project | Studio Calico journal

I could hardly go on a trip without some paper to write on…

I created a video during some of my process on this project – you can watch it here on my blog or at youtube.

This was a lot of fun – and I’m going to put Studio Calico journal kits high on my recommended list! They are easy to work with, customizable, and a lot of fun!

I went super bright on this because… well why not?!

It’s a notebook of sorts – so no photos to balance color with or tone it down for. I went full on brights – and it was easy to do too.

Links to supplies used: 

My friends at Simon Says Stamp have the Studio Calico notebooks in stock if you want to make one of your own. I’d love to see what you do!

Thinking travel…

April is more than 1/2 gone, can you believe it?!

This has me thinking travel. A lot of local store events, a lot of personal travel, even a trip to Ranger Ink Headquarters in New Jersey are all coming over the next few weeks and months…

all this travel has me thinking about scrapbook supplies like these:

Great lines are plentiful – and what I’m noticing is that travel ‘themed’ lines are really not specific anymore. There is a lot of generic maps, compasses, words and phrases that could be applied to life in general, and very easy to use back-sides of patterned papers.

Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico, and Tim Holtz are definitely topping my shopping list. Other items/brands I’ve found myself picking up for general travel goodness are from Bazzill (Janet Hopkin’s Wayfarer line), Glitz Designs, Basic Grey, and more Amy Tangerine.

I happen to be working on a number of past travel related layouts, and with two all new big on-line classes coming up soon, not to mention the upcoming travels, well I can justify (self-enable) stocking up.

I wonder – when you scrapbook your travels do you ever buy stuff ahead as I am? Do you wait until after? A combination?

Since I often use non-travel product on my travel layouts, and I try to purchase only travel related stuff I know I can use for multiple projects, I do a little of both.

Do you have a favorite travel line right now? Tips for scrapbooking on the road? I’d love to hear. I have two upcoming trips I believe I’ll be taking a small crafting kit on… I’m in brainstorm mode on that…


Enabler note: Studio Calico has their abroad line for sale here in their shop. There’s lots of goodies including USA states die cuts, garlands, and more.

DCWV Fridays | Coral Couture layout + give-away

Congrats Julie Corrigan (I emailed you) – you’re last week’s winner!

Today I’m diving back into my Coral Couture stack and playing with more of the cardstock to create a simple (but one of my recent faves!) layout.

What I’m really impressed with (aside from great textures and patterns) is how smoothly this line ties in with other brands, embellishments, etc. Knowing that really makes it a great value to me, as I know I can count on it to be versatile.

I used some Webster’s Pages trims and a flower (cut in 1/2 and placed at bottom) as well as my sizzix leaf dies with DCWV cardstock (then painted/inked) for my leaves.

I love how perfectly the trims worked with the paper, and that the cardstock is a texture that allows easy journaling. Being able to play up the cream, green, or blue tones in this line (and play down the corals) is another cool thing.

FYI – I used three 4×6 photos that I cropped down to fit across the page. Here’s one more detail shot…


Prize Time:

Would you like to win two stacks from DCWV’s latest collections? Leave a comment here to be entered for your chance to win. I will announce winner at the start of the next week’s DCWV Friday post. DCWV requests that entries be limited to within the USA.

Thank you DCWV for sponsoring these weekly give-aways! It’s going to be a super fun March ahead… 

day 1 | vacation week

What seems like weeks but was probably months ago, I was chatting with Melissa and she made asked how my Disney World album was going. I laughed and said something like “there’s a few pages in there still to go…” She mentioned that she scheduled herself to do a week of blogging about vacation scrapbooking, and asked if I wanted to join in the fun. I said YES – because it would give me some inspiration to get more done AND the chance to blog about my #1 favorite subject to scrapbook: vacations.

Today to get things started I have a video (about 7min long) where I am talking about my “big vacation” scrapbooking methods and the album and page protectors I use.


Please do come back for more – I will share new layouts, tutorials, and materials using my unfinished Disney World trip/album as my inspiration all week. While I’m “going Disney” – the tips, ideas, and methods I use could be applied to any subject, event, or vacation. I hope you enjoy. Here are links to the album type and page protectors I use: has a wonderful selection of the albums + page protectors I like to use.

If you have any questions, comments, etc. about my video, or vacation scrapbooking in general please feel free to email me or leave a comment here. Also – make sure you visit Melissa’s blog for vacation scrapbooking awesomeness! Love that girl’s style, and she’s been to some pretty cool places too.

happy crafting!