Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Happy Friday!

Hello and happy Friday! It's time for new releases at The Lilypad, and they are all 20% off through the weekend.



Credits:
Let Them Eat Cake {Dressed Down} template by Fiddle-dee-dee Designs


These cake templates are super fun! I used them to scrap my birthday from last year since I hadn't documented it yet.



Credits:
August Insta Review Template by Scrapping with Liz


As tradition, I've made a monthly recap page.


These templates pair perfectly with the Memory Pockets Monthly collection!


And so we are through 2/3 of the year already. Wow!



Credits:


Since I made a mini album for the trips we took this summer, I haven't made many pages, but this one deserved to be made. The kit was just perfect for this story!

17 Years

Hello and happy Wednesday! It's time for the weekly 50% off sale on select products at The Lilypad and I am just so happy with what I made with a couple of them!




Credits:
If Only - papersIf Only - elements and If Only - alpha by Pink Reptile Designs
Because I Said Sew by Kim Jensen


We celebrated our dating anniversary just a few weeks ago so of course I had to make a page about it.

Have a great rest of the week!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Around the World

Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs have put together an awesome Project Mouse: Around the World collection - 11 countries are represented! You can also purchase the countries individually if you want.



Credits:
Project Mouse (World): Italy by Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs


I pulled out some of my travel photos to use with this collection.



Credits:
Project Mouse (World): Italy by Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs
Project Mouse (World): Japan by Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs
Project Mouse (World): Morocco by Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs

Such happy memories!



Credits:
Project Mouse (World): China by Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs

Here are some details:


I added some stamping too using the Asia stamp set.


Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Weekly Sale at The Lilypad

Hello and happy (almost) Wednesday! I interrupt my non-stop viewing of the Olympics to share a page I made with some products that are 50% off for the SOSN (Something Old, Something New) sale at The Lilypad.


Credits:
Oh So Blessed {Dressed Down} by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs


I had so much fun making this page! I used some of the brushes in the kit as masks for the papers, and used them to embellish the background.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Kill My Studio Calico Kit: March - Homespun

Hello and welcome back for another month of Kill My Studio Calico Kit! This is the 9th installment of this series, and in total I have made a whopping (112) layouts. Yay me!
This month I bought the Studio Calico scrapbook main kit, Homespun ($34.99). I also got the Asia stamp and die.


Notes:  I have to be honest. I did not like the look of the kit, and even in person it didn't speak to me. Hence, it has been sitting there for the past 5 months. I think the problem was that the side A of the papers didn't appeal to me, yet once I got myself to use it, I found that the side B was much more to my taste. Once I started using the kit, I got into the groove and, while it's still probably my least favorite kit ever, I love the pages I made. Also, the silkscreen is really cool, I love it! And the alpha is awesome, there are so many letters!

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.

Status: killed!
I made 9 layouts (1 12"x12", 8 9"x12"), for a total of $34.99, or $3.89/page. I supplemented the kit with several embellishments from my stash, since I really need to put a dent in it. I also used some stamps and cardstock for a couple pages. Here's a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:



Leftovers: the kit is most certainly killed. I have some seasonal items leftover (the wooden "March" and the March transparency, which I likely will use in next year's Project Life album. I also  still have lots of letters left.

And here's a roundup of all the projects I made:



And here they are, one by one.


I made this page as soon as I got the kit, and I love it! I only used the silkscreen+paint, alpha stickers, puffy stickers and stamp from the kit. The papers were from my stash, and the flowers are by Wilna Furstenberg. Anyway, I love love love how the page turned out. Alas, after this the kit just sat there, until this week. :) What is really sad is that even though I made this page 5 months ago, I am in the exact same spot at the moment - sigh...

Anyway, the remaining pages were all made this week. I decided to make 9"x12" layouts for my travel album, and I think this kit was a great fit for these photos. I also used several sketches from the Summer of Sketches class that is going on at Studio Calico (enrollment is closed). I don't have a particular plan for the album because I already documented this trip in detail in last year's Project Life album, but since it was the trip of a lifetime and I took hundreds of photos that I love, I have plenty of stories to document in this format. 


At first I wasn't sure how to use the rubber animals in the kit, but then I realized I had the perfect way to use the sheep for this title page in my travel album. :) I also used the Asia craft die and the mega date stamp.


The quilt paper was my least favorite in the kit, but it grew on me a bit; here, I used it for the background and covered it up with the vellum, and also added some foam dots in between to make the background even fainter. I love the end result! Then I piled on the embellishments - all from my stash except for the rubber animals, which I thought worked great on this page about food. :)


I love the colors of this page! (the blue embellishments and the "adventure" stamp are from my stash). This wood paper was my favorite this month.


On this page I documented a few of my breakfasts on this trip. I created a grid using some patterned paper and the transparencies that are in the kit. The fabric patch and vellum alpha are from my stash. I also used embellishments from the Finch add on.


I used the silkscreen on a piece of the gray cardstock with two shades of green paint. This screen is very sticky so it tore off some of the cardstock, but I covered it up with the kraft sticker. I added a few embellishments from the Finch add on and from my stash.


I had fun making this page. I used the transparencies to ground my photos.


I love how this page turned out! I used a journaling card (which I punched out and cut up) and some stickers from the Pocket documenter add on.


And here is the last page I made to use up the last few scraps (background cardstock is from my stash). This page didn't photograph very well, but I love how it turned out. I used some trim from my stash to match the colors in the photos. I used the silkscreen on vellum (which works well because it's very slick so the screen doesn't stick too much) with silver paint. Those transparencies from the kit went a long way, I loved using them!

And that's it for this month! If you have any questions, please leave a comment and let me know!
You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

Monday, August 1, 2016

August Kits at Studio Calico: Young at Heart

Hello and happy August! As has been my tradition since January, I made a couple of hybrid pages using the digital releases from Studio Calico for the Young at Heart August kits. They are both 8.5"x11". From what I've seen of the kits, this is going to be a good month!


To make this page, I used these digital products:


The background was made repeating one of the journal cards from this set, and the hearts are cut out from another of the cards. I recolored the labels to match.


I stamped the title using an old 6x8 alpha stamp called Oliver, and since the colors turned out to be brighter than I expected (I blame it on the matte photo paper, which is awesome for printing, less awesome for stamping), I added some vellum to the bottom of the page to tone it down. I love the result!


To make this page, I used these digital products:


I fell in love with the design and colors of this greeting card by Jasmine Jones, so I used it as my background, combined with one of the 12x12 digital papers and a printable word strip.

I hope you have a great start of the week and month!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Kill My Studio Calico Kit: February - Savannah

Hello and welcome back for another month of Kill My Studio Calico Kit! This is the 8th installment of this series, and in total I have made a whopping (103) layouts. Yay me!
This month I got the Studio Calico scrapbook main kit, Savannah ($34.99 -but I bought it on sale for $17, stamp excluded).


Notes:  at first glance I didn't love the kit papers as much as other ones, because of the softer colors; my favorite is the floral black and white paper that is on the back of the red gingham one. I love the puffy alpha stickers, the enamel dots, and the stickers.

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.

Status: killed!
I made 9 layouts (3 12"x12", 2 8.5"x11") and a mini book, for a total of $17, or $1.7/page (counting the album as a single page). I supplemented the kit with some embellishments from the Project Life and Planner kits, plus some items from my stash (stamps, washi tape, white cardstock, and the odd embellishment). Here's a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:


Leftovers: I am hoarding the last piece of the floral paper that I love. :) I didn't use the pink cardstock - I have a hard time with that color for a background.

And here is what I made with the kit. This month, I used a bit more stuff from my stash than I normally do. Here's a roundup of all the projects I made:


And here they are, one by one.


On this page, in addition to the kit I used some of the new washi tape I just bought (see more below :)), and some puffy stickers from Crate Paper.


The sewing of the paper ended up being a bit wonky, but I went with it.


This page is to document my latest obsession: washi tapes! These are all tapes I purchased recently from Amazon, and I laid them out to see what they looked like (you can see them here). Since they looked so pretty all together, I decided to make a page about this obsession of mine. :) Here are the links to the washi tapes I bought in case you are interested. :) I also used some more of the puffy stickers by Crate Paper, along with some past stamps from the Project Life kits.




This one is probably my favorite photo ever of my mom and me, and I paired it with my favorite paper from this kit. I also used some embellishments from the Savannah Documenter kit here.


The sticker sheet included in the kit goes a long way! I used it to build a frame for my photo on this page.


I also made a mini book in traveler's notebook format using the papers from this kit.
See more pages from this album, including a video walk through, here.


The houses are an old stamp (from the Daily Grind add on) - they were just perfect for these photos.


The washi tape is from the Savannah planner kit (love!), the stamps are from the Annette add on, and the embellishments are from the Finch add on.


This is my favorite page made with the Savannah kit. I chose a few snapshots representing a few things we did this month, turned them black&white, and paired them with my favorite paper of this kit. The "making" title came about because I was trying to spell out words with the leftover alpha letters, and this worked. :) The heart stickers are from the Savannah Project Life kit, while the cork embellishments are from my stash.


And that's it for this month. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and let me know!
You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.