December Daily, days 5 & 8, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello everyone!  I hope your December is going joyfully so far.  Today, I’m sharing a couple more pages of my December Daily album.  I am using the HKC 2018 December Documented kit for these pages.

Day 5 is all about our new tree.  Our old tree was looking a little raggedy, so we got a new one for our new house.  We also started a new tradition, and we put up our tree before Thanksgiving, but only lit and bare.  That way, we get to relax after fluffing the tree, which is a job in and of itself, and we get to enjoy the twinkling lights.

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On the left, I used the tree pattern paper by My Mind’s Eye, an exclusive HKC journaling card (love when they have lines), and a Pinkfresh Studio chipboard banner.

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I used the tree cut file that I made previously when I made my cover album.  (It was a free cut file for day 1 of HKC’s 12 days of giving.)  I adhered it to a transparency I had in my stash, and on the other side, I backed it with pattern paper.

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The number 5 is a sticker from the Crate Paper sticker sheet (It was part of the 25).  I love how clean these simple & full pages look!  They really make a statement!

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Day 8 is about my youngest getting a “pop” after both her sisters left for their friends’ house.  She was so upset, I needed to cheer her up.  Needless to say, she loved it!  Haha!

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On the left, I printed a big photo, and turned it into a tag.  I added the number, which is die cut from the Pebbles 12×12 advent sheet, a pink Crate Paper sticker, and a Pinkfresh Studio enamel dot.  I also used the thickers to spell out the word Pop!  (Love the font on these!)

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On the right, I have 3 more photos, and I added a couple stickers to my favorite photo.  I used one of the exclusive journaling cards, and I hand wrote “her smile” at the top, then added my journaling with my computer and printer.

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That’s it for me today…I really love how this project is going.  I look forward to December Daily every year, and this year is no different!

Don’t forget to look through my December Daily category and tag if you’re looking for more inspiration!

Happy Sunday!


December Daily 2018, days 2-4, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  I am so excited to be sharing some December Daily pages with you!  I am sharing days 2-4 of my 2018 album, and for these days, I’m using the Hip Kit Club 2018 December Documented kit.

I also have a YouTube process video, if you’re interested!


For day 2, my story is about our family hike.  The weather was so beautiful, we had to take advantage and go outside!

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The number 2 is a cutfile called Scandinavian numbers from the Hip Kit Club 12 days of Giving, which you can get for free from the Hip Kit Club website, as long as you have an account.  I hand wrote a quote that I found on pinterest, and it says “of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt” by John Muir.  The Merry Happy card is an HKC exclusive from the DD kit.

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For day 3, my story is about the lights on the house.  It’s our first Christmas in the new house, and my husband was a bit hesitant to put the lights up, since our roof line is steeper and higher than our old house.  He got it done though, and I love it!

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Another thing about this story, is my genius purchase of the holiday season.  I bought an outdoor club that’s remote operated.  Now, we don’t have to step outside before going to bed to unplug the lights!  Love it!  I’m going to go get the indoor version for our Christmas tree!  Ha!

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For Day 4, the story is: letters to Santa.  We always go to visit Santa early to avoid the lines, but I document the day that the girls write their letters.  This year, I wanted the letters to Santa to be more individualized and personal.  I asked my older daughter to write her letter to Santa on her phone in the Notes app, then screenshot and text it to me.  My middle daughter wrote a classic letter with pictures.  I just had my 2 year old scribble on a pre-made card.

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I wanted a more interactive album this year, so I created a pocket page to house the Santa letters.  The front of the pocket is a photo that I made in photoshop of the 3 girls writing their letters.  I absolutely LOVE the way the letters and this spread turned out!

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I hope you like what I created, and if you’re interested in more December Daily posts from me, just click on the December Daily tag or category on my blog post!

Happy Sunday!




December Daily cover page, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  It’s finally December Daily time!  I love this project so much; this will be my 9th year participating in December Daily, and it’s a tradition that I look forward to every holiday season.  Today I am sharing my cover page, and I am using the Hip Kit Club 2018 December Documented Kit.

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I started by cutting out a giant 2018 on a 6×8 piece of white cardstock, using my silhouette cameo.  The font is just Times New Roman.  I wanted to highlight the pattern papers in the kit, so I decided to create a paper-pieced quilt under each number.  I traced the numbers on another piece of white cardstock.  Then, I cut down some paper into 1.5 inch squares, cut them in half diagonally, and arranged them.  I wanted that quilted look, so I added some machine stitching.

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I wanted to create some depth, so I adhered the 2018 cardstock with foam squares.  I made sure to keep the inner portion of the 0 and 8, and I adhered those with foam squares as well.

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I wanted to add a pop of glittery red, which is my favorite color to use for Christmas, so I altered the Pebbles woodgrain phrase sticker, by heat embossing with Versamark ink and red glitter embossing powder from Ranger.  I embossed it twice to be sure to get an even coverage.  I LOVE how it turned out!

I also made this tree that I want to put in my December Daily, but I’m not sure where yet.  It’s a free cut file as a part of Hip Kit Club’s 12 days of giving.  I cut off the tree skirt part of the tree so I could have a bigger tree in my 6×8 album.

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I cut the tree from white cardstock, then backed each tiny little space with pattern paper.  The pops of red are from the branding strips of the HKC exclusive paper.  Once I finished backing the tree, I added some machine stitching.

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That’s it!  I’m so excited to share my December Daily album.  If you’d like to see other December Daily blog posts, just click on the category.

Happy Sunday!


my Homer, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends and welcome!  It’s time for another installment of the Sketch Challenge for Hip Kit Club.  I am using the November 2018 Hip Kits.  I am using the Main Kit, the Project Life Kit, and the Color Kit.

Here is the sketch:


When I saw this sketch, I immediately thought it would be perfect for a Traveler’s Notebook spread.  Doesn’t it look like 2 halves put together?  I have been loving TN spreads recently!

Here is what I came up with:

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This was my sweet pup Homer.  He’s been gone for years now, but he’s still my favorite boy, and I miss him terribly.  He was such a smart boy!  He loved his tennis balls, was awesome at Hide & Seek, and loved me the most.  I still think of him often, and decided that I needed his photo in my TN!

On the left side, I used 2 of the Shimmerz to add some ink splatters.  I created a title using a combination of the Jen Hadfield phrase thickers and the HKC exclusive blue puffy alphas.  I also added a phrase sticker from the Heidi Swapp cardstock sticker sheet.

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I added a small cluster of embellishments at the top.  The pink flag and the heart are from the HKC exclusive ephemera.  The little flower is one that I fussy cut from a Jen Hadfield pattern paper.

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On the right side, I cut down a piece of Heidi Swapp pattern paper to about 4 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.  I matted the photo with a HKC exclusive Project Life card and another Heidi Swapp pattern paper. ahsang HKC homer 4

I embellished the photo with HKC exclusive ephemera, a Heidi Swapp tag, and a Jen Hadfield wood veneer/ cardstock “thinking of you” frame.

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I’m so happy with how things turned out, and I’m so glad that I have my sweet boy’s picture in my TN now.  I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty!  Don’t forget to check out the November Hip Kits, and if you’d like to take part in our sketch challenge, visit the HKC Group FB page here!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Sunday!


Home Sweet Home, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing my first layout using the November 2018 kits.  I am using the Main Kit, Project Life Kit, Embellishment Kit, Color Kit and Cardstock Kit.  For this project, I was challenged to use Hip Kit Club exclusive products, which was easy to do since this month’s kits are jam packed with exclusives.  A lot of the products have to do with home sweet home, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to make a layout about our new home.  We moved into our dream home just a few months ago!

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I started off by using some of the products in the color kit.  I used one of the Heidi Swapp cardstock stencils and some white embossing paste to add some texture to the cardstock. Then I used the Shimmerz vibes in Deep Blue Sea & creameez in Good Ol’ Summer Time to add some splatter to the background.

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Once dry, I started pulling exclusive elements that I thought I would want to use on my layout.  I cut a few strips of pattern paper (the blue paid & light blue with white leaves paper is an HKC exclusive), and then machine stitched them towards the center of my layout.  I had originally planned to just put my photo on a large pattern paper mat, but then I decided to use an exclusive Project Life card.  I couldn’t quite get the layout right, until I decided to have 2 large pattern paper squares…one for the photo and one for the journaling card.

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Next, I just used various exclusives to embellish the squares.  I used HKC exclusives Home Sweet Home ephemera, Home Sweet Home puffy stickers, leaf acetate, and wood veneer stickers.

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To finish off my title, I used a Jen Hadfield matte gold phrase sticker that says home, and the HKC exclusive mini puffy alpha stickers to spell out Home Sweet Home.

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I am really happy with how my layout turned out, and I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty!  Don’t forget to check out all the great exclusives in the November 2018 Hip Kits.

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Happy Friday!


Frida, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!

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Today I’m sharing a layout of my daughter dressed as Frida Kahlo for Halloween this year.  When we were trying to figure out her costume this year, I told her to think about some inspiring women.  This girl loves art, so when I suggested Frida, she was all for it!

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I thought the colors, florals, and ephemera of the Hip Kit Club October kit was perfect for a Frida layout.  I was challenged to use the Main Kit, and add in some fussy cutting and layered ephemera.  I am using the October 2018 Main Kit.

First I started off by fussy cutting all the hexagons from the Paige Evans paper.  I used one of the hexagons as a template, and cut out a few more from the other pattern paper in the kit as well.  I ended up with way more hexagons than I needed, so I decided to layer them, and stitch down the middle, as I have done previously with other shapes.

Next, I decided to paint some black stripes onto a piece of white cardstock.  I’ve always wanted to try this, as I’ve been inspired by other scrapbookers like Paige Evans, Missy Whidden, and Jana McCarthy, and I thought if not on a Frida layout, then when?!  LOL!

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Next, I added my photos, a title, some journaling, and a few bits of ephemera.

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I have to admit that the 3 tubes of paint and the tiny paint brush is from the Paige Evans puffy sticker sheet included in the October 2018 Project Life kit.  They were too too perfect for a Frida layout that I couldn’t resist!

I added some splatter, and a few hand doodled stars to finish my layout.

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I love love love how this layout turned out, and I hope you do too!

Happy Saturday!



Autumn Vibes, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello crafty peeps!

I was challenged to make an autumn layout using a cut file, so that’s what I will be sharing today.  I am using the October 2018 Hip Kits.  I am using the Main kit, Cardstock kit, Embellishment kit, and Project Life kit.  I am also using an October cut file, which you can access here once you’ve logged in to your account;  I am using the Autumn Vibes Subscriber cut file, designed by Kim Watson.

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When I was in high school, living in the South, fall meant football season.  I was in the marching band, and I have so many fun memories of sitting in the stadium…so happy when the weather got chilly because it meant we could have hot chocolate, cheering on our football team playing fan favorite tunes.  My husband and I met in high school band, so we both share those memories.  It’s come full circle for me, as my daughter is now entering this season of her life.  She’s only in middle school now, but she’s in band and on the dance team, so she’s already at the football games.  Now, I get to experience these games in a new way, as a parent, and perhaps a chaperone.

Back to the layout:  I die cut the sentiment, my title, out of the Arroyo cardstock from the kit.  I knew I wanted a vertical layout, so I added some mixed media to the background down the middle of my paper.  I added some shimmerz splatters from older color kits, and I also used a paint brush to paint on a little bit of color where my photo will be placed.  Then, I used a stencil from a previous color kit to add some white embossing paste for a tone on tone look.

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Next, I chose some flowers and leaves from the Paige Evans whimsical floral embellishment pack to frame my photo.  I fussy cut some of the labels from the PE Whimsical 08 paper, and machine stitched them on my layout.  I also used some of the Jen Hadfield phrase stickers.

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Then, I just looked for little embellishments to fill in some of the spots on my layout.  I used stickers, puffy stickers, and rub-ons for the PE whimsical collection.  I also used the Happy tag from the Vicki Boutin embellishment pack.

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I added my journaling strips that I typed up on the computer.  When I was designing this layout, Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall” song popped into my head, so I did a little play on the lyrics, and made my journaling about the girls of fall.  I thought it was cute, but is it cheesy?  haha!

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To finish off my layout, I just added a couple of torn edges on each side of the layout, backed it with pattern paper, and added machine stitching, a la Missy Whidden.

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That’s it for me today friends!  I hope you liked my layout, and I hope you’re inspired to get crafting!  If you haven’t checkout out these kits yet, I highly encourage that you do!

Happy Wednesday!