Elle's Studio Reveal: March Exclusive Kit + Add-ons

The March exclusive kit is live at Elle's Studio, and the color scheme is perfect to document your spring memories! 

In addition to the physical product, there are the Treasure Printables and March 2017 Digital Cut File to keep in your digital library! 

This month, I created two 8-1/2"  x 11" layouts, that came together so easily with the new products! The Grow and Bloom Wood Veneer were my favorite embellishment this month, and I used them on both layouts to create my titles. Shop the products used on these layouts via the galleries below.

This kit paired so well with the beautiful large floral pattern from Shimelle's new Little by Little collection to create this page about my daughter and mom gardening one day:

Because we are celebrating 10 years of business this month, Elle has released an amazing Happy Birthday Mini Collection to celebrate! 

All subscribers will receive an exclusive Elle's Studio Sharpie pen with their order, so if you don't have a subscription, be sure to get all of the details and sign up today to receive this awesome free gift!  

All orders placed this month, subscription or not, will receive an exclusive set of journaling tags and a scratch ticket. The prizes on the ticket include: $10 off, 10% off, $5 off, free shipping,  a 3-month subscription, and more! 

Stop by the Elle's Studio shop to see all of the new products and take advantage of the free gift this month! Thanks for stopping by!

Elle's Studio Reveal: February Exclusive Kit!

The new Elle's Studio exclusive kit is live and ready to document your memories!

There are so many beautiful, warm colors and saying on the tags this month! 

The What Happened Printables and February Cut Files are also in the shop for you digi-lovers! 

When I saw the "Say What" cut file I knew I wanted to use it to document a funny photo of my daughter from our last Valentine's Day.

My second layout is my favorite of the month! I used the What Happened Printable digital file to create a custom patterned paper for my background of this playful layout. There are so many add-ons this month that worked perfectly to embellish this fun page about my daughter and her new playmate.

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Be sure to pick up these fabulous products, perfect for your next papercrafting project, before they're sold out! And, watch out for a tutorial on how I created custom patterned paper with the What Happened Printable here on my blog later this month.

Jot Magazine & Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Beautiful You

I was so excited to receive a stash of Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Make a Wish collection to create with for Issue 16 of Jot Magazine. I have to say that I was not aware of this Australian-based company, but when I opened my box, I was SO impressed with the beautiful colors, patterns and embellishment that I received. 

Issue 16 of Jot Magazine features a beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio gallery, and the projects created by my fellow former Jot Girls are just spectacular. I'd love to share my 8-1/2" x 11" layout with you today! The photo of my goddaughter taken at our local park was so perfect for this collection- colorful and playful. 

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill, Other products: (all from Cocoa Vanilla Studio Make a Wish collection) Hip Hooray, Fresh Cut, Loot Bag, chipboard accent stickers, puffy stickers, vellum accents, die-cut ephemera, enamel dots- sparkles

I had so much fun choosing the products for this layout. The blonde woodgrain that I used for the background page gave it warm, sunny feel and I used a horizontal band of the Hip Hooray paper with Fresh Cut over the top. The flowers on the paper worked perfectly with the floral dress in the photo. 

My favorite part of this layout was the title. I fussy cut the word "beautiful" from the Loot Bag paper, then paired that with the die-cut "you" that I cut from my Silhouette Cameo with a cursive font. To ground my title, I added the colorful heart strip from the die-cut ephemera pack, which gave my words a place to rest and not seem to appear floating at the bottom of the page. I didn't add too much embellishment to the page, but a couple of stars, puffy stickers, die-cuts and enamel dots added the perfect touch.

I love this page, and I love this collection! If you haven't had a chance to take a look at Cocoa Vanilla Studio's products, please visit their website, and be prepared to be inspired! 

Happy Monday and have a great week!

December Project Life Spreads

I'm about six months behind with my Project Life spreads from 2016, but I'm trying not to let that stop me from finishing up this project. I wanted to start with the 'elephant in the room,' my December spreads. It's definitely the month that I've taken the most photos, so there was a lot to document. Plus, I decided early on not to take on a December Daily album project this year, so these pages are all that I'm documenting for the month.

I started off with my first page setting the tone for the entire month. I typically try to choose a multicolored card that can set my color scheme, and I did that with the multicolored starburst card in the second row. From there, I chose other tags to coordinate with that one to fill the remainder of my pages. The bright color scheme worked perfectly for the things that we did this month, including a trip to Hawaii and Disneyland.

I kept my embellishment quite simple, but used a lot of stamps to create and add to my filler tags.  I love the Magic Journaling Cards no. 1 from In a Creative Bubble, and I was excited to use that 4" x 6" castle tag, embellished with just a few rhinestones.

Page four was all about the week leading up to Christmas, which I spent with my family, so I had lots of journaling to add. On the right side, I put my Christmas present tags in the pockets. My parents loved them, and took some of them home, so these were the leftovers.

My final page was all about the week after Christmas and my daughter's surgery. You might just see a little sneak peek on this page of fun things to come from Elle's Studio. Stay tuned! 

I can't wait to wrap up 2016 in it's album. I guess I had better get to work documenting and filling those pockets! 

Make it Yourself Mini Valentines with Elle's Studio Products

I LOVE, love, love the new products at Elle's Studio this month, but my favorite new item in the shop is the Love You Journaling Tags. I decided to use them to create mini valentines, and I'm sharing the step-by-step process for each simple card on the Elle's Studio blog today!

Using a few supplies from the Elle's Studio shop, you can create twelve different variations of these sweet little cards- perfect for your loves on Valentine's Day! 

Shop all of this Elle's Studio product through the links below, and follow the simple step-by-step instructions included in my post on Elle's Studio blog today! 

Happy Valentine's Day, and happy creating! 

Jot Magazine Issue 16 Patterned Paper Gallery: Sticks & Adventures

Today I'd love to share a new layout with you featured in Jot Magazine's Issue 16 Patterned Paper Gallery! This layout came together quickly and easily by using supplies from the same collection, Saturday by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts, with the Funky Rectangles Background from Just Nik Studio.

After cutting pieces of patterned paper from the 12" x 12" patterned paper pack, I slid them behind the Funky Rectangles Background die-cut. To keep the background clean, and to keep the photo the focus of my layout, I didn't back each rectangle with patterned paper. I also backed my photo with a photo mat of black patterned paper, making it stand out on the page.

My title was created with a mix of the Saturday collection Thickers & plain black chipboard Thickers.

Since the mix of color and pattern on the page was already in the background, the layout didn't require much further embellishment. A few die-cuts, brads, puffy stickers and a clip just added texture. I love the way this layout turned out, and it was simple by using a mix of products from the same collection.

Shop the beautiful Saturday collection using the links below:

Scrapbooking in a Circle: Play Hard

I'm sharing a new layout at Shimelle.com today about designing a scrapbook layout in a circle with several of the lovely Shimelle collections! I'd love of you to check it out and watch the process video that I made while creating it.

A New Year at Elle's Studio, and a NEW Exclusive Kit!

We at Elle's Studio are so excited about a fresh new year. A new design team to bring you inspiration, as well as a new kit

This bright and cheerful kit is full of color to help you document the beginning of your year, including your goals and intentions for 2017!

To coordinate with the kit and help you get in the Valentine mood, the Love You journaling tags are perfect! 

Last, the True Love printables and January cut files will be in your digital library to help you document your memories. 

On my first layout, I pulled the pink, red and blues out of the January kit to create this 8-1/2" x 11" layout with a favorite photo of my daughter bundled up at Disneyworld. The fun stitched banner using circles cut from 12" x 12" paper, as well as tags from the kit, was inspired by a 3" x 4" tag in the kit that featured a colorful, circular banner, which you will see featured on my next layout!

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I love a stamped title, and mixing the "you" from the All My Heart stamp with the Olivia alphabet stamp turned out perfectly! 

My second 8-1/2" x 11" layout documents another Disneyland memory, a moment with my daughter at a princess breakfast. It features the 3" x 4" tag from the January kit that inspired the layout above, and to match it, I added a stitched column of colorful cardstock hearts along the left side of the layout. My 3" x 4" photo and the three other tags sat perfectly on the Sunny Days woodgrain paper. 

I couldn't resist making little Mickey head figures on this layout using the new sequin mix! This is definitely one of my new favorite layouts to date. 

Be sure to pick up a January 2017 exclusive kit and start documenting 2017 today! 

A Ten Minute Process Video: Family Fun

Two months ago, I created a layout using the November 2016 exclusive kit from Elle's Studio, and made a process video while creating, but ran out of time to edit and share it! If you're in the mood for a quick and easy process video, look no further! 

This layout came together quickly using the Elle's Studio November 2016 exclusive kit and 'Tis the Season collection. The November kit is currently out of stock, but you can always subscribe so that you don't miss out on any future kits! If you have holiday memories to document, be sure to check out the other products I used on this layout at the Elle's Studio shop: 

Documenting to Heal: The Climb

A few months ago, we took a family trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park. My parents and brother drove down from Kentucky, and we drove up from Texas to spend five days together in a beautiful chalet overlooking Mount LeConte. A few weeks later, the beautiful house that we stayed in, and the forest surrounding it, burned in a devastating fire. 

Even though we don't own the house that burned, I loved it, and had a very hard time after hearing the news. So, after cleaning my house thoroughly, (because that's what I do when I'm upset) I decided to start scrapbooking the trip. Along with the creative process I enjoy, scrapbooking can be quite cathartic when it comes to dealing with loss.

I purchased the Studio Calico Lost River scrapbook kit and documenter kits because I knew they would be perfect for documenting this trip to the mountains, and wow, were they spot on. The colors and patterns will work perfectly with so many of my photos, and I know that I will kill these kits!

3" x 4" pocket page cards are perfect for using as embellishment, too, as I did here with the "love this place" card. I paired it with the lovely vellum circles from both the scrapbook and documenter kits.

My simple title was accented with another embellishment cluster below. I loved the rubber pennants in the scrapbook kit- they were my favorite embellishment from the kit offerings.

The journaling tag I chose includes all of the colors from the layout, as well as my photo, and on it I included my typed journaling, sliding it in to a kraft envelope which was tucked behind my photo. I wanted to add a bit of color and pattern to the envelope, so I carefully trimmed a 3" x 4" tag from the documenter kit and added it to the envelope flap. The closed envelope creates an arrow which leads your eye to the photo.

Thanks for stopping by. What hard times in your life have you worked through on a scrapbook page? I'd love to hear if this works for you too! 

Elle's Studio December Exclusive Kit Reveal

It's that time of the month again- the Elle's Studio December exclusive kit is live and perfect for adding to your holiday memory keeping projects! Whether you purchase a one-off kit, or start a new subscription so that you're ensured a new kit each month, you'll love what's new in the shop today!

The bright, fun colors of the December kit will allow you to use it for a variety of projects. This kit is jam packed with 4" x 6" and 3" x 4" tags, as well as a variety of bits and pieces to use as embellishment.

The add-ons this month will also give you more options to embellish your projects! You can choose from the Winter acrylic, Celebrate acrylic, Winter acrylic stars, Holly acrylic, Cheers acrylic, Happy New Year acrylic, Celebrate stamp, and December labels that coordinate with the colors in the kit.

The digital Celebrate printables and cut files are also perfect to add to your digital library.

In addition to the Date It stamp, the Malia lowercase alphabet stamp is also available in the shop! The uppercase Malia stamp has been a favorite of mine, and I know that I will get a lot of use out of this one, too! 

Supplies | December exclusive kit, Celebrate stamp, Joy journaling tags, acrylic snowflake'Tis the Season 12" x 12" paper collection, 'Tis the Season puffy stickers

My first project has a Christmas theme, and features a favorite photo of my daughter and my brother I used a lot of white space here, adding texture with a doily underneath my photo mat, created with the 'Tis the Season 12" x 12" paper collection. The "very merry details" tag from the December kit was my favorite this month, so I added that to the left side of my photo. I also used the Celebrate stamp to add "remember magic" to the small tag at the bottom of the journaling tag. To add that big pop of red, and create a title, I used the "jolly" tag from the Joy journaling tags, and finished off the layout with the lovely acrylic snowflake.

Supplies | December exclusive kit, Celebrate stamp, Date It stamp, Winter acrylic stars, 'Tis the Season 12" x 12" paper collection, 'Tis the Season acrylic, letter and number stickers- gray, letter and number stickers- red

My second layout is a review of the year, inspired by the "favorites of the year" 4" x 6" tag in the kit. I loved pairing it with the multicolor stripe 3" x 4" tag, and I pulled those colors throughout the layout, by using the strips from the 'Tis the Season 12" x 12" paper collection, the little tags from the kit at the top left corner, and the Winter acrylic stars. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and be sure to check out the Elle's Studio shop for these new releases, as well as a great "Celebrate the Season" sale: 25 products are available for $2 or less! 

Altenew Scrapbook Kit Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there! I am so excited to be participating in the Altenew Reflection scrapbook kit release blog hop today, and if this is your first visit to Brioche and Blessings, thanks for stopping by! I had so much fun opening and creating with this beautiful kit! 

The bright and vibrant colors in this kit will take you back to all those happy moments captured at home or abroad. From trendy watercolor painted papers, to beautiful cityscape postcards and a wide assortment of embellishments, this kit is perfect for creating gorgeous layouts, wall art, mixed media projects, and many more!

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The kit contains: 

  1. 48 sheets of 12”x12” patterned paper (two of each design)

  2. One 8.5”x11” cardstock sticker sheet

  3. Two 6”x12” alphabet puffy sticker sheets

  4. 20 8.5”x3.5” watercolor cityscape postcards

  5. One 2x3 photopolymer clear stamp set

  6. 20 epoxy buttons with adhesive back

  7. 34 cardstock and acetate die cuts

  8. 12 origami wood veneer shapes

  9. Two white resin decorative frames

  10. One 8.5”x11” chipboard sticker sheet

  11. One rubber roller stamp

The travel-themed elements of the kit had me pull out a couple of favorites from a family trip to Paris in 2014. I gravitated toward the beautiful green and blue watercolor designs, which worked perfectly with the beautiful, blue sky in my photos and accented with pops of bright pink.

There are SO MANY embellishments to choose from in this kit, but I was drawn to the the "let the adventures begin" wreath chipboard. It inspired me to add four circular elements to the right side of my photo mat.

With so many different elements in this kit, the bright colors and clean design, the Reflection kit is definitely one that should be a treat to yourself this Christmas! 

There are so many talented ladies who also have gorgeous projects to share using the Reflection scrapbook kit, so be sure to hop along all of their blogs: 

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Jessy Christopher

Stephanie Buice

Eunyoung Lee

Vincenza Gudor

Flora Monika Farkas

Raquel Bowman

Aimee Dow

Kim Stewart

Lilith Eeckels

Meghann Andrew < YOU ARE HERE > 

Ashley Horton

Evelyn Yusuf

Want to win your own Reflections scrapbook kit? To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Wednesday, December 14th at 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Thursday, December 15th.

You can also leave a comment here by December 15th at 5pm EST to win a $30 gift certificate to the Altenew shop! Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out all of the lovely inspiration along the hop today! 

Talk to Me About Titles!

Adding a title to my layout is one of my favorite parts of the design process, however, I understand that it can be a source of frustration for some of us scrapbookers! I'm brainstorming something new and exciting over here, and I'd love to have some feedback from you, my lovely blog reader!

Talk to me about titles.

Answering the questions below in a comment is all you need to do to be entered into a drawing to win an Ali Edwards Click Story Kit! 

  1. Do you always include a title on your layouts? If so, do you plan this alongside your photos/supplies, or is it typically an afterthought?
  2. Do you find titling difficult? What do you find hard about adding a title to your page? The actual title itself, or choosing the products that make it up? 
  3. Do you have a hard time coming up with the words of a title, typically, or do you find that it comes easily with the story you want to tell? 
  4. Think of your favorite layout, and how this title just worked for your page. What makes a "good" title to you, both the words of the title, and design-wise?
  5. What is you #1 favorite product for creating titles? (For example, a Silhouette Cameo, or Thickers alphas

Giveaway will remain open until Friday, November 18th at 9am CST, and is open to internationals!

Thanks so much for your feedback and I can't wait to read your answers!

Using Diagonal Lines with Shimelle Products!

Yesterday, I had a new layout featured on the Shimelle.com blog, and it's a favorite one of mine! 

I typically tend to shy away from bold paper, like this Ranger pattern in the Starshine collection, but when I realized I could use it to create emphasis on my photos, I was excited to take advantage of those bold diagonal lines.

All of my embellishments were placed along the diagonal, so that I didn't break up those lines. I also tried to color block the red embellishments to the red lines, and the blue embellishments to the blue lines, so that there was a sense of continuity.

My favorite part of the layout is the placement of this acetate arrow, which really draws attention to the vertical row of photos and houses my title. It was definitely one of those "happy accidents" that it fit perfectly on top of the photo of the Beefeater, the pointed to my journaling.

I was so excited about creating this layout that I created a process video: 

Be sure to check out all of the Shimelle products used in this layout. I love how the different collections work perfectly together! 

Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend! 

Elle's Studio November Exclusive Kit Reveal!

Can you believe it's November, and the year is almost over? That means there's only two Elle's Studio exclusive kits left for 2016, and the November kit is spectacular! 

Document your November and get ready for December with the November 2016 exclusive kit, in which fall colors pair with Christmas classics. You'll also want to check out all of the awesome add-ons that coordinate with the kit this month: 

From top to bottom: Thanksgiving Acrylic, Love Wood Veneer, Merry Christmas Acrylic, Large Acrylic Stars, Good Cheer Stamp, Joy Journaling Tags, Acrylic Snowflake, Gingerbread Wood Veneer, Acrylic Christmas Trees, Stars and Hearts Frosted Acrylic, Christmas Wood Veneer Attachers, FaLaLa Acrylic, Bah Humbug Acrylic, Twinkle Acrylic, Deck the Halls Wood Veneers

My first project this month is a combination of an 8-1/2"  x 11" layout with an adjoining pocket page, and I combined this month's kit with the Sunny Days and the Autumn mini collection for an autumnal spread.

My second project is a 12" x 12" layout with a Christmas theme, featuring a series of three fun photos of my little family.

Supplies | November 2016 exclusive kit, Stars and Hearts Frosted Acrylic, ’Tis the Season 12” x 12” paper collection, Family acrylic, Malia alphabet stamp.

In addition to the kit and add-ons this month, there are also some new 2017 products to plan your Project Life album for next year that you'll want to pick up in the shop.

From top to bottom: Monthly Wood Veneer Tabs, 2017 Large Black Acrylic, 2017 Large White Acrylic, 2017 Small Black Acrylic, 2017 Small White Acrylic, Date It Stamp, Right Now Journaling Tags, 2017 3" x 4" Calendars, Monthly Journaling Tags

Check out all of the new offerings in the shop this month, perfect for all of your end of year documenting! Happy creating! 

Elle's Studio October Exclusive Kit Reveal- With Subscriptions!

I am so excited to share the new October exclusive kit from Elle's Studio with you this month, not only because it is gorgeous, but also because this month is the first month that Elle is offering kit subscriptions with NO CANCELLATION FEE. How great is that? Anyone who subscribes today will  also receive a free acrylic gift, so check out all of the amazing new products in the shop! 

You will definitely want to start your subscription this month! Take a look at the October kit!

Those gorgeous colors and patterns definitely won me over! The add-ons, which include the Autumn wood veneer, Autumn wood veneer attachers, Family acrylic, Family Fun stamp, Autumn leaves acrylic mix and Autumn journaling tags, are perfectly designed to coordinate with your kit, and will inspire you to document your October memories!

And, get more "bang for your buck" by ordering the October cut files and Love My Tribe printables

My first layout turned out exactly as I had planned- crisp and clean, but still with an autumnal feel.

With just a few supplies, I created this layout about how much I yearn for fall each year! By backing the die-cut cardstock page with a stamped and misted piece of cardstock, I created a lot of texture on my background, and topped it with pieces from the exclusive kit and add-ons. 

My second layout has a much more playful feel.

There were so many lovely smaller tags in the the kit this month, along with the digital cut files and acrylic pieces- I just couldn't stop layering! 

Have questions about the new subscription format? Check out the ES blog for any questions you may have. Grab your kit via subscription before they're gone- these lovelies are sure to sell out fast! 

Jot Magazine Issue 15: Everyday Magic

Hi there! Jot Magazine Issue 15 has been out for almost two weeks now, and if you haven't checked it out, you won't want to miss all of the inspiration in store for you there! Today I'd like to share a layout I created for the first gallery in this issue, the Sparkle gallery! 

“Everyday Magic” Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: Studio Calico. Journaling cards: Project Life. Stamps: Elle’s Studio, Studio Calico. Dies: Elle’s Studio. Embellishments: Ali Edwards, Studio Calico, Evalicious, Studio Calico, Color Cast Designs, Pink Paislee, American Crafts. Ink: Stampin’ Up, Tsukineko.

This layout was inspired by a beautiful moment I shared at my daughter doing an ordinary thing: pushing the shopping cart (or trolley for my British friends) from the store to the car, and since the parking lot was empty that morning, racing as fast as we could down the aisles. I was lucky enough to have my phone in my hand at the time to capture the moment.

The beautiful star background cut file, created by Elle's Studio, was backed with silver POW! paper from American Crafts, cut from a sheet of white cardstock. To add a bit of color, I painted teal watercolor paint around where I would place my photo and journaling. I love the dreamy quality it gives my background.

Next, I started layering. I pulled the gorgeous blue patterned paper from the Wink Wink scrapbook kit from Studio Calico. It had that gorgeous watercolor paper feel that I was looking for. To offset that dark blue, I chose reddish-orange cards from the Project Life Everyday Edition core kit (one of my favorites!), and my color scheme was nailed down. 

Although this was not a color scheme that I've used before, I found it quite easy to find embellishments in my stash to match. My title was created with a mix of Pink Paislee glitter alphas, that were a long-ago exclusive from Studio Calico, and the "magic" acrylic word, from the Ali Edwards Magic Story Kit, one of my favorites. I also used a few pieces of chipboard from this kit that were perfect for this story, especially the "magical ordinary moments" circle.

This could possibly be one of my favorite layouts of the year. Simple and so my style- documenting a magical moment with my little. 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Monday! 

Elle's Studio September Exclusive Kit Reveal!

Can you believe it is already September? I always find this month strange- summer is not quite over, but I'm yearning for fall, and the Elle's Studio exclusive kit this month has the best of both seasons! Take a look at this beautiful kit!

There are SO many embellishments that coordinate with the kit this month, including the vellum hearts, foodie wood veneer, Right Now stamp, Collecting Moments acrylic, Best Ever acrylic, Fall acrylic, Autumn acrylic, Awesome acrylic and Autumn stars.

Lastly, the Hello Autumn printables and September cut files are a must-buy! 

I was so excited about the herringbone pattern in the digital cut file this month, that I made it the focus of the design on my first layout.

I absolutely love the simplicity of this layout. Although it was a bit time-consuming backing the cut file with tiny pieces of colorful paper, the outcome is so worth it to me! This is easily one of my favorite layouts of the year.

My second layout was created for my Disneyland album, which is always a work in progress!

Supplies | September exclusive kitSeptember cut filesSunny Days 12" x 12" paper collection, Sunny Days puffy stickersEveryday Labels puffy stickers- gray, Marie alphabet stamp, Autumn acrylic stars

I again used the September cut files to cut "documented" to place under my photo, which I then placed on top of the bold stripe on the "Adventures" pattern from the Sunny Days collection. Because I wasn't using orange in this album, I simply cut out the orange stripe and adhered the design back together on my background! 

The title was so much fun to create, and was stamped with the Marie alpha stamp in multiple colors. I then stitched over the letters, so that the title looked like a banner, and added some puffy and acrylic stars.

Watch out for another project from me coming next week, using the September kit and add-ons!

This month is very exciting, because Elle is doing a free shipping offer! Any orders $50+ shipping  to the U.S. should use code SHIPUSA and international orders of $75+ use code SHIPINT. Happy shopping, and happy creating!