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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Echo Park Paper: Best Dad

This past week I have been off on a camping trip with my family, but this page was featured on the Echo Park Paper blog last week as we all created a project to celebrate dads! It only seemed fitting that I made a page about how much I appreciate all that my husband does and is for our family. He truly is the BEST dad!
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For this page, I pulled out the Grandson Mini Theme and a gorgeous sheet of Chestnut Brown Linen Designer Cardstock by Carta Bella Paper. I am not a grandmother yet, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t use this collection. I LOVE the patterns in this mini theme … the combination of the plaid with the woodgrain and bright colors is fantastic! I simply chose the elements from the collection that would work for my page and covered up any words that didn’t apply.
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In the top corner of the page, I made a little cluster of word stickers. I love the phrase “So there’s this boy…” because it reminds me of how I used to talk about my husband when we were dating. Hehe! He is the boy that captured my heart and has kept it all of these years!
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I cut out the orange hexagon shape from one of the journaling cards to use as a frame for my title. The title was cut on my electronic cutting machine. I then used the tag stickers and a couple of punched woodgrain stars around the title for a bit more pizazz.
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More punched stars and buttons are sprinkled above the tags, framing and drawing your attention to the journaling strips.
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To balance the color going on around the page, I also layered and grouped together a few of the solid stickers in the upper right corner of my photo.
What is it that you appreciate about the men in your life? I challenge you to take some time to record those sentiments on your next scrapbook page.

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OTHER SUPPLIES:
Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Die Cutting Machine
Star Punch: Stampin’ Up
White Crochet Twine
Buttons
Foam Squares/Adhesive
Trimmer/Scissors
Computer/Printer
Have a great week!

JanaBold

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Simple Stories: Heading into Summer with Emoji Love and Summer Days

The kids are out of school and the iconic question that goes “Mooom, what are we going to do today?” has already begun in our household. Haha! I don’t know about you, but even though I love summer, when it’s especially hot outside I think I’d rather stay in with the air conditioning and play with my scrapbook supplies!
Today I have a couple of layouts to share with you featuring the bright and happy colors of summer. This first on uses the Emoji Love collection.
WOW! WHAT A FUN DAY
All of my four kids birthdays are in the summer. My oldest daughter has taken it upon herself to start a new tradition with her siblings by taking each one of them out for a special outing to celebrate their birthday. On this day she took her youngest sister to lunch and to do a little bit of shopping.
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While they were out together they took lots of selfies of their adventure … which, of course, always includes silly faces! These are the kind of shots that are perfect to use with this darling collection!
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I used the two speech bubble die cuts, “Love” and “Yay!” above this photo … my daughter had picked up a pack of Pokemon cards while they were at Target and had scored a very RARE card. This is the celebratory selfie shot from that moment. Haha!
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I used the striped Be a Unicorn paper to mat the largest photo, and then used the solid color 3×4 cards from the 3×4 Journaling Card Elements paper to mat the two smaller photos. I placed the two smaller photos on either side of the larger main photo and then layered up lots of delicious patterned papers behind them: the Choose Happy Paper, Yay Paper, Ha Ha Paper, and Be a Unicorn Paper (script). I tilted each of the layers differently for a bit of fun.
In the upper right corner I added a winky face die cut, a epoxy metal clip, a sticker from the 4×6 stickers, and a few enamel dots.
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I cut out the script “Wow!” word from one of the 4×6 cards from the SN@P! pack for the first part of my title. For the second part, I used the pink letter stickers from the 4×6 sticker pack. The nail polish bottle die cut to the left of the title is a nod to the shopping they did on this day.
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What kid doesn’t spend many of their summer days riding their bike around the neighborhood with their friends?!
ENJOY THE RIDE
I gotta tell you … every time I flip through the Summer Days collection I just get a smile on my face. I love this collection so much! I couldn’t wait to play with it on this next layout!
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First, I matted my photos with the diagonal stripe of the Sunny Days Paper and then adhered the them to the sweet yellow floral Hello Sunshine Paper. This floral has my heart. It was the perfect backdrop for these photos of my daughter on her bike.
I accented the top of the photos in the upper right corner with a bit of the striped Good Vibes Washi Tape and a couple of die cuts. The “Big Smiles” sticker is from the phrase stickers on the Combo Sticker Sheet.
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I wanted to build a little scene in the bottom left corner of my photo strip. The sun looks like it is rising up over beach bus, beckoning you to come outside and play for the day!
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I created my title on my electronic die cutting machine. I backed the openings of the letters with the pink chevron Summer Snapshots paper to tie it in with the same paper at the top of the page. A flamingo die cut and pinwheel stickers flank either side of the title … and then a phrase sticker from the 4×6 stickers at the bottom of the title reminds you that it is definitely a beautiful day to get out and play in the sun!
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I used a strip of the diagonal striped Sunny Days Paper to tie in with the photo mats at the top of the page and give the title and accents a place to rest.
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Thanks for coming by! I hope you have a great weekend!
JanaBold

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Simple Stories: Scrapping with Domestic Bliss

My daughter just moved back home from her first year at college and I wanted to document her first “Home Away from Home” … her dorm room. The Domestic Bliss collection by Simple Stories was the perfect answer!
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
I had taken several photos of her room the day we moved her in last Fall, along with a shot of the outside of her dorm building. I included them all together on this page.
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I cut the “HOME” letters out from one of the cards from the 4×6 Horizontal Elements Paper to use as my title. Behind the letter “O” I included one of the pie chart circle die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack.
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The smaller “HOME” letters are from the 4×6 Sticker pack. I adhered the letters to white cardstock and trimmed them out using scissors to give them a white outline. I used the Snap Color Vibe Bolds Letter Stickers for the other words in the title.
I book-ended my title with the Decorative Brads to give it even more personality! I love them here!
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For some reason, that cute couch icon included in this collection just said “dorm” to me! I cut this one out of the same sheet of 4×6 Horizontal Elements Paper that I used for the “HOME” letters. Doesn’t that couch look inviting?! … Like it’s just waiting for 6 college girls to pile on it and start gossiping about their dating and class experiences!
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At the bottom of the page, I added a couple more decorative icon brads, as well as the date, stamped on one of the label stickers from the 4×6 Stickers pack.
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OTHER SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Navy, White
Trimmer/Scissors
Adhesive/Foam Squares
Computer/Printer for Journaling
Stampin’ Up Date It Stamp Set
Ink: Black Stamping Ink, Light Brown Distressing Ink

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I love when I find my kids asleep on the couch or in various other places around our house. To me, it means they feel safe, they feel cozy … they feel at home. And that is what this next page is about.
HOME
I used a sheet of the Aspen/White Basics Notebook paper as the base to my layout, matting it with a sheet of the Bless This Mess paper.
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Next, I used various papers from the 6×8 paper pad to build up some delicious patterned paper layers behind my two photos. The smaller scaled patterns are perfect for layering together in a situation like this!
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I cut the letters “HOME” from one of the 4×6 cards of the Snap Pack and then added a house and heart die cuts from the Bits & Pieces die cuts. Everything is stitched and anchored to a strip of striped paper from the same 6×8 paper pad.
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I hand cut the large hearts from the 6×8 paper pad and drew an outline around each one of them with a black journaling pen to match the outlining preprinted on the title letters. I then used my sewing machine to stitch them to the left side of the page, sprinkling them in a waterfall fashion and bending up each side of the heart for dimension.
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I added my journaling with a black journaling pen, using the lines of the background notebook paper as a guide. A few enamel dots sprinkled here-and-there adds even more color and dimension.
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OTHER SUPPLIES:
Black Journaling Pen
Lt. Brown Distressing Ink
Sewing Machine/Navy Thread
Scissors/Trimmer
Adhesive
Studio Calico Clay Spray Ink

 Do you have sweet pictures like this of your children or loved ones asleep? Don’t they look angelic in those photos? Why not use those photos to document what makes them feel safe and secure or what brings them comfort in your home?
Have a great week!

JanaBold

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