01/12/2014

Shine bright :: December Daily 2o13

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Yes, this is not a mistake (this time), today I have few photos of my last year December Daily album. I didn’t finish it in 2o13 and I thought that I won’t make it, never. There was a day – a month ago I think, that I just set down and I finished it, just like that, in one day. It’s not nothing spectacular, no no no… but I am happy becasue I closed my 2o13 December memories in a nice cover :) I chose few pick to share with you today. But before I start – first please check out the previous pages:

HERE      ::      HERE      ::      HERE


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Starting from December the 13th, from my trip to Madrid where I was teaching Diario de Navidad classes :) Lots of good memories from that journey (Cortylandia rulez) :)

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Few pages are still in a creative mode :) I will share them when I will be ready.


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Shine bright in Shanna Noel’s Sparkle class! Shanna will demonstrate expert techniques using mists, glitter, paint, stamping, and script to show you how to add serious glamour to any project.
When it comes to metallics, silver is a classic choice, but Shanna will show you how to combine colors like gold and black to make a bold statement. She’ll give you tips on putting ZING glitter and metallic inks to use with your stamp sets, along with leading you through painting techniques that will add the right amount of shine to any project. You’ll learn the best ways to layer metallic materials to create totally fun and unique looks that really shimmer.  Let Shanna help you embrace your bold side so that any project you make can beam with style and sparkle!

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While supplies last, Sparkle students will receive a bonus class kit containing glitter stars, sequins, aqua trim, metallic + vellum circles and metallic words. This kit will ship free, no matter where you are.If you want to enrich your drawer with great mettalic, gold and silver supplies check out >>> THIS the CLASS SHOP.


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Check out this amazing SPARKLE STAMP SET designed by Shanna Noel! Get your shine on with this stamp set featuring sentiments you can glam up or dress down. Use the unique fringe banner, beautiful songbirds, and varied script in this set, and your projects will definitely spread love around like confetti.

27/11/2014

Welcome at the Park Ave.

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Studio Calico December at ‚Park Ave.‚ is spectacular this year! What a range of colours, Niagara of shades, wow! Firstly I was shocked, I was lost, had no idea what to do, what pictures choose, but after few minutes of panic I thought – ok, relax, this will be a new adventure, you will handle this, you can use that violet… :) And yes, I dared to create a page (or two) using colours which are usually ‚not my thing’, and guess what – it was so fun!


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Starting from the main Scrapbook Park Ave. kit only projects – as you can see they don’t look like MY typical layouts. Lovely photos of my goddaughter help me to create something crazy, happy and girly. I was inspired by the set of BG transparencies from the main kit, especially by those triangles! And of course a stamp, fabulous.

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Now – Park Ave. add-ons. This month’s add-ons – as you can see – are full of vibrant shades, flowers, fancy alphabets and lovely exclusive embellishments – everything what I love most! It was more than FUN playing with them. I made only two layouts but I hope that I will find more time to make more becasue I still have lots of inspiring details to use.


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Yes – typical ME on this page :) My gesso base, favourite watercolours, inky splashes, pencil doodles, leaves… I couldn’t resist! Do you still like this kind of projects? Even if they are Anna-Maria’s ‚classisc’?

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Please don’t forget about this month’s digitals! They are available right now at the SC shop >>> HERE.

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20/11/2014

Mini book – winter theme.

It happened. This is a first ‚snowy’ day in Poland. Tomorrow I’m leaving to Madrid for a weekend so I hope I will grab some sunny weather before I will be freezing here. As I mentioned in a few posts earlier, I am going to teach classes in Bambola Casa Creativa once again. This time we will make two layouts and a winter theme mini book! I prepared the project almost month ago and today I want to share it. Becasue we had a fabulous and sunny autumn this year I didn’t have any ‚winter feeling’ photos to create the album. I decided to use some of my favourite Pinterest peeks and placed them into my mini.

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This album is not very typical for me. Why? because it has a complicate construction which is usually ‚not my thing’. It consists of three tiny albums folded into one… it’s even hard to explain how I made it, but you have to believe me that it works, it’s possible to combine everything into one, fancy mini book. You can spy some letterpressed elements on the pages, also blind prints, lots of stitching and tiny watercoloured elements. I used inspiring Oh Snap Boutique journal cards and my favourite October Afternoon ‚Silent Night’ stickers.


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Oh Snap Boutique cards were my main inspiration here, but I think that October Afternoon embellishments suits great to this album. I mixed them with lovely Amercian Crafts, Dear Lizzy, Amy Tangerine and Crate Paper papers sponsored by ArtWorkshop, added few die-cuts made with Big Shot stencils and Studio Calico dies…


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That’s all for today. I have to pack my lagguage and prepared for Saturday. If I won’t forget I will make some photos from the classes and will share with you after I come back. Spanish ladies are always so creative! I’m sure they will combine something spectacular with the kits. Wish me good luck and safety trip to Madrid and I wish you fabulous and creative weekend guys! See you next week!

18/11/2014

‚Park Ave.’ sneak peeks.

It will be an extraordinary December at Studio Calico. You won’t find any typical, christmassy supplies, no ‚very merry’ colours and any ‚holly jolly’  things, oh… ok, maybe some, somewhere in the add-ons. Instead of them there are lots of juicy colours, vivid embellishments and flowers! So excited!

Here are some of my sneaks. If you are interested in other creative team peeks check out the official Studio Calico sneak peek site >>>> HERE.


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These two above are made with ‚Park Ave.’ main scrapbook kit only. And these below – are mixed with add-ons.


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I have to mention about this month’s amazing exclusive offer for Studio Calico subscribers. This time you can preorder fabulous GOLDEN YEAR 2o15 CALENDAR!!!

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Your calendar needs some sparkle that will last year round, and this gold foil letterpress calendar will ensure that every day in 2015 is met with the perfect measure of shine. Go ahead, gild every day in gold. 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.


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

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This month you have a great possibility to check out how it works and pay only $1!!! Get the monthly subscription of you choice: scrapbook, project life or card with these codes: DOLLARSB, DOLLARPL and DOLLARCD now and make yourself a great present before Christmas!

10/11/2014

Last sneaks :: classes in Tres Cantos

This is my last post with sneak peek of the projects prepared for my upcoming classes in Spain (November 22nd). I’ve already posted informations about first layout from the morning classes >>> HERE, and close-ups and instructions to the mini book class >>> HERE. Today I share sneaks and some important facts about the second layout preapred for morning classes.


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Thanks to my fabulous sponsore – October Afternoon – you will be able to work with awesome supplies from the ‚Silent Night‚ line! I was so inspiring by these muted colours, the mix of warm pink and cyan with a pop of green – georgeous. I mixed various media and different techniques in this project. I will show you basic acrylic techniques like impasto and dry brush, next we will add some watercolours but this time we will be using October Afternoon ‚Sprinklers’ which are special mediums and they work like any other in this industry. Then we will add stamping, shadow stamps, doodling, there will be lots of layering and a teeny tiny construction work as well. I will also instroduce you to the silk screen and show you how to work with it using acrylic paint.


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WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS PART OF CLASS: first of all – calipers (calibrador, compás), a ruler, pencil, various brushes (smooth and tough, rather small and flat), an old credit card, give card, any card or palette knife (spatula), glue, double sided tape, dimentional foam, a cup of water or little jar. You can bring your own media – watercolours, gelatos, neocolors II, mists, sprinklers… If you have any ink pads which will suit to this colour palette from the picture – take them. I used one big photo – 10x13cm. You can bring one big photo or two small ones – I will help you compose them together and suit them into the composition.


It’s all! See you there in Tres Cantos in two weeks! :) Can’t wait to meet you (bring some tinto de verano and churros!) haha!

06/11/2014

Tis’ The Season :: mini book classes :: Spain!

Hola chicas!!! It’s only two weeks left till our meeting in Tres Cantos! I know that there are only few more places to sign up so if you are still of the fence you can make your decision after reading this sneak peek post.

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En esta ocasión la tendremos en la tienda de Tres Cantos en Madrid (Comercio, 13 28760 Tres Cantos Madrid) , será  el 22 de Noviembre y tendremos talleres distintos por la mañana y por la tarde. Así que si quieres pasar todo el día empapándote de las novedades y tendencias en scrapbooking, estos son tus talleres!!!

To sign up for the classes please write here: bambolatrescantos@bambolacasacreativa.es to Bambola shop or call:  91 786 41 78


Last time I updated the information post with some sneaks of one of the layouts from the morning classes, if you want to get the details please click >>>  HERE. Today I would like to introduce you to the close ups of mini book classes.

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First of all – it won’t be a typical mini album with a hard, mixed-media feeling. This time I decided to make something more complicated in the structure and more elegant just with some subtle mixed-media elements inside. The construction is combined with three mini albums gathered together and closed into a mini book.

The techniques I incorporated into this project are: basic letterpressing made with ink pads, some dlicate watercolours and splashes, die-cutting using BigShot, creating some hande-made embellishments using stamps,  lots of stitching and elements of construction.


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You will be working with lovely supplies from various companies: October Afternoon, Crate Paper, American Crafts, Oh Snap Boutique, Studio Calico and Studio Tekturek.


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WHAT YOU WILL NEED DURING CLASSES:

Basics like: long ruller, sharp scissors, glue, strong double-sided tape, craft knife. You will need NEEDLES!!! Don’t forget about it. If you have any threads in various colours – please take them as well. I will bring the colour which I used in my project, but maybe you will be interested in other as well so please take them with you. Other thing – crop-a-dile or something to makes holes, punching, sets eyelets. Stamps of you choice – I will bring mine, but it will be your project so probably you will want to use any spanish words which I don’t have in my drawer, so you can organize them by yourself. If you have ANY embroidery stencils by Amy Tangerine or any other please bring them. I will have mine but if we will have more your work will be faster, please help me with it!
Besides – you will need basic brushes, watercolours or mists or gelatos or neocolors II – whatever you have at home. Of course a cup of water and paper towel are always welcome during my classes :)


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Oh, if you have any gold media like mists or acrylic paint or gold glitter or gold foil – whatever – bring it! The gold colour suits perfect to this colour palette I propose you for this album. Remember – this is only the example what you can create from the kit. If you are more mixed-media scrapbooker it’s ok! I will bring more letterpress plates than I used in my album, we can add more gesso and watercolours if you want, I can work with you in this case and help you create something with a strong mixed-media feeling. I want you to be happy and staisfied during the class. I will be there for you so I will make anything you want for a few hours at that Saturday.


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PICTURES:  I had no time and no proper pictures from last December in my drawer, so used few peeks from my Pinterest boards. I count on you taht you will bring some of your favourites! Remember that it don;t have to be typical december topic, you can preapre also pictures from november or other winter mood. You can also treat this project as a Proejct Life becasue we weill be working with typical PL card size – you use supplies from the kit and hande-made journal cards created during classes in your PL spreads! It’s not needed to close these memories in a mini book. During this workshop you will get to know how to create special journaling cards with your own photos, using letterpress, blind prints, layering, watercolours…

In my project I used eight photos in typical, small 7×10 cm size. You already see the colour palette for the project – try to find something what will be rather simmilar to these colours or use just black and white pictures.


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The last information is – you can treat this mini book as your this year December Daily album. You will find lots of christmassy ‚October Afternoon’ ‚Silent Night’ goodies in you kits so your project can looks like typical DD album. The decision is yours. Hope you will enjoy the class. I will be back with the sneaks of the last layout next week. If you have any questions please ask in a comment below or send a message to Sandra Padovano  or the Mer Gayo Val. Besos!

03/11/2014

First 2o15 workshops announcement.

There is a city calls Valladolid not far away from Madrid where one nice girl has her own scrapbooking shop. This lovely, tiny shop will have its first birthday in January, and… Saray (Tiffet – the owner of this place) invite me to be her guest at the b-day party!!! Primer aniversario de TiFFeT Scrapbooking event will take place in Valladolid at the last weekend of January. I will be teaching mixed media classes together with my dear friend Maria Blazquez from Barcelona! Two days of various techniques, layouts and mini albums.

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I will prepare two layouts and one mini album especially for those classes. I am going to organize new supplies, papers, special embellishments to make these classes remarkable. I will share with you with some new acrylic techniques, repeat some basics about watercolours and mix it with something new… I will share sneaks and more informations in December when the projects will be ready. You can be sure that there will be lots of various colours, different mediums and lots of fun! Join us for these two days of joy in the middle of Spanish winter. All the details on Tiffet’s site >>> HERE.

01/11/2014

25 Days :: December Daily classes

And here they are! Impantiently awaited December Daily classes at Studio Calico! This year workshops will be leading by Stephanie Bryan – yeah! Stephanie will be teaching this class to coordinate with Ali Edwards’ December Daily® kit, and she’ll share plenty of prompts and videos to give you that extra bit of motivation you need to make a gorgeous album during the busiest season of the year.

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Stephanie will share foundation pages beginning in November, and she’ll provide daily updates through December to culminate in a complete album. While supplies last, 25 Days students will receive an exclusive class kit containing journal cards, a 4x3in stamp set, tulle ribbon, badges and die cut stars. This kit will ship for free, no matter where you live. Quantities are limited, so enroll now to reserve yours!!!

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BY ENROLLING IN THIS CLASS YOU’LL RECEIVE :

  • 7 videos from Stephanie covering getting organized, foundation pages, finished pages, and 4 techniques you can incorporate into your own pages.
  • A PDF with a detailed look at Stephanie’s foundation pages.
  • Daily PDFs starting December 5th that share Stephanie’s completed pages, along with her tips and tricks for keeping up with her album in the busy holiday season.
  • A peek into the albums of our 5 contributors – they’ll each be sharing 5 pages during December.
  • 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.

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In order for the promo to apply correctly, must have both the Merry and Bright foil countdown stickers and Number Wood Veneers in cart. Code must be entered at checkout. Offer not valid on previous purchases. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. Offer expires 11/8/14 at noon EST and is valid while supplies last.

Bonus Digital Files :

  • Printable Journal Cards & Accents from Hello Forever.
  • Cut files from Hello Forever.
  • Photo collage templates in 3×4, 4×6 and 6x8in from Shanna Noel.
  • Digital brushes of the stamps in the class kit.

There are some recommended supplies for your this year December Daily albums. These are some items of my choice which find a place in my basket :) Once again I chose gold. HERE you can find more gold goodies from the Studio Calico shop.


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  1.  Gold Heidi Swapp mist – one of my favourites gold sprintklers ever. If you don;t have it already in your drawer, you should order it now.
  2.  Gold ZINK glitter – no christmas without glitter, this is obvious.
  3.  In love with these Ashley’s G’s gold rub-ons. Lately I bought only one piece so now I won’t make a mistake and I will take three sets if they are still available :)
  4.  Gold mini album 4×4 – I really love to work with this mini album so chose it for my this year December Daily.
  5.  And those fancy wood veneer numbers – must have of the season.
27/10/2014

‚Walden’ kits reveal.

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In a few days we will welcome November – probably not ‚the best month ever’, but… we need something between warm autumn and christmassy winter to fill the pill of creative power. Bad news – not this time! The upcoming month will be full of inspiration, art-journal Paint.Plan.Play classes ideas and happy playing with ‚Walden‚ kits!


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This is my first main kit only project made with ‚Walden‚ scrapbook kit. I stuck with b/w shades with some elements of expressing drawing. I am in love with this double A4 project format nowadays. Besides – this grey scale wood pattern paper is fabulous. I found the same trees on my latest photo, mixed it with vellum, blend it all together and… voila.


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Single A4 page without ANY paint, splashes, drawings… I am proud of myself :) It’s still so hard for me to not to use any media on a project. All the elements you can find in the main kit plus some November printables and a real leaf.

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Now it’s time for the projects mixed with this month’s add-ons: my favourite ‚Concord‚ combined by Celine Navarro especially for her upcoming ‚Mini Book’ classes, christmassy ‚Pine Hill‚ and embellishment add-on with fabulous exclusives inside – ‚Baker Bridge‚.


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Are you already inspired by these supplies?! I can’t even imagine how amazing will be Celine’s mini album made with them! And below is my layout inspired by this cool exclusive wood veneer world globe.

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I used a piece of fabric, than gesso and stamping plus various watercolour techniques plus white embossing on the photo and at the end – stitching! It was so fun! I love such rich projects and there is so much fun during the creative process! I still have lots of goodies from the ‚Concord‚ addon and I’m sure I will prepare something more with them soon.


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And my last layout made with a mix of add-ons and scrapbook kit where I was focused on main ‚Baker Bridge‚ embellishments. I didn’t use the vellum leaves, but I will! They are so inspiring! Here I decided to stay in a simple, row composition with a cuted photo combined with some pieces of papers from the main ‚Walden’ kit. I was in love with this wooden, transparent alphabet – I think it’s cool and it suits perfectly to the fallish projects.


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See these cute washi animals?! and the tags?! and… everything? I am sure that some new projects will appear in the gallery in November, if I will only have enough time to work. Yes, it will be busy month – I will be travelling to Spain once again teaching classes in Madrid, there are lots of family parties as well and mine and my best friend’s birthdays! I still didn’t prepare my ‚wish list’ and I have no idea if it’s possible to organize a b-day party this year… so as you can see I have many extra things to do this month. I hope you will get all the things you want during the reveal night, that you will find lots of good ideas and inspiration in a Studio Calico gallery and I can’t wait for your own projects made with ‚Walden’ goodies. Kisses!

21/10/2014

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!


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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!

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