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!


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!


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.


Monday, 18 August 2014

Mini Book Mini Workshop At Studio Calico - Marcy Penner

make a mini album with marcy penner in the 3rd part of the mini book workshop at studio calico! 

in this workshop, marcy will be using a 4 x 4 binder album. these binders come in yummy colors like gold, coral and mint! i have been considering buying this album for ages but waiting for some inspiration on how to use it! so i'm glad that marcy has decided to build her mini book with it!

besides a detailed pdf showing how marcy put together her album, there will also be videos showing you how she planned out her album and sharing techniques in her mini book!

and not forgetting the beautiful printables and cut files that come with the class...

in the class, marcy used the already sold out jet add on from the august kit. if you did not manage to purchase it, no worries as marcy will also be giving some tips and ideas of how you can put together a kit using your stash! here's what one of the participants - dearlydee put together! looks amazing isn't it?

the workshop is now open and registration ends on 31 august 2014 11:59 pm est. 

if you love mini albums and have missed out on the previous 2 mini book workshops, you can still purchase the library and enjoy 10% savings!

that's all i have today! thanks for dropping by and i will be back soon to share a mini book i made!


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sandlot Reveal

sorry i'm late this month! my little boy turned 3 last weekend and my in laws were in town to celebrate! we spent the last few days together hence i didn't have an opportunity to pop in here... we had a celebrate for ethan in school on friday and a family dinner on saturday. a double celebration for our little monkey! love you lots darling and here's wishing you a very happy birthday!

so, today i finally found time to sit down and i can't wait to share with you the reveal of studio calico's sandlot kit! i've had so much fun working with sandlot scrapbook kit, the scrapbook add ons hercules, jet and smalls. they are filled to the brim with lots of pretty papers and embellishments! 

here's what i made this month...

be happy
(main kit only)

i love love love the 'be happy' stamp designed by talented ct member shanna noel so i grabbed my color theory ink pads and stamped in different colors to create a background for my black and white photo. what i love about the color theory ink pads is that it always coordinates very well with the colors of the kit! i always use the mood board for the month and pick out the matching colors from my ink pads. so for this layout, i used well red, blush crush, coral bay, orange country, sunny day, yes peas, emerald city, mint hint and clean state. then i decided the placement of my photo and layered it with the colorful dot washi tape, ribbon and vellum. to complete the title, i stamped the 'be' accent on the circle metal tag and adhere it to my photo.
and to finish off, i added my date stamp and journaling around my stamped accents. 

this month, the ct gals have a 'lift a member' challenge and I chose to lift a layout - black mountain from ashli oliver - souphousemama. i love ashli's work!!! when i first saw here gallery i am amazed! so much inspiration! i love all the love the layers and details she put every single one of her layouts! i am a new fan...

the first thing that caught my eye in ashli's layout were the 9 decorated circles. i love adding little details to my layouts and thought it would be a fun layout to put together.
and this is my version...

little treasures
(main kit, hercules, jet, smalls)

i started my layout with the grey grid patterned paper as my background. instead of circles, i decided to use the plastic doilies from hercules. the doilies reminds me of my scallop punch so i used it to punch some patterned paper which i used to make up my grid design. 

i also played around with the polka dot stencils from hercules. i am really bad with misting and the result didn't too good but thankfully it still looks alright after i used my scallop punch. i think i need to practice my misting more often :P

with all the embellishments and papers on hand, my grid design came about quickly and i really enjoyed decorating each doily/ scallop.

i decided to scrap this photo of ethan with his daddy's old toys. my mother in law kept them in good condition and ethan had lots of fun playing with them when we were back in kl. hence, i came up with my title - little treasures...

here's a close up shot

that's all i have for you for this reveal...

i did a quick check of the shop and realise that hercules is still available! i am surprised because its my favourite add on this month!

i can't tell you how much i love the papers from hercules because they can be cut and used as embellishment. i cut out the roses from summer floral paper, leaves from laguna palms paper and the cute little deer from blue ridge paper. i am also in love with the black strips paper and am still hoarding a small piece of it. 
another favourite are the plastic doilies, i love doilies and i love them when they are transparent! great for layering. other favourites also include the polka dot mask, ampersand paper clip and of course the fancy stamp! i didn't get to use the pink rub on alphas but they do look cute too!

so if you are considering getting this add on, i highly recommend it! :)

thanks for dropping by and see you soon!


Sunday, 27 July 2014

More Bright Ideas At Studio Calico

have you had times when you have no inspiration to scrap at all? from time to time, i do have that, i will stare at my supplies for hours and have no idea what to do with them! during those times, i wish i had some ideas to help me jump start my creativity... lucky for me, more bright ideas class is coming to studio calico

if you have $5 to spare, this is the class you wouldn't want to miss!  follow Nicole as she guides you through 8 creative challenges designed to make you look at paper and glue in a whole new light...

besides the creative content you will be getting from the class, you will also have access to these beautiful cut files and digital printables...

registration for more bright ideas ends july 31 at 11:59 pm est so hurry! 

if you would like to sign up or find out more details on this class, click here!

hope to see you in class!


Sandlot Sneaks

hello! just wanted to drop in to share some sneaks for studio calico august kit - sandlot! i received my kits 3 days ago and went straight to play and made these 2 layouts!

my first sneak is of my main kit only layout. i love love love the 'be happy' stamp designed by shanna so i got my color theory inks out and created a colorful background for my black and white photo of ethan. these ink pads come in 12 beautiful colors and are perfect to work with the kits! refills for these ink pads are also available now!

the kits are filled with lots and lots of beautiful paper and embellishments this month! i especially love this rose paper from hercules (add on 1). i'm happy i can cut many roses from that single piece of paper. in addition to hercules, i used a mix of the main scrapbook kit, jet (add on 2) and smalls (add on 3) for this layout.

remember, the reveal is on 27th at noon EST/ 11am CST for subscribers and  27th at midnight EST/ 11pm CST for non subscribers.

thanks for dropping by and see you at reveal!