Friday, March 10, 2017

Elles Studio: March

Hi all and welcome to today's reveal of the newest kit at Elle's Studio! This month the kits evoke the bright freshness of springtime with a color palate of beautiful greens--the color that I am craving the most this time of year!  First, here's a look at this month's exclusive kit and coordinating goodies:




Here is what I made with the lovely kit:


I am a big fan of a bright green and I wanted to really feature that color in this layout documenting a sweet photo of my youngest at the park. To offer a little bit of contrast, I pulled out one of the new vellum circles in yellow, along with a few of the acrylic stars that are offered this month.



In order to show the versatility of the kit, I next wanted to create a project that wasn't overly green. One of the reasons I have been a big of Elle's Studio products, is that I am able adapt the products to fit what I am documenting at the moment.


For this layout I really liked the blue "good times" card included in the kit because it really played well off of the colors in the photos. To compliment this I pulled out the 6x6 'Tis the Season paper pack to find that great black and white patterned paper as well as the journaling cards from the Sunny Day's collection.  Together with the tags, stickers, puffy alphas, and stars from this month batch of releases I came up with a nice monochromatic layout that I was pretty happy with!



Now March is extra special at Elle's Studio because it is their birthday month and to celebrate Elle's Studio's 10th birthday there is a brand new Birthday Mini-Collection that is also available!


This kit is even better in real life and I am already in hoarding mode for most of it!!  I have even already use the birthday stamp on a project that I shared a few days ago here on the blog! Now head on over to Elle's Studio to check out how the rest of the team used this month's kit :).

Michelle






Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Seven

Hello and happy Tuesday! Do any of you all have a favorite project or layout that you like to do?  Well I do! My favorite layouts to do are the opening pages to a new album. Let me explain: I keep several albums-a "main" family album, albums for each of my kiddos, and a personal album. The family album and my album all begin with the new year and the kids' albums are organized by year. So each year I have five opportunities to create opening pages and I really look forward to making them.

There is something about a brand new fresh start that just makes me happy. I also like that the opening pages set the tone for the new year as well as serve as sort of a celebration for that particular person. I also use these beginnings to re-evaluate how I am going to document that year. For example, with my oldest daughter I have decided to go ahead a dedicate a certain amount of album space per each month. Since her birth I have filled two albums a year for her and to be quite frank, the amount of albums (so far 12!) is starting to concern me a bit and I thought that it might be worth the effort to try to limit myself to one album for her seventh year. I'm not planning on cutting down on the number of stories that I document, instead I am going to increase my use of pocket pages and limit the traditional style layouts. This way I can get more in in less space. Hopefully.


My opening pages almost always contain a combination of a pocket page and a layout. The pocket page is smaller that the 9x12 layout because I like being able to open the album and see "layers" of layouts and that is what I did with here with Maleia's newest album.


I went with a pastel color scheme to compliment the single photo on the page. As is usual for my pocket pages, I kept the embellishing simple. My last addition to this page was an Avery tab at the bottom.


One of the changes to my plan for her album this year, is to include more typewritten journaling. My goal with this is to get more words into the album. I will often hand write my journaling on a traditional layout, but I am never quite satisfied with my handwriting on journaling cards or labels which translates into less writing in the albums. I think this is because my handwriting isn't quite "clean" enough and doesn't match the simple and neat aesthetic I like my pocket pages to have. The typewriter solves this issue for me.



My traditional 9x12 layout was so much fun to put together and I am really happy with how it turned out. I combined a recent kit from Studio Calico with some of Maggie Holmes' latest collection and came up with a layout that I am quite proud of:


I went for my favorite type of layout: layered with scattered embellishments. I also made sure and used a lot of gold.


Now this might be an entirely weird thing to admit, but up until very recently I could not combine hearts and stars on a page. I don't know where I got it in my head that I could not mix the two, but I think I am finally moving past this little hang up!


Thanks so much for letting me share these pages and my thoughts with you!

Michelle

Friday, February 10, 2017

Elle's Studio: February

Hi all!  February is always a fast and furious month for this mama and I am still a little surprised that today is already the 10th! Yikes.  It's all good though, because I am have been super excited to share this month's new exclusive February Kit from Elle's Studio!







Honestly, there are so many amazing things available this month and it was so incredibly hard to pick and choose what I would use on my two projects. The colors were also a welcome surprise-orange AND purple?? Yes!

Before I share my projects, I just want to say that I rarely ever use a kit to document that particular month, with the exception being Christmas product. For example, last month the kit definitely had a Valentine's/Love vibe, but I used the kit to document a spring trip to the beach. What?! This is what makes the kits so incredibly great--I can make them work for whatever I want to document at the time like I did this month with a set of pictures from both the first day of preschool and a July trip to my parents:



If I had to pick one single embellishment to have from this month's exclusive add-on item, I would go with the acrylic hearts/circles--the colors are just so pretty and my urge to hoard them forever is strong!



My next project is a pocket page for my littlest's album and it documents some pool time from this past summer:


 This page was pretty fun to put together and I love that I was able to fit so many photos in it. The 4x6 card was a great landing for a series of pictures that I took of Allora jumping into the pool and the sticker sheets made it easy to embellish.



So what catches your eye this month? Or are you like me and want it all??  Lol! To see more projects with all the goodies in action make sure and stop by the Elle's Studio blog this morning.

Michelle


Friday, January 13, 2017

The Little Things

I seem to go through a lull when it comes to creating projects for my personal album during the late spring and summer and it sure felt great to finally get the urge to make something purely about myself and the things that I like.


I took this photo on the way into the theater to see Fantastic Beasts (which I loved!) and really liked the reds and yellows that I was able to bring out with a filter from the Color Story app. I went ahead and used a recent kit from Studio Calico and combined it with a package of Thickers that I had on my desk. The kit featured a wintery theme, but I felt like since it was almost technically winter, I could get away with documenting a fall moment.


Where I live, fall starts a little later, but I was still surprised to have found the sidewalk covered with leaves in mid-December. It was autumn's last hurrah in my neck of the woods and I was pretty happy to have found such a pretty scene :).

Michelle

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Elle's Studio: January

Today is the 10th and that means it is time for the reveal of the latest kit at Elle's Studio! This month the exclusive kit and coordinating extras are bright, colorful, and sweet:




My first project that I made is a Halloween spread...what?! Yes, I know, not only am I way behind in my scrapping, but I also chose to disregard the obvious love/Valentine's vibe that the kit gives off. THIS is what I love about Elle's Studio projects-I am able to make each kit work for me!





For my second project, a 9x12 layout, I relied mainly on the journaling cards to create the layers behind my photo with the addition of a few paper scraps and washi from my stash.  I also incorporated a few of the fun acrylic hearts and sequins that are available this month. For my title I misted the "True Love" wood veneer with a gold color. Unfortunately it did not photograph well AT ALL and I had to do a double take when I saw the picture pop up on my computer. It looks much better and not so splotchy in real life.





Wishing you the best day!

Michelle

Monday, January 2, 2017

Elle's Studio: 2017

I am kicking off the new year with the happy news that I am continuing on with Elle's Studio for another year!  I remember being so excited when I got the DT invite a few years ago and I can honestly say that the same genuine excitement is still there :). 


Working along side these wonderfully talented ladies is going to be a blast this year and I can't wait to get started!

Michelle






Monday, November 28, 2016

Hey Girl

Hello!  Yes, I am still alive and yes, I am still scrapping away! My poor blog. Despite my best intentions, my blogging has slowed way down as I have attempted to compensate for a fuller schedule. Since school resumed mid-August my kiddos' extra-curricular activities have increased and, I am happy to say, I am routinely exercising! These things have cut my free time down a bit and by the end of the day I am usually too exhausted to do any sort of activity that requires my brain! Ha ha.

So with that being said, I am attempting to get back into a blogging routine because I like it and with the return to shorter, colder days and more time being spent inside this is definitely a good time to get back into a somewhat regular blog schedule and with that goal in mind, here is a fun layout that I have really been wanting to share:


This layout was a complete joy to put together. First off, the picture is just so great-Maleia was incredibly happy to be walking in the Halloween Parade at school dressed as Mal from the Descendents and I caught this with my camera. Second, I just loved this cut file from The Cut Shoppe and could not wait to layer it over a misted background. Third, I used a crazy mix of paper here-I used both Doodlebug's Halloween Line and Cute Girl from Crate Paper-and had a fun time mixing the two together to come up with a fun color combination. Finally, it felt so great to reach into my stash of supplies and use some of it up.

One of the challenges that I face when creating layouts for a very themed photo, is creating a layout that is not very themed. I know that might not make sense, but unless it's a Christmas photo, I really feel uncomfortable using themed products. For this layout I felt like I found a good balance between Halloween and non-Halloween product.



Thanks for stopping by today and I am absolutely looking forward to sharing more here on my blog as the year winds down!

Michelle