Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hip Kit Club | Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of ashleyhortondesigns.com. I do receive compensation and material product from Hip Kit Club to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

Hi, I'm stopping in to share my first layout with the February 2016 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits from Hip Kit Club!  I seriously always make my first layout, the day my Hip Kit arrives in the mail.  There are just so many products, that I can't wait to use!  My must use product for this layout, was the Delighted patterned paper from Maggie Holmes, included in the February 2016 Main Kit.


I knew I wanted to use a lot of the pattern, without overwhelming the photo and embellishments.  I decided to cut the paper along the divisions between the chevron design and arrange it over a piece of White cardstock from the February 2016 Cardstock Add-On.  I loved the motion this created on the page, and the White space for adding my photo, title and embellishments.


I just had to find a way to incorporate the amazing Maggie Holmes Fringe Hearts, that are a part of the February 2016 Embellishment Kit.  I can assure you, if there is a heart within 5 miles of my scrap area, it is going to be used on a layout!  And I made these even more heart-y by adding a Studio Calico wood veneer heart from the February 2016 Project Life Kit, right in the center of the fringe heart.


I used most of the embellishments in the White space on the layout, because I didn't want to cover up the pattern that I love so much.  But I felt like it needed a little touch of something else, so I splattered Black Color Shine over the layout (I always decide to do this at the end, so if you're like me, make sure you cover your photo).  Then I added a few of the Simple Stories enamel dots down the center of two of the patterned paper strips.

If you haven't had a chance to pick up the February 2016 Kits, then make sure you head over to the Hip Kit Club website.  You definitely want to get your order in, before it sells out!  And look for the reveal of our March 2016 Kits, coming up on February 15th!!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Big Picture Classes | Photo Focus

I hope you've had a chance to check out my classes on the Big Picture Classes website!  Today, I have a brand new class, called Photo Focus!  In this class, I share ways to focus on your photos...the main reason we scrapbook...while still adding fun, creative touches to your pages.  I hope you'll come join me for the class, if you are already subscribing to Big Picture Classes.  If you haven't joined, check out the Membership tab on the BPC Website for more information on signing up!


And while you're there, you can still check out my other classes:


See you in class!  

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hip Kit Club | Love Love Love

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of ashleyhortondesigns.com. I do receive compensation and material product from Hip Kit Club to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

I'm here to share a new layout with you, using the January 2016 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits! I have to admit, that I might have been hoarding the cute Crate Paper tags included in the January Embellishment Add-On. So I decided to use all of them as the focus of my layout this week!




I arranged all of the tags and my photo in the center of the background paper. Then I used a mix of embellishments from the kits, to add over and around the tags. I also wanted to add a bit of mixed media, so I used some of my watercolor paints in the background of the layout. And one of our Weekly Challenges a couple of weeks ago, was to use confetti, so I used several of the Crate Paper stickers over my watercolor, to create a fun confetti look!

And, the February 2016 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits should be making their way here in the next few days!  I can't wait to start creating with it!  If you haven't had a chance to check out all that's included for February, make sure you visit the Hip Kit website ASAP!!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pink Paislee | Desk Home Decor

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I am so excited to share my first project with you, as one of the 2016 Design Team members with Pink Paislee.  Today, I have a home decor project, that can be displayed on your desk.  I don't know about you, but I love home decor pieces that are fun and functional!


I picked up this wood tray at my local craft store...don't forget to use your coupons, when you're shopping, to get a great deal!  I wanted something on my desk, that would work as a display for photos and some of my favorite Pink Paislee products from the C'est La Vie collection.  I started the project by cutting the wood grain patterned paper from the C'est La Vie collection to 10x10, and adhering it to the inside back of the tray.  I also picked up a few hooks at the craft store, and placed four of them on the inside edge of the tray.  I wrapped thin wire around each of the hooks, to have a line to hang my photos and Pink Paislee products.

 
And I couldn't resist covering some mini clothespins, with patterned paper.  The clothespins are perfect for hanging my photos and products from the wire.  To save patterned paper, I used the manufacturer strips from the C'est La Vie papers, to cover the clothespins.



This is such a fun project to display in your home.  And I love that it's something that can be changed out, if you want to update your photos or add different embellishments.  


 Collection Used:  C'est La Vie

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Crate Paper 2016 Design Team!!

Dreams do come true, and I am beyond excited to already have several dreams that are becoming a reality in 2016...and I'm here today, to share a BIG one!  I can't tell you how I honored I am to join the Crate Paper 2016 Design Team, with these very talented Ladies!



I will begin sharing projects soon, using the gorgeous Crate Paper collections, so stay tuned for upcoming inspiration.  And make sure you're following me on Instagram (ashleyhorton75).  I always share my projects and sneak peeks on Instagram!  Also, make sure you check out and follow each of the Ladies, on the Team this year.  You won't want to miss their gorgeous work!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hip Kit Club | Love You

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of ashleyhortondesigns.com. I do receive compensation and material product from Hip Kit Club to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

Hi everyone!  I’m back today, to share a new layout, using the January 2016 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits from Hip Kit Club.  I also used our January Sketch, as inspiration for my layout.  I decided to go a little more clean and simple on this page…or at least clean and simple for me!



I used White cardstock from the January Cardstock Kit, as my background.  I really wanted the photos and MME Journaling Cards from the January Project Life Kit to stand out.  The Journaling Cards were a perfect match to the January Sketch.  I started the layout by placing the cards, and then added machine stitching around the edge of each one.



Next, I added my photos and title.  I also kept the title simple and mixed the Crate Paper Love wood veneer from the January Main Kit, with the Studio Calico wood veneer alphas from the Project Life Kit.  I finished the layout, with several embellishments, placed throughout the grid design.


We would love to see your take on the January Sketch, so if you use it to create a layout, make sure your visit the Hip Kit Club Member Forum on Facebook and share it with us.  And while you’re there, check out our Weekly Challenges and play along for the chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Hip Kit Shop.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Flair for Buttons | Jolly Good Times

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It's almost the end of January, but I'm here today with a Christmas layout!  Yep!  It's only 11 months away, you know!  HA!  I had so many Christmas photos, and I am in love with the Foil Christmas Flair Buttons from A Flair for Buttons.  I used the Foil Christmas Flair 1 and Foil Christmas Flair 2 sets on this layout.  And I just can't stop making circle layouts for some reason!  But I do love placing the flair buttons around the circle design.


I started out with the die cut snowflake design and then I sprinkled Gold Color Shine in the background, before adding any other elements on the layout.  I placed my photo once the Color Shine was dry, and then chose the spots for my Flair Buttons.  I knew I wanted one next to the photo, then I spaced the other two around the snowflake die cut.
 



Once the Flair Buttons were in place, I added some embellishments from the Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes collection.  I wanted to add in a bit more Red, so I cut a second snowflake design on my Cameo, to fill in the spaces around the snowflake die cut.  Then I cut small circles from Gold Glitter cardstock to place in the center of each Red snowflake, to go along with the Gold Flair Buttons.
 


So no matter what time of year, you feel like creating holiday layouts, the A Flair for Buttons shop has just what you need!  You can find both sets that I used, by visiting the Shop, and a few...or a lot...more designs!

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