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


Envelope Pockets & DIY Embellishments Using February 2017 Hip Kits @abstractinspiration #ziniaamoiridou #cratepaper #maggieholmes #wrmk #hipkitclub

Envelope Pockets & DIY Embellishments

Hello Hip Kits fans! It’s Zinia here to my last project using the February 2017 Hip Kits. I had so much fun using these kits and I created a bunch of different projects throughout the month but I’m really excited to start playing with the March kits as soon as possible.

Envelope Pockets & DIY Embellishments Using February 2017 Hip Kits @abstractinspiration #ziniaamoiridou #cratepaper #maggieholmes #wrmk #hipkitclub

This layout was pretty hard for me. My first couple of ideas didn’t really work out so it took some time and experimentation to get here. If you are curious about the whole process, you can watch the process video bellow:

I really wanted to use my envelope punch board to create some pockets and fill them with the beautiful Oh my Heart cut apart specialty paper that came in the Paper Ad-on Kit. I measured the cut apart pieces I wanted to use and I created envelops in the closest size. Then I cut off the top flap and turned them into pockets.

Envelope Pockets & DIY Embellishments Using February 2017 Hip Kits @abstractinspiration #ziniaamoiridou #cratepaper #maggieholmes #wrmk #hipkitclub

The embellishing part was much easier. I went for my go-to embellishment from this month’s kit, the butterflies. I also used a few florals from the Chasing Dreams sticker sheet that came in the Embellishment kit.

Envelope Pockets & DIY Embellishments Using February 2017 Hip Kits @abstractinspiration #ziniaamoiridou #cratepaper #maggieholmes #wrmk #hipkitclub

I also used the Color Kit to create some DIY embellishments. I mixed the AcriTonez with some heavy gel, spread them through the stencil and fussy cut them to create some lovely geometric hearts.

(During the photoshoot, my little assistant did a thorough check to make sure everything was good)

Envelope Pockets & DIY Embellishments Using February 2017 Hip Kits @abstractinspiration #ziniaamoiridou #cratepaper #maggieholmes #wrmk #hipkitclub

Before I go, I want to show you some more pages from my traveler’s notebook minibook for February.

February 2017 Traveler's Notebook by Zinia Amoiridou @abstractinspiration

In some spreads I tried to keep things very minimalistic. When there was an item I really loved, I didn’t want to stuff it on a busy page. I preferred using it on a simple spread so that it’s on the spotlight.

February 2017 Traveler's Notebook by Zinia Amoiridou @abstractinspiration

I really tried to implement as much stamping as possible. I really enjoy playing around with stamps in my traveler’s notebooks and this one is not exception. I absolutely adore the Oh my Heart stamp set that came in the Project Life kit.

February 2017 Traveler's Notebook by Zinia Amoiridou @abstractinspiration

February 2017 Traveler's Notebook by Zinia Amoiridou @abstractinspiration

I also used some interactive elements like this file folder to “hide” a goofy photo of my boyfriend and his valentine’s date.

February 2017 Traveler's Notebook by Zinia Amoiridou @abstractinspiration

When I’m working in my traveler’s notebook I always try to use the products that I wouldn’t normally use in my scrapbooking.  For example I don’t often use washi tape and tags on my 12×12 pages, so I made sure to include them in my TN and use them up in my lovely notebook spreads.

February 2017 Traveler's Notebook by Zinia Amoiridou @abstractinspiration

So these are my projects for today. I really hope you enjoyed them and you got inspired to create something with your February Hip Kits. Make sure to stop by the HKC Facebook page and the HKC Member Forum for even more inspiration.

Until next time, happy scrapping🙂

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!



Keeping It Simple | Tiffany Medina


Hey everyone! Tiffany here with two simple projects using the October Hip Kits. For this first one I want to share two 6×8 Project Life spreads. I’ve been working on my 2015 album and I had left off at my friend’s wedding weekend back in June. I decided to share two spreads because I was working on a small scale–6×8 is pretty restricting–and because the event just happened to span three and a half page protectors. I unfortunately didn’t have a process video for the making of these spreads, but in the video down below, I walk you through each individual card that I made with the papers from the main kit and how I embellished them as well.

Since I had to work with the photos I already had tucked into the page protectors, I decided to keep the spreads simple. Though, a way that I tried to incorporate something new and interesting to my album was to attempt a bit of hand-stitching on my title card, which reads “Friends For Life.” I’ve never done hand-stitching like this before on any project and it was definitely a process! But I do enjoy how it ended up looking, just adding that nice stitched touch to my spread.

Since most of the photos that I had were printed larger than my new normal, I do have a few 3×4 photo cards in my spreads. I decided to leave these plain of any embellishments because I honestly found them a challenge to embellish. In this first spread, I have two 4×6 cards on the bottom of each page where I used a larger photo. On the left I have another 3×4, which I decided to line up along the left edge of the card and have a few bits of ephemera from the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection poking out from behind it. I wanted to use a much of those We R Memory Keepers family themed die cuts as possible for these spreads, in order to emphasize friendship also being family. So I added one of those pieces to this first card.

For the second 4×6, I had this huge 4×4 photo of my friends and I that we had taken. I decided to align this one to the right and on the left side of the card I folded over a white doily just to take a bit of the focus away from that large photo. Since I’ve known these friends since high school, I decided to spell out our year with the pink alphas, in homage to a small reunion of sorts. Then over that photo I used one of the Pinkfresh Studios Indigo Hills rubber charms that had the perfect sentiment for the occasion on it.


For this second spread, I basically continued in much of the same way. I left that one 3×4 photo card the way it was and embellished the other cards around it. For the “Feels like home” card, I actually tossed one of the photos that I had originally wanted to include in this spread and replaced it with that die cut from We R Memory Keepers Honey I’m Home collection. I liked how I just took one of the cardstocks and cut it to 3×4 then used one of those die cut pieces with a lovely sentiment on it to create my own filler card. That filler card acts as a transition card of sorts, since it signifies the end of my friend’s wedding event and the going back home. The next and last 4×6 card is of my planners, cause receiving and setting up a new planner deserves to be documented as well. 🙂


For my second project, I want to share a simple traveler’s notebook DIY. I made two traveler’s notebook inserts using papers from the main kit and embellished the covers with a few pieces from the embellishment kit as well. These types of inserts are super easy to make. I decided to just make mine plain. One insert has lined paper and the other has grid paper. You can easily make and print your own paper either on Photoshop or with free online tools like You can even make an insert with different types of pattern paper or simply leave it blank. I decided on one line–that I’m going to gift to my bother–and the other grid, because it’s my personal favorite.

I show you step by step how to make these easy inserts in the video below. You’ll need your chosen papers, embellishments for the covers, some embroidery thread or similar string and a needle to bind everything together. For reference, a typical standard-sized inserts is 4.33in x 8.25in (or 11cm x 21cm). I made mine with 8 sheets of regular printer paper, so that when folded in half, I get 16 pages total. You can add more or less pages. I find that having 16 – 20 pages is the right size for embellishing with photos, stickers and such, as the insert will bulk up the more you add to it. I would say no more than 30 printer paper pages is key. Of course, this all depends on the type of paper you use because thicker cardstock or watercolor paper causes more bulk, so you’ll have fewer pages per insert. But you can make them however you like so  have fun with them!

Products used: Hip Kit Club October 2016 Main KitOctober 2016 Embellishment Kit Add-on + October 2016 Cardstock Kit Add-on


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


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!


Dream | September 2016 Kits by Raquel

Hey everyone, Raquel here today sharing my latest layout using the October kits. For this layout I decided to focus on the exclusive cut files and try and do something a little different.

I downloaded the exclusive wreath cut file from October designed by Kim Watson and cut the floral pieces off it. I wanted to create a floral feature and cluster on either side of my photo.

The photo I am documenting is one of myself taken this June before I taught Scrapbooking classes in Brisbane. I wanted to document what an amazing experience it was and how it was a big ‘scrapbooking’ achievement for me.

To help add some brightness to the clusters either side of the photo I added the Simple Stories Posh collection stickers. I love the navy and corals with the pops of yellow. Looking at the clusters you wouldn’t be able to tell that the floral die cuts have come from a wreath. I embellished on a diagonal to keep the page balanced. dream-4

My journaling was just typed on my typewriter and adhered to the bottom right corner. I added the journalling there as the area around the photo was very busy. dream-5

This page was super hard to photograph to share with you today due to the gold foiling. It is hard to do gold foiling products justice when sharing them online, but boy, these Simple Stories Posh chipboard pieces are gorgeous. dream-6

I added a sticker and arrow to the top of the page to serve as a directing tool, so your eyes lead to the photo. dream-7

The small Simple Stories clear stickers did not turn out very well on the main layout image but I love how they look on the page. The affirmations on them are super positive and a great way to record that moment. I also added the Pebbles Inc leave rub ons in gold to add further detail to the clusters.


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope this page has inspire you to create with your October kits.