Hello, Simple Stories friends! You have Shellye here with you today with two projects from the Homespun Collection; one of my very favorites of the new releases! It reminds me so much of the handmade quilts and dolls that my grandmother used to make using calico prints, ginghams and plaids. And the colors are so vibrant and cheerful...it's hard not to smile as you thumb through the papers and sweet embellishments!
First up is a mason jar mini album that I put together. You can find the steel rule die on-line OR you can order the chipboard pre-cut, along with a template for tracing onto your patterned paper.
The new embellishment packs called Bits & Pieces come in handy for projects such as this. I like to add a square of foam adhesive to the back and then pop into a corner of a photo mat...that's all you need!
I either cut out a 3X4 swatch from one of the 12X12 papers or used one of the SN@P Cards as the mat or journaling area for each page. In keeping with the homespun feel, I machine-stitched a zig-zag pattern around the edge.
Brads and buttons give that extra dimension and provide stability to the edges of stickers that may pop up after years of wear. Because of this, I do like to hand-stitch my buttons on before attaching the finished page to the chipboard page.
The above pages are two examples of how I let the adorable artwork do the designing for me! Just fluff them up with a ribbon bow or other fun embellies.
Here are two pages featuring the doily motifs found in Homespun. Accesorize with doily-shaped die-cuts or premade doilies. After going back and looking at the completed album, I also had a thought that some cross-stitching would look so cute as an accent with this collection!
Simple Stories Products:
Homespun Collection- Grateful Paper; Stitched Together Paper; Happy Family Paper; Beautiful Life Paper; Heart & Home Paper; Chipboard; Bits & Pieces; 4X6 Horizontal Journaling Card Elements; Insta-Squares and SN@P Cards
When I spotted the cute apron motif, I knew that I had to pair it with the apron card die that I have on hand, which is perfect for invitations, money or recipe holders. If you don't have access to a die such as this, you can find a template for the shape on-line (just search 'apron card' template).
After die-cutting the teal dot paper into the apron card shape, I topped it with the apron card found on the 3X4 Journaling Card Elements. I cut the journal card down to size and then corner-rounded the top edges before applying pom pom trim to the back edge.
Inside the pocket, I tucked in a cookie recipe and then attached it to the front of a mason jar filled with cookie mix. I also think it would make a wonderful embellishment for the front of a recipe book!
Simple Stories Products:
Homespun Collection- Teal Dot Paper; 3X4 Journal Card Elements; Decorative Brads; Chipboard.
That puts a Homespun wrap on my blog post for today! I know you will enjoy all of the ideas yet to come featuring the latest and greatest from Simple Stories :)
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