Saturday, August 30, 2014

paper bag alpha

 I'm all about getting the most mileage out of products. That is why a lot of times I will use the same tag as a mask & an embellishment on two different layouts (see this post), deconstruct an embellishment to get more out of it, or take apart an envelope to use as a photo mat. When it comes to getting my monthly scrapbooking kit from Studio Calico, I decided to challenge myself to use the one thing I get every month and usually throw away: the brown paper bag.
If you've been getting a kit for awhile now, you have several (or had--you'll want to keep them now!) brown paper bags. And if you are like me, they usually end up in the trash. Sometimes the alphabet that comes with your kit just won't go with the layout you have in mind. You can totally hand cut a title out of patterned paper, but if you want to save that pretty patterned paper for your project, try this!
The color of these bags remind me of kraft paper. So it's very versatile. (Of course, if you don't have a brown paper bag you could use kraft paper for the same look.) I had a farm-y type layout in mind and thought this would go perfect. I left the bag as is, which gave me two sets of each letter I cut.
I freehand cut the letters on the bag with my precision pen. The gingham paper below is the width of my layout. Having it under my letters gave me an idea of how big to make them. You can see I did some letters more than once. That way, I had options when putting the layout together. I think a mix of upper and lowercase makes it look more interesting.
It's like alphabet confetti! I went through and picked which letters I liked the best. Because I used the bag as it was, I got two layers. That allowed me to used the letters that were cut on the second layer, without any of the black outline showing.
Once I had my alpha where I wanted it, I sewed it all down. I alway love the look of stitching on a layout and especially here, with the "homegrown" freehand title, the kraft and gingham.. it gives the layout a fun, homespun feel. For this layout, I used pieces from September's Poet Society kits, as well as South of Market and a few random pieces from my stash.

So simple and cost effective. You could do several things different here--like outline each letter or even sew around each individual letter. These bags would also be great for punching out shapes, cut into tags, even folded in to a paper bag mini album. The possibilities are kinda endless (and cheap)! Thanks for checking out this paper bag idea. I'm already thinking of ways I can use next month's brown bag. Hmmm.....

speaking of fall...

I get ridiculously excited when halloween candy comes out. I'm like an eight year old. Just ask my eight year old ;) Today we spotted s'mores flavored candy corn. Say what?! And mellow creme pumpkins, which is a fall MUST. Next will be pumpkin spice lattes and just generally all things pumpkin-y. We already had a faux thanksgiving while studying the pilgrims this week in homeschool and I'm pretty sure fall decor needs to start coming out in the house. Although I didn't get my traditional fall black mani this time, I did try a light grey, which I love. A good transition color I think.
Another season coming. Looking forward to what it may hold.

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!