January Scraps in Action with Nicole Kerr

Hello crafty friends! It’s Nicole here, and today I’m exploring one of the many ways to use up those January scraps! Many times when I near the end of a kit, I find that I’m left over with a little bit of everything. In my Elle’s Studio January 2021 kit and add-ons, I had a few journaling tags and die cuts, several labels and of course, scraps of patterned paper. Instead of saving or stashing these away, I decided that I was going to put these to use now while I still love them and haven’t forgotten about them! My project today is my first entry in my Storyline Chapters notebook titled, “Me, Myself, and I.” 

Supplies | January 2021 Kit, January 2021 Print and Cut Labels, January Labels, True Love Stickers, Monthly Cardstock Stickers, Jane Title Alphabet Cardstock Stickers – White, Love You Chipboard StickersPuffy Heart Stickers, XOXO 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackHugs and Kisses Stamp, Monthly & Daily Tab Stamp (A January subscriber gift), Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up Metal Die, Everyday Tabs Vol. 2 Metal Die, Dated Stamp, Elle’s Studio Pen –Black Ink

In this notebook, I hope to make a double page spread every month in 2021 that focuses on ME: what I’m watching, reading, listening to, goals that I may have for myself, random thoughts, inspirational quotes, and so much more. I’m trying to make a more conscious effort this year to prioritize myself in the grand scheme of busy day-to-day life. There were tags in the January kit that were PERFECT for this type of project and I’m excited to share a couple of ways to use those tags and scraps, and document yourself in this new year!

Don’t be afraid to make a product work for you! In the above photo, I journaled about my Kindle. It’s been a very long time since I’ve picked my Kindle up to read and this month, I found an excellent book that I have really been enjoying. There was a tag left over in the January 2021 Kit that had the banner “this is one of my favorite stories” and it fit my story perfectly! Because I already had a tag and journaling written, which was perfect for this story as well, I fussy cut the banner from the tag and used it as a die cut for my existing tag! Now I’m able to use both!

Labels make for great lists! On the right side of my spread, I fussy cut another tag to use “trying my best to” as a prompt for this list. For each item on my list, I used one of the January Labels to journal on. It adds the perfect amount of journaling space and color, and I even used the Hugs and Kisses Stamp to add an extra bit of embellishing in the spaces between the labels. 

Grab your add-ons for this step! Alpha stickers, stamps and dies can fill in gaps and make your last little bits of products stretch that extra mile. In the photo above, I used the Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up Metal Die to create a flip pocket to document a special date night with my husband. It also allowed me to use two more 3″ x 4″ tags from the January Kit and a few embellishments! Also in this photo, you can see that I created another bullet list of “5 Ways I can Love Myself More.” I used Print and Cut Labels for the title, white Jane Title Alphabet Cardstock Stickers for a pop of text, and a heart from the Hugs and Kisses Stamp stamped in red to mark my bullet list.

Next time you find yourself with scraps, don’t stash them away! Pull out your scissors, stamps and dies to create additional embellishments. Don’t forget, there’s no right or wrong way to use your product. Make your product work for you! 

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you’ve had fun and have been inspired. Be sure to tag @ellesstudio and use the hashtag #EllesStudio on Instagram, or share your project using all of your January favorites and scraps to our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! I can’t wait to see how you’ll be using your scraps this month to document your memories.

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