Chipboard Fun + Process Video with Daniela

Hi there, it’s Daniela again with a layout created with the beautiful January 2018 Kit and add-ons. This page is dedicated to my little boy wearing his sister’s cat mask, so I used quite unusual colors for a boy’s layout because I wanted to stick to the girly colors of the mask. I think in some cases unusual colors are a great choice if they fit the photos or occasion.

Supplies | January 2018 KitBlack Cardstock Alphabet Stickers, Heart of Gold Chipboard Stickers, Star Chipboard Stickers, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Hand Drawn Acrylic HeartsXOXO 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack
The chipboard stickers from the January reveal are so great, so I used tons of them—lots of hearts and stars, all in the same color range from the Star Chipboard Stickers and Heart of Gold Chipboard Stickers.

I think the purple embellishments perfectly match black accents, so I used this combination all over the page and added some black splashes.

Of course, I also added layers to the layout. The die cuts from the January 2018 Kit and the XOXO 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack offer so many possibilities in combining papers and accessories, it’s so much fun to create layers upon layers and even a few more layers!

While I was making my layout, I create a process video! Watch to see how everything came together here:

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy scrapping! See you soon.

Memory-Planning with the Icon Stamp and Nathalie Leonelli

Sometimes to jump-start our creative process, we have to change how we work. Whether you re-organize your supplies, or try a different method, the results can be surprising, and that’s what design team member Nathalie Leonelli found out when she tried memory keeping in her planner! She’s sharing her beautiful spread below. Let’s take a look!
I have a memory planner spread to share with you today and it is a first for me! I have been wanting to give this form of memory keeping a try seeing how popular it is and I was inspired to experiment with the new Icon Stamp Set.

Supplies | February 2018 Kit, February Icon Labels, February Blank Label Stickers, Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Live Laugh Love Washi Tape StickersIcon Stamp
I first printed my photos for the week in different (small) formats then I pulled out my February Kit and some extras from the February release. I then pre-planned my stamping after arranging my photos, but before adding layers with tags, die-cuts, stickers, labels and washi tape.
The dotted line included in the Icon Stamp was perfect to create a space for journaling in the middle of my left page:

I am a big fan of black ink when stamping and I like how the black circle Icon Stamps catch the eye and add contrast. With sayings like “High Five”, “So Cool”, “The Details” and “Right Now”, they can be used for many different situations. Here, the first one illustrates how I felt about my step count for the week and the other establishes the subject of my journaling.

The bold and simple icons paired with some of my photos act as teasers for the journaling because they make you want to know more about what is going on in the shot. Bonus: they fit very well on the February Blank Label Stickers.

Stamping is a great way to embellish and keep your pages on the flat side, which is key in a planner!
Before I leave, I have to give you my verdict about this new-to-me memory keeping form: I LOVE it! And if you haven’t yet, I challenge you to also give it a try with your Elle’s Studio supplies because you might be as positively surprised as I am!

“Inspired By” with Tracey Fox

Each month, one of our talented design team members will choose another design team member’s project from one of our reveal day inspiration posts to inspire their own project. Today, we’re excited to have Tracey Fox share her latest layout, inspired by a layout in our January Reveal Design Team Inspiration blog post. Let’s take a look at both of the projects!
I’m so excited to get to bring you the second installment of the “Inspired By” series! Each month, a design team member creates a project inspired by another team member’s inspiration gallery project. This month, I’m sharing a layout I made that was inspired by this lovely layout my scrappy bestie Jamie Leija created last month with the January Kit:

I loved the design of Jamie’s layout so much, with the patterned papers and tags layered at angles along the top and bottom of the page, and with the photos and repeating XOXOs in the middle. For my own take on Jamie’s cool design, I decided to run multiple little photos across the top and bottom of the layout.

Supplies | February 2018 Kit, February Blank Label Stickers, Ampersand Wood Veneers, Wood Veneer Icons, Shapes & Dots Puffy Stickers, Icon Stamp, Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp—Outline, Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp—Solid, Dated Stamp, All the Details Stamp, Foodie StampLive Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper StackFamily Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
The photos I used on this page are a mix of daytime and nighttime photos taken at the same pumpkin festival. To make them match each other and to ensure they would match whatever colors I wanted to use from the February kit, I printed them all in black and white. I then pulled in pops of color and patterns from the February Kit, February Blank Label Stickers, and the Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack.

I added some extra dimension and embellishment to the bands of photos with the Wood Veneer Icons, Shapes & Dots Puffy Stickers, and the Ampersand Wood Veneers.

For the open space in the middle of the page, I used the awesome “Good Eats” 4” x 6” tag from the February Kit in the place where had Jamie placed photos on her layout. This tag was so perfect to fill up with the Dated Stamp, Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamps, and a list of all the food my friends and I ate at this event.

To fill the space where Jamie used XOXOs, I used the Ampersand Wood Veneers, the Wood Veneer Icons, and the Icon Stamp to create a fun smattering of ampersands.
I just love that February’s kit and extras are chock full of ampersands, because they can so easily symbolize abundance on a scrapbook page. On this particular page, they were the perfect way for me to illustrate that the list of things we ate went on & on (& on & on & on)! How do you like to use ampersands in your own memory-keeping?

Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking out this edition of “Inspired By!”

If you create something inspired by the projects you see here on the Elle’s Studio blog, or anything with Elle’s Studio products, be sure to use the hashtag #ellesstudio when you post on social media, so we can take a look! You could win a gift certificate to the shop, and be featured here on the blog! 

The Perfect Mix of Pockets with Andrea Gray

We love mixing full pages with pockets to document memories, and today Andrea Gray is here to show us just how successful these pairings can be, using the new items in the shop for February. We love her clean, masculine color scheme, and her awesome use of embellishment. Let’s see what she documented this month!
Hey friends! I hope you are all enjoying the February kit and extras by now!! I am loving all of the bright and rich colors! Today I am sharing a multi-page 6″ x 8″ project using anything in the kit that was royal blue, black or grey!

Supplies | February 2018 Kit, All the Details Journaling Tags, February Blank Label StickersThe Best Banner Stickers, Ampersand Wood Veneer, White Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Foodie Puffy StickersShapes and Dots Puffy StickersXOXO 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, All the Details Stamp, Icon Stamp
The first page is a full photo that I titled using the White Puffy Alphabet Stickers and a cute puffy heart from the Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers. It serves as an intro page to the next spread in the story. The two main pages are a combination of a full 6″ x 8″ layout and an adjoining pocket page about us going to see my oldest son at work! I had two 3″ x 4″ photos so I used two light tags to keep the aesthetic clean and bright. I also wanted to include the receipt, so I used a 4″ x 6″ tag from the All the Details Journaling Tags against the edge and glued a piece of vellum to the border.

I really wanted to use as many of the embellishments as I could, and my go-to design for that is a grid/collage style. Once I had the pockets in place I just fit the rest of the pieces on like a puzzle. I love sticking down all the pieces and layering the colors around! The labels from the February Blank Label Stickers were perfect for layering with a puffy heart, and the “yes, please” puffy circle from the Foodie Puffy Stickers was perfect for this spread!

In the bottom corner, the cute The Best Banner Stickers and puffy heart stickers from the Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers framed the wood veneer ampersand perfectly.   After all of the pieces were glued down and journaling was complete, I pulled out my water colors and splattered some black and royal blue paint down!

The pockets on the opposite side got a similar treatment. This paper from the XOXO 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack got some paint platters, too, and a simple puffy heart embellishment.

The icon journaling tag from the February 2018 Kit was the perfect place to add the “so cool” circle from the Icon Stamp, and even though I didn’t center it perfectly, it still came out cute! This card also got a little love in the label department and the silverware one was perfect—even though we ate pizza!

The final little scribbles and date stamp finished it off! Thank you so much for being here! See you next month!

A Rainbow of Hues with Guest Designer Steph Grimes

With both warm and cool hues included in the February 2018 Kit and add-ons, you might just choose one or the other for your next project, however, you may just want to pair them up after you see the project below! Today, guest designer Steph Grimes is showing us that they can work together side-by-side, and sharing tips on how to keep the final project cohesive. Let’s see what she created!
Hello everyone! I’m excited to be back on the Elle’s Studio blog today to share my second project as this month’s Guest Designer. I don’t know about you all, but I’m still working on a few weeks in my weekly album for 2017. The February Kit and Add-Ons ended up being the perfect fit for one of my weeks in early December. This was a crazy weather week where we had a beautiful warm day and then a bit of snow a few days later, so my photos from the week were both warm and cool. I was thrilled when I started piecing this together and realized the variety of colors in the kit would work so well with my photos!

Supplies | February 2018 Kit, February Icon Labels, February Blank Label StickersDark Purple Cardstock Alphabet StickersDark Teal Cardstock Alphabet StickersStar Chipboard Stickers, Cork Speech Bubbles, Ampersand Wood Veneers, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Shapes & Dots Puffy StickersIcon StampStanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp — Outline
I really wanted to use a 4 x 6” tag for the title, but the yellow on this grid tag stood out too much. So, I chose the 3 x 4” falling heart tag that matched my main colors a bit better, trimmed it down to cover the yellow edge of the grid card and then added one of the Star Chipboard Stickers on top. I then used the Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers for my title and added the week’s dates with the Dark Purple Cardstock Alphabet Stickers.

Given that I was using so many colors, and the two sides of my pocket spread were so different, I wanted to find some ways to bring a bit more cohesion to the spread. I started by taking the two color-blocked 3″ x 4” tags and adding them to opposite ends of the layout. Then, I repeated the treatment of each card. I used the Stanley Jr. Outline Alphabet Stamps to stamp the days of the week that these photos were each from. Then I added an “x” sticker from the Shapes & Dots Puffy Stickers in each color band in a contrasting color. Then, I added in my journaling in bullet format with highlights from each day.

One of my favorite elements of the February Kit are the white journaling tagshat coordinate with the Wood Veneer Icons and Icon Stamp. I love that the stamp set includes the outline for these cards so you can make more of your own! I think this is a product that will get a lot of use in my projects. I used one here to add some extra journaling about dinner with my sister. I topped it off by using the flatware stamp from the Icon Stamp.

As another repeating element, I used the Dark Teal Cardstock Alphabet Stickers to embellish and complete the phrase on the “I love you more than” 3″ x 4” tag. (Anyone who knows me well can tell you this is a grand statement because snow days are pretty much my most favorite thing!)
Finally, I felt like there needed to be just one more thing to tie this all together, add a little more texture and make it look like a cohesive spread. The Cork Speech Bubbles from this month’s add-ons were the right embellishment for the job! The phrases fit so perfectly with my photos. To elevate them just a little more, I added a small pop of color to each one by adding one of the tiny stickers from the Shapes & Dots Puffy Stickers and love how that turned out. I was pleasantly surprised by how much dimension layering these embellishments added to my pockets, without making them too bulky. For some of them, I also layered a February Icon Label underneath to add a little journaling.

I couldn’t believe how well the February Kit and add-ons coordinated with this project. It’s a lot more color and variety than I typically use in one layout or pocket spread, but I’m really tickled with the final product. I hope you might also be inspired to use all the colors and find a way to make it work for you!

Hi, friends! I’m Steph Grimes and I live in Maryland with my wonderful husband and our sweet little red pup, Ruby. I love crafting, Tom Petty, road-tripping, and playing tabletop games. I have been scrapbooking since I was in college in some form or other. I enjoy documenting all types of stories from our day-to-day life to our grandest adventures – like the three-week cross-country trip we took a couple years ago. You can find my work on Instagram or my recently-begun YouTube channel. I am honored to be an Elle’s Studio guest designer – thank you for having me!
Steph will be sharing one more project with us here on the blog next week, but until then, follow her at the links above to see what she’s been creating! 

February Design Team Inspiration: Volume Two

We’ve been so impressed by the way that our design team members have used their February Kit and add-ons in such a creative way, and today we have eleven new projects to share with you! We know these projects will spark your creativity when your new supplies arrive! 
Brave Spirit, Kind Heart by Heather Leopard – supplies used | February 2018 Kit, February Cut FilesPink Cardstock Alphabet Stickers, Black Cardstock Alphabet Stickers, Cork Speech Bubbles, Wood Veneer Icons, Wood Veneer CamerasAmpersand Wood Veneers, Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Brave Acrylic, Kind Acrylic 

Masquerade by Nancy Damiano – supplies used | February 2018 Kit, February Icon LabelsTeal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Sky Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Shapes and Dots Puffy StickersMonthly Puffy Stickers, All the Details Stamp

Ten by Daniela Dobson – supplies used | February 2018 Kit, February Icon LabelsFebruary Cut Files, February Blank Label StickersWood Veneer IconsShapes and Dots Puffy StickersMonthly Puffy StickersStanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp — Solid, Title Builder Alphabet Stamp, Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Do Your Best Pocket Page Spread by Jess Forster – supplies used | February 2018 Kit, February Icon LabelsWood Veneer IconsShapes and Dots Puffy StickersFamily Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Eskimo Kisses by Laura Wonsik – supplies used | February Cut Files, Letter and Number Stickers — PinkShapes and Dots Puffy StickersHugs and Kisses Puffy StickersAll the Details StampXOXO 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack

Red Chairs by Jamie Leija — supplies used | February 2018 KitAll the Details Journaling TagsWood Veneer Icons, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers

September 2017 by Tracey Fox – supplies used | February 2018 Kit, Wood Veneer Icons, Shapes and Dots Puffy StickersMonthly Puffy Stickers, Icon Stamp, Thank You Stamp, Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Year of Color by Andrea Gray – supplies used | February 2018 Kit, January 2018 Kit, Love You Die CutsFebruary Icon LabelsPink Cardstock Alphabet Stickers, Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, All the Details Stamp, Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp — OutlineXOXO 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper StackLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Photo Story by Laura Wonsik – supplies used | February Cut Files, Hugs and Kisses Puffy Stickers, Wood Veneer IconsIcon StampAll the Details Stamp

Anika by Neela Nalam – supplies used | February 2018 KitFebruary Cut FilesLove You Die Cuts, Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Live Laugh Love Puffy StickersXOXO 6″ x 6″ Paper StackLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Kind by Amanda-jayne Baldwin – supplies used | February 2018 Kit, February Icon Labels, Cork Speech BubblesShapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Kind AcrylicLive Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper StackLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
Have you been inspired by these projects in some way? Share your own project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio! We may feature your project here on the blog, and you can win a $10 gift certificate to the shop! 

2018 Title Page with Jamie Leija

New yearly albums require a special kick-off page to introduce the new memories that the album will contain, and today Jamie Leija is sharing a truly amazing page that she created, using our February 2018 Kit and extras. Let’s see what she made!
Hiya! It’s Jamie and today I’m sharing the title page for my 2018 album. I have to say, I’m totally in love with it and even more excited to start documenting my 2018!

Supplies | February 2018 KitPink Cardstock Alphabet StickersDark Purple Cardstock Alphabet StickersShapes & Dots Puffy StickersAll the Details Stamp, Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
I love how title pages get to be special. They set the tone and kick off the entire album. For this year’s, I decided to include a photo of each of family members of the Leija-Tomerlin clan. That was my starting point. The rest was just play!

I feel like rainbows are a major trend these days and I completely love that! I’m a color girl through and through so making this page was a blast!
I started by drawing a “starburst” of lines radiating out from the middle of the page. Then I used a paper piercer to poke holes in the cardstock. I didn’t stitch just then. Instead I used two scraps of paper to mask off each triangle and then stamped away in a single color using the All the Details Stamp. You guys, did you realize there are 45 stamps included in this set?! I used every last one of them on this page!

I repeated this around the entire circle and then I went back and stitched the lines using corresponding thread. I love the extra texture this adds.

To finish the page, I pulled the two most colorful journaling tags from the February 2018 Kit and adhered them in the middle of the page. They were the perfect backdrop for the photos of each of us. I added 2018 to the top and our names using the pink and dark purple cardstock letter stickers to the bottom and then I was done!

This may have taken longer to create than my usual page, but it’s so worth it! How do you start a new year’s album?

Weekend Adventures in Pockets with Neela Nalam

A quick weekend trip may seem short when Monday comes around, but you an take hundreds of photos, and make many memories. How will you document them? A pocket page is the perfect solution! Today, we have Neela Nalam sharing a beautiful spread that documents a skiing weekend with her family. We know that she will inspire you to tell your weekend stories, too!
I loved making these pocket pages about our annual ski trip that we did last year. I hadn’t recorded a story about this trip anywhere yet and the February 2018 Kit seemed to be the perfect fit for these photos. I chose to do a double page spread of 9″ x 12″ size. I like this size a lot, as it is big enough to summarize a short getaway.

Supplies | February 2018 Kit, February Icon LabelsPink Cardstock Alphabet StickersWood Veneer Cameras, Wood Veneer Icons, Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Icon Stamp, All the Details Stamp
I had colorful and bright photos, so I tried to pick tags with colors that coordinated or contrasted with the colors in my photos. I love all the colors in the kit and found it hard not to incorporate a bunch of them. The Wood Veneer Icons are pretty much my favorite add-on item this month and can be used in the design of your pocket, or just  for decoration. You cannot go wrong!

I love all the journaling tags included in the February 2018 Kit, too. The different designs allow variety in the way you include journaling in your pockets. It was fun to follow the prompts on some of the tags to tell a story that I may not have told otherwise. I also like the general tags where you can tell your own story.

The All the Details Stamp has so many fun phrases on it and is so versatile. I used it to stamp the “THIS WAS FUN” phrase on the label from the February Icon Labels and the “love this photo” circle onto a journaling tag from the kit.

I hope you enjoyed checking out these pocket pages and that I’ve given you inspiration to get your weekend getaways documented. If you are interested to see the process on how these pocket pages came together, check out my process video.


Icon Stamp Pocket Pages With Laura Wonsik

Each exclusive stamp set we release is created with memory-keeping in mind, and the new Icon Stamp comes complete with a journaling block, lines to keep your writing straight, as well as fun icons to embellish your tag. We challenged Laura Wonsik to use our newest stamp in a pocket page layout, and she ended up using it through an entire spread in such an amazing way! Let’s see how she used it.
Hello! I am so excited to share one of the many projects I have already made with the FABULOUS Icon Stamp! Pocket page scrapbooking is one of my all-time favorite documentation methods, and while this stamp set is great for all types of documenting, it’s especially perfect for pocket pages!

Supplies | February 2018 KitFebruary Cut Files, Cork Speech Bubbles, Icon Stamp
One of my go-to methods for scrapbooking in pockets is to repeat a card design for all of the journaling spots in a spread. The Icon Stamp is PERFECT for that since it has so many icon options to pair with the journaling stamp.

A recent favorite technique of mine is masking with Post-its. You might think, “Why wouldn’t cardstock or paper work instead?” and while they technically would, Post-its are perfect because they already include temporary adhesive and are so thin that there is an almost seamless transfer when you peel it up.

I started this spread by looking at my photos and picking seven coordinating ink colors. Then, considering the content of my stories for the week, I picked seven of the icons to use to create a pattern on the outside of the journaling block, masking with Post-it notes at the journaling spot line. Then, I repeated the “The Details” circle stamp on each one, raised with a pop dot, and coordinating with the color.

To tie all of the tags together, I made a patterned 4″ x 6″ tag with all of the icons and coordinating colors on it. Then, I used one of the cut files as a clipping mask for my photo in Photoshop and added it on the title card with the date.

Lastly, I stamped three more of the circles to go on top of the photos. I love these simple elements and how they keep the focus on the photos but tie everything together visually.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this stamp set as much as I do!

The Perfect Match with Daniela

We love when our exclusive kit matches up perfectly with your cherished photo memories, and that was certainly the case with Daniela’s layout today. She had the perfect photo to document, and with a bit of help from the February Kit and extras, she created the perfect layout to document her memory. Let’s see what she created! 
Hi Elle’s Studio friends! This is Daniela, and I’m so excited to show you a layout created with the fun February Kit and extras. I had these pictures of my son’s first day of school that I wanted to highlight. Back here in Germany, we have a tradition: Every child is given a large cornet of cardboard filled with sweets and little presents on this special day. Guess what— this cornet matches exactly the colors of the shapes and dots puffy stickers of the February reveal, so it wasn’t hard to decide what to do with these, but look for yourself!

Supplies | February 2018 Kit, February Cut FilesShapes and Dots Puffy StickersBlack Puffy Alphabet StickersWood Veneer Icons, Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp — Solid
I used one of the February Cut Files to create my “hooray” title. I love how the different colors of the puffy stickers can be found in the tags in the February Kit, so I used one of these 3″ x 4″ tags to place the stripes behind the cut-out word “hooray” and added puffy stars in the same colors below.

One of my favorite pieces in the February Kit is the cobalt blue card with the saying “be kind, be brave, be you!”. That’s exactly the advice I want to give my boy for this new journey, so I added this tag next to one of the pictures.

Layers are something I just can’t get enough of, so I used several papers included in the Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, and of course lots of embellishments from the February kit and add-ons. These Wood Veneer Icons are so fun, and the bold colors of the kit are perfect for happy pages.

Well, that’s it from me today. Thanks for stopping by, and have fun using your February goodies! Don’t be too thrifty with them; they are so beautiful and deserve to be used!