New in the SC Classroom: Design School

As you probably know, on the 22nd of every month, Studio Calico offers a new class. The most recent one - Design School - is particularly cool, I think. The teacher is Catherine Davis, the Product Manager at SC and fellow CT member since 2012. I also had the pleasure to meet Catherine at Camp Calico in May 2013 and - if you are not familiar with her work, yet - that girl is amazingly talented!

In her Design School class, Catherine reveals tips and tricks for structuring your page designs, creating movement on your page, using typography as a design element, and more. You’ll basically learn everything you need to know to make confident design choices and stay inspired to create gorgeous layouts.

What You'll Learn

  • MOVEMENT - Explore how to create movement and draw your viewer's eye through your work with specific arrangements of design elements.
  • EDITING - The decision of what elements should take part in your work and what needs to be left out is a design fundamental.
  • TYPOGRAPHY - Review how typography can enhance your memory keeping, and how to use type as a focal point on a project.
  • PATTERN - Learn how to make impactful decisions on choosing product, pairing elements on projects and creating patterns through techniques.
  • SCALE - Learn how the relationship of different design elements is impacted by decisions about scale, size & proportion, and how to use scale to make an impact.
  • COLOR - Dive into how color & color combos can affect your layouts.

While supplies last, Design School students will also receive a free workbook to hold class inspiration. Each lesson has its own section with room for lesson notes, page ideas and sketches - use it to record what you learn in class and you'll have a great reference tool. The workbook is sized to fit in a Traveler's Notebook, and will ship to students for free.

Catherine's focus is on scrapbook pages but I do think her professional viewpoint (she's been a newspaper designer before she started to work at SC fulltime) and often simple but oh-so-clever techniques can be applied to anything from cards to PL spreads and photobook designs. 

You can sign up for this class until midnight EST on July 15th. Will you join me?

Writing of classrooms, I will be returning to Big Picture Classes as a teacher!! More on that is coming soon :)

Happy Scrappy Friends | Material Challenge

Hi and thanks for stopping by for the Happy Scrappy Friends blog hop! Soooo, you know I love to take on a good challenge and the one for today is no exception! We decided to play with stamps, veneer and washi this month <3

For the stamps, I used an older Papertrey Ink stamp set called "In Bloom" together with Studio Calico "Grey Slate" ink. The veneer part is obvious, I guess. As for the washi tape, I used that as a pattern paper to punch out two additional butterflies.

In addition to the three fixed challenge supplies, I opted to play with some new goodies I got recently. One is the new MFT birthday die and the other thing is a mini ink blender and some distress ink cubes. Oh dearies, I still have some training hours ahead of me with those until I get that gorgeous smooth ink blends...  

Anyway, that's it from me - your next stop is Daphne! Happy hopping, all!

Happy Scrappy Friends | Die-cuts

Die-cuts, whether they are ready made or of the home made breed, are my favorite thing to create a focal point. Just layer a bunch together and you're basically done. Lucky me, die-cuts are our topic for the Happy Scrappy Friends blog hop. 

Instead of my usual pinks and yellows, I have a boy birthday card to show today. The die-cuts I chose are a mix of bought one's from Crate Paper and the vellum stars I die-cut myself with nesting Studio Calico dies. Also, how cute is that soft blue and red background paper? An oldie but goodie from October Afternoon. 

Now, since our blog hop group currently meets IRL for the first time this weekend in lovely Hamburg, I hope you don't mind me sending you right to Daphne's blog while we explore the city :)

Also, don't forget to stop by the challenge blog for a chance to be our guest and win a prize. Have a nice Sunday, all! 

Happy Scrappy Friends | Paints

Hello and thanks for hopping by from Cathy's blog! By now you know, this hop is all about crayons, watercolors, Mixed Media supplies, whatever paints you happen to love. 

I brought out my Neocolor crayons and colored a die cut, then also used the colors to stamp my sentiment. Which completely failed at first and then I even spilled a hugh blob of Mister Huey's spray paints over it, but you know, perfect is overrated anyway ;-)

Hope you like my messy card sample - your next stop is Elvan and as always you can play along on the challenge blog for the opportunity to join us as a guest designer next month. And there might be a prize as well. Just saying :)


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Happy Scrappy Friends | Fabric

Hello friends! April 12th means, it's time for your monthly dose of Happy Scrappy Friends inspiration. This time, we all decided to work with fabric of some sort on our projects. 

Admittedly, I have a whole box of fabric sitting here unused, so I really loved the idea. Since plaids and similar patterns celebrated their revival lately, I decided on a lovely yellow piece. You can see it used as my background pattern.

Looking at the images now, I probably should have ironed it first but then, it adds an additional texture to the card. More texture is always a good idea in my book ;)

So while I kept it plain and simple, I'm sure some of the other girls have some clever ideas up their sleeves to use fabric on layouts and in their project life albums. Simply go to the Happy Scrappy Friends blog to start the hop from the beginning (and check out how to enter your very own project for a chance to win). If you've already been there and you're right on track, your next stop is Daphne. See you!