Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Neverland : Project Life Weeks 4-7

Neverland is now live for subscribers at Studio Calico.
Please note : at the time of this posting, these links will only work for Studio Calico subscribers. The kits will be available to the general public at 12 midnight EST tonight.

Four weeks done with the kits this month and I honestly don't have much product left! This month I embraced my desire to keep it a little more simple. Using the gorgeous journaling and filler cards as is. Adding more writing to my photos before printing them. But I did try something fun and different too and that ended up being my favorite spread. Here we go!

Week 4 : with the Neverland Project Life kit only *Click the photos to see larger images and close-ups in my gallery.*
Week 5 : Neverland Project Life kit + Neverland card kit + Tink add-on 1
Week 6 : Neverland Project Life kit + Neverland card kit + Tink add-on 1
Week 7 : Neverland Project Life kit + Neverland card kit
This spread had a rough start but it turned out to be my favorite of the month once I figured out what I wanted to do with it. It was so fun to use the mini Mister Huey in the card kit to accent the LOVE journaling cards I cut with the Silhouette. It really made them pop! Let this be a reminder to stop in the digital section of the shop and look at all of the awesome printables, digital stamps and brushes, and the diecut designs like this LOVE one above.

Don't forget to check out the add-on section for the Project Life kits too. Two things I'm very excited to get my hands on are the Life.Love.Paper currents stamp :
And the BlinksOfLife Prompt Cards :
Thanks so much for looking + happy shopping. I can't wait to see what you make with these kits!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Neverland sneaks

The reveal of Studio Calico's March kit, Neverland, is just under a week away now so I thought I'd share a few sneaks of my Project Life layouts while we wait. :)

I got 4 weeks of Project Life completed with the Project Life kit, card kit and add-on 1, Tink. You can see the sneak slide show of all of the kits that will be available on February 28 (or the 27th for subscribers) here

The paper pad in the card kit is exceptionally cute. Loving the yellow and pink. And the Amy Tan roller stamp got a lot of use this month!
The journaling cards in the Project Life kit were perfect for adding a small Instagram, a little journaling, or both :
Oh dear, that baby Mister Huey in the card kit. Can I tell you I used over half of it already? Between misting the LOVE Silhouette diecuts below for a rather theme-y Valentine's week spread below and recoloring the alpha stickers from the card kit. It's such a pretty color :
The printable journaling cards were a favorite as well. I printed out several of the 'check one' cards below for future use :
What's on your shopping list?

Friday, February 15, 2013

this week : via instagram

I'm thinking about doing a completely Instagram inspired Project Life spread for this week. I go in spurts with social media. Sometimes I'm obsessed + on, or I need a break + I'm off, or I'm on and just not sharing. This has been a share-happy week. Here is a glimpse :
This weekend : I'm finishing my fourth Project Life spread with the March Studio Calico kits. Have you seen the sneaks? Just when you think they can't get any better...

Have a good one!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Day in the Life : January 31, 2013

A couple weeks ago I decided to join Ali Edwards when she announced she would be documenting a day in the life once a month this year. I opted to add a baseball card style page protector as an insert into my Project Life album for that week and used the stamp set and printables for March's class at Studio Calico, You've Got Mail. Nope, they aren't just for cardmakers!

Front :
I used the labels and the 'day' stamp throughout to unify this little insert. The printables are easy to print on your favorite white cardstock and then use scissors to trim them out, but now that I know how to use the print and cut feature on the Silhouette, I've been printing my labels on sticker paper and then sending it through the Silhouette to individually cut them and then I can just peel one off when I need it. So much fun (and addictive!) If you are interested in giving it a shot, I highly recommend Leena's tutorial here (and try it on cardstock first before potentially wasting a sheet of sticker paper.) :)
Back :
 
The pink 'watching' card above is from Design Editor. You can find it here.
The 'lotsa' and row of tiny hearts stamps are two of my favorites in this set.
I added a plastic file tab (purchased at an office supply store) to the edge of the page protector and simply wrote 'day in the life' on it and slipped it in.
Easy and done. Snag this stamp set while supplies last by signing up for You've Got Mail here and it will ship for free no matter where you are! Plus you'll get access to all of the awesome printables and Silhouette cut files when class begins on March 1st. This class is for card makers, wannabe card makers and paper crafters alike. Hope to see you then!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Adventures of Charlie : an Elf on the Shelf mini book

After our Elf on the Shelf magically arrived at our house at the end of November, I decided I was going take a daily photo of him in his place of mischief. By the time Christmas rolled around, I wasn't sure how I was going to put them together. My December Daily was already packed to the gills, and I wanted to do a little more than just a layout, so I opted to make a super simple mini with the Studio Calico Kris Kringle add-on kit. I love how these kits can be used with the main kit, or on their own! I already have a different add-on set aside for another mini book I'm going to make soon.

Here is, Adventures of Charlie :
It seems I can't make a skinny mini either. I'm debating getting larger rings for this one. The book measures 4x4 with covers that are just a bit larger. The covers are just patterned paper with thin chipboard sandwiched between them and sewn along all four edges.
All of the photos were cropped to be square and measure about 3.75" with space around all four edges for a white border. I collaged them onto two sheets of 13x19 photo paper (plus one 4x6 for 25 photos total) and printed them on my Epson R2880 printer.
Inside the envelope on the right, below, is the letter from Santa that was in Charlie's arms when he arrived. I forgot to open it up and take the photo but I wrote it using Design Editor's Santa stationery. Adorable!
On the right of each day / two-page spread is a patterned paper base, typed journaling hand-cut into a little banner and a Crate Paper vellum number, all sewn into place. I did all of my stitching before adhering the photo on the next page.
Here we go, page by page :
 
I stitched the twine onto the back cover and wrapped it around the entire mini a few times to keep it closed.
The kids love flipping through the pages, remembering all of the hiding spots they found Charlie in. It'll be fun looking through it again this Christmas and hopefully we can come up with some new ideas and hiding spots for our December friend!

Thanks for looking!!