From START to FINISH layout tutorial.

start to finish tutorial by Anna-Maria

Today I present my creative process from start to finish at Studio Calico blog! During my work I used supplies from June’s Hello, hello‚ scrapbook main kit and some of my favourite supplies from the shop.

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Where to start? – prepare a neutral base for your layout (I used Studio Calico ‚More White’ cardstock for this project) and try to combine a basic composition. Try to compose also a Calendar Mask into your project together with a photo. Prepare some labels and other printables from’ Hello, hello’ collection and two/three colours which you will be using. My choice was: yellow, orange, pink/red with a pop of creamy salmon.


When I made a decision how my basic composition will look like and where I want to place the mask I mixed two shades of Mister Huey’s mist – ‚double yellow’ and ‚canyon’ to create a suitable, delicate orange shade. When my new, self-made Mister Huey’s colour was ready I start misting the mask on the background in very gently way.


When mists were already dry, I sticked a piece of lovely yellow patterned paper and the photo (I used dimentional foams to stick the photo to the base). Next I started to paint areas next to the photo using peerless watercolour papers and Mister Huey’s watercolour set.


In my next step I added some doodles made with Neocolor II crayon – which is one of my favourite medium last weeks. They are like perfect watercolours with a pop of acrylic paint pluses. Here I used a ‚Salmon’ shade.


Now it’s time for the main point of this tutorial – rainbow stripe pattern – how I got this effect? I used a huge stipe-pattern brayer which is unapproachable now in Studio Calico shop, but I know that lots of you already bought it month ago or you have other brayer stamps at home – so you will be able to create your own rainbow pattern at home using other supplies. So, I took this brayer and covered it using all theree colours of Color Theory ink pads: yellow, orange and pink, one by one – like a rainbow. Than I applied it here and there at the background.


At the end of my work, I added some labels, stickers, printables and gems from the ‚Hello, hello’ scrapbook main kit and I wrote one of my favourites phrases using a nib and black ink.


June for me is a month when me and my fabulous hubby have anniversary, so this year it will be 8 years since our wedding and this time spent together is a pure happiness for both of us. I hope that this combo give you just a piece of my warm feelings I would like to share with you during this month.

our anniversary

Thank you so much for stopping by, thank you for visiting my blog and your constant support. See you soon with another step by step layout tutorial with ‚Hello, hello’ scrapbook kit and add-ons!


‚Hello, hello’ reveal!!!

Hello, ciao, hola, bonjour!!! :) This is the reveal day at Studio Calico – one of our favourites day durign whole month. Did I mention that this month’s kits  are devine?! Everything inside reminds me summer days at the beach, wind in my hair, salt with sand on my feet… oh my! summer is so close and thanks to the Hello, hello supplies I felt this mood a little bit earlier this year :)


Non -subbers info: main kits and add-on kits are available for purchase at 12:00 am EST on 05/28/2014.
Remember, the links to purchase the Scrapbook, Card, or Project Life kits will not work until this time.

These few hours before the official reveal (the pre-sale for subbers start right now), I want to show three of my June’s projects. As usually I start from the Scrapbook Main Kit Only layouts.

our anniversary

I had a lot of fun creating this project. I used a lot of various media in yellow-orange-pink palette and some fancy supplies with an awesome ‚June’/calendar mask which is a part of a scrapbook main kit.

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Talking about the inspiring combo for this month – I prepared something for you! I grab few of my favourites supplies from the shop in this palette and I created a goodie-mood board. I used most of these mediums during my work with Hello, hello‚ kits and I find this colours best for June’s kits. If you are already a Studio Calico subber you know, that you can combine your orders from 27th of every month for a whole week! This way you save your money becasue you pay the shipping costs only one! I think it’s cool and it’s a great bonus for people who are subbers :)

JUNE must haves

ZINK embossing powders, Mister Huey’s mists, Color Theory ink pads and ZAP heat gun.

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fun in Prague

This layout is something completely different – it is placed somewhere far, far away from the happy , summer palette. I stuck here in the spring mood, took this peachy pink colour from the part of John’s Lennon’s wall which we visited during our travel to Prague at the begining of April and mixed it with green shade from the main kit. I used transparent alpha from the kit as a stencil and I draw these letters using precision pen and Neocolor II crayons.

HELLO happy place

This work – when I finished it I finally had time to look at the Studio Calico gallery and than I realized that this work is as oryginal as vintage Santa Claus in a Coca-Cola’s advertisment for Christmas… yep… I realized that whole gallery is full of painted stripes like these :) poor me! I was so happy that I found an inspiration in those stripes from the blouse on the picture! That I found a good way to present these exclusive, awesome Color Theory acrylic paint from the main kit! Well – it happens, sometimes… I embossed ‚hello’ wood veneer using white ZINK embossing powder and… I saw simmilar projects in the gallery, already posted. Crap! Anyway – I added lots of stamps from scrapbook add-ons: ‚Hola‚, ‚Ni hao‚ and ‚Bonjour‚. To stamp some of them (from the ‚Hooray’ set) I used Color Theory inks in various shades.


my favourite embellish scrapbook add-on this month – Bonjour – all of these supplies inspired me so much!

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Of course you can spy my favourites digital supplies on my projects – this month I chose LABELS designed by Marcy and Hello, hello’ printables designed by Gerlyn :)


I think that I finally should buy my own CAMEO becasue girls design more and more fabulous cut files! and of course digital templates – you should check them out! Good news is that subscribers get 10% off all digital shop items and rewards members enjoy 25% off all digital shop items.


And there is also LAST MINUTE special offer for subscribers - 50%OFF – Color Theory mini Alphas (oh how I love them! I have every colour!) – only NOW!!! Promo code is CTALPHA!!!


My love for mini albums…

I will start from the citation which I found at Shanna’s Noel’s blog. These words are everything what I would like to tell you today about my love for mini books: „Let’s face the facts. There is just something special about mini books, they are a little treasure that only we know the true value of. They are are pleasure to make and just make you feel good when you complete one and can hold it in your hand as your flip thorugh the memories. „ This is also my words, this is what I am thinking about when I write about this ‚mini feeling’.

I want to remind you (and remind to myself) some of my favurites mini book I made during last years. I hope you will find some inspiration here to create your own album.


Starting from my totally favourite – ‚HEY GIRL’ mini :) Not only the main theme is spectacular, but I am still in love in this colour combo – neutral grey background and vibrant cyan/lime green elements are at the top of my list.


This mini was made two years ago (I published it at 1/06/2o12), it’s title is ‚Louvre‚. This is a short story about my best friend and her first daughter (almost my daughter as well :) They were lived in Paris than and we spent fabulous time together walking around the city with little Basia who was only 4 months than!


And at least mini book based on the old pages from the book – ‚Hugs & Kisses‚ – with a photo series of me and my beloved Jan, made also in June 2o12.

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All of my mini books you can find at this lap >>> HERE <<<.

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If you are new to the mini books or you would like to enrich your skills or find an inspiration to create something different than so far, I recommend you new Studio Calico MINI BOOK class with Maggie Holmes (I mentioned about them few post before).


Classes has already begun, but you still have an opportunity to sign up! Maggie’s workshop is enrolling through 5/31/2014 at 11:59pm EST and class content will be available on 5/1/2014. So don’t wait to long, only few days left to the end of time. FOr more informations click HERE.


Letterpress & watercolour mini book classes :: latest spring in Paris and BCN

I was waiting for so long to publish this album – so sorry for that, I just forgot about it! I created this mini at the end of January, just before my classes in Paris (Maisons-Alfort – j’adore!!!). The main point for my students were letterpress technique and watercolour tips & tricks. Unfortunatelly these letterpress goodies are not visible on these pictures; some of the prints were ‚blind’ and really light – but they are there, belive me! :)

Anna-Maria Wolniak classes

This mini book was almost a twin sister of my previous album which you can find here >>> PURE JOY. Below I collected few pages from this project:

mini album by Anna-Maria

I would like to thank you once again my dearest sponsores: Ewa from Studio Tekturek for fabulous papers, Studio Calico for lovely embellishments and all letterpress supplies and Dominika from Scrapiniec for awesome die-cuts in many, various languages she created for my students.

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If you are new to LETTERPRESS and you would like to know the technique and all the supplies better, get to know ‚how to’, enroll in the Letterpress Bundle and you’ll receive access to Letterpress 2.0 (I will write about this class below) AND our introductory Letterpress class with Tina Aszmus from September 2013. The introductory class includes 8 full tutorials, 6 videos and 30 great projects to get you started & is available only through the bundle purchase.


If you are already introduce to the letterpress you would be interested in new LETTERPRESS 2.0 classes prepared by Geralyn Sy! This workshop will give you an in depth look at how Geralyn incorporates Letterpress into her creative process, and show you five fun techniques for printing with Studio Calico letterpress plates for your layouts, cards and pocket pages. Letterpress 2.0 is enrolling now through May 31st at 11:59pm EST, and the all of the class content will be live on June 1st.


‚Hello, hello’ sneak peek!!!

I just can’t believe that it’s time for sneak peeks again! I was off for a loooong time, but I promise you that during the upcoming month I will be here more often with new tips and some tricks.

Before I present you my own close-ups I would like to share my subjective mood board with you! For me June is a begining of vacation. This month we are usually travelling, seaside is our destination in June. Most of you probably never been at the Baltic Sea – it’s cold, right, but we have most beautiful sunsets around the whole world, promise! I collected a dreamy summer board for you this month and I hope you will feel inspired!

June mood board

[all these photos are coming from my Pinterest boards]

As you can see above ‚Hello, hello’ Studio Calico kits will be colourful! You will find lots of exclusive items – many BRAND NEW supplies among them – yep, it will be so fun! You will be diving between embellishments and pattern papers all month long! I know you can’t wait till reveal :)

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our anniversary 1

This is my little close-up on the Main Kit Only project. If you are interested in my other sneak peeks please visit my Instagram where I will be posting my favourite peeks during next two weeks.

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There is also an exclusive offer for the Studio Calico subbers! For June Studio Calico has designed an exclusive SUN KISSED mini kit guaranteed to bring the sunshine out in your day. Tag things you like or don’t like with the unique shaped paper clips, an awesome set of gold heart puffy stickers and a stamp set fitting for mother nature herself.


Not a subscriber? Join us for exclusive discounts and promotions!


‚Camelot’ treasures reveal right now…


King Arthur would be proud if he knew that he is patron of May’s Studio Calico ‚CAMELOT’ kits! This month we are moving into fairytale land of magical patterns and mixed media feeling areas. If you remember my SUBJECTIVE MOOD BOARD you will see how much I was inspired by this mozaic!


This is my main inspiration - ‚CAMELOT’ scrapbook main kit! Below you can find my two [Main Kit Only] pages;

I hope you will like them :)

pssst I love you

Above there are lots of mixed-media actions using gesso, gel medium, watercolours, neocolor crayons… all of them with tutorials full of details you can find at MIXED MEDIA classes at Studio Calico.

sneak peek

The good news is, that you can still sign in during the upcoming THREE days (till the end of April) and you will always be able to access the class material, even after the class has ended.

I had no idea how important you will be in my life

Another mixed media work – the power of colour. The main inspiration was mix of photos and this fabulous yellow paper which you can find in the scrapbook main kit, or you can buy an extra ‚More Patternred Paper’ kit to get more (BTW – this yellow paper has awesome B side with beautiful PINK) :)

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Now my other pages – I mixed here some elements of ‚Camelot’ main kit with scrapbook add-ons:

  • Guinevere - I think that this is my favourite add-on this month. I love the colours inside and various embellishments which you can find inside.
  • Excalibur - very rich kit, full of feminine add-ons. Was composed by Maggie Holmes who created an amazing mini album using these things! If you are insterested in second part of MINI BOOK classes – you will need this kit, so… you have to rush :)



  • Merlin – the second embellishment add-on in the Studio Calico family. I have three favourite things inside it – an alphabet, inspiring stamp and awesome woodgrain tape!

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And here are my add-on pgrojects :)


happiness is free

This is all I have for you today. Remember to check out Studio Calico shop becasue it’s full of new things which can be helpful – I have some favourites but I will share them with you later. Today I wish you a well spent Sunday and beautiful weather for the upcoming week :)



‚Camelot’ sneak peeks!

It’s sneak time at Studio Calico! Really – time flies. I can’t believe that it’s mid April! But it’s a happy news because… my favourite month – May – is almost here! I can’t wait for all these beautiful flowers, lovely grass, buttterflies… and May ‚Camelot’ kits! If you want to take a look at some close-ups which were prepare by my beloved friends from creative team you can move there >>> HERE <<<.


Of course I won’t leave you without any of my sneaks today, how could I! :) I am ready with my May’s projects and they are just waiting for reveal time. I will be sharing all the close-ups on my Instagram. Both of today’s sneaks are made with Main kit only elements:

I had 1

pssst 1

I hope you are already interested in the upcoming ‚Camelot’ kits :) I shared my subjective mood board at Studio Calico, Instagram and on my Facebook page so if you want to find my inspirations just check these photos.

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BTW – Studio Calico prepared an exclusive offer for their subbers (oh, how I love these limited editions!). This month it’s something for music lovers and Projectg Life fans – mini kit!


This exclusive offer is for subscribers only and will ship with your monthly subscription order with no additional shipping fees, no matter where you are! Available for a limited time while supplies last.

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I have my exclusive kit already ordered and I am waiting for it impantiently! I hope you liked my sneaks and an awesome offer. Oh, once more – today we start the third week of MIXED MEDIA classes at Studio Calico. Our amazing students learnt a lot during these two weeks and they start filling gallery with their amazing creations!

sneak peek

I would like to remind you that if you are still not a member of this class – you can! Nothing is lost! You can still sign up till the end of April! Mixed Media skills are evergreen – you can use them in your projects no metter what kind of kit you will get each month or you can hide them for a minute in your scrapbook toolbox :) We are waiting for you there with Celine and our fabulous contributors, join us.

Now I just want to let you know that I have to disappear for a while. I hope I will come back to you for a reveal time. You know – Easter is coming, there will be a huge party for 15 person, someone have to prepare everything, cook, hide tiny eggs in the grass for kids :) I won’t forget about you and we will stay in touch on Instagram and Facebook, see you there!


Say ‚hello’ to April :: mini album

Today I want to share with you my latest mini album which was prepared for my mixed-media classes in Barcelona (Conesa). Tomorrow I will be teaching the same project in Prague – I can’t wait to meet with my Czech friends! It will be my first workshop in this beautiful country and everything is organized my Anna Norman from Paper Amo :)

Anna-Maria mini book

I think that it’s a good time to show you this mini book. I created it using fabulous materials from my great sponsores: Studio Tekturek, October Afternoon and my beloved – Studio Calico. I used this amazing, BRAND NEW line designed by Studio Tekturek for this project and my girls are FIRST in the whole world who get these papers! How cool is that?!

One Way Ticket

In this project I mixed various kinds of letterpress techniques and different watercolour media like mists, sprinklers, custom watercolour, Neocolor Crayons (woodless watercolour crayons) and colour inks. This mini is made in typical workshop ‚style’ – but I hope that you will like it anyway :) These are the pages:









I was so happy during classes in Barcelona when my fabulous students were creating their albums! It’s one of the best things in this job – watching like ‚my girls’ are growing! :) Love it. Anyway – this is not the end of this post.

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I prepared a small giveaway for my new Pinterest and Instagram followers and for all of my hitherto followers as well. I have TWO ‚TODAY’ letterpress plates designed by Studio Calico!!! YAY!

TODAY giveaway


All you have to do is to start follow me on Pinterest and on Istagram – I will choose one of you from the group of the people who will start follow me during the weekend. You have time till the end of Monday, ok? :) Than I will be back from Prague and I will choose one of you. If you would be so kind and publish the giveaway banner at your Instagram (with @annamariawolniak ) I would be grateful – but it’s not necessary.


I would like to ask you to publish the giveaway banner (above) and tag me at this post (@annamariawolniak). Thank you so much for your instant support and your lovely comments! The second ‚TODAY’ letterpress plate will go to one of you :) The deadline is the same – till the edn of Monday (7/04/14).

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I hope you will enjoy this giveaway as much as I will! I wish you an amazing weekend. Please keep your fingers crossed for my safety travel to Prague and for the successe during classes! I know that it will be fun and full of creativity!

Mixed Media class yellow!

Oh – by the way… We already start with Celine our Mixed Media classes at Studio Calico, but you still can sign up! You have almost a whole month (to the end of April) to enroll. I think it’s a good idea if you can’t meet with us in person during classes in various cities of Europe… so, think about it, we are waiting for you there!!!


Sketchbook Class!!!

Just WOW! I am so happy that once again at Studio Calico we have an opportunity to meet with one of the most amazing scrapers around the whole world – Kelly Purkey!!! Sign up for SKETCHBOOK now!


This class will feature 60 all new layouts, cards and pocket pages from Kelly, the Studio Calico Creative Team, and a handful of your favorite crafters!And guess what – I am one of the contributors in this class and it makes me feel so good!!! :) There is also amazing BONUS CLASS KIT!!! while supplies last!!!


If you will be amoung the group of the ‚first sign up‚ students you will get this fabulous set of stamps designed by Kelly and it will be send for FREE no matter where you live!!!



To take advantage of this offer, put the Sketchbook class in your cart, then shop for your class supplies here. Enter the code SKETCHBOOK10 at checkout to receive 10% off class supplies.

Not valid on previous purchases. The Sketchbook class must be in your cart along with class supplies in order for promo code to apply correctly. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. Offer expires at 4/8/2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Here are some amazing goodies that JUST went live in the store and I am going to scoop up before the class starts,  or they sell out.







There is much more new goodies in the shop! More craft dies, set of wood veneers, badge set!!! free die cuts, printables, digital brushes, etc… You can’t missed it for sure!!! I would sign up for this class if I won’t be a contributor, but… well I already in. So… will we meet at the Sketchbook class together? :) I’m sure we will!!!

Sketchbook is enrolling now through April 30th at 11:59pm EST, and the first class lesson will be posted on May 5th at 8am EST.


‚Bessie’ can be messy :: step by step

Yeeeee…p… it’s not funny :) aha hahahah these are my English poet skills :) ok, not important. How was your reveal yesterday? Did you get everything you want? For today I prepared a simple step by step tutorial based on theBluegrass Farm add-ons, especially on ‚Bessie‚, but you can find embellishments from other: ‚Clover‚ and ‚Pip‚ kits as well.


Bessie‚ is my this month’s favourite kit. These are ‚my’ colours, my favourite embellishments, nice alphabet, beautiful floral patterns and fabulous tiny, skinny masking tape – just fabulous. I creeated a layout based on my favourite composition which is the best for the workshops (in my opinion), so I think most of you can easly repeat it using also different materials in different palette.


Starting from the begining. First you have to combine the composition. I will focus on some tricks in this post, so I will leave the words about building composition, mixing colours, etc… for the next time.


First step is to past the pattern paper,placed the photo with all the layers we want to collect under the picture and glue them all to the background. Then apply gesso using thick piece of paper or an old credit card or something like that.


When the background is dry, it’s time to start painting using watercolours and watercolour media. Here I used one of my favourites lately – Mister Huey’s Watercolor Set from Studio Calico.


When our painting is finished we start adding some splashes and embellishments. I was in love with these cork, botanical shapes and lovely brads with gold print.


This wooden element from the embellish add-on ‚Pip‚ kit was to bold in my opinion for this composition so I decided to use it as a stencil. I put the ampersand and start to prick the papers already sticked to the background. Be careful and try not to move the stencil.


Now we’re working the same as always while embroidering. I used beautiful, silk orange thread which looks fabulous with the palette of this project.


At the end of my work I added some stamps, pencil doodlings, black tiny splashes made by india ink and… I added a little bit of tangled, silk thread under the secret envelope (inside the envelope there’s a hidden message :) I think that this idea of using wooden elements as stencils so good and recommendable. Using them this way give us more possibilities to use them more than once and it’s really important especially whan you love the design – and I adore the designs on the wooden stencils from ‚Pip’ add-on this month.

dreamy don't work

If you like my courses and would like to get know more about mixing watercolour media with other, permanent techniques. If you are a beginer and want to know-how or if you are already introduced to mixed-media but want to enrich your knowledge and add something new to your toolbox we can meet eachother at the MIXED MEDIA classes at Studio Calico when me and Celine Navarro and our beloved contributors will give you 5 WEEKS of mixed-media wonderland.

MixedMedia Class SC

We start just in a few days – at the 1st of April so if you still on the fence to make a decision… you know – we are waiting for you there to share our knowledge and experiende with you! See you at the MIXED MEDIA classes soon.


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