Thursday, October 4, 2012

Simple Harvest, Simple Christmas

I'm sharing today over at
SIMPLE STORIES 

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I have a couple of fun projects using Harvest Lane & Handmade Holiday;
two of the newest collections from Simple Stories!
Don't you just love the warm color palette of Harvest Lane
 Simple Stories has perfectly captured the feeling of the Autumn Harvest with this collection.  
I've had this photo of my daughter set aside to scrap for some time now..
.this collection is a wonderful back-drop for it:
 I love the artwork on the large SN@P pocket and used it as the inspiration
 for beginning the layout.  For texture, I added felt flowers, jute twine and a 
fabric strip sewn into a scallop.  I tucked in cardstock stickers here and there and added 
the FALL banner to complete the grouping.  
  Harvest Lane Supplies:
  • SN@P Pockets| #2623
  • Teal Dot/Ledger Paper| #2617
  • Homemade Happiness Paper| #2607
  • 4x6 Journaling Card Elements #2| #2611
  • 12x12 Expression Cardstock Stickers| #2603
  • 12x12 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers| #2602
 Now let's have a little fun with Handmade Holiday!
The 3x4 SN@P Cards are too cute!  Each are a piece of artwork that can stand alone. 
 My first thought was to create ornaments with the cards bearing the different icons, 
but I ended up with this sweet mini chipboard album.
 The beauty of a project like this is that it can be put together quickly...
you don't need a lot of additional embellishments because the cards are just that cute!
 In beginning, I selected the cards that I wanted to use and then cut a piece of chipboard 
just a bit smaller to sandwich between the two pieces.  
 I layered different cardstock stickers, using thin and thick foam dots to bring various elevations.
  And a snowflake just isn't a snowflake without a bit of iridescent glitter :)  
I found a spool of mini holly leaves with berries at Hobby Lobby...
I snipped off a couple of the leaves and tucked them under the red heart button.
  On the ring I twisted on a couple of 'pine' stems.
  A little trick that I like to use on chipboard based mini albums is to outline
 the edge in a baker's twine or yarn...helps to hide the ragged edges and looks so pretty too! 
 For this I've found that a ball-point glue pen works best.
 As you can see, it doesn't take much extra embellishing to make the pages come to life!
  And if you don't have a sewing machine, or prefer not to machine stitch your pages,
 simply hand-stitch a few X's here and there...still captures that homespun feel.
 Another idea that came to mind after putting this together was to give this as an actual Christmas card!  Have members of your family sign the different pages (adding their own sentiments or memories)...what grandmother wouldn't love such a gift!?!
 Handmade Holiday Supplies:
  •  3x4 SN@P Cards| #2726
  • 6x6 Paper Pad| #2701
  • 12x12 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers| #2702
  • 12x12 Expressions Cardstock Stickers| #2703
With Simple Stories products you can make your own unique gifts this holiday season!
  I've enjoyed sharing with you today...thanks for coming by!

4 comments:

  1. Love the beautiful layout and the cute Christmas cards. Both types are projects are an inspiration to me. Ready for the holidays!
    Hazel

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  2. Just amazing Shellye!! You did wonders with these collections!!

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  3. LOVe love love your work. I love how you did the stitching too. makes me want to go out and get a sewing machine now.

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