Using tags as journaling prompts

EllesStudio-Journaling-Toni1Today we have Toni sharing a beautiful layout with us and showing us how she uses her journaling tags as prompts for her projects! Toni says “I was looking for a way to document how I was going to implement the word Step (my One Little Word) into a layout. The January kit is chalked full of all kinds of die cuts that will work for just about any topic. One of my favorite ways to use the tags is for actual journaling. Shocking I know! The “This year I solemnly swear to try my best to:” tag worked perfectly for my topic. I also used the arrow die cut from the January Kit to draw the reader’s eye to the photo and journaling on my layout.”

EllesStudio-Journaling-Toni2 “I incorporated the Sycamore Lane paper collection into this layout to coordinate with the green in the card. I love this collection because it is just so darn colorful and fun. I couldn’t help myself and cut up a bunch of the papers and made a grid layout with some of my favorites. I was able to include 6 different patterns in this layout, but they still all go together. I hand cut the title “Step,” added some machine stitching, a few enamel dots and some yellow twine from my stash, and the number stickers and I was done. This was a fun and simple layout to complete.”

“I hope this layout inspires you to use the awesome tags on your next project as a jump start for a story you are wanting to tell. ”

EllesStudio-Journaling-Toni3Products used: Sycamore Lane papers, exclusive January kit, Lots of Love wood veneers, and Letter and Number Stickers – Red

Sketch Thursday with Jessy and Rachel

Happy Sketch Thursday, everyone! Today’s sketch was inspired by Meghann’s Christmas layout from last month’s gallery.

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We asked two design team members to work their magic with the sketch and they most definitely did.

Jessy created this beautiful and soft layout:JessySketch1 IMG_1404 copy

Supplies: Elle’s Studio January 2015 KitLots of Love Wood Veneers, January Digital Cut File

And Rachel turned it into a gorgeous valentine’s card!Rachel Sketch1
Rachel says “This sketch is perfect for a card. I chose the large sentiment from the Love You More stamp set and heat embossed it in white on the tag from the Love You More Bits & Pieces collection. The other accents came together quickly with other Valentine’s Day themed items from the January kit & wood veneer collection. I used some sequins and ink splatters to create a cohesion in the card. It is so nice to stretch supplies and push yourself to use those last bits & pieces from the kits – it is especially easy when so many older products coordinate so perfectly!”
Hugs&Kisses_1.22.15_detailSupplies: Elle’s Studio January 2015 KitLots of Love Wood VeneersLove You more Bits & PiecesLove You More stamp

For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Shop, create a project inspired by today’s sketch, upload it to the Member gallery and leave a comment here with the link. A random winner will be selected and posted with next week’s sketch.

The winner from our previous sketch is… photochick17.  Congratulations!! Please email the following info:

Name & Address:
Contest: Sketch 01.08.2015
Prize: $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate

Introducing our new collection: Cienna

Today is such a fun day – we get to introduce to you our new collection that will start shipping to retailers in late February! This collection has a special place in my heart – I’ve named it after my niece and used colors and shapes that were inspired by her! I’m so excited to introduce to you our newest collection, Cienna:

EllesStudio-Cienna1EllesStudio-Cienna22Our Cienna collection has nine 12 x 12 double sided papers, along with a vellum 12 x 12 paper! Cutouts, snippets, journaling tags, bits and pieces, wood veneers, stickers, and stamps are all part of this collection, too. The bits and pieces pack even includes vellum shapes – I can hardly wait to start creating with this collection! And, we want to give a special shout out and thank you to Jen Kinkade – you can see her custom script work in action in this collection!

This new collection starts shipping to stores late February 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 March.

We’d love to know what your favorite part of the collection is! Make sure you leave a comment letting us know, here on the blog!


Today I am sharing a Project Life spread of my son’s ninth birthday!IMG_9077

One of my goals for this year’s album was to not be SO strict on dates and times.  To allow myself to tell a story more than describe our calendar of events.   My son Jonah’s birthday fell on Monday January 5th— the first Monday of the New Year!  So, why not dedicate an entire spread for this special day!?IMG_9066

To be honest the photos used in this page were taken January 5th- 7th, but I was less concerned about documenting the date, and more aware of telling the story of Jonah’s ninth birthday.IMG_9071

I used the journaling card from the Cameron Large & Medium Journaling Tags to capture some of Jonah’s “favorites” right now.  I also like to do this either at the beginning or end of the school year.  This is a great 4×6 tag that really shows their personality at any given time.

I also used journaling cards from Hello 2015 3×4 cards, the Numbers Stamp, and pattern paper from Everyday Moments.IMG_9088

We’d love to see your Project Life album! Make sure you upload what you are working on to our gallery and tag the Elle’s Studio products that you used. We feature our members projects every Sunday, so make sure you check back to see if you project is being spotlighted in our “Project Spotlight” blog series. Each person that is spotlighted will also receive a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to use in our shop!

Capture Life : January Photo Prompts

We’re giving Capture Life a fun new twist! We’re talking about 5 fun and easy photo prompts to keep you clicking away this winter!

The January prompts are :

1 :: Winter Sky  Sunrise or sunset, you choose!

(Photo credit goes to my 12 year old son Coe for this beautiful sunrise photo he took last week.)

2 :: Out The Door You can do so much with this one! Capture your view literally “out your front door” or capture what it’s like to get your family “out the door”. You choose!

3 :: Self Timer I hate to admit it, but I’m the worst at making sure I’m in our photos. So, to encourage us all to do it together; set that self timer and jump on in with your family! There’s even a self timer app for you iPhone called timer cam! Give it a try!

4 :: Planning For us, winter means planning for Spring. What have you been planning lately? Capture it!

5 :: Cozy And of course winter means finding someplace cozy to cuddle up. Where’s your favorite spot?ES-prompt-jan-copy-web

We’d love to see how you’re inspired by these photo prompts! Please upload your photos to our member gallery or tag us on instagram with these tags! #ellesstudio #januaryphotoprompts #wintersky #outthedoor #selftimer #planning #cozy.

I wanted to incorporate the sunrise photo into my 2015 album right away so I printed it as 5×7 and paired it with the Exclusive January 2015 Kit. A perfect combination to tell the story of our beautiful winter sky. meganklauerphotography-9086-copy meganklauerphotography-9088-copy meganklauerphotography-9090-copy meganklauerphotography-9096-copy

Projects featuring our digital products

Banner_ShakeShack_MM1We have two beautiful projects to share with you today, and both use our digital products! First up is Melissa Mann’s layout using our 12 x 12 digital cut file!

Melissa says: “To create this layout, I cut the 12×12 heart cut file out with my Silhouette cameo. I backed this cut file against a piece of pattern paper from the “Love You More” collection. I used my sewing machine to stitch vertical lines across my cardstock.”

Banner_ShakeShack_MM2 “I layered several sheets of pattern paper together and placed in the middle of the layout; I printed my picture out on white card stock and layered it on top of the other pattern paper. I placed my title and sub-title above the picture and stitched down using my sewing machine. I placed a few cut-out phrases at the bottom and typed my journaling out and stitched it down as well. I tucked a couple of white tags and the “remember” tab into the left hand side and stitched down. The paper clip was tucked in that spot as well. Lastly, took a few of the hearts that were left over from the cut and used foam dots to adhere them in a few spots on my layout for a little dimension.”

Banner_ShakeShack_MM3Products used: Elle’s Studio Love You More papers, exclusive January Kit, and 12 x 12 digital heart cut file.

ROGERSPrint2015-1Kay Rogers is sharing her Project Life spread that she made with our Lots of Love printables!

ROGERSPrint2015-2She used the 4 x 6 and 3 x 4 tags that are included in the printable – on the 4 x 6 journaling tag she added stickers from our Hello 2015 collection, and put a cork piece from our Hello 2015 cork shapes in the center.

ROGERSPrint2015-3Products used: Lots of Love printables, Hello 2015 Calendar tags, stickers, cork shapes.

Thanks so much for sharing with us today, ladies! Both of your projects are so inspiring! We’d love to see how you’ve used our digitals in your projects, too – Make sure to share your projects by uploading them to our Member Gallery. We feature projects from the gallery, here on our blog, every Sunday, and those who are featured also win a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to spend at our shop!

Stamp Inspiration from Jennifer Chapin

jenchapin-focus-on-stamp-(11)Hello! It’s Jennifer Chapin, and today on the blog I am sharing a little stamping inspiration with you. Elle’s Studio has so many great stamps to choose from and I wanted to challenge myself to use them in a Project Life spread.
jenchapin-focus-on-stamp-(10)I gathered a few supplies – January’s exclusive kit + stamp set, and the Sycamore Lane stamp set as well as the calendar cards from Hello 2015.
jenchapin-focus-on-stamp-(12)One of my favorite ways to use stamps is to create a pattern on a 3×4 journaling card. I started by stamping once in blue ink, then creating a repetitive pattern with dark pink ink.
jenchapin-focus-on-stamp-(6)I love this technique! A homemade journaling card in no time flat that can be customized to fit your color theme.
jenchapin-focus-on-stamp-(2)I also used the star stamp from the Hello 2015 Stamp set to highlight the days of my spread on the 2015 calendar card.
jenchapin-focus-on-stamp-(4)I stamped the tag stamp from January’s exclusive set in black ink on white cardstock, then cut out and used as an embellishment with some stitching.
jenchapin-focus-on-stamp-(7)On this card from the January kit, I stamped each day on the calendar with numbers and shapes. Love the way it turned out!
jenchapin-focus-on-stamp-(9)I also wanted to share some stamp organization tips. When I am organizing my supplies – whether it is stamps, stickers, paper or journaling cards – for me if it is out of sight, it’s out of mind. I found this 6×8 3 ring binder at an office supply store and purchased clear page protectors as well. I can slide the larger Elle’s Studio stamp sets in these and they fit perfectly! For the smaller sets, I either add two to a pocket or use a 4×4 page protector with holes punched to fit the rings.
jenchapin-focus-on-stamp-(8)I love this method because I can quickly flip through and find the stamps I need to fit my project. I hope I’ve inspired you today to pull out those stamps and use them on a project!

Products used: Hello 2015 calendar tags, stamp, January Exclusive Kit + stamp, December kit, Numbers Stamp, Winter Ephemera Pack, Foodie Journaling Tags, Sycamore Lane stamp, Winter Notes from Today Printables.


Love You Card

LoveYou_ESWe have a beautiful card to share with you today by Rachel Izakowicz! Rachel says “This card was so much fun to create! The first step was resizing the 12×12 cut file to about 6×6 and cutting it with a thick material that would be suitable to use as a stencil – I used chipboard.”LoveYou_detail_ESProducts used: Lots of Love Wood Veneer, 12×12 Heart Cut File, A Bushel & A Peck Stamp

“Next, I cut a piece of white cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and placed the stencil over the paper. Using embossing paste and Distress Ink re-inkers to create color, I carefully applied the paste over the stencil to cover a portion of the hearts, working from light to dark. Embossing Paste is easy to work with and gives such amazing texture. I stamped ‘You’ from the A Bushel and a Peck Stamp Set onto a gold label and adhered that, along with the wood veneer, once the paste was dry.”

Thank you, Rachel for inspiring us today! If you’ve made a card using our products, we’d love to see it! Make sure to share your projects by uploading them to our Member Gallery. We feature projects from the gallery, here on our blog, every Sunday, and those who are featured also win a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to spend at our shop!


Today I am sharing my first Project Life spread of 2015!


I love fresh starts and new beginnings, even when it comes to scrapbooking and documentation.  This year I am obtaining a more laid back approach to Project Life, not being so “rigid” on each spread covering exactly a week.   Basically, I am going to do what inspires me and what is FUN!   I am excited to mix things up a bit, and I love what came from this first spread.


This first spread will come after my 2015 cover page, and it covers New Years day until January 4th.   I am all about the gold, black, and gray theme– perfect for New Years!



I used many pieces from Hello 2015 as well as the January 2015 Kit, which is so perfect for documenting the New Year (and even a jump start to Valentines!).



Can you tell I got a typewriter for Christmas?  I had fun playing around with it and typing a few things here and there.  I love to add both handwriting and typing into the mix!



We’d love to see your Project Life album! Make sure you upload what you are working on to our gallery and tag the Elle’s Studio products that you used. We feature our members projects every Sunday, so make sure you check back to see if you project is being spotlighted in our “Project Spotlight” blog series. Each person that is spotlighted will also receive a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to use in our shop!

Love by Waleska

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Hi guys! This is Waleska and I’m happy to share a layout I made using all the wonderful goodies from this month’s kit + add-ons!

I started with the 12×12 Heart Pattern Cut file for my background. Since my layout is 8.5×11, however, I re-sized and cut it to 8×8. I then adhered strips of different patterned papers from the Love You More Collection and Sycamore Lane behind the hearts (this is an easier way to add lots patterns and color without having to deal with lots of tiny hearts). To highlight my picture, I layered and arranged tags, stamps and wood veneers from this month’s kit down the center of the layout.

love 011215 01For extra detail and dimension, I stitched some tags, bent their edges up a little and added sequins to a few hearts.

Products Used: Elle’s Studio January 2015 kit, Lots of Love Wood Veneers, A Bushel and a Peck Stamp, 12×12 Heart Pattern Cut File, Love You More Paper Collection Pack, Sycamore Lane Paper Collection Pack

We’d love to see what you create – make sure to share your projects by uploading them to our Member Gallery. We feature projects from the gallery, here on our blog, every Sunday, and those who are featured also win a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to spend at our shop!