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!

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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!

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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….

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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.

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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….

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?!!)

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