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Fun & Fall

I'm always excited to share 
Simple Stories
  projects...the enthusiasm over their products is definitely contagious
and makes designing for them that much more fun :)

For today's Simple Stories blog post, I have a layout featuring 
-Take A Hike- and a quick and easy Fall frame using -Harvest Lane-

I adore this picture of my middle son. 
 I've had it in my stack of photos marked: I-really-want-to-scrap-this 
 for quite some time now.  After seeing Take a Hike, I knew it would 
be the perfect palette for this beloved photo

I cut three 1.5" wide strips from Brown Wood/Map #2516 
 and framed it around the photo.  In keeping with the 'wood' motif,
 I added a few brads to resemble nailheads.  The bottom was decorated 
with a 2x12 Border Strip #2514, various stickers from the  
Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers #2502 and punched leaves.

Here I added just a couple of clouds from the Fundamentals Stickers
 When adding dimension, think about using different thicknesses 
such as thin and thick foam dots...just right when you're
 layering two dimensional pieces side-by-side.

I cut the F-U-N pennants from one of the Take A Hike Flashcards #2509 
 and strung up a banner using baker's twine and a few punched circles (folded in half)
 that I punched from the back of the Flashcards paper. 
 By applying foam dots to the backs of each piece, I was able to easily
 position the banner across my layout.
-Yellow Chevron/Grid Simple Basics Patterned Paper #2519
-Brown Wood/Map Patterned Paper #2516
-2x12 Border Strip #2514
-Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers #2502

 It's a thrill for me to rummage through any dollar bin.  Any dollar bin! 
 If I didn't love it, I would not have found this really cute wooden scalloped frame. 
 This was just your standard, craft store-style wood item:  
plain blond wood with a few rough edges.  After sanding, I took a pad of Tim Holtz
 "Walnut Stain" Distress Ink, a cosmetic sponge and applied the ink to the frame. 
 Of course, you may use any acrylic paint or actual wood stain, 
but this worked out just fine for this project.

 For the inset of the frame, I cut various sizes of paper from the Harvest Lane Collection,
 layered and then machine stitched them together.
  To create the pumpkin, I used the 2.5" and 2" lace nesting dies from Lifestyle Crafts.
 Foam dots were added between the two layers.  After embellishing with a "Give Thanks" 
banner and leaves stickers, I attached it to the center of the piecing. 
 A hand-sewn button was added, as well as a stick (for the stem) from my yard :)

In keeping with the homespun feel of Harvest Lane
I outlined the frame in jute twine and a chenille ric-rac for the inset. 
You could make up several of these little pumpkins and use them as place setting markers 
(just attach to napkin-covered silverware), tie them to goodie bags
 or hang from a harvest tree!
-Expression Cardstock Stickers #2603
-Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers #2602
-Harvest Blessing Patterned Paper #2605
-Homemade Happies Patterned Paper #2607
-Made With Love Patterned Paper #2608
-Green Stitched/Grid Simple Basics Patterned Paper #2620

Like to see even more ideas using these two collections?
Just hop on over to the Simple Stories Blog and take a gander
at some of the amazing stuff created by the Design Team!

I'm so glad you dropped by!


  1. Okay, first of all, that layout is fantastic! The papers are great, the embellies are great, love the banner and the buttons, but WOWZA YOU ROCKED THE SEWING!!!

    Seriously, you have convinced me to look more thoroughly through those dollar bins!! You seriously just changed that lickety split into a work of art!!

  2. both of these are fabulous! your stitching is always perfect! I wish I could do that!

  3. Shellye, your creations always look like something that's been plucked off the page of a magazine. I love that layout especially, and that cute little cluster at the bottom with the wee button is simply adorable.

  4. Love this collection and your projects are beautiful.

  5. all is so beautiful!! The stitching is perfect! Very very good work!!!

  6. Gorgeous projects love your layout what an adorable kid


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