Merry & Bright | Hip Kit Club

Hey friends! I’m back today to share my final layout using the November 2016 Kits from Hip Kit Club. This layout is based off sketch #4 of the HKC sketch series that we have going on in the Hip Kit Club Facebook Forum.

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

I mounted my photo on vellum, a piece of American Crafts Fountain Cardstock from the Cardstock Kit and a piece of the packaging from one of the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa packages. Before I adhered the photo to my white cardstock base I added a little mixed media using the Well Blue Me Down Shimmerz Mist that is included in the Color Kit.

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

I added multiple ephemera pieces from the exclusive Tis The Season ephemera pack that is included in the Main Kit! I LOVE those trees and that adorable deer!!! I also tore a piece of the washi tape from the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Oh Joy’ Washi Sheet (which is included in the Documenting December Kit) and tucked a piece above and below the photo.

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I used a couple of the exclusive HKC cut files and one of the exclusive pattern papers from the Main Kit to create a column on the left hand side of the layout.  I embellished each square using different pieces from the kits. I started in the top square and added a couple ephemera pieces from the exclusive ephemera pack included in the Main Kit and a strip of exclusive washi that is included in the Embellishment Kit. In the next square I added a puffy snowflake from the Pinkfresh Studio Oh Joy Puffy Sticker sheet included in the Documenting December Kit. Next I added the ADORABLE snow globe acetate piece from the Snow and Cocoa ephemera pack that is included in the Documenting December Kit. I used my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter to add the jounaling in the final square.

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

Now when you head over to the HKC Facebook Forum to check out sketch #4 you’ll see that there were multiple stars in the design of the sketch. I cut my stars in white cardstock and then again in vellum. I wanted the stars to be subtle and not distract from the photo. This photo was taken this year of Aidan while we were decorating the Christmas tree. I love how the tree looks so bright and you see the silhouette of his face. Eyelashes and all! He has his Santa hat on which is something he wears each year while decorating the tree.

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post that this tree is very sentimental. It was the tree that I decorated with my mom and siblings each year. My parents downsized their tree the first year I was married and they asked if I would like to have the tree. Given that I’m a very sentimental person I immediately said yes. Each year more and more bristles fall off the branches while we are unfolding them but I will continue to put this tree up until it is completely bald! It holds so many memories and each year we are creating new!

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

My title is Merry & Bright and I used the amazing silver glitter Thickers from the Embellishment Kit. For final touches I added metallic silver stitching and an assortment of sequins.

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

I’ve also put together a process video that shows how this layout came together. It also includes a Cricut Design Space tutorial showing how I created the column using the exclusive HKC Cut Files. Remember you need to be logged into your account on the HKC website in order to view the cut files!

Thanks for joining me today!

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So Much Fun | Hip Kit Club

Hi friends! I’m back with a new layout for Hip Kit Club using the November 2016 Kits and the Documenting December Kit. This week’s layout is based off the HKC Facebook Member Forum Sketch #3.

Hip Kit Club November 2016 Hip Kits | Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa & HKC Exclusives

I started by cutting two filmstrips, from a couple Cricut carts that I have in my stash, on two Crate Paper-Snow and Cocoa pattern papers from the Main Kit. For added detail I tucked in a few snowflakes (2 are from an Exclusive HKC Cut File & the other is from the Crate Paper-Snow and Cocoa ephemera pack included in the December Documented Kit). I used the American Crafts Fountain Cardstock from the Cardstock Kit and yet another pattern paper from the Crate Paper -Snow and Cocoa Collection for the layers behind my photo. The Snow and Cocoa Collection is so beautiful!! I think I could use this collection for all my wintery/Christmas themed layouts forever!

Hip Kit Club November 2016 Hip Kits | Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa & HKC Exclusives

Hip Kit Club November 2016 Hip Kits | Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa & HKC Exclusives

Hip Kit Club November 2016 Hip Kits | Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa & HKC Exclusives

Once I knew where I wanted the layers to sit I grabbed the Well Blue Me Down Shimmerz Mist that is included in the Color Kit and applied a watercolor background using the packaging technique. I wanted to add a bit more mixed media so I used the Foiled Again Dazzlerz Texture Paste and the Echo Park stencil that is also included in the Color Kit to make a few horizontal lines above and below the photo.

Hip Kit Club November 2016 Hip Kits | Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa & HKC Exclusives

Hip Kit Club November 2016 Hip Kits | Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa & HKC Exclusives

Next I moved onto adding a cluster towards the bottom left hand side of the layout. I grabbed a couple ephemera pieces from the HKC exclusive ‘Tis the Season ephemera pack, included in the Main Kit, and another snowflake cut from the same HKC exclusive cut file. Have I mentioned before that there are free cut files on HKC’s website? Yep, free cut files, even for those who are not subscribers to the kits! AND…there is currently a 12 Days of Giving celebration happening where a free cut file is released each night December 1-12, 2016. You have to be registered on the HKC website in order to have access to the freebie cut files and it’s a simple process. Just enter your email address and you are good to go!

Hip Kit Club November 2016 Hip Kits | Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa & HKC Exclusives

Once I had the cluster arranged I wanted to add a couple pops of color along the left hand side of the layout. So I cut one of the manufacturing strips from an exclusive pattern paper included in the December Documented Kit and added another pop of color using a pink polka dot pattern paper from the Crate Paper-Snow and Cocoa Collection that is included in the Main Kit. I used my scallop border punch and a teal colored pattern paper from the Snow and Cocoa Collection for a little added interest.

Hip Kit Club November 2016 Hip Kits | Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa & HKC Exclusives

 My journaling was a bit tricky for this layout. It is a long story about the night we decided to go to a dollar theater to see a movie. The theater was cold…like cold, cold. We had to wear our winter coats the whole time! There was a musty smell and a bright yellow line running straight down the center of the screen for the entire movie. It was like we were watching the movie on two separate screens. Not to mention all the pops, flickers and cracks while the movie played. It was an absolutely terrible movie going experience but it is one of my all time favorite memories of us as a family. As the events continued to play out we laughed until I thought I would cry. It was a true you get what you pay for experience!

In order to document that entire story I typed my journaling on my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter and cut it into thin strips. I then positioned the strips on the right & left side of the photo. This allowed me to tell the whole story without having to run the journaling down the entire length of the page. It kept is concise and doesn’t distract from the photo, the embellishing or the mixed media. For final touches I added silver metallic machine stitching and a sprinkling of sequins.

Here’s a process video showing how this layout came together!

Remember to head over to the HKC Facebook Forum to check out the sketch! Each week a new sketch will be revealed and you will have three interpretations from design team members. We would also love to see what you create! Remember you do not have to be a kit subscriber to join us! It’s just a fun place to chat with other papercrafting loving people!

Thanks for joining me today!

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