Grateful | Hip Kit Club Color Challenge

Sunday, 28 November 2021

 


Hey everyone, I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club using the October 2021 Kits. You can find the October kits on the Hip Kit Club website here: https://www.hipkitclub.net/october-2021 and I’m also playing along with this week’s challenge which is a color challenge: red, turquoise, white and dark navy.

I have used the triangle paper from the October kits to create a background feature. I cut it into triangles and then cut them in half so they were smaller. I layered these, then arranged them to form a square shape. I distressed all the edges and added stitching down the middle. I stuck this in the middle of a white background.

I added my photo together with lots and lots of beautiful exclusive ephemera, mostly leaves and a tree. I added a tag behind my photo together with ribbon and twine.

I used a chipboard word for my title and added a subtitle down the right side of the square. I finished with splatters of white paint over the embellishment clusters.

Thanks so much for joining me today and happy scrapping
Niki xx

@nikiclairecreates

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Loving the Leaves | Hip Kit Club Recipe Challenge

Sunday, 21 November 2021

 


Hey everyone, I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club using the October 2021 Kits. You can find the October kits on the Hip Kit Club website here: https://www.hipkitclub.net/october-2021 and I’m also playing along with this week’s challenge which is a recipe challenge: leaves, Mixed Media and buttons.

I started off using the stencil that was in the October Color Kit and inking some orange ink through it to create leaves on my background. 

I created a border with golden paper behind my layout and on the top right corner. I used border punches too.

I cut my photo to a circle shape, and a Pocket Life card too. I then arranged these together with lots of floral ephemera, some large fussy cut flowers and lots of leaves. I added a chipboard title, added those beautiful wood veneer golden leaves and splattered with white paint.

I finished off with beautiful Nuvo Drops around my photos and dotted amongst the ephemera.

Thanks so much for joining me today and happy scrapping

Niki xx

@nikiclairecreates

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Sunflower Festival Mini Album | Lottie Loves Paper | Bungalow Lane

 

Hey everyone! I have a new mini album to share today for Lottie Loves Paper using the gorgeous Bungalow Lane collection by Paige Evans. I’ve also used a sunflower cut file that was a freebie from Paige’s Facebook group a few months ago.

I cut the cut file four times from gold cardstock. I cut backing pieces too from the yellow prints from the Bungalow Lane collection. I cut these twice – mirrored so that I could stick them back-to-back to have pages with the same print on each side. I then added the sunflower cut file in gold, to the front side of each page. The result is super pretty.

I also created via my Silhouette software, a strip of four circles welded together. I cut one from each of the same papers I’d used for the pages. I was then able to concertina fold these to form additional spaces to hold my photos which I cut to circle shapes using metal dies.

On the reverse of each page I added the concertina folded circles and my photos. I added a closure to each using a simple system of a punched circle, brad and twine. This is super simple and very easy and effective.

I cut an additional page from the beautiful Speciality Acetate. I drew around an existing page and hand cut. I punched a hole in every page and threaded them onto a book ring. I added two of the Bungalow Lane enamel charms too, directly to the book ring. I added one to the front, and one a few pages in.

I decorated each page with chipboard stickers, Foam Phrase Thickers, layered flowers, epoxy stickers and small stickers from the sticker book. I also added a few of the little embossed stickers.

Inside the concertina folded circles are all my photos together with journaling panels too.

Thank you very much for joining me today and happy scrapping!

Niki xx

@nikiclairecreates

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Christmas Eve | Bella Blvd | Sketch & Let Us Adore Him Collection

Monday, 15 November 2021

 

Hi everyone! Here is my latest layout for Bella Blvd using the brand new Let Us Adore Him collection. I am playing along with the sketch challenge this week.

I decided to choose four patterns from the Let us Adore Him collection to form the block background. I liked the red and green prints and also that pink background with green holly leaves is adorable. I cut the strips to 2” x 8” and distressed the edges. I also stitched around each one on my sewing machine.

I mounted my photo on one of the journaling cards from the cut apart sheet. I added it to the left side of the layout, as per the sketch. I then added lots of flowers around the photo…ephemera and chipboard.
To the right of my photo I added my title, made up of the acrylic word ‘Christmas’ and ‘eve’ made with stickers. I stuck the alphabet stickers onto white card first and trimmed around them so they would show against the red patterns on the background.

I then embellished the layout using different products. I attempted to embellish colour-on-colour so that I had green embellishments on the green section – I like the way this technique makes the layout flow.

The sketch has some stitching around the the colour block. Instead of doing this I handwrote my journaling around the edge instead.

I finished off with some white splatters.

Thanks so much for joining me today and happy scrapping

Niki xx

@nikiclairecreates

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Autumn | Hip Kit Club | October 2021 Kits

Friday, 12 November 2021

 


Hey everyone! Here is a new layout for Hip Kit Club using the October 2021 Kits. You can find the October Kits on the Hip Kit Club website here: https://www.hipkitclub.net/october-2021

I am focusing on items from the Color Kit today and the diamond chipboard frames. I started off with that amazing paper from the October kit – the one with the faux mixed media, how cool is that! I then added to the mixed media effect by using the leaf stencil from the October Color Kit and applied orange and peach ink to create pretty leaves over the paint effect. I then sprayed the whole background with the Nuvo Mica Mist in Pecan Peach and added large drops of the same. I dried this with a heat tool and also heated the other side of the paper to counteract the warping.

I added three photos, all mounted on Pocket Life journaling cards and I added lots of the diamond frames. I love how these nest. I layered them inside each other in a vertical formation.

I then added lots of beautiful ephemera, mostly leaves and flowers and some pumpkins too. I curled the leaves for dimension. I also added some of the pretty wood veneer leaves that have gold detailing. For my title I used one of the chipboard phrases ‘Autumn’.

I finished off with beautiful Nuvo Crystal Drops in Auburn Pearl from the October Color Kit which I dotted al l over the layout and I also added a few splatters of white paint.
Thank you so much for watching and happy scrapping

Niki xx

@nikiclairecreates

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At the Pumpkin Patch | Lottie Loves Paper Sketch Challenge| Paige Evans Bungalow Lane

Thursday, 11 November 2021

 


Hey everyone! Here is a new layout for Lottie Loves Paper using the beautiful Bungalow Lane collection by Paige Evans. I am also playing along with this week’s Sketch challenge which you can join in with over on the Lottie Loves Paper Community Facebook Group.

I started off by cutting a large circle aperture from a patterned paper. Initially I was aiming for a pink and orange colour scheme but when I flipped the paper over I just fell in love with the blue! So that became my background. I handcut the circle after drawing it first with a compass.

I mounted my two photos and added them to the bottom right of the page and I had lots of pink fussy cut flowers from another Bungalow Lane paper which I arranged around the photos.

I made a cluster at the top with two squares from the swatches paper. I added Bramble Fox Pumpkins and the Pumpkin Patch sign. I also embellished with Bungalow Lane Chipboard, Cardstock Stickers and two of those beautiful crepe paper leaves. I also added some stickers from the sticker book.

For my title I used the Bungalow Lane alphabet Thickers. I mounted these first onto pink card and cut them out leaving a narrow border. This was to help them stand out against all the details behind them.

I finished off with some journaling…different questions that were asked when doing the very serious job of selecting the perfect pumpkin! I also added a few white splatters.

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you enjoy this week’s sketch

Happy scrapping

Niki xx

@nikiclairecreates

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Happy Moments | Simple Stories | Simple Vintage Weathered Garden

Monday, 8 November 2021

 

Hey everyone! I have a second layout to share today for Simple Stories using the Simple Vintage Weathered Garden collection. I love all the pretty florals in this collection.

I framed a photo with one of the chipboard frames from the Weathered Garden collection. It’s a beautiful woodgrain frame with pretty details on the side.  My photo fitted perfectly and looked super lovely framed in this way.

I settled on the yellow gingham print for my background which I trimmed down a little and distressed the edges. I mounted this onto one of the black sheets from the Weathered Garden 12x12 Basics Kit. I love the dramatic look that black outlines gives the layout!

I added a long journaling card from one of the cut apart sheets together with another piece of yellow patterned paper. I distressed the edges of both and angled these onto my background together with my framed photo.

I then fussy cut lots of beautiful blooms from one of the Weathered Garden papers. This paper had a black background and when I fussy cut the flowers I left a narrow black outline. This really helped the flowers show up against the busy gingham background. I curled all the flowers too to give dimension. I arranged the flowers in a diagonal design at two corners of the frame.

I then added a number of label stickers. The phrases are really lovely saying things like ‘live love laugh’, ‘make the most of today’ and ‘the good life’. I also added a few hearts, both from the Foam Stickers and from the Bits & Pieces pack.

I finished off with white machine stitching around the edge of the gingham print, my journaling and splatters of black and white paint.

Thank you so much for joining me today and happy scrapping

Niki xx

@nikiclairecreates

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Together | Simple Stories | Simple Vintage Weathered Garden

 


Hi everyone! Today I have a new layout to share for Simple Stories using the Simple Vintage Weathered Garden collection. It’s a really pretty collection full of lovely prints and beautiful flowers.

I started off by backing a chipboard frame with my photo…it was a perfect fit! I love the way the chipboard frames give your photos centre-stage and really make them stand out.

I am always drawn to gingham prints and I therefore went straight for the large green and white gingham pattern. I really liked the green so paired this up with two more shades of green from the 12x12 Basics Kit. I created torn strips of paper with the gingham being the main pattern on show.

I added my framed photo together with a small journaling card from one of the cut apart sheets. I also added lots of flowers: some from the Bits & Pieces pack, some from the Floral Bits pack and some from the Foam Stickers.

I added a title from the Foam Stickers too: Together. This block font was perfect to stand out against the colours on the layout and the frame.

I finished off the layout with a few more flowers, butterflies and hearts. I added journaling and a few splatters of white paint.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you have enjoyed this layout and seeing this lovely new collection.

Happy scrapping

Niki xx

@nikiclairecreates

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Zoom! To the Moon Mini Album | Bella Blvd

Saturday, 6 November 2021

 


Hi everyone! I have a new mini album to share today for Bella Blvd using the To the Moon Collection. I adore this collection, it’s super cute and so perfect for my little boy who loves rockets and all things space.

I have a number of photos of him with his favourite rockets, so I decided to make a mini album using one of the Bella Blvd cut files from Silhouette Design Store as the base of the pages. It is simply called Rocket and is a layered cut file which makes it super easy to achieve a multicoloured effect.

I cut all the pieces of the cut file using the To the Moon Bella Besties coordinating paper pack. I cut five bases, three from Blueberry and two from Pickle Juice. I then cut the other pieces in different colours and I mixed and matched the sides so I had a variety of patterns.

For three of the pages I wanted to create opening pages so I stitched the main body of the rocket onto the base but only down the left side. This created a door that could open and close. I added machine stitching around the outside edges of the rocket too.

Inside the opening pages I created fold out tri folds to hold more photos and journaling too. I added closures to the opening pages so they wouldn’t fall open. I did this with a punched shape, a brad and some twine secured under the photo.

Some of the pages hold photos, whilst the others are purely decorative. I fussy cut planets from one of the To the Moon papers and used loads of ephemera. I also used chipboard stickers and stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet. I added an adorable Bella Pop robot too.

I secured the pages together on a book ring. Punching a hole in the top of each page meant that the opening pages wouldn’t open (!) so I cut a notch in the opening part so they would still open.  

Thank you so very much for joining me today for this cute little album, I hope you like it!

Happy scrapping

Niki xx

@nikiclairecreates

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