September 17, 2014

Hip Kit Club Layouts+ Process Videos

Hey there! Today I'm sharing two more layouts I created using the July and September Hip Kits. The August and September kits just landed on my desk a few days ago, and I couldn't wait to play with all the beautiful goodies. I try to kill a kit before I move on to the next, but with the summer vacation I haven't had a lot of time so scrap, and being the impatient and new-goodies-lover that I am, I decided to just go with the kit that worked the best with my photos.
Here's the finished layout I created using the September Hip Kit-

I used mostly items from Crate's Notes and Things collection. I grabbed a few die cuts from the ephemera pack that came with the August kit, but the rest is from the September kit.

I thought the soft colors of the papers really worked well with the colors of the photo.

Love to add touched of gold to my layouts!
Here's the video-

The second layout I'll be sharing today was experimental also for me. I used the October Afternoon cut apart sheet that came with the July Hip Kit. I really like the vintage feel of October Afternoon, and I like their designs, but the colors are usually too primary or vintage for what I like to use on my pages. Here's the finished layout-

I applied a thin layer of gesso to the OA squares, thin so I could still see the design. Next I went over all the lines in the words and images with Micron pens in different sized nibs. It looked like this when I was finished-

Next I used my Peerless watercolors to paint the squares, keeping the shades similar to the original paper. And that was kinda it:) I printed my photos the same size, and used a simple grid design.

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

September 8, 2014

September?? Really?? New Layouts & Process Videos

How did September get here already?? How is it that my daughter just started her last year in kindergarten?? How did the summer pass so fast? Questions with no answers... Just that time flies. But enough about that. Here are a few new layouts I created using the June and July Hip Kits.  After making some layouts with the June kit, I just united the two kits together.
Here's the first one-

I used white cardstock and Altenew's Scribbled Flowers stamp set to create the background. I used Hero Arts Pale Tomato ink and Stampin' Up inks.

The rest came together quite quickly, with some paper layering under the photo and some lovely embellishment from Crate Paper's Open Road collection that came with the embellishment add on.

Here's the process video-

The second page was slightly trickier to create, just because I wasn't sure on the background. The photo I used was slightly paler, so I decided to use a sheet of vellum over some lovely light yellow cardstock that came in the cardstock add on kit. I have to say I was never really into cardstock, with all that gorgeous patterned paper everywhere... But since using more and more mixed media on my pages, and seeing those lovely colors every month in the cardstock add on, I'm starting to really like it, and actually using it more.
Here's the finished layout-

I love how dreamy and airy the vellum looks, and I was really happy that my sakura white gel pen didn't smudge when I used it on the vellum (it needs to dry for a few seconds though).

Don't you just love it when kits mix and match so well together? I know I do! Those acetate butterflies came in the June main kit, and they look so pretty on those Crate Paper chipboard frames that came in the July kit!

I felt like the vellum in the background needed a little texture, to add interest and help ground the main cluster. I used a stamp from Simon Says Stamp, it's a wide stripe background rubber stamp, super versatile, great for backgrounds and techniques. At the time of writing this post, that stamp is sold out, but any background stamp would achieve a similar effect.
And here's the process video-

Have a great week, I'll be back soon with more new layout and videos!
Thanks for visiting!

August 7, 2014

Small But Exciting Haul

Can we agree that every scrapbooker has weaknesses? (Noticed how I used the plural there?;)) One of mine are watercolors. I can't get enough of them. So when I saw this set I had to have it. It was calling my name. It really was. 

And as you can see, a stamp set and an ink pad jumped into my cart as well. Naughty naughty. So, the watercolors. 
The packaging is beautiful, and makes it super easy to use and to put away. A definite plus. There's a chart on the lid, where you can make a sample. Very important when working with watercolors, since the colors look very different in the pan and on paper.

 Aren't they pretty??

Disadvantages- the price. Definitely. These will set you back 50 something bucks. They are. however, quite pigmented, and buttery, and lovely to work with. Here's a sneak-

I am hoping to write a post comparing a few of the watercolors I own, hopefully it will be helpful to decide which ones are more suitable to one's needs.
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August 4, 2014

Scraptastic July Kit Layout+Process Video

I'm all about color, happy color this month. Or last month. I'll be on vacation for the month of August, so it'll be quiet here and on my YT channel, but I'm hoping to be back soon, fresh and eager to scrapbook, with some new memories.
So here's another layout I created using mostly the July Scraptastic kit-

I love that American Crafts patterned paper from the #Summer collection, and I decided to use it on a third of my page. The background paper is yellow cardstock from the cardstock add on in the June Hip Kit. I decided to get messy, and added gesso on the patterned paper and cardstock. When it was completely dry, I added mists using some packaging. You can see the whole process in the video here-

Here are some close ups-

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July 30, 2014

July's Focus- New Layouts+ Process Videos

In 2014 I'm trying to focus each month on a specific product. So for July I've chosen two focuses actually. One is to use my computer more, that means Photoshop, my printer and my die cutting machine, the Silhouette Cameo. The other thing I'm focusing on this month, is to get some of my stash used up. Yes, I am in 'kill mode'.
Here's what I mean. I used a whole package of rub ons on this layout. Here's the finished page-

I used old Hembley rub ons that I got on sale at A Cherry on Top. The rub ons act as a resist when you add watercolor or in this case, mists on top of them, which I learned from Wilna Furstenberg.
I used Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays from the Under the Boardwalk collection and applied them to the page using some packaging, which is my favorite technique these days. You can see exactly how I did that on the video below.

Here's the process video-

Another page that I made during 'kill mode' was this one-

 I used here a whole sheet of border stickers that's been in my stash for too long. I then added some gesso and mists on top of it, as well as some embellishments from the Lucky Charm collection, that have also been sitting in my stash for a while now.

And here's the video where you can see the whole process!

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

July 29, 2014

Scraptastic July Kit Layouts +Process Videos

The July kit landed on my craft desk a couple of weeks ago, and it waited patiently for me to dig into it. I admit I loved this kit from the beginning, but when I got it, it was so so colorful, that I wasn't sure how I was gonna make all those lovely colorful papers work with all the lovely colorful die cuts, and stickers, and brads... There is so much products in the main kit and add on, it's really crazy. But I made it work:)
Here's the first layout I created using the Summer Nights kit-

And some close ups-
I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut those circles out. I never would have thought about combining the Simple Stories collection with peach cardstock, but since it came in the kit I tried it out, and I love how it all looks together!

 And here's the video-

The second page is a completely different story, I got messy with gesso and mists, like I like:)

And here's the video-

Thanks for visiting! I'll be back again this week with more layouts done with this kit!

July 28, 2014

Scraptastic June Layouts Part 2 + Process Videos

Hope you had a quiet weekend, here are a couple more layouts I created with the June Scraptastic kit-
I think this is one of my favorites this month, probably because of that pink cardstock and all the bright colors...

I did use a few things from my stash, like the letter stickers, and one patterned paper that wasn't in the kit, that pink one, from the Daydreamer collection by Dear Lizzy. I used my printer to print my journaling on the patterned paper. I really like that, and I think I'll be doing that more. Here are some close ups-

some of the flair is from the June kit, and some from my stash. Love flair!

And the video-

This second layout also has some stuff that weren't in the June kit, like embellishment from the May kit. I really love using up leftovers from previous kits!

I'm really surprised to see how many different looks I got from the June kit. From bright and happy to pastel and soft. That's one of the things that make a kit fun to work with.

And the video-

And the last one for this kit-

Is about, well, food:) More than just food, a good pizza is so much more! This was the first one we ate in Italy. Gotta have pizza in Italy!! 

I didn't kill this kit, but since I was away for two weeks in June, I didn't have my usual month to play with it. So when all kinds of new goodies arrived, like the July kit, I was too eager to dig into those... So we'll see. I'm not sure I'll use the leftovers from the June kit on their own to create more layouts, I might just mix and pull stuff from other kits. I'll be back soon with layouts created with the Scraptastic July kit- Summer Nights.
Thanks for visiting and have a lovely week!