Design Team Sneak Peeks

We are just a couple days away from our December reveal and we are so excited to be able to share these fun sneak peeks of awesome projects our team made using all the new products that will be available soon! Our December reveal is going to be full of exclusive products that we’ve designed to coordinate with our December kit, and a special journaling tag set from In A Creative Bubble! This month our kit + add-ons will have you ready to document all your everyday real life moments, holidays, and more!

Get ready to pick up our December kit for our launch day special pricing of only $9.99 on Monday, December 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! And subscribers, don’t forget! You’ll be able to bundle anything from our shop (including the new add-ons) with your monthly kit for FREE (USA subscribers) or reduced (International) shipping!

Not a kit subscriber? Now is the perfect time to sign up! We have a handful of spots left were you can start with our November kit now! Or, wait until December 10th to sign up and start with our December kit! With our risk free monthly kit subscription, you will be guaranteed a kit each month, lock in our launch day special price of $9.99 + shipping, and receive FREE (USA) or reduced (International) shipping on anything added to your box each month during our 24 hour bundling period (starting on the 10th at 8:00 am PST and ending on the 11th at 8:00 am PST).

Along with more time to shop, our subscribers will also have access to special discounts on NEW and previously released items during the 24 hour bundling period! Above is a preview of our December discounts and savings that will be available starting on December 10th! These discounted items can be found in our SALE section during bundling, and you must be logged into your kit subscriber account to see them. Quick note: Our kits and add-ons are available without a subscription each month, too.

Make sure you set your alarm and mark your calendar for this Monday, December 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!

November #EllesStudio Spottings on Instagram!

What a great year we’ve had featuring your projects from Instagram that used the #EllesStudio hashtag! This month we were so excited to see a wide array of projects, from Document December prep posts to autumnal pocket page spreads! Let’s take a look at the six projects that really “wowed” us this month:
 

 
Raechelle (@raebellus) created this stunning layout on the left, and we love how the bright, beautiful colors of our Live Laugh Love and Noteworthy collections stand out against her black and white background! On the right, Lynne (@thosemissingpieces) created the perfect balance on her traveler’s notebook spread using our Love You die cuts (sold out). What a gorgeous project!
 

 
The title page that Renee (@reneeh20) created on the left using our Document December kit and our December 2018 acrylic is just lovely, and we can’t wait to see the rest of her project! Thanks, Renee! On the right, Grace (@georgia.grace.creates) made this beautiful autumn pocket page layout using a mix of our August (sold out), September and October 2018 kits, and we couldn’t love it more.
 

 
How about some card inspiration from Christine (@aheartfeltcard) using our Document December 2017 stamp (sold out)? This simple card could not be any cuter! On the right, Rachel (@bitsofstationery) created this fantastic page for day one in her December album using our Document December 2018 kit! We can’t wait for you to share the rest, Rachel!
 
Just for posting their projects on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, these six paper crafters will win a $10 gift certificate to the shop! Thank you so much for posting your projects and using the #EllesStudio hashtag, ladies! Please email us at info@shopellesstudio.com to claim your prize!
 
We want to see what our products inspire YOU to create this month! Upload your projects to Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio for a chance to be featured here on the ES blog next month!

A sneak peek of what is coming on December 10th!

Are you excited for our December kit + coordinating add-ons reveal?! It is right around the corner and we can’t wait to show you everything we will have in store – This month our kit will have you ready to document everyday life moments, holidays, and more! December’s kit will include 3 – 4 x 6 inch tags, 18 – 3 x 4 inch tags, and 26 die cuts!

Get ready to pick up our December kit for our launch day special pricing of only $9.99 on Monday, December 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! And subscribers, don’t forget! You’ll be able to bundle anything from our shop (including the new add-ons) with your monthly kit for FREE (USA subscribers) or reduced (International) shipping!

And, wait until you see all of our coordinating add-ons! We wanted to give you an extra sneak peek of all the new items that will be available on Monday, December 10th and that coordinate with your December kit. We’ll have acrylics, puffy stickers, cork, and even a special journaling tag set designed by In A Creative Bubble!

Not a subscriber? Don’t wait any longer! We only have a handful of spots left were you can start with our November kit now! Or, wait until December 10th to sign up and start with our December kit! With a monthly subscription, you will be guaranteed a kit each month, lock in our launch day special price of $9.99 + shipping, and receive FREE (USA) or reduced (International) shipping on anything added to your box each month during our 24 hour bundling period (starting on the 10th at 8:00 am PST and ending on the 11th at 8:00 am PST). Along with more time to shop, our subscribers will also have access to special discounts on select items during the 24 hour bundling period! These discounted items can be found in our SALE section during bundling, and you must be logged into your kit subscriber account to see them. Quick note: Our kits and add-ons are available without a subscription each month, too.

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

 

Digital Cut File Perfection with Daniela

Digital cut files are always great to have on hand—they’re the perfect way to add a word or die-cut shape in just the color or pattern you need for a project. Today, design team member Daniela is showing us a show-stopping new layout that she created using our November 2018 Digital Cut File that we know you will love! Let’s take a look:
 
Hi crafty friends, it’s Daniela again and I’m thrilled to be sharing another layout today focusing on the November 2018 Digital Cut File. I’m a huge fan of Elle’s cut files and I use them every month. Using cut files offers so many possibilities and the files Elle’s Studio offers are always a great addition to the kit and other products.
I decided to cut lots of leafy branches from different 6″ x 6″ papers from the Noteworthy collection and arranged them under a paper circle to create a big display for my picture.
 
This is how my layout turned out:
 

Supplies | November 2018 Digital Cut File, Jane Alphabet Stickers – BlackPuffy Heart Stickers – Spring Mix, Noteworthy Puffy StickersNoteworthy Epoxy Stickers, Noteworthy Wood VeneersNoteworthy 6 x 6 Paper StackNoteworthy 12 x 12 Paper CollectionAll The Details Stamp
 
I made use of the cut file in two different ways. Sometimes I only cut the outer lines of the shape and sometimes I cut it with the blanks. This way, the arrangement of the branches becomes more interesting because there is more variety. Before placing everything on the cardstock, I applied some color splashes in yellow, pink and blue. I also added some of the Noteworthy Epoxy Stickers because I love the mix of different textures. The stamped phrases added in black ink from the All The Details Stamp add more details to the page and build a nice contrast to the bright colors.
 

 
All the elements of the page are overlapping somehow. I love building clusters— that’s my favorite style of scrapping. The picture is joined to all the elements with the Noteworthy Puffy Stickers, which create the title of my page. The picture of my daughter is one of my favorites taken last summer. She is wearing her favorite shirt and glasses and is so happy about her outfit that she got out of the closet herself. If you take a closer look at the picture, you can see that all the colors I used for the branches occur in my girly’s shirt as well.
 

 
The branches are only adhered to the cardstock on one end, the one that is under the paper circle. This way, a kind of 3D effect is created because the other end doesn’t lie flat on the paper, but stands up a bit. The Noteworthy Wood Veneer tab even adds more dimension to the page as well as the Noteworthy Epoxy Stickers.
 

 
All in all, I really like how this layout turned out because it conveys the cheerful mood my daughter was in when the picture was taken. Hopefully, you feel inspired to use the November 2018 Digital Cut File yourself! I’d be happy to see what you create, so don’t forget to tag #EllesStudio on social media when sharing your work.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!
 

Starting with a Sketch with Amanda-jayne Baldwin!

We love how easy it can be to create a new layout with a sketch, and we’ve got just the class for you if you love working with sketches, too! Our latest From Sketch To Finish Vol. 4 Digital Class is our biggest sketch class yet, featuring 50 sketches, 10 talented contributors and 20 inspiring layouts to get your ready to create in a time-crunch. Today, design team member Amanda-jayne Baldwin is with us to share how she used one of our class sketches to create a beautiful layout about being thankful. Let’s take a look at what she created:
 
Hi friends! It’s Amanda here, and boy-oh-boy was I excited to dive into the all new From Sketch To Finish Vol. 4 Digital Class! Like previous volumes, this edition is jam packed full of fabulous sketches and inspiration to ignite your creativity and take the tricky decision-making out of the design process, not to mention there’s a ton of gorgeous sample layouts from a very talented array of paper artists! Trust me when I say, you need this class in your digital library!
 
It’s no secret that I LOVE a good sketch, it’s kinda like an easy Sunday morning! Simply print out your fave sketch from the PDF, and go! Here’s my take on Sketch 20 with our current November Kit and add-ons:
 

 
Supplies | November 2018 Kit, November Labels, This Season Phrase StickersNavy Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Thanksgiving Acrylic, Christmas Hand Drawn Acrylic Hearts, Stars and Dots Puffy Stickers, Merry and Bright 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Noteworthy – Epoxy Stickers, Family Fun – 12 x 12 paper collection
 
So beautiful! I altered the sketch from it’s 12″ x 12″ size to suit my 8.5″ x 11″ layout, and as such changed the dimensions of the layers beneath the photo too! Here’s a better look for you:
 

 
With a square photo, and the new Merry and Bright 6 x 6 Paper Stack being oh-so awesome, it seemed a no brainer to replace the layers beneath the photo with a 6″ inch pattern paper square. I used the beautiful green leaves pattern paper from the Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection as my layout base, and draw on both the colors and autumnal feel of this paper to connect with my photograph, and the thankful/togetherness theme.
 

 
How amazing is that gold mirror Thanksgiving Acrylic?! It creates such a striking title and statement piece for any of your memory keeping projects! I love that despite being so shiny, it doesn’t draw your eye away from my special photograph. This is ultimately due to the clever title placement in this sketch design—see what I mean about taking the ‘tricky’ out of the process? Love it!
 

 
The top section of my photo cluster features lots of tucked in die cuts, labels and a few of the exclusive 3″ x 4″ tags from the November 2018 Kit. The pops of blue in this month’s kit coordinate beautifully with all the greens, and the Navy Puffy Alphabet Stickers are a definite fave of mine! Sunday morning scrapbooking never looked so good!
 
Print a sketch, add a photo and your fave Elle’s Studio products and you’ve got a recipe for paper crafting perfection! I hope I have inspired you to check out this fabulous digital class, ! Thanks for joining me today!
 

 
Grab your own digital copy of From Sketch To Finish Vol. 4 to create your own lovely layout from sketch 20, just like Amanda-jayne did!
 

Inspired by a sketch with Daniela Dobson

Our design team is still being inspired by our latest digital download class, From Sketch To Finish Vol. 4. With 50 sketches included in this class, there is no shortage on the inspiration you can gain from this class! Let’s hear how Daniela Dobson used one of our sketches to create something fabulous:
 
Welcome to the Elle’s Studio blog today! It’s Daniela here, and I’ve been inspired by sketch four [04] from the new class, From Sketch To Finish Vol. 4, to create a layout using the November 2018 kit and extras.
 

 
Supplies | From Sketch To Finish Vol 4November 2018 KitNovember Label StickersThis Season Phrase StickersJane Alphabet Stickers – RedChristmas Hand Drawn Acrylic HeartsMerry and Bright 6 x 6 Paper StackMerry Moment StampOh What Fun StampMini Dated Stamp
 
I created lots of layers in my layout using patterned paper, tags and embellishments, so this sketch with lots of layers was calling my name! I love the placement of the photo on the right of the layout, and I used a smaller version of the photo on my 8-1/2″ x 11″ page. I layered my photo over patterned paper from the Merry and Bright 6 x 6 Paper Stack and journaling tags from the November 2018 Kit.
 

 
I kept the clusters just like in the sketch; adding tags, circle die cuts and acrylic hearts. I moved my title to the bottom, since there wasn’t much room on the right side of the photo and I loved introducing the pop of red on the bottom of my page to complete my visual triangle.
 

 
I am a huge fan of those cute trees in the 4″ x 6″ journaling tag from the November Kit, so I created my own little pattern using the Merry Moment and Oh What Fun Stamp in the same colors as in the layout.
 
Sketches are a great way to start creating. Follow them exactly or give them your own spin! We would love to see what you create from these sketches. Use the hashtag #EllesStudio and mention our From Sketch To Finish Vol. 4 class when sharing on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed and here on our blog!
 

 
Be sure to download your copy of From Sketch To Finish Vol. 4 before the rush of the holidays hit, so that you can create quick and beautiful pages using our carefully designed sketches!
 

How to Use Your Merry and Bright Paper Stack!

One of our favorite products that released this month is the Merry and Bright 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack!
 

 
With a variety of patterns and colors included in this happy stack, your creative options are endless! Just in case you’ve not had a chance to create with your paper stack yet, or you’ve been on the fence about whether you should pick one up from the shop, here are a few ways that you can use these papers on your next project:
 

 
1. Cut strips of varying widths to create a focal column of pattern and color on your layout, the way that Daniela Dobson did here. We love all of the elements from our November Kit and add-ons that she used to embellish the patterns, too!
 

 
2. Create little doors to hide fun surprises, photos or journaling, like guest designer Kira Ness did on her Christmas activity advent calendar. We love that she created this project using only the Merry and Bright 6 x 6 Paper Stack and Jane Alphabet Stickers along with cardstock!
 

 
3. Create lovely layers on cards, like Melissa Mann did in this blog post. A bit of machine stitching and a Large Wood Veneer Snow Globe were all these cards needed to send a darling greeting during the holidays!
 

 
4. Fussy cut the seal circles to use as embellishment, like Heather Leopard did on this layout! We also love that her background is made completely from the Merry and Bright 6 x 6 Paper Stack!
 

 
5. Create with a monochromatic color scheme, like Jess Forster did on this pocket page spread. She used both of the green patterns from the Merry and Bright 6 x 6 Paper Stack, pairing them with green elements from the November 2018 Kit and Labeled Journaling Tags, and the result could not be more stunning!
 
We can’t wait to see how you use your Merry and Bright 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack! Share your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio to be entered to win a gift card to our shop, and be featured here on our blog and Instagram account!

Sketch Inspired with Jamie Leija

Our From Sketch to Finish Vol. 4 Class includes 50 sketches for 12″ x 12″ layouts, but what if you’re a traveler’s notebook scrapbooker, or prefer 8-1/2″ x 11″? As Jamie Leija is showing us today, it’s not a problem to interpret the sketch into any size you wish to create. Let’s take a look at her latest project:
 
Hiya! It’s Jamie, and today I’m sharing the traveler’s notebook spread I created using one of the extra sketches in From Sketch to Finish Vol. 4 Digital Class. This is based off of sketch number 35. Looking at how the sketch was divided down the middle into two sections, well that just made me think it needed to be turned into a traveler’s notebook spread!
 

 
Supplies | From Sketch to Finish Vol. 4 Class, November 2018 Kit, November Labels, Hazel Alphabet Stickers – WhiteNavy Puffy Alphabet StickersChristmas Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Merry and Bright 6 x 6 Paper Stack,Merry Moment Stamp
 
I used several sheets of patterned paper from the Merry and Bright 6 x 6 Paper Stack. Yes, this is a selection of Christmas paper, but it is versatile enough to work on just about any story you want to tell! This page is a clarifying story about my cat. Even though his nickname is Izzy, he’s actually a boy cat!
 

 
I wanted to make sure this page ended up being more masculine, so I pulled out blues and greens and sprinkled in some black and white and gray. The sketch also divided up the right side of the spread into two halves, so that made it easy to add two different patterns. I didn’t realize until now that I gravitated towards the lined paper for this page.
 
Embellishing was more or less dictated by the sketch and since this is in a traveler’s notebook, I opted for flat embellishments like die cuts, labels and stamped images. The only dimensional elements are the Christmas Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers and staples, but they’re still flat enough to work.
 

 
Using the Merry Moment Stamp, I stamped a few of the labels onto white cardstock using teal, green and blue ink and cut them out to add to my page. I like the extra text this adds to the page. For my title, I combined the Navy Puffy Alphabet Stickers and white Hazel Alphabet Stickers.
 

 
Don’t forget that even though the sketch may be 12″ x 12″, it can easily be adapted to whatever format you’re working in!
 

 

 
Be sure to download your copy of From Sketch to Finish Vol. 4 today! In this digital PDF download, you’ll receive 50 fun sketches and 20 layout designs from 10 amazing contributors to get you inspired to create! We know that it will help you craft your next favorite page! 

Document December Prep with Meghann Andrew + A Free Download!

Today is the final day that we’ll be sharing inspiration and ideas for prepping your Document December project with you, but if you’re not the pre-planning type, don’t worry! We’ll have finished project inspiration from our design team each weekend during the month of December, so there’s plenty more Document December projects to come!
 
Today, Meghann Andrew is with us to share how she’s prepping her album, and at the end of the post, we have a special treat—a downloadable photo and journaling prompt list to help you make this project a successful one! Let’s take a look at what Meghann has to share with us:
 

 
Hello! It’s Meghann here with you, and I have been a happy little elf this month, squirreled away in my creative space prepping my Document December album! I’ve chosen a red 6″ x 8″ album that I already had on hand and I’m planning on adding a mixture of pocket pages, envelopes, full 6″ x 8″ layouts and more fun additions, filled with items from the Document December collection! Let’s take a look at how I’m prepping this album in advance:
 

 
First, I created my title page. This is always my favorite part of my album. For the moment, I added a recent family photo as a place holder, but I will go back after the end of December and swap this photo out for my favorite one from the month. Next to this pocket, I added some sequins, a stamped circle “joy” and a couple of puffy stickers, that I “unstuck” with baby powder to a pocket before closing it up with my Fuse tool, creating a shaker pocket. At the base, I added the “December” calendar 4″ x 6″ tag from the Document December Kit, which I stamped on using the Oh What Fun Stamp, added washi, labels and stickers to, then created my “December Memories” title using the Green Dipped Puffy Alphabet Stickers. The big 25 Acrylic was the perfect finishing touch.
 

 
One of the best ways I find to prepare my album is to stamp as much as possible in advance. I plan on sharing a story each day on these December Journaling Tags, (which come in red, green and a multi-colored pack) so I stamped the date at the base of each tag using the Mini Dated Stamp.
 

 
I always add my journaling in Photoshop Elements using the Rough Typewriter font, so I went ahead and scanned in one of the December Journaling Tags, adding a text box and saving to my computer so that I will be ready to type out my journaling each day in December.
 

 
Another thing that I stamped in advance are the beautiful seals using the Christmas Seals Stamp. After cutting twelve 1-3/4″ diameter circles from smooth, white cardstock using my digital die cutting machine, I stamped each one twice in alternating colors of green, red, teal and black. I love that they’re ready to get added to an embellishment cluster in my album!
 

 
We always need pockets for things we collect throughout the month, right? Make those now! I simply cut a pretty edge at the top of one of the 6″ x 8″ papers from the Document December 2018 Kit, then scored 1/4″ on the left, right and bottom edges. After folding those under and snipping the corners, I placed red-line tape on those folded edges, then adhered them to a 6″ x 8″ piece of plain white cardstock to create my pocket back. Next, I adhered a 6″ x 2″ piece of red cardstock to the inside edge, to give it that pop of color at the top, and embellished the front with the Document December Kit labels and puffy stickers, red Jane Alphabet Stickers, Christmas Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, washi tape and some metallic thread.
 

 
Don’t forget about your digital die cut library! This adorable snow globe, found in the November 2018 Digital Cut File was just asking to be cut out at 6″ wide and put into my album! First, I cut two globes out of teal cardstock, one mirrored horizontally. Then, I cut two of the globe outlines out of acetate, adhering the cardstock globe to the outside of the acetate. After I added my thin line of dimensional adhesive around the edge of one snow globe piece, I added sequins to the center before sticking the top layer on, and added the “love this tradition” sticker from the Document December Kit puffy stickers.
 

 
I can’t wait for December to arrive, when I get to fill these little pockets of happiness and magic! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, and have fun getting your album prepped for December 1st! 
 

 
Supplies | Document December 2018 KitDecember Journaling Tags — Red, December Journaling Tags — Green, December Journaling Tags — MultiNovember 2018 Digital Cut FileJane Alphabet Stickers — RedChristmas Phrase StickersGreen Dipped Puffy Alphabet StickersChristmas Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers25 AcrylicDec 2018 AcrylicChristmas Seals StampOh What Fun StampMini Dated Stamp
 

 
Have you been stuck on what memories to record in your Document December album in the past? We’re here to help!
 

 
We’ve created a free downloadable PDF sheet of photo and journaling prompts to help you make this your best Document December yet! Download this freebie today, print it out and add it to your purse, your album—anywhere that it can help you remember when to snap a photo, or add some journaling on the go in a journaling app. We can’t wait to see how you interpret these prompts! 

Gifting Documented with Guest Designer Kira Ness

Our November guest designer Kira Ness has shared a layout documenting a Christmas wish list and a fun Christmas activity advent calendar with us using the November kit and add-ons, and today she’s back to share her latest traveler’s notebook spread all about a holiday gift swap. Let’s take a look at what she created:
 
Hey there! I’m back today bringing you my final project made with this month’s kit and add-ons. I decided to break away from my December album to document something in my traveler’s notebook.
 

 
Supplies | November 2018 KitHo! Ho! Ho! AcrylicMerry Moment StampMerry and Bright 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack
 
I keep a few traveler’s notebooks going at a time, separated by each member of my family. I have one for my son’s stories, my stories, and so on. I recently did a Christmas swap with a couple of my friends, so I decided to document what I created for them in my TN.
 

 
I made a piece of wall décor with embroidery hoops and included a few other gifts in the box for my friend. I staged the items, so I could get a cute photo of everything I included. Each of my friends have a slightly different Christmas style, but the colors for Becky’s present worked perfectly with this month’s kit.
 
I started by creating layers on the right side under my photo by trimming down paper strips from the Merry and Bright 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack and one of the die cuts included in the November 2018 Kit. Then, I used my sewing machine to add a little texture. When using my sewing machine with my TN layouts, I always stitch the elements together first, and then adhere everything onto the page.
 

 
For the reverse page, I really wanted to mimic the circular elements from the photo. I used the “a day to remember” seal from the Merry Moment Stamp with some silver ink to repeatedly stamp down the edge of the page. Then using the “merry & bright”, snowflake and heart die cuts from the November Kit, I layered over some of the stamped images.
 

 
I try to keep my TNs relatively thin, but can’t resist sneaking some acrylic pieces in every once in a while. The Ho! Ho! Ho! Acrylic was perfect for this photo, so of course it made its way onto my page. I try to limit my travelers notebooks to have 4 or less acrylic pieces per book; otherwise, they get a little too chunky for my liking. I finished off this page with some splatters of Ruby Spritz Shimmerz spray and some typed journaling strips.
 

 
Thank you so much for stopping by! It has been a blast using this month’s kit and can’t wait to continue to use even more in my December daily album!
 

 
Hey there! My name is Kira and I am a thirty something wife to my best friends and mother to two energetic toddler boys. I am a Seattle native, but moved to San Antonio a little over a year ago. I started scrapbooking in October 2016 at the prompting of a friend and was immediately hooked. I started as a 12″ x 12″ scrapbooker, but switched to 8.5″ x 11″ a few months ago on a whim. I also love the ease of documenting in a travelers notebook. Along with scrapbooking, I also find joy in other crafts like embroidery, macramé and drawing. I asked for a loom for Christmas, and hope to start yet another hobby. Other than crafting, I love spending time with my family, binge watching shows on Netflix, and texting my friends. You can see more of my work, and get little glimpses of my life on Instagram, my blog and my YouTube feed!
 
We want to thank Kira so much for inspiring us this month with her beautiful projects! It has been a pleasure to see her creative projects each week. Please follow her via the links above for even more paper crafting eye candy and inspiration!