Tag: Studio Calico

Sweet layout + blog swap

Hello friends! I am so excited to share a layout today using the same materials that the very talented Michelle Bazeley also used to make a project. Here’s what we did: we each put together a kit of goodies to share with each other and then we each made a project using the same supplies. We’ll share one kit/project today and one next month.

Here’s what I did with my mini kit:

sweet1The products are a mix of papers from Close to My Heart, stamps from them as well as one from an Ali Edwards story stamp, embellishments from Studio Calico and of course, my Sharpie writer.

I hand drew and cut the title, outlining it with my sharpie. I also made some rosettes – something I haven’t done in a long while… and tucked some sequins and enamel dots in to them.

swwet-deet2 sweet-deet1To check out what Michelle did with her kit, check out her blog here! Can’t wait to see what we each create in March.

Craft Your Stash – silver bucket

imageSo this week we had a parent/teacher conference with all of Emily’s 6th grade teachers. She’s in a new school – and it’s middle school, which is a tough transition. She LOVES her school and all of her teachers. They’ve been awesome, attentive, accessible and just plain fun.

I knew I wanted to bake a little treat to take to the meeting as a way of saying “thanks” for going that extra mile in helping her adjust and welcoming us to the school. When I drew my #craftyourstash prompt for this week – I instantly knew I wanted to transform this little bucket into a cookie carrier.imageI think the bucket has been in my stash for a few years — and I think it may have had some sort of Christmas treat in it…I vaguely remember a red and white band around the middle with snowman on it. I think. It’s been a while. And while I was able to recycle the paper part of the packaging, I couldn’t get rid of the tin. Because — someday I knew I could alter in into something cute. Right?

Three — (or four, who’s counting?), years later — here’s what I did:

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I took some Tim Holz tissue paper (LOVE THIS STUFF for a background), added a pop of lime green paint over the top and mod podged (is that a word??) some white doilies from Studio Calico, all around the base. Added a thick ribbon, some gold glittery stars and a quick hand stamped tag with a bit of washi at the bottom for a completed look.

imageAnd the cookies. Oh. My. Heavens. I tried a new recipe I found on Pinterest – (dont’cha just love Pinterest?) They are completely decadent, totally Fall and just perfect. Brown butter, salted caramel snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles have always been one of my favorites (it’s a tough choice between that and peanutbutter – but if I could only have one for like, the rest of my life…it’d have to be snickerdoodles. And now that I’ve tried THIS recipe  from Two Peas and Their Pod – this is the one it’d have to be. True statement. Check them out over here. image

imageHope you find some inspiration to craft something lying around in your stash this week. And – don’t forget to go make those cookies — you’ll be thanking me later.

30 Days of Me

I’m embarking on a month-long mini album project: 30 Days of Me. It’s tough – as I’m usually the one behind the camera — or, rather iPhone — and don’t often find myself in front of the camera – much less take the time to tell my stories. The class is being led by the fabulous Maggie Holmes over at Studio Calico. Here’s a peek at my title page:

30daysofme-titleIt’s a smaller album for me – a handbook size, which I’m testing out, as I’m thinking next year Project Life will go 6 X 8. Lots of bits and pieces from the class kit and from Heidi Swapp’s new gold foiled PL kit ((love)) — seriously…drool. And, I’m not even a gold gal – give me silver almost any day of the week. But that kit…gorgeous.

For the “me” circle, I created that cut file (which you can download here), used Mixed Media paper in the Silhouette on the chipboard setting and then used Martha Stewart’s Gold Gilding. Love how it turned out. I followed the same technique for the “k” and the little arrow on the heart. First time I used that liquid gold paint and it was dreamy.

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I’m excited to tell these stories – and to share my journey here. Hope you have a fabulous week.

 

You Shine

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One of the challenges in the Beyond the Digital Basics class I’m taking over at Studio Calico was to take some digital brushes and combine them to create your own custom file. I combined several wonky thought bubbles that originally had words in them and some stars from the class. Combining and cutting the file was really fun…taking one thing and creating another.

Certainly stretches the value of the digi files!

Once I had the mask cut out, a added the photo behind one of the thought bubbles and stamped XOXO on one of the others. You Shine was cut out using the silhouette – so I added some grey cardstock behind it to make it standout. When i had everything just so, I grabbed the sewing machine and stitched much of the mask down.

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Project life – a week of firsts


imageSo, I sat down to put together Week 17 – and realized I didn’t have a single photo. Not one! What could I have been doing all week that would have stopped me from snapping a few photos is beyond me. But there it was: an empty week.

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i happen to be taking a fabulous class over at Studio Calico called Beyond Digital basics …. So I took the opportunity to create a layout using digital papers and okay with some of the techniques in class. It was a fun challenge for me.

I also used a letterpress card I made (from the first batch of letterpress I tried!) super fun plates came with my press – just my style. Added a bit of doodling and watercolor and journaling…love it!

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I grabbed a few other photos of things I love and added some journal spots of current things I do, listen to, eat and places I go most frequently. Not the best project life layout I’ve ever done – but I’m actually happy with how it all came out, considering.

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This 4×6 card came in a recent PL kit from studio calico. I added the white “always” I drew and cut out of the cameo with a little stitching. You can download that freebie here.imageThis little Happy Camper card I made with some StayzOn ink, my neocolors and a super cute stamp set from Close to My Heart.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Hybrid page

So…for as long as I can remember, I’ve said, “I don’t want to do digital scrapbooking.” I had lots of reasons…I sit at a computer all day and when I sit down to play/create – I don’t want it to feel like work. I don’t really love the way digital pages look when printed. I’m tactile – I like to cut, ink, sew and staple my papers.

And yet, with starting Project Life last year, I’ve eased into “digital” with elements I print and cut. Using stamps on photographs, or adding a bit of journaling to a photo before I print. And you know what? I kinda like it! So when Studio Calico announced their new class: Digital – Beyond the Basics, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. It’s taught by the incredibly talented Shanna Noel – and I’m only a week in to the class and have already learned so much.

The first lesson was all about taking a template and using it to cut elements out on the cameo (brilliant, really). Here’s my first pass:

you+lizzieThis was so much fun to put together and super easy using the template. I added a bit of stamping, some stitching, a few buttons, sequins and bling to finish it off.you+Lizzie-deet2

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Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this class. Super inspired to try new things.

Have a great week!

Organization aka what to do with your empty Project Life kit boxes from Studio Calico

I’ve mentioned this a few times, but wanted to actually share an up-cycle idea you can use to organize your print and and cut files. I’m addicted to the digital files at Studio Calico and about a month ago I decided to organize them by color.

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imageI also have 2 boxes for printable journal cards and my cuts. I cut several travel themed cuts from a kraft paper a while ago but never used any if them. I just love how pretty it looks when you peek inside. And the best part? I’ve got lots of bits and pieces at the ready already sorted by color.

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One thing I realized though, when I did this: I didn’t have any purple bits…so I created this sheet – feel free for download it here and add to your collection! I’ve set the .pdf to be imported into the Silhouette software and use the print + cut feature.

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Voodoo Love

I’m finally getting around to scrapping some of our trip to Portland last fall. We had such a great long weekend get-away. I’m taking the Color theory class over at SC and our first assignment was to find a color combination we liked and pull stuff from our stash. The second assignment (surprise!) was to create a layout with what we pulled.

Here’s the photo of my inspiration and the stuff I pulled from my stash:

waterman-colorchallenge1My goal with the layout was to try and repeat the two chevron patterns and add a bit of floral. We went to Voodoo Doughnuts on Saturday morning. Mike wanted to get the giant glazed – just for the photo op (gotta love a husband who think in photo opportunities!).

VOODOO LOVEI stamped some flowers using an old CTMH, hand cut some hearts and outlined them with my grey Sharpie.

vl-deet2I added some splashes of Mr. Huey’s. I dumped a little out on to my craft mat. With my waterbrush, I diluted the ink and splattered it across the layout. The muted effect is the exact color I was working toward for this color scheme. Had I used the ink at full-strength it would have been way to dark and intense.

vl-deet1I finished the layout with some journaling on a PL card, tags and sticker. I added some stitching and wood veneer to complete the look.

Hope you all have a delightful week!

PL – Week 6

I was so excited to sit down and work on this week’s layout. My order for Close to My Heart came in early this week and I was so inspired by the new Hopscotch Alphabet…LOVE it! I’ve linked to my dear friend Amy’s wesbite if you’re as crazy about the set as I am and want to get your hands on it…

So here’s what I did with it — I used both the upper and lower case with Stayz On ink so I could use my NeoColor crayons to add a little water color effect.

week6I adored this photo of Emily playing the guitar. She really wanted to take lessons so she could play at summer camp this year. We got the small size — and it still looks to big on her. I can’t help but wonder how she will grow and someday, maybe, this instrument will seem small. Time goes by so quickly…

So I decided to enlarge this photo and focus on why it pulled so much on my heartstrings: I love how big the guitar looks, how you can see her little toes (and she does have very little toes!), how she will sing as she plays – when she doesn’t think we can hear, and that tiny little smile on her face. I mostly just love her with all my heart…true statement.

week6-deet5 week6-deet6 week6-deet8 week6-deet3 week6-deet4On the right side, I just used one photo from each day of the rest of the week. While I absolutely LOVE the 9 square page protector — it’s hard to create those cards, right? All the cards in the kits I have – both from Becky Higgins and the monthly kit from Studio Calico (I used a few of the cards from Copper Mountain and Double Scoop) are either 4×6 or 3×4. So these awesome 4×4 squares take a bit more time to prepare. Which is OK — just a little different.

So, I created 3 using the hopscotch alpha again, the staz on, neocolors and a little bit of stitching. I like how using both the upper and lower cases on the left and the right sides make the whole layout cohesive. week6-deet2 week6-deet1I know this layout focuses quite a bit on what I love…and yet: it’s NOT the week of Valentine’s! Guess I’m going to have to come up with a different strategy for next week’s layout. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this spread and get inspired to pull out some stamps, grab some paints and make some of insert cards of your own.

Have a happy week!

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Project Life – week 5

Week 5 was fun to dive into. I brought out my sewing machine and went to town – creating a vellum pocket to hold some tags with journaling, and to create a little line for my banner. week5-deet6 week5-deet3I also did quite a bit of stamping on this layout — using a multi-generation technique (basically, loading up the stamp with ink, and then stamping it 2-3 more times to get a lighter color or “generation” with each pass. And then, I splattered the cards with Mr. Huey’s Inky black.

week5-deet2 week5-deet7For my title card – I cut out the 05 on plain white paper as I’ve done in the last few weeks, but this week, I decided to trace the cut onto this adorable insert card from the Copper Mountain kit, and again dripped a little Mr. Huey’s on top. Using the alpha/numeric stamp from Pebbles, I added the date. I think I kept to the spirit of the weekly title cards, if not the exact same format.

week5-deet1Here’s the whole week put together from left to right:

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week5-right I’ve already got week 6 sketched out and am hoping it’ll come together rather quickly. I’d like to get it posted by the end of the week and “catch up” a little bit! Hope you have a great week.