Photos & Words

It’s almost time for two new classes at Studio Calico…Snapshot and Pen & Paper. I love that these two classes get down to the heart of scrapbooking, the very basics of what this hobby is all about. I love the creative outlet that scrapbooking gives me. I don’t scrap in chronological order or worry about not being “caught up”. But I do love what this hobby does to inspire me to take more photos and tell more stories. And my family appreciates every story, every photo…which is ultimately what really matters.

April has such a great eye for photography which shines in her snapshots. And since we all get into a photo rut from time to time, I’m SO looking forward to her prompts to get me inspired to step out of my comfort zone and pull out my camera more (which I’ve been horrible about lately!). April will give one photo prompt a day for the entire month of September in Snapshot!


Pen & Paper with Laura Kurz will definitely be equally inspiring! If you’ve never seen one of Laura’s pages and read her journaling, you’re missing out! She has such a way with words. I love how she tells stories and of course her signature simple design style! I’m looking forward to being inspired to tell more stories with this class…


You can sign up for Snapshot here & Pen & Paper here OR you can save 10% on both classes and sign up for the Photo & Words Bundle here! Hope to see you all in class!!

Silkscreen Mini Tutorial…

I saw quite a few questions on the Studio Calico message boards about the fun silkscreen in the Whitman add-on. I hadn’t had a chance to use it yet and I had some time to play around yesterday, so I thought I’d share my experience with it and also the layout that resulted;)


I had no clue what a silkscreen was either, so I was definitely intrigued by it (and admittedly, a little intimidated by it too!). When you take it out of the package you’ll see it’s on a paper backing (like a sticker backing sheet). When you peel the silkscreen off the backing, you’ll see how it’s transparent in places. This will be where the paint will go through and ultimately leave the design on your page.


Once you’ve peeled off the silkscreen from the backing, you’ll want to place it onto your page. I used a ruler to place it and make sure it was on straight. Push down on the backing and rub gently to make sure it’s stuck down well.


Now you’re ready to paint!! I used the orange Color Theory paint that came in the Whitman add-on, but any acrylic paint would work. I love the Color Theory paint…it’s great quality and it worked perfectly w/the silkscreen! (don’t you love my fancy paper plate paint palette;))



I used an inexpensive foam brush to brush the paint on. The paint will go through all of the transparent parts of the silkscreen and the solid part will protect the rest of your paper. I was kind of nervous that the paint would bleed through, but I was really pleasantly surprised when I pulled the silkscreen up.


It was SO super easy and I LOVE the result! The silkscreen gives you such a clear crisp image w/the paint and it was a great starting point for my layout…

17 months - Kelly Noel - Studio Calico Poet Society Kits

I hope you’ll give this add-on and the silkscreen a try! I am not a scrapbooker that loves “messy” stuff, but this truly was really simple and easy and I love the look.  Happy Friday friends…hope you all have a great weekend!

August 31, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Jocelyn Olson - Thanks for the tutorial, Kelly! Your layout is fabulous. Your little guy is just adorable. :)

August 31, 2014 - 11:14 pm

becky - Thanks for doing this Kelly! I was clueless!

Studio Calico Poet Society Reveal (the layouts)!

**Note: Studio Calico is a monthly kit club offering Scrapbook, Project Life and Card kits each month. Each month the kits go up for sale on the 28th of the month at midnight EST (the night of the 27th). For more information and to subscribe to the kits, click here.**

It’s time for the Poet Society reveal!! This kit was so fun. It has the most inspiring color palette of blues, greens, yellows with a hint of red. I really loved the papers and patterns in the main kit…here’s a layout I made w/just the main kit along w/Geralyn’s printables. Sawyer’s infamous bedhead was definitely something that needed to be documented, so the “good morning” circle was the perfect starting point…

Good Morning - Kelly Noel - Studio Calico Poet Society Kit

And surprise surprise, another page about Sawyer;)This time it’s his adorable wave…he does it backwards and we love it so! I used lots of the patterned papers here from the main kit as arrows drawing the focus down to the photo. And the stamp was perfect for this photo!

Hello Goodbye - Kelly Noel - Studio Calico Poet Society KitOh look, more Sawyer! heeeehee! The boy LOVES his peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and I immediately thought  to document it when I saw the big ampersand in the Alcott add-on. I kept the color scheme pretty mellow here to keep the focus on the photos and the bold title.

PBJ - Kelly Noel - Studio Calico Poet Society Kit

I said it yesterday in my sneaks post, but I loved the Dickinson add-on…it was my favorite this month. The chipboard shapes and the assortment of tags were perfect and the woodgrain summer paper was great for documenting some of our summer nights.

Summer Nights - Kelly Noel - Studio Calico Poet Soceity Kit

That’s it for my scrapbook kit projects…I’ll be back tomorrow to share my Project Life spreads!

Poet Society Sneaks!

**Note: Studio Calico is a monthly kit club offering Scrapbook, Project Life and Card kits each month. Sneak peeks are a look at what’s coming up in the newest kit, which goes up for sale on the 28th of each month at midnight EST (the night of the 27th). For more information and to subscribe to the kits, click here. **

I can’t believe it’s reveal time already?! August has definitely flown by the fastest this year. With squeezing in as much as we could in the last couple weeks of summer and then with all the hustle and bustle of back to school, it’s no wonder it’s gone by so quickly! Soooo, onto Poet Society….LOVED this kit. It was super easy to work with and has such a fun color palette!

Here’s a sneak of just the main kit (and some of Geralyn’s printables)…if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know I had to do a page about Sawyer’s bedhead!;)

Good Morning detail

Another main kit sneak….this time featuring that adorable stamp in the kit!

Hello Goodbye detail

This next one uses mostly the Alcott add-on with a little bit of Dickinson thrown in too:)

PBJ detail

The Project Life kit is so fun and I’m loving the blues, yellows & oranges in the kit this month…it’s definitely a boy friendly kit!

PL 2014 - Weeks 33 & 34 detail

And one last sneak…this one uses all Dickinson, which was my favorite add-on this month. The chipboard sheet in this add-on is full of such great shapes and I’m in love with the woodgrain summer paper in the kit too!

summer nights detail

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow to share all my projects in full. Happy Reveal!!

August 27, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Roxanne - Hi there!!! I LOVE your sweet pictures…and Sawyer?? How beautiful!! Priceless pictures.

Studio Calico’s Sunday Sketch…

Just two more weeks of summer. I’ll be honest, we are all kind of over it here. The boys have gotten super lazy and I have a long list of errands to run that I’m just waiting to do until school starts so I don’t have to listen to their whining about it;)We’re breaking up the lazy with plenty of swims in the pool and playdates, but the joy of summer is wearing off for sure and I think we’re all ready for a more regular routine again.

I spent some more time this weekend with my Sandlot kits and I’m so glad I did! I didn’t have much time with the kits before reveal, since we went on vacation, so it was fun to pull them out again. I played along for this week’s Sunday Sketch at Studio Calico. I loved lifting Liz’s layout and you can read more about my process on the SC blog. If you play along let me know, I’d love to see what you make with the sketch too!


Happy Monday, friends! I’ll be back tomorrow to share an update I made to my scrap space:)

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