Grade Four, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing another back-to-school layout with you.  This is my last project using the August 2019 Hip Kits, and I created this layout for Sketch Friday, which you can get the details about on the HKC Group FB page, and I was also challenged to include stitching and fussy cutting.

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I filmed a YT process video if you’re interested:


Here is the sketch:


Because of the background squares on the sketch, I decided to use the 2×2 square pattern paper from Paige Evans.  I also decided to switch up the sketch a little by using circles on the background instead of squares.  I used a circle punch to punch out circles, then roughened up the edges.

I wanted to add a bit of subtle texture to my background, so I used one of the Vicki Boutin stencils from the Color kit and some texture paste to add interest to the top right and bottom left corners of the page.

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Once dry, I layed out the circles and adhered them to the layout with machine stitching.  Next, I added my photos.  I had to figure out a way to make my title pop, since I had such a colorful busy background, so I decided to make a banner from cardstock.  I used the Pinkfresh Studio mini puffy alpha for my title.  I also added a Pinkfresh Studio chipboard pencil, and I hand write the school year.

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I embellished around the photo with fussy cut flowers from the Paige Evans pattern paper No. 15.

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I also embellished the circles with a few fussy cut butterflies from another Paige Evans pattern paper.

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Traditionally, I like to make first week of school layouts, and this year, we started on a Thursday, so I only have 2 photos (which worked out perfectly for the sketch).  I also like to keep the clothing tags and put them on the layout, so I can remember what size they wore, and where we went shopping.  I punched a few of the tags with my heart punch, and adhered them to the layout.  I recently made my older daughter’s first week of school layout for HKC, and you can check it out here.

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That’s it for me!  I hope you enjoyed my YT process video, and are inspired by my layout.

Don’t forget to check out the HKC website for the September 2019 kits!

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Happy Sunday!

3 mixed media cards, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!

Today I’ve got 3 cards featuring mixed media and stitching to share with you.  I used the August 2019 Hip Kits.

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For all 3 of my cards, I started with the mixed media backgrounds.  I used the August Color kit and white cardstock.  I used one of the Vicki Boutin stencils (the one with the hexagons), and texture paste to add a subtle pattern.  Once dry, I used some of the Lindy’s magical powders to add color to the background and to bring out the hexagon pattern.  I used the dry method; I sprinkled some dry powder to the cardstock, and sprayed water on the powder to activate the powder.  On 2 of the cards, I left the powder in a certain area, but on one of the cards, I added color to the whole background.  Once dry, I used a couple of stamps from the HKC exclusive stamp set for some subtle tone on tone stamping.

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For my first card, I added a bit of subtle machine stitching to add even more texture to the background.  I used a couple pieces from the Paige Evans Truly Grateful cardstock ephemera for the focal point and sentiment.  I also fussy cut some little flowers from one of Paige’s pattern papers.  I used some of the Pinkfresh Studio glitter enamel dots, and attached the entire thing to a purple card base.

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I love how this card turned out…it’s my favorite!

For my second card, I used more Paige Evans ephemera flowers and fussy cut flowers, and Pinkfresh Studio glitter enamel dots.  For my sentiment, I used a banner from the Paige Evans thickers sheet, and machine stitched it for added texture.  I also added a little Vicki Boutin butterfly.

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I love all the textures on this card…the stenciling details, the paper flowers, the stitching, the glitter on the enamel dots, and the shine from the thickers all add lots of interest.

For my third card, I machine stitched a big wonky circle on the background.  I knew I wanted to use one of the PLS frames, and I wanted the stitching to be a subtle addition to the background.  I placed the big Vicki B butterfly right in the middle.  For my sentiment, I made a Hello banner by heat embossing the Hello stamp from the HKC exclusive stamp set on black cardstock with white embossing powder.

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I love the marbled/ tie-dye look of this card!

I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty.  I had so much fun getting messy with mixed media.  I may keep my scrapbook layouts pretty simple and clean, but I do love getting messy every now and again.  LOL!

Happy Monday!

Make Your Own Magic, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout that I made with the August 2019 Hip Kit Club kits.  I was challenged to use a cut file, and to make a back-to-school project.  I used a August subscriber cutfile called globe for my layout.  You can access these free cut files on the Hip Kit Club website.

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The photos are from my daughter’s first week of school; It’s a tradition I started when she started kindergarten. I like to document my kids’ style, size, and where they liked to shop. I always include a few clothing tags, so you’ll see a few of them on the layout as well.  You can see a few examples here and here.  

Using my silhouette, I cut the cutfile from white cardstock.  I backed the cutfile from the various pattern papers in the kit.  I wanted to stick with blue/green tones for the globe, and pink for the flowers.  I decided to use blue cardstock for my background to make the white cutfile pop.  I added some white splatters and machine stitched a big wonky circle before I adhered the globe with thin foam squares.

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Since the cut file is pretty busy, I kept my embellishments minimal (as usual, lol). I added the pre-made title of “make your own magic.  I really like how subtle it seems because of the color, yet the texture and shine of the letters help it to stand out.  
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I also added a Vicki Boutin butterfly, a few more flowers that I fussy cut from a Paige Evans paper, and a few Pinkfresh Studio chipboard stickers.  The Pinkfresh Office Hours collection is perfect for school themed projects!
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I really love how this layout turned out. I am always suprised by how much I love dark backgrounds every time I use them. I hope you were inspired, and don’t forget to check out the free cut files and awesome kits.
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Happy Thursday!


Yes Dahling!, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout that I created using the August 2019 Hip Kits.  I was challenged to do some tone on tone stamping with the HKC exclusive stamp set that is included in the Color Kit.

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I started out by picking the more background like stamps from the stamp set.  I used the Paige Evans pattern paper number 15, and I used coordinating inks in pinks and purples to stamp the images.  (I used a few Distress Oxide inks from previous color kits, as well as a couple inks from my stash.)  Once I stamped the images, I decided to use some metal dies to die cut stars.

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Once I die cut the stars, I wanted to die cut more from pattern paper, and the Paige Evans pattern paper number 14 was perfect; the 2×2 squares were meant to be die cut or punched!  I love all the Paige Evans paper from her new Truly Grateful collection in the Main kit!

I decided on the purple cardstock from the Cardstock kit for my background.  I used the tiny words stamp, and purple ink to add a bit of interest to the cardstock.  I also added a bit of ink splatters using the Magical Powders from the color kit.  Then, I adhered the die cut stars.  Some are machine stitched, and others I adhered with foam tape.

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Since the background is busy, I decided to adhere my photo, and add just a few embellishments.  I fussy cut some flowers from the PE paper number 15, and a couple butterflies from the PE paper number 5.  I also stamped the label stamp, keeping with the same tone on tone technique.

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To finish off my layout, I added my journaling, and the title “yes Dahling!”  The story behind the title: every time my daughter wears those toy glasses, I picture Edna Mode (from the movie “The Incredibles”) saying “yes dahling!”  Haha!  I also added 2 strips of pattern paper (PE paper number 6) to the top and bottom.

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I really love how this layout turned out.  Everything about it makes me smile.  I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty.  Don’t forget to check out the Hip Kits…the September 2019 kits have already been revealed, and they look fab!

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Happy Friday!

Picture Perfect, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  I was on the Hip Kit Club blog a couple days ago with a fun layout, and today, I’m sharing it here.  I was challenged to use the August 2019 Main Kit only, and to focus on the Pretty Little Studio frames.

I have had these cute photos of my family and I using the Zodiac filters on my phone for a while now, so I thought it would be perfect to frame them with the PLS frames, and get them on a layout.  Are you guys big Zodiac believers?  I think it’s fun, and I like to look at the characteristics of my family’s signs, but I don’t really know much.

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After I trimmed and framed my photos, I was looking for a pattern paper I wanted to use as my background.  I fell in love with this Paige Evans paper, because I love the words, and the font as well.  I knew I wanted to line up the frames vertically, and the frames are already busy, and the pattern paper is busy, so I used some white gesso to soften the pattern down the middle.  Since I used gesso on the paper anyway, I decided to add a little bit of mixed media.  I just added a touch of soft pink and purple to the center of the background.

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I adhered the frames with the photos on the layout first.  Then, I added the “picture perfect” banner title from the Paige Evans ephemera.  I really love it when I can add a pre-made title to my page!

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To embellish the layout, I added more flowers and a butterfly from the Paige Evans ephemera.  I added a tiny Pinfrehs Studio 3D ephemera, and some gold glitter enamel dots.  I finished off my layout by adding the journaling strips, mentioning a few characteristics for each of our signs.

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I love how this layout turned out!  The Pretty Little Studio frames are so cute, and I am also loving Paige Evans’ new Truly Grateful line; the colors are perfect for these photos!  I hope you were inspired by my layout.  Don’t forget to stop by the Hip Kit Club website, and check out the gorgeous August kits!

Happy Saturday!

3 more cards featuring the Hip Kit Club May 2019 kits

Hello crafty friends!  Today I have 3 more cards to share with you using the May 2019 Hip Kit Club kits.  I was challenged to use cut files, so I am using a cut file on each of my cards.  You can check out all the cut files on the Hip Kit Club website!

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For the first card, I made a 5×7 sized balloon shaker card.

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I used the Balloon subscriber cutfile for the shaker element.  I isolated one of the solid balloons, blew it up until the ballon was about 3 1/2 in wide, and created an internal offset so I would have a frame.  I cut it out of white cardstock.  I also cut out the solid balloon without the offset for the back of my shaker.  I did a little ink blending with Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry, which was from an older color kit, to create an ombre pink to white on the solid balloon.  I used a Crate Paper clear sticker for the sentiment on the inside of the shaker.  After adhering clear acetate to the balloon frame, and carefully adding foam tape to the balloon tape, I used the gorgeous sequins from the kits and attached it to the solid balloon.  I also used a CP tassel and the gold string that was on the packaging for the tassels on the balloon.  For the background, I used a Crate Paper pattern paper, some ink splatters using the Lindy’s Starburst Spray in TiffanyLou Blue and Cotton Candy Pink (from the March 2019 color kit), some hashtag words that I cut from the Dear Lizzy pattern paper, and some more sequins.  I made the card base from the yellow cardstock in the cardstock kit.
For my next card, I used the Balloon cutfile again, but I used the entire cluster this time.

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I cut each balloon from the Paige Evans Horizon pattern paper.  (Each balloon is about an inch or so wide.)  I used foam tape to pop up some of the balloons, and I used twine for the balloon strings.  Then to ground the balloons, I used one of the CP chipboard stickers…it’s the hand that supposed to be making the OK symbol, but I turned it on it’s side to make it look like it’s holding the strings.  I can’t decide yet if that was genius or if it just looks plain weird, lol!!!  I used the Crate Paper rainbow pattern paper for the background, some more of the Lindy’s sprays, and some more of the sequins.  The sentiment is from the HKC exclusive ephemera pack.  I also hand drew a couple of stars on the pattern paper.  I made the A2 sized card base from the blue paper from the cardstock kit.


For my 3rd card, I kept it pretty simple.

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I die cut the “You Rock” sentiment twice from the Freebie Titles cut file on white cardstock.  I sprayed one of the titles with the Lindy’s Cotton Candy Pink spray and with an older Shimmerz spray in Ruby to create a darker pink.  I glued them together a little off set to create a shadowed effect.  I also die cut a couple of big hearts, one is a Pinkfresh Studio pattern paper and the other is one that I made by using the same Lindy’s starburst sprays.  I attached it to the Dear Lizzy hashtag pattern paper, and glued the sentiment on top with thin slivers of foam tape.  I made the pink A2 sized cardbase from the pink cardstock in the cardstock kit.
I hope you like the way my cards turned out!

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Happy Thursday!

Shine, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout I created for the Hip Kit Club blog for sketch Friday!  I am using the May 2019 kits.  I used the Main kit, Embellishment kit, and the cardstock kit.

Here is this week’s sketch:


I love a good diagonal circle layout, which you can see some examples of here, here and here, so this sketch was right up my alley!  I was also challenged to create a project with a white background, and to use lots of layers and create texture.

Here is my take on the sketch:

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I created lots of layers with my circles.  There are lots of circles popped up with foam squares, there are some glued straight to the white yardstick, and there are 2 circles that I cut out of the white cardstock ahead of time (using my silhouette cameo), and I asked them with pattern paper and foam tape.

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I also created a frame for my photo with circle metal dies, and I added some texture with machine stitching, and depth by popping it up with foam tape.

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I created more texture by roughening up the edges of some of the circles.  I also stitched through a few of the circles with the + patterns as well.

On some of the elements, I add foam tape to just the top of the embellishment, and glue the bottom of the embellishment with liquid glue.  I did that with the hand sticker (which I backed with white cardstock, and fussy cut out).  It makes the embellishment look like it’s popping off the page in a little different way then had I added foam tape to the entire embellishment.  I hope that makes sense, lol!

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There were so many elements that were perfect for a school themed girl layout…the lightbulb and the kitty notebook from the HKC exclusive ephemera pack are so perfect to highlight my daughter’s Honor Roll awards!

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I love how my layout turned out, and I hope you do as well.  It turned out so girly, and fun, and I love the sketchy vibes of the Crate Paper collection!

Don’t forget to check out the May 2019 Hip Kits, and play along with the sketch as well.  You can find more info on the sketch Friday post on the Hip Kit Club Group FB page.  Check it out for a chance to win a $10 GC.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Sunday!