Thursday, December 02, 2010

Crate Love - Finding Fall with Brook and Restoration

I really liked the color palette of the December kit from Studio Calico, Metropolitan.  It really reminded me of an earlier release from Crate Paper, Brook. 

I'm still thinking about fall, so I thought it would be fun to mix some of the Metropolitan kit with some of the Brook line, as well as the newest release, Restoration.  I came up with this:

There's a new product in the shop I forgot to tell you about.  It's Claudine Hellmuth's sticky backed canvas, but it's in neutral, not white.  Oh my stars, I'm in love.  Neutral is my signature color, don't you know.

To make the maple leaves I traced a leaf on the back of the canvas and trimmed them out.  Other ideas on what to do with maple leaves can be found on my 11/30 Studio Calico blog post here.  I did a reverse applique with the leaves on this layout, which includes another photo from this same day.

I had fun with ink on these leaves.  With the first one, I rubbed the JBS malted milk.  I wanted to change the color a bit and bring out the texture of the canvas too. 

I experimented a bit with my color.  On this next leaf I started with the malted milk, but then decided to try out Lemon Drop.  I was worried it'd be too yellow, but the color I got was perfect for the color palette of my layout. 



Next up is the title.  I just got my wood veneer alphabet from Studio Calico, so wanted to use that along with some classic calico ink to help them stand out more against my background.

To make sure I got the woodgrain texture, after misting I blotted each letter with a paper towel. 

I'm developing a love affair with mixtape, so I used some of the tape found in the Metropolitan kit on this layout too.  It's barely adhesive, and I"m a girl who loves repositional things!  :)  I just tore off strips, placed them as needed, and then sewed over the top.  The light adhesive didn't bother the needle on my sewing machine at all. 

I also used a square punch with pieces from the Restoration line to add bits of color.  I just love the look for this layout. 

Additional supplies include Crate Brook chipboard elements, some very old American Crafts felt flowers, and some fun sentiments from 7 Gypsies (found in Mass Transit, an add-on that's still available, might I add). 
See you back here tomorrow!  I may or may not have another calendar or two from SCT to give away.  (wink.  Wink wink).


P.S.  I know my photos have been all over the place.  Center, left, big, small, rounded corners, no.  I'm still trying to decide which look I prefer.  Let me know what you think! 


  1. I adore the smaller photos - but then again I love all your work. No matter what you do, just keep it coming! And just when I thought I was done shopping at SC this month, you mention the canvas... argh! I really want that now too! :-)

  2. neutral is my signature color, youre so funny

  3. I love small photos too! You are right about the colors - can't wait to get Metropolitan!!

  4. I love it Davinie! You know just how to place everything on a page!

  5. I love it, Dav! You are so good with the 2-pagers. Metropolitan totally reminded me of Crate's Brook release too - I'm planning to mix some of the Brook collection into my December mini :)

  6. love those leaves, dav!

  7. love that page! i'm so into nuetrals lately too!

  8. i love your 2-pagers. =)

  9. Love this, Davinie! I loved the Brook line!