August kit GDT: The talented Claudia van Rooijen

Please join us in welcoming our uber talented, August kit Guest Designer, Claudia van Rooijen, to our blog today. We are super excited to showcase her amazing talent not only through her paper craft projects but also her graphic design.  If you didn’t already know, Claudia designed our August 2016 Hip Kit Club exclusive ephemera pack & clear stickers. Aren’t they just gorgeous?! For her full bio see the bottom of this post.

So Cute by Claudia van Rooijen


Hello everyone! It’s Claudia here with you today and I’m so very excited to share the first layout I made using the gorgeous August 2016 kits. I absolutely adore these kits and it was so hard deciding on what to use first since everything is so pretty. One of the things that instantly caught my eye as I was going through the kits, was the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life Die Cut Tags from the Color Kit. I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with them yet, but I knew that I wanted to use them somehow. There’s a lot of ways you can use these but I thought it would look really cool to mount a piece of paper behind it. I ended up going through the Project Life Kit and saw this gorgeous 4×6 card designed by Kim Watson. I absolutely love the way that looked because it instantly added a lot of color to my layout. From that same kit I cut out that beautiful black and white floral out of one of the cards. I decided to leave it as it was and not color it. I’m also using a black and white photo because I love the contrast between black and white and lots of color. I also added some enamel dots to the die cut tag to make them look like florals.


I also added quite a few of the puffy stickers which came in the Main Kit. I didn’t know if I would like these butterflies at first, but I thought they looked really cute on this layout.


I was lucky enough to design some exclusive ephemera pieces for the Embellishment Kit this month so I added a few pieces from that pack as well.


To finish off the layout I added some gold splatters using the Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine from my stash.

Happy Birthday card by Claudia van Rooijen


I also made a quick birthday card using these gorgeous thickers from the Main Kit. They are a part of the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection and I love how they’re black and white with polkadots. I never make anything other than 12×12 layouts so I just decided to keep it simple, sometimes less is more and that’s exactly what I did with the card. I added a few clear stickers from the sticker book in the Project Life Kit this month to decorate it just a little bit. The clear white stickers look really amazing on top of a colored piece of background paper.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects and I will be back with more next week!


My name is Claudia van Rooijen and I’m from the Netherlands, though currently living in Denmark with my boyfriend. I spend most of my days learning the language and since January I have been designing my own printable/digital collection which I sell in my Etsy shop so that has kept me quite busy too. Most of the things I love have something to do with being creative but I also really enjoy going outside for a nice walk or bike ride. I’m very excited for the opportunity to be a guest designer for Hip Kit this month and look forward to sharing my projects with you!

Find Claudia here: Instagram : Facebook : Youtube : Pinterest : Blog

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