The Most Delicious Time of Year with Jen McMurtrey

List out your family traditions at the holidays and we bet that our monthly kit and add-ons will have you covered for documenting it! Design team member Jen McMurtrey is with us today to share how she documented a delicious tradition that she shares with her family, with some help from our November kit and add-ons! Let’s take a look!

If there is one thing you may have learned about me during the year I have been a member of the Elle’s Studio creative team, it’s that I love cut files! Like, I totally love them. Having the ability to customize my projects and using products in what I hope are unique ways has always been important to me. With that in mind, I used the November 2019 Kit and November Cut Files to create a layout documenting one of my family’s holiday traditions.

Every year during the holidays I look forward to making sugar cookies with my husband and kids. This is a tradition that began with my mother when I was a little girl, and I have made sure to continue it with my own children. Mind you, our cookies are definitely not works of art, but we love them just the same. However, I definitely wait to make them until right before Christmas so I don’t eat them all before we have our family get together. I have no control when it comes to sugar cookies!

Supplies | November 2019 Kit, November Cut Files, Holiday Puffy Stickers, Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Acrylic Candy Canes, ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper StackSay Cheese Stamp, Noted Stamp, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

The gingerbread man that is included in the November Cut Files is adorable and so fitting for this photo. I pulled several patterned papers from the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack and trimmed them down to a 3″ x 4″ size. Using each of the 3″ x 4″ pieces of paper, I cut five gingerbread men to place behind my picture. I’ve been trying to maximize the functions of my Silhouette and used a black sketch pen to outline the files prior to cutting them. 

I wanted to create a focal point with the gingerbread men, so I tucked them behind layers of white cardstock that I had stamped stars, dots and sparkles in red, green, and black with the Say Cheese Stamp.

Not wanting to waste any of the scraps, I used a border punch to create the lace-like trim in red, white, and green; and I machine stitched them along the top edges of each layer along with the top and bottom of the project. This was the perfect touch and added just the right amount of color to pull everything together.

To tell the story of the photo, I journaled along the right side of the layout above and below the title. The picture says enough without my having had to write too much. The layout is already busy enough, so I wanted to keep this area of the project as simple as possible. 

I added a few finishing touches amongst the gingerbread men using the Acrylic Candy Canes, which I shaped into hearts, and some of punctuation pieces from the Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers. I love all of the fun elements of this project!

Remember: Elle’s Studio has fantastic digital content to complement the monthly kits, and they can be used in so many ways. I can’t wait to see what you create! Tag your projects using Elle’s Studio products on social media using #EllesStudio so we don’t miss seeing your amazing work!

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