Elles Studio – June 2019

Hooray! It’s reveal day at Elle’s Studio which means that my May 2019 pocket page layout is finished and in the books! Have a look:

I just loved that navy blue 4×6 card from the June monthly kit and decided to use it as well as the green and pink striped cards to be source of colour inspiration. To me, navy is a great “neutral” colour to work with. I think most of my pocket pages this year, include some shade of blue! Haha!

…And in this month’s kit there were lots of great navy blue journaling cards. I used this “right now” card to tell the story of Sam getting new glasses this month. I also love the blue from the Magical Memories Acetate stars / die cuts. I am such a fan of these pieces that Elle has made this year. They make any page pop!

I just love the fun summer colours!

For my second project this month, I documented Canada Day 2016. I absolutely adored the family acrylic word and as well as the wood veneer stars. Have a look at the full 6×8 layout:

I paired red paper from the Magical Memories 6×6 paper pad with the red journaling cards from the June Kit. I love that you can mix and match Elle’s products!

…And that Here’s the Story journaling tag could be added to any pocket page layout, regardless of the event or occasion.

So many fun products this month at Elles Studio! Thanks for looking and happy shopping 🙂

Elle’s Studio – March 2019

Hooray! February 2019 is in the books!

It’s the 10th of the March and Elle’s Studio March kit is for sale. This month, I was inspired by the red, pink and purple colours in the journaling cards as well as Springtime 6×6 Paperstack.

In January I included a 6×8 active photo of kiddos; this month, I included a 6×8 posed picture of Rowan and Sam. As always, I used the yearly wood veneer to highlight the month and used red, blue, purple star die cuts from the monthly kit to tie into the colour scheme. I love Valentine’s Day and included lots of pictures with red in my photos.

This month, I used the So Awesome purple printable card to document our family food adventures. I told the story of Aaron trying two new recipes, Rowan learning how to scramble eggs and Sam’s obsession with peanut butter.

I summarized our monthly activities as well as an overheard conversation from Valentine’s Day. I loved the wood veneer speech bubbles and used them all over my pocket page!

For the love sledding & cluster embellishments!

For my second page this month, I documented about our family day experience sledding with my kids and their cousins. I am always a fan of Elle’s teal cards and combining them with black and white photos. I used the plus teal puffy alphabet stickers along with die cuts from the March Kit and Wood Veneer speech bubbles to make an embellishment cluster on my enlarged 9×12 photo.

Next, I wrote two, 3×4 journaling cards, describing our activities of the long weekend. This layout is photo heavy with colourful embellishments. Don’t you just love the excitement of kids running up the hill?

Thanks for looking! Happy shopping!!

Elle’s Studio – February 2019

The first month of 2019 done & documented!

It’s February 10th which means that the new kit from Elle’s Studio is available. Here is a look at my first layout that I created using this month’s kit. It’s my monthly 9×12 double pocket page layout summarizing our family stories from January 2019. Activities, artwork and all the members of my family are included on this page.

When I opened the kit, I knew that I wanted to design a page around the colourful 3×4 “Wonderful” card. I used the die cuts as well as the acrylic stars to continue the colour scheme around the layout.

I also used that monthly wood veneer to make a title card. I love that it boldly stands out and plan on using Elle’s veneers for each of my pages moving forward.

Hooray for a cluster of embellishments!

For my second layout this month, I decided to highlight the routine of our weekends. When I am documenting our family lives in a monthly format, m I know that I can’t record every story. I noticed that we had a routine established last month and I decided to document that in this 9 x 12 double pocket page. Also kinda cool? I used watercolour and the Large Jane Alphabet stamp to create that fun “Weekend” Title!!

When I saw the peachy coral card from this month’s kit, along with the grey heart and gold acrylic stars, I knew that I want to make a layout using a peach, black, white, grey and gold colour scheme.

So I choose my photos and I switched them to black and white. I used the peach and grey 3×4 cards to document the smaller stories of the weekends. I event listed all the meals that Aaron has learned how to cook over this past month using that cute knife, spoon and fork journaling card. I also used the Oh Happy Day Stamp on the 3×4 peach card to write a love letter to the weekends. I finished off the layout by creating a visual triangle with the gold acrylic stars.

Thanks for looking!!

Elle’s Studio – January 2019

Welcome Twenty Nineteen!

I am so delighted to be returning to Elle’s Studio Creative Team for another year!! I am so proud of the work that I did for her in 2018 and I just adore her modern and playful products. This year, like last year, I will be documenting my family memories in 9×12 monthly format. Here is a look at my 2019 Project Life Title Page.

To me, what really stood out in the January Elle’s Studio monthly kit, were the black, white and purple journaling cards as well the add on So Loved Shipping tags and Heart and Star acetate die cuts. Swoooooonnn!

Like in all my Project Life title pages for the past number of year, I took shots of my kids with the DSLR. I included the best photos of each of the kids as well as group shot with just the three of us. I also included a selfie of me, as well as wrote down our family motto, our ages and our hopes for the year. I used the Black and White polka dot puffy stickers to highlight the person’s thoughts. Unfortunately my husband had to work when I took these photos. Although he is not in the pictures, he did help me come up with some of the journaling on the page. Progress over perfection! 

This year, my one little word is connect. Recording our adventures / how we connect this year as a family, is also important to me.

Here is a layout I created about our recent trip to the Royal Ontario Museum aka the ROM. Living in the city of Toronto, we are so lucky to have so many amazing museums to visit, right in our own backyard. Although Sam, my son, was a bit nervous of the dinosaur bones, he still enjoyed the our afternoon. Looky-looky! I did a little stamping on the bottom left hand journaling card using the Happy Heart Stamp.

I was a fan of the simple phases on the Happiness Found stickers and simply added them to my photos to create visual interest.

This visit was so much fun! I loved documenting this in a 9×12 format and including so many photos with the blue, white and grey products from Elle’s Studio! All new goodies are on sale now!

Thanks for looking!

Twenty Eighteen in 9×12

Last week, my friend and scrapbooking guru, Ali Edwards announced that she will switching up her format for her 2019 Project life album. Specifically, she stated  that she would be moving to a 9×12 monthly format. I was excited to hear her plans, as I have been completing my own family pocket page layouts in a 9×12 monthly format since January 2018. Spoiler alert: I love that approach. I love the smaller size and with the passage of time, I had the ability to reflect on the meaning of my family stories. Here are a few of my favourite layouts from the past year.

My 2018 title page. This includes our ages at the start of the year as well as out family motto which is “Together we have adventures big and small”. For my album this year, I really wanted to focus on using photos of my kids, simply recounting family events and documenting the state of our relationships.

February 2018. I also wanted to challenge myself from a design perspective. If you know me and my work, you know that I love monochromatic colour schemes as well as black and white photos. This year I wanted to include lots of photos with colour. I think this is one of my more colourful layouts, which I love!  

April 2018. All of my 9×12 monthly pocket page layouts, include a monthly summary of what was happening in the household as well as documented “overheard” conversations of what my kids were saying. Super simple ways to journal. You can read more about my approach here.

August 2018.  Since I set the intention of documenting relationships at the beginning of the year, I was able to focus my photo taking approach through out the year. I just love the photo of my kids with their grandfather that is in the top right corner.  For the layout on the right, I cut down a 12×12 page protector and used the fuse tool to create 6×8, 4×6 + 3×4 pockets. I think you can still be very creative within a smaller pocket page format.  

September 2018. This is one of my favourite layouts I created this year. It doesn’t include everything that we did during the month, but it does include something. And for me, something is better than nothing. Here I include tips for more simple journaling approaches. 

Reflecting on my approach: I loved 9×12 this year and plan to continue the format in 2019. I enjoyed summarizing our month, documenting conversations and capturing relationships. I can’t wait to use Ali’s album and pocket pages!! 

What are your Project Life plans for 2019??

Thanks for looking!!

Elle’s Studio – December Layouts

Oh the weather outside is frightful! 

I just love this photo of Sam from 2016. I knew that after seeing the Winter Puffy Stickers and the Let it Snow stamp from the December reveal, I wanted to document this moment in a 6×8 double page spread.  

This page is about one of the most memorable snowfalls in Toronto. At the time, I took baby Sammy in a sled to pick up his older sister from school. I just love that 4×6 “Winter Snippets” card from the December 2018 Monthly Kit and I used it to tell 4 facts from the day.  

Is that a blue, purple and teal winter colour combo? Oh my!

Just like my previously layout, I have been waiting for a specific set of products to document our 2016 Family Day excursion to Niagara Falls. I am a huge fan of purple and you don’t often find purple snowflakes on journaling cards. I loved that multi coloured snowflake card in the December Kit.

Also I heart those puffy stickers 🙂 Like usual, I added this durable embellishments to create a visual triangle. I add some fact and feelings journaling to three, 3×4 cards and called it done!

I love the non traditional winter colour schemes in both layouts. Elle’s Studio Kits are on sale now! Thanks for looking!

Elle’s Studio – November Layouts

Are you feeling the magic of the season??

This month I used the November kit from Elle’s Studio to create two Christmas themed, 6×8 double page layouts. Documenting these layouts, has made me really really excited for the holidays. I may have started to listen to Christmas music! Ha!

I used the red labeled card to tell the story of the annual Hunter family gingerbread bake off. I first recorded this story in my December Daily project, but decided to add more details and include it in my daughter’s story album.

I loved layering the wood veneer snow globes, this season phrase stickers, red Jane alphabet stickers and various die cuts from the monthly kit on my photo. I just love that red!

As soon as I saw the green “Good Cheer” card from the November kit, I knew I wanted to document the story of baby Sam at Christmas.

I use the green label card to record Sam’s growth and development. My goodness, he looks so small in these photos!!

I then cut up green papers from the Merry & Bright 6×6 paper pack to create journaling cards and layered die cuts from the monthly kit. I really love the greens, blues and whites in this kit.

Such a fun monochromatic layout! Are you in the mood to scrapbook the holidays??

Thanks for looking!

Elles Studio: October 2018 Release

Oh hello, sweet boy!

It’s the 10th meaning that Elles Studio’s monthly kit and add ons are now on sale! It’s October and I am diving back into making a Traveller’s Notebook; creating a fall gratitude journal which contains some of my most favourite seasonal moments from year’s past. In this layout I am document our 2017 trip to Pingle’s farm to pick pumpkins and what my kiddos enjoyed from the experience.

As always, there are so many great die cuts a part of Elle’s monthly kit. I used them to add layers on my page as well as create a visual triangle.

In other news, I have started stamping on my layouts. I know this is super simple, but I think I am in love! This month, I used Elle’s thankful stamp to create a border on my page.

Major heart eyes for the Trick or Treat wood veneer this month!

For my second layout this month, I created a layout about my daughter’s first Halloween. I have documented this story before in a mini album highlighting Halloween through the years but I wanted to create a 6×8 layout for my girl’s story album. I just love that black plaid journaling card!

I used puffy stars and wood veneer to create a visual triangle around the page. The stars perfectly matched the cards and are a great edition to add some visual interest. Plus the stars matched the colours in my photos perfectly! Win-win!

I don’t know if it’s the change in season, and a new colour palette to work with but, overall, I love documenting fall moments, especially those from Halloween.

Thanks for looking!

Episode 36: Andrea Williams

Today I speak with Andrea Williams, one of my scrapbooking friends in real life! I first met Andrea at Crop and Create Markham in 2015. Andrea has been completing a December Daily project since 2013 and also completes traditional layouts, Project Life, and Week In The Life. In this conversation we discuss the products she is excited for this year, how she completes layouts during the month of the December and how she incorporates memorabilia into her pages. This is a special “memory keepers in cars getting coffee”! Andrea was a great sport to let me record our conversation in my car and I hope you enjoy Andrea’s awesome positive energy and outlook on scrapbooking as much as I do.

Enjoy the show!

Crop and Create

Ali Edwards December Daily

Ali Edwards 2018 6×8 December Daily Red Album

Paislee Press 2018 Decemeber Daily Mini Kit

Elle’s Studio Candy Cane alphabet

Elle’s Studio Document December kit



Elle’s Studio: September Kit

Happy Release Day!

It’s the 10th meaning that the September monthly kit from Elle’s Studio is now available and for sale! Below are two layouts that I created using this months cards and embellishments.

First up, here is a look at my August 2018 monthly pocket page spread. I took a break from creating monthly pocket page layouts over the summer, which is a trend that is pretty common for me. In Toronto, when the weather is nice outside, I generally want to make memories as oppose to scrapbook them.

I love the various shades of green in this month’s kit. It pairs perfectly with my outdoor photos!

I enjoyed pairing this month’s cards with these new overheard cards that are great at documenting conversations. This month, I continued to list what Sam is talking about. Although the “favourite wood veneer” is from the good eats / food theme set, I used it on a no food related card.

I also use one of the 3×4 journaling cards to capture a conversation between Rowan and Aaron. Ro is clearly in a Roald Dahl phase!

For my second layout this month, I created a 6×8 double page layout documenting my son, Sam’s experience with soccer & his little kickers soccer class.

Those Go Team Wood Veneer were a perfect edition to pair with this story and photos. I also had fun using the Hazel Tile Alphabet stickers to add some interest to my 3×4 cards.

I really enjoyed using the Notes from Today 3×4 journaling cards. The are so versatile and I can’t wait to use them on more projects.

Thanks for looking!