Saturday, June 28, 2014

Penny Arcade Reveal

Reveal time!! YAY!

The July Studio Calico kits are called Penny Arcade and are filled with warm colours, feather and star patterns (both are my favourites!) and cute embellishments. Here's a look at the main Scrapbook Kit:

But in order to get a much closer 'real life' look at the kit contents, plus the contents of the 3 Add On Kits you can check them out in my video here:

I say 'my video', but really.... yes, it's the Trophy Husband's video! You asked for it, and you got it!! I have to say for the first time ever he was more excited about my SC kits arriving than I was! I tell you, he had those kits unpacked and the video made before I even came home from work. I didn't even get a chance to open them myself ;-)

Now let me show you the projects I've made with them. The first layout is made with the Main Kit Only and is called "Best Ever" and was inspired by the combination of map paper and the fabulous brushscript paper filled with locations around the world. We're not a family that does a lot of travel, and certainly not international travel, but I was excited to see Sydney make the list because I just so happened to have some recent photos to scrap!

I stuck with quite a bold blue, red and yellow combination for this page with all those graphic patterns. Which is why my second Main Kit Only layout is hard to believe it's from the same kit... because it's almost like the exact opposite!

For "Z & M" I concentrated on all the fabulous Ashley Goldberg designed products. That includes the watercolour background paper, the feather papers (two papers... in two different colour combinations!), the stamp and the cloud stencil. These are quite unique and I love the soft artsy appeal of these. I really appreciate how Studio Calico showcases new artists each time and includes lots of exclusive products. It means my pages look different each time I scrap.

Now let me share some Add On love with you. This one is called 'Fortune Teller' and perhaps appeals more to the masculine scrapper. But it's also really easy to get a girly look with this too, and I must admit that I'm hoarding all those star bits!

You probably wouldn't automatically pick that my layout "Click" is made with Fortune Teller would you? The yellow polka dots is the b-side to the blue bokeh paper, and I've included some Printables too. But the main feature of this page is of course those flowers!

I used the Flower Cutting File designed by Kim Stewart, and instead of cutting them out I actually used my Sketch Pens to draw it straight onto the paper instead. I've got quite the crush on my Sketch Pens at the moment. You may have noticed? ;-)

In true Kim Stewart style I then used waterpaints (really... I used Mister Huey's!) to paint in the design and sprinkle it with glitter too. That woman inspires me so much!

My personal favourite Add On is called 'Spun Sugar' and it's the embellishment-only kit for the month. Every single bit of this kit is perfection!

Now obviously the embellishment-only kit doesn't come with any papers, and whilst pondering what I would pair these pieces with I decided against using the papers from the other kits (although they would coordinate perfectly... that's half the point!) and used some kid-art instead.

The design of this page is such that the photos are attached to the vellum overlay (yes I went absolutely crazy with the vellum this month... it's on pretty much every layout I made!) which then folds down to reveal the black and white painting underneath. The painting in turn also folds down and reveals the purple paper artwork underneath that too! So there's three layers on this page and it showcases two pieces of art from my 4 year old.

The last Add On is called 'Skeeball' and is filled with lots of my favourites too. More stars! Sunbeams! A pink, yellow and blue combination! I admit, this was a close call to being my favourite as well.

I used bits and pieces of it as my 'real' products in making this hybrid layout.

But the real highlight of this page is the extraordinary Digital Template that Shanna Noel has designed again. My goodness I love that lady's talent!! Most of the work on this page is done through Photoshop, and when I say 'work' I mean I just added a photo and some journaling! Not hard at all. This was the quickest page I made this month by a long shot!

But I can't help but still want to add dimensional pieces, even if they're just simple little bits like this badge and metal circle combination. And yes, it's bugging me that the metal circle flipped over backwards when I photographed it without me noticing. Never mind.

You can see more of the details behind my layouts in my gallery, and all the products I've used are linked below. Happy Reveal Day everyone!

PS. I've also added this and this to my cart since we last spoke :-)


Penny Arcade Supply List:


  1. Oh, Nat I love what you have done with this months SC kits...delish layouts!!.... BBBUUUT I loved your Trophy Husbands (and Miss M's) video of the reveal of this kits!! had me was just magic- I was glued to till the end, fantastic!!

  2. Ok i love everything including the awesome video, (reminded me of Play School a bit) and kudos to your husband for knowing that "the Tape" is washi.
    Your pages are beautiful, Moriah makes is wonderful and such a great way of incorporating artwork.
    Can you please tell me what you printed your hybrid LO on, i know presentation paper is used a lot in the US however i can not find it here in Perth.

  3. ...and forgot to add that i also am loving the sketch feature on my Cameo at the moment, although i never would have thought to sketch that awesome cut (that went straight into my basket when i saw it) love love love, and so did the Kit alpha, i am surprised it didn't sell out overnight although i did stay up just to order it last night just in case.

  4. Wow, so much inspiration in this post. I don't even scrapbook, but there is so much I can take away and use in card making.
    Your husband and daughter is beyond adorable in that video. Made me laugh out loud.

  5. Oh my what great projects but the video is just priceless!

  6. I completely love your style and how you make pages from the same kit look so different! I use your work as inspiration all the time...

    Props on the video to the Trophy and his lovely assistant. My favorite part this month: "Perhaps your sick has run out from rubbing on too many things." Snicker

  7. I love the projects you've made with the kits!! Very beautiful!

    I didn't get a chance to watch this video when you first posted it to the SC boards, but I'm so happy I came back and made time! So adorable! It's so hilarious that your husband sneakily opened your packages while you were performing surgery! And your daughter is beyond cute!! This video had me rolling around my craft room laughing!

    I love it!


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