Little Moments with Special Guest Heather Leopard

Haven’t our guest designers been awesome this month? We’re happy to welcome back Heather Leopard for her second post, sharing a project that’s sure to have you reaching for your scissors or die-cutting machine!

Hello everyone! It’s Heather Leopard again, and I am so happy to share my final project as guest designer this month. My first project was a mini album but today I’m getting back to my true love, traditional scrapbooking.

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This page was inspired by the background paper. The little hearts reminded me of dandelion seeds, so I decided to scrap these photos of my daughter making a wish with her dandelion. I’m a big fan of fun backgrounds so I decided to scatter flowers throughout the page.

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I cut flower petals from various patterned papers found in the 6” x 6” paper stack and arranged them around the page.  I adhered them together in the center using a bit of liquid adhesive.  Once dry, I stitched circles in the middle. Some are covered with larger tags and embellishments, while others are small enough to reveal the stitching.

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I layered bits of journaling tags, vellum, puffy stickers, bits & pieces and more under and around my photos. I even cut the center out of the “love this” insta-frame journaling tag and popped one of my photos through it. My title is a combo of the “true story” acrylic and alphabet stickers. And last, but not least is a little note to my daughter.

To re-create this, all you need is a few coordinating patterns, scissors or a die cut machine to cut leaves and it will come together in no time!

Thanks to Elle and team for inviting me to guest this month.  It was so fun working with the May kit!  That’s it for me here on the Elle’s Studio blog but let’s connect on Instagram!

EllesStudioSpecialGuest-HeatherLeopardHi! I’m Heather Leopard and I am thrilled to be guest designing for Elle’s Studio!  I was born and raised in the Lone Star State and live in Cypress, Texas with my family – hubby, 2 daughters, 1 bonus son, and 2 rescue dogs. I lead marketing initiatives for a major computer company but my real passion is playing with paper, glue and scissors.  I started scrapbooking in middle school WAY back and scrapped here and there through college. I got REALLY into it when I got married in 2002 and then I became OBSESSED with it when I had my babies, who aren’t really babies anymore. I love to scrap the little details and daily adventures of my family and I aim to capture the essence of whatever it is they are doing. My signature style includes lots of pattern mixing, matching, and layering in fun and unique ways. I also design for Shimelle.com and Gossamer Blue.

You can find more of Heather’s work at her blog, The Spotted Leopard, on her Instagram feed or at Periscope!

Good Times with Allie Stewart

Hello everyone! Allie here today, and I have a layout to share using the Documented exclusive products!

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To create this layout, I started with the Documented journaling cards. I particularly loved the 4″x6″ chevron pattern, so I used two of them across the page to create a patterned paper. I added other strips of patterned paper from the Little Moments collection to the top of the page, and then sewed them all down. I stamped across the rest of the page with the Documented stamp to create a textured looking background.

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Next, I added my photo and used it to anchor a cluster of phrases that applied to the layout! I especially love the acrylic word and the “Good Times” which was cut from a Documented journaling card. I also used the Good Stuff puffy stickers to add more texture.

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To title my page, I used the Marie Alphabet Stamp. I am actually quite terrible at stamping, To remedy this, I often use black ink so that I can color in any imperfections with a pen. It’s a great tip to make your stamping look perfect! I place my layout onto a piece of craft foam (like the green one in the picture) before I stamp it. If I’m coloring in the image, I leave the foam under the layout. It makes the coloring easier and smoother!

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There you have it! Thanks for joining us today, and don’t forget to stop by the shop to check out the new Documented products!

Our new class + products are available now!

We have some exciting new items in the shop today!

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Simplify your scrapbooking process and start with a sketch! Our new class “From Sketch to Finish” will show you how working with sketches takes the guesswork out of the process and will allow to you create layouts, cards, and pocket pages in no time!

This 50 page PDF class starts with 10 different sketches with 10 contributors each sharing two papercrafting projects created from a sketch. You’ll get to read their tips and see their techniques in action as they share their process of working with the sketches. Then, we will end the class with an extra bonus of 20 full-page sketches and you’ll be on your way to creating projects in no time!

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Our amazing contributors (Meghann Andrew, Laura Bassen, Nancy Damiano, Danielle Flanders, Jess Forster, Andrea Gray, Maggie Massey, Leigh Odynski, Candace Perkins, and Carson Riutta) will show you how you can follow the sketch exactly, or adapt it to work with your photos and supplies. Along the way, you’ll also learn tips on how to stretch your sketches and how you can customize them to fit your style!

This class comes as a downloadable self-paced PDF file. Once you have purchased the class, you will receive a link, via email, to download the class.

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We are also excited to announce that our new Documented mini collection is here! You’ll find double-sided journaling tags, basic journaling tags with a grid on one side and polka dots on the other in pink and gray, a 4 x 6 stamp that also coordinates with our tab die, and acrylic words in white and black!

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And, we are also excited to introduce to you our first ever tool:EllesStudioCropAndStampBlockWe are taking the guess work out of your stamping and photo cropping with our Crop and Stamp Acrylic Block! You can use this block to stamp your clear stamps and center stamped images easily using the center grid lines provided.

Plus, this block will also allow you to to crop larger photos down to 3 x 4 inches to fit in your pocket pages! Just lay the block over the photo to find the desired placement. Then run an x-acto blade around the edges! It’s so simple to use and the best part is, by laying the block over the photo before you cut, you can see through the block so you can line up and cut your photo perfectly! In the sample photo above, it also shows you how you can use the grid on the block to center your images before you cut!

And, there is a bonus for our planner friends! This block is also thin enough to fit into your planners and features a hole in the left corner for storing in binders. You could also use it to take your favorite stamps on the go! Just stick them to the block and bring your ink!

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We also have a limited number of Little Moment bundles available while supplies last to celebrate our new From Sketch to Finish class! Our contributors used this collection on their projects and it’s the perfect addition to add to your class purchase!

SurveyAnd, just a reminder – We value your feedback so much and would love to hear from each one of you! Because your opinion is so important to us, we have put together a survey based off of questions we have been receiving and special requests that have been asked. And, after you take our survey there will be a 20% off coupon code at the end (that you can use today!!) to thank you for your time! *Please note: coupon code is not valid on wholesale orders.

Thank you so much for joining us today – we are so excited to see how our new Documented mini collection and From Sketch to Finish class inspires you!

Project Life with Kay Rogers

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Today Kay is sharing a Project Life spread with us using our Little Moments collection!

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She started off by adding the date in the upper left hand corner on a 4 x 6 tag from our Little Moments 12 x 12 paper, the Jonah stamp set, and our Letter and Number stickers. The journaling tags in the center came from our Little Moments journaling tag set and she then embellished her spread with our labels and tags from our 12 x 12 papers.

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For the right side, she started off the same way with the date in the upper left hand corner on a 4 x 6 tag from our Little Moments journaling tags, the Jonah stamp set, and our Letter and Number stickers. She also used papers from our 12 x 12 paper collection to make her own 3 x 4 tags, and embellished the spread with our Little Moments Bits and Pieces. We love how her pocket pages came together!

We would love to see how you are using our products in your Project Life albums! Make sure you share your projects with us in our Member Gallery or on Instagram with the hashtag #ellesstudio!

Don’t Forget to be Awesome by Daniela Dobson

Welcome to the Elle’s Studio blog post today. It’s Daniela here sharing a layout using our new May 2016 Kit and exclusive products. I have a board on Pinterest with various quotes and while I was looking at it the other day one jumped out at me and I wanted to use it on a layout, stamped with the Marie Alphabet stamp.

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Good Stuff Puffy Stickers, Little Moments Stamp, and The Story Of Stamp.

I started with two photos on the bottom right side. From there I added tags and bits from the May kit above the photos. I had to make sure the stamping would fit on the left side.

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I stamped the title in gray ink and “awesome” in different colors with the Marie alphabet stamp. I filled in the rest of the layout with stamping from different stamp sets using different ink colors, as well. I added a few puffy stickers and some sprinkles of color shine from my stash. In addition, I added some white modeling paste with a stencil to areas of the layout.

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Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to share your projects using Elle’s Studio May 2016 Kit and exclusive products with us in our Member Gallery or on Instagram with the hashtag #ellesstudio!

Process video with Jen Schow

Hi everyone, Jen here! One of the things I love most about the Elle’s Studio kits is the fact that each kit has a variety of colors. It makes it really easy to pull a few items to match the color scheme for any layout. This time, I chose greens and aquas from the May kit.

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I used some of the 3×4 cards + photos to create a grid. This, for me, is the perfect way to use pocket page cards on a traditional layout.

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I used “The Good Life” acrylic word for my title. I helped to design it, so that was a bit surreal! I love the way it pops against the aqua stripe pattern from the Little Moments 6×6 Paper Collection.

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There is a green card in this kit that says, “summed up in one word”. It’s my favorite, but I used it on another layout. I love that the stamp set immortalizes that phrase for me and I used it here to sum up the joy that my nephew felt sticking his head out of the sunroof!

If you want to see how this layout came together, you can watch the process video:

Thanks for joining us today!

Little Moments with special guest Elizabeth Gardner

Today we have another of our favorite scrapbookers here to inspire you with her use of Elle’s Studio products! This girl is colorful, both with her hairstyle and with her projects, and we love everything she creates. Please welcome Elizabeth Gardner to the Elle’s Studio blog!

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Every once in a while you come across a collection of papers where you just can’t pick a favorite. You want to use every single one, on the same page. I knew I had to do that with these papers from the Little Moments collection. They have such a gorgeous color palette and I just LOVE how they look all cut up and mixed together!

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To achieve this look, I punched patterned paper from the Little Moments 12” x 12” paper collection and 6” x 6” paper stack into squares, then cut those pieces diagonally, mixing them up and using both sides of the paper. I roughed up the edges of the patterned paper just a bit to give the page some texture, then I placed the triangle pieces back into square shapes on my background and sewed diagonally through each one. Boom! I used them all, and they are beautiful!

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On the right, I balanced my squares with some tags from the May 2016 exclusive kit, Little Moments bits and pieces, and Little Moments word labels above my journaling.

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How great is The Good Life acrylic element as a title on the nice white cardstock background? SO great! I finished off this side with some stars from the Good Stuff puffy stickers and some ink splatters and called my page complete!

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Hello there! I’m so excited to be guest designing for Elle’s Studio. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a mom of four, wife to a man I refer to only as “Hottie,” & owner of a velcro dog named Mr. Snicklefritz McGee. I am addicted to playing roller derby and changing my hair color. I’m also a stone cold crafting/art/scrapbooking nerd and am proud of it! I get ridiculously excited over watercolors and scrappy products hot off the presses. I have tried my hand at just about every medium of art but scrapbooking is my constant. It’s my jam. I typically do pocket pages and 12×12 pages… at least 4 a week. So I guess you could say I am one productive nerd! Thanks for having me. It was a pleasure!

You can find more of Elizabeth’s work at her blog, My Scrappy Life, and on her Instagram feed! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome layout, Elizabeth!

We would love to hear from you!

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We value your feedback so much and would love to hear from each one of you! Because your opinion is so important to us, we have put together a survey based off of questions we have been receiving and special requests that have been asked. And, after you take our survey there will be a 20% off coupon code at the end to thank you for your time! *Please note: coupon code is not valid on wholesale orders.

After you take our survey, you might want to save your coupon for these fun items!

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We have some brand new items coming to our shop on Monday, May 23rd at 8:00 am PST and it will include a new sketch class called “From Sketch to Finish”, along with our new Documented mini-collection that includes some journaling tag sets, a stamp set, and acrylics! If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, make sure you do to receive a reminder of when everything is available for sale!  We hope to see you there!

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I am slowly trying to put together our Spring Break album from this year!  I love putting together travel albums because it is like “re-living” your trip all over again.  And especially when it includes Disney!

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I was lucky to have Elle join us in Florida for Spring Break this year!  She flew out to hang with me and the kids (my husband was able to join us later in the week) and we split our time at the beach and Disney!   I primarily used the Elle’s Studio May 2016 Kit along with the Travelogue Journaling Cards to create this spread!

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When we checked in to our hotel we received flowered leis- I added one of the flowers to the spread.  I also just love the acrylic sunglasses— perfect for sunny Florida!

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I used the “pie chart” journaling card from the Travelogue Journaling Tags to show what our day consisted of in the park!

Elle’s Studio Products used: Elle’s Studio May 2016 Kit, Acrylic Sunglasses, Elle’s Studio April 2016 Kit, Travelogue Journaling Tags, Good Stuff Puffy Stickers, Wood Veneer Labels, Let’s Eat Bits and Pieces

Stamping with Jill Sprott

Each month brings a new release to Elle’s Studio, and I always look forward to discovering what Elle has in store for us. The stamp sets are always a buzzworthy highlight, though this month’s alphabet stamp set is generating even more buzz than usual, as evidenced in the following layout:

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Yep, those are indeed bees! This layout tells the story of the time a swarm of bees moved into the neighborhood, and chose to make our front yard their temporary residence.

Using the “B” and the “Z” from the Marie alphabet stamp set, I repeatedly stamped the two letters across the background of a sheet of Little Moments “Bloom” paper. The stripes on the paper offered ready-made guidelines for the stamped letters.

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The effect enhances the overall theme of the page while also depicting the incessant buzzing that we heard in the background while the bees were visiting.

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Because the stamped background was so busy and bold, the eye needed a place to rest, which is why I built the rest of the page in simple layers atop solid-colored cardstock. Although honeybee yellow and black are the primary colors of the page, I worked in some green as well, drawing from the leaves in the photo.

Although I most often use letter stamps to create titles, it was fun to try something different here. I’d love to see how you use the letter stamps on your projects.  Be sure to share your layouts in the Elle’s Studio gallery or on Instagram with the hashtag #ellesstudio!