Simple Stories: Patriotic Picnic

Happy Fourth of July! I’m up on the Simple Stories Blog today sharing a patriotic page and a design inspired by a patterned paper from the Simple Stories Hometown USA collection.
I was inspired by the quilt-like pattern of the All American paper and thought it would be fun to create a large pieced star on my page with a similar look and feel.
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Take a look at my page below!
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I cut the geometric star (“Geometric Star” by Sarah Hurley #191599) with my Silhouette Cameo machine and then backed each section with the various patterned papers of the Hometown USA collection. I even utilized the red/white striped and plaid patterns of the  cut apart cards of the Elements paper.
Next, I created my own star from two shades of blue cardstock to layer on top. I used the two shades of cardstock to give it a dimensional look, sort of like a dimensional barn star. I then added two more die cut stars cut from navy cardstock and red glitter cardstock to the center to finish it off.
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I used the Echo Park Milo Uppercase Alphabet die and Carta Bella Picnic die to create the title from navy and red glitter cardstock. I love the picnic elements included on the 6×12 Sticker sheet because they were perfect to emphasize the topic of my page … our family’s patriotic picnic!
The new “It’s a Date” stamps are perfect for adding the date to your scrapbook pages, like I did here.
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I placed my photos on top of one another to the right of the star and then accented them with more of the adorable stickers from the 6×12 Sticker Sheet. I especially love the bike and those festive balloons!
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The page was feeling visually heavy on the right side, so to balance it out I mimicked the three photos by lining up three of the square stickers from the sticker sheet in the top left corner of the page. I matted a couple of them with navy cardstock to tie them in with the navy cardstock of the large star.
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Celebrating the Fourth of July is one of my favorite things about summer! I love getting together with family, laughing, watching parades, oohing and ahhing over the fireworks, and eating good food.
How do you celebrate the holiday? Have you scrapbooked it? If not, be sure to take photos of your favorite things about your celebration and make a page to document your traditions. You will be so glad that you did!
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SUPPLIES:

“Geometric Star” by Sarah Hurley (Design #191599 in the Silhouette Design Store)
Various Star Punches and Dies
Carta Bella Picnic Die
Adhesive/Foam Squares/Scissors/Trimmer

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
JanaBold

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Simple Stories: Smile

I’m back with another page using the Simple Stories Hello Summer collection and a June 2018 sketch by PageMaps!

SMILE

These snapshots are from our trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago. We were just standing on this path waiting for a tour guide … and as I looked at my family, I just felt so grateful to be there in that beautiful place, with these beautiful people. Definitely a reason to “Smile,” don’t you think?! Life is so good!

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I anchored the “Smile” sticker on a speech bubble die cut (created from a metal die I have in my stash) to give it a bit more presence as my title. Next, I surrounded the title with a few more stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet. The sun cloud, leaves, and flower are all from this sheet. That cute little lime slice is from the chipboard sheet.

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I used a stamp from my stash to create the journaling block and then decorated the left side with a chipboard cactus and more stickers.

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At the bottom of the page, I used the chipboard banner as a resting place for the “Relax” die cut and other elements. I stamped my date here with a Heidi Swapp date stamp and then added a bit of Heidi Swapp Black Velvet Color Shine to break up the linear feel of this page. (I’m always soooo nervous to add that final step of ink splatters … thankfully, I felt good about how they fell on the page this time! Whew! :D)

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I think that pineapple “Peace, Love, & Pineapples” paper is just so cute here and really makes this page shine!

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SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Black, White, Yellow, Lime Green
Speech Bubble Die
Journaling Lines Stamp: Hampton Art
Adhesive/Foam Squares
Trimmer/Scissors

JanaBold

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Simple Stories: Good Vibes

Hello! I hope you are having a great week and enjoying your summer so far! My page today features a snapshot from one of our summer family traditions … eating snowcones!

GOOD VIBES

I mentioned earlier this month that a great way to keep up with your summer scrapping is to utilize sketches. I am taking my own advice and using another sketch by Laura Whitaker to kick off today’s page.

I’m also using the happy, bright, and fun Hello Summer collection by Simple Stories.

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A bit of the Enjoy Summer washi tape with a few phrase stickers on top decorate each corner of this page.

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I’ve fussy cut another title from the “Who’s Ready for Summer” paper and decorated a few of the letters with sunglasses. They are indeed “chillin'” as the scripty word sticker above the title suggests! Ha! But really, they are just playing it safe and protecting their eyes from the chipboard sun up in the corner. *wink*

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I used lots of fussy-cut flowers from the Paradise Found paper on this page. I love the way they look peeking out among all of the 6×8 paper layers behind the photo.

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The teal chevron paper included behind the photo and running down the right edge of the page is just a piece of older Pebbles paper I utilized from my scrap bin.

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I love how this collection dresses up this everyday snapshot of my kids enjoying a summer treat. What everyday snapshot do you have hanging out on your phone or computer that deserves a page in your family scrapbook?

SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Black/White Baker’s Twine
Trimmer/Scissors
Adhesive/Foam Squares

JanaBold

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Simple Stories: Fun in the Sun

Last Friday I shared a double-page layout I created for the Simple Stories Blog using the Hello Summer collection. I must have been in a summer-y mood, because I couldn’t stop … and have several more projects to share with you this week using that collection! So let’s call this the week of “Hello Summer!” 😀

See these two papers? These are the kinds of papers that get me on a roll when I am creating …

“Who’s Ready for Summer?” Paper

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“Paradise Found” Paper

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I LOVE a paper with large, cute titles I can cut out on my pages (I always feel like I want to use ever last one!) AND I love large adorable florals that I can cut out and use as page accents. And I use both of these on almost ever project I am going to share with you this week. ❤

FUN IN THE SUN

I love when my daughters will twin with me … I know it’s a bit goofy, but it’s still fun! My daughter and I got matching t-shirts on our trip to Hawaii a couple of summers ago and this is just a quick snapshot of us at the airport wearing them on the way home.

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I used a this sketch by Laura Whitaker as inspiration for this page. I always love working with Laura’s sketches!

Everything here is from the Hello Summer collection, with the exception of the yellow solid cardstock (from my stash), and the pink diagonally striped paper. That one came from a paper pad by 3 Birds that I purchased from HSN several years ago.

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See how cute those titles are on projects?! I loved making it one of the main elements of the page and then dressing it up with a few stickers … how cute are those watermelon slices with their sunglasses?! Those watermelons are twinning … just like me and my daughter are! Bwaaaahaaaa!

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I’ve been pulling out my border punches lately … here I used a large, scallop one by EK Success across the bottom of the page. I tried to locate the large scallop punch on the internet, but couldn’t find it anywhere. Hopefully, you have a tool in your stash that will help you achieve something similar … or you could always use an electronic die cutting machine, or create a homemade template? I do really love the large scallop here!

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I’ve used one of the fussy-cut florals (from the Paradise Found paper) in the upper left corner of this page, along with the “Hot, Hot, Hot” and mini flower die cuts from the Hello Summer Bits & Pieces pack.

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SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Yellow, White
Patterned Paper: Pink Diagonal Stripe (3 Birds Design)
White Crochet Twine
Scallop Border Punch: EK Success
Computer/Printer for Journaling
Foam Squares/Adhesive
Trimmer/Scissors

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Last year, we held a “Let’s Flamingle” party for all of the ladies in my church in my backyard … and ever since then I have a newfound love for flamingos! I couldn’t resist adding the cute pink chipboard fella to this card … because you know what?! Life *IS* indeed so, so GOOD! 😀

LIFE IS GOOD

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SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Black, White, Yellow
Circle Punches/Dies
Yellow Photo Corners
Blue Pearls
White Crochet Twine
Foam Squares/Adhesive
Scissors/Trimmer

Thanks for coming by! Stop by throughout the week to see the rest of my projects with the Simple Stories “Hello Summer” collection.

JanaBold

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