Wednesday, August 20, 2014

fantastic stamp & die set for back-to-school!

My kids went back to school today.

I can't believe it.

This was the FASTEST. SUMMER. EVER.

Truly.

I feel like we were just writing our bucket list and now the summer is over.

Crazy.

The only good thing about it being the end of summer is that means it's the START OF SCHOOL!

Yay!

I love back-to-school time for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the office/school supply sales. I swear I could spend hours just staring at folders and pens...(that's not weird, right?)

I also love BTS (that's the cool way to write back-to-school...just fyi) because I LOVE making teacher gifts...cards, little mementos, supplies, whatever.

This year I found the perfect Studio Calico accessory to help me create all of those little things I enjoy making for the kids' teachers...the Teacher's Pet Stamp & Die Set...


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AAAACK! Are these stamps and die not just perfect? That little pencil and the "A+" are my faves...

And here are some of my favorite projects from the Studio Calico Member Gallery showing just how versatile this set is...


This envelope/card set from ATXmom  is absolutely adorable! I love that she is going to slip these into her kids' supplies & snacks...what a wonderful way to start off the year!


Creative Team Member JJ Bolton knocked it out of the park with this chalkboard-themed card...how cool does that look? So cool...


The colors in this fantastic card by Leah really drew me in...and I love the tag and strips of washi she used for her background...


Creative Team Member Dana Fleckenstein's use of orange & pink on this lovely card really caught my eye...


...and Creative Team Member Steph Washburn's card is such a fantastic way to say "thank you" to the people who work so hard for our kids...

So awesome, right? And seriously customizable...

I can't wait to get mine so I can start creating...I may be a little late with the gifts...but I'm sure it'll be OK.

How about you? Do you give your kids' teachers gifts for the start of school?


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

my thoughts on scrapping yourself...and a new class from Studio Calico!

When you sit down to record your family's memories, who do you start with? Your kids? Your parents? Your pets? Your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife? Your friends? Objects around your home?

How about you?

I know, I know...you're the storyteller...you're the memory-keeper. You have to make sure everyone else's stories get recorded. But don't forget to tell yours.

Your stories are every bit as important as the stories of those you love.

I know it can be so hard to get in front of the camera...I think it is for everyone...especially when we all deal with insecurities. But years from now your family is not going to care that you had a bad-hair day...or that you may have been carrying a few extra pounds...or that your skin wasn't flawless. They are going to want to see you...and hear about you. Because they love you...

So tell your story. And continue to do so...

To help you get started, Studio Calico and the out-of-this-world Maggie Holmes have teamed up to bring you...

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Here's what Maggie has to say about her class:
As memory keepers we spend our lives capturing the world around us. Yet, when you take the time to gather your memories and share them with the world, are YOU in those moments? By enrolling in “30 Days of Me” Maggie Holmes will guide you through this month long course where you will learn more ways to incorporate yourself into your memory keeping by completing an entire album, focused on you. This class will remind you that not only is it important to collect those moments with the ones you love, but to also show yourself in your projects.
From the Studio Calico website...

BY ENROLLING IN THIS CLASS YOU'LL RECEIVE :

  • 30 prompts designed to help you record your own story.
  • 5 videos from Maggie sharing details and techniques from her album.
  • A PDF sharing Maggie's completed album, along with tips and ideas to use in your own book.
  • A peek into each of the contributors albums - they'll each be sharing their take on five of the class prompts.
  • A class message board to connect with Maggie and your fellow students.

Plus, with your enrollment you will receive...


...this absolutely beautiful class kit (while supplies last)...filled with labels, cards, badges & a stamp set that are so completely "Maggie..."


...here's a close-up of that stamp set...darling, right? aaaaand you'll also receive the digital brushes for these stamps so that you can use them on all your hybrid work as well...


You will also receive instant access to these lovely printables designed by the amazing Shanna Noel. Oh my gosh, these colors...


...and the ultra-talented Kim Stewart has designed some cut-files for the class, too...

Will I see you in class? I certainly hope so...

30 Days of Me is enrolling through 8/31/2014 at 11:59pm EST. The first lesson will be posted on 9/1/2014, and a new lesson will post each Monday through 9/29/2014.


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