Friday, May 12, 2017

Foxy Fix Moccasin Sandstone

Nearly a month ago I received my latest Foxy Fix notebook cover. And it is my absolute favorite!!
Unlike my previous 3 covers, which were couture with pockets, this one is a single, #3 size, with stitching and gold foil embossing on the spine.

Here is the inside:

The single notebook cover comes with only one elastic, but they also sent me a jump band that I can use to fit two additional notebooks.

The moccasin leather is super soft, and I couldn't love this notebook more! It's also a great size -  it's size #3, which is A6.
Here's my round up of Foxy Fix notebooks:

Left to right: #6 Sugar Grapefruit, #3 Mocassin Sandstone, #1 Mocassin Tiger Lily, #0 Sugar Lemon Drop (this color is discontinued).

I use the #1 as my wallet, and the #0 to hold loyalty cards, etc. The #3 holds a notebook for everyday notes. And the #6 is holds my traveler's notebook inserts.

All notebooks except the Moccasin Sandstone are couture (i.e., they hold 4+ inserts, and come with reinforced spine for these leathers). I love that look, but I found out that the couture is a tad too big for my taste - the single size suits me much better!

I chose foil embossing on the spine of all my notebooks: gold on all, except for the Tiger Lily, which has silver.

If you want to make a purchase at Foxy Fix, you will get 10% off your first order (above $50) if you use my referral link.
I haven't decided yet what my next Foxy Fix purchase will be, but I am eyeing a Moccasin Raven (black) - even though I always opt for color, the softness of the Moccasin leather may push me over. And today, Foxy Fix launched ring planners!  So many pretty options!

And you can read about & see more pictures of my first purchase (#0 and #1 sizes) here, and my second purchase (#6 size) here.

Kill My Studio Calico Kit: Apri - Film Club

Hello and welcome back for another month of Kill My Studio Calico Kit! This is the 13th installment of this series, and in total I have made a whopping (140) layouts. Yay me!
This month I got the Studio Calico scrapbook main kit, Film Club ($34.99 - and only $5 with a promotion that started that month with the code SCKIT5).

Notes: I really love the colors this month, and the epoxy stickers. The rest of the embellishments were a bit hard to work with at first, but I made them all work in the end.

Kill my Studio Calico kit is a monthly series I started on my blog to hold myself accountable and use up my kits. You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

Status: killed!
I made 10 layouts (7 12"x12", 2 8.5"x11", 1 9"x12"), for a total of $5, or $0.5/page. I supplemented the kit with some embellishments from the Project Life kit, plus some items from my stash (stamps, paints, and the odd embellishment). Here's a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:

Leftovers: I have some scraps of paper left, several chipboard letters (but I'm out of A's and O's, and I used the "1" flipped over to double as an "L" on a couple pages).

And here is what I made with the kit.

For the first page, I cut up the specialty floral paper with gold foil accents.

I love this one! I cut up some of the washi tape strips because I didn't have a use for them, and I used the words to make up my title.

Here I used the rest of the floral paper.

This was so fun to make! I used my new oxide distress inks to make the watercolored background.

Again using my distress oxide inks for the stamping - this was my first time using them and I wanted to map out the colors. I added some puffy stickers and washi tape from my stash.

The floral paper and the embellishments are from my stash.

I knew I wanted to use the gold star sequins on the red cardstock. I also sprayed the cork "you've got style" gold, and added some navy enamel dots from my stash.

I wasn't sure what to do with the yellow stickers from the kit, but here I paired them with some blue and pink chipboard embellishments, and mounted them on foam dots to give them dimension.

I love how this page turned out! This paper with the labels was my favorite in the kit, but I didn't like the look of it full page, so I cut out a strip here and used it for my long journaling.

This is a 9"x12" page for my travel album. I used up the rest of the ticket die cut numbers to mat my photo.

And that's it! Thanks for stopping by, and do eave me a comment if you like this series!
You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Good Night - Stamping & Watercoloring with Sakuralala

Hello! I used one of the latest stamps from Sakuralala - 365: FAMILY - to make this scrapbook page.

I love how versatile these stamps are - they are great for cards, traveler's notebooks, scrapbook pages, and more!

I shot a video of how I made the watercolored background for this page, you can check it out here:

Sakuralala stamp sets: 365: FAMILY, 365: CELEBRATION, 365: HIKARI, 365: DAILY, 365: KIRA KIRA.
Watercolors: Distress Oxide ink pad (Faded Jeans), Kuretake Gansai Tambi, Finetec
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink

Wednesday Musings

Hello and happy hump day! I have been reminiscing lately - it's been almost 2 years since I finished my MBA and I miss my classmates! So I uses some of the products that are 50% off in today's sale at The Lilypad to scrap about some of those memories.

Clean and Simple n18 template by Sabrina’s Creations

Everybody Dance Now Kit by Allison Pennington

I love how this page turned out! But then it's no surprise, since I love anything by Allison Pennington! :) Have a great rest of the week!

Friday, May 5, 2017

New Sakuralala Stamps - 365: FAMILY and 365: CELEBRATION

Hello! I am so excited to share the latest stamps released by Sakuralala! There are two sets, and they are by Igloo*dining. They are called 365: CELEBRATION and 365: FAMILY, and I had so much fun using them!

In this traveler's notebook spread, I used both stamps. On the right page, I had fun with some stamping celebrating my mom's birthday.

And here's what the final spread looks like in my TN:

These stamps are fantastic for cardmaking also. Here's two cards I made - the first one is an anniversary card. I loved this stamp so much that I kept the card simple, letting the stamps shine.

I used Zebra Sarasa Clip gel pens to color a few accents. It turned out so well, that I decided to do the same for the bride's dress, and also gave some silver accents to the groom.

I love how the colors pop against the kraft background!

Next, I made a colorful card with some watercolor accents. I shot a video of the stamping process. I apologize for the not-fancy background: I shot this in a break at the office, propping my phone up on an open drawer and stamping on the floor. :)

After stamping, I added a few more touches to my card: I colored in the girl, and added some gem embellishments. I love how this card turned out! So playful and happy.

I know I'll be using these stamps over and over, they are so versatile and fun! Have a great weekend!

May BYOC at The Lilypad

Hello and happy May! This weekend is filled with fun games and prizes at The Lilypad to celebrate interNational Scrapbooking Day! And 30% off the entire store! There will be a special product release Saturday too, but in the meantime the new BYOC (build your own collection) hit the stores, and I'm so in love with this month's color scheme!

May template challenge template by Sara Gleason
Irvine Park kit by One Little Bird

Wink: Patterns & Backgrounds by Allison Pennington
Blue Skies | Elements by Pink Reptile Designs
May 2017 BYOC Styles by Mommyish

I hope you'll join us for some of the games and challenges!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Home Sweet Home

Hello! I am keeping this post short and sweet to share a page I made with products from The Lilypad that are 50% off today!

Home Sweet Home Templates by Scrapping with Liz

Daily Delight Kit by Lynn Grieveson

These templates are so much fun to use!!

Friday, April 21, 2017

April Mixed Media Monthly at The Lilypad

Hello and happy Friday! I am so happy spring has made its arrival, although it's amazing to realize nearly a third of the year has gone by already!
I am loving the monthly recap pages I have been putting together, and here is the one I made for April.


April Month in Review '17 Template by Scrapping with Liz

April Stuff by Allison Pennington

All the bright colors! :) And here's a look at each page.

I added a new Foxy Fix notebook to my collection last week - I need to blog about it! Here are my previous posts about these traveler's notebooks.

And then I also made a page with the new Mixed Media Monthly (M3) collection. I love how the M3 inspires me to try new techniques. Here I blended 2 papers (the one for the background and the one with blue and white clouds and sketched trees), as well as a photo (on the bottom of the page). So fun!


Mixed Media Monthly April 2017 from The Lilypad

Have a great weekend! And save the date - May 6 is iNSD (interNational Scrapbooking Day!) and there will be some fun events and sales at The Lilypad!

Friday, April 7, 2017

April BYOC at The Lilypad, & Mari Koegelenberg is back!!

Hello and happy Friday! I have had one of the busiest/most stressful weeks of my life (like top 3..!), yet I managed to scrap a couple of pages after my work deadline was passed, and I love how they turned out!
This first one is with the April BYOC from The Lilypad.


Tags and Letters Templates by Scrapping with Liz

Between Us Papers and Between Us Elements by One Little Bird

Notebook: Patterns & Backgrounds by Allison Pennington

The floral patterns are stunning!!

And then I am SO happy to share that my friend Mari Koegelenberg has a new collection in the shop, and it's so perfect for this time of the year!


I have missed her designs so much and I'm so happy to see her creating again!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beautiful Spring Day

Hello! It's almost April so I thought it fitting that the next kit I chose for my Kill My Studio Calico Kit blog series is from April 2016, Film Club! :)

This page was inspired by the painted wood butterflies by Nancy Damiano; I only had 2 wood butterflies in my stash, so I added some feathers, and some paper butterflies (cut using a die from Papertrey Ink). I mostly used only items from the kit, and only added some puffy hearts and stars from Freckled Fawn (puffy stickers are my absolute fave!!), as well as some purple gems from an old Studio Calico kit (I think a card add on from Copper Mountain - Jan. 2014) to tie in the color of the flowers. I just love these colors, they feel so spring-y!

I never know how to use the washi strips,with the phrases printed on them, mostly because I am a literal scrapper and the phrases never quite fit what I am scrapping. Here I used one as is, because the words applied well (the flowers are fleeting, and also my mom's visits are always too short). But then I cut up some words from the other strips to make my title ("beautiful" "spring" "day") - I will do this again for sure!

I stamped two phrases from the stamp in the kit on the paper butterflies (I stamped on wood veneer in the past and the ink feathered a bit, and didn't want to risk it on the wood butterflies - although it probably would be fine with pigment ink, which sits on top of the surface). I used washi tape to mask the wood veneers before painting them with acrylic paint - lime light and mint hint. Then I used the small dots in the kit stamp to add the polka dots on the feathers. I like how that touch of black matches the paper strips I used at the top and bottom of the page.
I love how it turned out! Now if the weather would just cooperate and get spring started! :)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Kill My Studio Calico Kit - Sep. 2016: Lost River

Hello and welcome back for another installment of my Kill My Studio Calico Kit series! I am not going in order...  this is the 11th kit I have killed, and in total I have made a whopping 130 layouts. Yay me!

Kill my Studio Calico kit is a monthly series I started on my blog to hold myself accountable and use up my kits. You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.
I considered a kit killed when I don't have enough paper to make another layout.

This month I killed the September 2016 Lost River scrapbook kit.

Notes:  I bought this kit with a $10 promotion (they also have a $5 promotion if you want to try a kit, check here and use the code SCKIT5), and I really like it. I found it to be a bit light on embellishments, but no big deal as I am trying to use up my stash more this year and was happy to add some items to supplement the kit. I also used some stamps from my stash. I didn't care for the washi tape nor the stamp (in fact I have not used them).

Status: Killed! Knowing I had not paid full price for this kit resulted in me not pushing myself as much as I normally do to crank out 10+ pages from a kit. I used two of the cardstock pieces for other layouts but I didn't count them towards killing this kit because all the rest was from my stash.
I made 8 layouts (6 12"x12" and 2 8.5"x11"), for a total of $10, or $1.43/page.

Here's a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:

Leftovers:  I ended up not using the yellow cardstock - I tried, but it was just too bright. I'll use it on some other page in the future. But otherwise, this kit is thoroughly killed. I used a lot of the gold alphas, but I still have plenty left, and I have most of the vellum alpha. I didn't touch the washi tape and stamp. I'm very happy I used up all the envelopes, and most of the tiny red sequins.

And here's a look at all the projects I made:

While I normally start by using my least favorite paper, this time I started by using my favorite paper in the kit for this page - it was just perfect for this story! The stamp I used is from an old add on called Caramel Apple - I purchased it when it went for sale at last call last August for $10 (score!). The alpha stamp is from Freckled Fawn (discontinued), as are the cork trees (aren't they pretty? I used up the whole pack - it may be my first time ever doing that! :)).

Most of the items on this page are from my stash - only the background paper and the gold alpha are from the kit.

I used some alpha stickers and embellishments from my stash.

This one is my favorite page this month. And I get bonus points for using up some flair from my stash! :)

I love how this one turned out. I used some stamps from my stash, as well as some heart stickers. The pretty owls are printables by Wilna Furstenberg.

On this page I used the kit almost exclusively: the only think I added from my stash is the enamel dots.

I had so much fun making this page! I used stamps from Sakuralala with Distress Oxide Ink (cracked pistachio), and then used some scraps of paper from the kit, along with a rubber banner and the vellum alpha.

I love how this page turned out! I used up my last paper scraps, and put to good use the red sequins and the rest of the kraft envelopes.

And that's it for this month! If you have any questions, please leave a comment and let me know!
This was my most recent unkilled kit, so now I'll have to dig up some more kits from 2016 that I haven't used yet: I still have Film Club (April), Scout (June) and Pool Party (July) that are mostly untouched. I cannot wait!

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