Gifting a Special Teacher with Wendy Antenucci

Teachers are truly special people, and for our final day of Back to School Week here on the blog, design team member Wendy Antenucci, a teacher herself, has created a special gift for her child’s teacher for each day of the week using the August 2019 Kit and add-ons. We know you will love her simple, yet personalized and thoughtful gift tags that are easy to replicate for the A+ teacher in your life!

Hello everyone, it’s Wendy here today with a gift idea to warm your child’s teacher’s heart. As a parent of a student that is struggling in the transition this year, one teacher has stood out beyond the rest in helping my child cope. As a teacher myself, I also approve! 

Supplies | August 2019 KitBe Yourself Phrase StickersBack to School Stamp, Back to School Puffy Stickers, Days of the Week Wood Veneers

To make my teacher gift, I began with six 3″ x 4″ tags that looked school-ish and I adhered the Days of the Week Wood Veneers on each one.  Originally my plan was to attach gift cards to each tag making a book, but my gifts grew a little too large…

I decorated the tags with the stamps from the Back to School Stamp and stickers from the Back to School Puffy Stickers.

This tag is my personal favorite; some stamping, a puffy sticker, and some watercolors created this little spread!

A few die cuts from the August 2019 Kit and a Be Yourself Phrase Sticker was the perfect touch for those days that make your head swim!

I started Monday off with a pack of small sticky notes because as a teacher I know I leave notes everywhere!

I have attached some glassine bags behind some of the tags to include gift cards; a pack of hand wipes and some treats are added in for a bigger bang.  I hope this little gift goes a long way in expressing our thanks to this teacher for all of his help with our child.  And I hope this has given you a quick and easy teacher’s gift to send in for a special teacher!

Show us how you’ve been inspired by Back to School week! Share your projects on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, and in our Elle’s Studio Facebook group, where ES fans just like you inspire each other!

Sketch Ready with Suzanna Lee

A great sketch can be used over and over again in different ways to create beautiful, well-balanced layouts, and today we have just the sketch for you! Design team member Suzanna Lee is working her sketch magic with it, and sharing an amazing back to school layout, plus a process video! Take a look!

Hiya scrappy peeps! It’s Suzanna here today! We are celebrating Back to School this week and today I’m checking out if you are sketch ready?! This is the perfect sketch for documenting those back to school memories, and I’m here today to “teach” you the right sketch moves!  

Here is the sketch:

And here is the layout that I created based on that sketch:

Supplies | August 2019 Kit, July 2019 Digital Cut File, Shine Die Cuts, Tiny Everyday Label Stickers, Back to School Puffy Stickers, Notebook Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Heart and Star Acetate Die Cuts, Makes Me Smile Cork Circles, TGIF Wood Veneers, Beautiful Day 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Back to School Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Polka Dot, Large Jane Alphabet Metal Die

I pulled a lot of goodies from my Elle’s Studio stash: current stash and goodies from month’s past, as well as some classics. I went for primary colors and bits and pieces that spoke or lectured “back to school!”

Looking at the sketch then at the completed layout, you will see that I really didn’t deviate much from the sketch. Just as the sketch suggests, there is a large title, three photos, a larger round element, multiple layers and a trio of stars.

The most obvious change that I made was that instead of three square photos, I have two square and one 3″ x 4″. Try as I might, I couldn’t make that 3″ x 4″ photo work as a square. To do so would have meant either a head amputation or a leg amputation, neither of which would do! I love the green lined paper from the Beautiful Day 6 x 6 Paper Stack at the background to pop these photos! Perfect for a back to school themed layout, wouldn’t you agree?

The large title called for in the sketch had what could have been round letter stickers above it. I opted to use the Back to School Stamp and add just that, “back to school,” instead. I used the Large Jane Alphabet Polka Dot Stamps for the title itself, the grade my daughter was beginning. Note that this documents back to school last year as we have yet to head back in our neck of the woods! This Mom gets two more weeks with her children!

In this process video, you can watch how the sketch inspired me and how everything came together. I just love the versatility of sketches and you will find MANY sketch inspired layouts!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Show us what YOU created using our Back to School sketch! Post your finished project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook group! We can’t wait to see!

Back to School Week: Digital Tricks with Jennifer McMurtrey

Digital printables and cut files are perfect for adding to your projects again and again, but what if you could alter them to make them truly unique—helping your projects to stand apart from the others? That’s what design team member Jen McMurtrey is teaching us today for day three of Back to School week, and we know that you’ll love her simple, yet so effective digital trick!

Hello Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Jennifer today with a layout about my favorite time of year—back to school! The smell of freshly sharpened pencils and college-ruled paper is in the air, along with the excitement of new classes and fun memories to be made. Perhaps spending my days with high school students has made me slightly dramatic, but I love the fall and the beginning of school. I can’t wait for football games, Homecoming and pep assemblies—it must be why I chose to be a teacher!

One of my go-to favorites when creating layouts is cut files. I love the August 2019 Digital Cut Files and want to share with you how I altered the apple cut file to fit my project. First, let’s take a look at what I created:

Supplies | August 2019 Kit, August 2019 Digital Cut Files, Back to School Puffy Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers — Summer Mix, TGIF Wood Veneers, Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Springtime 6 x 6 Paper Stack, All My Heart 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Magical Memories 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Back to School Stamp

This 8 ½” x 11″ layout uses several papers from my Elle’s Studio stash along with elements from the August Kit and add-ons. However, the main points of interest are the apples down either side of the page, and these were created using a simple welding technique with my Silhouette CAMEO. To get this effect, the first step is to open the cut file and adjust the size of the object to fit your design as I did below.

Once I had the apple just right, I duplicated it twice, and moved each piece so they overlapped one another in a straight row. With the apples overlapping, I simply selected all three and used the “Weld” function on the Silhouette to create a border. I was able to cut all six of them at the same time by duplicating the apple border object six times. Next, I moved them within the 12” x 12” design space, which allowed me to cut six 3” x 6” pieces of patterned paper simultaneously. Having the ability to cut each of the borders at one time is a definite time saver!

If you ever find yourself struggling with digital files or are overwhelmed with the functions on your die cut machine, YouTube is a great resource. I have had my Silhouette for several years, but still need a tutorial from time to time. I always find what I need online.

Now that I’ve shown you how to alter the cut file, let me walk you through the project. Originally, I planned on having the rows of apples cascading down the center of the page. However, I began experimenting with the placement and found I loved the idea of having the apples on either side of my photo. So, after machine stitching down the center of each of the apple borders, I adhered them along the left edge of the cardstock and cut off the excess. 

On the right side of the cardstock, I placed the selvage from each of the previous cuts. I really loved adding unexpected elements to projects and decided to insert die cuts from the August Kit behind the apples in coordinating colors. Doing this did make the layout bigger, but I’ll just pop it into a larger page protector.

My photo was tucked in behind the edges of the apples, which I think looks super cute. I used the “Back to School” TGIF Wood Veneer as the title and popped off the page with foam adhesive.

I completed the project with journaling strips typed on my manual typewriter, which I placed above and below the photo. You’ll also notice the pencils popped off the page with foam dots, which I fussy cut from a 4″ x 6″ journaling tag in the August Kitt. Last, I added Back to School, Puffy Heart, and Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers on the apples to give them a bit more texture. 

This layout has me all kinds of excited for school to start next week. I’m looking forward to being back in the classroom doing what I love . . . besides scrapbooking that is!

Thanks for stopping by today! Please be sure to use #EllesStudio on social media so we can see what you’re creating with the August Kit and add-ons, and what you’ve been inspired to create during Back to School week!

Layered Stamps Technique + Video Tutorial with Patricia Roebuck

You’re never too old to learn a new trick, and today to continue our Back to School week of learning and inspiration here on the blog, Patricia Roebuck has some amazing stamp techniques to share with using the new Back to School Stamp! Don’t miss out on her exclusive video tutorial at the end of the post, and we can’t wait to see how her amazing stamped ideas inspire YOU!

Hello, Elle’s Studio fans, and especially Elle’s Studio stamp fans! Today, I am sharing fun stamping techniques using the new Back to School Stamp. You will learn how to create and use masks to build stamp layers, how to stamp in more than one color to create shading, how to combine ink colors, and how and where I found my inspiration for my project today. Let’s get started!

Supplies | August 2019 Kit, Be Yourself Phrase Stickers, Notebook Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Back to School Puffy Stickers, Acrylic Sunglasses, Back to School Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp

I created a traveler’s notebook spread with one full page on the left and two 3″ x 4″ pockets on the right.  I had the idea of using a tag from the August 2019 Kit at the top right and one large photo at the bottom, but I want to focus first on creating a dynamic design on the full left side using the Back to School Stamp. I first began stamping several of the large and small apples onto post-it notes, concentrating my stamping on the reverse side of the sticky end of the post-it note, so when I trim it, it will lightly adhere to my project, creating masks.

When using a masking technique, usually one of the images will be in the forefront and everything else behind.  I started with a bright yellow apple towards the middle of my page. I then cleaned the image off, then tapped just the edges of the apple into an orange ink and stamped again.  The shadow creates dimension to the stamped apple. This first apple will be in the forefront.

I continued this technique to create a vertical design of the apples on top of each other, creating a vertical design to be the base for my title and sub-title.  I had so much fun and loved how the design came out so much that I began using other images from the stamp set along with the masks so they would appear behind and partially in front of some of my apples. My inspiration for the colors and the clean graphic look came from an Old Navy flier I received in the mail, but I did add a touch of green to balance the photo I used on the right. However, I did not use green ink.  Instead, I first stamped in yellow, then in blue—yellow and blue make green! Color-layering is a great technique if you are short on ink colors or need to stretch your supplies.

Once I had all of the stamping completed, I added my title and sub-title using the new Notebook Puffy Alphabet Stickers and heat embossed “Back To School” in black from the Back to School Stamp so it would stand out against my colorful apples. Next, I worked on the right side to balance the complete spread before finishing this left side. Like my left side with lots of white space, my right side uses the 3″ x 4″ grid tag from the August Kit.  Using the same techniques as I used on the left side, I created a cluster of stamping in the corner of my tag, adding the date to the right with the Mini Dated Stamp before adding my journaling. 

Once that was done, I started filling in my spread with die cuts from the August Kit, Be Yourself Phrase Stickers, and Back to School Puffy Stickers. Lastly, I decided on the pink Acrylic Sunglasses to finish the complete spread.

My video is a little longer than what I normally do, but I wanted to show the steps to create these layered apples, as well as how the complete spread came together. I hope you enjoy, and get inspired to try this on your next project! Happy stamping and please share what you create on Instagram using our hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook group!

Back to School Week Kickoff with Meghann Andrew

We are so excited to welcome you to Back to School Week on the Elle’s Studio blog! This week is all about inspiring you to get back to your love of memory-keeping after a busy summer, and teaching you new techniques and ways to use your Elle’s Studio product!

Today, we’re starting this week of learning off by easing you back into your hobby with a step-by-step layout tutorial by Meghann Andrew. She’s using our school-themed August kit and extras to document fun times in the classroom, and we know that her tutorial will help you to re-create her page in no time! Let’s take a look!

Hey there, friends! It’s Meghann, and I’m excited to be with you today to start the fun Back to School week here on the blog! I just loved all of the school-themed product in the August kit and extras, and decided that it was important to have my volunteer time recorded in my daughter’s school memories, as well as her milestones. I created this 12″ x 12″ layout to document my day as the Mystery Reader in my daughter’s classroom.

Supplies | August 2019 Kit, Be Yourself Phrase StickersMakes Me Smile Cork Circles, Back to School Puffy Stickers, Notebook Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Beautiful Day 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Back to School Stamp, Jane Alphabet Stamp

I’m going to show you how to create this layout quickly in 12 easy steps! In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a brand new layout in your album!

01. Start by gathering your August Elle’s Studio supplies, a 12″ x 12″ piece of smooth white cardstock and two 4″ x 6″ vertical photos!

02. Make small pencil marks 3″ from the left edge of your cardstock base. Place a long, metal ruler along your marks, hold down the ruler and tear the paper along the edge of the ruler.

03. Choose three different patterned papers. I selected patterns from the Beautiful Day 6 x 6 Paper Stack. Tear down the length of two of the papers, using the same technique as above, so that your paper strips are 1.25″ wide. For the third pattern, simply cut a 1.25″ wide strip with a straight edge. If you are using the 6″ papers like me, you will need two strips of each pattern to run the length of your layout. Adhere the two torn patterned papers to the torn, left edge of the white cardstock, so that 1″ of each pattern is showing. Finish the background with the straight edged pattern on the left. You background should measure 12″ x 12″ again at this point.

04. Adhere the 6″ x 6″ woodgrain pattern to the cardstock background, 1.75″ from the right edge, and 2.5″ from the top edge of the cardstock background paper.

05. Adhere your photos using dimensional adhesive: the left photo 2.5″ from the left edge and 2″ from the top edge, and the right photo 1.5″ from the right edge and 3.75″ from the top edge.

06. Trim the two yellow 3″ x 4″ tags from the August 2019 Kit to slide beneath your photo edges and adhere. This adds another pop of color and balance on the page.

07. Create your title tag! Grab the book stack 3″ x 4″ tag from the August 2019 Kit, trim off the bottom half inch, and add the Notebook Puffy Alphabet Stickers to create your first word. For the second word, grab the awesome Jane Alphabet Stamp to stamp the word in blue ink. I always begin with the middle letter/s of the word, to be sure my word is centered on the tag.

08. Adhere your title tag using dimensional adhesive at the base of the left photo. Adhere the “good stuff” Makes Me Smile Cork Circle just underneath of your title tag on the left side.

09. Using the Be Yourself Phrase Stickers, adhere “learning something new” or a different phrase to the coral label from the August 2019 Kit. Adhere this overlapping the photo on the right, just underneath the yellow tag.

10. Create an embellishment grouping above the photo on the right of the “captured” and “this moment” die cuts from the August 2019 Kit, along with the Makes Me Smile Cork Circle and the Back to School Puffy Sticker book stack. Tip: If you use dimensional adhesive on the “this moment” tab and Makes Me Smile Cork Circle, it’s easy to slide the book puffy stickers behind.

11. Pull out your blue ink and the Back to School Stamp to add the “A+” stamp three times, without re-inking, around your three embellishment groupings: at the top right corner, around the title tag, and on the yellow tag on the center left. Around your stamping, add the Back to School Puffy Sticker stars and “good job” circle.

12. Add the “love you” Be Yourself Phrase Sticker to the bottom of the journaling tag on the right, then add your typed or handwritten journaling to finish off the page!

This page is so easy and quick to put together, and contains so much color and texture. I just love it! I can’t wait to see what you create this week! Stay tuned here on the blog for so much more inspiration and ideas from our design team for Back to School week! Happy creating!

Share your layout created with Meghann’s instructions in our Elle’s Studio Facebook group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio! We’d love to see how her instructions helped you to make the most of your crafty time this week!

August Design Team Inspiration: Volume Two

Didn’t you just love the inspiration our design team had to share with you last week? From summer moments to back-to-school mornings, each team member documented some precious memories with our August kit and add-ons! Today, we have the second round of projects to show you, and we know that you will love the versatility of their subjects and projects! Let’s take a look!

June pocket page spread by Jess Forster – supplies used | August 2019 KitBe Yourself Phrase StickersNotebook Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Back to School Puffy Stickers, Large Months of the Year Wood Veneers, Days of the Week Wood Veneers, Acrylic Sunglasses

Cannonball by Jennifer McMurtrey – supplies used | August 2019 KitBe Yourself Phrase StickersBack to School Puffy Stickers, Teal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Makes Me Smile Cork CirclesMagical Memories Wood Veneer ConfettiTitle Builder Vol. 3 Wood Veneers, Acrylic SunglassesTitle Builder Vol. 3 Stamp, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Back to School cards by Wendy Antenucci – supplies used | August 2019 KitBack to School Puffy StickersMake Me Smile Cork Circles, Acrylic Sunglasses, Back to School Stamp, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Smile by Ashley Laura – supplies used | August 2019 KitBe Yourself Phrase Stickers, Back to School Puffy StickersMakes Me Smile Cork CirclesAcrylic Sunglasses

Week 25 pocket page spread by Steph Grimes – supplies used | August 2019 KitBe Yourself Phrase Stickers, Notebook Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers — Spring MixMakes Me Smile Cork Circles

School’s Out by Mary-Ann Maldonado – supplies used | August 2019 Kit, August 2019 Digital Cut Files, Be Yourself Phrase Stickers, Jane Alphabet Stickers — RedBack to School Puffy StickersNotebook Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Magical Memories 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Beautiful Day 6 x 6 Paper Stack

June 2019 pocket page spread by Nathalie Leonelli – supplies used | August 2019 KitBack to School Puffy Stickers, 4th of July Puffy Stickers, Makes Me Smile Cork Circles, Large Months of the Year Wood VeneersMini Dated Stamp

Back to School by Amanda-jayne Baldwin – supplies used | August 2019 KitBe Yourself Phrase Stickers, Back to School Puffy Stickers, Make Me Smile Cork Circles, TGIF Wood VeneersMagical Memories 6 x 6 Paper StackBack to School Stamp, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

We can’t wait to see what YOU create with our August kit and extras! Post your creation to Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or to our Elle’s Studio Facebook group, where ES fans just like you inspire each other!

Documenting School Days with Amanda-jayne Baldwin

Even if you may not have back-to-school photos to document this month, there is still a lot to learn in life, and a lot to document with our August kit and extras, which have a school-themed, start of autumn feel! Let’s take a look at how design team member Amanda-jayne scrapped some gorgeous photos that were not from the first day walk to school!

Hi, friends! Welcome back to the Elle’s Studio blog! It’s Amanda here, and today I am sharing some more inspiration with the fabulous August 2019 Kit and new release items! There are SO many awesome new elements and add-ons to this month’s kit, and I challenged myself to incorporate most of them into my layout! Here’s what I created with them:

Supplies | August 2019 Kit, Makes Me Smile Cork Circles, Back to School Puffy Stickers, Notebook Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Title Builder Vol. 3 Acrylic, Back to School Stamp, Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

Whoa! What a fun school-themed page! It may not be back-to-school time in Australia where I live, but this theme in the August Kit works perfectly for any school occasion. It is really versatile, and ideal for my sweet boy’s photos. 

I started my layout with the Noteworthy repeat print 12″ paper and 1 1/2″ strips of the blue pattern in the Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack. I butted these two strips together on the left hand side to create a feature point and anchor for my design. 

Next, I stamped up a mix of blue and teal stars with the Back to School Stamp. I used both types of stars, and positioned them to the right of the Sunshine paper strips. As I had planned to only use the left hand side of my page, I was to careful to avoid stamping further than the center of the page. I love the pop of color the stars add to the background! 

Design tip: The use of tiny stamped icons, and or shapes, is a great alternative to enamel dots or sequins, especially for masculine pages.

The next step in creating my layout was to form the photo clusters and layers. For this, I used a mix of 3″ x 4″ journaling tags and die cuts from the August Kit, 3″ x 4″ cuts from the Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack papers, and the Back to School Puffy Stickers. The pencils and book stack embellishments were fussy-cut from the tags included in the August Kit. At the base of the photo layers, I added a torn sheet of tissue wrap, followed by some foam tape. This added both texture and dimension to the clusters.  

To unify the two photo clusters, I used one of the Makes Me Smile Cork Circles as focal embellishment between them. This draws attention to both photos, and in turn, connects the images. 

You’ll also spy the Notebook Puffy Alphabet Stickers travelling down the left side of both clusters too. The use of the “A, B, C” and “1, 2, 3” stickers is not only a fun way to incorporate more of the school theme, but it also an orderly pattern that subtly encourages further connection between both photos. 

For a finished look, I stamped the “#1” from the Back to School Stamp and followed it with the “#BEST” word from the Title Builder Vol. 3 Acrylic

And there you have it: a really effective layout from such a relatively simple design! I hope I have inspired you to get creating with the fabulous August Kit and extras today!

Back to School Traveler’s Notebook with Wendy Antenucci

Maybe you have a child who is ready to go back to school, or like our design team member Wendy Antenucci, you’re headed back to school yourself! Whatever the case, our August kit and add-ons are here to help you record the best parts of the school year, and as Wendy shows us today, it can take a smaller format than you may have used before. Let’s see what she created!

Hello everyone! It’s Wendy here today with a traveler’s notebook spread in my back-to-school notebook. I used to teach before having kids, but I have been home for 17 years homeschooling. I never had a reason for back to school items—until now!

Supplies | August 2019 Kit, August LabelsBe Yourself Phrase Stickers, Back to School Puffy Stickers, TGIF Wood Veneers, Highlights From Today Stamp, Back to School Stamp

My students arrive Monday and I’ve got so much to do, but I want to tell my story. I grabbed white cardstock which I cut down to 8.25″ x 4.375” and I began to create. I started with the colorful August Labels on my two pages to tie them both together as one seamless spread.

I decided I wanted to add in a grid from the Highlights From Today Stamp, as I am a math teacher and it added to my theme. Again, I used the stamp on both sides to tie everything together.

The 3″ x 4″ book stack tag from the August 2019 Kit was the perfect addition to my left side, as well as a few stars—stamped using the Back to School Stamp and die cuts from the August Kit—added the perfect touch.  Did you notice that the “Back to School” puffy sticker from the Back to School Puffy Stickers fit right onto the label?!  How cool!

A few more Back to School Puffy Stickers made their way onto the right side of the page to balance things out along with the labels.

Finally, it was time to add the finishing touches with wood veneer.  I usually wait until last to add these pieces as they can easily be layered over top of stamps and die cuts.

I left some empty room on my TN page so that I can add in my thoughts and feelings of starting my career again after so many years.  I loved using the Be Yourself Phrase Stickers to add some of my thoughts onto the labels to add to what I will write someday soon.

What is something that you’d really like to document, but maybe you don’t have the time for a full-blown layout? Grab some cardstock, make yourself a traveler’s notebook, and have fun both telling your story and getting creative—it always makes me feel better!

Show us how you’re documenting the return of school days with our latest products! Post on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook group!

Back To School with Title Builder Vol. 3 and Mary-Ann Maldonado

If you have kiddos who are headed back to school, you’ll soon have first day photos that need to be documented, and today Mary-Ann Maldonado is showing us how perfectly our new Title Builder Vol. 3 Stamp can pair with our August add-ons to create the perfect layout! Let’s take a look at what she’s sharing with us today!

Have you seen the Title Builder Vol. 3 Stamp, acrylics and wood veneers? They are pretty amazing! I combined this new stamp with the Back to School Stamp, and the Large Jane Alphabet stamps and dies to create the perfect title for my page.

Supplies |  Be Yourself Phrase Stickers, Back to School Puffy Stickers, Back to School Stamp, Title Builder Vol. 3 Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Stars, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Stripes, Large Jane Alphabet Metal Die, Beautiful Day 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

My title makes up pretty much my entire layout.  Combining different mediums to create exactly the perfect title for my photos was super easy.  I spaced out my title using a ruler across my layout, which helped determine the spacing was even going down my page. I used rainbow inks and the Large Jane Alphabet Star Stamp for the word “HELLO” and foam adhesive for added dimension.

I followed the Large Jane Alphas with stamps from the Back to School Stamp, using the pencil from the Back to School Puffy Stickers to underline my stamping.  Adding an apple or two brings more attention to the back to school theme.  

I actually feel that I have two titles on my page. They blend together, but the bottom sentiment is more about my boys personality and the top about returning to school.  Instead of leaving a lot of white space around my title, I used the small star stamps from the Back to School Stamp randomly over my layout.

The title possibilities are endless with the Title Builder products, and the creative possibilities double when combined with the Large Jane Alphabet Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Pocket Page Style: Dressing Up Your Pockets with Stamps with Jess Forster

Every month, we release stamps with our monthly kit and add-ons to help you embellish your projects, tell your story and get creative! This month, our Highlights From Today Stamp is the perfect product to help you get extra words on your projects, or even create your own custom products for a special holiday, as Jess Forster is sharing with us today! Let’s take a look!

Okay, okay. I must admit something. When it comes to stamping I am a little intimidated. Hands up if you can relate? Yes, it’s true I have tried to avoid stamping like the plague, but ever so often I get the urge to move outside my creative comfort zone and try something new. Enter in the “Highlights From” stamp from the Elle’s July release. And Ta-Da! A pocket page with unique journaling cards made made from stamps. No new techniques here, folks. This blog post will not solve world hunger or establish world peace; but it did make me happy and help me finish my layout. Have a look below!

Supplies | August 2019 Kit, Highlights From Today Stamp

In this 9″ x 12″ pocket page layout, I documented the trip to the farm from Canada Day 2016. Fun fact: there are not a lot of Canada Day themed products out there so, the Highlights From Today Stamp include a lot of simple prompts to recount the details from day which included the trip to visit baby calves. As you can see from above I stamped the label icon to add the date and time to the 3″ x 4″ photos. 

I also used the checked lines to create a border at the top and bottom of two of the 3″ x 4″ journaling cards; while I used the heart icon to create a 3″ x 4″ filler card. By simply stamping the heart in various ink colors around the white journaling card, I was able to tie in the colours from the photo. I always love incorporating hearts in my layouts, and with this stamp I will never run out of my favourite heart die cut. In order to get over my fear of “messing up,” I did a few practice stamps on a scrap pieces of paper to ensure that I got a clear inked image. I’ve also hear that using a gum eraser on a new stamp will also help to get a clearer image.

Full disclosure, there are no new techniques in the layout. In fact, for those who consider themselves “experts” at stamping in your pockets, you may say, “What’s the big deal, Jess? I do this all the time!” To that I say, “You’re awesome! Teach me all your ways!” For those who are on the fence of trying to dress up your pockets, I encourage you to give stamping a try! It can be fun way to make unique journaling cards and a new crafty technique to add to your pocket page repertoire! The Highlights From Today Stamp includes some classic icons as well as sayings which can be a great set to start your stamping collection. Happy stamping and thanks for reading!

Show us how you’re using the Highlights From Today Stamp in your projects on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook group! We’d love to be inspired by YOUR ideas!