In Your Planner with Maggie Massey

Hey everyone! Maggie here with a peek inside my September planner pages! Wow…September?! Can you even believe it?

For this project I’ve decorated my September “Month-At-A-Glance” pages in my ban.do agenda…

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These two pages are probably the pages I use more than any others in my entire planner each month…I keep EVERYTHING on these two pages…everything…and I rarely flip to the daily pages. So I love to have them look a little dressed-up…

To begin, I wrote in all of the things I already know I need to remember…

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…and then I started to decorate…

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I love the little embellishments that come in every kit…they are the perfect size for my pages.

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I keep my planner on a small desk in my kitchen – and it, inevitably, becomes a catch-all for all of my receipts, mail & scraps that I accumulate through the month. So, in an effort to be a bit more organized with all of these little bits, I created a little pocket with a scrap of my favorite patterned paper.

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I simply folded the paper in half, adhered the two sides together at the bottom and used my Cinch to make the holes. Then I cut a small slit from the side of the new pocket to each hole so that I could just place the pocket around the binder coil.

At the end of the month, I’ll simply take everything out of the pocket and file it away.

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For the second half of my spread I added a few more little embellishments and did some stamping with the darling little circle stamps in the Notes From Today stamp.

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I often cut up the cards that come in the kits and use smaller parts of them in my projects…it’s really one of my favorite ways to use up the cards in my kits.

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The darling little yellow striped circles and the word “SUMMER” are all from 3×4 cards in the August kit … I just love the way they all look on my page!

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Thank you so much for taking a look today! I hope I’ve inspired you to flip that page on your calendar and get started on your September pages! We would love to see what you are working on – Make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag when sharing on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

In Your Planner with Andrea Gray

We have so enjoyed having Andrea Gray as the Elle’s Studio guest designer this month. Her fun, bright style just makes us want to create something! She’s already shared a pocket page spread and a traditional scrapbook layout, and today, she’s sharing her final project with us: a super-useful planner spread that shows you just how versatile ES exclusive kits and collections can be!

Hi again friends, it’s Andrea here for the final time this month! For my last project I would like to share my planner! I love mixing pockets pages into my planner, so the 3” x 4” tags from the August exclusive kit were perfect for creating a quick and easy dashboard! I plan to use a dry erase marker and write directly on top of the to-do list pocket, so I can use it over and over again!

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Next, I went directly to my monthly planner pages. I decided on a few colors I wanted to work with and pulled labels from the Sunny Days word labels, small blank labels and small embellishments from the Sunny Days bits and pieces pack along with the Notes from Today and Work Hard stamp sets, inks, washi and alphas.

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The first step was to add the day numbers. I decided to use the small circle stamp from the Notes from Today stamp to add some color around the number. In addition, I used a different color for August than I did for September so that visually I could see where one month ended and the other began.

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Decorating is the best part! I used a Sunny Days word label and teal letter and number stickers for the month and a small tag under it. Then for the individual days, I wrote directly onto the planner page or onto a tiny tag, which I adhered to the page. This adds dimension and interest, but for me, it helps for certain things to visually stand out above everything else.

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I also used some of the open space to throw in a few additional embellishments.

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Once I had everything penned, glued and labelled, I was ready to head into August and September with a visual of everything that’s happening – and it’s pretty to look at!

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For a walk-through video of my planner spread, please check out this video!

AndreaGrayHi & hello from Northern California! You might know me around the crafty world as retrohipmama and I am super stoked to be a guest designer this month! Outside of scrapbooking I love to do different crafty things, jump on the trampoline with my two boys, scroll Instagram (I’m always there so follow me @retrohipmama), eat dark chocolate, have conversations with my husband in movie quotes or song lyrics and watch football. I am currently on the Illustrated Faith and Gossamer Blue design teams and love inspiring others to make stuff! My style has definitely evolved over the almost 20 years I have been memory keeping, but my layouts always come out clean and colorful and full of stories. This summer I am teaching myself piano and going on a lot of different crafty adventures!

Be sure to follow Andrea at her blog, on Facebook, and YouTube. Thank you, Andrea, for sharing your gorgeous projects with us!

Using our kits as a story prompt with Meghann Andrew

A lot of times, going through the tags in my Elle’s Studio exclusive kit reminds me of other supplies in my stash and a story that needs to be told, and before I know it, I’ve completed a layout I love and documented an important memory.

The August exclusive kit and Everyday printables included 3” x 4” tags covered with stars, and they prompted me to pull out a photo of my daughter from a trip to the Johnson Space Center last year.

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I decided to cut a large circle using the Sunny Days Documented paper, to match the large NASA logo in my photo. This is where I placed my title, created from chipboard alphas, Elle’s Studio letter stickers and the “adventure” tag from the Sunny Days bits and pieces.

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Using all of these lovely stars reminded me of a rocket die-cut that I had in my stash, and I wanted it to look as though it was flying around my patterned paper circle. I adhered it using dimensional adhesive, then added a trail of stars behind it using the acrylic stars- patriotic mix, the teal heart circle acrylics, the stars from the August digital cut files, and a few enamel dots.

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The Theodore Roosevelt quote tag was perfect for this layout, and to the right of it, I layered a Sunny Days bits and pieces teal circle with a rocket flair button on top.

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This simple design makes a big impact, and it was all inspired by tags in my August exclusive kit. What stories will this kit prompt you to document today?

‘Tis the Season Collection Pack Winners

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We LOVED reading all your comments and seeing what your favorite parts are of our new collection are! We have randomly drawn two winners to announce from our giveaway – they are:

Alyssa Fields

Jen Harkema

Congrats, ladies! Please email us at info@shopellesstudio.com to claim your prize! Thank you all so much for taking the time to enter our giveaway!

This new collection will start shipping to stores at the beginning of September and is available for wholesale pre-order now, so make sure you call your local scrapbook store or email your favorite online store and request this collection! This collection should also be available in our shop at the end of September.

Stamping Highlight by Daniela Dobson

Welcome to the Elle’s Studio blog post today. It’s Daniela here highlighting the Notes From Today stamp set along with Work Hard stamp set and our exclusive August kit and extras.  This little layout is a part of my travelers notebook called “Hello Summer”. I have been documenting my summer for several weeks now, with different prompts each week.  This page is titled “day in the life”.

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I layered my photo on a piece of patterned paper from Sunny Days 6×6 Paper Stack on the left side. Underneath I used the Notes From Today stamp set and a clock from Work Hard stamp. The little squares with the check mark were perfect and I used those to describe each photo above.

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On the right bottom of the page I created a little pocket using my sewing machine to tuck in little tags I created. I stamped on the outside with a large stamp from Work Hard stamp set. I took several tags from Work Hard Journaling Tags and added my journaling for that day. For the tabs I used die cuts from the August 2016 Kit that I stapled to the top.

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Here is the front of my Travelers Notebook that I handmade myself. I used a little label from Sunny Days Small Blank Labels and a stamp from Shine Bright stamp set. The front is printed on my printer and then I applied Deco Foil with the laminator (flamingo and circles at bottom). The polka dots and “hello” are painted with watercolor.

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These stamps are so versatile and I love using them. They are easily incorporated into any type of project. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to share your projects with stamps!

Sketch Thursday

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Happy Sketch Thursday, everyone! Today we have another fabulous sketch that was based off of Jen Schow’s Design Team gallery layout!

He Loves YouProducts used: Sunny Days 12 x 12 Papers, Wood Veneer Flags, exclusive August Kit, Acrylic You, and Acrylic Heart Circles.

The grid design makes the starting point a little easier and allows for you to switch up between adding more photos, extra journaling, or a mix of everything like Jen did here!

If you love our sketches to jumpstart your creative process, you won’t want to miss our new class, From Sketch to Finish, which includes 30 sketches and 20 projects from 10 different contributors to inspire you! With projects for cardmakers, traditional scrapbookers and pocket-page scrapbookers, there is something for everyone! Check out all of the details in the Elle’s Studio shop today!

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Now it’s your turn – We would love to see your take on this weeks sketch!! For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to our shop, create a project inspired by today’s sketch, upload it to your blog, and leave a comment here linking us up to it by Wednesday, September 14th, and we will announce the winner on Thursday, September 15th.

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Scrapbook Layout with special guest Andrea Gray

Today we have another project from our guest designer for August, Andrea Gray! This time, Andrea is working her magic on a fun scrapbook layout inspired by one tag in the August exclusive kit. Let’s have a look!

Hi everyone! It’s Andrea here and I’m back to share a 12” x 12” layout with you today! When I flipped through the August exclusive kit’s 3” x 4” tags, I found the “focusing on” tag and immediately thought of the perfect photo to document: a photo of me daydreaming about cute frames!

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When I saw the little wood veneer glasses in the Sunny Days wood veneers, it completely sealed the deal! The story is that I have always wanted glasses but have 20/20 vision. I know, I know – poor me! LOL. But now that there are so many cute frames available, it makes my envy even stronger!

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My process for starting a layout is typically the same. It starts with the photo and then I select supplies to complement it. I like looking beyond the obvious colors in the photo. For example, the glasses I have on are teal, which is perfect because it coordinates with the patterned paper in the Sunny Days collection. But check out the background of the photo: I spy woodgrain. I decided to use the full 12” x 12” Adventures woodgrain paper from Sunny Days paper collection as the background and use the Sunny Days Stars teal sunburst paper to mat the photo so the woods didn’t blend together. I wanted them to connect visually, but not touch.

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From there, I continued with the grid-style format using contrasting colors for matting the focal pieces. For lighter tags, like the grid, I kept the matting light so it stood out against the woodgrain, and for darker elements, like my photo and the heart tag, I used lighter colors to back them.

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Keeping the embellishments to a minimum was important since the woodgrain pattern can feel quite heavy. To achieve this, I added a small cluster of tags to the bottom left of the grid journaling tag and used a wood veneer star from the Sunny Days wood veneers to balance it all out.

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My favorite part of finishing a layout is adding tiny little shots of color here and there so I added some coordinating enamel dots, a tiny sentiment strip and colored in a box from the checklist!

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And that’s all I have for ya today! See you again next week for my final guest post – and pssst – we’ll be talking about planners! Happy scrapping!

AndreaGrayHi & hello from Northern California! You might know me around the crafty world as retrohipmama and I am super stoked to be a guest designer this month! Outside of scrapbooking I love to do different crafty things, jump on the trampoline with my two boys, scroll Instagram (I’m always there so follow me @retrohipmama), eat dark chocolate, have conversations with my husband in movie quotes or song lyrics and watch football. I am currently on the Illustrated Faith and Gossamer Blue design teams and love inspiring others to make stuff! My style has definitely evolved over the almost 20 years I have been memory keeping, but my layouts always come out clean and colorful and full of stories. This summer I am teaching myself piano and going on a lot of different crafty adventures!

Be sure to follow Andrea at her blog, on Facebook, and YouTube, and stay tuned for one more project from her right here on the ES blog!  

“You” scrapbooking layout by Jill Sprott

Do you ever encounter reluctant or challenging subjects for your photos? My mischievous husband dons a silly expression or feigns a grumpy face whenever I try to take his picture. When this happened again recently, I didn’t let that stop me from documenting his “true” self on the page.

You-Elles-Studio-Jill-LO-BLOGSupplies used: Elle’s Studio August 2016 Kit; “You” Acrylic; Heart Circle Acrylics; School Days Stamp; Sunny Days 12 x 12 Paper Collection.

In fact, these two oddball photos — the best of the bunch I attempted to take — became the inspiration for the layout elements that I chose, including the Elle’s Studio August kit and extras, which I paired with stamps from the new “School Days” mini-collection and paper from the “Sunny Days” collection.

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After using various hues of blue to stamp the pie charts on a sheet of white cardstock, I stitched loops around the stamped images, and then arranged the photos and accents. Over one of the pie charts, I arranged the days of the week, cut from a journaling card in the August kit.

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The days, set against the backdrop of differently sized pies, represent the constancy of this guy’s love regardless of his mood or what is happening in our lives. Over a second pie chart, I added my journaling, which reinforces that idea.

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For the first time, this month’s kit features its die-cut shapes on sheets. I took advantage of the negative space left behind after popping out the shapes, and included the sheet behind the photos on the page. I love how the colors peek through!

While I was working on this page, my husband stopped by to take a look at it, and he chuckled. Hopefully now he’s realizing that regardless of the faces he makes, he can’t avoid a place in this scrapbooker’s albums — or heart.

Introducing our new collection: ‘Tis the Season

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We are so excited to announce our next new collection: ‘Tis the Season! This collection is perfect for documenting all those special holiday moments in your life with the 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 papers, labels, journaling tags, die cuts, wood veneers, acrylics, stamps, puffy stickers, and more!

With this new collection we have made the journaling tags double-sided and are excited to introduce washi tape stickers – wait until you see the patterns!!

For this collection we were thrilled to be able to collaborate with two of our talented friends! Rachel from Citrus and Mint created the fun and colorful illustrations that are perfect for the holidays! And, Jen Schow illustrated an alphabet set and numbers set that was used throughout the collection and that we also turned into a stamp!

Here is the very first look at ‘Tis the Season:
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We would love to hear what your favorite part of the collection is – leave a comment on this post and we’ll draw two winners to receive a ‘Tis the Season collection pack! Winners will be drawn and posted on our blog on Monday, August 22nd, 2016.

Thank you so much for stopping by on this exciting day – we appreciate each one of you so much!

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Everyday Love scrapbook layout with Allie Stewart

Hello there! Allie here, and today I have a layout to share with you using the Sunny Days collection and the new August Exclusive products! The exclusive extras in the shop this month are some of my favorites yet–I especially love the acrylic hearts and the wood veneers!

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To create this layout, I used my Silhouette to cut this quilt-inspired cut file from white cardstock. I chose my favorite patterns from the Sunny Days 6″x6″ Paper Stack and patterned papers, and backed the openings while alternating colors.

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Once I had the background created, I printed out a photo strip of pictures. I added die cuts from the August Exclusive kit, as well as the hearts and wood veneers. My title was the adorable new Everyday Love acrylic! I kept the embellishing on the simpler side in order to focus on the fun background.

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I hope you feel inspired to use the new August Exclusive items! I think they are perfect with the Sunny Days collection, as well as on their own. Thanks for joining me today!