Documenting with Digitals with Neela Nalam

Today Neela Nalam joins us for her first post on the blog, and she chose a very special day and layout to share with us! We always love her clean, balanced designs, and today she is showing us how she stays true to her style, creating beautiful pages with digital files that can be used over and over again. Let’s take a look!

Hi everyone! This is Neela here! I am so excited about my first blog post here on the Elle’s Studio blog. I picked this date as today marks my 18th marriage anniversary and the January 2017 Exclusive Kit and add-ons are so perfect to make a layout celebrating today!

Supplies | January 2017 Exclusive Kit, January 2017 Digital Cut File, True Love Printables, Dated Stamp, Sequins- Love Mix, Puffy Heart Stickers, XO StickersTrue Love Wood Veneer, All My Heart Stamp, Sunny Days 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

For this layout, I decided to use the January 2017 Digital Cut File and True Love Printables. I love how digitals can go a long way in extending the supplies you have. Most of all, you can customize the files to suit your needs!

First, I decided to create a fun background with the hearts cut file. I modified the cut file in Silhouette Studio and placed copies of it around the page as shown in the image below.

I cut the design onto white card stock and backed it with the woodgrain paper from the Sunny Days 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection. I decided to modify the colors of the 3″ x 4″ heart tag in the True Love Printables, as I wanted more yellow, pink and purple. I then cut these out in circles using the print and cut feature in Silhouette Studio.

I used the three patterned heart circles as a mat for my photo, which I cut in a circle, typing my journaling in a circle around it.

I made clusters of circles punched out from tags, Puffy Heart Stickers and sequins around the page. I also stamped on the punched out circles with phrases from the All My Heart Stamp. And how awesome is the True Love Wood Veneer to use as the title for this layout?

To finish the page, I used the Dated Stamp to add today’s date and some zig zag stitching with my sewing machine around the border for some interest and texture. I also added red Puffy Heart Stickers to balance out the red in the photo.

I hope you are inspired by all the new products in the shop this month to make some awesome projects featuring your loved ones!

An Artistic Layout with Jill Sprott

Jill Sprott’s artistic style always has me itching to get creative with my layouts. Today she’s taken her love of art and scrapbooking, combining them to create a colorful layout which makes the Malia Alphabet Stamp the star in one of her favorite quotes. Let’s take a look!

I make no apologies for loving the Elle’s Studio Malia alphabet stamps as much as I do. When I saw the original uppercase Malia Alphabet Stamp, I fell hard, and when the Malia Lowercase Alphabet Stamp came along shortly thereafter, I was a goner. These stamps are so easy to love — they have personality, enlivening any page on which they appear. Case in point:

Supplies | January 2017 Exclusive Kit, Malia Alphabet StampMalia Lowercase Alphabet StampDated Stamp

This layout, documenting a recent visit to the Honolulu Museum of Art, includes a series of images taken that day. Instead of a traditional “who-what-when-where” approach to the journaling, however, I found a quote that resonated with me, and let the stamps do the talking.

When it came to the stamping, I dipped into my arsenal of colored inks, and incorporated multiple hues drawn from the photos, emphasizing key words using the Malia Alphabet Stamp. The colorful striped heart from the January 2017 Exclusive Kit fit in perfectly next to the colorful text, tucked behind one of my photos.

Given the subject matter, I added my own artistic touches to the layout, including a painted background and messy (read “creative”) stitching around the page. The Dated Stamp was perfect for adding the date to this memory.

All in all, this layout is a testament to everything that I love about art, about scrapbooking, and about stamping!

An Everyday Pocket Page Spread with Jen Schow

The exclusive kits are perfect for documenting everyday memories in your pocket page albums, as Jen Schow will show us today with a 6″ x 8″ spread. We love how she used the January 2017 Digital Cut File as a digital stamp directly onto her photo before printing, so be sure to watch her process video to see how simple it is for you to do the same on your next spread!

Hi there, it’s Jen Schow here to share something new and fun for me! I am making a return to Project Life this year in a 6″ x 8″ format and I used the January 2017 Exclusive Kit + extras to help me document week two.

Supplies | January 2017 Exclusive Kit, Olivia Alphabet Stamp, Dated Stamp, All My Heart Stamp, Travelogue Stamp, Puffy Heart Stickers, XO Stickers, January 2017 Digital Cut File

I love that Elle often includes a weather card in the kits, and this was a perfect week to use it. We had so much rain, which is pretty abnormal for a Utah winter! I used the Dated Stamp to stamp the dates largely, boldly, and imperfectly, which I love!

I also used a PNG file from the January 2017 Digital Cut File and added it to my photo before I printed it- a simple process in Photoshop that you can learn how to do in my process video below.

I couldn’t resist adding a few of those gorgeous Puffy Heart Stickers into this spread, but who can blame me? You can watch the whole thing come together in the video and I hope you’ll try some of the simple techniques I share!


Make it Yourself Mini Valentines with Meghann Andrew

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and although buying pre-packaged mini valentines may be a great timesaver for classroom parties, those closest to us deserve something from the heart. Handmade cards can be such a joy to receive, but anyone who knows a thing or two about papercrafting knows that they can be time consuming! I’m here to show you how simple it is (with step-by-step instructions!) to create mini valentines this year, with just a few Elle’s Studio products!



These sweet 3″ x 4″ cards were completed in less than an hour, using these Elle’s Studio products, along with white cardstock.


Supplies (from left to right) | Puffy Heart Stickers, Acrylic Frosted Hearts, Valentine Banner Stickers, Love You Journaling TagsXO Stickers, All My Heart Stamp, Love Ya Wood Veneer Circles. Other supplies: January 2017 Exclusive KitSequins- Love Mix, baker’s twine

I started out with a single sheet of 12″ x 12″ white cardstock, cut into 6 equal pieces of 4″ x 6″. I folded these in half with a bone folder to create six 3″ x 4″ folded cards. From here, I grabbed the Love You Journaling Tags, and used six different designs to create the card fronts. The great thing about these tags is that you receive two designs of each tag, so using slightly different embellishment, you could actually make 12 of these little cards. I used these steps to complete each card:



“XO” Card Instructions:
1. Cut out the center of the heart on the 3″ x 4″ heart tag in the Love You Journaling Tags
2. Back the heart cutout with clear acetate. (Tip: If you don’t have acetate sheets, look for a piece of acetate that you can recycle from product packaging!)
3. Line the back side of the cutout heart with a line of dimensional adhesive, being sure that there aren’t any gaps around the heart. Add dimensional adhesive to the four corners of the 3″ x 4″ tag.
4. Pour a few sequins inside the heart cutout. Remove the backing from the dimensional adhesive and adhere the folded cardstock card to the card front.
5. Turning the card back over, adhere the “always + forever” tag from the January 2017 Exclusive Kit and the “XO” from the XO Stickers.


“You Are So Very Loved” Card Instructions:
1. Adhere the “you are so very loved” tag from the Love You Journaling Tags to the front of the 3″ x 4″ folded card.
2. Add the large red heart puffy sticker from the Puffy Heart Stickers to the bottom of the sentiment.



“Love You x A Million” Card Instructions:
1. Stamp the “love you” sentiment in black and the “x a million” sentiment in red from the All My Heart Stamp to the striped 3″ x 4″ tag from the Love You Journaling Tags
2. Tie a piece of teal twine around the tag.
3. Adhere teal and purple puffy heart stickers from the Puffy Heart Stickers, and a large red acrylic heart from the Acrylic Frosted Hearts
4. Adhere the tag front onto the 3″ x 4″ folded cardstock card.



“You Are Awesome, Fun, Important, Loved.” Card Instructions:
1. Cut the heart border from the “hugs and kisses” 4″ x 6″ tag in the Love You Journaling Tags, being sure to keep the “hugs and kisses” words intact. (We will use these later!) Adhere this strip to the bottom of the “XO” 3″ x 4″ tag.
2. Stamp the sentiment words from the All My Heart Stamp with black, teal, pink, purple and red ink onto smooth, white cardstock. Cut each word out with scissors and adhere to the card front.
3. Adhere three Puffy Heart Stickers to the card front around the sentiment.

“Because I Love You” Card Instructions:
1. Adhere the “Because I Love You” 3″ x 4″ tag from the Love You Journaling Tags to the front of the 3″ x 4″ folded cardstock card.
2. Add the “always and forever” sticker from the Valentine Banner Stickers below the sentiment.
3. Adhere a wood veneer circle heart from the Love Ya Wood Veneer Circles, a red Puffy Heart Sticker and a purple Acrylic Frosted Heart. (Tip: Clear, liquid adhesive, or clear glue dots are great for adhering these acrylic hearts.)
4. Punch the hole at the top of the tag through the card front using a standard hole punch. Tie baker’s twine through the hole.


“We Go Together Like Hugs & Kisses” Card Instructions:
1. Adhere the “too cute” tag from the January 2017 Exclusive Kit to the back of the “we go together like” tag from the Love You Journaling Tags at the upper right corner.
2. Cut out the words “hugs” and “kisses” from the 4″ x 6″ tag in the Love You Journaling Tags. Adhere this to the front of the “we go together like” tag using dimensional adhesive. Adhere card front to the folded cardstock card.
3. Adhere Love Mix Sequins and Puffy Heart Stickers around the sentiment.


You may be wondering, “How will I find envelopes for these cards?” These are simple and easy to make too, with a scoring board. Simply cut a piece of cardstock to a 6-1/2″ square, then using the image below as a guide, score the “A” lines at 2-3/8″ and the B lines at 3″.



Handmade simple, sweet cards are made easy with Elle’s Studio products! Be sure to pick up yours today, and get a jump on your valentines!

Sketch Thursday

Welcome to our monthly sketch challenge! This month, our sketch is based off of this adorable layout by Candace:

Candace used a tag from our January kit, a wood veneer, and paper strips from our Little Moments collection to put together this cute layout of her boys. She also used our Jonah stamp and letter stickers to make the title. Her layout here measures 8.5 x 11, but we wanted to give you a great example of how sketches let you switch things up a bit, by making our sketch, based off of the same layout, 12 x 12!

We can’t wait to see how you will be inspired to use this sketch! Create a project, of any size, using it as inspiration, upload it to your blog and leave a comment here with the link to your creation by February 15th, for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Elle’s Studio shop – we will announce the winner on Thursday, February 16th!

And, if you love our sketches, make sure you check out our newest class From Sketch to Finish Vol. 2, which includes 30 sketches and 20 projects from 10 different contributors! Our class comes as a downloadable self-paced PDF file. Once you have purchased the class, you will receive a link, via email, to download the class!

Congrats to our randomly selected winner this week, Sandi! We are loving her fun layout that she made, based off of last weeks sketch, using a bunch of our collections! Please email us at to claim your prize!


Stamping Love with Jennie McGarvey

Stamps are a great product to have in your stash. Once you purchase them, they can be used over and over again in different colors to add to your projects. Sometimes they can be used as embellishment, or as a title, as our January guest designer, Jennie McGarvey, did here with the All My Heart Stamp. You can also think out of the box and make them a design element, like Jennie did here with the Dated Stamp on this gorgeous page.



I absolutely love stamping- especially in my scrapbooking projects!  Elle’s Studio stamps are always some of my favorites not only because they always seem to go with whatever project I’m working on, but they are always the cutest!



Supplies | January 2017 Exclusive Kit, All My Heart Stamp, Dated Stamp, Always Acrylic Heart, True Love Wood Veneer, ‘Tis the Season 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection,


This month was not an exception.  The “Love You” sentiment from the All My Heart Stamp was pretty much one of my favorites ever.  The size and script are perfect.  Incorporating that into my page wasn’t hard at all, I mean — it had to be my title!  The Dated Stamp?  It’s pretty darn genius, and it’s going to be a staple in my stash for years to come, that is for sure.


Speaking of the Dated Stamp– this was the focus for this layout.  I knew I wanted to use it in a slightly different way than it was intended.  So, I stamped the boxes semi-randomly on the page using VersaFine ink and then cut different bits and pieces of matching patterned papers from the ‘Tis the Season 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection to fill it in.  Desired effect achieved!

ellesstudio-jenniemcgarvey-planner-6blogMy name is Jennie McGarvey and I feel like I’ve been papercrafting forever! I guess, I have been in one way or another since I was 12.

I’m mom to 3 boys and an avid scrapbooker + planner who loves color, stamping and clean lines. Be sure to follow my YouTube channel for planner inspiration!


Stay tuned for more inspiration from Jennie here on the blog next week!


Inspired by Sequins with Maggie Massey

Sometimes it only takes a single item in your stash to inspire an entire project. Today, Maggie Massey is sharing how the Love Mix Sequins did that for her page, and how she took that inspiration and paired it with the January 2017 Digital Cut File to create something truly spectacular. 

Hey hey everyone! It’s Maggie here, with a page I created using this month’s cut files!

When I saw the colors of the sequins that came as part of this month’s extras, I knew that I wanted to use them… they are just gorgeous! I had recently taken some shots of my daughter and thought that the colors in the photos would be a perfect fit! I thought about doing a shaker box something-or-other with the sequins, but I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do, until I saw the January Digital Cut File!



SUPPLIES: January 2017 Exclusive Kit, Sequins- Love Mix, Love Ya Wood Veneer Circles, January 2017 Digital Cut File, Malia Lowercase Alphabet Stamp, ‘Tis the Season 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

I started by enlarging and cutting the “XO” circle and “true love” die cuts with my Silhouette from an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of white cardstock. Then I adhered a sheet of transparency paper to the back of that cardstock to make the front of my shaker box. Next, I adhered just a small part (to keep the papers from moving) of that page to the b-side of a sheet of ‘Tis the Season Tree Trimming paper (cut to 9″ x 12″) from the ‘Tis the Season 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection. With my sewing machine, I began sewing around my circle and into my circle, pouring in sequins and stitching up little pockets. I made my way around the circle, completely randomly, and ended up with a background full of beautifully-colored sequins! I kinda love the way it turned out.


Once my background was done, I misted both the “XO” and “true love” die cuts. While I was waiting for them to dry, I adhered my photo and picked out my other embellishments.



Once my cuts were ready to go, I added them to my layout, then I popped a little wood veneer circle from the Love Ya Wood Veneer Circles into the middle of my “O.” I finished my page with a few little decorative stamps from the Malia Lowercase Alphabet Stamp and some small tags from the January 2017 Exclusive Kit.

I love how my page came together… that background makes me so happy!

Thanks so much for taking a peek! I hope I’ve inspired you to play around with the January 2017 Digital Cut File!

Colorful Pockets with Andrea Gray

Pocket page layouts can be great for keeping track of daily life throughout your year. If you’re new to pocket page scrapbooking, the Elle’s Studio kits and collections can help coordinate your color selections, allowing you to complete a spread quickly and easily! Andrea Gray is with us today sharing a colorful double-page spread, perfectly balanced from its pinks to its yellows. 

Hello crafty friends, my name is Andrea and you might know me better as retrohipmama. This is my very first post as an Elle’s Studio design team member and I couldn’t be more excited to share what I’ve created with the amazing January exclusive kit and extras! Elle’s Studio products are so versatile and I’m just crazy in love with everything! Working with ES product makes creating layouts and pockets super fun and easy!

To create this layout, I started with my photos and determined what colors I had to work with: pink, red blue and yellow. I grabbed some Elle’s Studio journaling tags featuring those colors, deciding what I wanted where, and how to spread all of the colors around evenly.


Supplies | January Exclusive Kit, All My Heart Stamp, XO StickersRight Now Journaling Tags, Little Moments Journaling Tags, Little Moments Blank Labels, Malia Lowercase Alphabet Stamp, Dated Stamp, Monthly Wood Veneer Tabs


I love adding small embellishments to cards to give them just a bit of pop. Here I  wrote simple journaling, stamped “important” from the All My Heart Stamp and added a star from the XO Stickers.



The striped FACTS card from the January Exclusive Kit could have been used for journaling, but I added a 2″ x 2″ photo with a small amount of journaling under it. Adhering a label from the Little Moments Blank Labels onto the “YES” card adds more depth to the story and a pop of color to the card!



Sometimes all you need is a simple heart and other times there’s enough room to make your own stamped title on a card, like I did on the “&” card, using the Malia Lowercase Alphabet Stamp and Dated Stamp.



Thank you so much for being here on the Elle’s Studio blog today! I hope you’re inspired to mix up some colors and embellishments in your pockets or layouts!
See ya back here again next month!



Use Your Acrylic with Jen Chapin

Acrylic paint is a staple in any crafter’s arsenal. It’s inexpensive, and easy to find at almost any art supply or craft store. Not only is it easy to work with- no fancy tools needed- it also comes in a rainbow of colors! Today, Jen Chapin is with us to teach us how to put our acrylic paint to work on our next layout. Let’s see what she created!

Hi everyone! Jen Chapin here, and I am so excited to be back on the Elle’s Studio design team for 2017. I look forward to creating lots of fun projects this year! Today I have a new layout to share using the January 2017 Exclusive Kit and add-ons, as well as a fun technique that will bring color to your background.



Supplies | January 2017 Exclusive Kit, January 2017 Digital Cut File, True Love Wood Veneer, XO Stickers, Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers- Pink, Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers- Teal

Today I’m sharing a layout and process video with you that was inspired by my love of color and acrylic paint. You can take a look at how the layout came together here in my video:

Although the background takes a little time to dry, the technique is simple. Simply place a dot of acrylic paint on your background cardstock, and scrape it down the page with a craft spatula. If you don’t have one of these, you could even use an old gift card. After it dries, you can layer a die cut, like I did here with the heart background from the January 2017 Digital Cut File, or some patterned paper on top.



I chose to use vellum on this layout to allow the color to show through and give a place for my photo and title to rest. By color coordinating the embellishments I used, I was able to reinforce the rainbow theme.



The True Love Wood Veneer, an extra in the shop this month, is the perfect size for a title! I just love premade titles- they take that extra step out of my scrapbooking process and add a great design element.



Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! If you try this technique we’d love to see your project! Tag us on Instagram with #ellesstudio or post a link to your creation in the comments of this post. Have a great week!


An Interactive Layout with Candace Perkins

The new products in the Elle’s Studio shop have been live for a few days, and Candace Perkins is here with us today to share how she used one of our newest releases, the All My Heart Stamp. Her clean and original take on this layout about those closest to her heart is sure to have you adding flaps to your next project! Let’s take a look:

Hello! It’s Candace here today to share my very first design team project. I am so excited to be spending the next year with you sharing how I document my family’s memories using the fabulous Elle’s Studio goodies!

For today’s project I wanted to focus on the adorable coordinating stamp set available this month, the All My Heart Stamp. I adored the script “Love You” sentiment and wanted to use it as a title on my layout.


Supplies | All My Heart Stamp, Love Ya Wood Veneers, Tab Die, Celebrate Stamp, Sunny Days 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Sunny Days 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Letter & Number Stickers- Black, Large Acrylic Stars, Malia Number Stamp

Instead of just stamping “love you” on my layout I wanted to add a little dimension, so I decided to create a cut file from the stamped image. To do this, I simply stamped the sentiment on white cardstock with black ink. Next, I took a photo of the sentiment and opened the JPG file in my Silhouette software. I traced the stamped image and cut it out normally on black card stock six times. I layered the cuts on top of each other to create dimension and adhered it to the center of my layout.


To create the interactive flaps on the layout I created four boxes on a 12″ x 12″ page in the Silhouette software, then erased the top cut lines from each box. I cut the flaps out of the beautiful woodgrain paper in the Sunny Days 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection and adhered it down to a 12″ x 12″ white cardstock base.


I used the tag die and Celebrate Stamp to make flipping up the boxes easier and a little more cute! Under each flap I used the Malia Number Stamp to document my boys age and then typed a few of their favorites right now.


I added a photo of each of my boys and embellished the box with one of the cute Love Ya Wood Veneers.



To bring a little more color and interest to the front of the layout, I stitched an acrylic star from the Large Acrylic Stars to the layout with yellow and green thread just above the title.


On the front of each flap I punched out a one inch circle from white cardstock, then used the black letter and number stickers to place my boys first initial in the center. I added two little hearts from the All My Heart stamp in the same color of cardstock backing the journaling on the inside of the flap.

I love the final spread! I love adding interactive projects into my memory keeping, and my boys love it too! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a beautiful day!