‘Tis the Season scrapbook layout with Melissa Mann

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Good Morning, everyone! This is Melissa with you here today with a new layout using the brand new ‘Tis the Season Holiday Collection! I do love a good holiday collection and this one is fantastic! The color scheme is a traditional one with pops of pink and grays and I just LOVE it 🙂

tistheseasonmlm3Products used: Tis the Season 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 paper, Frosted Acrylic Shapes, Stamp, Washi Tape, Bits and Pieces; Letter & Number Stickers – green, and Malia Alphabet Stamp.

I really wanted to highlight those great frosted acrylic shapes and created a layout that had a small grid in it where four different pieces would be able to stand alone. I hand-cut some scalloped pieces to place under my picture and grid and stitched those down with my machine. And I’m LOVING the new Malia stamp set (Alphabet and Numbers) that was released with this collection! I want to use it on everything!! I stamped my title underneath everything, ran my sewing machine back and forth directly underneath it, placed a small tag underneath that and lastly, I stamped the word “tradition” at the very bottom in black ink.

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I am so ready for the holiday season to start and creating this layout kicked it into high-gear! I can’t wait to see what everyone will be creating with this fantastic new collection! If you are posting on Instagram, make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag for a chance to be featured on our feed! And, if you blog, link us up in the comments below!

Working with printables in your planner with Alissa Fast

Good Morning, All! Alissa here today with another super fun way to spice up your planners. I love my planners and my daily tasks are always made so much more fun with a little decoration. No one ever said you couldn’t have fun while keeping yourself organized, right?

These products are perfect for making your planner functional and fun! Check out my September month on a two page spread here:

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I started with the month title. I just had to spice up the printed title in my planner. I added a couple die cut labels from the September exclusive kit along with some labels from a few kits back, and some black number stickers for the year.

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The labels and bits from the September exclusive kit and the Hello Autumn printables are perfect for marking special days and events.

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The 3×4 TO-DO card from the Hello Autumn printables was perfect for adding a monthly to-do list to the calendar, covering a few days that had nothing going on.

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To finish it up, I added a couple of the wood veneer flags to the page.

Now it’s your turn – we would love to see your planners! If you are posting on Instagram, make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag for a chance to be featured on our feed! And, if you blog, link us up in the comments below!

Scrapbook Layouts with special guest Jen Chapin

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Hi everyone! It’s Jen Chapin back again with my second guest post of the month. Today I’m sharing two layouts and two process videos with you using the September kit and exclusives and some Sunny Days products from the shop.

ellesstudio-jenchapin-sunshinesetup-01Supplies used: September digital cut file, Sunny Days 6” x 6” paper stack, Sunny Days puffy stickers, Sunny Days wood veneers, Sunny Days acrylic, acrylic stars- autumn mix.

The first layout I created uses the September digital cut file, enlarged to fit an 8-1/2” x 11” layout. I cut it out of white cardstock, then carefully backed a few of the negative spaces with pieces from the Sunny Days 6” x 6” paper stack. After adhering the die-cut to my base cardstock, I added some machine stitching. The stitching serves two purposes – adding texture, as well as keeping the cut file attached.

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I also thought it would be fun to use the wood veneer glasses from the Sunny Days collection! To color them black I simply used some black mist and let the piece dry before adhering it to the page. I embellished with the acrylic stars- autumn mix and Sunny Days puffy stickers.

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Take a look at how easily this layout came together in my process video:

ellesstudio-jenchapin-school-01Supplies used: School Days mini collection, Sunny Days 12” x 12” paper collection, Sunny Days 6” x 6” paper stack, 12” x 12” Divided Circle digital cut file, Apple acrylic, Back to School acrylic, Everyday Labels puffy stickers- black.

The second layout I created uses the School Days mini collection along with the Sunny Days collection, which pair so perfectly together! I started by using the FREE 12” x 12” Divided Circle digital cut file from the shop to cut my background from the navy patterned paper in the Sunny Days 12” x 12” paper collection. After backing the negative spaces with more Sunny Days patterned paper, I stitched around the circle with my sewing machine.

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This layout has lots of texture and dimension, as I used a lot of different materials for my embellishment, including the Apple and Back to School acrylic and Everyday Labels puffy stickers. After embellishing with some punched stars from the Sunny Days 6” x 6” paper stack and enamel dots, my layout was complete!

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Take a look at how I created this fun layout in my process video:

Thanks so much for having me this month – I had a blast working with the September exclusive kit and collections from the shop!

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Hi everyone! My name is Jen Chapin and I am so happy to be guest designing at Elle’s Studio! Fun fact: my very first manufacturer design team was actually here! I have been scrapbooking for ten years, and throughout that time have worked in many different capacities within the industry. I am currently designing for Studio Calico and Citrus Twist Kits. I also teach classes at Big Picture Classes. I am a nurse by trade, and work full time at a hospital about 50 minutes from where we live. My husband and I have two kids, Keira (7) and Connor (4). I am also going back to school right now for my master’s degree in nursing, so life is pretty crazy! When I have spare time (haha) I like to scrapbook, try new recipes, listen to audiobooks, or watch scrapbooking videos on YouTube. I am excited to be here and look forward to bringing you some more projects later this month!

We are so honored to have Jen back on the blog with us, and just love what she created! Be sure to follow Jen’s on YouTube, Instagram, her gallery and blog. Her work is always spectacular. Thank you, Jen!

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Design Team Inspiration

We are excited to continue the inspiration this month with these beautiful projects from our Design Team! Our team worked with our newest items, include our September kit + extras, and ‘Tis the Season collection – let’s take a look at what they did:

ellesstudio-meghannandrew-whatatreeWhat A Tree layout by Meghann Andrewsupplies used: ‘Tis the Season 12 x 12 papers, 6 x 6 papers, Puffy Stickers, Bits and Pieces, Frosted Acrylic, stamp; Malia Alphabet Stamp, and Letters and Numbers – green.

ellesstudio-kayrogers-momentsProject Life by Kay Rogerssupplies used: Sunny Days 12 x 12 paper, September Exclusive Kit, Everyday Puffy Stickers – teal, Acrylic Autumn Stars, Foodie Wood Veneer.

ellesstudio-nancydamiano-rightnow02Right Now Layout by Nancy Damianosupplies used: Sunny Days 12 x 12 paper, September Exclusive Kit, Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers – Black, Teal, Gray, Acrylic Heart Circles, and Autumn Acrylic Stars, and Right Now Stamp.

ginalideroses-septfall1Fall layout by Gina Lideros  – supplies used: Sunny Days 12 x 12 paper, September Exclusive Kit, Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers – Pink, Teal, Fall Acrylic, and Foodie Wood Veneer.

ellesstudio-alliestewart-besteverBest Ever layout by Allie Stewartsupplies used: Sunny Days 12 x 12 paper, Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers – Pink, Teal, Gray, Best Every Acrylic, and Autumn Acrylic Stars.

ellesstudio-danieladobson-momentsI Treasure These Moments Together by Daniela Dobsonsupplies used: Sunny Days 12 x 12 paper, Little Moments 12 x 12 Patterned Paper, September Exclusive Kit, September Digital Cut File, Acrylic Autumn Stars, and Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers – Black.

ellesstudio-jamieleija-projectlifeProject Life pages by Jamie Leijasupplies used: September Exclusive Kit, Letters & Numbers – pink, gray, Right Now Stamp and Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers – Teal.

Aren’t they amazing?! We hope this inspires you to pull your kit out and create something, too! We would love to see how you use our products – If you are posting on Instagram, make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag for a chance to be featured on our feed! And, if you blog, link us up in the comments below!

Project Life with Kay Rogers

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Hello everyone, Kay here! Today I am sharing another super-simple spread, where I relied on the tags and die cuts in the September Kit, along with a few other items. I love how quickly I can get my Project Life completed using these kits!

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Products used: Exclusive September Kit, Letter and Number stickers – pink, Autumn Acrylic Stars, and Everyday Label Puffy Stickers – black.

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We hope this inspires you to start your Project Life pages this month! We would love to see how you use our products in your Project Life, too! If you are posting on Instagram, make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag for a chance to be featured on our feed! And, if you blog, link us up in the comments below!

Process video with Jen Schow

We recently had some cooler weather and it got me super excited for the changing seasons. Autumn is my favorite time of year and I knew I could put the “Autumn” acrylic piece to good use with this #shofie (or shoe selfie) photo.

ellesstudio-jenschow-autumnvibes-01Supplies used: Sunny Days 12×12 Paper, September Kit, Autumn Acrylic, Foodie Wood Veneers, and September Digital Cut File

I hand-cut my title from the woodgrain paper in the Sunny Days collection and layered the Autumn acrylic piece on top. I have a tendency to stack everything – I would usually put the word “Autumn” above the word “vibes”, but I really like the overlapped look here. It’s good to switch it up sometimes.

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I added a few die cuts from the September kit + the Documented cut file to the bottom of my photo to finish things off.

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You can take a close peek at my process in the video below!

New collections are here – Look what’s new for the holidays!

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We are thrilled to announce that our new collection is in stock and shipping now! Our ‘Tis the Season collection is perfect for documenting all those special holiday moments in your life with the 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 papers, cutouts, labels (small, large, words), journaling tags, die cuts, wood veneers, acrylics (good cheer, Dec 2016, shapes), stamps, puffy stickers, and more!

There is also a ‘Tis the Season 25% off collection bundle that is available for a limited time!

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

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We also put together a mini collection for Halloween that includes journaling tags, wood veneers, and acrylics (stars, Happy Halloween in black, and Happy Halloween in white).

Click here to check out all the new products, along with our ‘Tis the Season 25% off collection bundle that is available for a limited time!

Thanks for stopping by today and we hope you enjoy all the new products!

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Using journaling tags for story prompts by Michelle Wedertz

Hello!  Michelle here with you today to share some ideas on how to use journaling cards and tags as prompts for story telling.  The journaling cards and tags in the monthly kits certainly function to provide you with the space to tell your stories. However, they can also help inspire the topic or the direction that you take your journaling.

More times than not, when I pick a photo out to scrap I already have my story in mind and I will pick the supplies that will most compliment the particular story I have to tell. Occasionally though, it’s fun to work backwards and let the products inspire my story. For example, I often look through the phrases or sentiments on the cards and tags as a source of inspiration for titles or even as a jumping off point for my journaling.

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For today’s layout, I pulled out the cards and tags from the September Kit and scanned them, making mental notes of the words and phrases that stood out to me. What spoke to me the most were the phrases like “Love These Photos,” “So Much Love,” and “I treasure these moments together.”  These thoughts led me to think about my children and how much fun it is to be around them and I wanted to created a layout expressing this.  Here is what I came up with:

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Prompted by the journaling cards and tags, my goal was to create a page that told the story of how my children fill my life with love and laughter on pretty much an everyday basis. To do this I went straight to my phone and picked out three recent photos that I thought would best represent these qualities and went to work using both the September Kit and the Sunny Days collection.

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For someone like me who scraps mostly chronologically, this technique is a huge game changer. By looking to journaling cards for inspiration, I pushed myself outside my comfort zone and ended up with a fun story that might not have otherwise made it into my album. This layout was actually quite a joy to put together and I will definitely be doing this again!

Yum! Scrapbook layout by Allie Stewart

Hello there! Today I have a fun layout to share with you using the Sunny Days collection and the September Exclusive items. I was inspired by the dining items in the September release to make a page about some Star Wars food items we had in Disneyland. I love being challenged to create pages about subjects I normally wouldn’t scrap!

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I backed each of my photos with a journaling card from the September Exclusive kit and 6 x 6 Sunny Day papers. I arranged them in a grid design and used a part of the Sunny Days cut apart paper to complete the square. I added the Foodie wood veneers and some die cuts from the September kit!

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The title was created with my Sillhouette Cameo. I cut out the word “Yum!”, traced it onto the paper, and stitched around it. I used watercolor to fill in the letters. Finally, I finished off with the Right Now Stamp!

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I had so much fun creating this layout, and enjoyed scrapbooking about a new topic. I always find so much inspiration in the monthly kits! Thank you for joining me today!

Customizing Digital Files with Maggie Massey

Hey everyone! Maggie here with a fun little project using this month’s digital files!

Digital files are so easy to customize using a photo editor…so when I’m using them, I love to try to think outside the box just a bit.

Today I’m going to show you how you can take your standard digital card file and tweak it a bit to create your very own To Do lists.

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NOTE: I am using Photoshop CC (2015.5) on a Dell Computer to edit my files, but you can use any photo editing program that works with .png images. (all of the individual printables available at Elle’s Studio are .png files).

To start, I opened up the red “TO DO” card from the printable folder.

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I also opened up the .jpg version of the full printable graphic (you’ll see why in just a moment).

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Now, my goal is to change to color of this card…and, for this project, I wanted to stay within the color scheme of the September kits…but you can change it to any color you like.

The image that shows all of the printables grouped together is the perfect place for me to see all of this month’s colors…so I leave it open on my screen.

From the Tool Bar I choose the “EYEDROPPER” tool.

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Now I click on any color from the full printable image and the eyedropper will “pick up” that color.

You can check to see that the dropper has chosen the color you clicked by looking in your color boxes at the bottom of your Tool Bar.

Next, I click on the red “TO DO” card file so that it is front and center on my screen…

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…and I click on the “PAINTBUCKET” tool in the Tool Bar.

Click your paintbucket on any area that is red on your “TO DO” card and it will become the new color.

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Now click on every remaining red space on the card to completely change the card’s color.

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For this project, I decided to also change the size of my card from 3×4 to 4×5.3. Simply open the “Image” window, click “Image Size” and set your new size…making sure to keep your dpi at 300.

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Save your new image as a .jpg file and rename it (using the color you’ve chosen is a good way to keep your new cards easily identifiable in your folder) and repeat the above steps for each new color you want to create.

**Remember to start with your original file each time (in this case, the red “TO DO” card).

Once you have created cards in all your preferred colors you’ll want to print them.

Start by opening a new file (page) in your editing program.

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Now copy and paste each of your different colored and resized cards onto your new (in my case 8.5×11) page.

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Once you have arranged your cards on your new page, you’ll want to “flatten” your image to reduce the file size.

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And then you can just print as you normally would!

 

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Cut your individual lists apart and you’re done!

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I punched holes in mine so they would fit directly into my planner…and I LOVE them.

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And now I have custom To Do lists for every day! You can do this fun and easy technique with any of the printable files available to make them unique to your project…so cool, right?

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Thanks so so much for taking a look! I hope I’ve inspired you to open up those digital files and play a little bit!