Monday, February 1, 2016

Guest Designer at Citrus Twist Kits

Hi everyone, I am so proud to announce that I am the guest designer at citrus twist kits for the month of February. It is so amazing to see my photo alongside with all these talented ladies. I am so thankful to citrus twist kits for giving me this opportunity. You should check out their kits. They are filled with the latest products from popular manufacturers. I loved the February kit. It has such a variety of products. You can create such a fun mix of layouts. I made four layouts from the main kit and every one of them is one of my favorites!


Here is a sneak peek of the layout that I made with the Feb kit. Check it out and also get a glimpse of my scrapbooking journey and craft space at the Citrus Twist Kits blog today.

Have an awesome day!
~Neela

Friday, January 22, 2016

Member spotlight

I am so proud and honored to be spotlighted by Studio Calico today. I am so inspired by the kits and so enjoy being part of the community. There is a ton of inspiration in the member gallery. For more check out the link here.

Have a great day!
~Neela

Friday, January 1, 2016

Cold Country

Happy 2016 to everyone. It's been a long time since I have posted or created anything. But I finally got some time to create these holidays. I had the perfect photos from our trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana where my brother lives. I have never wanted to go to a place colder than Santa Barbara at any time. But I had to visit my brother as I had never checked out his new house. As we were landing in Chicago during the thanksgiving weekend, it was snowing. We saw the whole place covered with snow from the plane and it was quite beautiful. The next day was Nov 21st, Arjun's birthday and all he wanted was for it snow on that day. And it did and it looked beautiful. My family and I have hardly ever seen it snow, I have to say it was so breathtaking and beautiful. The kids had the most amazing time trying to make snow angels and having snowball fights. The layouts that I made reflect the beauty of snow, the birthday celebration, the kids excitement to be playing in the snow! All products that I used in these layouts are from Studio Calico kits and the Firsts kit by Ali Edwards.








My layouts are a mix of sizes and techniques. Some of them are hybrid layouts and some are just plain old paper piecing. All I can say is that I had so much fun making these layouts and getting the stories told of our trip.
Hope you enjoyed checking out my layouts. Have a great day!
~Neela

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Layouts with the Cirque kit

As soon as I saw the sneaks for the Cirque kits at Studio Calico I fell in love with this kit. But when it finally arrived and I actually started working with it, I realized that it was quite a challenge for me to work with it. There was a lot of hot pink in this kit which I already knew about. But I have two boys and I don't scrapbook enough about myself so it was challenge. I decided to go ahead and use the pink for the boy pages anyway. I then also realized that if I cleverly used the papers, there was a lot of green, yellow and blue in them.
So here are my layouts:



I wanted to play with circles on this layout as there were these fun acrylic circles in this kit. So I just moved them around till I liked their placement. I did a little bit of stitching to connect all the circles to the photo. This photo was taken on Surya's second birthday. His favorite part of the day was to lick the icing off the cupcake. Can't believe he is going to turn 5 tomorrow. I remember the whole party like it was yesterday.


I love this photo of Surya and me. For this one, I am not a 100% sure that I did complete justice to this layout. Again, it was all about the circle. I had pinned this graphic design shape that I loved so much. I designed the circle cut file with silhouette software and cut it out from this gold paper. I think using that gold paper was a complete mistake. I kinda knew it as I was making the layout but just didn't want to throw it away and waste the paper and the effort. It's okay because I have that cut file saved and I know I am going to use it differently next time.


Okay now look at all these blues, greens and yellows I could coax out of that same kit and I love this layout so much. This was inspired by one of Stephanie Bryan's layout. It was so much fun decorating each of those little circles. Again it was all about the circles. The 'hello HAPPINESS' cut file is also from Studio Calico and I have had it for a long time now. It works so well on this layout.


This layout is actually a mix of different kits. The silver paper on the right which actually does not look silver was the speciality paper in this kit. It was hard to use. I had made this layout for Wilna's color theory class at Studio Calico. This layout was made using an achromatic color scheme.


This last layout, I made for NSD 2015 challenge at Studio Calico. I think I already posted this layout but I thought I would add it here for completeness. This layout was inspired by a mood board. The colors in this kit matched the colors in the mood board perfectly. The colors in this kit also matched the photo so well. This is a photo of one of Arjun's first trips to the pool. He is 10 years old now. I love scrapping all these older photos. It takes me back in time and brings back fond memories.

So that rounds up the layouts I made with the Cirque kits. I still have a lot of this kit left. So more layouts to come. Hope you enjoyed looking at these layouts.

Have a great day!
~Neela