Simple Stories...Documented

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This was the product I was given to work with for my latest Craft Warehouse Design Team assignment.  At first, I felt really challenged with this.  I'm not used to working with papers that have such a limited color palette.  It made photo selection interesting!  My initial thought was to go sepia or black & white.  But as I looked at the collection more, I knew I wanted to add some color.  I noticed the birds and the butterflies...soon nature came to mind.  Hence, the hiking photos in my first layout.  If green doesn't go with brown, I don't know what does!

Simple Stories Style Layout with divided page protector


I cut the word LIFE from one of the 4x6 cards in my collection and basically built from there.  One of the most difficult parts for me was finding the right photo to place the transparency over.  What I chose gives a very subtle effect but I like it!  I used some dimensional adhesive for depth, Stickles on the butterfly and the Journey card and went with some 3x4 photos in my 4x6 pockets.  Otherwise, I really tried to keep it pretty simple.   

For the card, I was bent on making some little flags.  They're quite trendy right now and I thought they would be the perfect embellishment for what I had in mind.

Card---Designer's Choice


 I used plain toothpicks and added a button and some twine.  I did a lot of matting to dress it up.  There is just a tiny amount of Stickles on the dots above and below the bird.  I also added some dimensional adhesive behind the bird sticker.

For the last layout, I went with a beach photo from this last summer.  It's actually the photo I currently have for the cover of my Facebook timeline!  I chose it because it's primarily a silhouette photo with the only real color being blue.  another good color with brown!  I added a digital frame before printing.

12x12 Scrapbook Page---Designer's Choice


I am thrilled with how this one came out!  I think I crossed into the shabby chic world...just a bit.  I am usually the clean and simple scrapper but this collection pulled something out of me I didn't know I had!  I used some fancy American Crafts and Tim Holtz ribbons for the flowers.  I just cut them off and distressed a bit with some ink to make them less white.  I added pearl brads to the centers of the larger ones.  I made pleated paper ribbon---another first for me!  The title (besides the Thickers) was simply one of the quotes from my collection cut apart to suit my needs.

So, even thought I was hoping for the Awesome collection and was initially worried about pulling this one off, I'm pretty excited about my results.  I used very little "other" product.  That's the great thing about these Simple Stories packs---they can really almost stand on their own.
My oldest son (13) even told me he thinks the last layout is the best I've ever made!  He's so sweet!

Incidentally, I have the honor today of having my projects featured on the Craft Warehouse blog!  I hope you'll stop by and check it out.  Be sure to poke around see what else might inspire you!


PattyC said...

Lovely! Love the border in your last layer. Great photo too!

Jennifer said...

good choice of pics for that so well togehter and i love love love the card!

GLOANN said...

You certainly did venture into shabby chic and did so beautifully. Love that LO and all the other work on today's post. Those divided pps can work so nicely to tuck in your albums with your other more traditional pages. Can I say I dislike thoroughly this new word verification. Half the time I have to do at least two of them and sometimes a third. Off to try the second set now.

Mandi said...

I love your projects. Great job at shabby chic.

KellyF said...

WOW!!! Steffanie, these projects are all fantastic. That Simple Stories line does look like it would be a bit of a challenge, but you ROCKED IT!! I love your version of shabby's still so "you" and looks absolutely beautiful. The pleated border is the perfect touch. These are some of my favorite projects of yours I've seen so far!

Ladyofthelake318 said...

It's beautiful! You did a terrific job, even if it isn't quite your comfort zone!

Moongirl said...

Oh, my goodness! I love them all! You did a great job with the brown.

Lynn said...

Lovely projects my friend! I think you did a fabulous job with the Simple Stories collection. You added color in just the right places!

Ashley Horton said...

Awesome work on all of these Steffanie!! I am a big fan of the Simple Stories lines and I think you rocked it on your layouts and card!!

okanogangirl said...

Everytime I look at these I see a new different detail!! Still beautiful though.

Linda said...

Beautiful projects, Steffanie!