Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Home Sweet Home

Hello! I am keeping this post short and sweet to share a page I made with products from The Lilypad that are 50% off today!

Home Sweet Home Templates by Scrapping with Liz

Daily Delight Kit by Lynn Grieveson

These templates are so much fun to use!!

Friday, April 21, 2017

April Mixed Media Monthly at The Lilypad

Hello and happy Friday! I am so happy spring has made its arrival, although it's amazing to realize nearly a third of the year has gone by already!
I am loving the monthly recap pages I have been putting together, and here is the one I made for April.


April Month in Review '17 Template by Scrapping with Liz

April Stuff by Allison Pennington

All the bright colors! :) And here's a look at each page.

I added a new Foxy Fix notebook to my collection last week - I need to blog about it! Here are my previous posts about these traveler's notebooks.

And then I also made a page with the new Mixed Media Monthly (M3) collection. I love how the M3 inspires me to try new techniques. Here I blended 2 papers (the one for the background and the one with blue and white clouds and sketched trees), as well as a photo (on the bottom of the page). So fun!


Mixed Media Monthly April 2017 from The Lilypad

Have a great weekend! And save the date - May 6 is iNSD (interNational Scrapbooking Day!) and there will be some fun events and sales at The Lilypad!

Friday, April 7, 2017

April BYOC at The Lilypad, & Mari Koegelenberg is back!!

Hello and happy Friday! I have had one of the busiest/most stressful weeks of my life (like top 3..!), yet I managed to scrap a couple of pages after my work deadline was passed, and I love how they turned out!
This first one is with the April BYOC from The Lilypad.


Tags and Letters Templates by Scrapping with Liz

Between Us Papers and Between Us Elements by One Little Bird

Notebook: Patterns & Backgrounds by Allison Pennington

The floral patterns are stunning!!

And then I am SO happy to share that my friend Mari Koegelenberg has a new collection in the shop, and it's so perfect for this time of the year!


I have missed her designs so much and I'm so happy to see her creating again!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beautiful Spring Day

Hello! It's almost April so I thought it fitting that the next kit I chose for my Kill My Studio Calico Kit blog series is from April 2016, Film Club! :)

This page was inspired by the painted wood butterflies by Nancy Damiano; I only had 2 wood butterflies in my stash, so I added some feathers, and some paper butterflies (cut using a die from Papertrey Ink). I mostly used only items from the kit, and only added some puffy hearts and stars from Freckled Fawn (puffy stickers are my absolute fave!!), as well as some purple gems from an old Studio Calico kit (I think a card add on from Copper Mountain - Jan. 2014) to tie in the color of the flowers. I just love these colors, they feel so spring-y!

I never know how to use the washi strips,with the phrases printed on them, mostly because I am a literal scrapper and the phrases never quite fit what I am scrapping. Here I used one as is, because the words applied well (the flowers are fleeting, and also my mom's visits are always too short). But then I cut up some words from the other strips to make my title ("beautiful" "spring" "day") - I will do this again for sure!

I stamped two phrases from the stamp in the kit on the paper butterflies (I stamped on wood veneer in the past and the ink feathered a bit, and didn't want to risk it on the wood butterflies - although it probably would be fine with pigment ink, which sits on top of the surface). I used washi tape to mask the wood veneers before painting them with acrylic paint - lime light and mint hint. Then I used the small dots in the kit stamp to add the polka dots on the feathers. I like how that touch of black matches the paper strips I used at the top and bottom of the page.
I love how it turned out! Now if the weather would just cooperate and get spring started! :)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Kill My Studio Calico Kit - Sep. 2016: Lost River

Hello and welcome back for another installment of my Kill My Studio Calico Kit series! I am not going in order...  this is the 11th kit I have killed, and in total I have made a whopping 130 layouts. Yay me!

Kill my Studio Calico kit is a monthly series I started on my blog to hold myself accountable and use up my kits. You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.
I considered a kit killed when I don't have enough paper to make another layout.

This month I killed the September 2016 Lost River scrapbook kit.

Notes:  I bought this kit with a $10 promotion (they also have a $5 promotion if you want to try a kit, check here and use the code SCKIT5), and I really like it. I found it to be a bit light on embellishments, but no big deal as I am trying to use up my stash more this year and was happy to add some items to supplement the kit. I also used some stamps from my stash. I didn't care for the washi tape nor the stamp (in fact I have not used them).

Status: Killed! Knowing I had not paid full price for this kit resulted in me not pushing myself as much as I normally do to crank out 10+ pages from a kit. I used two of the cardstock pieces for other layouts but I didn't count them towards killing this kit because all the rest was from my stash.
I made 8 layouts (6 12"x12" and 2 8.5"x11"), for a total of $10, or $1.43/page.

Here's a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:

Leftovers:  I ended up not using the yellow cardstock - I tried, but it was just too bright. I'll use it on some other page in the future. But otherwise, this kit is thoroughly killed. I used a lot of the gold alphas, but I still have plenty left, and I have most of the vellum alpha. I didn't touch the washi tape and stamp. I'm very happy I used up all the envelopes, and most of the tiny red sequins.

And here's a look at all the projects I made:

While I normally start by using my least favorite paper, this time I started by using my favorite paper in the kit for this page - it was just perfect for this story! The stamp I used is from an old add on called Caramel Apple - I purchased it when it went for sale at last call last August for $10 (score!). The alpha stamp is from Freckled Fawn (discontinued), as are the cork trees (aren't they pretty? I used up the whole pack - it may be my first time ever doing that! :)).

Most of the items on this page are from my stash - only the background paper and the gold alpha are from the kit.

I used some alpha stickers and embellishments from my stash.

This one is my favorite page this month. And I get bonus points for using up some flair from my stash! :)

I love how this one turned out. I used some stamps from my stash, as well as some heart stickers. The pretty owls are printables by Wilna Furstenberg.

On this page I used the kit almost exclusively: the only think I added from my stash is the enamel dots.

I had so much fun making this page! I used stamps from Sakuralala with Distress Oxide Ink (cracked pistachio), and then used some scraps of paper from the kit, along with a rubber banner and the vellum alpha.

I love how this page turned out! I used up my last paper scraps, and put to good use the red sequins and the rest of the kraft envelopes.

And that's it for this month! If you have any questions, please leave a comment and let me know!
This was my most recent unkilled kit, so now I'll have to dig up some more kits from 2016 that I haven't used yet: I still have Film Club (April), Scout (June) and Pool Party (July) that are mostly untouched. I cannot wait!

You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Memory Pockets Monthly: RENEW at The Lilypad

Hello and happy Friday! Today is release day for the newest Memory Pockets Monthly collection at The Lilypad. I fell in love with the floral patterns included in it!


March Month in Review '17 Template by Scrapping with Liz

Memory Pockets Monthly: RENEW from The Lilypad

And as usual all the new releases are 20% off through the weekend.
I thought March hadn't been too eventful, but as I was putting together this monthly summary spread I ended up with lots of photos to document it!

We never have plants around the house, but my husband got us a small potted clover for St. Patrick's Day and I love having it! It's so cute the way the leaves fold up at night and open up again during the day. Here's to hoping we don't kill it off too soon!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Planning Ahead

Every year, starting in 2009, I make a photo calendar for my parents and in-laws. It features for  the most part scrapbook pages I have done over the previous year. I always end up having to make a few pages around the fall (that's when I order my calendars), but the majority of the months is already made. This process works really well for me, and I know that this gift is much loved and appreciated.
For some reason, though, I always dread putting together the calendar. Ugh! Working ahead of the deadline is always the best idea, so this week I took advantage of the awesome retiring products sale at The Lilypad to trap some autumn kits, and made this:

Everything 50% off!!

Papers are Fun Templates by Scrapping with Liz - 50% off for SOSN

and 50% retiring products sale:
Storyteller October 2014 kit by Just Jaimee
Musings by Pink Reptile Designs
For the Love of Alphas 2012: Doodle Sans by Allison Pennington

The template is also 50% off but only through Wednesday. So now the only thing left for me to do is remove the journaling and adapt this to 11"x8.5", and my October 2018 calendar topper is done! 1 down, 11 to go! :)