Thursday, March 31, 2016

Happy April!

Hello and happy April! Still can't believe we're a quarter through the year already... today is release day for the April BYOC (build your own collab) at The Lilypad! Here's what I made.

Lift of At Last by KarenB for the April Scraplift challenge

Milestone papers and Milestone elements by One Little Bird

Happy end of the week!

Kill My Studio Calico Kit: November 2015 - Canyonlands

After a few months of hiatus, I'm back with my Kill My Studio Calico Kit series! It's time to kill Canyonlands, the November '15 scrapbook kit ($34.99). This is the sixth installment of this series, and in total I have made a whopping 73 layouts!

Kits get released the first of the month, but one of the perks of being a subscriber is that you can make some early purchases on the 22nd of the month before, often at a pretty sweet discount - in this case, I was able to buy the embellishment kit Redstone for only $8.99.

And who am I kidding?? I probably would have bought it anyway! Puffy gold alphas, fun plastic shapes, and some pink? Sign me up! :)

Notes: Even though the A sides of the main kit shown here are a little more muted than my style calls for, I love the papers this month. The B sides have some bright colors that I put to good use. I LOVE the stamp, the gold foiled leaves, the gold tag, the wood alpha and the rubber pieces.

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 11 layouts (8 12"x12", 2 8.5"x11") for a total of $43.98, or $4/page. I supplemented the kit with some cardstock from my stash, stamps, and the odd embellishment. Here's a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here's what's left over:

Leftovers: I am so happy I still have plenty of those gold puffy stickers! I will combine them with the December kit, Lollipop Guild, as I think they are perfect for Christmas.

And here is a look at each page I made. 

I thought the fun patterned paper matched these colorful photos pretty well.

I love the gold foiled leaves that come in the scrapbook kit! I did some stamping with colored inks to match the arrows from the Redstone embellishment kit. I also used this lovely Thankful stamp+die - it's so versatile! Perfect for Thanksgiving of course, but really good year-round too.

This page was inspired by the January scrapbook workshop taught by Paige Evans. I love how it turned out!

I really loved this darker paper in the kit, and decided to cut it up in circles. I also covered up the wood numbers from the Redstone embellishment kit with it. The big "2015" is stamped using the Mega Date Stamp  (love it!!)

This page was inspired by the year-long Art 2 Heart workshop by Wilna Furstenberg. I love her!! I used some die cut embellishments from my stash on this page.

On this page I also used some embellishments from my stash, and the Mega Date Stamp of course!

After these pages that were made in January, the kit pretty much sat unused until I got my recent purchases from the kit sale... that got me motivated to kill this kit before I move to the next one. So I made these next 4 pages all in one night, after dinner!

The cardstock is from my stash but the rest is from the kit, apart from the leaves that are stamped with the wood stamp from the Wink Wink kit.

That wooden alpha is one of my favorite things in the kit, and the leftovers were so pretty that I decided to use them as a design element.

The Mojito Color Theory dye ink matched the rubber embellishment perfectly!

I think this was my favorite paper of the kit (although the dark dotted one was also much loved!), and I kept it for last. I used a glassine back from the packaging to tone down the pattern, and used up my last few gold foiled leaves. I also used the gorgeous gold foiled tag - originally I was planning on cutting into a square, but then when I was putting together this page I just love how it looked in the background so I left it as it came.

These plastic emoticons from Redstone are so much fun. I knew I wanted to use them in a bold way. I use them in this 2015 in review page - and I hid my journaling behind each emoticon, which I backed with paper from the kit and adhered using a brad. I used silver paint on the bottom half of the wood numbers. The pink alpha is from my stash.

And that really wraps up this kit!
I hope you are enjoying this blog series. If you use the affiliate links included in this post, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. I purchased all the supplies used in this post and am happy to share my projects on my blog. You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

My New Planner

Well, I have fallen into the rabbit hole of planners and traveler's notebooks. In the space of a short few weeks, I have become totally obsessed! :) They are so much fun. I have acquired monthly and weekly traveler's notebooks, that I use for documentation, and a melon planner by Studio Calico that I use to plan mostly my creative projects. I see these planners as a way to use up my stamps and have fun in a small format, and so far I am having a blast.
Today I stamped for the first time in my Melon planner that I received this week, so I wanted to share a few photos. BTW, the planner is currently 40% off through the weekend, and you can get an additional 20% off with the code EASTER20 - it's a great deal! In fact, I couldn't resist and I may or may not have a grey planner coming my way...

I just LOVE the melon color - and the polka dot inside! Anyway, here is this week's spread in my planner.

I used the mega date stamp to add the dates - it is coming back in stock in June so hit the "notify me" button here if you want to know when it's back!

I used a pastel color theme for this Easter week.

I have also fallen in love with the planner kits from Studio Calico and I will definitely buy the April one going on sale on April 1st - the stamp set has so many possibilities!
There is a fantastic promotion going on if you want to try out a Planner or Stationery kit this month. Just add the 1-month subscription to your cart and use the promo code FREESCKIT to get the kit for free, all you have to pay is $5 shipping (FREEKITINTL for international). I got the Planner kit and love it!

Happy Easter Weekend!

It's no secret that I love bunnies... so I did not hesitate one second when I saw the latest kit by Allison Pennington at The Lilypad! Also... that floral paper is all kinds of awesome!

Credits: Little Bunny by Allison Pennington

I've got my fingers crossed that some bunny will show up this year too. Bunnies are my favorite backyard critter by far, they're just too cute!
The latest Memory Pockets Monthly collection was also released, and I loved using it to make this monthly recap page:

March Insta-Review Template by Scrapping by Liz

I made a monthly summary spread for February and loved it so much I decided to make another one this month. Here's a closer look at the two pages.

Happy Easter weekend!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

March M3

I'm so in love with this month's Mixed Media Monthly collection from The Lilypad. The colors are just so lovely!

Old Edges by Lynn Grieveson Designs

This was such a fun page to make! The kit is 20% off through the weekend.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Never Give Up

Hello there! I am so inspired by this month's scrapbook kit from Studio Calico and by the latest printables by Wilna Furstenberg in her year-long workshop Art2Heart, that I combined them to make this page last night.

The flower printable has such pretty colors.. I made a background for it using watercolors and paint with the silkscreen included in the Homespun scrapbook kit.

The stamp set from the Homespun kit is awesome too!

I love these alphas from the Homespun scrapbook kit!

Psssst... if you want to pick up some old kits such as the ones I have used in my Kill My SC Kit series, check out the sale that is going on right now at Studio Calico!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Staying Positive

I am so excited for this kit by Just Jaimee and Valorie Wibbens that is part of the new releases at The Lilypad (20% off through the weekend) - it looks like it was made just for me!! It was perfect for some scrap therapy.

Better Days Ahead by Just Jaimee and Valorie Wibbens

And that painted background was just awesome, I just added a few embellishments and the journaling, and my page was quickly finished.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring Is Near

Hello and happy Wednesday! We are well into March and the warmer temperatures are starting to make us hope spring is near. :) Today is also the day of the weekly 50% off sale on select products at The Lilypad, and here I used a couple of them to document this season.

One Fine Day kit by Amy Wolff

I hope you're having a lovely week!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Homespun Kits at Studio Calico

I am so happy to be contributing to the Creative Team gallery this month with the Homespun Release. I used theDocumenter main kit and add on, and add on stamps and cards, and more stamps and dies - making three Project life spreads, one travel pocket spread, three scrapbook pages and nine cards. :)
Here is a roundup of the products I used:

Homespun Documenter kit Pocket add on $26.99 On the menu stamp $9.99Everyday Documenter stamp $15.99

Easter cards $7.99 Craft die Easter $7.99 Barn stamp $15.99Easter egg stamp $15.99

Hello stamp $9.99 4x6 paper pad $4.99 Polka dot die $7.99Stripes die $7.99

Zig zag die $7.99 Plus sign die $7.99 Nested eggs dies $7.996x8 Asia stamp $7.99

I am SO excited to have completed my collection of stamp maps! If you don't have them, you can purchase them as a bundle!

Here you can check out the projects I made:
Project Life spread 1
Project Life spread 2
Project Life spread 3
(I will be adding to this list as I blog more; in the meantime you can see them all in the CT gallery).

And here is what else I am buying at reveal:

Homespun scrapbook kit Asia craft die $35.99 Happiness Is stamp and die $22.99
And I haven't decided yet about these two add ons (I love them, but my budget is limited):

Purl add on $25.99 Patch add on $22.99

I love the papers and embellishments in the Purl add on, and the weather stamp in the Patch add on is perfect for Project Life!

And finally - there is a fantastic promotion going on if you want to try out a Planner or Stationery kit this month. Just add the 1-month subscription to your cart and use the promo code FREESCKIT to get the kit for free, all you have to pay is $5 shipping (domestic AND international).

Planner kit Stationery kit

I will be trying out the planner kit, and I'm really excited about it too!!
Happy shopping!