Guest Blogger: Studio Calico’s April Foster

Hi CK blog readers! I’m April Foster from Studio Calico, and I’m so happy to be the guest blogger today on the CK blog.

From the time I was born till I turned 18, my mom took photos.  She documented events, like me going to my first Nutcracker ballet, my high school graduation, and every birthday and Christmas in between.  She also documented the everyday . . . my filleting of large-mouth bass, me crying at 3 years because I didn’t want to take off my life jacket, me collecting worms, frogs, snails, and you-name-it that could be found in south Texas year round.  I love looking back at those moments the most.  And, although my mom was not a scrapbooker, she did document, organize and tell stories.

But for me, the next generation, memory keeping is part documenting and part play.  In future years, I hope my kids (none yet, but one in the oven) will remember the moments I’ve documented, but I also hope they appreciate and notice the fun techniques I’ve experimented with.  For this layout, I chose a photo of my friend’s little girl who was so happy to turn 3 this year.

Supply list: Patterned Paper (October Afternoon, Studio Calico); Cardstock (Coredinations for Jenni Bowlin Studio); Stickers (Studio Calico); Paint (Claudine Hellmuth for Ranger); Pearls (KaiserCraft); Pop-dots, adhesive, pen (American Crafts)

On this layout, I experimented with my Slice by Making Memories.  I’m a late-comer to die cut machines.  For the most part, I’m a lean scrapper.  I don’t like lots of products/tools to carry around, so a huge die-cut machine plus all the cartridges was not optimal for me.  Enter the Slice.  Now, I have a portable machine that fits in the palm of my hand and a 6×6” album of cartridges.  Perfect for a scrapper like me.

Today, I wanted to play around with the negative images created with the slice.  Although I love the images as they are, I also like the option of creating something new.

First, I chose a paper to cut my numbers from.  Although this paper is a map, and might be considered for travel layouts, I loved the color and thought it was versatile enough to use with a birthday photo.

Next, I set aside the die-cut images.  I didn’t use them on this layout, but since I went to all the trouble to cut them, I wanted to save them for a future project.  I already have an idea to use them on a travel-themed layout.

As you’re die-cutting, be sure to set aside the insides of the numbers.  Here, I’ve set aside the 4, 6, and 8 in order so I’ll know where to put them after I use the negative images.

I cut the negative images with a border….about an 1/8″ or slightly more, just enough to use a glue pen adhesive on the edges.

Finally, I adhered them to my layout and used an exacto knife to cut out the pink patterned paper that was peeking through.  This isn’t necessary, it just depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. I love the way the numbers add interest to my page.

As mentioned earlier, I used some travel themed paper on this layout and I’d like to give all you reader 2 chances to win the entire collection pack.  It’s filled with patterns, cameras, graphs, maps, arrows and other patterns that are usable on your everyday photos, but also could be used to document events as well.  Just leave a comment here for a chance to win the Documentary Collection from Studio Calico, and we’ll pick two winners from the comments.

Good luck!

-April Foster

P.S. Don’t forget to download your free font today as part of Free Font Friday. You can download the CK Whirl font here.

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229 Responses to Guest Blogger: Studio Calico’s April Foster

  1. Laina says:

    Studio Calico FabricRips are my new favorite product to play with. I would love to win some of the new Documentary to scrapbook all of the summer photos!

  2. Shirley K says:

    The map outline numbers are so creative! I sat here for a minute trying to figure out what the numbers were made out of before I scrolled down to read the rest of the blog post!

  3. Kimberly Ann says:

    I love this paper line!

  4. Cassi says:

    great project, love the use of negatives!

  5. Belinda says:

    What a cute idea, & I think your layout is so pretty! I would really love to win this beautiful new collection from Studio Calico!

  6. KeeKee says:

    Love the technique and the layout! Thanks for the chance to win :-)

  7. Brittney A says:

    Stunning page – the way you did your letters are fabulous!

  8. Candace B. says:

    I really like this idea…and I’ve never tried it! The paper line is giving me lots of ideas…it’s perfect for all those trips we make. Thanks so much!

  9. Jennifer D says:

    What a beautiful layout and I love how you used the negative of the the numbers … genius! Thanks for the chance to win this great prize pack :)

  10. Sandy M says:

    U always seem to find creative ways to use negatives:) Thanks for the tip and what a wonderful layout:) The Documentary Collection looks to-die-for. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. conniemelancon says:

    Love how you used the paper!

  12. JennF says:

    Great layout! I love Studio Calico :) Would love to get my hands on The Documentary Collection! Thanks for the chance :)

  13. Donna Tullis says:

    amazing stuff…really love it!

  14. tracy b. says:

    i love the new studio calico line, such pretty colors in a travel themed line.

  15. KathyChen says:

    Very cool idea to use the negative of die cuts. Love the layout, and thanks for the chance to win!

  16. heather garl says:

    Very cute layout….I’d love to win a prize pack! Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Beautiful! I also love the layout idea and I plan on giving it a try in the near future!

  18. nitasha j. says:

    Gorgeous! Really like your style and of course huge fan of SC!!!

  19. Kirsten says:

    Cool page & ideas. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  20. Alex R says:

    What a cute page and a different way of using die cuts! I LOVE it! :)

  21. Vera says:

    Love this page and the documentary line!

  22. gorgeous page!!

  23. Wahkuna says:

    This technique is absolutely awesome! Great idea! I will have to utilize it in my crafting soon! Thanks April!! :-)

  24. Leanne says:

    What a creative and economical way to add fun letters to your travel page. Can’t wait to try it. I’ve also used maps as part of my background paper which also looks great.

  25. Michelle M. says:

    I love using old maps on layouts! Thanks for more ingenius ways to use them!

  26. Linda Boman says:

    That is a really cool idea i have been putting a little travel book together for my daughter one friend and was running out of ideas because it is only a 6by6 and cant really put a whole lot on one page and i have the cricut and a travel cartridge so i cant wait to give this idea a try

  27. Loreen Major says:

    What a cute idea!

  28. Before reading the article, I looked at the the scrapbook page. My attention immediately went to the numbers. Thank you for the inspiration!

  29. Marilyn Edwards says:

    What a creative & cute idea for traveling! The papers are wonderful.


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