More Cards

I made two more cards this week.. with my craft room still only halfway done, I don’t have much room to work, and my supplies are still mostly in boxes. But I’m glad I made time to play with another of my recent new purchases – the Thanksgiving stamp by One Little Bird.

I stamped the images with Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink, and watercolored with distress oxide inks. Easy and fun!

I love how they turned out! I have a bunch more new stamps that I bought recently and haven’t used yet, so you’ll likely be seeing a few more cards here soon! ūüôā

Cardmaking Kick

I’ve been on a cardmaking kick lately! I made these cards last month, before the move, and hadn’t gotten around to sharing them here yet.

This first card – a birthday card for my grandma, uses the¬†4″x6″ Floral Thank You stamp by One Little Bird, along with the 4×3 Parker alpha stamp by Jasmine Jones.

I stamped the flowers in black ink, then colored them with watercolors, and added some drops of gold mist on top. I even decorated the inside of the card, with some adorable stamps by Lizzie Mackay for Pinkfresh Studio.

For the next card, I used the¬†4″x6″ Floral Thank You stamp by One Little Bird¬†again, this time paired with the Penny alpha stamp, which I stamped with Versamark ink on kraft cardstock, and colored in with a mermaid marker by Jane Davenport.

Finally, I made this last card again using the¬†4″x6″ Floral Thank You stamp by One Little Bird.¬†I stamped it with distress oxide ink, then used Jane Davenport’s mermaid markers to color it in. I love how it turned out!!

Here’s a closer look.

I’ve bought quite a few new stamps lately, and I’m glad to have gotten some use out of this set, but I have plenty more that I haven’t inked up yet – better get working! ūüôā

A Page and a Sketch

I am in the middle of moving, which entails packing up my craft room. In doing so, I uncovered several leftover pieces of paper and cardstock, and embellishments. While I was gathering them together to put them away, I noticed they went together well, and this page was born. (Shhhh… I was supposed to be packing but ended up making this instead ;))

I love how this page turned out, and it’s made entirely out of scraps!

Here are a couple details:

I used this to make a sketch to be used in one of the LOAW (Layout A Week) challenges I am hosting at Studio Calico this month.

You can play along here!

Weekend Pages

Hello! I had a rather productive weekend and, among other things, completed three 12″x12″ paper layouts. All of them use some old Studio Calico kits that I bought on sale. The first two are made with the¬†Front Row¬†scrapbook kit.

The hearts and black arrows are two sides of the same sheet of patterned paper – I had used a piece of it on this page a couple years ago, and now I used up what I had left.

I also used some die cuts from my stash.

The next page also uses the Front Row scrapbook kit, as well as a bunch of die cuts.

It was so fun to build this collage!

The green/blue/yellow color scheme is so refreshing.

For the last page, I had fun playing with my Distress Oxide inks! For this page, I dug out the Pool Party scrapbook kit from July 2016.

After the mega date stamp… there was the mega wine glass! ūüėÄ Here’s a look at how this page came together.

The colors were inspired by the strips of patterned paper, so I chose some Distress Oxide ink colors to match, and stamped the title with them.

Next, I swiped the ink directly from the ink pad on a piece of clear plastic packaging, misted it with water, and transferred the color onto the alpha cards.

I love this easy and fun way to create a watercolor look with distress inks!

I hope you had a great weekend!

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Kill My Studio Calico Kit: June 2016- Film Club

Hello and welcome back for another month of Kill My Studio Calico Kit! This is the 14th installment of this series, and in total I have made a whopping (151) layouts. Yay me!

Kill my Studio Calico kit is a monthly series I started on my blog to hold myself accountable and use up my kits. You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

This month I’m using the Studio Calico scrapbook main kit for June 2016,¬†Scout¬†($34.99 – but I got it when it went for sale for $10).

Notes:¬†I really, really love the kit this month! I loved every single embellishment and found them easy to use, ¬†I also loved the papers, especially the back sides not shown in this photo, except for a couple that were a bit too busy and harder to use. The stamp is great, I love the transparent pieces, chipboard stars, and the gold script words. I loved the specialty paper with the gold foiled constellations! Since I bought the kit on sale it didn’t include the large alpha, but I am never a fan of those.

Status: killed!
I made 11 layouts (6 12″x12″, 5 8.5″x11″), for a total of $10, or $0.91/page. I supplemented the kit with some items from my stash (stamps, ink sprays, and the odd embellishment). Here’s a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:

Leftovers: I have some scraps of paper left, some alpha stickers and chipboard stars, and washi tape. Pretty much killed!

And here is what I made with the kit.

I made a process video for this page, and you can see it here.

I had so much fun making the background for this page! I recently bought ten colors of the Dylusions ink sprays by Ranger, and they are awesome! They blend incredibly well when you add a bit of water, and I love the vivid colors! So as soon as I got them, I made this background to try them out.

I love how this page turned out РI made it to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  I used ten puffy stars, one for each year of marriage, and a bunch of other stars for the years we have ahead. I backed the wood veneer star embellishment with card stock that I misted pink, so it stands out more.

I used the cooler tones of the pretty watercolored labels to add some interest to this page from our trip to Hawaii. I miss this place!! I also added some stamping but it’s hard to see that in the photo.

I love how the specialty paper pops against the kraft background! And yay me for using up some of those pink alpha stickers I’d bought in a sale and never used! ūüôā

I had some more fun with the Dylusions ink sprays by Ranger. Also, I used Distress Oxide ink for stamping on the wood veneer and I love how well it worked Рno feathering!

Here I added some tags I die cut from leftovers of the previous page Рmopping up the excess Dylusions ink sprays by Ranger. And also some embossing on the background.

More leftovers of Dylusions ink sprays by Ranger РI LOVE how this page turned out!

Bunnies are pretty much my favorite thing ever. ūüôā I’m so happy this cutie is hanging out in our backyard this year! I was out of “n”s so I turned two “u”s upside down instead for the title.

This was my favorite paper in the kit and I really wanted to hoard it, but I ended up using it on this page and I’m so glad I did because I love it! And I did some more stamping on wood using ¬†Distress Oxide ink.

On the other hand, this was my least favorite page of the kit, so I’m very proud of myself for using some of it! I cut it into strips and I like the look.

And that’s it! Another kit killed! Thanks for stopping by, and do leave me a comment if you like this series!

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Kill My Studio Calico Kit: April – Film Club

Hello and welcome back for another month of Kill My Studio Calico Kit! This is the 13th installment of this series, and in total I have made a whopping (140) layouts. Yay me!
This month I got the Studio Calico scrapbook main kit, Film Club ($34.99 Рand only $5 with a promotion that started that month with the code SCKIT5).

Notes: I really love the colors this month, and the epoxy stickers. The rest of the embellishments were a bit hard to work with at first, but I made them all work in the end.

Kill my Studio Calico kit is a monthly series I started on my blog to hold myself accountable and use up my kits. You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

Status: killed!
I made 10 layouts (7 12″x12″, 2 8.5″x11″, 1 9″x12″), for a total of $5, or $0.5/page. I supplemented the kit with some embellishments from the Project Life kit, plus some items from my stash (stamps, paints, and the odd embellishment). Here’s a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:

Leftovers:¬†I have some scraps of paper left, several chipboard letters (but I’m out of A’s and O’s, and I used the “1” flipped over to double as an “L” on a couple pages).

And here is what I made with the kit.

For the first page, I cut up the specialty floral paper with gold foil accents.

I love this one! I cut up some of the washi tape strips because I didn’t have a use for them, and I used the words to make up my title.

Here I used the rest of the floral paper.

This was so fun to make! I used my new oxide distress inks to make the watercolored background.

Again using my distress oxide inks for the stamping – this was my first time using them and I wanted to map out the colors. I added some puffy stickers and washi tape from my stash.

The floral paper and the embellishments are from my stash.

I knew I wanted to use the gold star sequins on the red cardstock. I also sprayed the cork “you’ve got style” gold, and added some navy enamel dots from my stash.

I wasn’t sure what to do with the yellow stickers from the kit, but here I paired them with some blue and pink chipboard embellishments, and mounted them on foam dots to give them dimension.

I love how this page turned out! This paper with the labels was my favorite in the kit, but I didn’t like the look of it full page, so I cut out a strip here and used it for my long journaling.

This is a 9″x12″ page for my travel album. I used up the rest of the ticket die cut numbers to mat my photo.

And that’s it! Thanks for stopping by, and do eave me a comment if you like this series!

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Beautiful Spring Day

Hello! It’s almost April so I thought it fitting that the next kit I chose for my Kill My Studio Calico Kit blog series is from April 2016, Film Club! ūüôā

This page was inspired by the painted wood butterflies by Nancy Damiano; I only had 2 wood butterflies in my stash, so I added some feathers, and some paper butterflies (cut using a die from Papertrey Ink). I mostly used only items from the kit, and only added some puffy hearts and stars from Freckled Fawn (puffy stickers are my absolute fave!!), as well as some purple gems from an old Studio Calico kit (I think a card add on from Copper Mountain – Jan. 2014) to tie in the color of the flowers. I just love these colors, they feel so spring-y!

I never know how to use the washi strips,with the phrases printed on them, mostly because I am a literal scrapper and the phrases never quite fit what I am scrapping. Here I used one as is, because the words applied well (the flowers are fleeting, and also my mom’s visits are always too short). But then I cut up some words from the other strips to make my title (“beautiful” “spring” “day”) – I will do this again for sure!

I stamped two phrases from the stamp in the kit on the paper butterflies (I stamped on wood veneer in the past and the ink feathered a bit, and didn’t want to risk it on the wood butterflies – although it probably would be fine with pigment ink, which sits on top of the surface). I used washi tape to mask the wood veneers before painting them with acrylic paint – lime light and mint hint. Then I used the small dots in the kit stamp to add the polka dots on the feathers. I like how that touch of black matches the paper strips I used at the top and bottom of the page.
I love how it turned out! Now if the weather would just cooperate and get spring started! ūüôā

Kill My Studio Calico Kit – Sep. 2016: Lost River

Hello and welcome back for another installment of my Kill My Studio Calico Kit series! I am not going in order… ¬†this is the 11th kit I have killed, and in total I have made a whopping¬†130¬†layouts. Yay me!

Kill my Studio Calico kit is a monthly series I started on my blog to hold myself accountable and use up my kits. You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.
I considered a kit¬†killed¬†when I don’t have¬†enough paper to make another layout.

This month I killed the September 2016 Lost River scrapbook kit.

Notes:¬† I bought this kit with a $10 promotion (they also have a $5 promotion if you want to try a kit, check here¬†and use the code SCKIT5), and I really like it. I found it to be a bit light on embellishments, but no big deal as I am trying to use up my stash more this year and was happy to add some items to supplement the kit. I also used some stamps from my stash. I didn’t care for the washi tape nor the stamp (in fact I have not used them).

Status:¬†Killed! Knowing I had not paid full price for this kit resulted in me not pushing myself as much as I normally do to crank out 10+ pages from a kit. I used two of the cardstock pieces for other layouts but I didn’t count them towards killing this kit because all the rest was from my stash.
I made 8¬†layouts (6 12″x12″ and 2 8.5″x11″), for a total of $10, or $1.43/page.

Here’s a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:


Leftovers:¬† I ended up not using the yellow cardstock – I tried, but it was just too bright. I’ll use it on some other page in the future. But otherwise, this kit is thoroughly killed. I used a lot of the gold alphas, but I still have plenty left, and I have most of the vellum alpha. I didn’t touch the washi tape and stamp. I’m very happy I used up all the envelopes, and most of the tiny red sequins.

And here’s a look at all the projects I made:

While I normally start by using my least favorite paper, this time I started by using my favorite paper in the kit for this page – it was just perfect for this story! The stamp I used is from an old add on called Caramel Apple – I purchased it when it went for sale at last call last August for $10 (score!). The alpha stamp is from Freckled Fawn (discontinued), as are the cork trees (aren’t they pretty? I used up the whole pack – it may be my first time ever doing that! :)).

 

Most of the items on this page are from my stash – only the background paper and the gold alpha are from the kit.

I used some alpha stickers and embellishments from my stash.

This one is my favorite page this month. And I get bonus points for using up some flair from my stash! ūüôā

 

I love how this one turned out. I used some stamps from my stash, as well as some heart stickers. The pretty owls are printables by Wilna Furstenberg.

On this page I used the kit almost exclusively: the only think I added from my stash is the enamel dots.

I had so much fun making this page! I used stamps from Sakuralala with Distress Oxide Ink (cracked pistachio), and then used some scraps of paper from the kit, along with a rubber banner and the vellum alpha.

 

I love how this page turned out! I used up my last paper scraps, and put to good use the red sequins and the rest of the kraft envelopes.

And that’s it for this month! If you have any questions, please leave a comment and let me know!
This was my most recent unkilled kit, so now I’ll have to dig up some more kits from 2016 that I haven’t used yet: I still have Film Club (April), Scout (June) and Pool Party (July) that are mostly untouched. I cannot wait!

 

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Kill My Studio Calico Kit – Jan. 2017: Roman Holiday

Welcome back for another installment of this Kill My Studio Calico Kit series: this is the 10th kit I have killed (I took a break after killing Homespun), and in total I have made a whopping 122 layouts. Yay me!

Kill my Studio Calico kit is a monthly series I started on my blog to hold myself accountable and use up my kits. You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.
I considered a kit killed when I don’t have¬†enough paper to make another layout.

This month I am using the Studio Calico scrapbook main kit, Roman Holiday.

 

Notes:¬† I really love the look of this kit! Pretty colors and fun embellishments. I was a bit unsure about the chipboard pencils (they had chipboard paintbrushes in the Film Club kit and those stumped me, because I tend to use elements in a literal way). The stamp is small and the sentiments aren’t all that useful to me, but I still managed to use it on several pages. The puffy hearts and puffy stickers are always a favorite of mine, and I like the touches of gold on the phrase stickers and die cuts. The floral paper is my favorite, along with the specialty paper.

Status: Not totally killed, but close!
I made 10¬†layouts (9 12″x12″ and 1 8.5″x11″), for a total of $39.99, or $4/page. I supplemented the kit with some embellishments from my stash, since after my January craft room reorganization I challenged myself to add a little bit of something old to every page I make. I also used some bits from the Roman Holiday Documenter kit. I also used and cardstock from my stash for a couple pages.¬†Here’s a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:

Leftovers:¬†the kit is rather killed. I could have kept going with this bits and pieces and probably made 2 more pages, but I wanted to wrap this kit up, and I am going to be hoarding that floral paper a bit longer. I love it so! I will use it up in bits and pieces here and there. ūüôā

And here’s a look at all the projects I made:

This is the first project I made, and I stuck to a pink and gray color scheme, with gold accents. Usually ¬†I am not a big fan of the washi strips, but I really like how this one looks on the pink background. I added some watercoloring on the “twenty seventeen” die cut. And the gold “cheers”, flair, sequins, pink hearts, rubber banner, gold label, star stickers and the tiny alpha stickers are all from my stash. The “anything is possible” stamp is from the same month’s¬†Documenter kit, while the “You + Me” is from the scrapbook kit (I didn’t ink up the “= OUI” part since I have no use for that part of the sentiment).

Next up, one of my favorite pages of all times. It’s a two-page spread, in fact. I made it to recap what happened in 2016.

The left page was made to use up this lovely letterpress calendar. I thought about cutting it up to use the “it’s your year” part, but then I really liked the whole page, and the idea for this spread was born. The background paper (Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper) and alpha stickers (A Beautiful Mess) are from my stash.

The right hand side really makes me so happy. I started out with the pencils and the washi strips (the ones without the words are from the Roman Holiday Documenter kit). I spaced them out on the page, then calculated how many photos I’d need to fill up the space. It was so hard to narrow it down to only 16 photos!! That’s what I love more about this page – as I was putting it together, I looked through all my photos and thought back at all the good things that happened this year.
I used the puffy stickers from the kit to mark the months of the year corresponding to the photos, which I arranged chronologically. The only thing I added from my stash is the gold chipboard alpha and some sequins.

Totally switched up the color scheme for this page! ūüôā Once again, I used the pencils to create the design of this page, which is based on a grid. I pulled out some yellow stars, washi and sequins from my stash, as well as some cork asterisks and chipboard alpha.

Here I added some chipboard hearts, puffy stickers, flair and wood veneer from my stash, as well as a couple stamped phrases.

The leaves are from my stash, but they were just perfect for this page! I kept it simple and I love it just the way it is!

I just added a doily from my stash for this page.

The background cardstock is from my stash. I painted some watercolor circles in the color of the heart stickers from the kit.

On this page I documented a few favorite things from this month. I love the neon refill tape for my Dymo label maker! It doesn’t photograph well but it’s truly neon, so pretty!

Cardstock and chipboard embellishments from my stash. I wanted to use black cardstock for the background, but since I didn’t have any, I decided to paint some. I love the effect!

This was so fun to make!! Totally inspired by a template by Scrapping by Liz that I used in this digital page.

And that’s it for this month! If you have any questions, please leave a comment and let me know!

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I purchased all products myself, but if you use the affiliate links in this post (at no extra cost to you!) you’ll help me buy more supplies and bring¬†more content to this blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Project Life 2017 Title Page

2017 is my fifth year doing Project Life. I’ve always done it in 12×12 format, with a 2-page spread per week, and this format just works for me. That puts me at two albums per year. In 2012 I completed about 30 weeks, but in 2013-2015 I made the whole year, and I am on the way to finishing up 2016 too. (yay!!)
But in the meantime I couldn’t resist putting together the title page for 2017. I used the Studio Calico Roman Holiday Documenter kit, plus some floral and butterfly printables from Wilna Furstenberg, and an old calendar template that is now out of production.

That floral card is my favorite in this month’s kit!

I love how well these printables matched the rest of this spread.

Are you a Project Lifer? I’d love to hear from you!