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I fell hard for the Bluegrass Farms Project Life kit. I still have it out on my desk and I plan to do some more catching up with it. Bright colors, graphic patterns...this kit was right up my alley! Here's a spread I made w/just the main kit...
The stamp set in the kit is so fun! Here I used the large triangle (stamped in Mint Hint) as a corner accent for my 4x6 photo and then stamped the "so loved" on top (in Clean Slate). I'm currently obsessed with typing journaling on vellum (after reading that it was Tracy's favorite technique, I tried it and loved it!). Such a great way to add journaling over a photo or over a PL card that you don't want to cover up with journaling on regular cardstock. You can see here how I printed my journaling, then cut it out in the shape of a banner to go over my baseball photo.
The "right meow" card was so adorable and at first I was stumped on how I would use it, but then I remembered that Sawyer is loving animal sounds right now, so it was perfect for journaling about that! I used a few of the Project Life printables on my spread too.
This spread uses mostly the Gertrude and Tabasco add-on kits. I loved the greens and blues and pop of yellow in the Gertrude add-on, so I tried to stick closely to that color scheme here.
I've got a tutorial coming up on the SC blog on how I made the cute little star sequin confetti pocket. I've never done a pocket before (crazy, right?!), because I dont' know how to use my sewing machine very well. So, I figured out a super simple way to make a pocket with no sewing at all!
Aaaaand, if you're still with me ;) it's LAST CALL time at Studio Calico too! This month, there are huge savings on SC's Wanderlust and Lemon Lush collections. If I were shopping, I'd definitely pick up some of the bright Wanderlust papers (great for scrapping Spring Break fun like I did here ;) and the mistable Thickers which are so versatile!
Happy Sunday, friends!! Hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend with your families. Today, I'm going to attempt to work on my December Daily (yes, in March/almost April!) ;)
So, I had grand plans for learning how to make pretty script lettering a la Kal Barteski. (And I still plan to!) But when we had the flu for over 2 weeks and life got busy again. The idea for this layout popped in my head and I knew a scripty title was the way to go. I went searching for fonts and found lots of options, but this one was the winner! It was, of course, scripty, but it also had the "edgy" look I was looking for. Since my layout was about Jackson's love of pink, I knew I wanted a big bold hot pink title. I typed my title out in Photoshop onto a 12x12 canvas and changed the color to pink. I moved the title around after deciding on my basic layout design.
Then, I simply ran the background paper through my large format printer. (You can also achieve the same look on an 8.5x11 sheet if you don't have a large format printer)
Once I had it printed out, I started to add all of the details around the title. The pink patterned paper covered up a bit of the "p", so I used an exacto knife to cut out the bottom portion of the "p" so that it could go over the patterned paper. I stuck it down with a bit of adhesive and I was all finished!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
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The Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Creative Team gallery is live!! I always love seeing how everybody works with the same products in such different ways. I had a lot of fun with this kit. Here's what I came up with this month...
This one is my favorite. I'd been wanting to document Jackson's love for the color pink for awhile now. I had these fun pics of him and knew they'd be perfect paired with the fun embellishments from the Bessie and Pip add-ons. I used a script font called Manus and I love the result! (I'll have more details on how I used the font here on my blog tomorrow).
I loved the bright colors in Bessie and Pip add-ons, but Clover ended up being my favorite. The mix of papers is perfect and I love the exclusive die cuts! That star paper is probably one of my favorite papers ever! I backed the chevron wood veneer embellishment with a piece of the cloud vellum from the kit. I added some watercolors to some of the stars to carry the color around the page.
These next two layouts I did with just the main kit. I love the vintage-y farm look of the main kit...the woodgrain paper and wooden tag, the navy and yellow...it all works so well together! First up, a two-pager! That woodgrain paper deserved it's on page and I used it as the background here for my big title. (font is Chunk Five) I printed the photos 3x3 to make a simple grid for the right page and the little red letter stickers were perfect for adding little captions to some of the photos.
I saw a mood board on Pinterest with triangles and it totally inspired this layout. This was super simple to do just by cutting squares and then cutting them in 1/2 diagonally. I stapled the clear plastic woodgrain letters onto a banner I cut out.
Happy Reveal Day!! I'll be back tomorrow to share a little more about how I used the script font on my Pink layout and also to share my Project Life spreads made with the Project Life kits.
One of my New Year's resolutions was to try to take more everyday photos of my boys. It's also one of the reasons I decided to take a step back from my photography business. Taking photos of everyone else left little time to photograph my own kiddos. I've been really inspired by lifestyle type photos...so much so that I started a pinboard on Pinterest dedicated to them. :)
I pulled out my camera last week at breakfast time and got these photos of Sawyer and Brady. Sawyer is obsessed with food and has to have a bite of what everyone is eating no matter what (even if he's already eaten!). Here he was reaching up to the table (LOVE him on his little tippy toes!) to get some of Brady's waffle. Brady is such a good big brother and was happy to share. ;)
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I can hardly believe another month has passed and it's time for another Studio Calico kit!! The Bluegrass Farm kit is amazing! The main kit makes me think of wide open spaces, fields of flowers and sunshine. There are so many great patterns in the papers and I love the colors this month...these first two sneaks are made with just the main kit:
The Clover add-on is my favorite! The star paper, wood veneer chevron, pastel die cuts...LOVE! It was perfect for this baby page...
This layout is my favorite of the bunch this month. I've been loving the script trend, but haven't had any time to practice it. I found a font called Manus & it gave me just the look I wanted for this layout! Lots of the Bessie and Pip add-ons here...
I made 2 Project Life spreads and an insert with the PL kits this month and have plans for the rest of the kit too! I loved the mix of cards this month and the unique embellishments. I've got a tutorial coming up next month on the SC blog on how I made this confetti pocket with no sewing at all.
So that's it for me...what kit(s) do you have your eye on this month?? Happy Monday, friends!!
So Sawyer turned one 2 weeks ago now. I can hardly believe it. Truly. Time still moves so fast. There are days that I feel will never end, but then you blink and a year has gone by. Time is funny that way, I guess. We decided against the huge one year shindig this time. We did huge first birthday parties for Jackson & Brady, but for Sawyer it just didn't feel right. So we celebrated at home with just our close family and it was just perfect. He loved the balloons, the photos and the CAKE! (He is my only baby to really dive into his birthday cake, so I was pretty excited about that ;)
At ONE, Sawyer is:
- not talking much, although he's big on making sounds...animal sounds, car sounds, etc. He really only consistently says "Mama", "hi" and sometimes "Dada", but will tell you what a cow, lion, kitty cat, dog and an elephant say. And every time he eats something he really loves he says "mmmmmm" :)
- loves his stacking toys the most. We play a game where we stack them up and then tell him "no, no, no don't knock that over" and he just laughs and laughs and laughs, knocks it over and laughs again.
- is super close to walking. He will hold onto my pinky and walk, but as soon as I let go he sits right down.
- he started scooting around on his belly months ago, but he's now doing the hands & knees crawl as well.
- still loves books...his favorites are the Brown Bear Brown Bear variety or Little Quack Loves Colors (he literally squeals when you get that one out...too cute!)
- LOVES to be outside. Now that the weather is nicer, we've been out a lot in the evenings. He's obsessed.
- obsessed with balls...basketballs, footballs, baseballs...rolling them around the house is one of his favorite things to do.
- still taking 2 good naps a day and sleeping 12+ hours at night. <3 my good sleeper!
- loves to snuggle and will give me random hugs throughout the day...that's my favorite part about this age...soooo sweet!
- if you ask him to "show me your muscles", he holds up his arms and tenses up his body and makes the funniest face. I need to get this on video...it's too much! lol
- loves to be chased. If you say "i'm coming to get you!", he will book it scooting on his belly and laughing hysterically.
- is finally using sign language more and more. He does the signs for more, please, eat, water, milk and help. Such a lifesaver for communicating!
- is still such a happy boy. He rarely complains. People are always commenting on how good he is wherever we go. He has his fussy time in the evening (right during the late afternoon/early evening craziness), but who doesn't? ;)
I can't believe a year has gone by. This unexpected blessing has brought so much to our little family. We feel like the luckiest people in the world!
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I can think of so many things from the shop I'd spend my gift card on if I took advantage of this promotion.:) Here are some of my must haves each month for creating with the kits:
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One last thing, lots of the Creative Team are sharing their favorite SC shop items today, so be sure to visit them as well! Up next is Suzy Plantamura! Happy Monday! :)
I saw this pin on Pinterest awhile ago and I loved the simplicity of the design and knew I wanted to use it somehow. When I was looking for photos to scrap with this month's Studio Calico scrapbook kits, I came across these photos of Sawyer at 2-months that I hadn't scrapped yet. The light bulb went off when I was looking at my Pinterest boards for inspiration and saw that pin!
At first, I thought about using just a huge die cut "2" on the page with patterned paper and my Cameo. But, I've been loving the watercolor look lately and thought it might look more interesting than just patterned paper. To start, I just die cut a super large "2" with my Cameo. I got rid of the actual "2" and just used the negative part of the paper. I kept the paper the full 12x12 size as to not make any boos boos on the rest of the layout (which knowing me would have definitely happened! ;) I chose my background paper (a simple graph paper from the main kit) and laid my cut out "2" paper right over it so that it was covering the whole background. You may want to use a little bit of repositionable adhesive to stick the "stencil" down just a bit so it doesn't slide around while you're painting.
Next I used my trusty Waterbrush (LOVE that thing!!) and the Mister Huey's Watercolor set (you could also use the Peerless Watercolor Papers...I love them both equally) to paint into the negative space. You want to paint in the same direction so that you get a nice uniform look being careful not to push the paint too far into the edge so that it bleeds underneath that "2".
Once you've got it pretty well covered, all you do is lift off your makeshift stencil and stare at your handywork!!
Once it dried, I ran it right through my printer to print the journaling on top of the "2" and added all of the little details.
This technique was a great way to incoporate watercolors into my more clean lined style. Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you try this technique!