Project Life with Michelle Wedertz

Hi everyone! Michelle here – I haven’t done an actual Project Life album in a few years, but I still regularly scrapbook with pocket pages. In a quest to get more photos scrapped faster, I routinely turn to pocket pages to help me out and you will find them mixed in with my traditional layouts in all of my albums. Today, I am sharing a two page spread from my teenager’s album that is in the 6×8 size.

EllesStudio-MichelleWedertz-Fun-1Supplies: Sunny Days Paper Pack, Bits and Pieces, and Journaling Tags; June Kit; Shine Bright Stamp; and Acrylic Stars.

I had a lot of fun putting these two pages together and mix and matched bits and pieces from both the June Kit and Sunny Days Collection.

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As you can tell, I take a fairly simple approach to my PL style pages. Part of the fun with working with pocket pages is that I can do them fairly quickly. Having lots of coordinating cards, tags, and embellishments makes the process pretty much a no-brainer!

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We’d love to see how you are using our Sunny Day collection, along with our monthly kits! Make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag on your projects when posting on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

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Our printables come with both PDF and PNG files. You can use the PDF file to print them out and use on your scrapbooking projects, and you can use the PNG files to print out single tags OR use them on your digital scrapbooking projects!

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Sunny Days and June exclusives with special guest Emily Spahn

If you’ve ever struggled to put together colors and patterns on a project, the Sunny Days collection and June exclusive kit work together to help take the guesswork out of your design, and Emily Spahn is once again here to show us how beautiful the combination can be! Let’s take a look:

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Hi everyone!  It’s Emily here again with another summery project that features the brand new Sunny Days collection, the exclusive June Kit, and some exclusive add-ons!

Have you ever opened a box of brand new product, only to immediately fall in love with a piece that you knew just had to be used?  That was me when I came across the adorable 3” x 4” smiley sun tag included in the June Kit. This little tag is perfect! I knew right away that I wanted to include it on a layout. As it turns out, I designed this entire layout around that sweet little sun!

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As I somewhat discussed in my previous post, I always approach layouts with a very clear color scheme in mind. In this case, the sunny tag used warm colors of pink, red, orange, and yellow. Even though my photo has some cool colors in it, I wanted the layout to include only the same warm colors featured on the sun tag. I also included some gray as my “other than white” neutral! I went “shopping” through all of the fabulous Elle’s Studio product on hand and pulled out matching papers from the Sunny Days 6” x 6” paper stack and 12” x 12” paper collection. I experimented layering different paper options until I settled on three that I liked together. I also included the orange “Hello Sunshine” label from the Sunny Days word labels because I needed bit more orange.

I added my photo (a single 4” x 6” of my kids and some friends on the last day of school) and my beloved sun tag to the layout, and then I just added and embellished until it felt complete. I had hoped to use my die cut machine to create a fun title, but sadly, I had some technical difficulties and was unable to get it to work!  Luckily I had the fun white “You are my Sunshine” Sunny Days acrylic that worked perfectly as a title!

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Next to the sun tag, I think the Sunny Days puffy stickers were my favorite embellishment in this new line. I included the fun coordinating banner on my layout. I also added a bunch of little things like the red heart, the pink tag, and the yellow “favorite photos” tab from the Sunny Days bits and pieces, and a bunch of the fun summer mix acrylic stars.  True confession – the pink star on the bottom of the left of the sun tag was put there primarily to cover a dirty spot, but it totally works there!

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The very last thing I added to my page was the overlapping paper strips at the very top and a piece of the yellow and orange “summer” tag from the June kit.  After completing my layout, I realized that the very top had maybe a little bit too much white space, so I went ahead and added a bit of color as a border along the top – you can never have too much color, right?!

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I am completely in love with the fun, summery feel of this layout. I love that I used the exact same product lines on this layout as I did for my previous layout – yet they feel completely different.  This just goes to show how versatile Elle’s Studio products are! A huge thanks to Elle for having me this month. It was an honor!

EllesStudio-EmilySpahn-awesome06Hi! I’m Emily Spahn and I’m so happy to be the June guest designer here at Elle’s Studio! I live in the great state of Wisconsin with my husband and three children. I have a background in music education, but I’m presently taking a short break from teaching to stay at home with my kids. I began scrapbooking in about fifth grade, when I made my first meticulously crafted page using white typing paper and a hand-drawn crayon title.  It was spectacular.  I’ve been hooked every since!  I’ve been scrapping more seriously since about 2008.  Since then I’ve had the pleasure of being on a number of design teams and having my work published in various magazines. My style is colorful and fun with a focus on the little details. In addition to scrapbooking, I also enjoy spending time with my family, reading, music, the outdoors, and my newest hobby – decorating and updating our “new” 90+ year old home! I’m slightly addicted to Instagram (@justemscraps), so follow me there to find out what’s up with my life and my scrapbooking!

Be sure to follow Emily for more colorful inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work with us this month, Emily!

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Stamping with Nancy Damiano

Hi everyone, Nancy here today with some stamping fun and the beautiful Sunny Days collection. My favorite icon from this collection is the bold, solid sun with tiny rays. I wanted to highlight the design and match it up to the fun vibe of the collection. Using the bold color palette found in this stripe pattern, I used the solid sun stamp to create a coordinating background. It’s my favorite way to use stamps in my scrapbooks.

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I use pigment inks when stamping solid images. They give me a nice, even coverage that is touch to achieve with dye based ink. Just be careful, because they take a bit longer to dry. I like to use my heat gun to set the ink just after stamping. That way I don’t end up with smudges, just beautiful even circles of color.

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I also used the text stamps found in the Sunny Days stamp set to add some words just underneath the little suns. For movement and some texture, add some of the puffy stickers from the collection to the center of the sun images. I also added enamel dots in varying colors and sizes to the veneer sun shape to dress it up. Clustering enamel dots is a fun way to add color to wood veneer.

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Using a simple stamp + some text is a fun way to create a custom background. Choose colors from a collection and run with the design, it’s that easy! We’d love to see how you are using our stamps! Make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag on your projects when posting on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

Sketch Thursday

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Get ready to pull out your labels and die cuts because today’s sketch has a fun way to use them! The inspiration behind this sketch is Alissa’s “You are my Sunshine” layout:

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We love how Alissa made the picture a focal point by drawing our eyes to it by using the labels and die cuts!

If you love our sketches to jumpstart your creative process, you won’t want to miss our new class, From Sketch to Finish, which includes 30 sketches and 20 projects from 10 different contributors to inspire you! With projects for cardmakers, traditional scrapbookers and pocket-page scrapbookers, there is something for everyone! Check out all of the details in the Elle’s Studio shop today!

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Now it’s your turn – We would love to see your take on this weeks 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 July 13th. A random winner will be selected and posted with the next sketch on July 14th.

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Summer Eats Layout by Jill Sprott

The Elle’s Studio June kit is chock full of tags and tidbits that are just perfect for summertime projects. Among them is a little circle that reads, “Nom NOM.” These two words serve as a reminder that summer isn’t just about lazy days, sunshine, and trips to the beach or pool — it’s also about good food.

EllesStudio-JillSprott-Summer01Supplies: Elle’s Studio June 2016 Kit, “Summer” Acrylic, Sunny Days Stamp, Letter & Number Stickers — Mint 

This layout gives a much-deserved shout-out to some of my family’s favorite summer eats, to include the best sandwich and the best lemonade ever. To get these into our bellies, we have to drive farther than usual, but hey, it’s summer — we’ve got the time, and the trip is always worth it. It’s also worth documenting.

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I pulled together several scrumptious detail photos alongside a few layered tags from the June kit, and topped off the cluster with a title comprised of an Elle’s Studio acrylic word and letter stickers. The sunshine tag has a cute little counterpart stamp in the “Sunny Days” collection, which I used to brighten the background. I also included strips of tape from the sandwich packaging in the mix.

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What are your favorite summer eats? Don’t forget to document them in addition to those beach pics!

Sunny Days Inspiration by Maggie Massey

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This week we are highlighting our brand new Sunny Days collection with projects and inspiration from our Design Team!

Hey hey everyone! Maggie here with a look at a page I created with the brand new Sunny Days Collection! I just LOVE Sunny Days! The colors & designs are so perfect for summer!

Although we have a few more memories to make before I can start scrapping our summer in earnest, I did find a few photos from last summer that needed to be documented. So I grabbed one of those and created this layout…

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I love so many of the Sunny Days patterned papers I couldn’t decide which to use for my page…so I grabbed my favorites (from the 6×6 paper stack, too) and used them all!

To create my circle, I laid out my papers and used an old-school compass to draw a circle. Then I simply cut out my pieces and adhered them to my page. A line of stitching around the circle distracts from my poor cutting abilities (seriously, I don’t know how I made it past kindergarten) and adds a little texture to the page. If you’d like to create something similar, we have made a cut file that you can download for free!

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I added my photo, a journaling card (printed on my printer) and a few embellishments (the wood veneers, bits and pieces, stamp, and puffy stickers) and I was done! I LOVE this bright, colorful summer page…and I can’t wait to create more…

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Thanks for joining us during our Sunny Days Inspiration week! If you missed any of the posts, make sure you click here to see all the inspiration created by our team! We are looking forward to seeing what you create, too! Make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag on your projects when posting on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

Sunny Days Inspiration by Allie Stewart

EllesStudio-SunnyDays-01This week we are highlighting our brand new Sunny Days collection with projects and inspiration from our Design Team!

Hi everyone! It’s Allie here today, and I have a page to share using the new and super fun Sunny Days collection! I have been having a blast playing with all the new products!

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This layout started with a cut file. I used a “nesting” shape, but this could easily be replicated from any shape using the “offset” button in Silhouette Studio. I cut out the shape from several patterned papers to create my background.

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Once I had the background in place, I added my photo and title. I love the Summer acrylic word! I chose to balance out the layout by adding lots of words on either side of my photo. I used the Bits & Pieces, wood veneers, word labels, and the cut apart patterned paper.

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After I added in all the words, I used the Sunny Days Stamps and Puffy Stickers to add more interest to the layout. A few splatters of mist and the layout was complete!

I hope this inspired you today! Stop by tomorrow for some more Sunny Days inspiration!

Sunny Days Inspiration by Meghann Andrew

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This week we are highlighting our brand new Sunny Days collection with projects and inspiration from our Design Team!

We are so excited to have the Sunny Days collection in the shop! It’s perfect for documenting those hot days, cool treats and happy kids! It’s Meghann Andrew with you today, and I love working with this new collection. I had a perfect summer photo of my daughter from our vacation last year that I just had to document using Sunny Days, and I’d love to share it with you!

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I chose to create a grid layout with my photo and these awesome squares, which came from one piece of patterned paper, More Sunshine, included in the 12” x 12” paper collection. Atop these squares, I layered die-cuts from the Sunny Days cutoutsSunny Days wood veneer and Sunny Days puffy stickers.

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To break up the grid and add details to my layout, I grouped tags, stamped with the Sunny Days stamp, cut from the Lil’ Snippets labels, and cutouts.

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At the top of my page, I added the Soak Up the Sun paper to add some interest to the background, without distracting from my photo grid. At the top right of my page, I added the fun puffy sticker banners in both the warm and cool tones. Directly underneath, I layered patterned paper from the 6” x 6” paper stack, a blank label, and my title, which I stamped in multicolor with the Marie alphabet stamp, then added the pink letter stickers.

This simple, colorful and fun layout came together in no time, and I can’t wait to get more summer moments documented in my album with this collection! Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to tag #ellesstudio on your Instagram posts so that we can see how you’re using Sunny Days to document your summer memories!

Sunny Days Inspiration by Jen Schow

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This week we are highlighting our brand new Sunny Days collection with projects and inspiration from our Design Team!

Hi there! It’s Jen Schow with a layout featuring the brand new Sunny Days collection. This collection is bright, cheerful, and fun and I knew I needed to use it to document some playful beach photos from a family vacation last year.

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I love that the newer collections from Elle’s Studio include 6×6 papers because it’s fun to have smaller patterns. I cut up the wave pattern to include in my layers and I love the way it looks.

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My other favorite thing has to be the puffy stickers. They are just too good and will be restocked soon! The sun was the perfect addition to my title, which I hand-lettered with some watercolors.

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If you want to see how this layout came together, I created a process video for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today – make sure you check back tomorrow, and all week long, to see even more inspiration!