I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I love the Hercules kit from Studio Calico!!! Those gorgeous flowers are in my project life spreads, on a bunch of greeting cards, and after looking through the Studio Calico gallery at Maggie Holme’s awesome layout, on a new framed layout that is part of a larger photo collage in my living room. This kit played a crucial role in convincing me that a well curated scrapbook kit is really worth the money.
I’ve been on a lettering kick recently – last month I took a pointed-pen calligraphy class at Meant to Be Calligraphy and I’ve been obsessed with Jenny Doh’s Creative Lettering: Techniques and Tips from Top Artists – but struggled with adding my lettering to my traditional and Project Life layouts. Finding the right ink/paper combinations with my very limited lettering supplies (I seriously have over 100 pens but only a few of them are right for the loopy lettering techniques I’m in love with), is very challenging. The Higgins Eternal black ink we got in class absorbs straight into the Becky Higgings Project Life paper. It looks okay on water color paper but as a newbie to pointed-pen and other technique-centric pens, I’m still getting used to the scratchiness. The Mister Huey’s inks work on the Project Life cards but the pointed pen part leaves weird scratchy marks for this nube….
Complaining aside, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to add personalized/custom lettering to my projects without the hassle of figuring out what ink to match with what medium and the solution seems to be the Silhouette Cameo. For the layout below, I tried some brush script techniques using a tablet, drew the image, saved it as an image file (e.g., jpg), and then cut the file out using water color paper. Voila! No special inks needed!
Then I colored the words using some Faber Castell Gelatos. My favorite part was distressing the outline of the words using the Black Soot distress marker. I originally created a harsh line, but using a water brush, I was able to blend the gelato and distress marker for a unique look.
For the rest of the page, I used scraps from my Gelato swatches and other projects. I seem to use up a lot of my scraps in the scrapbooking process and generate a lot of scraps working on greeting cards and Project Life. I don’t scrap very much, but I’d be very curious to know if that happens to others.
The most recent Amy Tangerine/Kal Barteski woodblock stampset is perfect for so many layouts that I created a cut file so I could easily create embellishments. I used Delicata Gold ink to stamp it and then distressed the paper using Mowed Lawn and Black Soot distress pens.
I just put the finishing touches on a minibook of our 11-day trip to Italy in May. Below are most of the supplies I used sans a few things like pens, sticker embellishments, and my hole punch; I also used my Canon Selphy to print out some of the photos towards the end after we got home. Everything fit into a 0.75 gallon ziplock bag which was super handy throughout the trip. It was so convenient to spread everything out and put it back in the bag that I even scrapped on the train!
Some notes for others planning to scrap on holiday.
- I used two 6×6 acetate sheets that I bought off of ebay for the covers. The rings are 1.5 inches in diameter. The pink hole punch/brad attacher from WE R Memory Keepers made it easy to punch holes through the sheets.
- I stored all my memorabilia in a slim pouch that was tucked into my backpack. Making sure that everything was stored carefully in order made assembling the book very easy.
- Editing images to overcome the blown out look of the instax printer photos was a breeze with Snapseed. The “Ambience” setting led to some awesome print outs.
- I love the instax printer. Although I wasn’t able to finish my travel album during the trip, I was able to capture highlights and little details. Best part of the printer is the sharing aspect. I was scrapping on the train from Rome to Florence and the ticket guy asked me to photography and print out pictures for his best friend. Although i don’t understand much Italian, I think he really liked the device because he came back and posed with another buddy. 🙂
- Put everything back in the bag when you’re done in the evening so you stay organized and don’t lose anything!
This post is pic heavy. Hope you enjoy!
I generally don’t use red or like Valentine’s Day themed stuff but something about Studio Calico’s Sugar Rush kits are so sassy, fresh, and bright. Maybe it’s been the interminable snow or maybe my brain is dehydrated from the heater running non-stop but I love the entire Sugar Rush release so much that, for the first time, I bought THREE kits! I don’t generally like kits but even though the design is so distinctive, I’ve been amazed at how versatile all of the supplies have been. I also picked up some letterpress supplies and gold chipboard hearts and stars from their new Essentials line.
Below are some projects I’ve made using the Sugar Rush card kit, project life kit, and Taffy. This is my first Studio Calico card kit and I felt a little overwhelmed at first thinking that I had to follow a set template for my cards. But my creative juices really started flowing after I stopped looking — and being intimidated by — the design team gallery and just got lost in playing.
I found some wonderful free printables on Pinterest while prepping for my Vision Board. . My favorite freebie was this set of colored labels that I downloaded for free from the ByNess blog, where the blogger generously posted a link to the .studio file she used to create labels using her printer and Silhouette.
After way too much time on Two Peas looking for the best paper, I bought some Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper from Amazon. There seem to be a few options on the paper front — I chose the the Ultra Premium matter version because I wanted something that looked more professional. I wish I’d discovered this paper earlier! Previously, I used sticker paper to print and cut labels and they were really flimsy and not nice. Huge upgrade!
Here’s a screenshot of one of the files from By Ness. Each file has labels in a different color scheme that is very versatile.
I decided to enlarge some of the labels so they could work in place of some journaling. In the spirit of paying it forward, you can access the .studio file for the enlarged labels here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzS75vM5W2qjMldLRzR2YzlOTFU/edit?usp=sharing
Thank you so much Vanessa at the HappyNess blog!
I loved using the Simple Stories Disney 6×6 paper pad — it was such a classy interpretation of the traditional Disney colors. I used the pad and some other Disney theme supplies to make some fun Disney themed pages for a gift album. The Silhouette was awesome for creating a custom-sized vellum Mickey Mouse head and the banner letters.
As much as I love to travel and learn new things — did you know that in Australia, kangaroos are like bunnies and you could easily find one munching on your flower bed!! — nothing beats being home. This is especially true during December, which I like to think of as Christmas all month!
This is my first December Daily and I was flummoxed the first few weeks. I’ve never built pages in advance. I took my album and a scrapbook travel kit on a recent two week trip and managed to cobble together a few titles. But once my Thanksgiving start date rolled around, I was ready to go! Below are some shots of my December Daily so far.
My mom found Crate Paper’s The Pier 12×12 Paper Pack at TJ Maxx! They always have awesome deals. I also found some Dear Lizzie 6×6 paper packs and an Amy Tangerine roller stamp at the store last Saturday.