NSD at Studio Calico!

The fun has started! Studio Calico just kicked off the NSD fun on their blog!

There are 9 total challenges with examples for Scrapbooking, Card, and Project Life for all of them! Check out the blog post for info on how to participate and how to win the grand $100 prize!

I took on the challenge of mixed media and I made 3 different cards showcasing it on this PL spread!

Week 14 Card: I placed thickers on a blank 4x6 grid card and painted over with watercolor on a small brush - super easy and fun! 

Excellence Card: To create the ombre effect I loaded up the water color paint and applied it several times to the bottom of the card slowly blending it up with more water. As I got to the top all that was on my brush was water. Once it dried completely I printed over it with my quote!

Love Lives Here Card: I painted a base of gesso over a printed PL card. Once the gesso was semi-dry I applied some water color on top of that. Once dry I layered it up with a cut file!

Now your turn to give it a try! It’s easy and fun I promise! I used the Artist’s Loft watercolor set from Michaels

Happy NSD!


Planetarium Reveal!

I hope you are ready for lots of updates from me over the next couple of days - it’s NSD on Saturday! But first I wanted to share my Planetarium projects for the month! You can also see them in my CT gallery

First up my PL kit only spread

and for this spread I mixed the PL kit, add on, stamp add on, and Orion

Spencer's Reveal!

Love, love, love Spencer’s PL kit, add-on, AND stamp add-on! Head over to my galleries at SC to see my notes on these pages or let me know if you have any questions!






I tend to not write a lot of info, not because it’s a secret but because I don’t want to bore you with details you don’t want. So please let me know if there’s anything you wondered about!

Neverland Reveal + A New Class

It’s off to Neverland! Love the soft colors this month! I got PL kit, card kit, Lost Boys, and Hook!

I’m also SO excited about the April class that was just announced

This is Me with Lexi Bridges -

Tell your story. Join Lexi Bridges for This Is Me, a self paced class that will give you the push you need to complete a Handbook or mini album that captures your personality, your quirks, your favorites, and everything that makes you YOU. Lexi Bridges has tackled this topic in her fresh and modern style, and she’ll be sharing an in depth look at how her Handbook based album came together. She’ll be joined by an amazing line up of contributors who are all telling their story in their own style. Jennifer Pebbles, Laura Kurz and Leena Loh will all be working with Handbooks, and Nicole Harper and Rachel Denbow will be making minibooks.

if you hurry and sign up you can get this awesome kit but everyone will get Photoshop brushes of the class stamps and of journaling prompts typed on Lexi’s vintage typewriter, printables from Hello Forever and Studio Pebbles, and cut files in .studio, .svg and .png from Kinsey Wilson.


Neverland Sneaks

Reveal is tonight! Can you believe it? This month subscribers will not only get to purchase at noon but will also get to see the design teams creations then as well! Here are my sneaks. I did 2 spreads this month - I had another started but didn’t get it finished.

Make sure you check out Catherine’s templates in the shop too. I’ll definitely be putting these to use!

I love Project Life SO much.

Front Row Reveal!

Front Row is now available! I got the PL Kit, Card Kit, and Big Screen add-on (which is still available!) You may also want to grab the Amy Tan Stamp and Signed Amy Tan book while they are still there!

I posted 3 spreads this month - Here’s 2013 week 1 using only the PL kit

Week 52 of 2012

And week 2 of 2013



I am definitely a random person so I happen to like random posts!

The Color Run is this weekend!

Little man and I are excited but a little concerned about the chance of rain. Us desert dwellers don’t know how to run in the rain! Could be an interesting mess!

I have a few sneaks of my PL only kit from Studio Calico’s Front Row!

My mom said she likes when I scrap with old photos so I think it’s time to print a stack of some oldies! I love printing with MPIX if I don’t have a last minute deadline so I think I’ll place a nice order with them this weekend!

I got a lot of comments on my iPhone 5 case at CHA so if you wanted to know I have this one

The color is much more muted and “minty” in person which I was happy about! 

I have plans for some step by step tutorials that some of you had inquired about in the past. Learning the ropes of video editing so hopefully I’ll have something for you soon. Even if it’s a short one to begin with. I’ll still take requests as well if there’s anything you’d like to see!

CHA Winter 2013

I have no idea how to write this post lol! I thought I’d do a “recap” but I’m not really sure how to! I attended my very first CHA show this last weekend! Catherine and I met up to walk the floor as “first timers” together. It’s a complete mix of scrapbooking manufacturers, adhesive, jewelry making supplies, and any type of craft supply in between. Of course our first stop was the AC / Studio Calico / Project Life section. 


April / Me / Catherine - Me / Lisa / Kari

The Studio Calico booth looked great! Here & There might be my favorite line!

I’m sad I didn’t get to run into Liz but I did get to see her GORGEOUS Project Life kit in person

Maggie’s booth was as gorgeous as she is!

And Amy’s booth was SO fun! You’re going to LOVE her new calendar stamp and embroidery stencil kit!

I got to see my Elle’s Studio layouts hanging up in her booth (I’ll share those here tomorrow) AND meet Elle herself who is just as sweet as she seems online!


Another highlight was getting to chat with Ali Edwards (and Katie too!) Chai latte with a shot of espresso was a necessity!

One of the lines that surprised me (in a good way) was Special Delivery by Heidi Sonboul for GCD Studios and their booth was super cute!


That night I got a chance to go to Disneyland / California Adventure with some of my crafty blogger friends. Will be posting more about that on All for the Boys and All for the Everyday! It was SO cold! I’m wearing leggings, jeans, long socks, tank, dress, sweater, sweater, jacket, and scarf lol! I was pretty good that way!

The next morning I was excited to meet up with some of my Studio Calico / Instagram pals to walk the floor! The Allison Kreft for Webster’s booth was always so busy because her line is gorgeous!

Liz Kartchner and her husband Colin are awesome people and her new line is stunning. Suz and I got to akwardly dance around her booth lol! (Suz can’t keep her eyes open ;)

Basic Grey’s Hipster line was another favorite of mine!

Official CHA mirror shot

Shay / Me / Suz

That night I went to dinner with the Studio Calico crew and it might have been the highlight of my trip! SUCH an amazing team to work with!

I feel like there were SO many people and products that I didn’t get to see. I need a list next time (says the non list maker)! I am still so honored and humbled to be working for the best companies and was excited to see the booths and products so early and in person. If you have a picture of/with me link me to it so I can save it!

I spent Monday with my Mom - we saw Les Mis! and my two crazies were very happy their mom was home

For lots of detail I recommend keeping an eye on The Scrappy Jedi (who I also flagged down while I was there ;) she does some awesome CHA posts and she actually had her camera out!

Day By Day

Have you seen the class for this month at Studio Calico?

Start your 2013 Project Life album off on the right foot with our new Studio Calico Project Life Creative Team! Each of these talented ladies has their own take on Project Life, and they will be taking you through building a spread in their album from start to finish. In addition, they’ll be sharing cover pages, tutorials, and videos that will help you fine tune your own approach to your album. Take advantage of their expertise and get ready to record your year, DAY BY DAY.

While supplies last, students will receive an exclusive 4x6 clear stamp set. This stamp set will ship free to anywhere. 

All students will receive access to digital stamp brushes, as well as printables by France Wisniewski of Bananafish Studio and Tina Aszmus of Life.Love.Paper and die cut files by Kinsey Wilson and Marcy Penner of Hello Forever. You can see all of the digital files here.

My favorite has to be the stamps!

I personally am talking about memorabilia (with lots of examples)

as well as sharing a whole spread (a large one) when we took a quick trip to CA this summer. (I’m AllisonWaken on Instagram if you want to follow my sneaks there)

You can see some of the stamps here - the date, the little black banner by the yellow star, and at the top of the journaling card that says “Little”

Whose in?! You only have until the 31st to register - Class starts on the 1st!

Block Party Project Life Reveal

Block Party is out! Unfortunately the Project Life kit has been sold out. If you’re thinking about it - jump on the waitlist now!

Let me know if you have any questions about anything in particular! I’m filling in missing weeks this month and should have some brand new weeks for 2013!

This first layout is my PL kit only layout made with the PL kit and printables

This spread was made with the PL kit, card kit, scrapbook kit, and Pioneer Drive add-on


Just some randomness from me today

I just bought this weekly Moleskine planner to jot down notes throughout the day for Project Life. A couple things I love about it is that it has the week #’s on it (yay!) and it has a nice pocket in the back for stashing memorabilia! Plus it’s only $7

I’m still looking for a good all around planner for my life. I use google calendar but I’d like something tangible I can write in especially for crafty/blogging deadlines! I’ve heard great things about Erin Condren

The boys declared this the best Christmas ever. (They do every year) we had a great day 

I’ll be chatting at the Studio Calico reveal tonight! Will you be there?

I saw this storage piece at the Potato Barn last weekend and fell in love. I need it!

The boys went swimming at Grandma’s hotel yesterday - then they bundled up in beanies, scarves, and coats for Zoolights. Gotta love AZ!

I've had a secret


and I finally get to share!!



Studio Calico has a NEW Project Life Creative Team - check out who’s on it!



Besides all the other amazing ladies - ME!


I cannot tell you how honored, humbled, and crazy excited I am. Studio Calico is such an awesome community and to add Project Life to the mix is just frosting on the cake. I started Project Life this year and have learned along the way. I am so ready to dive into 2013 with both feet! Find my past Project Life posts HERE


Studio Calico has the big announcement on their blog if you haven’t seen it yet. If you want to get on the wait list for the Project Life kit club (which you SO do) you can check it out HERE


Here are a couple sneaks of my very first PL spread using the January PL kit. I’m catching up a few weeks I missed and doing my title page for 2013 with this first kit!



SO excited to be a part of this amazing team - just look at that list of names!