Sunday, July 27, 2014

The One with Studio Calico SANDLOT Layouts!

The SANDLOT kits are now available at Studio Calico!

I had tons of fun making my layouts for this month - I made five layouts in under 24 hours! And four of the five were made with the help of my Silhouette Cameo - also known as my best (non-human) friend :) (PS - I copied and pasted this sentence from last month AND the month before last because it's true again this month!!!)
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DESCRIPTION: I had the opportunity to once again design cut files for Studio Calico this month! On this layout I used the large Star Cut File I designed as the focal element.
Then I turned the mini stars from the Sandlot Scrapbook Kit Stamps into a stars background cut file (See the mini stars by the castle? Those are the stars I used). 
Here's what that cut file looks like:
JOURNALING SAYS: Where oh where did you hear and who taught you how to do this? We certainly didn't teach you how to "die" and make these funny faces! Must be a boy thing :)

HOW TO: Place white cardstock on a sticky die cut machine mat then use Mister Huey's watercolors to paint a green/aqua/blue background onto it and let it dry. Die cut the mini stars from the Sandlot Scrapbook Kit Stamps from the painted cardstock then back it with the lined paper from the SANDLOT Main Scrapbook KitDie cut the Star Cut File by Paige Evans from white cardstock and adhere it to the center of the layout. Write journaling on the large journaling card from the Sandlot Printable by Hello Forever and tuck it under six mini photos layered on a 4x4 patterned paper from the JET Add On. Turn the "You're Awesome" from the Sandlot Card Add On Stamps into a cut file and die cut it from white cardstock, spray it with silver Mister Huey's mist, back it with the black/white striped patterned paper from the HERCULES Add On, then adhere it between the photos. Tuck Printable Labels by Hello Forever under the photos. Stamp the date on one of the labels using black ink. Stamp the mini stars from the Smalls Add On around the die cut stars using blue and green Color Theory Inks. Tuck a ticket and a printed transparency trimmed in half from the JET Add On under the journaling and under the top and bottom of the star then place and a sentiment from the Sandlot Printable by In a Creative Bubble under the photos. Tuck a piece of the gold foil stars vellum from the JET Add On under the right side. Add an ampersand paper clip from the HERCULES Add On to the right of the photos to complete the title. Scatter aqua plastic die cut stars from the SMALLS Add On, blue enamel dots from the JET Add On, and blue acrylic dots from the HERCULES Add On around the layout. Finish by stamping the trio of mini stars from the SMALLS Add On over the top left and bottom right corners of the photos. Whew! Seems like a lot of work but it really only took a couple hours!

SUPPLIES: Scrapbook kits: SANDLOT, HERCULES, JET, and SMALLS by Studio Calico; Cardstock, adhesive: American Crafts; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutz; Star Cut File: Paige Evans for Studio CalicoJournaling Card Printable: Hello Forever for Studio CalicoLabels: Hello Forever for Studio CalicoRound Sentiment Printable: In a Creative Bubble for Studio CalicoRoller date stamp: Kesi'Art; Ink: Color Theory (blues, greens), StazOn (black)


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FOX BEING FOX by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I LOVE the chipboard frames by Crate Paper in The JET Add On. They were sent to us a few months ago to hold onto until August kits so I've been planning this layout for awhile and wanted them to be the main focus.

JOURNALING SAYS: You are such a funny, awesome, handsome, smart, lovable, adventurous, energetic guy!

HOW TO: Layer the chipboard frames by Crate Paper in the JET Add On across a gray cardstock background. Stitch and staple over various parts of the frames to keep them in place, using a straight and zigzag stitch, then leave the ends long for whimsy. Place four black & white photos over the frames and stamp a little word (from the JET Add On stamps) next to each photo using black ink. Embellish with enamel dots, a badge, and the black alphabet stickers, all from the JET Add On. Journal on a of the tag found in the JET Add On and tuck it under one of the photos. Place a printed sentiment from the Sandlot Printable by In a Creative Bubble inside one of the upper frames. Drop black spray mist across the layout to finish.

SUPPLIES: Scrapbook kit: JET by Studio Calico; Cardstock, adhesive: American Crafts; .03 Black Precision Pen: American CraftsRound Sentiment Printable: In a Creative Bubble for Studio Calico; Spray mist: Mister Huey's by Studio Calico; Staples: Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz


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CROATIA by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: Since we received our kits later in the month we only had to make one main kit layout instead of two. I was missing a bunch of the supplies so I busted out my Silhouette Cameo once again to create this layout and stretch the supplies even further! I love the Numbers/Symbols Cut Files by Hello Forever and made them the main focus of this page.

JOURNALING SAYS: There's something about water, everywhere we go you two always want to throw rocks into it!

HOW TO: Die cut the Numbers/Symbols Sandlot Cut Files by Hello Forever from white cardstock then back them with the colorful patterned paper in the SANDLOT Main Scrapbook Kit using foam dots. Punch three photos into 2" circles. Print the Sandlot Printable Labels by Hello Forever and trim them out. Figure out the placement of the numbers/symbols/photos in a 4 x 4 grid across a mint cardstock background. Layer the photos over printed labels, washi tape, and a tag. Layer a sentiment from the Sandlot Printable by Hello Forever and a round sentiment from the Sandlot Printable by In a Creative Bubble over, under, and around the photos. Place round metal-rimmed tags and wood veneer numbers by the photos. Adhere transparency letters on the bottom edge to make a title and journal next to it.


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LOVE YOU by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: The Creative Team was challenged to scraplift a layout in the member gallery and I chose one by Allie Stewart! I love how she featured so many patterned papers and made an interesting and intricate background.

JOURNALING SAYS: Pretty and sweet Jane frolicking in her cute Sunday dress at church. Love you!

HOW TO: Use the dotted Heidi Swapp mask in the HERCULES Add On and white paint on a pink cardstock base, slightly off-center. Die cut concentric circles from most of the papers in the SANDLOT Main Scrapbook Kit and HERCULES Add On. Arrange the circle rings in a fun pattern and stitch most of them in place. Layer the silver doily from the HERCULES Add On, tags from the JET Add On, a Sandlot Printable Label by Hello Forever (with journaling on it), a round sentiment from the Sandlot Printable by LifeLovePaper, a black & white photo, a chipboard frame from the JET Add On, a pink plastic star from the SMALLS Add On, patterned paper tabs, and a ribbon bow from the SANDLOT Main Scrapbook Kit over the painted dots. Turn the "Love You" from the Sandlot Card Kit Stamps into a cut file, die cut it from white cardstock, and adhere it above the photo for the title. Stamp the date on the smaller tag.

SUPPLIES: Scrapbook kits: SANDLOTHERCULESJET, and SMALLS by Studio Calico; Cardstock, adhesive: American Crafts; .03 Black Precision Pen: American Crafts; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Roller date stamp: Kesi'ArtInk: StazOn; White paint: Modeling Paste by LiquitexDie cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutz; Title die cut: Sandlot Card Kit Stamps; Round sentiment: LifeLovePaper for Studio Calico; Label: Hello Forever for Studio Calico


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F*J by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I like to create layouts with the cut files I design and this month was no exception! I made a stars-themed background cut file for Studio Calico August kits:
JOURNALING SAYS: Oh my goodness it is so wonderful to watch you two grow up together and interact and be best friends! Love you so much!

HOW TO: Die cut the 8.5 x 11" Geometric Background from white cardstock then back it with the 4x4 papers in the JET Add On, the cards from the Sandlot Printable by LifeLovePaper, and the colorful cards from the Sandlot Printable by In a Creative Bubble. Punch tiny photos into 7/8" circles and adhere them in the center of most of the stars. Add transparency letters and an asterisk from the SANDLOT Main Scrapbook Kit to the empty spaces for the title. Embellish the edges with washi tape from the SANDLOT Main Scrapbook Kit and JET Add On, plastic star, badge, tickets, printed labels (one with journaling), star paper clip, and enamel dots from the JET Add On, another badge, this one from the SMALLS Add On, printed sentiment from the Sandlot Printable by Hello Forever, and printed triangles from the Sandlot Printable by LifeLovePaper. Trim the "loving" from the journaling card in the LifeLovePaper printable into a banner and adhere it on the top right embellishment cluster. Trim the "Good Times" from the Sandlot Printable by Hello Forever into an arrow and adhere it on the bottom left embellishment cluster to finish.

SUPPLIES: Scrapbook kits: SANDLOTJET, and SMALLS by Studio Calico03 Black Precision Pen: American CraftsDie cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutzLabels: Hello Forever for Studio Calico; Sentiment printable: Hello Forever for Studio Calico; "Loving" printable: LifeLovePaper for Studio Calico; "Good Times" printable: Hello Forever for Studio Calico

September 27th - the date of the next reveal - will be here in the blink of an eye!

The One with Studio Calico SANDLOT Sneaks!

I got my Sandlot kits in the mail last Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday afternoon I had made 5 layouts - that's how amazing and inspiring these kits are!! And not everything was even included in my kits! At 12pm Eastern Time (12 hours after this post goes live) Studio Calico subscribers will have first dibs on all the new super awesome SANDLOT kits and add ons. So, to entice you to have a looksy at the kits, here are my sneaks!

YOU'RE AWESOME & SWEET - featuring the all of the August scrapbook kits: SANDLOT, JET, SMALLS, and HERCULES, as well as the Star cut file I designed exclusively for August Studio Calico kits. I also used the mini stars from the Sandlot Scrapbook Kit Stamps to make a star-patterned background cut file! More details later today when I share these in full.
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FOX BEING FOX - using the chipboard frames from the JET scrapbook add on kit plus the Sandlot Printable by In a Creative Bubble and the Sandlot Printable Labels by Hello Forever.
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CROATIA - using the SANDLOT main kit only and the Sandlot Cut Files by Hello Forever.
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LOVE YOU - We were challenged to scraplift a layout from the gallery so this layout is a lift of one by Allie Stewart! Using all of the August scrapbook kits: SANDLOTJETSMALLS, and HERCULES.
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F*J - Once again using all of the August scrapbook kits: SANDLOTJETSMALLS, and HERCULES plus the Geometric Background cut file I designed exclusively for Studio Calico August kits!
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The reveal goes down 12 hours from the time this post goes live! I'll be back then to share these layouts in full!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The One with Dinner in Vilseck

On Tuesday night we went to Vilseck for a baby shower dinner!

I'd never been to Vilseck before, even though it's only 20 minutes away.
I was pleasantly surprised with how über cute this town is!
I started eating healthier last week and exercising every morning (I feel like I say that every month and then I always fall off the bandwagon... hold me accountable!) so I ordered a salad and it was delicious.
This building was constructed in 1580 - whoa! All around the room were city crests. Amberg! Weiden! There was also Bamberg and Vilseck and Grafenwöhr - all of the places we call home and visit often.
Dinner was wonderful, it's always a good time with the ladies in our ward. 

Had to overshare this blue building with pink flowers because it's just so cute.
I hope we come back soon and walk up and down these colorful streets! And get a magnet for our board :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The One with the Weiden Festival & Flea Market

Last Friday night we went with another couple to Weiden (the closest "big" city - about 25 minutes away with 42,000 people) for a festival! It was hoppin'!
Music, food, and people galore!
We wanted to find some place nice to sit down and eat, but everywhere was full! So we got some street  vendor food which was just as delicious I'm sure :)
We walked to the park and enjoyed our evening sans kids.
Super fun night in Bavaria! 

Then less than 12 hours later we were back in Weiden for a flea market!
I found these three painted hangers for 5 total! I LOVE painted ANYTHING! 
I wasn't going to ask how much this nightstand was because I was afraid of the answer. But it was only 5! Sold!

Again, I wasn't going to bother asking for the price of this vintage shelf. I was guessing they'd want 50+ and that's waaaay outta my price range. But then Jami asked and when they said 2 I threw my coin at them (cuz Germany has 2 coins instead of bills) and ran away before they could change their minds! Now it's hanging in our kitchen (the white walls could use a little yellow paint or somethin' eh?) and storing some flea market treasures and the hot cocoa mugs I got on our Polish Pottery Girls Trip last winter.
Yay for flea markets and killer deals!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The One with Registering for Scrapbook Werkstatt Workshops!

Guten Morgen!

Registration is NOW OPEN for the mini album and layout workshops taught by me and Janna Werner at the Scrapbook Werkstatt store near Frankfurt, Germany on September 27th and 28th 2014! 
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Here is the mini album I will be teaching how to make:
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The mini album workshop is on September 27th 2014, is 3.5 hours long from 10am-1:30pm, costs 45, and includes all of the supplies you see here. You will have TONS of leftovers to make more mini albums, layouts, cards, you name it! Should be a wonderful time filled with lots of laughs and inspiration!

And here is the layout I will be teaching how to make:
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The layout workshop is on September 28th 2014, is an hour and a half long from 1:30-3:00pm, costs 35, and includes all of the supplies you see here including a heart punch and custom "love" AND "liebe" die cut titles I designed. You will have TONS of leftovers to make more layouts, cards, etc! Should be a wonderful time filled with lots of laughs and inspiration!

It would be so wonderful to meet more German scrapbookers (or heck, you could fly across the pond to come :)! Hope to see you there in under 10 weeks!

Register online at!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The One with Displaying Layouts

Before my layouts make their way into an exponentially growing pile where they await for MONTHS until they get put away chronologically into albums, I slide them into page protectors and tape them on the wall above my computer. (I know I know, tape isn't good for the wall, but we have to repaint before we move out anyway, so c'est la vie!)
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I like doing this for several reasons:

1. It's fun to see them for a few weeks before I put them away indefinitely. I only look at albums a few times throughout the year upon special request from Mr. Fox. 
2. It's an easy way for me to make sure I'm not using the same color of cardstock base for too many layouts. 
3. It helps me to challenge myself so my layouts don't all look toooo similar, although lately I admit they have a homogeneous vibe!
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Once the wall is filled up with 20 layouts I take them all down and start fresh!
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These photos were taken approximately 10 minutes ago so it looks like come tomorrow when my August Studio Calico kit is supposed to arrive I'll be making more layouts and a new gallery will begin!

What do you do with your layouts as soon as they're finished?

Monday, July 21, 2014

The One with American Crafts SIGNATURE STYLE Layouts

I have a pair of layouts on the American Crafts blog today with a "Signature Style" theme! I first found my style while working in-house at American Crafts back in January 2008. I love to use bright colors, tons of patterned papers, punches, my Silhouette Cameo, watercolors, often quilt-inspired, and lots of repetition. That's my style in a nutshell! 
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JANE ON EASTER by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: Wilna Furstenberg makes the prettiest cut files! As soon as I saw this whimsical heart design I knew I wanted to use it on a sweet layout about Jane in her Easter best.

JOURNALING SAYS: Oh what a pretty and sweet little girl you are dear Jane! You're such a doll and I always want to give you big hugs!

HOW TO: Die cut the hearts cut file from white cardstock and leave it on the mat. Watercolor a rainbow of stripes across the top half of and let it dry. I found the paper doesn't crinkle as much if you leave it on the sticky mat while painting. Or use actual watercolor paper :) Lift off the cardstock then back each heart with patterned paper - use foam dots to adhere them in place. Embellish some of the hearts with buttons and enamel dots placing them on like colors. Emboss banners onto white cardstock and use it as a photo mat on the bottom right. Tuck a journaling card under the left side and stamp the date below. Stitch a Thickers title above the photo and add mini alphabet stickers to finish the title. Place a few of the watercolored hearts by the photo and the left left corner.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock, patterned paper, wood button, chipboard letter stickers, mini alphabet stickers, enamel dots, journaling card, banners embossing folder, pen, date stamp, adhesive: American Crafts; Watercolors: Mr Huey's by Studio Calico; Buttons: Color Theory by Studio CalicoDie cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutz; Hearts cut file: i Heart Studio by Wilna Furstenberg
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DESCRIPTION: Shameless selfie goin' on here :) I rarely scrapbook pages of myself so it's a nice change of pace every once in awhile. Hopefully my kids and grandkids, great-grandkids, etc will enjoy seeing pictures of their mom/grandma/great-grandma/etc! I used journaling cards and patterned papers from the Sunshine Project Life Edition designed by Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess because I LOVE the bright colors!

JOURNALING SAYS: Instead of packing for our trip to Disneyland Paris I took 'selfies' in the bathroom mirror for a few minutes. 

HOW TO: Die cut the Dhalia Flower Mat (Design ID #47089) from white cardstock then back it with journaling card and patterned paper pieces along with a photo in the center. I hand cut every paper piece and placed them with foam dots. Adhere a large doily on a blue cardstock base then stitch the doily to the center. Place tone-on-tone buttons around the layout and add a mini alphabet sticker title around the bottom right curve. Journal below the title with a white pen. 

SUPPLIES: Cardstock, patterned paper, journaling cards, adhesive: American Crafts; Buttons: Color Theory by Studio CalicoDie cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutz; Doily cut file: Dhalia Flower Mat (Design ID #47089); Doily: Wilton; Mini alphabet stickers: Studio Calico; Pen: Uniball Signo
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What about you? What's your signature style? I'd LOVE to know!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The One with Grandpa Ted's Funeral

Yesterday was my grandpa's funeral. It just didn't work out for me to fly across the pond to Utah for the funeral and I was so totally and completely sad to miss it. My sister and her husband who have been living in China the past six months got home last weekend so they were able to go. My brother and his wife were miraculously in Utah that very weekend for a wedding. It was perfect timing for everyone - except me (pity party for one please!). My friend's daughter Mikey picked out this flower (it's purple - her favorite color!) and brought it to me earlier this week to say sorry for my grandpa's passing. What a sweetheart! It has brought me so much comfort and joy this week.
Thank goodness for technology. My mom was able to video chat with me and I got to watch the grave service. 
A relative took a bunch of pictures which I'm so thankful for. My mom is standing there with her aqua phone under the tent and that's me watching from the phone :)
 I'm guessing this is Grandpa's helmet and boots and dog tags from the Korean War.
 Pall-bearers: my dad, brother, Uncle Dave, and cousin James are carrying the left side of the casket.
 Then the American Legion performed the 21 Gun Salute.
 The flag over the casket was folded up.
 And then the folded flag was given to Grandma. My Grandpa John is in the back, middle, along with his son, my Uncle David on the right and his son, my cousin, Benji in the middle. My Aunt Cissy (Ted and Doris' middle daughter) is sitting next to Grandma.
 My sister Allie, glowing. She's so pretty :)
 My cousin James. His face says it all. 
 James' older brother, so also my cousin, John Jr. 
 John Jr's oldest daughter, Alli. 
 Grandma looking happy and sad.
 Love you so much Grandma Doris!

Even though I couldn't be there physically, I was able to design the funeral program so it felt like a part of me was there in a small way.
Still missing you Grandpa Ted!