Camp Calico Mini Album

Back in 2013, when I was a member of the Studio Calico Creative Team, I made a very spontaneous trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to meet some of fellow the CT members. I didn't know what to expect or even who was gonna participate from the girls but flying over the pond for basically a long weekend seemed like the absolute right thing to do. And, it was so fun =) Or as it was put more eloquently on the SC blog: "What I don't think any of us expected was the level of positive, effortless connection and nonstop laughter we would experience". 

The giant cabin we stayed in was perched in the beautiful rolling green hills of Tennessee and featured a video game arcade, a movie theater and indoor pool and two whirlpools outside. We got to hang out in our PJs and slept four to a room in queen-sized bunk beds. My roomies where Allison Waken, MaryAnn Perry, and Catherine Davis. 

We were greeted with a welcome box filled with lots of goodies: An itinerary for the time of the camp, a Studio Calico t-shirt with a cool vintage camera design by Matthew Taylor Wilson, a colorful box of washi tape, treats to eat from Kentucky (the home state of SC), and a crafting kit custom-designed for Camp Calico by the SC designers. Included in the kit was a woodgrain Handbook, themed journaling cards, stamps, badges, acrylic shapes and wood veneers. Think nature, mountains, and Smokey The Bear. We all went crazy over it during craft nights!

A few weeks ago, I happened to reorganize some of my craft space and knocked said handbook with the Camp memories over. Twice. Many of the cards fell out and I realized that while I love the PL / handbook style, I'd rather not sort spend my time sorting cards back in an album. So I redid it as an 4 x 6 in album. I started by covering chipboard with canvas to use this as the covers. Then I brought out the old typewriter, Klartext stamp sets and added some more details before putting it all together. 

Here are the first few pages of the new album:

Have you ever redone one of your minis? I hadn't up until now but it was fun to revisit the memories and knowing I won't have to think about how I place the album on my shelves. This one won't fall apart again. Have a great Sunday! 



Please note: I received some of the following products for free as a member of the Studio Calico Creative Team and Dani Peuss Klartext design team. These items are marked with a "*". 

  • Kits: *Studio Calico Camp Calico Kit
  • Cardstock: American Crafts white cardstock
  • Stamps: *Klartext Abflug, *Script Wochentage
  • Other: *Studio Calico Color Theory Ink (Glass Slipper), SC Mister Hueys spray mist, Versafine Onyx Black ink, enamel dots, sewing machine, Silhouette printable cotton canvas, scoretape, typewriter

Studio Calico Creative Team: Lost River Kit Sneaks

Hey, you guys! In a few days the new Studio Calico Lost River kit will be revealed and I had the pleasure to play with some of the stamp sets and paper. It was really fun to play and try different styles and techniques like vintage, digital/hybrid and watercoloring.

How adorable is that bicycle stamp? Love Jasmine Jones's designs! Happy Sunday :)

Studio Calico Creative Team: Film Club Kit

If there's one thing I learned about my card-making, it's that I definitively cannot rush the process and think outside the box at the same time. I need to have all the things in my hand, try things out on scratch paper, walk away from it and then play some more until a clever idea sparks. This month, with some other deadlines looming, it just didn't happen (yet).

My way to cope? Get out some tried and true card sketches and keep it all on the simple side. And you know what? It totally worked out not least because the new SC Film Club kit items I received (dies and stamp sets) are so so pretty. 

I mean, that big flower die! Seriously, this is my favorite single item this month. For this first card, I die-cut the flower from pink cardstock (tried felt first but it was too intricate) and attached it only in the middle. You can create lots of dimension by curling the petals up. Add an enamel dot or button in the center and you have a fabulous focal point for your projects.  The sentiment is from a new flower stamp set, designed by Jasmine Jones, which comes in a combo with the die. 

Looks like I'm all for thank you cards this month. The design for this next card is almost completely the same as above. I told you, I kept it clean and simple this time around. First up, I used the polka dot, grid and label paper from the Film Club 4x6 paper pad for the background. The colors are very springy which I love! To create a focal point, I layered all three cutting option you get from the new New Label die to create dimension. The sentiment here is again from Jasmine Jones' new flower stamp + die set. 

Inevitably, there had to be a watercolor card. How can you not, with the weather theme that runs through the new Bad Day stamps? I created a resist pattern with a rain drop background stamp (+ embossing powder) and painting over it with Neocolor II crayons. The rainbow die is also part of the new release. Cute, isn't it?

I have a unicorn die and a graduation stamp set here which are still untouched, so I hope to share something with these items later in the month. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Supplies from my Studio Calico Film Club kit reveal gallery

Please note: I received some of the following products for free or discounted as a member of the Studio Calico design team. The items are marked with a "*". 

  • Stamp Sets: *Studio Calico Bad Day by Jasmine Jones, *Studio Calico Stamp + Die Set: Fleur
  • Dies: Kesi'Art leaf die, *Studio Calico Craft Die: Rainbow, *Studio Calico Craft Die: New Label with Stitches, *Studio Calico Craft Die: flower
  • Paper: *Film Club 4 x 6 Paper Pad
  • Other: Zig Watercolor Brush H2O Medium Tip, *Studio Calico Color Theory Enamel Dots Yellow, Versafine Onyx Black ink