Wordless Wednesday: Walk

Lots of this going on around here. He’s not quite confident enough to do it all the time, but little by little he’s walking on his own more and more. And it’s just as amazing as it was the first time. Watching this little person that started out so helpless become independent in such a short amount of time is just amazing.

sawyer - walk

Tuesday Randoms…

1. It’s been two weeks since I’ve blogged. Yikes. Last week I was freshening up this old photo blog that I used to use for my business. I’m switching over from my Typepad blog and sharing all my posts here instead of having two separate blogs. Also? I’m taking a long break from the photography biz. Over the last 6-months I’ve taken on more responsibility elsewhere and between that and keeping up with my family, I decided to step back for a bit. It’s been a good change and while I’m not closing the door on photography forever, I’m enjoying the break:)

2. I’ve got a fun tutorial up on the Studio Calico blog today! I love cute little confetti pockets for Project Life, but I am NOT a sewer. I’ve successfully used my sewing machine before, but it takes lots of steps and I’m kind of lazy when it comes to things like that, so I avoid it;)Anyway, I came up with a super simple way to make confetti pockets with no sewing! Check it out HERE.

confetti pockets - kelly noel

3. Brady turned SEVEN over the weekend. ACK! Where do the years go? I swear he was just as little as Sawyer is. He’s such a great kid. Responsible, funny, smart, and he still gives me a kiss every morning before he hops out of the car to go to school. <3 We celebrated with family and he got to go to a Tampa Yankees game with his baseball team and throw out the first pitch. He was a happy boy!

4. Have you signed up for Mixed Media at Studio Calico?? Class has already started and I’ve just started going through some of the lessons. I’m really excited to learn some new techniques. And while I’m certainly not very mixed media-ish, I love incorporating these kinds of things in small doses that do fit my style. Celine and Anna-Maria are so amazing at this stuff, I’m looking forward to learning form the best! Registration ends on 4/30, so be sure to sign up soon!


5. I’ll be back again later this week with some Studio Calico May kit sneak peeks. Loving the new kit so far!

Studio Calico’s Bluegrass Farms – Project Life & Last Call!

**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 fell hard for the Bluegrass Farms Project Life kit. I still have it out on my desk and I plan to do some more catching up with it. Bright colors, graphic patterns…this kit was right up my alley! Here's a spread I made w/just the main kit

2014 Project Life Weeks 8 & 9 - Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Kit - Kelly Noel

The stamp set in the kit is so fun! Here I used the large triangle (stamped in Mint Hint) as a corner accent for my 4×6 photo and then stamped the "so loved" on top (in Clean Slate). I'm currently obsessed with typing journaling on vellum (after reading that it was Tracy's favorite technique, I tried it and loved it!). Such a great way to add journaling over a photo or over a PL card that you don't want to cover up with journaling on regular cardstock. You can see here how I printed my journaling, then cut it out in the shape of a banner to go over my baseball photo. 

2014 Project Life Weeks 8 & 9 - Left

The "right meow" card was so adorable and at first I was stumped on how I would use it, but then I remembered that Sawyer is loving animal sounds right now, so it was perfect for journaling about that! I used a few of the Project Life printables on my spread too. 

2014 Project Life Weeks 8 & 9 - Right

This spread uses mostly the Gertrude and Tabasco add-on kits. I loved the greens and blues and pop of yellow in the Gertrude add-on, so I tried to stick closely to that color scheme here. 

2014 Project Life Weeks 6 & 7 - Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm - Kelly Noel

2014 Project Life Weeks 6 & 7 - Right

I've got a tutorial coming up on the SC blog on how I made the cute little star sequin confetti pocket. I've never done a pocket before (crazy, right?!), because I dont' know how to use my sewing machine very well. So, I figured out a super simple way to make a pocket with no sewing at all! 

2014 Project Life Weeks 6 & 7 - Left

Aaaaand, if you're still with me;)it's LAST CALL time at Studio Calico too! This month, there are huge savings on SC's Wanderlust and Lemon Lush collections. If I were shopping, I'd definitely pick up some of the bright Wanderlust papers (great for scrapping Spring Break fun like I did here;)and the mistable Thickers which are so versatile! 

SC Wanderlust_sneak

My Lemon Lush picks would be the gorgeous paper (I just LOVE all of the patterns!), the pretty pretty buttons and the fun Wood Veneer Shapes!


Happy Sunday, friends!! Hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend with your families. Today, I'm going to attempt to work on my December Daily (yes, in March/almost April!);) 

March 30, 2014 - 9:32 am

AnitaP - I didn’t realize how cool those mistable thickers were until I saw this blog post of yours. Just added them to my cart. Thanks for enabling! :)

March 31, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Amanda S. - Love your PL, Kelly! Do you have a tutorial for printing on journal cards?

Fake The Script Look With a Font…

Wear Pink - Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Kit - Kelly Noel

So, I had grand plans for learning how to make pretty script lettering a la Kal Barteski. (And I still plan to!) But when we had the flu for over 2 weeks and life got busy again. The idea for this layout popped in my head and I knew a scripty title was the way to go. I went searching for fonts and found lots of options, but this one was the winner! It was, of course, scripty, but it also had the "edgy" look I was looking for. Manus FontSince my layout was about Jackson's love of pink, I knew I wanted a big bold hot pink title. I typed my title out in Photoshop onto a 12×12 canvas and changed the color to pink. I moved the title around after deciding on my basic layout design.



Then, I simply ran the background paper through my large format printer. (You can also achieve the same look on an 8.5×11 sheet if you don't have a large format printer)




Once I had it printed out, I started to add all of the details around the title. The pink patterned paper covered up a bit of the "p", so I used an exacto knife to cut out the bottom portion of the "p" so that it could go over the patterned paper. I stuck it down with a bit of adhesive and I was all finished!



Supplies: Bluegrass Farm Scrapbook Kit, Bessie Add-on Kit, Pip Add-on Kit, Clover Add-on Kit, Precision Pen 03, Black Coal Chalk Edger

Thanks so much for stopping by!! 

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farms – 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. Links to specific kits will only work for current subscribers, but will work for everyone after the full reveal at midnight EST tonight.**

The Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Creative Team gallery is live!! I always love seeing how everybody works with the same products in such different ways. I had a lot of fun with this kit. Here's what I came up with this month…

This one is my favorite. I'd been wanting to document Jackson's love for the color pink for awhile now. I had these fun pics of him and knew they'd be perfect paired with the fun embellishments from the Bessie and Pip add-ons. I used a script font called Manus and I love the result! (I'll have more details on how I used the font here on my blog tomorrow). 

Wear Pink - Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Kit - Kelly Noel

I loved the bright colors in Bessie and Pip add-ons, but Clover ended up being my favorite. The mix of papers is perfect and I love the exclusive die cuts! That star paper is probably one of my favorite papers ever! I backed the chevron wood veneer embellishment with a piece of the cloud vellum from the kit. I added some watercolors to some of the stars to carry the color around the page. 

Happy Happy - Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Kit - Kelly Noel

These next two layouts I did with just the main kit. I love the vintage-y farm look of the main kit…the woodgrain paper and wooden tag, the navy and yellow…it all works so well together! First up, a two-pager! That woodgrain paper deserved it's on page and I used it as the background here for my big title. (font is Chunk Five) I printed the photos 3×3 to make a simple grid for the right page and the little red letter stickers were perfect for adding little captions to some of the photos.

Where The Green Grass Grows - Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm Kit - Kelly Noel

 I saw a mood board on Pinterest with triangles and it totally inspired this layout. This was super simple to do just by cutting squares and then cutting them in 1/2 diagonally. I stapled the clear plastic woodgrain letters onto a banner I cut out. 

Baby Steps - Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm - Kelly Noel

Happy Reveal Day!! I'll be back tomorrow to share a little more about how I used the script font on my Pink layout and also to share my Project Life spreads made with the Project Life kits.

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