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;)

Harry Potter - detail

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.

Ordinary Day - detail

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.

The Best - detail

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.

Year 7 - detail2

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!

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!

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