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!


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Workspace At Studio Calico

have you signed up for the new class at studio calico - workspace? the class will be taught by the amazing marcy penner and she will walk you through steps to take your work area from tiring to inspiring. i will be moving to my new place within the next few months and one exciting part of it is that i will get to reorganise my space! given that my new apartment is really small, i wouldn't call it a space as it will most likely be just a section of Ethan's wardrobe that i will claim to keep my scrapping stash and continue working on the floor (like i am doing now) or at the dining table. ha! nevertheless, it will be my very own and this class would be just perfect! ok, now for the details of the class...

 with two lessons a week, marcy and her team will take you step by step through the process of assessing your space & storage, your stash, and how you use it so that you can organize your workspace in a way that works for you.

you will receive these useful hello forever planners and digital files when you sign up!
  • Worksheets for each lesson, to help you work through the class
  • Printable tabs to use to label your supplies
  • Cut files for tabbed dividers for your 3x4in and 4x6in cards
  • Reveal planning checklists
  • Kit tracking sheets
while you sign up for the class, you will also be happy to know that studio calico has stock up some items that will help you with your organisation. these are some that has caught my eye...

1. handbook - i am currently using handbooks to keep my stamps. the handbook is available in other colors and you can find them here!

2. tabs stamp & die set - keep tabs of your favourite projects with these this tab stamp and die set by hello forever. for those of you who don't need the die, there is a stamp only set which you can find here.

3. lock tight containers - i need to get my hands on this! i am currently storing my sequins in small plastic storage boxes and ethan has his eyes on them! he shakes them!! ha! and now my sequins are in a mess! so these cute lock tight containers should help keep the sequins in order!

4. stamp and die storage pockets - since i am storing my stamps in handbooks, i would store my dies in this clear pockets.

5. white metal rimmed tags - currently i keep my enamel dots together with metal rings, so these tags would be perfect to label them!

for more class supplies, you can click here.

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

the class starts on august 4th! hope to see you there!


Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Closer Look - Here and Now

it's the weekends! i am still waiting for my studio calico august kits to arrive so i thought i should use the spare time i have now to share a tutorial of how my layout using penny arcade came together... here's the layout i am going to share today! 

so here we go...

i selected some gelatos and colored on a piece of white cardstock. i love gelatos, they are creamy and are like a combination of crayons and watercolors. i color the gelatos the same way i would with crayons and i use a wet brush to blend the colors and the end results looks like a more vibrant version of watercolors. when i am working on studio calico kits, i usually decide on the colors to use base on the mood board. this way, i am sure that the colors would coordinate perfectly with the kit. 

i used this subjective moodboard by ania maria and decided on the different shades of yellow and pink and some mint green.

i do not have a mint green in my set of gelatos so i usually use blend green, white and a bit of blue and yellow. however, this time, it didn't turn out as well as i want! in fact, i thought it will be better without the mint green. so i decided to cover it with a piece of patterned paper. 

here's how it looked after covering the green.

next i decided on the placement for my photos and added a die cut i cut using my silhouette cameo. this floral die cut is an exclusive for studio calico july kits designed by kim steward.

i wanted to layer my photos a bit, so i added some vellum. next i added some stickers base on the background color. there are no embellishments that can match the bright pink so i cut the butterfly from one of the patterned papers - under the boardwalk. 

at this point, i thought the page doesn't look so balance with the butterfly at the top so i shift it down and felt it looked better. i also added another strip of black and white patterned paper on the left side. i used the water-colour die cuts - here and now as my title. added more stickers, some buttons and enamel dots. lastly, my journaling and stamp date and the page is complete!

all products used are from studio calico penny arcade main scrapbook kitskee ball (add on 1), fortune teller (add on 2) and spun sugar (add on 3)

thanks for dropping by and i hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial. have a great weekend!


Thursday, 10 July 2014


hi! it's mid week and i hope that the week has been good for you so far! today i thought i will pop in here to share a layout i made as a gift to my cousin and cousin in law for their wedding.

since its a wedding gift, i wanted to make a layout with a romantic and whimsical feel to it. so i thought of the ruffled crepe paper from dear lizzy - polka dot party collection . however, i am unable to find it in my local scrapbook store so i decided to make one myself using a piece of white card stock and sometissue paper. i first cut the tissue paper into strips then slowly adhered each piece to the card stock with my tape runner. i started from the bottom of the page and worked my way up. 

for this layout, i purchased some digital cut files from fresh cut illustrations and cut them with my silhouette cameo. these lovely die cuts are designed by amazing talented kim steward and you can purchase them from wilna's shop iheartstudio. the rest of the page came together easily as i layered some pink tulle from my studio calico camelot kit, and some die cuts and vellum shapes from maggie holmes styleboard collection and other bits and pieces from my stash. 

here are some detailed shots...

i'm glad that my cousins love this layout and here's wishing them a blissful and everlasting marriage!

thanks for dropping by!


Monday, 30 June 2014

Penny Arcade Reveal

hello! i'm back to share my layouts for studio calico july kits - penny arcade! i'm sorry that i am late in sharing this blog post as june has been a very busy month for me! this month's kit is one of my favourites! i love love love the colours! and the papers from ashley goldberg! and the exclusive cut files are just as amazing... glad i cut a whole bunch of die cuts with my silhouette cameo!

i was happy to work with the main scrapbook kit, skee ball (add on 1), fortune teller (add on 2) and spun sugar (add on 3). if i have to choose one favourite this month, it will be the main scrapbook kit! love the ashley goldberg papers, the lovely brush script travel journal paper, cute cloud paper by life-love-paper and stamp stickers! the kit is filled with lots of exclusive papers and embellishments!

here's a look at what i came up with...

(main kit only)

the patterned paper in the kit are so pretty, i wanted to use as many as i could on a layout so i decided on a grid design. i printed 3 photos in 3 x 3 inch and cut 4 patterned paper into 3 x 3 inch squares. after deciding the placement for the photos, i layered each one with a piece of vellum. 
for the first square, i used some pink thread and hand stitched the city - london since my photos are of my trip to london! i love the stamp stickers so i cut part of it and used it as one of the squares on my grid. i wanted to keep the design simple so i decorated the rest of the patterned papers with a doily and some die cuts from kim steward and in a creative bubble. then i thought this page could do with more yellow, so i trim a 3 x 3 square from white card stock and colored it with some gelatos. i used lemon and buttercup yellow here. then i stamped "the sky's the limit" with color theory sunny day. to finish off, i added my journaling, date stamp and a small strip of white crepe paper.

hello world
(main kit only)

when i saw this cute cloud paper, i thought it's perfect for scrapping ethan's first photos! love how well the clouds die cuts by paige evans complements the cute clouds on the paper. after i decided on the placement for the photo, i layered it with vellum, a doily and patterned paper. i place some white crepe paper beneath the photo like a little banner. i also added a cluster of embellishment at the side of the photo with the stamp stickers, flower die cut by hello forever and xo metal circle badge. to make the die cut clouds stand out, i outline them with my precision pen

you are my favourite
(main kit, fortune teller, spun sugar)

used mostly fortune teller in this layout. just like my london page, i wanted to use as much of the pretty patterned paper as possible so i cut the papers into little rectangles and place them together with my photo, some crepe paper and journaling card by hello forever, something like a jigsaw puzzle. this is why i love working with a kit for such a design, because the papers are well coordinated and i don't need to spent time making sure they look good together. then i started layering the october afternoon stickers and used the heart shaped die cut by kim steward to frame my photo. to make the words 'you are my favourite' stand out, i cut strips from the patterned papers and layer it beneath the journaling card.

here and now
(main kit, skeeball, fortune teller, spun sugar)

i started this page by coloring some gelatos on white card stock. then i added some black and white strips of patterned paper on the left hand side of the page as a contrast to the colourful background. i place my photos in the middle of my painted background and added a floral die cut by kim steward. this die cut is my absolute favourite! love how the colors peep through the die cut. to add more interest to the page, i layered some stickers, gold enamel dots, buttons and the little butterfly i cut from under the boardwalk paper from fortune teller. lastly, i added the now and then watercolor die cut, journaling and date stamp. 

i hope you have enjoyed my reveal of penny arcade and i will be back soon with a tutorial for one of the layouts!

also, the enrolment for inked 2.0 is almost closing, if you are interested to find out more about the class, click here!


Inked 2.0 At Studio Calico

have you signed up for inked 2.0 at studio calico? registration ends june 30th at 11:59pm est so it's your last chance to sign up! learn 20 new ways to get more from your stamps with Lisa Spangler and Tina Aszmus in this new class! 

here's what you will receive:
  • 4 videos and 16 step by step tutorial PDFs sharing techniques for getting more from your stamps.
  • 40 all new projects (layouts, cards and pocket pages) featuring stamping
  • a class message board and gallery where you can interact with your teachers and fellow students
  • challenges during the month of July

and here's a look at the digital goodies you will be getting when you sign up for the class!

printables from hello forever and

digital cut files from 
hello forever, shanna noel and paige evans

layout and card templates from shanna noel

you will also be happy to know that some exclusive stamp sets are available...

dress up the house with these house guest...

for more class supplies, you can click here.

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

the class starts on july 1st! hope to see you there!