I saw this pin on Pinterest awhile ago and I loved the simplicity of the design and knew I wanted to use it somehow. When I was looking for photos to scrap with this month's Studio Calico scrapbook kits, I came across these photos of Sawyer at 2-months that I hadn't scrapped yet. The light bulb went off when I was looking at my Pinterest boards for inspiration and saw that pin!
At first, I thought about using just a huge die cut "2" on the page with patterned paper and my Cameo. But, I've been loving the watercolor look lately and thought it might look more interesting than just patterned paper. To start, I just die cut a super large "2" with my Cameo. I got rid of the actual "2" and just used the negative part of the paper. I kept the paper the full 12x12 size as to not make any boos boos on the rest of the layout (which knowing me would have definitely happened! ;) I chose my background paper (a simple graph paper from the main kit) and laid my cut out "2" paper right over it so that it was covering the whole background. You may want to use a little bit of repositionable adhesive to stick the "stencil" down just a bit so it doesn't slide around while you're painting.
Next I used my trusty Waterbrush (LOVE that thing!!) and the Mister Huey's Watercolor set (you could also use the Peerless Watercolor Papers...I love them both equally) to paint into the negative space. You want to paint in the same direction so that you get a nice uniform look being careful not to push the paint too far into the edge so that it bleeds underneath that "2".
Once you've got it pretty well covered, all you do is lift off your makeshift stencil and stare at your handywork!!
Once it dried, I ran it right through my printer to print the journaling on top of the "2" and added all of the little details.
This technique was a great way to incoporate watercolors into my more clean lined style. Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you try this technique!
**Note: Studio Calico is a monthly kit club offering Scrapbook, Project Life and Card kits each month. Each month the kits go up for sale on the 28th of the month at midnight EST (the night of the 27th). For more information and to subscribe to the kits, click here. Links to specific kits will only work for current subscribers, but will work for everyone after the full reveal at midnight EST tonight.**
The Office Hours Creative Team gallery is live! Seeing how everyone uses the kits each month is always my favorite part and this month is no exception. Like I said yesterday in my sneaks post, Office Hours has a lovely palette of navy, green and some coral-y pink. It's beautiful! And while I'm certainly not opposed to using pink on my boy pages, sometimes it complicates things, so I decided to take the pink totally out of the main kit equation (I'll save the pink stuff for later when I'm working on other projects). ;) Here's what I made with JUST the main kit...
I LOVED the rubons from the kit and the "Hello Today" one sparked the idea for this layout. I used the rubon on a strip of vellum and then cut around it so that it would stand out a little more and attached it with a staple. Pairing these everyday Instagram photos of Sawyer along with our daily "schedule" was something I'd been wanting to document and I'm so glad that that one little rubon inspired me to do so :) Also, I'm pretty much obsessed with that yellow striped paper...so much so that I could only stand to use that one piece of it. I'm hoarding it for sure. ;)
A few weeks ago, as I was cleaning out my scrap room, I noticed (while putting away those stacks and stacks of layouts I had!) that I hadn't done a great job of keeping up with Sawyer's monthly update pages. So, my plan is do at least one with each kit until I get caught up. :) The big "2" was loosely inspired by this pin on Pinterest. More on how I did this tomorrow, but it was SUPER simple!
I struggled with this next one at first. I first played with it for sneaks and then left it alone for 2 weeks (while I had the flu) and when I came back to it, I felt renewed and added lots of little details that finished it off. I LOVE the blue foam Thickers. The color threw me off at first, but I love the unexpectedness of them and I'm super happy w/how this turned out in the end. (uses mostly Rolodex with a bit of To-Do added in too) Also LOVING the Color Theory inks!! They stamp so beautifully. Here I used Mint Hint, Clean Slate and Coral Bay to stamp the fun little circles. Mr Huey's Watercolor set has some GORGEOUS colors and the blue in the set matches those blue foam thickers exactly! Painting the watercolor die cut "rad" added just the right amount of royal blue to finish off the page.
These photos of Sawyer are some of my recent favorites. He eats breakfast after we take the big boys to school and I just love that special quiet time with him. These pictures sum up his adorable baby-ness (is that a word? lol) right now and I couldn't wait to scrap them. The papers from Coffee Break were perfect with their light and fresh feeling. I knew I could get away with flowers (and purply pink!!) because Sawyer is a baby and they add to the "morning" feel of the layout. I added in some bits from the To-Do add-on...I'm in LOVE with the Maggie Holmes Styleboard die cuts...the vellum and gold foil are amazing!
Now onto Project Life! My approach this year so far has been SOOOO laid back. And random. And I'm really okay with that. After two years of doing Project Life, it was time to adjust and time to shake things up a bit. Life is BUSY. Good busy, but busy! I plan to share more about this later, but my approach will be "get as much as you can" done and "don't worry too much about weeks" this year. :) ALSO, I started a thread on the SC message board a few weeks ago asking about scrapping vs. Project Life and if people were still doing both. Someone mentioned that yes they were indeed still doing both (which has always been my plan too), but that they incorporate layouts directly into their PL albums. Oh boy, I LOVED that idea! I plan to use that approach this year too...incorporating all of the "family" pages into our FAMILY album which will have both layouts AND Project Life spreads.
Left side...using just the main PL kit. LOVE the watercolor die cuts and the printed cork circles. And the chipboard letters are fun too!
And the 8.5x11 layout that goes right beside the PL page. I really loved Paige's cut file and couldn't wait to use it. It was perfect for this layout of my boys and me on my birthday last week :)
**Note: Studio Calico is a monthly kit club offering Scrapbook, Project Life and Card kits each month. Sneak peeks are a look at what's coming up in the newest kit, which goes up for sale on the 28th of each month at midnight EST (the night of the 27th). For more information and to subscribe to the kits, click here. **
Well the flu nearly did us in over here. 3 of the 5 of us were hit and then another got a stomach bug at the same time. Needless to say, it was a rough couple of weeks. I've never had the flu before, so I wasn't prepared at all for the zap in my energy level for weeks AFTER I had it. I'm just now feeling back to normal. Anyway, I'm super excited about the Studio Calico March Office Hours kit!! I wish I hadn't felt so crummy and could have made more, but what can you do. I've got a couple of sneak peeks for you....these first two are from just the main scrapbook kit.
The main kit has a really fun color palette of blues, greens and pinks. I pulled out the pink and it left me with a wonderful palette for working with boy photos. Still OBSESSED with navy in general, so that navy throughout the kit makes me super happy ;)
This next sneak uses primarily the Rolodex add-on. This add-on is FUN with the bright pinks and royal blue...such an unexpected combo of colors, but it totally works. I really struggled with this layout in the beginning, but it ended up being one of my faves from the month. :)
Lots from the Coffee Break and To-Do add-ons here. The Maggie Holmes Styleboard die cut pack in To-Do is reason enough to buy that add-on. Vellum and gold foil die cuts?!! Yes please!!
So bummed I didn't have more time to play with the Project Life kit, but I love all the elements from the kit, especially the watercolor die cuts and the printed cork cirlces!! I'll be sharing more about my current Project Life process soon too. Using it more as a "family album" of sorts rather than just PL. More on that later though :)
Thanks for stopping by!! See you all at the subscriber reveal chat tomorrow at 11am EST!
We're coming out of the sick house fog. 3 of the 5 of us had the flu and 1 had a stomach bug. Needless to say, we are DONE being sick. Brady and I are still coughing up a storm, but thankfully everyone is feeling MUCH better and we are on the mend finally. Lots to share and catch up on, but just a quick pic for today...LOVE how he crosses his little feet. He even does it in his sleep. <3
I'm always a little late to jump on any bandwagon. I watch and look and pin ;) and think about trying new things, but honestly, most of the time I tell myself I'm too "busy" to learn/try anything new. I'm of the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I usually warm up to most things over time (hello watercolors!!), but I'm working on making time to LEARN new things this year and jumping in with both feet.
When I heard Kal Barteski was going to be teaching a brush script class at Studio Calico, I was so excited because her work is just beautiful! The idea of the class sounded amazing, but then I got busy with 2 boys in baseball and regular life stuff and decided I just didn't have time. But now that I'm seeing everyone's posts on instagram (search #sclifescripted...so inspiring!, I've decided that I WANT to learn and will MAKE time to learn. And even though my style isn't artsy like hers, I love finding ways to incorporate different styles and trends into my work while sticking to my same clean style.
Sooooo, all this to say, I signed up! I'm going to pick up some supplies this weekend and get started. I'll try to remember to share my progress here and I'm looking forward to using what I learn on my pages. What about you? Are you hesitant to try new things or are you more of a jump right in person?
I was so worried about the age difference (Brady was a month shy of 6 when Sawyer was born last year). I was so worried that Brady never seemed to show an interest in babies at all. I was worried that Brady would fall into the middle child trap and that Jackson & Sawyer would be closer. I was so wrong. So very wrong. Brady & Sawyer are two peas in a pod. They play this game where Brady gets right in Sawyer's face and Sawyer pushes him away and Brady says "ooooooh you GOT ME!" and Sawyer laughs hysterically. And Brady does it again and again. He will do it 100 times if Sawyer will keep laughing. Makes my heart happy :)
Thanks for all the sweet comments on my He Calls Me Mama layout yesterday here and in the SC gallery. :) I wanted to pop in and share the rest of my layouts that I made with the scrapbook kits. Like I said, this kit was amazingly easy to work with and it's definitely going to be remembered as one of my favorite kits for sure.
For CHA, SC asked me to make a couple of 8x5 x11 layouts. I hadn't made one in YEARS, so I was so nervous about it, but I LOVED switching things up for a change! So I made more with the kits this month. I'm looking forward to adding more 8x5x11 pages into my albums this year. This layout was made primarily with the Gum Drop kit. Oh those colors....green/aqua/yellow...my faves! I added a few bits from the other add-ons and the main kit too. I pinned this image on Pinterest a few weeks ago and it totally inspired this layout...
This one I made with just the main kit. Oh that little boy of mine! I just adore these photos of him. These were taken a few months ago, but he still melts me every single time.
Another 8.5 x11 page...the heart cut file was so fun and I'm obsessed with that cute little ink splatter stamp. I embossed it here in white to make it really stand out on the dark grey backgroud. This one was made with entirely the Jelly Beans add-on!
All three of the main kits are still available (Scrapbook, Card & Project Life) and the Jelly Beans add-on is still up too! I don't think they'll last much longer, so grab them while you can. Also, 2 of SC's newest collections are in the shop as well....Essentials and Lemon Lush (you can see how I used the lines HERE). If you order them now, everything will bundle and be shipped with your Sugar Rush kit. Gotta love that! Happy Tuesday, friends! :)
This month's Creative Team gallery is up at Studio Calico and if you're a subscriber, you can start shopping now! Like I said in my sneak peek post, I was hesitant when I first saw peeks of this kit...it seemed very girly and I was a little intimidated by that as a mama of 3 boys, but this kit ended up being one of my very favorites! It was SO easy to work with. I wanted to share my favorite layout of the month along with some tips on how to achieve the same look.
The idea for this layout all started with a poster I pinned on Pinterest. I LOVE searching Pinterest for a starting point for my layouts and as soon as I saw this one, the wheels started turning on how to create something like this w/Sugar Rush.
When I first sat down to start my layout, I thought about trying to arrange everything into a perfect circle on my own, but then reality set in (haha!) and I realized that it would be near impossible to do that. SO, I broke out my Cameo and using the Elipse tool drew a circle right into the center of my paper and then had the machine cut it out from my background paper. This way I could mount the cut out paper over top of a piece of white cardstock and everything would fit perfectly inside the circle. So much easier! :)
To add some detail to the circle, I added some hand stitching. This was really easy. I just used a big sewing needle to punch holes all around the circle. I tried to be careful to keep the holes the same distance apart from each other and from the edge of the paper. If you're not a good eyeballer, you might want to measure instead of just winging it like I did ;)
Then, I used red embroidery thread to stitch all around the circle, taped the loose ends to the back of the paper and mounted the top piece using foam adhesive onto a sheet of white cardstock.
Now that I had a good base for my layout, it was time to add the fun stuff. At first, I added just the hearts, which was cute, but it needed more....
So I went back and punched circles of 2 different sizes from several sheets of patterned paper from the kit and added those in as well. It still wasn't enough, so then I added some enamel dots from the kit for even more detail.
Once I was happy with the way it looked, I stuck everything down and added my photo across the center of my circle. I added the title and strip of striped paper on the left side and it was finished!
I'm so happy with the way this layout turned out. Do you like to use adverstisements/posters/things from Pinterest for inspiration? Don't forget to check out the rest of the Sugar Rush Creative Team gallery! If you're not a subscriber to Studio Calico, you can come back for the midnight reveal tonight at midnight and shop! And if you're not a subscriber, why aren't you?!! lol. You can sign up here to start your subscription! :) I'll be back tomorrow to share more from my Sugar Rush gallery. Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks to everyone for entering my giveaway from last week. It feels so good knowing that this stuff will be going to good homes. :) The random drawing winners are LAUREL M. AND AWBREE! Congrats girls! Please send me your addresses to email@example.com and I'll get these boxes out to you this week.
It's almost time for the Sugar Rush reveal!! I'm super excited about this kit and wanted to pop in with a couple of Project Life sneaks before the big day tomorrow. This Project Life kit is incredible and literally packed FULL of good stuff. I was shocked at how many embellishments there are in the kit. Here are a couple of sneaks at my main kit only spread. My favorite item from the kit was the little sheet of chipboard shapes. I used the heck out of those things :)
The Project Life add-ons are SO good. My favorites from the kit? SC Gold Essentials Hearts, SC Scrap Pads (I have missed these!!) and the white rub-ons! Gotta admit, I wasn't a huge rubon fan back in the day when they were popular, but I have been LOVING them for PL, especially for putting right on top of photos and onto labels. Fun stuff!
Also, putting in my vote for the 4x6 paper pad. I don't use much patterned paper in my spreads, because my sytle is very clean, BUT I played around with some of the papers from the pad & the cut files this time around and I made a little stash of filler cards to keep handy for when I need to add just a little something to my spreads. I'm loving the way they turned out! Also, still very much obsessed with watercolors. I'm not comfortable enough to go totally artsy crazy yet ;), but I love using them on smaller canvases like these. No pressure and if you mess up, you haven't lost much. I love all the colors included in the watercolor paper set and the waterbrush makes it SUPER simple to do. You can see how I used them here on the "love you always" and "love" cards. Totally recommend! :)
Don't forget that you can start shopping from the shop now and everything will be bundled and shipped with your kit! See you all tomorrow for the full reveal! :) Happy shopping!