Phew, don’t look now, but I am all over internet! DON’T go googling – I assure you I am at all times fully clothed, I have no relationship with Kanye or Taylor and to my knowledge I’ve done nothing to go ‘viral’. What I meant was I’ve been on a bit of a scrapbooking binge. I kicked off the week over on the Citrus Twist blog, then made my big announcement over on the One Little Bird blog, I then conquered the Studio Calico popular board with ‘Together Whatever‘, returning here and now for Hip Kits before heading back over to Citrus Twist tomorrow for sketch challenge AND the best bit is unlike other activities that will get you all over the internet – I’ve pretty much done it all in my daggy PJ’s. *Sob* my mum would be so proud.
Anywho… I want to tell you about another recent experience I have had. Oddly enough in my PJs too. Just incase you hadn’t heard, I was asked to join the Hip Kits Project Life Team. I’m not going to lie I was pretty apprehensive. I’m trying really hard not to over commit myself, but I’m not above sweet talk and when Kimberly said we would get ALL of October’s kits as a bonus, well *cough* I folded like a piece of pattern paper.
When the big fat box arrived less than a week later, the mailman caught me by surprise. It was only 7.40 in the morning and I was not yet out of bed. I took the package from him with not the slightest hint of shame or modesty because lets face it – we had both been here many times before. What was different this time round was I cracked the box open the second the door shut. I’ll admit I was really curious. I had not been a Hip Kit’s customer in the past and really had no idea what to expect. Well, when my husband got out of bed two hours later, I was found playing with the spoils (watercolour pencils) in the hallway. Here is how it all went down:
It all started with the nest. You see when you spread 6 jam-packed kits our around you on the floor that’s pretty much looks like a giant scrapbooking nest and it wasn’t long before I was trying to figure out new and cool combos for layouts and spreads. Pink Paislee’s Cedar Lane and Jen Hadfield’s DIY Home are a match made in heaven, but who knew that there are Dear Lizzy and Documentary and Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers Papers that work to perfection too. Some serious thought went in to bringing these kits together and just as I was feeling my most inspired it dawned on me – I don’t have any Autumn photos printed. What is a girl to do with a desperate NEED to scrap? Now I will never claim to be a card marker. In fact I will pretty much use any other scrap title before that one, but desperate times call for desperate measures:
This is me playing with a mix of the main kit, the embellishment kit and Project Life kit. The blue paper, the transparent arrow, wooden arrow and the tab are from Cedar Lane. The Heart and stripe paper are from DIY Home. Layer upon layer until I was happy with the finish product.
My second card is born from something else. It is absolutely no secret that I am a white cardstock girl. I can count on one hand the amount of times I have used coloured cardstock and yet every kit I have ever gotten sends me a million sheets. I have enough pale blue, pink and cream to make albums for an entire kindergarten. I’m not going to, but I could. When I opened the cardstock kit from Hip Kits, I was stuck by just how beautiful the storm and kraft papers where. Just once I wanted to be the one to use coloured cardstock and so I did. I must apologise though – that twine bow is not in the kit. It was a scrap that had fallen out of my husbands pocket the day before, from when her was tying up our tomato plants. My bad. It must of got mixed up while I was building my nest.
Last, but not least, I give you my experiment with the colour kit. It is very rare in this day and age that a new product comes across my desk (or floor), that I have never tried before. So I was super excited to give Prima’s watercolor pencils a go. First I used an off cut from my white card and drew a bunch of leaves. Second, I went over the leaves with a watercolor brush and just like magic they were pretty little watercolored leaves! Best of all though the process was really clean. You got to love that. I let the background dry and mounted it to some kraft cardstock. I used patterns from the Cedar Lane wreath to outline my painted leaves with a sharpie, but as I was doing it I got to thinking about what else I might be able to watercolor. Turns out the pencils work brilliantly on veneers too! I used the bottle green, the jade green and teal pencils to create a layered rust effect… and that’s right when I got busted. It took me another 45 minutes to pack up the very generous contents of the each kit, but it was still totally worth it.
Next time I promise to have a Project Life spread for you, but today I hope you I’ve give you a bit of insight into the full range of Hip Kits.
P.s. thanks to those who wrote to me about the bug in the comment section – it has now been fixed.