Clique Kits-U & I

Hello friends!  Today I am on the Clique Kits blog showing you how easy it is to place your journaling in the perfect spot on the base of your layout.

For the base of my layout I started with a plain white 8.5×11 piece of card stock.  I was inspired by a layout by Ali Edwards where she created a large title in the middle of the page with journaling to the right side and circles framing the bottom of the page.

I used various circle punches to punch out 3 inch and 2 inch circle photos of my hubby and I along with various papers from this months kit.  Without adhering the circles down I laid out the spread and embellishments to get a good idea of exactly where my title and journaling would go.

After the spread was completely laid out I measured where I wanted the title and journaling to fit.  Next, I opened a new 8.5 x 11 canvas in Photoshop.  I made sure that the rulers were visible by clicking the dropdown menu “View”.

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Next, again under the “view” drop down menu I selected “New Guide”.  I created one horizontal guide 1.5inches down from the top and one vertical guide 4.25inches over from the left.

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I created a text box and slid it right into the corner of the box the grid created.  By keeping my journaling within the bounds of the grid I knew that my journaling would not interfere with the title or any of my photos and embellishments.

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I printed out the journaling on the base of my layout then transferred the title, photos and embelishments.


It is just that easy to add your journaling into the perfect spot on your spreads!  Check out the close ups of how the layout came together.



Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope this inspired you to use your computer and customize the journaling on your next layout.  Let me know if you have any questions!  You can check out this months kit in the store here.  Here is another quick look at the kit in case you missed it!


See ya soon!


Elle’s Studio-You Call Him Dad

Hello again friends Candace here is share a layout using a combination of products from the April kit and the newly released Live Laugh Love collection.  For today’s spread I started with the acrylic Dad piece, this is what drove my story.  I considered what stories I might want to tell about my husband and his role as a dad.


The base of my layout is white 8.5x 11 card stock.  I added my journaling to the left side of the spread and paired it with a full size picture of my husband and all our little guys.  I wanted to add a few pops of color to contrast the black and white photo.  I used the light green 12×12 paper from the LLL collection to separate the photo from my journaling.


For my mixed title work I combined the Dad acrylic with the black puffy alphabet stickers.  I like the contrast of block alpha & script.  To add a little more color to the layout I added some yellow stamping using the dot stamp from the Live Laugh Love stamp set to the top and bottom of my journaling.


For my final embellishments I added a label to the bottom of the spread to act as a home for my journaling date and the “thankful for this” puffy sentiment.  I also placed a few of the wood veneer hearts and puffy hearts to balance color across my spread.


Such a fun and meaningful spread to put together!  These are the stories that are important to capture!

On your next spread give these tips a try:

  1. Combine different types of letters in your title.
  2. Use products from your stash to spark a meaningful story.
  3. Pair a few different colors with a black and white photo to make it pop!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a beautiful day & go tell some stories!



Elle’s Studio-April Kit Reveal

Yea!  It is April 10th and that means it is reveal day at Elle’s Studio!   The April kit is full of perfect cards and elements to document Spring, or just the everyday moments & people in your life.  Here is a look at the whole kit that you can get today for $9.99, normally $11.99.  Elle also now has a subscription option available to those who want to be guaranteed a kit each month, and you can lock in the launch day special price of $9.99, and receive FREE (USA) or reduced (International) shipping on anything added to your box each month on the 10th.  Awesome deal!

Here is a look at the kit launching today!


Every month in addition to the kit there are lots of add ons that you can add to your box.  This month there is lots of fun, beautiful Spring themed embellishments and stamp.  My favorite this month is definitely the puffy hearts & enamel dots!


Here is a look at the coordinating cut files and printables for April.  They are all fabulous and you can always edit the colors in Photoshop to match each of your projects.


For the REALLY exciting release today….the new  Live Laugh Love collection is available! This whole new collection is so fabulous!  Make sure you head over to the shop here and checkout all the coordinating embellishments and stamp.


Now for the projects I created for the design team gallery this month.


This has got to be my new favorite spread.  I am just in LOVE with it!  I used a combination of papers from the new LLL collection along with the April kit and add ons.



Such a fun spread to put together to document our monthly family hikes together.  It is so important to document these special times together.

For my second project I (finally) did my title page for my 2107 Project Life album.  I think I was just waiting for the perfect products to start my album.


I used a 9×12 page protector and added cards from the new collection and a few fun embellishments including the new LLL wood veneers…LOVE!


Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out the new collection and my fun projects!  Please let me know if you have any questions and make sure you stop by the Elle’s Studio shop today to pick up all these new fun goodies!

Have a beautiful day & go make some memories!




One Little Bird-Custom Travelers Notebook Inserts & Folder

Hello again!  This year I am really trying to document more stories.  I am trying to dig a little deeper into my thoughts and feelings and tell a more complete picture.  To help me stay focused on my memory keeping intention I am starting first with the story then letting the products and embellishments support.

One way I am keeping myself on track is by keeping a story journal.  Everyday I sit down and jot a few notes, gratitudes, impressions or quotes that touched me that day.  This makes it easier when I sit down to complete my spreads to keep the focus on the words and photos.  I start FIRST with story and photos then pick supporting embellishments.

I created two travelers notebook inserts to act as my story journals. I also created a folder with pockets to hold memorabilia from the week that I might want to include in my spread.  I also tucked in the Monthly Journal Card so I could easily find any dates to fill in my notebook.

The first notebook contains lined paper to write longer journaling, story prompts and impressions.

The second notebook contains a weekly calendar with spaces to fill in daily notes and a grid to plan out my weekly Project Life spread.

I also wanted to tuck just a few journal cards into the folder so I could jot down my journaling right on to a card and insert it in to my spread to save time on busy weeks.

I kept the embellishments to a minimum since I don’t have a lot of space in my travelers notebook for bulk.  I am so excited to start using this to document my stories throughout the week.  I hope this will lead to more personal and meaningful spreads.  Next month I will be sure to give you an update on how it is working!  If you have any questions please let me know!

Have a beautiful day & go out and make some beautiful memories!

Products Used: Duly Noted Digital Scrapbooking Kit2017 Calendar CardsThis Year Journaling Cards

The Cut Shoppe- Good Read

Hello friends!  Today I am over on The Cut Shoppe blog sharing a two page 6×8 layout using the Page Turner cut file.

One of my favorite things about cut files is the ability to manipulate size and dimension.  This is perfect when you are looking to create the perfect title.  For this layout I wanted a large title but I also wanted it to have lots of dimension.  I wanted the title to stand off the page like thickers.

To create this look on my title I measured my layout to see exactly what size I needed.  Next, I cut the title 5x out of the same black card stock.  I took all the layers and adhered them on top of one another to create a title that was thick and full of dimension.

Using these same steps you can create custom titles for all your projects in the perfect size and thickness.

To finish off this simple layout I added a few chipboard phrase stickers and die cut shapes to support my story.  To ground the bottom of the spread I added a strip of washi tape.  This keeps the eye from wandering off the page.  My extended journaling tells the story of my little bookworm and how we love his thirst for knowledge.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope this shows you that you don’t have to do a big layout with lots of embellishments to make it special.  It really is all about the words and photos and by using cut files you are able to use your embellishments to support and enhance the story.

Have a beautiful day!

Elle’s Studio-Dear Boys

In continuing my focus on storytelling this year I first started my layout by spreading out all the beautiful products from this month’s release.  Next, I looked across all the products to see what stories the products sparked.  When I saw the wood veneers I knew that I could use the veneers as bullet points in a letter to my boys.


For the base of my layout I started with two 8.50 x 11 pieces of white card stock.  I chose to keep the bulk of my creative paper work to the left side of the spread and my story with the accompanying photo on the right.


I cut various papers from the march kit and the Sunny Days collection in the shape of a pie chart.  The pie chart is the main design focus of my spread. I used the wood veneers to act as a tie to the left and right side of the spread through the numbers and journaling.


On the right side of my spread I printed a large photo of my boys right now.  Under the photo I added my extended journaling.


For my extended journaling I numbered each of my bullet points with the coordinating wood veneers.  I wrote a kind of advise letter to my boys.  A letter telling them things I want them to remember as they go through life.  You can read my journaling here.


I added a few small embellishments to the right side to tie it in with the left.  I wanted to make sure that I had balance across the entire spread, in both weight and color.


I love the final spread!  I love the story focus and the way the goodies from Elle’s Studio helped me to dive a little deeper and tell a more complete story. Give this a try the next time you sit down to be creative.  Start with story, find the sparks and dig a little deeper.

Have a beautiful day!


Products Used: March Kit, Sunny Days 12×12 Paper, Sunny Days 6×6  PaperGrown and Bloom Wood Veneer, March Labels, Puffy Heart Stickers, Letter & Number Stickers-Black.


The Cut Shoppe & Bella Blvd Blog Hop

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Welcome friends! Today is the fun blog hop with Bella Blvd + The Cut Shoppe!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  You should have just come by way of the fabulous  LEANNE ALLISON.  

For my layout I combined the beautiful Make Your Mark collection and the All Tied Up Alpha.










I pulled the letters into my Silhouette software and released the compound path to remove the “strings” from the center of the letters.  Next, I traced the outline of the letters and cut them out a the fun patterned paper from the collection.  I was inspired by a recent layout by Ali Edwards talking about the bonds people share.


I used dimensional adhesive to adhere the initial letters of all the members of our family to the left side of the spread.


Next, I embellished the left side by adding a few puffy addition stickers along with two hearts from the ephemera pack.


On the right side of the spread I printed a large photo of our family and added my journaling talking about our little family and how special the bond we share is.  To embellish the right side I added an acrylic “bond” sentiment along with a chipboard quote and finished off the cluster by stitching down another heart from the ephemera pack.


I love the simplicity of the layout with the focus on story.  The beautiful paper from the Make your Mark collection and the All Tied up Alpha were the perfect compliments to my story!

Thanks again for stopping by! Remember that The Cut Shoppe is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to the shop & running a special this weekend in honor of the hop and Bella Blvd is giving away an amazing prize pack!





I have included a list of the entire hop in case you got lost along the way.  Your next stop on the hop is over to the BELLA BLVD. blog!  What a finish!

Thanks again!  Have a beautiful day!


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