Our Let’s Eat collection is now in stock!

EllesStudio-LetsEat-blog2We are excited to announce that our Let’s Eat collection is now in stock, in our shop! You guys are going to LOVE this collection – it is so versatile! Besides being awesome for documenting all your foodie memories, it also works well for everyday memories, too!

Let’s Eat works great on scrapbooking layouts, Project Life, mini albums, and even in planners! Our design team will be showcasing this new collection in our next gallery reveal and here on the blog, and Jenni has already started using it in her Project Life album:IMG_1188IMG_1298You can see her blog posts here and here, where she featured this collection!

We can hardly wait to see how you use this collection – don’t forget to post your creations to our Member Gallery where you can inspire others, and have a chance to be featured on our blog. Featured members also win a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to spend in the shop!

Thanks for joining us on this exciting day, and thank you for all your incredible support! We feel so grateful for each one of you and hope you enjoy this collection as much as we do!

A True Cinderella Story by Jill Sprott

True-Story-ES-Jill-LO-blogAh, prom season. It’s that time of year when our children abandon the uniform of teen angst and youthful malaise — worn denim and t-shirts — in favor of glittering gowns and tailored tuxedos. This spring, my daughter attended not just one, but two proms. Initially, she was going to wear the same red dress to both proms, but that did not work out as expected. In fact, there was something even more unexpected that occurred. That story — my daughter’s true “Cinderella” story — is the focus of this page.

True-Story-ES-det-2-blogThe journaling was prompted by a tag from the Elle’s Studio May 2015 kit that allows one to rate an event by checking a box. Initially, I was going to go with “This was…incredible,” but so many other choices applied, so I checked even more boxes (“awesome…so fun…a doozy”) and covered up the ones that I wasn’t using with a date strip. Everything in the journaling relates to the checked boxes, from the “doozy” that was the dress debacle, to the “incredible” and “awesome” news that my daughter was prom queen, as well the most important aspect of all, that she found the prom to be “so fun.”

True-Story-ES-det-blogProducts used: Elle’s Studio May 2015 kit, Cienna Paper Collection Pack (including Cienna “You Are” patterned paper and Cienna “Happy Moments” vellum), Cienna Bits and Pieces, and Cienna Cutouts

Knowing that I would be adding a lot of journaling and photos, I kept the background simple and neutral, using a sheet of “You Are” patterned paper from the Cienna collection.  Mindful of the role that purple played in my daughter’s story, I brushed purple paint across the background, and built the rest of the layout over the painted section. I selected tags and accents from the May kit and the Cienna collection that were primarily purple or gray, keeping with the monochromatic approach. The final addition to the page was the hand-cut title, taken from a sheet of Cienna “Happy Moments” vellum.

As this page attests, I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

Cards with Meghann and Daniela

Hello everyone! Meghann and Daniela are sharing two beautiful cards they created by mixing the Cienna collection with May’s Monthly Kit.

“For You” card by Meghann:

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I love that with just a few scraps of paper and my May exclusive kit & cut file, I was able to create this pretty card for a friend’s birthday in so little time! For You closeup For You closeup 2

ES Supplies: May 2015 exclusive kitMay digital cut fileShine paper collection packCienna bits & piecesCienna Happiness stamp. Other: Ribbon & enamel dots.

Here’s how I put it together:

1) Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4-1/4″ x 11″. Fold in half. Cut a piece of the ‘So Bright’ paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″. Adhere to the front of the white, folded cardstock.

3) Cut the ‘for you’ tag from a piece of white cardstock and back it with the dark pink tag from the exclusive kit. Tie a pink ribbon at the top and keep the legs of the bow in place with glue dots. Cut a grey rectangle out of the ‘Say Cheese’ paper from the Shine collection and cut a slit at the bottom of the photo opening. Slide the ‘for you’ tag inside the slit at an angle and adhere to keep it in place. Tuck the purple flower from the exclusive kit behind the ‘for you’ tag and adhere to keep in place. Adhere the pink flower from the exclusive kit to the front of the grouping. Set aside.

4) Adhere the ‘important’ tab from the Cienna bits & pieces to the bottom left corner of the card. Stamp ‘I heart you’ onto the purple banner from the exclusive kit using the Cienna ‘Happiness’ stamp. Adhere to the top left corner of the card.

5) Using dimensional adhesive, adhere the frame/tag/flower grouping to the bottom left corner of the card. Embellish with enamel dots.

 

“Hello” card by Daniela:

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I used one of the 4×6 cards from May kit as my background on the card base. I tucked in a strip of patterned paper at the bottom. I used three different stamp sets to create a little phrase, along with the stickers from Cienna collection. I added 3D foam adhesive to the flower for dimension. A little pop of yellow was added for some contrast with the twine and sequins.

ES Supplies: Cienna – Happiness stampCienna – Hello stampCienna – StickersCienna Paper Collection PackGood Day StampElle’s Studio May Kit

Thank you so much ladies for creating and sharing such beautiful cards with us today!

PROJECT LIFE

Today I am sharing another layout in our Spring Break Project Life album.IMG_1298

We drove to Florida for Spring Break and decided to stop halfway for some fun in Atlanta.  We visited the Coke Museum and rode the Ferris Wheel.

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I LOVED using “Let’s Eat” for this spread!  It was perfect for documenting our love for Coca Cola!   The kids got to design their own coke bottles, so I printed those out once we got home and included it in the album.  I layered it with the plastic bags we carried our coke in and added a few Let’s Eat Wood Veneer to the page.

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The “Let’s Eat” collection is available now, in our shop!  This collection is so versatile – You will love all the ways you can use it!

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Supplies used:  Let’s Eat Journaling Cards, Let’s Eat Blank Labels, Let’s Eat Wood Veneers, Let’s Eat Bits and Pieces, Numbers Stamp, Elle’s Studio April 2015 Kit, December 2014 Kit

 

Project Spotlight – May 17

6252_3724_14305690091361_bigCongrats to this week’s Project Spotlight winner, Veera! We are loving this beautiful layout she made with our Cienna collection! Check your email for your $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to use in our shop!

And, don’t forget that you can 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.

Stamping with Elle

EllesStudio-Stamps-Elle01Today I wanted to share with you these six 3 x 4 inch journaling tags I made with the exclusive Good Days stamp set, our exclusive May kit, and the Cienna collection! These products mix really well, and now all I have to add is the journaling to these tags, and they are done! I use these in my Project Life album, and on scrapbook pages.

I have really fallen in love with stamping lately and love to stamp on journaling tags to customize them, or make them my own – It adds a whole new element to your pages and albums! I’ve made a couple changes to my stamping routine that has greatly improved how much I use my stamps! Now I find myself always reaching for them to add the perfect finishing touch to my project!

I wanted to share these tips with you, and hopefully it will make you want to stamp even more!

MAKE A COLOR CHART OF ALL YOUR INK COLORS:
I used the same stamp to stamp every color of ink I have, and then I wrote their name underneath. It’s amazing how much this has freed up my time in choosing an ink, and now I know exactly what color I will get before I pull the ink pad out and ink my stamp!

EllesStudio-Stamps-Elle02TEST STAMP BEFORE, AND STAMP OFF AFTER:
As seen on the right hand side of the photo above, I will ink up and stamp a stamp several times before I feel comfortable stamping on my project. It’s not a necessary thing to do, but I find that I feel more at ease doing it this way.

Then, after I’ve stamped my image on my project, I go back to my test paper and stamp a couple more times on it, to “stamp off” the ink. This will help remove most of the ink so I can pull the stamp off my block, and put it back in it’s place.

CLEAN STAMPS AT THE END OF A PROJECT:
Then, last but not least, I wait until I am finished with my entire project before I clean the stamp set with warm soapy water. I leave them attached to their packaging, and clean the entire set at the same time, even if some weren’t used. The stamp set may get dyed from not being washed immediately… but I’m okay with that because the stamps looked well loved, and it doesn’t interrupt the flow of my project. Before, I would clean the stamp each time I stamped something and would find myself less likely to pull my stamps out, but not now – I stamp on everything!

I hope this post inspired you to grab your stamps and start stamping more! Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Sketch Thursday

Today’s sketch was inspired by Meghann’s Muddy Puddles layout.Sketch 1May15

We have two awesome designers joining us today! Melissa created a fantastic multi-photo layout and Rachel created a super fun card.

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Melissa says: “I really loved this sketch which was based off a great layout that Meghann made last month! I loved how it included so much room for journaling which can sometimes be a little daunting. I flipped the sketch on its side and instead of just one picture, I used a strip of photos of my husband that I snapped last month. I layered the photos over some pattern paper from the Love You More collection and some Kraft card stock. I typed out my journaling on a piece of vellum with my typewriter and layered that underneath the photos. I hope you enjoy this sketch and make it work for you!”

May_MLM10 May_MLM11Products used: Cienna Stickers, May 2015 Kit, Love You More Collection, Mint Alphabet Stickers, Cienna Cut-outs

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Rachel is up next and she says: “I love this sketch with so many fun details. I wanted to use it for a card, so I had to adjust placement and proportions slightly to accommodate the smaller scale. I chose a piece of paper from the Shine collection with the sunburst for the background of the card. I used a journaling card from the May kit for the right side and tried to follow the sketch when creating my clusters of bits and pieces. I stamped the quote bubble with sentiments from the latest stamp set, Good Day, and ‘#LoveYou’ is from the Always and Forever stamp set. The clusters are made up of bits from the May and April kits, along with accents from the Cienna line.”

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Products used: May 2015 Kit, Good Day Stamp; Always and Forever StampShine Collection Papers; Cienna Bits and Pieces.

Thank you so much for playing along ladies!!

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 by May 27th. A random winner will be selected and posted with the next sketch on May 28th.

Our winner this week is snazzyjj with her layout Oh so Lovely! 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

Sunshine Layout with our May kit by Michelle

SunshineMichelle is sharing a special layout she made using our exclusive kit for May and our Cienna collection! We love how this kit and collection work so well together!

Michelle says: “When I was looking through May’s kit, the yellow “Sunshine” card really stood out to me as a potential title for this photo of my daughters. Keeping this card in mind I turned to the Cienna collection and chose a patterned paper that would go well with both the yellow card and the green and grey tags that I had also pulled from the kit. As I was building my layout with these supplies, I found that the 3×4 size of the “Sunshine” card just wasn’t fitting with what I had in mind, so I cut it down into a square and made it work for me. In the end I was left with a fun and happy layout that reflected this moment with my girls.”

Sunshine-2Sunshine-3Products used: Elle’s Studio May 2015 Kit, Cienna Paper Collection, and Yellow Letter & Number Stickers

Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Michelle! Love how you used that tag, from our May kit, as a title, but cut it down to a square – it’s perfect!

PROJECT LIFE

Today I am sharing a spread I made for our Spring Break album!IMG_1188

For this album I chose to use a 9×12 Handbook style album to document our Spring Break trip.  This spread highlights a low key day at the beginning of our week.  IMG_1178

I got to use the new Elle’s Studio collection “Let’s Eat” items from the May 2015 Exclusive Kit.  As you can see, the “Let’s Eat” collection does not limit you to only documenting food.  I used it for documenting all parts of our day.

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May’s coordinating stamp, Good Day Stamp was perfect for adding check marks to a journaling tag and the degree circle symbol.

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Elle’s Studio supplies used:  May 2015 Exclusive Kit, Let’s Eat Pattern Paper, Let’s Eat Journaling Tags, Let’s Eat Wood Veneers, Let’s Eat Stickers, Letter and Number Stickers – Teal, Number Stamp, Good Day Stamp

The “Let’s Eat” collection is shipping to retailers now, and is also available in our shop!

Pin-inspired Layouts!

We love Pinterest! We have so much fun browsing all the amazing inspiration and pins that can be found there! We also love pinning projects, quotes, and more, so make sure you follow us if you’re on Pinterest!
a89d1265a0a8ca8a26fbbab40857d1a1We asked our team to use the pin above as inspiration for a layout and here’s what two of our design team members came up with!

First up is Toni From:EllesStudio-ToniFrom01Toni says: I am completely in love with the inspirational pin. I have a photograph of my studio that I have been waiting for the right creative push to scrapbook, and this pin was perfect! The vibrant circles and subtle patterns just make me happy and excited to experiment. I chose a literal take on the circles, but only used them along the bottom (to help ground the layout) and another slightly-larger circle in one of the words at the top of the layout. This helps the layout flow and brings your eye around the page.

To create the circles I punched one-inch shapes from some of the more neutral Elle’s Studio papers in the Shine, Sycamore Lane, and Cienna collections. I paired the patterned papers with watercolored circles. I then adhered the watercolored half-circles to the patterned paper with adhesive and then stitched over everything.

EllesStudio-ToniFrom02Once the circles were finished I adhered my large photo to my layout and handout letters from the Shine, Sycamore Lane, and Cienna paper collections. Next, I starting adding some small embellishments in small clusters. I used wood veneer, tidbits, cork, and some enamel dots and puffy stickers from my stash. I love how all of these different textures (along with the machine stitching) play off one another and make the layout interesting.

Thanks so much for looking at my layout today. I know that you will love my fellow DT member Jessy’s take on the inspirational pin.

EllesStudio-ToniFrom03Products used: Cienna papers, wood veneers; Shine papers, Extra Tidbits, Wood Veneers, Cutouts; Hello 2015 Cork; Sycamore Lane papers

Next up we have Jessy Christopher:helloeasterJessy says: I absolutely adore the colorful circles in the photo & decided to create a circle cut file for my layout. My circles have a gap in between. That way I can slot the patterned papers to fill in. The colors in Cienna collection went so well with my daughter’s photos. And the cute elements that I placed all around the layout is just perfect.

helloeaster1Products used:  Cienna Paper, Wood Veneers, Stickers, Bits and Pieces; April 2015 kit; Good Cheer Paper (Countdown patterned paper).

helloeaster2Thank you for sharing with us and inspiring us today, ladies! Love seeing your takes on this pin!

We’d love to see your take on this pin, too! If you make a project based off this pin, make sure you upload it to our member gallery – we love featuring member projects on our blog!

And, if you have have a favorite pin that has been inspiring you lately, please feel free to post it here in our comments section! We’d love to see it!