A Spring Adventure in Pockets with Michelle Flynn

Hello friends! It’s Michelle here, and I am so happy to be with you today using the May 2021 kit and add-ons to share some fun New York City pocket pages! We love to travel and explore, but lately travel has been a bit more limited for all of us. The bright side of this is that we have extra time to remember and appreciate those travel moments even more! I think you experience the joy from those moments that much more when you are going through the process of documenting those memories.    

I was really inspired by the colors and the products in this month’s release and it was quite easy to choose this spring day in NYC to document. For me, the best part about monthly kits are that it takes a lot of the decision making out of the way and it allows your inspiration to flow much easier using what has already been curated for you. My favorite part is always the process of going through it with my hands and then making notes as I go along of what stories I want to document. Combine that with the fun of pairing the pocket tags and embellishments up with my photos and I am one happy memory keeper!

This is the completed layout I added to our album using this month’s release. Join me further below to see how it all came together using the May 2021 kit and add-ons!   

Supplies | May 2021 Kit, April 2021 Kit, Smile Cardstock Die Cuts, Springtime Stickers, Yellow Cardstock Label Stickers, Treasure This Vellum Stickers, Yellow Parker Acetate Alphabet StickersPuffy Banners and Border Stickers, Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers – Warm Tones, Cork Words, Happy Place Wood Veneer, Wood Veneer Borders, Smile Wood Veneers, Fun with Borders Stamp, Love this Smile Stamp, Title Builder Volume 4 Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp – Outline, Hazel Alphabet Stamp

I just love all of the vibrant colors in this release and I immediately pulled out all the bright and cheerful pocket tags that I felt would coordinate with our NYC photos. I thought that fun yellow and white 4 x 6 inch pocket tag would be perfect to embellish as the opening title for the layout.  here is so much to do in NYC that you could explore it every day of the week and that pocket tag with the days of the week is amazing! I am definitely not a minimalist, as I actually get a lot of joy from embellishing, and I have the most fun adding little touches to my pocket page layouts.  I had such fun making this pocket tag and I decided on the title “& today WE EXPLORE.”  

I wanted to use different elements to create the title so I started by using the circle die cuts from the May 2021 Kit and that sweet little gray ampersand die cut for the corner of the title. I then used the Title Builder Volume 4 Stamp and black ink to stamp the word “today.” Before I put the stamp away I noticed the sunshine stamp and quickly decided to use that one as well! I then used the new, bright and fabulous Yellow Parker Acetate Alphabet Stickers to spell out WE and wrapped up my title using those amazing Cork Words for the word EXPLORE. I am just loving the cork as you will soon see because I used a few of them from both the May and April add-ons! I then used a Treasure This Vellum Sticker to back behind the sunshine Wood Veneer Border. I added the red die cut from the May Kit and a few stamping touches using two different stamp sets; Fun with Borders Stamp and Love this Smile Stamp. I finished up this pocket tag with the wooden frame from the Smile Wood Veneers and the Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers. I definitely didn’t hold back on embellishing this fun pocket tag and I really love the way it turned out.  

Now that my intro pocket tag was complete I then moved onto the remaining pockets for this 12 x 12 inch page.  I placed a 4 x 6 inch photo of my daughter next to the title pocket and I then had the idea to expand my title from that first pocket tag into this pocket! I used the outline Large Jane Alphabet Stamp to directly stamp in the corner of that photo. That change brought my title to expand into both pockets and now reads, “And Today We Explore NYC.”  

In the opposite corner of that same photo I added a tiny die cut from the Smile Cardstock Die Cuts,. I used the bright and cheerful 3 x 4 inch striped pocket tag below the title and paired up the “good times” Cork Word with a wood veneer heart from the Happy Place Wood Veneer and a few finishing touches using the Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers. I used another 3 x 4 inch pocket tag on the third row of the layout and simply added another Wood Veneer Border with a Cork Heart. Before I called this page complete, I stapled the heart banner from the Springtime Stickers to the corner of my 4 x 6 inch photo for an added embellishment. 

I had a few more photos I wanted to add with some journaling but not enough for another 12 x 12 inch layout so I added a 6 x 12 inch pocket page. I used one of the Yellow Cardstock Label Stickers to the 4 x 6 inch photo on this pocket page and added that sweet “remember this” sticker from the Puffy Banners and Border Stickers. I then added a star for emphasis using the Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers.  

I printed my journaling onto one of the pocket tags from the May Kit and love the added color of this pocket tag with those circles and that amazing shaded grid design! I had another, smaller photo of my husband and daughter walking up from the subway and I had a few leftovers from my April Kit and decided that awesome peach pocket tag was just perfect for this. I then added that fun scalloped border using the Puffy Banners and Border Stickers and used the fabulous Hazel Alphabet Stamp to again note that NYC title. 

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me again today! I just love how this release helped me document these memories and I can’t wait to see your own memories documented using all of these beautiful products in the shop!  I hope you will share your creativity and inspiration with us using the #ellesstudio hashtag on Instagram and in the Elles’s Studio Facebook Group! Until next time, happy creating my friends!

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