Mad Tea Party using the May Sketch | Andrea Bethke

Hi everyone! It’s Andrea. Today I’m going to share with you a two-page spread from my Week in the Life mini album which I made using the May Hip Kits and the May Sketch. This spread in my mini is from Sunday and documents a trip to Disneyland and to a Mad Tea Party in “wonderland”.


The use of the Hip Kit Club’s May sketch was a real challenge for me because I never use sketches in my scrapbooking. I love the triangles on the sketch so for my mini layout I decided to use the exclusive triangle patterned paper from the May Hip Kit, and fussy cut out some of the triangles to lay in different, clustered positions on my page. I added extra interest to the clusters of triangles with the use of some gold glitter washi tape (which is actually from the April kit) to create “plus” signs.



I think the colors in my teacup pictures really pop against the clusters of multi-color triangles and the patterned paper that I used for my layout background. This patterned paper is another exclusive in our May Kit, and I chose it for this layout because the funky, mod style of it, with the large, triangular sections of color plus the white with black polka dots, complements my Mad Tea Party quite nicely.


I used a couple different design principles in my layout in order to keep things in balance because there is a lot going on. I repeated elements such as the wooden teacups from Jillibean Soup (one of which I layered on top of some crepe paper, and one I added to a paperclip), the gold “plus” signs from the washi tape, and the triangles (not just the ones I cut out, but also the larger ones on the background paper). I also used “visual triangles” in my layout like the one I created with the use of the color green which you can see in the exclusive puffy scalloped sticker at the bottom of the layout, the little green paperclip bow from Bella Blvd at the top, and my fussy cut green triangle on the right side of the page.


With a mini album, I have to think about not just balancing out the layout but balancing it with what is across from it – in this case, a pocket page.


For my pocket page, I decided to use the adorable, aqua “Hello” 4×6 card that comes in the Project Life kit. It works with the aquas in my layout (including the piece of aqua card stock from the add-on paper kit that I added to my layout in order to tone down the orange on the background paper).


To finish things, I added some embellishments — the exclusive ephemera floral pieces in the kit, some bits from the exclusive cut-apart sheet, some of the enamel hearts from Bella Blvd, a wooden “hello” and teacup from Jillibean Soup, and an exclusive butterfly flair button. This, plus a vintage piece of Alice in Wonderland ephemera from my own collection, completes my pocket page and my Week in the Life spread.


I hope you like what I’ve made and that I’ve inspired you to use the Hip Kit Club May sketch and the beautiful May kits to perhaps step outside of your comfort zone and  create something madly and wonderfully fun!

Andrea Bethke

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