Thankful, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends! Today I’m sharing a layout that I created using the Hip Kit Club November 2019 moodboard. I am using my October 2019 Hip Kits, and I am still loving all the exclusive products!!!

Here is the moodboard:

I was inspired most by the image on the top right, with the paint brushes and the ombre pink paint. I decided to apply that to my layout. I used 2 pink paint colors from Vicki Boutin, which we recieved in a previous color kit, white gesso, and a slightly damp paint brush. To try to minimize warping, I used some thicker Bazzil white cardstock.

Once the paint was dry, I added the photo, which I backed with an Amy Tangerine pattern paper, and my title.

True to my style, I used a minimal amount of embellishments. I adhered the pumpkin ephemera piece and a cut little fox, both of which are HKC exclusives.

I also added a few of the trees that are in this kit…a few are fussy cut from a Paige Evans pattern paper, and a few are from the HKC exclusive chipboard sticker sheet. I absolutely love the look of these trees! I have been itching to get them on a layout, and I’m glad I finally did!

I love how my layout turned out, and I hope you like it too. Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out these Hip Kits!

Happy Tuesday!

Friday Nights, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!

Today I’ve got a sketch Friday layout to share with you!  In addition to the sketch, I was challenged to add stamping and mixed media, and to share a fall favorite.  I am using the September 2019 Hip Kits for my layout.

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Here is the sketch:

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For my fall favorite: Friday nights, high school football games, and marching band.  My daughter’s middle school band got to perform in the stands with the High School marching band at a football game last week.  My husband and I met in marching band, so of course we can’t wait to see our daughter on the field in marching band next year!

For my background, I used white cardstock. I used the Heidi Swapp stencil that came in the color kit and white texture paste to add some textured stars on the background.  Once dry, I used the Lindy’s magical powders to add some ink splatters.  I also used the sketchy star stamps from the HKC exclusive stamp set to stamp some stars on the background.

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Inspired by the sketch, I used layers of Dear Lizzy pattern paper on the top and bottom of the layout.  Next, I added my photo and title.

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To embellish my layout, I stamped and fussy cut a few items, and I diecut some stars from another Dear Lizzy paper.  I wrote my journaling on a Paige Evans diecut card, and added a few stickers and fussy cut elements to finish off my layout.

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I really love how it turned out, and I hope you do too.  Don’t forget to stop by the Hip Kit Club GROUP FB page for all the details on the sketch challenge.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Sunday!


This is Halloween mini album, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hi friends!  Today I’m sharing a mini album that I shared on the Hip Kit Club blog the other day.  I made my mini with the September 2019 Hip Kits.  It’s the first week of October, and I’ve got Halloween costumes on my mind…I decided to make an envelope mini album filled with photos of my girls’ costumes through the years.

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To start my album, I started off by making envelopes with some of the pattern paper in the kits, as well as the blue cardstock from the Cardstock kit.  I wanted my envelopes big enough to use some of the exclusive PL cards as well as embellish, so I decided to make my envelopes 4 x 5 1/2 inches.  I used my We R MK punchboard to make the envelopes.  I didn’t realize it, but I chose a black & white and blue color scheme.  I wanted another paper to match that color scheme, so I made my own using the Dear Lizzy stamp set.  On a piece of white cardstock, I repeatedly stamped the outline floral image with black ink.  Once I filled the page, I randomly stamped the coordinating filler floral image on a few of the flowers with light blue ink.  After I made the envelopes, I put together my album by adhering the flap of one envelope into the inside of another envelope.  I will try to explain it: on your work surface, place one envelope open side up with the flap up, and the another envelope open side down, and then adhere the flap of the side down envelope to the inside of the side up envelope.  I hope that makes sense, LOL!

I loved the way my stamped paper turned out so much, I made it my cover envelope.  I fussy cut one of the journaling cards from a Dear Lizzy paper and used it as a layer on the cover.  I took a piece of vellum and adhered it to the wreath in the Pretty Little Studio ephemera pack.  I decided to add more detail by using the wreath from the Color kit and white texture paste.  I used a few more Pretty Little Studio pieces, like the cute little owl and the alpha stickers.  A few samped images using the HKC exclusive stamp set and some puffy stickers, and my cover is done!

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For the next pages, I used a lot of the exclusive PL cards to back my photos and write my journaling.

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I used the HKC exclusive stamp set, and embellished with the Pretty Little Studio die cut ephemera, phrase stickers from Dear Lizzy, and puffy stickers from Paige Evans.

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To add interest to my mini album, I added lots of textures: I added stitching, puffy stickers, and enamel shapes.  I also added layers and dimension with foam squares.

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I really love how the PL cards accentuate my photos.  They are a perfect layering piece!

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I had so much fun making this mini album.  I hope you were inspired by my project, and make your own mini album.  Don’t forget to check out the September kits!

Happy Monday!


Blessed, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!

Today, I’m sharing my first layout using the September 2019 Hip Kit Club kits.  I was challenged to use the Paige Evans 2×2 paper pads, which are included in the Pocket Life kit, and to include stitching on my project.

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I’ve used some of Paige’s other 2×2 paper pads on my other projects; I’ve punched different shapes from them, like stars & hearts, and I’ve fussy cut some of the images from them.  This time, I wanted to do something a little different.  Since I was working with squares, I thought of quilting.  I looked up some quilt patterns on Pinterest.  I originally wanted to do a chevron pattern, but I ended up making this star pattern.  I chose the purple and pink toned papers, and cut them in half diagonally, leaving me with 2 triangles.

Here’s a look at what it looked like while I was trying to decide on a pattern:

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Once I decided that this was the pattern I wanted, I chose white cardstock for my background, and added some splatters using some of the pink Lindy’s magical powders from previous color kits.  Once dry, I adhered the triangle pieces on the layout, then added machine stitching, just like a quilt.

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Next, I added one of the Dear Lizzy frames , and then my photo.  For my title, I used “Blessed” from the Paige Evans word stickers.  I added to the title with a Dear Lizzy phrase sticker, and a banner from the Paige Evans ephemera.  I added machine stitching. here as well.

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I embellished my photo with flowers that I fussy cut from a Dear Lizzy pattern paper, Dear floral stickers, and Paige Evans puffy stickers.  I also added some light stamping using the HKC exclusive stamp set.

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To finish off my layout,  I trimmed off the bottom of the white cardstock, and added a strip of Dear Lizzy Pattern paper beneath.  I added more machine stitching.

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I really hope you are inspired by my layout.  If you are have these 2×2 paper pads, I highly recommend checking out quilt patterns for inspiration.  You could also trim pattern paper to 2×2 size if you don’t have those paper pads.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Friday!

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!