Product Focus: Alphas & Chipboard | Elsie, Jill & Orange Gearle

Hey HKC friends, it’s Product Focus time again and Elsie, Jill and Orange have come up with some fun ways you can use the alphas and chipboard from your kits. Let’s see what they’ve been up to!


Hey everyone, it’s Elsie here and today I grabbed all of the alphas from the December Main, Embellishment and Project Life kits and challenged myself to include them all on one page!


There are lots of food embellishments in the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection, so I was inspired to create a layout about my love for baking and document my dream of running a seaside bakery/cafe… one day haha!!

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I decided to create a fun little menu where I could use some of the small mint Pinkfresh alphas to label the Crate Paper food embellishments. I used the Vicki Boutin thickers to spell out the word ‘menu’, and I created a retro-looking pink arrow and used the gold glitter thickers to spell ‘this way’ to give the look of a retro sign.


I really didn’t think I had it in me to step out of my comfort zone and use so many alphas on one page, but it was so fun and I love the results! I hope you try mixing alphas on your next page!


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When I beheld the large sheet of Crate Paper chipboard accents in the Hip Kit Club December 2017 Embellishment Kit, my pulse quickened and I got a little breathless, as we scrappy folk do when we are in the presence of Supplies That Must Be Used, Like, Now.

So how does one actually go about using chipboard shapes? My three favorite approaches can be found on this page:

Jill S HKC All in Good Time Blog(1) Stack it. Chipboard is sturdy stuff, as evidenced by the doubly-chipboard-happy page title here. It won’t bend or give easily, so you can build on it, adding dimension to the page. I included printed and hand-cut letters to complete the title, arranging the alphas behind the chipboard word and in the negative space of the chipboard frame.

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(2) Layer it. Between the paper layers of your page, tuck in chipboard pieces, staggering their placement so that some are above and/or below others. Place journaling strips among these pieces similarly, varying their placement and heights. HKC AIGT Journaling 1

(3) Cluster it. Pull together chipboard shapes of various sizes and mix them with other types of accents to create varicolored clusters with different dimensions and textures.

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My December kits have been pretty much reduced to bits and pieces (literally, as you can see above, where I’ve stitched those pieces together in a collage), but these trusty chipboard pieces are helping me to get some extra mileage out of them.

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Orange Gearle

Hello! I am using the January kits for my project today! I challenged myself to use the gold Dear Lizzy alphas in a unique way and this is what I came up with! In this photo my daughter is watching television upside down. So I made my title reflect that! The words say, “How she watches tv”, can you see it?


Here are a few close up images. I used yellow card stock and that super fun whimsical flower exclusive paper as my background.


I love the stickers, hearts and bows all from Pink Fresh Stuido.


I added some stitching and stamping to finish off my layout. I also made a video of my process if that suits your fancy!

XO o.g.


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