Design Team Inspiration

Are you ready for some more inspiration from our amazing team today? Our Design Team has been busy creating all kinds of projects using the brand new products that we just released this month! Let’s take a peek:

Fun layout by Allie Stewartsupplies used: April 2017 Kit, puffy heart stickers, Extraordinary stickers, fun acrylicApril 2017 cut files, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, labels – word, bits and pieces, washi tape,and puffy stickers.

Pocket pages by Andrea Graysupplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, Extraordinary stickers, vellum hearts and stars, black puffy alphabet, Happy Birthday journaling tags, TV journaling tags, and Monthly journaling tags.

Travelers Notebooks by Jamie Leijasupplies used: April 2017 Kit, puffy heart stickersExtraordinary stickers, vellum hearts and stars, black puffy alphabet, Fun printables, Live Laugh Love collection: 6 x 6 paper, washi tape, puffy stickers, and Everyday Labels – Gray.

Fun layout by Maggie Masseysupplies used: April 2017 KitSights and Sounds stamp, enamel dots, Fun printables,  Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, and stamp.

Tiny Macaron layout by Meghann Andrewsupplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, April labels, Extraordinary stickers, vellum hearts and starsblack puffy alphabet, April 2017 cut files, Live Laugh Love collection: 6 x 6 paper, and puffy stickers.

Snail Love layout by Michelle Wedertzsupplies used: April 2017 Kit, Extraordinary stickerspink puffy alphabet, black puffy alphabet, April labels, enamel dots, Live Laugh Love collection: washi tape, and wood veneers.

Lucy layout by Nancy Damianosupplies used: puffy heart stickers, enamel dots, April 2017 cut files, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 paper, bits and pieces, journaling tags, acrylic, puffy stickers, wood veneers, and Spring and flowers acrylic.

Smell the Flowers layout by Tessa Buyssupplies used: April 2017 Kit, puffy heart stickers, orchid pink puffy alphabet, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, washi tape, and puffy stickers.

Amazing, right?! We love them! Our products and colors are perfect for documenting those springtime moments and we hope today left you feeling inspired and ready to scrapbook! Some of you might even have these products already at home, waiting for you! Now’s the perfect time to document something special and if you do, don’t forget! We would love to see how you use our products, too! If you are posting on Instagram, make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag for a chance to be featured on our blog and IG feed, and win a $10 ES gift certificate! Or leave us a link in the comments below, to your blog!

Documenting the Past with Sarah Zayas

When you’re “behind” in your pocket-page scrapbooking, it can be difficult to find the inspiration to go back a few months, let alone a few years in your memory keeping. However, our April guest, Sarah Zayas, is back with us today to show us that documenting the past doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult! Let’s see what she created.

Hello, friends! Today I’m back to share one final project! I’ve had so much fun being a guest designer over the last few weeks and I want give my thanks to you if you’ve been following along, and to Elle’s Studio for having me!


 
Today I am sharing a pocket page layout that documents a typical month a few years back. In my last post I shared that this year I’ve been documenting less regularly with Project Life. One of my several reasons for making that decision was to free up some time so that I could document previous years as well. So far I’ve been doing monthly or bi-monthly spreads based on how many photos I have from each month. It’s been a fun experience so far, and though I never thought I’d go so far back to document life in this format, I’ve found it to be so worthwhile.


 
For the filler card above I cut down two patterned papers from the Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack to 3” x 4” and then cut one of them diagonally to lay on top to create a mixed-pattern look. I love the contrast between the black and white plus signs and the woodgrain. In the middle, I adhered the “keeping it real” phrase from the Live Laugh Love Word Labels and die cut star from the April 2017 Kit. I think adding something to the middle of the diagonal line helps to tie everything together.


 
Journaling can sometimes be a challenge for me, especially when I’m documenting something that happened a while back! I feel like bullet journaling is perfect for this situation. I simply wrote the facts of things that happened that month, basically describing what can be seen in each photo.


 
If you read my last two posts, then I’m sure you already know what a huge fan I am of the Live Laugh Love Wood Veneers. They are seriously so good. I love the natural element that the wood adds to the page, and how it doesn’t distract from the photo even though it’s placed directly in the middle.


 
I added a few more embellishments to the other photos and this page was complete! Super simple!


 
Supplies | April 2017 Kit, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper StackLive Laugh Love Double-Sided Journaling TagsLive Laugh Love Word Labels, Live Laugh Love Small Blank LabelsLive Laugh Love Wood Veneers, Letter and Number Stickers- White

If you’ve ever considered going through old photos and documenting the memories using pocket pages, I hope you’ll give it a try. It doesn’t have to complicated, as I once thought it would be. In fact, I’ve found the hardest part to be just getting started.

Hi, friends! My name is Sarah and I live in Southern California with my husband and our puppy, Nugget. I’ve loved crafting for as long as I can remember, and in fact, one of the first completed projects I can remember making was a yearbook style scrapbook in Middle School!

I am currently on the Ali Edwards and Feed Your Craft design teams, and I’m super excited to be teaching my first class over at Big Picture Classes in April 2017! If you love pocket pages I hope you’ll check it out!

When I’m not scrapbooking in my free time, I’m usually relaxing with my husband and our dog, reading, scrolling Instagram, working on home projects, or planning our next adventure (I love a good adventure!).

Thank you so much, Sarah for sharing your beautiful pocket page spreads with us! Be sure to follow Sarah on Instagram, YouTube and her blog to see more of her work. Stay tuned for another guest designer to inspire you next month!

Documenting the Today with Daniela Dobson

We love seeing Elle’s Studio products used in traveler’s notebooks! Today, Daniela Dobson is with us to share a traveler’s notebook spread she created with the April 2017 Kit, and the clever way that she documented the current facts about her life right now. Let’s take a look. 

Welcome to the Elle’s Studio blog today! It’s Daniela here, highlighting the exclusive April 2017 Kit and extras with a traveler’s notebook page. Both page spreads are created with the current kit and extras, but I will be focusing on the left side.


 
Supplies | April 2017 KitSights and Sounds StampLive Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper StackLive Laugh Love Bits and PiecesLive Laugh Love Washi Tape StickersLive Laugh Love Stamp

I added a piece of patterned paper to the background from the Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack. I adhered my photo to one of the journaling cards from April 2017 Kit. I created a hinge with a piece of the Live Laugh Love Washi Tape Stickers. Above the photo, I used the “make me happy” stamp from the Sights and Sounds Stamp. I also added the “can’t get enough” die cut to the bottom of the photo so that I can lift it up to reveal what is underneath.
 

 
Underneath is another journaling card where I added all the things I am doing currently. This card went perfectly with the “currently” stamp from Live Laugh Love Stamp. It was a pretty quick and easy page. I love creating these little hidden areas for journaling, especially if you run out of the room or want to keep your journaling private.


 
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to share your projects featuring Elle’s Studio products with us, using the hashtag #EllesStudio on social media!

AV Documentation with Jamie Leija

How often do you document what you’re listening to, what you’re reading, or what you’re watching? Those details in our life are important, too, and today Jamie Leija is here to show us how fun the documenting can be with the April 2017 Kit and add-ons!

Hiya, it’s Jamie and today I’m sharing a pocket page highlighting my latest favorites in AV entertainment. I’ve just got into audio books. They are so great for car trips and were especially helpful the other day when I was painting the walls of my bedroom. I wanted to be sure to document the first two I’ve listened to. I’ve also discovered two new podcasts and was blown away by, and I watched Beauty & the Beast so knew I wanted to incorporate that here too.


 
Supplies | April 2017 KitExtraordinary StickersSights and Sounds StampVellum Hearts and StarsPuffy Heart StickersBlack Puffy Alphabet StickersApril 2017 Digital Cut FileLive Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack

It’s so important to me, to capture these small life details. I want to flip back in my scrapbook and remember that Richard Simmons podcast everyone was obsessed with in spring 2017. I want to remember that I first discovered audio books this year. I want to highlight what was keeping me entertained, even if it was only for a season of my life.


 
I put this pocket page together with the help of the April 2017 Kit and extras. I wanted it to be bright and colorful, so I immediately gravitated to that awesome rainbow chevron journaling tag. The black and white card next to it is so versatile. You could document anything under the sun with it! Plus decorating was easy since there was so much empty space. I added a die cut from the kit, vellum star, puffy alpha and puffy hearts!


 
I thought the Sights and Sounds stamp was perfect for this page. I think I originally thought of this as a nature sentiment. But its so versatile that it can easily apply to podcasts and audio books and movies! I used several different ink colors and repeatedly stamped the sentiment on a diagonal.


 
I added small embellishments around the spread: stickers and die cuts directly on top of photos, a label and vellum stars.
 
I hope you’ll consider documenting these small details in a future pocket or scrapbook page! I love anything that captures the place and time and there’s nothing like our entertainment to sum it up.

A Grid Layout and Process Video with Jen Schow

We love seeing the new Live Laugh Love collection popping up on your projects, but if you haven’t created with Elle’s Studio tags before, you may be wondering, “What do I do with these 3″ x 4″ tags besides journal on them?” Today, Jen Schow is showing us a tried and true design method to break us out of our design dilemma: a grid!  

Hey there! It’s Jen Schow here to show you one of my favorite ways to use the Elle’s Studio journaling tags on a layout – a simple grid! I’ve used this technique time and again with 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ tags and photos.


 
Supplies | April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds Stamp, Wood Confetti, Vellum Hearts and Stars, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Enamel DotsLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love Bits and PiecesLive Laugh Love StampLive Laugh Love Wood VeneersLive Laugh Love Double Sided Journaling Tags

Each tag creates a nice resting place for journaling, titling, and embellishment. The paint strokes tag from the Live Laugh Love Double Sided Journaling Tags is one of my favorites and it worked perfectly for my title about my nephews who are always “On the Move”.


 
I added texture and interest to one of the tags from the April 2017 Kit with some enamel dots and stamping.


 
I added journaling to the final tag and sprinkled some vellum stars and painted wood veneer confetti stars to the top left and bottom right of the layout.


 
You can see how it all came together in my process video! I hope this layout inspires you to try a grid with some of your journaling tags.
 

Documenting a Relationship with Dad with Candace Perkins

Candace Perkins is a pro at telling her family’s stories, and today she’s sharing how a single product from our April reveal inspired her to document the most important people in her life, and their relationship to eachother. Let’s see what she made.

Hello again friends! It’s Candace here to share a layout using a combination of products from the April 2017 Kit and the newly released Live Laugh Love collection. For today’s spread I started with the Dad Acrylic and Wood Set, and this is what drove my story. I considered what stories I might want to tell about my husband and his role as a dad.


 
Supplies | April 2017 Kit, Dad Acrylic and Wood Set, Puffy Heart Stickers, April Labels, Wood Confetti, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers- BlackLive Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love Stamp

The base of my layout is white 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock. I added my journaling to the left side of the spread and paired it with a full size picture of my husband and all of our little guys. I wanted to add a few pops of color to contrast the black and white photo, and I first added the light green 12″ x 12″ paper from the Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection to separate the photo from my journaling.


 
For my mixed title work I combined the Dad Acrylic and Wood Set with the Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers. I like the contrast of block alpha & script. To add a little more color to the layout, I added a row of yellow dots using the Live Laugh Love Stamp to the top and bottom of my journaling.


 
For my final embellishments, I added a yellow April Label to the bottom of the spread to act as a home for my journaling date and the “thankful for this” puffy sentiment from the Everyday Labels Puffy Stickers. I also placed a few of the wood veneer hearts and puffy hearts at the top and bottom to balance color across my spread.


 
This was such a fun and meaningful spread to put together! These are the stories that are important to capture!

On your next spread give these tips a try:

  • Combine different types of letters in your title
  • Use products from your stash to spark a meaningful story
  • Pair a few different colors with a black and white photo to make it pop!
  • Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a beautiful day & go tell some stories!

We’d love to see what you create on social media by using the hastag #EllesStudio!

Documenting Little Moments with Sarah Zayas

We are excited to welcome Sarah Zayas back today for her second guest post on the ES blog! Traveler’s notebooks are hot right now in papercrafting- they’re compact and easy to take along for quick memory-keeping projects. Today Sarah is showing us how she is documenting the extra memories from her month that may otherwise be forgotten in a homemade traveler’s notebook. Let’s see what she created!

Hello, friends! I’m so happy to be back today to share another project using the beautiful April and Live Laugh Love kits! Today I have a traveler’s notebook to share with you!


 
Supplies | Live Laugh Love 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection, Live Laugh Love 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, Live Laugh Love Bits and Pieces, Live Laugh Love Cutouts, Live Laugh Love Washi Tape Stickers, Live Laugh Love Double-Sided Journaling Tags, Live Laugh Love Small Blank Labels, Live Laugh Love AcrylicApril 2017 KitSights and Sounds Stamp, Puffy Heart Stickers, Vellum Hearts and Stars, Extraordinary Sticker Labels, Letter and Number Stickers- White

This year I’ve taken a much more relaxed approach to Project Life. Last year I was documenting pretty consistently on a weekly basis, but this year I decided to remove that pressure on myself. Instead, I’ve been putting together layouts whenever I feel like a story or a particular week needs to be documented. While this approach has been great at this time in my life, it also sometimes leaves me feeling like I might be forgetting to document the little things.


 
That is where today’s traveler’s notebook comes in! One weekend I spent some time going through all of my photos from January through March and picked out all of the ones that represented things that have brought me joy- from taking a trip to see the California poppies at the Antelope Valley California Poppy reserve, to finally giving up coffee (both a good and sad thing!) to taking our puppy Nugget to the dog park.


 
Since I didn’t have a pre-made traveler’s notebook on hand already, I went ahead and made my own. The black and white heart printed paper from the Live Laugh Love collection was an instant favorite for me so I decided to use that as my cover. For the inside pages I used regular printer paper. In hindsight I wish I would have had a heavier weight paper to use for the inside, but this still worked out okay. I just needed to get creative when my writing bled through to the next page. 😉 I added a few staples to the center of my book, and voila!, DIY traveler’s notebook complete.


 
I embellished the cover using these super fun and colorful Puffy Heart Stickers and the Live Laugh Love Acrylic, which I adhered using some glue dots. The inside was all about lightly layering papers and embellishments to create little clusters around each photo.


 

 
The Elle’s Studio kits are absolutely perfect for traveler’s notebooks because you get so many cutouts, stickers, alphas, and other embellishments that don’t add a lot bulk to the project. Also, can we just take a moment to admire the Live Laugh Love Washi Tape Stickers?! I love the cute prints and pretty colors!


 

 
So there you have it, a little traveler’s notebook filled with bits of happiness! Just a fun and relatively quick project to make sure those important memories get documented.

Hi, friends! My name is Sarah and I live in Southern California with my husband and our puppy, Nugget. I’ve loved crafting for as long as I can remember, and in fact, one of the first completed projects I can remember making was a yearbook style scrapbook in Middle School!

I am currently on the Ali Edwards and Feed Your Craft design teams, and I’m super excited to be teaching my first class over at Big Picture Classes in April 2017! If you love pocket pages I hope you’ll check it out!

When I’m not scrapbooking in my free time, I’m usually relaxing with my husband and our dog, reading, scrolling Instagram, working on home projects, or planning our next adventure (I love a good adventure!).

Be sure to stop back next week to see another beautiful project created by Sarah! Until then, follow her work on Instagram, YouTube and her blog.

A Traveler’s Notebook Tutorial with Andrea Gray

Sometimes an event just calls for a mini album. You may have a lot of photos to document, or are just itching to use a collection of supplies. Today, Andrea Gray is sharing a beautiful traveler’s notebook that she created using the new Live Laugh Love Collection, and she’s sharing her process so you can create one, too! Let’s take a look.


 
Hello friends! I couldn’t be more excited to share this project with you which shows off the brand new Live Laugh Collection! In a nutshell, I used the papers to build my own traveler’s notebook for documenting my day at PlannerCon2017 and I wanted to really show more than just the final product. So along the way, I snapped photos of how I put it together. Each photo below is a set of process photos and I will talk about each part, but then I also have a video look inside so you can see the end result up close and personal.

These photos will go from left to right so you can follow along:
1. I selected 12″ x 12″ and 6″ x 6″ patterned papers that I would match my photos.
2. I cut the larger papers down to traveler’s notebook size (8.25″ wide and 8.75″ long)
3. I then arranged them in an order that would put coordinating papers next to each other.
4. Same as step above.


 
5. I laid out photos and die cuts I wanted to use.
6. Once the pages were arranged how I wanted, I gave them a slight fold so I had a guide for the stitch.
7. I ran the whole book right through my sewing machine. (One tip, make the stitch a healthy length. If you make it too short then the pages will perforate. Trust me on that!)
8. Now you have a book!


 
9. Here is a quick peek inside so you can see how some pages look when opened.
10. I narrowed down the supplies I wanted to use and stored them in a flat tray to keep them handy while I worked on the book.
11. Here is a closeup of the embellishments I used.
12. And the cover – all finished!


 
This is probably a great time to share the video with you so you can see how it all came together. Then you will have some more detailed photos to follow!

Check out some more details of the book using the Live Laugh Love Collection, now available in the shop!


 

 

 

 
Supplies (all from the Live Laugh Love Collection) | Cutouts, Small Blank Labels, Word Labels, Large Blank Labels, Double-Sided Journaling Tags, Puffy Stickers, Bits and Pieces, Washi Tape Stickers, Stamp, 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, 12″ x 12″ paper Collection, Enamel Dots, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Orchid Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers
 
Thanks so much for hanging out and watching!

Carousel Fun Documented with Tessa Buys

We love it when our kits inspire you to scrapbook your treasured photos, and today, Tessa Buys is showing us just how perfectly you can pair your photos with Elle’s Studio products. This kit and the Live Laugh Love Collection look like they were made for her carousel photos, and the “So Much Fun,” title? It not only applies to her memory, but to her layout as well!

Hello, Elle’s Studio friends! Tessa Buys, here. The April 2017 Kit reminded me of some photos I’ve been wanting to scrap, and when I saw the Fun Acrylic, I knew exactly what I wanted to do! Here’s a layout featuring carousel photos and lots of Elle’s Studio kit pieces and extras:


 
The “living the dream” tag from the April Kit made a great subtitle, and the teal dot card made a great mat for my title. I also used the “remember” tag by cutting out a few coordinating “remembers” as accents. The big Fun Acrylic and Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers combined for an awesome mixed font title.


 
Two of my favorite extras this month were the Vellum Hearts and Stars (here I used hearts) and the Extraordinary Stickers. I love the translucent colors of the vellum, and the stickers have a great pinked edge that reminds me of torn washi tape.


 
The Live Laugh Love Collection coordinates beautifully with the kit and extras, too! I trimmed pieces of the teal scalloped patterned paper to act as “shelves” for my photos and all the embellishments. I can’t wait to play more with this line!


 
Supplies | April 2017 Kit, Extraordinary Stickers, Fun Acrylic, Vellum Hearts and Stars, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers

If you haven’t picked up the kit and your favorite extras yet, I encourage you to do so! You’ll have as much fun creating as we did on the carousel!

Design Team Inspiration

Today we are excited to share some more inspiration from our Design Team – they each used the brand new products that we just released this month! Let’s take a look at the incredible inspiration they have made:

Family Hike layout by Candace Perkinssupplies used: April 2017 Kit, explore acrylic, family acrylic, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 paper, and wood veneers.

Travelers Notebook by Daniela Dobsonsupplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, Extraordinary stickers, Live Laugh Love collection: 6 x 6 paper, cut outs, labels – word, bits and pieces, stamp, washi tape, puffy stickers.

Pecan Pie layout by Jill Sprott –  supplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, black puffy alphabet, vellum sentiments, March Labels, Acrylic stars – spring mix, March 2017 kit, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 paper, wood veneers.

Pocket page by Laura Hager –  supplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, orchid pink puffy alphabet, Letters and Numbers Stickers – black, Live Laugh Love 6 x 6 paper.

Living the Dream layout by Maggie Masseysupplies used: April 2017 Kit, vellum hearts and stars, enamel dots, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 paper.

Pocket pages by Melissa Mannsupplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, wood confetti, Extraordinary stickers, vellum hearts and stars, pink puffy alphabet.

Happy layout by Neela Nalamsupplies used: April 2017 Kit, Sights and Sounds stamp, puffy heart stickers, wood confetti, enamel dots, April 2017 cut files, April labels, Live Laugh Love collection: 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 paper.

Aren’t their projects beautiful?! We love them!! Stay tuned for even more inspiration coming from our team next week, and from our guest designer!

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