The One with the Studio Calico July Guest Designer - LAYOUTS

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to guest design for Studio Calico for July! I made FIVE layouts and FIVE cards! I couldn't stop!

Journaling says: Just another day in South Pas!

How to: Adhere strips of patterned paper around the edges of a gray cardstock background. Tuck die cuts into and over the border then sew around the edges. Paint a white section in the middle and let it dry. Drop white spray mist across the layout. Add a photo and Polaroid frame over the paint then add a white mini alphabet sticker title to the photo along with an acrylic dot, frame the photo with cork bracket stickers, write journaling below with a white pen, and stamp the date below the journaling. Place cork letters inside the frame on the bottom right corner and sprinkle buttons around the border. Hand stitch a large star using white floss onto the middle of the layout.

Supplies: Kit (Valley High), cork tag, spray mist: Studio Calico; Cardstock, cork (brackets, letters), date stamp, adhesive: American Crafts; Patterned paper: BasicGrey, October Afternoon, One Little Bird, Paislee Press, Studio Calico; Die cuts (number, Polaroid frames, sentiment), mini alphabet stickers: BasicGrey; Buttons: October Afternoon; Acrylic dot: Queen & Co.; Floss: DMC; Paint: FolkArt; Sewing machine: Bernina; Thread: Coats & Clark

Notes: I'm super inspired by the meticulous hand sewing Sasha Farina does on a lot of her layouts and wanted to give that technique a try. After piercing the holes I crawled into bed and sewed while I watched a movie. I love multi-tasking!

How to: Place adhesive across a chipboard circles piece then adhere circles punched from patterned paper to most of the circles; adhere the embellishment to the center of a kraft cardstock layout base. Tuck three photos under the left and right edges and add triangle sequins to the photos. Embellish the circles of the chipboard element with brads, buttons, sequins, the date made with white mini number stickers, and a cork "hello" tag. Stitch "x"s across the sides using white floss. Print a large title, place it across the bottom of the layout, use a paper piercer around the edges to make a template, lightly connect the dots with a pencil so you can see the holes and where you need to stitch, then stitch through with light blue floss. 

Supplies: Kit (Valley High), "LOVE" stamp, sequins, acrylic flower, cork tag: Studio Calico; Cardstock, adhesive: American Crafts; Patterned paper: American Crafts, BasicGrey, October Afternoon, One Little Bird, Paislee Press, Studio Calico; Buttons, brads: October Afternoon; Chipboard circles: ?; Number stickers: Basic Gray; Floss: DMC; Circle punch: EK Success

Notes: This has got to be some kind of record for the most photos used on a single layout :) I know I've done many many Disney pages in my life, but this one had to be documented because it was our LAST time there in who knows how long, wah wah.

Journaling says: In our four years living in South Pasadena we went to Disneyland 80 times! It was so much fun to just get up and go for a few hours before it go too busy. Walking out of the park this day was sooo hard - we don't know when we'll be back again, but wen we do I'm sure we'll say, "Remember the good ol' days when we used to come here every week?"

How to: Punch photos and patterned paper into 1" squares then adhere them in a grid across a ledge paper block. Hand stitch a large heart across the photos using white floss. Embellish the squares with brads and buttons. Place a white mini alphabet sticker title along the inside right edge of the heart and frame it with gray bracket stickers. Adhere the entire block onto a blue cardstock background. Tuck label stickers and a tag cut in half around the edges. Write journaling on the tag halves. Stamp the date on the bottom left corner. Add sequins and acrylic dots to the label stickers. Distress the edges of the layout. 

Supplies: Kit (Valley High), sequins, acrylic flower: Studio Calico; Cardstock, pen, stamps (date, sentiment), adhesive: American Crafts; Patterned paper: BasicGrey, October Afternoon, One Little Bird, Paislee Press, Studio Calico; Brads, buttons, label stickers: October Afternoon; Acrylic dots: Queen & Co.; Stickers: American Crafts (brackets), BasicGrey (mini alphabet); Floss: DMC; Square punch: EK Success; Ink: StazOn

Journaling says: Just a few selfies at the Venice Canals.

How to: Paint pink watercolor across the middle of a white cardstock background and let it dry. Add a photo to the top right and bottom left corners. Fussy cut flowers from patterned papers then layer them around the photos. Add buttons and sequins to some of the flower centers. Glue teardrop sequin trios in a couple places. Stamp lines under the flowers and journal on one set of the lines. Trim a label sticker and place the halves over the photos; add a white mini alphabet sticker title to the top right piece and stamp the date on the the bottom left piece.

Supplies: Kit (Valley High), sequins, journaling stamp: Studio Calico; Cardstock, pen, adhesive, date stamp: American Crafts; Patterned paper: BasicGrey, Studio Calico; Buttons, label sticker: October Afternoon; Mini alphabet stickers: BasicGrey; Watercolors: Prang; Ink: StazOn

Journaling says: On one of our last days in California we finally went to the Venice Canals. It really felt like we were in Italy! Fox even posed for me. 

How to: Trim 1/4" from the edges of a blue cardstock background, distress the edges, then back the edges with patterned paper strips. Adhere a photo to the center of the layout, tuck half of a label sticker under the edges, then stitch and "x" with white floss over the edges. Stamp a sentiment across the top of the photo. Punch 1" squares from patterned paper and trim the squares in half into triangles. Place the triangles in circles around and around the photo then stitch over the circles. Journal inside one of the rings with a white pen and place a white mini alphabet sticker title on the bottom right. Write the date with the white pen below the title. Embellish some of the triangles with buttons and sequins.

Supplies: Kit (Valley High), sequins, sentiment stamp: Studio Calico; Cardstock, adhesive: American Crafts; Patterned paper: American Crafts, BasicGrey, October Afternoon, One Little Bird, Paislee Press, Studio Calico; Mini alphabet stickers: BasicGrey; Pen: Uni-Ball Signo; Ink: StazOn; Square punch: EK Success; Sewing machine: Bernina; Thread: Coats & Clark
Now I'm wishing I could be on their official Creative Team! :)


  1. It's been so much fun to watch you create these layouts! You're amazing. (but I think you should make them fancier :))

  2. wow!! these are amazing Paige, congrats on the guest spot! that's one guest spot I have always wanted to have ... maybe someday they will invite you to the team, you'd be perfect for it!!

  3. Wow! You took these to a whole new level!

  4. Saw these on the studio calico site - they are all amazing. Love all the stitching!

  5. Congrats on the GDT!! These are all gorgeous!!! LOVING that yummy stitching!!!

  6. pretty layouts!
    -where do you print your pics?


  7. SERIOUSLY ROCK'n! LOVE it Paige!!

  8. I was super thrilled to find out that you were the guest designer! Love your layouts, as always.

  9. These are all fun, fun, fun!! Love them all. Lucky girl :)

  10. seriously paige, i love all your layouts. and love the last disney trip layout! (still incredibly jealous you all lived so close to disney-- so amazing! ) xo


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