This week's challenge comes from our June guest designer, Nina Ostermann. She used our Abroad line and Weekdays stamps to create this gorgeous mini showcasing her favorite photo from each day of her family's vacation.
(supplies : patterned paper : Studio Calico Abroad Destination, Continential and First Class ; tags : Studio Calico Abroad printed tags ; veneer : Studio Calico hearts & arrows, cameras and transportation ; banner : Studio Calico Abroad stitched circle garland ; clips : Studio Calico Take Note fabric paper clips ; stamps : Studio Calico weekdays ; other : More Vellum, white paper doilies)
We'd love to see YOU do a week in review style layout or mini album! Link it up here by June 25th for a chance to win a $5 gift card to the Studio Calico Shop. We can't wait to see what you make!
This month the Design Team challenged itself to create one layout for their March gallery that was inspired by a pin on the SC Pinterest Inspiration board. Here's a couple examples of what they came up with:
And your weekly challenge - should you choose to accept it - is to find something on the SC Pinterest board and use it as inspiration. You have until Wednesday, March 7 to share a link to your layout here for a chance to win a SC GC. Good luck!
This weeks challenge comes from our February Guest Designer, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. She created this awesome image showing cool ways to use the stamp in the Daydream Believer kit to make patterns on tags:
We want to challenge you to break out your stamps and create a fun tag - you can follow Julie's recipes for using the Daydream Believer stamp or pull another one out of your stash. Link up your tag here by Monday, February 27th for your chance to snag a SC GC.
We have another great member swap challenge to share with you this week - this time the inspiration comes from Kasey McGilloway (pumpkinmuffin7) and Tara LeClaire (TaraLeClaire). Check out their fun layouts...
Kasey created this layout with inspiration from Tara's I Said Yes page. She loved the big title and wanted to replicate it for her own layout.
Inspiration for Madigan came from Tara's Kali page... Kasey says "I love the triangles on top and underneath the photo. And, the little banner in the upper corner!"
For her turn, Tara lifted Kasey's Explorer layout to create this awesome page...
I might just have to lift that one myself - I love it!
Now it's your turn! For this week's challenge, dig through the member gallery and scraplift another member. Share your layout here by Monday, February 13 for your chance to win a SC GC. Have fun lifting!
Weekly Challenge - use a quote or lyrics
I find myself using song lyrics or quotes more and more lately on pages. I have so many pictures of both of my kids and sometimes a song or a quote says what I want to say better than I can. And sometimes it's a great photo I just want to use but I don't necessarily have the words to go with it.
One of my favorite resources for quotes is the website Goodreads. You can search by topic, author, keyword, etc. Here are some layouts I've made recently with quotes and song lyrics:
Supplies: Brooklyn Flea Kit
Supplies: Glee Club Kit
...and here's a page I just made with a song I recently heard on Sirius Radio (the coffee house station - an all-acoustic station and a great place for good lyrics!) The lyrics are to Eric Bibb's "The Cape."
Supplies: Autumn Press Butterfly Kraft Cardstock Stickers, Classic Calico Fabrips, Classic Calico Folio Paper, Mister Huey's Mist - Bonny Blue
So your challenge this week is to create a page using a quote or lyrics as the focal point. Link your layout here by Monday, Feb 6 for a chance to win a SC GC. Can't wait to see what you create!
This week's challenge is to take a cue from Amy and play with paint! Bring out those watercolors or acrylic paints and create something beautiful. We hope you'll give Amy's technique a try too. Link up whatever you create here by Monday, January 30 for your chance to win a SC GC.
And don't forget to sign up for Amy's Stretch Your Kit class for more amazing inspiration from her!
Registration ends January 31st so head on over and check it out.
Hey y'all it's Stephanie here with a brand spankin' new challenge for you! Today I'm challenging you to make a monochromatic layout or project. Here's what I came up with:
supplies: Fall Fashion (Autumn Press); Steamer Trunk (Autumn Press); Rose Bud (Autumn Press), Frolic (Autumn Press); Love Bird (Memoir) ; Die Cut- Cream Ledger; Chipboard Butterflies (Studio Calico and Sassafras); Mister Huey's in Cameo; Butterfly Mask; Scrap Pads (Autumn Press); FabRips (Autumn Press); Alpha Stickers (Autumn Press); Addy Alphabet Stickers; Die Cuts (Martha Stewart); Heart (October Afternoon); Pen (American Crafts)
As you can see, i went with pink. Shocking. I know. heeee! I wanted to use the Love Bird script paper but it wasn't pink, so I misted it with cameo mist. I used butterflies throughout, from the mask to the chipboard. This supports the theme of flying.
I just went with as much layering of pink elements as possible. From the stickers to the papers to the embellishments, to the bow (a FabRip)...all pink.
So go for it! All one color. You can DO it! I can't wait to see what you come up with!! Post your link here by Monday, January 23 for your chance to win a SC GC.
CHALLENGE: Fill "dead" space on a photo with journaling
Hi everyone! It's Susan here today with this week's challenge. For our challenge this week, I'm pulling out a technique that I used from a layout in my County Fair Gallery - NYC.
When creating this page, I knew that there was a photo in my photostrip (that runs across my page) with "hello nyc" on it in a sign, yet a lot of "dead" space so-to-speak, below. I really wanted to include the hello nyc sign photo on my page, but at the same time wanted to conceal the empty negative space below.
The way that I was able to do this, was by formatting my journaling to fit and cover the negative-dead space.
So my challenge to you --- is to create a layout with a photo that includes the journaling on top of the photo, covering negative-dead space. This is absolutely a great way to use photos that have some sort of imperfection included on or in them - yet still are something that you want to scrap & include in your albums. Post your link here by Monday, January 16th for your chance to win a SC GC. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
New Years Resolutions.
To Do lists.
Momento. (on my Iphone)
There’s a lot of chatter this time of year and right now in the scrapbook community about recording things daily, making goals, how to keep a to do list, plans for the future, so I wanted to share a fun way to cross a few things off the list and challenge you to take a moment and think about what you want from the coming year.
I was recently reminded of a Millenium time capsule I made in 1999 at a New Year’s party I was hosting with roommates. I had this piece of butcher paper and went around to partygoers to have them write thoughts on the coming year (I honestly don’t remember specifically what I asked them to write down, though. It was a party on New Years Eve in 1999, you know. At the time the world was going to come to an end, or so they said). When I had the paper filled, I rolled it up, and we put it in the garage down that metal pipe that normally protects the hot water heater from the front of your car. Know what I’m referring to? Anyway, this one had a twist top and we just slipped it down inside and sealed it tight. The “millennium time capsule” we called it.
Unfortunately, the friend who owned that house no longer owns it. I’m still debating whether to knock on the door and ask if I can go into a stranger’s garage and start taking things apart to retrieve it. HA! For me personally, 2012 has a lot of changes coming my way. In contemplating that as well, I thought it would be fun to create another time capsule for just myself, but this time tuck it away for just a year before opening to read it again.
My challenge to you is this: Sit down with a pen and paper, or your laptop, and write a letter to yourself. In mine I jotted down all the goals and thoughts I had for the coming year, things I intend to accomplish, even words of encouragement for my future self. I have to tell you, it was a very empowering challenge for me. I wrote out everything. I talked about food and exercise, the hubby and the kids, and I didn’t hold anything back. It was a personal letter, and when I open it again, it’s a letter only I intend to read.
I did this challenge a few years ago, and that time I created a paper pillow box and slipped the letter in. This time, however, one of my New Year goals is to reduce the clutter, so I had to take that into consideration, and decided to do something I could add to my scrapbook albums now, on the very last page, so in the back of my mind I can think about my words each time I add a new layout (but I must be honest here, I have stacks unfiled right now, so it could be December before I see it again. Ha!)
Because I am also participating in Project Life in 2012, I decided a page protector was the way to go, and because I have a mild love affair with my Pinterest account, I peeked around for ideas and went with a popular idea circulating for a couple of months now, and added confetti. It’s a celebration, right?! This is what I came up with:
I took a 12x12 page protector from American Crafts and stitched the different sections. I did the bottom section first and stitched it closed before adding the next layer. The envelope with my letter inside is sealed all around with thread. When it comes time to read it again, I’m going to use a blade and slice the front of the page protector open and slip it out to devour.
My confetti is a mix of Studio Calico veneer, patterned paper trimmed with a simple hole punch, and Martha Stewart medallion punches. The great big doily in the middle is the very first thing I’ve trimmed with my Cameo. P.S. I want to marry my Cameo.
My life is not only about me, but my family, so I had to include photos of both. I also included patterned papers from the County Fair kit, some Memoir, and I also added a little Clementine from Project Life.
Additional supplies: Autumn Press alpha stickers, Autumn Press die cut tags, Classic Calico Fabrips
My challenge for you this week is to write a letter to yourself and seal it up tight. You don’t have to do anything fancy with it. Just tuck it away to be read this time next year. It’s a gift to yourself. I hope you’ll play along! Happy New Year!