I hope you will join me for a tutorial showing you how I created my Neverland layout using the digital stamp brushes from Studio Calico.
I’m not much of a cardmaker, but I’ve been getting the Studio Calico Card kits since they were first released. Why? I love patterned paper, and the smaller scale of the patterns in the 6x6in pad that comes with the kit is a great fit for the pockets in my Project Life album. I’ve also found that card friendly embellishments work really well to add interest to journaling cards without bulking them up too much for the pockets in the page protectors. I’m excited to have a chance to share a few tips to help you get the most out of using a Card Kit in your Project Life spreads. Click here to download a PDF tutorial with tips and tricks on using the Neverland Card Kit for Project Life.
1. The Neverland Card kit comes with an exclusive mask and Mini Mister Huey – mist is a GREAT way to add interest to a card without adding extra dimension. I misted over patterned paper, but you can also use plain cardstock. I embellished the misted design with a punched star and some enamel dots from the Neverland Card kit. I used the finished card next to a photo, but this would also be a fun way to make a filler card for an empty pocket or a date/title card for your week
2. The only item that I added to the Neverland Card kit for this spread was the coordinating printable labels from the shop. Labels are one of my Project Life staples & these printables are a great way to get a perfect color match. I find that they’re an inexpensive way to stretch the contents of a kit just a little further. You could also consider adding the coordinating printable journaling cards and accents, or the More Grid Cards available in the shop.
3. To turn the cardstock that comes with the Neverland Card Kit into a custom card, I machine stitched lines to hold my journaling. You could duplicate this look with handstitching, or even by drawing lines with a marker. I also added a vellum border sticker across the top of the card for a bit of color.
4. Here’s a fun way to stretch the patterned paper from your Card Kit a little further – if you use a punched accent, include both the positive and the negative from the design on the page. I punched an arrow to draw attention to a detail on a 4x6in photo, and then used the negative of the punch on my date card for the week.
5. One of my favorite ways to use paper scraps in Project Life is to handcut banners. You can make them from tiny leftover bits of paper, and they add a punch of color and interest with almost no bulk.
6. To maximize the paper from the 6x6in pad, I like to start by trimming it into two pieces – 4x6in and 2x6in. I then use the 4x6in pieces to fill the larger pockets, or trim it down into two 3x4in cards, depending on what photos I have for the week. I use the 2x6in strip for border strips and punched and handcut accents – OR you can stack two of them and create another 4x6in or 3x4 in card. I find that taking the time to trim the paper to these dimensions in advance saves me the mistake of cutting an accent that just a little *too* big and being left with paper that’s too small to fit the pockets in my page protectors.
I hope I’ve inspired you to look at the Studio Calico Card Kits in a new way. Whether you’re a current Project Life subscriber or one of our patient PL waitlisters, the Card Kits are a great way to fill in your Project Life album!
Second star to the right, and straight on till morning! Our Neverland reveal is today - join us at noon EST for the subscriber presale, and at midnight EST for the full reveal. You can shop for the kits here - but this link won't show the new Neverland kits until noon EST for subscribers and midnight EST for everyone else.
Our guest this month is the talented Lexi Bridges. We're excited to share what she's made with the Neverland kits - you'll be able to find her in the Scrabook and Project Life Creative Team galleries.
The digital files that coordinate with Neverland are now available! These files will only be available until March 26th and are a great way to stretch the contents of your kits.
Registration for You've Got Mail with Lisa Spangler closes on 2.28, and class begins 3.1. You can see sneaks from Lisa and her contributors on the message board - their work and cardmaking tips will be featured in 5 PDFs and 4 videos during the month of March. For more information about the class syllabus and to register, click here. We hope to see you in the classroom!
Happy reveal day, everyone!
This month, we asked three of our designers to show you how they'd use the Snippets speech bubble mask - here's what they made :
Tina Aszmus - I love that we chose to use the new Snippets large speech bubble mask for our product spotlight. I love the large scale of the mask and wanted to do something different with it. I recently found some old watercolor crayons and did a bit of experimenting. I loved the colorful results. They incredibly easy to use. I held the mask down on a sheet of watercolor paper, traced the inside of the bubbles with the crayon. After blending a few colors within each bubble, I swiped it with watercolor brush until I achieved the look as I was after.
Dawn McVey - I have to say that this was a really fun assignment, as I haven't really used many masks in the past. It was fun to put this one to use, to create a background for my card and all it took was some white card stock, the mask and some Mister Huey's mists! I chose colors that I thought would work well with the patterned paper butterfly I created, and sprayed them in order of color from lightest at the bottom to darkest up top.
I also LOVE that I was able to stamp my sentiment directly on the wood veneer speech bubble, as well as punch a hole through it so I could attach the brad!
(supplies : patterned paper - Studio Calico Snippets Anywho & Hmmm ; veneer - Snippets Speech Bubbles & Punctuation ; stamps - Snippets Months stamp set ; mask - Snippets 12x12 Speech Bubble Mask ; mists - Mister Huey's Boss Lady, Cameo, Lucille & Plum Thumb ; brads - Snippets epoxy brads ; gems - Darling Dear brights gems ; Papertrey Ink white card stock, dark chocolate ink & Beautiful Butterflies dies
From Robyn :
For my page, I wanted the title to have a huge impact so I cut this quote as large as I could with still leaving room for a photo below. I love typography so adding lots of fun text to a page is something that I love to do. I used papers and embellishments from all three of the new Studio Calico collections that are now in the store. I love how these lines work so well together! If you don't have room to add a large title, try adding a large monogram. It still adds that great typography to your projects when space is a bit more limited.
(Supplies: patterned paper: Studio Calico Sundrifer Pocahontas & Love Wins, Here & There Bowling Green & Portland, Snippets Me-Oh-My & Howdy; Chipboard Stickers: Studio Calico Here & There Arrow Chipboard Stickers; Die-cuts: Here & There Die-cut Shapes; Brads: Studio Calico Snippets Epoxy Brads; Silhouette Cameo machine; Other: string, sewing, card stock)
From MaryAnn :
For my Project Life spread, I used large monogram weekday letters in each of the 4x6 spaces and journaled about my day on each of the corresponding letters. I placed photos in the 3x4 spaces where I normally place my journaling cards.
This week we are once again offering you TWO sketches...one for cards and one for layouts!! The card sketch is from Amber Kemp-Gerstel's Front Row gallery:
And the layout sketch is from Marcy Penner's Front Row Gallery:
We invited member Melanie (MelBlackburn) to choose one of these to use as a starting point this week, and were thrilled that she made both a layout AND a card!! Check out the fun details on her layout...
And also on this card:
Here is what Mel had to say about using the sketches:
"I was immediately inspired by the layout sketch, I love the white space design and I knew this would be a fun sketch use. The single element on the left side of the sketch was my inspiration for the title work, which I embellished with stitching, sequins and mists. Instead of using 2 vertical pictures, I used one small horizontal picture, this was just a better fit for my layout. I created depth and dimension by adding lots of layers and repeating the triangle clusters. I love the end result and was so very inspired that I decided to create a quick card and by quick I mean less than 10 minutes start to finish. I again used the same design pattern and the picture was replaced by the greeting. This is perfect way to use up leftovers from a layout project. I hope you will play along, these 2 sketches are so very inspiring and the possibilities are endless. Thank you Studio Calico for inviting me to play along."
So many good ideas here from Mel: adapting a sketch to the numbers of photos you have on hand, using up your scraps from the layout to make a card and even finding inspiration to make the card from the layout sketch. Thanks for joining us this week, Mel!! You can see more of Mel's work in her gallery at SC, and make sure to stop by her blog!
How will YOU use this sketch? Whether it's a layout, a card or something else, link us up to your project by March 4th for a chance to win a $5 gift card to the Studio Calico shop. (Please remember, your project must be loaded into our gallery to qualify...and your comment has to link back to it in the SC Gallery)
Hello SC friends! My name is Colleen Warren, and unless you are on Instagram or a San Diego Nordtsrom's employee, you most likely have no idea who I am. I am wife to Joe, and Mom to Lola (two AND A HALF) and Wyley (three months). Not too long after I had Lola, I discovered Project Life and I fell in love with that method of scrapbooking. Especially for this certain time in my life where I want to document as much as I can, with the little free time I have. The problem I found initially, for me, was that a lot of the joy I get from scrapbooking is as my main creative outlet, so strictly using the same kit for an entire year or album wasn’t the right fit. I began using my Studio Calico kits and my stash in combination with my Becky Higgins kits and that has been great – but now with SC Project Life kits, it really has been a perfect solution for me. The kits are gorgeous and unique, different every month, and can be intermixed with the other kits and shop items. So I still get to shop! Sure I want to document my kid’s first and formative years, but also I really enjoy the shopping aspect. Just ask my husband. And Wells Fargo.
Well, I could go on and on – but I know you are all just as busy as me and probably more so, so I’ll wrap it up! I had so much fun with the February Project Life kit! I couldn’t bring myself to mess with several of the cards, they were just too pretty and it seemed like if it ain’t broke…. I’m not super active on the SC message boards, but very much so on Instagram. Thank you to all my Instafriends! I really do gain so much inspiration from all that everyone shares on there (and friendship to boot!)! And thanks to Studio Calico for this opportunity to share my Project Life! This has been very exciting!
Xo Colleen Warren