Then & Now, featuring Hip Kit Club, and a YT process video

Hi friends!

Today, I’m sharing a layout with you featuring Hip Kit Club August 2018 kits.  I am using the Main kit, Project Life kit, and Embellishment kit.

I am scrapping a Then & Now page of my youngest in her Dock A Tot, and her Dock A Tot grande.  Time is just flying by with this one…she is getting so big already!  *Sad face

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Also, I’m so excited to share that I have my very first ever YouTube process video!


I’ve done layout like this before where I puzzle piece together embellishments on a layout.  There’s really no layering or mixed media.  I love how clean and simple it looks, yet graphic it looks as well.

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If you watch the video, you’ll see that it’s mostly just me pushing embellishments around until I like how things look.  Also, since I’m going for a graphic look, I want things to line up and be as straight as possible.

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I hope you like my layout and my process video!

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Thanks for stopping by, and

Happy Thursday!




Just dance, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a fantastic day.  Today I have a layout featuring the August 2018 Hip Kit Club kits.

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I wanted to scrap these photos of my daughter’s 6th grade dance show.  Once of her costumes is goldish yellow, and the school colors are green and gold, so I started off looking for embellishments in that color.  Luckily, these kits had a good amount of mustard yellow, and different shades of green.  I also love all the girlie details in the new Maggie Holmes line!

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I’ve got a variety of techniques on my project…

fussy cutting and ink splatters:

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stamping and layering:

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…as well as punching and machine stitching.  I added my title and hand written journaling to finish off my layout.

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I am in love with the August 2018 Hip Kits!  I ended up using bits and pieces from the Main Kit, Project Life Kit, Embellishment Kit, and Color Kit.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty!

Happy Friday!  TGIF!

Third grade, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey there crafty friends!  Today I’m sharing a back-to-school layout using the August 2018 Hip kits.

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I love documenting my daughters’ first few days of school.  I like to see how they grow and their styles change.  It’s been a tradition of mine to keep some of their clothing tags, and work them into the first week of school layout.  For this layout, I used a heart punch to create little embellishments.
I did a bit of fussy cutting for this project…some of the papers in this month’s kit are perfect for fussy cutting, and I am just loving the new Maggie Holmes line!  I love the colors and all the cute little embellishments.

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I also used the stencil that we got in this month’s color kit, and some embossing paste along with the Shimmerz colorings mist to create a subtle layer behind my photos.  I love the almost tone-on-tone texture it creates.

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I focused the photos and most of the embellishments and details on the mid-right side of my page.  I really like how your eye is drawn straight to the photos.

I added a little bit of pattern paper detail on the bottom left and upper right side of my page, a la Missy Whidden.  Then, I added in some of the sticker flowers, and called my layout done!

I love how my layout turned out, and I hope I’ve inspired you in some way. I used the August 2018 Main kit, Color kit, and Project Life kit.

You can see more back to school layouts on my blog here.
Happy Wednesday!

The Beauty of You, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  Today, and I’m sharing a layout inspired by the recent Hip Kit Club sketch challenge, and the August mood board.  This is my first layout with the August 2018 Hip Kits, and I am in love!

Here is what I created:

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I loved the sketch this week!  It is very much my style…I love embellishing squares and creating grid layouts!



I was inspired by this month’s mood board as well.  I love all the soft pastel colors (especially the purple), and I love the image on the top right with the cluster of little “embellishments.”


I started off by stamping one of the floral images from the Maggie Holmes stamp set that was included in this month’s embellishment kit.  Then I added some ink splatter.

Next, I cut 4 pieces of pattern paper & cardstock to 4 x 4 inches.  I added 3 photos to 3 of the squares.  On the last square, I hand wrote my journaling on an HKC exclusive project life card, then cut it out to look like a tag.

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Next, it was about embellishing the squares…my favorite part!

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This month’s Hip Kits were perfect to document my daughter getting a short hair cut and donating her hair.  (Old photos)  I’m loving the cute little details and the colors of Maggie Holmes’ new collection!

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For my project, I used the August 2018 Main kit, Project Life kit, Embellishment kit, and Cardstock kit.

I love how my layout turned out!  I really hope you create something inspired by the mood board, or take part in our sketch challenge on the HKC Facebook group.

Happy Monday!

Seaworld Getaway, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  I have a layout to share with you that I created for sketch Friday on the Hip Kit Club blog.  I was also challenged to use a multi font title.  I am using the May 2018 Main Kit, Color Kit, Project Life Kit, and Embellishment kit,

Here is the sketch by fellow DT member Tanya:


I have had these Seaworld photos on my desk since 2015…yes 2015!  Ha!  That’s the last time we went to Seaworld…we may have to go again when little Ruby gets a bit older.  When I saw the photo strips on this week’s sketch, I knew it would be perfect for my layout since I had so many photos.  (I had even more photos, but I weeded some out, lol!)

Here is my take on the sketch:

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I stayed pretty true to the design.  I used 3 photos instead of 4, and moved the title.

I did a little bit of mixed media work on the background.  I used the dotted Heidi Swapp lace paper as a stencil with the Vicki Boutin paints.  The colors are perfect for that Hip Kit Club exclusive pattern paper.  I love that paper!  You better believe I gutted that baby!

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I love the look of mixed font titles!  I’m pretty picky about what fonts go together, but I think these look great together!  I used the Crate Paper glitter word thickers and the Pink Paislee mini alpha thickers to create my title.  I love that the PP mini thickers come with both a gold and rose gold side!  I also love that the foam on the rose gold letters is a deep blue!

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I kept the embellishments really simple since the photos take up most of the page.  I added just a few embellishments: the Pretty Little Studio mini word stickers, enamel dots, Simple Stories chipboard hearts, and Amy Tangerine clear butterfly stickers.

That’s it for me!  I hope I inspired you to play along in our sketch challenge…you still have plenty of time to join in!  Make sure you head over to the Hip Kit Club Group page on Facebook for details on how you participate in the challenge, get inspiration, and win a gift certificate to the Hip Kit Club store!

Happy Monday!



Sweet Smile, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey everyone!  I hope you’re having an awesome day!  Today I’m sharing a layout  featuring photos I took of Ruby’s first taste of lemons.  I have to admit that I took these photos specifically for this layout.  I bought some lemons, got my baby dressed in a coordinating outfit, and had a photoshoot in our backyard.  Do any of you crafters create photoshoots just so you can use a particular product in a layout?  There were a few lemon themed products in the March 2018 Hip Kits that I wanted to use, like the Maggie Holmes pattern paper.  Needless to say, the photos I got of Ruby tasting lemons were priceless!  Ha!  I love them!

Here is my layout:

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Look at that face on the photo on the left!  LOL!!!

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I used the March 2018 Hip Kits for my layout: Main Kit, Color Kit, Cardstock Kit, and Project Life Kit.  The chiffon cardstock was perfect for a lemon layout, and of course the Maggie Holmes pattern paper.

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I used several techniques on this layout.  I did some fussy cutting (the pink butterflies), I altered the “smile” chipboard with heat embossing, I did some machine stitching, I created some depth with layers and foam adhesive, and I added some paint splatters using the Vicki Boutin watercolors.

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I love the way my layout turned out!  I’m so glad I got another page done for Ruby’s album!  I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty!

Happy Saturday!

Magical Day, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout I created using the March 2018 Hip Kits.  I did a lot of fussy cutting, and I altered some thickers to fit my layout.  I used the Hip Kit Club Main Kit and the Project Life Kit for my layout.

Last summer, we went to an American Girl Doll store at the Mall of America while on vacation, and my daughter got her very first AG doll as an early birthday present.  It was a dream come true for her, and it was such a magical day.  Her smile just lit up her face!

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As soon as I saw the Dear Lizzy floral paper in the kit, I knew I wanted to fussy cut it.  I kept it out with a pair of scissors on my counter in the living room, and when I had a spare minute, I would fussy cut a flower out.  Next thing you know, I had the whole paper fussy cut.

I have been loving big titles lately, so I incorporated the fussy cut flowers into my title.  I cut out the word MAGICAL on a piece of white cardstock with my silhouette.  I traced the letters on another piece of white cardstock, and filled in the spaces with the flowers I fussy cut.  Then I popped up the cardstock with the letters cut out on top with foam squares.

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I love the dimension it created.

I also wanted to use some of the Jen Hadfield word thickers, but the color didn’t really match my layout.  I decided to alter them with heat embossing.  I used VersaMark ink, rose gold embossing powder, and a heat gun to transform the thickers to fit my page.  I actually heat embossed it twice for thicker coverage, and I think they turned out really well!

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I am a big fan of white space, and I wanted to keep the focus on the title and journaling, so I kept the other embellishments relatively simple.  I added the acetate butterflies, some Maggie Holmes word stickers, and machine stitching.

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I love the way my layout turned out.  I hope I’ve inspired you to make different products work for you.

Happy Thursday!