Love, recipe challenge layout featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!

I created a layout using the awesome January 2020 Hip Kits for the Hip Kit Club weekly challenge. This week’s challenge is a recipe challenge. The recipe includes: layered hearts, stitching, frame, black & white accent, sparkle, and fussy cutting. I managed to include all of the recipe “ingredients,” as well as a HKC exclusive cut file.

I started out by cutting the heart background HKC subscriber cut file out of white cardstock. I just wanted a little bit of texture on my layout, so I kept it tone on tone, and I glued the center portions straight to the cardstock. I also ripped one side of the cardstock, and added a black & white striped pattern paper border to the right. Next, I worked on the recipe items.

I had some layered hearts left over from one of my previous layouts, but I did make one more. I also fussy cut some of the speech bubbles from a Pinkfresh Studio pattern paper.

I added my photo, backed by some PFS pattern paper and a HKC exclusive 4×6 card. I also tucked in 2 PFS chipboard frames.

For the sparkle, I chose a glittery title from the Pink Paislee thickers sheet. I also added a few glitter enamel hearts.

I love how this layout turned out, and I hope you’ll play along with our recipe challenge! 

Happy Sunday!

Hey Santa, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout that I created with the November 2019 Hip Kits, and a cutfile.

We saw Santa twice in 2015.  My daughter get her new glasses the day after we visited Santa.  She asked if we could go see Santa again and take a picture with her glasses, so we saw him twice.  I am just documenting that story.  

I decided to use the star wreath cutfile, which will be available on the website soon.  I backed it with various pink and red HKC exclusive pattern paper from the Main Kit.  I machine stitched around 3 of the stars to add some more texture to the cutfile.

On another piece of pattern paper, I stitched around and around in a wonky circle with my sewing machine.  Then I added some splatters; I used the pink Lindy’s magical powder from the Color kit, as well as the Jen Hadfield gold mist (which is pretty much the same thing as Heidi’s gold color shine, yay!) from the DD Festive Color kit.  

I adhered the cutfile to the background with foam squares once the splatters were dry, and then adhered my photos, which I backed with cardstock from the Cardstock kit.  

Next, I added my title using the HKC exclusive alpha that was included in the Main Kit.  I love the color and font of this alpha…so festive!  I adhered my journaling strips before embellishing to make sure I had enough room.

To embellish the layout, I added a few more stars.  I stamped some stars on the background using the HKC exclusive stamp set from the Pocket Life kit.  I also added a couple white star stickers, and a red puffy heart stickers. 

I decided to add the cute little Santa ephemera piece (from the Main Kit) to the bottom left of my layout, since it was a layout about Santa, and a few presents to the top right.

True to my style, I decided to keep my embellishments to a minimum, and my layout is complete!  I love the way this one turned out, and I really hope you do too.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out all these gorgeous kits on the Kip Kit Club website.  

Happy Friday!

Baby Shark, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  I’m sharing a layout that I posted on the Hip Kit Club blog a couple days ago. I created my page using the October 2019 Hip kits.  Today, I am focusing on the Embellishment kit for my Halloween layout. I scrapped this page for Ruby’s album. She was the cutest baby shark last year for Halloween! Love!!!

There are so many goodies in the embellishment kit.  The font on the gold thickers is so pretty, and I love all the Hip Kit Club exclusives.  

I decided to use a cut file to frame my photos.  It’s an October subscriber cutfile called leaf wreath, and I cut it from white cardstock using my silhouette machine.  For my background, I used this gorgeous Pretty Little Studio paper.  The color of this paper is spot on for my photos, and I love the painted vibe.  I added just a little more white splatters, then I lightly adhered the wreath, and machine stitched it through the middle.  

I backed my photos with a few HKC exlcusive PL cards, and added them to the left side of the layout.  Next I added my title.  I used the pretty gold thickers as well as the tiny puffy alpha.

Next, I embellished with some items from the Embellishment kit.  I used some of the floral and leafy ephemera, as well as some of the stickers (I loved all the tiny hearts).  I used the HKC exclusive stamp set to stamp the stitched heart and the “you’re the best” sentiment.  I also added a few enamel dots along the wreath.  

I fussy cut the label from a HKC exclusive PL card, and I used it for my journaling.  To finish off my layout, I added the branding strip from this same paper, and adhered it to the bottom of the layout.  

I absolutely love how my layout turned out, and I hope you do too.  I hope you check out these fabulous kits on the Hip Kit Club website.  Did you see the November kits?

Happy Friday!

Cute Little Pumpkin, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout that I created with the September 2019 Hip Kits. I was challenged to use multiple cut files on my layout, so I used 2 Hip Kit Club exclusive cut files.

I’m using this cute little photo of my 3rd daughter on her first Halloween.  When I saw the Cute Little Pumpkin cut file, I knew I had to use it with this photo.  She was only about a week old in the photo, and she’s almost 3 now, so I’m glad to have this scrapped!

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I also filmed a YT process video


I cut the Cute Little Pumpkin cut file, as well as 2 more freestanding pumpkins, and I backed them with a Dear Lizzy pattern paper.

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On my background, I used some Vicki Boutin acrylic paint (which was in a color kit many many months ago), and I mixed it with a little bit of white gesso to tone it down, and I did some dry brushing on my cardstock.  I really like how it brings out the texture on the cardstock.  I also added some back and forth machine stitching.

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I used a couple of the HKC exclusive PL cards, one to back my photo and another for my journaling.  They were perfect for the warm color scheme I was going for.

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I also embellished my layout with a lot of flowers that I fussy cut from Dear Lizzy pattern papers.  I love the sketchy vibes of the florals!  To even further the sketchy details, I used one of the florals from the Dear Lizzy stamp set, and stamped a few flowers with black ink.

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I really love how my layout turned out.  Don’t forget to check out the process video for more details.  Make sure to stop by the Hip Kit Club website for the September & October kits!

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Happy Thursday!

Dog Mama mini album, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello crafty friends!  I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today, sharing a cute mini album that I made with the Just a Little Lovely collection.  I wanted to make a mini album about my love of dogs, and I wanted to use a different shape.  I’ve already made different sized rectangle, circle, and tag mini albums, so I decided to use the new Clipboard with Botanicals cut file, which is now available in the Pinkfresh shop.


To construct my foundation pages, I worked with the cut file.  I decided to make my album about 4 x 6 inches, so I sized the cut file to fit that size.  Using my silhouette machine, I cut the complete cut file with white cardstock.  Next, I deconstructed the cut file.  I cut just the outside edge/ shape of the cut file with some of the pattern papers in the Just a Little Lovely collection, as well as a few coordinating cardstock colors from my stash.  I absolutely love the watercolor sides of these papers!  I cut the outer rim of the cutfile from white cardstock to create a frame for the pattern paper.  I also cut just the clip piece from both white and gold cardstock.


For my title page, I decided to use the entire cut file.  I glued it onto one of the pattern paper shapes that I cut.  I decided to inlay the botanical part of the cut file with pattern paper.  I went back to the cut file, isolated just the inner pieces of the botanicals, and cut it with some of the pattern paper in green and pink.  Once I glued all the pieces in, I added some splatter with Pinkfresh Studio sapphire watercolor.  I splashed on some gold watercolor from my stash as well.  For my title, I fussy cut the banners from the ChitChat pattern paper, and used the puffy alpha stickers.  To embellish the title page, I added an epoxy sticker, a few enamel dots, and I stamped one of the tiny floral images from the Pinkfresh Lovely Blossoms stamp set.  Finally, I glued on a gold clip that I had previously cut.

Last minute, I decided to use one of the tags in the ephemera pack.  Instead of it saying “the world is a better pace with you,” I decided to cover up the you with dogs to say “the world is a better place with dogs.”  I just printed the word out on my computer (it took me a couple tries to get the size right), and I adhered it right on top with foam squares.  I love it!


For my dog pages, I tried to keep them pretty consistent so that my album looks cohesive.  I glued the white outer white frame to the pattern paper shape, then a gold clip on top.  I added some subtle tone on tone texture by stamping some of the smaller images from the same Lovely Blossoms stamp set and/or adding watercolor splatters.

For all the photos, I used a piece of pattern paper to layer behind it.  I also diecut my favorite scalloped edge from the Lacey Edgers 1 die set out of white cardstock, and I added it as a layer behind the photos.

Just like the title page, I used some of the banners that I fussy cut and the puffy alpha stickers to spell out my pups’ names.  I used foam squares to pop up the name banners, and I adhered a phrase sticker right under.

I embellished the pages with a variety of puffy stickers, fussy cut flowers, acetate flowers, epoxy stickers, and enamel dots.

For the opposite side (the back of the page in front of it), I decided to keep it simple.  I glued on the cardstock shape that I had previously diecut in a coordinating color, and glued on a white clip.  I didn’t want the pages to get too thick, so I opted to leave the white frame around the edge off the cardstock.  I diecut a simple heart from pattern paper, and I glued on word strips that I printed off the computer, describing the pup on the coordinating page.  I had a lot more space than I thought I would, so I may print off some more qualities.


Here’s a little closer look at one of the dog pages:

Since the cut file already cuts out a hole, I just put them on an O ring, and tied on some pretty yarn.

I absolutely love how this mini layout turned out!  I love my pups, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a mini album dedicated to them.  (My daughters love this mini too!)


I hope you like my mini as well, and I’ve inspired you to get crafting.  If you have a silhouette machine, I highly recommend you check out the cut files available for purchase on the Pinkfresh shop.  They coordinate perfectly with the scrapbook collections.  If you don’t have a silhouette, you can create a clipboard template, trace, and hand cut for a similar look.

Happy Tuesday!


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!


2 layouts with cutfiles, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hey friends!  I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today, and I’m sharing 2 layouts that I created by mixing and matching the Just A Little Lovely and Office Hours paper collections.  I am also using a couple cut files designed to coordinate with these paper collections.  They will be available soon, so keep a look out!


For my first layout, I am using the Lovely Tag cutfile.


I cut it from white cardstock, and backed it with the Hope and New Thoughts pattern papers from the Just A Little Lovely collection.  For my background, I used the Around Here pattern paper (my favorite from the collection). On the background, I used some of the Pinkfresh watercolors to add some splatters.  I also took one of the tiny flowers from the Lovely Blossoms stamp set to add some tone-on-tone stamping.  I adhered the cutfile with thin foam squares.


Next I added my photo.  I layered it with pattern paper.  I used one of the Lacey Edgers stand alone dies to create a cute scalloped edge to layer under my photo.  I also added a fussy cut file tab from the Office Hours Busy pattern paper.


For my title, I used the Just a Little Lovely puffy alpha stickers.  I added a little bit of hand written journaling…I love that this pattern paper has grid lines to keep everything straight!


To embellish, I added some Office Hours puffy stickers (that tiny pencil is just the cutest), a fabric ephemera piece, enamel dots, and a few phrase stickers from the Just a Little Love collection.



For my next layout, I used the Heart & Floral cutfile.


Again, I used the Hope and New Thoughts pattern paper to back the florals on the cutfile.  I decided to use the Story pattern paper for my background.  I added a lot of white splatters to the page; I used just a little bit of white acrylic paint watered down.  Next, I partially machine stitched the heart to my background.  I wanted to be able to tuck my photos under the flowers, so I didn’t stitch the flowers down.  I used just a little bit of foam squares under the flowers to add that dimension.


For my title, I used the tiny pink puffy alpha, as well as a cardstock label from the Office Hours collection to spell out the word fifteen (for our fifteenth wedding anniversary).  My journaling is just a few words from one of our favorite songs called “From This Moment On.”


I embellished the layout with a few pieces from the Office Hours collection.  I was able to use a lot of the phrases from this collection on my anniversary page…”top priority,” “make it happen,” “start here”…totally work for relationships!


Again, I used the Lacey Edgers dies to add some scalloped details behind my photos.  I also used a few cardstock ephemera pieces from the Just A Little Lovely collection.



I hope you enjoyed my layouts as much as I loved making them.  I absolutely love the papers in the Just a Little Lovely collection…especially the B sides!  I love the look of mixed media, and these papers are already ready to go!  The office hours collection has turned out to be surprisingly versatile.  I have used them on a craft room layout, school layouts, and now an anniversary layout.

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out!  Don’t forget to check out the Pinkfresh Studio website for all these supplies!