First Day | Hip Kit Club

Hi friends! I have a new layout to share using the December 2016 Hip Kits. This layout is based off sketch #9 in our Hip Kit Club Facebook Forum Sketch Series.

Hip Kit Club | December 2016 Kits | Pink Paislee-Take Me Away, Amy Tangerine, Maggie Holmes, HKC exclusives

I used one of the Pink Paislee-Take Me Away pattern papers from the Main Kit as my background. I then layered a piece of light gray Concrete American Crafts Cardstock from the Cardstock Kit and the silver foiled dot pattern paper from Echo Park.

Hip Kit Club | December 2016 Kits | Pink Paislee-Take Me Away, Amy Tangerine, Maggie Holmes, HKC exclusives

To add interest around the photo I added multiple ephemera pieces from the Take Me Away ephemera pack included in the Main Kit and ephemera pieces from the HKC exclusive ephemera pack included in the Project Life Kit. I also added another small layer behind my photo using my favorite pattern paper from the Take Me Away Collection.

Hip Kit Club | December 2016 Kits | Pink Paislee-Take Me Away, Amy Tangerine, Maggie Holmes, HKC exclusives

I love embellishments and ephemera that add dimension and texture so I grabbed one of the Take Me Away epoxy paperclips from the Project Life Kit and attached a couple of the Maggie Holmes tassels, from the Main Kit, to the paperclips. I added a couple of the white flowers from the Amy Tan Thickers sheet, also from the Main Kit, to the top left and bottom right of the page for balance and symmetry.

Hip Kit Club | December 2016 Kits | Pink Paislee-Take Me Away, Amy Tangerine, Maggie Holmes, HKC exclusives

Hip Kit Club | December 2016 Kits | Pink Paislee-Take Me Away, Amy Tangerine, Maggie Holmes, HKC exclusives

One of the things I love about Hip Kits are the multiple packs of Thickers that are included in the kits. I had a hard time choosing which set of Thickers to use for my title but finally settled on the super fun and colorful Pink Paislee-Take Me Away Thickers from the Embellishment Kit. I added my journaling to the gray American Crafts cardstock and also tucked in a few scrap pieces of pattern paper from the Take Me Away Collection under the photo for an extra pop of color. For final touches I added machine stitching and a sprinkling of the Carta Bella enamel dots included in the Embellishment Kit.

Hip Kit Club | December 2016 Kits | Pink Paislee-Take Me Away, Amy Tangerine, Maggie Holmes, HKC exclusives

I’ve put together a YouTube video so you can see the process of how this layout came together.

Thanks for joining me today!

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Winter Memories | The Cut Shoppe

Hey friends! I’m back today to share a layout that was recently on The Cut Shoppe Blog using the Zig-Zagged Background Cut File and the Snow Day Background Cut File.

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day Background Cut File & Zig-Zagged Background Cut File

Last year I purchased a warehouse box and received a few papers from the Simple Stories Snow Fun Collection, but I didn’t have any of the matching ephemera. I absolutely LOVE the papers and colors of this collection, but the colors are very specific. I was having a hard time finding products in my stash that coordinated well with these papers. So I turned to the cut files from The Cut Shoppe.

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

I started the layout by using one of the pattern papers from the Simple Stories – Snow Fun Collection as my background. I felt like the background was a little too dark so I added a white wash using white acrylic paint. I also used a dot stencil and Whipped Spackle texture paste to add a little more dimension to the background. I also love how the dots represent snow and play along well with the winter theme of my layout.

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

These photos were taken during a big snow storm in 2015. We had over 16″ of snow fall in just a few hours on a Sunday. It made for a perfect day to play outside. Aidan LOVES playing in the snow. Actually I think it’s more a love of a snowball fight! HA! He would stay out there for hours and it’s all about throwing the largest snowball…even if it includes using a shovel to throw it!

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

I used the Snow Day Cut File to cut various size snowflakes using silver glitter cardstock. If you are a Cricut Explore user, like me, then you can use a custom setting to ensure that you get a clean, crisp cut when using specialty papers. You can find out more info about this custom setting in my YouTube process video posted below.

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

I then used multiple pieces from the Snow Fun cut apart sheet for the layers behind my photo and for my title. I wanted to add another pop of color to the layout so I used the Zig-Zagged Background Cut File to cut a couple of chevrons and tucked them next to the vertical strips of paper.

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

I’m so happy with how this layout came together! I love that because of the cut files I was able use papers that may have sat in my stash for years until I came across ephemera that matched the papers! I’ve put together a process video that includes a Cricut Design Space tutorial.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Kelly Janes