Fun With Ephemera...And Froyo | Hip Kit Club

Hi Everyone! Today we will be having some fun with ephemera and the July Hip Kit Club kits! First, let’s talk a little about ephemera. I love ephemera! I am always using ephemera in my scrapbooking.

There are a few different kinds of ephemera. There is the kind that you get from the places you go…like a ticket from a movie you went to, a map from Disneyland, a menu from your fave restaurant, that sort of thing. Then there is the kind you collect that reflects the things you like to do and your style…like me, I like to collect vintage ephemera like antique and retro Valentines Day and Christmas cards, and also vintage Disney ephemera. And then there is the kind of ephemera that comes in a scrapbook collection. This is a kind of “faux” ephemera, if you will, but I love it just as much as the other kinds and it is always the embellishment in a scrapbook collection or kit that I find myself using the most! I was super excited this month to see that both the July Main Hip Kit and the Project Life Kit had exclusive ephemera packs in them!

So today I want to share with you a scrapbook layout and a pocket page that I made for my project life album using lots of ephemera! I wanted to document a recent trip my hubby and I made to our fave Froyo place! I wanted to use ephemera from both of the July kits and a couple pieces of actual ephemera from the Froyo place. Project Life albums are a perfect place for your ephemera — they help complete the story of your daily life along with your pictures.

Anyways, I wanted to use the different kinds of ephemera in different ways. As you can see, some I used like stickers, some I clustered up, some I doodled on, and some I layered. I decided to add some stitching to some of my ephemera layers and clusters too.

And, as you can see, I also did some hand stitching on my page with a large heart embellishment I made, with some criss-crossed blue thread and a piece of the Bella Blvd patterned paper from the kit, in order to reflect the “good life” ephemera in the adjoining pocket page.

I layered some of the exclusive Hip Kit ephemera up underneath a picture on my layout to show you how ephemera can also be used as a kind of mat for your pics.

The ephemera in the kits can be used flat, or you can pop them up to add more dimension, like the little ephemera flower on my page that I popped up with foam dots on top of a button to make a really cool, dimensional embellishment.

I also want to point out how I used my “found” ephemera as well — as you can see, I used the little “Mickey’s Froyo” advertisement by just slipping it into a pocket. I added the “oh what fun” ephemera piece from the exclusive ephemera pack in the main kit and a little bow paperclip from the kit to just add some more interest to my found ephemera.

And for the small “Mickey’s Froyo” card, I just added it to my exclusive Hip Kit Project Life journaling card (where I wrote my fave froyo flavors) with another one of those cute bow paperclips from American Crafts. This way, it is easily removeable — a kind of interactive element in your project life album. I hope that I have inspired you to use some ephemera in your Project Life Scrapbooking today and that you will have as much fun with the exclusive Hip Kit July ephemera packs as I did!


Happiness Layout and Project Life Page | Hip Kit Club

Hello everybody!  Today I want to share with you a couple of layouts that I did for my Project Life album. I like to mix traditional layouts with pocket pages in my Project Life album, so let's start by looking at the project life pocket page that I did to document a recent date night out with my hubby.

I wanted to include a lot of pictures in this pocket page, so I only used three of the exclusive project life cards that come in the Hip Kit Club July kit – two 3x4 cards and one 4x6. And on the 4x6 I actually added a few more small pictures, so that in total on my pocket page I would have six pictures.

I think using the project life cards that come in the kit as journaling cards for your project life or decorative pieces are great, but they also function as a great matting so you can add even more pictures to your pocket page layout. I had fun playing with all the embellishments in the kit, especially the exclusive goodies like the acrylic pieces, the puffy stickers, the flare, and the ephemera.

I think this pocket page layout came out really vibrant and fun for the summer, and I hope you like it, too.

I also want to share with you the traditional layout I did for my project life album.

Because it goes across from my pocket page, I wanted to coordinate the two. For this reason, I used a lot of the same kind of elements and embellishments on my layout as I did on my project life page.

For my layout I cut down one of the exclusive patterned papers in the July kit from 12x12 to 9x12 so it would be the same size as my pocket page. I used the pretty, pink polka dot paper designed by Kim Watson to be my background, and, with the Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith rainbow patterned paper, I layered and stitched a mat for my large, focal photo.

In the photo, my husband and I are pointing in different directions and being silly, so I utilized arrows from the ephemera pack that come in the main kit and the project life kit for July. I also used a bunch of fun-loving, silly words that I thought described that day – like “explore,” “laugh,” “happiness,” and “silly.”

For these I used a combination of puffy stickers, die-cut patterned paper, glitter thickers, exclusive thickers, and ephemera from the July kit. I hope you like my layouts and that I've inspired you to create a traditional layout and a coordinating pocket page layout, using the July Hip Kits, for your project life album!

There is a Light... | Hip Kit Club

Hi Everyone! It is Andrea again and I am so excited to share with you my latest layout called “there is a light”. For this layout I really wanted to have fun with color and use it in some new and clever ways. I thought that the May Hip Kits would be perfect for a really colorful layout so I pulled together some of my favorite things in the kit and started working on my layout. I normally start my layouts with a piece of patterned paper but this time I wanted to try something different so that I might be able to use color in some ways that I haven’t before.

For this layout, I decided to use white cardstock for the background because I thought it would be fun to do some painting! I started by spraying the white paper with some blue and yellow mists (which were actually from the April Color Add on kit). I then got out my Gouache paints. I love using these paints because you can combine them with water for a more watercolor effect or leave them thick for a more acrylic look. I decided I wanted to have fun with some script so I used a thin paintbrush and painted out these words…”there is a light that shines ever brighter in the darkness”.  It is something that I truly believe and that I often say. I wrote it down once a long time ago when I was alone in a dark hospital room and I noticed that there was just a tiny bit of light shining in from the hallway and despite being small it filled me with hope that I was not alone. This thought gave me great comfort and I realized that such a light is not just one that comes from without, but within too. I feel like through adversity, we all have within us a light that has the potential to grow brighter and brighter despite the hardships we face. I wanted this layout to express that and I wanted it to have a lot of color because it is in the light that we get to see all the colors of this world.

After I wrote out my script, I layered some scrappy goodies from the kits together under my photograph. I combined some of the exclusive patterned paper with a journal card from the Project Life Add on Kit. I embellished with some enamel hearts and a chipboard piece from Bella Blvd., some fussy cut flowers from one of the exclusive patterned papers by Kim Watson, and a cool puffy sticker that says “favorite Memory”.

I also added a few enamel dots from Simple Stories and I cut a little Simple Stories chipboard frame down to be a little tab on my layout.

At the end I thought it needed one final touch, so I cut out the butterfly that came in the set of die-cut pocket journal cards, or “placemats” from Jillibean Soup. It was white and I thought that it needed some color so I got a little clever…  I used my Gouache paints, in red and blue, combined them with a lot of water and colored in the wings of the butterfly with a thin brush. For the middle of the butterfly, I simply dipped my finger in the yellow paint and colored in…I did the same for the edges with the blue paint, to give the wings a little pop!

I really love how colorful the layout is!  I hope I have inspired you to have fun and get clever with some color too on your next layout!