Soccer Star Status with Daniela

A really special, proud moment deserves an equally special layout, and we think that design team member Daniela achieved that by using a big shape on her background, cut with the July 2019 Digital Cut File! Let’s hear a bit more about the story behind her page, and check out her beautiful work!

Hi friends! It’s Daniela here and I can’t wait to show you the layout I created using the July 2019 Digital Cut File! We went on a trip a couple of weeks ago, staying near a park with a digital soccer board. My son is really into soccer—he plays every day and has been on the local soccer team since his fourth birthday. There were only older boys on the soccer court when we first got there. Still, they let my son join in, but it was obvious that they thought that he was easy prey. After his first moves, the older boys went totally crazy about the little guy scoring all the points and they invited him to join their game every day. They even gave him nicknames and made him team captain. I guess I don’t have to tell you how proud he was: a little boy of seven playing soccer with teens! I wanted to document his soccer skills, so the star cut file was perfect for my needs. So here it comes: a layout highlighting my soccer star:

Supplies | July 2019 Digital Cut File, Shine Die Cuts, You Are My Sunshine Stamp, Magical Memories Journaling Tags, Magical Memories 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Noteworthy Bits and Pieces, Noteworthy 12 x 12 Paper Collection

I’m totally into black and white pictures right now and I love to combine these with fresh colors. That’s why I cut four stars in turquoise and yellow from the Noteworthy 12 x 12 Paper Collection and the Magical Memories 6 x 6 Paper Stack in different sizes. I layered these cut stars and used them as a frame for my picture. The star builds a cool display and the die cut word “awesome” in combination with “yes” from the Shine Die Cuts is placed as a title on one side of the star. I also added the journaling there, creating a cluster. 

The big star cut from the July 2019 Digital Cut File framing the picture is the main element on the page, but of course I wanted to add some details to make it more interesting. I used color splashes in turquoise, yellow and grey that match the colors of the papers and added a few additional pieces like the tiny stars I also cut from the same papers using the July 2019 Digital Cut File and this little tab from the Noteworthy Bits and Pieces.

The fresh colors of the papers in combination with white cardstock create a bright style. I love how black contrasts on bright layouts, so I used the You Are My Sunshine Stamp around the star to add further details. The dotted border stamp I used on the edges of the cardstock links the cardstock to the background paper. 

I hope you like my way of using the July 2019 Digital Cut File as much as I do. Why don’t you do a layout with layered cut file pieces yourself? If you do, don’t forget to share your work on social media using the hashtag #EllesStudio. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

July #EllesStudio Spottings on Instagram

Hooray for summer creative time! These six paper crafters kept up their hobby in between vacations, trips to the pool and checking off their summer bucket list! Let’s take a look at what they shared with us on Instagram, using the #EllesStudio hashtag:

On the left, Rachel (@oliquigscraps) used our Title Builder products in the most perfect and colorful way to add a custom title to her beautiful layout. Well done, Rachel! On the right, Nicole (@colebys1981) was so inspired by our juicy Large Acrylic Popsicles that she painted her own. How beautiful!

How about a traveler’s notebook spread? Krystal (@krystal_idunate) created the perfect spread on the left documenting love with our January 2019 monthly kit and extras, along with our Jane Alphabet Stamp. It’s the perfect spread for those beautiful photos. On. the right, @craftingwithgwhalcurl chose the perfect way to use our July 2019 Kit and extras in her pockets with a gorgeous analogous color scheme. We love it!

Alison (@cali_crafting) found the perfect way to use our new Shine Die Cuts in her pockets on the left to record fun summer memories! We love her colorful pocket page! It’s the perfect reflection of summer! On the right, Sylvia (@scrapbuddy) blew us away with this awesome school layout that combines our newest monthly kit and extras along with some of our older product. She really shows us that mixing and matching present and past ES product can create a perfect layout!

Just for sharing their projects, these six paper crafters will each win a $10 gift certificate to the shop! Thank you so much for posting your projects and using the #EllesStudio hashtag, ladies! Please email us at info@shopellesstudio.com to claim your prize!

Will YOU be featured next month? Simply use our products on your next project and share to Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio for a chance to be featured here on our blog, and win a gift certificate to the shop! Happy creating!

A sneak peek of our August 10th reveal!

Can you believe it is already August?! We hope you are having a great summer! Our August kit + coordinating add-ons reveal is right around the corner and we can’t wait to share with you all the new and exclusive products that will be available soon! Our reveal will be full of the perfect products to capture your August stories and our August kit will include 3 – 4 x 6 inch tags, 18 – 3 x 4 inch tags, and 25 die cuts! We will also have some fun school themed add-ons that will be perfect for scrapbooking your back to school photos and new schedule changes!

Get ready to pick up our August kit for our launch day special pricing of only $9.99 on Saturday, August 10th, at 8:00 am PST. After the 10th, our kits go back to their regular price of $11.99. Or, you can lock in the $9.99 price anytime by starting a subscription! And subscribers, don’t forget! You’ll be able to bundle anything from our shop (including the new add-ons) with your monthly kit for FREE (USA subscribers) or reduced (International) shipping!

Not a subscriber? Don’t wait any longer! We only have a few spots left were you can start with our July kit now! Or, wait until August 10th to sign up and start with our August kit! With a monthly subscription, you will be guaranteed a kit each month, lock in our launch day special price of $9.99 + shipping, and receive FREE (USA) or reduced (International) shipping on anything added to your box each month during our 24 hour bundling period (starting on the 10th at 8:00 am PST and ending on the 11th at 8:00 am PST). Along with more time to shop, our subscribers will also have access to special discounts on select items during the 24 hour bundling period! These discounted items can be found in our SALE section during bundling, and you must be logged into your kit subscriber account to see them. Quick note: Our kits and add-ons are available without a subscription each month, too.

Make sure you set your alarm and mark your calendar for Saturday, August 10th at 8:00 am PST! We hope to see you there!

Large Jane Song Lyrics with Ashley Laura

Our Large Jane Alphabet Stamps come in a such a wide variety of designs! When paired with your favorite ink colors and your creativity, they can be used to create amazing titles, sentiments and as Ashley Laura is showing us today, layout backgrounds! Let’s take a look!

Hey everyone! It’s Ashley here, sharing some fun tips on how to use the Large Jane Alphabet Stamps in a unique way. There were many ideas that flooded through my head, but one thing that kept popping up was a background of song lyrics. 

Supplies | July 2019 Kit, Wood Veneer Stars, Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Large Jane Alphabet Stamps — Stars, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Polka Dot, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Solid, Large Jane Number Stamp — Solid and Outline, Large Jane Alphabet Metal Die

I chose my photo and my color scheme, then got right to stamping! A quick tip: Don’t worry about using a ruler or trying to fit every single word on the layout. After I was done stamping, I used some simple Wood Veneer Star embellishments that I knew wouldn’t clash with the background.
I added a little heart in the center that was cut from a 3″ x 4″ tag from the July 2019 Kit to accent the navy color in my scheme.


I also chose a strip of yellow-striped patterned paper from the Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack to accent the yellow on my background. 

I completed the page with some white letters cut with the Large Jane Alphabet Metal Die and adhered right on top of the photo.

I hope I have inspired you to choose one of your favorite songs and stamp its lyrics onto a layout background using the amazing Large Jane Alphabet Stamps!

Bright and Beautiful using TB3 with Melissa Mann

Title Builder Vol. 3 is our latest volume of our popular stamp that helps you to create simple and beautiful titles for your layouts, pocket pages and traveler’s notebook spreads. When paired with your favorite ink pads and products from our monthly kit and extras, you have everything you need to complete a project in an easy and beautiful way, as Melissa Mann is sharing with us today! Let’s take a look!

Hello, again, my friends! This is Melissa here again with you today and I’m sharing another project completed with the Elle’s Studio July 2019 Kit and the BRAND NEW Title Builder Volume 3 Stamp!

Supplies | July 2019 Kit, July Blank Label Stickers, 4th of July Puffy Stickers, Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Title Builder Volume 3 Stamp, Noteworthy 12 x 12 Paper Collection

I created this layout using leftover bits and pieces from my July 2019 Kit and add-ons. A lot of the paper pieces I used were strips left over from prior projects, but I was able to use a mix to create vertical paper strips which I stitched down to the layout background using my sewing machine. 

I layered my black and white photo on top of these colorful paper strips and then layered some circles around the sides to break up the vertical lines on my project. I stamped my title, “Bright & Beautiful,” using the new Title Builder Volume 3 Stamp, which I fussy cut and adhered to my layout.

I layered die cuts from the July 2019 Kit, July Blank Label Stickers and 4th of July Puffy Stickers around the outermost edges of the paper strips and then typed some journaling on a 3″ x 4″ card that I cut down and stitched. I always love how ES puffy stickers always provide just the perfect finishing embellishments on my projects!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and I hope you are enjoying your day!

Show us how you’re using your Title Builder Volume 3 Stamp by sharing your project on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Simple Vacation Documentation with the Magical Memories Collection & Stephanie Grimes

Hi everyone! It’s Steph here! Summer is a crazy busy time of year for most people—a time for taking vacations, spending time outdoors, and making tons of memories. If you’re anything like me, this leaves you stuck between a rock and a hard place of deciding whether to spend your time doing things and making memories or documenting those memories and stories. This also might leave you with a backlog of photos waiting on your computer and stories that are just waiting to be told.

To address some of these problems, I am taking a simple approach to getting my projects completed: Clean, simple, quick and easy layouts and pocket pages for the win, because done is better than perfect any day! This approach also allows me to get more done in the limited time I have so I can move on to making new memories and spending time with my family. Today I’m sharing a new pocket page spread using the Magical Memories collection to show you that simple can still be wonderful!

Supplies | Magical Memories Journaling Tags, Magical Memories Phrase Stickers, Magical Memories Puffy Stickers, Magical Memories Fun Times Acrylic, Magical Memories 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Magical Memories Stamp  

The first thing I do when I’m short on time to scrapbook is work in a smaller size, which makes the work go faster. I prefer 6” x 8” albums for my smaller size with a mix of other, smaller sizes included for some visual interest. For this particular spread from a recent trip to Disneyland, I mixed a travelers notebook full-page photo with a 6” x 8” page protector with two 3” x 4” pockets and one 4” x 6” pocket. Sticking to this size limits my options for page protectors and makes it easy to make design decisions based on my photos and the products I’m using. In case you need permission, it is perfectly okay for you to mix and match sizes and styles! In fact, it’s tons of fun! 

The next thing I do when I’m trying to make the best use of my scrappy time is to limit my products. The Magical Memories collection is perfect for this because it is all designed to coordinate together. (This is also true of all of Elle’s Studio products!) The design work is already done, so all I had to do for this spread was just pick the products I wanted to use that allowed me to tell part of my story and went well with my photos. 

One of the most important things to me when documenting our life is to include the words to tell the story. I love the “Details of our Trip” journaling tag included in the Magical Memories Journaling Tags because it provided a few prompts to help me get those details captured and in my album. Journaling doesn’t always have to be lengthy and incredibly detailed to be meaningful and get the story told. When I’m working simply, I like to use tags that help guide my journaling, just like this one. 

To make the journaling tag coordinate a little more with the other products I was using, I added a bit of stamping using some tiny stamps from the Magical Memories Stamp in coordinating ink colors. This helped to tie it all together and add a little bit of interest to the otherwise plain white card. 
To round out my simple pages I like to add just a few embellishments for dimension and to jazz things up. The other 3” x 4” card is a piece of paper from the Magical Memories 6 x 6 Paper Stack that I cut down to fit and then I added the mouse head from the Magical Memories Fun Times Acrylic for a simple embellishment. For finishing touches, I added a Magical Memories Phrase Sticker, a die-cut label, and a puffy heart sticker from the Magical Memories Puffy Stickers to my 4” x 6” photo. I also added a phrase die-cut to my large photo with some puffy diamond stickers, also from the Magical Memories Puffy Stickers

I’m so happy with how this spread turned out and how quickly it came together. When I can make fast decisions and use coordinating products, like the ones from the Magical Memories collection, it makes for fast turnaround on getting my memories documented! Let us know your favorite ways to make simple pages by sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook group!

Inspired By Stars with Melissa Mann

Being inspired by another project can take many forms. From lifting the design, to choosing a similar color scheme, you can be inspired by a small or large part of something and make it your own. That’s what Melissa Mann did today, and she used a shape featured heavily on one of Jennifer McMurtrey‘s layouts to kick off her page. Let’s take a look!

Hello and happy-last-day-of-July! This is Melissa here with you all. I’m sharing a layout that was heavily inspired by this fabulous layout originally created by Jennifer McMurtrey:

As soon as I saw her layout with the star banner sprinkled across the layout, I knew I was going to have to create a project that featured lots of stars!

Supplies | July 2019 Kit, July 2019 Digital Cut File, July Labels, 4th of July Puffy Stickers, Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack, You Are My Sunshine Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Solid, Large Jane Alphabet Metal Die, Noteworthy 12 x 12 Paper Collection

I started my layout by stamping a ton of red and blue stars using the You Are My Sunshine Stamp across the kraft cardstock. Once I did this, I splattered some ink around and adhered vellum, a 4″ x 6″ journaling card from the July 2019 Kit and my three small photos across the middle of the layout. Once these elements were adhered, I started tucking in the paper stars, cut using the July 2019 Digital Cut File, around the layout and adhering them down.

I created my title “PLAY BALL” using the Large Jane Alphabet Stamp and Metal Dies and placed it along the top edge of my photos. I used the 4th of July Puffy Stickers and die cuts from the July 2019 Kit to further embellish my layout.

How have you used your Elle’s Studio July Kit and extras? There’s still time to get something created before the August kit is released! If you do, make sure to share your project with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Thanks for stopping by!

Pocket Page Style: An Analogous Colour Scheme with Jess Forster

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I LOVE the bright colours in Elle’s Studio products! The July 2019 Kit and add-ons are a feast for the eyes and today I am here to show you how I used an analogous colour scheme to document my son’s summer birthday. 

Supplies | July 2019 Kit, Shine Die CutsPuffy Star Stickers, You Are My Sunshine Stamp

In this double 6″ x 12″ pocket page,  I was hoping to recreate the calm & relaxing feeling of summer. In this layout, I decided to tell the story of what my son loved at the time of his birthday. Hint: this included paw patrol, evening bike rides along the beach and ice cream. Although, I didn’t use traditional birthday-themed supplies, I really wanted to have the cool colour combination that reminded me of the colours we see along lake & boardwalk when we go on our mother-son bike rides & ice cream. 

I loved the blue, teal and purples in my photos and I decided to focus on popping those colours using the Puffy Star Stickers, Shine Die Cuts and the journaling tags from the July 2019 Kit. Using a group of three colours, like teal, blue and purple, colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel, is an analogous colour scheme. Since Elle uses a variety of colours in her kits, you could easily make your own analogous colour scheme!

In order to create a bit of contrast, I used teal journaling cards as my main colour focus and created a visual triangle with blue and purple Puffy Star Stickers around my pocket page layout. The adventure die cut tag from the Shine Die Cuts that was placed on the back side of a white journaling card was also used to help to direct the eye around the page and create a visual hierarchy. 

Before separating your journaling cards into different piles, I hope this inspires you to use Elle’s products to make your own analogous colour schemes! Thanks for looking!

Share the color schemes that you create on your projects in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Happy Traveler’s Notebook Accidents With Jen McMurtrey

Sometimes our projects don’t always turn out the way that we intend—a bottle of mist spills on our desk, or we don’t line up that stamped image just perfect, but the best crafters are the ones who can work through these happy accidents—like design team member Jennifer McMurtrey! She’s with us today to share a new traveler’s notebook spread that we think is just perfect, even though Jen had to pivot from her original plan. Let’s see what happened!

Hello Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Jennifer today with a summer-themed traveler’s notebook layout using the July 2019 Kit and add-ons, which turned out perfectly after a couple of happy crafting accidents!

As much as I love taking photos of my kids when they’ll let me, my next favorite subject is our dog Mabel. Considering she follows me everywhere I go, I am never lacking in opportunities to get a good shot of her and this picture is no exception. I love how she is staring at the water, lost in thought.

Supplies | July 2019 Kit, Happiness PrintablesJuly Blank Label Stickers, Pool Party Wood Veneer, Large Acrylic Popsicles, Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Title Builder Stamp, Jane Alphabet Stamp

The bright, colorful Large Acrylic Popsicles were the starting point for this project. To create the bursts of colored paper on the left side of the layout, I used a combination of patterns from the Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack as well as the Title Builder and Jane Alphabet Stamps. First, I used orange ink and stamped the “hello” sentiment from the Title Builder Stamp onto a piece of white cardstock until the background was full. Next, I followed the same steps and stamped “summer” using the Jane Alphabet Stamp and green ink.

The patterned and stamped papers were placed on a piece of cardstock that was cut to fit my traveler’s notebook. Once I had them positioned where I wanted, I machine stitched each piece in place to give the background more texture.

To keep the layout clean, I used a journaling tag from the Happiness Printables and placed it behind the photo of Mabel.

When first looking at the photo, you don’t notice that it is attached to the journaling tag using one of the July Blank Label Stickers. When the photo is lifted, the sticker holds it in place and looks as if it’s part of the sun on the card. Admittedly, that was a happy accident!

On the right side of the layout, I machine stitched around the border of white cardstock to give it texture and tie it into the left side. About this time, I noticed the Pool Party Wood Veneer was no longer on my table—sadly it was under my foot where I’d just stepped on it and broken it in half. When life gives you lemons . . . you sand the rough edges of your broken wood veneer and make it work. 

I have to admit that I was pretty disappointed when I broke the wood veneer, but I am actually pleased with how it turned out. The neutral wood with the bright Large Acrylic Popsicles is stunning on the white background.

The July 2019 Kit and add-ons are so much fun and can be used in so many ways: on cards, in traveler’s notebooks, and larger layouts. I hope you’ve been inspired to get creative, and work through those crafting accidents!

Sunshine In A Stack with Kristina Proffitt

How many of y’all are just oooohing and ahhhhing over that super cute Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack? I know that I am…STILL! I just love patterned paper and I love how great the 6 x 6 size is to use in so many projects. It’s perfect for cardmaking, pocket pages and layouts! LOVE! Today I’m going to show you a very simple way to utilize the amazing paper in this paper pack—and a bonus—it’s always a great way to use all of the scraps up that you might have, too! 

I’ve been wanting to get this photo of my dog Marlie in my album and so I decided that spotlighting it as a 8.5″ x 11″ layout would be perfect. I printed out the photo to 4″ x 6″ and then put a piece of white cardstock behind it to mimic a polaroid picture look. 

Supplies | Shine Die Cuts, July Blank Label Stickers, Everyday Goodness Epoxy StickersSunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack

I chose to use a kraft cardstock background for the entire layout because, honestly, I’m secretly wanting the kraft cardstock to make a comeback (ha!) and I think it just makes the white and the colors/patterns in the paper POP! 

All I simply did was cut strips of the patterned paper from the Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack and adhered them in a jumbled way underneath the white cardstock of my photo. I made them all the same width, but you could also choose to use different widths. 

I did make sure that I scattered the lengths of each piece to give it more depth. I just love how it turned out. It’s a great burst of color and pattern! 

I adhered a few of the Shine Die Cuts around the photo and then used some labels and a couple of the Everyday Goodness Epoxy Stickers

As you can see, I didn’t adhere the strips all the way to the cardstock—just the tops so that there is a bit more dimension to the layout. It’s got a sweet, whimsical feel to it. 

Snag this beautiful Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack while supplies last—the uses for it are endless and it’s just SOOOO pretty! You’ll be pulling out this paper for all sorts of projects, and trust me, it’s named perfectly because it’s like sunshine on your projects: so bright and fun! This photo isn’t the only thing making me smile right now, these papers are too!

Show us how you’re using the patterns from your Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Stack in your projects by sharing in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!