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Today I am so excited to be giving away a spot in Amy Tangerine’s brand new class, Collect + Create!

When Amy asked me awhile back if I would be interested in contributing a few layouts to her class, uhh, it was pretty much a rhetorical question. Anything Amy does, I want to do too. Obviously.

A little sneak peek at one of the layouts I made.

And after seeing the finished product and all the inspiration she packed into a single class, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it! Here’s how she describes Collect + Create:

As crafters and storytellers, we are natural collectors. We save everything from treasured products and pieces from our everyday lives, to scraps and sketches. Incorporating these elements and all of our favorite bits from life are essential to the process of creating. I want to help you create with what you collect! In this self-paced class, my contributors and I will show you over 50 brand-new projects! Five chapters covering a range of topics are each supplemented with a printable PDF providing step-by-step photos and in-depth looks at the process behind the pages. Get your creative juices going with the “extras” in the PDF’s like challenges and tips, and be inspired by the video in each chapter covering even more examples and tutorials! Collect & Create explores different styles, as well as my favorite go-to techniques like embossing, using up scraps, incorporating real memorabilia, misting, mixing products and colors, and using sketches. Join me and together we’ll create a whole new collection – pages and projects we love! The content of this workshop will be available immediately upon purchase. The lessons are available for you to work at your own pace and upon purchase can be accessed in the “Workshops” section under “Classes & Events.” A private message board forum is also available to ask questions for Amy and to connect with other participants. Enjoy!
Special promo: When you purchase this workshop before April 12th, you’ll receive a FREE printable PDF made up of Amy’s label and border designs! Find it in the “My: Downloads” section upon purchase, click on the Digikit tab, print and enjoy. You’ll want to hurry, this is a limited time offer!
Want to win? Leave a comment below telling me how you break out of creative ruts by Friday April 13th. Already signed up? We’ll reimburse your class fee or you can give away your spot to a friend! Good luck! xoxo

In 19 days I will be 25 years old. Whoa.

Not quite sure how or when I got to be this old, but I plan on enjoying it the best way I know how…by making a minibook! (You know I was just looking for any reason I could come up with to make an album …wink!) It’ll be pretty much like a December Daily, in the sense that it will include photos + memorabilia from everyday of the countdown, but it might be a little less Christmas-y. Maybe. Yesterday morning I realized it was 20 days until my 25th birthday, hence the title of the album.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

The covers are from a book I found at the DI for a buck. A little ripping and xacto-ing and you’ve got two sturdy covers! Then I busted out my trusty Dymo + made a quick bow with fabric from IKEA. Easy peasy. I really love repurposing thrifted books. Not only do you get two sturdy covers, but you get tons of book paper (you can never have enough!) and you’re giving new life to an object that may otherwise have never seen the light of day again.

On the left: cover lined with Crate Paper woodgrain paper, Paper Source label, and a Sassafras butterfly. On the right: graph paper with a little bit of typewriter action and Crate Paper number stickers.

Instagram photo with Crate Paper patterned papers, an embossed sheet of cardstock, vintage ledger paper, Sassafrass butterfly, grid Washi tape and BasicGrey numbers.

On the left: book paper, Paper Source label with a typewritten synopsis of my day, Washi + Amy Tangerine tapes. On the right: AC patterned paper and graph paper with a list of things I am “dreaming” of.

Ephemera of the day includes a menu from Noodles + Co (had lunch with one of my favorite people!), a Paper Source label, and Washi tape.

I can’t wait to get started on today’s page!



Ellis Island | April 2001

The last time I saw New York (and Virginia, Pennsylvania, and other wonderful east coast states) was mere months before 9/11. I remember being completely enamored by the bright lights, the high energy and the beauty of the city…it was far better than I could have ever imagined. So as I watched the towers tumble to the ground from the comfort of my home 3000 miles away, my heart broke for that city. It continues to break today as I am now older and truly able to understand the gravity of the situation and it’s repercussions.

The skyline may be different, security may be more extreme, people may be forever bruised by the experience, but I can’t wait to get back to that beautiful city one day.


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Saturdays are my favorite day of the week (obvious statement?) and yesterday was one of the best.

Highlights included: cranking out four layouts in the morning. quick trip to sunflower to pick up potted plants (which are from oxnard, funnily enough). great workout at the gym. craft lake city! picking up three prints + a knitted hat. walking around downtown and taking tons of photos. thinking about going on a trip this coming november for our anniversary/my birthday. dinner at chipotle and a latte from b+n in sugarhouse. home to watch secrets from a stylist. perfect day.

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So my little Bits + Pieces book has nearly doubled in size! I’m loving just throwing stuff in there and not worrying whether it is a masterpiece or not (it’s not). I’ve also had some fun coming up with new ways to create inserts for the book. Here are two that I recently did:

Transparent Envelope

So the other day John found some GIANT paper rolls for me (boyfriend of the YEAR, right?). Carrying these heavy suckers up three flights of stairs was no easy feat, but well worth it! Here’s how I turned the transparent paper into an envelope:

1. Scissors, double-sided tape, envelope, and material of your choice (mine’s a little thicker and more opaque than a transparency).

2. Open up your existing envelope so you can use it as a template for your new envelope. (Or if you’re of the fanciful variety, you can use real envelope templates.)

3. Trace around your envelope.

4. Fold your new envelope where it should be folded.

5. Glue down to the two big flaps with two strips of double-sided tape. One strip on each side.

6. Embellish and fill with tickets, receipts and other memorabilia! Yay!

Plastic Packaging Page


Another great resource for fun pages is packaging! My favorite AC This to That adhesive is the Double Sided Tape – it sticks like you wouldn’t believe! (Or maybe you would?) It comes packaged in a heavy plastic covering, which is PERFECT for clear pages for my little book! Here’s how I did it:

1. Start with double-sided tape packaging (or any other decent-size plastic packaging) and sharp scissors.

2. Carefully open the package (try not to let it bend too much or else you will get creases). Cut the two pieces in half.

3. Using a paper trimmer, even out the edges of your plastic piece.

4. I stapled a fun card from Studio Calico onto mine. Clear sheets are perfect for double-sided memorabilia because you can see both sides! Done and done!


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The November Gallery at Elle’s Studio is up! Lots of good stuff this month!

Still having a total love affair with the teal grid paper. And apparently food-related layouts (see above and below – ha!).

Another Chipotle layout – oh happy day!

I wanted to try a new take on holiday cards, so I listed everyone on “Santa’s List” (how cute are those “naughty or nice” checkboxes, btw?), including Jake the Corgi pup. Can’t leave anyone out!

Click here to see the rest of the inspiring November gallery!


This tweet pretty much sums up the pace of the day:

But who cares (well, maybe my boss – hi David!)… it’s the best day of the week! I feel like I got lots done over these past five days, both professionally and personally, including booking my flight home for Thanksgiving.  (Apparently, John and I scored the last two seats on our flight to LAX – talk about good timing!) We can’t wait to go home and see our families and friends and, of course, Disneyland! You can take the Disneyland-aholics out of California…

So to set the weekend off on a festive note, here’s another installment of “Only in Utah”:

Forcing drivers to answer life’s big questions. One freeway overpass at a time.


Have a great weekend!


I thought coming back from a fabulous weekend in California would be hard, but it’s been surprisingly easy given that my job is the bomb dig. In fact, I feel like this week was exceptionally awesome.

I got to meet not one, but TWO of my favorite scrappers. Super exciting! I also got to work on a variety of scrapbooking projects and contribute to an awesome new line (I think naming patterned papers is my new favorite hobby!). We even had a mini birthday celebration for our great new co-worker and that of course meant cupcakes from Cocoa Bean (my first time and I loved it!).

(Blatantly swiped this baby from the AC Blog!)

To top it off, we had a thunderstorm tonight! And possibly tomorrow too! This is fun!

P.S. If you would like to read a little bit more about me (and see a GIANT photo of my face – yeeeesh!), you can check out this little blurbity blurb here.

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Last weekend I flew home to see John Mayer at the Hollywood Bowl con mi mama. It was my first time back since moving to Utah and it was well worth it! Plus I saw Lindsey Vonn at the SLC airport. I think she might be the only “semi-celebrity” in Utah (aside from Marie Osmond, who – funnily enough – we saw at Disneyland a few years back), so what were the odds of her getting off of the plane I was getting on to?? It was fate, I tell you. Anyways…

I was SO happy to be back home with my family and my pup and my familiar territory. My mom even made me a “welcome home” cake!

I LOVE the Hollywood Bowl. Born and raised in Southern California and I’m still totally blown away by the views. Can you spot the Hollywood sign in the hills?

We had so much fun and thoroughly enjoyed the show, despite JM’s sudden man-whore persona (“sexual napalm”…???). Not quite sure when his ego blew up, but he really is a fantastic musician, I will give him that.

I’m already planning my next trip home…

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Today I woke up early to get ready for our cable to be installed. When that didn’t go according to plan (due to the fact that our balcony is just a hair away from receiving any reception via satellite and we need written permission from the landlord to rig a dish up on the roof), I decided to get to work on organizing my spare bedroom, aka the Craft Room! I can’t believe I finally have a room to dedicate entirely to my hobby (translation: a place to unload the ridiculous amount of stuff I brought over from California!). Such a thrill, I tell you.

Here’s a little sneak:

This was before I organized it. You don’t even want to know what was behind the wall to the left. Boxes and piles and boxes and piles of lord-knows-what. Actually I do know what. Just plain crap. But now that crap has a home!

And now it is sparkly clean and organized and almost up to par! I plan on taking photos of the new and improved space this week, so stay tuned!

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