Have you snapped a picture of your merry red cup yet?! If so, we know you will love the way that Tracey Fox documented hers using our November 2019 Kit and add-ons along with our Large Jane Alphabet stamps, included in our Black Friday sale! Let’s look at how she used them in such a bold, graphic way to document her peppermint treat!
Happy December, and happy holiday beverage season! Have you been inspired by the offset type design on Starbucks’ holiday cups this year? I have—so much so that as soon as I scored my reusable red cup on the first day they were available, I couldn’t resist reaching for my Large Jane Alphabet stamps to create a layout that very day!
Supplies | November 2019 Kit, Christmas Die Cut Labels, Tiny Holiday Label Stickers, Holiday Puffy Stickers, Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Wood Veneer Holiday Phrases, Small Months of the Year Wood Veneers, ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Solid, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline, Let’s Eat Stamp
To make sure I could achieve my Starbucks-inspired “Merry Coffee” title, I grabbed some white and green ink and practiced with the Large Jane Alpabet solid and outline stamps on some scrap cardstock. When I felt ready to go for it, I grabbed the pretty red paper from the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack and stamped out the white letters with the solid letter stamps. Elle’s Studio patterned papers are awesome for stamping, because they absorb even the juiciest pigment inks (like this opaque white ink) really well without smearing. My test scrap cardstock never really dried well and smeared really badly, but after just a couple of minutes of drying on the red patterned paper, the ink was completely dry and ready for me to stamp the offset outline stamps in dark green ink. (Note: This offset stamping effect would also work on a smaller scale with the Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp, which is also available in the Elle’s Studio shop. It’s the perfect size for creating this look on pocket cards or in mini albums!)
Once my title was done, I set the stamped pieces aside and went to work on the rest of the layout. I cut both sheets of the fun and colorful striped patterned paper from the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack in half and adhered them to the sides my background cardstock to create a background, knowing that I would be covering up the center with the rest of my page elements. Using a photo of my Starbucks cup and a few tags from the November 2019 Kit, I created a grid to cover the center of the page. How perfect is that coffee cup tag from the November kit?! I also loved using other tags from the kit, scraps of paper from the 6×6 stack, and the large blank Christmas Die Cut Labels to add some additional layering behind the grid to add color, texture, and interest. With my title adhered to the layout just above and below the grid, the foundation of the layout was complete.
Next, I set out to add journaling and embellishments to the tags in the grid. I spelled out “Peppermint Mocha” using the new Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers and added a die cut from the kit, a few of the Holiday Puffy Stickers, and the “coffee time” stamp from the Let’s Eat Stamp to finish off that tag. In the opposite corner, I typed my journaling on a lined tag and surrounded it with kit die cuts, one of the Tiny Holiday Label Stickers, and pieces from the Wood Veneer Holiday Phrases. I like to add wood veneer embellishments in threes on a layout when I can to help balance the design, so I also brought in the “NOV” wood veneer piece from the Small Months of the Year Wood Veneers to complete the visual triangle.
Finally, I added a die cut heart from the November Kit to the coffee cup tag and finished off that tag by fussy cutting “tis the season” from the cover page of the 6 x 6 Paper Stack and sticking it down at the base of the cup. I can’t resist cutting out the pretty script titles of the paper stacks and using them in my scrapbooks — they are the perfect bonus embellishment!
Are you ever directly inspired by package or advertising design in your documenting? The various styles of the Large Jane Alphabet stamps are so versatile and can provide tons of opportunities to play with different looks on your scrapbook projects and cards. Don’t forget to add them to your collection now during the Elle’s Studio Black Friday sale!