The Best Day with Jen McMurtrey

Hi friends! It’s Jen today with pocket page inspiration using the October 2021 kit and add-ons, along with several items from my Elle’s Studio stash. This month has so many new additions to the Elle’s Studio product family that I am very excited about. Whether you make cards or scrapbook, there is something for everyone!

For this project, I wanted to document my son’s recent wedding where they enjoyed a simple civil service with plans of a church ceremony and large reception at a later date. Of course, I took a ton of pictures that day, but chose just a few of my favorites to feature here.

Supplies | October 2021 Kit, October Labels, Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Chipboard Banners, Gold Puffy Heart and Star Stickers, Autumn Heart and Star Acetate Stickers, Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Acetate Stickers, Home Sewn Stitches Acetate Stickers, Large Acetate Numbers, Cool Solids Paper Stack, Warm Solids Paper Stack, Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Stamp, Autumn Tab Stamp, Title Builder Vol. 3 Stamp, Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Metal Die, Banners Metal Die, Nesting Tags Metal Die, Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up Metal Die, Everyday Tabs Metal Die

When using a smaller format such as this, I enjoy creating elements aside from just a photo and journaling. I’ve been holding onto the white Large Acetate Numbers for far too long and decided to use them to document the date of the ceremony. Using clear acetate as the base, I stitched the numbers and two acetate stars down the center of the page. To make it easier to lift, I stamped a tab and sentiment with the Autumn Tab Stamp and cut it out using the Everyday Tabs Metal Die.

In order to use all of the photos I selected, I used the Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up Metal Die with a 4×6 inch journaling tag to create a small pocket. Using a smaller piece of paper here worked well because I had already planned to die cut the tabbed edge along the bottom. To finish the pocket, I stamped the family sentiment using the Title Builder Vol. 3 Stamp.

Next, I die cut the front photo using the Nesting Tags Metal Die, which is where I hid the journaling. After cutting another tag of the same size on folded white paper, I adhered the photo to the top and hid my journaling inside.

Behind the tag, I added three more photos with an October Label attached to each. Again, creating the pocket made it convenient to house more pictures that can be taken out, looked at, and replaced with ease.

Below the pocket of photos, I used another piece of clear acetate with the Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up Metal Die to create an interactive element. I used the Cool and Warm Solids Paper Stacks and stamped each of the “You” sentiments from the Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Stamp and cut them out with the coordinating Metal Die. I love how they looked layered together on the acetate.

Next, I added a small photo to white cardstock that has several stamped elements from the Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Stamp. The effect is striking when viewed from beneath the acetate.

Last is an enlarged photo of the bride and groom at the end of the ceremony. Using the same cardstock and Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Stamp as before, I cut three of the outlined “you” and layered them atop one another. When gluing them together, I did so at an angle so the different colors look like shadowing beneath the white cardstock. Beneath the large word, I stamped again with the Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Stamp and cut it out using the Banners Metal Die. Lastly, I added the Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Acetate Stickers around their heads to emphasize the kiss.

While small, this project carries quite a bit of “wow” factor, and I am super pleased with the way it turned out. Now, it’s time for you to grab your new and old(er) Elle’s Studio supplies and get your favorite moments documented. Be sure to tag us with the hashtag #EllesStudio, and you could be featured on the blog!

Thank you stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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