Friday, 3 October 2014

HK Memory Chest Kit Club - October 2014

October always seems to have that air of anticipation. For me it seems like the start of the autumn/winter holidays; beginning with Halloween and ending with Christmas and the new year. It usually also means cooler weather, finally, hopefully. It's still hot here but you can feel a cool breeze now and then that brings a promise of winter. We've had a long, hot summer and it's time to cool down. I love curling up on the sofa with a fleece blanket and cat on my lap.

Now on to the October kit. I'm so excited about this kit as it is so different from previous kits. It's such a fun collection with a circus theme; great for bringing a touch of quirky humour to your layout.

October Kit 2014
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus - Big Top
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus - Star of the Show
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus - Guy Wires
Bazzill Basics Cardstock in three colours
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus die cut ephemera
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus sticker sheet
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus decorative tags
Kaisercraft rub-ons - Laugh
Maya Road mini wooden chalkboard clips
Maya Road wooden buttons - Lucky Stars
Maya Road wooden shapes - You've Been Framed
Maya Road Tu-tu Tulle Trim in Vintage Buttermilk
Prima Marketing wire thread in Dusty
Queen & Co Candy Shoppe self adhesive deco dots in green and pink
Aardvark paper straws in yellow and brown
Ranger Stickles - Icicle

Add-On Options
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus brag cards
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus flair embellishments
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus tickets
Sizzix Originals Die - Thought Talk Bubbles

Here's my sketch for this month, based on Erika Lui's layout.

Beware: Wild Cousins
This is my first layout with this kit and I kept it simple to focus on the photo of two happy kids.
 I kept the title in a corner to balance out the mini chalkboard sign on the right. The white grid layer behind the photo is actually packaging that came with the kit. No waste, use it all up. Is that a cat hair above the title? Sigh... hazard of having two fluffy cats.
I added the rub-ons on the tag and label to liven them up. Love the cute star flair.
Wondering what to do with the deco dots, I decided to use them in a circle to balance out the right hand side of the page.

Welcome To My Fluffy Circus
 When I saw all the circus animals in the die cut ephemera pack, I knew I had to do a layout on Miss C and her stuffed entourage. I swear she has so many that they take up half her bed.
I used one of the add-on tickets to use in the wooden frame.
I added a heart stamp to the background cardstock paper to give it a bit more interest. I added orange Thickers to the little alpha stickers that come in the kit.

Live Louder
For my third layout, I packed on the paper layers behind the photos to give a multi dimensional look. I also used packaging from the kit to use as one of the layers. The photos were taken at a picnic in England this summer with all our friends and their kiddos. I love the top photo when the kids realized they could turn the sun tent upside down and walk around inside it. Too funny.
 I used the straws and wire to create a trapeze frame for the cute die cut trapeze artist. For the thought/talk bubbles, I cut them from kraft cardstock and added rub-ons.
I love the photo booth and had to incorporate it in the layout somehow. Wish I had a small photo to stick in there, but realized it would be too small, so I stuck with the clown instead.
You can see all the layering behind the photo. I painted the buttons a pink to match some of the pink in the ephemera.

Apart from my layouts, you can see the other pages from the rest of the team.

Enjoy Our Trip by Crystal Tang
Big Deal by Crystal Tang
Be Brave Forever by Belly Lau
Yum In The Sky by Belly Lau
Boo.. Boo.. by Belly Lau
 Laugh Longer Live Louder by Belly Lau
 Birthday card by Belly Lau
 Step Right Up by Erika Lui
Smile by Erika Lui

Sheung Wan Crop
9th October (Thursday)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hosted by Belly Lau

11th October (Saturday)
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Hosted by Sucrose Yeung

14th October (Tuesday)
10:30am - 12:30pm
Hosted by Grace Wong

14th October (Tuesday)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hosted by Erika Lui

Discovery Bay Crop
9th October (Thursday)
10:00am - 12:00pm
Hosted By Carla Keating

Natal Gift (Lai Chi Kok) Crop
13th October (Monday)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hosted by Crystal Tang

This year we have a full team of hosts to help you with your layouts during our free crops for kit members, with plenty of date and time options to choose from. Hope you will come and join us for some fun.

See you soon,

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