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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  1. "Lovin' life! Lovin' you!" Great movie.

  2. so you were in jr high in thanks for making a girl feel really really old Paige!
    beautiful projects, your flowers are fun.
    ~from an old lady

  3. 1. you are so stinking cute 2. I LOVE the layouts; the headband is genius 3. I was finishing my sophomore in college in 1999!!!!!!!!!

  4. Wow, your layouts are fab - and this headband is amazing!

  5. Oh we all have those "I was so crazy in Middle School." I so need to take time to write some about my years! And I adore your page such great creativity on both!

  6. Gorgeous work girlie!!!! So... That's what we have to look forward too? Or tell me is that what A is going through now here in our home? Please tell me it doesn't last and last and last! :) She's just trying to fly and find herself too but that attitude, geesh!

    Love your projects and the handband is totally adorable!!!

  7. WOW! Great layouts and I love all the journaling! Us girls are crazy in Jr. High, aren't we?! :)

  8. Oh my goodness girl! I wish I had one ounce of the creative juices that you got going on!

    I couldn't even tell that was a picture of you on that page! Love that you share the journaling with us! :)

  9. Wow what fabulous stuff, love the layout of you and hubby so fun!

  10. LOVE your JH page Paige! And for the record everyone.. she wasn't as "vain" as she wrote (even though she easily could have been.. I was jealous!)! lol A sweetheart then and a sweetheart now, those where some funny days! ;) GREAT headband! You're creativity puts me to shame.. :(

  11. You are in *junior high* in that picture?! HOLY COW! You look SO old!!! LOL. So grown up. I was so lanky and tiny when I was that age. LOL.

    Love all your projects! You are so creative, Paigie! :D

  12. All of these are so cute and I really love that title "loving life... loving you" So cute!

  13. duuuuude. will you please just share an ounce of that creativity with me? pleeeeease? these are awesome!!

  14. Those projects are just way, too cute! I love your bright, fun style!

  15. love your layouts and the head band is too cute ! my little girl loved it :) wow I'm with Samantha 1999 was a great year by 1999 i had five kids. i still feel like i should be in my twenty's, I've know too much to go any younger,lol. there is a verse (i will have to find it ) about being content where you are, thats where i am at :)

  16. Oooohhh I love these! Especially that first layout! Fabulous!

  17. Have always loved your work Paige, (and your name) and now I see you're married to a Chris too.

    Paige (in Canada)


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