Hey Girl Card: National Card Making Day | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! It's me, Andrea again, and today I want to share with you a little card that I did in celebration of National Card Making day! It's National Card Making day today, if you didn't know, and so I made this little card to celebrate!

I don't usually make a lot of cards. Instead I have always been more about layouts and mini albums and home decor when it comes to my scrapbooking and crafting life. However, more and more lately I have tried to become a “card maker” :-) ! And it's really fun actually to make cards! It's not that I thought it wouldn't be...I just didn't know that it would feel so good to make these little guys!  Cards are just so cool because they are fairly quick and simple and it feels rewarding when you complete them, which I like. It's not that I will stop doing the other projects, but I like doing cards in between those bigger projects because of how satisfying it is. 

I do worry sometimes that the people I give the cards to wont appreciate it...but not with this card. This card I made using Crate Paper's Cute Girl collection and it is for a dear friend who I know will appreciate it because she is a maker too! 


For my card, I chose the patterned paper with the little houses on it...so cute! I love that paper! To go with the paper, I used the chipboard sticker houses that match, and I lined them up inside a polka dot frame I put in the center of the card. I backed my framed houses with some of the mint polka dot paper from Cute Girl. 


At the top of the card I added a little tab which I stapled on. I also added stickers from the cardstock, chipboard and puffy stickers sets, that say “love you so”, “friend” and “so sweet”...all to add different dimension and texture to my card and also because I think those words are just so fitting for this card to my sweet friend!

To finish off the front of the card, I added a paperclip with a couple of the super adorable tassels, from Cute Girl, hanging from it. 


On the inside of the card, I used the chipboard words “hey girl” and I wrote “i miss you”. I really do miss my friend because I haven't seen or talked to her much lately. She used to live in SoCal but she lives in a different state now and it is hard to keep in touch with her sometimess...I always wish she would move back...like maybe next door to my house! Anyways, I just wanted to send her a card to let her know that I miss her and I am thinking of her! I hope that I have inspired you today to make a special card for one of your dear friends to celebrate National Card Making day!

Love Love Loving It! - A layout | Hip Kit Club

Hello Everyone! Today I’m excited to share with you a layout and a tag I made with the theme of “beautiful blooms”! I love flowers and I always have. Roses…especially the mini roses that are often called fairy or “pixie” roses! Those are my favorites! I wanted to scrapbook this picture of an outing with my hubby Ryan where he had me pick out some roses. I picked up a ton of the bouquets because they were all so lovely!

For my layout using this picture I decided to use the awesome flower cut-files for this month along with our awesome August Hip Kit club kits! I used both the flowers designed by Ashley Horton and the ones designed by Kim Watson and I combined them in this layout with some of the pretty floral patterned paper that comes in the kit.

I used the Saturday by Dear Lizzy yellow flowered paper and did some fussy cutting of the blooms. For my background, I layered a few different sheets of patterned paper up from Crate Paper and Dear Lizzy, to create a nice frame for my floral bouquet of a layout!

For my embellishments, I used a variety of elements that I thought added a lot of depth and charm to the look of my layout. I sprinkled pink enamel dots here and there from the Cute Girl mixed embellishment pack and added a little golden bow from that pack to the top of my layout too.

For my title, I used the script word “love” from the Amy Tangerine ephemera pack (which I painted pink to match the pinks in my layout), the cool black and white chipboard thickers to spell “love”, and the phrase “loving it” which I cut out of the Oh Happy Life cut apart sheet, and together these spelled out “love, love, loving it”. My title, of course, referring to my love of these amazing roses which just always put a smile on my face….and so does my awesome hubby who still remembers to buy me flowers every once in a while, just because!

For my little tag, I decided to reflect my layout and do a cute little tag, cut from some of the Dear Lizzy Saturday small floral patterned paper, a little phrase I cut out from the Amy Tangerine ephemera pack that says “good times” and one of the lovely floral cutfiles which I painted! I hope you like my layout and my tag and that I have inspired you to have some fun with flowers on your scrappy projects today!

A Fun-Filled August in My Planner | Hip Kit Club

Hi everyone, it’s Andrea!  Today I want to share with you some fun planner decorating ideas using the beautiful new August Hip Kit Club kits!  I love working in my planner, and, realizing I’d gotten a little behind with my documenting and decorating, I pulled out the new August main kit and the embellishment add-on and started playing with the pretty papers and embellishments to create a new look for my planner for August.

I started by decorating the inside cover pockets and the planner cover page/dashboard. I love making different kinds of dashboards for my planners. For this month I decided to create a look that was really fun, cutesy, girly and summery, with a little bit of sassiness, too. To create my dashboard I used some pretty patterned papers from Cute Girl and a sheet of vellum (from the add-on cardstock kit) to make a cool layered effect.

I decorated the smaller front layer with some of the puffy stickers from Cute Girl, like the sweet little kitty and the script word, “Dream.”  On the vellum paper behind it, along with a couple pieces of ledger patterned paper, I used some washi tape from a previous HKC kit and some tags from the Amy Tangerine “Oh Happy Life” ephemera pack and the exclusive HKC ephemera pack to make a cool “Notes” spot in my planner.

After I finished my cover/dashboard page, I turned to the August calendar spread in my planner and started filling out the month with my schedule. I quickly realized how busy this month is actually going to be.

I decided that my decorating should reflect the busy-ness of the month and also all the exuberant, end-of-summer fun. This is reflected in the rainbow bright colors and whimsical feel of the embellishments I used, especially in the words I used to decorate my calendar.

I chose the Amy Tangerine transparency word “Crazy” and the die-cut word “Happy,” (both from the Oh Happy Life ephemera pack) plus a “captured” ephemera piece from the HKC exclusive ephemera pack to literally spell out how I expect this August to be – a crazy, happy month worth documenting.

After decorating my calendar, I decided to make an August divider page using a picture from this month. I love adding pictures into my planner. I think it helps to bring your plans to life and really show what your everyday life is like.

For the divider page I basically created a small layout using the rainbow-colored patterned paper from Cute Girl as my background. I added my picture and decorated with different embellishments from the kits to finish the layout. I also wrote the word “Hi” in a fun doodle-y fashion directly onto my page.

I had so much fun working on my planner this month, and I hope I have inspired you to decorate your planner using the oh-so-awesome HKC planner kits, which are just chock full of brand new scrappy goodies. Have a happy, scrappy, pretty, planner day!

Cute Girl Mini Album | Crate Paper

Hi everyone! I'm excited to share with you this mini album that I created with the new Cute Girl collection by Crate Paper! I love this line so much! Everything is so ridiculously cute and girly and magical...which is totally my thing!

When I first saw the collection with all the awesome patterned papers, like the lovely florals, cute kitties and pretty pinks...I just couldn't wait to start using it all.

I especially love all of the embellishments! The fairytale imagery like the crowns and the mermaids are so cool...but the best has to be the unicorns! I know that I am a grown woman, but, really, inside every grown woman is a little girl who loves unicorns! Life is so special and filled with magic that it’s just waiting to be written down and photographed!

I actually think this collection is so versatile and you can use it for a lot of things...but yeah, I had to do something super girly with it first. So, I made a mini album called “Hello” about me and my girlitude!

 I cut the 12x12 patterned papers in the collection and used each one to be a different page in my album. I intermixed these pages with pocket pages that I filled with pics and some of the cute pocket cards that come in the collection (in the cut-apart sheet).

To make paper clips for embellishments, I used hearts and stars and butterflies from the puffy stickers and chipboard stickers. I also used some of the gold foiled tassels in pink, mint and polka dot to make some cute dangling paperclips. Cute Girl comes with some awesome bow paper clips, too. All the paperclips are definitely my fave!

Also, I loved making the layouts in the album. I made my mini layouts using the puffy sticker words and the pink and gold thickers to make my layout titles (plus a few of my own words that I wrote, die cut and then painted to mimic the cool ombre/colorblocked look of the words in the Cute Girl collection.)

So much to love about this collection! I just had to use the sequins and stamps in the collection to make a cute shaker pocket and it may be my favorite shaker pocket ever!

I really enjoyed making this mini album and I hope you are inspired to make something magical using the new Cute Girl collection by Crate Paper! (P.S...really, how cute are those unicorns?!)