January 01, 2013

layouts by kailun

Hi everyone and Happy New Year.

I've been really busy but want to share some of the layouts that I made with the December 34th Street Studio Calico Kit.

What attracted me when I opened the kit was the vellum arrows and I knew the minute I saw them that I wanted to incorporate them into my layout. With that in mind, I decided to base my layout on the strong red and yellow hues in the kit.

I also used the frames to frame one of the images. The yellow KI memories smile tape is definitely a keeper and using it really made me smile. Most of the strips of patterned paper were from the bottoms of the papers that came with the kit. Love it when manufacturers make them this way in a simple but attractive pattern so that they serve dual purposes.

Here's the other layout that I whipped up:

I knew that I wanted to use the many brads in different shades and shapes. I decided then to use twine to draw lines to add some visual interest. I also loved the muted patterns that can be used as the background (:

Hope that you have a great new year and that these layouts have brought you some inspiration.

December 30, 2012

December Kit by Margrethe Aas Johnsen

Hello, everyone!

It's the day before New Year's Eve, and I'm here to bring you the last few projects I made using the December kits from Studio Calico.

I'd like to start off with a layout with a photo of what greeted me when I came home one day. My husband loves his motorcycles and this year, since we've moved into a new house and he wants to take really good care of them, he carefully moved his favorite bike into his little den on the first floor...

On this layout I used the gold glitter paper to cut out a title using my Silhouette. The font is called Nova Solid.

The second layout is a scraplift of Tina Azimus' layout by the same title. I really like doing layouts like this to pick some of the highlights of the year that's passed and since today is the second to last day of the year, I thought this was appropriate.

On this layout, I've included photos from the entire year: My in-laws' 50th birthday party, when I was offered a permanent teaching position, the trip we took on the motorcycle last summer, his sister's wedding, my trip to Krakow, my friend's wedding, our cats and general everyday photos.

My last project is a card lift. I really loved the card Emily Pitts made for Simple Stories and wanted to make something similar. For this card I used the Murray Hill add-on (B-side of the camera paper from KI Memories, as well as the alphabet stickers and fantastic smile washin tape from the same brand).
Normally I'm not a card maker, but simple cards like this works for me!

That's it from me for this time. I've loved this chance of working with the gorgeous Studio Calico kits for Scrappin Studio. Jaime, thanks for having me guest twices this year. It's been an absolute pleasure!

To the readers out there, I hope you've enjoyed looking at my projects. I wish you all the best for the rest of 2012 and I hope 2013 will be an amazing year for you!

December 21, 2012

December Kit by Margrethe Aas Johnsen

Hello! I hope you've had a good December so far! Today I want to share two projects using Studio Calico's Decemeber kit and add-ons.

For the first layout, I used the Main Kit (34th Street) only. I wanted to make a layout using just the main kit as I'm sure not everyone buys add-ons. The main kit is very versatile and you won't have any problems if this kit is all you've got this month.

For this layout I used the gray cardstock as a base and one of Studio Calico's exclusive patterned papers. I really dug into the exclusive Basic Grey alphas, making a big, bold title and then added the journaling spot. I loved the Pebbles Label stickers and loved adding them to the speech bubbles. I see endeless possibilities here!

For my next project I used my Silhouette electronic die-cutter. I needed to make a Christmas card/gift tag and didn't want to make a regular card nor use a posta tag as I've done previous years. I found this great cut-file from Patty Young and cut the mitten using a holiday paper from October Afternoon (found in the Kriss Kringle add-on).

 I cut another mitten using kraft cardstock as I needed a non-patterned background for the star shape on the mitten. I used my Silhouette once more to cut out the "god jul"-sentiment in gold glitter paper (found in main kit).

Thanks for visiting today! See you all soon :)

December 02, 2012

November Kit Cards by Marina Khong

Hello everyone! It's December again! Oh my time flies! Here are my last projects for the month using Studio Calico's November kits: Sock Hop and Bobby Socks.

First I have a simple Thank You 6" x 6" card combining kraft and blue with a touch of soft pink, all from main kit Sock Hop. Flowers were cut using Sizzix Eclips.

 Next I have a more cheerful project; a Birthday 6" x 6" card using add-on kit Bobby Socks. The flag lines were manually cut, layered and adhered with foam dots.

Thanks for dropping by and hope you're having an awesome Sunday!

Cheerios! XOXO!

November 25, 2012

Hong Kong 2012 by Marina Khong

Hi again everyone! I'm back with another 12 x 12 layout using November's main kit Sock Hop. I used the white dotted cardstock as a base. Then I trimmed the vellum to 11 x 11 and laid it on the center of the white base. Using strips of patterned paper I created the design on the left. Then embellish away with the Basic Grey washi tape and wooden flourish! (I painted one of the woodies with red ink!) The yellow 'doily' shape was stamped with a Martha Stewart punch.

Studio Calico's November Kit Sock Hop

Studio Calico's November Kit Sock Hop
This is one of my favorite photos from my recent trip to Hong Kong with the hubs. We were on our way to take the train to Disneyland Resort hence the happy smile :)

Thanks for visiting folks! Have an awesome Sunday and a wonderful week ahead!

Marina Khong

November 23, 2012

Happy Layout By Cindy

Happy Friday and Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating! Today I am back with another layout made with the November kit. I did a bit of layering with four different pattern papers and added a small glassine bag that came together with the kit to keep my journaling. To create the banner, I first have to decide how and where to put my photo. Once I have that figured out, I stitched down the vellum circles and then lastly adhere the photo piece. The clothespin are for visual interest only. I think I am quite obsess with splattering paint on my layout and this one is no exception either. 

I hope you like today's layout and I will be back next week to share another project. See you!


November 21, 2012

Vroom! Layout by Marina Khong

Today I will share a layout I created using November's main kit; Sock Hop. This is a two-photo layout of my son playing with those cute pedal plastic cars you find at Toys'r'Us, he loves those, but then again he is obsessed with anything with wheels!

Studio Calico's November Kit - Sock Hop

Studio Calico's November Kit - Sock Hop

Studio Calico's November Kit - Sock Hop

Here's a quick and easy tutorial to the layout
  1. Firstly I determined where I wanted the patterned papers. I decided to use the 2 pieces of promotional papers that came with the kit, they were already a good size :)
  2. Next I lay over the other layers. I needed a red to make the layout pop and I sneaked in some leftover paper from September's kit hehe (the one with the box numbers).
  3. Then I removed everything and misted some red ink on the yellow base paper.

I created some embellishments using the arrow stamps. Stamp in black on the paper and fussy cut. Use foam dots to adhere it to the layout and watch it pop!

Do check out the awesome Sock Hop here!

Well that's all for now and thanks for visiting!