SKETCH THURSDAY

Welcome back to sketch Thursday! Today’s sketch was inspired by WaiSam’s Hello Life layout.November sketch4 

Two amazing designers, Angie and Valerie, are joining in the fun today!

Angie:

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Valerie:

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supplies: November Cut FilesHoliday Tags Cut FilesGood Cheer Paper CollectionGood Cheer Bits and PiecesMerry and Bright PrintablesGood Cheer Wood Veneer

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 back here with the link. A random winner will be selected and posted with next week’s sketch.

Last week’s winner is photochic17!

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Congratulations!! Please email michelle@shopellesstudio.com the following info:

Name & Address:
Contest: Sketch 11.13.14
Prize: $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate

PROJECT LIFE

Today I am sharing the week of October 13-19 in my Project Life album.IMG_8183

I think fall is my favorite season to document.   At the least, it’s the season where I have my camera out and taking photos the most.  This particular week was our Fall Break and we spent it in Michigan.   Although we only spent half of the week here, I decided to use the full spread to highlight our memories and photography of the spectacular scenery.

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My spread from the week before included a preserved leaf, which you see the backside to here.   I just journaled the memories and events from the earlier part of the week before our trip.  I wanted the photos to only highlight our time in Michigan.

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I included the 6×12 insert by Becky Higgins.  I decided to keep it simple and highlight two of my favorite photos in this insert.   The front side was from our apple orchard adventure, and the backside is a photo of my children walking down the road by the lake house.

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For the majority of this spread I used items from the Sycamore Lane collection.  It is perfect for fall documenting!

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On the right page I included some lettering with our Letter and Number Stickers.  Whenever I make a block of lettering, I always begin with the middle word, which was “and”, and placed it in the middle of the page.  I do this by beginning with the letter “n” in “and” and placing it in the middle.

IMG_8202From there I work up and spaced the “A” and “L” in “CALM” over the “and”.  And continued by beginning each work by placing the center letter first.   This way, it ends up centered!

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!

Coming December 1st – Celebrate December!

CelebrateDecember2014We are counting down the days until our annual Celebrate December event starts here at our blog! It’s such a wonderful time of year and we want to bring you some extra inspiration to celebrate it all December long!

What makes our event even more special is the 24 amazing guests that will be joining us and keeping us inspired all month long!CelebrateDecember2014-guestsWe cannot wait to share their projects with you – they will all be working with our Good Cheer collection, along with our exclusive kits and extra add-ons, too!

And, what’s an event like this without prizes?! We have some incredible prizes that will be up for grabs – let’s check them out:CD-Grandprizes

Besides having giveaways throughout our event, where you’ll be able to do things like leave blog comments, like our facebook page, tag your instagram friends, etc. to be entered to win, we also have THREE GRAND PRIZES (show above) to give away.

To enter to WIN one of the THREE grand prizes just complete the following:
- Visit our Member Gallery
- Log in and upload your project
- Tag the Elle’s Studio items used
- Make sure to write in the “description” that it is a “Celebrate December entry”

That’s it – we are keeping it super simple so everyone has a chance to enter! And, here’s the best part… you can start uploading NOW, and you can enter as many times as you want (must be a different project per entry)! The three GRAND PRIZE winners will be drawn on December 31st, 2014 and entries will all have a chance to be featured on our blog, even if they don’t win!

It’s going to be an incredible season and we can hardly wait for December to get here!

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT – NOVEMBER 16TH

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Congrats to this week’s Project Spotlight winner, cyy1024! Check your email for your $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to use in our shop! This awesome project life layout she created uses our Sycamore Lane, Shine & Everyday Moments collections! Head on over to her gallery to check it out and you can even add it to your favorites by logging into your account and clicking on the “I (heart) this!” button.

You never know when your project will be chosen to be spotlighted! Each week we pick a new project out of our member gallery to spotlight. For your chance to be spotlighted and to win a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate, just upload your project to our member gallery and tag the Elle’s Studio item(s) used

 

Product Spotlight : Number Stamps

Whether you’re keeping a daily documentation album in December, creating an advent calendar, a countdown to Santa project with your kids, or simply just documenting your entire year; the new Number Stamp set is a must have!

Not only does it include the numbers in both bold and outline for layering or using on their own, but all of the extras that are included expands the set to one that’s incredibly versatile!

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Each year I dedicate an entire 12×12 album to our December. I document our daily activities, visits from our Elf on the Shelf, as well as everyday moments.

In order to get a bit of a head start, I created a page dedicated to my kids’ wish lists. I love that we will be able to look back and see what they were “wishing” for at ages, 12, 10, & 4.

I use a combination of various sized pocket pages, as well as full 12×12 layouts in my albums.

For this layout, I created a pocket style page so that I could dedicate one 4×6 insert to each of my three kids.

meganklauerphotography-7944-copy The Blank Labels from the Good Cheer collection fit just perfectly and will give the kids a great base for recording their list.

meganklauerphotography-7953-copy meganklauerphotography-7952-copyIf you haven’t snagged up one of the remaining Exclusive November kits; do so today! Once they are gone they won’t be restocked!

You’ll find I used many pieces from that kit on this page as well! meganklauerphotography-7957-copy meganklauerphotography-7948-copy Also available are coordinating cut files, printables, letter stickers, and wood veneers!meganklauerphotography-7950-copy Mark your calendars for an amazing month of December here at Elle’s Studio FULL of Holiday Inspiration!

Happy Creating!
~ Megan

 

SKETCH THURSDAY

Welcome back to Sketch Thursday! Today’s sketch was inspired by Meghann’s You’re such a Treat layout.

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Jen is joining us today with an amazing take on the sketch!

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I used the Good Cheer collection along with some of the November cut files. It is hard to see in the photo but there is glitter spray on the FaLaLa cut. Jen

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 back here with the link. A random winner will be selected and posted with next week’s sketch.

Last week’s winner is katiebug92!

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Congratulations!! Please email michelle@shopellesstudio.com the following info:

Name & Address:
Contest: Sketch 11.06.14
Prize: $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate

PROJECT LIFE

 

Today I am sharing the week of October 6-12 in my album.IMG_8141

For this layout, I primarily used our new November Kit, along with the October papers from the 2014 Collection (I just love that this paper pack can be used throughout the whole year!).

IMG_8135Some interesting items I included in this week’s spread included a screen shot from my phone (my six year old loves to send texts to family members), a photo of the book my son is reading, and (again) a preserved fall leaf (you can learn how to do this here).  I have added leaves a few times in my album already– this is the perfect “filler” spot for your fall pages!

IMG_8142 I kept this layout fairly simple so that the photos would stand out.   This was a week where I actually used my big camera a few times to get photos, so I definitely wanted to highlight those. IMG_8146We’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!

Our November kit + extras are now in stock!

ES-Nov14The holiday seasons are upon us and our November kit is perfect for capturing all your favorite Thanksgiving, Christmas, and every day moments! November’s kit has over 30 journaling and embellishing tags that are perfect for all types of projects – from layouts, to mini albums, to Project Life, we’ve got you covered with this kit!

Our kits are limited and once they sale out we will not be restocking. Look for a new kit each month on the 10th at 8:00 am PST, and as a special bonus to celebrate launch day, kits will be on sale for $9.99 for today only, regular price after that will be $11.99. These kits can ship first class: shipping for USA residents will start around $2.00 and go up from there, depending on the weight of what is in your cart. For overseas, it will run about $6+ depending on your location.

Don’t miss these special add-ons this month – all are limited editions and while supplies last, too:
ES-ChristmasPackAbove is our Christmas Ephemera Pack and it has the cutest mix of tags, wood veneers, die cuts, and even a transparency! Check out that little wood ornament?! I cannot wait to add these to my December Daily album!

ES-WinterPackThis one is our Winter Ephemera Pack and it also has a cute mix of journaling tags, die cuts, and wood veneers. I am loving that little snowman, the “Snow Report” tag (how fun would that be to fill out all season long?!), and those cut apart labels will be perfect for a mini album or layout!

ES-Nov-StampsWe have TWO stamps this month: Merry & Bright and Warmest Wishes!! Both have a fun mix of sentiments to use for cards (even sentiments for the inside of cards, too), you could make gift tags or decorate your envelopes with the “To, From, Love”, and then they also have fun sayings to add to your layouts, mini albums, or December Daily!

And, we made some more cut and printable files this month – we are so happy you guys are loving these so much and we are glad we brought back our printables! Here is a peek at what is new this month:ES-Nov14-printcutThe cut files come with png and svg files, and the printables come with a easy to print pdf and png files, too! The printables are great because if you make a mistake journaling, you can just print a new one!

And, you can still pick up these cut files we released last month:EScutSince today is the 10th, that means our design team gallery is FULL of brand new and AMAZING inspiration just for you! You can bookmark your favorites, leave comments and see close ups of our design team’s projects in our gallery:ES-NovGalleryES-NovGuest-JanaWe are excited to have Jana Maiwald-McCarthy with us this month as our guest designer for November! She has an amazing style and her layers are just beautiful -  we couldn’t wait to see what she did with our products! Check them out in the Design Team Gallery and stay tuned for a special Q&A with her, here on the blog!

You can also see even more inspiration at each of our Contributing Team Member’s blogs, today too! Make sure you stop by the following: Angie Gutshall, Daniela Dobson, Jennifer Chapin, Kay Rogers, Meghann Andrew, and Melissa Mann – each blog is full of awesome ideas for using our November kit and extras!

Thanks for joining us today and we hope you are loving all the new items!

Project Spotlight – November 9th

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Congrats to this week’s Project Spotlight winner, Heather! Check your email for your $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to use in our shop! This lovely layout she made uses our Sycamore Lane papers, which go perfectly with her Fall theme! Head on over to her gallery to check it out and you can even add it to your favorites by logging into your account and clicking on the “I (heart) this!” button.

You never know when your project will be chosen to be spotlighted! Each week we pick a new project out of our member gallery to spotlight. For your chance to be spotlighted and to win a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate, just upload your project to our member gallery and tag the Elle’s Studio item(s) used

Capture Life | Getting Those Holiday cards started

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away; which means Christmas is not far behind! That also means it’s the perfect time of year for family photos!

Here are a few helpful tips to remember:

- start with the group shots first. Kids are most likely to be happier at the beginning of the photo shoot.

- bring small snacks. Yes, bribe them! It’s okay in this situation; I promise. ;)

- if at all possible make your appointment towards evening when the glow of the day is at it’s peak.

- choose a location that best represents your family. Urban, rural, what fits you best?

- bring patience! Kids big or small have their moments and in the end it’s best just to roll with it; because more often than not the “out takes” may quickly become your favorite shot of the day.

- when the kids do get to that restless stage; let them choose a pose and tell them to give you their best silly face. It’s usually followed by giggles. High fives work great too! Espeically with little ones.

meganklauerphotography-6148-copyPatience & encouragement, oh and sweet tarts. Those are the key to a successful shoot. (Okay, maybe not totally but they do help. LOL!)IMG_5953-copy two-photo-up-copy1 IMG_6261-copyNow, let’s get a head start on some Christmas goodies! Use the photos on your cards & tags to perfectly personalize your gifts this year!meganklauerphotography-1758-copyI combined my photos and the Good Cheer collection to add a handmade touch to a few of my gifts. meganklauerphotography-1760-copy meganklauerphotography-1761-copyCut a 4×6 photo and stamp directly onto it for a unique gift tag! meganklauerphotography-1765-copy two-photo-up-copy meganklauerphotography-1767-copy meganklauerphotography-1769-copyHappy Creating & Happy Holiday Season!

~ Megan