Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Elle's Studio August Kit Reveal

Guess what? The Elle's Studio August Kit + Exclusives are now live and that means that the design team gallery is live too, and the design team has some awesome projects to share. 

The August kit is filled with cute cards and awesome sentiments. It also has twice the die cuts, which are my fave part of the kit!

Here are a few layouts I created using this month's kit + exclusives as well as the new Work Hard stamps and journaling tags.

This layout features a few sweet moments between my daughter and nephew and I decided to use the leftover bit from the die cuts that come in the kit (to include more die cuts in the kit, they put them on two sheets and you punch them out) as a stencil. I placed it on my background and spritzed it a few times in different areas of the layout. Love that. I also lined up the Good Times Wood Veneer flags across the top and bottom.

This second layout has to be one of my faves. It's so simple, but I just love the clock stamp from the new Work Hard mini collection so much! I used it to document what my daughter has been doing on these lazy summer days that are soon coming to an end!

You can see close-ups of my layouts over in the Elle's Studio DT Gallery, as well as links to the products I used. Remember that the kits are $9.99 today, on launch day, but go up to $11.99 after that and are only available while supplies last!

I have a video below showing you the kit and exclusives so be sure to check that out. 

You can head over to Elle's shop to purchase any of these awesome new products. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

AE Digital Projects: Stuff Story Kit + July Projects

Hey there! I realized that I never shared my July Ali Edwards projects with you, so I'm excited to do so today. I also have a really cool layout using the Stuff Story Kit + a video tutorial.

Each month Ali releases a variety of digital products, usually including digital word art as well as journal cards (the August releases are SO awesome...check them out if you haven't already).


I decided to have a bit of fun with the Adventure Journal Cards and create my own patterned paper to help tell this story about a little Staycation we had this summer. I wanted to include lots of photos, so I used one enlarged photo that really encapsulated the feeling of the day on a traditional 8.5 x 11 layout on the left, and a divided 9x12 pocket page on the right with six additional photos. When I have lots of photos to include, this is the way I like to do it now.

To create my pattern, I simply shrunk down the size of the journal cards and arranged them in a pattern on an 8.5 x 11 canvas in Photoshop. Love the look of it!

My other project using the July digital products is a 12 x 12 layout about one of my favorite places. I used the Travel Messy Circles Filled digital brushes + my Cameo to create this one.

I backed each circle with a subtle patterned paper for little pops of color. How cool is that crane, by the way?!


I love this story kit. I think I say that every month, but seriously, this one is awesome. I subscribe to the physical kit, but get the digital kit as well. This month, I decided to tell the story of seven seemingly random objects in our home and talk about where they came from. Love that the kit prompted me to document something I wouldn't have otherwise.

I took photos of the objects against a white background (I use two pieces of white foam core) and added them to the front of these little tag cards that I print and cut using my Silhouette Cameo.

Each one opens up to tell the story about the object. This was such a fun way to tell this story. I created a video tutorial on how to create the printed tag cards. It also includes a layout share where I talk about the stories behind the stuff.

There's still time to get your hands on the Stuff Story Kit, so be sure to check it out if you are interested. I've said it a million times, but these kits have changed the way I tell my stories in such a good way! I can't recommend them enough.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Collection Disconnection//Fancy Free Overview

Hi friends! Just wanted to pop in and tell you that I have a new video where I go through each layout in my recent Collection Disconnection series as well as show you what I have left over and how I am reassessing my purchases for the future.

Here is a little glance at all of the layouts together. I think it's interesting to see how similar and how different some of them are!

Here is a video with the overview. Be sure to watch to the end to learn how you can win a $20 gift certificate to!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Collection Disconnection//Fancy Free #10 - Love You

I can't believe it's the final layout in my Collection Disconnection series! I have had an amazing time creating with the Fancy Free collection. Without further ado, let me show you what I made.

For this layout, I wanted to focus on that large floral paper I love so much. I actually fussy-cut the flowers from both the 12x12 paper and the 6x6 so I could have a variety of sizes. It was super easy because the flowers have such a simple shaping to them.

Because I used an oversized photo (6x10) on the bottom of the layout, I balanced it with a huge floral cluster on top. I just played with the flowers until I struck a visual balance.

I added my title with glitter Thickers and my journaling to a little tag. I chose the one with the leaves on it because I felt it went well with the flowers.

I kept the rest of the embellishment very simple because there was so much going on with the flowers and the photo!

If you want to see how it all came together, you can watch the process video below or over on my YouTube channel. I've linked to the products I used at the end of this post.

Tomorrow I'll be back with an overview of all of my layouts, what I have left, and what I discovered about the products I use. There will also be a giveaway for a gift certificate to!

See you soon!

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Elle's Studio July 2016 Kit Reveal

Guess what? The Elle's Studio July Kit + Exclusives are now live and that means that the design team gallery is live too, and I know you'll find some good, good stuff there. 

I love the bright, summery colors in this kit and they coordinate wonderfully with the new Sunny Days collection, if you stocked up on that recently. ;)

Here are a few layouts I created using this month's kit + exclusives.

I was beyond obsessed with this star cut file and knew I had to use it. I ended up backing some of the stars with patterns from the 6x6 Papers from the Sunny Days collection. I also used a few acrylic stars and some puffy stars from Sunny Days (which are restocked today)!

This layout uses a bunch of cards from the kit layered up with Sunny Days papers, along with some of the vellum hearts available. I had to include that little ice cream cone wood veneer that we got in a kit a few months back.

You can see close-ups of my layouts over in the Elle's Studio DT Gallery, as well as links to the products I used. Remember that the kits are $9.99 on launch day, but go up to $11.99 after that and are only available while supplies last. 

Also, there is a 20% off sale on all stamps that you won't want to miss!

I have a video below showing you the kit and exclusives so be sure to check that out. 


You can head over to Elle's shop to purchase any of these awesome new products. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

AE Story Kit: Believe

This month's Story Kit by Ali Edwards is an awesome one. There were so many ideas that sprang to mind, but I decided to start with this one: I believe in the magic of the movies. And I do. I so do.

Seeing a movie for the first time in a theater is one of my absolute favorite things and I think a good movie can change you. Since my daughter got out of school for the summer, we've seen at least one movie a week. And I love it. So I decided to create a two page spread with a 9x12 pocket page on one side and an 8.5 x 11 title page on the right.

I used the speech bubble from the Believe Story Kit digital stamp set to create 3x4 cards that I added the title and a rating to for each movie we saw. I plan to add more to the other side of the page protector throughout the summer. I also added journal cards, chipboard pieces and gold foiled circles from the physical kit, but you could do it all digitally if you wanted.

My local theater was giving away Finding Dory movie posters so I used one behind my large, Silhouette cut title, which features the digital word art "Believe" from the story kit. Again, I added a few pieces from the physical kit as well.

If you want to watch this layout come together, I created a process video that you can watch below.

I've linked to all available products below, except for Ali Edwards products which are linked throughout the post. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Collection Disconnection//Fancy Free #9 - Swing

Today I have the 9th layout in my Collection Disconnection series using the Paige Evans + Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection. For this layout, I let my products guide me and used the frames found in the chipboard, wood pieces, and cardstock + acetate ephemera pack.

I had three photos, so I made a grid and let the fourth frame house my title and journaling. I knew from the get-go that I wanted a pretty clean and simple layout, so I chose a white embossed dot paper from Bazzill for my background.

I embellished simply with some flowers cut from papers and an acetate piece from the embellishment pack. I framed the layout with some of the gorgeous painted circle paper and machine stitched down the sides.

If you want to see how the layout came together, check out the process video below.

I've linked to all available products at the end of this post. Thanks so much for stopping by and come again next week for the final layout in this series!