Have you been creating more this summer while social distancing? We’ve definitely seen a rise in projects shared on Instagram this month using the #EllesStudio hashtag, and whether these creatives made the time to create in between their busy outdoor activities, or have more time on their hands, their work is sure to inspire you! Let’s take a look!
How about a festive traveler’s notebook spread? This spread on the left, by Elaina (@butfirst.plan) uses our 4th of July Journaling Tags to record her holiday. It’s sweet, simple and perfect for summer memory keeping! On the right, we love the way that Lesleigh (@leighmorrisxo) began her layout title using our 4″ x 6″ “love this story” tag from our May 2020 Kit! What a perfect way to work that big tag into a layout!
Just for sharing their projects, these six paper crafters will each 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
Will YOU be featured next month? Simply use our products on your next project and post to Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio for a chance to be featured here on our blog, and win a gift certificate to the shop! We can’t wait to see what you create!
We are just two days away from our August kit and add-ons reveal and we are so excited to be able to share these fun sneak peeks of beautiful projects our team made using all the new products that will be available soon! Our August reveal will be full of exclusive products that we’ve designed and will have you ready to document your August stories and take you right into the month of September!
Not a subscriber? Don’t wait any longer! You can pre-order our August kit now and lock in our $9.99 kit price by starting a subscription today! You’ll want to choose our SUBSCRIBE & SAVE option to get signed up and start your subscription with our August kit. We will then hold your kit and you’ll be ready to bundle and save at our August 10th reveal! Details on how to bundle with your subscription order will be emailed to you once you have purchased this product.
Kit subscribers, don’t forget! Along with being able to bundle any products from our shop that will ship for FREE with your kit during our 24-hour bundling period, starting on the 10th at 8:00 am Pacific each month, our subscribers will also have access to special discounts on select items! Above is a preview of our August discounts and savings that will be available for our subscribers during our August bundling period! These discounted items can be found in our SALE section during our 24-hour bundling period, and you must be logged into your kit subscriber account to see them. If you haven’t subscribed to our kit, sign up now to take advantage of these special offers on August 10th! 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, August 10th at 8 am Pacific! We hope to see you there!
Our final day of Summer Memories Week focuses on those scraps sitting around from your June and July kits! Whether you were able to break into your boxes or not, we think that design team member Melissa Mann’s mini album project that uses all of the beautiful colors and products from both releases will inspire you to mix and match your kits to create something wonderful! Let’s take a look:
Hello! This is Melissa on the blog with you today and I’m sharing another mini book I put together using the leftover pieces from my June and July kits! It never fails to amaze me how seamlessly Elle’s products from one month can be used with another month’s goodies!
I was cleaning out some supplies in my craft room and found old chipboard pieces that were a rectangular shape at about 7 inches in length. I stuck them to the side with the intent to create a mini album. While I was figuring out how I wanted to use up the leftovers from my last two months of kits, I spied those chipboard pieces and decided to cut them down to a square shape to create a new mini album!
I knew that I wanted to utilize that great Hello Wood Veneer from the July add-ons, but I wanted to enhance it. I decided to cover the wood veneer in Versamark ink and used a bright green embossing powder to emboss the veneer. It worked beautifully, and I loved the end result! I used this, along with the Navy Dipped Puffy Alphabet Stickers to create my title. Elle always includes a great cover sheet for her paper stacks that has a thumbnail image of each piece of paper; I used the cover sheet from the Summer Fun Paper Stack and cut out the image of the papers and used that to cover the front of my album!
I backed each page with various pattern papers from the Summer Fun Paper Stack. I love the variation in colors and patterns when I look at the album!
I always decide on these three major components first: size, theme, and what sized photos I will use. I find it much easier to choose my photos and edit the sizes to all be the same in Photoshop. Then it is simply a process of covering the pages in paper or cardstock and embellishing simply with coordinating add-ons!
Mini albums don’t have to be an overwhelming project! I love to create these to use up a bunch of little pieces of things that are leftover from a project.
Simple layers are the key to my mini albums—layering paper, tags from the monthly kits, my photos, die cuts, labels and stickers with a wood veneer or chipboard sticker keep each page interesting and different than the last!
I hope you’ve been inspired to use your June and July scraps to put together a fun mini album this weekend! It’s a great way to use up your stash, and you’re sure to have fun while creating! Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for joining us for Summer Memories Week! We hope you’ve been inspired to record those warm-weather memories with us! Share what you’ve created on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, where you’ll find other ES fans hanging out!
A mini album can be perfect for documenting a short period of time, especially a season, and our June and July products are the perfect ones for creating a quick coordinated mini, as design team member Amanda-jayne Baldwin is showing us today! Let’s take a look at her sweet and simple mini album that records the best summer moments!
Hi everyone! Welcome back for more Elle’s Studio Summer inspiration!
It’s Amanda here, and today I am sharing a super quick & easy mini album made from my ‘left over’ items from our June & July releases. It only takes a few minutes to create this mini and it is perfect for recording those sweet summer memories! Yay!
Tip: The heart veneer is actually the ‘Wild At Heart’ veneer from the Adventure Wood Veneers, but I flipped mine to the blank side to better suit my project!
To create my simple flip album, I backed the Summer Fun Paper Stack paper with the purple print from the Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack and adhered together. I repeated this step with two more papers, so I ended up with 2 double sided 6′ x 8.5″ papers in total. I scored & folded both sheets at the 4 1/4″ mark, and machine stitched them together across the scored line to form my album. Yep, it’s that simple! And as I mentioned earlier, a great little mini for using up all your scraps with!
Let’s look inside:
Hello, indeed! The Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack purple paper coordinated perfectly with the ‘hello’ tag from the July Kit. I chose to decorate these pages very similarly to a four, 3″ x 4″ pocket page (minus the pockets) and let my photos do most of the talking. I added a little bit of story telling with the Summer Stickers, then embellished my photos and album with a couple of the Summer Chipboard and Summer Tape Stickers. Here’s a closer look:
Super sweet for summer! Here are the next pages:
The landscape orientation of my photographs meant that I could only fit one photo per page, but I think these pages turned out just fine! To encourage cohesion between them, I backed both photos with the light purple journaling tags, courtesy of the June & July Kit, and kept to similar embellishments. This time I combined gray with the purple color palette to create a really fresh and clean look. The gray Summer Chipboard and July Label Stickers look really effective together, and the Summer Stickers were utilized again for some simple journalling. Love it!
The final page to this sweet summer mini is slightly different to the others. I have still used the same purple color scheme and mix of Chipboard, Summer Tape and Summer Stickers to embellish with, but, I have also left lots of space to hand write the story. This is a really important detail to me—I want my children to write their own little sentence or two about this summer. I think that in years to come they will really value what they’ve both recorded. As both of them will need to write something, I have left space on both pages.
Such a simple, and sweet summer mini!
I hope you’ll feel inspired to make your own today! It only takes a few minutes and you’ll be so glad you did! Happy summer memory-making!
Show us your summer minis created with our latest products! Share how you were inspired by Amanda’s project by sharing your own on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!
If you want to get a lot of summer moments documented, a pocket page is theway to go! It holds a lot of photos and stories, and can be customized with as little or as much embellishment as you like, or have time for before you hit the pool! Today to continue Summer Memories Week, design team member Stacie Watson is sharing a new, summery pocket page that we think you’ll love! Let’s see what she created!
Hello and happy August! It’s Stacie back with you today sharing a pocket page spread using the June and July 2020 monthly kit and add-ons. I love documenting pocket page style and one of my favorite things to document are our summer days. For me there’s just something about seeing all the bright, sunny, and water-filled photos that just makes me happy! The June and July 2020 kits and add-ons are perfect to help me get my stories told!
The bright and cheery tags and embellishments in both the June and July 2020 Kits are perfect for documenting summer photos. When I start a pocket page I usually start with my photos and then pick out my journaling tags that best match my photos, but with these kits, they all worked so well with all of my photos that it didn’t take me any time at all to decide which ones to use!
I knew which journaling tags I wanted to include on this spread and in order to use all of the ones I wanted, I added my journaling to one of my photos in Photoshop before printing it out. To finish off the photo I added the “big splash’ chipboard piece from the Summer Chipboard Stickers to it and the photo was ready to be put into the pocket.
The rainbow journaling tag and speech bubble journaling tag from the July Kit were two of the main tags that I knew I wanted to include in this spread. On the rainbow tag, I created a blank canvas in Photoshop and measured the space for my journaling before printing the tag with my printer. I finished it off by stamping “hello” at the bottom using the Wild at Heart Stamp. The speech bubble journaling tag is one of my favorites from the kit and it was just begging to be embellished with chipboard stickers from the Summer Chipboard Stickers and Chipboard Star Stickers. Of course journaling or even stamping on this card would work out great too!
For my last two journaling tags I did basically the same thing. I added my journaling to the Currently Icon Journaling Tag by creating a canvas in Photoshop and printing the card with my printer, finishing it off with some stamping using the Currently Icon Stamp. On my last journaling tag, I added the sunglasses and “summer fun” stickers from the Summer Tape Stickers. More summer memories documented! I hope this has inspired you to use your June and July 2020 Kit and add-ons to help get your summer memories recorded, too!
Show us your summery pockets created using our products! Share your projects on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!
Today we are continuing our Summer Memories Week with a memory keeping format that is made for those who may have little time—a traveler’s notebook! This smaller-format spread is made for quick documenting, and can be just as gorgeous as any other layout or pocket page. Let’s take a look at how Patricia Roebuck created a visual “summer favorites” list using her TN, and our July 2020 monthly kit and add-ons.
Hi, Elle Studio friends! Summertime is a time to cool off, but don’t cool off from taking photos! It can be a little more challenging with the heat, swimming, and having all of the family together—but it does go so fast, so we have to remember to take those photos. Today I am sharing the fun and colorful way that I documented our family’s 2019 summer favorites in a traveler’s notebook using embossing powder, ink, and the Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack to start my project.
I first stamped and heat embossed the circle image from the Wild at Heart Stamp in white in the center of the right side of my notebook. Then I used a blending brush with yellow and orange ink to blend over it, concentrating the orange over the stamping and blending yellow to extend out from it.
I trimmed pieces of the Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack in blue, red and purple at a diagonal to create rays and adhere across both pages of my notebook, trimming where needed. From there, I printed my photos in 1 1/2” circles using Photoshop Elements, trimmed and then matted each one with the Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack using a 1 3/4” circle punch to adhere along the rays, creating a tone-on-tone look.
Stamping, embossing, and ink blending is not just for larger projects or cards—these techniques look perfect in a traveler’s notebook, too. Adding the extra splashes of color with the Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack, July Kit, and Summer Chipboard Stickers worked perfectly to document my family’s top 5 summer faves of 2019! I hope you give this idea a try!
Show us how you’re recording your summer favorites! Post a project in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or share on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio! We can’t wait to see what you create!
The end of summer is getting close, and we wanted to take this week to remind you to get those summer memories, no matter how different they may be from years past, recorded in your albums or notebooks! Every day this week, we’ll be sharing summer projects from our talented design team: using digitals and your scraps, in traveler’s notebooks, pocket pages, and mini albums! It’s all tailored to inspire you to make some time to create this week—so have fun and record those summer moments! First up, let’s see what Jennifer McMurtrey has to share with us today!
Hello friends! We are coming up on the end of summer and I have been busy documenting our memories using bits and pieces from the June and July kits and their add-ons.
I know I’ve said it before, but I love the fact that each Elle’s Studio kit can be used individually or combined with others without worry of colors clashing. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together what I have left of the June and July kits to create this fun layout:
For this project, I wanted to keep the overall design somewhat simple. I began by using the Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack to create a layered rainbow-effect on which to place my photo. Next, I used the sketch and cut feature on my Silhouette with the rainbow found in the February 2020 Cut Files. Using a black and white photo is what prompted me to keep the rainbow free of color – the effect against the patterned papers is really striking!
To give the project one final pop of color, I added Puffy Heart Stickers on top of the rainbow and hand-doodled a border around the page.
Again, I deliberately kept this project simple. Sometimes, I feel that I have to add so much of this or so much of that, when, in reality, less is often times more! So, get those Elle’s Studio kits out and see what magic you can create by combining elements!
Thank you so much for stopping by. Remember to use the #EllesStudio hashtag when posting your projects to social media so we are sure to see what you create. You never know—you just might be featured on the Elle’s Studio blog!
Our August kit + coordinating add-ons reveal is almost here and we can’t wait to share with you all the new and exclusive products that will be available soon! Our reveal will be full of the perfect products to document your August stories and take you right into the month of September! This month, our August kit will include 3 – 4 x 6 inch tags, 18 – 3 x 4 inch tags, and 26 die cuts!
Not a subscriber? You can pre-order our August kit now and lock in our $9.99 kit price by starting a subscription today! You’ll want to choose our SUBSCRIBE & SAVE option to get signed up and start your subscription with our August kit. We will then hold your kit and you’ll be ready to bundle and save at our August 10th reveal! Details on how to bundle with your subscription order will be emailed to you once you have purchased this product.
Kit subscribers, don’t forget! Along with being able to bundle any products from our shop that will ship for FREE with your kit during our 24-hour bundling period, starting on the 10th at 8:00 am Pacific each month, our subscribers will also have access to special discounts on select items! These discounted items can be found in our SALE section during our 24-hour bundling period, 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.
We are so excited to share all of these new products with you and see how you use them on your projects! Make sure you set your alarm and mark your calendar for Monday, August 10th at 8:00 am Pacific! We hope to see you there!
Hello friends! I hope you’re making the best of this socially distant summer and making some good memories along the way. Today I’m sharing a 12 x 12” layout following one of this month’s sketches. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: sketches make scrapbooking so easy! Here is the sketch I worked with:
This has been an atypical summer, but I’m more interested in making memories than sitting at my desk and documenting them, so this sketch was perfect to get a story of a fun afternoon at the pond documented quickly. When I’m working from a sketch, I like to work from the background up, building layers and making decisions as I go. For this one, I decided to use papers from the Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack to create a few layers behind my photos rather than just use one sheet of paper like in the sketch.
From the sketch, I liked the way the title was spread out over multiple lines and I decided to use repetition in my title. This sketch could also work well with a title that was a quote or longer statement. I used the Large Jane Alphabet Stamps in Outline, Polka Dot, and Stripes to stamp the word “summer” three times and then used the Large Jane Alphabet Metal Die to die-cut the letters and add them to my layout. These stamps are seriously my all-time favorite and they worked really well for making a big, bold statement on this layout, which I feel the sketch called for. I finished off the title by spelling out “fun” with the Navy Puffy Alphabet Stickers.
Instead of adding a strip of paper to the bottom of the page, which is what the sketch included, I decided to do a little more stamping! I used the repeated evergreen trees stamp from the Wild at Heart Stamp to create a cute tree border along the bottom of the page.
For my journaling, I decided to add more color by using one of the journaling tags from the July 2020 Kit instead of just writing directly on the page. I used the 3″ x 4” journaling tag with the blue bottom border and the rainbow at the top. The colors in the rainbow didn’t go with my page very well so I decided to cover them up with one of the chipboard pieces from the Summer Chipboard Stickers. I decided to use more of the chipboard to embellish the page and add some more dimension and texture.
I love using the sketches each month to create fast pages where I don’t have to think too much about how to create! Have you been enjoying the sketches this year? Share your layouts using this sketch on Instagram using the #ellestudio hashtag or in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!
We love a good trend, and you can find them everywhere—as well as in paper crafting! Today, design team member Patricia Roebuck is sharing a few fun trends that she’s added to a gorgeous traveler’s notebook spread, and if you haven’t yet created in this format, her project might have you persuaded! Let’s take a look!
Hello, Elle Studio friends! Today I want to share some ideas for creating in your traveler’s notebook using the July 2020 Kit and extras. In scrapbooking there are always trends we see pop up and it is the same for documenting in traveler’s notebooks! In my example today, I am using a single large photo, adding stamping and embellishments onto the photo, and journaling with details to tell the story behind an ordinary moment. Whether you are new or experienced in documenting in a traveler’s notebook, I hope this gives you one or more ideas to try!
I first decided on a photo that was both beautiful and has a story behind it with some solid colors so my stamping will stand out. I sized the photo in Lightroom to fit the traveler’s notebook, about 4 1/4” x 8 1/4”, then printed it on my Canon TS9020 printer. After I make any necessary trimming, I like to use double-sided tape, getting the tape at the edge so that the entire photo or page I adhere in the notebook stays flush.
There have been lots of trends to stamp directly onto photos, but lately I have been seeing the trend of stamping in white ink, so I followed the trend and used a white pigment ink pad with the Wild at Heart Stamp. Pigment ink dries extremely slowly, but applying heat will make it permanent on most surfaces quickly. Applying heat to a photo can damage the photo, so to prevent this from happening, I made sure my heat gun was very hot before applying it to my inked photo by testing it on my hand. Once hot enough, I just quickly move side to side across the inked areas for about 30 seconds to set the ink. With the ink set, I added a strip of Summer Tape Stickers a Summer Chipboard Sticker, a die-cut from the July Kit, and the Navy Dipped Puffy Alphabet Stickers.
The left side is where added my journaling. I first started this page by picking out a July Kit tag with colors and horizontal lines that would complement as well as add direction and movement to the photo. Working off the page size of a traveler’s notebook gives you the ability to add typed journaling, stitching and stamping. For this example, I use a separate piece of white cardstock, trimmed a little smaller than my notebook. I trimmed the July tag in half, placed it at the top and bottom of the white cardstock and used it as a guide to add pencil marks of where I can fit my typed journaling in between the pieces before adhering.
Just like the photo and the simplicity of the stamping and embellishments, I wanted to do the same for the journaling, but still bring attention to it. With the trimmed July tag, I stamped ‘here’s what happened” from the Wild at Heart Stamp to the top, and added white machine stitching across both parts of the tag to emphasize the horizontal direction of the lines, while adding texture. I adhered these above and below to frame my journaling.
I adhered this page into my traveler’s notebook using double-sided tape to ensure the inside edge will remain flush when I close my notebook. To add more framing, color and layers, I used a July Label to tuck under the cardstock on the left, adding the diagonal-lined “washi tape” strip from the Wild at Heart Stamp to the left of the journaling and then layered a Summer Chipboard Sticker to point towards the journaling. For more texture and details, I add two staples to a July Kit die cut, then adhered it with foam adhesive to the bottom portion of the tag. The last detail I added was another Summer Tape Sticker to layer over the stamping on the top portion of the tag.
I love the large photo trend, while adding stamping and embellishments to it as well as the story behind a photo. It is a perfect way to document in a traveler’s notebook to capture those small, ordinary moments! Give this a try using white ink, along with your July 2020 Kit and extras to add the perfect touch to accent your photo and frame your journaling!
Show us how you are using your monthly kit products in your traveler’s notebook! Share in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, where you’ll find other Elle’s Studio fans sharing a space, or post on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!