A Sunny Adventure Layout with Nancy Damiano

With summer approaching, we may brighten our wardrobe with vibrant color, so why not do the same with our scrapbook layouts? The warming temperatures have us itching to document summer, and the May 2017 Kit and Live Laugh Love Collection are the perfect supplies to do that, as Nancy Damiano is showing us today! 

Hey everyone, it’s Nancy here with a look at a layout I created using the May 2017 Kit and Live Love Laugh Collection. This layout began with a pop of yellow. I love this bright, sunny polka dot print from the latest collection.


 
Supplies | May 2017 Kit, Adventure Acrylic, Pink Puffy Alphabet StickersOrchid Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Live Laugh Love Enamel Dots, Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers, Live Laugh Love Bits and Pieces

I wanted the photo to standout on that very bold background and to do that the solution is pretty simple— layers! The more, the better in this case. By combining paper from the Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection and 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack and die cuts from the May 2017 Kit, I created a bed of layers that makes the photo, from a trip to Legoland, pop.


 
This white acrylic title is bold, but by placing it on a white background, the effect is muted. That’s the beauty of a white-on-white title. To underline the title and add a contrasting circular shape, I used the larger Live Laugh Love Enamel Dots. A palette of red, yellow and pink match the energy in the photo.


 
The wood veneer subtitle from the Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers adds another line of text and a contrasting element of texture. The hexagon die cut from the May kit leads the eye to the words below.


 
Lastly, the story. A few strips of journaling sprinkled with the title made up of puffy alphabet stickers in both pink and orchid. They are smaller than the large acrylic title, but still stand out just enough to tell the “where” of our story. And that completes this design!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog, I hope you’ve been inspired to make a sunny, bright layout of your own!

Sketch Challenge with Allie Stewart

Welcome to another Sketch Challenge day here on the ES blog! This month’s sketch was inspired by Jen Schow’s “Living the Dream” layout from our April DT inspiration projects:


 
Allie Stewart used the sketch to create a layout all her own. Let’s see what she made!


 
I used Jen’s clean and beautiful layout to inspire a page that was more my style. I flipped the layout and used just one 4″ x 6″ photo.


 
Supplies | Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love Puffy Stickers, Live Laugh Love Washi Tape Stickers, Orchid Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Spring Sequins, March 2017 Digital Cut File

I added pops of color and floral pattern, using the Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, but kept the layered background and stitching like on Jen’s layout.


 
Where Jen stamped, I used the March 2017 Digital Cut File, coloring it with oil pastels. I added Spring Sequins and Live Laugh Love Puffy Stickers for embellishment.


 
I love the bright and happy colors, and it’s fun seeing how two different layouts can be created with the same sketch!

Now it is your turn to be inspired by this month’s sketch! Link up a project in a comment on this blog post, using the sketch above as inspiration by June 13th, 2017, to be entered to win a $10 gift certificate to the Elle’s Studio shop! We will announce the winner next month on our next Sketch Challenge post. We can’t wait to see what you create! Congratulations to last month’s winner, June Swart, who created this lovely layout about her garden: 


 
June, please email us at info@ellesstudio.com to claim your gift certificate! We can’t wait to see what you all create this month!

Our Spring sale has started!

Our annual big SPRING SALE has started and will run until Friday, May 26th or while supplies last. There are a ton of can’t miss deals and specials – here is a quick summary:

30% to 75% OFF SELECT ITEMS: Select items are on sale and prices are already marked, so no coupon code will be needed! Some of these items are retiring, too, so once they are sold out, we will not be restocking! Shop all our sale items here!

GRAB BAGS: We have FOUR different types of grab bags to choose from. Our grab bags include:

Scrapbooking Grab Bag – $45 value for only $12 – these are our BIGGEST bags yet! This bag includes some of the following: cutouts, snippets, journaling tags, stickers, washi tape, wood veneer, puffy stickers, and/or acrylics. NO 12 x 12 papers or stamps are included in this bag. If you purchase more than one grab bag, you may receive duplicate items in the second bag. Each bag will also include a pack of mixed acrylics stars and hearts, so you may receive duplicate acrylic shapes in that mixed pack.

Stamp Grab BagThis bag includes a range of our stamps. You can purchase 2 without receiving duplicate stamps.

Journaling Tag Grab BagThis bag includes 30 tags in 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 inch sizes from our collections and exclusive monthly kits. You can purchase 3 without receiving duplicate tags.

Bits & Pieces Grab BagsThis bag includes a variety of die cuts on 4 x 6 inch sheets from our exclusive monthly kits. You can purchase 2 without receiving duplicate die cuts.

MYSTERY KITS: Pick up one of our exclusive kits for half the price and it will be a mystery on which one you receive! You can purchase two kits without receiving duplicate kits.

DIGITALS: All of our digital cut files and printables are 50%!

SHIPPING: Shipping is based on the weight of your cart and we only charge what it costs us to ship your items. Our site will quote you a shipping price before checkout. Due to an increase in orders during this sale, please allow us extra processing time. We will be shipping orders in the order that they are received. We expect to have all orders processed within 3 business days of the order being placed.

Thanks so much for joining us for our annual SPRING SALE!

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Paper Stack Love with Michelle Wedertz

The 6″ x 6″ paper stacks included in our latest collections are such a hit! They have a huge mix of patterns included at a smaller size, perfect for die-cutting! Michelle Wedertz is showing us how she put her Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack to good use on her latest layout. Let’s take a look.

The words included in the May 2017 Digital Cut Files were just perfect for documenting my family and I had to include at least one of them in this layout that features both the May Kit and the newest collection, Live Laugh Love.


 
Supplies | May 2017 KitWood Veneer HexagonsAdventure Sticker Labels, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Live Laugh Love Enamel Dots
 
When it comes to cutting out shapes and titles, I always turn to the 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack for a few reasons. First, each sheet has a pattern on both sides which makes for a lot of choices. Second, they are the perfect size for die-cutting. Finally, the paper stacks make it super easy for me to quickly browse and through and find what I am looking for.


 
Paper stacks are also really convenient for layering, and I chose a few pieces of patterned paper that I thought would go well with the 4″ x 6″ multicolor tag from the May 2017 Kit. To embellish, I kept it simple and used a mix of die cuts from the kit, the new Wood Veneer Hexagons, and the enamel dots from the Live Laugh Love collection, as well as the Adventure Sticker Labels, included in this month’s add-ons. If you like using your typewriter, this label sticker sheet is a good choice because it slips right in and out of typewriter with no problem. Usually, when typing on labels I use washi to adhere it to a larger sheet of paper before slipping it into the typewriter and being able to skip this step was a big plus!


 
Wishing you a great day!

Adventure Documented with Candace Perkins

We love seeing our monthly kits and exclusives put to use on your projects! Today Candace Perkins is sharing a beautiful page about a special trip using these products along with the Live Laugh Love Collection, which proves that you don’t need multiple photos to document a special moment. Let’s take a look.

Hello Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Candace back with you today to share a fun 8-1/2″ x 11″ layout using the May 2017 Kit along with papers & embellishments from the Live Laugh Love Collection.


 
Supplies | May 2017 KitAdventure Acrylic, Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers, Stars and Hearts Mixed Acrylic, Adventure Sticker Labels, Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love Washi Tape Stickers, Enamel Dots

I wanted to document a recent trip my husband I took together wandering the streets of South Carolina. I started the layout with a white 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of white card stock. I wanted my photo block to run along the top third of the layout. For my block I used a 3″ x 4″ tag from the May 2017 Kit along with the Adventure Acrylic and a photo from our walk.


 
This block served as the focal point of the spread. Next, to add balance in both weight and color I started to add to the center of the layout pulling down towards the bottom. To do this I simply cut up the word strips from another 3″ x 4″ tag in this month’s kit and popped up the strips running down the page.


 
To ground the layout I added a few accent pieces of patterned paper from the Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection and Live Laugh Love Washi Tape Stickers to the top and bottom of the spread. For my final touches I added a little black stitching, Enamel Dots, Adventure Stickers Labels and an acrylic heart from the Stars and Hearts Mixed Acrylic.


 
I just adore the final layout and the memories captured here. I love that I can look back and read about these special times together. I love that my kids can read about how much their mommy and daddy love spending time together.


 
Memories made & memories captured and documented… this is what we do and it is so very important!

Thanks for stopping by today! You can follow the links in the post to the shop to find any of the items that I used on today’s project. Have a beautiful day!

Design Team Inspiration


 
Today we are excited to share with you another round of inspiration from our design team using the new items from our May 2017 release!


 
Super Cool by Jennifer Chapin — supplies used | May 2017 KitToday Stamp, Super Cool Acrylic, Stars and Hearts Mixed Acrylic, Arrow Stickers, Spring Sequins, Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection


 
April Pocket Pages by Candace Perkins – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Today StampStars and Hearts Mixed Acrylic, Wood Veneer Hexagons, Bike Ride Stamp


 
Learning with Daddy by Tessa Buys – supplies used | May 2017 KitAdventure Sticker LabelsArrow StickersSpring SequinsWood Veneer Bicycles, Fun Outdoors Wood Veneer WordsStars and Hearts Mixed AcrylicLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Letter and Number Stickers – Red


 
Astro is 5 by Laura Hager – supplies used | May 2017 KitArrow Stickers, Spring SequinsDated Stamp, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Large Wood Veneer Numbers,   Happy Birthday StickersLetter and Number Stickers – Red, Letter and Numbers Stickers – Gray


 
Fruit and Sunshine by Andrea Gray – supplies used | May 2017 KitToday StampWood Veneer HexagonsPuffy Heart Stickers, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack


 
Super Cool New Bike by Alissa Fast – supplies used | Wood Veneer BicyclesSuper Cool Acrylic, Puffy Heart StickersLive Laugh Love Bits and PiecesLive Laugh Love Puffy Stickers, Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers, Live Laugh Love Small Blank Labels,  Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper CollectionLive Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Letter and Number Stickers – Black


 
Let the Good Times Roll card by Meghann Andrew – supplies used | May 2017 KitBike Ride Stamp, Arrow StickersSpring Sequins, Happy Birthday StampLive Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack


 
Universal by Nancy Damiano – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Adventure Sticker LabelsToday StampSpring SequinsBlack Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Star Stickers

We LOVE what our design team has created this month. For more inspiration, stay tuned for one more DT inspiration post next week! Until then, use the hashtag #EllesStudio on Instagram to show us your projects using the May Kit and add-ons! You could win a $10 gift certificate to the Elle’s Studio shop!


 
Our annual spring sale is almost here! Our sale will start on Monday, May 22nd at 8:00 am PST and will run through Friday, May 26th at midnight or while supplies last. This sale will include grab bags, select items 30 – 75% off, and more! Please note, most items are limited so you will want to shop early!

A quick note about our shipping for this sale: Shipping is based on the weight of your cart and we only charge what it costs us to ship your items. Our site will quote you a shipping price before checkout. Due to an increase in orders during this sale, please allow us extra processing time. We will be shipping orders in the order that they are received. We expect to have all orders processed within 3 business days of the order being placed.

It’s going to be a HUGE sale and one that you don’t want to miss, so we hope you will join us! Mark your calendar and set your alarms!

Go See Do with Guest Designer Tegan Skwiat

Today we welcome Tegan Skwiat back to the blog to share another beautiful layout. Tegan loves using digital cut files to create her layouts, and she paired them perfectly with the Live Laugh Love Collection to create a magical page! Let’s see what she created.

Hi everyone! I am so happy to be back today sharing another layout with you using the gorgeous Live Laugh Love Collection! I am in love with this new line and I just can’t put it down!


 
Supplies | Live Laugh Love 12″x12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love Word Labels, Live Laugh Love Bits & Pieces, Live Laugh Love Puffy Stickers, Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers, Live Laugh Love Enamel Dots, Bike Ride Stamp, April 2017 Digital Cut File, May 2017 Digital Cut File

I love that Elle’s Studio also offers digital cut files that I can use on my layouts each month! First, I used the April 2017 Digital Cut File to cut out a few circular designs from my white background paper. I backed these cut outs with the white grid paper from the Live Laugh Love Collection. I like that this paper adds a little interest to the background, but isn’t overwhelming.


 
I then used the May 2017 Digital Cut File to cut out the “Go,” “See,” and “Do” arrows from three different colors of my favorite patterned papers, and of course I had to choose my photos to coordinate with each word! The coordinating Live Laugh Love Puffy Stickers make perfect little accents for my title arrows too, don’t they?


 
I have to admit that I am not much of a stamper. I was afraid to stamp “Notes From Our” and “Adventure” from the Bike Ride Stamp on the background of my almost finished layout. But I quickly learned that Elle’s Studio stamps are so easy to use! This beginner was able to get perfectly stamped images on the very first try. I can’t wait to use more Elle’s Studio stamps on my layouts!


 
The green “Priorities” Word Label was a perfect little accent to my photo here. Riding the bumper cars at California Adventure was definitely my niece’s top priority that day. I then embellished my layout with the fun Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers and Enamel Dots. I added a small black enamel dot after each word on my title arrows to emphasize the title.


 
Thanks for joining me today everyone! I hope I have inspired you to document your latest family trip or mini adventure using the fun new Live Laugh Love Collection!

Hi crafty friends! My name is Tegan and I live in northwest Indiana with my husband and my fur kid, Pixie. I’ve loved stickers for as long as I can remember. I had a sticker album that I collected tons of stickers in when I was just a little girl. About 15 years ago my sister suggested we try this thing called “scrapbooking” that her friends’ mom did. I have been hooked on scrapbooking ever since!

When I am not papercrafting, I love to walk the dog and watch movies or football with my husband.

Wow, Tegan really rocked those cut files! If you want to see more of Tegan’s work, please visit her at her blog and her Instagram profile, and stay tuned for Tegan’s final project coming to the blog next week.

A Die Cut Heavy Layout and Process Video with Jen Schow

Each of our monthly kits include two 4″ x 6″ sheets of pre-punched die cuts, perfect for using as embellishment on your projects. Today Jen Schow is with us to illustrate how she made those die cuts front and center on her layout, and we couldn’t love the finished product more! Let’s take a look.

Hey there! It’s Jen here to share a new layout and process video with you using the May 2017 Kit. More specifically I wanted to make a dent in the die cuts that are included this month, and I did!


 
Supplies | May 2017 Kit, Puffy Heart Stickers, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Arrow Stickers, Adventure Sticker Labels, Sights and Sounds Stamp, Today Stamp, Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Using the die cuts from the May 2017 Kit, I created a line of embellishment along the bottom of a strip of patterned paper from the Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection. I love the impact the die cuts give the layout by clustering them. I added a title using a cut up journaling tag and the Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers— I love them!


 
I finished it off with some journaling (using the line stamp in the new Today Stamp) and some Puffy Heart Stickers!


 
If you want to see how the whole thing came together, you can watch the process video.
 

I hope you’re inspired to use up some of the die cuts in your stash!

An Everyday Motherhood Traveler’s Notebook with Tessa Buys

We are so excited about how popular our Everyday Adventures Mini Album Class has been with you all, and our design team has been inspired to put the class ideas and supplies to good use on their own projects. Today, Tessa Buys is with us to share a beautiful traveler’s notebook celebrating motherhood, documenting everyday “selfie” photos with her kids. Let’s see what she created.

When I think of my everyday adventures, they almost always have something to do with my role as mother. When I decided on what photos and stories to document inspired by the Everyday Adventures Mini Album Class, I decided on “mom selfies”. Every year on Mother’s Day I wrangle my kids together for mother-son and mother-daughter selfies. This year’s photos are the focus of my traveler’s notebook pages and the inspiration for everyday stories about our crazy life.


 
Supplies | Everyday Adventures Stamp Set & Digital Files (exclusive to the class)Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper StackLive Laugh Love Wood VeneersLive Laugh Love Double-Sided Journaling TagsLive Laugh Love Washi Tape StickersLive Laugh Love Bits and Pieces, Live Laugh Love Enamel Dots, Black Puffy Alphabet StickersJonah Alphabet StampApril LabelsWood Veneer Stars
 
I set aside a few pages for each of my four kids and started with the one who made me Mom first. While every page is different, they all consist of some patterned paper (either 3.75 inch wide pieces, or pennants cut from the leftover scraps). On this particular page, I used my typewriter to add a quote and then embellished the pennant with a wood veneer heart. The other side is a mix of washi tape stickers, cut outs from the class printable, and die-cuts.


 
For boy number two I filled one side with patterned paper and the other with white space. The Jonah stamps are my favorite alphabet stamp right now, so I loved stamping out his name. The cluster of die-cuts, wood veneer, printable die cuts, washi tape and enamel dots is simple, but fun.


 
I loved playing up the pink elements of the Live Laugh Love Collection for my daughter’s pages. I started by cutting out the printable tulip and basing my color choices on that. I copied my patterned paper design from earlier pages. The other side became a stack of washi tape stickers, labels, die-cuts and stamps. I seriously love the Everyday Adventures Stamp— it’s definitely a top Elle’s Studio fave!


 
Do you have Mother’s Day photos and everyday motherhood adventures to scrap? I encourage you to take the Everyday Adventures Class, get inspired, and document this special role. Happy creating!


 
Be sure to check out the Everyday Adventures Mini Album Class in either the class-only or class + stamp options. For easy one-click shopping, you can find the class supplies in a specially priced bundle, too! We know it will inspire you to create your next miniature sized album to document your everyday memories!

Traveler’s Notebook Advice with Andrea Gray

Today Andrea Gray is with us to share a touching traveler’s notebook spread just for her son. Her project is a great reminder that you can create meaningful layouts with very few supplies—showing that the photos + words are what really matter. Let’s take a look.

Hey crafty friends! I hope May has been treating you well! I’m excited to share a new project with you today, a spread in a traveler’s notebook that will eventually be a gift for my teenage son. I made a list of topics I want to give him advice about and when there is a photo that deserves to be documented, this is what happens.


 
Supplies | May 2017 Kit, Adventure AcrylicApril Labels, Little Moments Blank Labels

While playing at the park with our puppy, I caught him walking away and I couldn’t help but capture his silhouette against the setting sun. The image nearly made me cry just thinking about what little time we have left with him in our house. He’s growing up and I wanted to write a little something to him before he walks away toward his own life.

The top half of the photo was perfect for the Adventure Acrylic, so I adhered that to the photo and left it at that.


 
I chose the “best things in life” journaling tag from the May 2017 Kit, a sentiment that really nailed the theme of this layout, but I also wanted to make sure I used my own voice so I added my own journaling above it.


 
Even though the card had a great blue color to compliment the blues in the photo, I also wanted to pull out the pink, yellow and orange of the sunset. To do this I used yellow and orange labels to layer under the card with a little pink die cut from the May 2017 Kit.


 
This spread is my reminder to my man-child to go on adventures and to not be afraid to step toward something bigger, because the experiences are all going to end up being memories and life is the most important adventure!