Tuesday, April 3, 2018

When Life Gives You Lemons / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club.  I used the beautiful 2018 March Hip Kits.  I scrapped more of a serious photo for this page.  As soon as I saw the Crate Paper sheet with lemons, I knew what I wanted to do with it.  I usually scrap happy photos of my girls laughing and having a good time.  Not all moments are like that around here, though.  With both girls being autistic and nonverbal, we have quite a few frustrating and serious moments.  On this day, Reese was just in a sad mood.  She couldn't tell me why, and she just wasn't in the mood to smile at all.  I took photos of her anyway.  I look at this and see her true beauty as well as her frustration.  While she does laugh and smile a lot, she's not like that all the time.

I began this page by tearing a few of the papers to place at the top of the design.  I used smooth white cardstock as my base.  I mixed some of the Vicki Boutin Watercolors on the background.  I mixed the pink with some white gesso and at first it was way too bright.  I mixed in a few more colors and added even more white gesso to get this soft pink.  I used a few of the yellows to add the yellow splatters and then used a bit of gold Color Shine.

I knew right away this was going to be my title.  I mixed and matched some of the Thickers with the Maggie Holmes alpha stickers here.  I love how it turned out!  I used some Crate Paper die cuts and stickers as well some Simple Stories chipboard stickers behind and around the photo.

I used one of the beautiful Jen Hadfield acetate butterflies here on the left.  To add a pop of yellow, I tucked in some tangled thread.  That's a Simple Stories flower chipboard sticker, and I also tucked in one of the Jen Hadfield leaf safety pins under the photo.

These beautiful Thickers are metallic rose gold...so pretty.  My journaling fit perfectly under the title, and I created a little cluster under it.  I combined a lemon sticker, a Pinkfresh Studio fabric die cut and another Simple Stories chipboard sticker.

I never thought I'd use this cute little deer from the Maggie Holmes Flourish die cuts, but I love how it looked peeking out from behind the photo.  It was just too cute not to use!

I created a little cluster of flowers for the deer to peer around.  And it looks like he's standing on the word "when"...haha!

Here are a few more close-ups of the title area.

I hope this inspires you to create something that might not be the happiest moment.  Those moments are important to document, too.  I had a great time making this, even though it's not a "happy" photo.  The process still made me happy :)

Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out:

Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful day :)


  1. Thank you for lighting it up blue for autism awareness! And thank you for being so real in your scrapbooking- you are right, not every moment is giggles and sunshine but every moment is an important part of our lives and important to take time to reflect on that