Monday, March 5, 2018

Featuring Studio Calico │ March Bookmarked Kits

The Studio Calico Bookmarked kits just went live this past Thursday so I wanted to share the three projects I made. The stamps this month were out of this world and I used two sets to make Travelers Notebook spreads and I just love both of them. Both stamp sets were designed by LifeLovePaper so its no surprise I loved them.

First up is a Documenter spread I made using just the main kit. I did use some of the stamps digitally but the embellishments and cards were just from the kit.

I loved the way the title card turned out. I cut the A from one of the 4x6 cards and paired it with some digitals of another 3x4 card in the kit.

The floral card in the lower left corner was another favorite. I fussy cut the word strips out of one of the journaling cards.

My first Travelers Notebook spread was made using the TV stamp set from LifeLovePaper. Man I loved how this turned out. This stamp set is the bomb!! I had so much fun documenting some of the shows I was watching in February.

Tiny photos get me every time!! And that streaming symbol with the curved text!!! LOVE!!

I made a second Travelers Notebook spread using the 6x8 Stamp Subscription and that stamp set was also designed by LifeLovePaper. I loved the journaling card stamp and used it to create windows across the spread. I filled the one with the photo and the other with some text. I love how this spread turned out. And I love my Plum Blossom tree when it blooms pink.

I masked off the journal spots when I added in the flowers so it looked like they were tucked behind.

I loved these kits and these stamps!

See you soon,
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Friday, March 2, 2018

Featuring Studio Calico │ February Candyland Kits

I was just sitting down to share the latest projects I made for Studio Calico and I realized I never posted last months projects. So today I'm here to share what I made using the Candyland kits.

The first project is a Documenter spread using the Candyland Documenter kit.This kit had a lot of Valentine appropriate cards in it that I will use when I make my February pages but I'm still working on spreads from last year so this kit totally worked great for some Springtime photos.

I loved this pattern paper and used it digitally here to create a card for my title slot.

There was a card set called Lazy Days and the Recharge card came from that set. I loved the rainbow colors of this card.

I loved the watercolor card as well and used it to tell a story about all the rain we were getting.

I made a Travelers Notebook spread using the Welcome Home Stamp Subscription. I used the flowers to create the background and I loved how bold these flower stamps were.

I made a second Travelers Notebook spread using the 6x8 Pattern Builder Stamp Set. I loved the xoxo stamp and used three of the stamps to make layered dimensional hearts. I really love how this spread turned out.

The last project I made was for a Sunday Sketch challenge. You can see the challenge in this blog post. I used a photo my friend DeAnna took of my daughter at our recent family photo session. I loved the sketch and I had a lot of fun creating this layout.

It was a really fun month of projects.

See you soon,

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How To Video │ Adding Bold White Borders

Hello everyone, I wanted to share that I have uploaded a new video to my You Tube Channel. This is probably the most requested and most asked question I get on Instagram so I finally sat down and created a tutorial. It is a live screen cast of me editing and cropping my photos to achieve the nice bold white border. I hope this is helpful and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask either here or within the YouTube comments.

Thanks for watching.

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Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ February 2018 Shop Release

Hello everyone, the latest shop release is live at Kelly Purkey Shop and I wanted to share with you what I made. This shop release was huge this month. The normal two kits plus a mini kit and then four additional stamp sets. Kelly has also added some fun new items to the shop that I'll share below.

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My first project is a pocket page spread using the Lucky Ones main kit. The stamp set in this kit has some of the best sentiments on it that gave me all the feels. It ended up being perfect for a spread about my recent birthday. It was one that I wasn't really looking forward to but I had some of my amazing friends over to help me celebrate so the sentiments really helped tell the story of how I was feeling.

I used quite a few of the cards digitally to manipulate them and layer them and I love being able to do that. For the title of my card I used the Chelsea alpha stamp set and stamped out the text using a gold ink pad from Ali Edwards. I love how the added shimmer picks up the gold from my party decorations and the stars I added throughout the spread.

The best way to add in a ton of photos to a spread is make collages. I love seeing all these smiling faces and I love that years from now I can look back and remember who was here.

I used a few pieces from the Carpe Diem mini kit designed by LifeLovePaper as basses for my stamping and I really love the soft watercolor cards that she included in the kit.

My second project was a Travelers Notebook spread using the Take A Hike stamp set. I love anything that deals with the outdoors and this stamp set will get used time and time again since we love to visit our National Parks.

I used the line of trees stamp as the base for the right side of my page. I used a ombre ink pad so that it would have some subtle color variations. I paired it with an olive green stamp pad to stamp out the main sentiment. I stamped it on a index card and then fussy cut around the edge. The circle icon is one of my favorite stamps in the set and left it white so it would pop against the background.

On the left side I used one of the cards from the You Got This travelers notebook kit as my base. I love the idea of Instax prints but sometimes I want my images to be super bright and clear so instead of using my Instax printer here I created a template the same size as an Instax print so I could achieve the same look but have bright and clear images. I cut apart one of the stamps from the Carpe Diem mini kit so that I could stamp each word separately on each of my photos. I stapled the photos down to the paper prior to sticking it into the book just to add some additional dimension and texture to the page to keep it from looking too flat.

Kelly has also added some exciting new products to the shop this month. The first is something I'm super excited about, a set of plain grid cards. I love using index cards and plain journaling cards as bases for my stamping so these will come in handy. There are also a new style of alpha stickers and a 6x8 sheet of label stickers.

There is one stamp set that I haven't used yet but I'm super excited about, its called Wearing & Loving and it was designed by LifeLovePaper. Its like grown up paper dolls and I just love it.

I hope you enjoy this shop release, its definitely a big one and a great one! 

Thanks for being here and I'll see you soon!

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