Using the Replicate tool in Silhouette Studio {Tutorial}…

I love using my Silhouette Cameo to create fun backgrounds for my pages. Full background cut files are popular right now, but I wanted to show you how super simple it is to create your own custom background or grouping of elements from a single shape using the Replicate tool in the Silhouette Studio software!

Christmas 13 detail

To start, select the shape you want to create a grouping or background of. I’m using a star from Studio Calico’s The Underground Forest Digital Stamp set, but any shape will work. Select the entire shape and resize it by holding down the shift key and dragging the corner in with your cursor. Now that you’ve got it the size you want, open up the Replicate window at the top right (it’s the one that looks almost like flower petals).


You can do so many fun things in the Replicate window, but for this tutorial I’m just going to show you how to create a grouping of elements that are perfectly spaced. When you have the shape selected, click on the Row of Four button in the  menu on the right. It automatically creates a row of four perfectly spaced stars! Cool, huh?!


Now, hit that same button again…now you have eight perfectly spaced stars in a row. Now, we want to create more rows, so drag your cursor over all of the stars to select the group…


With the entire row of stars selected, now click on the Column of Three button. Voila! Now you have three rows of perfectly spaced stars….


Once you have the number of rows and columns that you want, you can drag your cursor over all of the stars to select them and move them around the where you want them to cut on your page…


Now you’re ready to cut it out and use it for your project! I used mine here backed with some papers from the Pine Hill add-on. I love this technique…I hope you’ll give it a try!

Christmas 13 - Studio Calico Pine Hill Add-on - Kelly Noel

Studio Calico Walden Reveal!

Studio Calico’s Walden kit is live! This kit is realllly good. I love the fall feel and colors and there are so many great embellishments. This first layout I made with just the main kit, Walden. I loved that cloud paper so much when we had it a few months ago in blue, that I knew I wanted to use it in a big way here. It was the perfect background for these photos of Sawyer from the pumpkin patch last year. I’ll be honest, I was worried about how those fancy Thickers would work on boy pages, but they worked out great here and I’m super happy with it!

sweet pumpkin - Kelly Noel - Studio Calico Walden kits

This next layout also uses the main kit…hard to believe it’s the same kit looking at the layout above and then this one. I love the versatility of Studio Calico kits! I used Shanna’s digital template for the month for this…just switched out some of the colors to make it match my page and added some punched patterned paper circles to some of the circles and this page was super fast!

Food - Studio Calico Walden Kits - Kelly Noel

I was on an 8.5×11 kick this month, mostly because I ran out of white 12×12 cardstock, so I had to improvise. I was happy to use this beautiful patterned paper from the Concord add-on as the background…love the ink splatters that are already there, since I’m not so good at “splattering”;)Almost everything here is from the Concord add-on!

Us - Kelly Noel - Studio Calico Walden Kit

This photo KILLS me…I loved this little Christmas outfit and I couldn’t wait to scrap this photo. The Pine Hill add-on was perfect for it — the bright fun festive colors and the patterns are so fun! And that masking tape is to die for!!

Santa Baby - Kelly Noel - Studio Calico Walden Kits

I have mad love for the Project Life kit this month…the colors, the unique embellishments and everything coordinates perfectly! I needed to catch up on last year’s November, so I did a monthly spread w/just the main kit and a few printables. I stuck to all black and white photos again and this came together really fast….

Project Life Nov 2013 - Kelly Noel - Studio Calico

Project Life Nov 2013 - 2

Project Life Nov 2013 - Kelly Noel - Studio Calico

Thanks for stopping by and happy Wednesday!:)

Studio Calico Walden Sneaks!

It’s almost time for the November Studio Calico reveal! This month’s kit, Walden, is gorgeous! It has some beautiful fall pieces, but in true Studio Calico style, you can take the kit in so many different directions. Here are a few sneaks of my projects for this month….

This first one uses just the main kit and Shanna’s digital template for this month…this layout came together in less than 45 minutes and I’m so happy with it! Love the ease of the templates and how they create such a great starting point for projects.

food - detail

The Project Life main kit is one of my favorites from the last few months…great cards, great colors and fun new embellishments that we haven’t seen before….


Pine Hill is the Christmas-y add-on and it’s so perfect! It matched this photo of Sawyer all dolled up for Santa last year perfectly. And that festive masking tape just makes me happy!

santa baby - detail

Another layout with just the main kit….I definitely went the fall route with this one and these pics of Sawyer from the pumpkin patch last year!

sweet pumpkin - detail

And one last one…the Concord add-on is sooo pretty! I’m obsessed w/the colors in that Maggie Holme’s/Crate Paper floral paper and found a photo of Brady and I from last year, so that I could use it. This kit is super embellishment heavy and is intended for Celine’s Mini Book class coming up, but I found it to be great for making pages as well.

Us - detail-blog

That’s it! Don’t miss the presale chat at 11am EST tomorrow morning and then the full reveal at midnight EST tomorrow night. My crazy photography season starts this afternoon, so I’m hoping I’ll have time to pop in tomorrow for all of the reveal fun. Thanks for stopping by!

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!:)

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