Let The Sun Shine In Layout + Process Video

Hello, friends! I’m excited to be back home creating after a long, relaxing holiday weekend, and today I have a colorful page to share with you that combines two of my favorite new collections from American Crafts—Vicki Boutin's Color Kaleidoscope and the Sparkle City collection—all inspired by my daughter’s umbrella.

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Supplies | Color Kaleidoscope collection: Kaleidoscope paper, Beyond Words paper, Paper Hearts paper, Flight of Fancy paper, ephemera die cuts, sticker book, puffy sticker phrases, small puffy sticker sheet; Sparkle City collection: 6" x 8" paper pad, cardstock stickers, sticker book, chipboard stickers, glitter enamel dots

The background Kaleidoscope paper provided the perfect place to color-block embellishments and other fussy-cut papers around its colorful rays, which helped me to tell the story of a grumpy girl whose mood was brightened by her colorful new umbrella.

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The Sparkle City collection’s 6" x 8" paper pad provided the perfect title for this page, “Let the Sun Shine In,” which I added to the center of the Color Kaleidoscope ephemera die cut frame.

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I loved joining the colorful elements from these beautiful collections to get this story in my album. Watch my process video below to see how I pulled it all together:

You can find all of the products I used to create this page at the gallery links below.

*Clicking these links will take you to the Scrapbook.com shop, and when you purchase I receive a percentage of your sale. It does not cost you any extra, it is just a way for you to say, "thanks for inspiring me!

What To Do With All Of That Washi?

Happy Friday, friends! I’m always trying to think of other ways to use my growing stash of washi tape, and in a creative way. Today I have a new layout to share with you that makes the most of your favorite washi rolls, to create a frame for your page!

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 Supplies* | Saturday Afternoon collection: Afternoon Clips paper, Afternoon Roses paper, cardstock stickers, foam and cardstock phrase stickers, wood stickers, layered stickers, washi tape, rotary date stamp; It’s All Good collection: washi tape

This layout is not for the pattern faint-at-heart! I took advantage of all of these glorious colors and patterns to document a lovely day at an English garden, and a favorite photo of my girl and I. I was so excited to see that the washi tapes from the Saturday Afternoon and It’s All Good collections from American Crafts worked so well together to create a frame for my page.

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I cut my Afternoon Roses background paper to 8-1/2” x 11”, then took a piece of Coconut Swirl cardstock, and cut it to the same size. Using my paper trimmer, I slowly cut the center of the white cardstock page out to create a frame with 1-1/2” on all sides. (Tip: Don’t worry if you accidentally cut too far into your frame—the washi tape will cover up any cutting imperfections!) Once my frame was cut, I started adding washi tape at the square corners, using the same Saturday Afternoon washi tape pink floral at each corner. I then added pieces of washi horizontally on the left side of the frame, filling up the entire side before I peeled the frame off of my desktop and folded the washi edges around the back side of the frame.

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I moved over to the right side of the frame, adding washi tape in the same pattern that I used on the left side. Then I moved to the top and bottom, adding the washi tape vertically. (Tip: if you need to trim a piece of washi, put it in place on the frame, overlapping the other washi tape piece to remain, then gently trim with a craft knife and ruler so that you only go through the top layer of washi tape before lifing off the excess tape.) Once my frame was finished, I adhered it using dimensional adhesive to the soft yellow Afternoon Roses background paper.

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To help my photo stand out against all of the color and pattern, I backed it with a 4.5” x 6.5” piece of Coconut Swirl cardstock before adding it to the Afternoon Roses background, leaving more room below my photo. I added my journaling about this lovely day spent touring a beautiful English home onto a journaling card from the Afternoon Clips paper, and adhered that at an angle on the bottom left corner of my layout. The base was the perfect place to add my title, a simple “enjoy” word taken from the Saturday Afternoon foam and cardstock stickers. I also layered the beautiful “life is a collection of moments” wood veneer piece overtop of my title. I love the dimension that this adds!

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To balance that heavy title corner, I wanted to create a visual triangle of embellishment in two other corners. In addition to the pretty florals found in the Saturday Afternoon collection, I also added the green Wellington boots, shiny metallic hearts and the cutest yellow wood veneer camera in the top corner! 

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Last, I added a journaling tag cut from the Afternoon Clips paper, which I added my date to using the Saturday Afternoon rotary date stamp, then topped this pretty grouping with the “enjoy the little things” cardstock sticker

This technique is a great way to showcase a favorite photo, and use some of your washi tape stash at the same time! If you try it out, share on Instagram and tag me @meghannandrew! I’d love to see! Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to check out the products I used to create this layout at the gallery below. Happy creating!

 

*Clicking these links will take you to the Scrapbook.com shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio May 2019 Kit Release!

Hello! It’s release day at Elle’s Studio, and I can’t wait to show you the May 2019 kit and extras*! Take a look at my unboxing video to check them out:

Those are some awesome step-into-summer products, right? The May 2019 kit is so bright and sunny, with themes on being outdoors, living in the moment, and reading a good book!

Don’t forget about the amazing add-ons available in the shop this month! From a new 6 x 6 paper stack, full of colorful and pretty patterns, to new epoxy stickers— everything you need to create something beautiful with your May 2019 kit is here:

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I am so excited about the first project that I created with these new goodies, an 8-1/2” x 11” layout all about the giant stack of books on my nightstand, and I created my own stack of books on the page!

You can see how I created this layout, and made those sweet books using the new Beautiful Day 6 x 6 paper stack in my short process video!

Thanks so much for stopping by, watching my videos (I hope you’ll give them a “like!”) and checking out the new Elle’s Studio goodies! Be sure to find everything I used to create this layout in the clickable gallery below! Happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, it’s just a way to say “thanks for inspiring me!”

Altenew Painted Butterflies: Just Saying Hello

Last week, I was featured as the guest designer on the Altenew blog, and today, I’d love to share my first project with you, a new 8-1/2” x 11” layout all about a trip to visit the butterflies at the Natural History Museum, that turned out exactly as I hoped it would.

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The supplies that I chose to create this layout just fit the photos of my daughter perfectly, so happily holding a butterfly. I wanted a colorful and ethereal feel, and I achieved that with a bit of help from the Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection*. I started out with an 8-1/2” x 11” background paper from the collection, which gave me the beautiful mixed media feel without any of the mess! From there, I decided that I wanted to match the beautiful colors of the background with anything I added on top.

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Along with the elements in the Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection, I stamped the beautiful Painted Butterflies onto white cardstock, as well as vellum, to soften them, and placed them in their corresponding color on the background paper.

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My title, “Just Saying Hello” was perfect for this page, and came about simply because it was one of the sentiments included in the Painted Butterflies stamp set! I wanted the word “hello” to be larger, so I swapped out the stamp word with the puffy black alphabet stickers from the Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection!

Want to see how this layout came together? Watch the video below to see my process!

Be sure to take a look at the Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection and Painted Butterflies stamp set in the Altenew shop today, to create your own colorful and dreamy projects! Thanks so much for visiting today and happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Altenew shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio April Kit: I Love Being Your Mom

I have loved working with the April 2019 Kit* from Elle’s Studio, and now that the kit is released, I finally get to share the beautiful products, and the projects that I created with them, with you! In case you missed it, I shared my first layout and process video, Go See Do Adventure, earlier this week. Today I’m sharing a completely different layout that celebrates motherhood, with a photo of me and my girl from last Easter.

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Supplies | April 2019 KitApril LabelsDays of the Week Phrase StickersHazel Alphabet Stickers – Light PurpleButterflies and Flowers Puffy StickersShapes and Dots Puffy StickersLight Purple Puffy Alphabet StickersMom Wood VeneerSpringtime 6 x 6 Paper StackWander StampTitle Builder StampNoteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection

I loved this photo that we took together before service last Easter, and I wanted a pretty, springy feel for this layout to go along with it. I started by wanting to create a clean, but springy background for my layout, with lots of pretty color! The Wander Stamp was the perfect product to use to create a custom background of flowers. After backing my photo with yellow and purple papers from the Springtime 6 x 6 Paper Stack, I paired that grouping with the striped journaling tag from the April Kit and then backed my 8” x 10.5” white cardstock sheet with an 8-1/2” x 11” striped patterned paper from the Noteworthy 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection. These elements created my color scheme, and I used the same colors to stamp pink, mulberry, purple and yellow flowers emanating from my matted photo. I also added some of the petals to get movement and make the flowers seem like they were frozen in motion.

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Next, I chose to use the beautiful Mom Wood Veneer to start my title! A yellow and white 3” x 4” tag from the April 2019 Kit was perfect for filling in the background on this wood veneer, which I kept natural!

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To add to that wood veneer, I built my title using an April Label, Hazel Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Alphabet Stickers and Title Builder Stamp. Using the different elements in the same purple color helped to keep the title less busy, and easier to read amongst all of the colorful flowers.

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Now it was time to add a bit more extra embellishment! For a different texture to my stamped flowers, I grabbed the gorgeous Butterflies and Flowers and Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers to add among the petals. The butterflies came in handy too! I added them to add even more movement, and drew dashed lines behind them using my favorite Elle’s Studio Sharpie pen. I also added a few drops of gold metallic spray, and a few black enamel dots for some contrast to all of that color.

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This photo, and now this layout, makes me so happy, and it was so fun to create with the April 2019 products from Elle’s Studio! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’ve been inspired to create your own spring layout! Be sure to shop the products that I used on this layout in the gallery below, while supplies last!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway

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Hello friends! Today I’m excited to be joining on the Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop on day three! Be sure to check out the Altenew blog for the full hop details, but you can also find all of the stops for today’s hop listed below!

Today I’m sharing a new layout with you, created with the lovely Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection*!

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Supplies | Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection, Happy Dreams Stamp Set, Our Family Wooden Veneers, Our Family Enamel Dots

Combining the Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection with the Happy Dreams Stamp Set created a dreamy, ethereal layout to document my daughter, dressed as a fairy, hanging her newly-built fairy house.

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Around my photo, I created a frame of patterned paper, then white cardstock, stamped with the fun arrows from the Happy Dreams Stamp Set. The cute teapot planter chipboard sticker was perfect for adding to the corner of my photo.

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I love my title, which I created with the black alphabet stickers in the Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection and the “home” wood veneer word found in the Our Family Wooden Veneers. I added this title to the bottom left corner of my photo, just below my journaling, which I printed onto vellum, and backed with a Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection paper.

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In the corners of my layout, I stamped the star clusters from the Happy Dreams Stamp Set, then embellished further with Our Family Wooden Veneer stars and Our Family Enamel Dots. All of these products came together so perfectly to create a magical page!

Now for the fun part! Leave a comment here on this blog post by 4/12/2019 for a chance to win! 33 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below to win a plethora of amazing prizes and the winners will be announced on the Altenew Blog on 4/20/2019. Be sure to stop by each participant’s link below and leave a comment for the most chances to win:

Altenew
Laura Bassen
Erum Tasneem
My Sweet Petunia
Virginia Lu
Nathalie DeSousa
Heather Hoffman
Scrapbook & Cards Today
Anna Kossakovskaya
Amanda Baldwin
Galina Filippenko
Irit Landgraf
Simply Cards & Papercraft
Kelly Griglione
Meghann Andrew
Olga Moss
Heidi Jakobs

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Altenew shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio March Kit Reveal!

The March kit and add-ons* are now live in the Elle’s Studio shop, and I have a brand new unboxing video to show you all of the new goodies! Take a look:

How about a look at the beautiful, springy March 2019 kit?! These tags and die cuts will have you documenting your springtime memories in a beautiful way, whether you are recording everyday life, or special holiday events!

Don’t forget about these amazing add-ons to embellish your projects! From beautiful new patterns to yummy chocolate bunnies, you’ll want to add a few of these to your projects this month!

I started out by creating some Easter cards this month! I could not resist using the wonderful Easter wood veneer or acrylic pieces, and I had a great time with all of the patterns in the Springtime 6 x 6 paper stack!

Supplies | March 2019 Kit, March Digital Cut File, Spring Puffy Stickers, Wood Veneer Easter Eggs, Happy Easter Wood Veneer, Chocolate Acrylic Bunnies, Springtime 6 x 6 Paper Stack, The Details Stamp

Fun, right? I also created a new pocket page spread, all about my daughter’s favorite spring pastime: egg hunting! I love the happy day that this project documents, and the March kit and extras were perfect to pull it all together in my album.

Do you want to see how I put this pocket page spread together using my new ES goodies? Take a look!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my process, and I hope YOU enjoy creating with the Elle’s Studio March goodies as much as I have! Shop all of the product that I used to create this page via my gallery below, which will take you right to the ES shop. Thanks for your support of my YouTube feed and blog by clicking, and happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Gina K. Mega Wreath Builder Template: Wish Upon a Star

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When I attended Creativation this year, I saw Gina K. Design’s Mega Wreath Builder* Template in action for the first time. Just like the Mini Wreath Builder template, which is perfect for creating a precise circle of stamped elements on cards, the Mega Wreath Builder does the same in a larger size! I immediately thought that it would be perfect for a scrapbook page, and I paired it up with Shimelle’s Head in the Clouds collection to create a new layout to share with you today.

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Supplies | Gina K. Mega Wreath Builder template + Memory Misti or Mega Wreath Builder template (if you already have a Memory Misti), All Star stamp, Head in the Clouds Let’s Dream paper, Look to the Stars paper, Believe in Magic paper, Kiss a Frog paper, Head in the Clouds ephemera, Head in the Clouds cardstock stickers, Head in the Clouds chipboard stickers

Creating a wreath for my photo made it the perfect focal point for this layout that records a special moment at Disney World, and the “Wish Upon a Star” title was perfect for this magical page!

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I took my color inspiration from the Head in the Clouds Look to the Stars paper. This colorful striped pattern was perfect for adding to my page background.

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To add a diagonal line of embellishment on my page, the Head in the Clouds cardstock stickers, chipboard and ephemera added more magical touches, and spread those stars that I started with in my wreath, around the page.

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Watch how I created my star wreath using the Gina K. Mega Wreath Builder template + Memory Misti. This bundle is currently on sale at Gina K. Designs for only $99, the price of the Misti itself! In this video, you’ll see how I built my wreath of stars around my photo, adding different colors and mediums to really bring your eye to my photo on the page:

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you loved seeing this page, as much as I loved creating it with the Mega Wreath Builder template! Happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Gina K. Designs shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio February Reveal!

Hello and happy Sunday! Today is the day of the Elle’s Studio February 2019 kit and add-on* reveal, and I couldn’t be more excited about what I’m showing you today! First, let’s take a look at all of the new goodies in my unboxing video:

Take a look at the rainbow of colors in the February kit! There are so many color possibilities here:

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If you thought that the kit was full of possibility, take a look at the February add-ons! From a wide range of stamps, labels, puffy stickers and acrylics, there are so many beautiful additions that can be combined with the kit to create something wonderful.

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The digital files this month are also perfect to add to your digital library. With a wide range of cut files, labels and printables that coordinate with the kit, you won’t want to miss having them on your desk while creating.

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Now that I’ve shown you all of this beautiful project, let me share what I created with it!

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The Wonderful Colors at the Tate by Meghann Andrew – supplies used | February 2019 KitFebruary 2019 Digital Cut FileFebruary LabelsBright Die Cut LabelsReal Life Phrase StickersWood Veneer ConfettiPuffy Icon StickersLight Purple Puffy Alphabet StickersBlack Puffy Alphabet StickersLittle Acrylic StarsOh Happy Day StampLarge Jane Alphabet Stamp – OutlineLarge Jane Alphabet Stamp – StripesLarge Jane Alphabet Stamp – Polka DotHazel Alphabet StampNoteworthy 12 x 12 Paper Collection

This fun and bold layout records a day spent at the Tate Modern Museum in London, and the bold colors in my photos were the perfect match to the rainbow of colors in the kit. I started off my layout with the “wonderful” die-cut included in the February 2019 Digital Cut File, and continued to build my title with the Large Jane Alphabet Stamps (the outline, and new stripes and polka dot!) Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers and Hazel Alphabet Stamp.

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On the left side of my page, I added ALL OF THE COLOR; in a rainbow of tags and die-cuts coming from the left side of my photo strip. I accented with embellishment, like the Puffy Icon Stickers and Little Acrylic Stars to match the colors along the edge of the page.

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Want to see how all of these beautiful products came together to create this page? Take a look at my process video:

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you’ll check out all of the new Elle’s Studio product that I used to create this layout by clicking through the gallery below. Happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio December Reveal: Main Street Magic + Process Video

I loved working with the December 2018 kit and add-ons from Elle’s Studio this month! Check out my first blog post for the unboxing video that I created with all of the new goodies, where you’ll also find perfect DIY holiday gifts for friends and neighbors created with the kit and add-ons. In this blog post, I’m sharing a brand new 8-1/2” x 11” layout with you, all about the magic of Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland!

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I created a process video while making this layout, and in it, you can see how I created my title with the new Large Jane Alphabet Stamp Bundle, created a colorful border strip and tried to balance all of the beautiful colors I have on this page:

Don’t you just love that title? I sure do, and I can’t wait to go back to Disney to record even more magical Christmas details on Main Street.

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Shop all of the product that I used to create this layout while supplies last via the affiliate gallery below, and thanks so much for your support!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Close to My Heart Craft with Heart November Kit: Holly Jolly Snow Days

Living in Texas, we hardly ever get to experience snow, which I hate for my daughter. I always enjoyed the changing of the seasons, and the first snowfall of the year was always a magical day for me. On Boxing Day 2017, we woke to a beautiful, fresh morning of a few inches of snow, and I bundled my girl up and pushed her out the door to enjoy it. Today I’m documenting her excitement playing in the snow using the Close to My Heart Craft with Heart November Kit!

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This kit could not have been more perfect to for these photos. The colors and the subject of what I needed to document seemed to be made for this layout! Once I had my photos placed, I tweaked the title a bit by adding the playful Erin’s Hand Alphabet Stamp to what would have been the journaling tag, to add the word “snow.” I love how it adds to the page, and that pink heart on top of the tag gave such a bright pop of color to the title!

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I also loved adding some coordinating embellishments to this spread, like the gorgeous Oh What Fun felt shapes for added texture, the white pearls to bring that snowy pearlescence and the Sugarplum glitter gems for a bit of sparkle!

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I stamped the “enjoying today” sentiment from the Boutique Scrapbooking: Day-to-Day set and added my journaling above and below my photos, with printed cardstock strips.

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Check out how this layout came together quickly and easily in such a beautiful way, in the process video I’m sharing on my YouTube feed:

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube feed (you can find a link in the right sidebar >>> ) to see what I create with next month’s Craft with Heart kit! Until then, happy creating!

Elle's Studio November 2018 Kit + Add-Ons in Pockets

Hello there! In case you missed my Elle’s Studio November reveal blog post, be sure to click here to watch my unboxing video to preview all of the new goodies in the shop this month!

In this post, I’m going to share my second project with you, created with the November 2018 kit and add-ons*, a 24” x 12” pocket page spread, which I created to document November of 2015, a hole in my monthly album!

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This kit was just perfect for all of my photos! I had so many deep blues and bright reds, as well as green, and the themes in the kit this month could not have been more perfect either. I created my 4” x 6” title tag using the ledger tag from the November kit, which I accented with my favorite add-on this month, springs of greenery from the Merry Moment stamp. I also punched a red circle from the Merry and Bright 6” x 6” paper stack, and accented that grouping with a Christmas hand drawn acrylic heart. I stamped “hello” using the Title Builder stamp, then added “November” with the new navy puffy alphabet stickers.

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You may have noticed this 3” x 4” tag in the Elle’s Studio sneak video on Instagram (which we release every month on the 1st!). The “the stockings are hung” phrase can be found in the This Season phrase stickers, which have a wide range of phrases which can fit for your November and December stories! Then I added the fabulous red Jane alphabet stickers to add “deck the halls,” and accented with a die-cut arrow from the November kit, a stamped heart from the Merry Moment stamp and a Christmas hand drawn acrylic heart. It was the perfect tag to point to the photo of our house lit up with twinkle lights!

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I couldn’t forget about the beautiful blue hue in the kit! I grabbed the blue dot pattern found in the Merry and Bright 6” x 6” paper stack to create a custom 3” x 4” tag, then stamped the “a day to remember” circle with the Merry Moment stamp and fussy cut it out, adhering it to the patterned paper. Last, I added a long journaling tag, found on a 4” x 6” tag in the November kit, adding the word “proud” with the navy Jane alphabet stickers and another This Season phrase sticker. I love that this tag spans three different pockets to tie them together!

I know you will love using this kit and coordinating add-ons to tell your stories, whether inside or outside of the pocket! Be sure to shop all of the products that I used to create this spread in my shapable gallery below, which will take you directly to that product in the Elle’s Studio shop! Happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio November 2018 Reveal Day!

Hooray for my favorite day of the month! It’s reveal day at Elle’s Studio, which means a brand new, beautiful kit and array of add-ons*, created with your memories in mind, has hit the shop! Take a look at my unboxing video to see all of the new goodies:

Get ready for the holiday spirit to hit your desktop with the fun, new November kit! It will take you from the Thanksgiving table and straight into Christmas with its bold and bright colors, and crisp, clean designs:

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You will also want to check out the coordinating add-ons, which range from new, shiny acrylics, to a gorgeous 6” x 6” paper stack! Many of them also coordinate with the Document December kit to work double-duty for you!

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Elle has this knack for always coordinating her fall items with our previous year’s family portraits, and this year was no exception! The beautiful teal, navy and shades of green from the kit and add-ons were perfect to use while creating a new 8-1/2” x 11” layout about our family:

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I’d love for you to check out how this layout came together in my process video below! “What’s this?” you say? Two videos in one post!? In this short video, you’ll see how much I love the new Merry Moment stamp this month, how I get indecisive on where to place my boughs (a word I cannot even pronounce on video) and just plain have fun with these products!

Be sure to pick up all of the Elle’s Studio goodies that I used to create this layout via the gallery below, only while supplies last! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this kit! It’s a beauty!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

American Crafts Head in the Clouds Collection: Pixie Perfect

The brand new Head in the Clouds collection* by Shimelle and American Crafts is right up my alley, and as soon as it landed on my doorstep, I made the time to create a brand new layout using it! This whimsical, magical and fantastic collection is perfect for my princess and unicorn-loving little girl, and I know it’s going to help me document a lot of memories!

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My daughter’s first meet and greet with Tinkerbell was perfect for this collection! The beautiful floral patterns and natural details in the embellishments gave the Pixie Hollow feel to this layout that I was looking for!

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I created three different embellishment groupings on this page, filled with stamped leaves, fussy-cut elements from the Head in the Clouds patterned papers, stickers and die cut ephemera.

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My title is one of my favorite parts about this layout, as I LOVE the green banner that I fussy-cut from patterned paper to place it on! It also gave the perfect element to rest my photos on.

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I just had so much fun making this page, and there’s a process video to prove it! Watch below to see how it all came together:


To find all of the products that I used to create this collection, click the links in the gallery below to head directly to the Scrapbook.com and Elle’s Studio shops. Thanks so much for watching, and happy creating with this gorgeous collection!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Scrapbook.com shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Close to my Heart's Craft with Heart October Kit: This is Us

Hello! As a Close to my Heart Craft with Heart Ambassador, I receive a lovely Craft with Heart kit to create with each month, and I get to add my own spin on the kit contents with beautiful embellishments from CTMH. Today, I’m sharing what I created using the September Craft with Heart kit with you, and I could not love the result any more!

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This double-page layout came together so easily! I LOVE that the background paper appears to be layered with strips of navy and teal patterned paper, but looks are deceiving! The background paper is pre-printed that way, so you can get started quickly by placing your photos on the page and adding journaling and embellishments. Just by following the kit instructions, you can create this 12” x 24” spread in under 10 minutes. That’s amazing! But, if you want to add more embellishment, CTMH’s fantastic embellishments have you covered, too. Let me show you what details I added.

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If you follow me, you know that I love stamping, and I add stamping to almost every layout I create! Once my foundation layout was done, I added this fantastic phrase from the wonderful Living My Best Life (D1814) stamp on my right layout, and lovely leaf sprigs from the same stamp set, both stamped with Pewter ink (Z2832). The Grateful Heart Complements (X7237C) also added a light floral touch, and one of my favorite embellishments, the Grateful Heart Cork Shapes (Z4229) added a different texture to the pages.

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I placed my title slightly lower than the layout instructions show, and that allowed more room for me to add some beautiful stamped leaf sprigs coming out of my photo, as well as stickers and die cuts from the Grateful Heart Complements (X7237C). Underneath my title, I added the word “today” from the Boutique Scrapbooking: Day-to-Day set (D1793) before adding my title.

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I couldn’t forget to add a bit of shine to the page, and the Gold Loose Sequins (Z4235) placed around the spread added just the perfect touch.

Do you want to see how easily this spread came together? Watch this short process video to see fast I created the original spread, then added my own signature style to it with extra embellishment. I’ll be giving you a few tips along the way, too!

Be sure to check out the Close to my Heart Craft with Heart subscription options to document your memories in a beautiful, but easy way, and search for a consultant near you to get your own copy of the Holiday Expressions Idea Book and learn more about what Close to my Heart has to offer! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy creating!

Elle's Studio October Kit Reveal: What's This?

I am so, so excited about the Elle’s Studio reveal today! October is my favorite month of the year, and the supplies included in the Elle’s Studio October kit and add-ons* will now make my layouts created this month my favorite in my album! Take a look at my unboxing video to see all of the new goodies in the shop!

The October kit is usually one of my favorites from the whole year, and this one did not disappoint! This girl loves autumn and Halloween, and the October 2018 kit includes the perfect mix of both! Check out the tags and die-cuts included in the kit:

The add-ons will also have you wanting to embellish all the things! From amazing shipping tags to wood veneer and stamps, there’s something for everyone in this mix of goodies.

Digital designs are always so handy to have on hand to stretch your kit, and this month we have three awesome designs to add to your digital library: the Gather Together printables, October 2018 digital cut file, and October print and cut labels to coordinate with your kit.

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As soon as I saw the digital cut file leaves and colors in the new Sweater Weather paper stack, I knew exactly which memory I wanted to document: my daughter meeting Jack and Sally for the first time during our trip to Disneyland last year.

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It’s bright, full of contrast and has a fun Halloween color scheme! Take a look at how it all came together in my process video:

You can shop all of the product that I used on this layout in my gallery below, which will take you to the Elle’s Studio shop!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Documenting Autumn with American Crafts

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Hello there! It’s finally October—my favorite month of the year! That means I can decorate to my heart’s content, drink hot drinks and stamp ALL OF THE LEAVES; even if it is still 100 degrees where I live!

Recently I received a new package of goodies from American Crafts, and it included the brand new Goldenrod collection* from 1Canoe2, as well as some fantastic new Kelly Creates stamps, and I was inspired to document a favorite photo of my daughter last fall, taken after she picked squash from my dad’s pumpkin patch!

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The beautiful sunset hues in the Goldenrod collection matched the gold hues in my photos perfectly, so I set out to choose the best patterns to show off my photo. I created a dark frame around the edge using the b-side of the Pink Tile paper first, then added a smooth white cardstock background, perfect for stamping!

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Let’s just talk about this Kelly Creates floral stamp set for a second, which is ONLY $3.49! What a bargain!

I used three of the leaf designs on the set to create a curtain at the top of my white cardstock, stamping them with permanent black ink so that I could color them in using the Vicki Boutin watercolor set, in hues to coordinate with the colors in my photos and give the layout an autumnal feel. Once my paint was completely dry, I added a bit of sparkle using a gold glitter Moxy glitter glue from the Jewel Thief set—a mess-free way to add some sparkle!

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Next I added my photos, sized at 3” x 3” and framed with a white border, using dimensional adhesive. To the left, I had just enough space to add the “these are the days we dream about, when the sunlight paints us gold,” card from the Goldenrod 6” x 6” paper pad. It was the perfect sentiment for these photos, as the sunset was lighting up the tree behind my daughter in brilliant gold hues.

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At the base of my page, I added a banner from the b-side of the Pink Tile paper to create a shelf for my photos and add contrast for my title, created with the beautiful Goldenrod Thickers. Below my title, washi and a gold manufacturer’s strip began a series of lines: the bold “making memories” sticker from the Goldenrod cardstock sticker sheet above, and my journaling added in strips below, all set on the gorgeous plaid b-side of the Sweet Strawberries paper—which might be my favorite from the collection! I had to add a few more leaves to my title block, so I stamped, painted and fussy cut three out, combining them with heart stickers from the collection.

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I can’t tell you how happy this layout makes me, and the creative process was so fun using the beautiful Kelly Creates floral stamp and Goldenrod collection! Grab a PSL and these autumnal supplies, and start documenting your fall memories! Be sure to check out all of the product I used on this layout in the affiliate gallery below:

*Clicking these links will take you to the Scrapbook.com shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Documenting Change with American Crafts Field Notes Collection

I’ve had a really cool photo taken of myself in front of a mural wall for years, just sitting with my printed photos. Then the Field Notes collection* came to my desk, and the perfect product married with the photo to tell a story about change in my life, and I’m excited to share this new 8-1/2” x 11” layout with you today!

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The colors in my photo could not have been more perfect with the bold and saturated colors in the Field Notes collection, and the phrases found in the Field Notes embellishments fit my subject perfectly: change in my life. This was a subject that I don’t think I could have journaled about when the photo was taken in 2015, but today, I’m embracing change, and pushing myself to be better in all aspects of my life.

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While I was putting this layout together, I created a short process video all about the design decisions that I made! I’d love for you to grab a cuppa and watch how the product and my story came together on this fun page.

The Field Notes collection provided so many fun patterns and embellishments on this layout, and the best thing about it is that the colors and subjects in it are so varied that I could use it again and again with completely different results! Check out the gallery links to Scrapbook.com below where you can find all of the product I used to create this page. Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy creating this weekend!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Scrapbook.com shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Documenting my Whole30 Journey with Elle's Studio September Kit

Back in March, I went on a journey with Whole30, and it changed my life, my body and my mind. I started the program to kick my sugar habit, as I really have a sweet tooth and always wanted sweets after a meal. I wanted to document this month in my album, and the Elle’s Studio September 2018 kit and add-ons*, full of food-themed products, was perfect for this project.

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I could tell you all about how I created this layout and pocket page spread, but why not watch my process video instead?

The back side of the pocket page was not included in my process video, so here’s a look at how it turned out.

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At the top of the page, I used a digital tag from the New Season printables to add my journaling on the left side of the 4” x 6” pocket, then adhered a 3” x 3” photo of one of my favorite dinners on the right side. The “notes” die cut from the September kit and “more of this” Here and Now phrase sticker finished off the pocket.

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Can I just say that I have been hoarding the circle numbers in the Noteworthy puffy stickers since the collection released in April!? I finally had a good excuse to use them: to document my non-scale victories—or things that I noticed changing in my body besides my weight. Next to that, on the “favorites” New Season printables tag, I added a list of my favorite foods and meals during my month of Whole30.

Even though I did not start this program to lose any weight, my before and after image is pretty telling—I lost fat, gained muscle and just felt better overall. I also kicked my “need” for sugar! I added my before and after photos to the bottom pocket, separating them with the wooden spoon from the Good Eats wood veneer, adding the “this happened” die-cut from the September kit to the top. At the bottom, I added the words “before” and “after” to the colorful September labels using the new Hazel white alpha stickers.

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This has to be one of my favorite projects in my album—both because I love the product that I used and the subject that I’m documenting so much! Be sure to check out all of the product I used on this spread in the gallery links below, which will take you directly to the Elle’s Studio shop. Thanks so much for stopping by! If you’re interested in the Whole30 program, be sure to check out their website for all of the details!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio September 2018 Kit Reveal Day!

Hello! September is a fantastic month—it still feels a bit like summer, but the days are getting shorter and the kiddos are back in school. The brand new September 2018 kit and add-ons* from Elle's Studio is the perfect mix of summer and fall, and I know you'll love them as much as I do, especially the gorgeous color scheme! Take a look at this unboxing video to see all of the new product firsthand:

An array of colors, phrases and subjects adorn the tags and die-cuts in the September kit this month. I have so many favorite tags from this kit, that it is difficult to choose just one!

The add-ons are sure to make you want to embellish a bit more! With a wide range of products, from labels to wood veneer, you're sure to find a product that you want to use on your next project!

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My favorite add-on this month is the beautiful Story acrylic

I used it as a story-starter to document how much my daughter loves her grandfather reading to her, on a new 8-1/2" x 11" layout:

I'm pretty sure that this layout will go down in my books as being one of my absolute favorite of all time, and that's because I loved the kit and add-ons so much! 

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Instead of hoarding all of my favorite tags and die-cuts from the kit, I used them all together on this layout, creating a waterfall effect with lots of dimension and texture. 

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The 4" x 6" colorful circles tag was a favorite for sure, so I added more circles around my page by stamping the outline and filled circles from the Right Now stamp in three areas around the page.

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Colorblocking is one of my favorite embellishment techniques, and it was SO FUN to do that here with this colorful dots 3" x 4" tag from the kit. I added a few puffy stickers and an enamel dot in the coordinating hues. Below that, a line of stitching, both machine and by hand, finished off a banner of die-cuts, embellished with the Good Eats wood veneer and the Here and Now phrase stickers.

Be sure to grab all of this new, beautiful product released with the September 2018 kit and add-ons before they're gone, especially when the kit is $9.99 for reveal day ONLY! You can also check out all of the product used in my "Tell me a Story" layout in the gallery below. Stay tuned for my second project using the new kit and extras, which will be live here on my blog in two more hours! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again in a little while! Until then, happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!