Thursday, August 28, 2014

Studio Calico September reveal

Poet Society is up! This kit was such a great mix of colors and products. Anytime I see navy blue in the mix I know it's going to be good. It had the same vibe for me that Copper Mountain had...and I really loved that kit.
First up, main kit only layouts. I didn't have a main kit alpha this month so I got to play around with the fun Maggie alpha stamp set. I used it to stamp with watercolors and loved the results. There is a fun piece of patterned paper int eh main that I cut apart ad created this weird triangle things with. The polkadot piece under the photo came from an envelope that I cut apart. It shows up in the next layout as well. I love deconstructing pieces in a kit to use them how I want and to get more mileage from them.
This photo. Sigh. It's just one of those that I want to scrap a few more times. Is that strange? It is just his personality frozen at this age in this moment in time. I love it. I took the rad blue tag from the main kit and featured it here as a mask. I laid it down six different places and sprayed over it with various Mister Huey colors. Super simple. Wiped it down and it was ready to be used on another layout. Like I mentioned above, I love getting double duty from my scrapbooking products. It's a great way to stretch a kit!
These next three layouts are a combo, but each one is mainly just ONE add on kit. This layout uses mainly the Whitman add-on and has a funky, graphic, edgy type vibe. I was digging the orange, grey, b/w combo and that silkscreen---so awesome. Hope to see more in future kits. (and yes, it's reusable!)
I am sick of hoarding good stuff to use later and these next two layouts are kinda evidence of that. I implored a use.all.the.tags.and.pretties philosophy. This layout combines pretties from the Alcott add on, including that rad stamp set. I loved adding it in and layering it over paper in the kit. The background--it is pieced together because I originally messed up. But it works. Sometimes mistakes are awesome.
This last layout uses mainly Dickinson and is tag crazy. Normally I would save a tags back for a different project, but why? Because by the time I get to that "other project" I have either A. lost the tag or embellishment I was saving for it or B. I have another kit coming and the focused gets shifted to that month's projects. No more! Use all the tags! Here is the layout where, once I wiped off the mist from the spray ink on the wood tag, I ran some yarn through it to create the "xo". I love an oversized alpha and those gold letters are awesome.
So there you have it--September's gallery is in the books. You can see details shots of these layouts, as well as the ARE YOU KIDDING ME awesome layouts from the other creative team members here in the gallery.A few more goodies to check out on the SC site: 6 new Color Theory inks! There is a bundling deal going on if you are a subscriber--check your dashboard.

And this cactus stamp set. Cactuses (or Cacti) are all the rage and rightfully so. But this stamp set. I mean. I've kept a cactus alive since MAY, which is like a record for me. I need to document that amazement with this stamp set.

And with all this fun scrapbooking goodness...I wanna go scrap all the things! But homeschooling is calling :) Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

feeling fall

I'm feeling fall.  The weather for the last few weeks has been at or near 100. Not complaining-- we have had a pretty great summer, weather-wise. But as September approaches and football season begins (yay!), I start scoping out the aisles for anything fall-ish or pumpkin flavored. And I start dreaming of skinnies and hats and oversized sweaters. Today, for one very brief moment, I threw on some booties. I'm not ready for summer to be over quite yet, but it doesn't stop me from pinning some fall fashion and autumn ideas on my pinterest boards. You craving fall yet?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Studio Calcio sneaks//September edition

Studio Calico September kits go up tomorrow (what?!) and I am giving you fair warning: get prepared for this kit. like, start clearing the scrap space. saving the pennies. doing fast finger exercises. and then set aside some time for when this good stuff arrives.

If only I had more time! Then there would be way more than 5 sneaks to show you. I'm not sure Poet Society bumps out Copper Mountain as my fave kit for the year so far, but it is certainly up there. Number 2 for sure. In any case, here are my sneak peeks. Remember---kits go live tomorrow at noon for subscribers and at midnight for everyone else :)
These first two are main only:

Next three are a mix of all the kits. I love a good mix ;)

There are a few chats going on tomorrow. Check out the message board for more buzz. Catch you there!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

art books for homeschool

I mentioned yesterday I am in the throws of setting up our schoolroom and ordering curriculum for the coming year. One thing I don't have to think much on is the art portion. We all three love anything art or crafty related. I dug out a few of the books I've had for awhile, but never really had lots of extra time for, and then we added in three more. Will we get through all 5? No way. We will have fun trying? Absolutely :) I can't pick a favorite, but I was super pumped over the 50 cent nature craft book. It was a fun thrift store find.  It is divided into seasons and I think has some ideas we might want to try to create as Christmas gifts. And of course, there is my overflowing pinterest board of crafts. As my 6 year old little guy said, "can we just do craft school this year?" That boy...speaking my language.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

homeschool prep

Kinda the only thing organized right now for our homeschool room is this old tool caddy turned writing/coloring station. Yikes. I need to get on it! I did finish the last order of books and we have already started math. So that's a start at least.
I started a discussion on the Studio Calico board....a homeschool mama (or dad) roll call of sorts. Just a message board post to get to connect with other families who homeschool and hey--we already know we have scrapbooking in common. Join in the discussion, ask a question, etc. Let's encourage each other on our homeschool journey this year!

Monday, July 28, 2014

sandlot reveal

Sandlot reveal is here and it is a super fun month of goodies!
This is main kit only. I was inspired by the stamp for this one. Such a great jumping point to scrap what you want for your kiddos. Photobooth-like strips of the boys before church one day, lots of circles and movement here...A happy little mix of crazy.
This was a mix of everything, but mainly the Jet add on. I was inspired by an SC member and added the frames like a mad woman. I still have frames left over and I'll just frame everything from now on. My journaling didn't start out like that on the arrow stamps, but I liked how it ended up, abit unexpected. 
This was a last minute, scrap all the papers layout. I think the eclectic mix went along just fine with my thrift store topic. Can we just take a minute and gasp that his dress was 75 cents? CENTS! Score of the summer. Love those see through alphas. 
Several of the add ons are sold out, but this one is still available...
The Yeah Yeah add on (how amazing are those names?). Fun fun goodies in it, like the wood veneer titles, aqua alpha, brads, that exclusive "magic" die and the circle stamp set. Would be perfect to pair with the new mini book mini workshop class
Hope you are enjoying your Monday! We are off to grocery shop and continue with homeschool prep. Can't believe August is coming so soon!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

sandlot sneaks

I's almost time for the August kit reveal at Studio Calico! Sandlot debuts Sunday (noon for subbers. midnight for non-subbers) so I thought it was time for a few sneaks.
This is main kit only.
This is mainly the Jet add on (my fave add on this month).
And a mix of all the kits. This is a fun one and involves a 75 cent thrifted dress. Still pretty happy about that score.
Don't forget: There are several AWESOME offers going on right now at Studio Calico!
The new SC collection Brighton Pier is available and you can get free shipping on orders over $29.99. Use code BRIGHTONPIER. Find it here.
There are brand new Color Theory ink refills and acrylic paints (how adorable are those?) and you can save $5 on the bundle off the refills (use promo code REFILL5) or paint (use code ACRYLIC5). 
And kinda the best news of all...if you have been thinking of subscribing to either the scrapbook, card, or Project Life kit, now really is a great time. With a 12 month commitment you get your first month FREE. Like, really. For free. 
Offer expires in 2 days so get on it. Enter the code in the graphic above depending on what kit you are signing up for. Check out the current kits here
And with that, it is almost the weekend! *insert happy dance* I hear the pool calling my name ;)