Hip Kit Club: Mood Board Challenge

There you are, staring at your supplies. They’re beautiful, but you’re unsure about how to get going on your next scrapbook page. Give a mood board challenge a try! Today, I’m sharing my latest layout using the May Mood Board Challenge by Hip Kit Club.

How do you use a mood board? Well, that is up to you! Look at the photos on the mood board and use the colors, shapes, and textures to guide your design decisions. In my video below, I will explain how I used the April 2023 Hip Kits and this mood board to create the ‘Mermaid Tale’ layout shown below.


I began this page with the top three mood board photos as inspiration. I loved the purple and blue colors mixed with many florals spilling out of the baskets and buckets around the bicycle. I decided to create a column of photos surrounded by lots of soft, pretty flowers.

Before assembling my layout, I used the bottom two photos on the right as inspiration to add tonal stamping to the background paper. Here you can see where I used the Coffee Stain stamp and the Mini Postage Stamp Texture stamp (April Embellishment Kit) on the purple patterned paper.

I stacked my photos and then used florals created with the October 2022 Color Kit along with black and white floral die-cuts (April Main Kit) and clear stickers (April Embellishment Kit) to spill out from behind. (NOTE: The stamped florals were left over from my last Hip Kit Club layout – watch the video HERE if you’d like to see how I made these flowers using inks, embossing ink, and drips of water & paint.)

I also added pieces of flowers along the top-right edge of the page. The flower centers are dotted with the Lemon Twist Nuvo Drops from the April 2023 Color Kit.

To the right of my photos column, I used a 6×4 Journal Card from the April Pocket Life Kit to house my title and journaling. I was inspired by fellow design team member, Sophie Delorme, to add the Pixie Wings Nuvo Glacier Paste (April Color Kit) to the navy chipboard letters (April Main Kit) for a shimmery, mermaid feel. I also dabbed the Glacier Paste onto several of the flowers.

Below the journaling I added a section of scalloped patterned paper because it reminded me of fish scales, tying into the theme of my page.

All the elements together create a layout that makes you feel like you’re swimming through an underwater seascape. I love it!

If you haven’t picked up the April Hip Kits yet, you can find them HERE. Enjoy!



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Hip Kit Club: Stamp, Stencils, & Dies … Oh, My!

Hello, my scrappy friends out in the webiverse! I’m sorry that my posting has been sporadic the past several weeks. April and May have been BUSY! I’m looking forward to the slower days of summer and days spent inside an air-conditioned home scrapbooking. Ha!

Today I am sharing my latest layout using the Hip Kit Club April Kit. Well, actually, I used a piece of patterned paper from the April Kit combined with lots of stamps, stencils, and dies. I guess I was in a technique sort of mood for this page and I had so much fun creating it! You can watch the process video by clicking on the image below, or scroll down to pin/view the still shots.


I began the layout by creating floral accents to use on my layout using the October 2022 Color Kit by Hip Kit Club. This flower kit coordinates with one of the patterned papers in the April Kit, where you can use the die to cut out the florals. The Color Kit also comes with layering stencils and an outline stamp.

I used the Catherine Pooler Inks we’ve been getting in the kits during February and March to color the flowers using the October 2022 Color Kit stencils. Next, I stamped the outline image over the top, embossing it with white embossing powder. Then, because the inks are water-reactive, I added large droplets of water over the floral images along with white paint splatters. The results are GORGEOUS!

Before adding my florals and photos to the page I used the ‘Pixie Wings’ Nuvo Glacier Paste from the April Color Kit to create three ‘shelves’ to anchor each row of photos. This is the first time I have used Glacier Paste and it is so much FUN! I felt like I was adding swipes of sparkly purple eyeshadow to my layout!

I then used more white embossing powder to stamp the background with the April Newsprint Texture Stamp and Coffee Stain Stamp. It turned out AWESOME!

I used the February Nested Hearts Dies to create a base for my title. I die-cut the large heart from the Thistle Cardstock (April Cardstock Kit). The smaller heart is die-cut from white cardstock. I used the April Floral Vine stencil (April Color Kit) and the ‘Sixteen Candles’ Catherine Pooler ink to add a subtle pattern to the white heart before adding the title. The title was created using puffy letter stickers from the February and March Main Kits. I LOVE how all of the Hip Kits work so well together!

I wanted to add a bit more variety to the rows of photos, so I die-cut a white layer of cardstock using the February 2023 Background Lattice Die. I then created journaling strips on my computer using a typewriter-style font.

I used a few of the die-cut shapes from the April Pocket Life Kit to accent the photos, then sprinkled lime green puffy dots (January Embellishment Kit) and ‘Lemon Twist’ Nuvo Dream Drops (April Color Kit) around the floral pieces.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my layout today and that it inspired you to pull out your October 2022 Color Kit, stamps, stencils, and dies.


Thanks for coming by!


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March 2023 Hip Kits: Rainbow FUN!

Believe it or not, I have never made a page with the embellishments placed in the ever-popular ROYGBIV order. Never fear! Today is the day! I’m using the March 2023 Main Kit, along with the stamp from the March Color Kit to create a column of rainbow-colored brushstrokes.


To create the rainbow I used the inks featured in the February and March kits. The top three colors (light purple, pink, and orange) are from the February Color Kit. The lighter melon green, blue and dark purple are from the March Color Kit, and the darker green came with the March Pocket Life Kit.

After stamping the rainbow of brushstrokes down the center of the Snowdrop cardstock (solid side), I used the January Frames + Flair die set to cut frames for each of the small photos using the March Cardstock Kit (Taffy-pink, Lemon Drop – light yellow, Bubblegum, blue, and Macaroon – purple).

Next, came the fun part! Embellishing all of the framed photos with little bits and pieces from the 12×12 Sticker Sheet and Chipboard Sheet from the March Main Kit.

Using thin foam tape beneath each item gives this layout lots of fun texture and dimension!

I used the pink Taffy Cardstock and the green distressed ‘Making Memories’ paper from the Main Kit to highlight the main photo. More stickers and chipboard pieces surround the double-matted photo.

The entire page is arranged on the patterned side of the second Snowdrop cardstock sheet. I love the way the subtle pattern shows through my journaling (printed on vellum).

When was the last time you tried a rainbow-themed layout? Or are you like me and have never taken ROYGBIV for a spin before? I hope you’ll give it a try sometime soon. It was so much FUN!



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March 2023 Hip Kits: Scraplifting Myself

This week the Hip Kit Club design team has been scraplifting ourselves. I chose to use a layout I created in 2012 using the BasicGrey Lucille collection. Click on the following image to see the process video, or keep scrolling to read the post.

First, here is my page from 2012 that I used as inspiration for my layout

And here is the page I created using a mix of the January, February, and March Hip Kits. Instead of using two smaller photos, I combined them together into one larger 6″ x 4″ photo.


Along with scraplifting myself, my assignment was to use the current March 2023 kits mixed with older Hip Kits. Everything on this page is from the March Hip Kits, except for the coral floral paper on the left, the multi-colored herringbone paper behind the photo, and the woodgrain scallop on the right.

In the upper left corner of the page, I replicated the scattered buttons on my BasicGrey page by adding a sprinkle of bees (Simple Stories Sticker Book – March Embellishment Kit) and Pinkfresh Studio chipboard flair (March Main Kit).

I wanted this page to have a springtime, Easter vibe, I fussy-cut the florals from a paper in the March Main Kit, then added in die-cut leaves (Twig + Frond dies). I also die-cut the leafy wreath from the Leafy Wreath + Bow die set to hug the corners of my photo.

I layered together several Pinkfresh Studio Ephemera pieces (March Main Kit) under the bottom of the photo, using one of them to build my title along with the Pinkfresh Studio puffy letters (March Main Kit). Another chipboard flair piece and more fussy-cut bees are scattered among the die-cuts to tie everything together.

Finally, I used the ink droplet stamp and the ‘Oh, Boy!’ ink from the March Color Kit to accent the edges of each flower cluster.

I LOVE the way the Hip Kits all work together and had so much fun combining the different patterned papers from the January, February, and March Hip Kits for this Easter page.


Be sure to stop by the Hip Kit Club blog, Facebook Group, or YouTube channel for more inspiration from the design team!


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