Mixing and Matching Moments with Jess Forster

What do you do when you only have a few puffy stickers left on your sheet? Get creative with them, and try to pair them with a coordinating monthly kit! That’s what Jess Forster is doing today, and we think you’ll love what she created. Let’s take a look:

Hooray for using your scraps! If you are like me, you probably have a lot of left over embellishments from various kits after you create a layout. Today, I am here to show you how I created this fun summer 6″ x 8″ double pocket page spread by combining leftover puffy stickers from the Noteworthy Collection and journaling tags from the July 2018 Kit. Have a look!

When mixing and matching various product lines, I look for versatility in my embellishments. As you can see, most of the stickers on my Noteworthy sheet were gone. Instead of tossing these great embellishments out, I decided to use the 4″ x 6″ fireworks tag from the July Kit to create a unique journaling tag with bullet points. Numbers, whether they are a part of an alpha or a puffy sticker set, are a great way to use your stash and document story facts in point form.

In addition to writing a paragraph about my son’s favourite part of his splash pad adventure on the 3″ x 4″ journaling tag, I placed the Noteworthy puffy number stickers on the 4″ x 6″ journaling tag, which included three random story facts about the day. Sometimes, it is hard to include this type of information in your journaling. List format works well to include extra details that may otherwise be forgotten.
Besides using the numbers from the Noteworthy Puffy Stickers, I also used the stars and word stickers, like “documented” and “capture” to complete a visual triangle on my page. I love that Elle matches her colours so that the embellishments from various products could be placed strategically to balance the colour in my design.

Supplies | July 2018 Kit, Noteworthy Cutouts, Noteworthy Puffy Stickers
I hope I have inspired you to mix and match products from various lines, including the Noteworthy Collection and the July Kit!
Thanks for looking!

Layers of Dip Dye Tags with Nancy Damiano

When was the last time you did something really creative with digital cut files? Not just cut them out and adhered them to a page, but really made them a BIG part of your page design and allowed them to add color and texture? Nancy Damiano is with us today to show us how to do that, using the tag die cut from our July Digital Cut File. Let’s see what she made:
Hey there Elle fans! It’s Nancy here today, with a look at the July Digital Cut File featuring a collection of die cut tags. Let’s take a look at how to create an interesting background full of texture and pops of color. It’s the perfect way to showcase a favorite summer photo!

Supplies | July Digital Cut File, Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit, June 2018 Kit, Noteworthy Epoxy Stickers
Let’s create something fun! Start by cutting out the July Digital Cut File tag 13 times to a 2-1/4″ x 4″ size out of white cardstock. While I used only the “love” tag, feel free to use the other titles for your project. You could also use cardstock in ombre shades to create the same look without the messy ink.

Use india ink (watercolor works too) in yellow and shades of blue to dye the ends of the tags. You can brush on some water at the bottom of the tag, then add a few drops of ink and let it “run” around the tag. Use a heat gun to carefully dry the tags and lay flat.

After adhering the tags to the center of the layout, create a bed of layers by using patterned paper from the fun Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit and a journaling tag in yellow from the June 2018 Kit. Add an epoxy title, some Elle’s Studio acrylic accents and a strip of stitched crepe paper to finish off the design.

Painting and layering these digital die-cut tags creates so much color and texture on this happy page! Thanks for stopping by!

Traveler’s Notebook Progress with Meghann Andrew

Have you ever tried to change up your scrapbooking format? Why not try out a traveler’s notebook! They’re small, portable, and thin: great for documenting on the go, or just saving space in your craft room! Meghann Andrew is sharing an ongoing project documenting a fun city break using our Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit, and we think it will inspire you to try out this fun format!
Hey there! It’s Meghann Andrew with you today, and I am LOVING documenting in my Seattle traveler’s notebook using the Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit! This format is completely new to me, but I have found creating in this smaller format so much fun! I’m halfway through documenting the days of our trip, and I’d love for you to see the three spreads that I created recently:

The colorful glass photos from the Chihuly Museum deserved an equally colorful spread! I balanced out all of the color on the left side with the colorful “oh the places we go” paper on the right. I also wanted to add the name of the artist in large letters on the left page, so I grabbed the Stanley Alphabet in the outline, stamping it in navy, then adding the solid colors inside, slightly offset.

On the right side, I framed a family photo with a 3″ x 4″ yellow tag from the June 2018 Kit, by cutting out the white center and adhering over my photo. We really loved this museum, so the “the highlight of this trip” sticker added to the journaling tag topped the photo, then I added more typed journaling using a June Print and Cut Label, and adhered it below my photo.

The following spread started day three of our trip, and was all about a visit to the Seattle Aquarium. The green grid paper was perfect for backing the left side, and the space at the top was the perfect place to add the title, using the cardstock alphabet stickers from the Let’s Go Kit, along with the Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamps in both solid and outline—similar to the page before, just in a smaller format! A grouping of the “can’t get enough of this” die-cut from the June 2018 Kit, “here” sticker and “snapshot” stamp from the Let’s Go Kit, puffy heart sticker, and the date, using the Mini Dated Stamp, all connected the photo to my typed journaling below.

On my third spread, I documented my favorite place in Seattle, the Public Market! I had to place the iconic market photo on the left page, and again added a label from the June Print and Cut Labels to include my journaling below. The “the best” stamped arrow sentiment was placed next to the label to draw your eye to the really fun page on the right.

The right side includes a 2″ x 8-1/4″ long strip of photos that I created in Photoshop Elements. To really show off my photo strip, I added a 1/2″ piece of the colorful paper from the Let’s Go Kit to the left, which gave me the perfect place to add my “market day” title, using both the Stanley Outline and Solid Alphabet Stamps. To separate the words, I added a puffy heart sticker, “the best place” sticker, then the red “here we go” Adventure Puffy Sticker below.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my Seattle traveler’s notebook progress! I can’t wait to fill this notebook with our memories, documented with the Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook Kit! Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies | Let’s Go Traveler’s Notebook KitJune 2018 KitAdventure Puffy StickersPuffy Heart Stickers — Spring MixStanley Alphabet Stamp — OutlineStanley Alphabet Stamp — SolidStanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp — OutlineStanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp — SolidMini Dated Stamp

How to Use Our Highlight Stamp

Hello there! Today we’re putting the spotlight on one of our favorite new products in the shop, the Highlight Stamp! This awesome, versatile stamp can be used for adding a title, journaling or even embellishment! 
Let’s take a look at five different ways that our team has used the stamp this month:

1. Create a colorful, custom patterned background for your layout, the way that Amanda-Jayne did with the thick, solid lines and the thin lines from the “morning, afternoon, evening and date” stamp. What a clever idea!

2. Use the stamp to fill our July Labels, like Neela Nalam did on this layout using the “let’s have some fun” stamp, and create a colorful page border.

3. Create a line of embellishment through your photo, the way that Jamie Leija did in her traveler’s notebook by pairing the Highlight Stamp asterisks with the Vellum and Wood Veneer Asterisks. The smallest asterisk can also be inked separately from the dash next to it!

4. Notate a journaling tag with key words, like Susan Brochu did on this layout, using the “story,” “notes,” and “details” words found in the stamp. It’s a great way to come up with journaling ideas!

5. Note the day that a photo was taken, the way that Candace Perkins did on all five photos from her beautiful layout. We love how the stamped day tag coordinates with the rest of the embellishments in the cluster!
We can’t wait to see how you use the Highlight Stamp! Be sure to post your project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio when you create!

Sketch Day with Daniela Dobson

Welcome to the Elle’s Studio blog today! It’s Daniela here with a layout using July 2018 Kit and extras based on this wonderful sketch created from Amanda’s Fun in the Sunshine layout:

I also created an 8-1/2″ x 11″ layout using the sketch for inspiration:

Supplies | July 2018 KitWood Veneer PhrasesPool Time Wood VeneersPuffy Heart Stickers – Summer MixHighlight StampEveryday Phrases Stamp, Noteworthy Bits and PiecesNoteworthy Puffy StickersNoteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper CollectionNoteworthy Stamp
To change things up a bit, I used two smaller photos located in the same area as the photo in the sketch. Just like the sketch, I used the solid white background with two strips of patterned paper from the Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection on the sides, and tucked in little tabs stamped using the Highlight Stamp, which I cut out.

For the title, I added the “this is the life” phrase stamped with the Everyday Phrases Stamp, “soak up the sun” Wood Veneer Phrase and Pool Time Wood Veneers, the “life currently looks like this” Noteworthy Puffy Sticker, along with die cuts from the July Kit. I tucked the yellow-striped shipping tag under the layers created from 4″ x 6″ tags and added twine from my stash for texture.

We can’t wait to see how you use this sketch on your next project! Thanks for stopping by!

Share what you’ve created using our latest sketch on Instagram, using the hashtag #EllesStudio! You could win a gift certificate to the shop, and be featured here on our blog and Instagram account! 

“Inspired By” with Jamie Leija

Inspiration is everywhere, and this month we challenged design team member Jamie Leija to choose a layout from last month’s design team inspiration posts from which to find some inspiration. You’ll love what she created!
I don’t know about you but I’m always so inspired by the creative team! Which is why I was so excited to get the “Inspired By” prompt for the month. I lifted this page that Candace created for the June gallery:

I just loved all the patterned paper she was able to add using this grid design. Here’s what I created, based off of her project:

Supplies | July 2018 KitJuly LabelsJane Alphabet Stickers — WhiteWood Veneer PhrasesVellum and Wood Veneer AsterisksPuffy Heart Stickers — Summer MixPuffy Heart Stickers — Spring MixHighlight StampNoteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack
I cut down 3″ x 4″ journaling tags from the July Kit and a few of the patterned papers from the Noteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack and assembled them in a grid on the page, just the same as Candace did.

I wanted to play on the edges a bit, so I used the “let’s have some fun” asterisk sentiment from the Highlight Stamp. Before adhering the tags and paper down, I stamped at or around the points where they met. I used red ink because there were a few really bright red flowers in my photos.

Once the background pieces were adhered, I stitched a few lines to add texture. After that, I added photos in about the same place that Candace did. Then I embellished using the awesome Vellum Asterisks, July Labels, puffy hearts and Wood Veneer Phrases.

I added my title using the new Jane Alphabet Stickers and my journaling via typed strips. I love how it came together and I’m not sure I would have been able to incorporate all of these fantastic patterns if I hadn’t started with Candace’s design!


Summer Swimming + Process Video with Neela Nalam

What weekly summer activities are you missing in your albums? Swim lessons were on Neela Nalam‘s list, and she took care of that using our July Kit and add-ons! She has some great ideas on how to create a beautiful layout that tells all of the story, so check out her project and process video to see how it all came together! 
The July Kit and add-ons are my absolute favorite products so far. I love everything about them! My main inspiration to create this layout were the Pool Time Wood Veneers. The pieces are so fun and perfect to document all the awesome time spent in the pool in this season. I decided to document my kids’ swim lessons with the products. Here is my layout:

Supplies | July 2018 KitJane Alphabet Stickers — White, Vellum and Wood Veneer Asterisks, Pool Time Wood VeneersJump AcrylicHighlight StampNoteworthy Puffy StickersNoteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack
I decided to print out my photos as squares and punch out circles. I love all of the different textures that I got to incorporate on this layout—puffy stickers, acrylic words, wood veneer and stamps. I also used the Jane Alphabet Stickers along with the Highlight Stamp to make my title, which I placed on the yellow grid 4″ x 3″ tag from the July Kit as the base.

I also used the Noteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack as a base for the Jump Acrylic. I love how well the collection coordinates with the July Kit.

I typed my journaling on a 4″ x 6″ tag from the July Kit. Even though it has a background of fireworks, I liked using it on this layout as the colors were so great and it is all in the spirit of the month of July.

Do check out this process video to see how this layout came together!

Thanks for watching, and stopping by the blog today!

Hello Vacation Mode with Guest Designer Sabrina Poole

We have so enjoyed the projects that our guest designer, Sabrina Poole has shared with us this month! In case you missed it, be sure to check out her warm, summery pocket page spread documenting a day on the lake, as well as her celebratory birthday pocket page spread that she created for us earlier this month! Let’s see what she has to share with us for her final project:
Hi. This is Sabrina again and I’m here to share my last project. I had the best time using the awesome (and so verstaile) July Kit and extras! I even decided that with this kit and June’s kit I could make a summer album. I’m excited to put it together!
For this project I took some of my favorite snapshots from our recent summer trip to Santa Cruz to make a two-page spread for our summer album. The blue, aqua and green cards worked perfect to pair with my trip photos.

Supplies | July 2018 Kit, July Labels, Jane Alphabet Stickers — White, Puffy Heart Stickers — Summer Mix, Hello Happy Puffy Words, Shine 6″ x 6″ Paper StackEveryday Phrases Stamp
As with many vacations there are so many little stories to document, so I used various pieces of the kit and with the Everyday Phrases Stamp to put together my tags and photos. In this close-up you can see I stamped “I love this” and a little story to the July Label. The pocket below includes a framed journaling tag with a photo of my husband and daughter. I then stamped the phrase ‘thankful for this’ to start off my journaling. All of these products make putting together fun tags easy!

On my title tag, I topped the a wave journaling tag from the July Kit with some scraps from the Shine 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack, and used the white Jane Alphabet Stickers to add the location. To embellish, I added the navy label and “snapshot” die-cuts from the July Kit, and the summer Puffy Heart Stickers. I love how this one really brings together all of the colors in my spread and acts as a great starting point for the layout.

On the 4″ x 6″ tag I used the “vacation mode” die cut from the June Kit at the bottom with the Hello Happy Puffy Words “Hello” at the top to read, “Hello vacation mode.” How fun is that!? I needed a way to make the “hello” word stand out, since the stickers are white and the 4″ x 6″ tag top portion is white as well. So, I used some more scraps from Shine 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack to place the “hello” stickers on, then cut out the letters. I then added in ten favorite stories from our trip. I love how this tag came together!

This vacation spread was so fun to put together with all of the awesome puffy hearts, die cuts, journaling tags and stamps released this month. Thank you for looking, and thank you for having me here this month! I had the best time being a guest designer!

Hey. My name is Sabrina Poole and I live near Sacramento with my hubby and two children. Life is busy and chaotic in the best of ways. It makes documenting, creating and scrapbooking easy! I have been documenting since I started college (nearly 14 years ago!) and I continue to document even though my format has changed. I’ve always been drawn to how documenting with colorful products leads to life being preserved in a beautiful, memorable way.
Right now I document mostly hybrid and use digital products to make projects come to life. I always have several projects going at once and love my crafty time. I post most of my projects on Instagram and am just now starting my YouTube channel. So excited!
Thank you so much, Sabrina, for working with our products this month! Be sure to follow her on Instagram to see what she creates with Elle’s Studio product in the future! 

July Design Team Inspiration: Volume Three

We’re so excited to share the last ten design team projects with you for the July inspiration gallery, but don’t worry! There’s still over two weeks of inspiration still to come here on the blog using our July Kit and extras before our next reveal on August 10th! Let’s take a look at these fabulous layouts and pocket pages:

This Was So Good by Neela Nalam – supplies used | July KitJuly LabelsWood Veneer PhrasesPuffy Heart Stickers — Summer Mix, Highlight Stamp

Seattle pocket page spread by Nathalie Leonelli – supplies used | July Kit, July Print and Cut Labels, Dark Teal Cardstock Alphabet StickersJuly Sticker LabelsVellum and Wood Veneer AsterisksWood Veneer PhrasesPuffy Heart Stickers — Summer Mix, Adventure Puffy Stickers

Good Stuff by Amanda-jayne Baldwin – supplies used | July KitJuly Labels, July Sticker LabelsVellum and Wood Veneer AsterisksPool Time Wood Veneers, Wood Veneer PhrasesPuffy Heart Stickers — Summer MixHighlight Stamp

In the Pool by Jamie Leija — supplies used | July KitPool Time Wood Veneers, Wood Veneer PhrasesPuffy Heart Stickers — Summer MixHighlight StampEveryday Phrases Stamp

Awesome Parents by Tracey Fox – supplies used | July Kit, Jane Alphabet Stickers — WhiteVellum and Wood Veneer AsterisksWood Veneer PhrasesYellow Puffy Alphabet StickersPuffy Heart Stickers — Summer MixMini Dated StampNoteworthy Wood VeneersNoteworthy Epoxy StickersNoteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Weeks 36 & 37 pocket page spread by Wendy Antenucci – supplies used | July Kit, July LabelsPool Time Wood VeneersWood Veneer PhrasesPuffy Heart Stickers — Summer Mix, Highlight StampEveryday Phrases Stamp, Hazel Alphabet Stamp

Having Fun Together by Melissa Mann – supplies used | July Kit, Jane Alphabet Stickers — TealWood Veneer Phrases, Vellum and Wood Veneer AsterisksTitle Builder Vol. 2 StampShine 6″ x 6″ Paper StackNoteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper StackNoteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Highlight of this Week by Laura Wonsik — supplies used | July KitPool Time Wood VeneersPuffy Heart Stickers — Summer MixHighlight StampMini Dated Stamp

Summer by Andrea Gray – supplies used | July Kit, June Kit, Puffy Heart Stickers — Summer Mix

Ice Cream pocket page by Nancy Damiano – supplies used | July KitJane Alphabet Stickers — White, Vellum and Wood Veneer AsterisksFamily Fun Puffy Stickers, Hello Happy Puffy WordsPuffy Heart Stickers — Summer MixHighlight Stamp
We can’t wait to see what you’ve created with the July Kit and extras! Share your project to Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio for a chance to be featured here on the blog and win a gift certificate to the shop!

Journaling An Unexpected Summer Moment with Andrea Gray

Time spent with a busy teenager is definitely a moment to document, and today Andrea Gray is with us to share how she’s journaling a rare and special summer moment, using our July 2018 kit and add-ons! Let’s take a look:
Hey friends, it’s Andrea here! Summertime is often a busy time with busy schedules. In this stage of our lives, my teenage son works, so getting time with him is rare. The page I’m sharing with you today is all about documenting a special afternoon with him that I wasn’t expecting.

Supplies | July 2018 KitJuly LabelsJane Alpha Stickers—White, Wood Veneer Phrases, Puffy Heart Stickers — Summer MixHighlight Stamp, Noteworthy Stamp, Noteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack
He joined my younger son and I at the pool, on a whim one day when he got off of work early. Some unexpected teenager time was exactly what I needed and definitely needed to document it! I layered some torn up papers from the Noteworthy 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack and made a title of sorts on this full 6″ x 8″ side. Using the new Jane Alphabet Stickers, I spelled his name on a white background and outlined them to keep it subtle.

Supplies that do the journaling for me are so perfect when the words don’t always come to me. I grabbed several of the Wood Veneer Phrases that said all the things I was feeling and stacked them up. Adding color and contrast anywhere I can is always a must!

He’s a pretty cool kid and this photo of him certainly captures that. I wanted to document some things about him at this moment, so I used a open journaling tag to create a list and embellished with the “all the good stuff” die-cut from the July KitPuffy Heart Stickers and stamped plus signs from the Noteworthy Stamp.

The Highlight Stamp was so fun to play with here on this tag. I stamped off the first generation of the ink so I could have a lighter version on my tag. I wanted the word “highlight” to be light and the OF TODAY to be dark so I used the first stamp of that ink. I used the rest of the open space for telling the story of him joining us by surprise and finished it off with the fun “let’s have some fun” stamp for contrast and interest!

Thanks for hanging with me today! I hope you found something you can use in your projects and are inspired to make journaling a priority!

Until next time, friends!