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 :).


Tuesday, March 7, 2017


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!