Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tutorial : Misted Leaves Background

The Studio Calico Color Theory line continues to grow, and one of the newest items available in the shop are coordinating mini mists.
The changing fall colors in a photo I took while on a hike on our local trails last month inspired me to recreate the look with the Sunny Day + Mint Hint mists along with one of the leaf digital stamps from the Walden card brushes to design a 2-page layout for my Fall Handbook.
I'm sharing a step-by-step tutorial on the Studio Calico blog today. You check it out here.
Grab your favorite mists + I'll show you how to create a misted background with any digital stamp brush. Of course, you could cut out of a few steps and use any Silhouette cut file as well.
I love how the gradient color looks with the photo. This layout couldn't be more simple + I think that's why I like it so much. I hope you'll give this technique a try!
Supplies: Walden Project Life kitwhite cardstockWalden Card Kit Stamp (digital stamp brush), Sunny Day Mini MistMint Hint Mini Mist, Leaf Green Mister Huey's, foam circles. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

on my mind : December Daily 2014

It's November and I'm feeling a little better about saying that I'm starting to work on my December Daily album for this year. I've been brainstorming for a couple weeks and just started making some serious notes about how I want to approach my album this time around.
I'm so excited to be a contributor for Studio Calico's upcoming 25 Days class! Stephanie Bryan is leading us this year with ideas + prompts, getting our supplies organized and several videos during the next two months - as well as lots of other goodies including printables, digital templates and an adorable class kit (while supplies last). You can read more details about the class + sign up here.
This will be my 5th December Daily and I'm anxious to get started. I spent some time last weekend going through my previous four albums and making note of what I liked and didn't like, as well as reminders of what I want to capture this year.
My approach for 2014 is to stay small + simple. I've chosen not to purchase a full kit this year and instead will be using the leftovers I kept from the last two December Daily kits I've used, plus the Pine Hill + Garland Road add-on's along with the 25 Days class kit, to assemble my own kit. I'm really looking forward to changing it up this time. My focus will be to include a photo and/or a story each day during the month of December and that's it. If I can work on it every day, awesome. If not, that's cool too. I've always tried to do a little creative work each day, but it doesn't always happen. Especially in December. If history repeats itself, I will probably work on a few days worth of my album, every few days.

I'll be sharing the start of my album here on the blog in the next couple weeks, but I, and the other 25 Days contributors, will be sharing some of our completed pages only in the class. This week, I plan on pulling together items - cover materials, papers, embellishments, etc. - a little each day before spreading it all out and forming a cohesive kit. Then I'll post what I'll be working with here.
One other decision I've made for this year is to not document December in my Project Life album. By the end of November, my fall Handbook will probably be full. Rather than start a new Project Life album at the beginning of December, I'll just wait and begin my 2015 album in January.

I love this project so much + am so looking forward to seeing what other people are making. Hope to see you in class!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

xoxo mini book : Jamaica 2014

While cropping with my mom and sister a couple weeks ago, I was able to start + finish a mini I've been meaning to make for a while. Mark and I went to back to Jamaica in April to celebrate our 10th anniversary (you can see the mini from our first trip in 2013 here) and I knew I wanted to use these neon pink acrylic album covers from Jamaica for the occasion.
After putting my photos in a somewhat chronological order, I started matching papers I had pre-trimmed and other bits - tags, Project Life cards, transparencies, etc. I used temporary adhesive to stick the pages + photos back to back, clipped them into the binder rings (which I ended up swapping out to 2" rings - thanks Mom!) and went through, page by page, adding embellishments and journaling while permanently adhering the pages together. Once the base of the mini was together, I did a lot of skipping around. I'd flip through the whole thing, find another section to focus on, add more bits and pieces, all while flipping around. A lot.
It came together rather quickly though. I'd guess about 16 active cropping hours (which included plenty of talking and eating) from start to finish. I don't have a formal supply list to share either. I used a lot of leftover bits from past Studio Calico kits + collections, plus a bunch of these tidbits from bananafishstudio (which I based much of the color scheme for this album on). I also had my photos printed by Persnickety Prints instead of printing all of them at home. I choose their square press prints for this project and love how they turned out. They are a beautiful thick cardstock with a bit of texture to them - something fun + different.

So here we go. If you're wondering about a particular product, I can answer your questions in the comments.
I know it's a big one. Thanks so much for looking!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Handbook 2014 | 03 with Walden

I'm still clipping along with filling my fall handbook and finished 5 new spreads with the Studio Calico November kit, Walden. I added a couple of techniques that I would typically only try on a scrapbook layout, and love how they turned out. Clicking on the photos will take you to my gallery where you can see the layouts + closeups a bit larger than here on the blog.

Please note : at the time of this posting, links to kits and coordinating items will only work for Studio Calico subscribers. Walden will be available to the general public at 12 midnight EST tonight, the evening of October 27th. 
Spread 01 is a Walden Project Life main only, along with the (very versatile) Holiday stamp set.
 Spread 02 is all Firchburg.
 Other than that 'Write it down" badge from the Firchburg add-on, spread 03 is all PL main only.
 I've been inspired by my friend Jen and how she's been adding her script and calligraphy to her layouts lately. Check out her gallery here. I tried it myself on the spread above with a detail paintbrush, inky black mist and watercolor paper. To balance the dominate black and white, I added several colorless elements from the Hello Forever printables on the right side. The only thing from a 'kit' here is the star from the main PL kit (which are black on the back).
Spread 05 really reads like a scrapbook layout and I love it. I've been adding many 6x8 enlargements to my handbook, but still have so many page protectors to use up. The inspiration for this layout was the photo I took on the left a couple weeks ago during a hike. I printed the photo on textured white cardstock and used the same for the base of the right side. I misted another piece of cardstock with sunny day + mint hint before I used the leaf image from the card kit digital stamp brushes to create a cut file background. I have a full step-by-step tutorial to share on the Studio Calico blog next week.
One more reminder! Now is your last chance to sign up for the Mini Book Library! Celine's class will be running in November (more info here) and she is using the Concord add-on for her mini album. You can enroll in her class individually (for $10), or you can sign up now for the Mini Book Library (for $36) and get instant access to my workshop (which ran in February), Maggie's May workshop and Marcy's August workshop. The album I made during Marcy's class is one of my favorites! You can see it in full here