First off I wanted to say thank you for all your support in this time I have decided to take a step back from the industry and focus on family. But in the mean time I am still documenting this time with my family through project life. One of my goals for 2014 was to bring more video into my project life in a simple way, and CAMEO (the app) makes that SOOOO easy and fun! I have no affiliation with this comany, just fell head over heels in love. You MUST try it, like seriously, do it, you will thank me later!!
So here is our little video that documents our week 4 of 2014.
Fun right? Whatcha say, are you going to give it a try!?
It's a New Year, and with that I am SO excited to be learning from someone I have looked up to for years. Kal Barteski, her style, and simple graphic design has spread like wild fire in our community, but now it is basic to where it started, let's learn from the best!
I love Kal's art prints, and could not be more excited to bring a similar look, in my style to my projects.
NOW IS OUR CHANCE!! YAY!!! Studio Calico + Kal = PURE joy!
I am so excited about the template and cut files I am providing for the classroom! These are available as soon as you sign up for the class! As much fun as those cut files were to design, they were even more fun to cut! Think WATERCOLORS, paper PIECING! Oh the possibilities!
I am already having so much fun playing with Kal's techniques, I know it's going to be a great month!!
YAY! It's reveal over at Studio Calico!!!! Instead of showing you all my layouts in one long post without much detail, I thought I would take them one at a time and share a little more on the though behind the process as well.
The first thing this layout was inspired by: the amazing colors in the kit. Particularly I fell in love with the Nvy Blue and the Lime Greens in the kits. I never knew how much I loved them until this kit came into my craft room! For this layout I mainly use:
To start I sat down with my thoughts, and my photography of my beautiful daughter LOL jK!!! I went shopping!!! I bought this watercolor paper at my local art supply store that is called a "brick", esentially it means both sides of the paper are glued to the pad so that when you paint the paper it doesn't bubble up!! How awesome is that!? Why didn't anyone tell me about this sooner?!
The moment I got home I saw this image on pinterest (I am a preschool teacher so I follow a lot of other teachers)
When I taught Pre-K one of their favorite things to do was bubble paint (which is slightly different than the image above, but it sparked the memory) bascially what you do is put some dish soap, watercolor, muster huey or paint and water in a small cup, or bowl. Stir it all up and grab a STRAW! Yup! A STRAW!!! Then you start blowing bubbles in your solution (like when we use to blow bubbles in our chocolate milk) until it floats to the top, then you take your paper and lay it on top and it creates these lovely watercolored circles. Now this really isn't an exact science, its very organic so just go with it!
Once I was done with the watercoloring I was really able to see where I wanted this layout to go. Using the ncy cardstock to give this dreamy layout an achor I pulled other colors that were similar from the kits. I knew i wanted that bird paper in there some where, so I just add to add a little snip of that! The title came from the sermon I had heard the Sunday before and it just stuck with me, I love that sentiment!
I thought I was done before I added the geo tags, and I am so glad I thought to add those later because they are one of my favorite parts now!
If you try this technique I would love to see! Link me up!!
Ladies, and I think there may be a Gentleman that reads this *cough cough Jonathan*.... THE COLORS in Copper Mountain have stolen my heart, especially the GREEN and NAVY combo, oh my heavens! I wanted to share some sneaks with you today!
I had so much fun creating this year in review layout (my one of many, right?!) are you going to make anything like that to wrap up your year? If so, what approach are you taking? I would love to see it!!
Are you all signed up for your Copper Mountain kits? If not, make sure to sign up here..
For those of you who are already signed up, I always like to check out my subs at the beginigng of the year, and right now is the PERFECT time to EXTEND your subscription because Studio Calico is giving you BONUS points for doing so!!! How fun is that? Use the following cards to rack up your points!
Yay Yay YAY HIP HIP horrrrray!!!! I get to share my little secret with you guys! I am EXCITED to announce my second line with Studio Calico, WANDERLUST!!! Before I share with you some of the products I am MOST excited about, I wanted to share with out a little mood board I made that reflects where I was coming from with this line. I wanted to create a travel line that was more about the PLACES you have gone, but also spoke to the PLACE you HOPE to go. This really is a line for dreamers, wanderlusters, and the journey this life takes us on!
Happy Monday! With only a little over a week before Christmas I wanted to share a quick and fun stocking stuffer idea with you. Chrismtas is at our house, so I like to make sure the adults are as well covered as the kids, with 8 adults here for Christmas that can get a little crazy and expensive. So I like to come up with help Santa come up with some affordable ideas.
So when I saw these adorble journals in the dollar section of Target, I knew I had to grab them! So I grabbed enough for all the women in our family and knew I could come up with something fun with them!
When I had the house to myself for a moment or two I took them out and went to work. This really is the fun part for me. I got these out with NO idea what I would do with them, so I just took out some supplies that I thought may work. I really love these metal letters but they didn't end up working on my project today, but I did find these basic grey alpha letters that ended up working well! That is what I LOVE about my Studio Calico kits, I often have supplies left over for on the whim projects li
From there I just sewed together some bits of fabric, tags, ribbons etc while adding a tag and a letter. I used this firs journal as a template to quickly put together my other journals! Once i hit this point it came together very quickly.
At this point I thought it might be fun to add a button closure to add an extra special detail (I am sorry but I am a sucker for anything with a button on it!). So I pulled out a grey button along with my Amy Tangerine sewing kit.
I don't mind the messy look of this, to me it goes with the front! So I simply added some washi and twine and used my sewing machine to secure them to the back cover.
Then pulling the twine around the front, I simple wrapped them around the button to close the journal.
Super easy, personalized gift!! Once you get started on these I promise you will whip them out in a couple minuets, and they are so much fun to make! Who wouldn't love this personalized journal on Chrismtas morning?
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