Last chance to purchase our August Mini Course!

EllesStudio-ExclusiveKitMiniCourses-Contributors-square-2Today is the LAST DAY to purchase our Exclusive Kit Mini Course for August! August’s class features three different designers: Nancy Damiano, Gina Lideros, and Jess Forster. Each person will be sharing with you a layout, cards, or Project Life spread, with step-by-step instructions of how their project came together, along with tips and techniques using our August kit and coordinating extras. Each project highlights ideas that can be easily transformed to fit any type of papercrafting project you are working on.

Since this is a downloadable PDF, you can view it on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, but you can also print it out and take it with you into your scrap room! Here’s a peek at the 10 page printed course:EllesStudio-ExclusiveKitMiniCourses-ClassPeek-webWe have received some incredible feedback from those who have purchased the class! Everyone is loving the projects featured, and the tips to go along with them! My favorite part of this mini course is, even if you didn’t purchase the August kit, the tips and techniques covered in this course can work with almost any products, on any project! And, even though I have been scrapbooking for a long time, it covered a couple things I didn’t know, and reminded me of some tips that I had forgotten! Reading it left me feeling so inspired!

At just $4.99, this class is an amazing bargain but it will only be available until midnight tonight, so don’t miss out! And, we want to thank everyone who has already purchased the class – We feel so blessed to have such amazing support from you all and are looking forward to our next class for September!

Speaking of September… who’s ready for the first sneak peek?

EllesStudio-SeptemberSneakPeekWe are so excited for the fun tags included in our September kit – above is just a tiny peek of the kit + awesome extras! Stay tuned for even more sneak peeks here at our blog, and on our instagram account (@ellesstudio) leading up to the big day on September 10th! Make sure you’ve also signed up for our newsletter to receive a reminder of when everything is available in our shop. We will even have our new collections in stock, Thankful and Joyful in stock, too! Our Thankful collection coordinates perfectly with our September kit, and is a great add-on!

Summer Layout with Michelle Wedertz

Hot-SummerProducts used: Exclusive August Kit; Let’s Eat Paper collection; Letter and Number Stickers-Teal; XO acrylic’s

I’m always excited to see the colors included in the exclusive monthly kits and this month I was pretty happy to see pops of orange. Orange is one of those colors that doesn’t seem to appear too often in scrapbooking supplies and I loved having the opportunity to use it in a layout.

Hot-Summer-3I really liked the orange “Hot” journaling card (which I trimmed down in size) because it not only complimented the colors in my photo, but it also emphasized the subject of my journaling-how we were keeping cool during this hot, hot summer.

Hot-Summer-2When it came to pulling complimentary papers for my layout, I turned to the Let’s Eat Collection and found some great yellows and teal that I thought worked really well. I chose to embellish simply and along with with a few items from my own stash, I included the fun white velum (from the August Kit) and acrylic hearts.

I hope this inspires you to pull out your kit and get your special summer memories documented! – Michelle

Mix & Match Challenge with Jessy Christopher

Hello & welcome to the Elle’s Studio blog! I’m Jessy and I’ll l be hosting a very fun challenge this week. I’d love for you to create a project that mixes + matches using any collection along with the August exclusive kit.

Today, I’ll be sharing a layout that I created that suited this challenge. Let me share with you the creative process…

EllesStudio-HelloDimsumProducts used: Exclusive August kit, Oh No! Stamp Set, Cienna Paper Collection, Cienna Bits & Pieces, Cienna Wood Veneers, Let’s Eat Paper Collection, Let’s Eat Stickers, Let’s Eat Wood Veneers, Shine Paper Collection, Shine Bits & Pieces, Letters & Numbers Stickers – Yellow

I started off by selecting the collections that I want to create with i.e. Let’s Eat, Cienna & Shine + the August kit as well. Once I’m done with that, I picked patterned papers (that leaned towards graphic lines) from each collection to begin with. After the patterned papers placement, I adhered the photo in the middle. Then, I begin to work around the photo and slowly to the bottom of the layout. I wanted to use a lot of labels & tags onto this layout to create a heavy typography kind of layout. This layout is perfect to use all the little bits & pieces lingering in your stash. Once that is all done, I completed this layout with a stamped + alpha stickers title, tucked a doily, journaled and sprinkled some gold mist.

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I absolutely love the fact that all Elle’s Studio collections can be mix + match easily. And I do hope that you will join this challenge and play along – make sure you upload your projects to our member gallery!

Thanks for coming by and happy crafting!
Xoxo Jessy

Hello! card with Daniela Dobson

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Hi, Daniela here with a card using my favorite techniques: layering and stamping. I usually start with a base color and add little bits and pieces that look good together.

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I like to use 3D foam squares for dimension, plus it gives me space to tuck in additional things, like twine. To finish off the card I add stamps, washi tape and sequins.

Hello-card-close-2-by-Daniela-DobsonProduct list: Cienna Happiness Stamp, Oh No! Stamp Set, Let’s Eat Paper Collection Pack, Cienna Bits and Pieces, Cienna Paper Collection Pack

PROJECT LIFE

Swimming is a huge part of our Summer (and still on the weekends now that the kids are back in school).IMG_8560We are fortunate to have a swimming pool in our backyard, so you can bet we spend countless hours around the pool each summer.

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I snapped the enlarged photo of my daughter floating in the pool this summer and thought it was perfect example of how we love our pool!  I decided to do a small layout in my summer album showing how much we love to swim.

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I used the colors of the noodles in the pool as my inspiration for this spread (yellow, orange and blue).  I grabbed my August 2015 Kit and the Weekend Printables to put together this spread.  I added some color pencil to fill in the HOT, the heart in the stamp, and to outline the circle (to give it a pop).  I couldn’t resist using the Acrylic Stars— especially since it perfectly matched the star on my daughter’s bathing suit!

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By using just a few supplied I pulled together this spread in no time at all!

Elle’s Studio supplies used: August 2015 Kit, Weekend Printables, June 2015 Kit, Acrylic Stars, Weekend Stamp, Letter & Number Stickers- Yellow, Let’s Eat- Blank Labels

Home Sweet Home by Paige Evans

Home-Sweet-Home-by-Paige-EvansPaige is sharing a step-by-step layout tutorial with us today using our exclusive August kit, XO acrylics, cut files, and printables! We are loving the fun layers and ombre effect this layout has – wait until you see the simple 5 step process she has laid out for us on how it all came together!

EllesStudio-Paige-August-011. Cut three mountains (flip the middle one horizontally) from white cardstock, using the August Cut File.

EllesStudio-Paige-August-022. Print and trim the printables then arrange them along with the August kit contents, and XO acrylics, in red/pink/orange/yellow ombre.

EllesStudio-Paige-August-033. Place the mountain die cut page over the pieces to see how you like it.

EllesStudio-Paige-August-044. Watercolor red/pink/orange/yellow across another sheet of white cardstock and let it dry. Adhere all of the pieces in place then add the die cut page on top using foam dots.

EllesStudio-Paige-August-055. Add a photo and title then journal with a matching colored pen on a thought bubble card from the August kit.

Home-Sweet-Home-Detail-by-Paige-EvansProducts used: Exclusive August kit, XO acrylics, Here We Go printables, and August cut file.

What a fun way to use that cut file – we love it! We hope this layout inspires you today!

Inside My Planner with Candi Billman

Happy Weekend!!!  So thrilled to be here again, sharing my passion with you all…planners and scrapbooking goodies!!!  Today I am showing you how I am using the August Monthly Kit along with the Oh, No! Stamp Set inside my planner.  I love using these monthly kits and stamps for planning!  The tags and shapes are just the right size and make my planner so cute!  It makes me want to open up my planner and tackle the day!!!  Here is a shot of my whole week…
EllesStudio-PlannerWithCandi-01Besides decorating my planner inserts with scrapbook goodies…stamping is right up there too!!!  You will see here that I used a technique called “Second Generation Stamping”:  ink up your stamp, stamp it out once and then right away, without re-inking the stamp…stamp it out again!  This gives a faded image!  Such a fun technique!  I stapled that cute little “Date” tag down on Monday…I will jot down my most important to-do for that day!  The “Hello!” die cut is just hanging on by the planner ring…FUN!EllesStudio-PlannerWithCandi-02I used my mini stapler and stapled down the “My Top Five” tag to the top of my planner insert!  This will be a place to jot down a fun memory from each day!  The last and final thing that I do to all of my planner inserts, is add washi tape to the inside edges!  It just reinforces the holes a little bit better…EllesStudio-PlannerWithCandi-011Inside the front cover of my planner…POCKETS!!!  Great place to store those extra tags for decorating or just jotting down random notes!  I have a small pouch that stores my must haves for planning on the go and it includes a single hole punch.  I love to punch holes in these tags and add them to my week!EllesStudio-PlannerWithCandi-04I am constantly creating a new dashboard for my planner!  They are fun to change out…oh the beauty of a planner with rings, change things up all the time :) I grabbed a 12×12 paper from the Shine Collection and trimmed it down to size.  Inked up the edges and punched a few holes on the left hand side to place it inside the rings.  To complete this look I trimmed down another 12×12 paper to 3×4 and stapled the “Awesome” die cut (from the August kit) on top of that.  I did go a little crazy with my ink pad and edged the vellum with some pink!  To protect my dashboard, I add a clear transparency on top (not pictured)!EllesStudio-PlannerWithCandi-05Products used: Exclusive August Kit, Oh No! Stamp set, Shine Paper Collection

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek inside my planner!
Have a great weekend!
Candi

Sketch Thursday

Good Morning, All! Alissa here today and I’ve got my take on this fabulous sketch! The original layout was created by Jennifer Chapin and I love everything about it!
EllesStudio-Sketch-08-20-2015I love the big title that spans the page and the 4 “photo” areas.

seahawks-01Products used: Shine Paper Collection; Cienna Paper Collection; Exclusive August kit, XO Acrylics

I turned the sketch on its side to accommodate some of the photos I take of my hubby and myself every week during football season.

seahawks-02I love how the colors in the collections all got so well together and pink is usually included to tie it all together.  The acrylic pieces from the August exclusives were just perfect!

seahawks-03I can’t wait to see what you all do with this sketch! For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to our shop, create a project inspired by today’s sketch, upload it to the Member gallery and leave a comment here with the link by September 2nd. A random winner will be selected and posted with the next sketch on September 3rd.

Our randomly selected winner this week is: Sharmon with her Family layout.

2340_3904_14400304368883_bigCongrats!! Please email us at info@shopellesstudio.com to claim your prize, with the following information:
Name & Address:
Contest: Sketch Thursday
Prize: $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate

Project Life with Jennifer Chapin

EllesStudio-JenChapin-ProjectLife02Hello! Jennifer Chapin here, and today I am sharing a pocket page from my personal PL album. I keep a few different albums, a 12×12 for my family PL pages and a 6×8 album for my personal pages. In my personal album, I share more layouts about myself, my husband, my schooling, job, etc. Basically anything that doesn’t involve my kids.EllesStudio-JenChapin-ProjectLife03For this spread, I used the August exclusive kit, along with the stamp and XO acrylics. For a title card, I stamped Hello, then spelled Date Night out with letter stickers. I added an acrylic heart on the outside of the page protector. I like to do this for bulkier embellishments.

EllesStudio-JenChapin-ProjectLife01I wanted to incorporate the XO acrylic pieces, so I added them to a pocket and used my sewing machine to stitch the top edge. I like the transparency this gives the page.
EllesStudio-JenChapin-ProjectLife04I also used the vellum “awesome” card in the kit, simply adding it to a piece of blue cardstock and stitching the top edge. It is subtle yet provides just the right amount of color to the bottom corner.

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! If you have made something special with our August kit, we would love to see it! Please stop by the gallery and upload it. Have a great day!

Oh, No! Stamp Highlight

Hello, it’s Meghann here with you today! I started papercrafting with stamping and cardmaking, long before I ever created a scrapbook page, so stamping is one of my favorite techniques to use on my layouts, cards and pocket pages. Today I’d like to share an easy card that I created with the squares from the “Oh, No!” stamp set, an exclusive stamp that coordinates with the August exclusive kit.EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew01To create this layout, I started out with a purple, folded A2 card base, a piece of smooth white cardstock sized at 4” x 5-1/4”, the “hello” vellum speech bubble, “oh hello” and purple “happiness is” tag from the exclusive kit, a few different colors of ink, a sheet of stickers, and some small enamel embellishments that all coordinated with the August kit.EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew02To begin, I decided to stamp a border along the top and bottom of my piece of white cardstock. I inked up my solid square stamp with yellow ink and began the design at the center of the width of the paper, right along the bottom edge.EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew03I continued along the edge by stamping with the diagonal lines square in a coral ink.EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew04I then stamped the solid square again, in pink.EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew05I continued in this manner – solid, diagonal lines, solid, dots, solid; being sure that the same color was never next to each other, until the entire bottom edge of the card was stamped.  EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew06I stamped the same pattern along the top edge of the white cardstock, changing up the colors from the bottom border.EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew07To the bottom left hand corner of the “oh, hello” card, I added a sticker that coordinated with the colors in my border and trimmed the excess off the edges. The small piece of the purple card was cut from the “happiness is” card, adhered to the back of the “oh, hello” card at an angle and adhered to the white cardstock with dimensional adhesive.EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew08Using a light amount of liquid adhesive, I adhered the “hello” vellum tag to the “oh, hello” card. EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew09To finish off the card, I added an additional coordinating arrow sticker to the top right corner and four different enamel dots and hearts.EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew10This colorful border is just one of the many things you can create with this fun, versatile stamp set. Be sure to pick yours up in the shop today! EllesStudio-Stamping-MeghannAndrew11