January Design Team Inspiration: Volume Three

Welcome to the third installation of our Design Team Inspiration posts! In case you missed them, check out the January reveal and volume two posts for even more cards, layouts, traveler’s notebooks and pocket pages created using the January kit and add-ons! We know that these projects will inspire you to record your special memories and document the ones you love this month:

Valentine’s Cards by Candace Perkins – supplies used | January 2020 KitYou Are Loved Die CutsWood Veneer SweetheartsLove Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack

Our Story by Marsha Farris – supplies used | January 2020 KitI Adore You StickersYou Are Loved Die CutsLa La Love You Puffy StickersLittle Moments Leatherette StickersWood Veneer Sweethearts, Wood Veneer NumbersLove Is 6 x 8.5 Paper StackLove You Lots Stamp, Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp

20 Years by Suzanna Lee – supplies used | January 2020 KitJanuary 2020 Cut Files, January LabelsI Adore You StickersYou Are Loved Die CutsLa La Love You Puffy StickersWood Veneer Sweethearts, XO Wood VeneerWood Veneer NumbersLove Is 6 x 8.5 Paper StackMini Dated Extras Stamp

XOXO by Amanda-jayne Baldwin – supplies used | January 2020 KitI Adore You StickersYou Are Loved Die CutsLa La Love You Puffy StickersLittle Moments Leatherette Stickers, Wood Veneer SweetheartsLove Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack

Special January Story by Jennifer McMurtrey – supplies used | January 2020 KitJanuary 2020 Cut FilesLa La Love You Puffy Stickers, Monthly Puffy Stickers, Little Moments Leatherette Stickers, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper StackLove You Lots Stamp

You Are Loved by Kristina Proffitt – supplies used | January 2020 KitYou Are Loved Die CutsI Adore You StickersLa La Love You Puffy StickersLittle Moments Leatherette Stickers, XO Wood Veneer, Wood Veneer Numbers,  Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper StackLove You Lots Stamp

He Loves by Melissa Mann – supplies used | January 2020 Kit, January 2020 Cut Files, January 2020 Print and Cut LabelsYou Are Loved Die CutsI Adore You Stickers, La La Love You Puffy StickersLittle Moments Leatherette StickersLove Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Love You Lots Stamp

First Birthday by Steph Grimes – supplies used | January 2020 Kit, January LabelsYou Are Loved Die CutsI Adore You StickersLa La Love You Puffy StickersValentine Multi Color Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Little Moments Leatherette Stickers, Wood Veneer SweetheartsLove Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Mini Days of the Week Stamp

Show us what you’re creating with your monthly kit and add-ons! Share on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or with fellow ES fans in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group—a place where you can find more inspiration and friendly chats!

Blue Hue in Pockets with Amy Jo Vanden Brink

Our monthly kit and add-ons are so full of color, that it is easy for you to customize your projects with a variety of color schemes and combinations! Today design team member Amy Jo Vanden Brink is with us for her first post of 2020, to share a beautiful new pocket page that was inspired by a hue found in her photos, and also our January Kit! Let’s take a look:

Hello! It’s Amy Jo here with you today, and I have a really fun pocket page spread to share with you.  The January 2020 kit and add-ons is so fun and versatile, and the bright colors instantly made me think of the photos from our Legoland trip last spring for my son’s 6th birthday.

Supplies | January 2020 Kit, True Love PrintablesJanuary Labels, I Adore You Stickers, Magical Memories Acetate Die Cuts, La La Love You Puffy Stickers, Little Moments Leatherette Stickers, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Mini Dated Stamp

The beautiful blue hue, found often in my photos and also in the January 2020 Kit, was so easy to work with across both sides of the spread, starting with the star paper from the Love Is Paper Stack.  I used a few acetate pieces from the Magical Memories Acetate Die Cuts and tried to pair them with other pieces, like the fun Little Moments Leatherette Stickers, to help keep them in place.  


I had some extra Instax photos that I wanted to add into the layout, and I also used the Little Moments Leatherette Stickers to hold one of them down here on the left side.  I find that Instax photos are so slick they don’t always like to stay in place even with extra adhesive, so a solution like this works well.  The Mini Dated Stamp in yellow also helped bring some color into the journaling tag on the top left.


On the right side, I used one of the True Love Printables to make a small pocket for the bottom left photo, and added the I Adore You small word stickers to the top right photo. I always love to pair word stickers with a small embellishment so that they don’t feel like they are floating in the middle of a photo needlessly, and the La La Love You Puffy Sticker heart was perfect here.


Thanks for joining me today and I hope this layout gives you some inspiration to pull a color from your photos to kick off your creating!

Show us what you’re creating with our January 2020 kit and add-ons by posting in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

La La Love Color with Jen McMurtrey

Hey friends! It’s Jen today and I am so excited to be returning for another year with the Elle’s Studio creative team!

Can we all just take a moment to discuss the amazing new Love is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack that Elle released this month? I mean, seriously, the colors and patterns are gorgeous and, bonus, the papers are now larger! I was so inspired by the new paper stack that I used six of the papers on one layout. Six!

Let’s take a look at how those six patterned papers and a couple of stamps turned into this project about my kiddos:

Supplies | La La Love You Puffy Stickers, Little Moments Leatherette Stickers, Love is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Love You Lots Stamp, Months of the Year Stamp, Everyday Tabs Stamp, Everyday Tabs Die

Lately, I’ve been on a rainbow kick, which inspired me to use the strips of patterned paper from the Love is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack for the background. Using two inch pieces, I staggered them vertically on white cardstock and machine-stitched them in place. Next, I folded the borders and distressed them using a bone folder to press and tear the edges.

This month’s Love You Lots Stamp is so cute and I adore the doodle heart in particular. To add interest to the strips of paper, I stamped several lines in corresponding colors on vellum and then went over them with the heart in black ink. After everything was dry, I fussy cut the hearts and adhered them to the papers using a Xyron.

When these photos of my kids were taken, they begrudgingly agreed to sit on the hearth at my mom’s house and pose for the camera. However, despite some great photos, the candid shots are the ones that I love the most—the ones of them speaking to each other when they thought I wasn’t taking pictures. Because I wanted to focus on the photos, I placed the title directly on them using the La La Love You Puffy Stickers.

In addition to the title, I used the Everyday Tabs Stamp and Die and added a couple of the Little Moments Leatherette Stickers to the photos for more texture and depth.

Lastly, I used the Months of the Year Stamp to add the fun circle outlines around the vellum hearts. 

I can’t wait to continue creating with the new Love is Paper Stack and I am excited to see your projects as well! Be sure to tag @ellesstudio on social media posts and use the hashtag #EllesStudio so we don’t miss out. Thanks for stopping by today!

Documenting a Favorite Story with Katarina Prevendarova

We love seeing you use your favorite pieces from our monthly kit and add-ons to create beautiful things, and today, for her first post as a new Elle’s Studio design team member, Katarina Prevendarova is sharing which products are her favorite, and teaching us some fun ways to use them with a new layout! Let’s see what she created!

Hi friends! It’s Katarina here with my first blog post for Elle’s Studio! Let me begin with saying how excited I am about 2020 bringing me this chance to work together with super talented crafters, and play with the most amazing products to bring you some crafty inspiration!

When I saw the January kit and extras for the first time, I immediately knew I would use it a lot to scrap photos of my husband and son, as it was all about love. Here I decided to scrap a cute photo of these two from our autumn weekend hike.

Supplies | January 2020 Kit, I Adore You StickersYou Are Loved Die Cuts, Magical Memories Acetate Die Cuts, La La Love You Puffy StickersValentine Multi Color Puffy Alphabet StickersPuffy Autumn Heart Stickers, Little Moments Leatherette Stickers, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Love You Lots StampMini Dated Extras Stamp

Those who know me also know that I really love stamping, and since one of my favorites from this month’s add-ons was the Love You Lots Stamp, I wanted to do some stamping on the background. I took both heart stamps from the set and chose to use my favorite technique: stamping on a white background and heat embossing with a transparent powder. That way the white background stays “conserved.” Next, I used a dry brush and made a bunch of horizontal strokes with gray watercolor paint, which immediately made my white hearts pop against the background.

Tip: If you want your stamped pattern to be nice and shiny, you can use a rubber eraser to lightly erase the paint remains.

My other favorite product was the Little Moments Leatherette Stickers. I used them for my title together with the Valentine Multi Color Puffy Alphabet Stickers.

On the opposite side of the layout I created a little cluster of embellishments to place a label with date. I felt like adding a pop of yellow to brighten up the layout and for that I grabbed a yellow acetate heart from the Magical Memories Acetate Die Cuts and yellow hearts from the Puffy Autumn Heart Stickers. To nest the cluster I tore a part of the white background paper and backed it with the gray heart and dot pattern from the Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack.

To complete the visual triangle I created a vellum pocket in the bottom part of my layout. To better ground the pocket, I added brush strokes at the base with gray watercolor and placed a black and white hearts sticker from the I Adore You Stickers under the pocket which hides a tag I made for my journaling.

Tip: I only wrote a general sentence on the front and placed the main story on the back side of my tag, that way my journaling stays private.

And that’s about it friends! I hope I inspired you to go and play with your monthly kit and add-ons or try the fun heat emboss/watercolor technique with the new Love You Lots Stamp. Don’t forget to share your projects with us on Instagram by tagging #ellesstudio. We love to see what you create!

Hugs & Kisses with Guest Designer Tazhiana Gordon

Hello Elle Studio readers! It’s Tazhiana, and I’m back with my second project for this month. I hope you enjoyed what I shared last week in my first post, and I think you’re going to get a kick out of this one! 

Supplies | January 2020 Kit, January 2020 Cut Files, You Are Loved Die CutsI Adore You Stickers, La La Love You Puffy Stickers, Little Moments Leatherette Stickers, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Love You Lots Stamp

One of my favorite parts of working with Elle’s products in general is how many color palettes and moods you can create from a single box! My last layout felt very green and blue, so I went to the opposite end of the spectrum and played with reds and pinks for this page, which was a perfect color palette for scrapping this photo of my cat, Minerva, and I. She’s my favorite scrap buddy and I had to document how much I love that monster. I knew the second I saw the Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack that I had to create a layout making the patterns the star so that’s where I started. I chose four patterns, tore them at an angle, layered them on top of each other and a white cardstock 9″ x 12″ background, and then stitched a border around my page using a zig-zag stitch and red thread. I love how the pop of red adds a bit more color and the ripped patterned papers made such a fun element at the top of the page. 

Next, I went to work on the rest of my layout. The January 2020 Cut Files this month are so much fun and I could not resist the sweet heart files! I cut them from the red and pink patterns from the Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack and then I cut them again on vellum, both to soften the colors of the hearts so they blend a bit more into the background and also because vellum is a cool texture to play with! It adds a bit of whimsy and a dreamy quality when it’s used in large quantities like it is here. I didn’t want to stick the vellum all the way down because I liked the texture it adds, so I just attached it with a single staple. I also cut my title on the same red pattern while I had my machine on and the paper loaded onto my mat.

Once that detail work was finished, I went to work on embellishing my layout. I first matted my photo using multiple patterns from the Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, making sure to have a ripped edge on at least one side to repeat that torn element from the top layers. Next, I decided to take a huge risk and play with the Love You Lots Stamp. I am not the best at stamping, but the set was just too cute not to use and I was armed with a Misti so I figured I could make it work! I used a woodgrain journaling tag from the January 2020 Kit and stamped out a banner and sentiment on the top of the card, then layered hearts on the body of the card using Memento Chalk inks. The colors matched the papers perfectly—it was a match made in heaven! After heat setting the inks, I added my journaling on the tag and went to work on wrapping the layout and the embellishments up. 

I grabbed the You Are Loved Die Cuts and pulled out labels and hearts to add to the top of the photo cluster. I used a few Little Moments Leatherette Stickers to add a banner with a sentiment as well as a circle sticker to repeat the grey color that popped up in my background. I like to repeat colors to tie a layout together—it makes the whole thing feel a bit more cohesive. After adding the die cuts and the stickers, I stuck down my title using some glue and then sprinkled some La La Love You Puffy Stickers around the page to add a bit more color and texture. Puffy stickers feel like the cherry on top of a sundae, and they’re my favorite accent at the very end of a layout. After a few hearts, I called the layout good! 

I hope you enjoyed this layout that I created using the Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, the Love You Lots Stamp and the January Cut Files, and I hope that you found some inspiration here. This page was super easy and so much fun to make! If you want to see how it all came together, I created a process video, which you can watch here:

Cheers till next week! 

Hi! I’m Tazhi and I’m a 29 year old crafter from Brooklyn, NY. I live with my husband and two kittens, Astoria and Minerva. 

I discovered the whole idea of memory keeping a few years ago and always kept albums of photos throughout high school. It wasn’t until August of 2016 that I stumbled onto the memory keeping community on Instagram and plunged headfirst down this rabbit hole. Since then, I’ve added different mediums to my repertoire and I think I’ve finally developed a personal style. I love just about all mediums this hobby has to offer, from pocket pages to large traditional scrapbooking. I think there is deep, deep value in telling your own story and not letting someone else tell it for you, and that is what keeps me attached to the glue and the paper and the stickers. When I’m not making, I’m drooling over what other people are making, writing or listening to music. It’s an absolute joy to be able to share my stories with you! 

Tazhi’s will be back with her final project next week, but until then find more of her work at her links below:

Blog – https://preciselytazhi.wordpress.com/

IG – https://www.instagram.com/preciselytazhi

FB – https://www.facebook.com/preciselytazhi

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/tazhianagordon

January Design Team Inspiration: Volume 2

We hope you loved last week’s Reveal Design Team Inspiration post! Seeing one project using the January 2020 kit and add-ons from each of our talented design team members in one place inspires us so much, and today, we have more to share! Save these projects from our design team to help inspire you to create when your kit lands on your doorstep!

Skating pocket page by Amy Jo Vanden Brink – supplies used | January 2020 Kit, I Adore You Stickers, You Are Loved Die Cuts, Magical Memories Acetate Die Cuts, Valentine Multi Color Puffy Alphabet StickersLittle Moments Leatherette Stickers, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack

XO by Daniela – supplies used | January 2020 KitI Adore You StickersYou Are Loved Die CutsLa La Love You Puffy Stickers, Red Puffy Alphabet StickersLittle Moments Leatherette StickersXO Wood Veneer, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Love You Lots StampMini Dated Extras Stamp

Love You pocket page spread by Jess Forster – supplies used | January 2020 KitI Adore You StickersYou Are Loved Die CutsLa La Love You Puffy Stickers, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper StackLove You Lots Stamp

My Favorite Men by Katarina Prevendarova – supplies used | January 2020 Kit, I Adore You StickersYou Are Loved Die CutsLa La Love You Puffy StickersRed Puffy Alphabet StickersLittle Moments Leatherette Stickers, Wood Veneer Sweethearts, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper StackLove You Lots Stamp

So Sweet by Patricia Roebuck – supplies used | January 2020 Kit, January LabelsYou Are Loved Die CutsLa La Love You Puffy Stickers, Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Black Puffy Alphabet StickersLittle Moments Leatherette StickersWood Veneer NumbersLove Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Mini Dated Extras Stamp, Love You Lots Stamp, Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp

La La Love You by Stacie Watson – supplies used | January 2020 KitI Adore You StickersWhite Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Wood Veneer SweetheartsLove Is 6 x 8.5 Paper StackLove You Lots Stamp

Love These Little Moments traveler’s notebook spread by Nathalie Leonelli – supplies used | January 2020 KitYou Are Loved Die CutsLittle Moments Leatherette Stickers, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack

On This Day by Tracey Fox – supplies used | January 2020 Kit,  January 2020 Cut Files, January LabelsLa La Love You Puffy StickersLittle Moments Leatherette StickersLove Is 6 x 8.5 Paper StackLove You Lots Stamp

Be sure to watch this space all week for more design team projects using the January 2020 kit and add-ons, and share what inspires you in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Simple and Sweet Cards with Candace Perkins

If you love sending handmade cards, a new year is a great time to take a look at your card stash and decide what cards you need to create more of! Our January kit and add-ons include so many products that are perfect for making creative, custom handmade greetings, and design team member Candace Perkins is sharing three fun, sweet and simple designs with us today that we know you will want to re-create! Let’s take a look:

Hello friends!  It’s Candace, and I’m happy to be here with you to share some quick and easy Valentine’s Day cards created using goodies from the latest products included in the January extras. Last year I didn’t make many cards so I made a pretty big dent in my card stash. Now my stash is really hurting for some ready-made cards for all types of occasions.  

One of my favorite extras this month is the new  Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack. I always adore the paper Elle creates because it is useful for so many different projects, and on today’s, I used the paper pad to create three fun Valentine’s Day cards.

Here is a look at the cards!

Card #1: Super Simple!  Let the paper do the talking! 

For this card I let the patterned paper do the talking. I cut the striped paper to 3″ x 3″ and used the pattern as a guide for the letter stickers. Simple and dimensional. Take a look at the papers in your collection and let them inspire you to create a simple card! 

Card #2: Repeated Stamping!  

On my second card, I used the new Love You Lots Stamp as inspiration and created a repeated stamped pattern on the base using the sketchy heart. Next, using the hearts from the You Are Loved Die Cuts, I stitched down the center or side of the hearts to create interest and dimension. After stitching, I pulled on the edges of the hearts to make them pop! Lastly, I added a mixed sentiment by using a combination of Wood Veneer Numbers and the “Happy Love Day!” phrase from the I Adore You Stickers. What stamps can you use to create a repeated stamp pattern on your cards? 

Card #3: Patterns with Paper & Stitching

The last card was created by cutting 1/2 inch strips of paper and combining them on the card base to create a custom striped pattern.  Keeping the lines simple and clean, I stitched down the center of the paper strips.  To create an embellishment cluster, I combined an “XO” I Adore You Sticker, a bundle of thread and puffy heart sticker from the La La Love You Puffy Stickers. Try cutting up paper in your stash and combine the pattern with a bit of stitching: What will you create?

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope this inspired you to create some fun and easy cards to add to your card stash! Have a beautiful day! 

Supplies | You Are Loved Die Cuts, I Adore You Stickers, La La Love You Puffy Stickers, Wood Veneer Numbers, Love Is 6×8 Paper Pad, Love You Lots Stamp 

Stamping Love with Amanda-jayne Baldwin

We love our monthly stamp sets here at Elle’s Studio—each one is specially designed to work with the monthly kit and add-ons to help you get creative and make the most of whatever you are documenting. Today, design team member, and stamp-lover extraordinare Amanda-jayne Baldwin is showing us the versatility and amazing things that you can achieve with our new Love You Lots Stamp. We know you’ll love what she has to share as much as the stamp! Let’s see what she created!

Welcome back to the Elle’s Studio blog! It’s Amanda here, and today I am shining the product spotlight on the fabulous, new Love You Lots Stamp! As always, the Elle’s Studio stamps have my heart! I mean seriously, they are simply the BEST! I get so excited for the stamp release every month—SO good! But enough of the chatter, here’s that amazing stamp in action with my latest layout:

Supplies | I Adore You Stickers, La La Love You Puffy Stickers, Valentine Multi Color Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Little Moments Leatherette Stickers, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Love You Lots Stamp

Oh my heart! Love you lots, indeed! What a terrific stamp set! From the fabulous hand drawn heart icons to the labels, phrases and sentiments, this stamp certainly has it all! I couldn’t resist getting a bit inky and created a super sweet page of me and my true love!

Here’s a closer look at my scrapbook page:

Isn’t this just gorgeous?! Those hand drawn hearts inspired me to create a hearts on hearts design, and once I got stamping I just couldn’t stop! As my photo was black and white, I knew I could opt for any color scheme, and the pretty striped paper from the Love Is Paper Stack was to good to refuse! It totally dictated the colors I chose to stamp with and gave me all the feels! Who doesn’t love a rainbow of hearts, right? I trimmed my cardstock down to 11″ x 12″ and butted strips of this awesome striped paper down the sides of my layout. 

Next, I took a few of my fave coordinating ink pads and stamped up a variety of both the solid and hand drawn hearts.I fussy cut them out, and organized them into color order according to the stripes on the Love Is Paper Stack pattern. I then arranged them onto my cardstock base in a large heart shape. Rather than gluing, I machine stitched these hearts into place so that I could fold back the hearts to create a 'wing-like' dimensional effect. I just love how effective this looks! 

In keeping with the orderly design, I then repeat-stamped a mix of the sentiments to fill the inside of the large heart. I loved how this looked, but to break up the monotony of the stamped words & add more visual appeal, I also added the occasional color-coordinating sticker.

The mixture of textures; in particular the combination of La La Love You Puffy Stickers, Little Moments Leatherette Stickers and the stamped and folded hearts really added that ‘extra’ something to this fun and playful design!

With so much color in the stamping, I wanted to keep my photograph simple and understated. I decided to avoid backing it with colorful paper, and instead, layered it over the fabulous heart background. 

I embellished my photo with the “love of my life” sticker from the I Adore You Stickers, but otherwise left it pretty plain so it would stand out against all that delicious inky color! Perfect!

For finishing touches and a polished look, I added the black “my favorite” and “XO” La La Love You Puffy Stickers around the exterior of the large heart. Last but by no means least, I had to add some journaling with our amazing Love You Lots Stamp! Striking black ink ensured that this journal spot was easily identified and bold in its intention. Love it! 

Bright & beautiful stamping for the win! I hope I have inspired you to get a ‘lil’ inky with the fabulous Love You Lots Stamp

New Puppy Love with Stacie Watson

We are so excited to welcome Stacie Watson to the blog for her first post as a new Elle’s Studio design team member. Stacie creates beautiful pocket pages, planner spreads and traveler’s notebooks that combine color, texture and product in a beautiful way—not unlike what she’s sharing with us today! Plus, throw in a super-cute puppy and we’re just smitten with what she has to share. Let’s take a look!

Hello and Happy New Year! It’s Stacie here with you today and I’m so excited to be joining the Elle’s Studio design team and to be sharing my first project today! The January kit and add-ons were perfect for my first project. All of the love sentiments and hearts made it an easy decision for me to document the newest member of our family, Timber, who we got for Christmas.  I decided on a traveler’s notebook to document her first year with us.                                                                    

Supplies | January 2020 Kit, January Labels, You Are Loved Die Cuts, I Adore You Stickers, La La Love You Puffy Stickers, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Little Moments Leatherette Stickers, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Love You Lots Stamp 

Since we are completely smitten with our new puppy, I knew that I wanted to add a lot of hearts to the spread. The You Are Loved Die Cuts, with all of the die cut heart shapes was the perfect jumping off point for this layout. I picked out several of the heart shapes and arranged them on the page then sewed them down. To do this, I first took the notebook apart so that I could easily put it through my sewing machine. It will remain apart until the notebook is finished, then I’ll bind it back together.                                                                

For the left side of the spread, I picked out a journaling tag from the January 2020 Kit then printed a picture of Timber to add to the tag before I began layering embellishments. I used the “This Happened” and “Adorable” January Labels, a few more die cuts from the January Kit and the “sweet heart” and “love love love” tag from the You Are Loved Die Cuts. To finish this side I added her name using the Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers and a couple of hearts from the Little Moments Leatherette Stickers.                                                                

After completing the left side, the right side felt like it needed something else. I picked out the polka dot paper from the Love Is Paper Stack and cut off two strips to add to each side. I finished with two stickers from the I Adore You Stickers and a little bit of stamping using the Love You Lots Stamp.                                                                 

I hope this traveler’s notebook spread has inspired you to use your Elle’s Studio January kit and add-ons to create something awesome about someone special in your life, whether that be in a traveler’s notebook spread, layout, pocket page or mini album! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Show us how you’re documenting someone you love with your January 2019 kit and extras! Post to Instagram using the #EllesStudio hashtag or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, where you can connect with other Elle’s Studio fans!

A Love List with January Guest Designer Tazhiana Gordon

We are so excited to kick off a new year with a wonderful guest designer—someone we’ve been watching for quite a while now! Tazhiana Gordon’s designs are completely eye-catching, colorful and layered—whether they be mini albums, full layouts or pocket pages. We are smitten with her bold and beautiful style, and we know you will love what she’s created with our January kit and add-ons. Let’s take a look at her first project!

Hello Elle Studio readers! My name is Tazhiana and I am pleased as punch to be the guest designer for January. The releases this month are so good, you guys, and I dug in right away to make this layout, pocket page combo for my first project. 

Supplies | January 2020 Kit, You Are Loved Die Cuts, I Adore You Stickers, Jane Alphabet Stickers — Black, Little Moments Leatherette Stickers, Wood Veneer Numbers, Wood Veneer Sweethearts, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack

I was inspired by the Wood Veneer Numbers as well as the labels in the You Are Loved Die Cuts and the overall theme of love in this month’s collection to make a layout with a list of 10 things I love about my husband. I picked out a variety of label sizes and colors and used that to size my text in Photoshop, before cutting it all down to fit and sticking my journaling onto the labels. I started off with an 8.5″ x 11″ photo of my husband that I added a strip from the Love Is Paper Stack to make 12″ long—the same length as a page protector. Side note: I was super excited to see that paper pack in the kit! I see a lot of travelers notebook style pages in my future using those papers!

After sticking down all the text to the labels, I arranged them cascading down the left side of the photo where there was the most empty space. I then used the Wood Veneer Numbers to number my labels and to add a bit of texture and fun. I love how they added height and dimension and made my list more of a list, rather than a cascade of labels. They made this page feel that much more finished. On the bottom right of the photo, I used some hearts from the same You Are Loved Die Cuts as well as a sticker from the I Adore You Stickers and called that side of the spread done! 

For the left side of the spread, I used a 6″ x 12″ page protector and printed out 3 photos of my husband and I to fill the pockets. I’m a big fan of continuity and repeating elements, so to embellish the photos, I used labels from the die cuts in the January Kit as well as a Little Moments Leatherette heart. Repeating elements helps to tie a spread together, especially when there are as many colors going on like there are in the photos I chose. Finally, I grabbed a 4″ x 6″ tag from the January Kit to use as my title card. I loved that green one because green is my favorite color and Joshua was wearing green in the large photo—serendipitous scrapbooking at its very best! I used the black Jane Alphabet Stickers to add a title, then a Little Moments Leatherette heart, and a Wood Veneer Sweetheart to  carry the wood veneer from the right side to the left side. That completed the spread and I am pleased as punch with how this came out. 

I hope you enjoyed this spread that I made using the January kit and add-ons and that you found some inspiration here. If you’d like to see how it all came together, check out the process video below:

This page was super easy and so much fun to make. I am so excited to keep diving into this pile of January goodies and I cannot wait to share with you again next week!

Hi! I’m Tazhi and I’m a 29 year old crafter from Brooklyn, NY. I live with my husband and two kittens, Astoria and Minerva. 

I discovered the whole idea of memory keeping a few years ago and always kept albums of photos throughout high school. It wasn’t until August of 2016 that I stumbled onto the memory keeping community on Instagram and plunged headfirst down this rabbit hole. Since then, I’ve added different mediums to my repertoire and I think I’ve finally developed a personal style. I love just about all mediums this hobby has to offer, from pocket pages to large traditional scrapbooking. I think there is deep, deep value in telling your own story and not letting someone else tell it for you, and that is what keeps me attached to the glue and the paper and the stickers. When I’m not making, I’m drooling over what other people are making, writing or listening to music. It’s an absolute joy to be able to share my stories with you! 

Find more of Tazhi’s work at her links below while you wait for her next post to go live next week!

Blog – https://preciselytazhi.wordpress.com/

IG – https://www.instagram.com/preciselytazhi

FB – https://www.facebook.com/preciselytazhi

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/tazhianagordon