October 25, 2014

Scrapbooking Layout Using Studio Calico's Color Theory Inks

Hey! So I took a short break from playing with kits, cause I wanted to try and join the challenge for October over at Nicoljones911 FB group. The challenge was to use 10 packages of embellishments. Well, I'm nowhere near that, but it was a good effort. No, seriously, I'm hoping to use some of my stash on my layouts this week before November arrives.
Here's my layout-

I started with some Studio Calico inks in sunny day, mint hint, emerald city and glass slipper. Love those colors! Then I dug into my stash of Oh Darling supplies, an older Crate Paper collection, and tried to use as much of it as I could...
Here are some close ups-

Thanks for visiting and I'll be back on Monday with a layout using the October Hip Kits and a process video. Have a great weekend!

October 22, 2014

Techniques Using Gelatos- Hip Kit Club October Kits +Video

Hi everyone! For today's post I prepared something different from my usual layout. I made a video showing you some techniques you can use with Faber Castell's Gelatos. Here's what I played with-

Almost all of these supplies are from the October and September Hip Kit Club kits.
You can see everything in the videos-
Part 1

Part 2

Here are some still photos, for a quick reference.

This is what happens when I use gelatos directly on paper that has not been primed with gesso- Big mess. Somehow when Wilna Furstenberg does it, it looks amazing, but for me it just doesn't. You can see the lines where I applied the gelato, and the paper starts to fall apart when I try to blend it with a baby wipe or water. Conclusion- Big no no for me.

This is how I like to use gelatos with cardstock/patterned paper that has not been primed with gesso- I use some packaging to apply the gelato, you can see exactly how in the video. You get this beautiful watercolor look. Love this look.

And now we move to using gesso. Gesso is a primer and it protects the paper, as well as prepares the surface for paint. The paint looks brighter and you need less of it because it doesn't sink into the paper. When you've primed your paper with gesso, you can apply the gelato directly to your paper, and it will still blend and move beautifully. With your fingers or with lots of water. I used here a spray bottle, the paint just starts to move and run, and you get a beautiful more bold watercolor look.

You can also stamp with gelatos. Apply them directly to your stamps (you can use more than one color of course!), larger stamps without tiny details will work better
here. Spritz some water on the stamp and stamp away. The look you get it more of a watercolor look, it won't be perfect.

Since gelatos are not permanent, you can also remove them easily, when you've applied gesso to your surface first. Here's an example- I did some stamping with water proof ink, I used My Favorite Things' hybrid ink and Elle's Studio Sycamore lane stamp set.
I applied gesso directly to the paper, and added some water, letting the colors run. Then let it dry. Next take a stencil, and with a wet baby wipe, rub over the stencil. The gelatos will be removed. And you'll get this pretty look-

You can also use gelatos to color mediums like gel medium (matte or glossy), texture/molding/modeling paste or gesso.
In one of my layouts using October's Hip Kit I colored Ranger's Texture Paste with my gelatos. Here's a close up at how that looked (click here to see the process video for this layout)-

Here I colored some matte gel with gelatos, and used My Favorite Things' star stencils to apply it. When the gelatos are mixed with gel medium, after it's dry, it will be permanent. In the example here I added more gelatos on top of it. But if I took a wet baby wipe and rubbed it on this, the stars would stay the same (they are the matte gel part), and the background will go back to white (it was primed with gesso===> the gelatos can be removed from it).

You can also color texture paste once it's dry. I used a stencil and texture paste on top of gesso covered cardstock and let it dry. I then added gelatos in metallic mint and silver on top of it. Texture paste is absorbent, unlike gesso, so the gelato will settle better into it. You can add some water to help you spread the color around, or use your fingers.

For the last example I used cardstock without gesso. I colored my gesso with gelatos (just mix them before applying the gesso), and used a stencil to apply the gesso. This will give you messy results, especially if your gesso is more on the liquid/fluid side (as opposed to more heavy body gesso). Here I got a peachy shade (I mixed Mango, Guava and Metallic Melon), and I also threw in some glitter. Then I also did some stamping and embossing with white embossing powder. Last stage was to apply the gelatos, and since my surface was not primed with gesso, I used packaging and a little bit of water to apply the gelatos. Using a paper towel, the gelatos are easily removed from the embossed areas, as well as the gesso-ed ones. 

Here are some layouts I've made using gelatos-

The next two were made at a workshop Wilna Furstenberg taught, and are lifted from her designs.

This next layout is very much inspired and quite lifted by another Wilna layout, this time from her online Art class-

And the last one was inspired by that same art class.

So I hope you'll feel more comfortable to use your gelatos now! If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I'll do my best to answer.
Thx for visiting!

October 20, 2014

October Hip Kit Club Layouts + Process Videos

Monday is here. Again. But since Monday is my day to be on the Hip Kit Club blog, it has become a lot more fun. So here's my layout for this week, using the October Hip Kits-

Here's the video-

My second layout was made for Hip Kit Club's first online crop, that took place this weekend (18-19th October 2014).
All the challenges are still open, they'll close on Tuesday 21st of October at midnight EST. You have to upload your project to the corresponding album on the Hip Kit Member Forum FB page.
My challenge was to use mixed media and here's my page-

I had a lot of fun making this layout, playing with the texture paste and the gelatos. You can see exactly how I made this, from start to finish in the video-

Here are some close up shots-

I'll be back soon with more layouts and videos. Thanks for visiting!

October 17, 2014

Hip Kit Club Online Crop and November's Kits!

Hey! It's Saturday morning in Austria, and this weekend is Hip Kit Club's first online crop! The whole design team will be presenting challenges and project to inspire you on the 18th and 19th of October (2014). I hope you'll join us on the Hip Kit Club Member Forum page on Facebook.
Here you can find more details and sneak peeks of our projects.
Here's a sneak peek of my project for the crop-

 Yes, I'm playing with some mixed media!

And the November kits have been revealed this week, they are so pretty! Wintery and festive, but totally versatile even if you don't do themed scrapbooking (I don't do much). You can see all the details and prices here in the Hip Kit Club store.
Here's the main kit-

 My favorites? Those candy cane Thickers are too cute. But my absolute favorite- The puffy stickers. GOLD, PUFFY, CAMERAS!!! I need 3. And that gray paper with dots and hearts. Too cute!!

Here's the embellishments add on-

Silver thickers and word stickers?? Yes please! Those smaller alphas are also puffy!! Puffy stickers remind me of childhood:) And flair always makes me happy:)

And now... The one I'm most excited about... Color kit add on-

 4 amazing shimmery inks!! I'm actually amazed I do not own some of these, but soon I will:) All the colors are too gorgeous and they'll look so great with the kit! Can't wait to play:)

Here's the stamp add on-

 Silver embossing powder. That's all I'm gonna say.

Cardstock add on-

Love the soft colors.
Have a lovely scrappy weekend and I hope to see you at the crop!
Thx for visiting!

October 10, 2014

First Online Crop at Hip Kit Club!

Hey there! It's Friday here in Austria, and I can already smell the weekend. And while I'm (not at all) patiently waiting for my October Hip Kit to arrive, here's something fun to look forward to-

Here's the full announcement-

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to announce the unveiling of our brand new Facebook HIP KIT CLUB MEMBER FORUM. It is a great place to kick of your shoes and get to know other members, share your projects and inspiration.
To kick things off we will be hosting our first Hip Kit Club Online Crop on October 18th & 19th from 8am – 8pm EST daily. You can join in the fun by simply stopping by our Facebook Hip Kit Club Member Forum during that weekend and jump right into the festivities. There will be challenges, giveaways and our DT members will be there all day long to chat with you, answer questions and share special projects that they have created just for the crop. Our crop is open to EVERYONE – you don’t have to be a Hip Kit Club Member to play along. So… mark your calendars – and join us on the 18th & 19th for this fun filled weekend. See you there! xo Kimberly & the Hip Kit Club Design Team

So the October kits are sold out, that means that a lot of you will have all the goodies we'll be using for all the challenges! I will be focusing on mixed media, and using the October Color kit add-on. I'll be playing with texture paste, stencils and gelatos. This will be the 2nd challenge on Saturday, so morning for the north Americans and afternoon here in Europe.
You don't have to be a member to join the fun, everyone can participate, so I really hope to see you there (there is at the Hip Kit Club Member Forum on Facebook)!
Thanks for visiting and I'll be back on Monday with a new layout and video!

October 8, 2014

My Guide to Picking a Monthly Scrapbooking Kit Club

Me and kits- full disclosure-
I started scrapbooking in the middle of 2011. At the end of that year I discovered Studio Calico and decided to subscribe. In May of 2013 I stopped subscribing. It was not working for me for a few reasons, mostly because after a year and a half I didn't want that financial obligation anymore (we just bought a house and moved in), I didn't like the ordering process at SC, and also noticed I had accumulated more leftovers than I would have liked to.
And then I went on, kitless and happy:) I enjoyed the freedom of getting what I wanted when I wanted it. But... Since I don't live in the US and have no craft stores that cater to scrapbookers anywhere near me, I tried not to indulge in monthly shopping, and when I did shop, I ordered a lot of stuff, cause if I'm already paying shipping... And that was fun, but sometimes overwhelming, to get so much new stuff at the same time (heartbreaking, I know...).

But I admit that I missed kits, for three main reasons-
1. Costs. Shipping tends to be much more reasonable in kit clubs than in regular US based stores. I can of course shop in European online stores, but that's also not cheap, and I also pay shipping.
2. The monthly fix. It's so much fun to get a package full of the newest and greatest products from my favorite companies every month. And it's not just that it's every month, it's also that it's the right amount of products and ratio of papers to embellishments to stamps/inks for a month.  And also, more time scrapbooking, less time shopping.
3. The community and inspiration. I love chatting with other people about the kits, and I love seeing what the design teams and the members create with those products. I really missed that when I was not a subscriber.

So... In January 2014 I subscribed to Scraptastic, and I still do (though because I also subscribe now to Hip Kit Club, I buy just one kit or add on at Scraptastic at the moment).
In June of 2014 I decided to subscribe also to Hip Kit Club, and as they say, never looked back:)

If you think you'd like to join a kit club, but you're not sure what kit club is right for you, here are some general things to consider and keep in mind, that can help you find the best fit for you.

I am a traditional 12*12 scrapbooker, so I will talk about what is important for me as a kit club subscriber. There are also card kits and Project Life kits, which are different.

So, when in the market for a new kit club, check the previous kits from the last year, at least, and see if you like them. That will give you a good indication of the style and type of products that kit club offers.
Most kit clubs offer a monthly membership that includes a monthly main kit+shipping as your basic subscription. Usually there is some commitment (like 3 months minimum), and a member's discount on the main kit and sometimes the add ons.  Add ons are additional kits or products that usually coordinate with that months' kit and can be shipped with the main kit (usually for no extra shipping costs).

General things to consider before signing up for a kit club-

What is the minimum commitment time and what is the cancellation fee?

What discounts and additional benefits do subscribers receive?

How does the ordering process work?

Do the kits and add ons tend to sell out really fast?

How much does it cost and is the value for money right for you?  A kit can be amazingly beautiful but cost way too much for what you're getting. This is, of course, a very personal consideration. 

Questions about the main kit and add on-

How many patterned papers come in the main kit? How many cardstock pieces? (Do you use one or the other more?)
Take a look at the last 10 layouts you created. What type of papers did you use and how many?

What type and how many embellishments come in a kit? Some clubs have different embellishments every month, and some have some staples that are repeated in each kit. I like a combinations of different sizes (so for example, die cuts and enamel dots) and different materials (paper, stickers, wood, etc.).

Are there exclusives items? Things that can only be found in those kits, that is.

Are the products the newest and from manufacturers you like?

Are there stamps included in the main kit? Stamps can be expensive, and if you're not a stamper, you might be more inclined to choose a kit club that sells stamps separately.

And a whole other set of considerations are the add ons!

Are there add on kits?
How many?
What kind?
Some clubs have paper add ons, some embellishments, some stamps, some a mixture of all of those.

Are there themed kits? (seasonal, holidays etc.)

Another aspect that is relevant to some people is the inspiration that kit club provides. Most or almost all kit clubs have a design team. Go check it out, see the style and see if those are the kind of projects you would be inspired by.

When are the inspiration projects published? I like my inspiration in small doses and throughout the month.

Are there process videos? Tutorials? If you know me, you know I love process videos, and that's one of my biggest sources of inspiration and learning.

Now for me, after scrapbooking for over 3 years, here are the things that matter-
I want my kit club of choice to have-

Excellent attentive customer service
Stress free ordering process
To be able to get all the products I want for that month
Lots of patterned paper
Lots of embellishments
Optional cardstock, in light or basic colors (I've found that's what I use the most)
Newest products from my favorite manufacturers (American Crafts, Crate Paper, Studio Calico)
Themed products optional
Stamps sold separately
Consistent style of kits, so I can also mix and match kits from different months
Inspiration from the DT (design team) throughout the month with process videos

So, yeah, in my case, Hip Kit Club really fits my style and what I like a kit club to have.

Thx for visiting and have a great week!

October 6, 2014

The Hip Kit Club Design Team+ Process Video

Hey there! It's Monday, and though I don't like Mondays, this one is happy and exciting for one reason in particular, and that is that I'm now on the Hip Kit Club design team!

I learned about Hip Kit Club through YouTube, when I saw some of my favorite scrapbookers use these kits. In June I decided to join, (joining a kit club is a big deal:)) and I'm so happy I did. No because I had any idea I was gonna be on the design team, I've never been on a design team:), but because I have loved every single kit since. And I have to admit that that wasn't always the case with other kit clubs I've subscribed to.
***My next post will be my guide to picking a kit club that is right for you, with some tips and things to keep in mind when on the market for one.****
Here's my first project for Hip Kit Club (though you can find on my YouTube channel many more projects I've created with these kits since June)-

You can see the whole process in the video-

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you on Mondays on the Hip Kit Club blog for more kits and mixed media fun!