Thursday, July 24, 2014

sandlot sneaks

I's almost time for the August kit reveal at Studio Calico! Sandlot debuts Sunday (noon for subbers. midnight for non-subbers) so I thought it was time for a few sneaks.
This is main kit only.
This is mainly the Jet add on (my fave add on this month).
And a mix of all the kits. This is a fun one and involves a 75 cent thrifted dress. Still pretty happy about that score.
Don't forget: There are several AWESOME offers going on right now at Studio Calico!
The new SC collection Brighton Pier is available and you can get free shipping on orders over $29.99. Use code BRIGHTONPIER. Find it here.
There are brand new Color Theory ink refills and acrylic paints (how adorable are those?) and you can save $5 on the bundle off the refills (use promo code REFILL5) or paint (use code ACRYLIC5). 
And kinda the best news of all...if you have been thinking of subscribing to either the scrapbook, card, or Project Life kit, now really is a great time. With a 12 month commitment you get your first month FREE. Like, really. For free. 
Offer expires in 2 days so get on it. Enter the code in the graphic above depending on what kit you are signing up for. Check out the current kits here
And with that, it is almost the weekend! *insert happy dance* I hear the pool calling my name ;) 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

let's organize together with Workspace!

If you follow me on instagram (lexibridges) you know this is not my desk. Or workspace. I'm what you might call organizationally challenged. Or just messy. Let's call it "creative chaos" to make myself feel better. In any case, I am super pumped for this class at Studio Calico!
Workspace is lead by friend Marcy and if you know her she is like the QUEEN of organization. I think even her planners have planners. Seriously--she's got it together. And she does it all in a cool way. The class is $15 and sign up ends July 31. There are 8 lessons (and bonus lessons) as well as a private message board, and several digital files to print to get your checklists checked and your labeling labeled and looking all organized & cute.
I need some other "creative chaos" people to join me in the classroom. We can hold each other's hand ;)
You can find more info about Workspace here.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

watercolor pineapples

It's the summer of the pineapple. I'm totally on board with that. In fact, one of my favorite local treats is Pineapple Whip. Not only did I feel the need to document one of my (many) summer trips to the pineapple whip trailer with the hula girl on top (her name is Lulu by the way), I also felt like I needed to include a pineapple element on my layout. So why not a watercolor pineapple background?
But what if you can't really watercolor? Or what if the only watercolor set you have is from the kiddie section? Then you can totally do this :)
I used Studio Calico's July Penny Arcade kit and white cardstock for this. Of course watercolor paper would work beautifully as well. Start by grabbing your watercolors or watercolor papers and making yellow ovals, ovals that the top is a bit skinner and the bottom is a bit bigger. Make sure you aren't laying the watercolor on too thick. That's the beauty of watercolor--the translucent effect.
Next, add on some green tops. On each pineapple, I added 2-3 small green lines with my brush. Any kind of watercolor brush will do.  I happen to love these kind. They have the water in the handle so you can squeeze it in your paint, without having to have a separate water container. Who ever invented that is a genius.
Once the pineapples were dry, I used a black pen to add in dots. At this point I thought maybe that was all I would do. Then I decided...those look a bit like lemons. I needed to add something more pineappley. Yes, that is a word I just made up.
After practicing a few sketches on scrap paper, I went with a random assortment. Half the pineapples got the "v" treatment, while the other half got a few diagonal lines. I could have kept it all the same, but couldn't decide which I liked better. So I just did both. Makes it a bit less uniform and more interesting. No two pineapples are alike anyway so why should they be in watercolor form?
And the result, a unique background for a layout about a summer treat. I'm already dreaming about other watercolor fruits. How fun would this technique be on a card?
And with that, I need to make another Pineapple Whip run :)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

color blocking with washi tape

Color blocking is very on trend. You see it everywhere....on a purse, a flower pot, a dress. Today I'm sharing a super easy way to color block an otherwise plain alpha. The trick: washi tape.
I love using wood veneer embellishments on my scrapbooks. I am happy to leave a wood veneer alphabet, like the one in Studio Calico's July's kit, Penny Arcade, as is (like here for example) but I also thought..let's color block a title! 
Simply take a piece of wash tape and tape down your letter. True washi tape works best as it is easy to remove. You can do all the letters at once, as long as the word isn't too large. Since my word was only five letters long, I liked lining it all at once so I knew I had the same amount blocked off on each letter. However, you could totally change that up, having the tape not lined up the same on each letter, and the result would be each letter have a different sized paint section. Kinda cool.
Once your tape is down, make sure and press the edge. This is what will make the paint edge crisp.
Paint your section in the color you want. This chalkboard paint would be cool.  Remove the washi tape. I removed while it was still wet and it peeled right off.
A quick and easy way to add some color to a plain embellishment!
There you have it---a clean color blocked title! This same technique also works great on a larger scale. I recently used large paper mache letters for a baby shower, color blocked them with washi tape and paint, and then used them as the table centerpiece. 
So many ways you could change this up and so many items that you can color block. Bust out the wash tape and paint and get to it!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Penny Arcade reveal

It's reveal time at Studio Calico. July's kit, Penny Arcade, is up and kits are flying out the door! This was the first time I had scrapped in MONTHS. It was a good month to come back :)
These first two layouts are using only the main scrapbook kit:

The first one kinda cracked me up. I mean, who scrapbooks a piƱata? Me. Apparently I do. I just saw the tissue paper fringe and thought "Pedro! He must be scrapped!" So I did. The clouds were a fun theme in the second one. That boy of mine climbing that wicked scary looking thing up high at the City Museum... trying to give his mama a panic attack.
These next layouts use a combo of the main kit and the add ons, Skeeball, Fortune Teller, and Spun Sugar. How fun are those names?
The sweet conversation of this little guy...melted my heart. Had to get it down with a photo. This photo isn't from that day, but it works. Loved using all the numbers here, even the negative space from the number stickers. And just so you know I found that rogue wood veneer number 9. It had ran away when I was gluing all this down, but I found it today. Go figure. 

 This photo was special to me and, I'll be completely honest, this layout did not turn out in reality how it looked in my head. I think you just have to admit that sometimes and move on. So let's.
Has the sun ray thing been overdone? Maybe. I don't know. But I still dig it so here it is again with a variation of sewing and patterned paper thrown in for good measure. The cut up gold doily makes for a perfect sun. The journaling is from an Avett Brothers song which is just perfection in my book. 
This was FUN. It was a last minute, midnight scrap session and I wanted to watercolor ALL THE PINEAPPLES. So I did. I'll have a little step by step on it next week. SO easy. Wowza--pineapple whip has me all excited. Look at all those capitals!
So that's my July gallery. You should check out the other creative team members because they are amazing and bring it every. single. month. Inspiration overload I tell you. Check it all out here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

why photos matter

there are so many reasons photos matter, but I noticed something a few weekends ago and wanted to share with you all.

recently we helped get together the selling of my husband's grandparent's house and all the stuff inside. emphasis on "stuff". last year his grandpa died. this past year we lost his grandmother and a few months ago, my mother-in-law. family was in town to go through the grandparent's house and while it took several days you know what took the most time? going through the boxes and boxes (and boxes) of photos. while I could go in to how nice it would have been if those photos were in a scrapbook or album, I won't.

the most precious find amid all the THINGS were the photos. the significance of reminiscing and remembering and reliving those memories contained in each photo were beyond priceless. stories were shared. tears and laughter. piles set aside for each family member to take and share with their family and to keep to share with their children....and so on.

and it just made me think--how thankful I am to have a hobby that includes taking photos. because those matter. they do. it didn't matter that the photo looked perfect. it didn't matter that it was blurry or that the color was off. there were no perfect professional looking photos and you know what?
it didn't matter.

I don't want my photos to live in my computer or my phone. I don't want to get caught up in only printing what I deem as "perfect" photos. yes, I want to learn to take a great one and use my camera. but let's not let that stop us from the actual taking of the photo and the living of the moment.

in the end there was an empty house. tables and boxes full of junk. but the true treasure were those photos.

yesterday, two peas in a bucket announced they were closing and a little piece of my heart broke. that online community was my first introduction to what scrapbooking could be. it was the first online store I ordered from, the first message board I participated in and the first gallery I loaded a layout to. it was my first scrapbooking related dream--to get to be a garden girl and last year when I did, it was a great experience.  I can't imagine what the owners are feeling today and I wish all the best to Jeff & Kristina. they are a class act.

it can make you wonder, what on earth is happening to this hobby so many of us love? and while I don't have all the answers, or any really, I can offer this...

your photos matter. it is part of what you leave behind that doesn't get put in an auction or thrown away. those photos remind us of a memory... a laugh, a smile, a tear, that would otherwise be forgotten. it is a window that remains open to the past, helping remind you of those all too fleeting beautiful, ordinary days.

so whether you are scrapbooking your photos or just jotting down a memory on the back of it...
don't stop.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

studio calico july sneaks

Whoa. It's already time for july sneaks. I've had a backlog of photos I've wanted to scrap and the summertime to feel to this kit: perfect combo.
These are main only:

These are a combo of all the kits:

I made 6 layouts and would have made more, but ran out of time. That time thing always gets in the way of my crafty plans ;)
Don't forget that the kit goes up this friday at noon for those with a subscription and midnight for everyone! YOu can check out all the fun and other team member sneaks here.