Monday, March 17, 2014

The Story of the April Must-Haves

Studio Calico continue to offer up the best deals don't they?

In celebration of their latest offer (where if you sign up for a new subscription you'll get a gift card to spend in the shop however you see fit) some of us SC girls decided to do a very impromptu BLOG HOP!! If you're hopping, then you should have arrived here from the amazing Lisa Truesdell's blog. But if you're not, and you want to.. then start there anyway. Because that's the beginning ;-)

I've been a long time subscriber to the Studio Calico kits, lllooooonnngg before I joined the Creative Team. So believe me when I say these kits are the best! Yes, even here in Australia, with the added element of postage I still believe the SC kits are great value for money and they always include HEAPS of exclusive products that you just have to have! Plus, you can combine all of your purchases in the shop at reveal time so that they ship with your kit which means great postage savings.

Here's the DEAL.... 
Thinking of beginning a subscription to the Scrapbook Kit? Sign up here and get a $20 Gift Voucher!
Considering a Card Kit subscription? Sign up here and get a $15 Gift Voucher!
Wanting to join the Project Life revolution? Sign up here and get a $10 Gift Voucher!

Alrighty, so now that you've signed up and you've got that voucher burning a hole in your online pocket, here's some suggestions on what you could get. I consider these my TOP 5 MUST-HAVES for April.

Rather obvious why this is my first choice isn't it?! They're just delightful! I've been playing and playing with my collection ever since they arrived on my doorstep. They stamp really smoothly, and the colours are vibrant and true to the packaging. The one's I've been reaching for the most whilst putting together my April Bluegrass Farm layouts are Deja Blue, Clean Slate and Orange County.

Yep, any of them! But especially the Stars and Geotags because they're my favourite. They're a real proper shiny gold (not just 'gold coloured') so I'm finding that adding just a sprinkle of them to finish off a layout adds quite the touch of glamour ;-)

Oh my gosh... why didn't someone turn me onto these before?! I've only discovered these since February but now I can't seem to create a layout without them. Here's why I think they're fabulous: They're cheap! There's no postage! Print them out a million times if you want. Print them out on good quality paper for something special, or print them out on your basic printer paper if you just want to layer them up for a splash of colour behind your photo (that's what I do a lot of!). Combine them with the Print & Cut feature on your Silhouette and you don't even need to cut them out yourself! See what I mean about fabulous?!

Everyone should have a couple of great roller stamps in their collection I reckon. And this one has some really fun sayings that are great for travel themes, or just general adventure themes ;-) But I also love the little stars and chevron strips that you can just stamp here and there on your layout for some extra details. I tend to use mine with Black StazOn Ink because it makes the greatest impact.

A bit 'boring' compared to the rest I know! But lately I'm finding my style revolving around having a clean background, and then layering on a bunch of colour and embellishments. Plain white cardstock is nice but it tends to frighten me. Something about all that starkness puts too much pressure on me to try and do something fabulous. Having a subtle but noticeable grid pattern means I don't feel like I have to fill it up. Plus it also helps me line things up straight! And that's why I keep adding the packs of Grid Paper to my cart every other month.

Next on your Blog Hop is the awe-inspiring Marcy Penner. She's going to share what her Must-Haves are too. Just call us the happy little enablers :-)

Here's the full list of blog hop participants in case you get lost along the way:

Lisa TruesdellNatalie Elphinstone : Marcy PennerKelly Noel : Suzy PlantamuraMelanie Louette :  Nicole ReavesLilin FangMaggie MasseyJenn PicardGeralyn SyStephanie BaxterAnna-Maria WolniakNicole SamuelsDana FleckensteinCĂ©line NavarroStephanie WashburnLeena Loh


April Must-Haves Full Supply List


  1. Bugger - you know I subscribed the day before this promotion started :(

  2. Well that's a bit of a bummer. I signed up yesterday (18/03/14) but had no idea this was available. :( Only good this is that apparently my kit has already been sent.


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