Sunday, 12 October 2014

SC Inspires Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hello everyone! thank you for dropping by my blog! i am so glad to be part of this blog hop by studio calico! to chase away the monday blues, you will be happy to know that studio calico is launching a new giveaway - #scinspires. we'll love to get everyone sharing this hashtag and talk about how studio calico inspires you! 

i'll start the ball rolling here! the main reason why i was first drawn to studio calico was because i love the idea of beautifully coordinated kits that arrives at my doorstep every month! for a short period of time, i use to love working with collections but after i while i find myself trying to mix different collections. this was definitely time consuming as it's not an easy task to mix and match items that are not made to be coordinated! so one day i found studio calico while researching on the silhouette cameo and i was pleasantly surprised how perfect the kits would be for me! no more time used to coordinate as someone professional has already done it for me!

i also love the mix of items that are included in the kits, some of them i would never have picked up if i saw them in the store so this kinda challenge me to try out something new! not forgetting the exclusive items studio calico comes up with for the kits, papers and embellishments i cannot get anywhere else! for example, the silkscreen in the latest scrapbook main kit - the underground



i'm pretty sure i would not have tried if it wasn't in my box and here's why!

1. i wouldn't think that a silk screen can be used for scrapbooking

2. i'm usually not so comfortable with using big elements on my layout. i love small embellishments and the design of the silk screen is rather big for me. 

3. i am usually more drawn to circle and heart shapes so diamond elements are also new for me.

however, having said all these, this lovely silkscreen was in my box and after seeing what the some of the members (i love the members gallery at sc!) and creative team did with the silk screen last month, i felt inspired to give it a try! 



and now i'm hooked to silk screens! ha! thanks sc for coming up with such an awesome product! love the different ways i can colour it (you can try mist, acrylic paint, gelatos...) and how easy is it to use and it adds that artistic touch to my layouts! can't wait to see more in future kits! 

ok, now that you know how studio calico has inspired me, it's your turn to share! here are the details of this giveaway and how you can play along!

to enter for the give away, all you need is download this beautiful printable from studio calico. 


Over $1,400 in prizes are up for grabs!!! and the winners will be drawn from the people who download this printablethe prizes get bigger and bigger the more uses of the #scinspires hashtag. so the key is encourage everyone to share this hashtag and talk about what inspires them!

everyday friday, studio calico will add up all the shares of #scinspires and update everyone on the blog. here's a short list of the prizes but it will grow as the shares grows:

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100 shares of #scinspires = 1 Month Free Sub 
200 shares = 2 Months Free Sub (additional month continues every 100 shares)
1,200 shares = 12 Month Free Sub 
1,300 shares = Entrance into Cameo Basics 
1,500 shares = $100 Free Digital Downloads 
2,000 shares = Silhouette Portrait 
2,500 #scinspires shares = 25 lucky winners will receive a free month WITH a Gold WRMK album!  

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this contest ends on 31st october 2014 11:59 pm eastern so there's lots of time to download the printable and share! 

and lastly... i have a giveaway to thank you for dropping by my blog!!! yay!

just leave me a comment on this post telling me what's your favourite item from the underground kit together with your studio calico username by 31 october 2014 11:59 pm eastern and i will select a random commenter to receive a main scrapbook kit from the underground! this is what you will receive so do leave me a note!




that's it! happy monday everyone and i hope you have a great week ahead!

here's the blog hop if you would like to hop along!

Lilin Fang <-- you are here!

xoxo
lilin

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Paint.Plan.Play Class At Studio Calico

hello everyone! I'm here today to share a new class in studio calico that i am really excited about! 
presenting... paint.plan.play by ashley goldberg!!! yay!



 i am a big fan of her designs after studio calico invited her as a guest designer for july - penny arcade. love her whimsical designs and i'm so glad she is now having this class at studio calico!

here's the description of the class!

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we've all experienced it – the frustration of sitting in front of a blank page for hours and still coming up empty. well, we've got the remedy: cutting-edge artist ashley goldberg. ashley’s come wielding her brush and paints to invite you into paint.plan.play, an “art” class designed for scrapbookers. grab the paints and brushes you've been collecting and let ashley help you tap into the creativity you've got hiding inside yourself. 


during the first half of paint.plan.play, you’ll explore core painting techniques ashley uses every day, then you will transition into putting those new skills to use in several projects. with ashley’s expert guidance, you will learn how to take control of color, pattern, and text by using paint, collage, and various other mediums to add allure to all your paper crafting projects – from personally designed journal layouts to project life spreads. '
paint.plan.play will begin on november 1st.
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and best of all, for 1 week only, receive these free exclusives when you sign up for the class...


do take note that the last i checked, these goodies are almost half way gone! so hurry!

you will also be happy to know that ashley is now coming up with digital goodies for this class! the details are not out yet but we should be able to see them soon!

last but not least, do check out the exclusive class supplies available in the shop!

i couldn't resist and picked these up myself!


1. gold splattered rub ons - i love paint splatters especially when they are gold!

2. skinny washi tape - i love polka dots so i couldn't say no to this!

3. fude ball 1.5 pen - a recommended pen for mixed media

4. wood veneer shapes - these wood veneer shapes are designed by ashley for this class!

5. ashley goldbery 12 patterned pages - i'm most excited about these papers! they are 6 X 8 inches in size so they will be perfect for your art journal or we can fit them in handbooks! i even thought of framing them up as wall deco! 

6. color theory paint bundle - i bought these set of acrylic paints during last month and i haven't open them up yet. they are now perfect for this class!

7. stamp set: alpha ashley goldberg - i love studio calico alpha sets so i wouldn't miss this one designed by ashley!

ok! that's all i bought! :P

to sign up or to find out more details on the class, click here.

thanks for dropping by my blog and i hope to see you in class!

xoxo
lilin

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Underground Reveal

hello! i'm back today to share what i made with studio calico october kits from studio calico - the underground.

make magic 
(main kit only) 



another new silk screen in this month's kit! this was my first attempt with silkscreen and i love it! I used the silkscreen with mist here and thought it turned out really well! I'm not good at misting actually, so I used a paintbrush and painted the color over the silkscreen. it's especially fun when you can make so many of them in different colors. i made 3 using mary mary, gold and sea foam. if you have no idea what a silk screen is, it actually works like a mask/ stencil. one side of it is sticky and you stick it down to your cardstock. once it's secure, you can use your favourite media to colour it! some options i can think of are acrylic paint, mist, ink pad and gelatos! there is a video by natalie from the creative team on the sc blog where she shares the different ways you can use the silk screen! click here for the post.

one fine day
(main kit only)



love these leaves cut file by hello forever! i cut them out in the different patterned papers and the old book paper available in the kit. i love using watercolour to paint the background recently and used the technique here. i decided on the colors base on the colors of the patterned paper. i used a blend of red, orange, yellow here. next i scatter the die cut leaves around the page. to add more texture and detail, i hand stitched some of the   leaves and added some cabochons. i love brush script titles, but my handwriting isn't as beautiful as i hope it is... for now (more practice required)! so i cheated by printing the title in manus font in black and fussy cut it. i'm happy with how it turned out! lastly, i fussy cut some hearts in white to add more layers to the page.

happiness = you
(main kit, piccadilly, notting hill)




this is the first time i am using a huge photo for my layout. i printed my photo on a piece of 8.5 x 11 vellum and i love how it turned out, especially after i layered the photo over a patterned paper so that the colors shows through. i wanted the huge photo to be the focus of this page, so i kept the embellishing. i used the beautiful stamp in piccadilly and stamped the design in black on white card stock. then i fussy cut the stamped flowers so that they can be used as embellishments together with some stickers and badge. another favourite of mine this month are the pastel wood drop stickers!

go see do
(main kit, piccadilly, notting hill, king's cross)




love these beautiful crate paper frames and how they can be used to create a simple grid design. to add interest to the page, i painted a background with watercolors as a base for my frames. to decide on what colors to use, i turned to the beautiful rub ons included in king's cross. i would never have thought of matching the colors grey, yellow and purple but when i saw the rub ons, i thought the color combination is perfect. what's better is that there are frames in the pack that fits into this color scheme. after i painted the background, this page came together easily as i added matching frames and embellishments to each grid. 


i hope you enjoyed the layouts i made for this reveal! if you are interested in finding out more about studio calico's scrapbook kit, click here.

thank you so much for dropping by!

xoxo
lilin 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Underground Sneaks

hello everyone! i am going for a short getaway and before i am off to hit the beach, i thought i'll drop in to share some sneaks for studio calico's october kits - the underground!


this is a sneak of my main kit only layout. the colors of the main kit definitely reminds me of autumn! even though its summer all year round in singapore, i am loving these fall colours! and they work especially well with the lovely leaf cut files designed by hello forever! 


another main kit only sneak. mist + silkscreen = magic...


i think i found my favourite stamp in piccadilly! used the main kit + add on 1 (piccadilly) + add on 2 (notting hill) here... the crate paper sticker sheet in add on 2 is so sweet!


loving watercolor backgrounds now! used add on 1 (piccadilly) + add on 2 (notting hill) + add on 3 (king's cross)...

i hope these sneaks will give you an idea of what to look out for in the upcoming kits and help you decide what to get during reveal! thanks for dropping by and see you soon!

xoxo
lilin

Monday, 1 September 2014

30 Days of Me at Studio Calico

the registration for studio calico class - 30 days of me is almost closing! this is your last chance to sign up for this class conducted by maggie holmes! 


i am a big fan of maggie's mini albums so i am excited to join this class! as memory  keepers, we usually focus on documenting memories of our loved ones, and may have missed out including ourselves in our projects. hence, for this class, maggie will be sharing ways to incorporate yourself into memory keeping by completing an entire album, focused on you!


when you sign up for the class, you will receive this pretty bonus kit you can use to put your album together! 

as always, beautiful printables and cut files will be available to you once you sign up!



to sign up or to find out more details on the class, click here.

see you in class!

xoxo
lilin

Friday, 29 August 2014

Poet Society Reveal

studio calico poet society kits are here! i got my kits later this month so i didn't have as much time to play with the kits as i wanted to. lucky for me, the kits are awesome and i manage to put together the layouts rather quickly! i scrap really slow, so 1 layout per day is considered an achievement for me! :) here's what i made this month!

how about? some milk?
(main kit only)


love this patterned paper by love life paper! i wanted to use this pretty paper as a background paper so i applied some gesso over some areas to tone down the design. Love that the gesso is not too thick and dries up with a translucent effect. i decided on the placement for my photo and cut out a few cards from the 'one way ticket' paper and used one for my journaling and others for layering. then i cut out some diamonds and triangles from one of the patterned paper and arrange them around my photo. to finish off, i splattered some mr huey mist, added some sequins and also used my craft knife to cut a little heart on the paper so that the backing paper peeks through...




this is how we do it!
(main kit only)


i got the inspiration for this layout from one of the cards on 'one way ticket' paper - a paper plane flying, leaving a heart shaped trail behind it. i painted a white card stock with blue and green watercolors as the background. then i used vellum paper to fold a little origami plane and hand stitched a trail. after i decided on the placement for my photos, i added the rub ons around the photos. love how well the rub ons work with the watercolors. lastly, i wanted to add some journaling, but didn't know where will be a good place so i decided to write my journal on the card that i used to layer my photo. i used a sticker from the labels set and used it to create a flap so i can flip my photo and reveal the journaling behind it.

nothing is too wonderful to be true
(main kit, dickinson, alcott, whitman)



love the soft pastel colors of the crate paper tags and chipboard included in add on 1 - dickinson! i knew i wanted to use these to document one of my favourite wedding photos.  i used one of the heart shaped digital stamps and created a background filled with hearts using the silhouette studio. using my trusty silhouette cameo, i cut the design and i used the negative cut as a base for my page. i backed the hearts with some patterned paper and page came together quite easily with all the goodies i had! i started layering them around the photo and the page was almost done. i also love the phase 'nothing is too wonderful to be true' from one of shimelle's paper in add on 2 - alcott and used it as my title.


today is the day
(main kit, dickinson, alcott, whitman))




made this layout to document ethan's 3rd birthday. love the floral wreath digital stamp that kim steward designed this month so i trace the design in silhouette studio and made it into a cut file. i always cut the die cuts with white card stock so i can add color to them when required. for this layout, i painted the cuts with watercolors. when i was working on the layout, i tried to trim my photo into the shape of the wreath, as i thought of it as a frame, but it didn't look as good as i thought it will be. hence, i left the photos in its original size - 3 X 3 inch square and just place the wreath over the photo. i think this worked better as it creates more layers and i love how the photo peek behind the wreath. next i layered my photo with some tags, vellum and patterned paper. i added the title and scattered some clear gems around the photos according to the color of the wreaths. as i do not have any yellow gems in the kits, i use some yellow mist to create ink splatters instead. then i added some stickers, label and date stamp. lastly, i trim my card stock a bit smaller and select a matching paper to back my layout. love how this technique always adds more color and layer to my page!

i hope you enjoyed the layouts i made for this reveal! if you are interested in finding out more about studio calico's scrapbook kit, click here

thank you so much for dropping by!

xoxo
lilin 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Poet Society Sneaks and September Shopping Picks!

hi there! i'm here to share my sneaks for studio calico september kits - poet society


subscriber's reveal is in less than 24 hours! as usual, i had lots of fun playing with the kits. i had the privilege to work with the scrapbook kit and 3 add ons - dickinson, alcott and whitman. my favourite add on this month has to be add on 1 - dickinson ! it's filled to the brim with pretty goodies like the chipboard and tags from crate paper and the huge gold alpha! love all the sweet pastel colors and gold in this add on!

also, check out for the digital stamp brushes in the shop now! they are amazing! i used a couple of them as cut files!

here's a peek at what i made...


this is a main kit only layout. this is my favourite patterned paper this month. i painted it with some gesso to tone it down so i could use it as a background paper.


this is also a main kit only layout. i played with some watercolors, rub ons, stitching and origami!


i used a mix of the main kit, add on 1, add on 2 and add on 3 here! love love love the pretty chipboards and tags in add on 1 - dickinson! this month, the die cuts i used are actually digital stamp brushes. i traced them in silhouette studio and cut them using my silhouette cameo. i used the heart shaped digital stamp brush in this set to create a background and you can find the pretty leaves can be found here.


i used a mix of everything for this last sneak. these pretty floral wreath die cuts are also digital stamp brushes. i cut them out and colored them with some watercolors. you can find them here!

bundling is about to start so i picked out some of my favourites this month to help fill up your cart! :)



1. tiny attacher - my favourite tool to hold things together. great for adding some tiny details to my layout.

2. gesso - i used this to tone down complicated patterned papers so i can use them as backgrounds. love that it dries with a translucent effect.

3. more white - i love working with white card stock as my background so i stock up lots of this from the shop! this is what i use to cut my die cuts too.

4. mr huey watercolors - i used this on 2 of my layouts this month. love the colors, easy to use and great for adding colors to my layout. love the price too!

5. silhouette cameo - this is one of my earliest and best investment when i started scrapbooking. the capability of this small machine still amazes me everytime i cut something. adds beautiful intricate designs to my work!

6. poet society pl digital stamp brushes - if you love designs by kim steward, you shouldn't miss out on this set! the designs look lovely when i cut them out too!

that's all i have today! i hope you enjoyed my sneaks and shopping picks! 

thanks for dropping by and see you later at reveal!

subscribers reveal will be on 27th at noon EST/ 11am CST and for the rest of the public, it will go live on 27th at midnight EST/ 11pm CST.

xoxo
lilin