Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Woohoo! It's National Scrapbooking Day, but I personally think this wonderful hobby should be celebrated each and every day. Documenting our lives, taking photos and taking the time to relive our memories when we put them down on paper, sharing these moments with family and friends, all fun things to do. I feel incredibly grateful to be part of such an awesome community of creative storytellers who have a penchant for patterned papers and pretty embellishments. 

In celebration, I have a watercolor challenge going up on the Studio Calico blog at 5pm EST. Would love for you all to play along. I've created a free download that you can see being created in this video.

Download the free watercolor/washi tape background right here. You can resize it to 8x8 or 12x12 or whatever you prefer! If you make something with it, please share the link in the comments!

mixbook

Have you heard of Mixbook? It's the easy and fun way to create photo books, cards and calendars. You aren't limited to just the pre-designed templates as their design software allows you the freedom to lay out and play designer. From the website: "We've dedicated ourselves to bringing you the best experience in creating photo products so that you can make keepsakes that truly reflect your vision."

One really cool feature about Mixbook photo books is that you can upload your own digital stickers and backgrounds. It's a great way to use all of your digital scrapbooking designs to customize your own book!

And we've teamed up with them to do a giveaway! Go to my Instagram post with this photo for all of the details and your chance to enter to win a $50 gift card!

mixbook NSD giveaway

Paper Tales recap

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Last Sunday, mommy, Jack and I drove down to San Diego just for the day so I could teach a workshop at Paper Tales. We left Los Angeles around 9:30am and arrived to the store just 2 hours later! How amazing would it be if traffic was that light every day?! Jack did great in the car, even though he is in a phase where he wants to either hear the same song over and over again or gets super cranky when you don't go to the next song fast enough. Needless to say there are a couple songs I never care to hear ever again in my life. Fortunately his Ahpo was next to him in the backseat willing to share her iPhone with him to watch YouTube videos. This one is his current obsession.

When we got to the store, there were already ladies waiting outside even though the class didn't start until 1pm. Loved that they were willing to help bring the boxes to the store, as Jack discovered the pink chair outside and didn't want to leave. Michelle, the owner of Paper Tales had raved about a cheesesteak place nearby, and we just had to try it. Gaglione Brothers was amazing. So delicious. Probably not the best idea to have a cheesesteak full of grilled onions and garlic fries before teaching a huge class, but I apologized profusely to the ladies!

It was amazing seeing how everyone's album turned out so different yet so stunning and personalized with their own twist. A few people posted on Instagram under the hashtag #amytangerine - a peek at the kithere's a gorgeous cover, and a fun collage - yes, all of my Melissa shoes still smell good! I always have such a wonderful and inspiring time teaching these workshops. If you're ever near San Diego, I highly recommend stopping into Paper Tales! Thanks Michelle and all the wonderful women who came for the class. We ended up driving home and getting back just before 8pm, which would have been perfect timing for Jack to do his bedtime routine, but the poor guy didn't have a single nap all day. So bath was cut short, only a couple books were read and he wanted his bed. I was energized but also exhausted and in bed by 10pm.

I'm teaching this workshop at Whim So Doodle in Florida on May 14 - there are only a couple spots left! If you're going to be in Mexico City or want to take a trip there, I'll be teaching a similar workshop on May 23 and there are a few spots left there too! And if you're interested in seeing what I scored while at Paper Tales as well as seeing mica gold ink in action, check out this video.

An announcement + A Studio Spring Cleaning Sale!

Hope you'll consider subscribing to my YouTube channel and YAY for trying new things! If you have some ideas of types of videos you want to see, please comment below!

Amy Tangerine grab bags

Also in celebration, we are having a massive studio spring cleaning sale by offering $30 grab bags and $50 grab boxes. They are priced really well considering you'll be getting a ton of goodies! Could make for some awesome Mother's Day gifts. UPDATED: The grab bags and boxes have sold out. After we get everything ready and shipped out, we will assess if we can list some more.

Thanks so much, as always, for your support!

Shaking Things Up with Shanna Noel

Design On Time

On this week's episode of Design On Time, we are featuring the inspiring Shanna Noel. She has challenged us with fabric scraps, paint and a numbered list. I decided to tackle some list challenges in my Midori Travelers Notebook while Jamie did a traditional layout. We had a good time with these three things and perhaps you might too. Tudor was back after being away recording an album. He got in on the action and created quite a masterpiece. You can watch the video below. 

Design On Time

The desk becomes pretty messy while we're working, but that's how we get it done. Here are our completed layouts. 

Design On Time

Thanks for an awesome challenge, Shanna - and huge congrats on Illustrated Faith! Hope you all consider giving these items a go on your projects!

In case you missed it - Design On Time : episode 1 | episode 2 | episode 3 | episode 4 | episode 5

Thanks again for tuning in! If Design On Time has inspired you to make something, please share your work using the hashtag #designontime. We're planning something really fun for the month of May, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and we'd love it if you told your friends and helped spread the word!

Studio Calico Project Life kits

OH HECK YES

Oh heck yes it feels good to work with Studio Calico kits once again. I received the Carolina Moon kits and used just the Project Life kit for an entire spread featuring Jack in the months February and March. While I would love to be able to finish weekly spreads, it's just not a sustainable and realistic method for memory keeping for me. I prefer to extract the highlights and things I want to include and I'm not putting too much pressure on myself to even keep it chronological. I have set up client albums entitled, "Through the Years" full of random layouts and photos, so I am thinking it's okay if I want to do the same for myself. 

Here's the spread I made using just the Project Life kit and some watercolors and stitching.

Amy Tangerine documents her life
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Those photos of Ava and Jack holding hands just make me melt! They've known one another since they were just a few months old and I love the way they get along.

Then I used some of the add-ons from Carolina Moon kits - and if I were to just choose one, I would pick Katharine. Those large rubber hearts are almost good enough to bite.

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You can shop for all the Studio Calico Carolina Moon kits here.

Keep in mind that subscribers can shop the pre-sale each month at noon EST on the 27th. Others need to wait until the clock strikes midnight.. Become a subscriber and get in on all the benefits and rewards that Studio Calico has to offer!