PageMaps: Making Spirits Bright

I always look forward to January with its fresh-start-feeling and a chance to get caught up on a few projects after the holidays. What better way to do that than with sketches from PageMaps?

The January sketches are up and here is the page that I contributed this month using the Simple Stories Merry & Bright collection.

MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT

Jana Eubank PageMaps Sketch January 2019 Simple Stories Merry Bright Layout 1 600

I fussy-cut this wreath from a 4x4 card of the Merry & Bright SNAP! Cards and was inspired to tuck my journaling spot into it as the circular element on this page.

Jana Eubank PageMaps Sketch January 2019 Simple Stories Merry Bright Layout 2 600

I then built my title off to the right, on top of the photos, using the word “Bright” fussy-cut from one of the papers of the Merry & Bright 6×8 Pad.

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Next, I added another circular element below the wreath on the left side of the page, by punching out the word JOY from one of the 3×4 cards. I then overlapped the “Ho Ho Ho” die cut from the Bits & Pieces on top of the photo to connect everything together.

Jana Eubank PageMaps Sketch January 2019 Simple Stories Merry Bright Layout 4 600

I added the string of lights sticker at the bottom of this paper block and then placed the a couple more Bits & Pieces die cuts on the right side to fill in the gap and make the light strand sticker appear as though it goes all the way across the page underneath the car.

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I finished off this layout by adding some texture with the stitching and the red foil dimensional dot accents on the snowflakes and touch points of the light strand.

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SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Kraft, Birch, Green
Sewing Machine/Brown Thread
Circle Punch
Trimmer/Scissors
Adhesive/Foam Squares

Have a great day!
JanaBold

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Simple Stories: Merry and Bright

Instead of stringing garland on a Christmas tree, why not switch things up a bit and create a garland from Christmas trees? My page today features a banner of Christmas trees across the top that I fussy-cut from a page of the Merry and Bright 6×8 paper pad.
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Merry and Bright Layout 1 600
I arranged the trees in a slight curve and then used my sewing machine to stitch them together.
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After stitching them, I tucked thin foam squares behind each tree to lift them up a bit and then accented a few of them with phrase and flower stickers from the Merry and Bright Combo Sticker Sheet.
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I used a journal block from the Merry and Bright SN@P! Cards to add the details about my photos. Cutting around the bracket shape of the journal block adds interest. I added some greenery and phrases from the Bits & Pieces and Combo Sticker Sheet as accents.
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Another 3×4 Merry and Bright SN@P! Card makes a quick and easy title for this page, and the large fussy-cut Santa (Merry and Bright 6×8 Paper Pad) is so cute peeking out from behind the photos.
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As you take down your holiday decorations this year, try looking at them with new eyes and see if there is an idea you can incorporate into your next scrapbook page. Creating a garland or banner on your layout is a great place to start!
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SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Simple Stories Merry & Bright Chipboard
Simple Stories Merry & Bright 6×8 Pad
Green Foil Dome Embellishments
Sewing Machine/Brown Thread
Kraft Cardstock

Happy New Year!
JanaBold

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Gingerbread House Cartons

Do you have a stash of brown cardstock that needs a little love? Why not make some gingerbread house cartons and fill them with treats as gifts this season? I think these would be so fun for co-workers, or to give to your little friends in the neighborhood. You could even add a loop to the top and use them as Christmas tree ornaments!

I mostly use dark chocolate brown cardstock in my scrapping, but have a lot of this lighter, gingerbread brown hanging out in my stash. I thought I would put it to good use by creating these gingerbread house milk cartons for Christmas.

Jana Eubank Gingerbread House Carton 2 600

I cut out a milk carton using the “Milk Carton Favor Box with Handle” cut file by Lori Whitlock (Design #138116 in the Silhouette Design Store) using brown cardstock. I then used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder to add texture to the side panels. To give them a frosted look I rubbed the edges with white ink.

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Next, I created a tiled roof by cutting strips of brown cardstock with large scalloped scissors. I fluffed up scallops to give them more dimension, covered them with glue, and then “frosted” them with white glitter.

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The windows and doors come from another Lori Whitlock cut file called “3-D Gingerbread House (2 of 3)” (Design #22480). They are part of a larger gingerbread house cut file. I simply resized them to fit my milk carton and I was ready to go!

Last, but not least, I added dimensional foam snowflake stickers  to the roof(bought at Dollar Tree several years ago … but each year they offer them, the ones this year are just a different style of snowflake), a candy cane sticker next to the door, a few foiled domes from my stash, and topped it off with a spray of ribbon and a button tied with twine. They turned out so CUTE!

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Fill them with treats for your child’s friends, your co-workers, or girlfriends!

Thanks for joining me today!
JanaBold

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Jolly Cardinal Christmas Card

I’m hopping on today with a quick Christmas card share using the Cottage Cutz Jolly Cardinal die set. I LOVE this cute little bird sitting on his snowy branch!

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I chose to cut him out in blue for this card, but you could also cut him out in red to be a Christmas cardinal, white or pink for wedding or Valentine’s day, yellow for springtime, or even black for Halloween!

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I hope you are enjoying this holiday season and spending lots of time making memories with your loved ones.

See you again soon!
JanaBold

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