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Studio Calico Memoir | Mid Week Mojo

Turquoise – Layout 10

Happy 4th of July everyone! I love that today’s steal, the Studio Calico Memoir collection, happens to be on this day of celebrating. You might be asking what a beautiful collection of purples, yellows, blues and greens has to do with the day of red, white and blue. I’ll tell you! For me, it means the last 4th of July I’ll be able to celebrate with my brother and his family before they move to New Zealand. This collection could not be more perfect to scrap a photo we recently took with my entire family.

I absolutely adore Studio Calico. In fact, I dare say it could easily be competing for my number one favorite manufacturer. I love the graphic feel that is meshed with such a clean feel.

I had a lot of fun pulling apart the different elements included in the collection.

I knew I wanted to add a little bit of misting to my project so I flipped over the die cut paper that comes with the collection and used it as a mask on my background paper. I then cut up the same piece of paper and use it as the frame for my photo to continue the feel of the design.

I had fun doing a little fussy cutting and cut out some of the cog shapes and circles to create my embellishment cluster.

I added some of the ingenious “Scraps” and some of the chipboard for my title and my layout was complete!

I love that the Memoir collection helped me to preserve this photo. It realistically could be the last time that we are ever all together, as my dad suffers from poor health. So just a little reminder to you all, don’t hesitate to take photos, even if your son ends up pulling a silly face like mine did. ;)

Now it’s time to announce the lucky winner of the Turquoise 9 Mid Week Mojo. Jennifer  Blomquist, it’s a good thing you decided to get scrappy again! Random.org chose you as this week’s lucky winner.

I can’t believe how big Caitlin has gotten! Jennifer, please send an email with your address to service@stealnetwork.com and we will be happy to send out a little scrappy goodness to you!

Can you believe this is it? The end of another 10 week series. To enter to win this week’s prize complete this week’s sketch (Turquoise 10) and have it posted somewhere online by 11:59 PM MST Monday July 9, 2012. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your Turquoise 10 creation.

We are so excited that the Turquoise series grand prize is being sponsored by  We R Memory Keepers! If you are scrappy gung ho and interested in winning a grand prize with a retail value of $95.00 featuring the 815+ piece Down the Boardwalk Paper Pack,  the Retro Scallop Lucky 8 Punch, a Classic Leather Wine 12×12 Album, and a package of Photo Sleeves then here is what needs to happen:

To enter to win the Turquoise Series Grand Prize:

  1. Complete all ten layouts from the Turquoise Mid Week Mojo series. (You can reference this page for a link to the Mid Week Mojo sketches).
  2. Make sure that all 10 Turquoise series layouts are posted somewhere online (like Facebook or a personal blog) and linked in one comment on the TOTALLY TURQUOISE blog post no later than 11:59 pm Monday July 9, 2012

If you are new to our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Good luck everyone!  :)

Studio Calico Take Note

Take note everyone! Today we have a mega super scrapper Jana Eubank as our guest blogger. Today she takes the Studio Calico Take Note Collection to a whole new level. If the sunny combination of oranges, greens, greys, blues  and yellows weren’t enough alone to convince you that you need this collection then one look at Jana’s projects and you will be pulling out the “it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission” reasoning, I’m sure.  Plus if it keeps you happy and gives you the perfect collection to scrap those summer photos then why not, right?! :)

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Hello Scrapbook Steals Fans! Jana Eubank here. I was so honored when Kristy emailed me asking if I would like to create a few projects for the Scrapbook Steals Blog using the Studio Calico Take Note collection. Wow! What a gorgeous and eclectic mix of papers, alphabet stickers, and confetti garland! I love the mix of modern prints, with the florals, woodgrain, and classic polka dot patterns. I knew these papers would be perfect for any type of photo.

For this first page, I pulled some pictures from Memorial Day last year. Each year we get together as a family to visit the cemetery to place flowers on the graves of our loved ones and ancestors. It has become a family tradition that my kids and their cousins look forward to. We always snap lots of pictures of the kids together and it’s fun to see how they grow and change each year. On this particular trip, the kids were all sitting in the back of the car with the flowers are started to pull a bunch of silly faces. Of course I started snapping away and was happy to capture their personalities. . . what a bunch of characters.

I used a blend of papers on this page, and added the information for the pictures on one of the journal cards cut from one of the sheets of patterned paper. I used a butterfly punch to create a negative space in the open space above the label shape and added a trail of butterflies punched from the 6 x 6 papers. I used the confetti garland as a scalloped border along the bottom of the smaller photo strip.

For this next page, I wanted to capture the before and after shots of my daughter deciding to change up her hair color at her last hair appointment. I had to giggle when I read the “from sunrise to sunset” phrase on one of the papers because it reminded me her color change . . . sunrise for blond, and sunset for the red. Imagine that!

I cut out the banner shape from the blue and white patterned paper to use for part of my title. On the second part of my title I used the woodgrain pattern from teh 6 x 6 paper pad to back the open spaces in the Thicker letters.

Next, I created my own journal block by die cutting an artisan label shape from the green ledger paper. Gotta love having lines on a paper to help you keep your journaling straight! I also used the mini papers to create my flowers, leaves, butterfly, and heart embellishments. They are the perfect scale for using with die cutting machines. I also cut the labels from the mini journaling papers and stamped the words “Before” and “After” to place on each photo. Finally, I added a length of the confetti garland to the bottom of my design to act as a funky scalloped border like I did on my first page.

I love how fun these papers were to play with! I can’t wait to pull out some more photos to put this collection to good use. I think I’m going to hit my pile of Easter photos next.

Thanks again for letting me join you here on the Scrapbook Steals blog today! Happy Stealing!

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Jana, thank you so much for being our guest today! It was a true honor and delight to feature you here at ScrapbookSteals and wow—such amazing projects!

I hope everyone has a perfect weekend and I will see you next week for a pretty amazing lineup!

Monday—Monday Card Madness

Tuesday—An awesome Design Team, which I cannot divulge. ;)

Wednesday—Guest Sketcher Mid Week Mojo

Thursday—A sparkly guest blogger

Friday—BLOG HOP!

Studio Calico Classic Calico, Vol. 2 | Monday Card Madness #85

Sometimes I can be pretty neutral and it can be somewhat annoying to my husband. “Where would you like to go for dinner dear? Oh I don’t mind. You decide.” Or “What movie should we see? Really it’s up to you. I’m neutral.” However today’s steal, the Studio Calico Classic Calico, Vol. 2 makes me thrilled about embracing neutrality. I adore a paper collection of neutral colors and basic prints to make the perfect companion to embellishments that pop with color or even a subtle project with the right amount of warmth.

The first card that I created I wanted to add a little spritz of color with my Mr. Huey’s. I love how neutral the papers are so that I could add the pops of color and easily have the focus on the sentiment and embellishment without overpowering them.

For the next card, I used the same method and made a card for my hunny.

After that I decided to create a more neutral card and added nothing of bold color. I love how subtle the “hi” is.

I then created two more cards where I used the sketch as a springboard, and these are what my ideas morped into. I love how I was able to incorporate embellies from several different manufacturers because the papers are so perfectly neutral!  L-O-V-E!

If you aren’t aware we have a monthly drawing for those that participate in Monday Card Madness. If you are interested in playing along with our Monday Card Madness sketches and winning the random drawing for May, be sure to have your cards created and posted to one of the Monday Card Madness sketches by Friday, June 1st at 11:59 pm.

Also, be sure to check in this week for an awesome line up!

  • Tomorrow a How To’sday by Stephanie Umpleby
  • Wednesday for Mid Week Mojo and the announcement of our Summer Design Team Members
  • Thursday for an extra special treat from Charity Becker
  • Friday morning for a guest blogging spot by our very own buyer Brittany Perry and…
  • Friday night for the 2nd installment of our Design Team member and Princess of the PM Cyndee Kawa!

How’s that for an amazing! Yeah. I thought you’d agree.

Have a great day everyone!

Studio Calico Abroad | Mid Week Mojo

Turquoise – Layout 2

For a girl that has been to 19 countries in my life, the Studio Calico Abroad collection really hits that bone that makes me want to pack up my suitcase and go see the world. The subtle designs, muted yet fun color scheme in combination with world travel as well as U.S. travel-themed desitnations makes this collection a win-win! Now if I could just win a jackpot of some sort so that I could go pack those bags and go see another corner of the world that I haven’t yet explored!

I was toying around with the idea of scrapping photos from a wonderful weekend getawayto Croatia about 10 years ago, but kept thinking about my awesome co-worker Angie and her recent cruise in the Caribbean. (Yeah. She’s a bum, but I love her). That is one area of the world I haven’t been to yet, so I thought it would be fun to live vicariously through her and scrap a few of her favorite photos. With a little imagination I can pretend that it was me on the gorgeous white sand beaches.

It was hard to settle on exactly which photos to use so I decided to crop some of her favorites down and use several mini photos. My favorite thing to do as of recent!

I love some of the subtle patterns of this collection, and the mix of the smaller prints really added some fun to my page.

The Thickers and alpha stickers made for a perfect title combo.

Thanks Angie girl, for letting me drift away from reality for a few! Now to convince my hubby that I really do want a trip to warm sandy beaches for my exit from the “30 something”s. :)

Now lets get down to prize business! This last weekend was great seeing our Facebook Fan Page fill up with all sorts of amazing inspiration from the challenges issued for our National Scrapbook Day online crop.

The winner of Challenge #1, last weeks Mid Week Mojo sketch is JennyBean. Welcome to the fun Jenny! What a great way to kick things off. :)

Next up is the winner of our Challenge #2 – Turn Back Time. Stephanie Umpleby, you are the lucky winner here! Love a peek at your past and what a fabulous design in addition!

Congrats are in order for Kerys Sharrock, who is the random winner for Challenge #3 – Sassy Springtime. Love those flowers and adore the sweet baby photos.

Next Random.Org has shined favorably upon Mona Jarvis, the winner of Challenge #4 – Stitch it up. I adore the literal interpretation of the inspiration piece.  Makes me wanna scrap!

Lastly, how can we forget the scavenger hunt which was issued during our chat. Cristine Redmond, you are the lucky winner there! Now pass the Twizzlers please.

If you lovely ladies could please send an email to service@stealnetworkcom, letting them know which challenge you are a winner of we will be happy to send out some scrappy swag your way!

Thanks so much for some seriously amazing inspiration. Keep up the scrapping and preserving those memories.

Be sure to check in on Friday for another guest blogger! We love those days.

Studio Calico Mr. Huey’s Color Mists

You think getting all sorts of artsy crafty with paint is just for your 5-year-old? Well think again. Today’s steal, Mr. Huey’s Color Mists by Studio Calico, will give you the perfect excuse for getting back to the basics and bonding with your inner artist self.

And boy are you in for a super, spectacular treat today, so grab your coffee (or that would be Diet Dr. Pepper for me) and your reading glasses because you deserve this “me” time for sure. If you are on the fence about stealing today, I recommend you take a quick pause and make that purchase because after seeing what you can do with the Mr. Huey’s, you wont want to miss out!

In the line up today we have projects and how tos from the over the top talented, Heather Leopard and stunning creations from the Studio Calico Design Team.

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Hi, Heather here. I am excited to be blogging here today, to showcase my love of Mr. Huey mists. I really enjoy getting dirty with paint and mists and such, but it doesn’t always have to be hard or make a mess. I am going to share a couple of layouts and tips with you to show you just how fun adding mists to your projects can be. I’ve been playing with mists for years but I fell in love with Mr. Huey mists last year after attending Kelly Purkey’s misting techniques class at CKC Houston.

Check out these two layouts I made this past weekend using Mr. Huey mists and then I’ll share the reasons why I love my Mr. Hueys.

I like to work in groups of threes when I’m designing a page. For this first page, I laid out all of my papers, photos and elements to figure out where I wanted everything arranged and then I took a visual picture in my head, removed everything from the page and spray misted with brown in the 3 spots you see above. I then pulled the nozzle out of the bottle and flicked blue mist onto the page over the brown to give it a splattered look.

I’m also a fan of making things pop on the page so I used foam squares to lift different elements off the page.  Some but not all of the hexagons, word banners and embellishments are popped.

For my second page, I chose to scale back a little with the mist but it’s still an important part of the story.

These are Instagram photos with a filter to make them look vintagy so the splatter effect was called for again here.  Usually I will do the splatter on my foundation piece before I start layering everything but since I was going for an aged look, I adhered all the papers first and then misted, hoping a few splatters would land on the different papers.  I then added the photos.

I knew I wanted to add clouds to the top right corner of the layout so I flicked a little blue mist over there before I stitched the clouds to the paper. Also, the blue cloud was much brighter than I wanted, so I toned down the color by spraying blue mist over it. Then I placed it so that the mist splatter would look like rain coming from it. It was a gorgeous fall day but I liked the rain effect.

So, those are my projects for today. As you can probably see, I really do love my Mr. Huey mists because:

  1. They are not water-based so when you spray them on your page, the paper doesn’t warp. I don’t know about you but I’ve had to deal with some really warped paper before and it’s not fun to have it look all lumpy, especially when you are trying to photograph it.
  2. It’s fast drying, like almost immediately! That said, it didn’t dry as fast on the cloud, because of the shiny, finished layer over the chipboard.
  3. I like that they give a fairly even mist when you spray it so I pretty much know what I’m going to get each time. I’ve had mists that are so unpredictable that it freaks me out when I think about using them because I don’t want to ruin the paper or project.
  4. They are a great size – not too small or too big. I use mine quite a bit and they just keep going and going.
  5. Lastly, I love the colors. I especially like the Calico white because it dries white and pops really great on a dark background.

Before I go, I thought I’d share a few tips to keep in mind when using your mists:

  • I use an old 13x13x5″-ish box handy for all my misting projects. I just put the paper or item in the box and mist away. This protects everything around me from getting mist on it. It’s fun to look at your box each time because you can see traces of all your projects in there.
  • Use a stencil, die-cut or negative image from a die-cut to create a mask for misting.
  • Use a stencil or die-cut and instead of using it as a mask, mist it up and press it over your project like you would a stamp. Lift to see your image.
  • Mist your stamps for a really cool effect
  • Heat emboss an image and then mist over it
  • Alter the color of twine, ribbon, canvas, alphas, anything that will take color, including paper
  • The possibilities are endless. You will learn by experimenting. Of course you’ll want to use practice paper if you are new to the world of misting.
  • Last tip is to have fun!

Thanks for stopping by today. If my pages and tips inspired you, please visit my blog. You’ll find new projects, tips, tutorials, sketches and more posted regularly over there!

Xoxo,

Heather

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Now if that wasn’t enough to thoroughly convince you of the neeeeeeeed of owning Mr. Huey’s, then take a quick peek at what some of the amazingly talented girls of the Studio Calico Design Team have created and be sure to click on their names to check out their own personal blogs for oodles of extra inspiration!

Lisa Truesdell

Kinsey Wilson

Kelly Noel

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! We have a HUGE treat for Monday in the form of a crazy talented guest blogger that rocks the card making world. As for me? I’ll be spritzing it up with my Mr. Huey’s.

Toodles!