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November sneak afternoon.

I can finally share some sneaks with you guys, I know that it’s late but you are curious anyway, aren’t you? November ‚Walden’ kits continue this outstanding autumn feeling which we could observe at Studio Calico during last months. Shades are little bit different, there are more pastel tones than in previous kits, some favourite leaves and my favourite – exclusive embellishments, plenty of exclusive embellishments!

November mood board

[all the photos and pictures are coming from my Pinterest boards]

My subjective view on these kits looks like this mood board (I definitely used too much orange, but I think it looks nice, even if you won’t find so many orange shades in ‚Walden’). For me November will be the month of art-journaling becasue of amazing Paint.Plan.Play classes leading by Ashley Goldberg with such remarkable contributor like Katie Licht. It will be the month of story telling as well! Shanna’s Gratitude|Documented class and the long-awaited Celine’s Mini Book ones will add a story-teller feeling to the next month’s projects. I tried to incorporate all of these things to my layoutsand here are the first sneaks made with ‚Walden’ scrapbook main kit:

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and this little sneak based on ‚Concord‚ scapbook add-on combined especially for Celine’s mini book classes with some characteristic elements from her own projects. Great mix of exclusives and brand new Crate Paper products – definitelly my fav. this month!

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Don’t forget about this month’s offers for subscribers and new Studio Calico fans! Everything you can find >>> HERE. Off to work. See ya!


In a creative mood…

I was inspired by this outstanding FREE printable poster designed by Jasmine Jones. I printed it and my thought was to frame it and hang it somewhere in my workspace, but… accidentally one of my photos fell down on this print and then the idea came…

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The poster itself already gave this amazing autumn feeling, my thing was to not to ruin this fabulous design. I grabbed few things from various Studio Calico scrapbook kits and fabulous gold splashes rub-ons and skinny tape designed by Ashley Goldberg for her upcoming classes Paint.Plan.Play. It was easy – collect few layers, add a quick note and fallish photo. Yes, I was truly inspired by this printable. I encourage you to try use this poster to create something yours! Try to stay true to your style and give this design a piece of yourself! Share it with us! Tag your project with #SCinspires on social media and win a prize!!!

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Remember my latest post with Studio Calico blog hop and my giveaway? (BTW – you still can leave your comment below THIS POST and win the ‚Underground’ scrapbook kit here, on my blog!). You have enough time till the end of October to take part in this contest!


1. Download FREE printable (this autumn poster from my today’s layout).

2. Share a photo and tag it #scinspires. In your photo caption, explain why this is inspiring. It can be a photo of you and your free printable or anything else from Studio Calico that inspires you! Please make sure all shared posts are set to PUBLIC.

3. Tell your friends! The more uses of the hashtag #scinspires, the more prizes we will give away! Be sure to check back here on our blog every Friday to see how we’re doing!


And more happy news today! I already remind you about the October contest and now… there are NEW classes at Studio Calico - GRATITUDE|DOCUMENTED leading by Shanna Noel!


It’s easy to feel content during the holidays, but do you remember to be grateful all year long? In Gratitude Documented, Shanna Noel will guide you through a series of prompts, videos, and more so that recording the seasons of gratitude from your life will be easy and enjoyable. Reflect on and recognize the themes of family, love, and personal triumph that resonate with you. Let’s come together and remember that there is so much to be grateful for.


Grabbed these amazing supplies! There are lots of them in the SC shop, I will write about these from the picture above:

Gratitude|Documented is enrolling now through November 30th at 11:59pm EST. The first lesson will be posted on November 1st.


Studio Calico autumn Blog Hop!!!

Hey, hello and welcome! What a great day today, what an amazing news I have for you this time, what a surprise and RAD prize I have!!! I should start this post: ‚ho, ho, ho!’, but it’s a different season :) Starting from the begining… We are here together with my friends from Studio Calico Creative Team because of HUGE blog hop organized by SC. We are launching a giveaway called #SCInspires.

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If you want to take part in a giveaway, first what you should do is to DOWNLOAD this FREE Studio Calico fall printable >>> HERE. Studio Calico is giving away over $1,400 in prizes drawn from the people who download this printable. All the details about SC giveaway you can find on the SC blog (it will be updateing every Friday).

100 shares = 1 month subscription
200 shares = 2 month subscription
2,000 = Silhouette Portrait
2,500 = 25 lucky winners will receive a 1 month subscription and gold WRMK album!!!


The topic of this blog hop is based on inspiration. Together with Studio Calico we are so curious what inspired you most among the SC products. You can choose anything fromThe Underground‚ kits, from the SC shop, it can also be anything from digital store, it depends on you. We want you to share your inspirational photos on you Instagram or Facebook or on Pinterest and tag it with #SCInspires hushtag. Contest ends 10/31/14 at 11:59PM Eastern.

I also want to share with you will my latest biggest inspiration. I am monthly in love with lots of Studio Calico exclusives but In October ‚The Underground’ digitals are my number one on the inspirational list, I mixed them all with main Underground scrapbook kit!

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PRINTABLES, CUT FILES and TEMPLATES are outstanding this month. I used them on all of my ‚Underground’ layouts and I can share them definitely as my #SCInspires products.

Now it’s your turn! Share a happy inspired news and win great prizes!!! Once again, becasue you have to be sure what to do to win (lots of people will be winning till the end of this month, so there are many chances for all of you, it’s worth to take part in this giveaway).

  • DOWNLOAD this FREE printable
  • to win the bigger prizes and to get another chance to win – share a photo on your Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest and tag it with this #SCInspires hushtag.
  • contest deadline – until 11:59 pm EST on 10/31/14

One more good news for you my readers!!!

I HAVE a SPECIAL giveaway prize only for you!!!

You can win the oryginal Studio CalicoThe Underground scrapbook kit here, on my blog!!! The ONLY thing you have to do is to LEAVE a COMMENT under this blog post with your Studio Calico username.

At the end of the month, before the November reveal at 10/26/14, I will choose and announce the winner from my blog.

Be sure to download the printable to be qualified for the bigger prizes too!

Check out the blogs of my SC friends to increase your chance to win more kits!

Celine Navarro
Stephanie Bryan
Emily Branch
Natalie Elphinstone
Dana F.Lilin Fang
Anna-Maria Wolniak [it's me! you are here]
Agnieszka Małyszek
Barbara Picinich
Kerri Bradford
Jenn Picard
Tracy Armstrong
Liz Tamanha
Marcy Penner
Robyn Werlich
Suzy Plantamura
Lexie Bridges
Maggie Holmes
Shanna Noel

Paige Evans


…forgot about the dream


I forgot to publish my last project made with ‚The Underground’ kits. How it’s possible?! You already saw a piece of it when I published sneak peeks… something about the main idea of this A4 layout. The photo was my inspiration. I made it during our family trip to Prague at the begining of April. We were sleeping in a beautiful apartament at the old tenement house just under the Hradcany Castle. The morning light was falling directly at my little boy…

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I wanted to get an effect of a foggy dream. I took the photo just before he woke up, so the atmosphere of the layout should be hazy, somewhere between reality and dream – it was my intention. That’s why I combined multiple, pale layers, mixed them with custom velllum and exclusive flower patternred vellum from the main scrapbook kit. I also re-used the glasine bag as a one of the layers under the photo.

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The ‚xoxo’ sticker is also made with vellum and I stamped this fabulous round ‚goodnight kisses’ stamp on a piece of vellum. I am quite satisfied with the final effect of my work. It was so nice palying with all these layers and finally get the effect of homogeneous composition with only few pops of black shade here & there.

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Please don;t forget to sign up for these new Studio Calico classes. I feel it in my veins that it will be something extraordinary! Besides SC shop is still full of brand new goodies – both – for art journaling designed by Ashley G and christmasy stamps, die-cuts and letterpressplates prepared for ‚Send Joy’ classes!

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I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I do even if you are not emotionally involved with my baby :) I wish you all a beautiful day full of warm, autumn sun.



Paint. Plan. Play.

Here they are!!! NEW Studio Calico ART JOURNAL classes leading by… ASHLEY GOLDBERG!!! How exciting is it?!


We’ve all experienced it – the frustration of sitting in front of a blank page for hours and still coming up empty. Well, we’ve got the remedy: cutting-edge artist Ashley Goldberg. Ashley’s come wielding her brush and paints to invite you into Paint.Plan.Play, an “art” class designed for scrapbookers. Grab the paints and brushes you’ve been collecting and let Ashley help you tap into the creativity you’ve got hiding inside yourself.

During the first half of Paint.Plan.Play, you’ll explore core painting techniques Ashley uses every day, then you will transition into putting those new skills to use in several projects. With Ashley’s expert guidance, you will learn how to take control of color, pattern, and text by using paint, collage, and various other mediums to add allure to all your paper crafting projects – from personally designed journal layouts to Project Life spreads. ‚



4 technique videos from Ashley sharing tips and tricks for painted backgrounds, mark making, stamping and working with patterned paper.

a PDF from Ashley sharing how she uses her painted pages to create an Art Planner.

Inspiration PDFs from our expert contributors sharing 10 ideas for using these paint techniques on art journal pages, layouts and Project Life® spreads

Access to a class message board and gallery, where you can share and learn with your teacher and fellow students.

Weekly challenges to inspire you to use what you’ve learned.

This is an amaying oportunitz to learn from the bests (do you know that one of the contributors in this class is my favourite art-journaler artist – Katie Licht?!!!!!!!). I was always impressed by Ashley’s work and I think that this so great that with these fabulous lessons we can also buy some of her exclusive designs directly from the SC shop! These are my totally favourite (but there are much more HERE!).

Ashley stamps

PATTERN DOTS                                    ALPHABET                                   STARRYNIGHT

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                         SILKSCREEN              WOOD VENEER SHAPES                 GOLD SPLATTERED RUB ON

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If you are still on a fence with your decision (really?! are you?!!!), if you… these are few of my art-journal pages made some time ago… I was waiting for such mobilization :)




If you want to try don;t wait, enroll now to this fabulous PAINT.PLAN.PLAY class with an extraordinary leading lady and great contributors! I am already in and I am waiting impantiently for a box full of class goodies which are already ordered.

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Oh, I forgot about this SET of PATTERNED PAPERS designed by Ashley!!!


and SET of new MINI MISTS!!!


By the way – I am going to use my Color Theory acrylic paints a lot during this class as well!!!! OMG, I am sooooo excited!!!


Summer reminiscences.

To be true I still some projects made with ‚The Underground’ kits which I didn’t show you during the reveal. I decided to post only these autumnal ones and leave other for the next post. Of course October kits are fabulous for all ‚fall feeling’ projects, but they are also great for summer photos! Today I show you one of the summerish ‚The Underground’ pages I made before the reveal time.

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I was inspired by these awesome rub-ons from the ‚King’s Cross’ scrapbook add-on. I found few simmilar yellow shades in the other ‚Piccadilly‚ and ‚Notting Hill‚ addons. I grabbed them all together, mixed with one of my favourites blue/gray colour and some other, neutral details.

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I encourage you to watch at the project in details, they are not very visible when you are looking at the whole layout. The elements are so subtle so it’s hard to see them at the first sight. I covered the pattern paper using an old ‚paper material’ (I don;t know how you call it in English, but this is kind of fabric made with paper, I took it from my latest ZARA order), I used this extraordinary flower stamps designed by Kim and embossed it using white ZINK powder from the SC shop.

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I collected here all my favourite elements like vellum phrases (can you see it? at the bottom of the photograph…) and vellum poscket, exclusive stickers and this fancy ‚2o14′ clip…

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… and of course the brad with a feather, oh, so lovely! Thank you so much for spend your free time here and watch the details :* As you can see, ‚The Underground’ kits are not monotonous, I was just concentrate on my fallish photos and I stuck in a autumnal palette. Hope that all of you will find something interesting for yourself among these sets.


‚The underground’ reveal.


Please welcome October’s sets combined by Studio Calico – ‚The Underground‚ presale for subscribbers is here!!! I could write a lot about these kits as always but I think that posting the projects is a better idea. You may think that I make a lot simmilar pages but I decided at the begining of my work that I want to stay in an autumn mood in all of them. Mainly – these are not my colours, not even the shades are my favourite ones, but… I really love fall so this month’s digitals, Marcy’s cut files and printables gave me a whole bunch of possibilities to create something nice. I would like to share them with you today.

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Starting with [Main Kit Only] projects. On this layout I used a digital template designed by Paige Evans to create a stitching stencil. I combined few papers in palette from the photo (yep, the old one with ‚hair’, but I love it and I think the mood of a ‚gold fall’ here is just perfect), and I used brand new, exclusive and amazing silkscreen from the main ‚Underground’ and exclusive GOLD acrylic Color Theory paint to make this print! To be true – these gold shades look fabulous in reality, I can’t make the perfect photo to show you the real effect, what a loss…

autumn leaves

This is a perfect project to show how you can mix various media. I used here: neocolors, acrylics, watercolours, mists, sprinklers, ecolines and peerless watercolours… oh and white uni-ball pen! ha! everything on a gesso base – one of my favourites. You can also find here lots of layers – diffirent patterned papers from the main kit, exclusive vellum with metallic, floral print. I was palying with these cute cut file leaves designed by Marcy Penner and some of her printables as well. Oh, and I embossed the stamp on the photo! Oh my, I had no idea that I made so many things out there! And of course the photo – I know, I know – this is soooooo cute :) It would be great if he could be such lovely forever!

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This is the first project where I mixed the main ‚Underground’ kit with it’s add-ons: Piccadilly, Notting Hill and King’s Cross. I was palying with this set of exclusive, fancy wood veneer triangles and stamps! I have to admit that a bundle of Color Theory ink pads was never such helpful before! I mixed wooden brown with jade green and navy shades and I added a pop of gold to finished the effect of perfect autumn palette here.

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Once again I used the ‚make magic’ silkscreen from the main kit to create a print. Layers, mix of pattern papers and vellum, some gold pops and stamping leaves – all of these elements created a nice, fallish page. Hope you feel the same smell of autumn in the air as I :) it was a nice time spend with the ‚Underground’ kits, now it’s your turn guys!


‚Underground’ sneaks!

We are oficically welcome fall with October ‚Underground’ Studio Calico kits. This is serious – I stuck among  the autumnal photographs I made previous years. I had to use something old because in Poland we still have a summer weather and I really wanted to create something seasonal this time.

Starting with my monthly subjective mood board (once again – all the pictures are coming from my Pinterest boards).

Octobrrrr mood board

I felt so inspired by these autumn colours that my wish was to create something with lots of fall leaves, gold and dark green shades… it’s only few days till reveal so I won;t be writing a lot about it now. I just past few sneaks – all of them are in the autumn mood, but I also made something typical summerish.

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If you are interested in other sneaks peek photos check out THIS POST at the Studio Calico message board. I will be updating it in a few days with various close-ups.

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One more thing – this month’s exclusive offer for SC subscribers is really fab! I’ve already preordered these transparent cards and waiting for them impantiently :)


Clearly, this is just what you’ve been looking for. We all need is a little more adventure in our lives, and this paper pad full of bright gold and bold white graphics on transparent sheets suits our fancy. The beautiful, large gold and white lettering paired with unique contrasting graphic designs in this Clearly Awesome Transparency Pad make for the perfect combination, and its 4×6″ size makes it a worthwhile choice for most any project. We hope you agree that it’s the obvious choice to add that extra touch of luxury to your projects. Craft in style. And stay golden.


‚Suit & Tie’ mini album.

It was a super-duper night and awesome day spent at the seaside in August. Me, my hubby and our two friends were visiting our favourites Polish cities, ate a delicious lunch at the beach but what is the most important, the aim  our trip was AMAZING Justin Timberlake’s and The Teneessee Kids’s concert at the one of the most beautiful Polish stadium in Gdańsk. I took lots of pictures during whole day (from early, wake-up hours will late night at the concert), and I decided to create an album with them.

JT's album by Anna-Maria

From the very begining of my work I knew, that I would like to keep this project in black & white [suit & tie ] mood, it was so obvious to me regarding the set design and graphic design of this World Tour. The idea was great, I had a bunch of photos and great memories, inspiration was boiled inside me and… I bought this sweet 4×4 mini album at SC shop! There was one more thing which forced me to try to keep these special memories in the album – earlier last month I signed up for Marcy’s ‚MINI BOOK’ class, so I was sure that even if my creative mood will gone, I will find an inspiration in her pdf’s. When you enroll to the SC class you usually get an exclusive digital set and I have to admit, that it is one of the greatest things which I adore. Marcy’s printables were so RAD! I printed them on a vellum (as Marcy did) and I was adding them everywhere in my mini.










All supplies I used to create this mini are coming from the previous Studio Calico kits or from the SC digital shop or were buy at the SC shop. Literally – ALL of them :)
It was a refreshing change to work with plastic pockets and ready-made cover (you all know how I hate doing covers, right?). To be honest – I can’t wait to make another Instagram book! I just have to find a good event with inspirational photos, I’m sure I will find something like that. This time I will make something in color, totally different mood… oh… if I only have enough time this weekend… Keep your fingers crossed for a creative mind and a bunch of time for me! I wish you all sunny days and big smile :D


Acrylic paint for everybody.

Today I would like to introduce you to the new kind of medium available in Studio Calico shop. Since last few weeks you can enrich your creative supplies list with the lovely range of Color Theory acrylic paints. My tiny tubes are already at home and I thought that it would be nice if I will write few words about acrylic paints in general before you will start playing with them, plus – I made a quick tutorial. Here we go!


Few basics – acrylics are water-based paints, which means taht you don’t have to use terpentine to thin the paints and clean your brushes. One big advantage of acrylics is wonderful versality. Using them you can achieve many different effects and a variety of styles. For example you can apply them either very thickly (using f.e. palette knives) or very thinly and all sort of combinations between. The consistency and texture of acrylics can be changed with acrylic medium and gel, or modelling paste and water. You can use them on various surfaces: wood, paper or canvas. Once primed up with gesso acrylics can be applied on almost any surface such as fabrics, cloths, clay, etc… These paints dry so very fast, so remember to squeeze only a small amount out of a tube at a time. Acrylic paint is PERMANENT – so please be careful and watch out on your cloths and furnitures :) Unlike a watercolour the dry paint is insoluble and can be over-painted without any concerns – that’s a good part about they permanent nature (that it can be painted over). And the last basic thing – always clean your brushes when changing to a new colour to avoid mudiness. Before you begin mixing paint, make sure you know the ins and outs of the color wheel (you can get lots of informations from Lisa’s ‚Color Studio’ classes). Knowledge of pigment blending can save you time and frustration, as well as rescue a background from unsightly mistakes.

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OK, it should be enough for the begining. I still know lots of various acrylic techniques and I hope I will be able to share them with you one day. Meanwhile I have something easy but eye-catching for all acrylic beginners (and not only) – foil layer.
Once you are not familiar with acrylic paints, you are not sure how they work and you are affraid of ruin the background paper – this method is for you.


Start from the basic composition. Prepare the background, papers, embellishments and paints. In this technique you can paint using brushes, palette knives, finges or you can put the paint directly from the tube – like I did.


You will need a piece of foil (it can be a recycle packaging, plastic bag or a piece of kitchen foil…). I put A5 white paper under my foil to know the area which should be covered by the paint. If everything is ready, you can start appling paint of the foil. It can be totally accidental (but rememebr what I was writting about mixing colours).

DSC05238Now take a brush, or a piece of paper or palette knive (like on the picture), and spread and blend paint a little bit. You can ‚draw’ some lines on it. it’s the easiest way to give an interesting element to this painting. You can also cover the foil with a smooth, thick surface of paint and scratch some words on it…


While the painting on a foil is ready (remember you can’t wait to long becasue the paint will be dry), you should take a piece of paper and put your painting upside down. And now – you can make a print using your paiting. You can make it on a random piece of paper and use it later as a layer of your project, you can make a print directly on your background or just leave an excess of paint on a paper…

DSC05243I decided to make a small print and leave it for my future project. I put the foil upside down and I used a brayer to make sure that everything will transfer on a paper. I rolled my brayer over it a couple of times and peel the foil away from the surface. I was left with a print and almost dry piece of plastic bag with fabulous painting on it.


I find this idea very comfortable for all of us. You can use a transparent layer on your project. You can place it wherever you want. There will be no dirt, no blobs of paint – for me it’s a great thing. Of course you can make the same thing directly on a background if you want. Experiment with colours and shapes is fun! Even if you don’t like what you have done it’s not a big deal. Just brush over this ‚mistake’ with gesso. I do this quite often lately :)


Coming back to the tutorial. I put few extra layers on a foil (pale patternred paper plus vellum and another white paper). I decided to enrich this project with other techinique – you already familiar with watercolour, aren’t you. This time I was using Color Theory refillers instead of custom watercolours – they worked great!


When watercolour part was totally dry I put it into the the letterpress station and make a ‚hello’ print using black ink (of course you can’t see this letterpress effect on the picture, but believe me it looks sooo good).


Now it’s only few staps to the end. Stick everything together, combine the layers, add embellishments and pictures, glue the title… I used those lovely wood veneer alphabet from the ‚Whitman’ scrapbook add-on, but I coloured it using black marker.

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That’s all. It was easy, right? :) The technique is for everybody. It isn’t stressful at all. It’s quick and looks spectacular. Have fun! I am waiting for your own trials! If you have any questions please ask them in the comments below this post.

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supplie list: ‚Poet Society’ scrapbook main kit, ‚Dickinson’ and ‚Whitman’ add-ons, vellum, Color Theory acrylic paint, Color Theory refills, palette knives, letterpress ‚hello’ plate, letterpress balck ink, letterpress brayer.

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