An Everyday Moment Documented with Jess Forster

Everyday moments are something we love here at Elle’s Studio, and we often design our product around giving you the ability to document them. Today, our talented design team member, Jess Forster, is sharing how she recorded a moment shared with her son in one of their favorite places, on an ordinary day using the May 2018 Kit and extras, along with the Noteworthy collection. Let’s take a look: 
For the past two years, I have been scrapbooking everyday moments for each of my kiddos in their own 6″ x 8″ album. I am a fan of small non-event based moments, especially those that happen as part of regular routine. When I saw the 3″ x 4″ white journaling tag that says, “life is made of special moments like this” included in the new Noteworthy Double-Sided Journaling Tags, I knew I had to use it. Specifically, I wanted to document my son’s love of the beach and throwing rocks into the lake.

Supplies | May 2018 Kit, Hazel Alphabet StampNoteworthy Double-Sided Journaling Tags, Noteworthy CutoutsNoteworthy Wood VeneersNoteworthy Puffy StickersNoteworthy Epoxy Stickers,
In my 6″ x 8″ pocket, I used the photo of my son throwing a stone into the water, to inform the design for the entire page. I loved the calm cool colour palette, and selected the mint and white Double-Sided Journaling Tags, as well as they epoxy and puffy stickers from the Noteworthy collection to pair with it.

With the everyday moments still fresh in my mind, I recorded five details from our beach outing. Small details, like specific things my son said, easily fit on the stylish 4″ x 6″ teal journaling tag included in the Noteworthy Double-Sided Journaling Tags. I used the cues from the journaling tag to specifically make a point of journaling about our conversation and connection.

To add visual interest to the page, I strategically placed three Noteworthy Wood Veneer pieces to direct the eye around the page. I love the sentiments, which include, “the story” and “a day to remember,” which are great sayings for any everyday moment.

Overall, this page makes me want to pick up my camera more often to document daily life often. I hope this this pocket page inspires you to capture smaller everyday moments!

Thanks for looking!

How are you using our latest products to document your everyday memories? Share your projects on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio! Just for sharing, you could be chosen to win a gift certificate to our shop and be featured here on the blog! 

Documenting A Special Mother’s Day with Meghann Andrew

Hello there! It’s Meghann Andrew with you today, and for me, each Mother’s Day feels like a special gift, but my first Mother’s Day was very special. We had recently brought my daughter home from the hospital after spending three months in the NICU, due to her being born prematurely at 25 weeks gestation. I had not yet documented this day, and the May 2018 Kit and extras helped me to do it in a beautiful way.

Supplies | May 2018 Kit, Hello Good Times PrintablesArrow Label StickersPlay All Day Phrase Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix, Yellow Puffy Alphabet StickersHazel Alphabet StampHello StampTitle Builder Vol. 2 StampNoteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack
I started out my pocket page layout by documenting the ordinary parts of our day—lounging in bed, feeding my daughter, and just enjoying those mornings before we had to get out of bed.

The “mom life” purple tag inspired this entire layout, and became my title tag. I stamped “mother’s” using the new Hazel Alphabet Stamp, then added “day” underneath using the Title Builder Vol. 2 Stamp, stamping it three times to use three different colors before cutting each letter out. I then added the year with the numbers in the Hazel Alphabet Stamp before adding a couple of spring mix Puffy Heart Stickers.

There was a lot of negative space on this photo of my daughter sleeping, so I decided to add some color with the purple dotted paper in the Noteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, the awesome label included on the Hello Stamp, and the pink Arrow Label Sticker topped with the “so sweet” Play All Day Phrase Sticker.

The bottom right photo was a vertical 4″ x 6″ photo, and I didn’t have one that would really go there to complete the documentation about our morning, so I added a favorite quote about motherhood to a tag I created using the Hello Good Times Printables. I simply mirrored two of the same 3″ x 4″ tag onto my 4″ x 6″ background, and added my quote before printing. A couple of the spring mix Puffy Heart Stickers finished it off. The nice, clean background adds a nice amount of white space to the front of the page.

The back of the page documents our afternoon: the beautiful gift I received from my husband—a string of pearls, and our celebratory brunch.

The “all the yummy details” tag included in the Hello Good Times Printables was perfect for adding the notes about our brunch, and to fit in the negative space in my photo, I trimmed out just that section of the tag after I printed it with my typed journaling. Below, I stamped and cut out the “this was perfect” phrase from the Hello Stamp and added the cute heart die cut from the May Kit.

This special Mother’s Day truly did feel like it belonged to me—it was such a special day and I am so happy to have it recorded using the May Kit and add-ons. How are you documenting your Mother’s Day, whether it be from 2018 or your first?

A Rainbow of Fun with Guest Kim Watson

We really loved the gorgeous layout with a surprising color scheme that guest Kim Watson shared with us last week here on the blog. This week, she’s amazing us again with another layout, created with our May Kit and extras, as well as our Noteworthy collection to document an older photo that may have gotten lost otherwise. Let’s see how her page came together:
Hi everyone! My name is Kim Watson, and I am back again as the May guest designer with another page using the uber cute latest releases.
For todays post, I used a mixture of the May 2018 Kit & the Noteworthy collection. The quadrant paper really jumped out at me with it’s fabulous mixture of red and pink colors, and teamed with the awesome oversized wood veneer title, I had a winning combination!

Supplies | May 2018 Kit, May LabelsWood Veneer Fun, Noteworthy Blank LabelsNoteworthy CutoutsNoteworthy Bits and PiecesNoteworthy Wood VeneersNoteworthy Puffy Stickers, Noteworthy Epoxy StickersNoteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper StackNoteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
I have been dying for an opportunity to scrapbook this photo taken of our children some years ago with their cousins. The grump face of the little guy in the forefront cracks me up every time I look at it! Elle’s Studio products always conjure up images of a rainbow, and what better angle to take with such a colorful photo!

Making use of the May Labels and Noteworthy Cutouts and Bits and Pieces, I created a colorful rainbow border under the top edge of the photo. Noteworthy Epoxy Stickers mounted on white and raised with foam adhesive, and a scattering of Noteworthy Wood Veneers create a rainbow border at the top of the page.

The Wood Veneer Fun title positioned exactly in line with the photo gives a lovely linear feel to the page design. Somehow, the control of the layout design balances out the riot of color.

Another rainbow in the form of journaling spots from the May Labels runs along the bottom of the page. Working in sequence, I used them to tell my story with ample space to hand journal.

Patterned papers from the Noteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack mat my photo with gorgeous results—the mini floral doing a great job of tying all the colors in the page together perfectly.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

I live on a mountainside with her family in a beautiful seaside suburb just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. Life next to the ocean, surrounded by nature, gives me an endless source of content for my pages, which I would describe as being full of texture, layers, color and, of course, my trademark stitching. I am privileged to have been working in the scrapbooking industry for 12 years in many capacities, as designer, writer & in graphic design for product development. It is my passion & makes me excited to go to the office every day.
You can find more of my work on Instagram, my blog & YouTube.
We can’t wait to see what Kim has to share with us next week! Until then, be sure to follow her via the links above for even more colorful inspiration! 

May Design Team Inspiration: Volume Two

Whether your May supply box has already been dropped off at your door, or you’re still wondering whether to hit the “add to cart” button, we know you’re going to love the new projects that we’re sharing today, created by our talented design team! We love how they’ve used the new May Kit and add-ons, on a variety of projects! Let’s take a look:

Sweet Life by Amanda-jayne Baldwin – supplies used | May 2018 Kit, Arrow Label Stickers, Play All Day Phrase StickersPuffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix, Hello StampTitle Builder Vol. 2 Wood VeneerNoteworthy Bits and Pieces, Noteworthy Wood VeneersNoteworthy Puffy Stickers, Noteworthy Epoxy Stickers, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Sweet Boy pocket page spread by Jess Forster – supplies used | May 2018 Kit, Arrow Label StickersPlay All Day Phrase Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix, White Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Title Builder Vol. 2 Wood VeneerTitle Builder Vol. 2 Stamp, Noteworthy Wood Veneers

This is Me by Laura Wonsik – supplies used | Yellow Puffy Alphabet StickersTitle Builder Vol. 2 Acrylic, Acrylic StarsHello Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp, Title Builder Vol. 2 StampNoteworthy Epoxy StickersNoteworthy Puffy Stickers, Noteworthy Stamp

Road Trip traveler’s notebook spread by Nathalie Leonelli – supplies used | Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit

Perfectly Girly Fun by Meghann Andrew – supplies used | May 2018 Kit, Play All Day Phrase Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix, Gold Shapes and Dots Puffy StickersHello Stamp, Title Builder Vol. 2 Stamp, Noteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper StackNoteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Weeks 25 & 26 pocket page spread by Wendy Antenucci – supplies used | May 2018 Kit, Arrow Label StickersPlay All Day Phrase Stickers, Letter and Number Stickers — BlackPuffy Heart Stickers — Spring MixPuffy Star StickersTitle Builder Vol. 2 Stamp

Good Times by Daniela Dobson – supplies used | May 2018 Kit, May LabelsPlay All Day Phrase Stickers, Gold Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Good Times AcrylicHello Stamp, Mini Dated StampTitle Builder Vol. 2 Stamp, Noteworthy Epoxy StickersNoteworthy Puffy StickersNoteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper StackNoteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper CollectionNoteworthy Stamp

Perfect Smile by Andrea Gray – supplies used | May 2018 KitPlay All Day Phrase StickersPuffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Gray Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Title Builder Vol. 2 Acrylic, Title Builder StampHello Stamp, Stanley Number Stamp, Noteworthy Wood VeneersNoteworthy Stamp

Fun by Tracey Fox – supplies used | May 2018 Kit, Play All Day Phrase Stickers, Wood Veneer FunPuffy Heart Stickers — Spring MixGold Shapes and Dots Puffy StickersGood Times AcrylicHazel Alphabet StampHello Stamp, Mini Dated StampNoteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Home pocket page by Nancy Damiano – supplies used | May 2018 KitKraft TagsPuffy Heart Stickers — Spring MixTitle Builder Vol. 2 Wood Veneer
Check back here next week for a third post full of design team inspiration, but until then, you can find a new project every day created by our wonderful design team members! If you’re inspired to create with your new kit, please share your project on Instagram and use the hashtag #EllesStudio! You could win a gift certificate to the shop and be featured here on the blog next month!

Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebooks with Jamie Leija and Suzanna Stein

We’ve been highlighting some amazing projects using the Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit, and today we have Jamie Leija and Suzanna Stein with us to share how they’re documenting their trip memories in their traveler’s notebooks—even for trips that haven’t happened yet!
Jamie | I’m such a fan of traveler’s notebooks! Therefore, I was so unbelievably excited to get to play with this oh so fun Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit! I’m heading to London in a few weeks, so I’m prepping this mini to come with me and serve as my everyday documentation of the trip.

I decorated the title page using the awesomely fantastic Let’s Go Stamp, only available in the kit, with several colors of ink. I love creating my own custom patterned paper with stamps!

I added an itinerary to the inside cover for quick reference, using the green lined patterned paper.

Since I know we’ll be picking up bits and pieces of ephemera along the way, I wanted to make a home for those too! I hand stitched these two pockets in and decorated them with a tag, labels and stickers.

Tip: I glued two of the white notebook pages together to make each of these a little sturdier.
Thanks for looking! I can’t wait to fill this notebook with more Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit products, as well as memories from my trip!
Supplies | Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Gray Puffy Alphabet Stickers

Suzanna | I loved using the Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit to document a recent trip that I took, in such a fun and colorful way!

I was so excited to use the pink patterned paper from the kit. It was perfect to use on the first layout of my notebook. I went with a layout that I’m comfortable with: a photo on the left side, patterned paper and title on the right side. This gave me a starting point, and from there I added embellishments.

Adding a little doodled border around the photo tied in the black elements from both sides, and the clusters are my go-to for all layouts. I finished this up with splatters of gold craft mist!

I cannot get enough of those travel tags! I used one on this layout as the main focal point on the left side. To tie in the black Let’s Go Stamp elements and phrase stickers from the right side, I outlined the tag in a thin black line and used a black/white twine.

I played with spacing and alignment on this layout by putting my photo in the upper left of the right side, and the tag in the lower left of the right page. As always, I finished with a few clusters and gold splatters. I really love the way it turned out!
Supplies | Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit

We’d love to see what you’re creating with the Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit! Share your notebook spreads on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

A Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Insert with Special Guest Diane Williams!

A trip full of special moments deserves its own special project to keep those photos and words in your memory, and today we have a special guest with us, the lovely Diane Williams, also known as Dearly Dee, to show off her latest traveler’s notebook insert, created using our first product made especially for your traveler’s notebooks: the Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit!
Hi everyone! It’s Diane here and I am so excited to share the traveler’s notebook insert that I created using the amazing new Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit!
In December of last year, I took a trip to Wellington with my sister and our husbands. Because I was already doing my daily December album at the time, the photos and memories from this trip got pushed aside, into the ‘must do later’ pile, so this kit came at the perfect time! I have finally got this trip documented in my traveler’s notebook and can look forward to the next one.
I started by creating my own insert using 120gsm white paper for the inside pages and a plain cardstock cover, chosen to coordinate with the gorgeous, bold colours in the kit. It is super easy to create your own inserts, and by doing so, you can make sure your insert has the exact amount of pages for the photos you want to document.

Supplies | Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit, Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp — Outline, Mini Dated Stamp
I always like to start with my cover as it gives me a jumping off point for the theme and style of my pages. I added the “go” tag as a base and titled my insert after the kit—it couldn’t have been more perfect! I used those cute little navy blue alphas included in the kit and added a gray cut-apart label so I could stamp our destination using the Stanley Jr. Outline Alphabet Stamp.

I love tone-on-tone stamping, so I stamped the airplane icon from the Let’s Go Stamp included in the kit a couple of times in a similar coloured ink to my cardstock before adding the wood veneer plane to complete my cover.

On my first page, I just had to include this “favorite stops” paper; it is the perfect way to sum up a holiday in one page. I simply ran it through my typewriter, typing in our favourite places and memories from our trip. I then stamped three sentiments from the Let’s Go Stamp onto my personal top three places!

Instead of choosing one, or a few, photos to go with this page, I decided to add ALL the photos from our trip. I simply screen-captured my camera roll and stitched all the photos together in Photoshop. Because it is a very busy page, I kept the embellishment to a minimum and just added the “let’s go” die-cut banner, a label and a tiny word sticker to the top corner.

I knew I wanted to use this Lego photo as a full-page photo, but I also wanted to add a couple of pictures of us at the actual exhibit, too. So I needed a paper that complimented the busy colour scheme but was simple enough not to compete with my photos. This diagonal stripe was perfect, apart from the fact it had an airplane in the middle of it! Simple solution, I used the stripes as a guideline and cut out the part of the paper with the airplane, leaving me nothing but gorgeous stripes!

Because my full-page photo is more abstract in nature, I had no problem placing a tag over top of it so I could add my journaling. A wood veneer star and some star stickers helps to tie the two sides of the page together. I couldn’t resist adding a couple more tiny phrase stickers!

This page was so simple to create, because this lined paper gave me SO much room to tell a lengthier story. Again, I popped it straight into my typewriter and typed out my journaling directly onto the page. I used the space at the top to stamp the “location” stamp from the Let’s Go Stamp, included in the kit, which also allowed me to add the location of this memory. I had so many photos from this amazing patisserie, so I created a couple of fake photo booth strips and glued them both down on the right side before adding a paper clip from my stash. There was a bit of an odd space at the bottom so I filled it with a wood veneer heart and then stamped little hearts across both pages, tying them together.

Want to know a secret? I used some sharp scissors to cut that tiny heart out of one of the larger stamps in the set. It doesn’t damage your stamps at all, and you can always place them back together like a jigsaw when you want to use the whole stamp again. It’s just one more way to make your stamps more versatile!

Despite the fact that this pretty coral airplane paper had very little to do with milkshakes, it was still the perfect paper to go on my inside back cover! It matches so well with my coral cardstock cover and the touches of grey and blue. I used that same coral ink to stamp some more tiny hearts all over this page. It really helps to tie your whole insert together if you can keep using the same elements over again.

I am so in love with these tiny alphas, and luckily, I had enough to create a title for nearly every page in my insert! Again, I love using the same elements throughout my pages to tie it all together.
This kit included the perfect product to create a gorgeous insert with all my favourite memories of our trip. Having everything so beautifully co-ordinated meant I was able to sit down and create this whole insert in just 3 or 4 hours. I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I do!

Hi, I’m Diane. I’m a paper-loving, donut-eating, to-do-list making, photo-taking designer from New Zealand. I live with my husband and our two fur-babies. I’ve been scrapbooking since I was 14, and six years ago I started Project Life and I’ve never looked back. I love colour and coffee and brush script and sequins and gold and puppies and polka dots and my love of traveler’s notebooks continues to know no bounds! You can find more of my work at: Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

National Scrapbooking Day Prizes

Thank you to everyone who entered our National Scrapbooking Day challenges! We loved seeing all of your entrees and we are excited to announce the winners today!

The prizes were drawn randomly from the qualifying entries posted here. The winners are:

$50 gift certificate:
Mandy M

$25 gift certificate:
Marsha F

$10 gift certificate:
Cynthia B

Congrats, everyone! Please email us at to claim your prize!

Documenting Adventures with the Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit

We are SO excited about our first ever Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit, which released with our new May goodies! This kit is perfect for documenting everyday and far away adventures, and today design team members and traveler’s notebook documenters Candace Perkins and Andrea Gray are sharing what they’ve created with the kit so far! Let’s see what they created:
Candace | I can’t get enough of the adorable Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit! It has all you need to create fun and colorful spreads about travel or the everyday! I was inspired to tell a lakeside story about one of boys, and a staycation spent with my husband.

Supplies | Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit
For the first spread, I used the “Oh, the places we go!” paper that comes in the kit to create a pocket on the left side. I cut the paper on an angle and stitched it down to make a home for my journaling on the tags.

On the right side of the spread, I printed a full page photo of my little guy and added a small embellishment cluster on the lower right corner using the Let’s Go stamps, stickers and labels. I like creating interactive spreads within my traveler’s notebook. It is so fun to turn the pages and pull out the little elements and details!

For my second spread I wanted to create a fun pattern using the hexagon die cuts. Using one of the hexagon die cuts as a template, I cut additional shapes out of the paper in the kit. Next, I arranged the die cuts on the left side of the spread, I choose to pop some of the shapes up on dimensional adhesive to create a little more interest. I also tucked a few of the sticker sentiments around the hexagons along with the hearts and stars.

For the interactive element on this spread I created a custom vellum page. I added a tab to the vellum page for ease in turning (and cuteness!). On the right side of the spread, I printed a collection of 2″ x 2″ photos from our staycation and tucked a few die cuts and stickers around the photos.

I love that all the embellishments and papers match so perfectly and I can create individual spreads or a full traveler’s notebook album!
I can’t wait to see what you create with the amazing Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit! Have fun!

Andrea | Hooray for the brand new Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit for us TN girls! The papers, labels and stickers are perfect! Due to the travel theme of this kit, I knew it was perfect for documenting my trip to PlannerCon2018 with Suzanna, my fellow Elle’s Studio design team member.

Supplies | Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit, Hazel Alphabet Stamp, Noteworthy Bits and Pieces
I layered a few of the long labels across the left page and used some of the word strip stickers for a bit of easy journaling. The navy blue cardstock alphas were perfect for adding my title under my photo.

The opposite side of this spread started with the “favorite stops” paper, where I used the new Hazel Alphabet Stamp to fill in the fun journaling sections. This stamp set accompanies the kit so perfectly, and the smaller size is made for traveler’s notebooks!

I had a blast using this kit and the colors are a wonderful combination of bold and muted!

We would love to see what YOU are documenting in your traveler’s notebook using the Let’s Go kit! Share your spreads on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate to our shop and be featured here on our blog! 

One Product, Three Ways: Hello Stamp

Our newest stamp, the Hello Stamp, has so many different graphics, sayings and words to make it a versatile staple in your stash to use on any project! Let’s take a look at the creative ways that design team members Nancy Damiano, Daniela and Daniela Dobson used it on their projects to create a pocket page, scrapbook layout and cards!
Nancy | Customization is my favorite thing about using stamps for pocket pages—the possibilities are endless! Here, I chose a handful of tags that matched the feel and theme of the story and then I put the Hello Stamp to work.

Supplies | Hello Stamp, May 2018 KitPuffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix
First, I used the script “hello” stamp across the bottom of the 4″ x 6″ polka dotted card from the May 2018 Kit. I stamped it repeatedly to create a border and added coordinating puffy heart stickers for some texture. The “golden days” sentiment from the Hello Stamp was stamped just under the script title in black ink.
Next, used the heart and dotted circle stamp to create an all-over pattern on this plain, white tag. I matched the colors in the main 4″ x 6″ tag and randomly stamped the hearts all over, adding the yellow gingham base and the “do all the things” die cut from the May 2018 Kit. Coordinating puffy heart stickers added the the center of the hearts added even more visual interest!

The Hello Stamp is perfect for filling up all of those little spots in your pocket pages. They add a punch of color while customizing your story!

Daniela | I really love the Hello Stamp, so I made a layout using these stamps in different ways.

Supplies | Hello Stamp, May 2018 Kit, Play All Day Phrase StickersPuffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix, Noteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
I created a die cut circle and stamped on the white cardstock inside to focus on my favorite pieces of the stampset. I also used the heart stamp and the word “yummy” to add more details to my background paper and create my own pattern there.

Have fun using your set, there’s lots of use in it for sure!

Daniela Dobson | I created two simple and easy everyday cards with the same design featuring the new Hello Stamp. To add pattern and color to the top of the card, I used two different patterned papers from the Noteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stackwith a strip of tiny polka dots below from one of the 4″ x 6″ journaling tags in the May 2018 Kit.

Supplies | Hello Stamp, May 2018 KitPuffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix, Noteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack
I stamped “hello” with the coordinating color to the white space at bottom of each card, then tied a piece of twine into a bow at the top and added puffy heart sticker to each card.


We can’t wait to see how YOU use the Hello Stamp! Share your project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio for a chance to win a shop gift certificate and be featured here on our blog!

A Rainbow of Mixed-Media Color with Heather Leopard

Our new May 2018 Kit + Noteworthy collection include a rainbow of products, so why not create a rainbow on your next layout? Design team member Heather Leopard did just that with her newest layout, all about good times! We know you’ll love it as much as we do! Let’s see what she made:

Hi everyone. It’s Heather Leopard here today with a supersized photo, some mixed media and just a few of my favorite things from the May 2018 Kit and the Noteworthy collection.

Supplies | May 2018 Kit, Arrow Label StickersGold Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix, Puffy Star StickersTitle Builder Vol. 2 Wood Veneer, Good Times AcrylicNoteworthy Cutouts, Noteworthy Word LabelsNoteworthy Bits and PiecesNoteworthy Wood VeneersNoteworthy Puffy Stickers, Noteworthy Epoxy StickersNoteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

This entire layout was inspired by the Title Builder Vol. 2 Wood Veneer word, “good”, and the Good Times Acrylic word, “times.” I knew I wanted to use those together for a title, but I had no idea what photo to document. I started thinking about recent good times as a family and I went straight for carnival photos. I spotted some of my girls in this giant swing ride but I guess I didn’t snap the photos fast enough because I didn’t have a good one that featured them both. Then, I had a great idea to freeze one of the videos I had taken. It worked out great because I was able to go frame by frame and take a snapshot of the exact image I wanted—both girls having a good time!

My photo measures 6-1/2″ x 10″. I wanted the scale of the photo to be giant, just like this giant swing they were on. I started out by cutting some border strips from the Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection—some are from patterned paper manufacturer strips and others are patterned paper strips that I just cut down. Either way, I wanted something to “ground” my large photo to the page.

Next, I started lining up labels from the Noteworthy Cutouts and Noteworthy Word Labels, and cutting down 3″ x 4″ tags from the May Kit to make a rainbow cluster in the white space of the photo. I did this BEFORE I decided to add color behind it so I had to remove them, but before I did that, I went ahead and glued them to the photo. I liked where they were and didn’t want to guess how to put it all back. Once they were adhered, I also lifted the photo up and marked the areas with a pencil where each color began and ended so the ink would match the labels.

Next, I lifted the photo up and applied a generous amount of white gesso to the background. Once dried, I colored a rainbow on the page: the messier the better. Once that was dry, I added my photo back, stitched around it, over the labels and everything and added embellishments like the Gold Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers — Spring Mix and Noteworthy Epoxy Stickers. I cut the yellow circle out of a 3″ x 4″ tag from the May Kit and used that to create an area for the “good times” title. Last but not least, I added journaling.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!