Q&A Saturday

We are loving all the questions you are sending our way! Keep them coming!

Today, I’m going to try to cover a few of them while sharing a layout I created that was inspired by your questions!

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Q :: I just purchased my first cutting machine (the Silhouette) and I LOVE that you have Cut Files that coordinate with your kits and collections. Could you share a few ideas of how to use them?

A :: Here’s a simple one for you! I used the “Fun in the Sun” cut that was released in June and cut it from a full 12×12 sheet of white card stock.

meganklauerphotography-0732-copyI then used a few spray mists on another sheet of white card stock to use underneath the cut layer.meganklauerphotography-0733-copyI also sprayed the cut portion of the Fun in the Sun and layered that as the third layer.meganklauerphotography-0735-copyBy adhering it only in the center it keeps the appearance of depth without making the page too think in your album.meganklauerphotography-0736-copyQ :: I’m new to stamping. How can I use just a portion of a stamp image if I don’t want the whole thing on my page?

A :: This is where a water based marker comes in handy and makes the possibilities endless! Using the brush end of the marker; color directly onto the stamp … meganklauerphotography-0738-copyand press onto your page!meganklauerphotography-0742-copy

Q :: I love the Wood Veneers, but want to be able to use them in a variety of ways. What else can I do with them?

A :: Paint them! Emboss them! Glitter them! Color them with markers! Here’ s few samples of how I used those ideas …

Step One : Cover with liquid glue.meganklauerphotography-0744-copyStep Two : Pour on the glitter.meganklauerphotography-0752-copy Step Three : adhere to your page!meganklauerphotography-0777-copyColoring with Markers ::

That pretty much says it all. Color directly onto the wood veneer piece!meganklauerphotography-0754-copyI blended a few colors together onto  a variety of the wood veneer pieces and love how it turned out! So fun!meganklauerphotography-0770-copy Q :: Machine sewing seems to be everywhere in the scrapbooking world, but I’m not sure what the purpose of it is. Any insight?

A :: For me, it not only adds a personal touch to a page, but adds balance to a design, as well as helps insure layers will be held together for a very long time! Below, it appears the sewing is simply to highlight the letters, when in fact it’s holding together four different layers!meganklauerphotography-0781-copy

I hope this has inspired you to not only try a few of these techniques, but to keep sending in your questions!

Send them to us here : info@shopellesstudio.com

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~ Megan

 

 

 

 

SKETCH THURSDAY

Hello everyone! Today’s sketch was inspired by Valerie’s Flora Bama layout from this month’s gallery.

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I was very much inspired by the stitched circles in Valerie’s layout so I created two cards using this concept:

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On this card, I filled the inside of a polaroid frame with circles punched out of patterned papers. I used a blank label + stickers for the sentiment, then added a bit of texture with twine and candy dots.

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For the second card I created a stitched circle background, similar to Valerie’s layout. I then used a circle tag from this month’s exclusive kit and wrapped jute around it to make it pop.

 

I can’t wait to see how this sketch inspires YOU. For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate, create a project inspired by today’s sketch, post it to our Member Gallery and share your link in the comments section below. A random winner will be selected and announced with next week’s sketch.

Last week’s winner is… jana!

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Congratulations!! Please email michelle@shopellesstudio.com the following info:

Name & Address:
Contest: Sketch 08.21.14
Prize: $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate

ELLE’S STUDIO PRODUCTS USED:

 

PROJECT LIFE

Today’s Project Life covers the week of July 21-27. Image 10

This particular week was very full like every summer week, but at the end of the weekend we left for our family vacation— so there’s a little bit of everything in this spread!

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I used a little bit of everything in this spread as well!   Some Shine, Everyday Moments , and July 2014 Kit.

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The Book Report tag was from our VERY first kit from May of 2013- I have been hoarding it!!!

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We visited Seattle for the first part of our vacation.  Thanks to jet lag my husband and son were the first ones in line for doughnuts at Pike Place Market the next morning.

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I saved the shopping bag from the market and enlarged my favorite photo from that morning.
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We’d love to see your Project Life album! Make sure you upload what you are working on 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!

 

 

Mixed Media Monday

Happy Monday!

Today’s Mixed Media post is a simple but bold one!

I used paint daubers to add a splash of color directly to the white card stock and then layered on the photo, tag goodies, and stamps.two-photo-up-copy2

It resulted in a totally unique page that I had fun creating!meganklauerphotography-0728-copy

The page highlights not only many of the stamp sets available here at Elle’s Studio, but the Exclusive August Tag Kit as well!meganklauerphotography-0709-copy

The Letter Stickers are still some of my favorites : and the woodgrain ones are to die for!

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Don’t forget that many of the Exclusive kits not only include a wide variety of card stock tags, but vellum tags as well! The perfect way to layer on top of a photo!two-photo-up-copy3

I used the little (*) pieces from the Letter Stickers to add a slight “confetti” look. Have you used those little pieces from the Sticker sheet? If so, how?two-photo-up-copyShare your pages with us in the Member Gallery!
We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

 

project spotlight – August 24th

3334_2977_14059565901702_bigCongrats to this week’s Project Spotlight winner, Ashley! I love how the bright paper really pops on her fun layout along with the wood veneers & cutouts from our Love You More collection! Check your email for your $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to use in our shop! 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!

 

Product Spotlight : Back to School Cork Shapes

It’s that time of year! The kids are decked out with their new shoes, clothes, and of course a styling book bag. Meanwhile, the parents can be found doing cartwheels as the bus pulls away. (Okay, so maybe that last part isn’t totally accurate.) Who can do cartwheels in their 30s anyways? ;)

Our local schools started back this last week which has allowed me to finally get back to a bit of scrapbooking! It was only printing photos, and getting them organized into my albums, but with over 300 pictures from just the summer, THAT was  huge accomplishment!

It also means my oldest niece starts her first year of collage. Oye! If I’m having this hard of a time with thinking about her leaving, I hate to imagine what I’ll be like when our oldest leaves in just a short seven years!

I wanted to send her off with a little something; so I put together a container filled with snacks & gift cards.

I created this little mini tag album to hold the gift cards and where I later wrote her a little “we will miss you” letter.

The Back to School Cork Shapes provided the perfect touch!two-photo-up-copy6

 

 

The base layer was created with a large manilla tag, pieces from the August Tag Kit & topped with one of the cork pieces. ( I filled the top with journaling later)two-photo-up-copy 

Next, I used a wax baggie to hold the gift cards, added a tag & cork, and closed it up with some washi tape from my stash.two-photo-up-copy2

A smaller manilla tag was where I added more journaling. I used part of the packaging from the cork set, the cork stars, and another tag from the August kit.two-photo-up-copy3

The below tag had just the right words. Make every moment count … man, so so true!two-photo-up-copy4

I topped off the tag album with the adorable vellum tag included in the August kit & the cork apple.two-photo-up-copy5

I think she loved her gift and I always love how a homemade card or tag personalizes any gift!meganklauerphotography-4316-copyI hope everyone is enjoying their Back to School time!

Happy Creating~
Megan

 

SKETCH THURSDAY

Today’s sketch was inspired by Daniela‘s exclusive kit layout.sketch 0821

Though my layout took a completely different turn and doesn’t look much like the sketch, I was inspired by the row of tags above the pictures.

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I layered several tags and tucked them behind the cardstock. I then added my pictures, punched a couple of photo corners from patterned paper and combined some other tags for the title. Super simple.

Your turn! For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate, create a project inspired by today’s sketch, post it to our Member Gallery and share your link in the comments section below. A random winner will be selected and announced with next week’s sketch.

Last week’s winner is… JayTeeZeHang!winner

Congratulations!! Please email michelle@shopellesstudio.com the following info:

Name & Address:
Contest: Sketch 08.14.14
Prize: $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate

ELLE’S STUDIO PRODUCTS USED:

 

PROJECT LIFE

Today I am sharing the week of July 14-20 in my Project Life album.Image 16

This week was full of family get togethers and all day camp for my kids.  A favorite week of our summer!    The “Happy Camper” card from our August kit was perfect for this week.  I used various other items from the August and July kits, along with items from Shine.  They all coordinate so well together.

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I added some brochure info from the kids’ camp, and a photo of my son’s tie dye shirt with the camp logo on it (tie dye and it’s significance that every child is unique was a huge theme from camp).

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I journaled around the “Frozen” themed flair button (made by former DT member Martha Bonneau) but punching a circle out of scrap paper and using it as my guide to journal in a circle.  (Afterwards I adhered the flair button to the journaling card).

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We’d love to see your Project Life album! Make sure you upload what you are working on 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!

GUEST DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: VICKI BOUTIN

I am happy to introduce you to our August Guest Designer, Vicki Boutin.

Image 12I have loved Vicki’s work for many years, and admired many of her projects as I flipped through various magazines and publications.  She is an incredibly talented designer and we are so thrilled to have her with us this month at Elle’s Studio!  Make sure to view her full gallery here.  You will not want to miss it!   Now, let’s get to know Vicki better!

name: Vicki Boutin

location: Ontario, Canada

blog: vickiboutin.typepad.com

twitter: @vickiboutin

Favorite 3 Elle’s Studio items: Shine Bits & Pieces, Noteworthy Stamp, and Shine Extra Tidbits Image 13

What are three products you can not live with out?

Stamps, 3D foam squares, and punches/diecuts!!

Where do you scrapbook?

ALL OVER THE HOUSE!!  It spreads like an infectious disease!  But I do have this pretty little room.

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What is your favorite color combinations?

I LOVE color!  Especially aqua, red, black, orange, and maybe yellow together.

Do you record every moment or just special ones?

I love photography so I take pictures of everything.  I also scrap it all.

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What is your favorite thing about scrapbooking?  

I love everything about scrapbooking except journaling… not gonna lie… not a big journal-er.

 Thank you so much for Guest Designing with us this month, Vicki!   For a chance to win Vicki’s favorite Elle’s Studio products, leave a comment in this post!

Congrats to HEATHER M., who won our July Guest Designer, Adrienne Alvis’ favorites!

Please email michelle@shopellesstudio.com the following info:

Name & Address:
Contest: July Guest Designer favorites
Prize:  Happy Day Wood Veneers, Shine Journaling Tags, Shine Lil’ Snippets Blank Labels.

 

Project Spotlight – August 17th

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Congrats to this week’s Project Spotlight winner, Anita! On her awesome project life layout, Anita used our Love You More & Everyday Moments journaling tags. She has such a nice balance of photos and journaling, love this spread! Check your email for your $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to use in our shop! 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!