Documenting the Holidays with Photos & Stories

Thanks for your comments on the last post and for sharing about what inspires you! It was inspiring to read your comments. Congrats to ShellyJ on winning the Project Life kit giveaway! I hope that you enjoy it!!

Today, I wanted to share about two more fabulous classes that are being offered at Studio Calico that will help you document the holiday season. There are so many activities, traditions and stories to be told during this wonderful holiday months and Studio Calico is helping us all document those stories.
For the month of November, the class 'Gratitude/Documented' is going to help us document the things in our life that we are thankful for.

It’s easy to feel content during the holidays, but do you remember to be grateful all year long? In Gratitude Documented, Shanna Noel will guide you through a series of prompts, videos, and more so that recording the seasons of gratitude from your life will be easy and enjoyable. Reflect on and recognize the themes of family, love, and personal triumph that resonate with you. Let’s come together and remember that there is so much to be grateful for.
Gratitude | Documented is enrolling now through November 30th at 11:59pm EST. The first lesson will be posted on November 1st.
This class is only $19 and is filled with great lessons, videos and great digital goodies as well! Love the cute printables and digital brushes!

The next class, 25 Days, is all about capturing and documenting the stories of the month of December. Ali Edwards created an amazing annual project called 'December Daily' that is all about documenting your stories during the month of December. She has an AMAZING kit that is available for creating your own album...you can check it out here. This class at Studio Calico is meant to compliment Ali's kit and help with prompts and ideas to help you fill you album with memorable content. While supplies last, you will receive a darling kit filled with journaling cards, tulle, a stamp set and more! You can go here to see the the kit and learn more about this class.

Last year I started a December Daily album and I  love it! I didn't actually finish it...so I am going to use that album and the pages that I started for this year. I still have lots to do it fill it in and of course - documenting the photos and stories this December! But I am so excited to do this amazing project this year! I hope that you'll check out these two classes offered at Studio Calico and join us in class! I am so excited for them both! :)


What inspires you? #SCInspires FREE Printable & Giveaways!!

What inspires you? I love finding inspiration all around me - from my children, to artwork, to words and quotes, Pinterest, magazines and more! But the thing that truly inspires me the most when I sit down to create a scrapbook layout, card or project - are the products that are right in front of me. Most often a whole layout will be inspired by an embellishment, stamp set or piece of paper.
Yesterday I received my October Project Life Kit, The Underground. Pure inspiration! From the darling stamp set, to the diamond puffy stickers, the masking tape (LOVE!), the copper rubons, the Silkscreens (loving these so much!) and all the amazing cards!! It may go down as one of my most favorite kits of the year!

And, I am giving away one of the Studio Calico, Underground Project Life Kits!!! All you have to do is comment here on my blog about 'what inspires you'! I will randomly draw a name and Studio Calico will send you the kit for free! Yay!!! Also...

Today, Studio Calico is lauching a giveaway called #SCinspires! And it is a HUGE giveaway! We want to get you all talking about "What Inspires You?". Studio Calico has a darling Fall Printable up on the site and all you have to do is go download this printable! They are giving away over $1400 in prizes drawn from those who download the printable! Wow!
Studio Calico will add up all the uses and update everyone our their blog every Friday about their progress. There are some pretty amazing giveaways! Check out the Studio Calico Blog for a list (and it will continue to grow as more people share the hashtag!). 

There are a bunch of participants doing additional giveaways on their blog as well. Be sure to check out the Studio Calico blog for a link to everyone!

So, as a reminder here is what you need to do...

1. Comment here on my blog about what inspires you to be entered to win the Underground Project Life kit for free!

2. Go to Studio Calico and download the Free Fall Printable! Print and enjoy!

3. Go to your social media (blog, Instragram, Facebook, etc.) and share about what inspires you and use the hashtag #SCinspires! The more shares...the more prizes Studio Calico will giveaway!

I can't wait to hear about what inspires you!


Congrats to ShellyJ - you are the winner of the Project Life Kit! I have contacted you via Studio Calico mail. Thanks everyone for your comments!!


Let's Paint, Plan and Play Together!

I hope you were able to sign up for those last classes at Studio Calico - did you? I hope so! They are so awesome! I am in awe of Studio Calico and their ability to keep coming out with amazing new content and classes each month! There is such a wealth of creativity and knowledge out there and I love participating and learning from these classes each month! So worth they money!!

On the 1st of each month, Studio Calico releases at least one new class that is open for registration that month and will start the following month! This month, of October, Studio Calico just opened up two new classes that look like so much fun! Paint, Plan & Play with Ashley Goldberg and Send Joy with Lisa Spangler. Wow! Two classes that teach to fun things - playing with paint and being messy and creative to creating cards and tags that you can use for the holidays! Two great things that we all can probably learn and enjoy - I know I can!! Each of these classes have stamp sets and digital products and more - but you got to sign up early to get those stamps for the classes before they are gone! Go check out the links to see what I'm talking about! Fun stuff!

Paint. Plan. Play
We've all experienced it – the frustration of sitting in front of a blank page for hours and still coming up empty. Well, we've got the remedy: cutting-edge artist Ashley Goldberg. Ashley’s come wielding her brush and paints to invite you into Paint.Plan.Play, an “art” class designed for scrapbookers. Grab the paints and brushes you've been collecting and let Ashley help you tap into the creativity you've got hiding inside yourself.

During the first half of Paint.Plan.Play, you’ll explore core painting techniques Ashley uses every day, then you will transition into putting those new skills to use in several projects. With Ashley’s expert guidance, you will learn how to take control of color, pattern, and text by using paint, collage, and various other mediums to add allure to all your paper crafting projects – from personally designed journal layouts to Project Life spreads. '
Paint.Plan.Play will begin on November 1st.

Send Joy
The Yuletide season is upon us and that means it’s time to send hand-crafted greeting cards and tags for those you hold nearest and dearest. In Send Joy Lisa Spangler will show you how to create 15 cards and 5 tags in bulk so that you can send them to 100 of your closest friends. Provide your entire Christmas list with handmade cards made with care.
Send Joy is enrolling now through October 31st at 11:59pm EST and all class content will be posted on November 1st.

And WOWWWWW! The shop at Studio Calico is brimming with new products from Ashely Goldberg,  Kelly Purkey, stamps, letterpress, wood veneer and so much more! Lots of goodies for the holidays! I just placed an order and I can't wait!!! GO check out the new goodies before they are gone! Yum!!

And totally random - but I've been crafting today! It's felt so good to just sit and play! I made some artwork for Madisyn's room and working on a layout now - just for fun! So I'll have those to post here soon! Sorry it's been so quiet! :)

Hope you enjoy this info about the new classes and products available! I always love hearing about this stuff so I wanted to make sure you knew about it to! Hugs!


Last Chance for 3 awesome Studio Calico Classes!

It is almost the end of September and that means that registration for three amazing classes at Studio Calico will be closing! So I wanted to take a minute to post about these classes so you don't miss out on taking them!

First up are two classes that focus on the reason why we scrapbook - photos and paper and memories! April Foster's class, Snapshot, will provide photo prompts, tips and techniques, photo samples, a mini book, digital content and more! April has a beautiful family and an amazing style - this class is sure to inspire you to capture your everyday life! You can use these prompts all year long! Check out the class page here for more details and to sign up before it's gone!

The second is all about Pen and Paper, taught by Laura Kurz.

Join Laura Kurz for Pen & Paper and take your layouts to the next level by seeing how you can use words to truly make a page. From journaling prompts to interviewing your loved ones, this class will explore many different ways of looking at life to tell your story.

This class is filled with wonderful PDF's to download that contain beautiful content about finding your voice and sharing it in a meaningful way. Be sure to sign up before Sept 30 at 11:59pm EST for each of these classes or they will be gone. :)

There is also a Class Bundle for these two classes if you want to purchase them both (you will get a discount for signing up for both through the bundle). Just go here to sign up for both. These classes are such a good price and filled with amazing content! Hope you'll join us all in the classrooms!!

And the next class that registration ends for on midnight EST on Sept. 30 is AGENDA, with Marcy Penner.
Life can be full of the unexpected. In Agenda, Marcy Penner will teach you how to master your planner and provide you with the necessary tools to structure your day, all while making it cute. The Filo-craze is sweeping the nation and you won't want to miss out! why live another day with the stress of prioritization and figuring out what to do next?
Agenda is enrolling now through September 30th at 11:59pm EST. Class will start on October 1st. 
I have always been a planner loving girl! Give me a cute notebook/planner and a pen and I am happy! So I am so excited about this class! The stamp set for this class is sold out but hello - amazing digital files come with this class for your to do your own planner! I am so excited to learn how to organize my life better and how to make my planner extra awesome! Come join us in class - it's gonna be a fun one for sure!
This has been an amazing year for classes at Studio Calico - I don't know how they keep doing it each month! But they do!! I hope you'll sign up and enjoy these awesome classes! Hope to see you there!


'Sandlot' August Card Kit Sneak Peeks!

I can't believe that it is almost August! So crazy! My kids go back to school this week - time is just flying by!! With another month, comes another amazing kit at Studio Calico! It's always my favorite time of the month when the new kits get released! So inspiring!!

The August Kits at Studio Calico are called 'Sandlot'. Lots of add-ons and dies and stamps and goodies will be available to kit subscribers on Sunday, July 27th at Noon EST. Then open to everyone at Midnight EST that night. They often sell-out quickly so be there to grab them! They are so good! This is just a little peek at a card I made using the Add-on kit, Squints.

On our trip to Utah this month, my Canon DSLR broke. It's been on it's way out for awhile but it finally won't let me take another picture. So, unfortunately, my photos of my projects this month are not great. I'm hoping to purchase a new camera soon. Any good recommendations for a new Canon? Thanks everyone!


New Classes at Studio Calico - last chance to sign up!

There are two fabulous new classes that are coming up at Studio Calico...Workspaces with Marcy Penner and 'More Bright Ideas' with Nicole Samuels. Both these girls are super talented and I'm so excited to take their classes!

Workspaces is all about learning how to make your crafting space work for you! I think I am just as obsessed with organizing my studio as I am with scrapbooking so I am always looking for new ideas and ways to organize! I can't wait to see what Marcy shares - I'm sure it will be inspiring and motivating! Registration ends on July 31 so hurry and sign up!

The other class available for August is 'More Bright Ideas' with Nicole Samuels. Nicole is so creative and I know that this class is gonna be filled to the brim with amazing ideas to inspire your creativity. Plus - it's only $5!! Win win!! Each classes also comes with great digital printables and downloads - so this makes both classes such a great value!!!

I hope you'll join us all in class! The message boards and galleries are great places to share and ask questions with others in your class! It's so much fun...don't miss out! :)


Almost time for the 'Hello-Hello' June Studio Calico Kit Reveal!!

Are you ready for another amazing Studio Calico Kit Reveal? The June Kits, Hello-Hello, are bright and filled with amazing goodies and papers! I love them! Reveal for subscribers is today at 12:00 Noon EST and for everyone at 12:00 p.m. tonight! Be sure to stop by and see the work from the Creative Team - so much inspiring work for you to check out and enjoy!

I can't wait for you to see these kits! I seriously love this time each month - so much inspiration and goodies! :) ENJOY!


'Mixed Media' Class at Studio Calico!

Have you seen this amazing class 'Mixed Media' being offered at Studio Calico? There are so many techniques that I have always seen or read about and I am so excited about this class - FINALLY I can learn how to do them!! This class has already started and there is so much good good good stuff in the classroom. You will be able to jump right in to a ton of inspiration and learning. Here is some information about the class from Studio Calico:

Bring out your inner artist this spring! CĂ©line Navarro and Anna-Maria Wolniak will take the mystery out of mixed media with a series of videos and in depth tutorials sharing their favorite techniques. Spend 5 weeks exploring twenty new and inventive ways to add color and texture to any paper project.
The Mixed Media classroom is now open. The first lessons will be posted on 4/1/2014, and new lessons will be posted each Tuesday through April. You will always be able to access the class material, even after the class has ended.
Registration for this class will close on 4/30/2014 at 11:59PM EST.
There are great printables and die-cutting files included with this class too! Love them!
I can't say enough GOOD THINGS about the Studio Calico classes! It is one of my favorite things that they do each month! If you've never taken an online class - go for it! The format is amazing and you will learn so much! This is a great class and I have been super excited about all the new techniques I am learning! You can go here to read more information and to register for 'Mixed Media'. Registration closes on 4/30 - that is soon! So register now and join us in class!


Bluegrass Farms Studio Calico Kit Reveal!

The April Kits at Studio Calico are up as well as the amazing Creative Team Gallery! So much goodness this month! Here army cards created with the Bluegrass Farms Card kit and add-on, Clarabelle. The main card kit is still available - did you see that amazing sequin die included in the kit? It didn't arrive in time to use on my projects or it would of been on every single one! You've got to grab it while it's still available - amazing!! Love it!

Here are my projects for this month. I've posted a link to the project at the Studio Calico site where you can see more information and products used.

Happy Birthday Friend Card - more info here.

Hello Awesome Card - more info here.

Hello There Card - more info here.

Hey There - more info here.

There are a lot of great things available this month so be sure to check out this page for all the fun goodies. Also, the creative team gallery is full of inspiration! Enjoy and happy shopping! :)


April Studio Calico Kit Sneaks & Class!

Tomorrow brings the reveal of another fabulous kit at Studio Calico, Bluegrass Farm. There are so many fun goodies in these kits this month - plus a fun few extras that will be available as well!

I wanted to share a few quick card sneaks - come back tomorrow for the full reveal and I'll share some of my favorite items that will be available!

Also, don't forget to sign up for the April Class, Stitched!! I am so excited to be contributing to this class - it is going to be amazing! Paige Evans is the teacher and she is a bundle of inspiration! Plus, with an awesome line up of contributors, I know that this will be a very inspiring class - for the beginner to expert! I hope that you'll join us! You can go here to view more details about the class. Here are also some more photos of the class - check out how cute these digital items are that are included in the class! And this darling class kit is shipped free with your purchase of the kit! But I believe there are only a limited number remaining - so hurry! :)

I am so excited for this class and for the April Bluegrass Farm kits! Come back to check out my reveal pictures tomorrow!