SKETCH THURSDAY

Welcome back to Sketch Thursday! Today’s sketch was inspired by Daniela’s Fun in the Sun layout.

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Not only is this sketch super fun, you guys are in for a real treat! We have THREE of our amazing designers playing along this week. Let’s get to it!

First up, Yuki created this spooktacular halloween layout. I LOVE how she used bright colors against a black background. wow!

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Products used: Sycamore Lane papers; 2014 papers; October Cut Files; Notes from Autumn Printables; Exclusive October Kit; Letters and Numbers Stickers – Gray; June Cut Files
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Next, notice how Jennifer also used the bright colors from Sycamore Lane for a completely different look. This super colorful fall layout is simply outstanding!

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Products used: Sycamore Lane papers, Bits and Pieces, Cutouts, Cork Shapes, Journaling Tags; Numbers Stamp; Letter and Number Stickers – Cream; February Cut Files, June Cut Files
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And finally, I love how Juliana incorporated the main elements in the sketch but changed it up a bit to create this adorable layout about her puppy. Isn’t this SO sweet?!

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Products used: Good Cheer papers, Letters and Number Stickers – Gray; Letters and Numbers Stickers – Red; Shine Happiness is Stamp; Washi Tape Stamp; Sycamore Lane Bits and Pieces, Cutouts, Cork Shapes; Exclusive August Kit, Good Cheer Cut Files, June Cut Files
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Thank you so much, Yuki, Jen and Juliana! You guys amaze me every single time :)

Who’s up next? For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Shop, create a project inspired by today’s sketch, upload it to the Member gallery and leave a comment back here with the link. A random winner will be selected and posted with next week’s sketch.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN CARD

Halloween is right around the corner and in our house we are very much into all things Halloween, so today I have one last Halloween card to share with you!

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I die cut and layered little tags vertically using papers from the Sycamore Lane Collection then added bits from the Halloween Ephemera pack, October’s Monthly kit and Notes from Autumn printable.

That’s it! I hope you have a wonderful and safe Halloween :)

PROJECT LIFE | & A GIVEAWAY

Today I am sharing the week of September 22-28 in my Project Life album.IMG_7784 I am still on my mission to “catch up” in my Project Life album!  Last week I wrote a few tips that help me get caught up whenever I fall behind (it happens to everyone)!  I used a few of those tips this week— working backwards, and using an enlarged photo. IMG_7768 Even though catching up in my album isn’t my favorite thing, it does allow for me to pause and really focus on the memories/images/stories I truly want to capture from that week (instead of feeling like I need to document everything). IMG_7776 Due to cooler than normal temperatures in the mid-west, the leaves began changing earlier than normal this year!   For the past several years I have been preserving fall leaves and including them in my album.  I still have vibrant leaves from three years ago.  You can find out how to preserve your own fall leaves in this post I wrote a few years ago. IMG_7775 Sycamore Lane and the Elle’s Studio October Kit were my go to supplies for this week’s spread.  It’s the perfect combo for documenting these fall months. IMG_7779

I am happy to share that I will be a guest in “Catch Up with Project Life” by Big Picture Classes.  This 3-week class is taught by Annette Haring, Megan Anderson, and Trisha Harrison.  It will reconnect you to feelings of accomplishment and gratitude- and help you tackle common trouble areas, so you can make real progress in you Project Life Album.

Today we are giving away a seat to “Catch Up with Project Life” — just leave a comment on this post for your chance to win  (and visit Jenni’s blog for a second chance to win a spot in this class!)

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We will post the winner Friday October 24th! Good Luck!

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Our Kit and Your Stash

We’ve got another fun round of “Our Kit and Your Stash” projects to share with you! We love how our exclusive monthly kits are made to coordinate with either our collections or the papers and items you may already have in your stash at home!

First up is Valerie – let’s see what she put together using our October kit and her stash:
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Don’t forget – if you’ve got our exclusive October kit (or any of our products) at home, we’d love to see what you have made with them! Make sure you upload it to our Member Gallery and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate and have the chance to be featured on our blog on Sunday in our Sunday Project Spotlight series!

A sneak peek at new products coming soon!

We’ve been getting a lot of emails asking if we are putting together a kit for December Daily and we wanted to let you know that YES! Our November and December exclusive monthly kits will be perfect for all your holiday documenting! We will also have a bunch of add-ons that will be perfect, too! So you’ll be able to mix and match and purchase the products you need to complete your projects.

Today, we wanted to give you an extra early sneak peek of what is coming to our shop on November 10th, at 8:00 am PST. Here is just a tiny peek of our exclusive November kit that is packed full of 30+ journaling and embellishing tags:
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The best part is that all of these new items will coordinate with our Good Cheer collection that is available now!EllesStudio-GoodCheer01 EllesStudio-GoodCheer02 EllesStudio-GoodCheer03 5The holidays are my favorite time of year to document – so many family gatherings, traditions, and magic in the air to capture! If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, make sure you do! We always send a newsletter when new products are here – and stay tuned for November 10th when all these exclusive products are available!

Project Spotlight – October 19th

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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

 

Mini Albums

We have some beautiful albums to share with you today from our team! They all used our exclusive Autumn Wood Veneer Mini Album covers and we can’t wait for you to see what they did with them!

First up we have Meghann Andrew’s mini album “A Year of Gratitude”:
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Meghann says “I wanted to do something a little different to document my gratitude this year. Instead of choosing the usual blessings in my life, like family, home, and friends, I decided to choose a photo from every month of this year and share my gratitude about those events or the people included. For instance, in April, I was grateful for an amazing birthday celebration complete with friends and a limo and in August, I was grateful for a date night with my husband, which is a rare event around here. To make my creative time faster, I laid out every page exactly the same with a 3″x3″ photo, a month banner cut from the 2014 paper collection sheets and a journaling card below. For the last three months of the year, I’ve set up the pages so that I all have to do is add my photo and embellishment to finish off the album, which is sure to be a favorite to highlight my blessings for 2014.”

What an awesome project – we love this idea, Meghann! It would even make a great present to give to a loved one!

Next, we have an “I love Autumn in Arkansas” by Valerie Bishop:ES-Val01
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Valerie says that she heat embossed the feather on the front and back of the album covers, and we love the look it gave it! Very fun way to document Autumn in your town. Imagine being able to look back at this years down the road!

Next up we have a “Family” album from Becki Adams:Becki-Adams_Family-Mini-Album_7
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What a fun way to capture your family current family memories – love how these memories will last forever in this little mini album!

Aren’t they all amazing – and there are SO many details, make sure you look at each photo carefully… loving all those layers so much! And, stay tuned because we have even more mini’s to share with you! We’ll be sharing another batch on October 29th!

SKETCH THURSDAY

Welcome back to Sketch Thursday! Today’s sketch was inspired by Yuki’s Tokyo Night layout from last month’s DT gallery.

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We have two uber talented ladies joining us today. YAY!

DT member, Patricia created this beautiful fall layout:Patricia_Lunchfor2LOPatricia_Lunchfor2_DetailPatricia_Lunchfor2_Detail-2
Products used: Sycamore Lane papers, stamp, and cut files; October 2014 kit; Letter & Number Stickers – Red; Numbers stamp; Notes from Autumn printables.

And CT member, Melissa came up with this cool layout about her sweet girl:MelissaSketch-10.16.14

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Products used: Sycamore Lane papers, Journaling tags, Bits and Pieces, and Lil’ Snippet – Blank Labels; October 2014 kit; Letter & Number Stickers – cream.

For a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Shop, create a project inspired by today’s sketch, upload it to the Member gallery and leave a comment back here with the link. A random winner will be selected and posted with next week’s sketch.

Last week’s winner is… ScatteredConfetti!

WINNER

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

Name & Address:
Contest: Sketch 10.09.14
Prize: $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate

PROJECT LIFE | TIPS ON CATCHING UP

Today I am sharing the week of September 29-October 5th in my Project Life album.IMG_7625

It is no secret that I have fallen behind in my album.   This happens to most everyone from time to time, and unfortunately it can be a bit discouraging and overwhelming.  And that’s never good for creative motivation!    So today I am going to share a few of my ideas to get caught up (and have fun doing it):IMG_7632

1.  Work Backwards.  The last spread I created was the week of August 18th!  Yikes!  I am nearly two months behind.  I find that I am more motivated to create when I am working with fresh memories.  So I went the the most recent week and will be working backwards (and hopefully forward at the same time).

IMG_76272.  Keep it simple.   When there are many spreads to complete it’s helps to keep design fairly simple in order to complete more spreads in a shorter period of time.

3.  Use a kit.   Using a kit helps tremendously in completely a spread in a shorter period of time!  Having all your supplies and embellishments at your fingertips makes catching up much easier.  For this spread I used Elle’s Studio new October kit (there’s plenty left over for more spreads!) and pieces from Sycamore Lane as well.

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4.  Use enlargements.   I love using enlargements in my spreads, and especially when I am working on multiple weeks and when I’m trying to catch up.  It saves alot of time, and it’s a great way to highlight one event or memory.

5.  Set a block of time.   I set a block of time when creating this spread and tried to set a time limit for completing it.  I was able to finish this spread and work on another during that time block.

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!

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT – OCTOBER 12th

4165_3098_14112987048557_big (1)Congrats to this week’s Project Spotlight winner, Jana! Check your email for your $10 Elle’s Studio gift certificate to use in our shop! Jana’s adorable layout features our July & September Kits, September/October Calendars from our Paper Collection Pack & our Miscellaneous Cork Bits. I love the baby selfie pics, such special memories she captured! 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