Scrap Gals Nashville Retreat

Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Y'all, I kind of can't put into words how much fun I had at the Scrap Gals Retreat in Nashville just a few weeks ago. For an introvert who dreads social interactions like this, that's saying something. I had the most amazing time just sitting at my table and absorbing it all.

I did a bit of scrapbooking but not a ton. In total I created,  two 12x12 layouts, five Traveler's Notebook spreads and two 6x8 pocket page spreads.
This was the first project I made. It broke the ice! I'd packed all of the Gossamer Blue kits I'd picked up in their closing sale and wanted to put them to use. So I grabbed one I thought would work with my photo and started playing around.
I also brought all of my Traveler's Notebooks and TN kits I've been collecting, including this one from Kelly Purkey. I didn't really have much in mind when I started playing around with this photo and that kit, just started with some stamping followed up with a bit of embellishing. I borrowed a heart punch from Jen Chapin and used some of her Bella Blvd stash for my title.
I finally got around to creating the title page for Izzy's Notebook! I started working on this just before Tiffany's Selfie Class. I tinkered while I was listening to her speak. She handed out a little goodie bag with odds and ends which I quickly put to use on the page! That punched star at the top and the green, yellow and orange plaid flag both came from Tiff!
The only collection I brought with me was Shimelle's Glitter Girl collection. I wanted to make something with it so I pulled out this photo of me and Olivia. And only after I picked it out did I realize how perfect the products were for it! Like the red in my dress and the purple and pink in Oli's shorts.

Lately I'll all about these triangle corners. I feel like I'm adding them to everything. On this one I drew a few lines to add something extra.
Scrapin' in the City was the onsite shop vendor for the retreat. They had a giveaway for everyone, the 12x12 paper pack from Carta Bella. I LOVE the colors in this collection. Immediately put them to use on this spread featuring my handsome. Borrowed tiny letter stamps from Natalie Dill to complete my title. That was another fun thing about the retreat. If you didn't have something, you could borrow it from someone else!
This was a 100% just for fun layout. Tiff had suggested we bring some selfies for a project. Even though her class wasn't project based, I still wanted to use them on something. I created this page using a Gossamer Blue kit.

This is one of those pages where the design just falls out of your head. No idea how I thought to tilt those patterned paper pieces but I love the affect! Honestly, I think it happened when I cut them down and they were just laying on the background waiting for me to adhere them down.
I created this page using Jen Schow's class kit from Felicity Jane. Again, another design that fell out of my head and another of those paper triangles! Can't get enough of them.

Lately, when it comes to labels, I'm tending to use a bunch of them together to make a bigger impact. Also, the puffy heart is courtesy of Lea Rhea. She let me use her Staz-on ink which accidentally had a puffy heart stow away on it. She let me keep the heart for this page. It perfectly matched!
I worked on this spread somewhere in the middle. It combines a Kelly Purkey kit and the Fancy Pants  Dream Big Collection. It's simple but I love how it came together and how well those products pair up! I brought a lot of pocket page projects with me but not a lot of pocket page products...go figure!

And that's a wrap on projects from the Scrap Gals Nashville Retreat. Like I said, I don't think I can adequately express how much I loved attending this event. Spending time with my tribe, making new friends, laughing and chatting! Oh it was good. I'm sad it's done but so happy I was able to make it happen!

Cheers & Besos,

Elle's Studio October 2017 Release

Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Hey y'all! It's release day over at Elle's Studio and I have two new project to share! The first features the Foodie mini collection and was done in pocket page format. The second uses the October kit + super fun extras!
I added some to the Home Sweet Home album I shared last month. This was a story about my new role as grocery shopper and dinner maker. The Foodie collection was perfect for it! I used the Foodie Journaling Tags, Stamp Set & Puffy Stickers. I also incorporated some Family Fun into the mix: 12x12 Paper Collection, Cut-outs & Blank Labels.
The products totally inspired this layout about my love of Autumn. I used a mix of photos that I cut using my circle punches alongside the great Vellum Speech Bubbles. I also used my circle punches on one of the journaling tags from the October 2017 kit. To embellish I added in die cuts from the kit plus puffy stickers and an acrylic heart.

The monthly kit is available for $9.99 tonight until midnight PST! After that it's $11.99 until its sold out. You can subscribe if you want to lock in that $9.99 price and never miss a kit! Plus there are subscriber extras like special sales and a 24 hour bundling period.

Cheers & Besos,