A “Happy Accident” Layout with Maggie Massey

It’s often been said that there are no “accidents” in crafting, only opportunities, and today Maggie Massey is here to share a layout that completely backs up that statement, using our May 2017 Kit and add-ons. We know you will love her clean, yet colorful design. Let’s take a look at what she created.

Hello, hello everyone! Maggie here with a look at a layout I created with the May 2017 Kit & extras!

A few days ago, I was sitting down with the May 2017 Kit, waiting for inspiration to hit. I had already picked the photo I wanted to use, and I had been going through some of the tags, looking at them, and then just sort of tossing the tags I thought might look good off to the side.

I’d gotten through the kit and I turned to grab the tags I’d chosen when I noticed that they had fallen into a kind of pattern—a little stack of tags, with some of the designs showing slightly off balance, but also sorta cool. And right then I knew how I’d design my page.

I picked up the stack of tags, exactly how they lay, moved them around just a bit, and added my photo on top.

I loved the way it looked! Slightly messy and a little off-kilter, disheveled… and perfect.

I added this stack to a white cardstock background, backed with a few strips of patterned paper from the Live Laugh Love Collection 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, and then just popped on a splash of ink and few embellishments.

The Dated Stamp, my very favorite, and a small little piece of typed journaling rounded out the page.

Supplies | May 2017 Kit, Fun Outdoors Wood Veneer Words, Stars and Hearts Mixed Acrylic, Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Dated Stamp

This may just be my new favorite page, and to think, it happened all by “accident!” Thank you so much for taking a look! I hope I’ve inspired you to take a look at the messy little stacks on your desk. Maybe that’s where your next design inspiration will lie!

National Scrapbooking Day 2017 – Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our National Scrapbooking Day challenges! We had so much fun looking at the entrees and we are excited to announce the winners today!

First up are the randomly drawn winners for each challenge, each winning a $10 gift card!

1. Celena Estrada

2. Kathleen

3. Barbara Greenberg

4. Anastasia

5. Super Stick Chick

6. Tanya

7. Snazzyjj

8. Jill Rugg

9. Leanne

10. Susan

Next up, are the GRAND PRIZE winners!! These were also randomly drawn, from all of the challenge entrees:

A year long subscription to our monthly kit goes to: Iris Fox

A $50 gift card goes to: Tanya

A $25 gift card goes to: Rebecca

Congrats, everyone! Please email us at info@shopellesstudio.com to claim your prize(s)!



A Tranquil Pocket Page Layout with Laura Hager

Our new May 2017 Kit features so many amazing colors, but with a predominance of blue and green, it was perfect for Laura’s pocket page spread, documenting a trip to a garden. We LOVE how she created a custom filler tag using our new Today Stamp, and we know it will inspire you! Let’s take a look at what she created.

Hey there! It’s Laura here again! I love all things creative! I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks about creativity. I love watching YouTube videos about it. But what I love most is talking to friends about their creativity and what is inspiring them. I started a Facebook group a few months ago and we meet up to do crafts, field trips, and go out to eat and talk about creativity. It’s the best! I made this layout to document our most recent outing to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ.

Supplies | May 2017 Kit, Adventure Sticker Labels, Bike Ride Stamp, Today Stamp, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper StackLetter and Number Stickers – White

I was my first time to the DBG and it was amazing! I knew I wanted to include multiple photos to show off all the pretty plants we saw. I wanted to keep the main color of the page green, so I pulled out some fun journaling tags from the May 2017 Kit. I cut down a 6″ x 6″ patterned paper from the Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack for my title card, then I just added white alphabet stickers to create my title. I love the contrast of the white on the green.

The little die cuts in the monthly kits are some of my favorite things to use. There are so many to choose from and they are small enough to add over photos or journaling tags. I used several of the die cuts from the May 2017 Kit to embellish my photos. As always, I used my tiny stapler to attach the embellishments. I also used the “We Were Here” sticker from the Adventure Sticker Labels.


For the bottom filler tag, I stamped “Sunday” from the Today Stamp in a repeating pattern. To create a level pattern, I chose a different letter to start the next line. So after I stamped the top line, I started the next line on the “D’s” in Sunday. I continued until the whole card was filled up. Then I stamped “weekend” and “adventure” from the Bike Ride Stamp onto cardstock, cut them out, and stapled them to the card.

This layout is simple, but I love how it captured the peaceful day of walking around the garden. It was such a beautiful day with such amazing friends. What will you be documenting with your May Kit? Be sure to share your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

One Product, Three Ways: Wood Veneer Hexagons

Thanks for joining us for the May edition of One Product, Three Ways. This month we are featuring our new Wood Veneer Hexagons, and our three designers playing along in the challenge this month have used them on three different projects to inspire you! Let’s see what they have created.

Supplies | May 2017 Kit, Wood Veneer HexagonsMay 2017 Digital Cut File, Adventure Sticker Labels, Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love Stamp, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers

Meghann Andrew | I love these hexagons, especially for the fact that they are different sizes and some contain images or sayings. I paired them with the 3″ x 4″ colorful hexagon tag from the May 2017 Kit to document my favorite fizzy beverage, Ale 8. It’s customary for us to buy one at the end of a long hike in my home state, so it was perfect that this month’s May 2017 Digital Cut File included the word “hike.”

I wanted to arrange the wood veneer pieces so that they resembled the effervescence from a fizzy drink, so I turned them different ways and lined them up in a vertical line, going right through my photo. I decided to paint some of them with acrylic paint, matching the red, green and yellow on my layout and in my photo. To mask off some of the hexagon, I used washi tape before painting. For a different texture, I paired these up with hexagon enamel shapes to finish up my layout.

Supplies | May 2017 Kit, Wood Veneer HexagonsToday StampSpring Sequins

Daniela Dobson | I used the Wood Veneer Hexagons as part of the embellishment on my card. I wanted there to be a variety of textures, so I traced three of the smallest hexagon onto my cardstock base with a black pen and colored the shape in with markers. I stamped “Hello” from the Today Stamp with three different ink colors on the sun 3″ x 4″ tag from the May 2017 Kit, and adhered it to the card base using foam adhesive. To finish off the card, I outlined the base with a thin, black border with and added sequins.

Supplies | May 2017 Kit, Wood Veneer Hexagons, Spring Sequins, Today StampArrow Stickers

Jamie Leija | I’m super excited about hexagons these days. They’re so different from you typical basic shape! I love how they interact with each other and can nestle alongside each other so neatly. I created two 3″ x 4″ pocket page filler tags using the awesome Wood Veneer Hexagons. I love that there was a mix of plain, shapes and words decorating the veneer. I also love that the May 2017 Kit came with two journaling tags featuring this awesome shape. Also, if you look closely, the middle of each Spring Sequin is a hexagon, so they were perfect to pair alongside the veneer and the journaling tags.

Be sure to pick up the Wood Veneer Hexagons in the shop today before they’re gone, and if you have a great idea on how to use them, we’d love to see your project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!  Just by doing so, you could win a $10 gift certificate to the shop, and be featured here on our blog and our Instagram account.

Creating a Bold Title with Guest Tegan Skwiat

We are so excited to welcome May’s guest designer, Tegan Skwiat, to the Elle’s Studio blog this month. Tegan’s amazing use of color and pattern always have us wanting to see more from her, and we know that she will inspire you with her three projects this month, using the latest Elle’s Studio products. Let’s see what she has for us today!

Hi everyone! I am beyond excited to be a guest designer for Elle’s Studio this month. I have always loved Elle’s Studio products because they are so colorful and fun! I am excited to share my first project with you all. As soon as I saw the Live Love Laugh Collection, I knew it would be perfect for documenting my family’s trip to California last year!

Supplies | Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love Word Labels, Live Laugh Love Bits & Pieces, Live Laugh Love Puffy Stickers, Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers, Live Laugh Love Washi Tape Stickers, Live Laugh Love Enamel DotsApril 2017 Digital Cut File

I love that Elle’s Studio offers cut files each month that coordinate with the monthly kit! My layout is about our fun family trip so of course I had to use the “family” and “fun” from the April 2017 Digital Cut File! I enjoy using my die cut machine to make bold titles using fun patterned papers like the one on this layout. I first cut my titles from my favorite patterned papers in the Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, and then cut a second set from dark gray cardstock. I then adhered the patterned paper cut outs onto the gray cardstock cut outs slightly off center to add interest to the title.

I can’t get enough of the Bits & Pieces embellishment pack! I love that it includes lots of different shaped and colored tags that I can quickly add my journaling to. I accented the tag with the “right now” word label cut out and the “currently” die cut piece from the Bits & Pieces pack. A strip of the yellow Live Laugh Love Washi Tape Sticker peeking out from behind the tag adds a pop of color.

I wanted to convey that we had lots of fun so I repeated the “fun” portion of my title two more times. I love the graphic punch of color it adds to the layout! I finished accenting the title with more Bits & Pieces and Live Laugh Love Puffy Stickers, and Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers—isn’t that scalloped border so cool?!

I had a blast working with the Live Love Laugh Collection! I can not wait to use it to document more fun times from our family trip, and I hope I have inspired you to use a fun bold title on your next layout!


Hi crafty friends! My name is Tegan and I live in northwest Indiana with my husband and my fur kid, Pixie. I’ve loved stickers for as long as I can remember. I had a sticker album that I collected tons of stickers in when I was just a little girl. About 15 years ago my sister suggested we try this thing called “scrapbooking” that her friends’ mom did. I have been hooked on scrapbooking ever since!

When I am not papercrafting, I love to walk the dog and watch movies or football with my husband.

We love Tegan’s beautiful, clean style and bold colors! If you want to see more of Tegan’s work, please visit her at her blog and her Instagram profile, and stay tuned for more inspiration from Tegan next week! 

Design Team Inspiration!

We are so excited to bring you these amazing projects from our design team, using the new products for May now available in the shop!

Let the Good Times Roll by Maggie Massey – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Bike Ride Stamp, Wood Veneer Hexagons

Super Cool by Andrea Gray – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Adventure Sticker Labels, Arrow Stickers, Puffy Heart StickersLive Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack

Super Cool Cousin Day by Jen Schow – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Super Cool AcrylicArrow StickersAdventure Sticker LabelsBlack Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper CollectionPuffy Heart Stickers

Hello May by Daniela Dobson – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Spring SequinsArrow Stickers, Stars and Hearts Mixed Acrylic, Wood Veneer Hexagons, Today StampLive Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper StackLive Laugh Love Washi Tape Stickers, Live Laugh Love Bits and Pieces, Enamel Dots, Puffy Star StickersMalia Alphabet Stamp

Hello Farmer’s Market by Laura Hager – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Spring SequinsToday StampBike Ride Stamp, Wood Veneer Bicycles, Teal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Sky Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers

Fun by Allie Stewart – supplies used | May 2017 KitBike Ride StampWood Veneer Hexagons, Fun Outdoors Wood Veneer WordsArrow StickersLive Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper StackLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Spring Break by Nancy Damiano – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Arrow StickersTeal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Sky Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Star Stickers

Currently by Jill Sprott – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Arrow Stickers, Stars and Hearts Mixed AcrylicAdventure Sticker LabelsLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

William at 6 by Candace Perkins – supplies used | May 2017 KitWood Veneer Hexagons, Spring SequinsStars and Hearts Mixed AcrylicHappy Birthday Journaling Tags, Happy Birthday Stamp, Large Wood Veneer Numbers, Acrylic Birthday Confetti, Letter and Number Stickers – Black, Letter and Number Stickers – Red

Just Ride by Meghann Andrew – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Spring SequinsFun Outdoors Wood Veneer WordsWood Veneer BicyclesStars and Hearts Mixed AcrylicSky Blue Puffy Alphabet StickersLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Bring on the Sun Shine by Michelle Wedertz – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, School Days StampLetter and Number Stickers – Red

Fat Pie Pizza by Alissa Fast – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, April 2017 Kit, Adventure Sticker Labels, Adventure AcrylicBlack Puffy Alphabet StickersLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Adventure by Jamie Leija – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Adventure AcrylicFun Outdoors Wood Veneer WordsWood Veneer HexagonsStars and Hearts Mixed AcrylicBike Ride Stamp

Costa Rica by Neela Nalam – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, Wood Veneer Hexagons, Puffy Heart StickersLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Outdoors Hike by Melissa Mann – supplies used | May 2017 Kit, May 2017 Digital Cut FileFun Outdoors Wood Veneer WordsAdventure Sticker Labels,Arrow StickersSpring Sequins, Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

We are so inspired by our team’s creations, as well as the new supplies in the shop! Stay tuned for more inspiration from our design team later this month. We’d love to see what you create with your Elle’s Studio products. Simply add the hashtag #EllesStudio when sharing on Instagram, and you could win a $10 gift certificate to the store, and be featured on our blog and Instagram account.

Our May kit + coordinating add-ons have arrived!

Hello, everyone! Our May exclusive kit has arrived and this fun kit will have you ready to document all your everyday real life moments, adventures, and more! Plus, it will take you right into the month of June!

May’s kit includes 3 – 4 x 6 inch tags, 18 – 3 x 4 inch tags, and 25 die cuts, that will work great on your scrapbooking layouts, Project Life albums, cards, planners, and more! When designing our kits, we love to think of tags that can be used as prompts to help make it easier for you to get your story started and documented, and this kit is full of that and more!

Keep in mind that our monthly kits are limited and once they sell out we will not be restocking. Look for a new kit each month on the 10th at 8:00 am PST, and as a special bonus to celebrate launch day, kits will be on sale for $9.99 for today only, regular price after that will be $11.99. Or, you can lock in the price with a subscription!

Have you started a subscription yet? If not, you should! By subscribing to our kit, you will lock in the $9.99 + shipping price of our kit, so you won’t have to worry about missing the launch day special pricing or the kit selling out. And, as a special bonus for our subscribers, any products purchased by USA subscribers on the 10th each month (by midnight PST) will ship for free, along with your kit subscription. Orders shipping to International addresses will also receive free shipping on any extra products added, up to 8 oz in weight (including your kit), that are purchased on the 10th by midnight PST. We have set up separate subscription listings for USA and International addresses. Please choose the listing that works for your mailing address, and read over carefully before checking out. Our subscriptions are risk free and can be cancelled at any time, too! Quick note: Our kits are still available without a subscription each month, too.

This month we have a TON of awesome coordinating add-ons (that can be purchased separately)! Pick the products that work for you and that you know you’ll use – and if you need more than one, you can purchase multiples, too! This month we have a new bicycle stamp and today stamp, wood veneers (words, hexagons, and bicycles), sequins, acrylic hearts and stars, stickers (labels and arrows), and acrylic words (adventure and super cool).

And, don’t forget about our coordinating printables and cut files that coordinate with our kit – once you download these files, you can use/print them over and over again!

And, if you haven’t checked out our new class yet, make sure you do! We have been receiving some awesome feedback from it and are so happy to hear how excited and inspired everyone is feeling!

Our new class focuses on creating mini albums and is full of amazing inspiration from our eight contributors. Each of them has put together a fabulous mini album using the same supplies, and their lessons features instructions on how you can create one like it, with tips and tricks to inspire you to think outside the box and inspire new ideas!

This class also comes with an exclusive 4 x 6 inch stamp (while supplies last) that was designed just for this class!  Here’s a peek of the stamp and a mock up of some of the things you can do with this stamp – the possibilities are endless and in the class, our contributors will show you how they incorporated it into their mini albums! For those who aren’t into stamping, we’ve also made the class available without the stamp, too.

We’ve also put together a special product bundle featuring some of the supplies used by our contributors, and it is available while supplies last for a discounted price! Please note: the product bundle does NOT include the Everyday Adventures Stamp, Jonah Alphabet Stamp, and Puffy Alphabet Stickers – Teal, Pink, and Black. These are all available for separate purchase.

You’ll be able to find our design team inspiration in our product listings so you can see the inspiration while you shop! You’ll want to click on the magnifying glass for a large view of the projects our team has created with all these new items. We will also be showcasing our teams projects on the blog later today, and throughout the entire month!

Thank you so much for joining us for our monthly reveal and for your support – we can’t wait to see what you create with these new products! If you are posting on Instagram, make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag for a chance to be featured on our feed!



#EllesStudio Spottings on Instagram!

Welcome to a new edition of #EllesStudio Spottings! Each month, we will choose six Instagram posts featuring the hashtag #EllesStudio on a project photo to highlight on our @ellesstudio account, as well as here on the blog. The chosen accounts will also receive a $10 gift certificate to the Elle’s Studio shop! Be sure to use the hashtag on your next creation posted to Instagram to be featured and entered to win for next month, and be sure to check out the Instagram accounts of these talented scrapbookers, and show them some love!

On the left, we love seeing @whatpaiger ‘s pocket page spread using our April 2017 Kit, and on the right, @craftyinconnecticut embellished her child’s artwork with our Olivia Alphabet Stamp.

@jentapler created a fabulous Easter pocket page spread on the left using our March and April 2017 Kits, and on the right, we got a sneak of a colorful pocket page from @agnus.k using our new Live Laugh Love collection!

@atstudiod created awesome teacher’s gifts with our wood veneers on the left, and on the right, @ngibbons11 made such a fun layout design with our Sunny Days collection.

Congrats, everyone! Please email us at info@shopellesstudio.com to claim your prize!

We can’t wait to see what you create with our products on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio! Be sure to tag us with your creations on Instagram this month for another chance to win!




May Design Team Gallery Sneak Peeks

Our next reveal is right around the corner and today we get to share with you some beautiful sneak peeks of projects our design team made with our May kit + add-ons! May’s kit includes 3 – 4 x 6 inch tags, 18 – 3 x 4 inch tags, and 25 die cuts! Get ready to pick up our May kit for our launch day special pricing of only $9.99 on Wednesday, May 10th, at 8:00 am PST. After the 10th, our kits go back to their regular price of $11.99. Or, you can lock in the $9.99 price anytime by starting a subscription!

Have you started a subscription yet? If not, you should! With a subscription, you will be guaranteed a kit each month, lock in our launch day special price of $9.99, and receive FREE (USA) or reduced (International) shipping on anything added to your box each month on the 10th. Quick note: Our kits and add-ons are available without a subscription each month, too.

This kit will also have over 10 brand new coordinating add-ons (that can be purchased separately). This month our add-ons include stamps, wood veneers, acrylics, stickers, sequins, and more, and they all coordinate with our kit perfectly!

Make sure you set your alarm and mark your calendar for this Wednesday, May 10th at 8:00 am PST! If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, make sure you do to receive a reminder of when everything is available for sale!  We hope to see you there!

National Scrapbooking Day at Elle’s Studio!

Hello friends, and welcome to National Scrapbook Day 2017 here at Elle’s Studio! We are excited to celebrate this amazing hobby that connects us to like-minded friends and documents our photos and memories!

First, to help you tell those important stories in your life, we’ve created a free printable to celebrate this special day! You’ll want to stop by our site to add it to your cart and download it for FREE!

Next, we have ten different challenges to get you inspired to create—whether that is with a scrapbook layout, mini album, pocket page or card, feel free to let these challenges inspire you with any project you are working on!

For each challenge we will draw one winner (for a total of 10 winners) and each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to our shop!

BONUS: Every challenge entry is ALSO an entry into our GRAND PRIZES! Meaning, the more challenges you complete, the bigger chance you have to WIN:

  • Grand prize: A year subscription to our monthly kit
  • 2nd place prize: $50 gift card
  • 3rd place prize: $25 gift card

Let’s check out the challenges:

Challenge #1 | Use mixed media on your project, like Allie Stewart did here with a background of yellow paint. We love that she paired this fun technique with the new Live Laugh Love Collection!

Challenge #2 | Decorate on a diagonal, like Maggie Massey did with our colorful Vellum Hearts and Stars.

Challenge #3 | Create a card for Mom or Dad, like Tessa Buys did with our April 2017 Kit and our Mom and Dad Acrylic and Wood Sets. You’ll be glad you did this before Mother’s or Father’s Day comes around.

Challenge #4 | Pair colorful photos with bold, bright tags, like Nancy Damiano did in this tropical pocket page using our April 2017 Kit and fun Puffy Alphabet Stickers in Orchid, Pink, Teal and Sky Blue.

Challenge #5 | Use a cut file as a predominant design feature, like Neela Nalam did here with our April 2017 Digital Cut File. We love that she added the Enamel Dots, Puffy Heart Stickers and Wood Confetti to the die-cut circles!

Challenge #6 | Fill your layout with shapes, like the cut paper and photo triangles that Candace Perkins used on her layout, created with the Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection and 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack. Think about other shapes too, like stars and hearts!

Challenge #7 | Document a favorite food, like Jill Sprott did on this page with her pecan pie recipe and photo, using the April 2017 Kit.

Challenge #8 | Document a momentous occasion, like Laura Hager did on this pocket page with the story of her engagement, using the April 2017 Kit and Live Laugh Love Stamp.

Challenge #9 | Create a traveler’s notebook spread, like Andrea Gray did here to document her colorful shoes, which paired so nicely with the April 2017 Kit, Vellum Hearts and Stars and Puffy Heart Stickers.

Challenge #10 | Create with an embellished grid like Jen Schow did on this page using our Live Laugh Love Double-Sided Journaling Tags and Vellum Hearts and Stars. This classic page design can be kicked up to the next level with fun embellishments that transcend the hard lines.

How to post your NSD challenge entries:

Please post a separate entry for each challenge, using at least TWO Elle’s Studio products on your creation, by midnight PST on Friday, May 12th, 2017. To post an entry, leave a comment on this blog post, including the challenge number (Ex: For Challenge #3), along with the URL of your creation. If you want to use Instagram to post your entry, please post your photo on Instagram, then tap on the three dots … above the photo. Select “Share” and then select “Copy Link”. This is the URL you will use when posting your entry comment here. Winners will be announced May 13th, 2017!

We also want to thank everyone who submitted entries to our April Challenge Day. We loved seeing everything that you created! April’s winners are:

Ashley, who worked with the recipe challenge to create this awesome page using our new Live Laugh Love Collection:

Jill, who created this fun page using our manufacturer strips for the Work Your Angle challenge:

And Sandi, who made this awesome, layered card from a selection of our tags:

Congrats, ladies! Email us at info@shopellesstudio.com to claim your prize!

We can’t wait to see what you create! Be sure to check out our Instagram account this weekend for additional giveaways! Happy scrapping!