Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Featuring Studio Calico │ Lucky Charm

The April kits at Studio Calico went live this past Friday and they are bright, happy and very springlike. I had the best time creating projects with the kits and stamps so I'm here to share all that I made.

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I made two Documenter spreads using the Lucky Charm kit and love how both of them turned out. The first was more of a recap of the month including St. Patrick's Day and the second was all about a one day adventure to Museum of Ice Cream and The Color Factory both in San Francisco.

One thing I try to do when I'm planning out my spreads it to look for ways to make my spreads consistent by choosing cards that repeat a theme. For this spread I ended up pulling all of the cards that had the stacked words. I love how at first glance they stand out and compliment the story and the colors of the spread. The Super Duper card was similar enough to work and I don't know if its just me but that card totally looked like a fried egg and thought it looked great with my breakfast photos. Anyone else see that?

My second spread is a whole lot of pink and I know not everyone likes it but the Museum of Ice Cream is basically a giant pink palace and man did I love it. I have a mini album for this trip but I still wanted some of the photos in this album too. I adored all of the rainbow cards in the kit and pulled my two faves to include. And when you have more than will fit, don't be afraid to get out our scissors and fussy cut and layer then up. That's what I did on the rainbow stripe card. I cut out the hand drawn rainbow so I could use both.

The Stamp Subscription this month was all about food and I adored the little food icon stamps and was super happy to see a burger was included. The Travelers Notebook kit had so many wonderful pages in it this month and I'm always drawn to anything geometric so I picked that for the base for my photo. I wanted to make sure the stamping showed up so I used a strip of vellum under the photo that gave me enough room to stamp and still allow the pattern to show. I carried over the same colors to the right side by using the circle die cut of the same colors to layer another stamp on a vellum circle. Again repetition and using similar themes are my go to design principles. I think this might also be the first time in a very long time that I hand wrote my journaling instead of typing it and then adding it on. I'm trying hard to get more comfortable doing that and I didn't hate it enough to cover it up so that's saying a lot for me.

I always love documenting what I watch and this new TV Time stamp set was fun to play around with. I could have easily cut my show images and placed them inside the TV stamp but I had done that already on a previous project so I wanted to try something new. When I saw the Faves list page in the Travelers Notebook I knew that would be the perfect place to hold my images. I searched on line for horizontal banner type images of my shows and was able to find some perfect ones for this. I figured out the sizing for the space, leaving enough room for the number so show and cropped them. To balance out the black and white on the left I used a sheet of paper from the notebook and cut it into a strip that I tore to direct attention to my stacked stamping. I love keeping stamping black and white and added in just a bit of color by coloring in the five stars.

I hope you enjoy your kits as much as I did. I know that the wait list is cleared for most of them so now is a great time to sub if you have been waiting.

Oh and the 9x12 Page Protectors are also back in stock so if you are using that size this year and have been waiting on page protectors now is the time.

Take care,

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ February Shop Update

I can't believe February is over today. This month always screams by but still its hard to believe its already March. Today was also the shop update for Kelly Purkey Shop so I wanted to share the two projects I made using the kits and stamps this month.

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The first project I made is a Travelers Notebook spread using just the Now & Then Travelers Notebook kit.  There were a lot of tag stamps in this months release and if you have been here awhile you know I love a good tag element in my scrapbooking projects. Because I wanted to make my tags a bit larger than the stamps in the kits this month I used them for inspiration and created my own large scale tags using the papers in the Now & Then Travelers Notebook kit.

My husband and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary so it was fun to do a little then and now comparison and to share a bit of that story. On the right side I loved having plenty of space to tell a longer story so this sheet in the kit was perfect for that. I accented it a bit with two of the stamps and also cut out one of the little cameras from the camera paper. I added in the little enamel dot to help bring in some of the yellowy orange from the left side.

I love the Now & Then phrase stamp but didn't want to use them together so I just masked off the portion before stamping so I could divide the stamp without physically cutting it apart. The photo circa text box stamp is such a great one for labeling your photos on any project so that's a great one to add to my collection.

My second project was another Travelers Notebook spread that I made marking my recent birthday. I wanted the photo I snapped of myself on the actual day to be the focus so I printed it full size. I just loved the XL Park Slope Alpha so I used that to stamp out the number but intentionally let it fall off the page. I used phrases from the OK Ladies stamp set and the super cool dotted pointer line from the Details mini kit stamp set.

The ink I used on the left side is Brilliance Moonlight White ink and its the best white ink for stamping on photos.

On the right side I used the roses stamp from the OK Ladies stamp set to create a cluster of roses because I deserve roses on my birthday right! I typed my journaling on a separate sheet of paper so it wouldn't complete with the grid lines of the TN paper. That little mauve heart sticker from the Details mini kit tied the whole thing together.

I hope you found lots of good stuff in this release! And make sure you check out the new Creative Team Idea Gallery on the shop home page. Its so awesome having the teams projects all at once live on the site at the same time as the shop update. It will definitely give you great ideas on how the kits and stamps can be used as you shop.

Take care,
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Featuring Studio Calico │ January and February 2018

Hello friends, as I mentioned in my last post I wanted to go back and share the projects I made for Studio Calico in 2018 since I never shared them in this space. I won't go into a ton of details with these posts but if you have any questions about anything I did, please don't hesitate to ask.

It looks like I did share my January 2018 Summit projects here so at least I managed to get one months of projects up on the blog. Geez. You can see that post here just for context and in case you want a refresher.

Here are the projects I made with the February 2018 Candyland kits and stamps.

I just loved the colors of the Candyland kit cards, that card I used for my title slot especially. I just love that pattern and all of those delicious colors!

I made a travelers notebook spread using the Stamp Subscription and had fun stamping a large background using the flower stamps. The heart clip that came in the kit is holding more photos but I guess I didn't take a picture of those photos.

This was a fun project that I made using a pattern builder stamp set. I cut and stamped a bunch of hearts that I folder so they were three dimensional. Loved all this texture and dimension.

Lastly I made a project for one of the Sunday sketch posts and loved how it turned out. My friend Deanna shot this image of my daughter during our family photo session and its so great.

 Take care,

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Featuring Studio Calico │ January and February 2019

Hello everyone, one thing I am hoping to do more of this year is share a bit more in this space. I haven't been that dedicated over the past year or so and I realize that an average of one post a month isn't making the best use of this space and that is totally my fault. I love my little blog space and I don't want to see it die off so I'm dedicating my self to sharing more this year. I have heard from more than one person and read more than one post recently about how blogging isn't as dead as one might think and that in light of more and more social media sites (hello Instagram) that are choosing the content to show and not show to its members, ahem no thank you. I wanted to make sure that I do a better job of sharing the work that I'm making on here more than ever.

One big thing that I have neglected greatly is sharing the work I am making for the Studio Calico Creative Team. Not sharing these projects has been a huge missed opportunity for me because I really loved making these projects and I should have been sharing them here. One thing that was wrong was I have been relying solely on sharing these projects on Instagram and not giving these projects the focus they deserved in this space. While the projects I have made as a Creative Team member are always accessible in the Creative Team gallery on the Studio Calico website, I wanted to make sure that I had a record of my projects here as well. They are all important projects to me and I want to have that visual record here on file to refer back to.

So today I'm doing a little catch up to share the projects I made with the January and February kits. It's going to be a doozy so maybe grab a beverage and a snack, you may need it. I'm going to start with February kits since they just went live this week and work my way back.

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February 2019 Confectionery Projects

February is one of my favorite months to document so I tend to go all in with the red, pink and hearts and these kits totally delivered.

Before I start I realize that I haven't' really talked much about what and how I'm documenting lately but I have pretty much abandoned the rigors of documenting weekly awhile ago and I thoroughly enjoy making spreads monthly instead.  I have really loved making based on the number of photos I have to document rather than just filling holes. Some times that means two spreads, sometimes more and I'm loving the freedom to make as much or as little as I want. I'm also quite behind and that's purely by choice. Being on two creative teams I end up making quite a few things each month and being 100% caught up at all times and working weekly was not ideal for working on teams. I needed to have photos ready and waiting so that means I'm working a year behind. I will say that I do miss documenting certain pop culture moments as they happen like I used to when I worked weekly but instead of doing it in pockets the moment it happens, those end up being the stories I capture in my Travelers Notebook spreads as they happen.

I ended up making two spreads using the Confectionery Documenter kit only. It was full of great cards and fun embellishments and I really love the new transparent 4x6 title cards they are including in the kits each month.

The second spread was more geared around Valentine's Day and a few other day to day stories.

I used the Confectionery Stamp Subscription to document a summer trip we took and I love that the kits are including more purple these days. Its not a very common paper crafting color so I always appreciate it when I see it.

This spread was made using the Confectionery Travelers Notebook kit and I just loved the acetate hearts and stars in the kit.

Lastly I made this 6x8 pocket page spread using the 4x6 Soccer Stamp by PaisleePress that was in the shop this month. I love capturing moments of my daughters soccer life and this stamp set was perfect for that.

January 2019 Fresh Start projects

The first project I made was the title page for my 2017 Pocket Page album. I've really enjoyed making my title pages at the end of the year so I can include some of my favorite moments from the year so that's what I did here. I used the Fresh Start Documenter kit and the embellishments were super fun for this cover page.

My second project was using the Stamp Subscription and the Travelers Notebook kit. What's not to love about books so I loved the theme of that stamp set.

Lastly I made a Travelers Notebook spread using one of the add on stamp sets called Girl Power. I loved the sentiments in this set and love how this turned out.

Because I haven't shared any of the projects I made in 2018 for Studio Calico I'm going to start posting those as well and will be back on Friday with another post so be on the look out for that.

I also wanted to put the work out that if there is anything in particular you are hoping to see here, please don't hesitate to comment below. I'm always eager to hear what things you might want to see here or if there are any techniques or tips and tricks you want me to expand on. I'm always happy to help educate and share so please ask away.

Thanks for being here and I'll be back soon!

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