I am happy to introduce you to our November Guest Designer, Jana McCarthy! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I am super inspired by Jana’s projects this month in our Designer Gallery. Her has a very beautiful collage-like feel, and I know you will be inspired too! She worked with our Sycamore Lane and Good Cheer collections. Be sure to check out her full gallery here! Thank you so much for joining us this month, Jana.

Now lets get to know Jana better.
Name: Jana Maiwald-McCarthy
Location: Germany
Your Favorite Elle’s Studio Products: Sycamore Lane Grateful Stamp, Sycamore Lane Bits and Pieces, Good Cheer Wood Veneers OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Why did you start scrapbooking and how did you get started? I started digital scrapbooking back in 2005, after the birth of my second son. I wanted to capture all these little things and was looking for some ideas. So I found my way into the digital thing and loved it from the beginning. After 8 years I finally found my way to the real paper scrapbooking. I cut the first piece of paper in February 2013 and was way too afraid! One of the things I really love about the digital thing is you can start over and over again without throwing anything away. I spent so much time in front of the computer that I am really happy I started the paper thing! I have my own big room, kiddos next to me, we’re laughing and collecting memories.  And sometimes one of my boys starts their own layout.  It’s amazing to see them growing into this creative hobby!
What are three products you can not live without? I really need color spatters on my layouts. So I can’t live without color sprays! I also love enamel dots! And I need little bits on my page like labels or die cuts… paper pieces! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Do you record everyday moment or just the special ones? I would go with everyday moments but for sure there are special ones I need to scrap too. My life with three kids is full of moments I want to capture, but I also love to scrap a cup of coffee or some leaves. 🙂 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Thank you so much for sharing with us today and for your inspiring layouts, Jana! Make sure you her full gallery here!

GIVEAWAY: You can WIN Jana’s favorite Elle’s Studio items! Just leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win our Sycamore Lane Grateful Stamp, Sycamore Lane Bits and Pieces, and Good Cheer Wood Veneers! We’ll announce the winner on November 29th, 2014!


  1. Lovely projects, I especially love your december album and tree!

  2. Nathalie says

    Nice to “meet” you Jana! I’m off to check the Gallery 😉

  3. Tiffany says

    Hi Jana!
    Great layouts to inspire me, especially your December album cover!

  4. Miriam Prantner says

    Wonderful projects Jana! Love your style!

  5. CJb says

    Hi Jana! Your layering of stickers, tags and embellies looks so effortless. Very inspiring!

  6. Carla Hundley says

    Beautiful and fun
    album! Thanks for
    sharing info about
    Carla from Utah

  7. I love the mini album and the tree. Thank you for sharing your projects with us.

  8. Damaris says

    Her sneaks are such a tease!!! But I’m surely going to her link and check out more.
    Love her style and I too, cannot live without enamels and bits!
    x0, Damaris

  9. Erin D says

    Everything Jana made is gorgeous, but I am literally ogling the December 2014 album cover. Wow!!

  10. michelle t says

    Great projects. Thanks for sharing. Thanks very much also for a chance to win. Michelle t

  11. elise says

    I’ve been a long time admirer of Jana’s work, so fun to look through her gallery here!

  12. Mel H says

    Beautiful works Jana. Worthy of the spotlight!

  13. Kelly O says

    Just received my shipment of a Good Cheer Nd am looking forward to using it in my Holiday Daily book.

  14. Melinda Wilson says

    Thanks for sharing some of your projects Jana! These are beautiful!

  15. Heather Adams says

    Wow!! I love Jana’s projects! They are gorgeous!!

  16. Jill Rugg says

    Great projects Jana!

  17. Kristi H. says

    I’ve already hopped over to the gallery and really like your Falalalala layout! I’m totally scrap-lifting it and love your use of Elle’s bits and pieces, which are one of my favorite things. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Julie B says

    You are such a tease! Love the sneaks…..headed there now. Love the colors, December album and tree…

  19. Ruth Tacoma says

    Beautiful work! I *love* the December Daily album!

  20. {vicki} says

    Nice to meet you!
    Love the projects you’ve shared with us!

  21. Kerrie tuni says

    Thanks for the chance to win Jana’s favourites. From Germany to Australia.

  22. Padni says

    wow, thank you elle’s studio for the chance. And thank you Jana for inspiring me with your project 😀

  23. Cynthia B. says

    Great closeups! Thanks for sharing your cool work with us, Jana!

  24. Stacie D says

    Love your projects! Awesome ideas!

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