Document December Prep with Kat Benjamin

Hi, friends! It’s Kat here to share some ways that I am prepping for documenting my December using the Document December 2022 Kit and add-ons!

I make it a goal to work on my album almost every night in December so I can stay fairly caught up. I especially love to add interactive and detailed elements to my album, including a lot of elements that have machine stitching. However, unless I prep these pieces ahead of time, I will not include them in my album because I just don’t have the time to make them in the 15 minutes I steal every night to work on my album.

The first things I prepped were stitched pockets made out of of the patterned papers from the Twinkle Paper Stack. I made pockets of varying sizes with holes on the left and right so I will be able to quickly grab one that fits my needs for a given day.

The next things I stitched were a few larger items. I definitely don’t know what I’m doing every day of December and I try not to plan it out too much, but there are certain days when I do know what our plans are. December 10th is one of those days, so I already have an idea of what that day will look like, so I stitched a tag for that day. I also know that I will have a page about gift wrapping and I always have a need for my daughter’s initials!

Finally, I created a few layered embellishments using metal dies and some of the stickers and die cuts from the Document December release.

I’m happy I did this prep work because my pages will now contain a few detailed elements that I am fairly certain I will not have time to create once we get into December.

What are you doing to prepare?

Thanksgiving Details with Sarah Kee

Hi, Elle’s friends! It’s me, Sarah, hosting today’s blog post, and today I’m excited to be sharing one of my latest 12 x 12-inch layouts that I created using the November 2022 monthly kit and add-ons.

I felt inspired to document photos from last year’s Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s what I made:

Supplies | November 2022 Kit, Holiday Frame Stickers, White and Navy Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Holiday Fun Stamp, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp – Solid, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp – Outline

To start, I knew that I wanted to use the Holiday Frame Stickers in a big way. I turned some of the frames into shaker embellishments!

I also used a couple of the sticker frames as photo frames. I stamped the “magic captured” sentiment onto the sticker itself using the Holiday Fun Stamp

I used foam adhesive behind the frame to add some dimension to my layout.

I love that there are pocket tags that work as wonderful journaling prompts in each monthly kit. In this layout, I used the “Thanksgiving Details” tag to help document our Thanksgiving 2021 memories.

Lastly, I love to incorporate stamping onto my layouts. I used the Holiday Fun Stamp to create a heart embellishment for my layout. I also wanted to use some of my alphabet stamps to create my “Give Thanks” title.

And that’s all I have for today! So, what did you think of the November 2022 release? I love it! I’m really fawning over the Holiday Fun Stamp. I can see myself using that on so many different projects! That’s one of the best parts about Elle’s Studio products—they’re so versatile and can be used over and over again!

As always, thanks for following along and letting me share my work!

November Design Team Gallery: Volume Three

Hello, friends and happy Thanksgiving! Today we are giving thanks with our families for all of our blessings, including our amazing design team who inspire us each and every month with their beautiful projects. If you’re taking a break from the holiday table, we hope that these seven beautiful team projects created with the November 2022 kit and add-ons will inspire you to record special everyday or holiday moments with the ones you love!

December Pockets by Nathalie Leonelli – supplies used | November 2022 KitLabels, Ledgers and Tabs Die CutsHoliday Frame Stickers, Thankful Paper Stack, The Tiniest Date Stamp, Holiday Fun Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp, Mini Dated Extras Stamp

Holiday Recital by Kat Benjamin – supplies used | November 2022 Kit, Labels, Ledgers and Tabs Die CutsHoliday Frame Stickers, White and Navy Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Matte Gold Heart and Star Stickers, Gold Puffy Alphabet StickersThankful Paper Stack, Warm Solids Paper StackHoliday Fun StampMedium Jane Alphabet Metal Die

December Joy pocket page by Michelle Flynn – supplies used | November 2022 Kit, Document December 2022 Kit, 2023 Month Die Cuts, November LabelsHoliday Frame Stickers, Tiny Autumn Hearts & Stars Puffy Stickers

Deck the Halls by Junell Kruzel – supplies used | November 2022 Kit, Matte Gold Heart and Star Stickers, Holiday Fun Stamp, The Tiniest Date Stamp

NOT Out & About notebook spread by Aimee Mertell – supplies used | November 2022 KitLabels, Ledgers and Tabs Die Cuts, Holiday Frame StickersHoliday Fun Stamp, Hazel Alphabet Stamp

New Wreath by Suzanna Lee – supplies used | November 2022 Kit, November Printables, November Labels, Labels, Ledgers and Tabs Die Cuts, Matte Gold Heart and Star Stickers, Dark Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Love You Paper Stack, Thankful Paper StackHoliday Fun Stamp

Class Christmas Party notebook spread by Marsha Farris – supplies used | November 2022 Kit, , Labels, Ledgers and Tabs Die CutsHoliday Frame StickersWhite and Navy Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Tiny Christmas Hearts and Stars Puffy Stickers, Twinkle Paper Stack, Holiday Fun StampThe Tiniest Date StampChristmas Tabs Vol. 2 StampTitle Builder Vol. 5 The Merriest Stamp, Medium Jane Alphabet Metal Die

We cannot wait to see what you create using our newest products! Be sure to share them on Instagram using the #EllesStudio hashtag, or in our Facebook Group! Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!

Sincere Sentiments Greetings with Wei Wei Wang

Hi Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Wei Wei with you today sharing brand new greeting cards created using the November kit and add-ons along with the Sincere Sentiments collection.

Supplies | November LabelsLabels, Ledgers and Tabs Die CutsHoliday Frame Stickers, Matte Gold Heart and Star StickersSincere Sentiments Best of Friends Stamp, Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends Metal Die, Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends Add-on Stamp, Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends Add-on Metal Die, Sincere Sentiments Congrats Stamp, Sincere Sentiments Congrats Metal Die, Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Stamp, Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Metal Die, Warm Solids Paper Stack, Cool Solids Paper Stack

For the first card, I created the stamping background with the Sincere Sentiments Congrats Stamp and soft color inks. I adhered the Holiday Frame Sticker with foam tape to the center of my card.

Then, I added gold foil to stamping “You” with a glue pen and used the Sincere Sentiments Wonderful You Metal Die to cut them out. I adhered the word onto the frame and then added some small flowers stamped out with the Best of Friends Add-on Stamp and placed them beside my title. To finish off, I added little stars from Holiday Frame Stickers and Matte Gold Heart and Star Stickers.

For my second card, I again used the Holiday Frame Stickers as my main embellishments. I layered these frames with foam tapes and used the pink November Label for more interest. 

The pink flowers layered in the frames are from Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends Add-on Stamp. For my title, I stamped out the word “congrats” from the Sincere Sentiments Congrats Stamp and cut out with the Congrats Metal Die.

Thanks for stopping by!

December in Pockets with LeeAnne Jones

jHello, everyone! It’s LeeAnne here, with a pumpkin-spice latte in my hands but the twinkle lights and merry music of Christmas on my mind. I’m back on the blog today to show how I used the Elle’s Studio November kit and add-ons to document family life in December 2021.

Supplies | November 2022 KitLabels, Ledgers and Tabs Die CutsHoliday Frame Stickers, Matte Gold Heart and Star Stickers, Gold Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers – Warm Tones, Thankful Paper Stack, Cool Solids Paper Stack, Medium Jane Alphabet Metal Die

The November 2022 Kit includes items that will take you smoothly from fall to winter. There are tags and die cuts with autumnal colors and sentiments, and there are Christmas-themed elements, too. I was able to create both a November and a December pocket page with one kit!

The bold, striped 4 x 6-inch journaling tag makes for a straightforward title card. I was less sure about the alpha style, but eventually settled on using minty green paper, which would tie in other elements on the page, like the naughty/nice journal tag and the frame sticker just below the title. The Medium Jane Alphabet Metal Die created an equally bold month name for the tag, and I embellished with kit die cuts and gold stickers.

Confession: An earlier iteration of this journaling tag had about a dozen gold stars added to it. It was… whoa! I had to edit myself! Haha! But I love those Matte Gold Heart and Star Stickers. There are so many in the pack—and in several sizes. And I love this tag, too: a lovely, graphic “breather” for the page design. No photo, no journaling—just mood!

Speaking of wonderful tags, this naughty/nice one was another favorite from the kit. There’s plenty of room to journal a few December memories, and the sliding scale is a fun touch. I wish I had some “naughty” kid moments to document this year, but they were pretty sweet. I used a gold star for the slider at first, but I swapped it out at the last minute for the puffy red one from the Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, which makes it pop a bit more.

Well, that’s it for this time! I hope this layout inspires you to document your December memories with Elle’s Studio goodies. When you do, share on Instagram with the hashtag #ellesstudio or in our Facebook group! We can’t wait to see!

Sincere Sentiments Mix-Up with Nathalie Leonelli

Hello! It’s Nathalie and I am back today happy to give you a break from all the holiday prep and talk. I am sharing two new greeting cards created by mixing several Sincere Sentiments stamps and metal dies.

Supplies: Sincere Sentiments Congrats StampSincere Sentiments Wonderful You StampSincere Sentiments Best of Friends StampSincere Sentiments Best of Friends Add-on StampSincere Sentiments Wonderful You Metal DieSincere Sentiments Best of Friends Metal DieSincere Sentiments Best of Friends Add-on Metal DieLabels, Ledgers, and Tabs Die CutsWarm Solids Paper StackMagical Memories Paper Stack

My first card started with a negative cut of the word “You” backed by a contrasting black paper from the Magical Memories Paper Stack. I completed the sentiment with stamps from the Best of Friends and the Wonderful You stamps.

I stamped and die-cut three large flowers with the Best of Friends Add-on Stamp and Add-on Metal Die to match the striped paper in the background, also from the Magical Memories Paper Stack.

I kept using the same paper stack for this second card and played more with the idea of matching pastels with black and white sentiments.

I paired the cursive “Hello” stamp from the Best of Friends Stamp with a typewritten phrase from the Congrats Stamp, embossed on black cardstock. 

I die-cut the flowers from white cardstock with the Best of Friends Add-on Metal Die and I really like the clean look!

My ideas for you:

  • mix and match fonts/stamp sets when creating your card sentiments (just like for title building in scrapbooking!)
  • make your sentiment pop by using contrast
  • create depth with foam dots (a must on all my cards!)
  • use metal dies on their own (without their matching stamps) for more options!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you’ll take some time to play with your stamps!

Document December 2022 Prep with Marsha Farris

Hey, Elle’s Studio friends! This is Marsha, and I’m here today to share how I’ve been preparing my Document December album using the Document December 2022 Kit and add-ons. I love documenting the holidays, and doing some prep work before the month begins makes the process so much quicker and easier during the busy days of December.

This year, I am using a Life Crafted traveler’s notebook-sized album. I have used this album size for several years and find the pages come together quickly using this format. I don’t prep my entire album, but I like to create a few layouts and pocket tags before the month begins. I began this process by embellishing journaling tags from the Document December 2022 Kit using kit items along with the Fa La La Stamp, Christmas Tabs Vol. 2 Stamp, ‘Tis the Season Chipboard Stickers, and Tiny Christmas Hearts and Stars Puffy Stickers. I also used the Twinkle Paper Stack and the Nesting Tags Metal Die for one of the tags. 

Next, I created a label for the spine of my album using the Twinkle Paper Stack, December Grid Stamp, and Fa La La Stamp, along with a few ink colors.

For the inside pages of my album, I embellished more pocket tags from the Document December Kit with the kit die cuts and the ‘Tis the Season Chipboard Stickers. To complete my album prep, I created a fun stamped tag using the Fa La La Stamp, Nesting Tags Metal Die, and Twinkle Paper Stack. I also added a tree die cut from the Document December Kit and used the Attacher Metal Die to add the tag to my album.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas for prepping your December album using the amazing Document December products from Elle’s Studio! Happy holiday crafting!

Document December 2022 Prep with Suzanna Lee

Hello there Elle’s Studio fans! Wow! Can you believe it, Thanksgiving fast approaches and that means Christmas is just around the corner! It’s Suzanna here today to share how I am prepping for Document December using my Elle’s Studio Document December 2022 kit and add-ons!

I’m not much of a prepper, truth be told. Not when it comes to this project. I have begun this monthly documentation many, many a time and no matter what I do to prepare or not, I never “finish”. In other words, I never document all 25 (or 31) days. I have learned to accept that and I’m perfectly happy just getting some stories told. As a result, I don’t stress about it anymore. I have learned that prepping doesn’t mean I get any more stories in my album. I have also learned that I like large photos and much of my title work and or journaling will be on the photo itself. Hence, prepping isn’t really possible either. Do what works for you! And don’t worry about all the fancy pages that other people share—that’s them. Do you!

My pre-December prep work consists of this: breaking things down. I like to have a storage container that contains all of my Document December goodies with the album itself. Sometimes I will use a divided system but this year I’m going simple. I am working in a 49 and Market binder that holds 6” x 8” pages. Also within the plastic storage bin that I’m using are extra page inserts as well as homemade punch hole guides. Because I use a lot of large photos, I like to have a chipboard “guide” to quickly punch holes directly into the photo with my single-hole punch.

For ease of finding things as well as assessing my options, if I can, I prefer to have things out of the packaging. As you can see above, I have two Iris photo cases that provide ease access to ephemera. One case contains the Red Foil Vellum Numbers and the Christmas Die Cut Tags, while the other contains the Season of Wonder Die Cuts and Journaling Tags from the main Document December Kit. It’s all about easy access and simplicity, my friends!

One of the few things I do always prepare ahead of time is the monthly calendar. It’s an overview for me. It serves no functional purpose other than décor, really. I might write in events, but honestly, the events worth noting are the events I’m going to document. I just love seeing the month ahead of time. And, the December 2022 calendar included in the Document December Kit just makes me happy! Note I used the Attacher Metal Die to provide ring holes for my calendar! I foresee A LOT of use of this for this project!

Another type of page that I have created for years features grid squares full of fun December-related goodies and photos. This year Elle’s Studio has two really nifty metal dies to make even more fun of this addition to your album, the 4 x 6-inch Six Frames Metal Die and the 4 x 6-inch Six Pop-Up Frames Metal Die! BONUS: the Pop-Up Frames Metal Die works with one of the 4 x 6-inch pocket tags in the Document December Kit! Use a portion of a circle punch to create little notches to open the windows and it’s easy work!

Do this often enough and allow yourself to be true to you and your style and you learn the things that work for you. The great thing about the Document December 2022 kit and add-ons is a lot of the coordinating work has been done for you. All you have to do is use it and get those stories told! I can’t wait to see how the kit inspires you and what stories you tell!

Joy, Love & Peace!

A Fresh Holiday Palette with Kat Benjamin

Hello, friends! It’s Kat here today to share a new layout that I recently made with the November product release, as well as some other items that are still in the store!

I’m a big fan of the color combos in this month’s release. It includes such a fresh palette for the holidays, so I decided to scrap a photo of my daughter that we used on our Christmas card last year. Since I liked the holiday color combination so much, I fell back on one of my favorite techniques to get this memory documented: color-blocking!

Supplies | November 2022 Kit, Document December 2022 KitLabels, Ledgers and Tabs Die Cuts, Holiday Frame StickersWhite and Navy Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Matte Gold Heart and Star Stickers, Holiday Fun Stamp, Christmas Tabs Vol. 2 Stamp, Twinkle Paper Stack, Love You Paper Stack, Good Times Paper Stack, Cool Solids Paper Stack

I began by pulling out strips of paper from a variety of different paper packs: the Twinkle Paper Stack, Love You Paper Stack, Good Times Paper Stack, and Cool Solids Paper Stack. I glued them down pretty haphazardly on the page background.

Once I had my strips and photo glued down, I began adding little bits peeking out all over the place.  I used a variety of labels from the Labels, Ledgers and Tabs Die Cuts to house my journaling and also sprinkled in a few products from the Document December 2022 Kit: the Holiday Puffy Label Stickers and Season of Wonder Die Cuts. Once I was done with color-blocking my embellishments, I added in a vertical sprinkling of the Matte Gold Heart and Star Stickers.

The finishing touch for my layout was adding in a few ripped edges that I backed with a 4 x 6-inch tag from the November 2022 Kit.

This layout came together quickly and easily and highlighted the lovely holiday color combination from this month’s release!

We can’t wait to see how you’re putting your November kit and add-ons to use! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram using the #EllesStudio hashtag, or share in our Facebook Group so we can see!

November Design Team Gallery: Volume Two

Our November kit and add-ons are so versatile! Whether you still have autumn moments to record, or want to get a jump-start on your holiday pages, you’ll find the perfect products in this release to help you create, as these seven new design team projects will show! Let’s take a look!

December Recap 2019 pocket page by Diane Dzubian – supplies used | November 2022 Kit, Matte Gold Heart and Star Stickers, Moss Green Puffy Alphabet Stickers, The Tiniest Date Stamp, Christmas Tabs Vol. 2 Stamp, A Merry Moment Stamp

You Are My Favorite Person by Melissa Mann – supplies used | November 2022 Kit, November Labels, Labels, Ledgers and Tabs Die CutsHoliday Frame Stickers, White and Navy Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock StickersMatte Gold Heart and Star Stickers, Warm Solids Paper StackCool Solids Paper Stack, Holiday Fun Stamp

Merry by Kim Chaffin – supplies used | November 2022 Kit, Holiday Fun Stamp

May Fav notebook spread by Wei Wei Wang – supplies used | November 2022 Kit, November Labels, Star Grid Journaling Tags, 2023 Month Die CutsLabels, Ledgers and Tabs Die Cuts, Holiday Frame StickersMatte Gold Heart and Star Stickers, Holiday Fun Stamp

December Memories by Sarah Kee – supplies used | November 2022 Kit, 2023 Month Die CutsLabels, Ledgers and Tabs Die Cuts, Christmas Phrases Cardstock Stickers, Twinkle Paper Stack, Holiday Fun Stamp, Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamp

Pumpkin Muffins pocket page by LeeAnne Jones – supplies used | November 2022 KitLabels, Ledgers and Tabs Die CutsHoliday Frame StickersWhite and Navy Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Matte Gold Heart and Star Stickers, Gold Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Gold Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Holiday Fun StampMini Dated Stamp

Love This Season by Jennifer McMurtrey – supplies used | November 2022 KitNovember LabelsLabels, Ledgers and Tabs Die CutsHoliday Frame Stickers, White and Navy Jane Tile Alphabet Cardstock StickersMatte Gold Heart and Star Stickers

If your box has landed on your doorstep, take a pic of what you’re most excited about and share with us in our Facebook Group, or on Instagram using the #EllesStudio hashtag, and stay tuned more more design team inspiration all this week!