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!

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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!

Credits:

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!!
Credits:

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! :)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy Mail This Week: Foxy Fix

I ended this week with some awesome happy mail (on top of more happy mail that I received on Monday - a TN cover and some goodies from Freckled Fawn, and a bunch of new stamps from Sakuralala): a traveler's notebook cover by Foxy Fix! All pictured here:


This was my second purchase from them - you can read about my first purchase here. I ordered this cover even before receiving my first two :)


This time, I purchased a #6 size (which is the standard size for traveler's notebooks).


I chose Sugar Pink Grapefruit leather, with light pink stitching, light purple elastics, a pen loop, and secretarial pockets with card slots, and embossing with gold foil both on the spine and on the front.


So I am now the proud owner of three notebook covers by Foxy Fix:


You can read more about how I use the two smaller ones as my wallet in this post.
In the meantime, I made even more clay charms using this clay charm kit - including a charm to match my newest Foxy!



The colors are so much prettier in real life... and the textures! Mocassin leather (the blue one) is the softest, but the Sugar leather of the other two is very smooth.


I'm already plotting my next Foxy Fix - in size #3 this time... Oops! :)

If you want to make a purchase at Foxy Fix, you will get 10% off your first order (above $50) if you use my referral link.

Friday, March 17, 2017

New Stamps Released at Sakuralala!

Hello! Today is release day at Sakuralala - with SIX awesome new stamp sets!

Top row (left to right): 365: Nippon 2 | 365: Happy Memo | Years - Spring
Bottom row (left to right): HST - Color Canvas | HST - Spring Home | HST - Playlist

These are so much fun!! I also shot a video to give you a closer look and share my first impressions:


After shooting the video, I inked the stamps right up! :) I started making some cards for my Project Life album:


And then I had even more fun creating the background to this scrapbook page:


I'll be using these stamps over and over in my traveler's notebook, which I use for documentation - so I'll be sharing some pictures of that here on the blog soon too. :) Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 2017 Mixed Media Monthly at The Lilypad

Hello and happy almost Friday! We've had some crazy weather this week, so I had to document it right away with some of the latest releases from The Lilypad - and they are 20% off through the weekend!


Credits:

Everyday Life Templates Set 8 6x8” by Sabrina’s Creations

Bloom Digital Kit - Storyteller March 2017 Add-on by Just Jaimee

I also played with the latest Mixed Media Monthly collection - and this one did not disappoint!! (nor does it ever!)


Credits:

Mixed Media Monthly - Mar. '17 from The Lilypad

The background paper was just gorgeous, and I had fun layering some tree stamps and using other elements to make the tree foliage.
Have a great end of the week!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Snow

Hello and happy Wednesday! I'm sharing a page I made with two of the items that are 50% off today at The Lilypad.

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Credits:

Family Love | Templates by Sabrina’s Creations

Perfect Day Papers and Perfect Day Elements by Sabrina Dupre


Have a great rest of the week!