Sandlot Reveal!

Hey guys! Did you catch the reveal last night? There were quite a few new items added to the Studio Calico shop as well!

One of the things we (the CT) decided to do for the August gallery was to pick a member and do a lift. I immediately chose Maria Lacuesta also known as Analogpaper.

She’s been on my radar lately and her gallery has no shortage of inspiration. I couldn’t choose just 1 layout to lift so I decided to use her style as my inspiration. Everything in my August gallery has hints of Maria’s style.

With this layout I was inspired by her use of Silhouette cuts and the fun bits she adds to her layouts. I love her use of white space and she always adds just enough embellishment to make it interesting yet it all remains wonderfully simple. You can view her full layout here.
Of course she was my inspiration for my Project Life spreads as well.
I’m a big fan of using 6×8 photos in the Handbook. Maria is as well. I really love the little creative touches she adds to these larger scale photos.
I wanted to get to know Maria a little more so I asked her to answer my Currents. Let’s see what’s she up to.
Eating – Ramen! Glorious ramen with broth boiled over high heat for over 10 hours. Even on hot days.  Even though I get it all over my shirt when I slurp up the noodles.
 
Drinking – Have you seen the crazy Limon-Pepino Gatorade?  It’s a little weird and I don’t even know if I like it, but I can’t stop drinking it.
 
Reading – Dark Places.  Gillian Flynn definitely writes a good page turner.
 
Watching – So, as of today, I’ve watched the entire Fringe series 2.5 times.  Is that embarrassing?
 
Listening – At this moment, Cocteau Twins!  Makes me happy while I work :) 
 
Loving – My small format Project Life album.  Since switching over to the 6×8 size, I’ve been much more inspired to work on it.  I love being being able to throw together a layout without stressing too much.  And I especially love including full page photos. It took a lot of experimenting, but I finally have a nice rhythm going with Project Life and I’m officially addicted.
 
Loathing – Choosing what to wear.  Gone are the days when I would have a new cute outfit everyday.  Now, if I find something I like, it becomes my uniform for weeeeks.  This summer, I’m all about the maxi skirt, tank, and chambray shirt (for when it gets chilly).
 
Making - Analog-Paper.com, my new website! My old blog was more of a design exercise as I learned how to code, but this new site is truly a labor of love as I’ll be sharing a little bit more about myself, the way I work, and trying to cultivate a happy life.  Keeping it real is definitely kind of scary, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and I know it will be a rewarding experience.
Thanks Maria! Keep on doing you thang and we’ll keep on being inspired!
Tina

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Sandlot Sneaks!

Sandlot goes live tomorrow! I have to say, I’m loving all the digital items created for this month and I was super inspired by a certain SC member as well. Rather than a general lift, I decided to base all of my creations on the member I chose. I’ll reveal her on Monday with a little Currents q&a.

Happy Weekend!
Tina

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*Newness

Watercolor prints + cards, fresh off the press. In the shop now.

Use code ILOVESUMMER at checkout for 15% off your whole purchase. Code expires Thursday at midnight eastern.

xoxo
Tina

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the unicorn paper pack

The LLP paper pack has become a sort of mythical creature.

I wrote back to a few of those who emailed stating I was still waiting on a few items to arrive. I wish I had more local resources up here so that I wouldn’t have to wait for shipping, etc. But, it’ll come together, just a little slower than anticipated. The pack will still ship to those who purchase the presale on August 1st along with an extra printed piece that will only go to those who do purchase the presale.

So why purchase the presale if there’s hardly anything to preview? Well, that’s up to you as the buyer. Great sales tactic on my part, eh? The presale was only going to be up through the weekend but I’ve had to change my strategy a bit. Rather than pushing back on the presale and the shipping date, I’m going to show a preivew of the papers and photos that will be in the kit. I will show more previews during the week as things come in.

Presale will end on July 20th.

There will be 10 pieces in the pack, sizes ranging from 5×7, 4×6 and smaller. There will be screen printed patterns and quotes on vintage paper and professionally printed photographs along with a hand marbled dipped card.

This is something I’m making for those who are looking to add special handmade pieces to their everyday paper crafting and for those who are looking for affordable artwork for their walls.

Presale is up in the shop along with a new poster! New watercolor prints will be in the shop later this week.

Happy Sunday!
Tina

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Make it Work | little paper banners

As a Handbook scrapbooker, I find that I don’t fully utilize my Project Life cards that come with each month’s Studio Calico kit. The reason being is that I simply don’t have the space in my book. So they get filed away until I purge a few months later and rediscover a card I had loved only to file it back away for that “perfect pocket”. You know what I’m talking about.

The solution? Little paper banners! These are the miniature version I did last year. Super easy and a fun little paper craft to try.

You only need a few supplies to complete this project.

a ruler (preferably a centering ruler)
a cutting mat (used as a guide)
scissors (or xacto blade)
twine
pencil
bone folder
Studio Calico Project Life cards (I used the cards from the Penny Arcade kit and add ons)
misc embellishments (labels, rubber stamps, chipboard)

 

1. Line up your card on the cutting mat. Find the center point on the bottom of the card and mark it lightly with a pencil.
2. Create the first angle by measuring a few inches up the side from your center point. This can vary depending on the card design.
3. Do the same on the opposite side of the card.
4. Cut!
***you can skip the pencil and just use an xacto knife if you’d like.

5. using a bone folder, mark a straight line across the top part of the card.
6. fold and crease.
7. cut your twine and place under the fold.
8. knot and cut off excess twine.

9. sew across just underneath the twine making sure you hold the knotted part taught.
10. enjoy.

Here’s another variation….

It was fun making a batch of these! I can see at least a dozen more things that can be done with them. I chose to keep it simple and used the Project Life cards that had inspiration quotes. For the patterned cards, I did a little stamping and embellishing with some chipboard pieces. I plan to use a few of these in place of greeting cards. How fun would it be to gift a friend with some good vibes to hang on their walls?

Hope you were inspired today to do something different with those special PL cards you’ve been holding onto.
Tina

***a quick note. please excuse the not so great photography. my big girl camera is currently on the fritz.:(

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