SCInspires Blog Hop

Welcome to the SCInspires Blog Hop!! This hop is all about getting inspired! Inspiration is a big component of the creative process. It's what helps designers create and helps crafters make. Inspiration comes in so many forms. You could be walking down the aisle at Target, and see a pattern that inspires you, or maybe it's a sign on the outside of a cafe that gets you thinking, "what could I make with that?" Whatever you use to get your creative juices flowing, Studio Calico is offering a free digital download to help inspire you!
As many of you know, I became a mom this year to a precious little girl; Maggie. Every day she inspires me to work harder to be a better person, more patient mother and loving wife to my husband, so that she  can in turn grow up to be a secure strong woman herself by my example. She inspires me, but so do other things. Being a mom is hard. It's time-consuming, draining emotionally and physically and sometimes pure craziness. I've learned that as much as I love my little one, and want to devote all of myself to her, I as a woman, need time to myself to recharge. Part of re-charging  and relaxing for me and crafting. Studio Calico inspires me to craft. To play with my product; to challenge myself; to stretch beyond my usual style and try something new. 

Today, were talking about what inspires us as crafters. I was inspired by Studio Calico's  free digital download. The colors, fonts and layout appeal to my personal design aesthetic, but the wording inspires me the most. The words in the graphic inspire me to cherish the everyday moments of the season. Having a child reminds you that there are so many firsts and so many "only's." Maggie will only have one first Halloween, only one first trip to the pumpkin farm, only one first trip to our traditional Christmas farm. This print inspires me to stop. Stop and take a look and take in the moment of my little one and just relish it. Sometimes that's so hard to do. But, I want to try. I want to try because all of her "only one first's" are my "only one first's too. 

The download inspired the colors and textures of our first family photo. My dear friend Rahel of Rahel Menig Photography took this picture of our little family in the park outside our house.  Maggie and  I incorporated the yummy warm salmon pink of the photo into our outfits, and dressed in cozy sweaters. This photo captures the perfect joy of the holiday season; a time where you can just enjoy your family and friends.
Studio Calico inspired me to make this card using the The Underground card and scrapbook kits. I stamped the background with a circle form the Snowman stamp set. I then used patterned paper  and  a doily from the scrapbook kit to create a patterned paper block and notched paper strip.
 
I embellished my card with cabochons and stars from the scrapbook kit, and a glittery envelope and frosted pearls from the card kit. The stamp is from the card kit as well.

Now that I've shared what inspires me, I want to know…how does Studio Calico inspire you? That's what this whole blog hop is about. Share with me how Studio Calico inspires you by 11:59 pm on October 31st, and I will pick a winner from my blog to receive a free card kit from The Underground release. 

Make sure to download the free digital download to enter your username in Studio Calico's larger giveaway. There is over $1400 worth of prizes to win.As more and more people spread the hahtag #SCInspires, the prizes get bigger, so don't forget to share the inspiration.

Your next stop is the talented Natalie Elphinstone!

114 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous family picture and lovely card as well!

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  2. I love the studio calico gallery. It's definitely my go to place for fresh ideas.

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  3. Gorgeous card and photo!

    I just got my first SC kit so I'm definitely inspired to play with it!

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  4. All those pretty and unique supplies that come each month inspire me

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  5. SC inspires with the member gallery - full of great ideas!

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  6. SC inspires me with the awesomeber gallery!

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  7. SC inspires me everyday with their stamp sets!

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  8. Sc inspires me with the awesome member gallery!

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  9. Love the family photo!

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  10. all of studio calico inspires me, from their lines and products, to the amazing community there. I have never felt so scrappy in my life and I'm loving it

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  11. the works of the DT inspire me! Thank for the chance to win! Username is Globetrotteur

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  12. your photo with the beautiful light in it inspires me!!

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  13. #scinspires me to create! With beautiful and innovative products, and wonderful designers who share their ideas on using them!

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  14. The SC gallery is the most inspirational site for me, so creative and fresh, really cool

    Thanks for the chance!

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  15. The studio calico gallery always inspires me! So much great creativity and use of products I always leave with many ideas!

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  16. I am inspired by quotes, sayings & comics. My mind is fed with colors, textures, stitch markings, paint splatters, abstract stamps & stencils. All the little things in life around me- in the store, running errands, unique finds of nature- I capture on my phones camera to inspire me again later. But most of all, let's face it, nothing beats that simple brown cardboard box sitting on my front porch... It IS going to be a good day!

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  17. SC community is my go to place for scrapping inspiration,well really it's my go to place for everything! My user name is Rhonda N and thanks for the chance to win the card kit!

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  18. Studio Calico is SO inspiring this month to me! I think it's all the fall colors in their kits, and the ideas racing through my head on how to use their awesome stamps and digital elements to document this fall while also giving me a jumpstart on my Christmas packaging..... love it!

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  19. I am inspired by so many different things, colors, graphics, photos and always beautiful supplies! That photo is so beautiful.

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  20. I am inspired by so many different things...colors, graphics, photos and always beautiful crafty supplies. Love that photo!

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  21. Studio Calico inspires me with their gallery and wonderful kits
    cooladam1@live.com

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  22. The community and gallery inspire me :) 4princes1princess

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  23. I get inspired every month with my scrapbook kit!

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  24. When it comes to scrapbooking I draw inspiration from my photos, but for cards it can be nearly anything, a new product, a photo, nature, it's really wide open.

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  25. Beautiful family photo...so sweet! SC inspired me with their gorgeous products, & blog challenges - especially the sketches. And I am so thankful that they have a site that I can connect with other crafters, & see what everyone else is up to as well!

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  26. SC's gallery inspires me. I like to see how others use the awesome products in SC's kits.

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  27. I love the gallery. And the Creative Team. For REAL! If I ever need inspiration, I check out the talented design team or the awesome community members' galleries.

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  28. SC continues to inspire me with all the fabulous layouts and the amazing cards that I see in the gallery! I love how current the SC kits are.

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  29. SC inspires me by having the current products and giving me box after box of color coordinated goodies. SC challenges me to use colors that I don't or won't normally choose for myself

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  30. How doesn't SC inspire!? One thing, the colors! I love colors :-) I am always anxious to see what colors they use each month.

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  31. I absolutely LOVE the DT Gallery, they're just sooo talented and always find the best way to incorporate all the elements…I've learned so much from them!

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  32. SC's wonderful monthly inspirations inspire me to create something everyday. Looking at my studio calico's stash inspires me to be creative on my PL pages.

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  33. SC's wonderful monthly inspirations inspire me to create something everyday. Looking at my studio calico's stash inspires me to be creative on my PL pages.

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  34. I'm thinking ahead to December Daily so lately I've been getting inspired by all the 2013 DDs in the SC gallery.

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  35. Studio Calico inspires me each month with their wonderful kits as does spending time with my family.

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  36. Love the little butterfly on your card! :)

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  37. I get most of my inspiration from other project lifers. Seeing all the beautiful spreads out there really makes me want to keep creating and finding my own style.

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  38. Lovely projects on instagram

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  39. SC kits inspire me to try new things and use items I never would have thought of using!

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  40. Studio Calico's gallery, both members and Design Team each month just blow me away. The amount of talent ROCKS!

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  41. I am constantly inspired by interior design + graphic design :) I'm a graphic designer so I usually channel that onto my layouts!

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  42. I'm always inspired by browsing the gallery, especially for card inspiration!

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  43. I think "colors" inspire me the most. They are usually my starting off point for layouts. Right now it's all the earthy tones of fall that are calling to me.

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  44. Studio Calico has some amazing products and inspires me to want to scrap book again!

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  45. I am inspired by other paper crafters, the trips, nature…

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  46. Thanks for the chance to win! SC definitely inspires me to try new things and make everyday life more beautiful!

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  47. What a lovely card. I can't believe I've missed your work in the SC gallery. I'm so sorry. That what I love about SC all the lovely work in the gallery.

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  48. The colors that SC puts together are so inspiring. And I love seeing their designers products and my kit contents each month. Gets me re-started every month!

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  49. I am inspired by receiving a beautifully curated card kit every month - having supplies all ready to go and create leaves me more time to get crafty.

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  50. Beautiful family photo. The SC PL kits inspire me to keep documenting our everyday lives.

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  51. I love the excitement of opening my new kit, so love new pl goodies!

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  52. Sc mi ispira con i post nel blog e la gallery

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  53. Emily, what a beautiful family photo! So happy for you getting to enjoy all of these "firsts!"

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  54. What a beautiful family photo! SC inspires me month after month, they have some of the best members and design team. Thank you for the chance.

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  55. I love looking at all the projects in the SC member gallery. It always helps get the creative juices flowing.

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  56. I'm always inspired by the SC gallery.

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  57. Our precious children are always a source of inspiration! Your beautiful family picture made me smile, thanks for sharing.

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  58. I'm inspired by the classes and challenges (especially the sketches) from Studio Calico. Thanks so much for sharing your story and your card!

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  59. I am inspired by their eclectic mix of patterns and colors they use for their exclusive items.

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  60. Definitely the member gallery...I get so many ideas from that it is amazing!

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  61. The SC Gallery inspires me!

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  62. studio calico inspires me to get my pictures in an album instead of being in a box under my bed. the excitement of getting the kit each month makes me want to use it right away

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  63. SC inspires me to put my pictures on an album instead of being in a box under my bed

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  64. great family photo! I'm inspired to make layouts by great photos.

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  65. Beautiful card and I love that picture!

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  66. the changing seasons and SC crafters inspire me.

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  67. SC inspires me to try new things! The latest? Letterpress and silkscreens. Love!!

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  68. People's smiles inspire me everyday.

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  69. Such fun! Seeing these kits and the colorful papers really inspires me. Love them all!

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  70. It's inspired me to think of fall--the smell of the autumn air, the sound of the crinkling leaves and all the other things I miss out on by being in Southern California. I love your family photo, Emily! How awesome is it that SC has inspired us all! #scinspires

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  71. i love the gallery ID josmary

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  72. Moments inspire me. When I have a really good story to tell, creativity just pours out of me.

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  73. SC inspires me with fresh ideas!

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  74. Love your light filled family photo. Great post on what inspires!

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  75. New kit's, products always inspires me, then I get them I immediately go to create :)

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  76. New Kits and of course my wonderful baby inspire me!

    Thank you for this giveaway!

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  77. One of the greatest gifts is being a Mom, isn't it? My kids are 17 & 19 and I can't begin to explain how lucky I feel to be their Momma :)

    I absolutely LOVE that photo! So very sweet and gorgeous. Your card is amazing. I love the mix of colors, panels and embellies.

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  78. SC inspires me to cultivate the best possible life, document it and create something beautiful and tangible to look back on

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  79. SC inspires me to cultivate a good life, document it and create beautiful and tangible things

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  80. SC inspires me to live life to the fullest and document the process

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  81. SC inspires me to be more creative

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  82. Lovely photo of your family. I get lots of inspiration from the gallery at SC every month. Thanks for a chance to win the card kit.

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  83. People inspire, beautiful and creative people

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  84. SC gallery always inspires me

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  85. Love the gallery at SC for inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  86. Studio Calico's gallery inspires me to think outside the box and find new ways to use my supplies!! Would love to win this amazing card kit!! TFS!

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  87. So much inspiration at SC gallery! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  88. I love browsing Pinterst and have an Inspiration board!

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  89. I usually get my crafty inspiration from a product. It may start with a ribbon I know I want to use, or a patterned paper, a die cut, etc. and builds from there. Thanks for the chance to win this inspiring kit :)

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  90. The kits are literally blueprints of inspiration! You can create so many different things out of one kit.amazing.

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  91. Studio Calico inspires me with their sketches and gallery with lots of ideas from everyone and from the design team.

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  92. SC creates the best kits and has an amazing creative team - all inspiration! thanks for the chance!

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  93. SC gallery is an amazing source of inspiration! thanks for the chance!

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  94. I love everything that you're planning , I love the fall and this blog hop. sc is definitely a great source of inspiration

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  95. I love the colours of fall and its romantic mood!) This inspires me a lot!) Your family photo is super cute! Thank you for the chance to win!)

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  96. Studio Calico has such great kits, designers, courses! Swanlady21

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  97. I love to get inspiration from the projects shown on the SC blog.

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  98. the SC family inspires me to challenge myself and try new techniques. when i look at the talliers every month my little create juices just get to going in overdrive. the gallery inspires me to create pretty little projects that will hopefully last for generations and inspire others.

    atreece

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  99. Studio Calico always has the most beautiful kits and great designers that know how to showcase the projects! AND I love to scraplift!

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  100. How the design team uses the products each month inspires me!

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  101. I am inspired by the SC members!

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  102. The gallery is my go-to place for inspiration and ideas. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  103. Studio Calico inspires me to try products and techniques I wouldn't have considered. And the talented creative team and forum members show how it's done.

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  104. Beautiful photo and layout.
    I like visiting Studio Calico's
    blog for new ideas and
    instructions!
    Carla from Utah

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  105. Im inspired by the beautiful products sc delivers every month to document my story in the prettiest way possible!

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  106. Studio Calico members inspire me! I love seeing everyone's heart on paper. It inspires me to stretch myself and be more creative!

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  107. What a beautiful photo! SC is always inspiring with the gorgeous work they share created by their DT! amazing! Thanks!

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  108. I love the new kind of products that i need to try using

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  109. Studio Calico artists inspire me by their vibrant use of color and white! I love to see how others layer, so I can incorporate it in my own designs.

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  110. The member gallery at SC is super inspiring. I'm like a sponge looking through all the goodness. Beautiful layout. Thank you.

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  111. The member gallery at SC is inspiring as are the DT layouts and sneaks. <3
    (love your photo and card! lovely!)

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  112. I love Studio Calico because they provide such gorgeous kits. I am so horrible with choosing color combinations and they help a lot! =) My username is theindigoshelf.

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  113. I love going to the gallery to find inspiration at SC.

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