AV Documentation with Jamie Leija

How often do you document what you’re listening to, what you’re reading, or what you’re watching? Those details in our life are important, too, and today Jamie Leija is here to show us how fun the documenting can be with the April 2017 Kit and add-ons!

Hiya, it’s Jamie and today I’m sharing a pocket page highlighting my latest favorites in AV entertainment. I’ve just got into audio books. They are so great for car trips and were especially helpful the other day when I was painting the walls of my bedroom. I wanted to be sure to document the first two I’ve listened to. I’ve also discovered two new podcasts and was blown away by, and I watched Beauty & the Beast so knew I wanted to incorporate that here too.


 
Supplies | April 2017 KitExtraordinary StickersSights and Sounds StampVellum Hearts and StarsPuffy Heart StickersBlack Puffy Alphabet StickersApril 2017 Digital Cut FileLive Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack

It’s so important to me, to capture these small life details. I want to flip back in my scrapbook and remember that Richard Simmons podcast everyone was obsessed with in spring 2017. I want to remember that I first discovered audio books this year. I want to highlight what was keeping me entertained, even if it was only for a season of my life.


 
I put this pocket page together with the help of the April 2017 Kit and extras. I wanted it to be bright and colorful, so I immediately gravitated to that awesome rainbow chevron journaling tag. The black and white card next to it is so versatile. You could document anything under the sun with it! Plus decorating was easy since there was so much empty space. I added a die cut from the kit, vellum star, puffy alpha and puffy hearts!


 
I thought the Sights and Sounds stamp was perfect for this page. I think I originally thought of this as a nature sentiment. But its so versatile that it can easily apply to podcasts and audio books and movies! I used several different ink colors and repeatedly stamped the sentiment on a diagonal.


 
I added small embellishments around the spread: stickers and die cuts directly on top of photos, a label and vellum stars.
 
I hope you’ll consider documenting these small details in a future pocket or scrapbook page! I love anything that captures the place and time and there’s nothing like our entertainment to sum it up.

A Grid Layout and Process Video with Jen Schow

We love seeing the new Live Laugh Love collection popping up on your projects, but if you haven’t created with Elle’s Studio tags before, you may be wondering, “What do I do with these 3″ x 4″ tags besides journal on them?” Today, Jen Schow is showing us a tried and true design method to break us out of our design dilemma: a grid!  

Hey there! It’s Jen Schow here to show you one of my favorite ways to use the Elle’s Studio journaling tags on a layout – a simple grid! I’ve used this technique time and again with 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ tags and photos.


 
Supplies | April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds Stamp, Wood Confetti, Vellum Hearts and Stars, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Enamel DotsLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love Bits and PiecesLive Laugh Love StampLive Laugh Love Wood VeneersLive Laugh Love Double Sided Journaling Tags

Each tag creates a nice resting place for journaling, titling, and embellishment. The paint strokes tag from the Live Laugh Love Double Sided Journaling Tags is one of my favorites and it worked perfectly for my title about my nephews who are always “On the Move”.


 
I added texture and interest to one of the tags from the April 2017 Kit with some enamel dots and stamping.


 
I added journaling to the final tag and sprinkled some vellum stars and painted wood veneer confetti stars to the top left and bottom right of the layout.


 
You can see how it all came together in my process video! I hope this layout inspires you to try a grid with some of your journaling tags.
 

Documenting a Relationship with Dad with Candace Perkins

Candace Perkins is a pro at telling her family’s stories, and today she’s sharing how a single product from our April reveal inspired her to document the most important people in her life, and their relationship to eachother. Let’s see what she made.

Hello again friends! It’s Candace here to share a layout using a combination of products from the April 2017 Kit and the newly released Live Laugh Love collection. For today’s spread I started with the Dad Acrylic and Wood Set, and this is what drove my story. I considered what stories I might want to tell about my husband and his role as a dad.


 
Supplies | April 2017 Kit, Dad Acrylic and Wood Set, Puffy Heart Stickers, April Labels, Wood Confetti, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers- BlackLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love Stamp

The base of my layout is white 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock. I added my journaling to the left side of the spread and paired it with a full size picture of my husband and all of our little guys. I wanted to add a few pops of color to contrast the black and white photo, and I first added the light green 12″ x 12″ paper from the Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection to separate the photo from my journaling.


 
For my mixed title work I combined the Dad Acrylic and Wood Set with the Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers. I like the contrast of block alpha & script. To add a little more color to the layout, I added a row of yellow dots using the Live Laugh Love Stamp to the top and bottom of my journaling.


 
For my final embellishments, I added a yellow April Label to the bottom of the spread to act as a home for my journaling date and the “thankful for this” puffy sentiment from the Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers. I also placed a few of the wood veneer hearts and puffy hearts at the top and bottom to balance color across my spread.


 
This was such a fun and meaningful spread to put together! These are the stories that are important to capture!

On your next spread give these tips a try:

  • Combine different types of letters in your title
  • Use products from your stash to spark a meaningful story
  • Pair a few different colors with a black and white photo to make it pop!
  • Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a beautiful day & go tell some stories!

We’d love to see what you create on social media by using the hastag #EllesStudio!

Documenting Little Moments with Sarah Zayas

We are excited to welcome Sarah Zayas back today for her second guest post on the ES blog! Traveler’s notebooks are hot right now in papercrafting- they’re compact and easy to take along for quick memory-keeping projects. Today Sarah is showing us how she is documenting the extra memories from her month that may otherwise be forgotten in a homemade traveler’s notebook. Let’s see what she created!

Hello, friends! I’m so happy to be back today to share another project using the beautiful April and Live Laugh Love kits! Today I have a traveler’s notebook to share with you!


 
Supplies | Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Live Laugh Love Bits and Pieces, Live Laugh Love Cutouts, Live Laugh Love Washi Tape Stickers, Live Laugh Love Double-Sided Journaling Tags, Live Laugh Love Small Blank Labels, Live Laugh Love AcrylicApril 2017 KitSights and Sounds Stamp, Puffy Heart Stickers, Vellum Hearts and Stars, Extraordinary Sticker Labels, Letter and Number Stickers- White

This year I’ve taken a much more relaxed approach to Project Life. Last year I was documenting pretty consistently on a weekly basis, but this year I decided to remove that pressure on myself. Instead, I’ve been putting together layouts whenever I feel like a story or a particular week needs to be documented. While this approach has been great at this time in my life, it also sometimes leaves me feeling like I might be forgetting to document the little things.


 
That is where today’s traveler’s notebook comes in! One weekend I spent some time going through all of my photos from January through March and picked out all of the ones that represented things that have brought me joy- from taking a trip to see the California poppies at the Antelope Valley California Poppy reserve, to finally giving up coffee (both a good and sad thing!) to taking our puppy Nugget to the dog park.


 
Since I didn’t have a pre-made traveler’s notebook on hand already, I went ahead and made my own. The black and white heart printed paper from the Live Laugh Love collection was an instant favorite for me so I decided to use that as my cover. For the inside pages I used regular printer paper. In hindsight I wish I would have had a heavier weight paper to use for the inside, but this still worked out okay. I just needed to get creative when my writing bled through to the next page. 😉 I added a few staples to the center of my book, and voila!, DIY traveler’s notebook complete.


 
I embellished the cover using these super fun and colorful Puffy Heart Stickers and the Live Laugh Love Acrylic, which I adhered using some glue dots. The inside was all about lightly layering papers and embellishments to create little clusters around each photo.


 

 
The Elle’s Studio kits are absolutely perfect for traveler’s notebooks because you get so many cutouts, stickers, alphas, and other embellishments that don’t add a lot bulk to the project. Also, can we just take a moment to admire the Live Laugh Love Washi Tape Stickers?! I love the cute prints and pretty colors!


 

 
So there you have it, a little traveler’s notebook filled with bits of happiness! Just a fun and relatively quick project to make sure those important memories get documented.

Hi, friends! My name is Sarah and I live in Southern California with my husband and our puppy, Nugget. I’ve loved crafting for as long as I can remember, and in fact, one of the first completed projects I can remember making was a yearbook style scrapbook in Middle School!

I am currently on the Ali Edwards and Feed Your Craft design teams, and I’m super excited to be teaching my first class over at Big Picture Classes in April 2017! If you love pocket pages I hope you’ll check it out!

When I’m not scrapbooking in my free time, I’m usually relaxing with my husband and our dog, reading, scrolling Instagram, working on home projects, or planning our next adventure (I love a good adventure!).

Be sure to stop back next week to see another beautiful project created by Sarah! Until then, follow her work on Instagram, YouTube and her blog.

A Traveler’s Notebook Tutorial with Andrea Gray

Sometimes an event just calls for a mini album. You may have a lot of photos to document, or are just itching to use a collection of supplies. Today, Andrea Gray is sharing a beautiful traveler’s notebook that she created using the new Live Laugh Love Collection, and she’s sharing her process so you can create one, too! Let’s take a look.


 
Hello friends! I couldn’t be more excited to share this project with you which shows off the brand new Live Laugh Collection! In a nutshell, I used the papers to build my own traveler’s notebook for documenting my day at PlannerCon2017 and I wanted to really show more than just the final product. So along the way, I snapped photos of how I put it together. Each photo below is a set of process photos and I will talk about each part, but then I also have a video look inside so you can see the end result up close and personal.

These photos will go from left to right so you can follow along:
1. I selected 12″ x 12″ and 6″ x 6″ patterned papers that I would match my photos.
2. I cut the larger papers down to traveler’s notebook size (8.25″ wide and 8.75″ long)
3. I then arranged them in an order that would put coordinating papers next to each other.
4. Same as step above.


 
5. I laid out photos and die cuts I wanted to use.
6. Once the pages were arranged how I wanted, I gave them a slight fold so I had a guide for the stitch.
7. I ran the whole book right through my sewing machine. (One tip, make the stitch a healthy length. If you make it too short then the pages will perforate. Trust me on that!)
8. Now you have a book!


 
9. Here is a quick peek inside so you can see how some pages look when opened.
10. I narrowed down the supplies I wanted to use and stored them in a flat tray to keep them handy while I worked on the book.
11. Here is a closeup of the embellishments I used.
12. And the cover – all finished!


 
This is probably a great time to share the video with you so you can see how it all came together. Then you will have some more detailed photos to follow!

Check out some more details of the book using the Live Laugh Love Collection, now available in the shop!


 

 

 

 
Supplies (all from the Live Laugh Love Collection) | Cutouts, Small Blank Labels, Word Labels, Large Blank Labels, Double-Sided Journaling Tags, Puffy Stickers, Bits and Pieces, Washi Tape Stickers, Stamp, 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, 12″ x 12″ paper Collection, Enamel Dots, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Orchid Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers
 
Thanks so much for hanging out and watching!

Carousel Fun Documented with Tessa Buys

We love it when our kits inspire you to scrapbook your treasured photos, and today, Tessa Buys is showing us just how perfectly you can pair your photos with Elle’s Studio products. This kit and the Live Laugh Love Collection look like they were made for her carousel photos, and the “So Much Fun,” title? It not only applies to her memory, but to her layout as well!

Hello, Elle’s Studio friends! Tessa Buys, here. The April 2017 Kit reminded me of some photos I’ve been wanting to scrap, and when I saw the Fun Acrylic, I knew exactly what I wanted to do! Here’s a layout featuring carousel photos and lots of Elle’s Studio kit pieces and extras:


 
The “living the dream” tag from the April Kit made a great subtitle, and the teal dot card made a great mat for my title. I also used the “remember” tag by cutting out a few coordinating “remembers” as accents. The big Fun Acrylic and Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers combined for an awesome mixed font title.


 
Two of my favorite extras this month were the Vellum Hearts and Stars (here I used hearts) and the Extraordinary Stickers. I love the translucent colors of the vellum, and the stickers have a great pinked edge that reminds me of torn washi tape.


 
The Live Laugh Love Collection coordinates beautifully with the kit and extras, too! I trimmed pieces of the teal scalloped patterned paper to act as “shelves” for my photos and all the embellishments. I can’t wait to play more with this line!


 
Supplies | April 2017 Kit, Extraordinary Stickers, Fun Acrylic, Vellum Hearts and Stars, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers

If you haven’t picked up the kit and your favorite extras yet, I encourage you to do so! You’ll have as much fun creating as we did on the carousel!

Design Team Inspiration

Today we are excited to share some more inspiration from our Design Team – they each used the brand new products that we just released this month! Let’s take a look at the incredible inspiration they have made:

Family Hike layout by Candace Perkinssupplies used: April 2017 Kit, explore acrylic, family acrylic, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 paper, and wood veneers.

Travelers Notebook by Daniela Dobsonsupplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, Extraordinary stickers, Live Laugh Love collection: 6 x 6 paper, cut outs, labels – word, bits and pieces, stamp, washi tape, puffy stickers.

Pecan Pie layout by Jill Sprott –  supplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, black puffy alphabet, vellum sentiments, March Labels, Acrylic stars – spring mix, March 2017 kit, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 paper, wood veneers.

Pocket page by Laura Hager –  supplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, orchid pink puffy alphabet, Letters and Numbers Stickers – black, Live Laugh Love 6 x 6 paper.

Living the Dream layout by Maggie Masseysupplies used: April 2017 Kit, vellum hearts and stars, enamel dots, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 paper.

Pocket pages by Melissa Mannsupplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, wood confetti, Extraordinary stickers, vellum hearts and stars, pink puffy alphabet.

Happy layout by Neela Nalamsupplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, wood confetti, enamel dots, April 2017 cut files, April labels, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 paper.

Aren’t their projects beautiful?! We love them!! Stay tuned for even more inspiration coming from our team next week, and from our guest designer!

We would love to see how you use our products, 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!

Sketch Challenge with Michelle Wedertz

We were so inspired by Nancy Damiano’s colorful layout this month. We love that she paired the beautiful colors in our new Live Laugh Love collection with her sweet black and white photo!


 
We were so inspired that we decided to create a sketch based off of her layout.


 
Michelle Wedertz was up for the challenge to create a new layout based off of this sketch. Let’s see what she created!


 
Supplies | Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Live Laugh Love Wood Veneer, Live Laugh Love Bits and Pieces, Enamel Dots, April 2017 Kit

I was pretty excited when I saw that the sketch was based off of a layout by Nancy- I always find her projects super inspiring and I couldn’t wait to get my project started! When I sat down to make my layout I knew I wanted to keep as close as I could to the sketch and only made a few minor changes. I cut down a 12″ x 12″ piece of patterned paper from the new Live Laugh Love Collection and used that as my background. To make a big contrast against the black and white, I used two colorful sheets from the Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack to serve as the backdrop to my black and white photo. To create my title, I used one of my favorite tags from the exclusive April 2017 Kit and embellished it a little with some machine stitching in a fun blue color. The lines on the purple patterned paper made journaling my story with my typewriter easy, and I finished the project with some simple embellishing. Thanks to the sketch and the inspiration from Nancy, my layout was created in no time at all! I love it when that happens!

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 March sketch as inspiration by May 10th, 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 Sketch winner, Jill Rugg, who used our Happy Birthday mini collection to create this lovely layout:


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

One Product, Three Ways

We’re back with our April edition of One Product, Three Ways! This month, we’re featuring our super-popular Puffy Alphabet Stickers! Whether black, orchid pink, pink, sky blue or teal, these alphas are perfect for your layouts, cards or pocket pages, as our three designers are showing us today.

First, we have Alissa Fast sharing a lovely tag that she created for Mother’s Day!


 
Supplies | April 2017 Kit, Vellum Hearts and Stars, Puffy Heart Stickers, Orchid Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Live Laugh Love Washi Taper Stickers

Letter and number stickers are one of my favorite paper crafting products. I love them! These new puffy stickers are the perfect size, the perfect font and there are lots of options in each package. Speaking of size, there are perfect for sentiments on cards and tags. Even though they don’t come with punctuation, I found that the center of the P was perfect for a much needed apostrophe in my sentiment.


 
Next, Jill Sprott shares a layout featuring a mix of puffy alphabet colors.


 
Supplies | Teal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Sky Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Live Laugh Love 6 x 6 Paper Pack, Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers, Live Laugh Love Bits and Pieces, April 2017 Kit, March 2017 Kit, Vellum Sentiments, Wood Confetti

The puffy stickers from Elle’s Studio may come in multiple colors, inviting lots of variety, but I must confess: to date, I have been guilty of using them in a limited way, as title letters and nothing more. I decided to expand that view, by putting them to work in the journaling on a layout about my daughter’s daily routine as a college student. Their boldness creates a sense of balance with the photo block — plus, I found it a creative challenge to try to relay the events of a single day without reverting to my usual lengthy sentences. In keeping with the letters’ dimensional quality, I added even more dimension to the page by working with lots of layers.


 
Lastly, we have Laura Hager sharing a mini pocket page album!

One of my (many) goals this year is to read 52 books during 2017. It’s significantly more than I read last year, but I’m determined to make my goal! I It’s going to be a lot of books, so I wanted to make a cute way to keep track of which ones I read. And a little 6″ x 8″ album is the perfect way to do it!


 
Supplies | Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Sky Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Live Laugh Love Stamp, Dated Stamp, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack

For this project, I knew I wanted a title tag to explain the project. The black puffy alphabet stickers create such a cool contrast against the pure white tags, so I used those to add words and the Dated Stamp to stamp the number of books and the year.


 
I printed out pictures I took of the books I’ve read using a marble background, so they all match. I had a few empty pockets, so I made some journaling tags to highlight my favorites! These were super easy to make. I just used the new Live Laugh Love Stamp to create tags and labels and added the Sky Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers. I made one that highlights one of my new favorite books and one that shows which book I’m currently reading. The puffy alphabet stickers are so fun! I love using them because they add such great texture to my layouts, and really make them pop!

Stay tuned for another edition of “One Product, Three Ways” next month, featuring another new, exclusive Elle’s Studio product!

An Adventure Pocket Page with Guest Sarah Zayas

It’s a new month, with a new kit in the shop, as well as the new Live Laugh Love collection! We are so excited that Sarah Zayas is joining us this month as our guest designer to create using our new supplies! Even though she was a bit disappointed with the brightness of her pocket page photos from a recent trip, instead of reprinting her photos, she found supplies from our April 2017 Kit and add-ons to brighten her spread. What a great idea! Let’s see what she created.

Hello, friends! I’m so excited be this month’s guest designer and to have the opportunity to share some really fun projects with you over the next few weeks! Today I’ll be sharing a pocket page layout I created using the beautiful April 2017 Kit and the Live Laugh Love collection. The pops of color, the fun journaling and filler tags, and all the bits and pieces are so fun and versatile for any paper project!


 
As soon as I opened the April 2017 Kit I immediately noticed these fun yellow pops of color. We had just taken a trip to Mammoth, California, where it was beautiful and snowy, but the photos came back a little dark and grey. I needed something to brighten up my pages to make them feel as happy as the trip was, and the yellow cards and embellishments contributed to that look and feel perfectly.


 
In order to create a balanced look in my pages I spread the yellow color throughout my layout. I used two journaling tags in the middle section to write about our trip, a yellow label tag from the Live Laugh Love- Small Blank Labels for stamping the date on in the top left corner, a yellow heart embellishment from the Live Laugh Love- Bits and Pieces in the top right corner, and that cute little yellow tab in the bottom left corner. Spreading pops of color around my entire layout is one of my favorite techniques for creating a well balanced colorful layout.


 
For my bottom left pocket I decided to create a mini-layout on my 4” x 6” tag. I had a 2.5” x 2.5” photo for this pocket, so I decided to play around with some layering. I used the 4″ x 6″ tag from the Live Laugh Love- Double-sided Journaling Tags as my base and then tucked some stamped sayings, using the Sights and Sounds Stamp above my photo. One of my favorite things about Elle’s Studio kits is that you get plenty of pieces for layering, like that little tab divider I stamped “can’t get enough” on. I mean seriously, how cute is that tab?! The Black Puffy Stickers that I used to spell out Mammoth with and the little star wood veneer from the Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers were the perfect additions to finish off the tag without making it look too crowded.


 
Also, can we talk about the Explore Acrylic? This is normally the kind of thing I’d hoard for way too long, but it was so perfect for this foot photo. I love how it stands out, but isn’t too overwhelming for the layout.


 
Supplies | April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds Stamp, Explore Acrylic, Black Puffy Stickers, Live Laugh Love- Small Blank Labels, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Live Laugh Love- Double-sided Journaling Tags, Live Laugh Love- Bits and Pieces, Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers
 
I really love how all of the elements from the kit and add-ons, along with the Live Laugh Love collection brought this layout to life and how each piece worked so well to complement the photos from our trip! Thank you so much for joining me today for a walkthrough of this 6” x 12” page. I look forward to seeing you again soon for another project! Until then, happy crafting!

Hi, friends! My name is Sarah and I live in Southern California with my husband and our puppy, Nugget. I’ve loved crafting for as long as I can remember, and in fact, one of the first completed projects I can remember making was a yearbook style scrapbook in Middle School!

I am currently on the Ali Edwards and Feed Your Craft design teams, and I’m super excited to be teaching my first class over at Big Picture Classes in April 2017! If you love pocket pages I hope you’ll check it out!

When I’m not scrapbooking in my free time, I’m usually relaxing with my husband and our dog, reading, scrolling Instagram, working on home projects, or planning our next adventure (I love a good adventure!).

Be sure to stop back next week to see another beautiful project created by Sarah! Until then, follow her work on Instagram, YouTube and her blog.