Days of Me with Amy Jo Vanden Brink

When was the last time you documented yourself in a project? Today Amy Jo Vanden Brink is with us to share a new traveler’s notebook spread that uses our new Word Circle Stamp in such an awesome way to record a week of selfies. Let’s take a look!

Hello! It’s Amy Jo with you today, and I’m so excited to be here sharing a project featuring my favourite part of the March release, the Word Circle Stamp! This stamp set is so versatile and such fun to use, I almost had too many ideas to share with it and narrowing it down to one was tricky!  However, the days of the week were the main pull for me with this stamp, so I wanted to use that as my jumping off point.

Supplies | March 2020 Kit, Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers, Word Circle Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline

I started by printing off my photos, all sized the same, 1-1/2″ x 2″, leaving plenty of room at the top to stamp my title. With the Large Jane Alphabet Outline Stamp, I added my title, and used one of the die cuts from the March 2020 Kit to add a subtitle that fit well with my spread. 

I used black pigment ink (it usually gives me the best impression) to stamp the days of the week on top of each photo, slightly overlapping the circle with the photo itself. As this gave me a very flat spread without any texture provided by the the stamping and the printed photos, I used some of the puffy hearts from the Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers to add some colour and create some dimension.

I hope this inspires you to get stamping using the Word Circle Stamp! It really is an awesome set, and I can see so many more uses for it in future projects too! Thanks for checking out my project today!

Everyday Family Moments with Jen McMurtrey

How do you record everyday moments with the people you love the most? A traveler’s notebook spread is a perfect way to capture a special memory in a small space, and design team member Jennifer McMurtrey is with us to share a fantastic and creative spread that she made extra special by using our March Cut Files! Let’s take a look!

Hello friends! It’s Jen today with a traveler’s notebook spread using the Elle’s Studio March kit and add-ons along with the awesome coordinating digital content. 

My son has recently taken great interest in cast iron cooking, and I am very grateful . . . why? Now, he wants to spend time with me to help him find new recipes and provide guidance as we prep the food and cook together. At the beginning of March, we spent an entire evening outside cooking a roast over an open fire in his Dutch oven. I can’t express how wonderful it was to have the entire family together for three uninterrupted hours doing nothing but conversing, checking the meat and veggies, and stoking the fire. What a gift!

Supplies | March 2020 Kit, March Cut Files, March 2020 Print and Cut Labels, Go See Do Acetate Die CutsAdventure StickersTiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers, Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack

As I work my way through my 2020 monthly traveler’s notebook, I have really begun to embrace using large photos with minimal embellishments. The visual impact is awesome. To balance the photo used as the first page, I chose to sketch the “go out & explore” March Cut File repeatedly on a piece of vellum. 

Using the sketch function on the Silhouette Cameo has become one of my favorite techniques—it creates such a unique look!

To add a bit of color and texture to the vellum, I used the same March Cut File with patterned paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack to create a title. The March 2020 Print and Cut Labels were perfect for adding the date below the title.

Following the vellum is a second large photo upon which I added a sentiment from the Go See Do Acetate Die Cuts. Again, I chose to keep the embellishments light since the photo makes such a huge impact!

The story of the photos is next and this is where I really put the March 2020 Print and Cut Labels to use. Rather than use a journaling tag, I decided to use the labels and “cascade” the story down the front of another large photo. This was also a great way to hide an object in the picture that I didn’t like. 

At the top of the photo, I added a blank label and die cut from the March 2020 Kit, along with a sentiment from Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers. Doing this seemed to anchor everything on the page and balance the embellishments.

For the final two pictures, I used the Adventure Stickers and Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers to add color and texture. I love how this spread turned out!

The March kit and add-ons could not have been more perfect for the story I wanted to document, and I know you’d love them as well. Be sure to stop by the shop to get yours before they are gone!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create!

Show us how you have used our digital files by posting your project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

March #EllesStudio Spottings on Instagram

We just love seeing how you document your memories using our products, and by using the #EllesStudio hashtag on Instagram, it makes it easy for us and our fellow Elle’s Studio fans to be inspired by YOU! These six paper crafters used the hashtag this month, and we can’t wait to share their projects with you!

Our first two projects used our Teal Acetate Alphabet in very different projects, and we love them both! On the left, Theresa (@light_the_path_creative) made a beautiful art journal spread using this fun alpha with our Puffy Rainbow Stickers, Love Is Paper Stack and Sunshine & Laughter Stamp! What a truly happy spread with an awesome message! On the right, Danielle (@danielledunlop21) created her title on a diagonal to create a really eye-catching page design! Love it, Danielle!

We just love seeing what you create with our paper stacks, and we love the geometric heart on the left, created using our Springtime Paper Stack by Gloriann (@scrapbooker_glory). We also love how she used our Wood Veneer Adventure Tags to embellish her squares! On the right, we love that Melody (@designbymelody) is using more of her time to record memories using our Monthly Kits! Such a beautiful and colorful page!

Our last two shares come from fabulous traveler’s notebook inserts! On the left, Aryka (@arykalovespaper) is starting out a new notebook using our March 2020 Kit, Flourish Paper Stack, and Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, and we can’t wait to see how the notebook turns out! What a gorgeous first page! On the right, Amy (@alphins_little_corner) created such a gorgeous, colorful page on the left on her TN spreads using our Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp and Die Cut Labels! What an amazing way to use our latest volume of Title Builder!

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 info@shopellesstudio.com 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 make!

Easter Documented on a Layout with Daniela

What family traditions do you share during the Easter holiday? Whether egg dying or hunting, church service or a picnic in the park, you can document your best memories with our March kit and add-ons on a layout. That’s what design team member Daniela did, and we know you’ll love the new page that she is sharing with us today!

Hi friends! It’s Daniela here and I’m happy to be sharing a new layout with you today. I love Easter and we have an egg hunt in the garden each year. We hide chocolates and little gifts everywhere and the kids run around excitedly and put all the found treasures in their baskets. Each year, we hide all the goodies in different places and they are more difficult to find! It’s so much fun to watch the kids on their egg hunt. I used the March kit and add-ons to document last years’ hunt and this is how the layout turned out:

Supplies | March 2020 KitGo See Do Acetate Die CutsAdventure StickersTiny Shapes and Dots Puffy StickersTitle Builder Vol. 4 Puffy StickersEaster Wood VeneersAcrylic Easter EggsFlourish 6 x 8.5 paper stack , Mini Dated Extras Stamp

I chose all of the green and blue hues for this page because these are the main colors in my photo. The Go See Do Acetate Die Cuts are such cool embellishments, you can use them on colored cardstock, mixed media backgrounds, patterend paper or even on top of clusters like I did here. I also cut the tiny stars from one of the journaling tags from the March 2020 Kit— this way I have stars in different sizes and textures on my page.

The Easter Wood Veneers were perfect for my pictures and of course I also had to use the pretty Acrylic Easter Eggs . The ripped edge of the paper, color splatters, sequins and stars help to create a messy and playful style. I also used blue and green ink for the date so that it matches my color scheme perfectly.

I love decorating my pictures with embellishments, so I placed bits and pieces on top of the photos as well. The vibrant colors of Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers are absolutely awesome. I adhered the green letters only on one side to the light blue paper layer, creating lots of dimension because the acrylic egg creates some space between the different papers.

I hope you’re all coping well with the current situation. Easter 2020 is coming for sure, so enjoy it with your loved ones, even though we all have to stay at home! Crafting is such a good way to focus on good things right now, so spread some good vibes by sharing your creations on social media using the hashtag #ellesstudio!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Easter Greetings with Patricia Roebuck

Our Easter inspiration continues today with greeting cards from Patricia Roebuck! Patricia always comes up with such creative ways to use Elle’s Studio stamps, and we know you’ll love how she created card backgrounds using the new Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp, topping her fabulous stamped designs with our March kit and add-ons! Let’s take a look:

Hello Elle Studio friends! Even though the past few weeks have been out of the ordinary for us all, I believe it is even more important for us to be creative and to give and share with others! Today’s post will combine both my love of creating and sharing with others using the Elle’s Studio March kit and extras to create Easter card ideas you can re-create and share as well!  

Supplies | March 2020 Kit, Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet Stickers, Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy StickersEaster Wood VeneersAcrylic Easter Eggs, Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp

Easter is one of my favorite holidays both in the meaning and in the adorable spring images. Elle’s Studio products, to me, capture both of these for the holidays! Starting with inspiration from the ‘Happy Easter’ wood veneer and Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp, I wanted to create a meaningful card. I first stamped the sun image, then masked it with a stamped post-it note. With my sun covered and masked, I then masked off rows on my card panel to stamp rows of pink clouds.  

Once my card panel was filled with rows of clouds, I used the paint stroke image and inked it using both the peach and lavender ink to create long, stretched out clouds. This gave me the background to use the Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet Stickers to spell out “glory” over the sun’s rays. I finished the card panel with the Easter Wood Veneer, Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, and a circular kit die cut over the sun to add texture and focus to the sentiment.

This next card features playful, adorable spring images for the Easter season.  I used the same paint stroke image from the Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp to create grass in peach ink at the base of my card panel and then create flower stems in purple ink. Just like the first card, the grass and stems I created gave me the background to use the Acrylic Easter Eggs as flower petals.

Similar to the first card, I was able to use the kit die cuts within the design.  On this card, I created ‘leaves’ on one of the flower stems using the “happy” and “springtime” die cuts. Doesn’t that bunny veneer from the Easter Wood Veneers fit perfectly within my Easter grass?! For added layers and color, both card fronts were layered with patterns from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack.

Have fun re-creating these exact cards, or see where inspiration leads from these ideas to use the Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp, March 2020 Kit, veneers, acrylics, alphabet stickers, and paper stack in your creative playtime! Then share these with someone who could use some happy mail this season!

Share the Easter greetings you’re creating with our products! Post on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Easter Documented in Pockets with Melissa Mann

Our March 2020 kit and extras included several products perfect for recording Easter memories, including journaling tags, wood veneers, acrylic Easter eggs and more! Over the next few days, our talented design team members will be showing us how they are using our latest products to document Easter moments in such a beautiful way. First up, we have Melissa Mann who created a fun pocket page spread that we know you will love! Let’s take a look!

Welcome to the Elle’s Studio blog! This is Melissa here with you, sharing an Easter pocket page project using the leftover pieces of my March 2020 kit and add-ons!

Supplies | March 2020 Kit, Go See Do Acetate Die CutsAdventure Stickers, Wood Veneer Adventure Tags, Easter Wood Veneers, Acrylic Easter Eggs, Mini Dated Extras Stamp

I knew when I started this project that I wanted to create a page that highlighted the fun Easter Wood Veneers, Acrylic Easter Eggs, and the Go See Do Acetate Die Cuts! I decided that the best way to do this was to use a pocket page that had a bunch of mini pockets that I could slip one or two things into and them sew them all shut.

My first page for this spread was a picture that I printed at size 6″ x 8″ to fill the entire page protector. On the opposite side, I wanted to be able to highlight a couple of photos and also include some journaling. 

Using the 3″ x 4″ journaling cards that came in the March 2020 Kit, I was quickly able to create two inserts for the top pockets that I further embellished with stickers and stamping. 

I loved how quick and easily this project came together using the products from the March 2020 kit and add-ons! The longest part of this project was creating the “shaker” pockets that had to be stitched closed. But I did LOVE how that page looks layered against the page behind it with so much great texture and depth!

Be sure to share your Easter projects with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! We would love to see what you have created!

A sneak peek of our April 10th reveal!

Our April 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 April stories and take you right into the month of May! This month, our April 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 April 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 April kit. We will then hold your kit and you’ll be ready to bundle and save at our April 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.

During these unprecedented times, we hope your family is healthy, safe, and enjoying this extra time together at home.

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 Friday, April 10th at 8:00 am Pacific! Just a note regarding shipping: Currently, shipments are still being processed, but please allow a minor delay of an extra 1-2 days for shipping, as we are following the CDC and local government guidelines to maintain social distancing.

This month we are also offering five scrapbooking challenges in our Facebook group to keep you inspired and crafting all month long! You can enter each challenge as many times as you’d like and we’ll be choosing multiple winners per challenge to each win a gift certificate to our shop. We can’t wait to see what you create!

All of us at Elle’s Studio are dedicated to providing you with high-quality, fresh, and colorful paper crafting products, as well as inspiration, and that has not changed during this time of uncertainty. We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing community and we want to thank you so much for your continued support!

Teach Me Tuesday: Custom Embellishments with Nathalie Leonelli

Trying something new creatively is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and and switch up your typical standard, and today for Teach Me Tuesday, design team member Nathalie Leonelli is showing us how to create custom embellishments that look like they cost a lot, using our latest Word Circle Stamp and a few simple supplies! Let’s take a look and check out her tutorial video!

Hello! It’s Nathalie, and I am here today to share a new pocket page and an easy tutorial on how to make the fun, custom epoxy embellishments that I created for it.

Supplies | March 2020 KitPastel Labeled Journaling TagsLabeled Journaling Tags, March Labels, Go See Do Acetate Die Cuts, Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet StickersJane Alphabet Stickers – BlackCoral Puffy Alphabet StickersBlack Puffy Alphabet StickersNotebook Puffy Alphabet StickersTeal Puffy Alphabet StickersFlourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Word Circle Stamp, Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp

The inspiration for these self-made epoxy buttons came directly from the Word Circle Stamp, and I love how they add a shiny texture and depth to my page!

These are the supplies you will need for this tutorial:

Other than your Word Circle Stamp, you will need a circle punch (or metal die) measuring 5/8″, ink pads in your choice of colors and 5/8 in. clear epoxy dome stickers (I found these on Ebay!) Watch how I create these custom embellishments in my video:

Aren’t they fun? You can customize them by changing up words and colors to match your project!

If you are wondering about my page, I joined the March #30daysoflists challenge, and I am selecting some of the prompts to journal in pockets throughout the month. It’s my first time participating, and my Elle’s Studio March 2020 Kit plus stash of tags are perfect for it! 

I will be giving away a few of those clear epoxy stickers on my Instagram account so if you’re interested in making some yourself, follow me at @anounceofcreativity! Happy scrapping!

Try out Nathalie’s custom embellishments yourself and share with us! Post your own embellishments on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Fresh Air and Traveler’s Notebooks with Katarina Prevendarova

Spring is a time when we usually document getting outdoors after the thaw of winter, but in this season, it may be our only escape! Get outside, and don’t forget to document these moments, too! That’s what design team member Katarina Prevendarova did in a new traveler’s notebook spread that she’s sharing with us today, using our March kit and extras! Let’s take a look at what she created!

Hey friends! It’s Katarina here and today I am going to share with you a traveler’s notebook spread documenting what we need and enjoy the most these days—time spent out in the fresh air. To create it I used the gorgeous March 2020 kit and add-ons, perfect for any outdoor or spring project.

Supplies | March 2020 Kit, Go See Do Acetate Die Cuts, March Label Stickers, Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet StickersTiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers, Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack

We are very lucky to live close to a forest which means that it’s really easy to get to a place with fresh air and almost no people—the best place for our son to spend time, play and explore nature. I love this photo of him admiring a huge tree. 

I decided to create with circles because, you can never go wrong with circles, right? I chose three main colors: green, coral and purple, with pops of black. On the left side, I took my big circle punch and punched three circles into a piece of white, textured cardstock, backing them with three pieces of patterned paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack. This is always a good way to create little nests for your title, embellishments or journaling.

The top circle holds my title, for which I used the word “fresh” from the Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers and the Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet Stickers. Oh, how I love this font! I embellished the other two circles using the die cuts from the March 2020 Kit and a Go See Do Acetate Die Cut that I tucked under the white cardstock. To emphasize the circle pattern, I chose two circle labels from the March Label Stickers and put them slightly off the edge on both sides of the page. I added a bunch of little dots in corresponding colors from the Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers to add some dimension and interest.

On the right side of the spread I decided to use two 3″ x 4ʺ pockets. To stay cohesive, I continued with the same colors as the left side. Two of the journaling tags from the March Kit were perfect for this purpose. I used the green tag to back my photo, over which I layered the “Let’s Go” Go See Do Acetate Die Cut and a purple heart from the Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers. I also stapled the “favorite” banner die cut from the March Kit.

To better connect the left and right sides, I used the floral journaling tag and repeated the circle element. I cut out the “Love This” title with a stitched circle die and raised it with a piece of adhesive foam. Next I embellished the tag with a tiny coral heart and a green label sticker with date. To bring the stitched effect to both parts of the spread, I added dots around each of the big circles with my black gel pen.

This spread came together so easily with all of these beautiful products and I love how it turned out. I hope that I have inspired you to use the March 2020 monthly kit and add-ons in your travelers notebook. Have fun creating! 

Simply Perfect Spring Cards with Kristina Proffitt

We all need some cheer in our lives at the moment, so why not spread some and create a card!? Even if you don’t consider yourself a cardmaker, design team member Kristina Proffitt is with us today to share just how easy they can be to create using our March 2020 kit and add-ons! Let’s see what she made!

Happy Spring, friends! I hope you all are doing well despite this uncertain and crazy time we’re living in right now. I know one thing that has helped me so much is memory keeping and creating handmade cards for people. Who wouldn’t love a little happy mail nowadays, right? So this month I used some of the beautiful products from the March kit and some extras, to create two very simple cards. One is a St. Patrick’s Day card (but you could give this to someone on any day) and then another card for Easter. 

Supplies | March 2020 Kit, Go See Do Acetate Die CutsTiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Easter Wood Veneers, Acrylic Clovers, Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp

The journaling tags from the monthly kits are great for adding to card fronts, and that’s exactly what I did here on this “Lucky Charm” card. For the background I used patterned paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack and then placed a tag from the March Kit directly in the center on top of that paper. I cut a piece off of one of the Go See Do Acetate Die Cuts and stapled it to the bottom of the journaling tag. I loved the layered look and the grid marks on top, too. Then I placed one of the really cool gold Acrylic Clovers on top.

Behind the journaling tag, I tucked in a little tag from the March Kit, stapled it with my tiny attacher and stamped the “to my” using the Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp on the tag, placing a little red puffy heart from the Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers on the end. I love how it’s like a sweet little love note to someone.

For my second card, an Easter card, I used another piece of patterned paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, cutting it to A2 size and adhering it to the front. I really love how sweet and soft this floral paper is. It’s perfect for spring and Easter! Then I took another sheet of patterned paper from that stack and punched circles from it.

I cut the circles in half, adhering them across the top slightly layered, and alternating the patterns. Then I took a strip from another pattern and adhered it along the bottom. Lastly, I added the “HE IS RISEN” wooden embellishment from the Easter Wood Veneers.

The last thing that I did was adhere the “happy Easter” Easter Wood Veneer to the inside of the card, adding a little pink puffy sticker above it. I love having a sweet, simple message on the inside. Who says you can’t keep on embellishing the inside of a card, right?

These cards and their sentiments might be super simple, but the impact and power they could have in someone’s life could be big. I think that’s what this time is all about right now—doing as many acts of love and kindness that we can! So pull out those March 2020 kit and add-on goodies that you have on hand and don’t only document your memories, but take some time to create some simple cards that you can send to those that you love to brighten their day. We need more of that right now!

Show us how you are brightening someone’s day with a card created using our products! Share in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!