Setting Up 2021 For Success with Jess Forster

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today officially marks one month until Christmas and soon a brand new year. With the turn of the calendar, I find that January always bring renewed energy for documenting. Today I am here to share some of my tips and tricks for scrapbooking your coming year and how to incorporate the new Elle’s Studio 2021 products into that plan.

Supplies | 2021 Calendars, Monthly Highlights 3×8 Inch Journaling Tags, Highlights From This Month 3×4 Inch Journaling Tags, Weekly Die Cut Labels, Acetate Months, Daily Tabs Stamp

1. Have a design plan in mind 
From 12″ x 12″, 9″ x 12″, 6″ x 12″, 6″ x 8″, 3″ x 8″, traditional pages to traveller’s notebooks, there are so many ways to document everyday life. For the last three years I have completed a 9×12 monthly double pocket page to record my family’s adventures. Before each year begins, I make some design decisions about photo sizes + products. Generally, I like to include a 6″ x 8″ photo of myself with four to five 3″ x 4″ portrait photos along with Elle’s Studio monthly products. Here is a recent example of a 9″ x 12″ monthly pocket page from June 2020. I like the idea of having a repetitive design scheme to reduce decision fatigue and using similar elements across all my pages. You could easily achieve cohesion on your page by attaching the Acetate Months to your printed pictures as shown in the image above. Here I use the word, “May.”

2. Have a go-to journaling system
After determining the size that I want to use, I then think about what kinds of stories that I want to record. I have written a few posts for the ES blog about the type of journaling I like to do. You can find those posts here and here. I believe that practice is essential to writing your stories down—you just need a place or space to remember them. Generally, I use Instagram and Facebook to remember funny moments, but if you are not technologically inclined, you may want to use the Monthly Highlights 3×8 Inch Journaling Tags or the Highlights from this Month 3×4 Inch Journaling Tags to capture your story. 

3. Store like items together
Lastly, my final tip is to *try* to keep my scrap space organized by grouping “like items” together. That means stamps + ink blocks go together, while journaling tags and paper each have their own place. When it comes to smaller items like these Weekly Die Cuts Labels, consider sorting them into fun dishes that you have a arms length. As always, if something doesn’t bring you joy, don’t be afarid to sort and send them to a school or daycare. 
Now that I have shared some of my strategies for documenting 2021, tell me, what are your crafty plans for the new year? Thanks for looking! 

Show us how you’re setting up 2021 for success using our 2021 collection products! Post your setup on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

November Design Team Gallery: Volume Three

Today we are sharing our third round of design team inspiration using our November kit and extras. These eight beautiful projects are getting us ready to record the holiday season with their merry & bright designs recording special moments. Let’s take a look:

Merry & Bright by Kristina Proffitt – supplies used | November 2020 KitCurrently Label Stickers, Holiday Foodie StickersVery Merry Chipboard Stickers, Merry and Bright Wood Veneer, Christmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Oh What Fun pocket page by Candace Perkins – supplies used | November 2020 KitVery Merry Chipboard Stickers, Merry and Bright Wood Veneer, Dark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Fa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Merry & Bright by Jennifer McMurtrey – supplies used | November 2020 Kit, Merry Printables, November LabelsVery Merry Chipboard StickersChristmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Fa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

December pocket page spread by Steph Grimes – supplies used | November 2020 KitAutumn Die Cut TabsCurrently Label StickersHoliday Foodie Stickers, Dark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Dark Green Puffy Alphabet StickersChristmas Tabs Stamp

Yours & Mine by Suzanna Lee – supplies used | November 2020 KitMerry Printables, November 2020 Cut FilesNovember Labels, Hazel Alphabet Stickers — GrayVery Merry Chipboard Stickers, Puffy Heart StickersBlack Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Christmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackFa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackChristmas Tabs Stamp

Merry & Bright notebook spread by Patricia Roebuck – supplies used | November 2020 KitCurrently Label Stickers, Very Merry Chipboard StickersDark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Merry and Bright Wood Veneer, Acrylic Christmas Trees, Acrylic Christmas Light Bulbs, Fa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackHoliday Baking Stamp, Christmas Tabs Stamp, Everyday Tabs Metal Die, Banners Metal Die

Oh, What Fun! by Amanda-jayne Baldwin – supplies used | November 2020 KitVery Merry Chipboard Stickers, Christmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackFa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Christmas Tabs Stamp, Holiday Baking Stamp

Christmas Adventures by Melissa Mann – supplies used | November 2020 KitNovember Print & Cut Labels, Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers — WhiteVery Merry Chipboard Stickers, Dark Green Puffy Alphabet StickersAcrylic Christmas Light Bulbs, Christmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackFa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackChristmas Tabs Stamp, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline 

Keep watching this space for more inspiration using our newest products, or join us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, where you’ll see more inspiration and be able to connect with other ES fans!

Holiday Baking Memories with Katarina Prevendarova

Hi friends! It’s Katarina here today to share with you my latest traveler’s notebook spread featuring the beautiful November kit and add-ons

For some reason I always struggle to finish my Christmas documenting. However, finding that my December 2019 TN is almost empty was a good thing, as I was so inspired by the new November products I just had to do a Christmas layout right away!

Supplies | November 2020 KitAutumn Die Cut Tabs, Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers — WhiteVery Merry Chipboard Stickers, Dark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Christmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackFa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Christmas Tabs Stamp, Holiday Baking Stamp

The product that inspired me the most was the Holiday Baking Stamp. I love this type of stamp—you can stamp on a piece of a cardstock, cut out and use as your own embellishment. That was exactly what I did: enjoyed some stamping fun and then a lot of really relaxing fussy cutting. Next, I adhered my cut outs onto the right side of my spread creating my own pattern with some extra dimension. These cute icons were a perfect match with the two photos of my son helping out with Christmas baking.

To add a little more depth and detail, I did some second-generation stamping and stamped the green sprinkles right on the background paper. I also used the Christmas Tabs Stamp together with one of the Autumn Die Cut Tabs to embellish my photos.

On the left side of my spread I used the green grid paper from the Christmas Basics Paper Stack as my background and I cut a piece of the pretty striped paper from the Fa La La Paper Stack to ground my photos, title and journaling. 

I combined the Dark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers and white Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers to create my title. The cute “fresh from the oven” journaling tag from the November Kit had to make its appearance on this spread. I used a piece of the wood grain paper from the Fa La La Paper Stack to give the tag a little separation and also to bring the brown color to this side of my spread too.

For a finishing touch, I added three chipboard hearts from the Very Merry Chipboard Stickers. I love how everything coordinates together, which helped me enjoy putting this spread together even more. I hope I inspired you in some way today—maybe to use your stamps to create your own embellishments or to finish your past holiday documenting before the next holiday season comes in!

Thank you for stopping by and have fun creating with the November kit and add-ons!

Show us how you’re documenting your holiday baking memories using our Holiday Baking Stamp! Share in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Document December 2020 Prep: Volume 2

Welcome to volume two of our Document December 2020 preparation posts! If you missed our first week, check out that post here. Today we have three designers joining us to share how they are organizing, prepping pages and getting ready to make this the best season of memory-keeping yet! Let’s get some ideas from Patricia Roebuck, Marsha Farris and Jen McMurtrey!

Patricia Roebuck

Hello Elle’s Studio and Document December friends!  I think for all of us, this year will look different. For me personally it involves starting two part time jobs outside of the home. To keep and remember all of the details of this busy month, I have scored and folded the calendar to insert in the front of my album.  This will make the documenting more fun and relaxing when I sit down to document.

Prepping has always been a key to my success and will be more so this year.  I start by removing all of the packaging from the stickers and chipboard.  For the embellishments, I will keep them in the packaging until time to create.  For now, I have everything together in a plastic container from Target. Next, I start stamping and die cutting, and include these elements in the container.


I want to include some of my own titles to combine with the puffy alphas from the kit, so I stamped out titles in advance using the Candy Cane Large Jane Alphabet Stamp. Next, I stamped out the designs from the December Memories Stamp and punch or die cut these out. The smaller images on kraft cardstock will mimic the wood veneer pieces from the kit and blend in perfectly.

I want the larger stamped images to be layered, so I die cut circles from the Christmas Basics Paper Stack to adhere beneath. Last, I use a corner punch to notch out the corners of the December 3″ x 8″ Journaling Tags to resemble a ticket.  

Little details like the corner punching, stamping, punches, and die cutting set me up to be successful, since I think this year is important for memory keeping. I can’t wait to see the memories we create together this year as we Document December!

Marsha Farris

Hey, Elle’s Studio friends!  I’m excited to share a few pages I have prepped for my December album. This year I am using a Citrus Twist Life Crafted album that holds traveler’s notebook sized pages. I will be mixing in a variety of page protectors and adding some out of the pocket pages. I don’t prep my entire album, but I do like to create a few pages and pocket cards ahead of time to make my process easier on busier days.

I created several pocket cards for my album.  Using some of the Elle’s Studio metal dies, I added a variety of see-through elements, including a fun sequin shaker heart on one of the cards.

I also added twine and machine stitching to some of my pages and pocket cards for a bit of additional texture and interest.  I chose not to number any of my foundation pages.  This will allow me the ability to move elements and layouts around as I create during the month! 

Jennifer McMurtrey

I am so excited about this year’s Document December and have already begun to get all of my Elle’s Studio goodies organized. Because I believe in utter honesty, I have to say that my past attempts at completing a Document December album have failed miserably. This year, however, I am determined to finish the album and have fun in the process. To assist in reaching my goal, I have begun putting together the foundation pages and prepping for the stories I want to tell.

To keep this project low pressure, I am choosing not to number the pages so I am able to move things around if necessary. I love the December calendar and placed it front and center in the album. As we move through the month, I will mark any notable occasions on the corresponding dates.

My favorite part of Document December is decorating my pages with the adorable embellishments included in the kit. Even better is being able to use supplies I have on hand, such as the Large Jane Alphabet Stamps and Dies that I added to the folded portion of the calendar. 

Wow, so many beautiful foundation pages! Be sure to pin your favorites to your Document December boards, and get ready for another post next week with even more ideas! We can’t wait to document December with you!

Preview our upcoming Holiday Weekend Sale!

Our biggest sale of the year is almost here! Our big Holiday Weekend Sale will run all weekend long, starting on Friday morning, November 27th at 8:00 am Pacific and will end on Tuesday, December 1st at 9:00 pm Pacific or while supplies last. There will be a ton of can’t miss deals and specials so we wanted to give you a preview of what you can expect:

ITEMS 20% to 90% off: There will be a ton of items on sale and prices will be already marked, so no coupon code will be needed! Some of these items are retiring, too, so once they are sold out, we will not be restocking!

GRAB BAGS: We will have SIX different types of grab bags to choose from during this sale. Please note that some of these grab bags have a limited quantity, so you will want to shop early! Our grab bags this year will include:

Scrapbooking Grab Bag This bag may include some of the following items: journaling tags, die cuts, stickers, wood veneer, stickers, labels, and acrylics. NO paper packs or stamps are included in this bag. You can purchase one without receiving duplicate products.

Stamp Grab Bag This bag will include three 4 x 6 inch stamps. You can purchase two without receiving duplicate stamps.

3 x 4 inch Journaling Tag Grab Bag – This bag will include thirty 3 x 4 tags tags from our collections and exclusive monthly kits. You can purchase three without receiving duplicate tags.

4 x 6 inch Journaling Tag Grab Bag – This bag will include twenty 4 x 6 tags tags from our collections and exclusive monthly kits. You can purchase three without receiving duplicate tags.

Die Cut Grab BagsThis bag will include a variety of die cuts on five 4 x 6 inch sheets from our exclusive monthly kits. You can purchase three without receiving duplicate die cuts.

Label Grab Bag – This bag will include eight different sheets of our 4 x 6 inch cut apart labels. You can purchase two without receiving duplicate sheets.

MYSTERY KITS: Pick up one of our exclusive kits and it will be a mystery on which one you receive! You can purchase three kits without receiving duplicate kits.

MYSTERY 6 x 6 PAPER STACKS: Pick up a 6 x 6 paper stack and it will be a mystery on which one you receive! You can purchase two stacks without receiving duplicates.

DIGITALS: All of our digital cut files and printables will be 50% off!

CLASSES: All of our digital classes will be 50% off!

This year we will also have a BUY MORE, GET MORE special running during our weekend sale! All orders placed (with physical product that ships) during our weekend sale will receive a FREE gift! The more you purchase, the more FREE gifts you’ll receive:

All orders: journaling tag set
Orders over $50: journaling tag set + puffy stickers
Orders over $100: journaling tags, puffy stickers, + a brand new, exclusively designed 4 x 6 inch Elle’s Studio stamp shown above!

Free gifts will be automatically added to your package when we pack your order – No coupon code needed. Total must be before taxes and shipping costs, after any additional discounts. Sale and free gift(s) promotion starts on 11/27/20 and ends on 12/01/20 at 9 pm Pacific.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of orders during this sale, COVID-19 restrictions, and social distancing precautions, please allow us up to two weeks to ship your sale order.

Our new and exclusive The Details Label stamp (that ships for FREE with every $100+ Black Friday Weekend Sale order) also coordinates with our Labels metal die! This exclusive stamp will also be available for separate purchase during our sale.

SUBSCRIBER DISCOUNT: Surprise! We have a special bonus for our kit subscribers! You’ll want to check your email for your coupon code to save an extra 10% off at our weekend sale! Not a subscriber? Subscribe today so you’ll be ready to save!

SHIPPING: Our shipping is based on the weight of your cart and we only charge what it costs us to ship your items. Our scrapbook grab bags are heavy and if your USA order is over 1 lb., your order will have to ship via Priority Mail due to the Post Office’s rules. Our site will quote you a shipping price before going through checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of orders during this sale, COVID-19 restrictions, and social distancing precautions, please allow us up to two weeks to ship your sale order. Sale orders will start processing on Monday, November 30th and you will receive a tracking number once your order has been processed.

It is going to be a BIG sale – Mark your calendar and set your alarm for Friday, November 27th at 8:00 am Pacific! We hope to see you there!

Thankful Week: Documenting Gratitude in December with Stephanie Grimes

Showing gratitude in your memory keeping doesn’t need to happen only one month of the year, and today design team member Steph Grimes is sharing how she did this during the month of December, using our newest November extras. Let’s take a look!

Many people associate gratitude with Thanksgiving, but I believe in practicing gratitude year-round. When I saw the November Merry Printables, I knew I wanted to use them to tell a story of holiday gratitude in my December 2016 album.

Supplies | Merry Printables, Documented 4 x 6 Inch Journaling Tags, Holiday Foodie Stickers, Very Merry Chipboard Stickers, Dark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Christmas Tabs Stamp, Everyday Tabs Metal Die

This spread documents the details of a special weekend with my niece and my mom doing fun holiday activities together and my gratitude for this weekend. I started by printing and trimming all the 3″ x 4” journaling tags from the Merry Printables because they would work perfectly with my photos and stories. I paired the “Merry Merry Merry” tag with the photo of us at the Christmas parade and the gray plaid journaling tag to tell a little about that day’s activities. I topped it off with a stamped tab from the Christmas Tabs Stamp which I die-cut using the Everyday Tabs Metal Die as a placeholder for my date. 

The cookies and sprinkles designs in this month’s kit are some of my all-time favorites and I knew as soon as I saw the 3″ x 4” journaling tag in the Merry Printables that I wanted to use it with the photos of us making cinnamon applesauce ornaments. I am so happy to have it as a printable so that I can print again in the future! On the tag I wrote a little list of all the fun holiday activities we did together this weekend and added “bullets” using puffy dot stickers from a variety of Elle’s Studio collections.

I wanted my gratitude journaling to be a feature of this spread because I am always just so grateful for time spent with my nieces and nephews and we had such a wonderful time together doing things from my childhood Christmases. But, I also had a lot of great photos I wanted to include, so I decided to include a 4″ x 6″ flip-up interactive element on my page to house my gratitude journaling and a couple extra photos. 

I wrote out my story of gratitude for this special weekend on one of the Documented 4 x 6 Inch Journaling Tags and used a bit of washi tape to make a hinge which I attached it to the back of a 4″ x 6” photo of us with our candy houses. Then, I added another 4″ x 6” photo to the front of my journaling tag to complete the flip-up. I added an Avery index tab to the flip-up element to indicate that it flips and stamped a phrase from the Christmas Tabs Stamp inside the tab. I finished off the journaling tag by spelling out the word “gratitude” using the Dark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers and another sticker from the Very Merry Chipboard Stickers.

It’s important to me to practice gratitude for the good things (and the not so good things) in my life all year long. I hope this has inspired you to tell stories of gratitude outside of November—especially during the holidays. Let us know what you’re grateful for this holiday season by sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #ellestudio or in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Thankful Week: Family Moments with Marsha Farris

Welcome to another day of our Thankful Week blog posts. Today, design team member Marsha Farris is here to help us get the special photos and stories of the people we love the most, our family members, in a traveler’s notebook. Let’s see another of Marsha’s stunning TN designs!

Hey, Elle’s Studio friends!  It’s Marsha here with you today, and I’m sharing a layout focusing on thankfulness. My family is so important to me, and I wanted to create a spread documenting how very grateful I am for each of them. I chose a few photos of my husband and sons that were taken a few years ago. I thought the pictures really captured their playfulness when they are together.   

Supplies | November 2020 Kit, Dark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Autumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Fa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Christmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Christmas Tabs Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Solid, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline, Collected Stamp, Everyday Tabs Metal DieEveryday Tabs Vol. 2 Metal Die, Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up Metal Die

To begin the layout, I selected items from the November kit and add-ons to fit my blue and green color scheme. I also chose to include a pocket page so that I could document several photos and have plenty of room for journaling. I selected a 4″ x 6″ tag from the November Kit, trimmed it to 3″ x 4″, and adhered a photo to it. Using blue and black ink, I stamped a tab and sentiment with the Christmas Tabs Stamp. I used the Everyday Tabs Metal Die to cut it out and attached it to the top of my photo with a mini staple. I used an ampersand die cut from the kit and a few of the Dark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers to embellish.

For the other pocket, I created a flip up feature using a patterned paper from the Jewel Polka Dot Paper Stack and the Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up Metal Die.  I love this metal die! It makes creating flip ups so quick and easy! I created a tab to add to the bottom of the photo using the Collected Stamp and Everyday Tabs Vol. 2 Metal Die.

I typed my journaling, trimmed it into strips, and added it to a journaling tag from the November Kit. I also added a photo to another journaling tag and embellished it with a thankful die cut. 

For the right side of the layout, I selected some patterned papers from the Fa La La and Christmas Basics Paper Stack, trimmed them into strips, and added them to the top and bottom of a piece of white cardstock. I created another tab using the Christmas Tabs Stamp and the Everyday Tabs Metal Die and added it to the top of the page. The Dark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers were perfect layered over a banner die cut. To complete the title, I did some stamping using blue ink and the solid Large Jane Alphabet Stamp. I slightly offset the outline Large Jane Alphabet Stamp using black ink, and I love the shadow effect it created! As a final finishing touch, I added some of the Autumn Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers to the page.  

I hope you have found some inspiration for creating a thankful-themed traveler’s notebook layout using the November kit and add-ons!  Happy creating!

Come back tomorrow for another Grateful Week blog post with inspiration to help you document what you are most grateful for in life, and be sure to share what these Grateful Week projects are inspiring you to create by posting in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio.

November Design Team Inspiration: Volume Two

Welcome to volume two of our design team inspiration posts! Today we have seven new and beautiful projects created by our talented design team to share with you using our November kit and add-ons. Whether you love to document your holiday memories on layouts, in pockets or in a traveler’s notebook, we know that each of these layouts will inspire you in some way! Let’s take a look!

Joy by Stacie Watson – supplies used | November 2020 Kit, Autumn Die Cut Tabs, Neutral Die Cut LabelsVery Merry Chipboard Stickers, Dark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Acrylic Christmas Light BulbsFa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackChristmas Tabs Stamp

Yum traveler’s notebook spread by Marsha Farris – supplies used | November 2020 Kit, Holiday Foodie Stickers, Currently Label StickersJane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers — WhiteVery Merry Chipboard StickersChristmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackFa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackChristmas Tabs StampDaily Tabs StampHoliday Baking Stamp

Oh What Fun pocket page spread by Amy Jo Vanden Brink – supplies used | November 2020 KitDocumented 4 x 6 Inch Journaling Tags, Autumn Die Cut Tabs, Holiday Foodie Stickers, Currently Label StickersVery Merry Chipboard Stickers, Acrylic Christmas Trees

Merry & Bright by Daniela – supplies used | November 2020 KitChristmas Cookie Cardstock Stickers, Very Merry Chipboard StickersDark Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Merry and Bright Wood Veneer, Fa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackChristmas Tabs StampHoliday Baking Stamp

Tuesday in the Life traveler’s notebook spread by Nathalie Leonelli – supplies used | November 2020 Kit, November Labels, Autumn Die Cut Tabs, Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers — WhiteVery Merry Chipboard StickersFa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Bright Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Mini Dated Stamp 

Merry & Bright by Katarina Prevendarova – supplies used | November 2020 Kit, November LabelsVery Merry Chipboard Stickers, Merry and Bright Wood Veneer, Acrylic Christmas Trees, Acrylic Christmas Light Bulbs, Christmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackFa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackChristmas Tabs Stamp, Holiday Baking Stamp

Pee Wee by Tracey Fox – supplies used | November 2020 KitHoliday Foodie StickersVery Merry Chipboard StickersFa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackChristmas Tabs Stamp, Holiday Baking Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp 

Share what you’ve been inspired to create from our design team projects with us! Join our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group and post there, or share on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Thankful Week: Holiday Moments Documented with Jen McMurtrey

This week, we are focusing on what we are thankful for in life, and how we can document it in so many different formats: from scrapbook layouts to mini albums. Each project this week will give you inspiration on how you can record the special things in your life at a time when we should all be looking for the good! Jen McMurtrey is with us today to kick off this week of thankfulness with a layout that records a special person and holiday memory. Let’s take a look!

Thankful, grateful, and blessed are three words I am really embracing these days. With all the uncertainties we seem to be facing, it is more important than ever to remember the many wonderful blessings in my life, such as my mom. This candid photo was taken on Thanksgiving Day a couple of years ago, and I love that it captures her totally in her element, basting the turkey and completely unaware that I was watching. 

Supplies | November 2020 Kit, Holiday Foodie Stickers, Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers — White, Burgundy Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Fa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Jewel Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Mini Dated Stamp, Everyday Tabs Vol. 2 Metal Die, My Heart Metal Die

To begin this project, I selected patterned papers from the Fa La La, Jewel Polka Dot, and Autumn Days Paper Stack that embrace the color and feel of fall and cut them into strips. Next, I used oxide inks in coordinating colors on white cardstock to create a backdrop for the layout.

After the inks had dried, I machine stitched the strips of patterned papers onto the cardstock and lifted the edges to add dimension to the project. Next, I backed my photo and adhered it to the strips of paper with foam squares.

In case you hadn’t noticed by my recent projects, I am totally in love the with the My Heart Metal Die and cannot get enough of them. Case in point . . . this layout. Using the same patterned papers, I cut several hearts and layered them around the photo and on the left side of the layout before adding die cuts and stickers from the November kit and add-ons.

Additionally, I used the Everyday Tabs Vol. 2 Metal Die to create a tab that sits behind the die cuts I added to the top of the picture. I had planned on stamping a sentiment on the tab but ended up leaving it blank instead.

Last was the title, which I created using the new Burgundy Puffy Alphabet Stickers and Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers. Below the title, I stamped the date using the Mini Dated Stamp and added journaling along the bottom border of the layout.

The Elle’s Studio November kit and add-ons are ideal for documenting your holiday memories, or everyday happenings of gratitude. No matter the occasion, this month’s products are sure to delight.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Show us how you record what you are thankful for using our products! Post your project in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Document December 2020 Prep: Volume 1

Welcome to the first volume of our 2020 Document December preparation posts! Today, and the next two Saturdays, we will be sharing inspiration, tips and ideas from our design team using our Document December 2020 products and monthly kit and add-ons to help you get ready for a month of merry memory keeping! Read on for tips on how to make this December project your most successful yet!

Amanda-jayne Baldwin

Hi, Elle’s Studio friends! This year I’m opting for a traveler’s notebook-sized 6.5″ x 9″ album, so that I can have a mix of pockets, notebook pages and even mini scrapbook pages! To help me prepare for the upcoming season, I have already downloaded and printed the free Document December Prompts Printable and placed it inside my album cover to help keep me inspired! This is such a helpful little printable! It’s perfect for photo prompts, journaling ideas, and even page titles!

I’ve also printed a few of the Merry Printables to include in this year’s album too! Having a few note cards printed and base pages completed will really help me to save time in putting my album together during the festive season! 

Melissa Mann

Hey, everyone! I hope you all are excited for this holiday season! I’ve been itching to work on my Document December album and start filling it up with all the holiday fun and memories that we celebrate this time of year.

I am going to be featuring a lot of “see through” elements in my album this year and am using repurposed pieces of chipboard and acetate to create them. I love layers and using transparent pieces of vellum and acetate will help create more depth and the illusion of layers in my album! 

Suzanna Lee

I am going to be honest and tell you that I have attempted this project for eight straight years and failed, miserably. I’m hoping to change that this year! With some prep work and my Elle’s Studio Document December kit, along with the November and December monthly kits and add ons, I can cross the finish line this year!

I haven’t prepped the bulk of the album before and I have done that this year. I have also restricted myself to a story a day and a limited my supplies.

Three-quarters of my foundation pages are complete, housed in a Citrus Twist Life Crafted album. I really enjoy the traveler’s notebook size but found last year that I didn’t like the way that a TN bound album bulged after just one week. This 6-ring binder afforded me the ability to use the Dec 2020 acrylic, wood veneers and other bulkier elements without worrying about busting a seam! I also like that the binder rings give me somewhere to hang little trinkets from.

Very few of my pages have numbers on them, so that I have the flexibility of moving the foundation pages around. My plan is to use lots of large photos and full-sized pocket photos with a few embellishments on top of the page protector while there will be a pocket card for journaling. Choosing to do this will mean emphasis on sharing the stories of this COVID Christmas experience and be less art focused as my scrapbook pages can be. I want to document meaningfully and purposefully in this album. I can always create arty Christmas pages for my regular albums!

Amy Jo Vanden Brink

I love setting up supplies for December documenting! My main goal with preparing in advance is making sure I have space to include my favourite supplies, instead of stashing them and never getting them on a page!

When I saw the cookie stickers, I knew for sure I wanted to use them. Making a transparency with them was an easy way to ensure that they will end up in the album no matter if they work on a photo or not!

My goal is to make sure that my supplies, and the pages I prep beforehand allow flexible documenting!

We just love these foundation pages and ideas on how to focus on documenting the important stories of the month! Be sure to check back next week for more ideas, foundation pages and inspiration, and don’t miss out on our Document December products to help you record this special month of memories!