Saturday, June 18, 2016

Some Hip Kit Club May layouts and July reveal





HIP KIT CLUB – JULY 2016- MAIN KITMain
Hip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)CLICK HERE to join!Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Crazy Daisy – designed by Kim Watson
    1 sheet  – HKC Exclusive Paper – Stargazing – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Color Me Happy- designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Pink Polka – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Aqua Ombre – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Sunset – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Fancy Free – Paper 04
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Sunshine & Happiness – Sunbright Paper
  • 1 sheet – Illustrated Faith – Whatever is Lovely – Admirable Paper
  • 1 pkg – HKC Exclusive Color Me Happy Ephemera – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 pkg – HKC Exclusive Lime Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 each – HKC Exclusive Acrylic Words (Friends & Noted)
  • 1 pkg – Freckled Fawn – Silver & Gold Hearts and Pluses
  • 1 pkg – Bella Blvd. – Adventure Chipboard Words
  • 1 pkg – Pink Paislee – Fancy Free – Glitter Accented Wood Veneer


HIP KIT CLUB – JULY 2016 – PROJECT LIFE ADD-ON KIT
Project LifeHip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)CLICK HERE to join!
Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Hip Kit Club subscribers can purchase individual Project Life Kits for the member price. ($29.95)
Products Included:
  • 21 HKC – Exclusive Project Life Cards – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 pkg – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Enamel Hearts
  • 1 pkg – Crate Paper – Bloom – Happy – Gold Glitter Thickers
  • 1 pkg. – Heidi Swapp – Chipboard Frames
  • 1 pkg – Project Life – High Five Chipboard Embellishments
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Color Me Happy – Vellum Washi Stickers

HIP KIT CLUB – JULY  2016 EMBELLISHMENT ADD-ON KITEmbellishment
Price:  $28.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 pkg. – HCK Exclusive – Color Me Happy – Puffy Stickers -designed by Kim Watson
  • 3 each – HKC Exclusive – Flair Badges – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Color Me Happy – Word Stickers – designed by Kimberly Hutchison (image coming soon)
  • 20 assorted – HKC Exclusive Acrylic Dots (orange, aqua, pink, lime green)
  • 1 pkg – Project Life – Gold Rub-On Phrases and Icons
  • 1 pkg – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Rubber Charms
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Gold Bow Paper Clips
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Star Shine – Aqua Glitter Thickers

HIP KIT CLUB – JULY 2016 COLOR ADD-ON KIT
Color.pub
Price:  $25.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 HKC Exclusive – Striped Argyle Stencil designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 bottle – Shimmerz – Shimmering Paint -Sunny
  • 1 bottle – Shimmerz – Coloringz – Don’t Citron Me – non-shimmering mist
  • 1 tube – Dina Wakely – Turquoise Heavy Body Acrylic Paint

HIP KIT CLUB – JULY 2016 PAPER ADD-ON KIT
Paper
Price:  $13.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Crazy Daisy – designed by Kim Watson
    1 sheet  – HKC Exclusive Paper – Stargazing – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Color Me Happy- designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Pink Polka – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Aqua Ombre – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Sunset – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Fancy Free – Paper 04
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Sunshine & Happiness – Sunbright Paper
  • 1 sheet – Illustrated Faith – Whatever is Lovely – Admirable Paper

HIP KIT CLUB – JULY 2016 – CARDSTOCK ADD-ON KITCardstock
Price:  $11.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases

Saturday, May 21, 2016

More Hip Kit Club april kit layouts and June Kit reveal

It was pet week on the Hip Kit Club blog last week. SInce we don't we have any pets I used drawings my 6 year old made.






Here is the June kits.

HIP KIT CLUB – JUNE 2016- MAIN KITMain
Hip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)CLICK HERE to join!Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Everyday Making Music – designed by Kim Watson
    1 sheet  – HKC Exclusive Paper – Everyday Homegrown Blooms – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Everyday Skipping Through the Park – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Everyday Laughter & Smiles – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Sunshine & Happiness – Happy Day Paper
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Sunshine & Happiness – High Five Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pebbles – Jen Hadfield – Everyday – Dotted Chevron Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Dear Lizzy Happy Place – Darling Daisy Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Fancy Free – Paper 06
  • 1 pkg. – HKC Exclusive Everyday Day Ephemera – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 pkg – HKC Exclusive Aqua Puffy Alphabet Stickers – designed by Kimberly Hutchison
  • 1 pkg – Simple Stories – Sunshine & Happiness – Self Adhesive Brads
  • 1 pkg – Jillibean Soup – Fancy Clothes Pins
  • 1 pkg – American Crafts – Dear Lizzy  Happy Place – Watercolor Die Cut Phrases


HIP KIT CLUB – JUNE 2016 – PROJECT LIFE ADD-ON KIT
Project LifeHip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)CLICK HERE to join!
Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Hip Kit Club subscribers can purchase individual Project Life Kits for the member price. ($29.95)
Products Included:
  • 21 HKC – Exclusive Project Life Cards – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 pkg – Simple Stories – Sunshine & Happiness – Enamel Dots
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Sunshine & Happiness – Alphabet & Word Stickers
  • 1/2 pkg – Simple Stories – Carpe Diem  – Clear Stickers
  • 1 pkg – Heidi Swapp – Silver Glitter Puffy Shape Stickers
  • 1 pkg.  – Heidi Swapp – Hello Chipboard Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Jillibean Soup – Wood Veneer – Today Words

HIP KIT CLUB – JUNE  2016 EMBELLISHMENT ADD-ON KITEmbellishment
Price:  $29.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 pkg. – HKC Exclusive – Everyday – Puffy Stickers designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes Bloom – Rubber Shape Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – DIY Shop – Gold Foil Word Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Jillibean Soup – Red Raspberry Soup – Wood Veneer Shapes
  • 1 pkg – Jillibean Soup – Navy Thin Chip Beanboard Alphabet
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Paislee – Fancy Free – Decorative Buttons
  • 1 pkg – American Crafts – Project Life – Currently Chipboard Ephemera

HIP KIT CLUB – JUNE 2016 COLOR ADD-ON KIT
Color
Price:  $23.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 HKC Exclusive – Triangle Stencil designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 bottle – Shimmerz – Coloringz – Pink Stilettos vibrant non-shimmering mist
  • 1 bottle – Shimmerz – Coloringz – Mandarin Mai Tai vibrant non-shimmering mist
  • 1 pkg. – Jillibean Soup – Best Day Ever Mini Placemats

HIP KIT CLUB – JUNE 2016 PAPER ADD-ON KIT
Paper
Price:  $13.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Everyday Making Music – designed by Kim Watson
    1 sheet  – HKC Exclusive Paper – Everyday Homegrown Blooms – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Everyday Skipping Through the Park – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Paper – Everyday Laughter & Smiles – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Sunshine & Happiness – Happy Day Paper
  • 1 sheet – Simple Stories – Sunshine & Happiness – High Five Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pebbles – Jen Hadfield – Everyday – Dotted Chevron Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Dear Lizzy Happy Place – Darling Daisy Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Fancy Free – Paper 06

HIP KIT CLUB – JUNE 2016 – CARDSTOCK ADD-ON KITCardstock
Price:  $11.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 8 sheets – American Crafts – White Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – Lt. Kraft Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – White Vellum

Monday, May 2, 2016

Hip Kit Clubs April layout and card #2

Another week and here are more projects with the April 2016 Hip Kit Club kits featuring American Crafts, Shimmerz Paints, exclusive papers, Heidi Swapp. Shimelle,  Simple Stories Wood Veneer.

Here you can get the APril 2016 kits








Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hip Kit Club April 2016 Kit Reveal

HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL 2016 – MAIN KITMain
Hip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95 (requires a 3 month minimum subscription)CLICK HERE to join!Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Horizon Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Star Struck Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – This Life Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Milk & Honey Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Peanut Butter & Jelly Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Little Moments – My Favorite Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Little Moments – All My Heart Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Details Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Bloom – Flutter Paper
  • 1 pkg – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – Yellow Puffy Alphabet Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – Rubber Charm Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Shimelle – Star Shine – Ephemera
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Rub-Ons
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Washi Tape
  • 1 pkg. – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – Acetate Words


HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL 2016 – PROJECT LIFE ADD-ON KIT
Project Life
Price:  $29.95**Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 24 HKC Exclusive Project Life Cards desgined by Kim Watson & Kimberly Hutchison
  • 1 pkg – American Crafts – Shimelle – Star Shine – Phrase & Alphabet Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – Epoxy Stickers
  • 1 pkg – My Mind’s Eye – On Trend 2 – Enamel Dots
  • 1 pkg. – My Mind’s Eye – My Story – Wood Veneer Shapes
  • American Crafts – Shimelle – Star Shine – Paper Clips (4 assorted pieces)
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Black Mini Alphabet Stickers
  • 1 sheet – Pretty Little Studio – Baby Jack – Woodgrain Alphabet Stickers

HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL  2016 EMBELLISHMENT ADD-ON KIT
Embellishment
Price:  $29.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive Cut Aparts designed by Kim Watson (5×7)
  • 2 HKC Exclusive Flair Badges designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 pkg. – HKC Exclusive Tiny Acrylic Stars (20 pieces)
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Little You – Starlight Boy Thickers
  • 1 pkg. – Heidi Swapp – Wanderlust – Paper Clip Flags
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Shimelle – Star Shine – Clear Accent Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Simple Stories – Life Color – Wood Veneer Shapes
  • 1 pkg – Heidi Swapp – Minc – Chipboard Frames (you don’t need a Minc machine to use these)
  • 1 pkg. – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted Washi Tape Stickers (3 sheets)

HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL 2016 COLOR ADD-ON KIT
Color
Price:  $22.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 HKC Exclusive 6×6 Butterfly Stencil – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 bottle – Shimmerz – Coloringz Vibriant Mist – No Yolking
  • 1 bottle – Shimmerz – Coloringz Vibrant Mist – Oh Say Can You Sea

HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL 2016 PAPER ADD-ON KIT
Paper
Price:  $12.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  •  sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Horizon Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – HKC Exclusive – Just Dream – Star Struck Paper – designed by Kim Watson
  • 1 sheet – Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted – This Life Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Milk & Honey Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Better Together – Peanut Butter & Jelly Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Little Moments – My Favorite Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Little Moments – All My Heart Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Details Paper
  • 1 sheet – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Bloom – Flutter Paper

HIP KIT CLUB – APRIL 2016 – CARDSTOCK ADD-ON KITCardstock
Price:  $11.95*
*Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 4 sheets – American Crafts White Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts Grapefruit Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts Fountain Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts Canary Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts White Vellum

Friday, February 19, 2016

Scrapbooking, design principles and pictures

Friday night and while husband and 8 year is playing SuperMario and my 6 year old is lying next to me watching a movie while I am surfing and again I found a scrapbooking podcast - Paperclipping with Debbie Hodge and Noell Hyman. One of the topics were design principles. The first part of this article are just thoughts that comes up while I am listening to the podcast.

I have written a bit of this topic the last month but I wanted to write a little more.   In my last post I shared my creative journey

Design principles. For me math and logic is a way of linear scrapbooking and just following principles is the same, or so it feels..  I just can't to that.  I can't do straight and I do not have the patience to read books about the subject - I prefer to cheat and just look at the pictures if someone is writing/talking about design. I didn't like math in school - but I was not into art either and English was the only language I learned to master - my French and German were not good - especially my German - I was never able to learn the rules, especially the German rules.

All the things Debbie and Noell are discussing about design is something that has actually been my focus when I scrap. For me the picture is what is important, BUT when I scrap I even sometimes add a photo LAST - I just scrap everything and then go and think about which picture could work.   One design principles I have never thought about when I scrap is TRIANGLE. If you look at one of my pages I maybe have incorporated it, but I never THINK about at when I scrap.

I have never used a color wheel, I have no idea which colors are where and which colors go with what, BUT I there are a lot of colors I don't like to scrap with. Green and purple is nothing I like to scrap with.

I actually do a lot of what they discuss about adding colors later - I do that too - I start with a few colors and then add more - I also start with white cardstock.  

When I pick papers for my layers I like to add a little contrast between my layers, I don't like to have the same colors/nuance in the papers on top of each other IF I am using other colors as well.  I go for some contrast when I scrapbook. The reason I choose contrast is that then you actually notice the different layers - otherwise I think each individual paper tend doesn't show and I do scrap to show how to use the papers.

Back to pictures. I sooo wish I was a better photographer, but I don't want all my pics to be staged either and our house isn't as bright as I would like. Also, allthough I am not a traditional scrapbooker focusing mostly on the events in the pictures - I do journal some on my layouts - they are not completely storyless - I just prefer to catch a mood. I also get no inspiration from scrapping event photos. 

When I choose my pictures I look for "light" - focal point. I really want my picture to stand out and often speak of itself.  I want to express something with my page and the pictures should in a way speak for itself.

Example:


I mostly scrap using 1 photo and it's not very big. I don't like scaling up the photomat. I need enough white space (One apparant design principles) BOTH in my pictures and in my layout as a whole. I don't like filling page, for me it gets too messy.  When it comes to my everyday snapshots taken with my Iphone often lack the things that spur my creativity. The pictures are often stale and boring, quite messy, with too many olors and not very focused. With a real camera you have a little better time to take better pictures.  About pictures - I have seen so many great page designs, but with awful pictures, pictures that should have been cropped better, made lighter or just black and white. Why spend so much time (and money) scrapbookin the page and don't care about the pictures you are using. For me it's very sad. It doesn't look when you mix a lot of patterns and colors with a busy photo.   I tend to divide my pics in piles of "weak" and "strong" photos. Weak photos are photos where you can't rest your eyes; noisy in terms of lots of colors, lack of contrast, long distance, unnecessary objects in the photo. If all of this is in your pictures - go safer and choose black and white and add extra contrast and add white edges around the photo. 

Then it's the stronger photos - the ones you just HAVE to take a look at. Again, my pics are far from professional, but I know how to get you to notice my photos. It's nice to get your own photo style.

I often crop my pics in other than 4x6 shape. Others you always can tell projects by their pictures  are Wilna Furstenberg, Marinette Lesne, Jessy Christopher-Tham or Marcy Penner , for different reasons - going from very contrasty to very whitened.  

I am one of those scrapbookers who have never taken a class in art, scrapbooking.  (I know I should have....), but after scrapbooking for a long time I have made a few observations and thoughts about what works and doesn't work.  I am not bragging about not taking classes,  I have just preferred to spend my money on supplies - it's expensive enough importing everything I want from the US. I NEVER get free shipping, if I go below 30-40 USD in shipping it's a small order and I can't shop with coupons at Michaels/Hobby Lobby etc.  

The first part I just wrote while listening to the podcast, this next part is more reflections after.

I decided to look up the design principles they were discussing in the podcast test myself how I do after listening

Emphasis:
My emphasis is on the photos. Always first, but to highlight my emphasis I use layers of colors and paper. I wrote a tutorial for a tablet magazine once showing the difference with or without my layers of colors/stenciling.  I could like a lot of more mixed media artist just go for the mixed media, I just like to work with paper too... Here I picked TWO layouts where I think I have emphazied the picture - just in two different ways. One having a really big photo and the other using a "strong" photo.  I don't use green in any way in the photo...

 


Alignment: 
This is the principle that I just don't like. I don't like doing this linear. The master of this principles is as far as I can tell Laura Vegas  She has so much lines and order in her scrapbooking it's incredible.

(edit) Here are a few of my attempt at this. One is made for Bella Blvd and sketch by Kristine Davidson. It took me a loong time to make this page and I did not feel comfortable making it, still tried to cheat a little. The other one is made for Pink Paislee



Repetition:
This I actually do. I often add multiple pictures in a row of either the same photo, sometimes the pics are the same but cropped/tilted a little different when they are put together.  I also use a lot of the same colors in my pages, or shapes. 



Contrast:
Contrast is really important to me, both in how I do my layers, which colors I choose for my pics, which pictures, which papers I choose, the type of technique products I use.  
Here is one of my most recent layouts with a lot of contrast. Both using fonts, lines and shapes.. 


Balance: 
When it comes to balance. I often just have my photo and layers in the middle and don't have any distracting things all around the page. Again - I wrote about this higher up - I just don't like filling a page with lots of things. I do however broke this on the page shown above where I filled the entire page. I also tried to break my "principles" with one of my recent projects for Bella Blvd.  How do you think I did with the balance here since it's a very non-typical page for me to make. I hardly did any contrast either. This was a Pinterest Inspired project posted this week on the Bella Blvd blog.  




Flow: 
This is also something I don't really think about when I scrapbook, but again - I first want to you look at my page. Since I am on different design teams - I scrap to sell products and I want to show the products off... My layers and mixed media are just there for the transition to be smoother to avoid too harsh of a contrast towards my white cardstock background.  Since I often put my pages in the middle or slightly to the side I want you to first look there and then move outwards to the different layers. So I guess this is also a principle that is in the back of my head, I just didn't know the name of it.

Example of with or without a mixed media background (more here)



This page is one of my guest design layouts for Bella Blvd



So for you few readers out there - how are you on design principles - do you know them, use them, why or why not ?? Can you name scrapbookers who you can match strongly to the different principles ????