Here’s the challenge at Studio Calico: Use Buttons
And if you scroll down the page, you can see that a card or layout is just fine, thanks. Continue reading
Happy NSD! How are you celebrating the occasion?
I am trying a couple of Studio Calico’s challenges posted on their blog. My first successful creation, a card using five different patterns of paper, Card Challenge #3. This is for a friend who recently retired (L.C., don’t tell B. until it arrives in the mail!). He loves the outdoors, camping, guy stuff… you get the picture.
If you’re like me, you’ve seen (and drooled over) those expensive, yummy-looking kits offered on so many scrapbooking websites, each one full of well-selected paper, embellishments, stickers and stamps. Usually, to get one, you have to sign up for a period of time, joining the Kit Club. Several months of $37.50 (or higher!) fees isn’t that easy to manage for many of us.
Don’t despair! A few days ago, I discovered this website, with a subtitle that reads: “Providing inspiration for creating scrapbook kits from your own supplies…” — Awesome!
and then this article at Get It Scrapped (scroll down) which has some good tips for choosing paper:
This morning I had some time, and rummaged around and put together My First Kit! It was actually a very useful effort, as I gathered the supplies that went with each other rather than trying to find something to match a design idea in my head or coordinate with photos I wanted to put in a layout, and doing this helped me to think of new possibilities for some materials I’ve had around since forever. Besides, it was fun! Continue reading
The class is taught by Ali Edwards. Journaling is my weak point, but free is a great motivator to take this class!
In the class description, “Writing is really important to Ali and she’s on a mission to inspire you to get more stories in your scrapbooks. She reiterates the importance of writing things down NOW and incorporating them into layouts LATER.” I have to confess that generally I work in the opposite order.
I have also been periodically working on pages for a very personal album, not shown to many. It sounds as if the lessons from this class will be a big inspiration for that album.
Here’s the link for the original blog post:
And here’s the registration link:
See you there?
Have you seen posts on other scrapbooking-related sites with photos of other people’s work areas? They always look great, don’t they? Cute painted or grunge-finished antique cubbyholes with orderly lines of every M@rtha Stewart punch that has ever been made, neatly stacked paper in rainbow order sub-folders, embellishments stored away in various funky containers, and of course, no scraps in sight. Studio Calico runs a weekly feature called “Workspace Wednesdays.” The workspaces always look fabulous.
Of course they do… what would be the point of posting about messy work spaces? The posts are meant to inspire. However, in keeping with the philosophy behind this blog of full disclosure, herewith is the first of my Truthtelling Thursdays.
During the month of March, I am taking the “You’ve Got Mail” card-making class at Studio Calico. Each week, we receive a PDF-format lesson on the week’s topic, as well as a video of additional techniques. Last week’s topic was “Everyday Cards.” One of the card examples was attractive, easy and very adaptable to many different reasons for sending a card.
I can’t, of course, copy the class material, but I adapted the process for making to card to one that doesn’t require a double layer of card stock on the front, adding to the card’s weight, but still incorporates the basic idea, one that involves a strip cut off the right side front, leaving the inside card back showing, a strip that lends itself to all kinds of possibilities. Continue reading