TMNT Layout | Hip Kit Club

Hey Everybody!!! I want to share with you a fun layout that I did using the June Hip Kit Club kits! 

My husband and I went to see the movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one day in June and it was super awesome! It reminded me of being a kid again, watching the old TMNT movies with my big brother and my Dad. The movie is so bright and hearkens back to the awesome stylings of the late 80's and early 90's so I had to make this layout something that captures that same feeling of vibrant, bold playfulness while still feeling modern! Plus I wanted to use a bunch of greens for the turtles! The June kits were perfect for this because they are so vibrant and colorful. And the Fancy Free paper by Paige Evans from Pink Paislee really helped me build a cool geometric frame for my tubular turtle pic! I used some paint to create a big bold title for my layout and I painted one of the Jilibean Soup wood veneers too and made a paperclip. I sprinkled my page with embellishments from the kit that I thought fit well with the theme, like the tv and the movie camera in the Becky Higgins Project Life Ephemera Pack. I also played with some of the fun Hip Kit exclusive puffy stickers and a couple of the June Hip Kit cutfiles (by moi :-) . I also used some of the cute Crate Paper rubber shapes that I thought went well with the color scheme of my page....Well, I hope you like my totally awesome Turtle Layout and that you are inspired to make something that takes you back to your childhood using the June Hip Kits! Cowabunga!!!

A Mini That's a Day at the Beach | Hip Kit Club

Hello, It’s Andrea, and today I want to share with you this mini album that I made, using the June Hip Kit Club kits, to document a trip to Coronado Island and a lovely day at the beach! Every year we try to go to Coronado Island, right off the coast of San Diego, California, to lay on the beautiful shore there in front of the gorgeous Victorian Hotel del Coronado and go swimming! This has become a bit of a summer tradition for us and I love it!

We haven’t been able to go yet this summer but I know we will soon and while I wait for my day at the Beach, I thought I would make a cute and simple mini album to document our trip there last year. It was a fun way to both dream about my upcoming visit to the beach, and to reminisce about last summer.

Now, when I call the mini “simple”, I certainly don’t mean boring…I wanted to make something that would be bold and beautiful, vibrant and filled with color and summer style but that would be small and fairly quick and easy to make. I chose to make the mini 5 5/8 by 5 1/8 (with all the pages that size) so that the process of making it would be uncomplicated and could go smoother and faster.

However, I did decided to spend a little bit more time on making this mini a bit more special and one of a kind by  creating a few hand-painted patterned pages to go in the album. I used the white cardstock from the Cardstock add on kit and painted them with some Goauche paint.

For the rest of my mini album, I simply cut down all the pattern papers from the kit, used a transparency with a vellum picture for the cover, a piece of thin chipboard from some of the packaging in the kit (the blue and white striped one from the exclusive puffy stickers) for the back, and I bound them all together using my cinch to make my mini album. Oh, I also included some full page pictures in there too (also 5 5/8 by 5 1/8).

Once everything was cinched together, I decorated all my pages. I used different embellishments from the June main kit and embellishment kit…the exclusive pieces, the wood veneers from Jilibean Soup, the buttons from Pink Paislee Fancy Free, the ephemera pack from Becky Higgins Project Life, the metal buttons from Simple Stories, etc..

I made little layouts on the patterned paper pages using small, 3×4 and 3×3 pictures plus the embellishments. I also embellished some of the big picture pages. I also used the June Hip kit die cuts to decorate my album (the ones I designed :-) )!

And to put my own special touch on the mini, I did some stitching and added in some vintage ephemera pieces from Coronado Island (vintage beach pics, a vintage mermaid, vintage postcards, a map of Coronado Island, etc).

I think the mini came out so cute and colorful and it didn’t take to long to make…plus making it was so much fun, it was like a day at the beach documenting my day at the beach!

I hope I have inspired you to make such a mini to document your summer days at the beach too!

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!