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I love the colors of the patterned papers in the July 2015 Hip Kits from Hip Kit Club! And the patterns are great too. Perfect for adding color to your layout. I decided to use a mix of papers from the Main Kit and the July Paper Add-On Kit, behind a cut file, to bring in some color, without overwhelming the page. The photo on this layout, is from A Christmas Story house, from our visit to Ohio back in May. I thought the Hip2BSquare background cut file from The Cut Shoppe would go perfectly with the retro look in the photo.
I used the Backyard Lights patterned paper from October Afternoon, for the background paper. I didn't want a solid background, so this paper was great, because it still had a pattern, but wasn't really busy. Then I backed some of the open spaces of the cut file and left some spaces open, for the background paper to show through. And I added one of the Simple Stories chipboard frames from the July 2015 Embellishment Kit, behind my photo, to help it stand out from the background.
I used a few more of the Simple Stories frames around the page, and added a mix of embellishments to the center of each frame. The Elle's Studio wood veneers and Bits went perfectly with the theme of my layout. I finished by adding a bit of Black Color Shine, for some contrast on my layout.
This would also be a fun technique to try with the scraps from your Kits. Those small pieces of patterned paper are great for filling open spaces in cut files!