Monday, August 31, 2015

#Challenge52Kits Field Guide - October 2011

Let's go back to October 2011...

ABOUT FIELD GUIDE | I loved a lot of the soft colors of this kit, but mixed in with some of the darker elements from the Nightfall collection by American Crafts made it lovely, like a light fall evening.

REALITY | Like I said in my last post, I tried to make a mini album with it because the papers were so gorgeous but ended up having to toss it because it came apart and I never finished it anyway. However, I did use the Almanac add-on to actually complete a full vacation mini album with that awesome Amy Tangerine mini book (scroll down to see the inside)!!

Field Guide leftover

Perennial leftover

Greenhouse leftover

Almanac leftover

A LAYOUT | OK, so I was just reviewing some older layouts from my Inspiration book and found this layout by Lisa Dickinson and thought that would be a fun one plus I had some pics of our lunch (and dinner) from Freddy's on our last day of vacation in Florida that would go perfectly! I used the same font, Pacifico, in my Silhouette to cut out my title. The only thing I would've liked to do differently maybe would be to pick a different background color for the strips of paper - that yellow is a bit strong, but oh well.

VACATION ALBUM | Check out the below images - I used a lot of Amy Tangerine products, as well as some from the October Afternoon Boarding Pass collection. I finished all but the last couple of pages, but didn't have a whole lot to put in them anyway, so it really doesn't bother me.

NEXT UP | So join me next week as I tackle a bit of a tougher one for me, Handmade from November 2011! I'm thinking some pics of my daughter and my Grandma together might pair well with this kit!

Monday, August 24, 2015

#Challenge52Kits Glee Club - September 2011

This was my 2nd kit that I subscribed too, I remember it well - Glee Club!

ABOUT GLEE CLUB | I was excited that this kit still included some bits from Amy Tangerine's original line, some more BasicGrey Out of Print, as well as some of American Crafts' Nightfall collections. So excited I bought a ton extras from all 3 of those collections also from

Glee Club scrapbook kit leftover + more pp and SC paper

REALITY | When I was gathering this kit back together from the four corners of the earth, I mean, my scrapbook room, I only noticed 1 piece of paper that was used a little, and then I found the project I used it for - the background paper for this card! Ugh, I think, other than some of the alphas, and the stamps... that's really it, wow. The sad part is, I had bought ALL 4 add-on kits too, ok there's no time like the present right!

Pep Squad leftover

Debate Team leftover

Home Ec leftover

Thespian leftover

REALITY CON'T | I really wanted to delve more into this kit, but this week I had some other projects going on, so didn't get to use as much up of this kit as I would have liked! I definitely want to make some cards with it, as the paper is just gorgeous, but also I would really like to use up those special hand stitched tags from the Home Ec add-on! That will definitely go into my personal challenge bucketlist haha!

A LAYOUT | So here is the layout I made with this kit! I knew I wanted to go with the travel theme of some of the supplies in the kit, and also use that circular paper. Which reminded me of circles, which reminded me of this sketch template from Simple Scrapper that I had used once before. I decided not to worry that I have already used it and just used it again, and this time it's a whole different look with the Glee Club kit! This layout was just one of those that came together quickly and easily once I decided on a sketch template and cut out the circles with my Silhouette! I'm glad I finally used a paper clip and two brads, plus a border strip - each taken from a completely untouched package of supplies!!

NEXT UP | Oooh, Field Guide - one of my most favorite October kits!! I had previously tried to create a small mini album with a bunch of these papers, but never finished and I didn't sew it very well so the book actually started coming apart, so I think I trashed it :( BUT I know I have lots of goodies leftover and hope I can find some great pictures to go with this kit!

Monday, August 17, 2015

#Challenge52Kits Boardwalk - August 2011

Boardwalk, boardwalk, boardwalk… It's been 4 years since I received this kit and hardly touched any of it!

ABOUT BOARDWALK | When I first saw Boardwalk, and all the beautiful teals and greens and blues… I swooned, actually it's what put me over the edge and made me finally sign up for a Studio Calico subscription after a few months of stalking SC. I happily purchased 3 add-on kits: Sea Glass, Boogie Board, and Tide Pool, as well as add-on patterned paper, and SC paper (an add-on that came with 2 extra sheets of each SC paper)!

REALITY | I hardly touched ANY of it, except for a few cards and a couple of layouts. And I didn't cut into a single piece of paper that I didn't have a back-up of. That was the time though - I was just coming off my Creative Memories mindset, where I would have so much product and extras of everything that I got used to a security blanket of having doubles of it all so I didn't have to worry about "using up" any single thing!

Boardwalk leftover

Seaglass leftover

Boogie Board leftover

Tide Pool leftover with Hambly Screen Prints transparency!

| So it took a bit of time, but I was able to find all the original supplies and papers from the kit and add-on kits... because I didn't use up and throw away a SINGLE thing! I would even bet I have at least a scrap of every paper too, but anyway, for this particular kit, with all this untouched stuff, I plan to keep most of this kit together as a way to motivate me to use some of the items I wouldn't use one-off. Except for the stamps and probably the brads and letter stickers, the rest I will probably keep together now.

1st card, extending the grid theme from a previous project

quick card using some scraps

PROJECTS | As soon as I had gathered up all the supplies for the kits, I just HAD to make something with it again! It was almost like getting a new kit in the mail, seeing all the supplies together again, was like a family reunion, or better yet... a 10yr high school reunion! (Long story short, that's how my husband and I started dating...)

GETTING STARTED | When I began my first layout, I really wanted to challenge myself and try to use mostly the Tide Pool add-on instead of the obvious Boogie Board add-on... but I just couldn't get it to work, so I started over and thought I needed to bite the bullet and cut a circle from the map paper instead...

OBSTACLE | So after I had picked out a Sketch Template from this month's Simple Scrapper membership materials, I had to change it up slightly so I wouldn't cover up the pretty map paper circle I so bravely cut up! Then I added an extra circle to help balance the layout. I forced myself to try inking up those Pink Paislee Mistables collection letter stickers - which I did with the Hero Arts Ombre ink in peach. They came out a bit darker and muddier than I wanted, but I'm proud of myself for trying it out instead of leaving them white! I added a border strip sticker from the beloved Sassafras line and had to use some brads and twine to really make this a period piece haha!!

MOMMY | First I printed out my photo 5x7 because it was so cute and bright! Then I started by doing a scraplift of this layout by Studio Calico member Ashley888 that I had seen 4 years ago now! When I went to do the title, it didn't really fit in the same area, I moved it and decided to paint in some journaling lines there instead with some goache paint! After that, I just felt like it didn't need the extra stuff at the bottom so I left it mostly blank and added a label with the date and embellishment.

NEXT UP | So next week my plan is to pull out all the supplies for the kit from September 2011, Glee Club! And it should be even more fun since I had purchased ALL 4 Scrapbook add-on kits!! Stay tuned...

Oh and if you made any layouts this past weekend, feel free to link up in the comments here no matter what kit you used!!

Monday, August 10, 2015


So I'm ready to shake things up a bit here on my blog and on my Instagram and start a yearlong challenge for myself, but it can be shorter for YOU, however long you can join in, or even just for a few weeks!

Confession: I have been a Studio Calico subscriber non-stop since August 2011 (even though I started purchasing in May 2011). By this November I will have purchased 52 complete main scrapbook kits, of which I haven't exactly "killed" a single one!

So yesterday morning it dawned on me, I should try to make one more layout with every kit I have! And then I figured I should do this, once a week and post it and make it a challenge that anyone can join in on with any kit club or any project! So here is my plan.

My plan is to work on a layout on Saturdays, posting my progress to Instagram, then posting on Monday morning to my blog. On my blog I will show the kit I worked with, plus whatever add-ons I purchased (a LOT back in the day, hello 3 of the 4 Scrapbook add-ons for the first month!) and also what supplies I had left over! This should get interesting come February 2013 Front Row… I seriously have lost all the paper to that kit hahaha! If I get the time, I can also try to dig up the links to the projects I already created with that kit as well.

Here's one I created with the first kit I am going to use, back when I used to create double page layouts:

I want you all to hop in at any time and comment on the current week's blog post what you all worked on over the weekend, even if it's a different kit than what I'm working on!