Monday, March 17, 2014

packing for a crop + my Project Life must haves

Today, members of the Studio Calico Creative Team are sharing their must have products and supplies right now. I thought I'd start with a little background.

About once a month, I spend a Saturday with my mom and sister to chat, catch up and scrapbook. I've gotten pretty good at bringing only what I really think I'll need and while I usually have pretty high hopes at what I'll get done, by the end of the day, I'm never disappointed because we always have a great time together. 

When planning out what I'm going to work on, I love that I can just grab my photos, a Studio Calico kit, load up my tool caddy, paper trimmer and album with page protectors (if I'm working on Project Life), and go. This is typically all I pack up.
My caddy (which is a good 8 years old), has been a workhorse and is perfect for carrying supplies back and forth. I pack every little slot and pocket with an assortment of pens and markers, lots of different adhesives including a dot roller (with refills!) and foam dots, scissors, my tiny attacher (and refills), stamp cleaner and cleaning pad and fun stuff - like ink daubers, alpha stamps and a few ink pads that coordinate with the kit I'm taking with me. Don't forget the acrylic blocks for your stamps! I can't tell you how many times I've done that.
I also like to take my iPad so I can look through the gallery or my Inspiration Board for ideas. And Pinterest of course. 

I love working from a kit, even just a single kit, because not only is every month full of unique and often exclusive product, but it makes it so easy to pull together a weekly spread. I don't have to stop and spend time digging through my stash, looking for the perfect alphabet stickers or other coordinating embellishments. If you like to scrapbook away from home too, it couldn't be easier to pack up and go. And it's amazing to see how everyone, both the Creative Team and the members alike, use the same product in different and very inspiring ways. Plus, who doesn't like to get a little happy mail once a month?

Studio Calico has an awesome deal for new subscribers, while supplies last. Start a new subscription with March's Office Hours kit and receive a gift card absolutely free! Gift card amounts vary depending on the subscription. A new Project Life kit subscription will get you a free $10 gift card.
Click the image above to place the kit and gift card in your cart. Use the promo code PLGIFT prior to checking out to get the gift card for free.

If the scrapbook kit is more your style, you can get a $20 gift card with code SBGIFT.
If you are a card maker, you would have $15 to spend with code CARDGIFT.

At home or away, I always like to have these 5 items on my desk when I'm working on my Project Life spreads. These are my must haves :
1. tiny attacher - my favorite tool!
2. 3x4 grid cards - a great base for embellishing, stamping or square photos
3. Project Life journaling pens - love the 3 thicknesses offered in this set
4. corner chomper - I like the 1/4" radius on my photos to match the Project Life cards
5. versafine black onyx ink pad - my favorite black right now

I also shared my 5 favorite shop items on Friday. You can see those here.

Next stop in the blog hop is Lilin Fang! Head to her blog to check out her must haves. Here is a complete list of Creative Team blog hoppers :

How will you spend your gift card?

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