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Playing with Papers that are SEW cool!

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Hey everyone welcome to my October post, although I am a fan of all things spooky I decided to stay away from all the gorgeous Halloween collections in store and focus on some lovely bold and bright patterns.  The beautiful Jillibean Soup Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup was full of colour to hang on to the sunny days a bit longer; it also has a lovely crafty theme too.

The collection as well as beautiful patterned papers also comes with a few great embellishments too.  I also always love their alpha stickers as they match the collections perfectly.

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I have wanted to document a recent crochet project I completed, and when I saw these papers I know it would work great.  I love the cut-a-part journaling card paper as this works great for titles as well as building clusters upon.  I really like the busy backgrounds, but I find it hard to read the layers on top of it, unless I build a layer with stamps and ink for it to sit on.  I used my beloved American Crafts roller stamps for this and using inks from my stash.

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The die-cut pack and the sticker sheet helped me build up layers around the photo and build my title and a spot for journaling.  I used the rub-ons to add some accents to the stickers.

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I mounted the photo and page on a lovely black and white star patterned paper from Studio Calico this helped to encase all the bright colours and keep the page grounded.

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In my next page I wanted to document a gift I made my boyfriend for our 4 year anniversary, I snapped a candid picture as he was looking through the mini album I made and again though the crafting nature of this line would work well.

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I really liked the stitched hearts on this paper and knew that it would work well for our anniversary theme, I did not want to waste the paper behind the photo and journaling layers so I cut these out to use as embellishments.  I share the process of making this page on my YouTube channel and you can see this process.  I used foam tape to pop up some of these hearts to add some dimension to the background.

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To further enhance the crafting feel, I took out my Amy Tangerine stitching templates and used this it to cross stitch a heart above where my journaling will go.  I also added my title using the alpha stickers and added some accents with the rub-ons.

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For my last page I wanted to use this collection for a non-craft themed page, I had lots of photos of me and my bestie and decided to uses these in a photo strip style.

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I really loved the journaling card and thought it went well to describe our friendship.  I again used inking and stamps in the background to help ground all the layers I added to the top, I did reach in to my stash for some of the older Simple Stories papers as their primary colour lines worked perfectly.

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All the beautiful flower die cuts made perfect embellishments for the clusters in this page and helped to frame the photo and journaling spots.  I used an orange piece of cardstock from my stash to tie the whole page together.

After making my pages I had a few large scraps left and also some of the stickers so decided to make some cards using these.  I took the colours from this collection to influence my colouring of my images.

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Then beautiful embroidery hoops filled with words made for the perfect background, and again I use foam stickers to add some dimension to the stickers I placed on top.

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The rub-ons also worked great on the stickers for an added sentiment.

Products Used:

Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup – Bite Size Bits Paper

Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup – Sew Cool Paper

Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup – Sew Creative Paper

Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup – Sew Fun Paper

Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup – Sew Original Paper

Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup – Pea Pod Parts Die Cuts

Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup – Mini Rub-Ons

Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup – Mini Alpha Stickers

Seven Paper – Amelia – 005 Paper

I really enjoyed using the bright sunny colours in the collection and it helped me to capture some stories that I wanted to tell of both a crafting and non-crafting nature.  I always enjoy finding ways to use themed items in other ways.

I hope you all have a wonderful October and I will see you in November using more of the wonderful stock in the shop

NANCY

5 Comments

  1. Julie taylor

    Great pages Nancy, lovely bright pop of colour to start the autumn months

  2. Claire

    Congrats on your 4th anniversary !
    A feast for the eyes with all that lovely colour Nancy.

  3. Jo

    These are fab Nancy! Love those popped up hearts and the cards are very cute! Great watching your process videos too!