Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Larch Valley Fall Travellers Notebook | Hip Kit Club

Hi friends, this past week at Hip Kit Club we've been celebrating back to school and fall. I've used some of the beautiful warm tones from the August kits today to create this travellers notebook spread documenting our time in Larch Valley, Canada last fall. 

I used Paige Taylor Evans paper #06 behind my large photo and fussy cut the bottom edge of the scalloped chevron pattern to hang below it. 

I added some vellum to the top part of this paper above my photo to mute the colours just a little, and stitched over the edges using my sewing machine.

The chipboard heart from Paige Evans in the August Pocket Life kit is so adorable, and I hand stitched that in a cross-stitch pattern with purple embroidery thread to add to the left page. I also used one of the 3x4 cards from the Pocket Life kit for my journaling. 

A few of the fall coloured leaves from the Embellishment Kit were perfect to scatter across my page, and I love how it feels like they're falling from the trees in my photo. 

Are you seeing signs of fall (or spring) where you are? 

Thanks for stopping by guys! xo

Monday, 2 September 2019

Snapchat Love! | Travellers Notebook for Hip Kit Club

Hi Guys!  Today I have a fun and whimsical travellers notebook spread documenting a recent Friday night Snapchat selfie.  I'm using the August 2019 Pocket Life kit from Hip Kit Club for this spread and my brief is to use triangles or hexagons (you can see that I went with hexagons hehe).

I used a hexagon die set from my stash and die cut different sized hexagons from a few of the project life cards, and also cut two of them from the packaging of products in the kit (the grid pattern is from the Pinkfresh Studio Office Hours puffy stickers, and the pastel plaid is from the Pretty Little Studio Indian Summer frames).  More and more manufacturers are getting on board with making packaging that can be repurposed in your projects, so be on the lookout for those because it can totally bulk out your scrappy purchases!

I placed the hexagons around the page and stitched them all down with regular sewing machine thread.

Then I've used the sweet sticker elements from the Paige Evans Truly Grateful stickers in the kit to embellish my page.  I think the whimsical characters in the sticker sheet work really well with the Snapchat photo in my spread!

I've used one of the 3x4 journalling cards to matt my photo, and I love how it has a washi tape piece at the top.  To make it look like it was overlapping my photo I used my scalpel to cut the lower left side of the washi, and then I could tuck my photo in underneath it.  Love how that turned out!

Some quick strip journalling about how I always seem to take a Snapchat selfie on Friday nights (totally my favourite time of the week!) and I called this layout done.

I also have a process video on my YouTube channel for this layout if you'd like to see how it came together:

As scrapbookers we often don't include ourselves in layouts, why don't you join in with the Hip Kit design team this week and scrap a selfie of you!?

Thanks for stopping by today! xo

Friday, 23 August 2019

Fabulous Kauai | Travellers Notebook for Hip Kit Club

Hi friends!

Popping in today to share a tropical fun-filled traveller's notebook spread made with the July kits from Hip Kit Club. I love the exclusive Hello Summer elements in the kits this month and they're perfect for documenting one of my favourite photos from a holiday in Hawaii. 

My brief this week is to include cut files, mixed media and punches/dies. Since this is a spread about Hawaii my cut file decision was made easy, with the beautiful July Tropical Background. I cut it in white cardstock and highlighted some of the leaves by hand stitching along their stems. 

I created a mixed media background for the cut file by adding layers of Lindy's Gang sprays and Magical Shakers to some white cardstock that I had primed with clear gesso. 

The tag on the right page is repurposed packaging from some of the Pinkfresh Studio products in this months kit. 

To embellish my page I used from the exclusives, and fussy-cut a cluster from one of the pocket page cards in the pocket life kit. I used circle dies to add layers to the sub-title on the left page and an edge punch for more layers on the right page. 

I just love how summery & fun this spread feels, especially since here in Australia we're still in the middle of winter. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Monday, 19 August 2019

Sketch Challenge Card Version for Hip Kit Club

Hi friends!  This week over at the Hip Kit Club Facebook Group there's a sketch challenge with a twist.  We're creating cards for the weekly challenge, and incorporating cut files and fussy cut pieces. That's a lot going on right!?

This is the sketch, and I'm creating with the July kits.  The layered circles are a strong design element on this sketch, so I've searched through the back-catalogue of exclusive cut files to find some that are circular, or very similar to circular.

This beautiful geometric heart is a subscriber cut file from March 2019, and is part of the word 'Magic'.  In Silhouette Studio I separated the heart from the rest of the word, cut it once in white cardstock and then used the offset tool and cut it again in purple to create a kind of drop shadow or border for the white heart.  I fussy cut flowers from the black and white floral paper after colouring a cluster of them with the Lindy's Gang sprays from the July colour kit.  I simply mixed the Blue Hawaiian Blue and Hibiscus Rose sprays together to create two pretty shades of purple.

My second card features the Doily cut file which is a freebie cut file from March 2019.  I love a doily any day of the week, so I was excited to be able to use this one.  I resized it from 12x12 to just under 5 inches so that it would work for my card, and added some layered cardstock and patterned paper die cut circles to represent the layers in the sketch.   I again painted the black and white paper with sprays from the colour kit. 

The final card in the set uses the beautiful Laurel Wreath subscriber cut file from January 2019.    I first cut it in white cardstock and adhered it to the card, before stitching around it a few times in regular white thread on my sewing machine.

I painted and fussy cut some of the smaller flowers on the black and white paper, and some of the yellow and white daisies from the Echo Park Paper Co sunshine floral paper to adorn the wreath.

I have a process video on the Hip Kit YouTube Channel if you'd like to see how these cards came together.

I'd love to see you join in the sketch challenge this week, remember there's a gift voucher for the Hip Kits ship up for grabs!  Thanks for stopping by today guys xo

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Week 28 Project Life | Hip Kit Club

Hi friends!  Today I have a pocket page spread created for Hip Kit Club, with the July kits.  

I'm especially excited about the July Pocket Life kit because for the first time it includes 3x8 and 3x6 cards as well as the 3x4 and 6x4 that we usually see.

I love to add inserts into my 6x8 project life album, so I've definitely included one of the new 3x8 journalling cards this week.  It's on the reverse side of this insert, and I've printed a photo of our beach at 3x8 for the front side.

I added the 'its a beautiful day' rub on from 1 Canoe 2 that comes in the embellishment kit this month straight over my photo, and I love how that turned out!

Part of my brief this week was to use mixed media to alter the black and white flower paper that comes in the main kit, and also in the paper kit.  I fussy cut some of the beautiful flowers, then pulled out my trusty watercolours and painted them using a colour palette similar to elements in the Pinkfresh Studio Just a Little Lovely collection.  I also fussy cut and painted three extra flowers and layered them above my first flower cluster, popped up with foam tape.

I had two photos of my hubby and I on the beach with our Cavaliers, and to include them on one 6x4 pocket I printed them both at 2x3 and matted them on the Bazzill Wisteria cardstock from the Cardstock kit.  Since I journalled about these photos on the card above I didn't need to add too much detail to this card, and just layered a few ephemera pieces to the right of the photos.

This filler card came together so quickly with some Pinkfresh Studio patterned paper cut to size and an ephemera piece stitched with rose gold embroidery thread. To finish it off I adhered a Pinkfresh Studio puffy sticker from the Main kit.

This is a look at the the full spread with the reverse of my 3x8 insert. Since the 3x8 card had the title 'vacay' I really wanted to use it for the following week in my album (when we actually had a vacay ha!), but the colours worked really well for this spread, so I decided to use it and just cover up the word 'vacay' with some ephemera.  The 3x8 card really gives a lot of room for journalling, which is awesome in a 6x8 album.

I love adding bits and pieces to journalling and filler cards, and it was like this 3x4 card was made for that floral ephemera piece, it fit just perfectly!

Thanks for stopping by today guys!

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Traveller's Notebook - Here There & Everywhere | Hip Kit Club

Hi guys!

I have a new layout in my traveller's notebook today using the June kits from Hip Kit Club. The kits are so vibrant and full of colour this month, with lots of pretties from Vicki Boutin and Heidi Swapp.

I knew I wanted to use the 3x4 card from the Pocket Life kit that had a spot for journalling as well as that pretty pink tropical flower on it.  Even when I accidentally oversprayed it with a mixed media spray I still stuck with it ha!

I always like to print my journalling out on my printer, and set it out so that the text was justified on the right, which allowed me to make sure I didn't accidentally print over the top of that pretty flower on the top left of the card.

This project was for Mixed Media Monday and my brief was to create a plaid pattern.  I did this on the right page with the Lindy's Magicals from the June 2019 and May 2019 Colour kits.  Since my July kits with the stencil I was going to use hadn't quite arrived yet, I decided to just create my own in Silhouette Studio and cut it out.

I can tell you I had a LOT of fun with that!!

I used the semi-circle 'here, there & everywhere' sticker from the Heidi Swapp sticker book to pop above the journalling card, and backed both the journalling card and the sticker with some white cardstock to matt them.  It really helps to make them pop off the dark pomegranate paper of the background.

I love how this spread turned out, and that I was able to use a pocket page card on it as well.

If you'd like to see the process of how this one came together I have a video up on the Hip Kit Club YouTube channel that you can catch here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today guys, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Mini-Vacay Pocket Page Spread | Hip Kit Club

Hi friends!  After working in a 6x12 album for my project life for the first half of 2019, I've decided to switch back to a 6x8 for the second half.  I really liked trying the different size of the 6x12, but I've realised 6x8 really has my heart.  

A couple of things I love about it are that if there are weeks I have barely any photos it doesn't look out of place (and lets face it, I work full time and have no kids at home, so yes it happens); I love being able to add little 3x8 or 6x4 inserts as I go; and I really love having an album that almost feels like holding a book rather than a photo album.

So here's my second spread back in a 6x8 album (if you missed the first one you can find it on my Instagram account).  

This week we had a super-fun mini vacay day cruising our local waterways for a work party.  We had such a great time on a beautiful sun-filled winter day, so of course I used all the bright and happy colours from the June 2019 Hip Kit Club kits to document the week!

The colours from Heidi Swapp and Vicki Boutin that feature heavily in this month's kits as well as the gorgeous 3x4 and 4x6 cards in the Pocket Life kit work so well together.

I wanted to use this fun 3x4 card to list out 3 different things, and since we have 3 favourite afternoon walks to take with our two Cavalier King Charles pups, I listed all 3 walks on this card, and ticked the option we took on this Saturday afternoon.  I added the rest of my journalling, a sticker from the Heidi Swapp sticker book and a Vicki Boutin chipboard piece to the card and called this one done.

I used the Starburst Squares June 2019 exclusive cutfile, enlarged it to focus on just one of the starbursts, and cut it from white cardstock.  Then I used the offset tool in my Silhouette software and cut that piece in a turquoise patterned paper.  I layered those together over my  base patterned paper and stitched all of the starburst 'arms' with silver metallic thread on my sewing machine.

To finish the title card I adhered a circle label sticker from the Heidi Swapp sticker book over some white cardstock (I seem to be doing that a lot this month ha!), spelled out the month with alphas from the same book, printed the dates out on my printer and then added a couple of layers with stitching, quotation mark stickers, and then I pulled a gold paperclip from my stash, adhered a cute chipboard button and tied some lime green embroidery thread in a bow to make it super-cute.  The uneven backing to the label sticker is actually a Vicki Boutin flower ephemera piece that I turned upside down, and I love how the more freeform look to this shape turned out rather than using a regular circle.

My right page came together really quickly since most of the work was done for me with this gorgeous 'relax' 3x4 card, and a full 3x4 photo beside it.

This group photo wasn't looking awesome in colour after me pulling it from someone else's social media (also after their filters/edits), so I converted it to black and white and I think it worked really well.

Again I've layered the Heidi Swapp stickers on this 6x4 card over white cardstock to give them extra structure, and also to give the colours a little extra depth.

Thanks for stopping by today guys, I hope I've given you some inspiration to use your June Hip Kits in some pocket page spreads, or to use a cut file in a slightly different way than it may have been designed.