Challenge: 3 x 4 inch tags on a layout by Jill Sprott

So-Not-Awesome-ES-Jill-blogFor me, “Elle’s Studio” is synonymous with tags. Each collection as well as the monthly kits feature so many different tags, all of which can be used in so many different ways. The 3 x 4 tags are among my favorites, as I often use that size for photos on layouts.

This page, which is about a recent visit to the Jaws set at Universal Studios, includes three 3 x 4 tags, layered over and under three similarly-sized photos. One of the photos included two darkened heads of strangers who were on the ride with us. No problem: I simply covered them up with a tag.

So-Not-Awesome-det-1-blogThat tag is a calendar card from the Hello 2015 collection. If you’ve been hoarding these like I’ve been, now’s the time to use them! I circled the date, and layered two smaller journaling strips over the remaining space. This part of the journaling looks back at how I once regarded the Jaws exhibit as a kid.

So-Not-Awesome-Det-2-blogThe journaling at the bottom of the page focuses on my most recent experience, which was a let-down. The 3 x 4 tag that I selected is, appropriately, a watercolor-background tag from the July Elle’s Studio kit. The sentiment on it does not really apply to an encounter with a man-eating shark (“Every moment with you matters” — well, maybe it does apply), so I covered it with another tag. The sentiment “oh my goodness” seemed relevant, and also pretty funny to me, since the lack of an exclamation point helps to convey just how underwhelmed I was.

So-Not-Awesome-det-3-blogThe star of the page (aside from the fakey shark) is a 3 x 4 tag (the backside of another Hello 2015 calendar card), to which I added the word “not” to the sentiment with the teal letter stickers.

All in all, visiting an attraction I once loved as a kid may not have lived up to my expectations, but working with these tags to scrapbook that experience actually made it pretty entertaining!

Introducing our new collection: Joyful

We have one more collection to reveal today and we are so excited to show you what is in store for the holidays with our next collection: Joyful! Joyful is full of papers, tags, die cuts in cardstock and vellum, wood veneers, stamps, and stickers! It will be perfect for capturing the entire holiday season on your scrapbooking layouts, cards, December Daily, Project Life, plus more! We are so excited to see how you use it in your projects!

Here is the first look at Joyful:

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EllesStudio-Joyful02bEllesStudioThankful03This new collection will also start shipping to stores in late August and is available for pre-order now! We’d love it if you would request it at your favorite place to shop – either at your local scrapbooking store or online store, and big thank yous to those who have!! We appreciate that so much! This collection should also be available in our shop in September.

We LOVED reading your comments on our Thankful collection – thank you so much for all the sweet words, they mean so much to us and we are thrilled you love it so much! We’d love to hear what you think of this one, too! Make sure you leave a comment letting us know :)

Thanks for stopping by on this exciting day!

Introducing our new collection: Thankful!

It’s an exciting day here at Elle’s Studio – we get to reveal our next collection: Thankful! Along with being perfect for the autumn season, Thankful is all about being thankful and grateful for your family and friends! It’s perfect for scrapbooking layouts, mini albums, cards, Project Life, plus more, and we cannot wait to see what you guys create with it!

Here’s the very first look at Thankful:
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EllesStudioThankful03This new collection will start shipping to stores late August and is available for pre-order now, so make sure you call your local scrapbook store or email your favorite online store and request this collection! We will also be stocking it in our store in September.

We’d love to know what your favorite part of the collection is – leave a comment letting us know. And, then make sure you check back tomorrow for the full reveal of our Christmas collection!

4TH OF JULY by Paige Evans

4th-of-July-by-Paige-EvansPaige is sharing another step-by-step layout tutorial with us today, along with a free cut file, and a video explaining the process of how to create these amazing stars with string! This is such a fun way to document your 4th of July activities, or any type of festive celebration!

Here’s how Paige said it came together: 11. Make 4 circles (these ones are about 5.5″ across) from white cardstock. I used a Silhouette Cameo to make these and have provided a free cut file! In the cut file I also added the snip marks so if you cut these using the cut file you can skip ahead to step 4.

22. Make 12 marks spaced evenly apart all around the circle. The spacing will depend on the size of the circle. For 5.5″ stars the mark should be made every 1 3/8″. Again, if you’re cutting with the cameo, no need to worry about this step, I’ve done it for you :)

33. Snip about an 1/8″ into each mark all the way around each circle.

44. Tie a knot in your choice of string, place the knot in the back of one circle, and start wrapping the string around. I’ve made a video so you can see how I wrapped each star. Note: I hadn’t made the cut file with the snips at this point so you’ll get to see how to mark and snip each circle.

55. Create four wrapped star circles.

66. Begin embellishing your layout using bits & pieces from the July kit. My background paper is made from a combination of papers from the Let’s Eat collection.

77. Flick watercolors over each circle in matching colors and write journaling on a tag. Create a title with letter and number stickers.

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Products used: July kit, Acrylic Stars, Weekend Printables, and Let’s Eat Paper Collection.

We hope this inspires you to get your celebrations documented! Have a wonderful day!

Scrapbooking with our Digital Products by Meghann Andrew

Hello there & thanks for stopping by the Elle’s Studio blog today! If you haven’t had a chance to check out the cut file or printable offerings in the Elle’s Studio shop, you should be sure to stop by today. I love having these versatile and useful cut files and printables in my digital library, especially since they’re reusable- a big perk for me! Today I’d like to share a layout I created using both the Weekend printables and the July digital cut files.

EllesStudio-MeghannAndrew-LayoutAs soon as I found the “AM” and “PM” tags in the July kit, I knew I wanted to document my daughter’s morning and evening routines at the moment. These everyday moments are the things we will forget as soon as they change. So, I took the photos especially for this layout. To create a divide between the two, I used the star border from the July digital cut file, which I cut three times- with white cardstock, gold glitter paper and dark grey glitter paper. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of stars, so I know I will be using this cut quite often! Using dimensional adhesive, I layered the white cardstock on top of the grey glitter, then cut a few individual stars from the gold glitter cut. As well as dividing the layout in half, the cut file also hid the division between the two halves of my white background cardstock, which I cut to be able to print my journaling on my printer, which is not wide-format.
EllesStudio-MeghannAndrew-Layout2The Weekend printables included two circular labels, however neither matched the color scheme of my layout. I opened the individual label file in Photoshop, recolored it in yellow to match the “Five Stars” paper from the “Let’s Eat” collection and enlarged it to house a large ampersand in the center of my star border.

EllesStudio-MeghannAndrew-Layout3Adding the coordinating tags from the July kit, along with a small handful of extra embellishment like rub-ons, goil foil alphas and puffy stars finished my layout- one that I will cherish because it shows a glimpse into our daily life. Check out the Elle’s Studio cut files and printables to help you tell your stories and create those special layouts today!

Products used: July 2015 exclusive kit, July digital cut file, Weekend printables.

Documenting Summer

Hi, All! Alissa here today and I’ve got a summer layout I created with the Shine Collection.
EllesStudio-summer-fun-01First, pocket page scrapbooking is not just for Project Life. I love creating pocket pages for single events or stories, just like a regular 12×12 or 8.5×11 layout. For me, I think, it comes from my long time love of mini books. I’ve always loved creating mini books and pocket pages are really just a bunch of mini book pages tucked into a bunch of pockets on a single page.

EllesStudio-summer-fun-02bI layered patterned paper and a couple cards from the June printables with a few tags, letter stickers and a wood veneer sun to create the title card.

EllesStudio-summer-fun-03More layers to create the journaling. I think that text paper is my favorite in the Shine Collection.

EllesStudio-summer-fun-04Just like in my mini books, I love a full page/pocket photo with goodies layered on top.

EllesStudio-summer-fun-05This wraps up my summer pocket page with the awesome, summery Shine Collection. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and have found something to inspire you! :0

Have a great day!
Alissa

Products used: Shine Paper Collection, Wood Veneer, Extra Tidbits, Bits and Pieces, Lil’ Snippet – Highlights, Cutouts; Letter & Number Stickers – white; Good Times Printable 

Sketch Thursday

SketchToday’s sketch was inspired by Melissa Mann’s The Best layout – we love how she used a large photo for the main focal point, along with all those fun layers!

Kay played along with our sketch this week and she made this awesome 8.5 x 11 inch layout from it: RogersEllesJuly-7-copy

Kay took three photos and combined them to make one large photo – awesome idea! Then she added multiple layers and some fun embellishments to pull it all together!
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Products used: Let’s Eat Paper Collection, bits and pieces, and wood veneers.

We love it, Kay! Thanks for playing along this week!

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 August 5th. A random winner will be selected and posted with the next sketch on August 6th.

Our randomly selected winner this week is: snazzyjj with her Robotastic layout:5018_3870_14375324225378_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

Workspace Wednesday with Toni From

Happy Workspace Wednesday! I (Toni From) hope you all are having a great week and enjoying summer. I am sharing a few glimpses into my studio space today with y’all and I hope you like it.

WorkspaceWednesday-ToniFrom10My room isn’t super big, it’s about 11 x 13 feet, but plenty big enough to be creative. It has huge windows covering a large portion of the left wall in this photo. The light is amazing, but it can also make it difficult to photograph this space. I should also mention that it is in our home’s “intended dining room.” We really aren’t that fancy, and didn’t need to use it as a dining room that gets walked by and never used, so I snagged it for myself. Luckily my Mister is totally okay with that. With the room being situated immediately to the left of our foyer, I try to keep it semi-picked up most of the time. This is how it generally looks unless I am working on a bigger project and then the entire white desk in the back is covered and overflowing in crafty goodness. I am an epically messy crafter in the middle of a project, but I am also a good picker upper. :-)

WorkspaceWednesday-ToniFrom6The wall to the right of my room when you walk in has some picture ledge shelves from IKEA (of course.) I rotate different items onto the shelves and I just recently added these metal letters. They just jumped in my cart at Michael’s basically.

WorkspaceWednesday-ToniFrom3WorkspaceWednesday-ToniFrom5This is the back left corner of my space, and probably my favorite spot in my room. I keep all kinds of mixed media here, and I store adhesive, Project Life, and keep my Elle’s Studio monthly kits in the drawers. The August kit is super cute, you’ll just have to trust me on that one.

WorkspaceWednesday-ToniFrom2Items arranged in color order makes me ridiculously happy. Giddy in fact. Roy G Biv for the win!

WorkspaceWednesday-ToniFrom1To the right of the white drawers I keep three metal bins. I use one for various stamp blocks, one for 4×6 Project Life cards, and the last one is for my Elle’s Studio stamps.

WorkspaceWednesday-ToniFrom8I find that I use my Elle’s Studio stamps again and again (they are super versatile.) Keeping them out on my workspace ensures that I use them often.

WorkspaceWednesday-ToniFrom7I also have a thing for pens. And yes, they are arranged in rainbow order. I guess I need to buy more orange, yellow, and purple ones?

WorkspaceWednesday-ToniFrom4I also like to knit. I started last fall, and really love it. I haven’t knitting anything since March, but I started this project late last week. I have found knitting to be the perfect activity to do when you are watching tv with the family at night.

WorkspaceWednesday-ToniFrom9That brings us back to the room as a whole. The black table is a 3 x 4 foot island that was handmade by an older gentlemen in our small town. It was made from reclaimed pine that was burned and then sealed. I love it. It is insanely heavy, but a fun addition. I stand up and work on a lot of my projects, so it has come in super handy.

I hope you liked visiting my space today and maybe got some ideas for your own space (big or small) in the process. Have a great week! -Toni

Journaling with Lisa Dickinson

EllesStudio-JournalingLisa-03While I (Lisa) usually start my design process with the story, sometimes I’m stumped by what exactly to write in my journaling. My daughter recently starred in a theater production of Annie and there was so much about her experience that I wanted to document! I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and it was preventing me from creating a page about the event. Then I saw the list journal card in the July Kit and it inspired me to start the page with a list (because this style of journaling is usually very easy and low pressure!)

EllesStudio-JournalingLisa-01Using the red numbered list card as a guide, I typed out the 10 reasons my daughter rocked this role. I printed them on white card stock and then cut them into strips to adhere onto the card. (You could also easily type or write directly on the card!)

EllesStudio-JournalingLisa-02With my journaling complete, I laid out the rest of my design that features a 4×6 photo of her on stage. I used several pieces from the July kit, including the star cut files (I cut stars from the border file) that help reinforce my page theme.

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EllesStudio-JournalingLisa-05While I will probably create lots more pages about this big event, I love how easy this first layout came together, thanks to the prompt from an Elle’s Studio card!

Products used: Elle’s Studio Exclusive July Kit, July Digital Cut Files, Acrylic Stars, Letter & Number Stickers – Teal, Shine Lil Snippets: Blank Labels

Going BIG with your titles by Jennifer Chapin

jenchapin-pizza-(1)Hello there! Jennifer Chapin here, and today I am sharing some layout inspiration with a “big title”. Elle challenged me to create a layout with a big title, and I had the perfect page in mind. Recently we picked up one of the new hot dog stuffed crust pizzas at my daughter’s request. The Let’s Eat collection was great for documenting it because of all the pizza themed embellishments!
jenchapin-pizza-(2)I started by using an 8.5×11 piece of white cardstock as my background and made my title using my Silhouette and sketch pens. The font is Blackout. After making the title, I filled in some of the letters with patterned paper and others with watercolor.
jenchapin-pizza-(3)Then I got to work on the background. I used the pizza clear stamp to make a pattern of pizzas in the background. Originally I was going to color them in but with the colorful title I thought they looked best left black and white.

I highlighted one of the pieces of pizza at the top with a wood veneer – which is the same size as the stamped image!jenchapin-pizza-(4)I finished the layout off with a few die cuts and journaling from the collection. Thank you so much for coming by the blog today! I hope you have some inspiration now to scrap your good eats…and maybe with a big title too. Have a great day!

Products used: Let’s Eat Paper Collection, Cutouts, stickers, wood veneers, labels, and On The Menu stamp.