Disastrous Winter Walks | Recipe Challenge using December 2020 Kits

Hi everyone, this is Niki (@nikiclairecreates) and I have a new layout to share today using the December 2020 Hip Kits which can be found here. There is also a process video for this layout which you can find at the end of the post.

I’m also playing along with this week’s challenge which is a Recipe Challenge. You can play along with the challenge over in the Hip Kit Club Group on Facebook. You can find it in the announcements section and there is a prize for one lucky winner too. The Recipe is:

  • Fussy cutting
  • Stitching
  • Frames
  • At least 5 lines of journaling.



I just loved the little frames on the ‘Photo Gallery’ paper so I fussy cut those out. Fussy cutting element: TICK. I arranged them in a circle on my white background together with my little photo.

The photo sits on a circle cut from Northern Lights paper and I added a chipboard circle frame to that too. I also added a frame behind my photo as a mount. Frames element: TICK.



I decided to add stitching to all of the photo frames. I choose to go for chain stitch as it reminds me of knitting, and this layout was about us being all bundled up, going out for a winter walk and we both have woolly hats on so chain stitch was definitely perfect here. I choose three different colours and chain stitched around each frame. I kept the embroidery floss at six strands so that my stitching was nice and chunky. I then drew a circle onto my white background and machine stitched over it, three times with teal thread on my sewing machine. This was to form the basis of my wreath. Stitching element: TICK.

I stuck my stitched frames onto my wreath and my photo too. I added fussy cut flowers and chipboard hearts in between some of the frames. I also added label stickers to my frames – they say the best things, like ‘#real life’ ‘always on the go’ ‘cherish’ and ‘all bundled up’. The labels in Hip Kits always seem so relevant to my life!



For my title I added the word ‘winter’ which was a large chipboard sticker. I added ‘Disastrous’ in red letters above it, and ‘walks’ in silver letters below it, so my title read ‘disastrous winter walks’ – they are always disastrous when we take our two year old out – he loves being out but only likes going in his chosen direction, running in the road, throwing stones…so every walk is a disaster! Real life hey! I’ve added 11 lines of journaling below the title in grey pen which I’ve underlined too. Five lines of journaling element: TICK.

I finished off with some silver thread, I also added in some acetate and chipboard snowflakes around my photo and I also added a few splatters in Shimmerz Naughty or Nice Inklingz around the wreath. I then decided my layout would look nice with a border. I used the back of the Photo Gallery paper which is pink. My border was very narrow in places where I had cut out the elements that were close to the edge, so I actually didn’t trim my white cardstock background at all. I applied the adhesive about ¼” in from each edge and stuck it square on the pink paper. I then distressed the edges of the white and folded up some parts of it around the edge, so bits of pink show In some places and not others. I really like the effect of this soft border.



Here is a process video of this layout, I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you so much for joining me today and happy scrapping

Niki xx



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