Studio Calico Sneaks | The Underground

 

Lot’s of fall inspired projects this month! Loving the feel and color palette of The Underground kits and add ons. It’s fall, what’s not to love?

xot

show hide 2 comments

Travel Journal | Part II

Now that I have my book assembled, it’s time to figure out what supplies I’m going to bring with me. Things are going to be kept to a minimum so no embellishments and Thickers will be making the trip. I want everything to fit in this beautiful Supplies canvas bag that was a gift from my dear friend Jamaica. It’s the perfect size and keeps me from trying to bring more than I need which is a huge fault of mine.

So what supplies made the cut? Here’s what I consider to be most important in my creative documenting.

-roller date stamp + ink pad
-a few pretty paper clips
-brush pen
-waterbrush
-Neocolor water crayons. (some of these were already broken in half during use so I just snapped the remaining ones to fit into the plastic box)
-1 roll of skinny graph washi
-tiny tape roller (found at Micheals in the $1 bin)
-pencil + pencil sharpener
-Frixion pen (a pen that erases completely. what is the this magic?)
-Studio Calico vellum letter stickers.(these are nice and thin and fit nicely in the bag because you never know when you’re going to need to spell out a word using letter stickers)
-a small envelope of flat paper ephemera like tickets and tags.
-Fuji Instax 150 (Jamaica let me borrow hers. At this point, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to invest in one since I already own a Polaroid mini but when she told me you could turn the flash off, that peaked my interest. Now that I’ve tested it out at home, I know I’ve got to have one for myself.)

I also plan to purchase a few supplies during our stay in the PNW as well. I’ve got a few places mapped out on Googlemaps like Moorea Seal in Seattle (there’s a tape there that I need) and Ecru in Portland. Thinking about shopping in these places makes me soooo giddy. Not the clothes or shoes but PAPER and fun things that will fit into a plastic pocket.:) How many of you can feel me on that?

Any other places I should hit for paper and cool things in?

xot

show hide 4 comments

Store closing soon!

Hey guys! I’m extending the LLP sale through Wednesday, the 17th. Shop will close Thursday the 18th and will re-open on the first of October. New items will trickle in mid October. All items are marked down and discount shipping for international orders! No code needed.

xot

no comments

Making | Travel Journal part 1


Every time I return from a trip, I have great intentions of creating a super mini dedicated to said trip. Never happens. I have several boxes full of photos and travel ephemera dating back to the late 90’s. Maybe one day I’ll get to those.

I’m going to switch things up a bit and document while on my trip. I don’t plan on spending hours working in this book while I’m away. I want this to be a quick and simple process…something I can work on with the downtime we’ll have which will be a fair amount since my traveling companion is an almost 4 year old.

I’d also like to note that before assembly, I searched Pinterest for travel journal ideas. Lot’s out there but Kelly Purkey’s travel binder really sparked this idea of creating on the road.

Here’s the construction of the book.

1. envelopes and pockets are essential since there will be lot’s of ephemera and found objects. Collecting is the best part of traveling!

2. fun post its and tags.  I’ll use these as journaling spots.

3. overlays. because why not?

4. hole puncher + d rings. I thrifted the hole puncher the day after I read KP’s travel binder post. The thrifting/crafting gods were on my side that day.

5. cover pages. both are LLP screen prints that were cut down to fit. I thought about making the cover slightly larger to hide the index tabs but I liked having them be even with the pages which measure 4×6.

6. index tabs. these were part of the most recent LLP paper pack. I simply typed our destinations on the tabs. Glad I kept a few for myself.:)

7. watercolor paper. I plan on bringing a waterbrush and Neocolor water crayons with me just for fun.

8. inside pages. I knew that I wanted to use up some of the excess 4×6 Project Life cards from past Studio Calico kits in this book. I went through my stash and picked patterns and colors that fit the mood of our destinations. I plan on adhering Instax photos and journaling on these cards.

I’m still adding in things and finishing it up and trying to find some type of packet/bag/box to hold the journal and the few supplies I plan on bringing. That will be part of 2!

How do you go about documenting your travels? Do you take this approach of documenting on the road or do you bust out all your findings once you’re home?

xot

show hide 7 comments

Blog Tour!

I was tagged by the lovely Melissa Mann to continue on with a blog tour!

  1. What am I working on right now?

I’m packing orders and tackling my to do list for the day even though it’s Labor Day! It’s a labor of love so it’s all good.:) 

  2. How long does it take me to create a project?

Depends on my mood. If I’m uninspired and struggling, maybe days but I’ve learned to not create at these times. When I’m in the mood, a couple of hours spanned in a few days. 

  3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

I’m making a travel journal to take with me on my upcoming trip to Seattle and Portland.

  4. How does my writing/creating process work?

My Creating process depends on my mood but usually it starts with an idea. Then I’ll do a quick peek on Pinterest boards and things I have saved in my mental pinboard. Then it’s down to the nitty gritty. Once I’m in the thick of creating, I don’t open my browser or pick up my phone. 

  5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

Getting outside, taking a walk, traveling….doing these things help me continue to live a creative life & keep the inspiration going. It also helps to bounce ideas off of a fellow creative friend. 

  6. What is my signature style?

Simple with a quirky details. I love working with negative space in layouts and photography.

I choose to tag, Jamaica Makes, Vee Jennings and Maria Lacuesta 

Thanks for choosing me Melissa!

xot

show hide 4 comments