Mini Lesson Monday: Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Mini Lesson Monday: masking and misting | Nicole Samuels

I was trying to come up with the title of this Mini Lesson Monday post in a way that would describe exactly what technique I was going to share.  It was something along the lines of “Layering Die Cuts as Masks For Stitched Misting.”  Which sounded a little ridiculous to me.  :)  Instead I thought […]

STITCHED! Learn how to add stitching to your scrapbooking projects

Stitched class sneak | Nicole Samuels

There are only a couple days left to register for Paige Evans’ class, Stitched.  I can’t wait for this class to get started.  I already add quite a bit of hand stitching to my pages, but with 24 new projects and techniques, videos, tips on both machine and hand stitching…. I know I’m going to […]

Studio Calico Bluegrass Farm!

Girl Power SC Bluegrass Farms |Nicole Samuels

I think 3words sum up my Bluegrass Farm gallery pages this month:  stitching, diecuts, and patterns.  Stitching on the background, in a die cut design, and on those adorable little veneer pieces from Pip.  Diecuts created with the amazing digital stamp scrapbook kit brushes and Paige’s gorgeous flower background cut file.  And patterns?  Well, I […]

One Digital Stamp Brush, Two Ways: It’s Berry Sweet!

One Digital Stamp Brush Two Ways | Nicole Samuels

Ok, sorry for the cheesy pun there…couldn’t resist.  My kids’ corny jokes have rubbed off on me I guess! Last month I shared two cards I made using the same digital stamp brush to show how versatile these little designs are.  You don’t have to be a digital scrapbooker to make use of them!  And […]

Mini-Lesson Monday: How To Use Digital Stamp Brushes with PicMonkey…and it’s FREE!

Using Digital Stamp Brushes with PicMonkey | Nicole Samuels

Happy Monday friends!  For today’s Mini-Lesson Monday I’m going to share a little tip about digital stamp brushes.  You know, the ones that you can purchase each month over in the digital shop at Studio Calico or other places online?  I am a big fan of using the digi brushes on all sorts of projects […]

Pin To Paper: Layered Paper Blocks

Pin to Paper: Layered Paper Blocks | Nicole Samuels

Happy Friday everyone!  Today I wanted to share a little card I made based on something I saw on Pinterest.  Pinterest is a HUGE source of inspiration for me and I regularly check into my Scrap Inspiration board for ideas when I’m feeling like I need a little push.  My Scrap Inspo board doesn’t have […]

If You Love Color…You’ll Want to Take This Class


Color is such an important part of scrapbooking.  Get your color scheme right and it unifies all the different elements on your page and showcases your photos beautifully.  Get it wrong and the whole layout can just look off.  An “off” color scheme may also overwhelm your photos and completely change the mood or emotion […]

Mini Lesson Monday: Creating a Hand-cut Script Title


Good Monday morning!  Remember this layout from my Office Hours gallery? I mentioned last week that I’d share how I created the scripted title for this page.  It’s not complicated at all and requires just a sheet or two of vellum, a pencil, and some patience.  You don’t even need to have super cute handwriting […]