Hi!! Today’s the day! I’m so excited to present my newest collaboration with American Crafts, Stitched! This colorful collection focuses on the beauty of lovely, handmade projects. Celebrating creativity and homespun delights, the new line features a gorgeous watercolor palette of buttercup yellow, soft grays and shades of aqua. Be inspired by hand-drawn graphics that are presented alongside sweet phrases.This fun collection features 24 double-sided patterned papers, two convenient paper pads and fun Thickers in two finishes. Get extra creative with five styles of stickers, acrylic and paper shapes, layered tags, printed chipboard and two new embroidery kits. Rounding out the collection is an innovative stitch kit, acrylic stamps and rub-on transfers!
Take a look at this beautiful collection—we hope you love it!
Check out what you can do with Stitched:
Want a chance to win a prize pack filled with items from Stitched? Leave a comment below letting us know what you like! Winner will be randomly chosen Sunday, October 5 (which happens to be my birthday!) and announced on this post.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that I was in Utah last week. Perhaps you also know that I was there filming for a Big Picture Classes event/class called Inspiration Live. We spent 2 days filming throughout Salt Lake City, went behind the scenes at American Crafts and Struck, and taught a class to a studio audience at Persnickety Prints. Here are some of the photos using the hashtag #BPCInspirationLive.It’s all coming together in an all-new, online event on November 1 that includes a 30-minute kick-off party; two fully edited 90-minute video classes, colorful step-by-step project handouts, video chats, message boards, galleries, and the chance to win awesome prizes. Kelly and I have each designed kits – Inspired Pages and Mini kit full of exclusive product that you can purchase and use as you play and crop along with us. I used this 4×4 album in Greige (but you can use any color you would like) to complete my mini.
If you were in Here & There Inspiration, then you actually get the class for free! Be sure to check your inbox or the message board for the code. Or if you wanted to sign up for Here & There Inspiration, you’ll get this as a bonus and can treat the 12-week workshop as a self-paced class. One lovely lady at the class in Utah actually brought her print out of the PDF’s and bonus materials and it was an actual book!! I wish I had taken a photo of it. It was a binder full. So much inspiration, over 24 PDF’s with tons of projects and not to mention the 24 videos she wasn’t able to actually print out.
Going through the process of organizing my studio has brought me to a conclusion that it’s a constant work in progress. Though I have found systems that work, I will have to be willing to go with the flow more, while trying to avoid my go-to, which is piling things up. Because various projects come in at different times, I have been experimenting with different ways of having items go into proper places. When it comes to the monthly Studio Calico kits, I think I have found a system that will work for both storing and using up the kits.
The video was broken up into two parts. Here is Part 1:
You can read more about the start to finish process of this Project Life spread using the leftovers from Poet Society on the Studio Calico blog. And here is Part 2:
Every month when I receive my latest Studio Calico kits, the first thing I do is smile. Then I open up the scrapbook kit. It’s full of unique items that always inspire me to make pages right away. The wooden letters in this kit pair perfectly with the neutral patterned papers. Love how they pop with the white cardstock and a bit of black machine stitching! For the other main kit only layout, I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little bit and get messy. Mixing in random colors and using things I normally wouldn’t have, it turned out to be a fun creative exercise. Instead of just staring at it, I used the make magic silk screen. Because I got excited when I read that you could use watercolors with it, I tried that first with a turquoise color. When I peeled it back, there were a lot of spots that were too light. So I did another layer with the 24 Karat paint from Piccadilly. I like the spotted effect that made me think I actually successfully made a little magic. I used my Fujifilm Instax Share to print out a couple photos from our first fair as a family.After making the 2 layouts using only the main kit, I dive right into all the add-ons. I loved Piccadilly & Notting Hill. Usually I print my photos with Persnickety Prints, but when I occasionally print at home, I use my Epson XP-950 Wireless Color Photo Printer. It’s great for printing from my iPhone, or from my computer. I laid out the photos I wanted to print from our Palm Springs adventure onto an 8.5×11 background. After trimming them down, I challenged myself to not use any cardstock for this layout. And the final layout I made with The Underground kits is possibly my favorite. I envisioned a full page of frames (from Piccadilly) with not only photos inside, but stamped images, embellishments and patterned paper. Here’s how the spread of our trips to Pittsburgh and Chicago came together using The Underground Project Life kit along with the 24 Karat paint from Piccadilly.
I’m really glad I went out of my comfort zone to silkscreen on paper. Though now that I think about it, my hesitation around trying this out was probably due to the fact that I get easily hooked on cool new techniques, especially when it’s easy. As you can see, it’s really easy and the results are really neat. Considering how much I love incorporating bits of color into my projects, this Color Theory acrylic bundle will probably be making its’ way into the studio soon.
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Anytime Kelly Purkey invites me to be her +1 for an event, I have to say yes. Especially when it involves food and a photobooth. You can see us acting rather ridiculous (at around the 1:27 mark in this video) in the smilebooth at Zagat’s 30 under 30 party.
I was thrilled to receive my very own We Blow Kisses shirt in the mail the other day! It is so exciting to see Kristina’s new adventure unfold. I’ve always been a fan of her handwriting on her amazing paper projects, so to have it on a shirt, my hearts goes boom! The shirt itself is made of the softest cotton, super comfy. Love all the details she put into her packaging too. So happy for you, Kristina and team! CONGRATULATIONS! XO!
We rented a house with 2 other couples and one of their dogs over Labor Day weekend. We found the listing on airbnb, and it turned out to be absolutely perfect for our crew. We would definitely stay there again, as long as we could have the master bedroom again. The closet was HUGE and almost bigger than Jack’s room at home, so it was a great place for him to sleep. Not kidding. Highlights included hanging out in the pool, the hot tub at night (even though it was 90 degrees), grilling out, good meals, Jack enjoying the pool, the house decor – which we decided was mostly Ikea, creating while on the trip and Jack enjoying seeing his reflection in the stool so much that he kissed it over and over.
The last time we were at The Parker in Palm Springs was when I was 10 weeks pregnant and feeling extremely tired (and apparently looking it too, as evidenced in these photos). This time around, we left LA right after tubby time for Jack around 8:20pm, picked up Del Taco and made it in less than 2 and half hours. Though Jack slept most of the car ride, he woke right up and got a bit confused when we pulled up to the hotel. He wasn’t fussy or anything so after we got to our room and figured he wouldn’t go to sleep right away even though it was 11pm, we took him to the bar. Just kidding. JC and I were exhausted and Jack was full of energy pulling items out of the diaper bag. Thankfully, just before midnight, we all were able to go to sleep. We had breakfast at Norma’s – FYI, they don’t have a kids menu. And though I haven’t ordered anything from the kids menu for him yet, I am guessing most people like the selections because they are simple, well-priced items that their kids will eat. Well, it turns out our guy likes an egg with cheese on it, yogurt, and some fruit – and all of that can add up to a pretty penny. Basically it’s the equivalent of 3 very hungry adults when we go out to eat with him. But it was good and I suppose worth it. We were only at the hotel for one night, as we moved to a rental house shared with 2 other couples for the rest of Labor Day weekend. Til next time, Parker!
Here are the pages I finished while in Palm Springs with my Creative Options Artist Travel Case. You can see the blog post with more info here and the video of how it came together here.
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