Monday, October 13, 2014


Thanks for coming from Julie's blog. Ah, fall. I have mentioned it before, maybe one too many times, but this time of year makes me want to scrapbook all. the. things. It's the colors, the nip in the air, the festivals, the pumpkin everything and the picture's all so inspiring! Studio Calico wants to know, what inspires YOU?
This month, I was super inspired by The Underground Project Life kit. It had all the elements I love in a kit: neutrals with a few pops of colors, not too theme-y but with some autumn-ish cards, two mini silkscreens (which I love because they are reusable, I can use different paints to match what I'm working with, can be used on cards and layouts as well, and the patterns are very versatile), cute mini brass star clips, those puffy stickers--perfect autumn colors with great sayings in the best font, a mini alpha, copper colored rubons, a mini stamp set with lots of different icons... and then the cherry on top? THAT FALL MASKING TAPE. Can you even? I already put in a 'pretty please' for more tape like that in future kits.  So yeah, I was a super fan of this month's project life kit!
There are PRIZES to be won, ya'll. Like really good prizes.
100 shares of #scinspires = 1 Month Free Sub 
200 shares = 2 Months Free Sub (additional month continues every 100 shares)
1,200 shares = 12 Month Free Sub 
1,300 shares = Entrance into Cameo Basics 
1,500 shares = $100 Free Digital Downloads 
2,000 shares = Silhouette Portrait 
2,500 #scinspires shares = 25 lucky winners will receive a free month WITH a Gold WRMK album!  
WHOA. So here is what you wanna do:
1. download THIS PRINT. it's free and awesome. washi tape it to your wall for some simple fall decor or shrink it for use on a scrapbook layout or project life spread.
2. use the hashtag #SCInspires on social media (twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest) and share what inspires YOU.
3. encourage others to share as well! the more shares and downloads of this print, the better the prizes!
The winners will be drawn from those who the download this print, so be sure and do that. And if you aren't a member of the SC community, it is super easy and free to join! Check that out here.
And as an added bonus, I get to giveaway my favorite Project Life kit ever--this month's The Underground October kit! *Throws confetti in the air*  Leave a comment about what you are most looking forward to this fall and I will draw a random name next week. (Be sure and leave your SC user name in case you win.) And then you can scrap yourself silly with autumn photos and this kit. If you wanna check out more chances to win, be sure to check out the Studio Calico blog with links to all the creative team members participating in the hop. For now, head over to Maggie's blog.  Have fun!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

documenting autumn

I've mentioned before, but I just really love this time of year for scrapbooking. I think with the changing of the season, festivals, pumpkin patches, holidays...there is just generally a lot of picture talking happening. I have also never been able to resist autumn themed product. I'm not sure how I want to document fall yet. The photo taking has already started and the coolest project life kit just dropped from Studio Calico. It is made for fall photos. I mean, did you see that awesome masking tape? I think if I combine this kit with some time (find me some time, will ya?) maybe a mini album will be happening. Fingers crossed. There's just so much good stuff this time of year brings. How do you document autumn?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

new studio calico classes

'Tis the time of year I start wanting to craft ALL THE THINGS. I don't know what it is--the change in weather, being inside all cozy, the upcoming holidays--but whatever reason, my itch to create goes in to overdrive. This comes at a great time because Studio Calico just announced two *awesome* new classes! with Ashley Goldberg looks like about the most fun class ever. She is the master of patterns that aren't too pattern-y. Her designs are the perfect blend of creative mess and can be found on a variety of products (hello, urban outfitters.). I'm jumping at the chance to learn some tips and design tricks from her, get messy, and create some unique, funky paper stuff.
If you sign up THIS week (get on it) you will receive 3 free gifts, including a rad stamp set which go right along with the creative mess you're about to throw down in class. You can read all about it here.
send joy. So I don't want to get you all stressed, but christmas is 84 days away. Deep breath. You know what would help? Getting a jump start on some Christmas JOY. Lisa Spangler is a card making extraordinaire and has a class to get you feeling the holiday spirit and ahead of the game with holiday card making. The class comes with an exclusive stamp (ships free) and there is a great bundling offer for some awesome new holiday stamp sets in the shop. Check that all out here.
Both classes start on Nov.1 and sometimes the freebies that come with them run out. Don't get left without a freebie. That would be so sad. And with a class that has "joy" in the title it just wouldn't be right ;)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

spray ink & celery background

So you know that random half used chunk of celery in the back of the crisper of your fridge? Yeah, you're going to need it for this project. You can feel good about using your veggies (even if you aren't eating them) AND making a unique background for your next scrapbook project. Win/win!
I have seen how the bottom of celery has been used with paint as a stamp to almost create a flower like pattern. I thought...what would it look like if I tried pairing this veggie with spray ink? This is the part of the celery I always throw away anyway so if I could make something cool with it, well, I was willing to try. I really like the look of shibori so I chose to use a deep indigo color of ink. Any ink color would work depending on the mood/look you are going for with your project. You can use the ink just straight up, but I chose to add two sprays of ink to a bowl and then water it down a bit.
I put the cut end of the celery in the ink and then stamped on white cardstock. You can see it is pretty wet so you will want to wait for it to dry completely. The look will be perfectly imperfect.
Once the cardstock is dry, the color is more muted in some places and deeper in others. I rotated how I held the celery so that the image wasn't consistent. I wasn't sure how I would use this paper, but after it was dry it reminded me of water and the celery pattern turned out a bit like a funky starfish. Pairing this background with some of the softer pieces from Studio Calico's The Underground kit and a beach photo just seemed to tie it all together.
The "on the beach" page was from an old book I found at the thrift store. I just love it when thrift store finds, old veggies and scrapbooking collide ;)
I love how this simple technique took some almost discarded produce and a plain piece of cardstock and created a unique background. So see...celery isn't just for peanut butter anymore. What other veggies should we try?

Monday, September 29, 2014

studio calico October reveal

The Underground, Studio Calico's October kit, reveal was saturday.  I was out of town and just now catching up. In case you missed it, you can see all the creative team projects here!
Here are my projects for the month. These first two are main kit only.
This has a photo that is just precious to me. It was about this time last fall at my in laws house. We had no idea we only had a few more moths with my sweet mother in law. Every time I look at it I think.. if I had known then what I know now...what would I do different about that weekend? What would I say? I've wanted to scrap to for awhile, but just kept holding on to it. There is so much to what this photo is that I just couldn't get it down in journaling. Maybe someday.
This main only layout was capturing that first PSL of the season and just getting funky with that cool paper. That is my biggest tip when you have a patterned paper with a big design...shrink it. I usually do this by cutting it up and in this case, punch it. A lot. Makes for fun layers when pieced back together haphazardly.
These next two are mixes of all the kits. This layout was yet another pic of my sleepy boy. I feel kinda creepster with the amount of sleeping Paxton pics I have. I started by sewing a million "z"'s. It added some interest and texture to an otherwise plain background. I liked playing with the space on the photo with the title and journaling words snippets. Those wood veneer triangles were super cool and kinda tell you right where to look.
We had recently, like just a few weekends ago, wen tot the Laura Ingall's house for their annual celebration. The boys and I had so much fun and I wanted to document it right away. (So unlike me!) I decide the best way to scrap these photos was to make a paper quilt background. I can't sew fabric, much less an actual quilt, to save my soul. But a paper quilt? That I can do. I choose patterned papers that went along with the photos and cut & sewed the day away. It's super easy to replicate. I'll have a tutorial next week :)
Don't forget to check out the new goods added to the SC shop this month, like these super cool stamp sets, perfect for this time of year!

Friday, September 26, 2014

96 hanger challenge

Last January I started a "96 hanger challenge". Which I totally just made up. It came about because I wanted to simplify my closet and I wanted wooden hangers. I ordered several sets of these hangers from Ikea and decided 96 was a good number so I just went with it. I'll keep 96 things. I edited my closet like a madwoman and only used about half the hangers. That didn't include pants because I guess I was too lazy to hang up pants. The whole purge came to a stand still, as did life in general, when my mother in law got ill. Needless to say, it is several months later and I still have two massive boxes of clothes to donate/sell. I trip over them every time I go in my closet. Time to change that.

I guess with the changing of the season, it has me thinking it is about time to switch it up in the wardrobe department. Ripped shorts for ripped jeans. Black short sleeved t-shirts for long black sleeved t-shirts. You know, really branch out. I'm coming back to that place of simplifying and I like it. I have recently heard about a capsule wardrobe. Do you know about this? Like, you choose a few items, 35-40 seems to be the magic number, and that is your wardrobe, but it is seasonal. So every three months you switch it up--keep what you like/can easily transition to the next season, but edit in other seasonal pieces, keeping that magical number of items. I really like this idea. I know I am more creative with scrapbooking when I have limited supplies so surely that would hold true in the wardrobe department. And how nice would it be to have pieces that mesh well so you could easily swap pieces around and find an outfit to wear without hangers flying? (Or maybe that is just me?) Anyway, I'm thinking I might be up for the challenge. I mean, I homeschool so p.j.'s/sweats would have to count in my rotation...that sounds sad or awesome. I'm not sure which yet.
One thing that WILL NOT be in rotation...culottes. How are these even making a comeback? Search this on Pinterest. I kid you not, these are becoming popular. I can't even. I stretched it with Birks, but culottes?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

studio calico october sneaks

Welcome to The Underground, kids. Here are my sneaks for Studio Calico's October kits!
Main kit only:
These next two use a combo of the main and all three add ons:
From fall to the first of the year is my favorite time to play with paper. There is something about fall/winter scrapping that brings out the layers in evidence in these sneaks. Thread was flying!
You can see more sneaks here and here on the message board. Reveal is coming THIS saturday! Don't miss it.