September Design Team Inspiration: Volume Three

We have loved seeing what you are creating this month using our newest newest monthly kit and coordinating add-ons in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group and on Instagram! Just in case you have not yet had a chance to play with your new goodies, these beautiful projects created by our design team may just inspire you to get crafty this week! Take a look!

Home traveler’s notebook spread by Marsha Farris – supplies used | September 2020 KitSeptember LabelsThis is Us Stickers, Home Wood VeneerStitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackMy Heart Stamp, Hazel Alphabet Stamp

Home Cooked by Suzanna Lee – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Cut FilesThis is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Pink Puffy Alphabet StickersAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp, Grateful Stamp

Here and Now pocket page by Candace Perkins – supplies used | September 2020 KitCozy ChipboardStitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

This Made Me Smile traveler’s notebook spread by Nathalie Leonelli – supplies used | September 2020 KitCozy ChipboardStitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Fiddler’s Fest by Kristina Proffitt – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, This is Us StickersCozy Chipboard, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp, Grateful Stamp

My Heart is Happy by Jennifer McMurtrey – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Cut Files, Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet StickersCozy Chipboard, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackGrateful Stamp, My Heart Stamp

Enjoying These Little Moments by Stacie Watson – supplies used | September 2020 KitSeptember LabelsStitched Heart Wood Veneers, Cozy Chipboard, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackGrateful Stamp, My Heart Stamp

Let’s Climb by Katarina Prevandarova – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Cut Files, This is Us Stickers, Autumn Rainbow Puffy StickersNavy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp, Grateful Stamp

Share what you’re creating with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group and on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, and be sure to pin these inspiring project to your paper crafting Pinterest board for when you have a few moments to create!

One Product, Five Ways: Navy Acetate Alphabet

We love our newest BIG alphabet in the shop: our Navy Acetate Alphabet! This large alpha in a trendy color is making a BIG impact on the projects by our design team. Let’s take a look at 5 different ways you can incorporate these alphas into your next project:

  1. Pair them with a stamp, like Katarina did here using our Grateful Stamp to create the perfect title! The mix of font size and type creates a truly eye-catching title!

2. Fill up the white space on your page! Suzanna used our acetate alphabet here to create her title in a BIG way—taking up most of the right side of her page. Her title really sets up the story of her page, and makes us want to read her journaling to find out about this special relationship.

3. Add only single letters or numbers for a graphic look, as Jess did in her pockets! We love the bold pop of navy it adds the the negative spaces in her photos, and corresponds to her numbered journaling that she added on one of our September Kit tags.

4. Ground a large element by stretching your Navy Acetate Alphabet horizontally across the page, as Tracey did on this layout! Her bold title creates a shelf for her large photo and patterned paper block above, helping ground it to the overall page.

5. Turn your title, as Daniela did here, to match the predominant orientation of your project. Because the elements on Daniela’s page were designed on a vertical column, it made perfect sense that her title followed suit! Don’t assume that a title always has to be on a horizontal axis!

We hope you love our new Navy Acetate Alphabet as much as we do! Share your ideas on how you can incorporate it into your projects by posting on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, and in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! We can’t wait to hear YOUR ideas!

Changes At Home with Jen McMurtrey

This year has brought a lot of change into everyone’s life, but some changes can be a good thing! Spending more time at home with family has brought about a lot of renovation projects, and design team member Jen McMurtrey has used our September kit and add-ons to record a big change in her own home! Let’s see what she made!

Hey friends! This year has definitely been one of change; however, one change that has certainly been positive is my being able to update our kitchen. Happily, the Elle’s Studio September kit paired with the adorable new My Heart Metal Die is the perfect match to record my kitchen’s transformation.

Each fall I wait with baited breath to see what new goodies Elle has up her sleeve, and she most definitely does not disappoint! When I saw the Autumn Days Paper Stack, I was immediately in love and knew I would use it with these photos.

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, September 2020 Cut Files, September 2020 Print and Cut Labels, Cozy Chipboard, Home Wood Veneer, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 inch Paper Stack, My Heart Metal Die, Typewriter Alphabet Stamp

To begin this spread in my album, I chose several of the Autumn Days patterned papers and cut a bunch of hearts with the My Heart Metal Die. Initially, I had planned on using more of them, but ended up using a fraction of what I cut. I simply tucked the extras away to use on other projects. With all of the hearts cut, I began assembling my pages.

Keeping the story front and center, I journaled on a tag from the September 2020 Kit, machine stitched around the border, and placed it in the first pocket. Below that is a photo of the kitchen as it looked before we began updating. I printed the picture small enough to fit in the 3″ x 4″ pocket and adhered it to layered patterned papers. Next, I used the Typewriter Alphabet Stamp to create the “before” sentiment on the photo. To add a bit of color and texture, I stitched a die cut heart to the photo and glued a small Stitched Heart Wood Veneer on top.

I love creating unique elements to add to my projects. To give this spread a bit of pizazz, I machine stitched more of the die cut hearts to a piece of transparency paper and adhered the Home Wood Veneer on top of them. Doing so provided a break between pages and added visual interest to the spread.

Immediately following the transparency paper is a smaller photo of one side of the kitchen. Because of the angle of the photo, I wasn’t able to print it as large as I had intended. Rather than back it with patterned paper, I added it as a smaller page that fits nicely underneath the transparency. 

Keeping with the theme of the previous pages, I stitched hearts to the photo and added a banner from the Cozy Chipboard.

Next was my large photo, which is the last in this four-page spread. Here, I backed the photo with patterned paper before stitching hearts to the bottom-right corner. To balance the page, I added a die cut from the September Kit with two more of the Stitched Heart Wood Veneer pieces.

Not only am I loving my new kitchen, I love how this project turned out. The pages of varying sizes add fun elements to the album and capture my story perfectly. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Remember to post the projects you create with the September kit and add-ons, post to Instagram, and use the #EllesStudio tag, or share in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! You never know! Your project might be featured on the Elle’s Studio blog! Have a great day!

Warm and Cool Color Schemes with Nathalie Leonelli

How do you begin a paper crafting project? Today, Nathalie Leonelli is sharing her go-to method for choosing product: starting with color! Let’s take a look at the beautiful hues that she selected to create a new pocket page to inspire us today!

Hello Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Nathalie here today to share my latest pocket pages created with the September kit and add-ons and explain one of my go-to techniques when creating my projects. This is my monthly spread documenting last October in my 9″ x 12″ everyday album:

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, Cozy Chipboard, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, October Wood Veneer, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackGrateful Stamp

When I open my Elle’s Studio box of goodies, I have several ways to pick what I will use on a project. One of them is to split the kit and extras into warm and cool colors. This distinction is part of color theory and if you are not familiar with it, here is a link to a basic video from YouTube.

The warm colors I sorted on the left are perfect for the fall months. A few of my photos had yellow and orange touches, therefore that is the combination I decided to use for these pockets. I created another project with the cooler selection on the right that will be shared at a later date!

Black touches add great contrast and definition to a warm color palette. Here I stamped with the Grateful Stamp, added hand stitching and doodled some frames in black. Note that wood veneer embellishments, like the October Wood Veneer I used here, are neutral and work beautifully with both warm and cool colors!

You will find more warm and cool elements in other new products like the Cozy Chipboard, which are great for layering, the This is Us Stickers, September Labels and the Grateful for This Printables, of course!

I hope you have found this warm-hued project inspiring! I would love to see your version of a warm or cool selection on your next project! On Instagram, add the #ellesstudio tag for us to see or share your project in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! Happy scrapping!

Are you team warm or team cool? Tell us, and show us your projects in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group today!

Using ALL of the Patterns with Marsha Farris

Hey, Elle’s Studio friends! This is Marsha, and I am here today sharing a traveler’s notebook layout using the awesome new Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack that released this month. It is full of so many beautiful colors and patterns—perfect for documenting fall memories! I was able to use all of the papers on my layout, and, because they coordinate so perfectly, this spread came together in a snap!  

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, September Labels, This is Us StickersCozy ChipboardAutumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Grateful StampMy Heart Stamp, Dated StampMy Heart Metal Die

I began the layout by printing three photos to document a family vacation day last fall. Using the Autumn Days Paper Stack, I trimmed 2″ squares from all of the papers in the stack. The colors and patterns are gorgeous, and I couldn’t resist using a bit of each on my spread! I arranged them in a grid pattern, using white textured cardstock for the base of my layout.  

I added my photos to the page and used die cuts from the September Kit to embellish. The word “joy” from the My Heart Stamp was perfect for adding interest to one of the die cuts. 

Next, I stamped the date using the Dated Stamp and black ink.  I rotated the month stamp to add a little extra interest to the stamping. The My Heart Metal Die worked perfectly for cutting a stitched heart from one of the patterned papers.  I used the Cozy Chipboard to embellish a few of the squares, including adding a chipboard piece to one of the photos.

For the title, I used the Grateful Stamp and black ink, stamping the sentiment on vellum. I matted my photo with a black dot patterned paper from the Autumn Days Paper Stack and adhered it to the vellum. One of the rainbows from the Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers was the perfect little embellishment above the title.    

I trimmed one of the journaling tags from the September Kit into a two-inch square, because I chose to use the patterned paper to back my photo and needed another patterned square to complete the grid. To finish the spread, I typed my journaling, trimmed it into strips, and adhered it to the page.  This is one of my favorite techniques for including journaling on a layout.

I hope I have inspired you to create a project using ALL of the papers from the Autumn Days Paper Stack. Please share your creations with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or on Instagram using the hashtag #ellesstudio.  I will see you again soon!

September Design Team Inspiration: Volume Two

It’s that time again! Today we’re here to share round two of inspiring projects created by our design team using our September 2020 kit and add-ons! Lets take a look at how they got creative with our latest supplies, perfect for recording your memories as you transition from summer to autumn!

July pocket page spread by Jess Forster – supplies used | September 2020 KitMonthly Puffy Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood VeneersNavy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Filled with Joy by Amanda-jayne Baldwin – supplies used | September 2020 KitGrateful for This PrintablesSeptember Cut FilesBright Polka Dot 6.5 x 8 Inch Paper Stack

Feeling So Grateful pocket page spread by Patricia Roebuck – supplies used | September 2020 KitThis is Us StickersCozy ChipboardStitched Heart Wood VeneersGrateful StampMy Heart Stamp

Home by Melissa Mann – supplies used | September 2020 KitSeptember Print and Cut LabelsSeptember Cut FilesThis is Us Stickers, Cozy ChipboardStitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Here and Now pocket page spread by Amy Jo Vanden Brink – supplies used | September 2020 KitThis is Us StickersCozy ChipboardAutumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers

Thursday Night Fun by Tracey Fox – supplies used | September 2020 KitThis is Us StickersCozy Chipboard, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Navy Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackGrateful Stamp

August Pockets by Steph Grimes – supplies used | September 2020 KitSeptember LabelsThis is Us Stickers, Cozy ChipboardAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackGrateful Stamp

Squat by Daniela – supplies used | September 2020 KitThis is Us StickersCozy Chipboard, Autumn Rainbow Puffy StickersNavy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart StampMini Dated Stamp

We just love these projects that our DT has shared with us today, and we know you will love creating with our September products as much as they did! Be sure to check out all of the new goodies in the shop while supplies last!

We Heart Traveler’s Notebooks with Kristina Proffitt

Traveler’s notebooks are popular right now in memory keeping, and it’s no wonder! Their portable size makes them perfect for documenting on-the-go, and they can be customized in any way, just like a scrapbook layout! Today, design team member Kristina Proffitt is sharing how she used our newest products to create a spread full of heart in her traveler’s notebook! Let’s see what she made!

I was so excited to pull out my traveler’s notebook and the new My Heart Metal Die this month and use them together on this project. Traveler’s notebooks are relatively new to me—this past year is the first year I’ve ever used them in my documenting, but I’ve been a fan of dies for a long time and this die set is just SO cute! Mixing the two was a lot of fun! Let me show you how I incorporated both. 

Supplies | September 2020 KitThis is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart StampMy Heart Metal Die

The My Heart Metal Dies are so much fun to use. I thought the die set would be awesome to use on photographs of my dog Marlie, so I ran two photos through the die cutting machine and loved the outcome. Then I took cardstock that I had on-hand and used it to cut hearts in various sizes. Lastly, I cut the woodgrain patterned paper from the Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack out with the heart die, too. I adhered all of the heart die cuts onto the page and used the white space around them to stamp sentiments from the My Heart Stamp, along with some of the stars from the Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, too. Those hearts just make me smile so big! I also added a “happy” sticker from the This is Us Stickers onto one of the hearts for a bit more orange and to add an extra sweet sentiment. 

One of my favorite patterns in the Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack is the black paper with white dots all over it, so I knew I wanted to use it. I trimmed it just a bit and adhered it to the page. I just love how the 3″ x 4″ journaling tag looked on top of it. Something about that pretty blue just pops against that black! I rounded the corners of the patterned paper, wrote my journaling on the tag and then adhered the journaling card on top. 

Lastly, I embellished the tag with a Stitched Heart Wood Veneer, a chipboard sticker from the Cozy Chipboard and one of the smaller Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers

One of the things that I love to do with journaling tags is cut them up and use just parts of them on a project. That’s exactly what I did with the “good times together with you” journaling tag from the September 2020 Kit that you see above the patterned paper. I wanted a sentiment there and decided to use part of that journaling tag because I loved the green and wanted a bit more dimension on the page. I stapled it with my tiny attacher and of course had to use some more of those puffy star stickers from the Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers—those are the best! For the date, I stamped right on one of the die cuts from the September Kit and of course stapled it because, yep, I’m obsessed with my tiny attacher!

I’m so glad that I gave traveler’s notebooks a chance because they are so fun to document in! They’re also a great way to create on the go since they’re super portable, and so much fun! What a great way to document during a trip! If you haven’t given traveler’s notebooks a chance yet, you totally should! While you’re at it, grab the My Heart Stamp and My Heart Metal Die and create a project with them! It’ll most definitely be a good time!

Show us your traveler’s notebook spreads created using Elle’s Studio products! Post them in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Teach Me Tuesday: Customize Your Wood Veneer with Amy Jo!

Have you ever wanted to use a wood veneer piece on a project, but thought it needed something to jazz it up a bit? Today’s post will show you how to customize a wood veneer piece to fit perfectly with any project you want to create, using only a few supplies! Let’s take a look!

Hello, Elle’s Studio fans! It’s Amy Jo, and today I’m here to show you how to make your wood veneer pieces more exciting! I’ll be using the Home Wood Veneer and Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, and adding some stamping and embossing to make them have a fun polka dot style pattern.

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, Home Wood Veneer, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Grateful Stamp

To re-create my project, you will need: wood veneer, a pigment ink stamp pad (or a stamp pad specifically for embossing), embossing powder, and a heat gun.

Start by putting out a piece of scrap paper to protect your work surface. Then, using the pigment ink pad, stamp your chosen design on the wood veneer. Add the embossing powder, then use the heat gun to set it. When working with wood, you can scorch it, so make sure you warm up your heat gun first, then set the embossing powder quickly. Look for the quality of the embossing powder to change (you’ll see it gel up) and then move onto the next area. Try not to hold the heat gun in one place for too long.

I did a mixture of embossed and plain stamped images on my last one, and the texture is really cool!

Watch as I show you how I customize my wood veneer in this video:

I hope this gives you some ideas to take your wood veneer pieces to the next level! Thanks for checking out my post today!

Show us how you incorporate Elle’s Studio wood veneers into your memory-keeping! Share in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Staying Home with Tracey Fox

This is the year of staying home—with cancelled trips and events, we’re all becoming homebodies. Just because we’re not going out to do as much as before, doesn’t mean we don’t have stories to tell, and sometimes we can tell the stories of how our lives have changed. That’s what design team member Tracey Fox did, and she’s with us today to share her project. Let’s take a look!

Hi all! It’s Tracey Fox here with a layout I made using the Elle’s Studio September kit and extras! The Home Wood Veneer in this month’s release immediately inspired me to tell a current story about how my favorite event of the year has been canceled, making 2020 “the year we stayed home.”

Supplies | September 2020 Kit, August Cut FilesSeptember Cut Files, This is Us Stickers, Cozy ChipboardAutumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Home Wood Veneer, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Instead of getting to take a bunch of photos of my friends enjoying the sights and delicious food at our annual pumpkin festival, I reached out to them all and asked them to send me sad selfies of them at home. I printed the photos in black and white so they would all match each other better and to add to the overall feeling of intense despair that our beloved festival had been canceled.

This layout came together quickly once I laid out my five photos and built my large title. I used the two pieces of wood grain patterned paper from the new Autumn Days Paper Stack to create a background, and I used my wide format printer to add my journaling on the vertical edge of the layout. Then, I spelled out my title using the beautiful Navy Acetate Alphabet, saving the Home Wood Veneer as the last word in the title. Because my story about staying home is sad, I wanted to create a broken heart effect on the heart on the home wood veneer. Luckily, one of the September Cut Files is the same “home” image, and I was able to use my Silhouette software to pull out just the heart portion and create a cut down the middle to create a broken heart, which I cut a few times out of the deep red paper from the Autumn Days Paper Stack. I stuck one of them directly on top of the wood veneer and used the others to add some extra embellishment to my long title.  

Since I used a neutral background and black and white photos, I wanted to add some more color to the page. I grabbed a bunch of the colorful tags from the September Kit and layered them under the photos, placing sentiments from the This is Us Stickers and Cozy Chipboard that went with my story around the page on top of the photos. As a final touch of embellishment, I added some of the Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers in a visual triangle. Even though the topic and tone of my page was sad, I loved those rainbows too much not to use them, so I decided that they could represent frowns! That totally works, right? 

I really loved collecting these photos from my friends to create a page that will fill the gap left by the cancellation of this event in my scrapbook this year. Have you ever scrapbooked about events that aren’t happening? The new Home Wood Veneer and a lot of the sentiments in the September Kit provide a perfect prompt to tell a story about staying home this year during the pandemic. I can’t wait to see what stories you will document!

Share what your September stories look like—good or bad—in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram with the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Sketch Day with Suzanna Lee

Hi ya scrappy peeps! It’s Suzanna here today and I’m sharing with you the first of two sketches for the month and my interpretation of the sketch. One of the many great things about sketches is the versatility available in interpretation; from literal to extrapolated. This month’s sketch was more of a road map for me with a few liberal interpretations.

Here’s the sketch:

This my interpretation:

Supplies | September 2020 KitThis is Us StickersCozy ChipboardAutumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Navy Acetate AlphabetAutumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Metal Die

The most obvious alteration I made to the sketch was the direction; I flipped the sketch so that the row of rectangles are on the left side while the title remains horizontal and large. I also opted to keep the original vertical photo.

The Navy Acetate Alphabet available as an add-on this month, are, in my book, a must! They are perfect for this large title as the sketch suggests. Stitching was my method of application. Using white thread on white cardstock afforded me the ability to adhere the letters without worrying about visibility of adhesive. The unsecured thread ends also add movement to the page.

Hearts are the placeholder for embellishments for this particular sketch. As I based the color palette of this layout around this 3″ x 4″ tag, they are the perfect foundation for my embellishments. I fussy cut two clusters from one of the 3″ x 4″ tags in the September Kit then supplemented with the My Heart Metal Die. If there is anything you MUST have this month, it’s the My Heart Metal Die! I have used it on all five of the layouts I have created with the kit so far.

The other noticeable variation I made to the sketch was to change the five consistently-sized rectangles to rectangles of varying sizes. This allowed me to use more of the main kit 3″ x 4″ tags cut down to suitable proportions down the left side of the page. I also used the new Autumn Days Paper Stack to compliment the color palette and layered that with other bits and pieces from the add-ons.

I do have a process video that will be up on my YouTube channel should you want to watch how everything came together!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, and be sure to share your take on this sketch using the hashtag #EllesStudio on Instagram, or by posting in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Need more sketch inspiration to inspire you? Look no further than our latest sketch class, From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5, where you’ll find 50 amazing sketches and 10 talented contributors to help you create in no time!