I had about 6 or 7 untouched Studio Calico kits sitting around in my scrap space, most of them were probably a year to two years old, so I decided it was time to combine all those kits, purge what I didn’t like and only keep what really inspired me. What keeping 2 year old products, I can’t be serious?! Ha yes I am!!!

The purge/organization was a bigger task that I anticipated but I’m so glad I did it, it has inspired me to create layouts again and as soon as I was done organizing I got to work and made a layout. So for the next layout I will be sharing layouts created with items from my great product re-org aka USE THE STASH, hope you are inspired to use up those old kits!! 😉


The design of this layout is rather simple, layers, tags and typed journaling, which is really true to my style. I was recently looking at past layouts, which I don’t always find enjoyable to do (sometime I cringe at the journaling other times I really wonder if I was in a good creative place), not like looking at my PL (which I always love to do), but what I found interesting is the evolution of my creative process. The design remains the same but I use much less embellishments and accents, I have a less is more approach, maybe it is reflective of the scrapbooking industry but also perhaps because I don’t have as much stuff as I used to have, I feel less pressure to use it all.


I love love love working with velum, I think that kit clubs and scrapbooking companies need to offer more options for velum. It is such beautiful accent to any project, perfect for layering, journaling, etc… So if there any companies out there looking for a way to spruce way their kits or products, ADD VELUM, trust me, just do it!! 😉


So get to work, combine those old kits and use your stash!!


Author: ohpaperjoy

I've been part of the scrapbook industry for over 10 years. My love of paper started at a very young age when I started hoarding a collection of notepads and fruit scented pens. My love of scrapbooking and memory keeping evolved when I became a mother. Over the course of my creative career, I've had the pleasure of designing for various manufactures; I currently design for Ali Edwards and Gossamer Blue. My style is eclectic with a flair for mixing embellishments, creating layers and a love for white space. As of two years ago, I shifted her creative focus to documenting our family’s daily activities with Project Life.