Elle’s Studio // January Pocket Page

Hey Crafty Babes, I seriously couldn’t be more stoked to share with you my very first post as a Design Team member for Elle’s Studio! And I couldn’t be more excited to share all the amazing kits and extras! Elle’s Studio products are so versatile and I’m just crazy in love with everything!

This obviously makes creating layouts and pockets super fun and easy!

For my first post, we’re going to dive into the January Kit.


I start with photos and determine what colors I have to work with. In this case I had pink, red blue and yellow. So I grabbed anything with those colors and began to decide what I wanted where and how to spread all of the colors around evenly.ellesstudio_andreagray_week43pockets_1

Supplies: January Kit / Right Now Journaling Tags / Little Moments Journaling Tags / All My Heart Stamp / Malia Lowercase Alphabet Stamp / Date It Stamp / Monthly Wood Veneer Tabs

I love adding small embellishments to cards to give them just a bit of pop. Here I just added a simple chunk of text, a stamp and a star.

The striped FACTS card could have been used for journaling but I added a 2×2 photo with a small amount of journaling under it. And adding a little label on the YES card adds more depth to the story and color to the card!ellesstudio_andreagray_week43pockets_3

Sometimes all you need is a simple heart and other times there’s enough room to make your own stamped title to a card, like I did on the & card.

Thank you so much for being here today and I hope you’re inspired to mix up some colors and embellishments in your pockets or layouts!

See ya back again soon with more sneaks and projects from Elee’s Studio!

New Class at Big Picture Classes // Starts Monday 1/16/2017



Hey Friends! So excited to let you know that I have a class starting tomorrow at Big Picture Classes! Big shocker – it’s about POCKETS! BUT – you can totally apply the ideas in this class to any kind of memory keeping. We’ll be talking about photos, journaling and I’ll take you through my process of completing a pocket page – with a VIDEO! Join me for Pocket Prompts 23 – an ongoing series that many talented pocket scrappers have given their take on – and now it’s my turn. If you’re not a member at Big Picture Classes already you can sign up! Or you can start a FREE 2-week trial membership!


I sure hope to see you there!
Andrea xo

Look Inside // 2017 Personal Traveler’s Notebook vol. 1

Oh hey girl! Soooo, whatcha been up to? Me? Oh, nothing much. Just being completely OBSESSED with Traveler’s Notebooks and creating like a maniac.

I filmed a quick little flip-thru if you’d like some verbal explanation of the pages, otherwise, I’ve got detailed photos below. I hope you enjoy!

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Let me know if you have any questions!
Happy documenting!

Elle’s Studio // January Kit Reveal


Hello Crafty Babes! Do you know what today is? It’s the 10th and that means the Elle’s Studio January Kit + extras are now available in the shop! You can find the kit right here using this link >>> Elle’s Studio January Kit!

Elle’s Studio Monthly kits start out at $9.99 on launch day and then go to normal price after midnight. And for the first time ever, we are now offering Subscriptions so you’re ALWAYS guaranteed a kit! Subscribe here!

And to get you a little more excited or hopefully provide some inspiration – below are the projects I created with using this month’s kit and a few of the extras.


Supplies: journaling tags / brr! acrylic piece



Supplies: Journaling Tag / Jonah Alphabet Stamp / Pink Alpha Stickers / Dated Stamp



Supplies: January Kit / Right Now Journaling Tags / Little Moments Journaling Tags / All My Heart Stamp / Malia Lowercase Alphabet Stamp / Date it Stamp / Monthly Wood Veneer Tabs

Make sure to check out the Design Team Gallery as well to find more inspiration for using your kits!

Happy scrapping,

2017 Creative Plans and Stuff

Oh January. You have a way of making everything seem possible. Like, all the things.
There are lots of goals and steps to make all swirling in my creative soul happen. And reality has to play a part.

Some things have to stay and some things have to go. So after thinking and praying and assessing my goals, aspirations and my commitments – here’s what 2017 will look like in the retrohipmama crafty world.

I’ve talked about it all in this video or you can read about it below!

So excited that I’ll be staying with Gossamer Blue for another year! The variety of products and exclusive cards make this team so fun!

I have moved into a different role with Illustrated Faith and am creating more product based promotional videos. I’m loving this challenge and having fun with new ideas and concepts for the quick videos we’ve been putting out.

I’m also adding a new team this year that I’ve been excited about for over a year! Elle’s Studio will be a fun and very natural fit for me as I was already creating with their products and looooving it! I actually contributed to a Sketch class for them and also guest blogged for them in August so that was a blast!

I love teaching classes. I love bringing my experience and solutions to others who love to learn and gather. This community is nuts for all the knowledge and I am so inspired by those who want to soak up new skills and apply them to their crafty lives.

Which leads me to my goals for teaching more this year.

First, this month – on January 16th to be exact – my first class goes live at Big Picture Classes and it’s all about Pockets! I’ve been working on the class content for months and seeing the date on the calendar is super cool. So be sure to check it out and sign up!

The next class I’m working on is again, about pockets but I want to bring in a different perspective. I’ll be hosting a class with the fabulous Mrs. Alyssa Duncan called Memory Keeping for New & Experienced Crafters. This will be part of a bigger overall theme called 2 Crafty Babes that I would love to branch out into lots of different crafty things that all involve myself and another crafty babe – see what I did there? Dare I say more classes or possibly a podcast? Lots of ideas here so nothing’s concrete but I’m excited!

This class will be coming out sometime late spring-ish and of course, I’ll bombard you with sneaks and reminders and all the details along the way.

Another class on the horizon for the fall will be embroidery art. You’ve probably seen some of my pieces where I create a design and stitch it out to make art I decorate my home with. Well I want to teach you how to make them too! More details to come on this too!

Oh boy, This is a tough one but it’s an area where I have to make a change. It may be temporary, but for this season of my life, I’m finding that the same ol’ same ol’ just ain’t gonna cut it.

Printing and developing process: I’ll be printing from home exclusively. I’m seriously torn up about it because I’ve developed a great system with printing from a lab. But I’ve realized that A) I over print which is a time waste and money waste. B) The saddest part is coming up. My kids are growing up and I’m not taking as many photos anymore. I’ve probably decreased my actual number of developable photos by 25% in the last several months. Now, many factors could be at play here but I’m leaning toward being more selective about what gets printed and this means less photos and I can print small batches on-demand on my new Pixma printer. I’m gonna have to make that work for now and I’m okay with it! The quality is fairly close to perfect. I have some more testing to do to crisp up the black in my photos but overall it will work.

Personal album: You may have seen some recent posts from me on Instagram using Traveler’s Notebooks.

I am obviously fashionably late the this party but have absolutely fell in love with this format of documenting. So from here on out, my personal album will no longer be in pocket albums as I will exclusively use TN for my personal photos, OLW pages and lists. I’m super pumped! I also saw a fun project on the Felicity Jane blog to make a TN magazine-style file for them and I am soooooo making that!

I love creating videos and content for you here but – as you can imagine – it’s very time consuming. Videos are a lot of work and there are lots of steps involved. So, my channel will remain the home for all videos I create. Someday I would love to have a more regimented schedule with weekly episodes but for now it’s going to remain kinda willy-nilly and sporadic as you’ve come to expect from my random uploads.

My place. I adore IG and never plan to leave or post less. I adore this community we’ve built there. It’s pretty and people are sweet and generous with their love and support and I have met THE MOST wonderful people there. I will continue to inspire and encourage and be real and awkward and comfortable. Because you’re my people. My Jesus loving, pocket stuffing, food struggling, bible drawing, glitter sweating, messy desk, living with 3-day hair mamas. That’s where I love to share so I’m definitely hanging around.

Well, that’s what’s up.

Talk soon!

2017 Bullet Planner Setup + video


Welcome to my 2017 Bullet Planner. A new simple way for me to keep track of life without spending hours making it pretty. My goal for this year is to treat my planner like a mix between a pretty planner and a bullet journal.

I’ve filmed a Look Inside my setup and then have some additional detailed photos of things I added after this was shot.

I hope you enjoy seeing how I’m working in my planner!

My notebook will be kept in the front pocket to allow me to jot stuff down easily.img_1668


I keep my planner accessories in a pouch so they are always handy.img_1664


Here’s what I’m keeping in the pouch and these are the main supplies I’ll be using to keep it simple. I’ve paper clipped the 4 collections so I can easily grab them from the pouch.img_1663

I’m also keeping smaller embellishments in these 3×4 pocket pages so they are more easily accessible.img_1667

Hope you have enjoyed a peek inside my setup. Let me know if you have any questions at all!

Happy planning,

EXCITING NEWS – I’m on the Elle’s Studio DT!

Hey Crafty Babes!

I’ve been keeping a secret and it’s been killing me! I love sharing with you guys but obviously these Design Teams are TOP SECRET until officially revealed so I can now announce that I am on the DT for Elle’s Studio!


Elle’s Studio has been on my dream teams list for a while but wasn’t able to fully commit until this year. It’s been so hard keeping this to myself and am so excited to share all the amazing products this year.

Along for the ride are these amazing designers who will inspire all of us this year. You can learn more about them and follow their work by clicking on their links below:


Alissa Fast / Allie Stewart / Candace Perkins / Daniela Dobson / Jamie Leija / Jennifer Chapin / Jen Schow / Jill Sprott / Kay Rogers / Laura Hager / Maggie Massey / Meghann Andrew /
Melissa Mann / Michelle Wedertz / Nancy Damiano / Neela Nalam / Tessa Buys

Check out some sneaks of my upcoming projects! And then head over to Elle’s Studio to pick up any the goodies that are calling your name! The January 2017 kit + extras will be available on Tuesday January 10th at 8am PST so mark your calendars! The kits are $9.99 on launch day only and then are $11.99 after midnight. Subscriptions are now available as well so you’ll always get a kit each month! Check out Elle’s Studio for details!



Talk to you soon and happy scrapping!


Friends, a brand new Illustrated Faith devotional kit is here!!!! And just like the new year, it’s fresh and new and bursting with opportunity!

Written by Bailey Jean and designed by DaySpring, it’s the perfect way to begin this new year and new month – in His word while we plan the year. Goals with Grace is the first IF kit to include a gorgeous pouch and STICKERS!!!!

Grab yours here! GOALS with GRACE

May your year be blessed and happy!