Design Team Inspiration

It’s time to share with you another round of amazing inspiration from our team using our new items for March! Let’s take a look:


Adventure is out there layout by Allie Stewartsupplies used: March 2017 kit, Today sticker labels, Today sticker labels, Sky Blue puffy alphabet, and 12 x 12 Little Moments paper.

Project Life pocket pages by Jamie Leijasupplies used: March 2017 kit, File Under stamp, puffy stars, Today sticker labels, and 2017 calendars.

Project Life pocket pages by Jennifer Chapinsupplies used: March 2017 kit, puffy stars, teal puffy alphabet, and Today sticker labels.

Grow layout by Laura Hager –  supplies used: March 2017 kit, Bloom and Grow wood veneer, and 12 x 12 Little Moments paper.

Nasa layout by Maggie Masseysupplies used: March 2017 kit, File Under stamp, 12 x 12 Tis the Season paper, and 12 x 12 Sunny Days paper.

Happy Easter card by Melissa Mannsupplies used: March 2017 kit, Happy Easter acrylic, and 12 x 12 Little Moments paper.

Project Life pocket pages by Michelle Wedertzsupplies used: March 2017 kit, Today sticker labels, Teal Puffy Alphabet stickers, File Under stamp, and Sunny Days journaling tags.

Hooray layout by Tessa Buyssupplies used: March 2017 kit, puffy stars, Date stickersMarch labels, Today sticker labels, 12 x 12 Sunny Days paper, and 12 x 12 Little Moments paper.

What an amazing and inspiring month – We love all the projects our team put together and hope you found our teams projects as inspiring as we did! Stay tuned for even more inspiration coming from our team next month!

And, don’t forget – we would love to see how you use our products, too! If you are posting on Instagram, make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag for a chance to be featured on our feed and blog, and WIN a $10 gift certificate!

Sparking a Story with Candace Perkins

Sometimes a product can spark a story that we didn’t know we had in us, and our page design can start from there. Today, Candace Perkins is sharing a gorgeous two page spread featuring a love letter to her children, all influenced by one of our new shop items this month. Let’s take a look and hear what inspired her.

Hello Elle’s Studio friends! Happy March! It’s Candace here with you today to share a project using the March 2017 Kit and a few extras from the shop.

In continuing my focus on storytelling this year, I first started my layout by spreading out all the beautiful products from this month’s release. Next, I looked across all the products to see what stories the products sparked. When I saw the Grow and Bloom Wood Veneer, I knew that I could use the veneers as bullet points in a letter to my boys.

Supplies | March 2017 Kit, Sunny Days 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Sunny Days 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Grow and Bloom Wood Veneer, March Labels, Puffy Heart Stickers, Letter & Number Stickers – Black

For the base of my layout, I started with two 8-1/2″ x 11″ pieces of white card stock. I chose to keep the bulk of my creative paper work to the left side of the spread and my story with the accompanying photo on the right.

I cut various tags from the March Kit and papers from the Sunny Days 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection in the shape of a pie chart. The pie chart is the main design focus of my spread. I used the Grow and Bloom Wood Veneer words to act as a tie to the left and right side of the spread through the numbers and journaling.

On the right side of my spread I printed a large photo of my boys right now. Under the photo I added my extended journaling.

For my extended journaling I numbered each of my bullet points with the coordinating wood veneers. I wrote a kind of advice letter to my boys, a letter telling them things I want them to remember as they go through life. You can read my journaling here.

I added a few small embellishments to the right side to tie it in with the left. I wanted to make sure that I had balance across the entire spread, in both weight and color.

I love the final spread! I love the story focus and the way the goodies from Elle’s Studio helped me to dive a little deeper and tell a more complete story. Give this a try the next time you sit down to be creative. Start with story, find the sparks and dig a little deeper.

Have a beautiful day!

Birthday Goodies with Maggie Massey

We’re all guilty of procrastinating once in a while, right? With the release of the new Happy Birthday mini collection, however, we can check birthday cards, documenting and now, as Maggie Massey shows us below, cute birthday gift wrap off of our list of to-do’s using these supplies! Done and done! Let’s see what she created.

Hello, hello everyone! It’s Maggie here with a look at some ways to use Elle’s brand new Happy Birthday mini collection!

Supplies | Happy Birthday Journaling Tags, Happy Birthday Stickers, Happy Birthday Stamp, Large Wood Veneer Numbers, Teal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Little Moments 12×12 Paper Collection

My daughter is turning 14 next month! I know it sounds ridiculously cliché, but time goes so fast! I decided to get a jump on her gifts this year, because I am, admittedly, a procrastinator, and special dates always seem to sneak up on me. So I was so excited for the release of the Happy Birthday mini collection. It was just what I needed to get me moving in the right direction- ahead of schedule!

For the past few years, Kinsley has decided to skip having a party in exchange for spending the day in downtown Chicago; shopping, eating, shopping & SHOPPING! This year will be the same, which is great for me, because I don’t have to worry about getting all of her birthday shopping ahead of time, but I still like to have a few little things for her to open on the morning of her big day.

I decided to make little treat bags using some of Elle’s patterned paper from the Little Moments 12×12 Paper Collection, and then I dressed up the bags using items from the Happy Birthday mini collection.

The journaling tags worked perfectly as tags for my bags. All I did for these was trim them down a bit, add a few embellishments, like the Teal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, punch a hole in the top and add some baker’s twine.

The large wood veneer numbers are perfect tucked behind a length of twine! I didn’t adhere these to the bag, as I wanted to make sure I could grab them to use later on her birthday layout.

I really love the Happy Birthday Stamp, and it was so easy to use it to create some birthday cards!

For this card, I simply stamped out 13 candles and added the 14th using a candle sticker from the Happy Birthday Stickers.

For this card I stamped the sentiment “Happy Birthday” and added some balloons and stamped sparkles. Easy peasy!

I love using stamp sets to create cards. It makes it so easy to switch from feminine to masculine cards just by using different ink colors.

I can’t tell you just how happy I am that I have all of this done already! Maybe this year I won’t be up until midnight the night before her birthday trying to scramble to get things decorated and wrapped!

Birthday Cards with Daniela Dobson

Our designers love to create cards using our journaling tags, stamps and embellishments, but the latest mini collection in the shop, Happy Birthday, was created to make perfect cards and tags for a birthday celebration. Daniela Dobson is with us today, sharing two different, beautiful cards created with the Happy Birthday products. Let’s take a look at what she created.

Welcome to the Elle’s Studio blog today. It’s Daniela here with two different cards created with our exclusive Happy Birthday mini collection.

Supplies | Happy Birthday Journaling Tags, Happy Birthday Stamp, Sequins – Love Mix, Sequins – Blue Green Mix, Sunny Days 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack

For my first card I used the 4″ x 6″ journaling tag as a base for patterned paper on the card front. The 3″ x 4″ journaling tag was trimmed a little at the bottom to allow for some hand cut banners from Sunny Days 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack to peek through.

I stamped the sentiment in black ink and added twine to the front. For an added touch I finished off the page with sequins and some paint splatters.

For my second card, I stamped the candles and the balloons from the Happy Birthday Stamp onto white cardstock and cut them out. I adhered one journaling tag from the Happy Birthday Journaling Tags with strips of the striped journaling tag on each side.

The candles and the balloons were adhered to the front, and I added “strings” to the balloons with a fine tipped black pen. I stamped “happy birthday” and confetti stars all over the front.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to share your Happy Birthday mini collection projects using the hashtag #EllesStudio on Instagram to be entered to win a gift certificate to the shop this month!

A Layout Process Video with Jen Schow

We just love Jen Schow’s process videos, and this month, her mix of product on her “Kind of Friends” layout is truly inspirational, so we are excited to see how the layout came together below. 

Hey there! It’s Jen Schow here to share a layout I created using the March 2017 Kit  and extras. I love the bright, springy colors of this kit and knew I wanted to use some outdoor photos for this layout. I chose a few of my daughter teaching my nephew how to play nice with our cat, Ariel.

Supplies | March 2017 Kit, Vellum Sentiments, Puffy Star Stickers, Teal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Acrylic Stars- Spring Mix, Friends Acrylic, Sunny Days 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Happy Birthday Stamp

I decided to make a sprinkling of circles and stars down the left side of my layout. I used the Vellum Sentiments, tissue paper circles, Acrylic StarsPuffy Star Stickers, and the little confetti stamps included in the Happy Birthday Stamp.

I created a photo mat with some 6″ x 6″ papers from the Sunny Days collection as well as a 3″ x 4″ tag from the free list tags that come with all purchases made in March! I used the new Teal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, as well as the Friends Acrylic for my title.

You can see how this layout came together in my process video below. I think this design would work really well for birthday layouts as well – just add some strings to the bottom of the circles to turn them into balloons! You could even stamp some balloons using the Happy Birthday Stamp. I hope you’ll give something like this a try on your next layout!

Guest Designer Melanie Blackburn

We are happy to welcome Melanie Blackburn back for her second guest post with us, using the March 2017 Kit and add-ons. On her fabulous spread, she’s proven that this kit can be perfect for your pocket pages, even if spring hasn’t sprung where you live! 

Hello crafty friends! I’m excited to be back today to share another pocket page spread, this time from our family album. I’ve been mostly using 9″ x 12″ page protectors for this album, but I will sometimes switch it up to 6″ x 12″, but only when I don’t have a lot of pictures to use- especially at this time of the year when we are typically inside due to the cold weather. My spread today features a mix of pictures and stories from late February. I always make an effort to include at least three stories in my family spreads. I really want my family to look back fondly on these little stories that they might have forgotten. I love the flexibility and versatility of the March 2017 Kit, not only is it excellent for spring theme spreads, but it will also work with everyday spreads- even dark cold wintery spreads such as mine!

The So Happy Wood Veneer is so much fun, and I knew I had to use it as a focal point. I opted to design a flip pocket with a spare transparency sleeve which I trimmed down to 3″ x 4″, perfect to overlay a journaling tag. The plastic pocket is filled with the blue-green mix sequins and the wood veneer, on top of the pocket I adhered a spring mix acrylic star. The pocket was secured to the page protector using coordinating washi tape placed on top and underneath the flip pocket. Interactive elements such as this flip pocket are always fun, especially for kids! My daughters always love to flip the pocket to see what hides underneath.

Even though I have a personal album, I try to include little bits of my life in our family album. The “on the news” card from the TV collection was ideal for documenting my favorite lunch at work. I embellished the card using a diecut from the March kit, paired with the Dated Stamp, which I modified using masking technique to indicate the meal number from the local Vietnamese restaurant. I love that I’m able to play around with a technique to get the full advantage of this lovely stamp set.

Another of my favorite techniques is combining different fonts on a picture to compose my journaling. I will often leave white space on my pictures so I can use this technique. On the picture below I combined my journaling (from my electronic typewriter) with a stamp from the File Under Stamp with the Teal Puffy Alphabet Stickers and I love the mix of fonts and textures.

This is a great way to maximize the use of white space.

The end result is a fun colorful spread that highlights various elements from a typical week in my family’s life. The repetition of wood veneer and labels creates a cohesive design and strategically placing my cards in order not to repeat the color or patterns helps guide the eye through the spread. I hope you are inspired to use some of these design elements on your next project. Happy crafting friends!

Supplies | March 2017 Kit, TV Journaling Tags, Feel Better Journaling TagsFile Under Stamp, Dated Stamp, Acrylic Stars- Spring MixSo Happy Wood Veneer, Puffy Star StickersTeal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Vellum Sentiments, Wood Veneer Stars, Love Ya Wood Veneer Circles

We are already looking forward to seeing Mel’s next project using Elle’s Studio products! Stay tuned until next week when she shares her last project with us as the March guest designer. In the meantime, you can find more of her work on her blog and Instagram

Design Team Inspiration

Are you ready to see more inspiration from our team this month? Our Design Team has put together a ton of fun projects using our new items for March and we can’t wait to share them with you! Let’s take a look:

Travelers Notebook by Andrea Graysupplies used: March 2017 kit, Bloom and Grow wood veneer, puffy stars, File Under stamp, wood veneer monthly tabs, and Dated stamp.

February Favs layout by Candace Perkinssupplies used: March 2017 kit, Acrylic stars – spring mix, puffy stars, Today sticker labels, large acrylic stars, large monthly wood veneers, Letter and number stickers – black, and 6 x 6 Sunny Days paper.

Love This layout by Daniela Dobsonsupplies used: March 2017 kit, Acrylic stars – spring mix, puffy stars, Today sticker labels, File Under stamp, vellum sentimentssequins – blue green mix, Dated stamp, and 6 x 6 Sunny Days paper.

Project Life pocket pages by Jamie Leijasupplies used: March 2017 kitDate Stickers, puffy stars, File Under stamp, Today sticker labels, Sky Blue puffy alphabet, and Monthly journaling tags.

Project Life pocket pages by Jen Schowsupplies used: March 2017 kit, Dated Stamp, TV wood veneer, TV stamp, and March 2017 digital cut file.

Treasure layout by Meghann Andrewsupplies used: March 2017 kit, vellum sentiments, puffy stars, sequins – blue green mix, File Under stamp, Grow and Bloom wood veneers, Acrylic stars – spring mix, 12 x 12 Little Moments paper, and 12 x 12 Sunny Days paper.

Hello Spring card by Melissa Mannsupplies used: March 2017 kit, File Under stamp, 12 x 12 Little Moments paper.

Project Life pocket pages by Nancy Damianosupplies used: Happy Birthday journaling tags, Happy Birthday stickers, Happy Birthday Stamp, Happy Birthday acrylic, Acrylic confetti, Letter and Number stickers – white, and puffy hearts.

Spring Break layout by Neela Nalamsupplies used: March 2017 kit, vellum sentiments, File Under stamp, Acrylic stars – spring mix, puffy stars, Spring and Flowers acrylic, sequins – blue green mix, Olivia alphabet stamp, and 12 x 12 Sunny Days paper.

It’s always so fun to see how each one of our team members uses our kits and coordinating products! Stay tuned for even more inspiration coming from our team next week, and from our guest designer!

We would love to see how you use our products, too! If you are posting on Instagram, make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag for a chance to be featured on our feed! And, if you blog, link us up in the comments below!

Sketch Thursday with Alissa Fast

Sketches are such a great way to inspire us to create, while still allowing us a bit of creative license to add our own style to the design. This month, Alissa Fast did just that with the fun layout she created based off our this month’s sketch. Let’s take a look at her creation, and the layout that inspired it!

Good morning, all! It’s Alissa here today and I’ve got my take on this fabulous sketch! I love everything about it! The original layout, by Meghann Andrew, is so inspiring! I love the layering of the journal tags and the fussy cut elements.

Here is the original layout:

And the sketch based off of the layout:

The layers and colors are my favorite part. The different textures are just gorgeous and all work together with Meghann’s adorable photo.

Supplies | Happy Birthday Journaling Tags, Happy Birthday Acrylic, Acrylic Birthday Candles, Acrylic Birthday ConfettiLittle Moments 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Letter and Number Stickers- Black

I stuck pretty close to the sketch, but I used a 12″ x 12″ base. The sketch is square but, Meghann’s page is a vertical rectangle and it works either way. Even a card would be fabulous with this sketch!

I loved all of the fun elements in the special Happy Birthday mini collection and the free birthday pack included with all shipped orders this month. I really loved the tissue confetti and incorporated it into my design.

These cute Acrylic Birthday Candles are my very favorite thing in the Happy Birthday mini collection. So, so fun!

Now it is your turn to be inspired by this month’s sketch! Link up a project in a comment on this blog post, using the March sketch as inspiration by April 10th, 2017 to be entered to win a $10 gift certificate to the Elle’s Studio shop! We will announce the winner next month on our next Sketch Thursday. We can’t wait to see what you create! Congratulations to last month’s Sketch Thursday winner, Cynthia B., with her winning layout:

Please email us at to claim your prize!

If you love to use sketches as a jumping-off point for your projects, check out our specially priced bundle of From Sketch to Finish Volumes 1 and 2 in the Elle’s Studio shop today!


A Birthday Celebration with Allie Stewart

Today we have Allie Stewart on the blog to help us celebrate Elle’s Studio’s tenth birthday, using the Happy Birthday mini collection. We absolutely love her layout, the die-cuts, the texture she created, and especially what she did with her Large Wood Veneer Numbers. Let’s take a look! 

Hello and happy birthday to Elle’s Studio! I’m excited to be sharing a birthday-themed layout in honor of TEN years of gorgeous Elle’s Studio products! I’m loving the super cute new Happy Birthday mini collection in the shop, and I had so much fun using these bright, new products on my page.

Supplies | Happy Birthday Journaling Tags, Large Wood Veneer Numbers, Acrylic Birthday Candles, Acrylic Birthday Confetti, Happy Birthday Stickers, Free Gift with March Purchase, Little Moments 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack

I knew I wanted to use the adorable Acrylic Birthday Candles on my page, and candles definitely need a cake! I started by cutting a cake shape with my Silhouette die-cutting machine. I loved all the fun patterns in the Happy Birthday Journaling Cards, but the cake die-cut was too big for them to be a backing. I used a square punch to break the patterns down, and then backed the cake with the squares. It was a great way to add texture to the page, and get the pattern across the entire die-cut! Once the cake was done, I glued the cake and candles down at an angle.

Next, I wrapped the “2” and the “7” from the Large Wood Veneer Numbers in yellow twine. The easiest way to do that is to coat the entire letter in adhesive (I used my ATG gun), and start wrapping. Once the numbers were done, I placed them near my photo and glued it all down.

I finished off the page with extra pizzazz using the Acrylic Birthday Confetti pieces, as well as the super fun tissue paper confetti pieces that are part of the free gift with any March purchase! I had so much fun making this page, and I love how festive it is. I hope you’ll join our birthday celebration, and scrapbook your birthday memories with the Happy Birthday mini collection!

An Eye-Catching Design with Nancy Damiano

Nancy Damiano is so talented at creating bold, graphic layouts, and today’s creation is no exception. We love how she used the Vellum Sentiments front and center in her layout to create a “shelf” under her photo. Let’s take a look at how this page came together in Nancy’s studio!

SUPPLIES | March 2017 Kit, File Under StampFriends Acrylic, Sequins- Blue Green Mix, Acrylic Stars- Spring Mix, Puffy Star Stickers, Vellum Sentiments

Hey there Elle’s Studio fans! It’s Nancy here today with a look at the March 2017 Kit. This month we have a beautiful palette that includes blue, aqua, green, and a touch of yellow. I love the fresh look of this month’s kit.

My favorite embellishments included in the add-ons this month are the Vellum Sentiments with rich colors and clean text- they are just my style! Here I lined them up just under the photo to frame it in. I added a mini staple at the top of each circle to add a pop of texture.

Once I had all of my elements lined up, I decided to make an embellishment of my own. I kept it simple by cutting one pocket from a divided page protector, filling it with Blue Green Mix Sequins and then sewing up the top. Tucking it just behind the photo gave the area a bit of spark and shine. It’s fun to make clear pockets that add just the right detail to a layout.

To create the title up at the top, I kept it the design nice and clean. The white against white of the Friends Acrylic was embellished with a Spring Mix Acrylic Star at the top and lines of stamped text just underneath using the File Under Stamp. Lining it all up in the center creates a nice flow to the design.

This is a quick and easy layout created with a handful of elements from the March 2017 Kit and add-ons. Remember to add handmade details and stamping to make your designs pop!