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.
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Domestic Bliss Home Away From Home Layout 1 600
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.
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Domestic Bliss Home Away From Home Layout 2 600
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!
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Domestic Bliss Home Away From Home Layout 3 600
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!
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Domestic Bliss Home Away From Home Layout 4 600
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.
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Domestic Bliss Home Away From Home Layout 5 600
SUPPLIES:

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.
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Domestic Bliss Home Layout 1 600
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!
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Domestic Bliss Home Layout 3 600
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.
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Domestic Bliss Home Layout 2 600
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.
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Domestic Bliss Home Layout 4 600
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.
Jana Eubank Simple Stories Domestic Bliss Home Layout 6 600
SUPPLIES:

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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Back-to-School Survival Kits for Teen Girls

For my church, I teach a group of Young Women between the ages of 12 and 14. Each Wednesday night we get together for an activity. Last night I was in charge of planning our activity. I wanted to do something for Back to School and after browsing around the web a bit I came across an idea for DIY Locker Accessories. Instead of creating the mirrors, etc. I went with Tausha’s idea at the bottom of the post to create Back-to-School survival kits.

Mine came together a bit differently, so I thought I would share with you what we did.

First, instead of the snack container, I used a sliding pencil case. I liked the fact that these were already opaque and had pattern/color to them, so that we wouldn’t have to do much decorating. I created the labels with my Silhouette machine. The font I used is called Bernard MT Condensed. I assembled the vinyl labels for the girls ahead of time, so all they needed to do was adhere to the label to the front and then decorate with stickers. (The puffy stickers were purchased at the Dollar Tree at the beginning of the summer. I couldn’t find them there yesterday, but they had other cute ones you could use instead.)

The pencil case slides out and holds everything neatly in place. The pencil cases are the perfect size for the girls to slip into their backpacks or lockers. Here is what is inside ….

An extra pen and pencil, hand sanitizer, maxi pad (for those unplanned events), chapstick, pack of gum, a little chocolate (for those days where you need a little pick-me-up), a small container (decorated with washi tape) to hold emergency Advil or allergy medicine, and a small ziplock bag holding a few bandages, safety pins, bobby pins, hair elastics, nail file, and fashion tape. (I found the fashion tape at JoAnn’s by the register — it helps with several things: keeping a bra strap/blouse in place, temporarily fixing a hem, etc.)

Instead of a contact case for the medicine, I bought a set of bead containers. They were $10 for 30 of them . . . use a coupon to make it less expensive. 🙂 The girls had fun decorating the outside of the containers with a strip of washi tape. For the lid, I cut white cardstock circles with my Silhouette machine ahead of time. The girls layered two small strips of washi tape over the circle and then trimmed the excess off with a pair of scissors. The circle gets tucked up inside the lid and stays in place without any adhesive. Easy peasy!

These were so much fun to put together! The girls really loved it! Gosh, I’m thinking I might put one together for myself . . . how great would this be to have tucked inside your purse for everyday?!

Happy crafting!