Playing Favorites Pinkfresh Studio Blog Hop

Hey friends! I’m back with another Pinkfresh Studio blog hop, and this time we’re playing favourites...

If I had to pick my favourite collection from Pinkfresh this year, it would of course have to be this year's Christmas collection: December Days.

Another favourite of mine from this past year is discovering how much I love creating mini albums, and so I decided to use up some of my scraps to create this album.

I used this cut file from Lori Whitlock to create the base of the album and I also cut the squares and triangles from pattern paper.

I haven’t done any journaling on this album yet, because of privacy reasons, but I will document some of my Christmas memories this year. Since I haven’t done a December album this year, I thought this would be a nice compromise to have my memories documented onto one project!

My favourite thing about this album is how it ties up into a small square. I love how compact it is! 

I decorated the cover with the snowflake from the chipboard frame pack and used the gorgeous wooden December word. 

And to tie the album together I used a white satin ribbon from my stash!

Make sure to hop along to everyone’s posts and leave a comment to be in with a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!

Hope you all have a great New Year!

Elsie x
  1. Pinkfresh Studio  
  2. Veera Saarivuo
  3. Kathleen Graumuller 
  4. Flora Monika Farkas
  5. Evelyn Pratiwi Yusuf
  6. Elsie Robinson - YOU ARE HERE!
  7. Beata Valint
  8. Ashley Horton
  9. Anna Kossakovskaya
  10. Amanda-Jayne Baldwin
  11. Adrienne Alvis

December Days Pinkfresh Studio Blog Hop

Hey everyone, welcome to this month’s December Days blog hop for Pinkfresh Studio!

Make sure you hop through to the rest of the team’s blogs to be in with a chance to win some December Days goodies! I’ll leave links to everyone’s blogs at the bottom of the post.

Now, onto my (very silly) layout!

Llama’s are very on-trend at the moment. I don’t know why they’re a ‘thing’, but ya know what, I’m totally embracing the crazy and random!

And so I decided to use the December Days collection to create a layout about this “silly season” and I used this cut file to cut out all the bits and pieces to create my ‘fa-la-la-la-llama’!

Instead of using paper circles to create the look of pom pom trim on the llama, I used the enamel dots. I love how these look. They were such a great way to use up the larger dots which I always find more difficult to use.

I used the ‘Ornaments' paper as my background, as I loved the cute little robins facing each other, as well as the line of trees which I thought could look like the side of a mountain top.

I love the chipboard alphas, especially because of the brushes of gold foil on them! And they’re the perfect size and font to created loads of different looks with them. I placed them very wonkily on the page to create a fun and crazy kinda title, which goes well with my festive llama!

I really love how this page came together, and I can see myself making a seasonal llama page throughout the next year! I’m totally embracing the crazy llama trend… ha!!

Thanks for hopping along today.

See you next time,
Elsie x

 1. Pinkfresh Studio 
 2. Adrienne Alvis 
 3. Amanda-Jayne Baldwin
 4. Anna Kossakovskaya 
 5. Ashley Horton 
 6. Beata Valint 
 7. Elsie Robinson *you are here!*
 8. Evelyn Pratiwi Yusuf
 9. Flora Monika Farkas
 10. Kathleen Graumuller
 11. Veera Saarivuo

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Giving Blog Hop | Hip Kit Club

Hey everyone! I've got a new layout to share with you today as part of the Hip Kit Club's 12 Days of Giving Blog Hop.

I'm really excited to share my layout with you because I have designed today's freebie cut file - eek!

You guys know how I love to create my scenes and this cut file has loads of possibilities to help you create one! 

Using brick backgrounds is something I do often on my pages, as they're such a useful design element! In my Silhouette software I ungrouped the brick clusters from the cut file, duplicated them and scattered them all around the page to give the effect of the outside of a house. 

I made this quite subtle by cutting the bricks from white cardstock and using it to back the file as well. It adds some nice texture without making the page any busier!

I sized the window so it would fit a 4x6 photo inside of it; I love how this makes the photo a feature of the page! The cut file also comes with two ledges to place on top and below the window frame.

My favourite part of this layout has to be the fairy light clusters! I copy and pasted the strands into an arrangement I liked and welded them together and cut them from white cardstock. I also cut the bulbs separately from some scraps I had left over to create some colourful and festive lights!

Make sure you check out the gorgeous project Kim created using the file, and don't forget to follow this link to pick up the file as well as the rest of the ones on offer!

Elsie x

Lanterns | Scrapbook Layout | The E-sie Challenge!

Essie and I are back with this month's sketch challenge! It was my turn to create this month's sketch, here's what I came up with:

This month I created a 12x12 layout with the Maggie Holmes Carousel collection. I seriously don't think I will ever get enough of it!

And here's my video as well as Essie's (FYI, her TN spread is to die for!):

Make sure to tag us on Insta (@heyelsie_ and @essie.ruth) if you create anything based off the sketch :) 

'Til next time,
- Elsie x

Autumn Dreamcatcher | American Crafts

Hey friends! I've been busy 'Autumn-ifying' my craft space, and you can see what decorations I've made over on the American Crafts blog today.

- Elsie x
P.S. 'Autumn-ifying' is totally a word now, just go with it ;)

Out Of This World Layout | Pink Paislee

Hey friends - I have a new layout posted on the Pink Paislee blog today, using the brand new Wild Child collection. It's a fun one, so make sure to check it out here.

- Elsie x

My Girl | Traveler's Notebook | The E-sie Sketch Challenge!

Hey friends - I'm so excited to share a new video collaboration I've started with one of my favourite crafty people out there Essie!

We've called it The E-sie Challenge. Because if you take the 'L' out of Elsie and an 'S' from Essie you're left with 'E-sie', like 'easy'? Get it?! *slow clap for that hilarious name*

This is a monthly challenge that isn't going to be anything difficult, and we want it to inspire you as well as Essie and I to get creating! The only rule is that you can create anything you want based on the sketch... traveler's notebooks, 12x12s, cards, art journals... whatever you fancy!

And make sure to tag us on Insta (@heyelsie_@essie.ruth) if you have a go at using this month's sketch!

Here is this month's sketch, designed by Essie:

And here is my TN page. I used a Just Nick Cut File with Maggie Holmes 'Chasing Dreams' papers and embellishments.

I also work in a Felicity Jane Traveler's Notebook*, they're the best TN inserts out there!

Here is my video and make sure you check out Essie's gorgeous creation here

All links marked with (*) are affiliate links. I will receive a small commission if you purchase an item through those links, but it will not cost you any extra. Thanks for all of your continued support of my little corner of the internet xx

Toil & Trouble | American Crafts

Hey friends! I have my first post up on the American Crafts blog today as part of their new design team (someone pinch me!). More details on their blog, as well as the process video below!

- Elsie x

Pinkfresh Studio | Boys Fort Collection Blog Hop

Hey friends, I'm back with another Pinkfresh Studio layout, and I'm using the brand new Boys Fort collection!

I was inspired by a couple of the ephemera die-cut pieces in the collection. There are three adorable pencils and so I decided to go with a stationary theme for this page.

I found this sketch on the silhouette design store, and thought it would make an adorable design element. However, because I knew I would want to have a patterned paper cover and this file was a sketch design, I had to do a bit of work in the Silhouette studio to make the cover fit between the spiral wires.

It was a bit fiddly, but I'm so glad I put in that time because I was able to keep the detail from the sketch file and also include patterned paper. And yes, I used a green paper! I know, who am I?! But I love how it made the notebook look kind of traditional.

Again, inspired by my stationary theme, I wanted to create play with some patterned papers and create some faux notebook style edges.

On the orange paper layer I wanted to make it look like a tabbed file folder. To do this I lifted an idea from the fabulous Zinia from Abstract Inspiration and I used my envelope punch board to punch notches into the paper and trimmed off the excess pieces.

With the next piece I wanted to create a notebook edge. You could easily do this with a notebook punch, but I don't own one. However it's so easy to achieve the same look with a single hole punch and some scissors...

All you have to do is punch holes evenly apart near the edge of the paper and then snip a notch between in the middle of each hole. I love how quick and simple this is to do and how it adds more texture to the page.

Another one of my favourite pieces? The fabric banners! They're so adorable and have really versatile sentiments on them. I combined two of them so they read as 'the best friend'.

Of course I couldn't resist doing some stitching. To go along with my stationary theme I drew and cut out some paper airplanes and stitched around them; I love how fun and playful they look.
Hop along to everyone's blog and leave a comment for your chance to win the entire Boy's Fort Collection - wahoo! Comments close on Friday Sept 8th 2017, 11:69pm CST. 

- Elsie x

A Little Bit of Magic Layout | AND a Freebie!

This month's kit from Citrus Twist is one of my absolute favourites, link to the kits here! It's packed full of the new Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel collection along with some of my favourite papers from the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection. This is the layout I've created.

I'm still loving my Silhouette and was playing around in the software and created this open star cut file. I had so much fun backing the cut file with the different papers from the August kits, especially because this is such a simple technique to make all of these bold and contrasting patterns work together.

The fairy was cut with this cut file from the Silhouette Store. As the cut file doesn't include any of the fairy's facial features, I drew them on with a black pen.

And now, onto the good stuff! Since I made this cut file, I thought I would offer it to you guys as a freebie - woot woot! This is the first time I've done anything like this, so if there's any problems with the files, please let me know and I'll try and fix 'em! :)

Just as a little disclaimer, please only use this file for personal use.

And finally, if you make anything with the cut file, I would love to see your creations! Make sure you tag me on Instagram (@heyelsie_), so I can admire you work!

- Elsie x

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Pinkfresh Studio Blog Hop | Escape the Ordinary Collection

I'm so excited to say that I'm now on the Pinkfresh Studio Scrapbook Design Team! I love Pinkfresh products (I even loved one of their papers so much that I put it in a frame!), so I'm honoured to be part of the DT alongside some crazy talented women. I hope you will all enjoy what I create each month with their products!

Today's project was made as part of a good old blog hop! If you hop along to each DT member (all linked below) and comment on everyone's post you could be in a chance to win the Escape the Ordinary collection or the new stamp/die releases, so it's worth a shot eh!?

I created this 12x12 layout using the Escape the Ordinary collection:

I love a good stamp set, and the co-ordinating set from this collection is epic. It has loads of stars and clouds in all shapes and sizes and I used that as my jumping off point.

I felt like playing with my watercolours and so I decided to create a starry night scene. I painted lots of blues, blacks and turquoise layers of colour onto some watercolour paper, in any which way. I think it's sometimes fun to just slap a load of colour onto some paper without much thought, there's something therapeutic about that isn't there?

Once the watercolours were dry, I heat embossed white stars using a variety of the different stars from the set. As soon as I put the stars over that painted mess it immediately looks like a night sky. I loved the way it all turned out.

And whilst I had the embossing powder and heat gun out, I used the cloud stamps in the set and embossed them with some gold embossing powder to match the gold foiling in the collection.

I wasn't brave enough to use a full 12x12 piece of the painted paper as my background, so I cut a circular window in the middle of my page to frame the piece.

I created a cut file by welding two designs together (girl & tree). I cut it out on some black cardstock from my stash as I wanted to give the illusion of nighttime as I imagined the girl and tree silhouetted because of the darkness. This also made sure that whatever embellishments and photo I used would really 'pop' off the page.

These floral die-cut pieces were perfect to add around the cut file for extra pops of colour and whimsy!

The collection has two sets of alphas in it. One of them is this small, but mighty, wooden alphabet dipped in gold foil. So beautiful, right?

I placed them wonkily on the page to make it look like they were hanging from the tree, and I used a white gel pen to draw the string connecting them to the tree branches.

My favourite part of the layout is the butterflies. I adore the butterfly die-cuts in the collection, because their wings are dipped in solid black with a gold foil constellation pattern, they're so beautiful and unique.

I placed them on the edge of the circle frame, making sure the constellation part of their wings was placed over the painted sky, and the white part was over on the white background, making it look like the butterflies were blending into both backgrounds.

Make sure you check out all of the other ladies' creations and comment for your chance to win!

- Elsie x

18. Elsie Robinson YOU ARE HERE!

Altenew Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you to everyone who has commented on my Altenew blog hop post, I was blown away by all of your lovely comments.

I have chosen a winner for the $30 Altenew gift certificate! I used to pick a number and I got the number 6!

And the 6th person to leave a comment was... *drumroll*... Marianna Szilagyi! Wahoo - congrats! To redeem your certificate email with the subject line “Scrapbook Collection Blog Hop Giveaway Winner from HeyElsie's Blog".
If you haven't seen my blog post, you can check it out here. And you'll also find links to everyone everyone else's beautiful blog hop projects!

Have a lovely day everyone!

- Elsie