More Park Ave. inspiration…

I was thrilled to be assigned to work with this week’s Studio Calico sketches for the blog, because it meant I got to play some more with my Park Ave. kits! I always love working with sketches and some of my very favorite projects have been inspired by sketches. It’s amazing how a sketch can spark and idea and/or give you a starting point and then come out looking completely different from the original project!

Hello - sketch

Here’s the sketch that inspired the card and here’s a link to the original card by Jenn Picard. I hope you’ll take a look at all three of the new sketches on the blog and use one as a starting point for your next project. SC chooses a random winner every week from the Sketch challenge to win a $5 GC to the shop, so that’s some incentive to play along too:)


25 Days…

How can it be December 1st tomorrow?! I feel like I was just talking about December Daily last year like yesterday! It always goes by so fast, but like it or not, we find ourselves here again. Admittedly, I’m a December Daily failure. I have yet to complete even one album despite two years of trying. But I’m really excited about Stephanie Bryan’s 25 Days class at Studio Calico and love the idea of having the bulk of your album ready before the holiday craziness. And I’m super excited to be contributing too! I have plenty of photos that I didn’t get to last year, so I’ll be finishing up last year’s album (I’ll finally have a finished album! Go me!) for this class and sharing 5 of my finished Handbook spreads.

I got a good head start last year, here are a couple of my completed pages from last year’s album and the cover as well….


Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for the class and if you sign up quickly, Stephanie is hosting a DD kickoff chat tonight at 9pm EST. Come and join us and record all of those special holiday moments with us:)You’ll get instant access to all of the class digitals and message board content and Stephanie has already shared lots of videos and instructions on how she put together the foundation pages for her album!

Studio Calico Park Ave. Reveal!

**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.**

 I was a little worried about having time to play with this kit…December kits are always rough for me, since they show up right in the middle of my crazy busy fall photography season. But, I ended up having more time than I anticipated and I’m so glad I did! I’m loving the bright lights, big city vibe this kit has and I’m keeping it out on my desk for awhile longer and hoping to find more time to play.

This first layout I made using just the main scrapbook kit. I created the background using a free hexagon .svg file I found online and the Replicate tool in Silhouette Studio. Once I cut out the background, it was simple to add strips of patterned paper behind the hexes. And I ALWAYS gravitate towards these colors…blue, green, grey, yellow….definitely a fave combo and I love the touch of black from the Basic Grey acetate shapes!

Right Now - Studio Calico Park Ave Kit - Kelly Noel

Another main scrapbook kit only layout…I loved the city paper and it was begging to be fussy cut, so I cut it up and used foam adhesive to pop it up a bit. I added the striped paper on a slight angle to give the layout a little more interest. The title I cut with my Cameo using a font called Arsenale White.

On The Town - Studio Calico Park Ave - Kelly Noel

The cork snowflakes from the Waldorf add-on jumped out at me right away and even though we don’t get any snow here in FL, I had this photo from our winter trip to Indiana last year. I used some of the gold chipboard stars from Waldorf and pink sequins from Ritz to add some more detail. I cut the title with my Cameo using the font Honey Script.

Snow - Studio Calico Park Ave - Kelly Noel

These bright patterns from the Helmsley add-on were my favorite papers from all the kits. I wanted to use them all, so I created a simple grid design. It was fast and easy and this layout came together in under an hour!

Oh You - Studio Calico Park Ave Kit - Kelly Noel

The Project Life kit is probably my most favorite from the last few months…so much color, which is always a hit with me!! Love the addition of purple, which most scrapbookers/PLers seem to have a fear of. The mix of colors was so perfect though, that the purple totally works.

Project Life 2014 Weeks 41 & 42 - Studio Calico Park Ave Kit - Kelly Noel

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families. Take the time to be thankful for all of life’s blessings. I know I will. xo

Studio Calico Park Ave. 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. **

Popping in to share some sneaks of Studio Calico’s Park Ave. kits! These kits are so bright and fun, especially the main kits! The scrapbook kit was so easy to work with…here’s a sneak of the main SB kit…that city paper was begging to be fussy cut;)

on the town - sneak

Another main SB kit sneak…love the versatility of these kits, you’d never know these two were made w/the same kit!

right now - sneak

I mentioned this on Instagram, but it’s not very often that I get to use snowflakes. I was excited to find a photo from our winter trip to the midwest last January that was perfect for snowflakes! Lots from the Waldorf add-on here and little bit of Ritz too

Snow - sneak

Loved the bright patterns from the Helmsey add-on and used them to create a fun grid design here for this layout….

oh you - sneak

And the Project Life kit…swooooon! I don’t usually love purple, but man it totally works w/the combo of colors in the kit. Those wood veneer banners are a favorite and I loved the chipboard frames in the kit for adding details to photos:)

PL sneak


Only a few more days until the full reveal! And YES, reveal will still be on the 27th even though that’s Thanksgiving this year. Take a break from the family time and join us for the presale chat at noon EST. Which Park Ave. kit are you looking forward to most?

Using the Replicate tool in Silhouette Studio {Tutorial}…

I love using my Silhouette Cameo to create fun backgrounds for my pages. Full background cut files are popular right now, but I wanted to show you how super simple it is to create your own custom background or grouping of elements from a single shape using the Replicate tool in the Silhouette Studio software!

Christmas 13 detail

To start, select the shape you want to create a grouping or background of. I’m using a star from Studio Calico’s The Underground Forest Digital Stamp set, but any shape will work. Select the entire shape and resize it by holding down the shift key and dragging the corner in with your cursor. Now that you’ve got it the size you want, open up the Replicate window at the top right (it’s the one that looks almost like flower petals).


You can do so many fun things in the Replicate window, but for this tutorial I’m just going to show you how to create a grouping of elements that are perfectly spaced. When you have the shape selected, click on the Row of Four button in the  menu on the right. It automatically creates a row of four perfectly spaced stars! Cool, huh?!


Now, hit that same button again…now you have eight perfectly spaced stars in a row. Now, we want to create more rows, so drag your cursor over all of the stars to select the group…


With the entire row of stars selected, now click on the Column of Three button. Voila! Now you have three rows of perfectly spaced stars….


Once you have the number of rows and columns that you want, you can drag your cursor over all of the stars to select them and move them around the where you want them to cut on your page…


Now you’re ready to cut it out and use it for your project! I used mine here backed with some papers from the Pine Hill add-on. I love this technique…I hope you’ll give it a try!

Christmas 13 - Studio Calico Pine Hill Add-on - Kelly Noel

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