Keepin it Cool with Michelle Whorwood

Hi everyone,  I am totally Keepin’ it Cool whilst waiting for my March Kits to arrive (not really but I am totally trying to do so).  There has been lots of requests for creating boy pages with the kits, so today I am sharing a masculine layout of my almost 13 year old son and I am also stash busting with the October 2016 Hip Kits.  I have used a mix of both the Main Kit and the Embellishment Kits on my page.


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I am totally motivated with the graphic nature of scrapbooking with Black and White photos at the moment and lots of white space.  Scrapbooking with a black and white photos makes it easy to adapt the Hip Kits to work with just about any theme.  I also love how the patterned paper and embellishments pop on the page as well.  I definitely find it more of a challenge to scrap boy layouts especially when they are at the tween/teen age but I find keeping it quite hip and fun using lots of words, tags and a masculine colour palette is the way to go.

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I have used the Pink Paislee Take Me Away Thickers to create my title – originally it was a phrase called ‘Keepin it Real’ but I changed it to include cool instead as I felt it was a bit more appropriate for the photo of my son and one of my cousins’ kids.  And it adds more interest to my page.

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How cute is this camera!  Added a little heart to it for some interest too.

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The ‘leaves thickers’and the ‘hanging with my fam’ works perfectly for my photo  as it was a family reunion when the photo was taken.   The little glasses worked so well with the boys both wearing the glasses it was an easy choice to add them to my layout as well.

I hope you have enjoyed my layout today and I have inspired you to use your Hip Kits to create layouts about the boys and men in your lives.

Take care


Pocket Pages in my Memory Planner | Tiffany Medina


Hi everyone! Tiffany here with a spread in my 2017 memory planner. I’m using my Simple Stories Carpe Diem planner in Robin’s Egg Blue as my memory planner for the new year. This is a new system for me, as I used a Heidi Swapp Memory Planner last year, so I’m just finding my groove in this new planner. For my first week spread, I used bits from my December Hip Kits. I decorated my January dashboard and even incorporated a small 4×6 pocket page to add a bit of Project Life flair to my pages.


For my dashboard–as well as my pages–I decided to add a bit of watercolor to the pages. I used my Prima watercolor palettes and used colors that matched the pretty papers of the kit. So lots of mint, pinks and purples. I dabbed a bit of watercolor on the bottom corner of my dashboard in order to give the page a bit of color without overdecorating it with paper and embellishments. In the top right hand corner, I covered the birthday section with a squared piece of the plus sign paper from Maggie Holmes Bloom collection. I wanted a little section on the top to write out the month, which I did with the Charming thickers from the Crate Paper Heart Day collection.


I embellished the square on the top and bottom with little banners that I either cut from branding strips or used from the exclusive HKC die cut ephemera from the PL kit. On the bottom banner,  I added a strip of the American Crafts Teal glitter tape that I cut into a thin banner. On the top, I added a few phrase strips of the exclusive HKC cut apart sheet that read “Goodbye 2016” and “Hello 2017,”also from the PL kit. I embellished it with a Carta Bella enamel dot from the Embellishment kit and a gold puffy star sticker from Heidi Swapp that’s in the PL kit. I did the same on the bottom of the page over the small watercolor splotch. I layered a couple of banners and embellished with a phrase strip that says “Happy New Year!” and another enamel dot and gold puffy star sticker.

For my weekly pages, I began by adding a few watercolor splotches in lilac purple, mint and pink colors. I personally think I went a little overboard with the watercolors here, as I find them a bit harsh and wish I had left more white space, but you live and learn. Once I had that down and dried on my page, I took the branding strip from the HKC exclusive Sparkle paper from the Main kit and used it like washi tape along the bottom edge of my weekly inserts. On the bottom right page of my spread, I placed the pink sofa die cut from the Pink Paislee Take Me Away ephemera pack, layering a die cut from the exclusive HKC ephemera pack that reads “a perfect day!” on top of it.

With my base pages basically done, I began to play around with photo placement. I matted all of my little 2 inch photos on the American Crafts Lilac Cardstock, except for the four photos I used in the pocket pages. I placed my photos as close to the day of the week they were taken, as a few of them were from the same day. But I’m not too picky about where they go, as I know they are all from the same week.


Once I knew where everything was going to go, I used a couple of branding strips and cut them into small banners to cover up the days of the week and replace them with my own. I only did this because my inserts had a Monday start to them, but January 1st was on a Sunday and I wanted to include that Sunday. I used the gold acrylic number stickers from the My Mind’s Eye Yes Please collection that’s in the Embellishment kit to number my days. It creates a bit of a bulk to my pages, so maybe not so ideal for planners, but I liked the look of them and used them anyway.

When I had my photos down and all the banners and dates in, I began embellishing. I used a few gold puffy stickers from the Heidi Swapp sticker sheet to accent a few of the photos, as well as a few of the phrase cut aparts from the exclusive HKC cut apart sheet. The pink “throwback” tab piece was from the Take Me Away ephemera pack from the Main kit. I also added a few of the gold star sequins from the Pink Paislee Birthday Bash confetti pack that was also in the Main kit scattered about the spread. That is the extent of the embellishing. I kept it minimal because the watercolors added so much interest on its own that I didn’t want to overdo the spread.


Now, since I had four photos left over that I wanted to include in my week, I decided to include a small pocket page to house them. I used a 4×6 pocket insert from Simple Stories that fit two 3×4 horizontal cards. I used the “Fantastic” and “Here & Now” cards from the PL kit, covering the backs of those two cards with the watercolor brushed strip paper from the Pink Paislee Take Me Away collection. I kept these cards really simple. I added one photo to each card and embellished them with bits from the kits. I didn’t include any journaling as I just wanted a place to showcase photos of my art journal that I made that week. I did however, use a couple of phrase stickers from Simple Stories Posh line that I had in my stash to add a few phrases to the cards that I thought fit.

Be sure to check out the video below to watch my entire process of documenting my first week in January in my 2017 Memory Planner!

Products used: Hip Kit Club December 2016 Main KitDecember 2016 Embellishment Kit Add-on + December 2016 Project Life KitDecember 2016 Cardstock Add-on


Creative Title | Jana McCarthy

Hello everyone, Jana here with a new Layout! My Theme for this week “creative title” … well, i had to think about it for a while. There is the word “dream” in the the Chipboard Sticker pack from Simple Stories and my first Idea was to use that as a part from my Title!
I searched for a matching Quote but i wanted to kept in simple and so i went with “dream BIG little you”


I used only a few colors here, a lot of white and light colors. This Layout is my last one with the October 2016 Kits and i am so ready for some Christmas feelings and the November Kits!


here is my process Video for you to watch!

Thanks for stopping by
i wish you a great day!




Subtle Mixed Media Details for Project Life & Scrapbooking | Zinia Amoiridou

Hello everyone! It’s Zinia here and today I have some lovely projects to share with you using the October 2016 Hip Kits.So let’s begin with a project life spread. As I continued in my album I had to deal with the back side of a 2×2 page protector I created earlier this month. The thing is I created a few shaker pockets with some ephemera so they are one-sided and I didn’t want to cover their backs with paper and lose that transparency effect.


To go around that problem I decided to put a vellum insert and cover it’s back side. This way when I look at the previous spread, the pockets look beautiful and see-through and when I look at the other side, my eyes are focusing on the vellum and I don’t notice the mess that’s going on behind it.

For this spread, I wanted to use a few subtle mixed media details and create a magical look. So on top of my vellum, I used one of the September 2016 cut files designed by Kim Watson. I cut it out of watercolor paper and brushed some of the gorgeous “Crushed Coral” Texturez, that came in the October 2016 Color Kit, over it. Once the paste was dry, I used some watercolors to create a rainbow gradient. If you look at it up close, you can see all the glory of the granules from the paste.


I also used some of the Jen Hadfield rub-ons from the October 2016 Embellishment kit around the cut file and sprinkled a few paint splatters with the Shimmerz spray that also came in the  October 2016 Color Kit.

On the right side of my spread, I kept my color palette fresh and light. I used some of the papers that came in the Main Kit and cut my own 3×4 cards. I didn’t go too crazy with the embellishments, just layered a few pieces together and used my dies to cut out some shapes from my paper scraps.

I decided to add some more mixed media on the bottom left card to bring everything together and help both sides look cohesive. I followed the same “pattern” of cut files, rub-ons and splatters but in a smaller scale.


Moving on to another project, I also created a scrapbook layout that is similar in a way to this project life spread. In both cases I used a few subtle mixed media details to make my projects look magical and interesting and then I decorated them with layers of gorgeous ephemera.


For this layout, I experimented again with the Texturez we got in the October 2016 Color Kit. I really love it’s color and texture but for this specific page I really wanted to dull it’s shimmer a bit. To do that, I mixed it with some heavy gel medium with matte finish (approximately 1:1 ration).

Now let me tell you something. It’s not that I don’t love the shimmery finish of these products, but this gel mixture looks absolutely fantastic! It has a very subtle silky finish and I have a feeling this is going to be my new favorite technique.

I went with a pretty simply design because I was a bit worried on how this page will turn out. I’m almost at the end of my October kits so I decided to chose my favorite embellishments from what I had leftover and layer them to create some fun dimensional clusters.


I tried to pull all the different materials that came in the kits including the ephemera, chipboard, wood veneer, washi tape and rubber shapes. I also used a piece of the glassine bag that was holding the pins in the embellishment kit. I always find it fun to include bits of unconventional materials and packaging is a great source for that.


I really hope you enjoyed these projects and got inspired to create something fun with your October 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🙂


Creating movement using papers and ephemera by Tarrah McLean

Hi there Hip Kit Club fans!

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


I decided that because my photos were small and film strip like that I would create a sense of movement on this layout. I began by cutting a vertical strip from the Maggie Holmes Gather paper from the October 2016 Paper Add-On Kit with the coral colored chevrons on. I then cut some individual chevrons to act like arrows that would work to loosely frame my photos. I matted my photos in the dark blue paper to make them stand out on the spotted background paper I chose.     we-are-better-together-detail

The We R Memory Keepers Honey I’m Home ‘We Are Better Together’ wood veneer piece from the Main Kit acts as my title and I just had to add that super cute Simple Stories ‘Posh’ dog chipboard sticker from the October 2016 Embellishment Kit, he reminded me of the animals on my nephews outfits that they are wearing!

Watch how I create this layout in my process video below!

The Simple Stories Posh chipboard arrows layered over the paper chevrons, helps cement the sense of movement happening on my layout. I added a few other fun things like the balloons and some hearts to help balance my layout also.  we-are-better-together-detail-2

I hope I have inspired you to create with your October 2016 Hip Kits or any of our kits? Take an idea from my layout and try it on your next layout! I would love to see what you do! Tag me @tarrahm on Instagram so I won’t miss it!

Happy creating!


Tarrah x


Hi Girls! It’s Flóra back. This time my theme was DIY background. I interpreted it differently as I didn’t feel like to do any mixed media etc, so I decided to create a room interior what gives the background, but also part of the layout.


First of all I chose the background paper from the October 2016 Main Kit, then I placed the We R Memory Keepres Honey I’m Home frame die cuts from the October Embellishment Kit. After this I adhered the light bulbs and hang them with cables what I draw with a pencil. I am very satisfied finally I was able to use them as they are super cute, but let’s be honest, it’s very hard to use them on a scrapbook layout.


I embellished the frames with more WRMK – Honey I’m Home – Ephemera and Simple Stories – Posh –  Stickers and WRMK – Honey I’m Home – Stickers from October 2016 Project Life Kit.


I created the title with mix of Pink Paislee – Take Me Away – Phrase Thickers and Exclusive Hip Kit Club Coral Puffy Alphabet Stickers. It looked too plain so I added WRM – Honey I’m Home – Puffy Stickers to cheer up.


I hope you like my new scrapbook layout. Have a great weekend and happy crafting!



oh so pretty | Jana McCarthy

Hi and Hello, welcome back to a new Layout from me, Jana! This week theme is “oh so pretty” and my first thought was to use a photo from beautiful flowers, or from my niece or even from me… but this would be too easy, right! So, i grabbed a photo from my Hubby… yes, i know!

The Idea for my Layout came from a beautiful Paper from Crate Paper, that one with all the different patterns in little blocks/striped. I cutted two stripes and made a big paper wheel from it, i stitched trough the middle of the papers and glued everything together. It looks so pretty!
The Dimension is huge and it will not fit into a page protector, but let me tell you, i don´t even use them!


I added a lot of flowers and hearts, gold words and voila! oh so pretty Layout is complete!
The October Kits are gorgeous and so full of beautiful things! It´s easy to get some pretty projects done!



Here is my Process Video for you to watch! Enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by today


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.


Feel so happy – BEA Valint

Hello again! It’s BEA with you today. I’m super excited to share this layout that I created with the gorgeous October Kit. I absolutely love how this kit can be used in so many themes/topics. You can find perfect colors for a feminine layout, but there are so many darker blue for boys too!


For my recent layout I chose pink, teal and gold color combination, so I picked up the matching elements from the Kit. I used the flamingo cardstock and the Maggie Holmes striped paper as a background of my page, and layered some WRM Honey I’m home ephemera above and below the photo.




I changed the color of the yellow wrath ephemera with some gold glitter glue, and applied gold acrylic paint on the wood veneers. It is an easy way to customize the kit’s color palette.


This kit is full of beautiful gold elements, they bring a beautiful shine to my page. I combined the gold stickers and the Simple Stories gold cardstock .

Here you can check my process video, enjoy watching!

Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend! Bea


A Fall-Inspired Project Life Spread and Using A Large Title On A Layout | Adrienne Alvis

Hello everyone! I used the October 2016 Hip Kits for a fall-themed Project Life insert and a 12×12 layout for my post today.


I had lots of photos from my family’s recent fall activities that I didn’t include in my monthly Project Life spread, so I decided to create an insert to document some of the highlights from this lovely season.


I used some of the HKC exclusive Project Life cards from the October 2016 Project Life Kit and embellished them with lots of Dear Lizzy Saturday collection ephemera pieces that are available in the Main Kit.



Since my photos had a lot of brown, gold, and greenish tones, I used lots of pink, aqua, and navy for my color scheme. I really like the pops of blue on my spread and I think it coordinates well with my photos.


Next up, I have a 12×12 layout that I created using one of the cut files from this month that’s available for free to subscribers here along with the lovely geometric style patterned paper from the Posh Collection by Simple Stories.



I added some of the wood veneer pieces from the We R Memory Keepers Honey, I’m Home collection and a few of the coordinating ephemera pieces to embellish around my page. For even more dimension and color, I layered a few stickers from the Posh Collection by Simple Stories and the Honey, I’m Home Collection and even a few gold rub-ons from Jen Hadfield available in the October 2016 Embellishment Kit on top of my cut file.


I really like the look of the large title on this page. Since I usually start my designs with my photos as the main focus on my layouts, it was fun to mix things up a bit and use a different focal point when I was creating this page.


This layout didn’t take too much time to complete thanks to the fabulous October 2016 Hip Kits and all of their lovely coordinating products!


Make sure you check out the process video for these two projects below…

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back next week with more crafty inspiration!