January Kit Inspired with Michelle Flynn

Hello friends and happy new year! It’s Michelle here, I am so thrilled to share my very first Elle’s Studio blog project with you today! I have been a scrapbooker for as long as I can remember and I sometimes find while creating that I get lost in the memory and feeling of a photo. Combine that with incredible product inspiration & you get pure “magic” that can bring a photo and a blank sheet of paper to life! I like to believe that my family can feel my love for them through every page I make regardless of whether it is a pocket page, a 12″ x 12″ layout, mini book or a traveler’s notebook layout. Today’s layout is simply named “Love You” and I used the delightful and colorful January 2021 kit and add-ons to create it.

Supplies | January 2021 Kit, January 2021 Cut Files, Love You Chipboard Stickers, Acetate Hearts, Love You Wood VeneerXOXO 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Hugs and Kisses Stamp, Layered Card Metal Die, My Heart Metal Die

I was immediately inspired by all the LOVE in the new January 2021 Kit and the pink 3″ x 4″ quote tag you see in this layout quickly became my foundation for this layout. Once I have a product-inspired idea I then like to select a few different embellishment elements to coordinate with it. This practice really helps keep me organized and prevents me from getting overwhelmed with too many choices. I selected a few of the adorable die cuts from the January Kit, as well as the fabulous Love You Wood Veneer and the sweet black “XO” chipboard sticker.  I couldn’t end my embellishment wrap up selection without diving into those Acetate Hearts. I truly had to stop myself while creating this layout as I wanted to use them all, In the end, I decided one was just perfectly enough!    

Once my embellishment selections were sorted I then took some Bazzill textured cardstock and grabbed my mini paint brush along with some barely pink acrylic paint to give it a few splatters throughout. As you can see, the photo of my daughter is of her blowing confetti & I wanted to create the same effect with some lightly scattered acrylic paint.  As the layout was drying, I used that time to download and cut out the heart banner from the January 2021 Cut Files. I will absolutely be using this cut file for months and years to come! As I was working with it, I had so many different ideas on how to use it in the future and went ahead and jotted down a few ideas for some other layouts. I love to keep a notebook next to me on my craft table as it comes in handy when you have those super quick fleeting ideas! 

Once I had the die cut, I dived into the new XOXO 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack and selected a few of these beautiful patterns to embrace the feeling of this layout using the My Heart Metal Die. I ran those through my die cutting machine to create those precious hearts. I wanted a mixture of black & white hearts combined with pink to give a simple but fresh feel. I wasn’t ready to put my die cutting machine away just yet, as I then had an idea to frame my daughters photo using the Layered Card Metal Die. I wasn’t sure at the time if I would go with it but I am so pleased with how the pink frame accented her photo.

Now that the creative prep time was done it was time to bring it all together!  It was truly a small labor of love putting this together & truly captures what I wanted to say to my daughter using such beautiful products from Elle’s Studio.

I started out this blog post by mentioning that the 3″ x 4″ quote tag from the January Kit quickly became my foundation idea for this layout and it truly did because I actually started and ended this layout with the inspiration from that card! The very last thing I did on this layout was to use the new Hugs and Kisses Stamp to add “remember this” at the top of the tag. I want her to always remember what that sweet little tag says. The die cut from the January Kit adhered to the top corner functions as a tab for hidden journaling just for my girl to read and always remember how truly loved she is.  

It is so wonderful that such sweet and creative products can inspire an entire layout to be cherished for years to come! I cannot wait to see what you create with this month’s kit and add ons using the #ellesstudio hashtag! I hope you found even just one little thing here to inspire you in your memory keeping from start to finish!  Happy creating my friends!

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