Sweet and Simple Merry Greetings with Candace Perkins

Being prepared to give a last-minute gift or send a friend a holiday card is important during this busy time of the year, and today Candace Perkins is sharing how to create two sweet and simple, yet merry and bright holiday greeting cards—ready for whenever you need to make someone’s day this season!

Hello Elle’s Studio friends! I am so excited that the holidays are on the way!  With the holidays comes the need for lots of cards. Going into December, I like to have a good stash of last-minute cards to add to any gift. Using the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack and November extras I created two cards for my stash this year. Take a look at the two fun holiday cards!

Supplies | Holiday Puffy Stickers, ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack

For the first card, I started by cutting various papers from the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack into 1 inch squares. I then laid out the squares across the white cardstock front and arranged them in a good mix of patterned and plain colored paper. I decided to pop a few of the squares up with dimensional adhesive to add a bit more interest. I love the pattern that this created on the card and how it looks like a Christmas quilt! For the sentiment on the card I used a sticker from the Holiday Puffy Stickers, creating such a cute card! I can’t wait to pair it with a thoughtful gift for a close friend or family member.

For the second card, I started by cutting three papers from the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack into two inch squares. I then cut coordinating papers in small strips to add to the tops of the squares to mimic the look of a wrapped gift. I also die cut papers to create a bow for the top of each gift.  I love how these little gifts look! I placed a small Holiday Puffy Stickers under two of the bows to embellish the gifts a bit more. I can’t get enough of these little gifts! I popped each box up with dimensional adhesive and added a cute puffy sticker sentiment to the bottom of the card. Simple and cute!

I love this cute little set of holiday cards. What holiday cards will you create with the November 2019 Kit and add-ons? Create a little stash of cards so you are all ready for the holidays! Thanks for stopping by!

Fancy a Cuppa? with Jen McMurtrey

Our newest stamp, Let’s Eat, can cover a wide variety of cuisine delights, including those from different countries, as design team member Jen McMurtrey is showing us in a new project today! Let’s take a look at how she used it to record a trip to a fun, new cafe, and a current obsession!

The Elle’s Studio November 2019 Kit and add-ons are simply delightful, and I’ve had a lovely time working with them to create beautiful projects. One of my favorites this month is a spread in my weekly traveler’s notebook documenting a recent outing to a local British bakery.

Confession time: recently, I began watching Downton Abbey—I know, I’m late to the party—and I literally cannot stop. I love every single thing about the series and am already on season four after only two weeks of watching. Everything about English society and customs has always fascinated me and this show is no exception.

Recently, a British bakery opened in my small town and I finally had the opportunity to stop in for proper tea and an authentic fruit tarte. I so enjoyed the experience and cannot wait until I can visit again. Naturally, I had to document the experience and the November 2019 Kit worked perfectly.

Supplies | November 2019 Kit, Die Cut Labels — Jewel Tones, Spring Puffy Stickers, Holiday Puffy Stickers, Wood Veneer Holiday Phrases, Let’s Eat Stamp, ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

I’ve really been pushing myself to always use Elle’s stamps in some way in order to create truly unique projects. For this layout, I used the Let’s Eat Stamp to create a colorful background on the left page as well as create embellishments to layer with the journaling.

To keep the story front and center, I used a journaling tag backed with red paper from the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack. I added a few puffy stickers to balance the page and add contrast to the stamped background.

One of my favorite items to use on projects is ephemera, and I am constantly going to estate sales looking for vintage items to use in my scrapbooks. Here, I used a “Guest Check” ticket with paper from the Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection to create a backdrop for the photo.

One of my favorite things about the bakery was the decorations. We sat at a table that had the Union Jack painted on it, which was the perfect backdrop for my photo. A doily and red paper from the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack were all I needed to back the photo and create contrast against the ticket. 

A few die cuts from the November Kit, a Wood Veneer Holiday Phrase, and puffy stickers completed the right side of spread. I love how it all came together!

You will all have to bear with me as I continue with my Downton Abbey obsession as I may continue to create British-themed projects. At least I have a local bakery to visit the next time I fancy a cuppa!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have the happiest of days.

Preview our Black Friday Weekend Sale!

Our biggest sale of the year is almost here! Our Black Friday sale will run all weekend long, starting on Friday morning, November 29th at 8:00 am Pacific and will end on Monday, December 2nd at 9:00 pm Pacific or while supplies last. There will be a ton of can’t miss deals and specials so we wanted to give you a preview of what you can expect:

ITEMS 20% to 90% off: There will be a ton of items on sale and prices will be already marked, so no coupon code will be needed! Some of these items are retiring, too, so once they are sold out, we will not be restocking!

GRAB BAGS: We will have FIVE different types of grab bags to choose from during this sale. Please note that some of these grab bags have a limited quantity, so you will want to shop early! Our grab bags this year will include:

Scrapbooking Grab Bag – This bag may include some of the following items: journaling tags, die cuts, stickers, wood veneer, puffy stickers, labels, and acrylics. NO 12 x 12 papers or stamps are included in this bag. You can purchase one without receiving duplicate products.

Stamp Grab Bag – This bag will include three 4 x 6 inch stamps. You can purchase two without receiving duplicate stamps.

Sticker Grab Bag – This bag will include a range of our stickers–from flat to puffy! You can purchase one without receiving duplicate stickers.

Journaling Tag Grab Bag – This bag will include twenty 3 x 4 tags and ten 4 x 6 inch tags from our collections and exclusive monthly kits, for a total of thirty tags. You can purchase three without receiving duplicate tags.

Die Cut Grab Bags – This bag will include a variety of die cuts on five 4 x 6 inch sheets from our exclusive monthly kits. You can purchase three without receiving duplicate die cuts.

MYSTERY KITS: Pick up one of our exclusive kits and it will be a mystery on which one you receive! You can purchase three kits without receiving duplicate kits.

MYSTERY 6 x 6 PAPER STACKS: Pick up a 6 x 6 paper stack and it will be a mystery on which one you receive! You can purchase two stacks without receiving duplicates.

DIGITALS: All of our digital cut files and printables will be 50% off!

This year we will also have a BUY MORE, GET MORE special running during our weekend sale! All orders placed (with physical product that ships) during our weekend sale will receive a FREE gift! The more you purchase, the more FREE gifts you’ll receive:

All orders: journaling tag set
Orders over $50: journaling tag set + puffy stickers
Orders over $100: journaling tags, puffy stickers, + a brand new, exclusively designed 4 x 6 inch Elle’s Studio stamp shown above!

Free gifts will be automatically added to your package when we pack your order – No coupon code needed. Total must be before taxes and shipping costs, after any additional discounts. Sale and free gift(s) promotion starts on 11/29/19 and ends on 12/02/19 at 9 pm Pacific.

Our new and exclusive Currently During the Holidays stamp (that ships for FREE with every $100+ Black Friday Weekend Sale order) also coordinates with our Everyday Tabs metal die that will be restocked for our sale! We will also be restocking our Here and Now stamp, along with our Noted stamp!

SUBSCRIBER DISCOUNT: Surprise! We have a special bonus for our kit subscribers! You’ll want to check your email for your coupon code to save an extra 10% off at our weekend sale! Not a subscriber? Subscribe today so you’ll be ready to save!

SHIPPING: Our shipping is based on the weight of your cart and we only charge what it costs us to ship your items. Our scrapbook grab bags are heavy and if your USA order is over 1 lb., your order will have to ship via Priority Mail due to the Post Office’s rules. Our site will quote you a shipping price before going through checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an increase in orders during this sale, please allow us extra processing time. Orders will start shipping on Monday, December 2nd in the order that they are received. We will have extra help on hand to process orders as quickly as possible.

It is going to be a BIG sale – Mark your calendar and set your alarm for Friday, November 29th at 8:00 am Pacific! We hope to see you there!

Let’s Eat! with Tracey Fox

Food is an important part of this time of the year! We celebrate with our favorite dishes, secret family recipes and treats that remind us of our childhood. Our Let’s Eat Stamp is the perfect add-on to help you record your food loves and adventures, as design team member Tracey Fox is showing us today on a new layout! Let’s take a look!

Do you have any food stories on your “must document’ list? Well, Elle’s Studio has the stamp set for you this month! I loved using the Let’s Eat Stamp to scrapbook an epic day of food: a breakfast tour of Columbus that I took with my friend earlier this year!

Supplies | November 2019 Kit, Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Wood Veneer Holiday Phrases, Christmas Die Cut Labels, Let’s Eat Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Using just the Let’s Eat Stamp in a few different ways and some elements from the November kit and extras, I created a layout to document this fun day and all of the delicious food we ate!

The Let’s Eat Stamp is totally versatile! Its mix of large and small phrases, words, and icons perfectly allowed me to stamp a background and create lots of embellishments for my layout. I chose the “YUM” word to stamp all over white cardstock, creating a fun background in colors matching my photos and the embellishments I had chosen. I used other stamps in the set with black ink to dress up die cut labels from the November 2019 Kit and the Christmas Die Cut Labels. These labels made great embellishments to sprinkle and tuck in around my layout, and the “breakfast” stamp even became part of my page’s title once I combined it with some labels and the Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers

Have you noticed how a majority of Elle’s Studio stamps feature 1″ circle stamps? If you have a 1″ circle punch in your crafty tool kit, these stamps allow you to make super quick embellishments! I stamped and punched out three of the fork, knife, and spoon circles from this set and placed them around the layout.

For my typed checklist-style journaling, I chose the “highlights” tag from the November Kit. It had five lines on it, which was absolutely perfect, since our breakfast tour had five stops! I balanced this journaling out with some more journaling strips in the opposite corner of the layout. 

This was such a fun page to scrapbook! I was very close to laying out my 17 photos and bits of memorabilia in a linear grid like I often do, but the whimsical stamping and the layout’s theme inspired me to lay these elements out in more of a collage style, and I loved being able to tuck my stamped embellishments in and around the page. The tiny star in the stamp set made an excellent finishing touch. The final result is a page that represents the delicious jumble of culinary breakfast delights we enjoyed on our tour! I can’t wait to see what stories you will document with this stamp! 

Gratitude Documented with Amanda-jayne Baldwin

This month is the perfect time to document what we are grateful for, and today, Amanda-jayne Baldwin has a special project to share with us: a masculine page full of dimension and texture that we know will inspire you to make this week a crafty one! Let’s take a look!

Hi, Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Amanda here with more November Kit and new release inspiration! There is so much wonder and joy in this world, and for today’s post I wanted to document someone that I am truly grateful for! With this thankful theme in mind, I looked to the Grateful Journaling Tags, as well as a few of the Thanksgiving-inspired items in this month’s release to create my page.

Supplies | November 2019 Kit, Grateful Journaling Tags, Christmas Die Cut Labels, Tiny Holiday Label Stickers, Tiny Holiday Blank Label Stickers, Jane Alphabet Stickers — Navy, Holiday Puffy Stickers, Wood Veneer Holiday Phrases, ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper StackLet’s Eat Stamp, Say Cheese Stamp

Oh I’m so very grateful for this moment! Let’s take a closer look at this sweet page!

Such an awesome page for my sweet boy. I am so very thankful for him! 

As I was creating a masculine page, I opted for a bold color scheme and an uncomplicated design. The green trim at the top of the page was created from the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack, and matched that of the Give Thanks tag from the November Kit—perfect! To hide the join where I butted these two strips of paper together, I overlaid a strip of the blue 4″ x 6″ tag from the November 2019 Kit. The blue really popped against the forest green color and in turn, created the ideal position to anchor my photo cluster from. This is such a fun way to use the 4″ x 6″ tags if you’re not a pocket page memory keeper!  

As soon as I saw the Grateful Journaling Tags, I knew I had to use one of them to mount my photo onto. However, the white tag really needed a pop of color to draw attention into my darling boy’s photograph. To achieve this, I arranged a few of the 3″ x 4″ November Kit tags beneath the Grateful Journaling Tag and ensured that the colorful trims were peeking beneath the tag. I foam mounted the photo cluster for some gentle dimension, and then tucked in a variety of embellishments into those note card layers. 

The circular Christmas Die Cut Labels added both shape and form to the photo cluster. I combined these labels with a few of the Tiny Holiday Blank Label Stickers, and then tucked the “favorite view” Tiny Holiday Label Stickers under my photograph. 

To complete the cluster, I added a mix of the Holiday Puffy Stickers in coordinating colors, and a couple of the die cuts from the November Kit. The “counting every blessing” puffy sticker is the perfect descriptor as to how I feel about this moment. So very blessed!

The stamps this month are so amazing that I had to use both of them on my layout. I started by repeat stamping the “this was so good” phrase, as well as the tiny star from the Let’s Eat Stamp.  

Next, I took the “favorite photo” stamp from the Say Cheese Stamp and applied it to a blue die cut label, which I also stapled and foam mounted for added interest. I used the fabulous Jane Alphabet Stickers in navy for my title, and even used a few of the asterisks from this sticker sheet too! Again, the pop of blue really adds that point of interest to the layout! To support the confetti-like stamped stars, I embellished with a few sequins from my stash.  My layout could have been completed here but, with such a cool and crisp design, I felt it needed something else. Cue the Wood Veneer Holiday Phrases! This embellishment added warmth, balance and even new texture to the page. Never under estimate the value of a good embellishment! 

Simple, bold, and striking: a beautiful thankful-themed layout for my darling boy’s album! I hope I have inspired you to get creating with the November 2019 Kit and add-ons! Thanks so much for visiting!

Show us how you are documenting your gratitude using Elle’s Studio products! Share your project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Fall Fair Fun with Guest Designer Meg Gundlach

Autumn is a time for cool-weather festivals and fairs and today guest designer Meg Gundlach is back with us to share how she documented a fun event using our November 2019 Kit and add-ons, and added a bit of shine, too! You’ll love her tips for getting more metallics into your pocket pages below. Let’s take a look at what she created!

I’m going to take an unpopular stance here, but I love being behind on my pocket albums. Seriously, hear me out. For both 2018 and 2019 my goal was only to finish the first spread of the month within that month. In most cases, that means there are 3–4 unfinished layouts between each finished one. All the photos are printed and in the pockets (along with any memorabilia), which means that there is a page ready and waiting for any mood or bolt of inspiration. 

Supplies | November 2019 KitNovember 2019 Cut Files, Christmas Die Cut Labels, Tiny Holiday Blank Label Stickers, Jane Alphabet Stickers — Black, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Autumn Heart Stickers, ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Say Cheese Stamp, Let’s Eat Stamp

Of all the beautiful products in the November 2019 Kit and add-ons, the multi-colored leaves journaling tag was hands down my favorite. Because of the way my pocket pages are prepared, I was able to simply flip through my 2018 album until I found an autumnal page that did the card justice. I decided on this layout dedicated to an October weekend adventure at a Renaissance Faire, which falls between the weekly spreads in my album.   

I like the addition of single event spreads in my weekly album because I feel I’m often more playful in those spaces. However, I do not consider myself a ‘theme’ scrapper and rarely use event specific products. The camera/photo motifs of the Say Cheese Stamp are perfect for picture heavy layouts and I used it frequently on this spread. Because there were so many photos from this day, it was easy to find empty spaces to stamp directly onto the prints. I also added the blank Tiny Holiday Blank Label Stickers in several places to hold the sparkle icon stamps. The sparkle icons will definitely feature heavily in my Disney album!

Single event pages often have several pieces of ephemera to include and making a small vellum pocket is one of my go-to techniques. I sometimes sew along the edges of the vellum, but it is just as easy to fold the edges and tape them to the back, as I did here. The coordinating solid colors in the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack are great for the base of a pocket.  

I know everyone thinks about silver and gold for Christmas, but I am all about metallics in the fall. Lately I have been particularly obsessed with copper. Because I was feeling playful with this page, I added copper details in several ways:

  1. Did you know that the Elle’s Studio Monthly kits have coordinating digital files? Here I actually used the camera from the November 2019 Cut Files to create a journaling tag that could be heat foiled. Cut files are great for heat foiling because they are already flat black images that can easily be printed on a laster printer and take nicely to the foil. I love the large metallic icon on a simple white paper!
  1. On the title card I used the ‘this was so good’ stamp several times in monochrome and heat embossed it once in copper as an accent.
  2. Both the leaf tag and the Highlights tag from the had small clusters of dots worked into the printed pattern. To add more fun little metallic details I simply used an embossing pen to draw over the tiny dots and heat emboss them also. 
  3. And of course, the easiest way to add metallics to a page is to use an actual metal. I was looking for something simple/subtle to add to my memorabilia pocket and in the end I took a small copper paper clip from my stash.  

I am so happy to have another spread in my 2018 album done, especially one that is an ‘add on’ to the weekly layouts. If you are all caught up on your albums, please share your secrets! If you are not caught up, have you learned to embrace it yet? Being behind and receiving monthly kits is totally my new jam, because I already have the perfect pages to use the products as soon as I receive them. So fun!

Hi! I’m Meg but you may know me better online as TravelScrapSleepRepeat. Born and raised in Wisconsin, I moved to the United Kingdom in 2006 for grad school and have been roaming ever since. Shortly after arriving in Wales I met my partner Ken and since we both work in archeology/cultural fields, we have the opportunity to travel a lot. In between these adventures I print my photos and play with pretty things. I will never be ‘caught up’ and I’m totally cool with that—always chasing the next experience!

Be sure to follow Meg for more pocket page inspiration at her blog and her Instagram feed, which we know you will love as much as we do, and stay tuned for Meg’s last post using the November 2019 Kit and add-ons coming here to the blog next week!

November Design Team Inspiration: Volume Two

Hello and welcome! Today we’re here to share the second volume of design team inspiration using our new November 2019 Kit and add-ons with you! From documenting homemade cookie baking to a special homemade project, we know you will love what they’re recording, as well as the creativity they used with our newest products! Let’s take a look!

Cookies by Daniela – supplies used | November 2019 Kit, Christmas Die Cut LabelsHoliday Puffy Stickers, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Black and White Polka Dot Puffy Alphabet StickersWood Veneer Holiday Phrases‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper StackAcrylic Trees, Let’s Eat Stamp

Mini Thanksgiving pocket page spread by Meghann Andrew – supplies used | November 2019 Kit, Die Cut Labels — Jewel Tones, Holiday Puffy Stickers, Christmas Multi Color Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Wood Veneer Holiday PhrasesHome Sweet Home 6 x 6 Paper StackSay Cheese Stamp, Let’s Eat StampDated Stamp

Reindeer Games by Steph Grimes – supplies used | November 2019 Kit, Christmas Die Cut Labels, Holiday Puffy Stickers, Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Jane Alphabet Stamp, Acrylic Trees, ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper StackEveryday Tabs Stamp

Deck the Halls by Candace Perkins – supplies used | November 2019 KitChristmas Die Cut Labels, Holiday Puffy Stickers, Red Puffy Alphabet StickersWood Veneer Holiday Phrases‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack

Christmas by Mary-Ann Maldonado – supplies used | November 2019 KitTiny Holiday Label StickersHoliday Puffy StickersAcrylic Trees, Acrylic Candy Canes‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper StackSay Cheese StampNoteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

You & Me traveler’s notebook spread by Sabrina Poole – supplies used | November 2019 KitChristmas Die Cut Labels, Tiny Holiday Label StickersHoliday Puffy StickersWood Veneer Holiday PhrasesFa La La Wood Confetti, Acrylic Candy Canes‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper StackSay Cheese Stamp, Say Cheese Metal Die, Everyday Tabs Stamp, Holiday Words Stamp

Knit pocket page spread by Jess Forster – supplies used | November 2019 KitWood Veneer Holiday Phrases, Say Cheese Stamp

Biltmore Twinkle Lights by Suzanna Lee – supplies used | November 2019 Kit, November 2019 Cut FilesChristmas Die Cut Labels, Tiny Holiday Label StickersHoliday Puffy Stickers, Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Wood Veneer Holiday PhrasesFa La La Wood Confetti, ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper StackSay Cheese StampOh Happy Day Stamp

Show us what you create once your November box arrives! Post on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio or in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Prepping Your Document December Project: Week Two

We’re back to share some special Document December preparation ideas from our team of talented guest contributors who we are excited to work with our Document December 2019 Kit and add-ons this year! Let’s take a look at how Stacie Chandler, Jen Wong, Victoria Calvin, Neela Nalam, Lisa Varshine, and Leigh Ann Odynski are getting ready to record their holiday memories:

Stacie | It’s the most wonderful time of year again! I love the holiday season and memories that we make during this time of year. I also love to document those memories in a mini album.  This will be my tenth year doing a December album and every year it is one of my most favorite projects to do. There is just something about having all of the memories in one easy place to look back on. 

This year I have decided to create a 3″ x 8″ album and I’m excited for the change and creative challenge this size will bring. While I don’t create foundation pages, I love having all of my supplies together and sorted in one place for easy access. I group like supplies together so I know where everything is and don’t waste time looking for a specific type of embellishment.

While I don’t create foundation pages I do start my album with an embellishment page and then a December calendar. I love having the calendar at the start of the album so I can easily add important events to it.

I also add my “reason why” page. My “reason why” page is something I like to put thought into so that I can look back on to see what I was thinking during the season.

Once December starts that’s when I let the creative process take over to tell my stories. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Supplies | Document December 2019 Kit, Very Merry Phrase Stickers, ‘Tis the Season Wood Veneers, Christmas Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Hand Drawn Acrylic Christmas Hearts and Stars, December 2019 Gold Acrylic

Jen | Documenting December is one of my favorite projects but actually documenting during the month of December presents its own challenges because it’s always so busy! To set myself up for success, I try to do some prep work ahead of time and find this makes the process smoother.

The first thing I do is organize my supplies and have them easily visible and on-hand. I’ve taken my Document December Kit and add-ons, along with inks and other basic supplies, and added them to a divided container on the top shelf of my IKEA rolling cart. I need to be able to see my supplies to remember to use them, but I also search for things based on type so this organizing method works for me.

The second thing I’ve done so far is made a few starter pocket tags. I will be working in a 6″ x 8″ format this year, which I love. I find that starting with a few simple, embellished tags helps me get into the holiday creating mood and familiarizes myself with the supplies I have.

I can use these cards “as-is” which is great for those super hectic December days, or add to them if I want to! I’m so excited for another season of December documenting!

Supplies | Document December 2019 Kit, Good Cheer Acetate Die Cuts, Christmas Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Wonder Puffy Stickers, Acrylic Christmas Words, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Solid

Victoria | Hello everyone! Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? This is my favorite time of year! On that note, I am so excited to share how I am getting ready for holiday storytelling. I like to kick off the season with a bit of prep and planning!

First, I like to prep all of the materials that I plan to use for my holiday storytelling in advance.  This includes purchasing new supplies and organizing holiday-themed elements from my stash.

My supplies are organized in a festive container and will live close to my crafting desk for easy accessibility.  This year I am using a divided wooden box that I purchased from Michaels in 2018. All of the elements are organized by category: stamps, pocket cards, stickers, tags, etc. 

Next, around the first week of November, I start building the pages that will go into my album. I like using a 6″ x 8″ album for my Document December project. I start by creating an introductory page, then I arrange several 6″ x 8″ pocket page projectors, varying the style and orientation. To the pocket pages, I add 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ pocket cards, along with elements that I might use for each page. While I love prepping my pages in advance, I leave room to change the design of my pages when I am working on this project in December. 

Lastly, I make a list of all of the stories that I want to document during the holiday season. This allows me to work more efficiently, enjoy the documenting process, and to have story ideas at the ready! Prepping and planning in advance is the way to go! 

Supplies | Document December 2019 Kit, 25 Wood Veneer, Hand Drawn Acrylic Christmas Hearts and Stars

Neela | Document December is one of my favorite projects that I love to work on. This is pretty much the only project I am determined to complete every year. It has been a very special project for me over the years! My first step for prep was to unpack the kit so that I can see all the elements and I will be leaving the containers on my desk at all times during the month of December, making them easily accessible. The goal is to make the process easy and simple.

My next step has always been to make the title page of my album. I know that if I don’t do it in advance, it will never happen during December, as I am busy at the end of almost every day documenting that day! I decided to keep it very simple with a white background, wood veneer, the December 2019 White Acrylic and puffy stickers. I mounted the white cardstock on the red 6″ x 8″ patterned paper for the necessary pop of color!

Another favorite way I like to prep my album is to create a pocket page, which usually holds all the cards that friends give us through the season. I cut one of the 6″ x 8″ patterned papers along an angle and added glue along the edges to attach to a white cardstock background. I cut red strips from one of the 4″ x 6″ tags from the Document December 2019 Kit, and added them as borders again for a pop of red. I then decorated the pocket with wood veneer to complete the look.

Doing a little bit of prep in advance will go a long way to make things easier during the documenting of the season. Happy documenting the joyous season of December!

Supplies | Document December 2019 Kit, December 2019 White Acrylic

Lisa | I can’t believe it’s almost December! I’m a big believer in the saying, “The days are long, but the years are short.” Documenting December is by far my favorite memory-keeping project of the year. In fact, this project was my first adventure in scrapbooking. I made my very first scrapbook page (for my December album) in October of 2016. This project will forever be close to my heart. 

This will be my fourth year documenting December and one of the main things I have learned is that if I can’t see it, I won’t use it. This year I’ve emptied out one of my small storage units from Stamp-n-Storage and I plan to use it to store my cards, stamps, and other embellishments. The dividers are movable and I’ve worked out a good configuration. All of my smaller embellishments are in tiny stackable containers that came from the food storage section at target. I love that I can stack those when they aren’t in use to give myself a little more space. 

This set-up keeps everything visible and easily accessible and I think that will be the key to my success as we get closer. My plan for this year is to use a 6″ x 8″ album. I’ve contemplated going smaller, but full-page photos are a must for me and I just can’t make the switch. Another thing I’ve learned over the past few years is to be realistic about my expectations for this project. So far, I haven’t finished any of my albums in the month of December or even January. The first year, I was really upset about it. But, I’ve found that having pages leftover in November of the next year is a really great way for me to ease back into holiday documenting. And in all honesty, it works really well for any creative team projects I have since products always release in October! I’ve never created foundation pages (with an odd exception here or there) and greatly prefer working on projects when I have stories to tell. Of course, I reserve the right to completely change my mind about that in the future! 

I can’t believe how gorgeous the Document December 2019 Kit is and I am chomping at the bit to get started. Only a few more weeks to go!

Supplies | Document December 2019 Kit, 25 Wood Veneer

Leigh Ann | Hello friends! I am so excited to be documenting December this year with Elle’s Studio! The Document December 2019 Kit is amazing, and I can’t wait to participate with the storytelling and paper crafting community! This December, I want to utilize a simple approach to telling stories and capturing photos when I can. 

I made a distressed toolbox into a farmhouse caddy to hold all of my Document December supplies for embellishing pages. The front sections store my die cuts and shapes as well as stickers, acrylic and wood veneer and the large back section stores puffy stickers and stamps. Having everything divided by type helps me locate it quickly. Keeping my supplies out and easily accessible helps the project along with a dedicated place for everything. 

The second container holds all the base supplies: 6″ x 8″ paper, 4″ x 6″, and 3″ x 4″ tags from the Document December 2019 Kit. I divided the 3″ x 4″ tags into two sections: journaling tags on the right and filler cards on the left. I divided up the cards based on the way my mind works, and the way I use these supplies. 

With my containers gathered together, I can play with the Document December products from left to right. First, my 6″ x 8″ album with pocket pages inside, then the container of base pages, then the tool caddy of embellishments. Having the products out and visible helps me to stay on track. You could also add a notebook to track things you want to journal, or note that in your planner like I do!

Supplies | Document December 2019 Kit

What great ideas from each of these talented designers! Be sure to follow their feeds to see how they are using their Document December products to record their holiday memories and share how YOU are preparing for this awesome, jolly project by using the hashtag #EllesStudio on Instagram!

Thankful Week: Capturing Your Best Thanksgiving Memories with Jess Forster

On this final day of our Thankful Week, we want to be sure we leave you with a lasting feeling of gratitude and the inspiration you need to get ready to record your Thanksgiving holiday as well as what you are most thankful for. Today, design team member Jess Forster is with us to not only to share a gorgeous new pocket page spread, but to give us a list of Thanksgiving photo ideas that you’ll be excited to record in your albums this year!

With just a week away from Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything to do! As a memory keeper you maybe feeling the pressure to capture those holiday details. Not to worry, friends! In this post, I am going to share with you some photos ideas for capturing your Thanksgiving celebrations with a recent pocket page layout I created using the October 2019 Kit, Holiday Puffy and Thankful Stickers. Have a look!

Supplies | October 2019 Kit, Die Cut Labels — Jewel Tone, Thankful Stickers, Happy Moments Puffy Stickers, Holiday Puffy Stickers

In this double page, 6″ x 12″ page protector I documented our Canadian Thanksgiving celebrations that happened in October. I included a variety of 3″ x 4″ photos and paired them with orange and black 3″ x 4″ journaling tags. For the title card, I used the two-toned 4″ x 6″ tag from the October Kit and paired it with the “together” sticker from the Happy Moments Puffy Stickers. I also used the “Count Your Blessings” and “Turkey Time” labels from the Holiday Puffy Stickers to add layers to the 3″ x 4″ tag. I loved the sayings on these, as they captured the feeling of Thanksgiving, which for me, is all about being together and being grateful. 

In terms of documenting your Thanksgiving celebration, consider snapping a few of these photo ideas from left to right, as seen above, starting in the middle row:

  1. A picture of yourself | Yes, you! Chances are if you are reading this blog post you are a scrapbooker / family memory preserver / or the person behind the camera. Don’t forget to snap a quick selfie of you before the day is done!
  2. Fall Leaves | If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the leaves are incredible beautiful this time of year. Don’t hesitate to go outside and sneak pictures of what fall looks like to you!
  3. Desserts / Table Dressing / Decor | Both my mom and my mother in law spend a lot of time “dressing up the holiday table”.  I love to snap a picture of someone’s hard work. And they like it too!  
  4. Your Holiday Feast In Action | Using my camera’s timer, I stood my phone up and took a variety of pictures, including those “in the moment” shots to visually tell the story. 
  5. Your meal | Show me what you are eating! Is your family a turkey family or do you like chicken? I love when my mom cooks a fancy meal. Snapping a picture of the meal on the “good china” helps me to scrapbook with my senses. 
  6. Loved Ones | Don’t forget to take a picture of the people that you love!

Wishing you much love and gratitude this Thanksgiving holiday season! Thanks for reading!

Thankful Week: Thanksgiving Hostess Gift with Wendy Antenucci

Family togetherness, memory-keeping and gratitude just go hand-in-hand, and today design team member Wendy Antenucci is with us to share how she is going to record them all with a special gift for her Thanksgiving Day hosts! We know you will love this idea, so instead of another scented candle hostess gift, whip out your Elle’s Studio supplies and take a cue from Wendy’s project. Let’s take a look!

Hello everyone, it’s Wendy here today with Thanksgiving hostess gift idea to share with you! I thought it would be really neat to create a gratitude journal to be used at my family event on Thanksgiving day to add a special photo from each guest or to serve as a place to record something each person is grateful for. Thanksgiving is a time for family and memories, so I thought this would be the perfect addition to our family Thanksgiving as we head to my grandparents’ house.

Supplies | October 2019 KitHoliday Puffy Stickers Autumn Puffy Stickers, Home Sweet Home 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Everyday Tabs Stamp, Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp

I started with a small notebook, and covered it with the heart pattern from the Home Sweet Home 6 x 6 Paper Stack. The hearts were perfect for a gift from the heart! I taped the striped 3″ x 4″ tag from the October 2019 Kit to the front, leaving the top edge open, creating a pocket to slide in a gift tag for the hostess.

I used the Autumn Puffy Stickers to decorate the front of the book. They added a little texture, but not much bulk, and the perfect “counting every blessing” sentiment.

I recorded the kraft tag also with the Autumn Puffy Stickers, layered on a label stamped with the “thankful for you” sentiment from the Everyday Tabs Stamp.

On the inside of my book, I created an introduction page, which included the year, stamped with the Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp, the perfect size alphas for this book! The “Thanksgiving” word from the Holiday Puffy Stickers, “feeling blessed” phrase and falling leaves from the Autumn Puffy Stickers and “one day at a time” phrase from the Everyday Tabs Stamp finished off the page. I can’t wait to record our gratitude before we dig into our turkey dinner!

I hope this little gift has inspired you to take some sort of memory keeping book or album along with you for your Thanksgiving, so that the memories you make that day, and the gratitude you share with your loved ones will never be forgotten!

Show us how Thanksgiving week has inspired you! Share your project, using Elle’s Studio goodies on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, and in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!