Thursday Inspiration – Vacay!

It’s Thursday again and that means that 3 of our designers are here to share 3 different versions of the same theme or product. Today, Cara, Laureen and Zinia are here, each with their own take on the theme ‘Make it Vacay’. Here’ what they’ve done!



Hi there, I’ve got some inspiration for you to give your planner a vacation-type feel even if you aren’t going anywhere! I’ve created a dashboard for my TN, which isn’t always an easy feat, but if you check out the video, you can copy how I did it there’s even a trick so you can add it anywhere in your TN, no rings needed!

As you saw in the video, I stuck a piece of the Amy Tangerine On a Whim – Let’s Dance Paper to the Crate Paper – Chasing Dreams – Gold Glitter Polka Dot Acetate Paper from Maggie Holmes. I love how these two patterns looked layered together! I covered the adheasive that would show through the transparency with the striped washi tape from Bella Blvd. Then I layerd the Crate paper Oasis die cuts, sticker from My Mind’s Eye and those fun squashy puffy stickers also from the MME Palm Beach collection (I just love to squish these!) to make a tropical cluster. I added a button and a puffy gold heart (from the phrase sheet).


I love how the ‘happy’ acrylic word from Bella blvd looks along the edge of my dashboard.


It looks so cute peeking out just a bit from my planner when it’s closed.


An exclusive Hip Kit Club flair badge added to the top finished off my dashboard!


Happy planning!



Hi friends!
Isn’t Caras planner the most gorgeous?! My planner crush ;D


I was assigned to create an Off the page project, so I thought I would go ahead and make a mini!
Now, I don’t go on fancy beach vacations that would match the Oasis bits in the April kits, so I just used some pictures from a trip to Paris and Disneyland and included them!
I am super crushing on the Pinkfresh Studio paper that looks like marble so it had to be the cover paper for my album.


I simply cut pieces of paper from the more vacay themed papers and bound them with my Cinch – easy peasy!

For my decorating process I always struggle with mini albums – I don’t want to overload them, I can’t layer too much and it is all on patterned paper. Plus for this project I only had a few leftover embellishments from the April kits left, because everything else is ALMOST GONE – I can’t even believe that!

I used the camera and a tag from the Crate Paper Ephemera to embellish my front – because I am documenting a Paris trip I didn’t want to take things like the flamingo or cactus – because well, you don’t really find that in Paris ;D


The Crate Paper Word Phrases are perfect for creating titles – so I used the fun trip for my album and made a “second” title on the first page using the exclusive alphas and Pinkfresh Studio letters.


In between I also used the gorgoeus Acetate to layer it on top of a few neutral papers and it looks stunning! Now let’s move on to Zinia!



When it comes to vacation, the first thing that I document is food. I love trying the different flavors in the places I visit so I always snap photos of those foodie adventures.

So on my page I used a photo of a gorgeous hamburger I had last summer. When I first printed these photos, the colors were too warm and saturated and I thought I would just end up trashing them but luckily I didn’t cause they matched perfectly on my mixed media background.

To create this fun page, I used the Vicki Boutin art crayons from the April Color kit. I cut off a piece of each crayon, attached it on my page with some hot glue and heated it with my heat tool until they all melted and created a beautiful dripped look.

Once the crayons were cooled. I went back in with a wet brush and re-activated the colors again to create a light wash around them. I don’t know if it’s the fragile nature of the crayons or the fact that I added the water on top but after that part I noticed that some pieces were cracking. To save them, I added a nice coat of gel medium on top of the crayons to keep them together and avoid any further issues.

Since my melted crayons were so colorful and eye-catching I didn’t want to steal the spotlight from them. I kept the rest of my page fairly simple in terms of embellishments.

I wanted to keep my color palette around reds, yellows and pinks so I die cut some leaves from all the matching pattern papers and scattered them around the photo.

For my title I used a mix of the “Oh my Heart” chipboard stickers and the Pinkfresh Studio puffy alpha from the April Embellishment kit.

I hope you enjoyed this and got inspired to document more foodie pictures from your vacation. Also go ahead and try the melted crayons technique, it’s extremely fun!

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