Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The One with Jane at 2.5

Jane is 2.5 years old today!
Can I please just let the photos speak for themselves?
There's a reason they call it the "terrible twos" and this girl is the definition :) She's a TWOnager! (Please also note the toys she's holding in some of the above photos: dinosaur, car, dinosaur...)

But in all seriousness, she is the world's best hugger and snuggler. She could still be rocked to sleep every night. She's a little social bug and loves everyone and playing with other kids.
She's a world traveler and has been to 18 countries in her short 2.5 year life. And she won't remember a single one of 'em... That's why I scrapbook folks!
When Fox was a baby I tried to get him to watch movies so I could work. He wouldn't have it. This girl? I have to unplug the TV cuz she would literally watch it all day long if I let her. Blessing and a curse. She loves to watch anything Halloween-themed (I kid you not) and currently has Mulan on repeat. She also loves the Lego Movie, Oscar's Oasis (they just call it "lizard"), Octonauts, and Dinosaur Train.
She lives on french fries, popcorn, and chocolate. This girl and chocolate!!! She spits out anything gummy but will devour chocolate by the bar. Chocolate muffin, chocopuff cereal, nutella toast, if only she were drinking chocolate milk she would be in choco heaven.
She's a good talker and is starting to speak in full sentences. She can count to 10 and sing the ABCs. She LOVES to sing and knows a lot of children's songs: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Wheels on the Bus, Popcorn Popping, Head Shoulder Knees and Toes, and lots of others.
She has killer hair.
She wishes she was Fox. Anything he does, she does. Anything he says, she says. Anything he eats, she eats. Anything he plays with, she plays with. Dolls and dresses and sparkly things? No way Jose. She's all about the dinosaurs, cars, bugs, lizards, and swords. The only thing she doesn't do that Fox does is go potty on the toilet. She hasn't shown any interest and that's fine. Fox was 3 when he was potty trained so we've still got a good 6 months before we'll start thinking about it.
After our trip to Rome we took away her pacifier except at night and nap time but has since gotten it back full time and now she has a super bad rash all around her mouth. Chris says this weekend while I'm gone he's going to end it once and for all... I bet him a million bucks he'll cave and give her back her "fire" as she calls it.
Oh Jane. We love you. We really do.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The One with Studio Calico CIRQUE Layouts!

February 2015 Studio Calico kits called CIRQUE (including the main CIRQUE kit and add ons: FLYING TRAPEZE, HIGH WIRE, RINGMASTER) are now available for subscribers at Studio Calico! It felt so good to be back for a month :)
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I LOVE THIS GIRL by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I usually start with an idea or bit of inspiration and for this layout that came from a heart cross stitch pattern in the Stitched collection by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts. But instead of using thread I used patterned papers bits trimmed into 'x's from the CIRQUE main scrapbook kit. I even used the barcode/tearaway strips at the bottom of each paper to get more color into the mix.

JOURNALING SAYS: It's true - I love you! You love to cuddle and sing songs and play with Fox's toys and you loooove to watch TV!

HOW TO: Trim patterned papers into 1cm wide strips then cut them into 1.5" pieces. Starting at the bottom of a light blue cardstock base, lightly adhere the papers in 'x's following the pattern. Once all the papers are in place, machine stitch horizontally and vertically over each row to secure everything in place permanently. Layer embellishments from the CIRQUE main scrapbook kit and a pair of photos on the bottom right corner. Stamp the date in black ink below journaling written with a black pen under the photos. Drop blue spray mist around the layout to finish.

SUPPLIES: Scrapbook kit: CIRQUE by Studio Calico; Cardstockadhesiveroller date stamp: American Crafts; Ink: StazOn; Spray mist: Mister Huey's by Studio Calico; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark

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LOVE LOVE LOVE by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I love making things BIG! Big shapes, big titles, big backgrounds! For this layout I traced the big black die cut letters in the CIRQUE main scrapbook kit and cut them out by hand to create this custom big title.

JOURNALING SAYS: This photo is so YOU! Fox being hilarious and Jane saying, "Uh oh" cuz she's always up to no good! Too funny. I sure do love you kiddos!

HOW TO: Use a thick black marker to trace "LOVE" letters onto patterned papers found in the CIRQUE main scrapbook kit then cut each letter out. Layer the letters with dimensional adhesive (replacing one of the "O"s with a photo) down a white cardstock layout base. Paint a couple of chipboard hearts using Color Theory paints to match the colors of the papers then adhere them on matching colored paper letters. Journal with a black pen inside the two "O"s. Stitch a bunch of circles around the photo. Adhere a sentiment strip on the right side and add pink alphabet stickers to a pink letter.

SUPPLIES: Scrapbook kit: CIRQUE by Studio CalicoWhite cardstockadhesive, pen: American Crafts; Paint: Color Theory by Studio Calico; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark

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I LOVE YOUR SMILE by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I got to design some more cut files for Studio Calico this month and thought hearts would be appropriate for the season. (Find the Cirque Background Cut File by clicking HERE).
JOURNALING SAYS: I love this super cheesy face you make when you smile! Reminds me of me which is fun because not much else does with your blonde hair and blue eyes!

HOW TO: Die cut the hearts background cut file from white cardstock using a Silhouette CAMEO then back each heart with patterned papers from the CIRQUEFLYING TRAPEZE, and HIGH WIRE scrapbook kits. Watercolor around each heart, matching the color of paper inside. Back the top right and bottom left hearts with photos then adhere a wood veneer/gold foil sticker title and journaling written with a black pen below the photos. Embellish a few of the hearts with die cut hearts, chipboard hearts, and sequins to finish.

SUPPLIES: Scrapbook kits: CIRQUEFLYING TRAPEZE, and HIGH WIRE by Studio CalicoCardstockadhesivepen: American Crafts; Watercolors: Mister Huey's by Studio Calico; Hearts background cut file: Paige Evans for Studio Calico; Die cut machine: Silhouette CAMEO

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BE KIND... AND LOVE by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I love how big and open the Noah alphabet stamp set is and it was just begging to be stamped onto lots of patterned papers!

JOURNALING SAYS: There isn't any journaling but the title says Be kind, work hard, stay humble, smile often, stay loyal, keep honest, travel & learn, be thankful, and love.

HOW TO: Stamp the Noah alphabet in black ink onto patterned papers found in the CIRQUEFLYING TRAPEZE, and HIGH WIRE scrapbooking kits then cut the letters out. Took about 2.5 hours to do that. Adhere the letters down the left side of a vanilla cardstock background. Print and trim out the February printables then layer some on the right edge along with a photo. Tuck die cuts and sentiments into the mix.

SUPPLIES: Scrapbook kits: CIRQUEFLYING TRAPEZE, and HIGH WIRE by Studio CalicoVanilla cardstockadhesive: American Crafts; Ink: StazOn; Printables: Hello Forever for Studio Calico and In a Creative Bubble for Studio Calico; Label printables: Hello Forever for Studio Calico

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Hope to work with another Studio Calico kit soon! They're the BEST!

Studio Calico offers three types of monthly kits - Scrapbook, Card, & Project Life® - as well as add on kits and shop items to complement them. A new kit is revealed on the 27th of each month (at noon EST if you're a subscriber, at midnight EST if you aren't). For more information or to start your own subscription visit StudioCalico.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

The One with Studio Calico CIRQUE Sneaks!

I've only skipped one month of contributing to the Studio Calico kits gallery, but it seemed like an eternity and I was having some SERIOUS withdrawals! Therefore I was super excited to be asked to contribute to the February 2015 CIRQUE kits. Got my fix, haha! That is until next time :) In addition to the main CIRQUE scrapbook kit there are a few add ons called FLYING TRAPEZE, HIGH WIRE, and RINGMASTER. Since February is the month of love it's only fitting that there's a lot of pink (yay!) but there are also plenty of blues and greens, oranges and yellows, so really you can pick and choose whatever colors fit your fancy to scrap your photos.
Here are sneaks of the four layouts I made!

I LOVE THIS GIRL - I was inspired by a heart cross stitch pattern, but instead of using thread I used patterned papers from the CIRQUE main kit only.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE
- There are some jumbo black die cut letters by in the CIRQUE main scrapbook kit. Black is a tough color for me to use when scrapbooking for some reason. Note to self to figure that one out and overcome that challenge. So instead I traced the letters onto patterned papers and cut them out to make a custom background title.
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I LOVE YOUR SMILE - I had the opportunity to design some more exclusive cut files for Studio Calico including this heart background! I die cut the hearts using my Silhouette CAMEO and then backed them with papers from all of the kits: CIRQUEFLYING TRAPEZEHIGH WIRE, and RINGMASTER.
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BE KIND... AND LOVE - For this last layout I fell in love with the Noah alpha stamp and spent a couple hours stamping a long title onto patterned papers from all of the kits (CIRQUEFLYING TRAPEZEHIGH WIRE, and RINGMASTER) and cut them out by hand. I also had fun layering some of the printables for February.
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I'll post my layouts in full at noon EST tomorrow!

Studio Calico offers three types of monthly kits - Scrapbook, Card, & Project Life® - as well as add on kits and shop items to complement them. A new kit is revealed on the 27th of each month (at noon EST if you're a subscriber, at midnight EST if you aren't). For more information or to start your own subscription visit StudioCalico.com

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The One with Studio Calico Cut Files in Use #2

It is so fun and satisfying and gratifying and lots of other happy words, to see the cut files I design for Studio Calico put to use! Only the current month cut files are available for purchase, but, once in a blue moon Studio Calico will have a sale where they re-open retired cut files, so, bookmark your faves and check back or sign up to receive their emails with announcements and specials!
Click on the cut file image or the links to be taken to the page where you can see who made each project. Thanks for inspiring me scrapbook community!

DIAMOND SHAPES from the Park Ave kits:


SOLID DIAMOND BACKGROUND from the Park Ave kits:


SNOWFLAKES from the Far Far Away kit:


CONSTELLATION BACKGROUND from the Far Far Away kits:




STITCHED DIAMOND BACKGROUND from the Walden kit:


FEATHERS from the Walden kit:



And guest what?! I've got more cut files coming in the Cirque kits, namely this HEARTS BACKGROUND:
And these SILHOUETTES
Can't wait to share how I used the hearts background and see how others use them too!