Colorful Memories with February Guest Designer Jordan Carroll

We are so excited to welcome our February guest designer, Jordan Layne, to the blog today! We could look at Jordan’s Instagram feed for hours—her simple, yet colorful, beautifully designed and well balanced pocket pages and traveler’s notebook spreads make us want to delve into her stories, and we think you’ll love what she has created using the February 2020 kit and extras! Let’s take a look at her first project and learn a bit more about her process:

Hey, hey crafty friends! It’s Jordan here today with my very first guest post for Elle’s Studio! I don’t think I have ever enjoyed working with a kit and add-ons more than I did with these new February products! Every little bit is seriously so, so good!

For my first project, I chose to document a week in March of last year. I had to get these snaggle toothed pictures of my daughter documented! Oh my heart! Why do they grow up so fast?!

Supplies | February 2020 Kit, February Labels, Be Happy Stickers, Cork Stars, Sunshine & Laughter Stamp

For me, the jumping off point of my projects is usually my images. Once I have them selected, edited, and printed, I get out whatever kit I’m working with and choose tags and supplies that will coordinate. Here, the colors in my images were neutral, so I pulled tags from the February 2020 Kit that were fun and colorful to bring life to the spread.

Once I have the photos and tags arranged how I like them, I type and print out my journaling and attach it to the tags. I don’t have a typewriter, so I use Photoshop to size and print the journaling and then I get creative with how I add it. Sometimes, I leave a half inch or so of the card showing at the top or bottom, or I’ll type it in a square and staple it in the middle of the card. Other times, I’ll fussy cut it into sentence strips and adhere it that way; it just depends on the tag I am attaching it to and how much or how little I have to say. For a small amount, like on the photo below, the February Label was perfect for adding the facts of the day.

Finally, I pull out the coordinating add-ons and begin choosing which embellishments I want to add. I always use a variety of stickers, stamps and die cuts, and I always try to use something to add dimension. My favorites for this are cork elements, like the Cork Stars I used here, puffy stickers, and wood veneer. I also add staples, stitching, or a combination of both to almost every project I make!

I hope you enjoyed a glance into my process and are inspired by my project to document a special memory of your own in a colorful way using the February 2020 kit and extras! I look forward to seeing what you create and in joining you throughout this month!  

Hello crafty friends! I’m Jordan, wife to a soldier and mama to 3 awesome littles. I made my first scrapbook 15 years ago when my husband was deployed to Iraq. I used all of the photos he sent back to me and gave it to him as gift when he returned. He still has it. It was 5 years later that I began scrapbooking again when our oldest was 2, and a friend introduced me to digital scrapbooking. I’ve since gone back to paper and glue, but have been making time to document our life ever since. If I’m not making a mess documenting, you can probably find me with a cup of coffee in hand, nose buried in a book. As a family we love to travel, go for long walks, and hike. In the last 15 years we’ve lived in 3 countries and 8 states! It’s been a blessing to show our kids the world and fulfill my need for adventure, and of course, to have plenty of memories to document!

Find more of Jordan’s pocket pages and traveler’s notebook spreads at her Instagram feed, until she returns next week to inspire us with another project using the February 2020 kit and extras!

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