The One with Elle's Studio March Projects

Saturday, March 20, 2010

These are the layouts and the card I made for my monthly Elle's Studio assignment:

2010 Rose Parade

Fun facts and such:
1) I watched Titanic while working on these projects. I think I get more and more emotional each time I watch it. I just can't really believe that it's a true story. I mean, I believe it, but it's just sooooooooooooooo sad. How did an iceberg sink such an incredible structure? The music is great, the acting is superb. Sigh. Great movie.
2) I knew I wanted to stitch across all of the circles and at first I was going to go straight down and straight across each row. Then I decided to stitch across them diagonally for a quilted look and I like it mucho better.
3) I hand drew a funky scalloped border around the picture of me and Chris. I was going to draw scallops around a few more circles, but decided against it. Now that circle is special :)

Journaling says: We heard that if you go to the end of the parade route you could see it for free! Free is good! So we drove up to Colorado Blvd, parked a few blocks away and made our way to the crowds. We found okay seats next to a BBQ pit and saw the beginning of the 2010 Rose Parade. There was a big break between floats and we had our fill so we went home. Turns out we missed some pretty cool floats like one with Jackie Chan! But we had a great time and we'll probably splurge and get seats for the 2011 Rose Parade. Until then, here are the memories!

Supplies: Cardstock, buttons, puffy letter stickers, pen: American Crafts; Journaling spots, calendars, sentiment die cut, date label: Elle's Studio; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Circle cutter: Martha Stewart Crafts; Scissors: Fiskars; Adhesive: Helmar

Dance Dance

How to:
To make this layout I pulled out all the patterned paper, patterned packaging and digitally downloaded and printed patterned paper I thought matched the photograph. Then I stamped a variety of journaling spots/frames/labels on the papers and cut them out. I stuck my picture in the middle of a piece of white background cardstock and adhered all the cut out pieces around the photo. And of course sprinkled some buttons on top.

Journaling says: I don't remember much about dancing. I do remember, however, how terribly itchy this tutu was. The sequin edges would scratch my arms and elbows. I must not have enjoyed dancing very much because I didn't take lessons for very long at all. It must be the thing do to though: enroll your little girls in dancing classes. It seems most mothers I know enroll their cute daughters in dance classes. I'll probably do the same - if only to get super cute pictures to scrapbook! :)

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Bazzill Basics (colored); Buttons, puffy letter stickers, pen, acrylic stamping block: American Crafts; Patterned paper, patterned packaging, stamps (frame, houndstooth, journaling spots, labels): Elle's Studio; Ink: StazOn; Paper cutter, scissors: Fiskars; Adhesive: Helmar

Love Card
Card is 5.5 x 4.25"

How to:
Stamp a houndstooth background all across the front of a kraft card base in watermark ink. Cut three concentric circles from red patterned packaging paper and layer them together on the left side of the card using a red jewel brad set through the center. Hand cut two leaves from green argyle digitally downloaded patterned paper and tuck them under the flower. Set "LOVE" white foam letter stickers around the curve of the flower.

Supplies: Cardstock: Kraft; Patterned packaging paper (red), digitally downloaded patterned paper (green), houndstooth stamp: Elle's Studio; Jewel brad, foam letter stickers: American Crafts; Ink: VersaMark; Paper cutter, scissors: Fiskars; Adhesive: Helmar

Now we're off to Cafe Rio and to take Joey to the Huntington Beach Dog Park - after we clean cages of course :) Twill be a fun day!


  1. I love the stitching on the first layout!

  2. I LOVE that stitching, too!!! I have to try that! Everything is so gorgeous!! I just love your style - it's so distinctive and unique, Paige. Just gorgeous!

  3. Love these Paige! Especially the stitching - that looks amazing! Almost makes me want to start scrapping again! Yikes!

  4. EEK! Love the diagonal stitching... how clever!

  5. LOVE your projects Paige! The stitching is awesome! So many fun things to look at in all of your designs. Have a great weekend :)

  6. I love the one you stitched on! I could never sew that straight.

  7. Do you remember seeing Titanic for the first time? It was when we spent Christmas in Williamsburg, VA.

    Cute layouts! Love the stitching!

  8. You are SO stinkin creative! Seriously, you blow my mind! The stitching on those circles is genius! LOVE that you went diagonally. :-)

    Beautiful projects!

    My sister had a dance outfit JUST like that one! I'll find a picture! She did her ballet dance to "Here She Comes... Miss America" while wearing that red dress.

    Mine was gold and red sequins, and it was VERY racy for a 6 year old! LOL. I went into soccer and gymnastics after that. :-)

    p.s. With all the movies I've seen and being a big movie buff, I've NEVER seen Titanic. Well, I saw the scene where Jack dies... and then a bit after that, but that's it. I actually never wanted to... I wasn't really interested. Isn't that strange?! LOL.

    p.p.s. I watched HP Sorcerer's Stone the other night, and I thought of you. :-)

  9. "How did an iceberg sink such an incredible structure?" The Titanic's hull was built from overlapping steel plates riveted together (almost looked like a quilt). The center 3/5ths of the hull used steel rivets attached by a hydraulic riveting machine. The machine could not be used in the curved areas at the front and back of the hull, so the rivets had to be manually pounded into place by men. Since steel rivets were considered too hard to manually install, the manual rivets were made out of wrought iron, which contained a lot of slag. The rivets were installed while red hot, and pounded flat. When cool, they shrink and pull the hull plates tight together, but the rivet heads are under tremendous tensile stress. When the Titanic glanced the iceberg, the wrought iron rivet heads popped off, opening approximately 12 square feet of the hull to the sea. Hey you asked and I just happened to have read a book about this :-)

  10. How on earth did you get your stitching so straight, I am only a novice sewer in fact I have only used my machine once and I can not see me being able to do that without losing control. ♥ it.

  11. How in the world did you get those diagonal lines straight? So cool!

  12. I love your projects!!! What you did with those stamps is awesome!!!

  13. These are all great Paige! Love both layouts and that card is perfect!

  14. hey paige love you layouts and card so pretty... i just love your work :)


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