Wonderful Together with Mary-Ann Maldonado

My name is Mary-Ann Maldonado and I am addicted to the Elle’s Studio digital cut files. Seriously! This is my second month on the team and I have loved using and manipulating the cut files. You really need to check them out!

Supplies | February 2019 Kit, February 2019 Digital Cut File, On This Day Monthly Journaling Tags, Bright Die Cut Labels, Real Life Phrase Stickers, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Little Acrylic Stars, Wood Veneer Confetti, Noteworthy 12 x 12 Paper Collection

For this layout, I downloaded the “wonderful” 3″ x 4″ die cut in the February 2019 Digital Cut File.  I separated out the letters for ‘wonderful,’ then I placed them close together and use the ‘Weld’ tool to connect them to make my title.  Once I cut that word from white cardstock, I recut the the same title, but only the outside edge, to give me a red backing for the title.  I carefully placed the Wood Veneer Confetti in the open spaces of my title with a wet glue.  

There the small space between each wood confetti piece allowed my red background to show through.

I then used several of the Bright Die Cut Labels, layered below my photos, to add my story.  

Tip:  I use a word template to print on my labels perfectly.  I create a Text Box or several, the same size as my labels.  Then I change the font and write part of my story in each text box.  I print this directly on a piece of printer paper.  I use temporary adhesive on the back of my labels and apply them to the top of the journaling.  I hold the paper up to a window or my computer screen to see the words through the paper and can place the labels much easier this way.  I run the paper back through my printer and voila!  Perfectly journaled labels.  

Thanks for checking out my post today.  Try manipulating the cut files to add the perfect accent to your project, and use my tip to print on your Bright Die Cut Labels the easy way!  You will really have fun.  I promise!

Sketch Day with Tracey Fox

We’re excited to share a new sketch with you this month to spark you inspiration, and create something beautiful in just a few minutes! Today Tracey Fox is sharing what she created with the sketch, and we know that you’ll love how she amended it to fit her layout theme!

Hi there! It’s Tracey Fox here, and I’m so excited to get to share my take on the February sketch, which is based off of the “These Girls” layout by fellow design team member Steph Grimes, featured in the January Inspiration Gallery:

I absolutely loved the sweet simplicity of this sketch, with its large photo sandwiched between panels of patterned paper and just a few well-placed elements. I knew I wanted to take advantage of this design to feature a very special photo from my best friend’s wedding.

Supplies | February 2019 Kit, Bright Die Cut Labels, Light Purple Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Oh Happy Day Stamp, All My Heart 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Title Builder Vol. 2 Stamp

I love how the sketch adapts the inspiration layout into a 12″ x 12″ page, because I definitely wanted to go big with this layout. After printing my photo 9 inches wide, I adhered it to a dark grey cardstock background and topped it with a couple of patterned strips I cut from tags in the February 2019 Kit

Inspired by the scalloped edge at the bottom of the block in the sketch, I decided to create a panel of layered circles under my photo, punched from some of the beautiful patterns found in All My Heart 6 x 6 Paper Stack. By adhering the circles onto a piece of cardstock, I was able to easily trim off the edges to create a block with straight sides before tucking it under my photo and sticking it down.

I had the best time building the title for my page! I used a variety of items, including a die cut from the February Kit, some of the new Light Purple Puffy Alphabet Stickers, and two word stamps from the Title Builder Vol. 2 Stamp. I even used the “all my heart” sentiment from the cover sheet from the All My Heart 6 x 6 Paper Stack, which I adhered onto a purple bordered label from the Bright Die Cut Labels.

I embellished the layout simply, using just a couple of die cuts from the February Kit, and for the final touch, I used white ink to stamp some little clusters of hearts using the tiny heart stamp from the Oh Happy Day Stamp. I love how this mimicked the dots Steph stamped on her layout using the Happy Heart Stamp in the layout that inspired the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I’d love to see how you would interpret this sketch. Be sure to share your own takes in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group and tag #ellesstudio when you share on social media!

Stamp + Label Love with Kristina Proffitt

Our Bright Die Cut Labels are a new, happy edition to the shop, to bring all of the colors of the rainbow to your projects. Pair them with our newest stamp, Oh Happy Day, and the creative possibilities are endless. We love the way that Kristina Proffitt used both of these products to tell the story of her son at age five, and we know it will inspire you to think of different ways to add the facts to your projects! Let’s take a look!

Kids grow up so fast (sigh) and I’m always looking for fun ways to document what my kids are loving at different ages during their lives. When I pulled out the Bright Die Cut Labels and the Oh Happy Day Stamp, I knew that combining both of them on a layout would be a fun way to jot down some of Luke’s current favorites.

Supplies | Bright Die Cut Labels, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp – Outline, Oh Happy Day Stamp, Here and Now Stamp, Dated Stamp, Acrylic Stamp Block – 3 inch Round, Noteworthy Epoxy Stickers, Noteworthy 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Noteworthy 12 x 12 Paper Collection

I have always been a huge fan of labels, but these Bright Die Cut Labels totally made me squeal! Labels are so versatile—you can use them for SO much—and I just love the happy colors, too! I decided to stack the labels along the right edge of my layout to give me some cute spots to add a journaling list of things that my son Luke is loving right now at age 5. I let the labels hang off of the edge and then just simply trimmed the excess away. I

Then I pulled out the super cute icons in the Oh Happy Day Stamp and began stamping the icons, one on each label, so that I could interview my son and ask him what his favorite things that correlated with the stamp were. This interview was not only fun, but I always love recording my kids’ answers to questions. I’m usually surprised by some of their answers! I highly recommend interviewing your kids a couple of times a year! 

After I stamped the icons onto the labels, I hand-journaling his answers, added some simple Noteworthy Epoxy Stickers, and gave each label a little staple on the end. I

I wouldn’t call myself a great stamper by any means, but the stamps that Elle’s Studio has are so easy to use and so versatile and I’ve found that the trick for being more confident in your stamping is simply just using them more!

For the title of the layout, I stamped out “LUKE” using the Large Jane Alphabet Stamps onto some patterned papers from the Noteworthy 6 x 6 Paper Stack, cut them out and then adhered them to the page. I used another Bright Die Cut Label below the name to continue the title and stamped “favorite” on it using the Here and Now Stamp. SO fun! Of course I had to pull out the Dated Stamp for the date because well, it’s a favorite and once again, SO versatile. I

I used another Bright Die Cut Label, cut the circle in half and used it to stamp a camera icon, from the Oh Happy Day Stamp, and added his age on it with my handwriting and then a number 5 Black Puffy Alphabet Sticker. I love it just peeking above the photo like that. 

I stamped the prize ribbon from the Oh Happy Day Stamp on white cardstock, cut it out and placed a Noteworthy Epoxy Sticker in the middle of it. You can create so many different ribbons with this stamp! Love it! 

If you don’t have the Oh Happy Day Stamp or the Bright Die Cut Labels, I highly encourage you to get them and use them! You will LOVE them and how versatile they are for any project that you are working on, plus they are SO cute! 

All-Star Traveler’s Notebook Spread with Guest Marsha Farris

We’re excited to welcome our February guest designer, Marsha Farris back to the blog today! Marsha is here to show us that a favorite photo and a few carefully placed products can create an all-star traveler’s notebook spread! Let’s take a look:

Hello everyone! I am back again today sharing a traveler’s notebook layout that I created using the February monthly kit and add-ons. With two active kids at home, sports are a big part of my life. I decided to document a photo of my son taken last year during a baseball all-star tournament. I love this photo and thought it would work perfectly with the colors in the February kit.

Supplies | February 2019 Kit, Bright Die Cut Labels, Real Life Phrase StickersPuffy Icon Stickers, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers – Spring Mix, All My Heart 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Oh Happy Day Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp

To start my layout, I trimmed two of the papers from the All My Heart 6 x 6 Paper Stack into strips of varying widths, and I adhered them to the page, alternating two patterns. I love this technique of creating my own striped patterned paper! Next, I made several embellishment clusters on the page using labels, die cuts, puffy stickers, and stamps from the February kit and extras.  

For the other side of the layout, I trimmed the photo, adhered it to the page and stapled a die cut heart from the February Kit to the photo.  I stamped the date onto a Bright Die Cut Label using the Mini Dated Stamp and tucked it behind the photo.  I also stamped the circle image from the Oh Happy Day Stamp using light gray ink, and layered a Puffy Icon Stickers over it.

For my title, I stamped the journaling lines on the Oh Happy Day Stamp using light gray ink. I then added the Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers to spell out my title. I like this little detail the stamping adds and how it helps to ground the title.

This layout came together so quickly and easily using the bright and fun February Kit and extras!  Thank you for stopping by today!  

Hello!  I’m Marsha Farris, and I live in Alabama with my wonderful husband and our two sons, ages 15 and 9. I love photography, documenting my stories, and sharing my projects. I also enjoy reading, knitting, and helping my family on our farm. I began scrapbooking many years ago while expecting my oldest son and have continued to do some form of memory keeping since then.  I scrapped 12 x 12 layouts and pocket pages for many years, but am now focusing on creating in smaller formats. Traveler’s notebooks are my current obsession. I even dream about what my next TN layout will be! You can find my projects on Instagram and my blog. I am so honored to be an Elle’s Studio guest designer!

Stop in next week to see Marsha’s final post with us using the February kit and add-ons! Until then, be sure to follow her Instagram feed for some amazing traveler’s notebook spreads, and her blog, Hey Marsha Makes. Watch this space as our design team creates more fantastic projects to inspire you this week!

February Design Team Inspiration: Volume Two

We’re so excited to share the second post full of design team inspiration with you, created using our new February monthly kit and add-ons! Whether your kit is sitting on your desk waiting to be used this week, or its on its way to your doorstep, we know that you’ll get some ideas to document your memories from these nine projects!

Weekend pocket page spread by Jess Forster – supplies used | February 2019 Kit, Black and White Polka Dot Puffy Alphabet StickersLittle Acrylic Stars, Oh Happy Day Stamp

Legoland by Mary-Ann Maldonado – supplies used | February 2019 KitFebruary 2019 Digital Cut FileBright Die Cut LabelsReal Life Phrase Stickers, Puffy Icon Stickers, Light Purple Puffy Alphabet StickersNoteworthy 12 x 12 Paper Collection

Guac Love pocket page by Candace Perkins – supplies used | February 2019 KitPuffy Icon Stickers, Wood Veneer Confetti

Pot of Gold by Wendy Antenucci – supplies used | February 2019 KitBright Die Cut Labels, Real Life Phrase StickersJane Alphabet Stickers – Navy, Wood Veneer Confetti, Rainbow Acrylic

Nieces pocket page by Ashley Laura – supplies used | February 2019 KitBright Die Cut Labels, Real Life Phrase StickersPuffy Icon StickersLight Purple Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Little Acrylic Stars, Oh Happy Day Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp – Polka Dot

The Treasury pocket page spread by Nathalie Leonelli – supplies used | February 2019 KitBright Die Cut Labels, Hazel Alphabet Stickers – WhiteYellow Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Icon Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers – Spring MixLittle Acrylic Stars, Oh Happy Day Stamp

Pure Joy by Steph Grimes – supplies used | February 2019 KitBright Die Cut Labels, Real Life Phrase StickersWood Veneer Confetti, Little Acrylic Stars, All My Heart 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp – Outline, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp – Polka DotOh Happy Day StampMini Dated Stamp

Wonderful by Suzanna Stein – supplies used | February 2019 Kit, Bright Die Cut Labels, Puffy Heart Stickers – Spring Mix, Puffy Heart Stickers – Summer Mix, Puffy Icon StickersOh Happy Day Stamp

Happiness by Daniela – supplies used | February 2019 KitFebruary 2019 Digital Cut FileBright Die Cut LabelsReal Life Phrase Stickers, Jane Alphabet Stickers – TealPuffy Icon StickersLight Purple Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Wood Veneer Confetti, Rainbow AcrylicOh Happy Day StampNoteworthy 12 x 12 Paper Collection

We can’t wait to see what YOU create with our newest products! Share your projects with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram, using the hashtag #EllesStudio, and stay tuned for more fresh inspiration from our design team coming your way this week, here on the blog!

Documenting Multiple Perspectives with Jess Forster

When it comes to scrapbooking, I am pretty good at documenting my kids. Whether it’s capturing their milestones or fun conversations that they have, I have no shortage of pages on my little people. However, one scrapbooking goal that I had for 2019 is to document more of myself in my layouts.  After seeing Elle’s 3″ x 4″ Currently Journaling Tags, I knew that I wanted to include both my perspective as well as interview my kids for their thoughts and feelings for this red, pink, black and white page. Have a look!

Supplies | Currently Journaling Tags, February 2019 Kit, February Labels, Black and White Polka Dot Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Real Life Phrase Stickers, So Loved Shipping Tags

For this 9″ x 12″ double pocket page layout, I told the story of our favourite Valentine’s Day tradition while also documenting what is currently happening in our lives right now.  Myself and each of my kiddos answered the gerund style prompts on the 3″ x 4″ Currently Journaling Tags. So versatile, I love that these cards can serve as a way to interview many people.  

From a design perspective, I used a 9″ x 12″ page protector which includes nine, 3″ x 4″ spaces. On each horizontal line I included a photo of myself—thanks to my 7 year old, who snapped a quick photo of me—or the kids. In addition to photos, I selected the red cards from February Kit, as well as the 3″ x 4″ Currently Journaling Tags.

Here you can see that I have highlighted our tradition of buying brownie mix in a box and baking it in our heart shape pan.  I love that the Currently Journaling Tags can seamlessly mix into this Valentine’s Day story. No doubt that you can use these tags to document your own everyday story alongside an event. 

Thanks for looking!

Documenting Food Adventures with Nathalie Leonelli

Being with friends and family around the table, whether at a favorite restaurant, or in your own home, can be so wonderful, and many memories are made over a meal! Today, our design team member Nathalie Leonelli is sharing her latest traveler’s notebook entry about a favorite meal that her family shared in her home country, and she used the February Kit and extras to make her spread look almost as good as the food! Let’s take a look at what she created!

Lately, I am really enjoying using the Elle’s Studio kits and stamps in my ongoing summer 2017 traveler’s notebook, so I am back this month with a new spread: 

Supplies: February 2019 KitBright Die Cut Labels, Black Puffy Alphabet StickersLarge Jane Alphabet Stamp – Polka Dot, Oh Happy Day Stamp, All My Heart 6 x 6 Paper Stack

We had the best salad at a small restaurant in the southwest of France and the February Kit plus some extras were just what I needed to record this memory! I pulled a combination of grey, green and red out of the tags and die-cuts from the kit and paired them with perfectly matching patterned papers from the All My Heart 6 x 6 Paper Stack. I built my title with Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers and the brand new polka dot Large Jane Alphabet Stamp. Since they are big, they are easy to fussy cut, or die-cut with the new Large Jane Alphabet Metal Dies and I love them black on white! Don’t miss the striped version of these alphabet stamps, too!

On the right page, I pulled my brand new Oh Happy Day Stamp and stamped journaling lines on the edge. You can repeat the pattern as much as you need and even split it. I stamped only one line at the bottom for the date.

Since the “thumbs up” stamp is the replica of the “thumbs up” on the journaling tag from the February Kit, I added a ghost image (stamping it a couple of times on scrap paper first to lighten the image.)

I hope to have inspired you to use your February Kit and extras in your traveler’s notebooks and while you’re at it, don’t forget all of your awesome new stamp sets! They offer so many fun possibilities for embellishments, title building, journaling and more!

Share your foodie adventures recorded with your Elle’s Studio kits in our Facebook group or on an Instagram post, using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Love Documented with Wendy Antenucci

Documenting those that we love the most doesn’t have to mean a project filled with pink and red hearts! As Wendy Antenucci is showing us today, it should include photos of the people we love the most, and a design that brings us as much joy as the people we’re documenting. Let’s take a look at her layout:

Hello everyone! It’s Wendy here today with a layout all about LOVE!  This month I was determined to find multiple uses for the Bright Die Cut Labels, and I succeeded: I used every last one on today’s layout and one more layout coming soon to the inspiration gallery!

Supplies | February 2019 Kit, Bright Die Cut Labels, Oh Happy Day Stamp, Little Acrylic Stars, Wood Veneer Confetti, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp – Stripes

When I first got my February box and opened the Bright Die Cut Labels, I separated the circle tags and laid them on a 12″ x 12″ white cardstock background. I found a pleasing configuration, and added in a few acrylic stars, and then it sat. I worked around the half-finished page for a few weeks waiting for inspiration to finish the job. The other day, I decided to find recent pictures of my children and cut them into circle shapes to match what I had already started. My page was back on track!

The page was still missing that “ahh-haa” moment, until I pulled out some of my inks and began using a blotting technique with plastic wrap, which even someone like me can’t mess up!  That little bit of color created just the right pop to make my pictures, labels, and little bits and pieces stand out.

I added in some stamping with the Oh Happy Day Stamp next to add in some interest to the background and a few pops of black for boldness.

The last piece of the puzzle was putting a title on the page.  I began playing around with the striped Large Jane Alphabet Stamp and fussy cut out the letters. (You can also find NEW metal dies for these awesome alphabet stamps in the shop!)  Tip: to get a clean image with your stamping, I like to use a mouse pad underneath my surface that I am stamping on, it really helps getting a nice, even image.

A splatter of black mist tied all the pieces together and finished my page about my children.  

Sometimes life as a mommy is overwhelming to put it mildly, but children are a blessing.  So treasure each and every day, and all the messes that come with the territory because one day, I promise you will look back and miss the chaos that love brings!

Show us how you’re documenting the ones you love with our February kit and extras! Post your project to Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio or in our Facebook Group!

Goal Tracking with the Puffy Icon Stickers and Patricia Roebuck

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying the reveal of the February kit and extras!  This is Patricia to share one of my favorite embellishments this month: the Puffy Icon Stickers!  As soon as I saw them, I thought planners, but for my post today, I wanted to share another fun idea: using the Puffy Icon Stickers to document positive life-style changes, or even your new goals for 2019 in a travelers notebook format.  Having a visual of your accomplishments and/or goals I think is so important as we move forward.  

Supplies | February 2019 Kit, February Labels, Real Life Phrase Stickers, Puffy Icon Stickers, Wood Veneer ConfettiOh Happy Day Stamp, Noted Stamp, All My Heart 6×6 Paper Stack, Noteworthy Puffy Stickers

Using the images from the Puffy Icon Stickers, I went through my photos from 2018 and selected nine photos to go with nine of the icons. I used the colors from the stickers or the photo to then create a photo mat in a coordinating color using the grid stamp from the Noted Stamp, and the new circle image stamp from the Oh Happy Day Stamp. That circle image and the Puffy Icon Stickers go perfectly together!

Before adhering everything in place, I added and stitched pieces of the All My Heart 6×6 Paper Stack along the left edge to coordinate with the colors of the first Puffy Icon Sticker on each row.  Each row represents areas of improvement.  To help label and identify each row, I typed journaling explaining each row on the February Labels, then foam adhered the labels and adhered everything in place.  The stamped photo mats are trimmed down to just a little over 1 1/2” x 1 3/4” with 1” photos to fit across my travelers notebook.

The last thing to complete this TN spread is to add my title and more embellishments.  I had stamped several of the circles, these worked perfectly with ‘MOMENTS’ from the Noteworthy Puffy Stickers as a title. I also added another Puffy Icon Sticker to create a fun title of “captured moments.”  The new Wood Veneer Confetti are a perfect and fun way to use as bullets in your journaling!  Couldn’t resist adding one of the hearts to the center of the ‘O.”  

These Puffy Icon Stickers have been used quite a bit on my other projects, but this TN spread is such a great reminder of what I have accomplished, and what I want to continue to achieve. As you think about your accomplishments or areas you want to change, use these Puffy Icon Stickers to create your visual inspiration.  You will have a beautiful reminder and visual to encourage you to continue moving forward! 

Self-Love with Suzanna Stein

When was the last time that you wrote down what you love about yourself? This week, we celebrate the love we share with others, but Suzanna Stein is here to remind us that love starts within, and our February kit and add-ons can help you document that! Let’s take a look:

Hey friends, Suzanna here! I’m so excited to be back on the blog this month sharing a fun layout using the February kit and extras! I jumped out of my comfort zone with this layout, but I loved the process and the challenge!

Supplies | February 2019 Kit, Light Purple Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers – Spring Mix, Wood Veneer Confetti, Oh Happy Day Stamp, Hello Stamp

I used a ton of fun colors on the background of this layout, trying to tie in the colors from the February 2019 Kit. Using pink, blue, yellow, and purple paint, I put streaks, lines, and dots of paint on the page. I created a shape that would allow the colors to pop out from behind my photos and embellishments.

Using the journaling tags from the February Kit, I backed my 4″ x 6” photo with lots of layers and colors. Since this layout was all about experimenting and trying new things, I decided to make the focus of the layout self-love. While I’m super critical of myself, sometimes it’s important to document the things I love about myself, especially using fun colors!

I used one of the journaling tags to document a little list of things, then added a layer behind the tag to make the grey pop! I added a few stamp clusters using the Oh Happy Day and Hello Stamp around the layout because I love a fun stamp cluster on my layouts!

To finish off the layout, I added my signature embellishment clusters in three places on the layout, which included the tiny Wood Veneer Confetti! Then, I added some splatters of gold craft mist.

I hope this layout gave you a little push to jump out of your comfort zone, use those fun colors in the February kit and add-ons, and most importantly, to show yourself the love that you show others!