Elle’s Studio // Traveler’s Notebook with Live Laugh Love Collection


Hello Friends! I couldn’t be more excited to share this project with you which shows off the brand new Live Laugh Collection!

In a nutshell, I used the papers to build my own traveler’s notebook for documenting my day at PlannerCon2017 and I wanted to really show more than just the final product. So along the way, I snapped photos of how I put it together. Each photo below is a set of process photos and I’ll talk about each part but then I also have a video look inside so you can see the end result up close and personal.

These photos will go from left to right so you can follow along:

  1. I selected 12×12 papers and 6×6 papers that I would match my photos.
  2. I cut the larger papers down to TN size (approx:  XXXX)
  3. I then arranged them in an order that would put coordinating papers next to each other.
  4. Same as step above.

5. I laid out photos and die cuts I wanted to use.
6. Once the pages were arranged how I wanted, I gave them a slight fold so I had a guide for the stitch.
7. I ran the whole book right through my sewing machine. One tip, make the stitch a healthy length. If you make it too short then the pages will perforate. Trust me on that! HAHA!
8. Now you have a book!

9.   Here’s a quick peek inside so you can see how some pages look when opened.
10. I narrowed down the supplies I wanted to use and stored them in a flat tray to keep them handy while I worked on the book.
11. Here’s a closeup of the embellishments I used.
12. And the cover – all finished!

This is probably a great time to share the video with you so you can see how it all came together. Then you’ll have some more detailed photos to follow!

Check out some more details of the book using the Live Laugh Love Collection! It’s available in the shop now!

Thanks so much for hanging out and watching!

See you soon,


Print at Home Process // UPDATED + free template


Hey Crafty Babes!

For 2017 I decided to start printing my photos at home exclusively and have a fun video that takes you through my process from phone to desk. I bought a Canon Pixma iX6820 in December and I have loved having easy access to printing without having to wait for a lab to ship them and also I don’t have to pay for shipping. 

I have not done the precise pricing calculations to compare printing online versus printing at home. What I do know is that the printer is purchased, I have plenty of ink and the photo paper is readily available and I don’t have to spend money each month to print. I know that some would say that I am spending money on printing because I’m using the supplies, but when money is tight I can still print and don’t have to wait until I have money to spend. For me, that’s what sealed the deal. I want my photos and I want them now! LOL!

I’ve seen so many discussions about how complicated it can be and it’s so much research to just get started. Then how do I get the most use out of my paper? What program is best? It becomes a lot of information! It’s a question I get a lot!

I’d love to show you how to make it easy to get started? Hopefully I can walk you through my process and you’ll find it to be super simple. Below are links to the supplies I use and mention in my video:
Canon Pixma iX6820
Additional ink cartridges
Semi-gloss photo paper


Check out my video below and see if any of this process makes you feel less intimidated by printing at home!

Oh, and to help make this process even easier for you, download the Photoshop template that I use here.

Keep on scrapping!


Ask Andrea – episodes 4 & 5

Hey crafty babes! I’m back with 2 more Q&A sessions for ya! I have compiled all of your questions from previous videos and am answering them in true retrohipmama fashion…with a video and some laughter!



Do you have more questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them in a future video.

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!

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,


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!