Saturday, May 7, 2016

May Studio Calico: Jolly Holiday

I am slow in posting these! ack! I was so excited to contribute for this month. The kit are GORGEOUS and totally up my alley: color wise and  Mary Poppins was a favorite movie of mine growing up. As soon as I saw the name of the kit, I knew the reference. I received in my contributor box the Documenter kit, the Jane & Michael add on, The Magic cards, the One Little Bird Time Stamp and the Rated Stamp
this layout was the first one i made. i LOVE LOVE LOVE the Jane and Michael add on. the colors are so gorgeous, and the embellishments are just perfect. I need, like, four of this kit; so I have cards to hoard. ha!
See what I mean? the colors are amazing. This one uses the add on + a tiny smidge from the documenter main kit. 
And speaking of the Documenter Main Kit, this is my main kit only layout:
just a simple one page summary of the month of February.
It was perfect timing on the "Magic" card set because we went to Universal Studios in April. The timing really could not have been better for that! The Magic Cards are sold out, but they are available in a digital version, as well. This spread also features the "rated" stamp set from Hello Forever.
this super simple layout uses bits of the documenter kit + the digital version of the Magic Stamp set

When I saw this stamp set from One Little Bird, I KNEW what I would use it for. This layout also uses bits from the Jane & Michael add on and the main documenter kit. For ink colors, hit up this layout at Studio Calico

My subscriber box comes next week. I have the Scrapbook kit + Spoonful Add On + this gorgeous gold stapler. I can't wait! I can't wait to see what you all make with your kits!

Monday, April 4, 2016

a few layouts

Last week, I went on a layout making binge. I just wanted to make some pages and get some stories recorded. so, I lifted a several & just made a few without lifting. These are the ones I made sans lifting. I'll be back in a couple of days with the layouts I lifted.

the first one here is my FAVORITE i think. i adore this story about my son. it's a SUPER simple layout, but often, those end up being my FAVORITES!
supplies:
Arendal kit from Studio Calico (no longer available, but the papers are HERE, the  digital papers are HERE and the digital stamp is HERE Ephemera is HERE)
Bazzill Basics Prismatic White Cardstock
Font: The Dorothy from this set at The Lilypad

 this layout  I made after getting the Carolina Moon card kit from the Mystery Sales at Studio Calico. As soon as I saw the "dad"cork, I knew what story to tell. My youngest pretty much idolizes his dad. 
supplies:
Studio Calico, Carolina Moon Card Kit
Studio Calico Homespun Papers
Bazzill Basics Prismatic White Cardstock 
Font: The Dorothy from The Lilypad

For this last one, I needed to make a layout for my 2016 books read. (you can find my 2015 books HERE. I kept it fairly simple because it will fill up with lists of books. Just like last years. ;)
supplies:
Studio Calico Canal Street Add On
Studio Calico Nes Verk Add On
Brother Typewriter

Friday, March 18, 2016

a post about layouts.


so, i have become a collector of ali edwards' story kits and stamps. (and everything else she makes) they are seriously.... i just love all things ali. it's a bit of a disease. lol. i started subscribing with the black & white kit. And, I picked up some extras during the black friday sale last november. my plan for 2016 was to switch to a monthly project life format and then tell stories using the story kits in a 9x12 album. so.... my collection has gotten quite full. i decided this week to pull them out and make a couple of layouts ; so i would maybe have space for my "tough" kit that is coming soon. welllll.... i made a couple of layouts, but i also bought a bigger basket. problem solved, eh? ha! so here are the layouts i made. both super simple pages. that seems to be my "go-to" these days. so. without further excessive rambling....
this one uses january's "heart" story kit and stamp. all items are from that kit, except the tiny heart stamp. that is from my dear friend joann's shop, the blue abbey.
for this one, i used february's "craft" kit and stamp. the "dear" stamp and pattern paper bits are  from studio calico and i've had the wood veneer for an eternity. that's one thing i've loved about the spreads i've made with these kits... i've found myself going back into my stash for things. i am terrible about remembering to dig into it. i've cut the stash down significantly after moving so many times in the past 3 years, but i still have plenty to dig through. but, that is a post for another day. ;)

how about you? are you an ali addict like i am? 


Monday, February 29, 2016

I'm back!


It's been almost a year and a half. I stepped down from Cocoa Daisy. We moved... AGAIN. In town. Our landlords sold the house. After 3 moves in 3 years, I just needed some time. I don't know about anyone else, but 2015 was just a crazy, crazy year for us. Toward the end of the year, after moving and school starting, I was able to pick up scrapbooking and working on Project Life again. (I am ALMOST caught up on 2015! yay!) When Studio Calico announced that they would open a call for new contributors, I thought, "what the heck?" I've loved them forever. What could hurt from trying? So I did. MUCH to my surprise & delight, I got the email! I'm so anxious to get started. I can't wait to get sharing here again, too!
Mandie

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Cocoa Daisy

oh, my hearts & stars. the blue ridge kits at Cocoa Daisy this month are so amazing. loved them so much, i got them all again this month! i'll start with my first project. it is for the october sketch challenge. please hop on over there and join us! for this one, i used some of the FANTASTIC patterns from the new crate paper/ maggie holmes "open book" collection:



this one is probably my favorite from this month. a simple layout highlighting the story of how troy & i met (also using lots of crate paper!):




our daughter just got her learner's permit. yikes. i went crazy with the layers on this one:





and, last but not least,  another super layered project.... that is currently photoless. am i the only one who does this? please tell me i'm not. lol. all of the "m" that seemed to be in the empherea package worked to my advantage!





Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cocoa Daisy September: Story Time

Oh, the kits this month are amazing. totally loved them. so much that i ordered them all! kits are on sale now for subscribers and on sale to the general public on September 1st.  be sure to hop on over to the gallery to check out the team's work and for detail shots of my work.


and the stamps. we have a fabulous alpha stamp set this month from nicole that is simply awesome. (swoon worthy, right?)

alright... for what i did with the kits this month:







Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Story Time Sneaks

the cocoa daisy reveal is just around the corner - thursday, august 28 @9pm EST. y'all, these kits are hands down fantastic. i loved them so much that i ordered them ALL! here are some peekies at what i did with them this month!