the fabulous marcy penner of hello forever has put together some printables for the lifted classroom - they couldn't be more perfect. she'll also be making cut files, and i'll share those soon.
since my antiquary kits arrived, ben had pneumonia and was home sick for a week, and then we spent 8 days in florida. given that, i was a little short on paper + glue time. i did manage to make two pages and a PL spread - and i will definitely be revisiting this kit for an upcoming project i'm working on. if you're a subscriber, you can check out all of the kits and add-ons now. if you're not, that link will work at midnight tonight!
sam and i started reading the percy jackson series together after i had finished the journaling on this page, and he insisted that i add it to the list. since everything was already attached, i just went ahead and handwrote it below the typed journaling.
to make the title card, i stamped the date stamp in navy and charcoal over an ombre watercolor background, and then watercolored over my dates in green.
there are some new shop items up at SC - i may have done a little shopping today as well. i just couldn't say no to sequins or the new cosmo paper pad. i'm a sucker for a little sparkle and basic papers! i thought the vellums in the cosmo paper would be a fun addition to my december daily.
i feel like i have a TON to catch up on sharing here... including our trip (i haven't even started sorting through non-instagram pics)! but first, i have to catch up on sleep. we took a "we can sleep when we're at home" approach to our vacation. ;)
this boy reads all the time. books, store signs, boxes - anything that comes in front of him. no squinting, no straining, no struggling. so it was a bit of a shock to find out he was crazy far sighted in one eye - to the point where he couldn't ready anything below the "E" on the eye chart.
we found ourselves at a pediatric opthamologist. and yes, he needed glasses. and no, he wasn't happy about it. but finally he settled on a pair of frames - and how cute are they on him?
i snapped a photo of sam while he was trying on glasses, and i knew it would be perfect for a layout about how we got to that point. i mixed studio calico's new thataway and storytime lines with some other bits and pieces that were on my desk (ie : it's easier to put it on a page then put it away ;))
this page is more about the story than anything else - once i typed out all that journaling, i knew the rest of it needed to be fairly simple. i really wanted to record how we got to this moment.. a bit of layered paper, a few embellishments., a photo and a lot of words did the trick. you can see the supply list for this page in the studio calico gallery.
and now, 6 weeks later, the glasses are a non issue. well, they get really dirty on a regular basis and he's temporarily lost them a couple times - but he puts them on first thing in the morning and doesn't mind wearing them. and he's still crazy cute in them. =)
PS : just a reminder that today is the last day to sign up for LETTERPRESS at studio calico! the class has already started and there is a ton of inspiration and techniques to try.
in less than two weeks, we'll be making our first disney trip. as in, first ever, for all five of us. and the funny thing is, when we started planning this trip, we considered skipping disney all together.
we started talking about visiting florida because we wanted to go to universal and the wizarding world of harry potter. i've got three hogwarts fans, and at 12, 10 and 6, they're pretty much the perfect age to make a trip like this. our original plan was universal, beach, and MAYBE disney. the boys just aren't into disney characters, and we were uncertain if it would be worth it for us.
that, as you can imagine, made everyone say "you can't go to orlando without doing disney!!!!" - and so we reconsidered, and finally settled on booking two days at disney, a day at universal, and four days at the beach. we booked our orlando days at a disney resort, and found a hotel near cocoa beach.
and then the magic bands came. (for those that don't know, these bracelets serve as your room key / park admission / fast passes / restaurant reservation and can be tied to a credit card. they pretty much do it all. some of the resorts are currently testing them, and ours is one of them )and we started the nitty gritty planning that accompanies a trip like this. we're not to-the-minute disney planning, but wanted to show the boys the rides and make sure we hit what they wanted to do the most. lists were made. restaurants were considered.
suddenly, we're regretting not having more time at our resort. or time for epcot. and worrying about rainy days stuck in a hotel (WITH THREE BOYS) on the beach. and before you know it, we've cancelled the beach and are staying at disney for a week. just like that. i told matthew i was pretty sure the magic bands had been coated in disney crack.
we'll still do universal / harry potter. and we have a day scheduled just to hang around. we'll do a full on beach trip another year. but it's shaping up to be a very different trip than we first imagined.
we've been totally sucked in to the disney magic. and i can't wait.
Basic Grey has been rocking my world lately - their Hey Boy & Hello lines made me fall in love at the start of the year, and releases like Hipster, Capture and Carte Postale are definitely keeping my crafty heart happy. I had a chance to play with some of their recent releases for a Blueprint post on their blog. You can see the piece that inspired this page and see a short q&a about me over at the BG blog!
i have to admit - i'm more excited about this than i have been about any scrap product in a long, long time. and now that i have it in my hands? bliss.
i put together a video for the studio calico blog that shows the platform in action. it really isn't hard, but there's a learning curve while you get the feel of working with the ink and how to line everything up. but the results? totally worth it.
tina aszmus is teaching a letterpress class at studio calico this month. the first lesson went up today, but due to delays in product coming in, enrollment is open till the 15th. i have a massive scrappy crush on tina and what she's producing for this class just confirms it.
i will also be contributing to this class.. here's a peek at what i've made so far :
if you're on the fence about letterpress, i'd recommend signing up for the class. you'll have access to the class material forever, and tina will be available on the class messageboard through 12.1.2013. seeing what this machine can do just might convert you. =)