Hi! It's Celeste here introducing this week's mini album sponsor, Studio Calico. An amazing kit club that truly raised the bar for kits and design teams, it is quite simply a tour de force. Expanding their brand with products with a signature design and distinctive style, Studio Calico has become a mainstay in our scrapbooking world. We are grateful to them for sending us kits to play with this week!! We are so lucky to have their support!
This light and airy kit includes brand new products from Dear Lizzy and Pebbles, beautiful handmade butterflies, and a vintage letter card in a soft and dreamy color palette. Add in the exclusive paper designs from Sassafras and Studio Calico, a frame stamp, and mistable trims from Pink Paislee and you have the making of a gorgeous mini-album. As of press time, you can still purchase this kit here.
I was so excited when the box arrived! I opened it up and just soaked in all the loveliness. Then I began thinking of what I could create with it. Since the colors are quite feminine and charming, I decided to put together a little mini-album about me.
First, up I needed to find an album. I chose this woodgrain journal from Studio Calico as the base of my project.
I knew I wanted to do a little favorites snapshot of my life right now. I saw these iConic Banners from Audrey Neal at Design House Digital and my mini-album idea really began to take shape!
I sketched out this formula - the mini-album size was 4x8 so that dictated the shape. I left room on the end so that the rings would be added. I knew I could swap out the journal card and the photo and change the direction of the banner title.
I needed some journaling cards to add a space to write. I chose these Violet Seeds journaling cards by Sara Gleason. The colors and designs went so well with the Studio Calico kit. I arranged eight of them on some Matte Premium Presentation Paper and printed them out at 3.5 inches by 2.75 inches.
Then I did the same with the iConic banners. I layered a piece of patterned paper from Robyn Meierotto's kit Happy Day underneath and added a shadow before I printed to make it look like the title was cut out. I used Gennifer Bursett's Toolbox vol. 2 frames on all of my photos as well then printed them out to size.
Then I simply assembled my pages according to the sketch! Changing the orientation of the pages up as I built them and leaving room on the edge closest to where my rings were going to be for holes. I used my handwriting on each card and added tickets and buttons to the pages for little pops of color. Here are a few of my pages.
For the cover, I had every intention of painting that wood grain and using it as a base. I am horrible with paint and ended up with a gloopy mess. So I decided to cover the front with paper and added a scallop to mimic the scallop on the inside pages. I cut the title font out by hand using the font Blackout like the titles on the inside pages. Then I added a button - something else you find many of in the book and the gorgeous handmade butterfly to the front.
P.S. Audrey Neal has sweetly offered to give one lucky reader a set of these iConic banners from her store to play with. Leave a comment below and you'll be entered to win. The winner will be announced on Saturday. Thanks Audrey!