from a sheet of Fountain cardstock and decorated it with a doily and a couple butterflies. I used the Pink Paislee “Oh my Heart” thickers that came in the February Project Life kit to add a little message.

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For my second box I chose one of the Maggie Holmes “Chasing Dreams” pattern papers that were included in the main kit and after I added the same decorations, I used the gold glitter thickers (also from the main kit,) and the ombre teal thickers (from the Embellishment kit) to write my message.

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You can really use your thickers in any project you are working on. Just dive into your stash and find the colors and fonts that match and use up those gorgeous alpha stickers.

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If you want to learn how to create these cute envelope boxes, just check the video bellow 😉

Let’s Plan Your Day!

Hi, it’s Cara and I want to talk a bit about planning, but it may not be what you are expecting. 😉


I think that a lot of people pride themselves in being busy. Being able to list off all the things we need to do, or a long list of things that we were able to cross off on any given day is like earning some kind of busy badge or medal of honour.

But, I want to you to think about adding some white space to your day, today. Not only in the design of your page, but actually in your schedule. If you are anything like me, you are forever trying to fit in just one more task or one more errand before an appointment or pick up time for your kids. I usually end up late, or stressed that I’m going to be late, and both of those make me cranky! What a way to greet my children right? 😛

When I take the time to add in white space, a mid morning cuppa, leaving the house with lots of time to walk to the bus, or get the errands done, I’m a much calmer person.

We tend to overestimate what we can get done in a day. So I am challenging to try and not jam pack your day with a million tasks and obligations. Give yourself some breathing room. Work it into your design. Leave literal white space on your planner page, which can, not only be white spots that are left blank, but also stickers or die cuts or anything else on your page that makes you smile.


On my page for today, I not only left space around each of my plans, I also added lots of goodies from my HKC August kits. Especially die cuts (both the Exclusive Ephemera, designed by Claudia Van Rooijen from the embellishment kit and the Amy Tangerine die cuts from the main kit). It all started with that awesome, giraffe by the way! There is a bow clip from the Crate Paper small embellishment pack from the Main August Kit. I added the black foil stickers from Dear Lizzy from the embellishment kit.

I love the ‘a million tiny things’ sticker. This little guy packs a punch and has quite a few jobs on this page, and his friend ‘Life is now’ lends a helping hand. First, it’s pointing out all the small tasks that I need to get done today, my task list. But also, paired with the large giraffe, it’s a hint to me to look at those little everyday moments as more than just things to cross off of my list. Those little things are what make up life. For me, it’s not so much the birthdays and vacations, but being with my family and shaping my children and myself with this daily activities. I love my memories of the children stealing food as I cook it, and playfully batting away their hands with my spoon, or an older child explaining life to a younger one. Or even just being able to give my mind some white space as I do the dishes or the laundry, monotonous tasks that allow my mind to wander and dream.

This quote also reminds me to watch out for these tiny little things. Keep my eyes and ears open for those moments so that I can stash those away in my memories to pull out later when the children are fighting…again.

Next up is this funky exclamation point clip. It comes from the American Crafts Thickers by Dear Lizzy in the main kit. I just hot glued it to a paper clip, cutting out matching pieces for the backs. I was careful to only glue the dot bit to the inside part of the clip so that  the clip was still functional  in my planner.

This last project is a little out of my comfort zone, I’m not a big card maker, but I will make them when occasion calls.


From the August paper kit, I used white cardstock for the base of the card and layered vellum, the Saturday ‘Metro’ paper from Dear Lizzy and the ‘Cheery’ paper from Crate pepr’s Cute Girl line. I fussy cut some flowers from the ‘Central Park’ paper (also from Dear Lizzy). I dug into my Project Life kit to finish off the cards and used my favourites products, the enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye, the wood shapers from Dear Lizzy and those adorable bird stickers from the Amy Tangerine sticker book.

I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with white space!


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A Clean Slate to Plan

Ah a new school year, so fresh with so much potential. Just like new school supplies, clean notebooks and shiny pens, the school year smells new, hopeful, like a fresh start!


I’ve always loved back to school, it may only be my obsessive love for stationary 😉 But I think there’s more to it. I love the excuse to wipe everything clean and just start fresh. I love the potential of that big blank space and ideas and inspriation always come to me!

Now, of course, there’s no rule that says that you can only start over when the school calendar turns over, or at the beginning of the new year. These are just the traditional ‘fresh start’ times. I encourage you to start afresh when ever you feel like you need it. When things get stagnant or when you get a sparkly shiny idea that eats away at your every thought until you put into action. If it happens to be January 1 or the first day of school, that’s awesome but don’t let the date keep you from acting on what’s motivating you. Let March 2nd, July 17th, any date, your birthday, tomorrow, today, RIGHT NOW be your start afresh day!!

I love the quote sticker from the Dear Lizzy pack in the August Embellishment kit.



So of course I added that to my September spread, t was first thing I picked to add. I scattered some of the exclusive die cuts (also from the embellishment kit) and more of the Dear Lizzy stickers, also from this kit are some of the puffy stickers form Crate paper. I cut a couple cards from the Be You patterned paper from Crate Paper – Cute Girl in the Main August kit. I used some of the Amy Tan die cuts from this kit as well. From the Project Life kit, I used a clear sticker and some stickers from the Amy Tangerine book.


For my weekly spread for this week, I wanted it to feel special for my kids, since it’s our last full week before school starts. So, I named it ‘magic’ using a sticker from the Dear Lizzy pack.


Along with the countdown numbers (until school starts) and then some puffy stickers that were in the Crate paper puffy pack. These were all from the August embellishment kit. From the August Main kit I punched boxes from the Dear Lizzy ‘Saturday’ paper, using both sides (LOVE both sides of this paper soooo much!!) and added a strip of it along the bottom. I also glued some gold starts from the Crate paper – Cute Girl small embellishment pack and one of the bow clips, also from that pack.


The tip-in is a die cut from the Amy Tan pack that I washi-ed in. I can always use a little more room on the back to write 😀

From the Project Life kit, I used owl stickers from the Amy Tangerine sticker book and the exclusive clear banner stickers. that ‘enjoy’ card is an exclusive die cut from a previous kit, that just fit so well, I added it in.


I made this today bookmark live on Periscope, which you can watch here:


I do tutorials live every Thursday using fun products from the Hip Kit club kits, so please come join us, or if you miss it you can catch the replay. Check it out so that you can see how I made the back look as pretty as the front 😀


For the clip, I used two cutie-pie house stickers from the Crate Paper puffy stickers in the Embellishment kit. They just happened to be mirror images so they were super easy to turn into a clip.


Have a fantastic week, and don’t forget, you can start anytime!!

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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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On Traveller’s Notebooks, Dreams and Goals

Hi, it’s Cara, your trusty planner girl! Today I want to take you beyond scheduling soccer practice, and what’s for dinner. What about you? Are you scheduling in time for you? A bubble bath, a massage? Those are fantastic, but don’t forget about your goals and dreams.


If you are new to goal setting, you may be interested in how I achieve my goals. And as a busy mom of 6 you may think that I don’t have time for myself, but I make sure that I do, even if it’s only a 15 mins task one day or while the water boils another, making progress every day gets me that much closer. If you never start, you’ll never get there!

So where do I actually begin?

With a dream!

A flitty, happy thing covered in fairy dust!

Then I write that down. Here, I’ve used my long term goal book from Planner Perfect. I’m usually not quite ready to being working towards this dream at the time when I first write it down, so I’ll let it simmer. As the ideas of how I want to achieve this dream come to me, I’ll write those down too. Soon enough, I’m feeling ready and I’ll attach a goal to this and then decide on the steps I need to take to achieve this goal and I’ll schedule those into my days. Then I decorate it 😀


I’ve used fussy cut flowers and hearts from the exclusive papers from the main July kit, exclusive puffy stickers and Amy Tangerine’s rubber goodies from the embellishment kit and chipboard stickers from Becky Higgins and an exclusive PL card, from the Project Life kit.

This planner page is my dream and intention for the month of August, of course it won’t be complete by the end of the month, but by chugging away at it everyday, I’ll get closer and closer to my goal and create a habit going into September.

I like to set my intentions for the day here, in these blank pages and use my squared off planners for tracking things like projects and tasks.

I’m a lefty so I’ve always been drawn to traveler’s notebook, if you are right handed you probably won’t know that rings or coils are a nuisance to us lefties, we just can’t get our hand in close enough! You lefties feel my pain!



One of the downfalls of TN’s is that you can’t easily pop pages in and out and move them around. Tip-ins are a great way to overcome this and PL cards make fantastic tip-ins. It’s easy to tape them in with a little washi, but what I LOVE to do is to add the little glassine baggies that exclusive acrylic embellishments usually come in. Like the ‘friends’ and ‘noted’ acrylic words from the July main kit.


See that little clip? More on that in a sec 😉

The baggie tapes in just like a PL card and here I’ve added one of the PL cards tucked inside for an extra spot for writing. I love to decorate the baggies on both sides as well. I’ve used these pockets to hold ticket stubs or sweet notes or drawings from my geeklings.


Here’s a scope that I did with a little tutorial and some tips for tip-ins 😀

Tip-in Scope

The clip proved to be a bit of a challenge, but I ended up backing the acrylic word with one of the exclusive papers both from the main kit. I traced the acrylic shape onto the paper and fussy cut it out twice and then, using hot glue, I sandwiched a paperclip between the two pieces, so you cant see the paperclip from the back. Then I carefully hot glued the ‘noted’ arrow piece to the front.


Have fun setting your goals and happy planning!

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