Summer layout, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing a summer themed layout that I created using the Hip Kit Club July 2019 kits.  I was challenged to create a project using a cutfile, so I decided to use the free HKC subscriber cutfile from July 2019 called Circle Background.

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I ended up copying the cutfile 4 times, resizing it, and molding it together to create a smaller circle background.  I backed some of the circles with pattern paper from the kits, keeping a pink yellow orange color palette.  I used foam tape behind the backed circle and adhered it to a sheet of white cardstock.

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Since the background is busy, I didn’t want to over embellish.  I added my 2 photos, and the I placed the title right on top of one of the photos.

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I added a few more embellishments around the photos…those summer themed HKC exclusive ephemera were perfect for this layout!

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I trimmed down the white cardstock, and mounted it on a sheet of pattern paper from Pinkfresh Studio.  I added just 2 tiny strips of journaling to finish my layout.

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I love how my layout turned out, and I hope you were inspired.  Don’t forget to check out the Hip Kit Club website, and take a look at the July and August 2019 Hip Kits!

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Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Thursday!

3 monochromatic cards, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  Today I am sharing 3 cards that I created using the July 2019 Hip Kit Club kits.  I was challenged to create monochromatic cards, and to include stitching.  I made 3 coordinative cards with tags, and lots of texture and dimension.

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I have a coordinating process video on my YT channel if you are interested:


For my first card, I chose a yellow/orange color scheme.  I pieced together small strips of pattern paper to create a weave texture.  The background paper and puffy sticker sentiment is from Pinkfresh Studio, the paper strips are Bella Blvd and Webster’s Pages, and the flowers are HKC exclusives.

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For my second card, I chose a pink color scheme.  The background paper is Echo Park, and the bird is fussy cut from Webster’s Pages pattern paper.  The tag paper, the fussy cut flower, and the puffy stickers are from Pinkfresh Studio.

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For my last card, I chose a lavender purple color scheme.  The background paper, the tag paper, and the puffy sticker elements are from Pinkfresh Studio.  The other ephemera are Hip Kit Club exclusives.

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I love how these turned out.  I tend to make plain and simple projects, and really let the individual products shine.  I really hope you like my cards.  Don’t forget to check out the Hip Kits!

Happy Monday!



2 Back to School layouts, featuring PinkFresh Studio

Hello friends!  I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today, and I’m sharing 2 back to school layouts that I created using the new Office Hours collection.  You can now purchase this collection directly through the Pinkfresh Studio website.  The 12×12 paper pack is available here, and the embellishment bundle is available here.  Even though this collection is office themed, it is so versatile!  I’ve already used it on a layout featuring coffee and my scrap room, which you can see here, and today I’m using it for school layouts.


For my first layout, I wanted to document my oldest daughter’s first day of middle school.  It was the first time we didn’t walk her into the school on her first day, even though we did drop her off in the morning, and it was her first time riding the bus.

I’m happy to report that Pinkfresh Studio will soon have coordinating cut files for their paper collections available for purchase, so keep an eye out for that.  The cut file I used for this layout is called Stack of Books, and I used my Silhouette machine to cut it from white cardstock.  I used a couple pattern papers to back the cut file.

Next I worked on my background.  I used the Pinkfresh watercolors, and a couple of tiny ceramic bowls to create watercolor rings in rainbow order.  I also splattered my cardstock with the colors.

I mounted my photos on pattern paper.  The pattern paper that look like file tabs is cut from the Busy pattern paper.  I adhered my photos to the background, and embellished around them.  I used my backed cutfile, as well as Puffy stickers, Epoxy stickers, Fabric Ephemera, and Cardstock Ephemera.  I added one of the Wood Accent stickers that says “you got this” on top of the photo of my daughter walking.

I also fussy cut a section of books from the Organize pattern paper. and attached it to the bottom of my layout using foam tape.

I finished off my layout with punched stars and enamel dots.  I punched 2 different sized stars from the pattern papers, and glued on the coordinating watercolor ring colors.  (I did have to punch one pink and purple star from the Just a Little Lovely pattern papers to get a few pink and purple embellishments.)  I also added some enamel dots to the coordinating colors.  I used the yellow and blue from this collection, but I pulled a few enamel dots from previous Pinkfresh collections.

This layout turned out so fun and vibrant, and I absolutely love it!  I hope it inspired you as well.


For my second layout, I have photos of my middle daughter from her first week of school in Second grade.  Taking outfit photos all week is a tradition for us.  I also keep some of the clothing tags to remember where we shopped, and what sizes they wore, so you’ll see that on my layout among the embellishments.

I started with a white piece of cardstock.  I stitched lines with light blue thread to mimic the look of notebook paper.  I added my photos with foam tape, then added various embellishment clusters.  I used 2 pencils and a camera from the Chipboard stickers, I used an epoxy circle and enamel dots from the Mixed Embellishments, and aI sprinkled in a few stickers from the Phrase Sticker sheet and the Puffy Sticker sheet, as well as a few cardstock Ephemera.

I used Second Grade for my title.  I used the coral and blue Mini Puffy alphas to create my title on a journaling card from the Ephemera pack.  To finish off my layout, I added some sky blue watercolor splatters and hand drawn stars.

I absolutely love the way my traditional school themed layout turned out, and I hope you do too!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Don’t forget to check out this fun collection on the Pinkfresh Studio website!




Star Student, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout that I created using the July 2019 Hip Kit Club kits.  I was challenged to be inspired by the moodboard.  I created the moodboard for July, so I was really excited.  I was also challenged to use a lot of stars.

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Obviously I love all the images in the moodboard, but for this layout, I was inspired by the rainbow colors, the paper banner, and the rainbow stars.

Here is my layout:

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My oldest daughter got an award at school a couple years ago, and I am just getting around to scrapbooking it.

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


Since I was challenged to use a bunch of stars on my layout, I started punching stars from all the patten papers.  I also punched stars from the different colored cardstocks, and I decided that I really loved the way it looked.  I trimmed the cardstock into strips, and measured out every 1 1/2 in, and punched a star.  I really like how orderly it looks.

I sprinkled some colored splatter onto white cardstock in a tone on tone color scheme, keeping in mind the order of the colors I wanted for my star strips.  Then I machine stitched the star strips to the background and added more splatters.

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Next I added my photo, and added some black and white flowers that I fussy cut from a Pinkfresh Studio pattern paper.

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I decided to stick to the tone on tone theme to embellish the layout.  I added in a Pinkfresh Studio wood ephemera (the piece that says work), as well as a few puffy stickers.  The cute little camera is a 3D sticker from 1Canoe2, and that plumeria flower is a Hip Kit Club exclusive.

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I debated on either the gold or the white alpha stickers for my title, but I decided that I liked how subtle the white alphas looked.  I always want to keep the focus on my photo.

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I really like how my layout turned out, and I’m glad I’ve got another layout for my daughter’s album.  I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from my moodboard and project as well!

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Happy Tuesday!

c/o 2019, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout that I created using the July 2019 Hip kits, and I’m featuring all the Hip Kit Club exclusive die cuts!

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My niece just graduated from high school, and she had a Polynesian themed party, so these tropical die cuts were perfect for this layout. I sprinkled all the beautiful die cut flowers and leaves around my 2 photos.  The “You Got This” piece is from the new Pinkfresh Studio collection called Office Hours.  The sentiment and color were perfect on this layout!

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I also used the lantern banner for the middle of my layout, and I really like how it ties the 2 photos together.  My title is 2019, and I used the gold thickers that came in the kits.  I love it when numbers are included with alpha stickers!

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For my background, I used one of the July HKC exclusive cut files, called Circle Background, to create a stencil. I used yellow Distress Oxide ink (which we got in a color kit a while back) and a ink dauber to add some color to my background. If you like mixed media on your layouts, but hate warping, inking and stencils are the way to go!

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I love how my layout turned out, and I hope you do too.  Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out the Hip Kit Club website for the cut files, as well as the July and August 2019 kits!

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Happy Friday!


First I Drink the Coffee | Pinkfresh Studio monthly challenge

Hi friends!  I have a layout that I created for the Pinkfresh July 2019 Challenge.  For this month’s challenge, you need to use cut files and/or diecuts on your project. Once you create your project, make sure you link it back to the challenge post for your change to win a $50 gift card!  For more info, you can check out the challenges on the Pinkfresh Studio website here.


For this layout, I used the new Pinkfresh collection: Office Hours.  I also used the Folk Art Mugs free cut file, which you can find in the albums section of the PinkFresh Studio Fan Group FB page.


I used my silhouette machine, and cut the cutfile on white cardstock.  I used the Pinkfresh watercolors to color the cups, and then I added a little gold detail with Heidi Swapp Gold color shine.


For my background, I used the Inspiration pattern paper, and I cut it along the color blocked lines.  I didn’t really want that big triangle of the mustard yellow, so I used it as a template and cut another piece from the Plan pattern paper.

I new I wanted to use this quote for my title, so the mini puffy alpha was perfect!


I embellished my layout with the various ephemera in this collection that fit the theme of coffee, crafting, and my space.  I used the diecut ephemera, the mixed ephemera pack, the cardstock stickers, as well as the puffy stickers.


I loved documenting my crafty space & my need for coffee.  I don’t think I’ve actually ever scrapbooked a photo without a face or animal.  LOL!

Don’t forget to head over to the challenge post on the Pinkfresh website.  Also check out the awesome Office Hours collection!

Happy Sunday!

Happy Sweet Nine, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hey friends!  Today I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog sharing a layout using the new Just A Little Lovely collection.  (For more photos and info, head over to the Pinkfresh blog!)  I absolutely love the B sides of the pattern papers in this collection; they are beautiful watercolor backgrounds.  If you love the look of watercolors on the backgrounds, but are a little afraid of mixed media, I highly encourage you to check these papers out!

My daughter just turned 9, and I did a layout for her.


I used the Around Here pattern paper for my background.  I love this paper so much as is, so I didn’t want to do to much to it.  I did add some watercolor (mixed with a little white gesso) splatters.

For my title, I used the Puffy Phrase Stickers and the white Puffy Alpha Stickers to say Happy Sweet Nine.  I wanted to add just a hint of color to the white puffy alphas, so I painted the letters with some watered down Bubble Gum Pink watercolor, and wiped it off before dry.  It left just the tiniest hint of pink, and I really like the way it turned out.  I added some machine stitching to the white alpha as well, for a bit more detail.  For my journaling, I wanted to write a letter to my daughter, as a different way to include some of her favorites at nine.


I was already liking my layout the way it was, but I decided to embellish the 2 photos a bit.  I added an acetate foiled flower to each photo corner, a puffy flower sticker, a couple epoxy circle stickers from the mixed ephemera pack, and a few enamel dots.


I really wanted my photo and that background paper to shine, so I kept the embellishing really simple.  I am super happy with how it turned out.  These products from the Just A Little Lovely collection are so beautiful, you really don’t need much!

I hope you like the way my layout turned out!



Also, here is a sneak peek of a project I made for the July challenge.  Check back on the Pinkfresh Studio blog on July 7th when the challenge goes live to see the full project!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Tuesday!