Tuesday, October 23, 2012

September Hip 2B Square Layout (Scraplift from Melanie Jarocki)

My fellow Hip 2B Square Design Team member, Melanie Jarocki posted this school layout that she made with the September Hip Kit.  When I first got this kit, the number wood veneer numbers from Studio Calico had me itching to do a school layout but I could never come up with an idea that I liked, so I shelved that idea until I saw Melanie's layout.

Melanie Jarocki's September Hip 2B Square Layout

I took her layout and scrap lifted it.  I also made it into a two pager.  Since I had already used most of my kit making my other layouts and cards, I went into my stash.  If you are like me and have been getting the Hip Kits for a couple of years, you have tons of EXTRA GOODIES, laying around. 

Sami's skirt has polka dots, so I took that theme across the page with the black and white polka dot washi tape from an earlier kit. The circles with the red chevrons came from a holiday kit from either last year or the year before.  I think it matches perfectly with the red chevron washi tape that I had on hand. (not from a kit)

I have said many times before, Kimberly does such a great job putting her kits together, you can mix and match previous kits with current ones to create a layout.  (*I also went into my new October kit and used some of the washi tape in the add-on kit)

I hope this scrap lift of Melanie's layout gives you some inspiration to dig into your stash and start using it! 

* A portion of this layout is made from using past Hip Kit papers and embellishments going back two years.

Monday, October 22, 2012

September Hip 2B Square Cards

Here are some cards that I put together with the September kit.  I hope you enjoy them.  As you know, I am not much of a card maker and I struggle with cards every month.  The Simple Stories Harvest Lane die cut stickers took the difficulty out for me this month.  They are super cute and help make quick simple cards.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Some more Sept Hip 2B Square Hip Kit Layouts


Every now and then, I get a photo that I just love and want to scrap it in a big size.  My friend Keli took this picture of Sami and the fall trees and it was so great that I wanted it BIG!  Scrapping with a big photo can be challenging.  And challenged I was, but with playing with the patterned papers and stickers for a couple of hours, I came up with this and I am very pleased with how it came out. 

I used the patterned and card stock papers to match the colors in the photo and used the design concepts of threes and and a triangle.  By doing that, it doesn't over power the photo but helps direct your eyes across the page. 

I took one of the Studio Calico Wood Veneer borders and trimmed them down into smaller accent pieces.  I also backed the Simple Stories die cut stickers and the Jillibean alpha stickers with the kraft paper card stock.  For the little birdie, I only put pop dots on the top part of him, so his feet are still touching the page.  I think it gives a different type of dimension.

I hope you might be inspired to try to scrap a layout with a BIG picture. 


The September Hip 2-B Square kit has wonderful fall themed colors, however, there are some subtle combinations you can get by using the greens, greys and blues with a hint of orange.  I have had these beach pictures for a couple of years and have been needing to find the paper that matches the tones and colors in the photos. 

I took the Studio Calico wood veneer borders and cut out three hexagon shapes to add for some dimension.  I back them with the orange star paper that I also used to tuck under the photos to help the have a little pop off of the gray background.  I also used a wood veneer arrow from an earlier kit.

If you look really close on the postcard embellishment, there are two stamped images of a camera and globe that came from the Amy Tangerine stamp set.  I stamped one in brown and one in black to give an interesting look.  I also used the second stamp impression to have them be not so bright on the postcard to give a more aged look.  Just stamp on a scrap piece of paper first and then use the second impression to get a lighter image. 

Kimberly has been challenging her facebook readers to use more than one type of alphabet stickers on your layouts.  I challenge you to do this and to also take a themed kit such as this fall one and find a color combination that will go with other photos.  If you look at Cindy's Lego layout from this month, you will see she did that using the primary colors in this kit to go with her colorful lego picture.  Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

September Hip 2B Square Hip Kit Layouts


Fall is my absolute favorite season.  I love football.  I love the smells, pumpkin and spice.  I love the foods, warm comforting soups and I love the colors. Here are some more pictures from our Pumpkin Patch excursion.  When I saw the fence on the Simple Stories Harvest Lane stickers, I knew it would be perfect for my Pumpkin Patch page. 

I used a border punch to make my grass for behind the fence and a die cut for the pumpkins.  If you don't have a pumpkin die cut, you can print out a pumpkin and use it as a template.  I inked the edges of both pumpkins in a light brown chalk in and then in a dark brown chalk ink.  I took the tree branch sticker and cut it into three pieces and used two of them for the vines of the pumpkins and the third was an accent that I put in the top corner.  I used some pop dots for one of the vines and half of the smaller pumpkin to help give some dimension. 


The September Hip 2 B Square Kit is filled with great fall colors perfect for your fall pics.  It is tradition every year for our family to go to a pumpkin patch.  This year we went to a brand new patch and they had a fun hay ride pulled with an antique John Deere tractor.  My grandpa was a wheat farmer in Kansas so I have a fondness for old John Deere's.  Therefore, I made my kiddos take a picture by the tractor.  The yellow and green of the tractor and the orange of my daughter's shirt went very well with the colors in this kit. 

I inked all of the papers with a brown ink to help them pop a little more off of the Pebble's Walnut Grove wood grained paper.  I took all of the card stock stickers from the Simple Stories Harvest Lane stickers and backed them with the craft paper and then also inked them.  The leaves and tree have been popped up and I doubled up the pop dots on the little blue birdie to make him higher than the tree. 

If you look really close behind the tree, you will notice that I used the packaging from the Amy Tangerine Stamp set.  I loved that the grid was orange and fit with the other orange's in the kit.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have found some inspiration to use some of your fall pictures with this wonderful Fall themed kit.  Happy Scrapping!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Getting my Pinterest on!

I love Pinterest.  (Disclaimer: My husband doesn't!)  I get so many really cool ideas for home decor.  Things that cost next to nothing to make.  (Disclaimer:  My husband doesn't think that last statement is true!) 

Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday and I just love FALL.  So just searching Pinterest for Halloween and Fall decor, you can find so many things to make.  Where to start, oh, where to start?  Well I pretty much started and stopped at this wonderful blog called "I heart Naptime"  It is awesome, it had wonderful ideas for crafts, recipes and more. 

1. Carve a pumpkin and put a Mum plant in it.
I ended up using one of those Carve It plastic pumpkins from Michael's so I can use it year after
year.  I put a brick in the bottom to help hold it up since the plant is heavier than the pumpkin.

2. Leaf table cover. 
I bought a leaf garland from Michael's (marked 50% off) and snipped off the leaves
and hot glued them to a piece of maroon felt.  I also made a big one to put on my dining room table.

3. Pumpkins with vinyl sayings
 I got two white pumpkins from Michael's and added some vinyl lettering and images that I
cut out with my cricut.

4. Boo Plaque
5. Little Paper Pumpkins
6. Paperback Pumpkin (see close up below)
The last time I was home, I had my dad cut up a 2x4 into a a bunch of little pieces to
use for block letters etc.  I took a six in block, painted it with black acrylic paint, added some
Halloween scrap paper and cut out the vinyl letters. 

The little paper pumpkins are circles cut from an old paperback book.

I also cut a couple of ghosts from my cricut in vinyl and put on my candles. 
I can remove them when I'm done.

Paperback pumpkin close up
If you go to the I heart Naptime blog, you can find the instructions on how to make this cute little pumpkin.  I went to Goodwill and bought some paperbacks to use.

7. Block decor and witches hat
 I bought a craft paper witch hat from Michael's and covered it in black glitter.

The blocks where painted black, I then added Halloween scrap paper and vinyl lettering.  I am thinking that on the backside of these, I may put some Christmas words to use in the upcoming holiday season.

Subway art and paper pumpkin.
For the subway art, I just did a search online and found one that I liked.