Sketch Day with Suzanna Lee

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

Here’s the sketch:

This my interpretation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September Reveal Design Team Inspiration

Hello ES fans, and happy reveal day! We are just so excited about the release of our newest monthly kit and coordinating add-ons, but we are EVEN MORE excited about the projects that our design team has created using them! Scroll through this post to find so much layout, pocket page and notebook inspiration to fill your paper crafting Pinterest boards!

Home by Melissa Mann – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Print and Cut Labels, September Cut Files, This is Us Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Grateful Stamp

Us traveler’s notebook spread by Stacie Watson – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Labels, This is Us Stickers, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp

Together by Katarina Prevendarova – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, This is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Grateful Stamp, My Heart Stamp, My Heart Metal Die

Fall cards by Nathalie Leonelli – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp, My Heart Metal Die

Fab You Lous by Jennifer McMurtrey – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Labels, This is Us Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Polka DotLarge Jane Alphabet Metal Die

Favorite Time of the Year pocket page by Candace Perkins – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, Cozy Chipboard, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers

Home Cooked by Suzanna Lee – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Labels, This is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Home Wood Veneer, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Currently During the Holidays Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Outline, Mini Dated Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Metal Die

Pumpkin Barn pocket page spread by Kristina Proffitt – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, Cozy Chipboard, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Lots of Love by Amanda-jayne Baldwin – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, Grateful for This Printables, September Cut Files, September Labels, Bright Polka Dot 6.5 x 8 Inch Paper Stack

Family pocket page spread by Amy Jo Vanden Brink – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, This is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers

Cozy Sweater by Daniela – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Cut Files, This is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Mini Dated Stamp

Feeling So Grateful traveler’s notebook spread by Marsha Farris – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Labels, This is Us Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp, Grateful Stamp

Evidence of Autumn by Tracey Fox – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Cut Files, September Labels, This is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Teal Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Grateful Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp

A Good Thing pocket page spread by Patricia Roebuck – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Print and Cut Labels, September Cut Files, September Labels, This is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Grateful Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp

What Home Means to Me by Steph Grimes – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, September Labels, Home Wood Veneer, Stitched Heart Wood Veneers, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp

August pocket page spread by Jess Forster – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, This is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Monthly Puffy Stickers, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

Bringing Baby Home by Meghann Andrew – supplies used | September 2020 Kit, This is Us Stickers, Cozy Chipboard, Autumn Rainbow Puffy Stickers, Navy Puffy Alphabet StickersNavy Dipped Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Home Wood Veneer, Navy Acetate Alphabet, Autumn Days 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, My Heart Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp, My Heart Metal Die

Be sure to shop our latest products while supplies last, and stay tuned for more inspiring projects using them created by our design team all through the month!

Our September kit + add-ons have arrived!

Our September reveal is here and we are so excited to share all of the brand new and exclusive products that are now available in our shop today! Our September kit includes 3 – 4 x 6 inch tags, 18 – 3 x 4 inch tags, and 27 die cuts, that will work great on your scrapbooking layouts, pocket pages, traveler’s notebooks, cards, planners, and more! When designing our kits, we love to think of tags that can be used as prompts to help make it easier for you to get your story started and documented, and this kit is full of those and so much more!

Here’s the first look at all of the fun tags and die cuts included in this kit:

Our monthly kits are limited and once they sell out we will not be restocking! Look for a new kit on the 10th each month at 8:00 am Pacific! Our kits are available for single purchase or select our subscription option to subscribe and SAVE!

Here’s a peek of all the new and exclusive add-ons we have available this month! All of our coordinating add-ons can be purchased separately, so you have a chance to pick the products that work for your stash and what you’re documenting now, and if you need more than one, you can purchase multiples, too! The new items added to the shop for September are: stamps (Grateful and My Heart), coordinating metal die for our My Heart stamp, Autumn Days paper stack, Cozy chipboard stickers, Autumn Rainbow puffy stickers, wood veneers (home and hearts), Navy acetate alphabet, This Is Us stickers, Let’s Eat journaling tags, and labels.

Our digital files this month include coordinating printables, September cut files, and print and cut labels that coordinate with our kit – once you download these files, you can use/print them over and over again!

Subscribers, you can start bundling now! Bundling is easy – just log into your account and use the “Bundle with my kit subscription” shipping option during checkout to receive FREE shipping on any extra items purchased from our shop that will ship with your kit. This option will only be available during our 24-hour bundling period.

Not a subscriber? Don’t wait any longer to sign up! Subscribe today to lock in our special kit price of $9.99 + shipping, and you’ll be able to bundle any additional products from our shop and have them ship for FREE with your kit subscription, during our 24-hour bundling period, starting on the 10th at 8:00 am Pacific!

When starting a new subscription: you’ll want to first check out with only the kit subscription in your cart. After you have subscribed to our kit, you will then be able to see your special discounts on select items in our SALE section during our 24-hour bundling period! You must be logged into your kit subscriber account to see your discounted items. Quick note: Our subscription is risk free and can be cancelled at any time by emailing us. Our monthly kit and add-ons are available without a subscription each month, too.

Here’s a look at the items on sale for our subscribers only this month:

Subscribers: Pick up these six items for FREE to 20% off during our 24 hour bundling period that is going on now and ends on Friday, September 11th at 8:00 am Pacific! Please make sure you are logged into your subscriber account, then click on the SALE section to see these items on sale! Once you are logged in, you’ll see your special discounted product listing that specifies Sub Discount.

Looking for more inspiration? Our design team is ready to inspire you with brand new, fresh inspiration using the new products this month! You’ll be able to find their amazing inspiration in our product listings so you can see their projects while you shop! We will also be showcasing our team’s projects on the blog later today, and throughout the entire month!

Thank you so much for joining us today! We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing community and are excited to see how you use these new products! Make sure you share your projects with us in our Facebook group and make sure you use the #EllesStudio hashtag when posting on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed and win a gift certificate to our shop!

Inspired to Use Scraps with Melissa Mann

Our September release is only a day away, and you may feel guilty about the leftovers sitting on your desk from your August kit. One solution: look for inspiration to help you create! That’s what Melissa Mann did with the layout that she’s sharing with us today—and she looked no further than our design team to help motivate her to create! Let’s take a look at her project!

Hello! This is Melissa with you today and I have a new project that I created using the leftover bits and pieces from my August 2020 Kit and other products from the August release. One of my go-to ways to find some mojo and inspiration when I’m trying to put together a new project is to browse some of my favorite scrappers online. I was seriously lacking the inspiration and motivation I needed when I was trying to put together this layout and started to look through some of the previous projects from my fellow design team members at Elle’s Studio. I’m a huge fan of Daniela and I love how she seems to effortlessly combine so many different elements in either a vertical or horizontal design on her pages. One of my favorite projects that she created is a Halloween layout that she put together last year:

And here’s a look at what I created based off of it:

Supplies | August 2020 Kit, August Print and Cut Labels, A New Day Stickers, Chipboard TagsSo Cool Puffy StickersWood Veneer Circles, Summer Fun 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackShine Brighter StampList Stamp

One of the reasons I’m always drawn to Daniela’s projects is because of how she layers lots of things together, and I am a HUGE fan of layers! I knew I wanted to lay down some watercolor paint and stamping on my white cardstock base before I started building my layout on top.

I traced a big circle in pencil on the right hand side of my cardstock and used a few different color watercolors around that circle. Then, I stamped using the List Stamp in black ink over top of the water color paint. I used the “Happiness Is” sentiment from the List Stamp in light gray and stamped that repeatedly around on the black stamped lines. After I spattered some mist around, I decided to tap an old paper towel roll in light pink paint, using it to stamped circles around the page. 

While letting the paint dry on my paper, I cut out two large circles from the Summer Fun Paper Stack and two larger vellum circles as well. I layered all of these together and stitched them down with my sewing machine. 

From this point, I layered more patterned paper from the Summer Fun Paper Stack, topping these layers with a black and white photo of my niece. Then it was time to layer all the stickers, chipboard, and Wood Veneer Circles around my layout! The So Cool Puffy Stickers and the A New Day Stickers worked beautifully to embellish my layout!

I was super pleased with the way my project turned out and it was all inspired by Daniela’s beautiful Halloween project!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my project today! 

Show us how you’re using up your August 2020 scraps before your September kit arrives! Post your inspiration in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

September Design Team Sneak Peeks

We are just two days away from our September kit and add-ons reveal and we are so excited to be able to share these fun sneak peeks of beautiful projects our team made using all the new products that will be available soon! Our September reveal will be full of exclusive products that we’ve designed and will have you ready to document your September stories and take you right into the month of October!

Not a subscriber? Don’t wait any longer! You can pre-order our September kit now and lock in our $9.99 kit price by starting a subscription today! You’ll want to choose our SUBSCRIBE & SAVE option to get signed up and start your subscription with our September kit. We will then hold your kit and you’ll be ready to bundle and save at our September 10th reveal! Details on how to bundle with your subscription order will be emailed to you once you have purchased this product.

Kit subscribers, don’t forget! Along with being able to bundle any products from our shop that will ship for FREE with your kit during our 24-hour bundling period, starting on the 10th at 8:00 am Pacific each month, our subscribers will also have access to special discounts on select items! Above is a preview of our September discounts and savings that will be available for our subscribers during our September bundling period! These discounted items can be found in our SALE section during our 24-hour bundling period, and you must be logged into your kit subscriber account to see them. If you haven’t subscribed to our kit, sign up now to take advantage of these special offers on September 10th! 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 this Thursday, September 10th at 8 am Pacific! We hope to see you there!

Digitals Three Ways with Candace Perkins

Hello, Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Candace here with you today to share a project using the August Priorities Printables. I LOVE working with digital files—they allow you to customize cute Elle’s Studio products to match the style and colors of your projects or spreads.

Here is a look at the pocket page layout I created using the fun printables:

Supplies | Priorities Printables, A New Day Stickers, Chipboard Tags, Wood Veneer Circles, Bright Polka Dot 6.5 x 8 Inch Paper Stack

One of the first things you can edit within a digital card or embellishment is the elements. I adjusted the elements on the “you are doing great!” tag in the center of the spread, which includes yellow stars and sentiments. I knew I wanted to use the the yellow “summer” Chipboard Tag on the spread so I needed this card to be a different color. I also knew that all my photos were taken during the day, therefore the stars didn’t match the theme of the spread. Customizing the tag was so easy! I simply imported the tag into Photoshop, erased the stars on the background using the eraser tool and used the eye dropper tool to copy the blue on the stripe card. Simple and customized!

Another thing you can edit on a digital tag or embellishment are the colors. I loved the aqua color on the striped tag and wanted to bring it to another tag on the spread. Using the eye dropper tool, I picked up the color from the striped card and used the paint bucket tool to color the tag. I love that color!  With the new aqua color, the lines behind the tag looked a bit busy for the design of this layout. I again used the eraser tool to erase the lines. Now I have a fun, aqua tag that I was able to add my journaling to! 

You can always chose to leave a digital design as-is and change up the material you are printing on! You can print the digital elements on cardstock, glossy photo paper or even vellum! You can take the designs but change them up by adding a variety of textures and layers to your projects.

There are so many fun and creative ways that you can use our printables to match, customize and add textures or layers to your projects. How do you like to use the digital products? We would love to see! Get out there and and be creative, then post your projects to our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio. 

Have a beautiful day!

August #EllesStudio Spottings on Instagram!

We are so excited to be back to share another six projects that we spotted this month on Instagram that used the hashtag #EllesStudio! Let’s take a look at what caught our eye:

On the left, we just love the way that Ann (@ann_tamimi) used some of our latest products, including our Chipboard Star Stickers to create this colorful, layered layout. What a beautiful design! On the right, Adrienne (@adriennesinklings) stamped a perfect quote using our Hazel and Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamps, and we just love it!

The notebook spread on the left, created by Angela (@braveandcrafty) not only makes us hungry, but it makes us want to pull out our labels, Pink Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Summer Fun Paper Stack and Puffy Heart Stickers to create a love-filled project! On the right, we also love the way that Kathryn (@kathrynronson) recorded her love of reading using our Book Review Journaling Tags and Read Acrylic.

What a beautiful rainbow of watercolors that Stephanie (@steph_allaround_crafty) paired up with our August Labels, Puffy Heart Stickers and die cuts from our monthly kits! Last, but certainly not least, Aimee (@affectionatelyaimee) recorded a socially distanced visit using our Polka Dot Journaling Tags, monthly kit die cuts and Fuchsia Puffy Alphabet Stickers in her notebook. What a beautiful way to record the here and now!

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 post to Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio for a chance to be featured here on our blog, and win a gift certificate to the shop! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Back-to-School Lunchbox Greeting Cards with Steph Grimes

With a new school year upon us, and a lot of uncertainty, brightening someone’s day with a card is something that we all can do! Whether its for a favorite teacher or star student, greeting cards can brighten anyone’s day! Today Steph Grimes is with us to share two cards that she created using our August kit and add-ons. Let’s see the stellar designs that she is sharing with us!

It’s hard to believe that it’s back-to-school season again already! I made a couple of greeting cards to send to my nieces as they return to school to lift their spirits during this unprecedented season.

Supplies | August 2020 KitA New Day Stickers, Composition Stickers, Chipboard TagsSo Cool Puffy StickersABC Wood Veneer, Wood Veneer Circles, Shine Brighter Stamp, Summer Fun 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

My first card was inspired by the 3” x 4” tag from the August Kit that looked like a composition notebook. I thought it would be fun to try to make this a flip-up so that it opens like an actual book on the front of the card. 

I used a little bit of washi tape to attach the composition book card to the background so that it would open up. I stamped a few lines from the Shine Brighter Stamp inside so I could write a personalized note inside the booklet. I decorated with a few stickers from the A New Day Stickers and the So Cool Puffy Stickers to finish it off.

For my second card, I thought the ABC Wood Veneer would be perfect to feature. I cut the big star from one of the 3” x 4” tags from the August Kit to balance the large wood veneer piece. I cut one of the Composition Stickers in two pieces to add to the top and bottom of the card to hold some of the Wood Veneer Circles. I backed this one with the starry paper from the Summer Fun 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack.

I can’t wait to put these in the mail and hopefully send a little bright spot to my nieces’ day! Do you make cards for back to school? It’s a great idea for this unconventional year to spread some joy! If you do make some cards share them on Instagram using the hashtag #ellestudio or in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

Back-to-School in Pockets with Stacie Watson

Pockets are perfect for recording any type of memory, and back-to-school photos are perfect for filling them! It’s unlikely we’ll only take one or two photos of that first day of school, so why not try out a pocket page for all of these important memories? Today Stacie Watson is sharing how she is recording her first days back, in a beautiful and colorful way. Let’s take a look!

Hey, hey, scrappy friends! It’s Stacie back today to share a back-to-school pocket page spread with you. I know this year back to school has taken on a whole new meaning from years past, but that’s just more reason to make sure to get your stories told! Being a middle school teacher myself and all of the unknowns (and stress) leading up to the first day/week of school didn’t leave me with a lot of time to work on my pocket pages. But, I knew that I wanted to get my photos and stories recorded while “in the moment” so to speak. I love the way this spread came together. 

Supplies | August 2020 Kit, A New Day Stickers, Crafty Stickers, Chipboard TagsSo Cool Puffy StickersABC Wood Veneer, Acrylic Hearts, Springtime Tabs Stamp

As soon as I saw the ABC Wood Veneer and the composition notebook journaling tag from the August Kit I fell in love and knew that they would be included in my first week back to school spread. I mean you can’t get more perfect embellishments than those for back to school! I almost painted the wood veneer, but in the end decided that I liked how it contrasted against the brighter parts of the spread in its natural state.

For the composition notebook journaling tag I added my name and the school year, along with the pencils, scissors, and heart stickers from the Crafty Stickers. For my journaling, I printed it out on white cardstock and created a flip up using washi tape. Since this is on the back side of the page protector and I wanted to easily access my journaling, I simply cut a slit into the page protector and added the washi-taped flip up into it. I also added an index tab with a stamped sentiment from the Springtime Tabs Stamp to the side so anyone looking at the album would know that this could be flipped up! This was super simple and an easy way to use more than one journaling tag or to hide your journaling.

To finish off the spread, I printed out my journaling on the tags and embellished them with the So Cool Puffy Stickers or die cuts from the August Kit. The Acrylic Hearts are the type of embellishment that I would hoard because, “What if I end up doing some other project that they would be perfect for?” I’m horrible about doing that and I’m trying to make myself use my supplies. So, I changed my thinking and thought what else would be “more perfect” than the story about how my four legged fur ball is always by my side? 

Just when I thought this spread was complete, I remembered two more photos that I wanted to include and decided to add a 3″ x 8″ insert into the album. Since I was short on time for this spread and I had already went with smaller size page protectors from my usual 12″ x 12″ size, adding the small insert was the best option. I don’t do inserts very often, but they are great for being able to add more photos or more of the story into your album. 

I hope this inspires you to document your back to school memories, however they may look! Thank you so much for stopping by and make sure you share what you create with your Elle’s Studio goodies with us on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Recording Back to School Memories with Daniela

Kids are returning back to school soon—whether in-person or virtually, and our August 2020 kit and extras can help you record the upcoming school days: first day smiles and all, in a fun way! Let’s take a look at how design team member Daniela did that on an awesome, layered new layout today!

Hi friends! It’s Daniela again sharing a brand new back-to-school-themed layout. Summer passed by way too soon and my family is getting back into our daily routine now. With myself being a teacher, my son in his last year at primary school and my daughter in first grade, school is kind of a big topic here!

I take pictures documenting the first day of school every year. I love flipping through the pages and it’s always interesting to see how much the kids have grown. Let’s take a look at this year’s page:

Supplies: August 2020 Kit, A New Day StickersComposition Stickers,  Chipboard Tags, Navy Puffy Alphabet StickersWood Veneer CirclesABC Wood VeneerAcrylic HeartsSummer Fun 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Bright Polka Dot 6 x 8.5 inch Paper Stack

I decided to use blue, red and gray for a color scheme and started my page by cutting a big title. I just typed in the words using the Impact font, then I used some of my favorite papers to back the blanks: a quick and easy way to create a big and special title.

When I saw the big ABC Wood Veneer, I knew right away that I had to use it on one of my school-themed layouts. I created a big cluster using different tags from the August Kit and placed the wood veneer and my pictures on top of it. When using wood veneers, I always try to use more than one, so I also used two of the Wood Veneer Circles along with some color splashes.

Tiny details like little Acrylic Hearts and die-cuts always add a special touch to projects. Elle’s Studio offers so many different embellishments which offer the possibility to have lots of different textures on your page. That’s why working with those products is so much fun, plus everything can be combined easily.

Whether you are learning from home or are able to get back into the classroom, the August 2020 Kit and extras can help you record the start of another school year in a fun and easy way!

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

Show us how you’ve recorded school days with our products! Post your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! We can’t wait to see your projects!