Studio Calico The Underground Kit – Project Life spreads…

Studio Calico’s The Underground Project Life kit is a beauty! It’s got some beautiful fall inspired cards and embellishments, but it also works great for other seasons and for people like me who live in Florida and don’t really get a true “fall”;)I used just the main kit here for a spread w/our summer road trip & vacation photos.

Project Life 2014 - Vacation WeekThis next spread uses lots and bits and pieces from the Project Life main kit, the add-ons, Tina’s Cozy Card set and Marcy’s Halloween set. It was the perfect mix for creating this spread from our October 2012 (yes, 2012! ha!). I’m almost done w/2012…still missing November, but that’s it! I loved being able to get another month documented in that album.

Project Life - October 2012

This next one is my favorite! I loved loved loved the Baker Street add-on this month! The colors are so perfect and I love how it worked with my photos. My fellow boy Mamas will LOVE this one too!;)I used almost exclusively Baker Street here…

Project Life 2014 - Weeks 36 & 37

I’m having a hard time believing that it will be October tomorrow. It’s time to break out the Halloween decorations and start talking about costumes, thinking about Christmas presents, etc. It seems like once October hits, the year just whizzes by! Happy October friends!:)

Tutorial – Printing on Project Life Cards

The question I get asked the most about here and at SC is how I print onto my Project Life journaling cards. I’ve been meaning to do a tutorial forever, so I’m finally making time to do so. I love designers who have beautiful handwriting and use it in their PL spreads and layouts. And I don’t hate my handwriting, but for some reason I don’t like it on my projects. I really prefer the look of typed journaling and it’s actually pretty simple to do once you do it a few times and get the hang of it.

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I’m using Photoshop for this tutorial, but the directions should be fairly similar for Photoshop Elements as well. To start, we want to open up a blank canvas in Photoshop. I’ll be showing you how I created the card at the bottom right in the photo above, so I opened up a Custom document in PS — go to File>New, change the preset to Custom and then change the width and height to either 6×4 or 3×4 depending on what size card you want to print onto. Make sure that the resolution is set to 300 pixels/inch.

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Now that we have the correct size document, we want to add a border around the edges. This will allow us to see exactly where to place the journaling card once we’re ready to print. To do this go to Image>Canvas Size…..

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Then expand the canvas size to 0.1 for both the height and the width. At the bottom of the pop up window, use the drop down menu to change the canvas extension color to gray.

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Now you’re ready to type your journaling. Once you do this a few times, you’ll get really good at figuring out where to place your journaling. I measure on my journaling card and then eyeball and use the rulers along the top and side edges of my PS window to give me an idea of where my journaling should start and stop. Type your journaling (don’t worry we can adjust this later if need be), select the entire document and then go to Edit>Copy Merged.

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Now open up a blank 8.5×11 document (make sure the resolution is set again to 300 pixels/inch and paste your journaling card onto the blank document.

journal cards 8Print your document and now you have your journaling ready to be placed onto your journaling card…..

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Test out your placement — place your photos in the correct space and make sure that you won’t be typing over anything on the journaling card like a border or any printed text that’s already there. I like to double check by holding the journaling card behind my printer paper and holding it up to the light to see exactly where it’s going to print. If you need to make any adjustments, go back to your original 4×6 document in PS and move your text left/right or up/down to get the placement correct.

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Once you’re happy with where it’s going to print, adhere your journaling card to the paper right inside that gray frame we created in PS around the edges. I use a scrapbooking tape runner to do this (here is my favorite one to use).

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Now, this step is IMPORTANT!! Go back to PS and your 8.5×11 document and use the Paint Bucket tool to color in the gray canvas extension back to white. Select the white square at the bottom of the side toolbar and click on the Paint Bucket tool. With the Paint Bucket tool selected, hover over the gray edging and click to paint the gray area white.

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Now you’re ready to print directly onto your journaling card! Load the same piece of paper back through your printer the same way it came out, select print and you’ll be ready to go. Your journaling will print directly onto your card exactly where you wanted it to go. Remove your journaling card from the printer paper or cut around the edge of the card if you don’t want to deal w/the sticky background from the adhesive. This will make the card easy to slide in and out of your PL pockets. Add embellishments and your photos and it’s ready to slide into it’s pocket! So very simple!

The cards above went into this spread that I created using the October Project Life kit at Studio Calico plus the Baker Street add-on. Baker Street was definitely my favorite of the PL add-ons this month. I loved the rich colors and they matched my photos perfectly. Such a great add-on for boy Mamas!;)

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Thanks for stopping by and happy almost October!! (how can that be?!!)

Studio Calico – The Underground Reveal!

The Underground is LIVE! Yay! I had fun with this one. Time wasn’t on my side this month, since I was away for 5 days for my annual girls’ weekend, but I managed to get 4 layouts and 3 Project Life spreads done regardless. This kit was easy to work with and the main kits and add-ons coordinate really well!

First up, my main kit only layouts…I’ve had this photo for a few years and I even scrapped it once before, but this vintage book page and the “make magic” silkscreen were just perfect for this photo! I didn’t love the way I had scrapped this photo before, so I was happy to scrap it again w/the kit:)I used the silkscreen right over the book page and used Mister Huey’s Dark Calico Mist and then outlined the image w/a black journaling pen.

Harry Potter - Studio Calico The Underground Kits - Kelly Noel

I don’t make two page layouts all that often, but I loved the patterns in this month’s kit and wanted to use them in a big way. I made a background of stars for the left side of my page using the Replicate tool in my Silhouette Studio software & a star .png from the Forest digital stamp set. I printed the four photos for the right side onto a sheet of 8.5×11 photo paper and then built the page right on top of it.

Ordinary Day - Studio Calico The Underground Kit - Kelly Noel

This layout started out for sneaks, so it uses almost exclusively the Notting Hill add-on. I love the combo of colors in this add-on and I was happy to try and incorporate pink on a boy page;)

The Best - Studio Calico The Underground Kit - Kelly Noel

I think this one is my favorite this month. It uses mostly the Piccadilly add-on. I loved this patterned paper from the main kit and paired it as a background with a few other patterned papers and a sheet of vellum as a base for my photos, title and journaling. I used watercolors & the gold acrylic paint to add detail to the stamped flowers (LOVE this stamp set!). It was fun to scrap with some of the more girly products from the kits for a change…

Year 7 - Studio Calico The Underground - Kelly Noel

I’ll be back tomorrow to share my Project Life spreads. Happy Reveal!

Studio Calico – The Underground Sneaks…

Popping in quick before the weekend starts to share some Studio Calico The Underground Kit sneak peeks! This kit is so so good. I love the patterned papers in the main kit this month and the silkscreen is SO FUN! I pulled all the neutral papers from the main kit and paired them with the vintage book page for a Halloween layout with a pic of Jackson as Harry Potter from a few years ago;)

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And I made a two-page layout with the main kit too! That lime green paper is probably one of my favorite patterns ever. I used it as the focus here with some black and white photos and I love the way it pops.

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This next one uses mostly the Notting Hill add-on. I love the sticker sheet and alphas in this one…they were perfect for this page w/some recent pics of Sawyer & Brady.

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And I think this one is my favorite…I loved using all of the more girly items from the kits and mostly from the Piccadilly add-on. That stamp is amazing and I was so glad I had these photos from my girls’ weekend a couple of weeks ago to use with it.

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Don’t forget, if you’re a subscriber, you can shop tomorrow at noon EST and non-subscribers can come back at midnight EST for the full reveal! See you there!

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