One Product, Five Ways: Neutral Die Cut Labels

We love labels here at Elle’s Studio, and this month’s Neutral Die Cut Labels are the perfect pack of gray and black labels that coordinate with any color scheme in an assortment of shapes and sizes! Let’s take a look at five different ways that our team used them on their projects this month:

  1. Create a grid background of labels, the way that Suzanna did here! This variety of shaped labels, arranged vertically and horizontally and topped with our other fun add-on embellishments create one fantastic layout!

2. Repeat to create movement across your page or spread, as Jess Forster did here on this gorgeous pocket page spread. Repeating black Neutral Die Cut Labels in an odd number with our Thankful Chipboard Label Stickers created the perfect repeating element to carry your eye around her project, filled with beautiful photos and a great story.

3. Cut them and add them to the edge of a photo, a tag, or patterned paper! We love the way that Kristina used the large black label here to hold her sweet title on the white space of her photo on the left, then repeated the same technique on the right to add a fun sentiment on a similar photo. These labels really make those photos the focal points of her spread.

4. Add stamping inside of them, like Tracey has done on this layout using our Documented Stamp. By masking off the edges using washi tape. you can stamp repeatedly in the center of your label, creating a graphic and bold design!

5. Layer your labels! Marsha Farris did a great job at layering our Neutral Die Cut Labels with our colorful October Labels and tags from our October 2020 Kit, in three different areas to add additional layers to her traveler’s notebook spread. These neutral labels can combine with any color scheme you choose!

We hope this inspires you to pull out your Neutral Die Cut Labels and get crafty this weekend! Share what you create using them with us by posting in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

This Time Last Year with Tracey Fox

If you’re like me, you have spent a good amount of 2020 reflecting on how much our lives have been transformed and how different things were last year. Occasionally, I will see a photo from last year that just stops me in my tracks and causes me to marvel at just how much has changed. One such photo is this selfie I snapped at a formal work event last October. I hadn’t scrapbooked this photo yet and had assumed that when I did, I would document the event and file the page away with layouts from 2019. Instead, I decided to create a layout with journaling told from my current perspective and title the layout “This Time Last Year.” 

Supplies | October 2020 KitJewel Journaling Tags, Neutral Die Cut LabelsThankful Chipboard Label StickersAutumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackDocumented Stamp, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp — OutlineMedium Jane Alphabet Stamp — Solid

I gathered red, gray, and black supplies from the October kit and extras and reached for the new Documented Stamp and planned to incorporate it into the layout as well, since the sentiments went perfectly with the story I wanted to tell. 

I was so excited to play with the new Medium Jane Alphabet Stamps for my title, and since I stamped my title directly onto my layout, I did that stamping first (just in case I messed up!) and built the rest of the layout design around it. I stamped the whole title in black using the outline Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp, and then I went in and filled in the letters with red and light gray ink using the solid Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp

I printed my long journaling out on clear sticker paper, which made it easy to place exactly where I wanted around the stamped title. I then grabbed the new Neutral Die Cut Labels, and I laid them out all over the page and around the title and journaling to create a gallery wall effect. It was so fun to fill the page like this without using patterned paper! 

I matted my 4″ x 6″ photo using red and black paper from the Jewel Polka Dot Paper Stack and added it to the layout with a red Jewel Journaling Tag peeking out at the top. Once I added my photo to the page, I started playing with the Documented Stamp, using it to fill in some of the labels around the page. To create the repeated stamping inside some of the labels, I used washi tape to mask off the printed borders of the labels before stamping the words and phrases over and over. I also did the repeated stamping across a gray die cut heart from the October Kit.  

To put some final touches and embellishment on the layout, I added some of the Thankful Chipboard Label StickersAutumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, gray ink splatters, and bits of bold, black stitching around the page.

What stories could you tell with the prompt, “this time last year?” I hope you’ll pause and reflect on some of those stories and take some time to document them in your albums!

How will you use the prompt, “this time last year?” Share your project with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio! We’d love to see your thoughtful project!

Autumn Gratitude Documented with Amanda-jayne Baldwin

Hi, Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Amanda here and I am so excited to be shining the product spotlight on our gorgeous new Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack! It’s no secret that I love a good patterned paper, but polka dots in all the colors?! Oh yes, please! Inspired by my autumn days family photograph, and all the fall feels, I created a very warm and cozy patchwork style layout with the Jewel Polka Dot papers.

Supplies | October 2020 Kit, Autumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Autumn Wood Veneers, Acrylic Leaves, Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

How sweet is this?! SO cute for fall! Let’s take a closer look at this fun design: 

October always evokes those warm & cozy feels, thankful thoughts and lots of family time. Literally, my ‘heart is full of gratitude’ and this little sentiment, a die cut from the October 2020 Kit, inspired my patchwork design to incorporate a heart pattern.

To prepare this layout, I trimmed a mix of the Jewel Polka Dot patterns into 3″ x 3″ squares, and then sliced them into half diagonally to create my triangle ‘patches’. 

Top tip: Like all good quilters will tell you, this design requires precision! Measure twice, cut once! Be sure to line up all your squares & triangles before gluing into place.

I used warmer colors to mimic the fallen leaves in my photograph, and arranged them into a geometric heart design on my white cardstock base. I really liked the notion of my heart being full, exploding if you will, with gratitude and hence my decision to keep the heart slightly oversized, stretched out to the very edges of my page.

I glued all the triangles into position, and then chose to hand sew a chunky, straight stitch around the heart. This stitching not only creates definition and interest to the heart, but also enhances that quilted look. Love it!

I backed my 6″ x 4″ photograph with the green Jewel Polka Dot paper as this color features in my photograph and it also contrasts beautifully with the colors in the heart. I also layered  the 6″ x 4″ woodgrain journaling tag from the October Kit behind my photo, and tucked in that sweet family time sentiment too! I positioned my photo cluster onto the center of my heart, and embellished with a mix of Autumn Wood Veneers and Acrylic Leaves

I loved how that green polka dot paper ‘popped’ on the heart, so I decided to cut out a few triangles in the green paper to surround the heart design and enhance the look of the ‘quilted square’. This really trimmed my page and brought the whole look together. For finishing touches, I foam mounted that ‘Heart Full of Gratitude’ die cut and layered it onto my photo. 

Autumn creating made oh so lovely with the Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack! I hope it inspired you! 

Happy fall creating!

Love our newest polka dot paper stack? Show us how you are using it in your projects! Post an image on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or share it in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

New 2021 monthly products are available now!

We are excited to announce that we have added 20+ brand new monthly themed products to our shop that will help you document your 2021 memories! Here is a closer look at the new products:

There are three brand new stamp designs: Daily Tabs (which coordinates with our Everyday Tabs metal die), Notes from Today, and Daily Details stamp. We have also updated our popular Dated and Mini Dated stamp to extend the years to 2024!

Our new paper products include: 3 x 8 inch Monthly Highlight tags, 4 x 6 inch Calendar Templates, 3 x 4 inch Days of the Week tags, 3 x 4 Monthly Highlights, and 3 x 4 inch 2021 calendars!

There are fun Days of the Week stickers in four different colors (warm, cool, autumn, neutral) and also available in a bundle option! We also added new Monthly cardstock stickers, Acetate Months, and Weekly die cut labels!

Our popular yearly acrylics are included in this reveal, too! Our 2021 acrylics come in two sizes: large (black, gold, white, wood) and small (black, gold, white, wood)!

To celebrate this reveal we have a special TREAT for you! You can save $5 off your $25 order with coupon code SAVE5 or save $10 off your $50 order with coupon code SAVE10 in our shop now:

Thank you so much for joining us today for this exciting reveal! We are so grateful for your support and we are excited to see how you use these new products to document the upcoming year!

October Design Team Inspiration: Volume Three

What’s on your list to document using the October kit and add-ons? Whether its special autumn moments, or fun Halloween nights, our newest products can help you get these photos and memories in your albums! Let’s take a look at how our design team did that today with these 8 new projects!

Autumn pocket page spread by Amy Jo Vanden Brink – supplies used | October 2020 Kit, Jewel Journaling Tags, Autumn PrintablesAutumn Wood Veneers, Documented Stamp

Relax by Katarina Prevendarova – supplies used | October 2020 KitOctober Labels, Neutral Die Cut LabelsThankful Chipboard Label StickersAutumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy StickersAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Documented Stamp, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline

Pumpkins pocket page by Jess Forster – supplies used | October 2020 Kit, Jewel Journaling Tags, Autumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Autumn Wood Veneers, Documented Stamp

Fun by Daniela – supplies used | October 2020 KitThankful Chipboard Label StickersAcetate StarsAutumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Autumn Wood VeneersJewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackDocumented StampMedium Jane Alphabet Stamp — OutlineMini Dated Extras Stamp

Pumpkin Carving traveler’s notebook spread by Marsha Farris – supplies used | October 2020 Kit, Happy Halloween StickersThankful Chipboard Label StickersAutumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Acetate StarsJewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackDocumented StampMedium Jane Alphabet Stamp — OutlineMedium Jane Alphabet Stamp — Solid, Winifred Alphabet Stamp, Hazel Alphabet Stamp

Thankful for Today by Kristina Proffitt – supplies used | October 2020 KitNeutral Die Cut LabelsThankful Chipboard Label StickersAutumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Autumn Wood Veneers, Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackDocumented Stamp

October 2019 pocket page spread by Steph Grimes – supplies used | October 2020 Kit, Jewel Journaling TagsAutumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Autumn Wood VeneersJewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackMedium Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline, Documented StampMini Dated Stamp, Mini Dated Extras Stamp

Hitchcocktober by Tracey Fox – supplies used | October 2020 Kit, Jewel Journaling TagsHappy Halloween Stickers, Thankful Chipboard Label StickersAutumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline, Mini Dated Stamp

Share what you’re recording with us using our newest products! Post your projects on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or join our Facebook Group and share your project in a new discussion! Either way, we can’t wait to see what you’re making!

Fall Fun in Pockets with Kristina Proffitt

What fall activities have become traditions that you go back to year after year? These family fun days were meant to be documented with our October kit and add-ons, and Kristina Proffitt is with us today to share how she did just that—in pockets—and added a bit extra to be sure her favorite photos made it into her album. Let’s take a look!

Hi friends! It’s Kristina here and today I’m going to share with you a pocket page spread about one of my most favorite fall family traditions—going to our local pumpkin barn. This year we went in the middle of the week right when they opened and basically had the entire place to ourselves, which made it even more wonderful. 

Oftentimes I love to create a single page spread in my albums devoted entirely to either a day of fun or some activity that we did as a family. Single page spreads are great, but I wanted to show you how you can always highlight a couple of other photos by adding an additional 6″ x 8″ page protector to the front of your spread if you have some extra special favorites that you’d love to showcase. 

Supplies | October 2020 KitNeutral Die Cut Labels, Happy Halloween Stickers, Thankful Chipboard Label Stickers, Autumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Autumn Wood Veneers                                               

There are so many great journaling tags and embellishments in the October release to use when documenting all of the fun that you’re having this fall. One of my favorites from the kit is this woodgrain 4″ x 6″ journaling tag. I printed my journaling right onto it and then added a simple little die cut from the kit, too. 

One of the cool things about all of the Elle’s Studio kit pieces and extras is how well they not only coordinate together, but, ironically enough—how versatile they are by themselves, too! So many of these products can be used at various times during the year and I love taking a tag from the kit and then creating my own customized look by adhering stickers, chipboard, or other embellishments to it. It’s fun to take a plain tag and make it your own!

Here’s another look at the tag that I put my own spin on. How fun are the Autumn Wood Veneers this month?! SO fun! It’s so neat how a simple embellishment can really accentuate a photo, and I love adding all sorts of embellishments to them. You’ll see me doing that a lot on this spread, and most everything I create! It’s a simple and easy way to embellish your pocket pages without going too crazy or having to think about it too much. That’s another beauty of the Elle’s Studio kits: a lot of the guesswork is already done for you! 

I know this Mama appreciates that! 

Even on 4″ x 6″ photos in my spread, I love taking the opportunity to look at the lines of the photo and see what sort embellishment that I can use on it. Now, don’t get me wrong, every photograph does NOT need an embellishment, but adding chipboard to photographs like the pumpkin photo above is fun and I think looks really cool, don’t ya think? Those Thankful Chipboard Label Stickers this month are a for sure favorite of mine! 

Now onto the part I talked about earlier in my post: adding additional photos and/or journaling to a single pocket page. On this spread, I printed out two 6″ x 8″ photographs that I loved and wanted to include in my spread, but I just ran out of room for them. The front photo is this photo of my husband and kids that I really loved. The Neutral Die Cut Labels are perfect for adding to a photograph like this. I used the white space at the top of my photo to adhere one of the labels which I stamped the date on and added one of the Thankful Chipboard Label Stickers. I just love the look of it and it’s SO simple to do. 

You can easily use any size page protector to do this (I just love the look of the larger photos) and you could swap out one of the photos for an entire page of journaling or even create a mini layout to slip into the page. SO many options! 

The other side is another 6″ x 8″ photo of a couple of stacked pumpkins to which I added one of the Happy Halloween Stickers right on the photograph and then stapled it. 

Just looking at these photographs makes me want to go to the pumpkin barn again. This year might not be a “normal” year, but it’s always so good for the heart when you’re able to go and do those fun, traditional activities that the entire family loves. It’s also so great for the heart to document it after the fact so you can remember those days and soak them in a little bit longer, even when the world might be a bit crazy!

Show us how you’re documenting your fall traditions with our products! Post your project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or join our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group where you can share with other Elle’s Studio fans!

Spell It Out with the New Medium Jane Alphabet Stamps and Steph Grimes

It’s Steph with you today, and when I got my hands on this month’s kits and extras, I literally squealed with delight when I saw the new Medium Jane Alphabet Stamps! If you’ve ever read my blog posts or you follow me on social media, you are well aware that the Large Jane Alphabet Stamps are among my most favorite products ever. I didn’t think I could love Jane any more; then these adorable stamps arrived at my door.

Supplies | October 2020 Kit, October Labels, Autumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp — Solid, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline

This project documents the last bits of summer and tells the story of our participation in this year’s Jeep Week at the beach. The Medium Jane Alphabet Stamps were perfect for helping me to add a big statement to a few of our photos from our beach crawl. I decided that for these 6” x 8” pocket pages, I wanted to add my title outside the pockets by stamping on vellum a popular phrase among Jeep owners.

I used blue ink to go well with the blue sky and water in my photos and stamped the first part of the phrase using the solid alphabet and the second half using the outline alphabet. I love going big with titles and quotes and this turned out exactly as I had in mind. I also love that these alpha stamps are a little smaller in size than the Large Jane Alphabet Stamps because you can fit more words and letters on a smaller size page, like 6” x 8”. It was also helpful when I was stamping out my words because these medium-sized stamps fit perfectly on a nice long acrylic block so I could stamp out entire words or large portions of words at the same time, which made for faster stamping. 

I paired my title page with a full size 6” x 8” photo of my husband, Shawn, driving on the beach with our dog Ruby on one side, and two 4” x 6” photos from the morning in pockets on the opposite side. I added a label to each photo from the October 2020 Kit diecuts and the October Labels to hold my journaling.

Here’s a peek at what the completed multi-page layout looks like in my album:

I really love the whole collection of Jane Alphabet Stamps and these two new sets are just perfect for when you want to make a big statement, but you’re working in a smaller size. These would also work really well to stamp out phrases on pocket cards and journaling tags. Let me know how you use the new Medium Jane Alphabet Stamps on your projects by sharing on Instagram using #ellestudio or in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group. Happy Stamping!

Family Time in a Traveler’s Notebook with Katarina Prevendarova

Hi, Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Katarina here to share a little traveler’s notebook inspiration using the October Kit and add-ons!  

Supplies | October 2020 Kit, Thankful Chipboard Label Stickers, Autumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Acetate Stars, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Documented Stamp, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline

This beautiful photo of my family came from a professional photoshoot back in 2017 when our son was 1 year old. It was taken on a sunny autumn day and went perfectly with the gorgeous October products. As a background I used the wood grain and grid paper from the Autumn Days Paper Stack. I added a stripe of the wood grain paper to the opposite side to make the spread more cohesive.

I embellished the photo with a bunch of die cuts from the October Kit and machine stitched over them to add some interest. 

Every time I have no specific idea in mind for my TN layout I love to use stamps to create a bold title. Now let’s talk about the amazing new Medium Jane Alphabet Stamps! They are the perfect size for both layouts and TN spreads. Here I combined them with the Documented Stamp to create my title that dominates the right side of my spread. I wanted to keep it black, as I was planning to add a lot of colorful elements.

I layered the little puffy stars from the Autumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers and the Acetate Stars to create my own interesting embellishments. 

I added a couple of Thankful Chipboard Label Stickers—one on each side. They are the perfect neutral embellishments that go practically with everything! As a finishing touch, I sprinkled the layout with dots and stars from the Autumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers

I love how my traveler’s notebook spread turned out, and I hope it gave you some inspiration for you to enjoy creating with your October Kit and add-ons this week. Happy crafting, friends!

Show us your traveler’s notebook spreads created with our products! Share in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Labeling Your Grid Layout with Suzanna Lee

Hiya, scrappy peeps! It’s Suzanna here today for a “Teach Me” Tuesday! If you know me, I love a good ol’ grid layout. I find they work really well with my Elle’s Studio kits in particular as those 3″ x 4″ tags inherently are made for a grid. Today, I would like to teach you how to incorporate labels into your layout for a different look to a grid-based layout. Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

Here’s what I created using the October kit and add ons including lots of the Neutral Die Cut Labels:

Supplies | October 2020 Kit, Neutral Die Cut LabelsThankful Chipboard Label StickersAutumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Acetate Stars, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp — Solid  Documented Stamp

This particular color combo of labels was a no brainer for this layout as maroon, black and grey are University of Alabama colors—all I had to do was supplement with crimson. Or maroon, if you weren’t talking specifically about Bama and the Crimson Tide! You don’t have to confine yourself to this color palette—any third color that complements your photos would be perfect!

When you create such a layout, arrange the labels around your photo(s) in blocks or rectangles. Don’t worry about containing all four sides as that will likely result in frustration and objects tossed across the room. Think of the general “box”. Be sure to leave a space for a title if you won’t be adding that to a label, or labels. If you want, if there is room, a 3″ x 4″ tag from the kit looks great and provides a great space for journaling, as I have done.

Once you have the general boxes arranged into a giant box, in this case a rectangle, then look at your embellishments as fillers. Stamps (such as this month’s Documented Stamp) are perfect to fill in those gaps. The Thankful Chipboard Label Stickers very much resemble the Neutral Die Cut Labels and are small; thus perfect gap fillers, too.

Don’t forget to incorporate some of the round labels as well! They are “soft” and take the hard edges from the grid. Overlapping them with a traditional rectangle label aid in ease of incorporating them. Further embellishment, such as the Acetate Stars and die cut hearts also provide great grid fillers and softer edges.

Now, treat each of the labels as a bit of a canvas of it’s own. Fill them with subtitles, titles, journaling, dates—any number of things. But also think of balance and leave some of them open for white space.

What do you think? Totally doable and a little different, right?! Break out of the grid and have some fun!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you are inspired to try this and perhaps step out of your comfort zone and see a different use other than the traditional for your labels!

Show us your grid layouts—whether created with labels or any of our tags! Post on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Pocket Page Style: Documenting Halloween Costumes with Jess Forster

Hands down, one of my favourite things to scrapbook is Halloween. Snapping pictures of my kids in their costumes has brought me so much joy over the years. Using the goodies from the October kit and add-ons, I documented my family’s most recent Halloween get ups from 2019. Have a look:

Supplies | October 2020 Kit, Jewel Journaling Tags, Neutral Die Cut Labels, Happy Halloween Stickers, Thankful Chipboard Label Stickers, Acetate Stars, Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

In this 9″ x 12” + 6″ x 12” spread, I decided to focus on capturing the dressing up portion of October 31st instead of the trick of treating aspect, as it rained heavily last year. Some years the weather cooperates, sometimes it doesn’t. C’est la vie! I think this year with all the uncertainty, I will also be centring on capturing my kiddos in their costumes. 

Starting this pocket page, I focused on using a traditional colour scheme of black, orange and grey. I loved the 3″ x 4″ orange star tag and I paired it with the other 3″ x 4” orange Jewel Journaling Tag as well as the 3″ x 4” grey journaling tag from the October 2020 Kit. I created my own unique title card by cutting a 4″ x 6″ piece of black polka dot paper from the Jewel Polka Dot Paper Stack. I added layers to the title card by adding neutral labels from the October Kit as well as the Acetate Stars. Who doesn’t love those candy corn stickers from the Happy Halloween Stickers? I knew that I had to also add them to my title card. 

I recorded the small details from the night on the orange 3″ x 4″ journaling tag and the grey “highlights” from the main kit. I “dressed” up the cards by adding stickers “a bunch of hocus pocus” and “October” to each of the tags from the Happy Halloween Stickers. I also added some texture to my page by layering orange Acetate Stars on top of die cut labels and my journaling tags. By placing the stars in a visual triangle, I also tried to balance the design of the page. 

Halloween can be a fun celebration to document. With some classic colour combinations and neutral die cuts paired with some simple Halloween themed stickers and acetate stars, you can stuff your pockets with spooky goodness! With the uncertainly of COVID, try focusing on documenting the dress-up portion of October 31st in your pages this year. Happy Halloween to all who celebrate! Stay safe and thanks for looking!

Share how you’re recording your Halloween—past and present—with our products! Post on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!