Today I am sharing a family heritage page in my Fall 2015 Project Life album.

In order to explain the details of this layout, I would like to offer a little info on my family history.  My great, great, great uncle was James A. Allison.  He was one of the four founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 Race.  James Allison also founded a company in 1915 which would later be named Allison Transmission.  This past month Allison Transmission had their Centennial Celebration and invited the family members of James Allison as guests, and put together a very special weekend for us.

James Allison did not have any children of his own. He did however have 5 siblings whom 4 of those went on to have children.  There was a group of about 45 of us that came from all over the country for this special weekend!  How amazing to meet distant relatives from all over the United States!  Individuals from Allison Transmission gave us the VIP treatment all weekend.  We had dinner at the Rolls Royce Factory, visited James Allison’s home and gravesite, and even took a ride around Indianapolis Motor Speedway- so neat!

I began this layout on the back side of my “Our Pool” layout.  I basically repeated the pattern and added 3×3 photos in the same pockets as the other side.  For the backside of the heart, I traced the black and white pattern paper (think checkered flag!) from the Penelope Collection.   A few months ago I purchased Elise Blaha Cripe’s “Get to Work Book” as my daily planner.  When receiving the planner the 3×3 “Big Things Happen” card was included.  I thought this was the perfect addition to documenting the celebration of a 100 year old business.

One of my favorite photos from the event was when they had “look alike’s” of the four founders of the Indianapolis 500.  It was neat to have a side by side photo of this where my children were included in the 2015 version.  (James Allison is on the far right of the black and white photo- so dapper!)

I used many items from the Thankful Collection in this spread.  I stuck with a red and blue theme based on our event name tags— Thankful was perfect for that.  Additionally, Thankful has so many wonderful sentiments and journaling cards that focus on Family and the importance of Family.   This can easily be used to document your family members today or to celebrate your family members from 100 years ago.

IMG_9343Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about my family history.  I hope this inspires you to include your own history in your albums.

Elle’s Studio products used: Thankful- Journaling Tags, Thankful- Cork Shapes, Thankful Stickers, Thankful- Bits and Pieces, Jordan Alphabet Stamp- Outline, Thankful Paper Collection Pack, Elle’s Studio September 2015 Kit, Hello 2015 Stickers, Elle’s Studio July 2015 Kit, Numbers Stamp, Adorbs Stamp Set, Letter & Number Stickers- Red, Letter & Number Stickers- Kraft

Sketch Thursday with Melissa Mann

Happy Thursday, everyone! Melissa is playing along with us today, using this sketch above to create a layout! Here’s what she has to say: “I really loved this sketch that was based off this layout by Jennifer Chapin!”

Sketch_MLM1Products used: Thankful Paper Collection, Let’s Eat Bits & Pieces, Let’s Eat Stickers, and if you look closely, you’ll see some October kit and printable sneak peeks!

“I liked how she used the Elle’s Studio “September” digital cut file from last month on her layout but I decided to instead use another picture in that block on the sketch. I used two vertical pictures and layered them with some paper from the “Thankful” collection and stitched it all down with my sewing machine. I typed up my journaling on a piece of vellum similar to the sketch and stitched that down. I decided to go ahead and place my title across the top part of the vellum and stitched that down. I tucked a few little labels and tags around the photos from the “Let’s Eat” collection!”

Sketch_MLM2Sketch_MLM3We can’t wait to see what you all do with this sketch! For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to our shop, create a project inspired by today’s sketch, upload it to the Member gallery and leave a comment here with the link by October 14th. A random winner will be selected and posted with the next sketch on October 15th.

Our randomly selected winner this week is: Sacha with her “Last Day of Gymnastics” layout:

4668_3945_14435447669099_bigCongrats!! Please email us at to claim your prize, with the following information:
Name & Address:
Contest: Sketch Thursday
Prize: $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate

Thankful Collection with Alissa Fast

Hello, everyone! Alissa here today and I’ve got another page with the fabulously awesome Thankful line! Have I said how much I love this line? I don’t think I could say it enough! It’s perfect! The colors are among my favorites! Pink, yellow, aqua/teal, grey and cream. So perfect!
alissa-thankful-01Products used: Thankful Collection Paper Collection, Thankful Bits & Pieces, Thankful Journaling Tags, Thankful Cutouts and Thankful Cork Shapes

I went a little crazy with the patterned paper! I just love patterned paper so much that I can’t not use it! Lots of it!

alissa-thankful-02I layered a few of the Journaling Tags, patterned paper and a few Bits & Pieces to create my usual “pile of stuff”.

alissa-thankful-03A few more layers of Cutouts, Bits & Pieces, and a fabulous little cork ampersand. Have you all noticed the branding strips on Elle’s papers? All new patterns not included on the sheets. It’s like a bunch of little additional patterns in each collection. I love it!

I can’t wait to see what you all do with this fabulous new line! Have a great day!

WE ARE FAMILY by Paige Evans

EllesStudio-PaigeEvans014Paige is with us this month sharing another great step-by-step layout tutorial using our exclusive kit for September, along with our cut files, Thankful Paper Collection, and Thankful Bits and Pieces! We love how all these products work together and can’t wait to show you Paige’s simple steps to create this beautiful layout!

Here’s how Paige said it came together:

1. Copy/paste then merge the trio of hearts cut file to create an entire heart background. Tip: reflect some of the hearts horizontally to create more interest!

2. Cut the hearts background from white cardstock using an electronic cutting machine (I LOVE my Silhouette Cameo!).

3. To make the backing process faster, I released the compound path of the hearts background cut file, grabbed an inner heart from each of the three hearts and then used the “offset” feature in Silhouette Studio to “expand” each shape a bit (if the inner pieces are the same size, they’ll just fall right through the background, which is why I needed to offset them). Use the grid feature in Silhouette Studio to make 1″ apart lines and then add the inner heart pieces all across the page. Fill an adhesive mat with 2″ and 2×3″ pieces of patterned paper from the new and super cute Thankful collection to cut all the inner heart pieces.

4. Place tiny squares of dimensional adhesive all across the back of the hearts background.

5. Use the die cut hearts to back the hearts background.

6. Choose a background patterned paper. I picked an aqua polka dot paper from the new Joyful collection to help the white and colored hearts pop!

7. Embellish a trio of 2″ square photos with things from the September 2015 kit as well as the Thankful collection. Write journaling on a label tucked under a photo.

How fun is that?! We love how each of the hearts is filled with a different patterned paper – so eye catching! Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Paige! We would love to see how this layout inspires you – make sure you upload your projects to our member gallery for a chance to be featured on our blog!

Inspired by our September Course

EllesStudio-KayRogers-03Have you had a chance to download our Exclusive September PDF Course? This month is full of fun inspiration using our September kit + extras! Today we asked Kay to create something inspired from our September Course and Kay really felt inspired by Beshka Kueser’s amazing layout that is included in the course!

Kay made this layout above and says “I loved the block approach as well as the title work, but I scrap 12 x 12, so I adapted her design to a larger canvas.”

EllesStudio-KayRogers-02“I also loved the paw prints running up her page, and used the Adorbs stamp. That’s a big deal for me . . . as I’m usually afraid to stamp! There were so many amazing projects you too can be inspired by in the course!”

Kay used our Exclusive September kit, Frosted Acrylic Stars, Adorbs stamp, Thankful Paper Collection, Thankful Stickers, and Thankful Bits & Pieces, to create this fun layout –  we love how it all came together!


September’s class features three different designers: Beshka Kueser, Amy Tsuruta, and Erin Stewart. Each contributor will be sharing with you a layout, cards, or Project Life spread, along with step-by-step instructions of how their project came together, using our September kit and coordinating extras. In addition to their projects, you will also learn tips and techniques that can be easily be transformed to fit any type of project you are working on!

Since this is a downloadable PDF, you can view it on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, but you can also print it out and take it with you into your scrap room! Here’s a peek at just a couple pages in this month’s 12 page course, printed out:

EllesStudio-SeptemberCourse2HURRY! This class is only available for a couple more days and at just $4.99 it is an amazing bargain. And, we want to thank everyone who has already purchased the class – We feel so blessed to have such incredible support!

Printable Highlight by Jennifer Chapin

Hello and welcome to the blog! Today I am sharing a layout that I created to showcase the September printable. I also used a bit of the Thankful collection. Let’s take a look!
jenchapin-elles-printable-sept-(6)Products used: Exclusive September kit, For the Record Printables, Thankful Paper Collection, Frosted Acrylic Stars, and Label It stamp.

I started with a piece of white cardstock, then cut a few strips of patterned paper from the Thankful collection. I placed my 4×6 photo on the page, then added the strips of paper. I tried to choose complementary colors and patterns so they wouldn’t overwhelm the page.

I used the heart 4×6 card from the printable and cut it down, watercoloring the inside of the hearts. I then added the sentiment which was also from the printable and stitched it in place.

I also used a few of the frosted acrylic stars from this month. I love the little pop they add to the layout! And they complement the colors of the collection and printable perfectly.

To finish off the page, I added bits from the printable, along with stickers and stamps from the Thankful collection.

jenchapin-elles-printable-sept-(5)Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great one!

Lizzy, you are my treasure by Meghann Andrew

Hello there! It’s Meghann here with you to share a layout using one of my favorite Elle’s Studio collections to date, Thankful!
EllesStudio-MeghannAndrews01“Lizzy, You Are My Treasure” supplies: September cut filesThankful paper collection packThankful stickersThankful word labelsThankful bits and pieces  Thankful blank labelsThankful cutoutsThankful stampJordan alphabet stamp- solidJordan alphabet stamp- outline 

One of the many things I love about this collection is the many different color combinations that you can come up with while using it. On this layout, I chose a pink, yellow, black and grey combination, which also worked perfectly with some additional embellishments from My Mind’s Eye, giving me a seamless look across my page. Don’t you just love it when that happens so effortlessly?

My title was stamped with the new Jordan alphabet, first in solid using a pink ink pad, then with the outline using a black ink pad. Tip: To be sure that it would look okay on my layout, I first tried it out on a piece of scrap paper cut from my background. I wanted to be sure that it would have enough contrast to stand out on my background.

I absolutely love the mix of the blank labels, embellished with the Thankful stamp, bits and pieces, and cutouts, all grouped together to create a large column on the left side of the layout, meeting up with the horizontal pink column at the bottom, where I placed the large black hearts from the September cut file. My journaling, printed onto the tag from a Word document, tops my layout.

Thanks for coming by the ES blog today. Be sure to stop by the Elle’s Studio shop to check out all that Thankful has to offer to make your next layout shine!

New Halloween items are now in our shop!

EllesStudio-HalloweenFunlayout01Halloween is right around the corner and we are ready to document the celebration with our new Halloween items that we just added to our shop!

EllesStudio-HalloweenItemsThere is an acrylic and glitter foam set, along with some printables, and cut files! I used these new items, along with paper from our Thankful collection to create the layout above! I also used our Jordan stamp set in solid and outlines to stamp the title, and our Thankful Bits and Pieces, and Thankful Stamp (to stamp the numbers on the “trick-or-treat stops” tag) to finish it up. I love how everything coordinates so well and how versatile our new Thankful collection is!

EllesStudio-ProjectLifeThese new products work well in pocket pages, too! And, how fun are these gift tags? Can you imagine these attached to bags full of candy?

EllesStudioHalloweenTagsWe hope you love all these spooktacular new items we’ve added to the shop!


Today I am sharing a page in my fall Project Life album.IMG_9128About this time every year, I am mourning the end of our pool season. The air becomes crisp and the days of swimming are over without warning.  I love fall, but I miss the evenings around our pool!  I wanted to add a page into my album about how much we love our pool during the late summer!IMG_9123

I added four 3×3 photos (two which were trimmed and backed with card stock) along with several pockets that do not take up the entire 3×3 frame.  I love adding a balance of different shapes and sizes within the pockets.  I used journaling cards from a mixture of several of our monthly kits and trimmed them down to the 3×3 size. I also used stickers and cork pieces from the Thankful Collection!   The sentiments found on the Elle’s Studio Stickers were perfect touches to complete each pocket.

IMG_9124Elle’s Studio Products Used:  Thankful Collection Paper Pack, Thankful- Cork Shapes, Thankful- Stickers, September 2015 Kit, August 2015 Kit, July 2015 Kit, Hello 2015- Stickers, Letter and Number Stickers- Light Gray


Purrfect Day by Jill Sprott

Purrfect-Day-Jill-ES-BLOGThere is so much to love about the Elle’s Studio September kit, especially if you’re lucky enough to share your life with a cat. The kit includes adorable cat-themed tags and stamps, which I happily put to use on a page about our family’s resident feline, Koko.

The super-cute “Meow” tag prompted the page, and three other tags gave me the idea for the journaling.  The first tag is the green “Today Was” tag at the top of the page, which initially read, “Today Was a Great Day,” but I over-wrote it with a second tag that read, “Purrfect.” Together, this tag combo (all from the September kit) gave me the idea of focusing on a “purrfect” day in the life of my cat. I didn’t have much trouble at all figuring out how to organize the journaling thanks to the “Morning/Afternoon/Evening” tag from the September kit, too. I generated a list actions that are all part of my cat’s daily routine. She pretty much has a “purrfect” day every day.


The background of the layout incorporates paw print and heart stamps from the “Adorbs” stamp set, combined with accents and patterned paper from the new Elle’s Studio Thankful collection. I painted over the center of a sheet of the polka-dotted B-side of the Thankful “Stripes” patterned paper, stamped over it, and then cut the paper into strips and worked the strips in the layout. I like how the added color adds a playful boldness to the page.

Purrfect-Day-det1-ES-BLOGProducts Used: Elle’s Studio September 2015 Kit; Adorbs Stamp Set; Thankful Paper Collection; Thankful Bits and Pieces; Thankful Journaling Tags; Thankful Stickers; Thankful Cork Shapes

We’d love to see how you are using your September kit! Make sure you share your projects with us in our Member Gallery!