jamaica | blocks

October 14, 2014 |  by  |  diy projects, hybrid projects  |  1 Comment

Hey there, it’s Jamaica. This month I thought I’d make something different than usual. I found these 1.5″ wood blocks in the clearance bin of the craft store the other day and thought they’d be fun. Back at home I pulled together a handful patterned papers from my favorite kits: eternal sunshine, spellbound, road trip, up and away, the weekender, and more + less.


Originally, I thought I’d add a mix of papers to each cube so that they’d all end up different. But in the end, I only using 4 papers and leaving one side of each block blank so you could see the bare wood. It felt more cohesive and functions like a puzzle on the striped side. The last side, I sort-of spray painted gold. Because I decided to paint it after I’d already adhered paper to the other sides (and was afraid of tape or overspray), I spray painted a piece of paper that I could trim and glue on like the others.


Here’s a quick how to: cut your paper into 1.5″ squares, use Elmers glue and a brush to adhere the paper squares to the blocks, let dry, use an exacto knife to trim any excess paper and sand slightly along the edges to smooth. I did one side at a time letting each dry well before moving onto the next (i.e., all of the XOXO sides, then all of the striped sides, etc). This helped prevent getting too many glue goobers on the other sides and let me trim each side as it was finished. To help protect them for kid use, I’ll probably finish them off by adding a few coats of Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic spray paint.


But for now, they’re living happily on the bookshelf in my office amongst my other favorite things.


While mine are purely decorative, it would be easy to make a set for kids with numbers, the alphabet and/or photos of loved ones, friends and pets. Or create puzzles using larger images broken up into pieces. Another fun idea would be to decorate each cube with photos and memorabilia from a trip or special event. The possibilities are endless…

xo, jamaica

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SCinspires | the underground kit

October 13, 2014 |  by  |  giveaway  |  104 Comments


Happy Monday!  Something new to kick off the week – I’m excited to be participating in Studio Calico’s #SCinspires Bloghop/Giveaway. Today I’m sharing glimpses of this month’s Project Life Kit, The Underground. This kit really speaks to my minimalist aesthetics – I love that black and white is a prevalent color theme. That’s my go to “color” combo because you can work them into any type of spread.  That “sweater weather” card is going to make it’s way onto a PL spread very soon. Or rather, as soon as this So Cal weather decides it wants to act seasonally appropriate. It still feels very much like summer right now and frankly, I’m so ready to bust out the sweaters and boots already. Also, it just doesn’t feel right to drink pumpkin anything when it’s 90 degrees out.

The one thing in this month’s kit that immediately jumped out at me are these copper rub ons by Tina Aszmus of LifeLovePaper. I go bananas over anything Tina makes and hello, copper. I’m obsessed with all things copper at the moment. The tricky part now is finding a photo that will does these rub ons justice.


And now for the super fun part…the giveaway details!

I’m giving away one October Project Life Kit (The Underground)! Just leave a comment here by October 31, 2014, 11:59PM EST. A winner will be chosen at random and announced here shortly after the contest ends. But wait, there’s more!



Right now, this fall printable is available at Studio Calico as a free download! Anyone that downloads this print will automatically be entered into a bigger drawing at the end of the month. Here’s how it’s going to work.

Studio Calico is giving away over $1,400 in prizes drawn from the people who download that printable. The prizes get bigger and bigger the more uses of the #scinspires hashtag. So the key is encourage everyone to share this hashtag and talk about what inspires them! Studio Calico will add up all the uses and update everyone our blog every Friday how we’re progressing. Here’s a short list. But it will grow as the shares grows:


100 shares of #scinspires = 1 Month Free Sub

200 shares = 2 Months Free Sub (additional month continues every 100 shares)

1,200 shares = 12 Month Free Sub

1,300 shares = Entrance into Cameo Basics

1,500 shares = $100 Free Digital Downloads

2,000 shares = Silhouette Portrait

2,500 #scinspires shares = 25 lucky winners will receive a free month WITH a Gold WRMK album!

Be sure to check the Studio Calico Blog for the full bloghop list. Good luck and happy hopping!

on my desk

October 9, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  6 Comments

I am so excited to share that On My Desk, the scrapbook collection I designed for Gossamer Blue, is now available for purchase! My team just got their kits in the mail last week. I asked them to snap a few images of their stash and this is what they sent in.
photo by Kelly Schmidt

photo by Kelly Schmidt

photo by Jamaica

photo by Carly

It’s still a bit surreal to see everything in print!

I love this dreamcatcher that Carly made using the gold vellum and wood veneer pieces. Project details are posted on Carly’s blog.

Look for more projects in the coming weeks featuring the kit from creative team members Kelly Schmidt, Jamaica Edgell, Carly Robertson, Caylee Grey and Amy Martin.

Happy weekending friends!  It’s going to be a low key one for us – watching the USC football game saturday night and going to a birthday party on Sunday.  What are your plans for the weekend?

caylee grey | xoxo mini book

October 7, 2014 |  by  |  hybrid projects  |  10 Comments

caylee grey | xoxo mini book

Caylee here. Sup.

I am not a scrap hoarder. But I hoarded this acrylic album from my fellow Paislee Press CT member, Jamaica. I was so intimidated by its awesomeness that I felt like nothing that I could put in would be worthy. I eventually realised that I did have something that matched the level of awesome. My husband. With pink being just as manly as any other colours nowadays, I took the opportunity to mix the “her” part of the His & Hers kit, and the very manly Hey There Handsome kit. As always, I kept things super simple.

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caylee grey | xoxo mini book

Have a wonderful October.

ProductsHey There Handsome and His & Hers

♥ Caylee

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new in the shop | good morning

October 3, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  3 Comments


I’ve got a thing for coffee. A good morning always begins with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I know, it’s not everyone’s thing. There’s also bits and pieces in the kit devoted to tea drinkers. Good Morning is the newest collection in my shop and it’s on sale thru October, 5, 2014!




There’s also a special 50% OFF listing for presslisters, check the newsletter that went out yesterday for details!


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