Simple Stories + Stash: Family Tree

Hi, Friends! I’m back with my last page using the Simple Stories Vintage Blessings collection … for now at least! 🙂

FAMILY TREE

One of my volunteer opportunities at church a few years ago was getting together with the pre-teen girls to create crafts. On this particular day I had them over to my house to create an art piece featuring their family tree … with the members of their family written on the leaves.

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I used my Fiskars Large Hexagon punch to create a fun border down the left side of the page with several of the papers from the Vintage Blessings collection. On a few of the shapes, I popped up these gold glitter hearts from the American Crafts DIY Shop 2 collection.

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I layered some 6×6 patterned papers, Maya Road kraft envelopes, and doilies from my stash behind the photo. I used a dot border stamp from the Stampin’ Up Watercolor Wings stamp set and Crumb Cake ink on the cream background paper to add a bit of visual depth. The two leaf pins accenting the tabs and phrase stickers are also some oldies-but-goodies from my stash.

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This cluster around my title was a lot of fun to create. I placed the words on a mini chalkboard from my stash (I believe I purchased this at JoAnn a year or so ago) and then tucked in several die cuts and stickers all around it. I pulled out a wood veneer baby deer from an old Crate Paper baby collection and added him to the mix, as well.

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I used a wood tag from the same Crate Paper baby collection to accent the photo.

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This one turned out quite feminine and textured with all the lacy doilies and details. I love it!

SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Stampin’ Up Watercolor Wings Stamp Set
Crumb Cake Ink by Stampin’ Up
Doilies: Large and Medium
6×6 Patterned Papers
Kraft Envelopes – Maya Road
Cream Bracket Tag – Michaels
Mini Chalkboard – Joann or Michaels
Foam Squares/Adhesive
Wood Deer & Tag – Crate Paper
White Crochet Twine
Stick Pins (Maya Road? Or Jenni Bowlin?)
Trimmer/Scissors
Circle Cutter
Black Journaling Pen

What types of older embellishments do you have hanging out in your stash that you could tuck amidst the layers of YOUR next page design?

JanaBold

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Simple Stories: Watching Squirrels

On Saturday, I shared with you my two Simple Stories layouts for this month featuring the Vintage Blessings collection. I had so much creating those pages with those papers that I just kept right on scrapping! Here’s another one made with the same supplies …

WATCHING SQUIRRELS

When we first moved into our house the kids and I enjoyed watching the squirrels in the adjoining forest scurry and scamper around the yard. We even thought they were cute!

Until the next Spring when we discovered they had built nests in our rock retaining walls around the property. It fascinated us at first, and the kids enjoyed watching them through our windows … until we saw the dirt flying out as they made room for their families. YIKES! *THAT* can’t be good! (from then on out, we established a “Squirrel Relocation” program with a trap Haha!)

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The “happy home” sticker accenting the circular squirrel photo doesn’t mean *I* was happy with their home … but I think they enjoyed theirs while they were there? Hehe!

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I’ve had this gold label in my stash for YEARS! It worked great here to hold the title and I was happy to get it used up!

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What kinds of pests do you deal with in your home? We get mostly spiders, squirrels, a few snakes, and the occasional mouse trying to hide out in our garage in the winter time. The first year we lived here we had a tarantula …ICK! But I’m happy to say we haven’t seen one since.

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Have a great Monday!
JanaBold

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Simple Stories: Thankful and Grateful

I have fallen head over heels for the new Vintage Blessings collection by Simple Stories! Today I am up on the Simple Stories blog with the following two pages, but I will be back next week to share two more here! I had a lot of fun with this set!

THANKFUL

First up, is a page featuring my sweet family. We were on our way out the door to go to Thanksgiving dinner when I thought to myself, “Hey! Let’s grab a family photo!” We set up the tripod really quick and captured this shot with the self-timer function. It turned out pretty good considering we were in a rush! Ha!

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I love mixing patterns and had a lot of fun doing just that on this page.

I began with several strips going vertically on the left side of the page. I tucked in a punched cardstock border in between the floral and dot paper and then added machine stitching, as well.

I then used more patterned paper strips to layer beneath the photo.

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I love when I can cut apart the designs on a paper and use them as elements on my page. In this case, I cut out several doilies from the pink Home Sweet Home paper. I used them beneath the floral die cuts to the left of the title …

… and again at the top of the page, layered up behind the tabs at the top of the photo.

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I tucked another doily behind the house and tree to the right of the title, too.

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I wasn’t sure I was going to have journaling on this page, but decided to add it at the last minute at the bottom. I used the orange and blue chipboard hearts to sort of fill in that trapped space between the title and the journaling and connect everything together.

I sprinkled a few more chipboard hearts around the page (the yellow one to the left of the subtitle … and a couple at the top by the washi tape) to connect all of the clusters together visually.

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This second page makes me itch to get together with my scrappy friends again!

GRATEFUL

Last year, I connected with these ladies through the ScrapGals Facebook group. We all live within an hour of one another and decided to get together for a night of crafting, laughing, and dinner. What a blessing they have been in my life! Each one of them has inspired me in my creativity and I am so grateful I had the chance to connect with them in “real” life!

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The background for this page comes from my favorite Snap Basics pack. It’s a set of white and light cream basic patterns (like grids, notebook, ledger, and dots) with various wood-grain finishes printed on the B sides. The Vintage Blessings patterns (and all patterns) look so great against the clean white notebook pattern … I seriously need to stock up on 10 more packs of these babies!

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I placed the title across the seam of the two photos and then embellished the left side with flower die cuts and some enamel dots from the Faith collection. At the top of the photo, I layered together a couple of tab die cuts.

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For the journaling, I cut this bracket shape from one of the cut apart journaling cards. It had a small cluster of flowers pre-printed on it, but I added a larger floral die cut on top to give it more presence.

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At the bottom of the page, I created a little scene with the tree, house, tickets, and more flowers. Wouldn’t it be fun if real houses were available with floral prints on their roofs? 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my page today … Maybe it will inspire you to pull out some supplies and do a little scrapping of your own this weekend?

Thanks for coming by!
JanaBold

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Two-Page Layout: So Very Thankful

This month the Simple Stories design team was invited to participate in the monthly sketch release over at PageMaps.

I adore PageMaps and jumped at the chance to work with one of Becky Fleck’s amazing two-page sketches! I created the layout below using the Simple Stories Happy Harvest Simple Set.

SO VERY THANKFUL

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Here is a closer look at the the left side of the spread.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo machine to cut out a title for my page and then added a pair of fox heads across the top to represent family. The larger fox was cut from one of the journaling cards and the smaller one is from the sticker sheet.

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I cut the title out multiple times, trimmed away the word “very” and ran it through the Tiny Dots embossing folder (Kaiser Craft). That bit of texture adds a lot to this part of the page.

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I cut out the group of pumpkins from another one of the journaling cards and layered several stickers around it.

More stickers adorn the right side of the page.

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One of the 4×6 cut apart cards holds my journaling. I added more stickers at the top and a punched tab at the bottom stamped with the date.

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Zig Zag stitching across the width of both pages, ties them together. I LOVE that woodgrain paper. It grounds the photos and feels perfectly “fall.”

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I cut out the pumpkin from the journaling cards paper and added more stickers to the right of it to create another embellishment cluster. The shiny gold circle stickers are from my favorite Stampin’ Up Metallic Enamel Stickers. The gold color has a nice sunny, warm feeling to them … a nice change of pace from the silver tone you usually see in shiny stickers.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my take on one of the PageMaps sketches this month. Be sure to stop by PageMaps to see what the rest of the design team created!

SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Sketch: Pagemaps
Cardstock: Cream, Light Blue, Sunflower
Stampin’ Up Metallic Enamel Shapes
“So Very Thankful for…” Cut File by Loni Stevens (Design #22713 in the Silhouette Design Store)
Sewing Machine/Brown Thread
Black Journaling Pen
Adhesive/Foam Squares
Trimmer/Scissors

Enjoy your day!
JanaBold

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