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

Workspace Wednesday | Mini in the Works

Workspace Wednesday by @pixnglue

I have lotsa different paper projects going on behind the scenes, non of which is ready to share in full just yet. However, I have a sneak of loose pages for a travel mini to be above that I shared on my Instagram yesterday. The supplies were all pulled from my stash of past Studio Calico kits and stamps, as well as some Crate Paper favorites.

Speaking of favorites, have you heard the big news? After some collaborations in the past year, Studio Calico + Big Picture Classes decided to join forces! Check out the SC blog for more info, if you like.

xo, Dana

Journaling Card Mini Book

Hi there, how's it going in your neck of the woods? I should be sleeping (not least since I'm yawning like nobodies business) but first, a quick tutorial for you guys! Sounds good? Here's what it's about:

Journaling Card Mini Book by @pixnglue

Journaling Card Mini Book by @pixnglue

I made a simple, little 3x4 book from covered chipboard and Project Life® journaling cards, decorated with a watercolored letterpress image for Studio Calico. If you like it, I have documented and explained all steps of covering the chipboard with patterned paper so you can make your own mini books, too. I was even able to make mine using just two sheets from a 6x6 card kit paper pad

  • Step 01: First up, cut two pieces of chipboard to the size of 3x4 in. then, you need two pieces of patterned paper cut to approx. 4.5 x 5.5 in and two pieces of patterned paper cut to approx. 2 7/8 x 3 7/8 inch. these will be used to cover the chipboard.
  • Step 02: Take the first of your 3x4 chipboard plates and cover one side entirely with glue.
  • Step 03: Turn the chipboard around and place it in the middle of a 4.5 x 5.5” size paper. if you have two patterned sides, think about what you like for the cover before gluing the chipboard down.
  • Step 04: Fold the sides in to create a nice crease around the chipboard piece.
  • Step 05: Cut off the four corners but leave some room to cover up the sides of the chipboard (if your chipboard thickness is 2mm, leave 2mm extra from the edges.)
  • Step 06: Now, the still exposed parts of the chipboard need to be covered in glue.

  • Step 07: Fold in the long sides of the patterned paper. Make sure you don’t get glue on your fingers as it will stain your project.
  • Step 08: Next, fold in the shorter sides of patterned paper.
  • Step 09: Find one of the 2 7/8 x 3 7/8” size papers and cover the edges of it with an adhesive roller (you can use liquid glue for this step, too, but I find the rollers hold less potential to mess up this step).
  • Step 10: Glue this smaller piece of paper to the chipboard so that the entire surface of the chipboard is cover with paper. Repeat the process for the second chipboard piece and you’re left with two album covers.
  • Step 11: Punch holes on both album covers and add a bookbinding ring or other binding of choice. Reach into your stash for 3x4 cards. Of course, you can also add 3x4” paper cut from your scrapbook or card kit.
  • Step 12: Decorate your cover! I used a letterpressed camera image colored with Neocolor II crayons.

And that's it! Easy as pie, isn't it?! You'll find the supply list and the downloadable tutorial (pdf) on the here. Enjoy and let me know what you think!