Elle's Studio July Traditional Scrapbooking Layout

Believe it or not, I still do the occasional 12x12 traditional layout. This was made using mostly the July Elle's Studio kit.

For the layout, I used Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine on Bazzill orange peel white cardstock. I sprayed in a diagonal pattern and called it good. I trimmed cards down to fit the layout, and even stitched a border and the top of a tag onto another one for the journaling. I slipped that card into a vellum envelope that I cut the top off. Yes, you could just stitch vellum onto the page to make a pocket too. I stamped Thank my stars using the Cameron alphabet stamps that I'm just in love with. I used gold Brilliance ink for that too. I brushed some of the Color Shine over the lucky and the stars that I punched out too. I added the doily to help the title be more visible and to cover the journaling better. It's easy to see it's there in person, and someone could just slip the card out to read it all (I wrote on the front and the back--I had a lot to say but just didn't want it all visible.)

The title and theme for the page was actually from a Jimmy Buffett song, "thank my lucky stars" (shout out to all the parrotheads out there!) Was just feeling overwhelmed and that song popped into my head, and I took a moment to relax and just be thankful.

Here's a closer look at the kit:

Every month on the 10th, Elle's Studio launch's a new kit for a special price of $9.99 on launch day (at 12:01am on the 11th it goes up to $11.99). Don't miss it - it's exclusive to Elle's Studio and they have a limited stock on hand, once they sell out they will not be restocking!

You can get yours here!

Thanks for looking! Don't forget to thank your stars too! :)

Elle's Studio!

Excited to share that I'm also a member of the July-December 2013 Design Team for Elle's Studio! Very excited to get to play with her yummy products this month to create a Project Life insert, a layout and a summer minibook. Another fun part is getting to know the talented ladies on the team too! To check out the Design Team's Gallery click here.

First up for my July projects is a Project Life insert showcasing our spontaneous adventure to go "camping" to cook hotdogs and make s'mores to celebrate Father's Day. (it's also on our summer manifesto so that is a win!)

I call this For the Love of S'mores

I used an 8.5x11 enlargement of the campfire on the left (printed at home on Ilford Smooth Pearl Photo Paper.)

I used tags and paper from Saltwater. Just adore that washed out paper with the blue small text. I also adore the stamp set! Definitely a favorite, not just for summer too! I added a few embellishments like the cork arrow and wood veneer from Studio Calico. The cork letter is from their July Project Life kit (sold out.)

The right side is a Design G page protector from Becky Higgins Project Life. Definitely a favorite size of mine for inserts.

Also note that awesome polaroid photo is from Persnickety Prints. I had it printed on the linen paper and I love it! Love the washed out look and the texture it gives. You will definitely be seeing more of these in my projects. The nice thing: you choose that size and then you can crop it using their software (so it doesn't have to be on Instagram...you can just upload a photo and have it printed like this.) Also, it takes the stress out of trying to get the white borders perfect! 

And finally, just wanted to point out the 4x6 photos with the white borders--I used the Simply White templates from Tracy Larsen. They are just awesome and will be using these more and more. I love finding ways to add white space to my Project Life spreads.

Okay! That's all for now! Check out my other layouts in the gallery if you want! I'll be back hopefully soon with my second layout featuring the July Elles' Studio tag kit: note that if you want to grab this kit do so quickly! June is already sold out! You can find it here.

Thanks for looking!


Hello Project Life Lessons!

I'm so excited I finally get to share with you what I've been up to the past few months! I'm so thrilled and honored to be teaching a class all about my favorite method of memory keeping: Project Life! It's at  Big Picture Classes, which is basically where I learned to scrapbook and I love the community and classes there. You can check out my new teacher profile here!

Not only that, but I get to teach with two of my very favorite Project Lifer's: Elise Blaha Cripe and Megan Anderson. They have been wonderful to work with, and it's amazing how well we clicked right from the beginning. Love these two ladies and am so honored to be teaching with them.

The class is three weeks long starting Sept 5th and is packed with not only our processes, but tips for photography, journaling, organizing and assembly. Cool thing: the PreClass is packed! We've each shared a welcome note and message + video + introduction to our process + our workspace + sample layouts. And that's not all! There is a rad manifesto that I've already printed and got on my wall. Worksheets and links to our supplies are all waiting for you so you can get started. 

Here's a quick promo video:

Our overall goal is to help you find your own system that works and to be inspired no matter where you are in your Project Life journey.

Not sure what Project Life is? It's a simplified version of scrapbooking/memory keeping created by the fabulously talented Becky Higgins. You can use the products in any way you like, from theme albums to current life documentation. Click here to find out more. 

You can see my Project Life posts here. (I promise I really do try to keep up--but blogging about it has been tough to keep up with my schedule. Follow me here on Instagram for the latest updates.)

The class is only $30 right now (33% off the regular price of $45 for an introductory time.)

Click here to check out more information and sign up! Hope to see you in class!

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