Yay...Right Now!: A Traveler's Notebook Class

Hello!  My new class is now available for pre-order here at the introductory price of $10, and if you pre-order you get an awesome freebie printable only for those who do pre-order.  The class will include other freebies when it goes live on August 31st but this one is just for my pre-orderers!  This self-paced class is chock full of new traveler's notebook ideas and it's gonna be super duper fun so sign up now to get the freebie and the $10 price!! Price goes up a week after the class goes live...to $15!  I'm really very excited to do this class with you so please come join me on a traveler's notebook adventure!

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!

"Hey, Hello, Hi" Layout | Hip Kit Club

Hi Everybody! Today I want to share with you a fun way to use the awesome July Hip Kits with some fun brush-script painting!

I just used some paint and some of the white cardstock that comes in the paper add on kit to make my own kind of brush-script "patterned paper" to coordinate with the lovely patterned papers in the kit -- like the lovely polka dot print from Pink Paislee Fancy Free!

I cut it into pieces and used it to frame the photo grid at the center of my layout, along with some of the cool exclusive papers designed by Kim Watson that come in the Main kit!

I used lots of fun embellishments like the Amy Tangerine rubber shapes, the Freckled Fawn gold puffy heart stickers, the Project Life Chipboard stickers, etc to surround my pictures and keep the eye flowing across my page.

I love the vibrant look of the layout and I hope that I have inspired you to combine some fun brush-script painting with your Hip Kit goodies in your scrapbooking today!!!

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!

Laugh Out Loud Title Fun | Hip Kit Club

Hi Everyone! Andrea here, and I’m going to share with you a fun layout I did where the focus is really on the title…but without distracting too much from or taking away from the picture. I don’t know about you, but when I scrap a layout, I like to really emphasize and draw focus first and foremost to the picture or pictures in that layout. However, sometimes it is fun to draw focus to another element on your page first and foremost, like the journaling, ephemera, or the title. For this layout, I used the July Hip Kit Club kits to make a 12×12 layout that really draws attention to the title of the page first, and then brings your eye around to the picture that the title is all about.

For my layout, I wanted to document a funny moment with my hubby. We were sticking out our tongues and laughing and so the title of my layout just had to be “laugh”! We love to laugh! I used one piece of white cardstock from the add on Paper kit for the background of my layout and one to cut out a really, really big “laugh” for my title. I used some paints to paint my “laugh” with an ombre effect and then glittered around the word. I wanted the title to be painted and glittered not just because I wanted it to stand out a lot, but also so that it would match some of the main elements on my layout. I wanted it to match all the hearts that I punched from the exclusive Hip Kit paper, Painted Dreams (the one that looks watercolored with black stripes), and also to match the glittered frame from Paige Evans Fancy Free by Pink Paislee which I used to frame my picture on the layout.

The repeating hearts on the layout serve to point out the sweet and silly love that my hubby and I have, not just with their shape but also because I wrote words like “happy” and “dorky” and “xoxo” on some of them in order to emphasize this fact and to also to re-emphasize the large “laugh” title.

To add some extra texture and interest to my layout, I used the several of the lovely embellishments that come in the July Hip kits, like the exclusive puffy stickers, the exclusive ephemera pack, the exclusive flair…all of which is so super cute!

I also used some other non-exclusive, but oh so adorable embellies from the kit, like the Becky Higgins Project Life chipboard, the Freckled Fawn gold hearts and plus signs, the Amy Tangerine rubber shapes, and a single American Crafts gold bow paperclip…all of which served to lead the eye around the page, especially to the title of the page and then to the picture. This is particularly true with the arrow embellishments that I used on this layout which literally point you to what I want you to look at!

I hope you like my layout and that you are inspired to create a title-focused layout using the pretty papers and goodies from the July Hip Kit Club kits! Please enjoy this process video of me making my “Laugh” layout!

Thank you for stopping by and I wish you a very happy, scrappy, fairytale of day filled with lots and lots of laughs!!!

Trekkie Explorers layout...to boldly go where no nerds have gone before! | Crate Paper

Hi Everyone! As you may already know...I super duper love really cutesy, "girly" things like unicorns and kitties and pink and sparkles and fairytale flights of fancy, but did you also know that I super duper love really dorky, "boyish" things like Sci-Fi and puppies and gaming and rockets and action-adventure! For these reasons, I find the new Crate Paper Cute Girl and Cool Kid collections both perfect for the different facets of my personality! I think that both can be used whether you are a boy or a girl and no matter how old you are! You probably remember the Cute Girl mini that I did...well I loved playing with those pretty goodies...but I was also itching to scrap using the rad new Cool Kid collection! And I knew just what I wanted to use the collection for first -- a trip to see the new Star Trek Beyond movie!!!

As I said, I'm a big nerd and I love Sci-Fi and so does my hubby! We were so excited to see the new Star Trek movie and rightly so! It was a great movie and a great date! To scrapbook this awesome night, I wanted to document our movie trip like we were part of Starfleet and I was recording a mission in my Captain's Log! It is a perfect way to document our Trekkie date because its the exact kind of thing that Ryan and I do all the time -- be silly and pretend we are on adventures even though we are doing everyday things! After all, why not, life is one big adventure!

I typed my Captain's Log entry on my computer and printed it out onto the awesome ledger patterned paper that comes in the Cool Kid collection. I made sure to leave room for my picture and some embellishing and a title.

I framed the ledger paper with two other fun patterns from the collection (the black on white plus signs and a nice blue on blue chevron). I think they really help frame the journaling and the layout as a whole. I had fun playing with the different embellishments that come in the collection. I used a lot of embellishments that had images that reflected my space exploration theme...like the globe and rocket ship and all the stars!

I also used word stickers and transparency pieces that say things like "explorer" and "adventure time" to further reflect my Sci-Fi theme.

I added a couple of ticket stickers to bring out the movie theme of the layout too. And of course, the layout wouldn't feel complete without the symbol of nerdy Star Trek crew members everywhere... so I used a little yellow piece of paper (from the Cute Girl collection), cut out a Star Trek Insignia shape, hand stitched it, and popped it up on my page to really show our Trekkie love!  

I had so much fun with this layout and I hope that I have inspired you to be a little bit silly and make a fun layout with you and your loved ones using the awesome new Cool Kid collection from Crate Paper! Now, boldly go where no scrapbooker has gone before...really, go scrap now! :-)

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?!)

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 Bubbly Layout | Hip Kit Club

Hi Everyone! It’s Andrea and today I want to share with you a layout that I did using the June Hip Kit Club kits…about a night out at the movies! My husband and I went to see the movie, “Finding Dory”, recently and we had fun taking some silly photos. The movie was super cute and funny! I love Disney movies! Anyways, since the movie was about a silly fish, I thought Ryan and I should pretend to be silly fishes and take some pics! I love this pic of us with our fish faces! And I wanted to scrapbook it right away.

I think the June Hip Kits are perfect for scrapbooking this picture because it has a fun, colorful, beachy feel to it. I used some pretty light aqua Simple Stories patterned paper with multi-colored plus signs all over it as the background for my layout. I wanted to really create a kind of underwater feel for my layout so I punched a bunch of circles out of different colored patterned papers from the Main Hip Kit (especially the Pink Paislee Fancy Free paper that is like a bunch of patterned papers in one) and I scattered them all over the page. I think they look like bubbles on the page which is cool!

I set the pic of us in the middle, surrounded by “the bubbles” and I stitched on some of the bubbles just to make them pop a little more and to add some texture.

I used the word “laughter” from the exclusive ephemera pack, an ampersand from the June cutfiles (which I got to design, yay), and I used the light blue, metallic alpha stickers to spell out silliness, and I added two more little ephemera words from the exclusive pack that say “with” and “you”…all together they make the title for my layout, which is “laughter and silliness with you”. That is exactly how that moment with my hubby felt and I just really wanted to document it with lots of bright color and “bubbly” fun!

I hope you like my layout and that it has inspired you to take some silly pics with your loved ones and document them with pretty bright colors and patterns like those in the June Hip Kits!