December Daily cover page and Day 1, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  I hope your December is off to a great start!  I’m so excited to be working on another December Daily album!  This will be my 8th December Daily album…I started in 2010, and have been hooked ever since!

Today, I’m sharing the start of my December Documented album with you.  I’m not one to have my foundation pages ahead of time…I like to take it day by day, and see where the photos take me.  How about you?  Do you do your foundation pages ahead of time?

For my December Documented album, I will be using the gold 6×8 album (It’s amazing), the 2017 December Documented kit, November 2017 Main kit, November 2017 Project Life kit, and the November 2017 Embellishment kit from Hip Kit Club.

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For the front of my album, I used those fabulous Crate Paper tassels and buttons.  I may end up hanging them so you can see them when the album is closed hanging off the spine.  For my cover page, I made a simple half circle shaker page using vellum, the HKC exclusive holiday sequin mix, and gold numbers from American Crafts DIY shop.

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For day 1, I documented my homemade advent (which I made in 2015), and the return of Stewart, our elf.  The journaling cards in the Hip Kit Club December Documented Kit and the Project Life Kit are fabulous, and make pocket pages quick and easy!

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You can see my Day 1-2 for 2015 here, and my title page and Day 1 for 2016 here.

I hope you like what I’ve created, and I inspired you to get crafty.

Happy Tuesday!

 

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12 days of giving Hip Kit Club blog hop, day 2

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Hey friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far!  Welcome to day 2 of the Hip Kit Club 12 days of giving blog hop.  You should be coming from Anna’s blog and your next stop is back to the Hip Kit Club blog.

Today’s gift is the Twisted Lights Frame cut file designed by our fabulous Kim Watson!

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Don’t forget to head back to the Hip Kit Club blog for instructions on how to access this cut file!

Now on to my layout!

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My family and I went to see the Nutcracker ballet a few years ago, and while I scrapped it in my December Daily album, I wanted to create a 12 x 12 layout for my regular album as well.

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I used the powder blue cardstock from the November 2017 cardstock kit to cut my twisted lights frame cut file.  Then I backed the bulbs with various papers from the November 2017 Main Kit.  I also used a few pieces from the November 2017 Project Life and December Documented kits to embellish my layouts.

It was so easy to create this layout with such an awesome cut file!

I hope you’re enjoying our hop!

Happy Saturday!

 

November Traditions memory planner, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday!  Today, I’m sharing a spread in my Memory Planner that I shared on the Hip Kit Club blog a few days ago.  Even though it’s a week in November, I created a Christmas spread.  Every year, we take our daughters to see Santa sometime in the week of Thanksgiving.  We do this for a few reasons: the girls have some days off from school, there is usually no line to see Santa, and we like to beat the December mall crowds.  I thought it would be fun to document the reason for our tradition, and to show pictures of each of my 3 girls’ first trip to see Santa.  (P.S. we went to see Santa this year on Tuesday, the 21st, and we were the only ones there!)

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I found myself using a lot of exclusive products from the November 2017 Main Kit, Embellishment Kit, Project Life Kit, and December Documented Kit.  There are lots of exclusive goodies in these kits!

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I started my spread by laying out the most important parts: the pictures, the title, and the journaling.  I backed the 3 pictures with pattern paper, and layed them out where I wanted them to go.  Then I worked on the title; I fussy cut “November” from one of the Project Life cards, and I love the exclusive gold alpha!  Next, I drew out a few lines, and added my journaling.

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Once all the important pieces were in place, I filled some of the empty spots with embellishments.  One of my favorite parts of the spread are the ornaments that I fussy cut from an exclusive 8×8 paper in the December Documented kit.  I added 3 ornaments on each side of the spread for balance.

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I finished off my spread with some machine stitching and gold ink splatters.

I absolutely love how this turned out!  I love having all the pictures of my girls’ first Santa visit on one spread.  (I love this story so much, that I may have to do a layout and/or document it in my December Documented album as well!)

I hope I have inspired you to get crafty!  I highly recommend you check out these kits if you haven’t yet!

Happy Tuesday!

Magical, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey everyone!  A few days ago I was on the Hip Kit Club blog along with fellow team member Corrie for sketch Friday.  A weekly sketch challenge is posted every Friday on the Hip Kit Club blog, Facebook page, and Facebook Member Forum.  I highly recommend you check it out the Hip Kit Club Member Forum Facebook page to see how you can participate and win a $10 coupon code to the store!

Today, I have a Halloween layout to share with you.  I like to get my Halloween photos scrapped as soon as I can…If I don’t, I forget about them with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and they never get scrapped.  I think I still need to scrap 2013 & 2014…

Here’s my take on the sketch:

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I used my October 2017 Main Kit, Embellishment kit , Color kit, and the cardstock I used is the Bazzill tutu pink from the cardstock kit.

I wanted to use one of the giant Dear Lizzy white chipboard words, as I hadn’t used any yet, and I thought “magical” was very fitting for a Halloween layout.  I dressed it up with some mixed media.  I used the Shimmerz Old Yeller Inkling with a bit of the packaging technique and I also painted with a small paint brush.

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While the chipboard was drying, I got to work on my layout.  Can you believe I only used one pattern paper on this layout?  I loved both sides of the Pinkfresh Studio Escape the Ordinary paper in transform.  I used the b&w side as my frame.  Whenever I matte a layout on a piece of pattern paper, I always cut out the inside, so I can still use the paper.  Do you do that too?  Since I cut out the middle, I had enough left over to use on my layout.  I punched some circles out of the b&w side, and I used the yellow floral side as a layer behind my photos.

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I used circles as embellishment spots on my layout.  I looked for black and white elements within the kits to embellish the circles, which was plentiful in the Pinkfresh Studio Escape the Ordinary collection.  I added some paint splatters, and my journaling, and called it done!

Even though I didn’t use any Halloween product on my layout, I think it turned out very “Halloweenie!”

I hope you like my layout!  I encourage you to play along with our sketch!

Happy Sunday y’all!

Love you so much layout, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey guys!  I was on the Hip Kit Club Facebook page a couple of days ago, and I shared a fun layout focusing on Pinkfresh Studio Escape the Ordinary stitched tags which are included in the Hip Kit Club October 2017 Embellishment kit.

When I got the tags assignment, I was inspired by some banners I recently made for my daughter’s first birthday party.  I made a banner from all of her monthly pictures, and strung it with a donut banner that I bought, and a one banner that I made.

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I knew I wanted to string the Pinkfresh Studio tags on a piece of twine, and add a few more twine banners.

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I used the Bazzill Whirlpool cardstock from the October 2017 Cardstock kit, and I splattered some watered down white acrylic paint.  I also splattered Shimmerz Old Yeller Inklings & Lapis Dance Creameez from the October 2017 Color kit.

Next I started the banners.  I used the bigger tags as a spot for my photos.  The photos are from my husband & I’s 10 year anniversary trip to colorado in 2014.  I had made a mini album, which I blogged about here, but I never made layouts to include in my regular scrapbook album.  I used 3 of the smaller tags for embellishments and a spot for my journaling.

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I made 3 more twine banners with lots of stars from the Pinkfresh Studio ephemera pack included in the October 2017 Main kit and 2 small tags I diecut from pattern paper.  For my title, I hand wrote “love you so much” across the page to match the whimsical feel of the star banners.

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I added the banners lower on my page than I initially wanted, so I decided to add a strip of pattern paper to the top of my layout to balance all the action on the bottom.  A few more bits and pieces to finish my layout, and I called it done!

I love how my layout turned out, and I hope you do too!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are inspired to get crafty!

Happy Friday!

Second Grade, a layout featuring Sweet Stamp Shop

Hello crafty friends!

Today, I have a layout to share with you featuring Sweet Stamp Shop.  The theme I was challenged with is getting back into the routine for fall.  Fall to me, means the start of another school year for my girls.  My middle girl just started 2nd grade, so I thought I would do a layout documenting her excitement for the first day of school.

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To make my layout, I first printed and trimmed my photo.  Then, I cut down a piece of craft cardstock to 8.5 x 11 inches.

I knew I wanted to use the Cartoon Alpha for my title.  I stamped the letters I needed, colored them in with copic markers, and fussy cut them for my title.  (I chose colors that coordinated with my photo.)

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Next, I got on my silhouette machine and cut out the hearts background cut file from white cardstock.  I adhered the cut file to my craft cardstock, and added some stitching and ink splatters.  I also added a piece of washi tape that I tore to the bottom of my cardstock.

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I created some layers behind my photo, and decided where I wanted to put it on my layout.  Next, I layed out the letters to create my title.  I looked for some embellishments that I could add to my layout, keeping in mind the colors that I wanted to use (pink, blue, yellow).  I found a cute balloon sticker, and I decided that I wanted another balloon.  I stamped the star from the Bright Star stamp set, and turned it into a balloon, by drawing on a string.  I colored it and fussy cut it out.

I like to lay everything out on my layout and move things around before glueing things down.  A good way to do this with stickers is to stick in on a piece of wax paper.

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I typed some journaling on the computer, and cut it into strips.  I glued them onto my layout on the upper left and the bottom right.  I added the shine bright sentiment from the same Bright star stamp set to the bottom of my layout.  To finish off project, I added a few more embellishments.  I created clusters around the photo to draw your eye in to my beautiful girl.

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That’s it friends!  I hope you like my layout, and I hope I inspired you to document your fall memories!

Check out my blog post on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today!

Happy Thursday!

 

Together, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout I made using the Hip Kit Club October 2017 Main kit and an exclusive cut file designed by fellow team member Jessica Fabiano.  The roses cut file she designed works perfectly with the Jen Hadfield Heart of Home Gatherings pattern paper.

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When I saw the cut file, and the floral pattern paper, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to scrap a photo of a wedding we went to a few months ago.  The wedding was in Wisconsin, and boy was it beautiful up there!  We left the sweltering heat of June in Texas, and enjoyed refreshing, even chilly weather in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

I was debating whether I wanted to back the cut files with pattern paper, but in the end, I decided on white on white.  I think it mimics and highlights the lace overlay on the bride’s dress.  I also love how clean the white looks, and if you know me, you know I’m a big fan of negative space.

I fussy cut lots of flowers from the Jen Hadfield paper: the roses, daisies, and the little blue flowers.  That paper is made for fussy cutting!  I must admit it took me a bit of time cutting all the little details, but I find that it helps to get the creative juices flowing.

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I also gathered a few leaves from the Pinkfresh Studio Escape the Ordinary ephemera pack, and created bouquets of leaves and flowers around the bottom left and top right corners of the photo.  I used foam squares on a few of the flowers to create lots of dimension.

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I trimmed off a tiny bit of the white cardstock, and matted my layout on a piece of Dear Lizzy Stargazer pattern paper.  To finish off my layout, I added my title, using an ephemera piece and the Hip Kit Club exclusive blue alpha.  I also wrote out my journaling, and added just a hint of Heidi Swapp gold color shine ink splatters.

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I really love how all the details highlight the wedding photo.  The wreath of roses in the cut file highlights the lace dress and frames my photo, and all the fussy cut flowers highlight the bouquet.

I hope you enjoyed my layout share today!  I shared it on the Hip Kit blog on Thursday, and you can find it here.  Don’t forget to check out all the awesome kits on the Hip Kit Club site!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Saturday!