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The January Kit reveal is just around the corner! Today on the blog, the Studio Calico Creative Team is offering a sneak peek of all the beautiful supplies and products that can be found in the kits. Check it out below.

Documenter Kit

Begin the year with a fresh start. Our January kits offer a breath of fresh air and a blank-page outlook with soft, muted colors, pops of bold fun, and gold accents. 

Get a sneak peek of the gorgeous Fresh Start Documenter Kit on Jen's latest pocket page spread. We love how she put January's embellishments to work this month.

Get a glimpse of January's Documenter Kit on Sarah's fun spread. We love her bright colors!

Here's another look at the Fresh Start Documenter Kit in action on Barbara's fun spread. Those sweet elements bring the whole page together!

Traveler's Notebook Kit

This new beginning can be whatever you choose to make it. Record whatever comes next with the perfect kit to match.

Catch a peek of the Fresh Start TN Kit on Heba's fun project. We can't wait to see the rest of her spread!

See January's TN Kit in action Jen's sweet and colorful pages. This kit is great for recording all your favorite moments!

Look at one more sneak peek of the Fresh Start Kit on Ashley's spread. We love how she used those stamps!

Stamp Subscription | On the Shelf 

This month's stamp set, On the Shelf, was designed by France Wisniewski of Bananafish Studio. Perfect for the bookworm, this set features a collection of stamps dedicated to your favorite pastime! Embellish pages documenting your latest reads or keep track of your favorites with the book review stamp. And don't miss the large script Books stamp—perfect for creating a big, bold title! Whether you add these stamps to your traveler's notebook or highlight your favorite hobby on a scrapbook layout, this stamp set is one you'll reach for time and time again!

This set is perfect for documenting your favorite reads! Check out a sneak peek of this set on Barbara's sweet notebook spread.

See this set in action on Haley's fun Traveler's Notebook spread. We can't wait to see the rest of her project!

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The embellishments in the City Sidewalks Documenter Kit are perfect for all your December pages! Chipboard circles, puffy stickers, and die-cut number tickets make up just part of this awesome kit. Check out all the ways the Creative Team members are using the embellishments from December's kit in their projects this month.

Die-Cut Number Tickets

Pam used the 5 and 8 die-cut number tickets to embellish a sweet black and white photo on her spread, City Sidewalks Documenter Kit. We love this simple yet stunning addition on the picture capturing her mom's birthday!  

Chipboard Circles

On her spread, Dec 17Barbara stamped her title on a chipboard circle from the City Sidewalks kit using the new Mega Date Stamp by Jasmine Jones. We love the result! 

The stamp set from the City Sidewalks Documenter Kit is perfect for pairing with the chipboard circles. We love how Lisa stamped out "Rise and Shine" on her blue chipboard circle and paired with the black and white star card on her spread, Week 46

Sarah also stamped on her chipboard circle for her spread, City Sidewalks Documenter Kit, and paired it with the sunburst card from the kit. We love the sense of movement this adds to her spread! 

We love Candace's placement of the chipboard circle on her spread, Sparkle 2018. That ampersand card is so fun! 

Kelly used two chipboard circles to embellish her spread, November 2018, pairing them with like-colored journaling cards. This tone-on-tone effect is a great technique for any spread! 

Puffy Stickers

Candace used the star puffy stickers as finishing touches on her scene-of-trees card from her project December Trees 2018. We love the fun colors and dimension on this spread!

On her spread, City Sidewalks Documenter Kit 2Pam embellished a sweet black and white photo with three colorful puffy heart stickers from the kit. We love the pop of color it adds to that corner of her page! 

There's so much you can do with the embellishments in the City Sidewalks Documenter Kit. What do you plan on doing with yours? Post your creations in the gallery and add a link in the comments. We can't wait to see what you'll make!

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Journaling is a great way to capture the details that make up your everyday life. Whether you're telling in-depth stories or simply captioning a photo, your words are important to preserving your memories for years to come. The following journaling prompts are perfect for pairing with this month's City Sidewalks Kit, or just tuck them into your back pocket for a time when your creative mojo is low. Either way, we hope they’ll help inspire your next project!

Tie in a quote. 

On her spread, WonderLisa used the quote in her notebook to spark her story: "It is happiness to wonder, it is happiness to dream." –Edgar Allan Poe. This simple and sweet quote inspired her to tell the story of her daughter finding wonder in the rain and a reminder for herself to slow down and let her children revel in the simple things. 

Simple Pleasures

France recorded a gorgeous recent sunset on her spread, Simply Amazing. Even though the days are shorter, she's still finding joy in this simple pleasure—and we love that she recorded the details in her notebook. 

Lisa told the story of coming home at 2 am from a long trip to find her Christmas tree up—something her husband did for her as a "welcome home"—on her spread Sparkle. What a sweet moment captured! 

On her layout, AMMarcy recorded the simple pleasure of a calm and quiet morning and a clean kitchen. Documenting these small, sweet moments is a great way to practice gratitude and appreciation. 

France wrote about her first peppermint mocha of the season and her current favorite candle on her spread, Good Stuff. These are fun details to compare season to season! 

Playlist

Haley jotted down some of her favorite songs on her recent spread, Currently Playlist. This is a great prompt to repeat yearly, quarterly, or even monthly! 

Goals & Dreams

Kelly told the story of her recently healthy eating journey on her spread, Dream Work Plan. The new Dream Work Plan stamp set was the perfect prompt for her journaling! 

On her spread, Start Before You're ReadyLisa journaled about her goal to push herself to try new things. This spread is sure to be a great motivation for her in the future! 

There are so many stories you can tell with the City Sidewalks Kits and December add-ons. Which journaling prompt do you plan on trying out this month? Post your creations in the gallery and add a link in the comments. We can't wait to see what you'll make!

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We are excited to feature our new members of the Studio Calico Creative Team. We're looking forward to seeing their inspiring projects in the gallery and blog, and hope you are, too! Today, we're getting to know Mel Blackburn! Be sure to follow her here at SC to see more of her work and keep up with her.

Hi, everyone! I’m Melanie (JustMel here on Studio Calico) and I’m delighted to be joining the Creative Team! I’ve been a longtime fan of Studio Calico since 2010 when I used to subscribe to the Scrapbook Kits and create 12" x 12" layouts. I live in beautiful Eastern Canada with my three daughters and wonderful husband, who are such good sports at making sure to help me in my quest of storytelling and documenting. By day, I work outside of the home and try to schedule my crafty time during a quiet evening or early on a weekend morning. I love sitting at my craft table before everyone gets up and spending time crafting while enjoying a warm cup of coffee.

I’ve been scrapbooking for over 14 years. My work has evolved from traditional 12" x 12" layouts to 9" x 12" Documenter pages and now traveler’s notebooks. My love of paper started at a very young age when I started hoarding a collection of notepads and fruit scented pens and evolved when I became a mother and wanted to document every milestone achieved by my daughters. My design style is eclectic, from complex multilayers and mixed media projects to simple TN spreads. I love and want to do it all!

My current go-to format for documenting is a traveler’s notebook (TN) and 6" x 8" monthly documenting. I love how a TN enables me to combine my love of scrapbooking and storytelling; it gives me the creative outlet I need all the while telling those meaningful everyday stories.

As for documenting, I’ve recently made the switch to monthly 6" x 8" format, as a weekly 9" x 12" format no longer felt manageable for me. Having a monthly approach to documenting has given me the freedom to document as many or as few stories as I can. I can recap a weekend away with the family with one spread and I get to showcase the pictures that really make me happy. This new approach has definitely given me the creative freedom I needed. 

I look forward to sharing my projects with you! 

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Studio Calico by Emilymonroe - 7M ago

This week our scrapbook sketch is a 9" x 12" layout featuring a vertical photo positioned on the left side of the page, with a title above and an embellishment cluster and journaling below. Our notebook sketch showcases a full-page photo on the left page and bulleted journaling on the right page. And our pocket page sketch features a 3" x 4" card with a curved title and circular embellishment and a 3" x 4" journaling card with a square photo at the top. 

Our scrapbook sketch comes from Geralyn Sy's Autumn layout:

Our notebook sketch comes from Kelly Noel's Top Ten spread:

And our pocket page sketch comes from Candace Perkin's Having a Good Time Here with You spread:

Now it's your turn! Make a project using one of this week's sketches as a starting point, then share it in the  Studio Calico gallery. Use the hashtag #SCsketch to make it easier for other members to find! Leave us a link to your project by December 31st in the comments here to be entered to win a $5 gift card to Studio Calico Shop. This week's sketch winner will be announced in the January 5th Spotted in the Gallery post.

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Studio Calico by Emilymonroe - 7M ago

We love our SC community, and one of our favorite parts is seeing our members' inspiring work in the Member Gallery! Each week in Spotted in the Gallery, we'll be showcasing a few projects that caught our eye. Check them out below and be sure to follow the members here at SC to keep up with what they're creating! Don't forget to share what you're making for a chance to be featured.

December 11 - Holiday Reads // Ian Edition by littlelamm

Littlelamm's adorable holiday spread in her 6x12 album caught our eye right away in the gallery this week. We love her sweet and subtle embellishments. 

Love by Weiwei

Weiwei's bright and fun notebook page was the perfect backdrop for color-coordinating labels housing stamped sentiments! We can't get enough of her flip-up photo! 

Election Day by Katarina_Prevendarova

We love how Katarina_Prevendarova used the Holland Park TN Kit stamp as the jumping-off point to create her spread! Paired with circular embellishments and stickers, it makes the perfect backdrop for her journaling. 

WINNER: 

We have a new challenge winner—CONGRATS!! If your name is on this list, you'll be getting an email from us with info about your prize. Thank you again to all who take part in our challenges and giveaways.

12.9 sketch | tpgirl

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We are excited to feature our new members of the Studio Calico Creative Team. We're looking forward to seeing their inspiring projects in the gallery and blog, and hope you are, too! Today, we're getting to know Ashley Horton! Be sure to follow her here at SC to see more of her work and keep up with her. 

Hello there! I'm Ashley and I'm from southern Alabama. I've been married to my husband, Tyler, for almost 20 years (June 19th will be our anniversary!), and we have three kids: Madison, Emma, and Reese. I've been a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom for the past 10 years and homeschool teacher for seven years. It's challenging, but we really love the way this works out for our family. We love being on our own schedule and having the ability to travel whenever we want to throughout the year.

Most of my free time is spent in my craft area. I may be working on projects, creating designs, or watching some of my favorite crafters on YouTube. Scrapbooking is a part of my day every day. I also enjoy reading and cooking, so I try to find the time to balance out my favorite hobbies during the week.  

I've always enjoyed creating things but didn't officially start scrapbooking until 2006. I thought I would try it out as a way to document photos of our daughter rather than doing the typical baby book. I immediately fell in love with it and I haven't stopped since! When I first started, all of my layouts were double-page mirror-image layouts. I've come a long way since then, and over the years, I've created different styles of layouts, cards, home decor projects, mini books, and traveler's notebooks.  

After so many years of crafting, I have to say that I've always loved creating single-page layouts the most. I usually like to focus on one photo and mix a variety of patterned papers and embellishments. I also like to try different techniques on my layouts like hand stitching, mixed media, and die cutting. These are my favorite ways to tell the story of the photo on my layout because I usually don't add journaling on my 12" x 12" layouts.  

These days, I've discovered a new love...traveler's notebooks! They are right up there with my love of 12" x 12" layouts. The format of a traveler's notebook is so much fun to work with. It's an easy way for me to document everyday photos and I can create a layout in my TN so much faster than a layout. I also find that I journal more in the traveler's notebook and I love to incorporate stamping on my pages. It's great to have variety in my crafting, and being able to go from working on a layout to a TN layout helps to keep me feeling creative.

The kits and products from Studio Calico also help to keep me feeling creative, and one of my favorite projects is a layout using a mix of the Color Theory alpha stickers.  This was such an easy layout to put together, but I love the impact the color from the alpha stickers adds to my page. And the chipboard pieces and epoxy stickers were the perfect embellishments to complete the layout.  

I'm really looking forward to being a part of the Studio Calico Creative Team! I've had so much fun creating with SC products over the years, meeting and being inspired other crafters, and being a part of SC classes. I can't wait to share projects and inspiration with the Studio Calico community!

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Studio Calico by Emilymonroe - 7M ago

Ever see a design you love so much you just want to scraplift the entire page? Our Creative Team members make projects bursting with inspiration month after month. In the Scraplift This blog post, we'll highlight some of these scraplift-worthy pages and provide tips and tricks for applying their techniques to your next project!

This month's Scraplift This page comes from CT member, France Wisniewski. Her Simply Amazing notebook spread features a horizontal photo stretching across both pages and a fun vertical title!

Here's what France had to say about her project:

I used only this month's Traveler's Notebook Kit to complete this layout. I especially love how the subtle offset stamped title came out.

Tips for Scraplifting this design:

  • Don't be afraid to use a large horizontal photo. When you cut it in half, be sure to avoid focal points such as someone's face. 
  • A vertical title always makes a big impact. Try out France's subtle offset stamping technique!
  • Arrange your embellishments in a visual triangle to keep the viewer's eye moving around the page. France achieved this with her heart stickers. 
  • Mirror some elements for a stunning sense of balance. We love how France positioned her journaling opposite the large quote. 

Now it's your turn! Use this project as the inspiration for your next page and don't forget to share what you create. Link your Scraplift This project in the comments below. We can't wait to see what you'll make!

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We are excited to feature our new members of the Studio Calico Creative Team. We're looking forward to seeing their inspiring projects in the gallery and blog, and hope you are, too! Today, we're getting to know Jen Wong! Be sure to follow her here at SC to see more of her work and keep up with her. 

Hi, everyone! I'm Jen and I live in San Diego with my three-year-old daughter. I work full time in engineering during the day but at night, you can usually find me at my desk, making a mess. Besides memory keeping, I have a huge love of the outdoors and being active as well.

I've always been into crafty activities from a young age, mostly making cards and mini albums. I collected lots of paper, pens, and stickers, which I still do today to some extent. When I got older, I had some friends who were making traditional layouts and were trying to convince me to do it with them, but I never did. It wasn't until the birth of my daughter in 2015 that I felt the need to document all the changes in our lives and revisited scrapbooking. Since I hardly had any spare time with a newborn, I started with pocket pages. I loved the ease and convenience of just slipping photos into pockets and writing down the stories that went with them.

Through some maze of internet searching on a night when the baby kept me up, I came upon the Studio Calico website. I was amazed to find a company producing such beautiful, modern products, unlike anything I had seen in stores, that seemed to fit in with the style I was looking for. I also found a whole community of like-minded creatives and am still inspired by many of them to this day!

I've been actively memory keeping for the past few years now and my love for it has only grown. I love that this hobby has given me a place to write down the stories I might otherwise forget, a place to put the photos I might otherwise leave on a hard drive, and a place to put the bits of ephemera that might otherwise clutter my house. And the bonus is that my family has some lovely books filled with memories to look through!

Recently, I've started using traveler's notebooks which I enjoy as well. I like the challenge of thinking outside the pocket and the freedom to try designs on a different canvas. I was so happy when Studio Calico decided to start their own TN Kit and have been loving the kits so far!

I'm thrilled and honored to be joining the Creative Team for 2019, and I can't wait to share some projects with you! 

See more from Jen: 

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Studio Calico by Emilymonroe - 7M ago

This week our scrapbook sketch is a 12" x 12" layout featuring a repeating diamond background with a vertical photo and journaling in the center of the page. Our notebook sketch showcases a horizontal photo stretched across both pages with journaling on the right page and embellishments scattered throughout. And our pocket page sketch features a 3" x 4" photo with a heart embellishment and a 3" x 4" card with heavy journaling and a banner embellishment. 

Our scrapbook sketch comes from Catherine Davis's Tutu Cute layout:

Our notebook sketch comes from France Wisniewski's This Matters spread:

And our pocket page sketch comes from Kelly Noel's September 2018 spread:

Now it's your turn! Make a project using one of this week's sketches as a starting point, then share it in the  Studio Calico gallery. Use the hashtag #SCsketch to make it easier for other members to find! Leave us a link to your project by December 24th in the comments here to be entered to win a $5 gift card to Studio Calico Shop. This week's sketch winner will be announced in the December 29th Spotted in the Gallery post.

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