If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly revamping your work space. Figuring out what works best for your space and what works best for the way you work can be tricky. I recently moved my scrap space from it’s own room into our formal living room instead. I’m loving the bigger space and I really thought hard about what kind of storage I needed before buying any furniture. I’m super happy with the layout so far and I’ll be sharing some of my new space in Studio Calico’s newest class, Workspace!


You can learn more about the class HERE. It’s headed up by the queen of great organization, Marcy Penner, and has some amazing contributors as well. We’ll be working through each area of our spaces making sense of each corner before we move on. It’s going to be a great class! Hope to see you there!:)

Studio Calico’s Penny Arcade 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.**

Studio Calico’s July kit is live for subscribers!! Yay! It’s a gorgeous kit, with so many amazing embellishments and details. I’ve been on a gold kick lately and this kit has plenty of gold details. I loved the gold star rubons in the Skeeball add-on and used them (and some Gold Zing! and the wood veneer star from Fortune Teller!) to inspire this page about my baseball loving boy…

Here & Now - Studio Calico Penny Arcade Kit - Kelly NoelWe’re a little seflie obsessed lately here, so I was really excited when I saw the Selfie glitter word from the Spun Sugar add-on and it sparked the idea for this page. And I can’t say enough how I love those diamonds from Spun Sugar as well!! Definitely a favorite!

Selfie - Studio Calico Penny Arcade Kit - Kelly Noel

The main kit is full of gorgeous papers and some beautiful designs from Ashley Goldberg! I wanted to see if I could pull off a more boy-ish graphic type layout w/the kit and was happy when I realized there were lots of boy friendly pieces as well, like the postage stamp stickers, blues and yellows and of course those awesome wood veneer alphas!

This Face - Studio Calico Penny Arcade Kit - Kelly Noel

And then I went all girl with one too, just for good measure;)I used some Gold Zing! again and some White Zing! to make the wood veneer letters pop against the gorgeous woodgrain background paper. I also adore Kim Stewart’s cut files!

You & Me - Studio Calico Penny Arcade Kit - Kelly Noel

I’ll be back tomorrow to share my Project Life projects. I hope you’ll join us for reveal tonight at midnight EST and our reveal night chat at 11pm EST! Thanks for stopping by!

Studio Calico Penny Arcade Sneaks!

Studio Calico’s July kit is such a fun kit! We are in the throws of summer here and life is busy busy, but I still managed to make a few projects;)I’m starting with my favorite of the bunch here..which uses mostly the Skeeball add-on. It’s verrrrrry simple for me, but probably one of my favorite layouts I’ve made so far this year. The wood veneer star and the gold star rubons were screaming to be used on a sports page….

Here & Now detail

This one uses mostly the Spun Sugar add-on…good gracious those SC chipboard diamonds are definitely a favorite!

Selfie Detail

The main kit is beautiful! I loved the postage stamp stickers and wood veneer alpha especially. I used them both here with some photos of Sawyer from a few months back.

This Face detail

The Ashley Goldberg papers from the main were a perfect match for these photos I had saved of my niece with tiny baby Sawyer. It was definitely fun to use pink for a change;)And Kim Stewart made some awesome cut files this month!

You & Me detail

Be sure to join us for reveal this Thursday…presale for subscribers will be at noon EST and the full reveal for everyone will be at midnight EST!

Cameo Basics!!

All-Star baseball season is in full swing and we have been up at the fields nearly every night for the past 2 1/2 weeks! Things are absolutely nuts here, but I’m really excited to share a couple of sneaks for Cameo Basics and tell you more about the class. I’ve had a Silhouette since they very first came out at CHA all those years ago (must have been 2006?). I’ll admit, I didn’t use it to it’s full capability until recently. When I first got it, I was amazed that I could cut titles from any font I wanted to. It was then that I realized how fun it was to create mixed titles with scripty fonts and stickers/Thickers. When Studio Calico started releasing new cut files every month, I started using my Silhouette for more than just titles.  Shape cuts and word art were a fun addition. Once I upgraded to the Cameo from the original Silhouette, I started using it even more for full page backgrounds and I learned how to use the print and cut feature. Honestly, the possibilities are endless with this machine!


I’m excited to share the things I’ve learned with you. We’ll be covering lots of fun things in class…including these plus a couple of bonus tips thrown in too:)

  • A detailed PDF from me with insight into how I fit the Silhouette Cameo® into my creative process
  • 5 PDF tutorials sharing new techniques for working with digital die cut files and manipulating them in Silhouette Studio® – you’ll be learning cool ways to use with text, creating your own backgrounds, designing a page using a cut file, making your own print & cuts and using your handwriting to create cuts.
  • Bonus PDF from Natalie Elphinstone on working with Sketch Pens
  • Access to a class message board where you can discuss digital die cutting with me
  • Challenges to keep you inspired and creating all month long!

Here’s a sneak of the layout I made for the creating your own backgrounds lesson and probably one of my top five layouts ever! I’ll show you how to do this with just one click….

Pretty Neat - background - KNdetail

Of course, just like all Studio Calico classes, the class includes free cut files and printables!


Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need for class:

AND……..if you sign up for the Cameo Basics and Cutting Edge (class taught by Susan Weinroth last year) bundle now, you can get one of the last Cutting Edge kits which includes a fun stamp set and some different types of papers to try cutting with.


I hope you’ll join me for this class! It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to it!



Studio Calico’s South of Market!

Studio Calico’s South of Market collection is here! I love the colors and farm/country feel of this line. It makes me think of hot summer days in the country drinking lemonade and eating salad with vegetables straight from our garden. Aaah, we don’t do that here in Florida. Ha! But it sounds lovely!;)Anyway, while this line does have a farm vibe, it also has some amazing graphic patterns and embellishments that will work for any layout theme.

This layout uses some of the B sides of the papers and that sheet of vellum makes me swoooon. Here, I used it to back some stars I cut out from the cardstock.

Peek A Boo - Studio Calico South of Market collection - Kelly Noel

The phrase stickers are my favorite piece of this line. I always love phrase stickers, but make them in blue and I cannot resist! They were perfect for this page about Sawyer and his love for peek-a-boo:)I also have been having a blast playing with Letterpress!


Supplies: South of Market Shipping TagsSouth of Market Enamel DotsSouth of Market Phrase StickersSouth of Market Kraft ThickersSouth of Market Vellum PaperSouth of Market Turnip The BeetSouth of Market O’DanielsSouth of Market Tickets PleaseLetterpress Plate – Word Pebbles by Nisa FiinLetterpress Ink – Gray 

From now until 6/9, get South of Market shipped FREE when you spend $35 or more! Use code SOMFREESHIP. Thanks for stopping by and happy Tuesday, friends!!:)

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