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:
This 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.
Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this class. Super inspired to try new things.
Have a great week!
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.
I 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.
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.
Thanks for stopping by!
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:
My 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!).
I stamped some flowers using an old CTMH, hand cut some hearts and outlined them with my grey Sharpie.
I 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.
I 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!
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.
I 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.
On 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. I 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!
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. I 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.
For 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.
Here’s the whole week put together from left to 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.