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!!:)

Digital Templates…

First of all, happy Friday!! I for one am realllllly looking forward to the weekend. It’s been a long week. I had a few bad days where it felt like everything was going wrong and yesterday I blew out our solar panels for the pool. Sigh. It’s been a rough week, but all is well now and I’m looking forward to this weekend!

I got quite a few comments on this layout from my Hello Hello gallery, so I wanted to take a minute to talk about how simple it is to using digital templates. It is super simple and it made creating this layout really fast!

Beach2 - Studio Calico Hello Hello Kit - Kelly Noel

You’ll need some sort of photo editing program to use the digital templates. I’m using Photoshop. Once you’ve downloaded the template from the SC shop, open up the one you want to use in Photoshop. When you open it, it will look like this….


You’ll want to put your photo in first…just copy and paste your photo right onto the template. Make sure the photo layer is just above the layer that says “Clip Photo Here”. Hover over the line between the two layers, hit the command key and click the mouse. This will create a clipping mask that will drop the photo right into the correct space.  Now you can grab the corners of your photo with the cursor, hold down the shift key and resize the photo.


Now, I decided to delete the journaling layer, but you can use the type tool (it’s a “T” on the side toolbar) to edit the journaling that’s already in the template. To delete the layer all together, all you have to do is turn off the layer by clicking on the little eyeball next to the type layer.


Another thing I love about templates is that they are so customizable. I wanted the photo and heart design to be more centered onto my page instead of spanning the entire width. First, I flattened the image by merging all of the layers together. Then, I cropped the top part of the template to 6×4 using the crop tool.


I copied my crop and pasted it onto a blank 8.5×11 canvas and played around with it until it was exactly where I wanted. Then, I added my journaling using the type tool and placed the journaling just underneath the photo.


I printed the template onto a full sheet of 8.5×11 photo paper and then embellished the layout right on top and around the photo. It’s quite possibly one of the simplest layouts I’ve ever made, but I love the result and love the ease of using digital templates as a base for my pages!

Beach - detail

You can see the digital template I used for this layout HERE and see other templates from Studio Calico HERE. If you want to learn more about incorporating digital into your scrapbook projects, check out SC’s FREE Digital Basics class HERE and if you’re ready for the next step, check out Shanna’s Beyond the Digital Basics class HERE! Happy weekend!!!:)


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