Embracing a Season of Change with Jennifer McMurtrey

Hello, Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Jennifer McMurtrey here! We are back to school in my hometown, which means it’s time for those obligatory first day of school photos that we all love. This year was a bit different because it is the first one with all of the kids out of the house, which I am becoming more used to with each day that passes.

For this project, I wanted to use the August digital products to compliment what I have left of the August 2022 Kit along with a few items from my stash. It was a fun layout to create and I can’t wait to show you!

Supplies | August 2022 Kit, August 2022 Cut FilesAugust 2022 Printables, Notebook Die Cut Shapes,  Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers – Teal, Teal Jane Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Heart and Star Chipboard Stickers – Cool, Heart and Star Chipboard Stickers – Warm, The Best Paper Stack, Thankful Paper Stack, School Tabs Stamp, Daily Tabs Stamp

To begin, I used the August 2022 Cut Files to create a stencil. To do this, I simply enlarged the tag with stars file and cut it out using a scrap of white cardstock. Next, I used Distress Oxide Inks and brushes to add green and blue stars to the background. Once complete, I spritzed water on the cardstock and blotted it with paper towels. Last, I splattered a coral color over everything to match the papers I chose to use.

Continuing with the background, I used three 3 x 4-inch journaling tags and cut them into ½-inch strips. After cutting the strips, I used the School Tabs Stamp to add “teacher” to each one in colors matching the papers before adhering them to the background. To give even more detail, I cut white stars and glued them on top of the strips of paper.

After matting my photo with papers from The Best and , Thankful paper stacks, I adhered it atop the strips of papers and stars. Next, I used the School and Daily Tabs Stamp to add sentiments to a few stars from the Notebook Die Cut Shapes.

For my journaling, I again turned to Elle’s digital products by using the August 2022 Printables. The coral journaling tag fit my color scheme perfectly and made documenting my story super easy. Next, I added the title above and below the photo with the Teal Jane Alphabet Cardstock Stickers and Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, also in teal.

To complete the layout, I used the Cool and Warm Heart and Star Chipboard Stickers to add a bit more color and create a visual triangle to lead you through the project.

Lately, I have shared with friends the fact that I have been in a serious creative rut for several months, However, I believe today’s project may have given my mojo a bit of a kickstart! I hope you have been inspired to get your favorite moments documented using your Elle’s Studio products! Remember to post your projects to social media using the hashtag #EllesStudio, and you just may be featured on the Elle’s Studio blog!

Have a great day!

Find our August digital files in the shop today to coordinate with your August 2022 kit and add-ons, and give some of the techniques that Jen shared today a try!

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