Studio Calico Park Ave sneaks by Tina Aszmus

December's kit really kicked my creative drive into full gear. Remember when I talked about purple and working with colors outside of your comfort zone? That really pushed me into seeing things differently and having fun with color...something I think I struggle with. 

Kits go live in a few days! (Thursday, November 27th!) 

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*week end | 47 by Tina Aszmus

Another productive week down, another weekend to enjoy. 

left side is part of my Project Life process. I don't worry too much about putting things in chronological order but I find it helpful to jot down dates and quick titles/journaling for photos I've just printed. I have my planner and pocket journal on hand but having it all at a glance makes it come together a little quicker. 

right side is what's currently on my workspace and a little glance at the 12 month 3x4 calendar set I designed for the December Studio Calico reveal. Each month has a scratch off circle with a hidden message. I left out S-M and only added dates so it can be used any year! 

Now I must call it a night and get my to do list ready for the weekend. We're having my son's 4th birthday party and I'm planning on making this cake. Ambitious but I'm dying to taste the end result. I had thought about ordering a cake from a baker but I couldn't see myself paying that much for a cake and my grandmother would probably shake her head at me from above. I can't do that to her. 

Do you usually bake the cake for a loved ones birthday or leave it to the professionals? 

happy weekend friends. 
xot

Studio Calico December Kit Inspiration Board by Tina Aszmus

Don't adjust your eyes...you are seeing purple. I'm pretty excited about working with this color. It's totally out of my comfort zone but I'm really into jewel tones right now. I'm curious to see how it'll work in my Project Life next to my November photos. 

What color do you consider "out of your comfort zone" ? 

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Here! by Tina Aszmus

It's been a long while since I updated which honestly has been really nice break. I think I finally have all of my ducks in row here on my new blog...I think. I keep tinkering with it, trying to get use to the new format. What I thought would be a simple transition ended up being more involved, mostly because I really wanted to import all of my old posts. 

The shop will be live soon but will not house any new items. Just the older digital items will go up for now. Which leads me to the new path I've started, a path I've been on for a good month now. I was given an opportunity to design with Studio Calico on a more permanent basis and well...I've taken that opportunity. What does that mean for LLP? Good things I think. I'll break it down...

-No paper packs will be produced anytime soon. Screen printing several designs by myself and pushing them out on time wasn't working for me and the return wasn't there which is my fault. I didn't want to price them accordingly and ended up losing money on the project. Not a good thing when you're actually looking to make an income with your craft. No brainer, right? 

-There will still be screen prints in the future but they will be produced in smaller batches and possibly be outsourced to another awesome printer. Why? Because my small space sucks for screen printing. I need room to work, good lighting and a comfortable, productive space. My garage isn't cutting the mustard. 

-I will most likely release more prints and designs through my Society 6 shop. 

-This "job" will allow me more freedom to work on my own personal projects like catching up on Project Life and really enjoying it. Or watercoloring and working on patterns for fun. Or trying some of the million crafts I've pinned in the past couple of years. I feel as though I haven't had much free time in the past since part of my time was working on designs for SC and the other part working on screen prints for LLP. It was too much and not an enjoyable process. I did all this to help support my family. It was a great learning experience, one I wouldn't change. I'm adapting and evolving, trying to nurture my own creative needs and wants. I think that's important in this industry. 

-This will help balance my schedule. I spent a lot of time trying to earn an income rather than carving out time to just be. Self-care, being a mom who is there (not on the laptop and phone) and being a wife (not working while trying to enjoy a movie or forgoing dates because of deadlines). 

-This will allow me to blog more and put up more tutorials and freebies. YAY!

I went back and forth when offered the position. I wondered most if I was compromising my own brand. But after writing a pros and cons list, looking at my weaknesses and stregnths and a long convo with a good friend, I decided this move is actually what LLP (I) needed. 

I'm looking forward to designing more for Studio Calico and having time to slow down and really focus on LLP. 

xot

 

 

oh hey. by Tina Aszmus

The LLP shop is still closed for the time being. I've decided to make some changes and take some leaps. The shop will reopen next week at my old Etsy location since they now offer instant downloads on digital items. There will also be some new digital prints added as well!

My blog will be moving too (fingers crossed). This is something I've put off for awhile now but really needs to be done. So I may be in and out here.

Lastly, I will not be offering a paper pack for the holidays this year. Sadface, I know. But after returning form my trip to Portland and getting inspired not only creatively but business wise, I've decided to change a lot in this area. In addition, I've had some new opportunities come up that are both exciting and a little scary but it's a leap for sure and I'm ready for the change.

TGIF, happy weekend and all that jazz!

Travel Journal | Part II by Tina Aszmus

Now that I have my book assembled, it's time to figure out what supplies I'm going to bring with me. Things are going to be kept to a minimum so no embellishments and Thickers will be making the trip. I want everything to fit in this beautiful Supplies canvas bag that was a gift from my dear friend Jamaica. It's the perfect size and keeps me from trying to bring more than I need which is a huge fault of mine.

So what supplies made the cut? Here's what I consider to be most important in my creative documenting.

-roller date stamp + ink pad -a few pretty paper clips -brush pen -waterbrush -Neocolor water crayons. (some of these were already broken in half during use so I just snapped the remaining ones to fit into the plastic box) -1 roll of skinny graph washi -tiny tape roller (found at Micheals in the $1 bin) -pencil + pencil sharpener -Frixion pen (a pen that erases completely. what is the this magic?) -Studio Calico vellum letter stickers.(these are nice and thin and fit nicely in the bag because you never know when you're going to need to spell out a word using letter stickers) -a small envelope of flat paper ephemera like tickets and tags. -Fuji Instax 150 (Jamaica let me borrow hers. At this point, I wasn't sure if I wanted to invest in one since I already own a Polaroid mini but when she told me you could turn the flash off, that peaked my interest. Now that I've tested it out at home, I know I've got to have one for myself.)

I also plan to purchase a few supplies during our stay in the PNW as well. I've got a few places mapped out on Googlemaps like Moorea Seal in Seattle (there's a tape there that I need) and Ecru in Portland. Thinking about shopping in these places makes me soooo giddy. Not the clothes or shoes but PAPER and fun things that will fit into a plastic pocket. :)  How many of you can feel me on that?

Any other places I should hit for paper and cool things in?

xot

Making | Travel Journal part 1 by Tina Aszmus

Every time I return from a trip, I have great intentions of creating a super mini dedicated to said trip. Never happens. I have several boxes full of photos and travel ephemera dating back to the late 90's. Maybe one day I'll get to those.

I'm going to switch things up a bit and document while on my trip. I don't plan on spending hours working in this book while I'm away. I want this to be a quick and simple process...something I can work on with the downtime we'll have which will be a fair amount since my traveling companion is an almost 4 year old.

I'd also like to note that before assembly, I searched Pinterest for travel journal ideas. Lot's out there but Kelly Purkey's travel binder really sparked this idea of creating on the road.

Here's the construction of the book.

1. envelopes and pockets are essential since there will be lot's of ephemera and found objects. Collecting is the best part of traveling!

2. fun post its and tags.  I'll use these as journaling spots.

3. overlays. because why not?

4. hole puncher + d rings. I thrifted the hole puncher the day after I read KP's travel binder post. The thrifting/crafting gods were on my side that day.

5. cover pages. both are LLP screen prints that were cut down to fit. I thought about making the cover slightly larger to hide the index tabs but I liked having them be even with the pages which measure 4x6.

6. index tabs. these were part of the most recent LLP paper pack. I simply typed our destinations on the tabs. Glad I kept a few for myself. :)

7. watercolor paper. I plan on bringing a waterbrush and Neocolor water crayons with me just for fun.

8. inside pages. I knew that I wanted to use up some of the excess 4x6 Project Life cards from past Studio Calico kits in this book. I went through my stash and picked patterns and colors that fit the mood of our destinations. I plan on adhering Instax photos and journaling on these cards.

I'm still adding in things and finishing it up and trying to find some type of packet/bag/box to hold the journal and the few supplies I plan on bringing. That will be part of 2!

How do you go about documenting your travels? Do you take this approach of documenting on the road or do you bust out all your findings once you're home?

xot

Blog Tour! by Tina Aszmus

I was tagged by the lovely Melissa Mann to continue on with a blog tour!

  1. What am I working on right now?

I'm packing orders and tackling my to do list for the day even though it's Labor Day! It's a labor of love so it's all good. :) 

  2. How long does it take me to create a project?

Depends on my mood. If I'm uninspired and struggling, maybe days but I've learned to not create at these times. When I'm in the mood, a couple of hours spanned in a few days. 

  3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

I'm making a travel journal to take with me on my upcoming trip to Seattle and Portland.

  4. How does my writing/creating process work?

My Creating process depends on my mood but usually it starts with an idea. Then I'll do a quick peek on Pinterest boards and things I have saved in my mental pinboard. Then it's down to the nitty gritty. Once I'm in the thick of creating, I don't open my browser or pick up my phone. 

  5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

Getting outside, taking a walk, traveling....doing these things help me continue to live a creative life & keep the inspiration going. It also helps to bounce ideas off of a fellow creative friend. 

  6. What is my signature style?

Simple with a quirky details. I love working with negative space in layouts and photography.

I choose to tag, Jamaica Makes, Vee Jennings and Maria Lacuesta 

Thanks for choosing me Melissa!

xot

Huge Sale! by Tina Aszmus

All items (except for digital downloads) are currently marked down in the LLP shop! I've also reduced shipping costs as well. Here's your chance to grab some great prints for less! I want to make room for new stuff that will be debuting soon!

The sale will run from August 29th - September 15th.

Have a safe holiday weekend! Tina

 

Studio Calico Poet Society Reveal! by Tina Aszmus

What a doozy of a reveal, huh? Well...I do hope those of you that were affected most by the time change were able to snag what you wanted!

My favorites were the Dickenson & Alcott add ons from the scrapbook kits and Yeats from the Project Life kits.

LLP had quite a few stamp designs this month, the cactus being my fave. I could have doodled plants all day with that one.

Cactus   stamp | digital Rocket   stamp | digital Speech Bubble    stamp | digital

ok...one last self promo item :) LLP digital printable!

xot

Studio Calico Poet Society Sneaks! by Tina Aszmus

Poet Society is a really beautiful mix of masculine and feminine patterns and embellishments, at least in my opinion. I'm in love with some of the new items from Crate Paper and Shimelle. Here are my sneaks for the scrapbook kit and add ons...

And sneaks for the Project Life kit + add ons...

Loving blush pink and blue mixed in with gold foil. So pretty.

See you on the 27th for the full reveal! xot

Current Pins & Inspiration | week 34 by Tina Aszmus

1.Carly Robertson for Paislee Press. 2. love this for a date night. 3. This quote speaks volumes to me right now. 4.SJP getting in the stationary biz with her own Hallmark collection. 5. cactus. 6.sunflower. 7. I'm on a hunt for a grey couch. Lusting after this one. 8.For Tyler and his first trip to Seattle. 9.Something I want to do for the next LLP pack. 10. ++++ 11.loving these grey layers. 12. layout by Ginny Hughes 13.trying to get a better vision of what I want. 14. more layers! 15. a yummy & fun snack for the boy (and me). 16. my paper crafting hero, Katie Licht. 17.watercolor. 18.I've seriously been saying this to myself all week. ZAP. 19.layout by Allison Waken. 20.period. 

Happy Friday! xot

New classes, a sale and a big congrats by Tina Aszmus

  You may have already heard the big news. Ali Edwards, who I like to refer to as the "Oprah" of scrapbooking is now partnering with Studio Calico in the next chapter of her career. Her video captures her message and spirit beautifully. Congrats to her and all of her success, present and future.

I'm really excited about the 2 new class offerings at Studio Calico which will be bringing it down to the essentials of why we scrapbook. Pen & Paper with Laura Kurz I'm most excited about not only because I'm a big fan of Laura but journaling I struggle with the most.

Snapshot with April Foster will be a great way to inject a bit of inspiration into your everyday capturing. Studio Calico is also offering these classes as a bundle which is the way I'm going. This will be a great way to kick off the fall season!

With all the kiddos heading back to school (yay!) SC is having a great sale on past classes so if you missed out, now's your chance!

Happy Hump Day! xot

Current Pins and Weekend List by Tina Aszmus

Current Pins & inspiration

1. This photo makes my heart ache. It looks exactly like my old dog Butters. Miss him so much. (original source unknown) 2. Weekend craft with Tyler. He is a super hero fanatic. 3. come hither. (original source unkown) 4. that hat. 5. roar. I want this for Tyler's room. 6. I will have this nail color by the weekend. 7. coolest Disney scrapbook by Nirupama Kumar 8. simply put.  9. green on pink. 10. drawn & type. 11. hang. 12. color. 13. Ode to the Captain. 14. Moonrise Illustrated. 15. Layout inspiration for upcoming Poets Society kit. 16. color. 

This weekend I will paint my nails said color, work on the next set of screen printed goods other new shop items, paper craft, make pearler bead super heroes, play with legos, Portland planning, repot a few plants and binge watch The Killing on Netflix.

What's on your weekend list? xot

Currents | Week 33 by Tina Aszmus

Eating: a frittata burrito. not sure if it's as good as it sounds but I'm starving. Drinking: iced latte, even on a chili rainy day. Listening: right now, a few bi-planes flying over the house. Not in the mood for music or tv. The silence is soooo good. Watching: I'm on the last episode of season 2 of Hemlock Grove. Jeff found this gem for me since I was all weepy about not having anything to watch. It's gory and I love a good mystery. Reading: My q&a on Kellie's blog, Give a Girl a Blog. So honored. :) (there's a special discount code to the LLP shop) Enjoying: trip planning! my and the boy are headed to Portland in September and I'm so excited! Making: finally taking a stab at weaving. I love seeing this trend unfold into a phenomenon. I've had all my supplies for a good year now and with the weather getting cooler, I found it to be the perfect fall craft. Loving: the cute backpack I found Tyler for our trip. It's ridiculously cute but small...perfect for 3 year olds! Plus I can't get over how old he looks with it on. (found on Zappos, not affiliation) Loathing: unexpected car maintenance. blah.

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