Tuesday, November 25, 2014

a homeschool (kinda, not really) break

We are *almost* halfway through our school year. That's a great place to be :) We are on a semi break from now until the first of January and I gotta say, I'm loving that. OF COURSE there is still schoolwork to do, but not so structured and definitely taking a total break a few weeks before Christmas. Lots of reading, lots of reviewing, lots of christmas carols, cookie baking, snuggles and hopefully snow. And did I mention cookies? ;) It's nice to have that freedom. Just ask Paxton--He wanted to do his handwriting in his underwear. In the dark. With a headlamp. And who am I to argue? I'm sure that IS way more fun! You have to choose your battles, you know?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Park Ave. Sneaks

It's ALREADY time for Studio Calico's December kit, Park Ave., sneaks! This time of year is always so sneaky anyway...time just goes so fast. As I mentioned on the board, I really had fun with these kits. There seems to be a bit of something for everyone in the kits this month and none of them are too themey, which is nice.
These first two are main only.
These next three are a combo of all the kits.
That bear stamp in the last sneak just kills me. The whole set is lovely. Just a few more days until reveal, Thanksgiving day to be exact. See you then!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

studio calico november reveal

Studio Calico Walden kits have been revealed and they. are. awesome. This was a month I had too many ideas, too many cool products to play with and not enough time. Hashtag story of my life.
This one was the first I did and while I don't really love it, I like it okay. I spray painted the deer gold and cut the doily from the main kit into leaves.
This one...sigh. It's just super simple, but I like how the colors and layers all came together. That tree paper is my new fave. Again, main kit only. I am trying *reeeeeeeally* hard to no longer hoard any product. So while my old self would be all "don't use those cool word strips as a background layer!" my new self is like "where's the glue?.  I like the look.


These next three are a combo of all the add ons. This one is mainly with the Concord add on. There are hints of pink, but I kept them to a minimum. We were at an Avett Brothers concert so I added the tickets as a little embellishment. It's a kinda random mix of craziness, but I kept it all similar in color and then added a b/w photo which helps calm down the crazy.
This was mainly the Baker Bridge add on and can I just say...those vellum leaves! I've had this photo awhile and when I saw this sweet little poem and those leaves, I knew they were all meant for each other. The little leaf stamp from Concord was a perfect addition.
I had been wanting to make a washi tape tree for awhile and this tape in Pine Hill was the perfect opportunity. It's a pretty whimsical layout, which is the same feel to the photo used. I swear I'm part elf so scrapping christmas in October is fine by me!
There are still kits available as well as some great new stamp sets (think christmas & new years!). You can check all that out here. Now I'm off to clean my desk and get ready for December's kits. Can't wait :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

log cabin quilt layout


I am not a quilter. In fact, I joke I can only sew on paper. (It's totally true, by the way.) I had these fun photos from a recent visit to Laura Ingall's home in Mansfield, MO and wanted to do something special with them. The October Studio Calico kit was sitting on my desk and I thought...let's make a paper quilt. There was a quilt in one of the photos and this would tie it all together.
I'm all about not making things too complicated when scrapbooking and truly this background could not be easier. I decided to go with a kind of log cabin-ish pattern because of the simple straight lines.
So first off, pick the paper with coordinating patterns/colors. Using a kit for this step makes it even easier because the coordinating guess work is taken out for you. Make one pattern reddish in tone.
Once you have your paper picked out, cut rectangle strips out of two different patterns in 1x3 inch. Doing this for a 12x12 sized layout will make your pattern the exact size, with four blocks across each row and no trimming. For the center square, use a 1 inch square punch or simply cut a 1 inch square. Typically, the middle square of the pattern is a red color to mimic a chimney if you were looking at a cabin from an ariel view.
Take your first rectangle strip and glue it down. Then for the sides: one side will layer over that top piece, while the opposite side layers underneath. You can see this in the photo. The bottom piece is layered opposite the top piece. It is really a matter of over/under/over/under. Once that is finished, add your red square to the middle. Done! Now your next block will go opposite in terms of patterned rectangle strip used and the way it is layered.
Once you finish the row, start the process again on the next row, doing the block underneath opposite of what is done above it. So essentially, blocks that are diagonal from each other are copies, while blocks side by side or above one another are opposite. You can see that here.
For a 12x12 background you will have four rows of four blocks each, for a total of 16 blocks. That's if you want your entire background covered. I sewed over my blocks to give even more of a quilt feel...and because I can't help but sew on paper :)
So simple, or "sew" simple if I am being totally cheesy.
Now if only sewing an actual quilt with actual fabric were this easy! Because somehow I think curling up by the fire with a paper log cabin quilt would just end very badly.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Studio Calico November sneaks

It's allllllmost time for the reveal of Studio Calico's November kit, Walden. Until then, here are some sneaks for you! I had so much fun with this kit. It is one of my top fave kits of 2014. And there is some christmas thrown in for good measure (in one of the add ons) so that was like the gold star. Because I am nothing if not a fan of Christmas spirit...even in October.
The first two are main kit only...
These next three are a mix of the main and add ons.
See you for reveal this coming Monday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

gratitude documented.

This is the time of year when most people start thinking of words like "thankful" and "grateful" and what they mean. I am super excited to be exploring this idea a bit more with Shanna Noel in her Gratitude Documented class at Studio Calico. "In Gratitude Documented, Shanna Noel will guide you through a series of prompts, videos, and more so that recording the seasons of gratitude from your life will be easy and enjoyable. Reflect on and recognize the themes of family, love, and personal triumph that resonate with you." You can read more about it here. Enrollment is now thru Nov. 30. Class starts Nov. 1. We would love to see you there!

One more thing: the winner of The Underground project life kit from Studio Calico is Heidi (mrsfleischmann)Yay! I'll pass your user name on to the powers that be :) 

Monday, October 13, 2014

#SCInspires

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 taking...it'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!