We're thrilled to have the lovely and talented Jen Wong as one of our guest designers this month and are excited to get to know her better today! Be sure to follow Jen here at Studio Calico.
Hello! I'm Jen, and I'm so excited to be a guest designer for the "Great Escape" Documenter Kit this month! I work as an engineer during the day and live in San Diego with my family. I love swimming, running, photography, traveling, and of course, creative projects!
I've always loved crafty endeavors from a young age but mostly stuck to cards and mini-albums. My sister and a few of her friends were into scrapbooking and tried to get me to join them, but I didn't get it and thought it took too much time to make a single page. Fast forward to 2014 when I became pregnant. I wanted to document everything and had recently learned about pocket pages. Photos + journaling and making things look pretty? It was perfect for me!
Right now, my main forms of memory keeping are pocket pages and traveler's notebooks. I also enjoy making mini-albums and will still occasionally make cards and scrapbook pages for special events. I consider myself a hybrid scrapbooker because I also like to customize and use digital elements in my layouts.
I had a great time working with the July Documenter Kit this month! Here are the projects I made:
Week 24 | Left – There is such a great mix of fun embellishments in this month's kit! I love the transparent shapes and used a few of them across the page in different ways: as part of a phrase, as a layer between a patterned card and a puffy sticker, and to bring some color to a black and white photo. For the date pocket, I rotated the plus sign shape to create an X and then punched a circle from the content card to create an O. I kept the pocket transparent and love the see-through element!
Week 24 | Right – With this month's kit stamp, I stamped some of the hearts and cut them out to use as embellishments for my photos. I also stamped the dotted pattern and cut one of the patterned cards to create some washi-like strips for a couple of the cards. I loved the pretty ice cream card as well but since it was 3" x 4" and I needed a 4" x 6" card, I cut it up, adding the colored strips as the background for my photos and using the ice cream cone as an embellishment.
Week 22 | Right – When I realized I had more stories that would fit comfortably on the page without being visually text-heavy, I decided to make a flip-up card to hold one of the longer stories. I punched out one of the patterned cards, cut it in half, and stapled it to make a tab for the flip-up. I also stamped the star from the kit stamp on the yellow part of the content card and cut these out to use as embellishments. Finally, I added a piece of ephemera (a sticker) I picked up at the shaved ice place we went to and added it directly to the photo and pattern card.
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