Monday, 27 October 2014

Walden sneaks (and a Calico classroom update)

Just a main Project Life kit only spread for me this month...I seem to have lost my creativity along with my energy. If anybody finds them, please let me know!


That said, I LOVE the spread I made this month. It's super colourful and bright and, in my opinion, the perfect way to document the first two weeks of my Whole30 adventure back in June! Check back for the full details about this spread in my reveal night post.

I'm also pleased to announce the latest offering in the Studio Calico classroom...


It’s easy to feel content during the holidays, but do you remember to be grateful all year long? In Gratitude Documented, Shanna Noel will guide you through a series of prompts, videos, and more so that recording the seasons of gratitude from your life will be easy and enjoyable. Reflect on and recognize the themes of family, love, and personal triumph that resonate with you. Let’s come together and remember that there is so much to be grateful for.
Gratitude | Documented is enrolling now through November 30th at 11:59pm EST.

BY ENROLLING IN THIS CLASS YOU'LL RECEIVE :

  • 3 videos from Shanna (planning & getting started, bringing your notes and inspiration together into an album & adding the finishing touches).
  • 5 prompt PDFs that encourage you to reflect on different areas of your life and what you're thankful for.
  • An in depth look at Shanna's tag style mini album.
  • Ideas from Jamie Waters for adapting Shanna's ideas to a WRMK 4x4in album.
  • Inspiration PDFs with more ideas from Amy Hawthorne, Lexi Bridges and Chantal Philippe.
  • Access to a class message board and gallery, where you can share and learn with your teacher and fellow students.
  • Weekly challenges to inspire you to use what you've learned.


BONUS DIGITAL FILES (SHOWN ABOVE) :

  • Printable journal cards designed by Shanna Noel
  • 3 digital cut files in .studio, .PNG and .SVG designed by Shanna Noel
  • Digital Stamp set in .ABR and .PNG designed by Shanna Noel
Visit the shop to purchase goodies from Shanna's supply list for this class!

Happy Monday!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Friday favourites

Here's my latest favourite things from around the web...
1. I mentioned Unfancy on yesterday's post about why I'm trying a capsule wardrobe. Well this is her Fall capsule wardrobe...genius, no?



2. This art journal page by Maria. Isn't that super cool?!






4. This post by Elsie Larson about why scrapbooking rocks. I heartily agree with what she's saying and have recently been seeing myself making a shift towards simplicity. More on that another time.



5. This way of praying by Shanna. This speaks to me so much!



6. The new Avengers trailer. SO excited.


Happy Friday!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

5 reasons why I'm trying a capsule wardrobe

A daily scene
I stand in front of my wardrobe looking half-vacantly at the rails before me. Nothing instantly jumps out at me, so I rifle through, the increasing frustration reflected in the aggression with which I now slide the garments across on their hangers. Still nothing. Two bags of clean laundry sit on the floor so my attention turns to what they may have in store. Equally fruitless. I look at the clock. Ten precious minutes have passed and I'm still no further forward in choosing what to wear.
Sound familiar?
Just recently, I stumbled across the concept of a capsule wardrobe through my regular reading of Elise's blog who, in turn, linked to the wonderful blog, Unfancy. I had never heard of a capsule wardrobe before but the more I discovered about it, the more I realised that it was exactly what I was looking for.
For those of you who are coming across the concept for the first time here, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a small number of items (around 35-40 seems to be the norm) that one wears for a season without any additional shopping. Unfancy has a very helpful post on how to a capsule wardrobe that you should definitely check out if this sounds like something you might be interested in.
I thought it might be useful to share my process of building my capsule wardrobe with you. Today, I'm going to explain my 5 top reasons for embracing this concept.


So, without further ado and in no particular order, here they are…
  1. My wardrobe is fit to burst
    I am extremely lucky to have lots of clothes storage in my current bedroom. But it is both a blessing and a curse! It has six doors in total and every rail is absolutely full. I have hundreds of hangers but still not enough to hang every piece of clothing I own on its own hanger, so I've been doubling up on some and layering one thing over another. When I think about it properly, it's absolute madness! I cannot believe how many garments I own. It's actually laughable. I've always dreamed of having a wardrobe where each piece of clothing hangs on one of those lovely wooden hangers (I have some of these but not nearly enough to accommodate all my pieces), with plenty of room in between each piece. With my wardrobe in its current state, this is an unachievable dream. But with a capsule wardrobe? Doable with a capital D! The thought of having a completely streamlined wardrobe makes me very happy indeed.
  2. I always struggle picking out an outfit
    Despite my abundance of clothes, I always feel like I don't have anything to wear. I spend too much time in front of the wardrobe painstakingly trying to cobble together an outfit from pieces that I don't even necessarily like. Most of the things in my wardrobe were bought thinking about the piece in isolation, rather than trying to picture it working as part of different outfits, which means that mixing and matching my clothes is quite difficult. More difficult than it needs to be, at any rate. I'm looking to build a capsule wardrobe full of mainly neutral pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of different outfits. I'm thinking I'll add colour and interest through accessories, rather than through the clothes themselves.
  3. I spend far too much money shopping
    I'm the sort of person who struggles to go into town without coming back with at least one or two new things for my wardrobe. And because I'll spend a little bit here and a little bit there, it's hard to keep track of exactly how much money I'm spending on clothes. It's definitely a less noticeable expense buying little and often, rather than a few big splurges a year. I have tried to curb my spending over the last few months, however, as I've recently started working part-time in an effort to get back to full health. But as I've been looking through my wardrobe in the last week or so, it's become painfully obvious to me how much money I must have spent on clothes over the last few years. It would be very easy to become hung up on this and allow myself to torture myself with feelings of guilt but I'm trying to hold on to the main thing, which is that I've now seen the error of my ways and am attempting to do something about it. It's good progress. On one hand, the idea of not shopping for three whole months feels me with slight dread…I love shopping! But on the other, it feels slightly freeing. I'm hoping it will allow me to save a bit of money each month…for a holiday perhaps?!
  4. I have lost sight of my personal style
    I'm not even sure I even had a style to begin with, to be perfectly honest. I do like keeping tabs on the latest fashion trends and trying to incorporate them into my wardrobe in wearable ways. But I feel this has resulted in an incohesive collection of garments that don't always make sense when worn together. After reading about others' success with capsule wardrobes, I'm confident that this process will enable me to define and build a style that suits and works for me.
  5. I want to spend less time doing laundry
    I really don't enjoy doing laundry. I'm not sure anyone really does but I really really dislike it. I tend to let my dirty washing build up until I have very few clean items to wear and then have to do several loads over the course of a couple of days. This stresses me out and usually results in having bags full of clean clothes sitting on my bedroom floor for days on end because I can't face the mammoth task of putting it all away in one go. I know I could help myself by doing laundry more often but honestly, I can't see this changing until I have less clothes. I really feel like it would be a more manageable task with fewer items. (The blogs I've read have confirmed this for me, which is great!)
So there we have it. I hope that was useful. I'd love to know if this is something you've tried or are considering trying.
Stay tuned for a peek into how I've gone about the long process of culling my wardrobe. It's been an arduous task but I feel SO much better for it!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

#SCinspires

Hello lovely blog readers!

I meant to post this earlier in the week but I've been chasing my tail since being off work with a stinker of a cold! I'm just getting back on track now and I'm excited to be posting about a contest that Studio Calico is hosting at the moment...

Studio Calico is all about delivering inspiration; through the kits, the classroom, the creative team gallery and in many other ways. I am personally inspired by the wonderful community that hangs out on the message boards and posts in the member gallery. There have been so many times when I've been supported, uplifted and encouraged by these wonderful women and I am so grateful to have it as my online home!

And, of course, there's that box of goodness that comes to the house every month! I really look forward to seeing the Project Life cards...they continually inspire me to tell my everyday stories in a simple but fun way. Here's some of my favourites from The Underground kit...


Now, Studio Calico is wanting to hear all about what inspires you and is hosting a fab contest to make it even more fun! Here's what you need to do in order to be entered to win some amazing prizes...

1. Download this beautiful and totally free digital poster:

2. Share a photo and caption on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter that explains what it is about Studio Calico that inspires you, and tag it #scinspires.

3. Tell your friendsThe more uses of the hashtag #scinspires, the more prizes SC will give away! Be sure to check back on the blog every Friday to see how it's going!

Are you ready to see what's up for grabs?

Contest Rules:
You must download the printable to be entered to win the prizes. Shared photos on social networks must be tagged with #scinspires and set to public to be considered. Number of individual winners and prizes received are dependent on number of shares. Contestants may share more than one photo. Contest ends 10/31/14 at 11:59 pm EST.

Some of the creative have also been taking part in a blog hop this week, giving away extra prizes! Visit their blogs to be entered to win...

I'm getting in on the action too! I'm giving away The Underground Project Life kit to one lucky winner!
Just leave me a comment by Sunday night at 23.59 EST (Monday morning at 4.59 BST) letting me know what you're planning on sharing with the #scinspires tag!
Happy Thursday!



Friday, 3 October 2014

The latest from the Calico classroom

I've been following Ashley Goldberg on Instagram for a good few months now and I'm always inspired by her unbelievably awesome patterns. So it might not come as much of a surprise if I were to tell you that I was over-the-top excited when it was announced that she would be teaching a new class over at Studio Calico...


We've all experienced it – the frustration of sitting in front of a blank page for hours and still coming up empty. Well, we've got the remedy: cutting-edge artist Ashley Goldberg. Ashley’s come wielding her brush and paints to invite you into Paint.Plan.Play, an “art” class designed for scrapbookers. Grab the paints and brushes you've been collecting and let Ashley help you tap into the creativity you've got hiding inside yourself.

During the first half of Paint.Plan.Play, you’ll explore core painting techniques Ashley uses every day, then you will transition into putting those new skills to use in several projects. With Ashley’s expert guidance, you will learn how to take control of color, pattern, and text by using paint, collage, and various other mediums to add allure to all your paper crafting projects – from personally designed journal layouts to Project Life spreads.

BY ENROLLING IN THIS CLASS YOU'LL RECEIVE :

  • 4 technique videos from Ashley sharing tips and tricks for painted backgrounds, mark making, stamping and working with patterned paper.
  • a PDF from Ashley sharing how she uses her painted pages to create an Art Planner.
  • Inspiration PDFs from our expert contributors sharing 10 ideas for using these paint techniques on art journal pages, layouts and Project Life® spreads.
  • Access to a class message board and gallery, where you can share and learn with your teacher and fellow students.
  • Weekly challenges to inspire you to use what you've learned.



Enrollment is open until October 31st at 11:59pm EST, and Paint.Plan.Play will begin on November 1st. 

I honestly CANNOT WAIT for this class to start. How am I going to wait for a whole month?! And have you seen the goodies that have arrived in the shop for this class?! Here are some of my absolute favourites...





We're also getting into the holiday season over at Studio Calico with a Christmas card class, which I'm hoping will actually make me send out cards this year!


The Yuletide season is upon us and that means it’s time to send hand-crafted greeting cards and tags for those you hold nearest and dearest. In Send Joy Lisa Spangler will show you how to create 15 cards and 5 tags in bulk so that you can send them to 100 of your closest friends. Provide your entire Christmas list with handmade cards made with care.

BY ENROLLING IN THIS CLASS YOU'LL RECEIVE :

  • 5 videos - 4 from Lisa Spangler and 1 from Jennifer McGuire - sharing tips and tricks for well designed cards that you can make for everyone on your list.
  • PDF lessons sharing ideas for 10 stamped cards, 5 letterpress cards and 5 tags from Lisa and her contributors.
  • 5 card sketches to use as starting points
  • Access to a class message board and gallery, where you can share and learn with your teacher and fellow students.
  • Weekly challenges to inspire you to use what you've learned.


Send Joy is enrolling now through October 31st at 11:59pm EST, and all class content will be posted on November 1st.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Magic | A hybrid tutorial



I've been dabbling with hybrid pages recently, just playing around and experimenting. But I have to tell you, I really love it! I've got a quick and easy tutorial for you today to show you how I made a page that documents a trip I took to Disneyland Paris last summer. Enjoy!


I decided that I wanted some sort of grid to my page that would consist of a mixture of square photos and square pieces of patterned paper all the same size. So the first thing I did was to crop all my photos to 2x2 inches in Photoshop. I also made a blank square of the same size, which I could use to map out where my pieces of patterned paper would go. I coloured the square grey so I would be able to see what I was doing with it!



Next, I dragged the photos and multiple copies of the grey square into an 8.5x11 document and arranged them all in a grid design that I was happy with. I decided I wanted strips of squares with spaces in between each strip, rather than have all the squares touching each other. To achieve this, I aligned the photos and grey squares together in a strip and then linked them together so that I could move the whole strip in one go. I made sure I was happy with the spacing in between the strips and round the edges.



I used the blank spaces around the photos to type my journaling, making sure that the text aligned perfectly with the squares. I made sure to leave some space at the bottom of the page for a title.



You could absolutely print out the photos and journaling on photo paper and build your page from there. However, I still wanted the texture and dimension of physical photos glued on to a background so I printed the photos and the journaling out separately. In order to do this, I first hid all the text layers in the layers palette, coloured the grey squares white so as to not waste ink and printed out the document on to photo paper. Then I hid the photo layers and made the text layers visible, printing the journaling on to white cardstock.



Once all the printing was done, I cut out the photo strips...




...and adhered them to the cardstock, lining them up with the journaling.



With my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out a title on to adhesive gold foil paper using these digital brushes from Ali Edwards.



 I cut out some 2x2 inch squares of patterned paper from the Crate Paper Notes & Things collection (plus a patterned vellum from the Oh Darling collection) and adhered them on top of the blank squares. After that, I added a few pieces of chipboard and a rub-on, also from Notes & Things, to pretty things up. And voila!





 I absolutely loved putting this page together and I loved that it was so quick and easy even more! What I didn't love was reading back over my journaling when I was editing all the images and realising there are a couple of typos in there! D'oh! Oh well.

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Underground reveal


Reveal happened a couple of days over at Studio Calico. There are still kits available, by the way...you can pick them up here.

Here's my Project Life spread for this month's gallery...





Have you checked out the gallery yet? It is full of good stuff!

Happy Tuesday!

P.S. Can you tell I'm ill while I'm writing this?! (It's ok, I know you can!)