Product Prompts with Jess Forster

Happy last day of September, friends! Autumn has arrived in Toronto, and lately I find myself spending lots of time indoors, trying to get warm & cozy under blankets. The September kit and add-ons have so many lovely products to help you document your fall stories. Today I am excited to share a recent pocket page layout that I created about a memorable moment this season. Have a look!

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, Cozy Chipboard, Puffy Heart Stickers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

In this 6″ x 8″ double page layout, I documented a recent conversation with my son Sam. I loved the 3″ x 4” journaling tag with the prompt, “this made me smile” from the September Kit and I  was inspired to write about a heart warming moment. Snuggling under the covers in the afternoon, Sam crawled into bed and said, “Mama, you and me are like peanut butter on bread.” This is a huge compliment as I will often come down the stairs to finding Sam eating straight out of the peanut butter jar. Ha!

After writing about the conversation, I printed out on the 3″ x 4″ journaling tag. I document that short story  and paired it with a 4″ x 6″ selfie of Sam and I under the covers. I loved the “this is us” chipboard piece from the Cozy Chipboard and embellished my photo. 

From there, I decided to write a longer story about other things that are making me smile. I created a 5″ x 7″ canvas in Photoshop Elements and typed up my thoughts. I printed out my journaling and placed it in on the teal paper from the Autumn Days Paper Stack. On top of the canvas, I used the word “Cozy” from the Cozy Chipboard to create a bold title. Lastly, I placed teal and grey puffy heart stickers around the pocket page to create visual interest. 

Sometimes all it takes is one monthly kit tag to spark a story or idea to create a traditional or pocket page layout. I have so much fun opening up the packages and seeing what products inspire me. With all the beautiful tags in the September Kit, I have no doubt you can document fall stories, too! Thanks for looking!

Share your fall stories documented with our products with us! Post your project, whether a scrapbook layout, pocket page, traveler’s notebook or mini album, to Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or post it in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Printable Power with Amanda-jayne Baldwin

Our monthly printables coordinate with our exclusive kits to help you stretch your supplies, but you can also use them on their own to create beautiful things, as design team member Amanda-jayne Baldwin is ready to show us today! She’s created not one, or two, but THREE different projects using this month’s Grateful for This Printables only! Let’s take a look at today’s project!

Hi, friends! Welcome back to the Elle’s Studio blog for more September kit and add-on inspiration! It’s Amanda here, and today I am shining the product spotlight on our amazing Grateful for This Printables. The monthly printables offered by Elle’s Studio are so incredibly versatile, and offer a lifetime of creative uses and possibilities! I can’t get enough of them, but enough chatter, here’s what I’ve created with them:

Supplies | Grateful for This Printables, Wood Veneer Circles

When using the monthly printables, I always look for journaling tags that would make for a great patterned paper background, and smaller details that can be fussy cut to create my own embellishments.  That’s exactly how I created this sweet fall-themed page!

 I trimmed my white cardstock down to 8.5″ x 11″ so it would fit into my home printer, selected journaling tag #04 and printed it as a full size photograph. Voila! Instant patterned paper to scrapbook and craft with! Such a fantastic way to maximize the printables to work for more than just pocket page creating! The plaid pattern design in the fall colors is really “beauti-fall” too!

While I had my home computer and printer on, I proceeded to print off a mix of different sized journaling tags: in particular, lots of journaling tag #05. I did this so that I would have a variety of hearts for my embellishments. I used journaling tag numbers 01 and 03 from the Grateful for This Printables to back my sweet boy’s photo with, and then for a bit of texture and interest, I added some torn tissue paper scraps to the layers as well. 

I foam mounted my layered photograph directly onto my freshly printed patterned paper, and then started on fussy cutting out all the hearts from journaling tag #05. The variance in sizes really does create the illusion of having more ephemera pieces—another great way to get more from your printables! 

I positioned the hearts across the top of the plaid trim, and tucked some beneath, in and on my photo cluster. I was mindful to ‘hide’ some of the printed words to give the illusion of more hearts. This also aided in making more of a focal point, and subtitle, of the hearts where the printed words were still visible. 

Across the base of page, I also added a row of hearts on the edge of the plaid trim. This time, I cut some of the hearts in half to create the look of them being tucked under the plaid pattern paper, while others I glued over the plaid edge. The combination of ‘under and over’ creates interest and helps to anchor my overall page design. I fussy cut the word “love” from journaling tag #05, and foam mounted it over the large gray heart to form my layout title. Simple, but so effective! For finishing touches, I added a couple of typewriter sentiments, a few silver sequins and those fabulous Wood Veneer Circles. The veneers add warmth and balance to my page, and well, they just look super cool!

Simple, beautiful creating with our gorgeous September Grateful for This Printables! If you’re thinking that this was just a one-off, I was actually so impressed with this month’s printables that I used them to create ALL my Elle’s Studio projects this month! Here’s a little more inspiration to close with:

Make some magic with the Grateful for This Printables! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Good Times in Color with Katarina Prevandarova

A new paper stack brings with it loads of possibilities in your projects, and we love our newest Autumn Days Paper Stack, full of fall colors and patterns! Today design team member Katarina Prevandarova is showing how she used our newest paper stack in such a creative and colorful way! Let’s take a look!

Hi friends, it’s Katarina here, and today I am sharing a colorful and fun new layout I created using the amazing September kit and add-ons

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, This Is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard Stickers
Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp

This month I have so many favorite products! One of them is definitely the new Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack. It is full of beautiful colors and patterns and I was immediately inspired by the colorful striped pattern. I first cut the paper into stripes by color and then halved each stripe. Then I used one part in the bottom of the layout and one in the top part. And here comes the fun. I turned the upper stripes to the white side and rolled them to show the color from behind.

I used watercolor to paint all the shades used in the paper stripes to make them stand out a bit more. To each of the rolled papers, I added a matching sticker from the This Is Us Stickers. I backed my photo with a journaling tag from the September Kit that I also used as my title and one of the patterned papers from the Autumn Days Paper Stack.

To connect the upper and lower part of the layout and my photo I used two horizontal stripes of the wood grain paper. I embellished my photo with a bunch of beautiful circle Cozy Chipboard Stickers and a die cut from the September Kit

Then I went a little fussy cutting crazy. I took the pretty paper from the Autumn Days paper stack with all the leaves, hearts and branches, fussy cut some of them out and added to my layout tone-on-tone, adding foam adhesive to some of them for more dimension.

Now the important question, where do I put my journalling? Cozy Chipboard Stickers to the rescue! They match the colors perfectly, they add dimension and are great for writing and stamping. I used three of them: one for my journaling, one for the date and I used the My Heart Stamp to add “love you” to the last label.

I love how this layout turned out and I had so much fun creating it! I hope I inspired you to have some fun with the September kit and add-ons too! Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Show us how you are recording your stories in color with our newest paper stack! Share your project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Sketch Day with Patricia Roebuck

Hi Elle Studio Friends!  Today I am going to share how I interpreted today’s scrapbook layout sketch into my traveler’s notebook using the September kit and extras. This is a great example of using a sketch to inspire rather than following it exactly.

Here is the final sketch for the month:

And here is my traveler’s notebook spread:

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, September Print and Cut Labels, This is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard Stickers, Icon Chipboard Stickers, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Home Wood Veneer, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Grateful Stamp, My Heart Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp

The first thing that caught my eye was the large title at the bottom.  That inspired me to make my title vertical instead of horizontal using the Home Wood Veneer. I added a little bit of vellum under it to create a bit of softness.  The little clusters on the sketch inspired me to add around my title including my journaling. I downloaded and printed the September Print and Cut Labels to type my journaling onto. To create repetition and contrast, I used a smaller label to add stamping with the new Grateful Stamp to adhere at the bottom.  Then, I finished that side with a September Kit die cut, a Cozy Chipboard Stickers, and Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers

Since the left side I used the new Autumn Days Paper Stack pattern paper as a background, I used white cardstock background for the right side to give the eye rest with some white space. Inspired by the three rectangles on the sketch, I used a kit tag placed horizontally instead of vertically to create a mat for my photo.  I trimmed pieces of the new Autumn Days Paper Stack in the woodgrain pattern, adding machine stitching to create consistency with the stitching I had done on the print and cut labels on the left. I adhered one by the photo and one in a cluster at the bottom.

Instead of repeating the rectangles in the sketch, I used the clusters created with the September Kit tag and die cuts, Autumn Days Paper Stack, This is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard Stickers, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers and an Icon Chipboard Sticker in its place. As I placed them, I balanced the colors from the left side, and also kept the rainbows and stars from the sketch.  To finish, I added the My Heart Stamp sentiment on the tag, and used the Mini Dated Stamp directly on the Cozy Chipboard circle.

While you can still see how the original sketch inspired my interpretation, turning it and incorporating the clusters for the rectangles really made it my own and shows that you can get so much use from just one sketch! I hope you give creating with this sketch a try!

Show us how you interpret today’s sketch by sharing your project with us! Post on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! We can’t wait to see how it inspires you!

September Design Team Inspiration: Volume Three

We have loved seeing what you are creating this month using our newest newest monthly kit and coordinating add-ons in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group and on Instagram! Just in case you have not yet had a chance to play with your new goodies, these beautiful projects created by our design team may just inspire you to get crafty this week! Take a look!

Home traveler’s notebook spread by Marsha Farris – supplies used | September 2020 KitSeptember LabelsThis is Us Stickers, Home Wood VeneerStitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackMy Heart Stamp, Hazel Alphabet Stamp

Home Cooked by Suzanna Lee – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Cut FilesThis is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Pink Puffy Alphabet StickersAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp, Grateful Stamp

Here and Now pocket page by Candace Perkins – supplies used | September 2020 KitCozy ChipboardStitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

This Made Me Smile traveler’s notebook spread by Nathalie Leonelli – supplies used | September 2020 KitCozy ChipboardStitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Fiddler’s Fest by Kristina Proffitt – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, This is Us StickersCozy Chipboard, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp, Grateful Stamp

My Heart is Happy by Jennifer McMurtrey – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Cut Files, Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet StickersCozy Chipboard, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackGrateful Stamp, My Heart Stamp

Enjoying These Little Moments by Stacie Watson – supplies used | September 2020 KitSeptember LabelsStitched Heart Wood Veneers, Cozy Chipboard, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackGrateful Stamp, My Heart Stamp

Let’s Climb by Katarina Prevandarova – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Cut Files, This is Us Stickers, Autumn Rainbow Puffy StickersNavy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp, Grateful Stamp

Share what you’re creating with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group and on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, and be sure to pin these inspiring project to your paper crafting Pinterest board for when you have a few moments to create!

One Product, Five Ways: Navy Acetate Alphabet

We love our newest BIG alphabet in the shop: our Navy Acetate Alphabet! This large alpha in a trendy color is making a BIG impact on the projects by our design team. Let’s take a look at 5 different ways you can incorporate these alphas into your next project:

  1. Pair them with a stamp, like Katarina did here using our Grateful Stamp to create the perfect title! The mix of font size and type creates a truly eye-catching title!

2. Fill up the white space on your page! Suzanna used our acetate alphabet here to create her title in a BIG way—taking up most of the right side of her page. Her title really sets up the story of her page, and makes us want to read her journaling to find out about this special relationship.

3. Add only single letters or numbers for a graphic look, as Jess did in her pockets! We love the bold pop of navy it adds the the negative spaces in her photos, and corresponds to her numbered journaling that she added on one of our September Kit tags.

4. Ground a large element by stretching your Navy Acetate Alphabet horizontally across the page, as Tracey did on this layout! Her bold title creates a shelf for her large photo and patterned paper block above, helping ground it to the overall page.

5. Turn your title, as Daniela did here, to match the predominant orientation of your project. Because the elements on Daniela’s page were designed on a vertical column, it made perfect sense that her title followed suit! Don’t assume that a title always has to be on a horizontal axis!

We hope you love our new Navy Acetate Alphabet as much as we do! Share your ideas on how you can incorporate it into your projects by posting on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, and in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! We can’t wait to hear YOUR ideas!

Changes At Home with Jen McMurtrey

This year has brought a lot of change into everyone’s life, but some changes can be a good thing! Spending more time at home with family has brought about a lot of renovation projects, and design team member Jen McMurtrey has used our September kit and add-ons to record a big change in her own home! Let’s see what she made!

Hey friends! This year has definitely been one of change; however, one change that has certainly been positive is my being able to update our kitchen. Happily, the Elle’s Studio September kit paired with the adorable new My Heart Metal Die is the perfect match to record my kitchen’s transformation.

Each fall I wait with baited breath to see what new goodies Elle has up her sleeve, and she most definitely does not disappoint! When I saw the Autumn Days Paper Stack, I was immediately in love and knew I would use it with these photos.

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, September 2020 Cut Files, September 2020 Print and Cut Labels, Cozy Chipboard, Home Wood Veneer, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 inch Paper Stack, My Heart Metal Die, Typewriter Alphabet Stamp

To begin this spread in my album, I chose several of the Autumn Days patterned papers and cut a bunch of hearts with the My Heart Metal Die. Initially, I had planned on using more of them, but ended up using a fraction of what I cut. I simply tucked the extras away to use on other projects. With all of the hearts cut, I began assembling my pages.

Keeping the story front and center, I journaled on a tag from the September 2020 Kit, machine stitched around the border, and placed it in the first pocket. Below that is a photo of the kitchen as it looked before we began updating. I printed the picture small enough to fit in the 3″ x 4″ pocket and adhered it to layered patterned papers. Next, I used the Typewriter Alphabet Stamp to create the “before” sentiment on the photo. To add a bit of color and texture, I stitched a die cut heart to the photo and glued a small Stitched Heart Wood Veneer on top.

I love creating unique elements to add to my projects. To give this spread a bit of pizazz, I machine stitched more of the die cut hearts to a piece of transparency paper and adhered the Home Wood Veneer on top of them. Doing so provided a break between pages and added visual interest to the spread.

Immediately following the transparency paper is a smaller photo of one side of the kitchen. Because of the angle of the photo, I wasn’t able to print it as large as I had intended. Rather than back it with patterned paper, I added it as a smaller page that fits nicely underneath the transparency. 

Keeping with the theme of the previous pages, I stitched hearts to the photo and added a banner from the Cozy Chipboard.

Next was my large photo, which is the last in this four-page spread. Here, I backed the photo with patterned paper before stitching hearts to the bottom-right corner. To balance the page, I added a die cut from the September Kit with two more of the Stitched Heart Wood Veneer pieces.

Not only am I loving my new kitchen, I love how this project turned out. The pages of varying sizes add fun elements to the album and capture my story perfectly. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Remember to post the projects you create with the September kit and add-ons, post to Instagram, and use the #EllesStudio tag, or share in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! You never know! Your project might be featured on the Elle’s Studio blog! Have a great day!

Warm and Cool Color Schemes with Nathalie Leonelli

How do you begin a paper crafting project? Today, Nathalie Leonelli is sharing her go-to method for choosing product: starting with color! Let’s take a look at the beautiful hues that she selected to create a new pocket page to inspire us today!

Hello Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Nathalie here today to share my latest pocket pages created with the September kit and add-ons and explain one of my go-to techniques when creating my projects. This is my monthly spread documenting last October in my 9″ x 12″ everyday album:

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, Cozy Chipboard, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, October Wood Veneer, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackGrateful Stamp

When I open my Elle’s Studio box of goodies, I have several ways to pick what I will use on a project. One of them is to split the kit and extras into warm and cool colors. This distinction is part of color theory and if you are not familiar with it, here is a link to a basic video from YouTube.

The warm colors I sorted on the left are perfect for the fall months. A few of my photos had yellow and orange touches, therefore that is the combination I decided to use for these pockets. I created another project with the cooler selection on the right that will be shared at a later date!

Black touches add great contrast and definition to a warm color palette. Here I stamped with the Grateful Stamp, added hand stitching and doodled some frames in black. Note that wood veneer embellishments, like the October Wood Veneer I used here, are neutral and work beautifully with both warm and cool colors!

You will find more warm and cool elements in other new products like the Cozy Chipboard, which are great for layering, the This is Us Stickers, September Labels and the Grateful for This Printables, of course!

I hope you have found this warm-hued project inspiring! I would love to see your version of a warm or cool selection on your next project! On Instagram, add the #ellesstudio tag for us to see or share your project in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! Happy scrapping!

Are you team warm or team cool? Tell us, and show us your projects in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group today!

Using ALL of the Patterns with Marsha Farris

Hey, Elle’s Studio friends! This is Marsha, and I am here today sharing a traveler’s notebook layout using the awesome new Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack that released this month. It is full of so many beautiful colors and patterns—perfect for documenting fall memories! I was able to use all of the papers on my layout, and, because they coordinate so perfectly, this spread came together in a snap!  

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, September Labels, This is Us StickersCozy ChipboardAutumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Grateful StampMy Heart Stamp, Dated StampMy Heart Metal Die

I began the layout by printing three photos to document a family vacation day last fall. Using the Autumn Days Paper Stack, I trimmed 2″ squares from all of the papers in the stack. The colors and patterns are gorgeous, and I couldn’t resist using a bit of each on my spread! I arranged them in a grid pattern, using white textured cardstock for the base of my layout.  

I added my photos to the page and used die cuts from the September Kit to embellish. The word “joy” from the My Heart Stamp was perfect for adding interest to one of the die cuts. 

Next, I stamped the date using the Dated Stamp and black ink.  I rotated the month stamp to add a little extra interest to the stamping. The My Heart Metal Die worked perfectly for cutting a stitched heart from one of the patterned papers.  I used the Cozy Chipboard to embellish a few of the squares, including adding a chipboard piece to one of the photos.

For the title, I used the Grateful Stamp and black ink, stamping the sentiment on vellum. I matted my photo with a black dot patterned paper from the Autumn Days Paper Stack and adhered it to the vellum. One of the rainbows from the Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers was the perfect little embellishment above the title.    

I trimmed one of the journaling tags from the September Kit into a two-inch square, because I chose to use the patterned paper to back my photo and needed another patterned square to complete the grid. To finish the spread, I typed my journaling, trimmed it into strips, and adhered it to the page.  This is one of my favorite techniques for including journaling on a layout.

I hope I have inspired you to create a project using ALL of the papers from the Autumn Days Paper Stack. Please share your creations with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or on Instagram using the hashtag #ellesstudio.  I will see you again soon!

September Design Team Inspiration: Volume Two

It’s that time again! Today we’re here to share round two of inspiring projects created by our design team using our September 2020 kit and add-ons! Lets take a look at how they got creative with our latest supplies, perfect for recording your memories as you transition from summer to autumn!

July pocket page spread by Jess Forster – supplies used | September 2020 KitMonthly Puffy Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood VeneersNavy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Filled with Joy by Amanda-jayne Baldwin – supplies used | September 2020 KitGrateful for This PrintablesSeptember Cut FilesBright Polka Dot 6.5 x 8 Inch Paper Stack

Feeling So Grateful pocket page spread by Patricia Roebuck – supplies used | September 2020 KitThis is Us StickersCozy ChipboardStitched Heart Wood VeneersGrateful StampMy Heart Stamp

Home by Melissa Mann – supplies used | September 2020 KitSeptember Print and Cut LabelsSeptember Cut FilesThis is Us Stickers, Cozy ChipboardStitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Here and Now pocket page spread by Amy Jo Vanden Brink – supplies used | September 2020 KitThis is Us StickersCozy ChipboardAutumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers

Thursday Night Fun by Tracey Fox – supplies used | September 2020 KitThis is Us StickersCozy Chipboard, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Navy Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackGrateful Stamp

August Pockets by Steph Grimes – supplies used | September 2020 KitSeptember LabelsThis is Us Stickers, Cozy ChipboardAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackGrateful Stamp

Squat by Daniela – supplies used | September 2020 KitThis is Us StickersCozy Chipboard, Autumn Rainbow Puffy StickersNavy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart StampMini Dated Stamp

We just love these projects that our DT has shared with us today, and we know you will love creating with our September products as much as they did! Be sure to check out all of the new goodies in the shop while supplies last!