August Kit Preview with Melissa Mann

Hello, friends! This is Melissa with you, and I’m excited to give you a preview of some of the products that will be available in the August monthly kit and add-on release, coming this Wednesday, August 10th at 8am Pacific time! There are lots of great new goodies, especially, for those book lovers! Take a look at the first project I created:

Supplies | August 2022 Kit, Notebook Die Cut Shapes, Fuchsia Jane Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Sticker – Teal, Lost in a Good Book Cardstock Stickers, Teal Cardstock Label Stickers, Adventure Paper Stack, A Good Book Stamp, School Tabs Stamp

I knew from the beginning of this project that I wanted to create a grid-based layout. I chose six books that I’ve either read or want to read and cropped photos of them to 2 x 2-inch square images. I picked six pieces of patterned paper that corresponded with six of the 3 x 4-inch journaling tags from the August 2022 Kit

I layered the patterned paper, 3 x 4 inch journaling tag, and photos on top of each other and then stitched lines down the width of my layout, above and below my photo grid. Then I stitched down the individual blocks. Once I had the bones of my layout constructed, I then stamped the word “reading” from the School Tabs Stamp near the stitched lines above and below my grid.

I stamped out several images from the A Good Book Stamp in black ink on white cardstock and cut them out. These were layered in each individual block along with the Teal Cardstock Label Stickers, Lost in a Good Book Cardstock Stickers, and the Notebook Die Cut Shapes

I used the Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Sticker in teal to create a title on the top and bottom of my layout that said “Go Read a Book!” and my journaling strips went on either side of those captions. 

I hope you are ready for all the new products that will be available tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!

Set your alarms for tomorrow, August 10th at 8am Pacific time when our newest products will hit the shop!

August Design Team Sneak Peeks

We are just two days away from our August kit and add-ons reveal and we are so excited to be able to share these fun sneak peeks of amazing projects our team made using all the new products that will be available soon! Our August reveal will be full of exclusive products that we’ve designed and will have you ready to document your August stories and take you right into the month of September! Look for these products and more, available in our shop, on Wednesday, August 10th at 8:00 am Pacific!

Not a subscriber? Reserve your spot now by pre-ordering our August kit 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 August kit. We will then hold your kit and you’ll be ready to bundle and save at our August 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 August discounts and savings that will be available for our subscribers during our August 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 August 10th!

We are so excited to share all of these new products with you and to see how you use them on your projects! Make sure you set your alarm and mark your calendar for this Wednesday, August 10th at 8:00 am Pacific! We hope to see you there!

July Kit and Add-Ons Revisited with Diane Dziuban

Hi, everyone and happy Friday! It’s Diane with you to share a fun pocket-page layout I created with the gorgeous July monthly kit and add-ons

Supplies | July 2022 Kit, Black Jane Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Cerulean Blue Jane Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Everyday Label Puffy StickersPuffy Star Stickers, Gold Star Paper Clips, Medium Hazel Stamp

I really wanted to stretch my kit as far as I could and create one more pocket page layout. As I pulled out the remaining pieces of my kit, I realized I had mostly all of the greens and blues left, so, I had my color scheme! I knew instantly that these tags would go perfectly with my photos from a recent weekend trip to a ranch in the hill country of west Texas. I have documented some of this story in a smaller album, but I really like to give an overview of vacations/weekend trips in my main family album. 

I wanted all of my photos to be the 3 x 4-inch vertical size, so I needed 10 filler tags. I had 8 tags left in the July Kit, so I needed to stretch my kit to have two additional tags. I cut the boxes out of the tag that had a spot for two stories. This enabled me to make two tags. I paired a small 2 x 2-inch photo with each of those cards and added some label stickers.

I also took several of the die cut pieces and layered them on a plain 3 x 4-inch white piece of cardstock to create another tag to hold a photo.

In the bottom right corner of my layout, I covered the sentiment on the tag so that it would go with this particular layout. I used the journaling spot to put the name of one of the restaurants we ate at.  I liked that I was able to use the tag and bring in some of the navy blue color to my spread. 

I sprinkled some of the bright, fun Puffy Star Stickers throughout the layout to bring it all together.

I love that I was able to use pretty much the entire kit this month and get several stories documented! I hope you found some inspiration on how you can stretch your kits, too! Happy crafting!

Seeing Stars with Junell Kruzel

Hey everyone! It’s Junell here on the blog today, sharing how I made this quick layout for my Life Crafted album using the Star Notes Stamp and Metal Die.

Supplies | Orange Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Star Stickers, Star Notes StampStar Notes Metal Die

I knew I wanted to use just one large photo as my background, so I would just need some simple star embellishments to go along with the theme. 

I wanted to play around with my heat gun and embossing powders. I used stamps from the Star Notes Stamp to stamp out some patterns and then I heat embossed them with silver powder. I then used the large star die to cut out a larger star. You can get a lot of texture and shine using this method! 

I also embossed and die cut out some other stars to add around the layout.

I wanted my title to be inside an embossed star, but I did not want the dots on the inside, so I grabbed my craft knife and just cut the dots out. Now I have two stamps that I can either use together or separately. I used the Orange Puffy Alphabet Stickers for my title and just hand-wrote the rest.

After I had all the stars and my title created, I placed them on the photo in a triangle and adhered them down. Some are on foam dots to give dimension. I also added some colored stars from the Puffy Star Stickers.

Thanks for reading! I hope this gives you a couple ideas on how to use your new Star Notes Stamp and Metal Die!

#EllesStudio Spottings on Instagram

Hello, friends! It’s getting close to our August kit and add-on reveal, so its time to share some of the amazing projects we’ve spotted on Instagram using our #EllesStudio hashtag! Take a look at six that caught our eye, but be sure to go over and check all of them out for yourself, too!

Are you a cardmaker who loves using our stamps and dies in your designs? We think that this one by Sarah (@sarahdstamps) is pretty wonderful, and we have so many wonderful stamp sentiments in the shop, including those in our Sincere Sentiments collection! What a beautiful card, Sarah! On the right, we’re also seeing stars, but in layout form! This page by Sylvia (@scrapbuddy_)has such a fun and simple design and features our past kit and add-on die cuts, as well as a new favorite—our Title Builder Vol. 6 Simply Magic Big Words Metal Die! Absolutely wonderful!

Documenting in pockets is such a great way to get everyday photos into your albums, and we love the way that Nicole (@nlandry308) used them here with our monthly kit tags to create a colorful page. Great way to use those speech bubbles, Nicole! On the right, Kisha (@kikiscrapsalot) created a beautiful layout with fall vibes that features our Autumn Die Cuts, which are currently ON SALE! What a gorgeous page!

Our final two projects are stamp-focused! On the left, Liz (@lizlongestdesigns) used our Hugs and Kisses Stamp (sold out) to create a fun patterned background. Have you ever tried this technique before with one of our stamps? On the right, @caledoniapapercraft used our Medium Jane alphabet stamps in solid and outline to create a perfect title for her page that looks awesome with her photo! We love stamps so much for their versatility and ability to use them over and over again!

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!

Show us what YOU have created using our products! 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 this month!

Digital Designs with Michelle Flynn

Hi, friends! Today I’m on the blog sharing how I used the awesome July 2022 Digitals in the summer album I’m currently making. Did you know that digitals are FREE when you are a monthly subscriber?  It really doesn’t get better than that! My favorite part about digitals is that you can use them over and over again as well as change them in any way you are inspired to! They are fabulous for traditional layouts but they are also amazing in smaller-sized projects as well. I was inspired to use them in this TN-sized notebook I’m working on so let’s get started!  

Supplies | July 2022 Kit, July 2022 Cut Files, July 2022 Print and Cut Labels, Star Notes Die Cuts, Everyday Label Puffy Stickers, Magical Memories Tab Stamp

The July 2022 Cut Files are so awesome and I thought it would be fun to use it as a title on a bookmark-sized pocket tag in front of a full-size photo. I selected the pretty sky blue butterfly design paper using the Adventure Paper Stack. I cropped the paper and adhered the sheets together leaving the inside middle space free from adhesive.  

I downloaded the cut file to my Cricut Explore and selected the light blue grid design sheet from the Paper Stack. I cut the digital “summer” title sizing it at 1.6 x 7.5 inches. I used the outline of the title cut file for the front-facing side and adhered it while adding a sweet sentiment using the Everyday Label Puffy Stickers.  

I used the fun July 2022 Print and Cut Labels along with some lined paper from the Adventure Paper Stack to create a mini bookmark for journaling. I wanted it to be interactive and peek out from the bookmark pocket tag. I adhered another puffy and now it was time for the opposite side!

I followed the same process for the opposite side using the negative from the “summer” letters. I used dimensional adhesive to give it extra dimension when it’s laying on top of the full-size photo of my grandson. I added another sweet sentiment like the opposite side using the Everyday Label Puffy Stickers. I trimmed a photo of my grandson around the tiny circle print and cut a label for the backside of the mini bookmark tag and added another label and puffy to wrap it up.  

For my full-sized photo of our sweet little guy, I adhered a blue die cut using the Star Notes Die Cuts. I just love Elle’s die cuts for layering sentiments! I attached the blue heart from the  July 2022 Kit and again added one of my favorites from this release, the Everyday Label Puffy Stickers. I finished it up with a stamped sentiment using the Magical Memories Tab Stamp.  

I love how you can see the top of the mini bookmark journaling tag peeking out using the July 2022 Print and Cut Labels. It’s almost like an invitation to read the notes, and I just love how fun and bold that “summer” title is! I hope you’ll share your inspiration using this month’s digitals, which are just so fun to add to your memorykeeping projects!

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me today!  Tag your projects using the #ellesstudio hashtag on Instagram and don’t forget to join in on all the fun in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, too!  Have the best summer and happy creating friends! 

A sneak peek of our August reveal!

Our August kit + coordinating add-ons reveal is almost here 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 document your August stories and take you right into the month of September! This month, our August kit will include 3 – 4 x 6 inch tags, 18 – 3 x 4 inch tags, and 25 die cuts!

We are also excited to announce that our SUMMER SALE is happening now! You won’t want to miss all the hot deals we have in store! Kit subscribers: Bundling is open early this month and your sale order will ship for FREE with your August kit! Check your email now for your special coupon code to bundle and SAVE! Sale ends 8/4/22 at midnight Pacific.

Not a subscriber? You can pre-order our August 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 August kit. We will then hold your kit and you’ll be ready to bundle and save at our August 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! 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. Quick note: Our kits and add-ons are available without a subscription each month, too.

We are so excited to share all of these new products with you and see how you use them on your projects! Make sure you set your alarm and mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 10th at 8:00 am Pacific for our August kit and add-ons reveal! We hope to see you there!

Five Ways With the Star Notes Die Cuts

Hello there, ES fans, and happy Friday! One of our favorite products in the shop this month has to be the Star Notes Die Cuts! We just love their pretty, summery colors, their ability to document AND embellish, and the fact that this die cut pack is filled with stars—such a usable shape!

In case your Star Notes Die Cuts are still in your box, waiting to be used, we want to show you five different ways to do that this weekend!

1. Create a Visual Triangle

Successful embellishment is often found in groups of threes, and in Junell’s layout, she created a triangle of star groupings, perfect for making her photos take center stage!

2. Use them as a base for color-blocking

Sarah may have used a lot of embellishment here, but it’s not overwhelming! That’s because she color-blocked her groupings, keeping the same hues together. We love that she started these groupings with the Star Notes Die Cuts, choosing smaller embellishments like our Puffy Star Stickers to add to the top.

3. Create a grid

The Star Notes Die Cuts come in different shapes—square, rectangular and circular journaling spots, as well as stars, making them perfect for creating an out-of-the box grid, like Wei Wei did here on the left side of her notebook spread!

4. Use them in multiples

Suzanna had a great idea here on her layout to use three of the Star Notes Die Cut journaling labels here to compare three different finishes for her daughter’s swim meet. What can you compare by using three or more of these handy die cuts?

5. Create a wreath

The Star Notes Die Cut pack comes with 30+ stars, labels, circles, and more, plenty to create a wreath on your layout as Melissa created here. Pair them with die cut shapes from the Star Notes Metal Die and you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful layout design!

We can’t wait to see which of these ideas inspires you, or what you come up with on your own! Be sure to share with us in the Facebook Group or on Instagram using the #EllesStudio hashtag!

Catching Up with Memory Planning with AURÉLIE CORMIER

Hello, everyone! It’s Aurélie here today to show you the memory planner layout I just created with the July kit and its add-ons. Truth be told, I can’t remember when I last worked in my memory planner. Yikes! But not to worry! With my trusty notes on hand and once my photo placement was figured out, my creative process came rushing back.

Supplies | July 2022 Kit, July 2022 PrintablesStar Notes Die Cuts, Teal Jane Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Everyday Label Puffy Stickers, Orange Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Star Stickers, Star Notes StampMedium Jane Alphabet Stamp — SolidDated StampTitle Builder Vol. 5 Stamp The Merriest

Looking back at my other memory planner layouts, I noticed that I always printed a few photos in black in white. That way, if there were different colors in the photos than the collection I was using, I didn’t have to worry about it. However, when I looked at the photos I chose for this layout, I quickly realized that I would print all of them in color! A first for me! They all perfectly matched the colors of this month’s kit and its add-ons! 

This particular week of 2021 was the last of the Tokyo Summer Olympics last summer and I wanted to remember the biggest moments of the Canadian team. As Layle Koncar has said many times in her in-person classes and in her lives, “Google is my friend!” I found this great photo online of Andre de Grasse, an amazing Canadian track and field athlete who won many medals during the event, and I knew I wanted to add it to my layout.

Some days, there’s just not a whole lot to jot down in my notes to transcribe in my memory planner layouts. So, I made the most of a few of the July 2022 Kit tags, the Teal Jane Alphabet Cardstock Stickers and a July 2022 Printable to cover up white space on my layout.

One last thing: When you need a bit more room to tell your story, create flips and flaps like I did. See them? Some are for extra stories I wanted to tell and others are for stories I wanted to keep more private.

Do you memory plan? Please share your projects with us in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or on Instagram using the hashtag #ellesstudio.

A Year of Memories with LeeAnne Jones

Hello, everyone! It’s LeeAnne here to share a 12 x 12-inch double-page layout highlighting the new Medium Hazel Stamp as well as the July 2022 Kit and some shop products from Elle’s Studio. This fun and versatile stamp set will help your document just about any memory or story.

Supplies | July 2022 Kit, July 2022 Labels, Summer Cardstock Stickers, Life Captured Stickers, Coral Cardstock Label Stickers, Fuchsia Cardstock Label Stickers, Light Pink Cardstock Label Stickers, Moss Green Cardstock Label Stickers, Yellow Cardstock Label Stickers, Light Teal Cardstock Label Stickers, Everyday Label Puffy Stickers, Puffy Star Stickers, Bright Puffy Asterisk Stickers, The Best Paper Stack, Love You Paper Stack, Warm Solids Paper Stack, Thankful Paper Stack, Adventure Paper Stack, Good Times Paper Stack, Medium Hazel Stamp, Hazel Alphabet Stamp, Medium Jane Alphabet Metal Die

My first-born daughter is currently 8 years old, but I hadn’t yet scrapbooked the monthly growth photos from her first year. I thought this would be a fun way to use the Medium Hazel Stamp—as a repeating element that keeps the layout cohesive. In this case, my daughter’s age in months for each photo.

The letters and numbers of the Medium Hazel Stamp look like those from an old typewriter. Some edges are worn (such as the middle of the number 3) or “overinked” (such as the bottom right portion of the number 0), which lends this great authentic quality. I chose to use zeroes before the single-digit numbers for consistency, so each circle label sticker includes two stamped numerals.

When stamping my daughter’s name below the title, I opted for the original Hazel Alphabet Stamp. It’s a little smaller in size but perfectly matches the Medium Hazel Stamp. Mixing the two gave the layout font consistency without overwhelming it with all large type. For the journaling, I continued the feel of the Hazel stamps with a typewriter font, Remington Noiseless.

The rainbow running across the two pages was inspired by the July 2022 Labels. I selected patterned paper representing each color (with an extra entry in the orange/yellow zone) and stitched them together like a quilt. I embellished each section with coordinating cardstock label stickers, puffy stars and asterisks, and little phrases from the July 2022 Kit—some cut from journaling tags. Of course, I also had to incorporate strips of that inspirational label set in the journaling block and along the edges of the layout.

That’s it! I hope this layout inspires you to include the Medium Hazel Stamp in an upcoming project. Perhaps you’ll use it for a numbered list, too! We can’t wait to see, so be sure to share it in our Facebook Group or on Instagram using the #EllesStudio hashtag!

Find our new Medium Hazel Stamp in the shop today while supplies last, and be prepared to use this alpha over and over again on your projects!