With Father’s Day quickly approaching on June 21st, you may be searching for the perfect gift for dad. What could be more special than reminding him of special memories that you have shared together? Today, Candace Perkins is here to show us how she’s giving her husband a special mini book that records their family hikes, and we know you’ll love how she used our latest products to create it, simply and beautifully! Let’s take a look:
Hello friends! It’s Candace here with you to share a fun mini book I created for Father’s Day! I wanted to create something special to give my husband to remember and celebrate all the fun family hikes we have taken over the years. Using the May monthly kit and extras I was able to create a get all the photos and memories decorated and documented in this cute mini.
I started the mini book by using the Typewritter Alphabet Stamp to add the title on the side of the cover to create a bit more interest than stamping straight on. I added a cute tree icon from the Currently Icon Stamp and tied the mini together with a bit of green twine.
I wanted to have a title page and a place where each one of my boys could write a note to their dad and tell him how special the hikes are to them. After the title page, the notes from each of the boys and I followed tucked on little velum envelopes.
Next, I got to play and started pasting photos and embellishments in various positions and pages similar to the style of a junk journal. I used lots of fun stickers and stamps to add sentiments and notes on cards and photos.
Such a fun and simple mini filled with lots of memories and love! It is fun to gather all my Elle’s Studio goodies and just create and document special moments and memories. I can’t wait to give this sweet mini to my husband and to have these memories to cherish for years to come!
What goodies can you gather to create a mini book? Any theme or style mini book would work and I would love to see what you come up with! Capture your memories and document them with love.
Do you have a favorite alphabet sticker of all time? Mine would have to be Elle’s Studio’s Puffy Alphabet Stickers! They always pack a bold and colorful punch on my scrapbook pages, whether I use them in titles, subtitles, or even on a layout like this one, where I raid my stash and use up a ton of them to create captions for my photos!
For this page, I chose to document a fun night from a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where we attended an after-hours event after the park closed. I printed a series of 12 photos from our epic night of working our way around the park with hardly any crowd, and I punched the photos into 2.5″ circles to lay out in a grid design on white cardstock for my layout. Next, I had fun choosing patterns from tags included in the May 2020 Kit and the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack to punch circles from and offset behind my photos. I also chose colorful embellishments from the May kit and extras to add on top of the photos: May Kit die cuts, Icon Chipboard Stickers, and Acrylic Stars.
I used the Typewriter Alphabet Stamp to add my title across the top of the page, but the REAL stars of the layout are the many colors of puffy alphabet stickers I used to list out all the locations and attractions we visited that evening. I pulled out all of my puffy alphas and chose sets that had the letters I needed left in the package, but the beauty of these alphabet stickers (and Elle’s Studio’s products in general!) is that every color I chose coordinated perfectly with the colors in the papers and embellishments on the page.
After I stuck down all of my numbered photo captions along the bottom of the layout, I added number stickers to my photos so they would correspond. It’s awesome that these useful alpha stickers come with numbers and punctuation, as well!
I love that I was able to document the chronological events of such a fun night at Walt Disney World and use so many puffy alphabet stickers in the process! Do you use up your alphabet sticker sheets? Mix and match them? Share your favorite projects using these versatile alpha stickers in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on social media using the #ellesstudio hashtag!
Today we are excited to show you another creative possibility using our monthly digitals—a gorgeous mini album created by design team member Melissa Mann! Let’s take a look at how she made an Easter album so special by bringing a shaped design to its pages!
Hello! This is Melissa with you today and my project is all about the digital products that were offered this month! I don’t know about you, but Elle’s digital product releases each month are always a huge hit for me! And this month was no exception with the star cut files. I used these a bunch this month on various projects and really put them to good use for this new mini book.
My brother shared some really beautiful photos he took of my niece at Easter and I knew when I saw them that I was going to want to put some of my favorites into a small mini album.
When I saw the star included in the May 2020 Cut Files, I immediately wanted to make a star shaped mini book. It’s always a fun touch to have a shaped album! I took one of the stars and modified the size of it in Silhouette Studio software and cut one star out. I used this as my stencil to cut four chipboard stars. I then used that same size star and cut out eight more stars from white cardstock paper and adhered these to each side of the chipboard stars to create my album. I also stitched down the stars using my sewing machine as some added reinforcement to hold the pages together. Because I didn’t want the backside of the stitching to show, I cut out four more stars with patterned paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack. I cut these just a tad smaller than the white background stars and glued them down.
I always, always construct my mini albums the same way. I construct my base pages first, then place my photos down which are usually layered with some more papers and vellum. In this book, I had some smaller stars that I also layered up underneath. I used a 3″ x 4″ journaling tag from the May 2020 Kit, and layered the stars, vellum, and photo on top. I stitched it down and left the threads long to create some texture in the album.
Once my pages were put together, I then add all the fun embellishments: stickers, acrylic pieces, other die cut pieces, stamps, veneer, and chipboard. Remember to always make your products work for YOU. I loved the Hello Sunshine Wood Veneer but it just wasn’t working in my album, so I decided to cut the “rays” off the middle circular piece and then used that circular piece on one of my pages.
Do you use the digital products that are offered each month? Remember that the GREAT thing about the digital products is that they can be used over and over again! They are a great investment if you know you are going to make a suite of cards using the same element or a mini book that will use the same shape over and over again!
We love to see how you are using the digital products! Make sure to share them with us on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio and in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!
Our June 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 June stories and take you right into the month of July! This month, our June kit will include 3 – 4 x 6 inch tags, 18 – 3 x 4 inch tags, and 25 die cuts!
Not a subscriber? You can pre-order our June 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 June kit. We will then hold your kit and you’ll be ready to bundle and save at our June 10th reveal! Details on how to bundle with your subscription order will be emailed to you once you have purchased this product.
Kit subscribers, don’t forget! Along with being able to bundle any products from our shop that will ship for FREE with your kit during our 24-hour bundling period, starting on the 10th at 8:00 am Pacific each month, our subscribers will also have access to special discounts on select items! These discounted items can be found in our SALE section during our 24-hour bundling period, and you must be logged into your kit subscriber account to see them. Quick note: Our kits and add-ons are available without a subscription each month, too.
We are so excited to share all of these new products with you and see how you use them on your projects! Make sure you set your alarm and mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 10th at 8:00 am Pacific! We hope to see you there!
Happy sketch day! Today design team member Katarina Prevendarova is here to share a new sketch with a fun border and loads of possibilities, along with a gorgeous new page that she created using the May 2020 kit and add-ons! Let’s take a look at our latest sketch & Katarina’s inspiration!
Hi Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Katarina here and today is a sketch day on the blog! Here is the sketch I used today:
And this is the layout I created:
This page tells a fun story from our ski trip in Italy back in February. I ordered my son a pizza margherita for kids and to my surprise, the pizza came with a ton of fries. I was not too happy about it, but obviously my son was totally excited and really enjoyed this crazy (for me) combination! Next time I need to make sure I read the menu properly!
I started with creating a star border using the May 2020 Cut Files, cutting it in smooth, white cardstock and backing it with the blue dotted paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack. I put the white inner parts of the stars back on the blue paper using foam adhesive to add some dimension.
As there are no rules when using a sketch, I made a bunch of adjustments to fit my style and the ideas I had in mind. I made the central part of the layout a little smaller to fit inside the border. I chose three patterned papers from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack to back my two photos and layered them following the sketch.
As I moved the title to the right, I also swapped the elements at the bottom half of my layout. I placed two die cuts from the May Kit under the title—I used the Currently Icon and Jane Alphabet Stamp to add our location on one of them with blue ink.
Inspired by the sketch, I added my hand-written journaling on strips of paper. One of the journaling tags from the May Kit was just perfect for this purpose. I cut out the little frames with arrows and ordered them from top to bottom. I used the Currently Icon Stamp again to add “this happened” and a little pizza icon to the top and the Mini Dated Stamp to add the date to the very bottom. The last thing I added were the cute, little Acrylic Stars. I love these acrylic shapes so much—they’re always one of my favorites!
I hope this beautiful sketch, my layout and the fantastic May 2020 kit and add-ons inspires you to grab your scissors and do some crafting this weekend. Need more sketches to get you going? Grab yourself the new edition of the From Sketch To Finish Vol. 5 Class! It’s full of amazing sketches and fantastic inspiration from 10 different contributors! These days, design ideas often don’t come easily to me and in such cases it’s always a good idea to start the creative process using a sketch! Be sure to check out the new From Sketch To Finish Vol. 5 Class today!
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Find the new From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 Class with an exclusive 6″ x 8″ stamp or on its own as a digital download only in the Elle’s Studio shop today! This class delivers over 50 full-page sketches in total! Plus, 10 different, talented contributors have created 20 projects to inspire you to create all summer long! Be sure to sign up for this self-paced class today, and get started with a sketch!
With a bit of imagination, and a few layers, beautiful greeting cards can be created easily using our monthly kits and add-ons! Today design team member Candace Perkins is here to show us two gorgeous card designs, ready to send to someone to brighten their day. Let’s take a look!
Hello friends! Today I am happy to share a few fun cards using the May 2020 kit and add-ons. I even took the chance to get a bit inky, which I miss, and LOVE! Here is a look at the cards:
For card #1, I started with a yellow card base and built the layers from there. I was inspired by the sun ray card from the May 2020 Kit to build the sentiment and embellishments from the corner. Let the cards in the kit inspire the design of your cards or layouts!
I stamped the sentiment “celebrate THIS” from the Currently Icon Stamp on the bottom ray of the journaling tag. Next, to add a bit more color to the card, I framed the top half of the card with a blue journaling tag. To build balance, I added a die cut star to the lower left corner and built a small embellishment cluster of thread and Acrylic Star. I still needed to add bit more color to the card so I trimmed another journaling tag to line the card base. It was just what this card needed! Celebration card complete!
I love card #2, and it was so fun to make! I was so happy to get inky with the Distress Inks. As soon as I saw the To the Moon and Back Wood Veneer, I knew exactly what I wanted to create. I started by inking the starry sky by using three dark blue inks to create an ombre pattern across the card base.
I wanted to create a bit of interaction between the moon and the edge of the card. I glued the moon down overlapping the edges and trimmed it to create the interaction. To create a little more interest and contrast, I painted the moon with white glitter and the stars with yellow glitter. The finishing touches on the card were created with white ink splatters on the card base to mimic distant stars in the sky. So fun!
I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration! Look in your Elle’s Studio kits and stash to get inspired and create! Don’t forget to tag #EllesStudio on Instagram, or post your project in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group so that we can swoon over your creations. Have a beautiful day!
Welcome back to the blog today, where you’ll find new inspiration using our May 2020 kit and extras from design team member Stacie Watson! Stacie is using a traveler’s notebook to record one of her favorite family members—take a look to see how she cleverly used our new product to create it!
Hey hey, scrappy friends! It’s Stacie back today to share a new traveler’s notebook spread with you, created using the May 2020 kit and add-ons . I love that there are so many options that you can do with traveler’s notebooks. You can document the day to day or decide to do monthly spreads. You can document a trip or vacation. You could have a notebook for each person in your family, or my case our furry four legged family member! I’m still using a traveler’s notebook to document the first year with our newest puppy and I love being able to flip back through it to see how she has grown in just the few short months we’ve had her. The traveler’s notebook size is also a great way to help you use up your monthly kits and add-ons. Just take a look:
I started this traveler’s notebook spread knowing that I wanted to use circles in some way, I also wanted to use the dog paw stamp from the Currently Icon Stamp, and I wanted to use scrap pieces of paper that were laying on my desk. I chose a piece of patterned paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack and cut it down to size. I then punched four holes into it with a circle punch.
Once the holes were punched, I backed two of the holes with patterned paper from the Flourish Paper Stack and added the “here & now” acetate shape from the Go See Do Acetate Die Cuts set to the top circle. I then repeatedly stamped the dog paw stamp from the Currently Icon Stamp onto a piece of white cardstock before backing it behind one of the circles. To finish off the fourth hole, I once again used the circle punch on the “the best” journaling tag from the May Kit. After all of the circles were backed, I adhered it to the right side of the notebook.
Do you ever scrapbook about scrapbooking? It’s actually one of my very favorite things to scrap about! When the Crafty Stickers were released this month, I was so excited to put them to use on a layout about a recent girls’ scrapbooking trip I took.
Inspired by the cute scissors stickers on the Crafty Stickers sheet, I decided that the main story I wanted to tell with this layout was about this hilarious moment from our trip when I struck a goofy pose with my scissors in a photo, so I printed that photo largest at 4″ x 6″. As a multi-photo scrapper at heart, though, I also printed a bunch of 2″ x 3″ photos of us enjoying time together around our crop table.
For the design of my page, I laid the vertical 2″ x 3″ photos out in a band stretching across the top of the layout with my favorite colorful patterned paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack. It was so fun to embellish the photos by sticking the Crafty Stickers on them wherever they fit best! I also added a couple of the die cuts from the May 2020 Kit and one of the May Labels.
I used the “currently making” Crafty Sticker as a start to my journaling about how that photo is “making me laugh,” and I decided to grab the Typewriter Alphabet Stamp to stamp out a long, large title quoting and describing the scene. I just love this versatile stamp set!
I couldn’t resist adding more of the fun stickers scissors from the Crafty Stickers around my stamped title to play up my silly story even more. I want to see how you use the Crafty Stickers and what crafty stories you are documenting!
We are so excited to welcome Marcia Dehn-Nix, one of our amazing From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 class contributors, to the Elle’s Studio blog today! Checking out Marcia’s Instagram account will show you just how versatile she is in her papercrafting skills, but each of her projects features an array of texture, color and beautiful layers! The layout she is sharing with us today is no exception—let’s take a look at how she used one of our bonus sketches from our latest sketch class to get creative!
Hello Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Marcia Dehn-Nix here. I pronounce my first name Mar-see-ah, as opposed to Marsha. I am so excited to be the guest blogger today, and a contributor to the awesome new From Sketch to Finish Volume 5 Class! Sketches are a great way to stimulate your creative mojo. When I saw this sketch, I saw rays of sunshine. Maybe I am just sun deprived after a long Minnesota winter. I love including suns on my spring and summer projects. For today’s layout, I chose to scrap some family BBQ photos. I miss my extended family. Quarantine has been hard and I can’t wait until we can have a family gathering like this again when it is safe to do so. My family likes to eat too. Look at all that food! On this occasion we were celebrating May and June birthdays and my husband’s college graduation (at 55!). You are never too old to go back to school!
Using a stencil, Distress Inks, and an ink blending tool, I got to work and created my sun first. I stamped my title “Summer” using the Typewriter Alphabet Stamp and the same Distress inks. After fussy cutting out the alphas, I adhered them down over my sun. I think the white edging on the alphas helps them pop more against the inked sun, and I love that ombre look on the sun rays! For contrast, I used the black Jane Alphabet Stickers for the rest of my title. I love mixing fonts and colors to make my title eye-catching.
Once I had my sun inked on the background paper, I used pattern papers from the Flourish Paper Stack to ground my photos. 4″ x 6″ and 3″ x 4″ tags from the monthly kit also work well for adding layers!
This sketch included three photos, but I wanted to include some journaling, too. I opted to use the third photo spot to tell my story. The “all the details” journaling tag from the May 2020 Kit was perfect.
I think I am going to turn this into a double-page layout by duplicating the design on the right side, aside from the sun, since I have more photos from this family gathering that I want to scrap. That’s what awesome about sketches—you can easily manipulate them to suit your needs and spark your creativity.
Are you ready to scrap some of your summer photos now?
Let’s learn a bit more about Marcia:
I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband Steve. We are empty nesters now. Our three kids are all adults with jobs and fur babies of their own. Residing with us are our dogs Satchel and Princeton, and our cats Delta, Spook, and Xena. ( It seems I am a stray magnet and a local rescue foster failure!)
I started scrapbooking over 20 years ago when a friend dragged me to Archivers and then to other local scrapbook stores for scrapbook crop nights. I cringe at some of those layouts I created then—full of stickers! I create mostly 12″ x 12″ layouts. I love doing double-page layouts when I have lots of photos from an event. You will see me use lots of cut files, layers, and machine stitching on my layouts. Traveler’s notebooks are an awesome way to record thoughts when on the road and slip in photos later. I also have an obsession with box cards or any other 3D paper craft for that matter. I’ve also been known to make unique home decor pieces with cut files like signs, welcome rugs, pillows, and more.
The one crafty essential that I could not live without would probably be my Fineline glue bottle. It’s the best thing there is for gluing small, delicate items.
Here are links to my social media accounts if you want to see more of my work:
The inspiration using our May 2020 kit and add-ons continues today with these eight new projects from our design team! We hope that you find something below that sparks your creativity to create this week!
Stay tuned to our blog for new and fresh inspiration from our team members each day, to help you tell your most cherished stories, and be sure to share what YOU are creating with your May kit and extras with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group and on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!