I am happy to introduce you to our April Guest Designer, Carson Riutta!Unknown-1Carson has a beautiful gallery this month!  We are so pleased to have her with us this month and are so inspired by her work!   I love her clean and bright pocket page layout and the stitching on her “Hello Beautiful” card is just incredible!   Let’s take a minute to get to know Carson better.

Name : Carson Riutta

Location: Apex, North Carolina

Blog :

Twitter : PineandPlum

Instagram: @pineandplum

3 Favorite Elle’s Studio products: Cienna Happiness Stamp, Lots of Love Wood Veneer, and Cienna Stickers.

Unknown-2What are three products you can’t live without?
1. Journaling cards. They are so great for card fronts, mini-albums, layouts and of course pocket scrapbooking. So many of my projects start with a well designed journaling card as the focal point and inspiration.
2. Hearts. In any form hearts are my go-to embellishment. I like them small, colorful and sticky.
3. Chipboard frames. I have about a million of these and love to make quick cards with them. A frame, a journaling card, some small embellishments and you’re done! Frames are also fabulous for highlighting your journaling on a layout.

UnknownWhere do you scrapbook?
I share an office with my husband in the front room of our home, a room that is supposed to be the formal dining room. It has amazing natural light and is large enough to house my crafting collection. I manage to keep all my tools and supplies housed in my Ikea Magiker Sideboard, my Ikea Expedit Desk and a sweet little rolling cart from World Market. If I start to outgrow these three storage units, then I know it’s time to purge.

Unknown-5What do you listen to/watch while scrapbooking?
I’ve found that I can’t watch anything while creating and I’ve just recently started listening to music. The music has really helped me to stay focused and get in the zone. I’m pretty unadventurous when it comes to music so I usually stick with my iTunes library on shuffle (all music from my college days) or I’ll turn on the iTunes Brandi Carlile Radio Station.

Unknown-4What is your favorite color combination?
I’ve really been trying to branch out lately to make sure that I use all my supplies, but if I had my way I would probably always use some sort of pink and mint combo. Although my favorite color is yellow.


What/who inspires you?
When I sit down to create I’m most inspired by the products in front of me. If for some reason I’m hitting a creative block I usually start perusing my favorite galleries online and I always find inspiration within my first five minutes of looking. I am so thankful for all the amazing papercrafters out there who are sharing their work with the rest of us.

Thanks so much for joining us this month, Carson!


  1. Meghann says

    Welcome, Carson! Your projects are always so beautiful!

  2. ~amy~ says

    I’m a big fan of Carson’s!! Love her work!

  3. StacieD says

    I love Carson’s eye for design and style in her projects!

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