Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Use It or Lose It

Hello friends! Have you heard about my new YouTube series? It's called Use It or Lose and each week I'm taking a look at some of the products that lots of us have taking up space in our craft room. Do they deserve that beloved space? If I'm not using it, it needs to go. I have 13 episodes up and ready for you to check out! Here are the topics we've covered so far...

Episode 1: Wood Veneer

Episode 2: Washi Tape

Episode 3: Buttons

Episode 4: Journaling Cards

Episode 5: Ribbon

Episode 6: Paper Flowers

Episode 7: Studio Calico Documenter Kit

Episode 8: Letter Stickers + Thickers

Episode 9: Putting Together a Stash Kit

Episode 10: Eyelets

Episode 11: Rub-ons

Episode 12: Holiday Stash

Episode 13: Punches

Head over to my YouTube channel if you want to binge watch the whole playlist!

We will be talking about using up patterned paper scraps next and you won't want to miss it!




Sunday, December 10, 2017

Elle's Studio | December 2017 Release

Hello there! It's the 10th of the month which means that Elle's Studio has new products in the shop! Here's a peek at the November 2017 Kit:



Love the holiday + new years vibe of this kit and there are also some FABULOUS extras this month...


I love the new chipboard stickers and the puffy months and the stamps...so so good.

I decided to make a really neutral layout about how much I love Autumn but Winter has some redeeming qualities too.


I used the grey and white elements + a little pop of blue to add some color and coolness. I love how subtle it turned out!



I used some white stuff that puffs up when you heat it to the wood veneer word Winter. It looks pretty cool in real life.


I punched some circles from white cardstock and spritzed them with an iridescent spray mist. It's hard to tell in the photos but it looks pretty awesome in real life.


I sprinkled in white puffy stickers from this month's add-ons and some silver star sequins from my stash. Because the layout is pretty simple and subtle, I added some stitching for some detail. I kind of love how it turned out!


I'll be creating another layout + process video using the kit this month, so be sure to watch for it on my YouTube channel

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to check out all the new products in the shop here.



Friday, November 10, 2017

Elle's Studio | November 2017 Kit Reveal

Hello there! It's the 10th of the month which means that Elle's Studio has new products in the shop! Here's a peek at the November 2017 Kit:


There's a good mix of holiday stuff (for those of you wanting to get a head start on your December documenting) and everyday kind of stuff. 



So many good extras this month! Love the wood veneer and as always, puffy stickers. They are my fave!

Also, the Stanley Jr. Alphabet stamps were released and oh how I love them. They are so perfect for subtitles and a great companion to their bigger partner. ;)

I created a layout using some of the new products and I decided to document an old holiday story:



I used two 3x4 and one 4x4 photo and created this page about all of the stuff we did wrong when we went to a live nativity one year. 


I used the wood veneer snowflakes and embossed them in white and put some vellum behind them so they had a more snowy look. I love them. :) I also cut up one of the 3x4 journaling tags that had checkboxes on them and made journaling strips of all the things you should do when you go to a live nativity. Which we didn't. ;)


The Stanley Jr. Alphabet Stamps (solid and outline) + the new red puffy stickers made for a perfect title. I added some machine stitching and called it good!

I'll be creating another layout + process video using the kit this month, so be sure to watch for it on my YouTube channel! In the meantime, here's an unboxing of all of this month's new products:


Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to check out all the new products in the shop here.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Elle's Studio | October 2017 Release

Hello there! It's the 10th of the month which means that Elle's Studio has new products in the shop! Here's a peek at the October 2017 Kit:


Loving that color scheme so much! Here's a glance at all of the coordinating products that are available to purchase separately:


Give me all those leaves and puffy stickers...love them!

I created a layout using some of the new products and I used mostly the Halloween themed products.


I created a grid using two 3x4 photos and a 3x4 journaling tag from the kit, which I typed my journaling on.


I also cut some stars out of another journaling tag and the striped paper is journaling tag too. I love using them unconventionally!


I used the Halloween puffy stickers to create my title and the stamps for the "Like | Dislike" portion. Love, love that stamp!


I'll be creating another layout + process video using the kit this month, so be sure to watch for it on my YouTube channel! In the meantime, here's an unboxing of all of this month's new products:


Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to check out all the new products in the shop here.




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Elle's Studio | September 2017 Release + New Family Fun Collection!

Hey friends! It's the 10th and that means that there are new releases over in the shop at Elle's Studio. It's even more exciting because their brand new Family Fun Collection and Foodie Mini Collection are launching as well. Yay!


I love the bright colors in the kit this month and that little "Great Idea" card is my fave. :) If you want to see it all up close (and some of the Foodie Mini Kit) check out the video below!



The Foodie mini collection is YUMMY and those puffy stickers...

Finally, we have the brand new Family Fun collection and there are some amazing goodies in this collection - I especially love the 6x6 Patterned Paper stack. You can get a closer look in the video...


And here is a layout I created using a combination of the new Family Fun collection and the September kit + extras.


I love love that circle paper and decided to play up the circles and create a layout about a game that my daughter plays on the trampoline - same game I played when I was her age!


I hope that you'll head over to the shop and check out these fun new products! I've had so much fun with them so far and I'll have a process video up on my YouTube channel later this month using more!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Collection Disconnection | Little by Little #5 - Hello Joy

Hello friends! After a long absence (sorry about that!), I'm back with another layout in my Collection Disconnection series. This is a series where I take a single collection (this time it's the Shimelle Little by Little line) and create 10 different layouts, pointing out my tips and tricks along the way.


Today I wanted to share one of the ways I like to use up the extra bits and pieces from the sticker sheets and die cut packs that always seem to sit around in my stash. You know the ones I mean - the pieces that are cute but you have a hard time using them. They are different for each of us.

I created what I'm calling an "exploding photo mat" with all of those cute little bits that I'm at a loss for. And I love it!


I think the key here is to stick to a color palette - greens, blues, and yellow for me - and to let the interesting parts of the stickers and die cuts peek out from behind the photo. It doesn't matter what it actually is. It doesn't matter what it actually says. Just layer it in! Sometimes you have a few words that actually go with your story or theme...great! Put them on show!

After I layered all of that goodness, I added some journaling, a title, and a few intentional embellishments. I kept most of the focus right around the photo and didn't think too hard about it at all. In fact, this layout only took me about 30 minutes to complete. And that's fast for me! I also just noticed that this layout uses no patterned paper. What?! Yes. True. Wow.

You can watch it come together in the process video here:



I hope that you'll try adding an exploding photo mat to your next layout. Pull out all those glorious little die cuts and stickers that you've been holding onto and put them to good use!

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