December 8, 2008

January Kit Inspiration + a MM giveaway!!!

Ever wonder what inspires us when putting together your Studio Calico kits? Many times it's new product on the market, hot color combinations, or a must-have product that we work the entire kit around. But sometimes, it's an item or photo that inspires us.

One day earlier this year, Scarlet had taken her kids to Barnes & Noble for a Saturday outing when she found this amazing book by Oliver Jeffers. The story is so cute, plus the pages themselves are works of art. Enter our inspiration for January's kit.


I hope this leads to massive guessing on what's inside your non-traditional January kit. If you were hoping for snowflakes and evergreen trees, I hope you won't be disappointed.

But, in case you are, here's an opportunity to win some more of the FaLaLa collection from Making Memories!!! Just post a link to a photo/store/book, anything that's inspiring to you for a chance to win!

98 comments:

Ally said...

Ohhh - this is easy! The most inspiring thing to me right now is Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas - these tags have been true works of art this year! http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/

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Kimber-Leigh said...

i love this picture...the color combos and the stack of text!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3182/3022021655_8640
421960_o.jpg

and i'm loving the falala release...so pick me! :)

em said...

I don't need a chance to win...I just wanted to say that I think the book looks adorable, and I cant' wait to see how you used it as your inspiration! :)

kathleen said...

I always smile when this http://www.landofnod.com/Catalog/default.aspx
comes in the mail!! I love their covers : )I would be thrilled to get my hands on this give away! Thanks for always being so generous SC!!!

Heather Prins said...

Oh I love the colors!!

Angel S. said...

I actually love the colors and seasonal items in the home section of Target! Thanks for the chance!

http://www.target.com/Home-D%C3%A9cor/b/ref=nav_t_spc_5_62/177-0682106-

Saracicle said...

I really like lots of the different greens and reds out this year!

Love all the ideas posted by so many different people on this site!
http://melstampz.blogspot.com/2008/03/ive-been-bitten.html

-Sarah W.

Lauren said...

I love reading my daughter my old Golden books..The stories are so great and the illustrations are just wonderful! So inspiring!

Tiffany said...

http://www.kerismith.com/blog/
i love Keri Smith's witty comments are her willingness to think "out there", which i try to incorporate into my scrapbooking!

Close To Home said...

http://davinie.blogspot.com/ Davinie's blog banner..have to say she's one of my fav designers. OH, and her family tree project has been great inspiration too.

ToneF said...

Oh, what a lovely giveaway :)

I really want to share one of my favourite books, Possessions by A.S. Byatt, I love that novel :o)
http://www.amazon.com/Possession-Romance-S-Byatt/dp/0679735909/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228778306&sr=1-1

For scrapping inspiration, I always go back to Ali Edwards' books, and this one, I can just read and read over and over again, and it always gives me the spirit to do some pages :D
http://astore.amazon.com/aliedwardsdes-20/detail/1933516666

And yes, seeing that picture you showed here with that cutie old children's book, I just so much wanted to share with you... ;)
My husband was up in his parents attick the other day, and he found a whole bunch og books from his childhood and took them home for our son who was so thrilled!
I put a picture of the books in my blog, it's all in Norwegian though, but I hope you like the picture anyway :o)
http://tonefslilleverden.blogspot.com/2008/12/litt-morsomme-ting.html

(and yes, there is also a layout made from the SC-November-kit, with pictures of me as a baby... *hihi* )

Wishing you a lovely December-week!

Melanie Stanczyk said...

Something that inspires me...Is Tim Holtz. Specially now with the 12 tags of Christmas. You wouldn't believe the order I placed for his products. Can't wait to get them!

manon tremblay said...

as a librarian, i love to hear about great books, and children's litterature is no exception! here's a link to one of my latest discovery: http://www.scaredysquirrel.com/
published by scholastic. Melanie Watts humor is delicious, and the book helps children with self assurance and to not be afraid of the unknown.
what inspires me? the soft colors, the black contours... so cute!
manon

Jennifer said...

I *love* Pottery Barn for inspiration ... their catalogs are amazing!

ConnieC said...

I like to check out photos on http://www.flickr.com/ when I need inspiration.

just me....lynn said...

I am inspired by the book and notecards in "wideopen" by Randi Feuerhelm-Watts. I just love it!!

Tracey said...

Great giveaway - thanks for the chance!!

My fave scrappy store is where I always go for inspiration.

http://www.turtlesoup.scrappingturtle.com/index.php

Jenny said...

The Real Simple website and magazine inspires me!!

http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/homepage/flash/0,23022,,00.shtml

Cass said...

I am finding Ali's December Daily album to be really inspiring.
http://aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/

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MandeeM said...

So, As I can see, Ally took one that popped into my mind, because I was just there...
http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/

But I am also loving
http://www.aliedwards.typepad.com/
right now, probably b/c of December Daily.
And I always visit these two too...
http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/
http://heroarts.com

Thanks for the chance to win, and some great links.

mommy2alex said...

Love that book, I cannot wait to see the January kit!
I'm so inspired by Ali Edwards' blog, she has such amazing ideas:)

ShellyJ said...

I absolutely love wondering around Target... so pretty!
http://www.target.com/Contemporary-Home-6-pc-Towel-Sets/dp/B000LVGSF4/qid=1228781448/190-5474115-6463818?ie=UTF8&node=155228011&frombrowse=1&rank=salesrank&rh=&page=1

the towels are always so colorful :)

TxScrapAddict said...

My inspiration...Tim Holtz!! http://timholtz.typepad.com/

Jenny said...

I am always inspired by Ali Edwards. She is doing her December Daily :) www.aliedwards.typepad.com

Amber said...

What is inspring me right now is all of the Christmas colors around...I just love the holidays! I love the photo linked below!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiritwalk/2122936536/

erin said...

hi there! what a fun and generous rak.
this link makes me happy, since both of my girls like these types of toys...

http://fredflare.com/customer/product.php?productid=2332&cat=309&page=&style=camera&added=1&aprod=2332&failed=&addedamt=1

avidreader said...

I'm inspired by Alie Edwards December Daily and Tim Holtz's tags...I also enjoy visiting Nora's blog http://noragriffin.typepad.com/ndg/
for inspiration.

Tracy said...

Currently http://timholtz.typepad.com/ is inspiring me.

Anonymous said...

so i love ikea... so contemporary, but so easy to mix with any style :)

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/

i can get lost in their showrooms for hours on end jus absorbing...
i especially love their bedding. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/bedroom/10651/

i can't wait to see the jan kit!!

alissa_palm

XXOO AMY said...

Becky Flecks Page Maps always inspire my scrapbooking.
http://www.pagemaps.com

Erin said...

I'm often inspired by items in catalogs. This time of year, it's always pottery barn that gets my ideas going. Right now I'm totally inspired by this:

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/p11704/index.cfm?pkey=cnew-sale-home-decor

Katherine said...

http://acottageindustry.typepad.com

Tracey is very inspirational.

Erika M. said...

I'm really inspired by all things Christmas at this time. I've been scoping the galleries at acherryontop.com, twopeasinabucket.com. I also surf many blogs such as Ali Edwards, Elsie Flannagan, etc.

Renata Moni said...

I aalways check out Mellissa frances blog.Sucha great place to be inspired!
http://melissafrances.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Melinda said...

catalogs and magazine ads always seem to be full of inspiration for me. Love fa la la by MM so I am crossing my fingers.

Tonya said...

http://www.christiecarl.com/

It's a photography site but so much inspiration.

Susan Beth said...

I am most often inspired by photos, especially brightly colored photos like Heather Prims ha on her blog today here:

http://www.inthebestworld.blogspot.com/

Photos with great color make for great inspiration!

random me said...

I love the pottery barn site. I can almost always find something inspiring there.
http://www.potterybarn.com/

Jingle said...

THIS is inspiring to me: www.etsy.com

Your project is great!

Erica Hettwer said...

I've got to echo some of the other comments. Tim's 12 tags of Christmas are really awesome this year! My current fav is that green ornament on the tag he just did. Oh, my lord I love that color!
http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/12/12-tags-of-ch-7.html

Mélyane said...

I find this website very inspiring.. I can't really tell which picture inspires me the most.. Every one of them just touches me so much..

http://realitydream.extra.hu/

Angela W said...

There's no specific link to what I like. I like some things I have seen for Gap, Bath & Body Works, etc! Love the Falala Collection!

Sasha said...

I've been inspired by these paper stars on the Snow Patrol site from the get-go....http://www.snowpatrol.com/.
Great giveaway!!

Cynthia said...

Another Tim Holtz 12 tags of Christmas fan... I don't know how he does it, but I have taken tons of notes so far and we have plenty of days to go! Who knew you could ink distress stickles?!? http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Christie Wildes said...

I am so inspired by the December Daily albums that I am seeing everywhere. I am hoping to get mine caught up tomorrow. :)

Love that book though - will have to find it for ds when he gets older. tfs

XO
Christie

Anonymous said...

Tim Holtz is right up there for me too but I also like the inspiration that I get from this store:
http://www.kikki-k.com.au/catalog/index.html

Cheers
Anna D

Amy Christine said...

that looks like such an inspiring book!

when i was a little one, miss spider's tea party by david kirk was one of my favorite books. i'm sure that i was drawn to it because of the illustrations. the vivid colors and the whimsical feeling of each page made the book one i wanted to look at over and over again. :]

here's a link to david kirk's books:
http://www.scholastic.com/titles/missspider/
books.htm

Gina said...

I have been inspired lately by this blog I discovered:

http://lollychops.typepad.com/

lots of yumminess on there..the edible and visual kind :D
Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful prize! :D

Cynthia B. said...

I just got my LL Bean catalog in the mail, and I love to pore over the pages, even if I don't buy anything! I live in the south and don't get any snow, but the sweaters, sleepwear, and all the snow pics in this issue just made me think of winter, and therefore Christmas! I was mulling over this robe, in particular:
http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=56640&storeId=1&catalogId=1&langId=-1&feat=msr
Polar bears and Candy cane prints -definitely makes me want to scrap wintry things!

Vera said...

Ali Edwards inspires me. Is it sad that I can type her blog addy without looking?!??! That's how much I love her!

http://aliedwards.typepad.com

Eva said...

I also get inspiration from the Ali Edward's blog... other blogs that I visit frequently are: hero arts, cosmo cricket and ki memories.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Wendy said...

This Blog inspired me. I especially like the cookie sheet Advent calendar.

http://shesscrappy.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-10-29T09%3A06%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=7

Christina said...

First I have to say I love the colors in that book & I'm so excited to see January kits!

My inspirations right now have to be Ali Edwards December Daily Album & Tim Holtz 12 tags of Christmas. I love all the ideas that they both share.

Kimberly said...

I love RICH colors and this is a fabulous inspiration. I love rich colors and detail in curtain and upholstry material as well. I am always breezing by the material at HL.

Francine said...

These two sites inspire me everyday!

http://creaturecomforts.typepad.com/my_weblog/

http://lobsterandswan.blogspot.com/

Christine said...

ooooh! i can't wait for January.

i've been going through flicker for some inspiration and i found this particular photo to be so full of inspiration

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/20/73306642_2036293c4b.jpg

rmeyfe said...

I want to find that book too, my son would probably love it!!

My favorite inspiration is actually those little snippets of the layouts that we get as sneaks. It shows me just enough to get my own ideas. :)

Kathy said...

This album for displaying handmade cards by Kelly Purkey has inspired me...so much I've bought the album and am all set to go!

http://kellypurkey.typepad.com/its_me_kp/2008/11/card-book.html

Michelle*G said...

This is one of my favorite places for eye-candy and inspiration:

http://www.papayalicious.com/Love_Works.html

And I can hardly wait to see what you have in store for us in January! I can't see how it could top the last two kits (both TOTALLY fantastic), but I know you will somehow. :)

Robin said...

My Inspiration is a color combo that I am using for a mini album
http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_048C123464550000B?vName=Bed+%26+Bath :)

Adriana Puckett said...

That book looks wonderful! My latest inspiration is coming from the Pink Paislee blog - I love what they are doing with ornaments. (http://www.pinkpaislee.com - click on blog entries on the right hand side).

Red_Inc. said...

This is what is inspiring me right now....I love colouring books!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_19&listing_id=18423887

HL0517 said...

I am so inspired by this site
http://decor8blog.com/
so many different color combo. and great design inspiration

kindredmamma and Daddy said...

What's inspiring me....
http://cgi.ebay.com/Christmas-Purse-Paper-Piecing-Scrapbook-Album-by-Becky_W0QQitemZ320322708818QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item320322708818&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

I just made one similar for my mom for Christams and still need to finish one for myself.

h.

amyjk said...

i always find something inspiring in the pottery barn online shop-- color combos, unique items used as decor, interesting typography. i swear right now they are using the nadiya font on the homepage! http://www.potterybarn.com/

nicole said...

i have always loved the illustrations in this book - my daughter and i read it all the time!

http://www.amazon.com/Polar-Night-Times-Illustrated-Awards/dp/0439495245/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228835305&sr=8-1

Lalunatique said...

Etsy is a great source of inspiration for me :)http://www.etsy.com/
Can't wait to see January kit :D

Christy B said...

Sadly, there is no link for my "inspiration". It's a wonderful Italian restuarant: Bravo! Cucina Italiana. The outside of the building has antique white, taupe and black...touches of green from the landscaping. When I first saw it, I immediately thought those colors with a distressed look would be awesome in a scrap book! Add some gold highlights and I'm hooked.

jeanie nieva said...

the ideas and colors are a good jump-off point for scrapbook pages. :)
http://glamourthis.wordpress.com/

Theresa said...

Oh, there are so many . . .
Ali Edward's blog, Tim Holtz's blog, and Etsy always inspires me--www.etsy.com

Agnes C said...

Inspiration? Anything Ali Edwards.

cannycrafter said...

Got to be sadie Olive

http://www.sadieolive.com/kitchen.htm

Great giveaway! Thanks ladies!

karen m. (akaliz) said...

i was just clicking around target and found
this...

it's purty and will serve as some inspiration for my december daily that i'm finally getting started.

Harley Dee said...

Woo hoo, love me some FaLaLa! :D

And I love these..

http://gamil.com/2008/12/01/2008-christmas-window-displays-in-nyc/

It's the NYC Christmas Display windows! :)

Steph J said...

the monthly gallery on the studio calico website is always inspiring!

{VICKI} said...

I am always inspired by aliedwards.typepad.com

her december daily rocks!

{vicki}

Fleursbydesign said...

My son's teachers are actually very inpiring to me!

Lynette C said...

I love the FaLaLa collection from Making Memories. So obviously I will link you to Making Memories website. There tons of ideas and you can shop too.
http://www.makingmemories.com/

Geralyn said...

I really love American Crafts' designers' Christmas cards - I find them really inspiring me to make my own :)

http://americancrafts.typepad.com/photos/christmas_cards/index.html

lingannon said...

I LOVE this bedroom! Even though my daughter is still just a baby, I am hoping to make her some of these adorable pillows for her room before Christmas.

http://www.potterybarnkids.com/room/rom/romgir/romgirwod/index.cfm

Tiffany said...

magazines are my biggest sources of inspiration!
i love teenvogue because of its colorfulness on each page, which i try to bring in my scrapbook pages!

Lou Spiden said...

HI, I love that SC kits are non-traditional - especially because I am in Australia and our seasons are opposite so with the SU kits it doesnt matter! One of my favourite sites for inspiration is http://colorcombosgalore.ning.com/

Merry Christmas!!

Lou

Beth Warren said...

I am inspired by the Pink Paislee blog: www.pinkpaislee.com/blog - love their work. I'm also inspired by two peas in a bucket's gallery: www.twopeasinabucket.com then click on the gallery - tons of gorgeous inspiration.

Melanie said...

I've been inspired by Ali Edwards' December Daily Album lately. I've also been inspired by the daily prompts for the Photo of the Day Challenge on Playground of Memories (http://playgroundofmemories.com/phpBB2/). I love the MM Falala line and I would love to win your giveaway! :)

Comptons said...

Everything on this site inspires me, the clothes, the webdesign, especially their blog. Check it out.

Freepeople.com

Stacey said...

I hope the colors are just like the book cover! I like to use home decorating magazines for color schemes for scrapbook pages.

Michelle A. said...

These products are so fun and inspiring: http://bellablvd.typepad.com/

Thanks!
Michelle A.

Rachel said...

I am inspired by Kendra at www.preschoolersandpeace.com . I am always trying to get more organized/get more done while doing my best for the little ones. If you have preschoolers you have got to check it out!
Great give-away, thanks for the chance to win!

Stephanie said...

I love seeing what gives you all inspiration!

Malin said...

This is the most fantastic creative and inspiring girl i know
www.badankor.blogspot.com
-Fallala wishes from Malin

Sophia said...

I would have to say Pottery Barn too...

http://www.potterybarn.com/

Christa said...

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5118202

the colors in the jewelery in this etsy shop are sooooo inspiring!!!

ArlaMo said...

I'm a bit addicted to Pottery Barn catalogs lately for inspiration. Just wish I could afford to actually buy something, lol.

Amy M. said...

I am inspired right now by Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas - I love all the detail! ttp://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/

I also visit Ali Edwards blog and Molly Irwin too!