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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walden sneaks

I've got some Walden sneaks to share with you today. Studio Calico's November kit is very versatile and has some fall touches, but doesn't scream autumn. It's perfectly pretty for any season.

I completed five new spreads in my Fall Handbook and a couple of them ended up being some of my favorite projects I've made in a long time. This first photo is using only the Firchburg add-on :
Number two is the Project Life main with the Holiday stamp only add-on (which I think could be used any and every day, not just the holidays) :
Another Project Life main. I got a lot of mileage from this kit this month :
A peek at the Hello Forever printables are in the spread below :
This last one is my favorite. I used a digital stamp from the card kit to make a cut file of leaves that were misted and laid out in a grid. I'll be sharing a tutorial on the Studio Calico blog in a couple weeks on how I did it.
Want more sneaks? Go here.

All kinds of fun things going on here right now - finishing projects, starting new ones and I've also got a really good idea of how I'm going to tackle my December Daily this year. Today, I'm giving myself a break and going on a solo creative field trip. Have a fab day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tutorial : House Guests for Project Life

When the Studio Calico House Guests stamp set came out a few months ago, I seriously gasped. I can't turn down a cute set like this (especially one by LifeLovePaper), but since my primary method of memory keeping is through Project Life, I needed a way to incorporate the set into those smaller pockets.
So I created a 3x4 house cut file (freebie!) and a step-by-step tutorial on how I assembled my little house for this Project Life spread.
Everything is available for download here.
Grab your favorite paper pad or scraps, plus a few ink pads and get decorating! If you use the cut file, I'd love to see it! Tag me in the Studio Calico gallery or on Instagram with username @nicolereaves.
This cut file will also work with the Holiday House stamp set - which I can't wait to get my hands on. It'll be adorable for everything holidays and December. Enjoy!