Love You Always Tutorial by Paige Evans

Love-You-Always-by-Paige-EvansGather your Elle’s Studio February kit, Key to my Heart wood veneers, and Always + Forever stamp because today Paige has put together this inspiring layout and a step-by-step tutorial to go along with it!

Here’s how Paige’s layout came together: EllesStudio-PaigeEvans-11. Start with the SVG hearts from the February digital that include the cut lines, OR turn the PNG files into cut files – open a new Silhouette document then drag and drop the PNG. Select the “Trace” function and outline the hearts. Push the “trace” button. Delete the PNG. Ungroup the hearts, delete the words and all but one of the hearts, and supersize the remaining heart.

EllesStudio-PaigeEvans-22. Gather the Elle’s Studio February kit supplies!

EllesStudio-PaigeEvans-33. Die cut the large heart from scratch cardstock, peel off the large heart, then lightly trace it with a pencil onto the center of a white cardstock layout background.

EllesStudio-PaigeEvans-44. Begin piecing and placing February kit elements inside the heart. Don’t glue anything down until you’ve decided where to place the photo and are happy with the placement of everything.

EllesStudio-PaigeEvans-55. In the smaller open spaces, stamp images and phrases from the Always and Forever coordinating stamps.

EllesStudio-PaigeEvans-66. Pierce a hole every 1/4″ through the pencil-drawn heart then erase the pencil lines.

EllesStudio-PaigeEvans-77. Backstitch through the holes using white thread.

EllesStudio-PaigeEvans-88. Splatter white paint around the layout.

Love-You-Always-Detail-by-Paige-EvansProducts used: Elle’s Studio Exclusive February kit, Key to my Heart wood veneers, Always + Forever stamp, Letter and Number stickers – white, and February digital cut files.

Thank you for sharing your step-by-step process with us and inspiring us today, Paige – we love how everything came together to make a fun collage!

Cards

Happy Wednesday! Today, Rachel and Daniela are sharing two gorgeous cards with us. Rachel’s thank you card is colorful and full of patterns, yet she managed to keep it clean with the large journaling tag on top.RI_25.3.15

Rachel said: The colors and patterns from Sycamore Lane are my favourite! I cut up some 12×12 sheets to create the pattern on the card base. Next, I took a journaling card from the February kit and embellished it with some stamping and paper.

I stamped the circular image and punched it out , before adhering it over a label with foam tape. I stamped the ‘laugh/love/smile’ text on the bottom, and stamped it once more without re-inking to create the shadow effect. The journaling card is popped up on the card front with foam adhesive.

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Supplies: Sycamore Lane Paper Collection PackSycamore Lane Grateful stampSycamore Lane Blank LabelsFebruary 2015 Kit

Daniela played with heat embossing and watercolors to create this little work of art.Here for you by Daniela Dobson

Daniela said: I stamped the numbers on watercolor paper with VersaMark and heat embossed with embossing powder. I used Faber-Castell Gelatos to add three different colors to the card. Add water to spread the color around.

The little flowers are stamped on white cardstock and cut out. I added a touch of different watercolor to the flowers for dimension. I used 3D Foam Adhesive for the flowers. The leaves and the little dots are hand painted with watercolor.

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Supplies: Number StampShine-Fun In The Sun StampElle’s Studio February 2015 KitLove You More-Paper Collection PackLil’ Snippets: Tiny Note Labels

Thank you so much for sharing these lovely cards with us ladies!

Please make sure to upload your cards and other projects to the Member’s gallery. We love to see what you create with Elle’s Studio items.

PROJECT LIFE

Today we are sharing two Project Life Spreads from Design Team Members Alissa Fast and Jennifer Chapin!

First, Alissa is sharing a spread in her 6×8 album.

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I am continuing to LOVE the 6×8 size for my Project Life this year. It’s so easy to keep up and yet I can get just as many photos in as I did in my 12×12 pages.

week-07-01The Elle’s Studio products are perfect for adding just a little bit to your photos and cards. Don’t forget you can cut up the journal cards too, if you like part of the card and wish you could layer it over your photos, like the “I love you a bushel and a peck” card that I layered over the corner of the conversation hearts photo.

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week-07-03Products Used: Love You More bits & pieces, journaling tags; Hello 2015 calendar tags; Letters & Numbers Stickers – Red, Lots of Love PrintablesJanuary 2015 Exclusive KitFebruary 2015 Exclusive Kit, Key to my Heart wood veneer, and Sycamore Lane  Cutouts

Next, Jennifer is sharing a spread from her Project Life album using 9×12 page protectors.jenchapin Feb PL elles (5)

For this Project Life spread, I used some new 9×12 page protectors that I picked up awhile back.

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It is a neat size to work with and the 3×4 cards fit perfectly in the protectors, no trimming like with the baseball card 8.5×11 sleeves.

jenchapin Feb PL elles (2)I used a mixture of the XOXO printable, February cut files, Hello 2015 stickers and calendar tags, and the Winter Ephemera Pack. To keep it simple, I printed my photos at 3×4 with a white border. I also created a journaling card with the XOXO digital element and some white cardstock.

jenchapin Feb PL elles (7) The Winter Ephemera Pack was perfect to document all the snow we got earlier this month! After accenting with wood veneer, stickers, and a few sequins the spread was complete. Super simple!

Thanks ladies for sharing these inspiring winter themed spreads today!

Using our Digital Files to Create Patterned Paper

jenchapin-feb-kit-true-story-(2)Hello! Jen Chapin here and today I am going to give you a little digital tutorial on making your own patterned paper with Elle’s Studio digital files, and even how to recolor your elements if you wish.

screen capture (1)For this layout, I used the True Story PNG file from the February Digitals. Go ahead and open the file in Photoshop (I am using Photoshop Elements). If you see this type of checkered background on a file, this means it is probably a PNG, meaning it has a transparent background. These types of files can be placed on other layers such as paper or photos, and you won’t be able to see the background. Just the elements of the file.

screen capture (2)First, go to File + New  + Blank File. The above window will open. Create a new file that is 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches high at 300 DPI. Click OK.

screen capture (3)Drag the PNG element up on to your canvas and release. You can then use the pointer to drag and resize the file to the desired spot.

screen capture (4)Keep filling the canvas with your desired pattern. You can do this by repeatedly dragging the file, or on the right side where your layers are, right click and pick duplicate layer.

screen capture (5)You can definitely leave the elements black, like I did in this layout, or you can re-color them to match your projects. One great thing about digital scrapping is that you can sample colors from different photos to match your projects! I downloaded this kit photo from the Elle’s Studio site and pulled it into Photoshop. On the left side of the screen you will see the eyedropper tool. Click this, then click on a color in the photo that you want to use.

screen capture (8)Next, grab the paint bucket tool. You can see this on the left side of my screen as well, it looks like a bucket of paint dumping out. Click this. Then go to your canvas and click on each element you would like to recolor. Easy peasy!

true-storyAfter you have the pattern the way you would like it, go ahead and print it out using your printer. I used 8.5×11 white cardstock. I then layered elements from the February kit and wood veneer. This is such a great technique to customize patterned paper for your projects. I hope you will try it soon!!

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT – February 22nd

5241_3556_14241238926767_bigCongrats to this week’s Project Spotlight winner, cshadler! Isn’t this card she created with our Sycamore Lane papers just beautiful – love all those layers! 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.

Scrapbooking with our digitals by Lisa Dickinson

EllesStudio-Lisa-Digitals01Lisa has created this awesome layout using our paper products and our digital files – here’s what Lisa has to say about it : Chances are you have photos you snapped last week of Valentine’s Day celebrations! Whether it was your kid’s handmade cards, festive class parties, a special gift you received, or a romantic night out, this month’s digital offerings are perfect for helping you get those photos scrapped!

I opted to used both the hearts and flags from the February Digital Cut Files on my layout about my daughter’s Valentine exchange.  The hearts were cut from white card stock, and the flags were cut from pink card stock that I backed with white to make the phrases stand out a bit more. Because my photos featured the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow, I chose papers from Sycamore Lane and Good Cheer to coordinate. Just because it’s a Valentine-themed page doesn’t mean you have to stick to red and pink!

EllesStudio-Lisa-Digitals02I also used the heart frame die cut to highlight one of the photos. Cut from pale blue card stock and adorned with a few epoxy dots, it draws focus to the main photo and helps create a diagonal visual line through the page design.

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We’d love to see what you create with this month’s digital selections, so print those photos and happy scrapping!

Fun with Patterns by Melissa Mann

Valentine_MM1Melissa is playing with pattens today and we are loving how she took a basic shape – the hexagon – and was able to create this beautiful, eye-catching layout!

Melissa says “I really, really love the colors in the “Love You More” collection and obviously, it was a perfect choice for this month of love!”

Valentine_MM3 “I cut out a bunch of hexagons from various pattern papers from the collection and layered them on top of the white card stock. I stitched each one down with my sewing machine and then I outlined them with the pink alphabet stickers. I then filled in some of the hexagons with photos, journaling, tags, and other embellishments.”

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Products used: Love You More papers, Bits and Pieces; Letter and Number stickers – Red, Pink; Hello 2015 stamp, stickers; and A Bushel and a Peck stamp.

“Each of the photos that I used of my husband were all taken on our cruise to the Caribbean last February for our 10th wedding anniversary! It’s hard to believe it has already been a year since they were taken! Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my project.”

Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Melissa! We love how awesome those hexagons look! Don’t forget – we’d love to see your projects, too – Make sure to share your projects by uploading them to our Member Gallery. We feature projects from the gallery, here on our blog, every Sunday, and those who are featured also win a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to spend at our shop!

Sketch Thursday

Today’s sketch was inspired by Stephanie’s 2 Cute layout, with focus on the diagonal background.

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DT member, Meghann played along with the sketch this week and look at the awesome and super clever layout she created!!

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Meghann said: I love Stephanie’s original layout & this sketch! When I create a layout from a sketch, I want it to be super-quick, so I decided not to create the layout with the stitched diagonal lines of patterned paper in the background. Instead, I chose a patterned paper with a diagonal design, and kept the photo and title in the same place, just added more layering, and a diagonal line of embellishment.

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Supplies: January 2015 Kit, February 2015 KitXOXO printablesSycamore Lane Paper Collection PackShine Paper Collection PackEveryday Moments Paper Collection PackLove You More journaling tagsSycamore Lane journaling tagsLetter & Number Stickers- Dark GreyLetter & Number Stickers- CreamNumbers StampMy Favorites Stamp Set

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 March 4th. A random winner will be selected and posted with the next sketch on March 5th.

Last week’s randomly selected winner is tpgirl with her layout Happy Camper! Please email info@shopellesstudio.com the following info:

Name & Address:
Contest: Sketch 02.05.2015
Prize: $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate

Focus on Journaling with Jill Sprott

EllesStudio-Journaling-Jill1Today Jill Sprott is sharing with us this beautiful layout she created and how she uses our journaling tags as prompts! Jill says “For me, “Elle’s Studio” is synonymous with colorful and versatile tags, which are in no short supply in the February 2015 kit. Among those tags is one that I find particularly inspirational. It reads, “Stay true to you & you will end up incredibly happy!” This sentiment brings to mind my daughter, who, as a senior in the throes of college application season, is on a quest for future happiness, but must first take on the trials of writing essay after essay (after essay). I created a page that incorporates the tag while also featuring an equally inspiring excerpt from one of my daughter’s college essays. ”

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“I filled three additional tags with her words about the relationship between passion and purpose, which she talks about in terms of “here”  and “there.”  This influenced not just what I circled in the journaling, but also how I formed the title of this page, crafted from red letter stickers and a series of labels from the February kit.”

EllesStudio-Journaling-Jill2“The wood veneer shapes also reinforce her message, since she was trying to “stay true” in speaking from the heart (hence the wooden heart), she was clarifying her sense of direction in life (hence the arrow), and she was sharing the key to finding her purpose (hence the key). So many of the parts and pieces of the page link back to the quote on the tag that started it all. ”

EllesStudio-Journaling-Jill3Products used: Elle’s Studio February 2015 kit and Always and Forever stamp; Hello 2015 Stickers, Stamp, and Calendar Tags; Love You More Paper, Journaling Tags and Wood Veneer; Letter & Number Stickers – Red; Sycamore Lane Journaling Tags

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Thank you for sharing with us today, Jill! What an amazing layout! We hope this inspires everyone to journal more on your projects and use our journaling tags for your prompts!

PROJECT LIFE

Today I am sharing the week of January 19-25 in my 2015 Project Life album.   IMG_9353

This particular week did not have many photos (other than my son’s birthday party).  So I used what I had, and added lots of journaling.  IMG_9339

I didn’t necessarily journal about the events of the week in every journaling spot.  I decided to tell a little bit about what my day looks like, and my schedule.  I think it’s easy to overlook yourself in these albums, but it’s important that your story is recorded too.   I used the pie chart from the December 2014 Kit to represent what my routine looks like every day.  IMG_9347

I also focused a bit on my daughter and her growing love and interest in reading.  I took a photo of the book she was reading in the picture and also included a clip of the comics from that week.  She has recently begun to read the comics every week– it is such a neat thing to hear her burst out laughing while reading them.IMG_9351Products used: Elle’s Studio February 2015 Kit, Elle’s Studio January 2015 Kit, Elle’s Studio December 2014 Kit, Hello 2015 3 x 4 Journaling Tags, Elle’s Studio September 2014 Kit, Elle’s Studio November 2014 Kit, Letter & Number Stickers- Red, Foodie Wood Veneer, Lots of Love Wood Veneer, and Sycamore Lane Bits and Pieces.

Don’t forget to share you Project Life album with us! Make sure you upload your projects to our gallery and tag the Elle’s Studio products that you used. We feature our members projects every Sunday, so make sure you check back to see if you project is being spotlighted in our “Project Spotlight” blog series. Each person that is spotlighted will also receive a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to use in our shop!