A Story of Home with Jamie Leija

Our November kit is all about giving thanks and celebrating, and when combined with our Family Fun collection, the two pair to create a perfect layout about the people or things we love. Today Jamie Leija is with us to share a layout she made about the story of her new home! Let’s see what she created.
 
Hiya! It’s Jamie and lately I’ve been dying to make a layout. It seems like all I’ve been making is pocket pages. Not that I don’t love them, I just wanted to get back to my roots and make a proper layout.
 

 
Supplies | November 2017 KitGiving Thanks Puffy StickersChristmas Puffy Heart StickersPure Joy StampStanley Alphabet Stamp – SolidStanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp – SolidFamily Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
 
This layout was created using the November Kit and extras along with the Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection. I started by adding a bit of mist to the background paper, first by adding drips then by adding swipes with a paint brush. Next, I figured out where I wanted my photos to go and then worked outward from there.
 

 
I stamped my title directly onto the background paper using the Stanley Alphabet Solid Stamp and Stanley Jr. Alphabet Solid Stamp with dark green ink. Then I added in some embellishments—labels, die cuts, stamped and punched images and a few puffy hearts.
 

 
I hand cut the heart below my photos from one of the 3″ x 4″ journaling tags included in the November Kit. I loved those colorful stripes! I mirrored them on the left of the side of the page using journaling tags and patterned paper. You’ll notice I put the colors in the same order as they are on the striped heart.
 

 
To finish the page, I journaled around the heart, added a label, a die cut and a puffy heart. It felt so good to make this layout and I love how it came out.

A Rainbow of Color with Guest Missy Whidden

We have loved having the amazingly talented guest designer, Missy Whidden, with us for the month of November. Her use of color and mixed-media mediums on her layouts always blow us away! We think that she has saved the best project for last, sharing a brand new layout with us today. Let’s take a look! 
 
Hey, friends! It’s Missy here again, and I have another layout to share today as the November guest designer. I used bits and pieces from the November Kit, as well as the Family Fun Collection. I love this collection because it has a rainbow variety of colors! I decided to use them all here and create a watercolor background to match. I cut triangle strips on my Silhouette Cameo first from the colorful stripes in the #6 paper from the Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection and arranged them on white cardstock. I used watercolors and some plastic packaging to create those fun and messy splotches on the background. Once I arranged all the strips, I stitched through them using my sewing machine and coordinating thread colors. I chose to scrap a silly photo of me, my mom and my sister, and the embellishments were perfect for it.
 

 
Supplies | November 2017 Kit, Everyday Banner Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers, Family Fun Word Labels, Family Fun Bits and Pieces, Family Fun Puffy Stickers, Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Stanley Alphabet Stamp – Outline
 
One of my favorite things about Elle’s Studio patterned papers is there are always bright and bold solids mixed with fun prints. These colors are so rich, and were just begging to be designed in rainbow fashion. Here you can see all the texture from the stitching and thread.
 

 
I just adore the Stanley Alphabet Stamp, so I used it to stamp part of my title below the photo. I used a lot of die cuts here from the Family Fun Bits and Pieces, as well as the November Kit. I tried to create a rainbow effect with these die cuts as well. How cute are those little Puffy Heart Stickers?
 

 
At the top of the layout, I added the word “fun” from the Family Fun Puffy Stickers and a circle “fun stuff” die cut, included in the November Kit. I love that so many of the embellishments in the kit and Family Fun Collection are for everyday photos and not event specific. Everything is so versatile, and I love that!
 

 
Here’s one last close-up showing the dimension on the layout. Puffy stickers automatically give you some nice depth. I raised my photo up with some adhesive foam, so even more dimension is created by layering pieces in and around it.
 

 
I hope this inspires you in some way. It was so much fun to make, and I had a wonderful time here this month! Thank you for having me!
 
Hey, friends!  I’m Missy Whidden from sunny Florida, USA.  I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for almost 18 years, and we have two beautiful daughters.  Reese is 11 and Paige is 8.5.  They are both autistic and nonverbal which means life in our house is never dull or boring.  They are both precious and we just love them to pieces.  I began scrapbooking over ten years ago when my mother-in-law asked me to help her put a baby book together of my husband’s photos.  I was instantly intrigued by the deco scissors, paper and stickers.  I began scrapping our travel photos and just fell in love with the creative process.  I’ve been scrapping photos of our kids and family ever since, and I just love it.  I love using mixed media on my layouts, especially watercolors, ink sprays and paints.  I also love using my Silhouette Cameo and sewing machine on my pages.  I’m honored to be on several design teams, and it has been the greatest experience.  When I’m not at my craft desk, you can find me at the gym teaching fitness classes or blowing off stress in the weight room.  I also love reading, watching Netflix and eating delicious food.  I’m so happy to the Guest Designer here this month.  Thank you so much for having me!
 
We have loved seeing Missy work her magic with Elle’s Studio product. If you’ve been inspired by Missy, please be sure to see more of her creations at her bloggallery, Instagram and YouTube feeds! Thank you so much for creating your beautiful layouts, Missy!

Our Black Friday Weekend sale has started

Our biggest sale of the year has started! Our Black Friday weekend sale runs all weekend long, starting now and will end on Monday, November 27th at midnight PST or while supplies last. There are a TON of awesome deals and specials – here’s a quick summary:

DECEMBER CASH BONUS: For every $25 spent (on physical product that ships, total before shipping costs are added) during our weekend sale, you will receive an Elle’s Studio December Cash scratch ticket with a coupon code value ranging from $2 – $50 that can be used on your order in December!

30% to 90% off 100+ ITEMS: Over 100 items are on sale and prices are already marked, so no coupon code will be needed! Some of these items are retiring, too, so once they are sold out, we will not be restocking!

GRAB BAGS: We have FIVE different types of grab bags to choose from during this sale. Our grab bags include:

Scrapbooking Grab Bag – $45 value for only $12 – these bags are FULL! This bag includes some of the following items: cutouts, snippets, journaling tags, stickers, washi tape, wood veneer, puffy stickers, and acrylics. NO 12 x 12 papers or stamps are included in this bag. You can purchase 2 without receiving duplicate items. Each bag will also include a pack of mixed acrylics stars and hearts, so you may receive duplicate acrylic shapes in that mixed pack.

Stamp Grab BagThis bag includes a range of our stamps. You can purchase 3 without receiving duplicate stamps.

Sticker Grab BagThis bag includes a range of our stickers–from flat to puffy! You can purchase 1 without receiving duplicate stickers.

Journaling Tag Grab BagThis bag includes 30 tags in 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 inch sizes from our collections and exclusive monthly kits. You can purchase 4 without receiving duplicate tags.

Bits & Pieces Grab BagsThis bag includes a variety of die cuts on 4 x 6 inch sheets from our exclusive monthly kits. You can purchase 3 without receiving duplicate die cuts.

MYSTERY KITS: Pick up one of our exclusive kits for half the price and it will be a mystery on which one you receive! You can purchase 2 kits without receiving duplicate kits.

DIGITALS: All of our digital cut files and printables are 50% off!

NEW PRODUCTS: We have two brand new products in the shop today:  Thank You stamp set and Thank You puffy stickers. Combine these products with our 6 x 6 paper pads and you’ll be ready to create some cute thank you cards to use after the holidays!

SHIPPING: Our shipping is based on the weight of your cart and we only charge what it costs us to ship your items. Our scrapbook grab bags are heavy, so most USA orders may have to ship via Priority Mail. Our site will quote you a shipping price before checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an increase in orders during this sale, please allow us extra processing time. We will be shipping orders in the order that they are received. We will have extra help on hand to get the orders out as quickly as possible.

Thanks so much for joining us this weekend during our BIGGEST sale of the year!

Documenting Gratitude with Neela Nalam

You may think that you’ve exhausted scrapbooking about your favorite people, places or things, but today Neela Nalam is here to inspire us to take a new approach on documenting the things that we are most thankful for, by using the November extras and Family Fun collection! Let’s take a look.
 
November is the month to give thanks and appreciate the things in life that you take for granted. I have documented the fact that we go on our walks to the ocean often before, but it is never enough. I used the Giving Thanks Puffy Stickers as the inspiration to create this layout, which uses a large photo. I love creating layouts like these and often use this technique.
 

 
Supplies | November LabelsGiving Thanks Puffy Stickers, Family Fun Word Labels, Family Fun Puffy StickersFamily Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Days of the Week Stamp, Dated Stamp
 
Before printing my large photo, I typed my journaling onto it in my photo editing software. It is great to use white space for this, so be sure to look for photos with with plenty of white space for this technique. I used the “giving thanks” phrase as the title which I placed directly on the photo above my journaling. I also placed the “so blessed” phrase from the Family Fun Puffy Stickers under the title. Below the journaling I placed the “feeling so very blessed” tag from the Family Fun Word Labels and the circle puffy sticker included in the Giving Thanks Puffy Stickers.
 

 
At the bottom of the layout, I used a November Label, Dated Stamp and the Days of the Week Stamp to add the date. I love the bold statement this makes and how the date fits perfectly into this label. I also added strips of paper from the Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection at the top and bottom of the photo and also framed the layout with the colorful chevron paper from the same collection.
 

 
I then finished the layout by adding stars and plus sign puffy stickers from the Family Fun and Giving Thanks Puffy Stickers. I hope you enjoyed this layout! What are you thankful for and are you documenting it? The November extras and the Family Fun Collection are the perfect products to do this on your next layout!

So thankful for you!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This holiday is one of my favorites – it’s a special day to gather with loved ones, make and eat tons of delicious traditional recipes, share memories, and reflect on what and who we are most thankful for!

We wanted to take a moment during this special day to let you know that we are so thankful for each and every one of you! Your support means so much to us and is what makes it possible for us to continue to design and make new products, and we are so grateful for that!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!
xo, Elle

Inspired by a Sketch with Alissa Fast

Hello! It’s Alissa here today, with a page I created inspired by one of the amazing sketches included in the latest From Sketch to Finish Vol. 3 class, using the exclusive class stamp and the Family Fun collection! I always love a good sketch and these are truly amazing and perfect for all of your scrapping needs. They are even designed with the stamp set in mind. So, if you want to get more ideas on where to use stamp sets on your pages, this class, which includes 30 sketches, is a must!
 

 
Supplies | From Sketch to Finish Vol. 3 Class with StampFamily Fun Puffy StickersFamily Fun Bits and PiecesFamily Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
 
I pretty much stuck to the sketch, with a few minor changes and additional stamping.
 

 
I added a few die cuts from the Family Fun Bits and Pieces and even stamped on one of the cute labels. It’s fun to stamp right on your background page, but I know it can be scary. That’s why these sketches are truly awesome! Just follow the sketch and you can’t go wrong.
 

 
Layer up those stamps or tuck them under your other page elements. I created the large photo mat and placed it before adhering it to the background so that I could get the stamped images peeking out from the edges.
 

 
Now, if you’re a sketch scrapper or you’re dying to try out stamping on your pages, go sign up for the class now! You’ll love the results!
 
Have a great day!
 

 
Our newest class, From Sketch to Finish Volume 3 is available with or without the 6″ x 8″ exclusive stamp, but only while supplies last. Have you been inspired by our newest class? We’d love to see what you’ve created! Please share your layout on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio so that we can see your work, have a chance to be featured here on our blog and win a $10 gift certificate to the shop! 

Document December Prep with Meghann Andrew

Hey there, friends! It’s Meghann Andrew with you today. December is almost upon us, and since the holiday season is usually a busy time, I’m doing a bit of prep work on my Document December project in advance.
 

 
Supplies | Document December Kit, Cork CirclesDocument December StampStanley Numbers StampDated StampHoliday Plans Stamp
 
Since I’m having some storage issues with the abundance of mini albums I’ve made in the past, I’ve decided to put my December documentation in my normal 12″ x 12″ monthly pocket page album, but the month of December will be much more comprehensive than the previous months. Although I have a general idea of how I want my pages to look, I’m not one to lay it out in advance without my photos. So, I turned to my Document December Kit, along with my favorite technique, stamping, to do a bit of prep work!
 

 
First, I wanted to fill a few pockets for my title page to introduce the month in my album, and set these pages apart from the rest of the months of my year. The lovely script “December” 4″ x 6″ tag from the Document December Kit was perfect for the page, and I simply added the “create wonder, share joy” saying from the Document December Stamp in red below. I also added a red acrylic star and a few sequins from the kit for some sparkle. Below that, I wanted to set the colorway for my project on the 3″ x 4″ tags below. I chose the multicolored chevron, then simply added the “memories” chipboard circle from the Document December Kit. To the right, I created my own 3″ x 4″ tag using plain white cardstock and the Stanley Numbers Stamp. These numbers are just perfect for this project!
 

 
Speaking of numbers—did you know that the numbers in the Dated Stamp fit perfectly in these lovely little date tags included in the Document December Kit? I love using the same format to mark the date for each day I document, so getting these little labels stamped through the 25th is the perfect way to save a bit of time before the busy month arrives. I used black ink and stamped all of my dates in before cutting them apart so they’re ready to go into my album.
 

 
The Lil’ Snippet Labels included in the Document December Kit are also perfect for stamping in advance! I grabbed the Holiday Plans Stamp and started stamping the sayings that I knew I would use with green, red and black ink before cutting them apart to include in the perfect spot on my project.
 

 
After cutting apart, I added all of my stamped tags to my acrylic tray that includes my project embellishments so that I remember to add them to my album. To prep the remainder of my product from the Document December Kit, I removed all of the project packaging and added the patterned paper, tags, and stickers to an acrylic tray, which I will store on the top shelf of my Raskog cart, just an arm length away from my workspace next to my Stanley Number, Dated, Holiday Plans and Document December stamps!
 

 
Thanks for stopping by the blog today! We’d love to see how you’re prepping your Document December project! Post a photo of your prep work to Instagram using the hashtag #ElleStudio to show us and possibly win a $10 gift certificate to the Elle’s Studio shop!

Celebrating Togetherness with Guest Missy Whidden

This month is all about giving thanks and celebrating what we have with our friends and family. What better way to document these moments than a layout using our Family Fun collection? Today our November guest designer, Missy Whidden is sharing a beautiful layout that we’re sure will leave you inspired! Let’s take a look!
 
Hello again, friends! It’s Missy here with my second layout as the November guest designer. For this page, I used the November Kit and the Family Fun collection. As I was sorting through the papers of the collection, I noticed how beautiful and bright the colors were, and decided to create a rainbow color scheme to scrap this photo of me, my sisters and our grandma. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out some open block letters to spell FAMILY and used some of the patterned papers to back them. I used one of the Family Fun Puffy Stickers as a secondary title, and I love how the script looks against the block letters. I centered my photo and embellished around it.
 

 
Supplies | November 2017 KitFamily Fun Double-Sided Journaling Tags, Family Fun Bits and Pieces, Family Fun Acrylic, Family Fun Puffy Stickers, Family Fun 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Family Fun Stamp
 
Backing cut files with paper is one of my favorite techniques, and it’s really easy! It’s a great way to get lots of color and patterns on your page without it being overwhelming or too busy. I stitched through the word with my sewing machine for added texture, then added blue tangled thread and adhesive foam under the puffy “together” sticker from the Family Fun Puffy Stickers. I love the dimension this creates!
 

 
The Family Fun collection has the best die cut pieces in the Bits and Pieces! I just had to use the two beautiful flowers on both sides of my photo. I used one of the 3″ x 4″ Family Fun Double-Sided Journaling Tags behind my photo to add a pop of orange, and I also added a touch of pink with the little heart die cut. I wanted to add a bit of something more to the background, so I did a little stamping using the open plus sign from the Family Fun Stamp.
 

 
I used the dotted paper from the Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection as my background, but I wanted to fade out some of the black dots, so I covered a lot of the center with white acrylic paint. Once that dried, I used some aqua and bright blue ink sprays with plastic packaging to create the watercolor look. I wanted to add some pops of red, so I reached for some of the small die cuts from the November 2017 Kit, like the “moments like this” speech bubble I added right on top of the photo. I also added a bit more stamping using the Family Fun Stamp above the picture.
 

 
I just adore the cute acrylic shapes in the Family Fun Acrylic! I loved how this yellow heart looked down by the title. The rainbow letters really pop off the page, and the photo pops as well with the black and white. I added some black, pink and yellow splatters around the page to finish things off.
 

 
I hope this inspires you in some way! This layout was fun to make, and it shows how versatile the kits and collections are. I’ll take a rainbow color scheme any day! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again next week!
 
Hey, friends!  I’m Missy Whidden from sunny Florida, USA.  I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for almost 18 years, and we have two beautiful daughters.  Reese is 11 and Paige is 8.5.  They are both autistic and nonverbal which means life in our house is never dull or boring.  They are both precious and we just love them to pieces.  I began scrapbooking over ten years ago when my mother-in-law asked me to help her put a baby book together of my husband’s photos.  I was instantly intrigued by the deco scissors, paper and stickers.  I began scrapping our travel photos and just fell in love with the creative process.  I’ve been scrapping photos of our kids and family ever since, and I just love it.  I love using mixed media on my layouts, especially watercolors, ink sprays and paints.  I also love using my Silhouette Cameo and sewing machine on my pages.  I’m honored to be on several design teams, and it has been the greatest experience.  When I’m not at my craft desk, you can find me at the gym teaching fitness classes or blowing off stress in the weight room.  I also love reading, watching Netflix and eating delicious food.  I’m so happy to the Guest Designer here this month.  Thank you so much for having me!
 
We can’t wait to see Missy’s next post, coming Monday, November 27th. Until then, check out her beautiful work on her bloggallery, Instagram and YouTube feeds!

Preview our Black Friday Weekend Sale!

Our biggest sale of the year is almost here! Our Black Friday sale will run all weekend long, starting on Friday morning, November 24th at 8:00 am PST and will end on Monday, November 27th at midnight or while supplies last. There will be a ton of can’t miss deals and specials so we wanted to give you a preview of what you can expect!
DECEMBER CASH BONUS: For every $25 spent (on physical product that ships, total before shipping costs are added) during our weekend sale, you will receive an Elle’s Studio December Cash scratch ticket with a coupon code value ranging from $2 – $50 that can be used on your order in December!

30% to 90% off 100+ ITEMS: Over 100 items will be on sale and prices will be already marked, so no coupon code will be needed! Some of these items are retiring, too, so once they are sold out, we will not be restocking!

GRAB BAGS: We will have FIVE different types of grab bags to choose from during this sale. Our grab bags will include:

Scrapbooking Grab Bag – $45 value for only $12 – these bags are FULL! This bag will include some of the following items: cutouts, snippets, journaling tags, stickers, washi tape, wood veneer, puffy stickers, and acrylics. NO 12 x 12 papers or stamps are included in this bag. You can purchase 2 without receiving duplicate items. Each bag will also include a pack of mixed acrylics stars and hearts, so you may receive duplicate acrylic shapes in that mixed pack.

Stamp Grab Bag – This bag will include a range of our stamps. You can purchase 3 without receiving duplicate stamps.

Sticker Grab Bag – This bag will include a range of our stickers–from flat to puffy! You can purchase 1 without receiving duplicate stickers.

Journaling Tag Grab Bag – This bag will include 30 tags in 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 inch sizes from our collections and exclusive monthly kits. You can purchase 4 without receiving duplicate tags.

Bits & Pieces Grab Bags – This bag will include a variety of die cuts on 4 x 6 inch sheets from our exclusive monthly kits. You can purchase 3 without receiving duplicate die cuts.

MYSTERY KITS: Pick up one of our exclusive kits for half the price and it will be a mystery on which one you receive! You can purchase 2 kits without receiving duplicate kits.

DIGITALS: All of our digital cut files and printables will be 50%!

NEW PRODUCTS: We are excited to announce that we will be revealing these two new products this Friday:  Thank You stamp set and Thank You puffy stickers. Combine these products with our 6 x 6 paper pads and you’ll be ready to create some cute thank you cards to use after the holidays!

SHIPPING: Our shipping is based on the weight of your cart and we only charge what it costs us to ship your items. Our scrapbook grab bags are heavy, so most USA orders may have to ship via Priority Mail. Our site will quote you a shipping price before checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an increase in orders during this sale, please allow us extra processing time. We will be shipping orders in the order that they are received. We will have extra help on hand to get the orders out as quickly as possible.

It’s going to be a BIG sale – Mark your calendar and set your alarm for Friday, November 24th at 8:00 am PST! We hope to see you there!

November Design Team Inspiration: Volume Two

We’re back with another round of inspiration from our design team, using the new product in the shop for November! We’re kicking things off with a couple of autumnal layouts, which this kit is perfect for documenting! Let’s take a look.
 
Thanksgiving Snapshot by Meghann Andrew – supplies used | November 2017 Kit, November Labels, Wood Veneer Hearts and StarsGiving Thanks Puffy Stickers,  Pure Joy StampDated StampFamily Fun Puffy StickersFamily Fun 6″ x 6″ Paper StackFamily Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

 
Gibson Currently by Andrea Gray – supplies used | November 2017 Kit, September 2017 Kit, Love This PrintablesNovember Labels, Days of the Week Stamp, Dated StampStanley Alphabet Stamp – OutlineStanley Alphabet Stamp – SolidFamily Fun Puffy StickersFamily Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
 

 
Home Sweet Home by Allie Stewart – supplies used | November Digital Cut FileHeart Clusters Digital Cut FileWood Veneer Hearts and StarsFamily Fun CutoutsFamily Fun Bits and PiecesFamily Fun Puffy Stickers, Family Fun AcrylicFamily Fun 6″ x 6″ Paper StackFamily Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
 

 
Brr! by Neela Nalam – supplies used | November 2017 Kit, Love This PrintablesEveryday Banner StickersWood Veneer Hearts and StarsWood Veneer Snowflakes, Brr AcrylicGiving Thanks Puffy StickersFrom Sketch to Finish Vol. 3 StampFamily Fun Puffy StickersFamily Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
 

 
Funkle by Jamie Leija — supplies used | November 2017 KitWood Veneer Hearts and Stars, Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Pure Joy StampStanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp – Solid
 

 
Sweet Treats by Maggie Massey – supplies used | November 2017 KitNovember LabelsCork CirclesDated StampFamily Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection
 
Check back next week for one more round of design team projects using the new products in the shop for November! Until then, we’d love to see what you’re creating with your new supplies! Share your project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio for a chance to be featured here on our blog and win a $10 gift certificate to the shop!