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5.16.2009

Studios Calico - Part 3 + A Give-away!


{Reported by Heidi Sonboul}


From the moment my box arrived (to review the May 09 Studio Calico kit) I was drooling. There is something so colorful and magical about these kits! This is probably the reason the kits sell out SO FAST! Just 2 days after the May kit went up for sale it sold out, which means (to me) just about everyone loves them.

As Noel said before "Studio Calico has included some exclusive papers that are designed just for this kit". One of these paper reminds me of an afghan my great aunt made and I love it. All the colors pop and I found it super easy to use.

This zig zag paper is my favorite in their kit and I wish I had 5 more sheets of it!

What I also loved is that they add papers both boy and girlish, and yet they all mix well together. If you are not a fan of BIG BOLD COLORS... then this kit will most like not catch your eye. However, this kit also comes with many embellies and even a stamp (also designed by Studio Calico).
As I said before... I love both boy and girlish papers. In my Shave layout you can see that I used the blues and blacks to create this "MANLY" layout.


In my "ready 4 fun" layout, I used all the florals and reds to give the layout a feminine look. I used the same letter stickers, but just colored them in.


Anyways, remember... the biggest issue I have with this kit club is that everyone loves them and they sell out fast! Because of this, I have signed up for the monthly kit club. Which means that next time I wont miss out on their fun and youthful style.

How about you...What do you think about Studio Calico making their own paper? Please leave a comment before midnight EST tomorrow (Sunday) night and you could win your very own Studio Calico kit!

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134 comments:

Fred said...

I love the exclusive SC paper. One of my favorites is the zig zag paper that you loved.

Anonymous said...

I love that all the papers coordinate! It makes it idiot proof. Barb M.

julie.schellin said...

You are GIVING AWAY a SC kit? I am so here!! I love everything I've seen about SC, just waiting til I can afford to budget in their monthly kits. Hopefully by mid-summer...but winning one in the mean time would be AMAZING!!

kimbethke said...

Wow! I think it is cool that they are designing their own paper...makes it an exclusive thing!

carriegel said...

I think it is a great idea. I have just discovered these kits and really like what have seen so far.

mustangkayla said...

I think that is really cool! Studio Calico seems to be one of the top names in scrapbook kit world. I hear their name come up often when asked who their fave kit is from.

Carolyn G said...

I have always been afraid to make the jump to a kit since sometimes the pairings are SO different than what I am used to. The opportunity to "try before I buy" would be awesom!

Jingle said...

I think adding exclusive products that people like to get their hands on makes tons of sense. Unfortunately, it does mean that there are items that are left unavailable to those who are unable to afford the kits, but, from the business side of it...it's a great idea! Plus - they are great designs! I haven't played with one of their kits, but I've drooled many a time! LOL!

Harley Dee said...

I think it's fantastic! Just one more wonderful thing for their kit! :D

Amanda Profumo said...

I LOVE SC!!! I love it because they have exclusive papers and a fantastic stlye, hence why they always sell out! Original paper makes original layouts, I truly hope I win this kit... I just may loose sleep over it!

joni said...

What a stunning kit!!! I love the diversity of the kits and all the goodies that are included! Fantastic!

Jennifer said...

it's great to deisgn your own paper to go with your kit! That way it's always perfect. Lovely layouts and such a mixture of everything!

Jenn in Vancouver

Jennifer said...

I think a kit with exclusive papers has a definite advantage of other kits, because you are getting something you can't find anywhere else. So I'm all for it!

Steffanie S. said...

Awesome! Why not? I think if you can design a great paper---go for it! Plus, it's nice to have things you can't find everywhere else for your lo's. Almost one of a kind!

HL0517 said...

I LOVE the exclusive SC pps - they have become one of my favorite parts of the kit. I also love that you can add on just SC pps or a variety of pps each month.

april said...

wow, heidi! i love those LOs, you're one talented lady!

Houston said...

SC is my favorite and I started my subscription because of their exclusive paper! Great layouts and card Heidi!

Geralyn said...

I love looking at SC's monthly kits, and I think it's a great part that they design they're own papers. Makes it special :)

lauren said...

I totally missed this kit and was bummed about it! I think SC designing thier own papers is WONDERFUL because they have such an eye for design, color and style. I believe they will one day became a full fledged manufacturer.

lovin2scrap said...

In this competitive scrapbook retail world, making exclusive paper is genius! It is being born with so much creativity behind it and coordinated beautifully with the latest and greatest products! Brilliant! I would love to be able to experience this kit club as it is on my wish list.

Christi in AZ said...

I LOVE kit clubs. They make me use stuff I wouldn't normally buy for myself and I usually end up LOVING it!!

marisa said...

wow, these are great kits! I have seen them before but really never able to order any. These papers are great and colorful and bold! Why not?

ms.cheryl said...

Being able to design thier own paper is what sets them apart. You know your creation will be different from the rest. Thanks, ms.cheryl

mandee said...

this is by far the best kit club ever! not only do april and scarlet have an eye for great combinations... not to mention adding their own person sc papers, but the customer service is to die for. super fast, super reliable, and always always always completed with a smile! a cut above the rest!

Avital said...

I think it's a great idea. Those fresh designs cannot be purchased "a-la-cart" elsewhere, so they make the kits more unique (just like the special stamps everyone loves).

Kelly said...

I love SC. Love their style. Love their products. Love their service. Love their commitment to their customers. And I love all the girls that hang out there in such a warm community. Love it all - and you'll never get me to leave ;o)

Majic Scrapbooker said...

LOVE the idea of them designing their own papers. Definitely makes their kits more "exclusive." I've always thought their kits look awesome anyway :)

Christine said...

Pick me, pick me!!!

Blessings,
Christines

Holly said...

I have to say, you've peaked my interest. I've been checking out the SC blog and website, and they've got some pretty cool stuff. Designing their own papers? That's awesome!! And I love the play on calico with the black, white, and kraft cardstock. Definitely something to put on my wishlist ... a kit (or 6) may be in my future!

Kate said...

Those colors are so bright and fun! I love the variety in that kit.

Annie said...

I am so loving everything you did...that flower on your card is WOW!!!!
xoxoxo

Vicki said...

Most awesome layouts using their kits. I have to say, the zig zag paper is my favorite too. You all are great enablers, lol.

Amy Coose said...

I have been a subscriber to these kits for almost 2 years, and I can say I've never gotten a kit that I did not LOVE!!! Each one is better than the last, and talk about inspiring. These kits just bring out the mojo in you.

The DT is beyond talented, and I often find myself looking back through past galleries for inspo. And I can't even begin to gush about the customer service over there. It's amazing!

charmi said...

I really like studio calico though i dont subscribe to any kit clubs..just scared to take the plunge..would love to "try some of the kit club stuff " before committing to one !! i also like Scarlet lime..i think they too have some exclusive stuff & really different stuff everytime i see their stuff !!

Erin said...

I think it is great.I also love the paper that looks like the afgan.I have one from my great grandmother as well..

Abby said...

Their papers are AWESOME! I always wanna get my hands on some. Too cool! Add me to the list of people who have an afgan from their GM that's like that. :)

jbennettp said...

Wow! Really cool paper! I like that it's so original.

Mindy said...

I was just looking at these kits the other day. I didn't know they sometimes made their own paper and I think that's really cool. Now I MUST have one!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review. Really great kits. I'd love to get my hands on one!

Heather A.

Fifi said...

I love so much that SC do so I'm sure their own papers will be great, and there is always room for more scrapping stuff

Close To Home said...

it is the next best thing to sliced bread! :)

i looooove the exclusives!

lizacreates said...

That's a truly fun kit there and I think the layouts you gals have done so far are very creative. SC is always, always sold out. Wish they would order more kits.

Sara Ancich said...

The zigzag paper reminds me of the designer Mossino. I heart kits in general. Thanks for the oh-so-thorough review.

Scrapycandy said...

If I had a decent printer I would make all my own paper too! We need more paper! LOL!

Mabel said...

Love that papers, always look for cool and new papers!!! really creative the elements from Studio Calico, they're my favs for sure!

Joli said...

This months Scarlet Lime kit also had exclusive papers and embellies. I think this is a great idea for kit clubs! I love getting 'exclusive' products, it makes me feel like I am not wasting my money on shipping since I can't get it anywhere else.

That zig zag paper is rockin'!!!

Jennie said...

I love that it gives my layouts a unique look to them that you can only get from SC! Their paper rocks!

DonnaBD said...

This month was my first SC kit and I loved their papers best of all! Can't wait to see what they come up with next.

walesk said...

absolutely, SC is the best and THIS kit is one of my faves!! :)

julieann said...

I think that it is a great idea! I love what they have done and can't wait to see more. You can never have too much awesome paper:)

angie worthington said...

i think it would be fabulous if SC made their own paper...that a great looking kit and all of the scrappers made some awesome layouts & cards!!!...

Kimberly said...

Studio Calico is one of the best kit clubs ever! I loved this kit and anyone who gets it will be excited as well. Loved the layouts you created with the May kit and it is just simply fun to get the box each and every month. TWO THUMBS up for Studio Calico.

Anonymous said...

I checked their site out, and really like what they have to offer. I like that you can get extra embellishments, if you like.

Thanks,
Tina

NanaBeth said...

I love the idea of having paper that is unique. The only problem I see with the exclusive paper is like you-I'd want more. I went to their site to check and see if you could get additional paper. You can but it appears to sell out as fast as the kits-I can see why.

Phoebe said...

I think SC adding exclusive designs to their kits is a fabulous idea! One of the things that most people look for in a kit is that little something extra that no other kit has...little bits and pieces that you can't find at any old LSS. And designing your own papers or embellies/stamps is a genius way to achieve that! :) And how could you go wrong with that gorgeous zig-zag paper, right?? ;)

Vanessa said...

I think SC making their own papers is brilliant. I really love that the kit isnt JUST their papers, that they work well with other lines of papers. Everyone wants a good mix of product and SC is sure to deliver!

Lovin' Life said...

Great kit, and that zig zag paper is awesome!!! I would have a lot of fun with that!!!!

Melissa said...

I love that you are doing kit club reviews! What a beautiful kit!

weze said...

by the time I check out the current kit I find out it is SOLD OUT! So winning a kit would be fantastic!

Amie said...

I love it! I love the big bold colors...these papers help make a statement. =)

Veronica said...

Not a "Kit Gal" but this does persuade me! I look forward to more "Kit Reviews." I just might have to join one!! LOL

Carmem Lucia Calvo said...

I looove Studio Calico!

Merrilee said...

I love it when a kit company makes their own paper, it means you are getting something truly unique!

Lyn said...

What's not to love? I have subscribed for over a year and have never, not once, been disappointed. Scarlet and April are amazing and the DT is so inspiring. My only regret is not having enough time to spend working with the kits!!! This is the first kit I ever subscribed to and will be the one and only!

~*~ Stephanie ~*~ said...

Their kits are soo gorgeous... I've only gotten a kit from them a couple of times!! and I used every last INCH of them! I think it's great if they make their own to put in with their already awesome kits!

I LOVE that zigzag paper.. soo much fun!

kreativeimagination said...

SC having their own paper is personalizing and unique. That will make their customers to special.I think it is superb.
thanks for the awesome chance.

schmidthouse said...

I love that they make their own papers,and their own stamps!!! I just drool over their kits but as I am currently unemployed I am trying to keep from signing up for a membership...but its soooooooooo hard!!!

Wendy said...

Looks like a great kit!

aggiebonfire00/lindsayk said...

i hope that one day they only use papers that they designed themselves. their stamps are awesome too! i use mine over and over. every month i wonder how they are going to top the last...and i haven't been disappointed yet. not to mention they have created a community there where no one feels left out. i love me some studio calico!!!

PattiM said...

I love all the colors and unique papers. I've also been drooling over their kits!!

Hugs,

PattiM
(Pattie's passion)

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!!

ShellyJ said...

Fabulous layouts! ... I absolutely LOVE Studio Calico and their special products that they produce themselves... from stamps to paper they are awesome! If anybody is thinking about a club kit, this is the one! I wasn't the biggest fan of kits. I thought I loved pulling stuff together too, but this just works so much easier. LOVE IT! I can just grab a bag of goodness and go to town... no more countless hours searching to find matching supplies!

Dettao said...

It really looks like a fun kit club. I love the bright colors in this one. The zigzag looks great.

carpediem said...

Thanks for doing a kit club review! Love the colors! laura j

Joy Pearcy said...

I love that they make their own paper to coordinate with the kits. Need to think of joining!! Love it all!!

Ilka said...

Love the versatility of this kit!How cool they add their own stamp and paper!
Great LO's too Heidi!

Lenore Bremner said...

Love this kit club and the layouts you did! Wow!

lisa g. said...

I've never worked with a kit before...I'm always worried that I won't like what is offered, etc....but I love this one! It would make for some awesome layouts of my 2 boys :)

PaperParadise said...

I've never tried a kit club before but I think it would be a great idea!

Brandi said...

Love the idea of a kit club, I would love to win a kit just to see what it is all about. Thanks!

AngMomof3 said...

I suppose their making the papers makes them even more exclusive... and if they sell out this fast, guess they just need to make more!

Kari Ann Sweeney said...

I think Studio Calico is one of the best kits around. I MUST build them into teh budget. Thanks for the through review!

Tricia said...

What I love about SC is that the kits include more than just one line of paper - including their own designs. I don't like everything to match perfectly and yet these girls can make the different lines papers coordinate in a way that I don't know how to do. I have loved my kits and was honestly trying to stop and check out other kits, but as it turns out, I now subscribe to two clubs!

katie scott said...

very cute stuff :)

Rebecca said...

What a cute line! Those colors work well together and the whole set looks very versatile!

Jenny said...

I love all the Studio Calico exclusive papers!!!

Theresa said...

I went over to check out the kit site, but of course they were already sold out of the May kit. But they had a sneak peek of the June kit, so that was cool!

I think SC including the exclusive products in kits only is a fabulous sales technique! A little incentive for the buyers to purchase!

Lynette said...

I am seriously considering going to the SC kit club. Everyone seems to think very highly of it, and uniques items added are a realy plus. Thanks for doing all the reviews.

Maria said...

Wow! The products in their kits really seem to go together well. I love this kit!

Sara said...

Really cool! It just makes your scrapbook more unique! Some day I'd like to join this club....

Etta said...

Great layouts! I love Studio Calico, though I am not a subscriber and rarely purchase their kits, it's only b/c of money.I would love for them to make their papers available "by the sheet".

Anonymous said...

i think that would make the kit rock even more! these kits can't get any better, well add your own sr paper and it's done

lynda in calif

kismet art said...

Are you kidding, their own paper, I thought the kit was awesome before but now- WOW! I love that you have been sharing all this kit news!

Janette said...

Love the studio calico kit as the papers and embellishments are all so different and colourful.

Bethy said...

Super cute kit. I love how it has a mix of everything for girl and boy pages and some really cool embellishments!

stinker said...

looks like a great kit! i think if they want to do their own papers, they definitely should...i'm always interested in things that are different!

Christa P. said...

I love their papers and can't wait to start getting my hands on some next month!

Erica Hettwer said...

I love that they don't have to wait for manufacturer product. Their stuff is ready when they want it ready! ;)

Anonymous said...

I think that they're kits are amazing, and that they're exclusive papers are fantastic. Love the designs for them.

Jenny S.
jvsy(at)shaw.ca

Miriam said...

I think its just so creative and original of a kit club that takes the time to put together something so special and original. All the best Studio Calico!!!

laverneboese said...

I love Studio Calico's kits. And I love, love, love their exclusive papers...and stamps :)

Sammie said...

I don't subscribe to Studio Calico, but always like their kits. I think it's great that they make their own coordinating paper. It makes their kits that much more custom.

My Life said...

I have loved your review on SC and I would LOVE to win one of thier kits!!!!!!

jennie said...

I love Studio Calico's papers!!
Also their rip strips are amazing..

I have only been able to purchase 3 different times, but have loved every single piece to fall out of that SC box:)

V said...

The Knit and Shave outline are adorable!

dina_cpa said...

Studio Calico kits are awesome!! I have gotten a few and have never been disappointed! I think it is great that they have their own papers & stamps included in their kits. I love when clubs include unique items you can't find anywhere else!!

Dina K.

jill said...
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jill said...

I don't think it matters if they have exclusive paper for a kit...scrapbooks aren't like Old Navy dresses that everyone wears at the same time. There are too many different and wonderful ways to use paper that it shouldn't matter how many people pick the same paper (Just look at all of the awesome LO you guys made for the review)! BUT I love love love their paper in general, wished I didn't work so much and had a chance to buy the kit and put it to good use before it sold out!

Cassi said...

SC Papers are great, I wish you could buy them by the sheet all the time -- not just one time only!

Karen said...

Studio Calico seems to do everything well, so their own line of paper should be no exception.

weezer said...

I think its great! Kinda like the glue that brings all of the other great products together in their kits!

Anonymous said...

Making their own paper...sounds good! they put together such creative kits, I'm sure it would be great! Would love to win!!! :-)
mommyinca (at) yahoo.com
AMY

Diane B. said...

exclusive papers would be the biggest selling point for me. i love to have things other people don't! plus, their kits are CUTE to begin with!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous layout's!

Adriane

Rebecca said...

I've never seen a SC kit I wasnt in total love with. They are amazing!

Michelle said...

Never have tried a kit before. I am a random whatever type. But this one is pretty cool. Love the use you have on both boy and girl LO's. Nice job!

moonlightgrrl said...

Studio Calico is, in my opinion, the best kit club out there. By a long shot. April & Scarlet provide world class customer service. They are always quick to reply to inquiries and to let us know anything pertinent - usually before we have the chance to ask. I love that the DT is so involved in the process and in the community - which, by the way, is the most open and friendly community of scrappers anywhere. I love that we've also "met" the others who work behind-the-scenes, from the ladies who lovingly pack up our boxes of goodies each month to the graphic designer and the web guru and g-man (april's hubby) - all of whom treat Studio Calico as if it is a labor of love, because that is exactly what it is! I have been a subscriber since 2007. Studio Calico has challenged my creativity and given me a ton of inspiration, both in the DT gallery and the member gallery, and each month they offer the latest and greatest at reasonable prices. They keep getting better and better. And the exclusive papers and stamps and other embellishments are just the icing on the cake. If anyone has looked into a subscription and just wasn't sure (or if money is an issue), then seriously, I'd encourage you to just go for it! The kits are heaven. And it actually saves me money (with a little bit of discipline) as it takes care of all my needs and I don't have to do much, if any, shopping elsewhere. Is that glowing enough of a review? I hope so, because I really feel like I can't say enough about Studio Calico.

Jenn said...

Looks like a fun kit club, they should try making their own paper line :)

Sue Bone said...

I'm not sure about kit clubs printing their own papers, Scarlet Lime also does this. There are so many pretty papers out there and it must be expensive per sheet to have your own printed. However every month I go and drool over the Studio Calico kits, but I'm never quite quick enough to grab one.

Peg said...

how cool, I love the idea of original papers!
Awesome looking kit too :-)

Meredith Treloar said...

Designing their own papers ... fabo, more variety too! I would love to win ... way down here in Australia!!

Rasmie said...

On Saturday I got my very first SC package - one of the add-on kits. I love it. I wish I could have got the main and all the add-ons but it would've cost too much :(
I was impressed by the Studio Calico logo'd box it arrived in, the SC stickers that sealed the packages and the cute little SC card that said who'd packed your order. Oh my goodness - it was such a thrill to get it!

I don't mind exclusive papers but there are always so many yummy papers to be had that I wouldn't like a kit to contain solely their own papers.

I DID get one of their exclusive stamps though (a mug stain!) and I really like that one and can't wait to use.

Studio Calico seems to be the best out there, especially in terms of their DT, the galleries (soooo much inspiration) and the message board. I love that you can log-in and save all your fav LO's to go back to for inspiration.

jillconyers said...

Designing their own papers is awesome! Love the originality.

Anonymous said...

I'm a subscriber and I adore the SC papers... always

Anonymous said...

I have all the SC paper because I'm a inconditionnal subscriber... they are bright and vintage... adore !!!
isabel

Wolfe said...

I think making their own papers is great! Exclusiveness, more yummy designs, fabulous.

Deanne said...

wow that would be awesome STUDIO CALICO PAPER!!! I just know it would be wonderful!

Kim M said...

Wow, making their own paper, what a bold move, I think it is awesome!

Heidi Y said...

Would love this kit!!

stephanie said...

what a great idea. would be fabulous to get something exclusive, not available anywhere else. adds appeal to a kit when there's already so many similar kit clubs out there.

Rmcilvenna said...

It's great that Studio Calico designs their own paper. With the internet we can every other company's paper anytime. But Studio Calico paper is only available in one place. After a while you see the same paper everywhere -- unless you are a Studio Calico customer.

Debbie said...

I think it is a great idea. What great marketing. Another Company that makes kits is doing the same starting in June.

debbie peysen

Angela W said...

I totally love SC and all their exclusive items! You used your kit wonderfully!

Anonymous said...

WOW...you ladies amaze me with your talent! Very nice work on here

ngarretson@hotmail.com

Renee said...

Wow! These kits are awesome! I love what you made from it.