Studio Calico and the New Year

I keep forgetting to mention that the January kit at Studio Calico is available now! It is a great kit and I also got to play with some of the products from the add on kits – fun stuff!! You can see and purchase the kits here.

Here is a little sneak peek from one of my layouts:

To see all of my layouts that I created with the kits, go here.


Hope you are all having a great start to the new year! I have been spending lots of time with my little family and thinking about some goals for this year. Here is a picture of me and Emmy Jane at the park on New Year's day! She loves to sit on my lap and swing!! Thanks mom for taking the pics! (I used my sun kissed action on this one. Changed the opacity on the sun kissed layer (the one that says background copy) to 77% before flattening the image. Typically I don't leave the actions at a full 100%. I almost always adjust the opacity down a bit or a lot depending on the original photo and what I want the end result to be.)


I always have the urge to clean and organize right after we take down our Christmas decorations. When I put back up the "normal" decorations I find that I always move things around and change things up a bit and it always seems to give me the feeling of a fresh start. Some things I leave in storage to be brought out at a later time. And I love how things seem fresh and new when they are simply moved to a new location or arranged with different items than before. 

If you remember I relocated my scrapbook room/office to a different room a few months back and it is all put together but I still haven't done much as far as decorating it or hanging things on the walls yet. I haven't been able to decide what I want to do so I have just been letting it sift and settle in my mind a bit. I wasn't sure if I wanted to just hang pictures in here or if I wanted a place to hang my current/favorite scrapbook layouts also. As I was putting some things away the other day I came across some of those favorite layouts that are just sitting in a stack in the closet. And I didn't really want to put them in albums yet, because I want to be able to see them still. It's those layouts/pictures/stories that I love and that make me happy that I do want hanging up in here so I can see them and be inspired by them! So, I have come to the conclusion that I need to figure out some sort of way to hang layouts up in here. I would also like to have some frames in here for photos so I can print my favorites and rotate through those as time goes on. 

Anyway, lots of ideas still floating around. I really want to pull it all together though and get it completed soon! If you have or have seen any cool display ideas lately (for layouts and/or photos), let me know or send me a link/photo! I want something fresh and fun!! 


One last thing before I go…. be sure to check back here on Wednesday because I will have an awesome giveaway that is being sponsored by a really great website!! Can't wait to reveal! You will love it! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

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  • lauravegas
    January 4, 2009 at 11:01 am

    gorgeous layouts you put together with the SC kit! love that you had one of each of the kids too … don’t want anyone feeling left out, right? lol! and that is such a sweet photo of you and emily! you both look so happy and content!
    as for hanging up and displaying layouts? i think it looks cool when people hang up a curtain rod (like a big chunky black one) … and then hang the layouts from rings on it. sorry … no link to share … but i know i’ve seen it!

  • rubberbandgirl
    January 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I love that sunny, fun pic of you and Emily. Very cute. Made Dane say he missed the sun…

  • Kelly B
    January 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I just did my scrapbook room and I had Chris make me a huge frame (out of crown molding) with chicken wire on the inside of it. That way I can use little clothes pins to hang my layouts onto the chicken wire. If you want I will take a pic of it.
    Great pic of you and Emily Jane!!

  • Gina
    January 5, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Photojojo has some magnetic ropes that come in a variety of colors that are used to hang photos you might check out to inspire you. I can’t remember where I saw this (Either CK mag or CK online) but Britney Mellon had a great setup in her office to display mag pages as they put together a monthly issue; you’ve probably seen it. Have fun!

  • elizabeth kartchner
    January 5, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Maggie,
    that photo is so cute!! 🙂
    i need to get some of your actions.
    off to check out your awesome layouts at studio calico…

  • ~Lori
    January 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Maggie! I was scrapbooking the other day and someone brought in some great frames! She said they are from Creative memories. They are made for your layouts that you are wanting to display! The frame is an open concept, no glass, they have four magnets to place in each corner of your layout….then you can change it very simple! There is also a little string across the bottom of the layout opening with clothespins to hang little booties or something that ties into your layout! They are hung with a piece of ribbon….very elegant looking! Check them out here:
    They have other colors too!

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