The One with Elle's Studio February Projects

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Here are my February projects for Elle's Studio!

I created 7 flowers using patterned paper (some of it is the Valentine paper downloaded from Elle's Studio), a circle of matching colored cardstock, a colored "note:" journaling spot, and a circle of felt. I crumpled and bent all the pieces before stitching them together to create more texture and dimension.

Journaling says (please don't judge teenager me!): "Junior High. Where to begin. It was during these three short years that I lost and found myself. My parents called my 13th year “Hell Year.” I did dumb things and thought I was all that and a bag of chips. I bleached my hair blonde, wore blue contacts because I hated my brown eyes, and laying out in the sun to become as dark as I could was my favorite hobby. Boy was I vain. I don’t know how my mom and dad handled it so well. Somehow through all the lies and tears, I made it to my junior high graduation dance and went on to high school then graduated from college and now here I am, scrapping while my husband carves a tooth in the other room. This picture serves as a reminder of my silly past and now I can look forward to an amazing future. Picture taken 06/1999."

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Bazzill Basics, Kraft; Patterned paper: Basic Grey, Elle's Studio, Pebbles; "Note:" journaling spots: Elle's Studio; Felt: Craft supply; Letter stickers, pen: American Crafts; Scalloped circle punch: Marvy Uchida; Circle cutter: Martha Stewart Crafts; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Scissors, paper cutter: Fiskars; Adhesive: Helmar


I printed patterned paper that I downloaded from Elle's Studio (Valentine and Christmas), then I cut the patterned paper as well as packaging, bookmarks, pieces of felt, and cardstock strips using decorative scissors and decorative border punches. Then I layered all the strips around a photo, scattered some glitter buttons on top and added a letter sticker title. I even busted out my paper crimper and crimped the yellow cardstock. I watched Memoirs of a Geisha while making this cuz I was still in a Japanese mood after the festivities last weekend. I love the music and story.

Journaling says, "One of our very favorite movies is Elizabethtown and in that movie there’s a scene with Chuck and Cindy’s wedding. As Chuck is embracing Drew Baylor he says, 'Loving life, loving you.' This quote has turned into our mantra ‘cuz it’s so true!"

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, journaling spot: Elle's Studio; Glitter buttons, letter stickers, pen: American Crafts; Felt: Craft supply; Decorative scissors: Provo Craft; Pinking shears, paper cutter, scissors, decorative border punches, paper crimper: Fiskars; Adhesive: Helmar


After making the flowers on the Junior High Graduation Dance I decided I wanted to use the same flower technique and make a headband. I'm going to make a tutorial tomorrow and post it soon, but in the meantime here are some instructions: I layered journaling spots, cardstock, felt, and patterned paper to create the flowers then secured all the layers with a brad. Then I hot glued the flowers to a matching headband. I tied two pieces of ribbon into bows and adhered them between the flowers. I also adhered a matching color and size piece of felt underneath the headband to create a more finished look. Here's to hoping cute headbands stay in fashion a little while longer!

Supplies: Headband: Target; Patterned paper, journaling spots: Elle's Studio; Felt: Craft supply; Jewel brads, ribbon, cardstock: American Crafts; Pinking shears, scissors: Fiskars; Scalloped circle punch: Marvy Uchida; Circle cutter: Martha Stewart Crafts; Adhesive: Helmar; Other: Hot glue gun

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