Friday, June 28, 2013

studio calico discount for new subscribers

Hi everyone! Yesterday was the reveal of Valley High, the July kits at Studio Calico. You can see the Project Life spreads I made with this month's gorgeous kits here on my blog or in the Studio Calico gallery.

Plus, I wanted to let you all know about a promotion going on right now. If you start a new subscription you can get $5 off the first month by using the codes below by June 30. Click on the image or the code to be taken to the kit page at Studio Calico, purchase through the subscription button and don't forget to add the code to get your discount!

Scrapbook Kit Code = SCRAPBOOKVALLEY

Card Kit Code = CARDVALLEY

Project Life Kit Code = PLVALLEY

Check out the scrapbook, card and project life galleries to see projects made using each kit. There is at least one project in each team member's gallery made with only the main kit of that team, and other projects using the main plus add ons that are available to complement the kits. Hope you'll check it out!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

studio calico reveal: valley high

Today's the day to reveal the Valley High kits at Studio Calico! Subbers can start shopping now, and all others will be able to shop for the kits and add ons at midnight Eastern time tonight. The kits are full of amazing colors, patterns, embellishments and stamps. In fact, I liked it so much that I ordered every single kit. I couldn't resist! The good news this month is that the wait list for the Project Life kit has finally been filled meaning there will be extra kits for one time purchase!  

The stamps from all the different kits are especially fun and vesatile this month. I used them over and over on my spreads. The 4x6 stamp only add on was designed by Lili Niclass. I love the days of the week stamps which remind me of the stickers that came with the original Project Life kits! You will find these stamps all over my spreads this month and I can't wait to use the "i love you summer" stamp on a layout. 

Below are the four Project Life spreads I made this month. On week 19 I used only the Project Life kit and on the others I used a variety of all the kits. Clicking on the image will take you to my Studio Calico gallery where you will find more photos and links to the kits I used to make each spread.

Since we just got back from vacation I haven't had time to make any layouts with the Valley High kits, but I'm hoping to this weekend! If you have questions about which kits any specific items came from, just leave a question in the comments and I'll be happy to let you know.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

scrapbook layout: at the pool

It's time for Creative Weekly at the Crate Paper blog. Check it out for lots of inspiration all week and to find out about a challenge with a wonderful prize of Crate products! The theme is dots so I started my layout with a dot background. I used my watercolor papers in two shades of yellow and a circle template. Then I layered on papers and embellishments from The Pier, Maggie Holmes, DIY Shop and Party Day. The colors of these lines all work nicely together. I did a little stamping using gold ink and that tiny red anchor was made with my Studio Calico Atlantic anchor punch. It makes the cutest tiny anchors!

I've been using the Pilot Frixion pen for all my journaling lately. I love it!! It's an erasable pen that actually works really well. I like the way it writes and I can erase if I mess up so it's the perfect pen for me!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

scrapbook layout: happy place

I had my post all ready to go this morning to share this layout I made about Mason's favorite place with the Studio Calico Atlantic collection. I'm so enjoying scrapping with these beautiful soft colors and I LOVE the vellum die cuts. But before I published it, I realized the layout was missing some finishing touches. I always plan to add stitching or at least some staples, but I hadn't done either on this one.


I almost didn't bother, not that I mind doing a little stitching, but I do mind having to take the photos all over again. In the end I decided it would be worth it to see the difference. So here's the layout with stitching and stapling added. I know my stitching is sometimes messy. In the words of my 9th grade home ec teacher, I "can't sew a straight seam to save my life". I use the Brother 2600i and it makes sewing easy. Plus I don't mind a bit of a messy look on my layouts. :)


What do you think? Was it worth it to add the stitching and stapling or do you prefer the more clean look from before?

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