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Project Life with Crate Paper and Simple Stories

Hello, it’s Jo here today.

This month I thought I’d have a play with some of the new collections to create some Project Life spreads. I used two collections from Crate Paper ‘Craft Market’ and ‘Maggie Holmes – Confetti’ and Simple Stories ‘I am’. When I put these pages together we were still waiting for several of the items from the Crate Paper collections to come in, so I used what was available at the time. Now we have more of the gorgeous ranges in stock and I’ll be sharing more projects next month with the full Maggie Holmes ‘Confetti’ collection.

Craft Market  Maggie Holmes Confetti  I Am

First up is my Week 11 made with Crate Paper’s collection ‘Craft Market’ and it’s lovely muted tones. Actually all three collections work well together which lends a nice cohesive look to the adjacent Project Life spreads in my album.

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I kept this week fairly simple with the same background paper for each of my 4×6 inserts and layered that and some of the ‘Thrifty paper’ for the header insert. I used the letter stickers from the collection along with matching ephemera, stickers, thickers and die cut accents, in fact the only thing not from the collection were the journaling cards which are from Becky Higgins Project Life. All links can be found below.

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For week 11 I used the following items from the Crate Paper ‘Craft Market’ collection;

Crate Paper - Craft Market - Process Paper ‘Process Paper’     Crate Paper - Craft Market - Marquee Chipboard Thickers‘Marquee Chipboard Thickers’

Crate Paper - Craft Market - Words & Phrases Stickers‘Words & Phrases Stickers’ Crate Paper - Craft Market - Thrifty Paper  ‘Thrifty Paper’

Crate Paper - Craft Market - Ephemera Die Cuts‘Ephemera Die Cuts’  Crate Paper - Craft Market - 6x12" Journalling & Title Stickers ‘Journaling & Title Stickers’

and Becky Higgins - Project Life - 3x4 Lined Cards - Cream Becky Higgins Project Life ‘3×4 Lined Journal Cards – Cream’

For my next week, Week 12, I used Crate Paper’s ‘Maggie Holmes – Confetti’ collection.

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When I put this spread together all I had from the collection were some papers, gold letter stickers and word stickers, but it’s actually pretty amazing what you can do with these basic things! The only thing on this spread which aren’t from the collection are the little letter stickers, they are really old ones from my stash.

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Love the ticket paper ‘Festival’, I can see myself cutting lots more of these tickets from the 12×12 paper to create my own ephemera.

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For Week 12 I used the following from the Maggie Holmes ‘Confetti’ collection;

Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes Confetti - Centerpiece Paper ‘Centrepiece Paper’ (reverse side) Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes Confetti - Festival Paper ‘Festival Paper’

Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes Confetti - Fete Paper ‘Fete paper’ Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes Confetti - Jubilee Paper ‘Jubilee paper’ Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes Confetti - Shindig Paper ‘Shindig paper’

Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes Confetti - Snapshot Paper ‘Snapshot paper’ Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes Confetti - Tiny Phrase Stickers ‘Tiny Phrase stickers’

Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes Confetti - 6x12" Gold Foil Alphabet Sticker Book ‘Gold Foil Alphabet Sticker Book’

(the little letter stickers are old October Afternoon ones from my stash)

For my final week, Week 13 I used the Simple Stories ‘I Am’ collection.

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I really liked the woodgrain side of the Maggie Holmes ‘Jubilee paper’ I’d used in Week 12, so I simply added photos and journaling on the reverse side of some of the previous weeks inserts. I used the ‘I Am 3×4 Accent paper’ for the small inserts, I just rounded the corners after I’d cut the 12×12 paper down into the 3×4’s pieces.

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I couldn’t resist amending the ‘I am strong’ sticker to ‘I am not strong’ for the insert about receiving my ‘sale order’ from Hey Little Magpie. I had of course added more than just the items in the sale to my basket! How many of us does that apply to I wonder?

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For Week 13 I used the following from the Simple Stories ‘I Am’ collection;

Simple Stories - I Am - 12x12" Expression Stickers ‘Expression Stickers’ Simple Stories - I Am - 12x12" Fundamentals Stickers‘Fundamental Stickers’

Simple Stories - I Am - 3x4" Elements Gold Foil Accent Paper ‘3×4 Elements Gold Foil Accent Paper’ Simple Stories - I Am - 6x12" Chipboard Shapes ‘Chipboard Shapes’

Simple Stories - I Am - Die Cut Bits & Pieces ‘Die Cut Bits & Pieces’  ‘Unique Paper’ (reverse side)

Simple Stories - I Am - Word Stickers ‘Word Stickers’

And finally I made a fun layout about our Creative Team retreat back in February with the Crate Paper ‘Craft Market’.

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I layered lots of bits and pieces from the collection and tucked in some extra photos into a Studio Calico vellum pocket which I had in my stash. In addition to those already listed above for week 11, I used;

Crate Paper - Craft Market - Chipboard Shapes ‘Chipboard shapes’ ‘Wood Veneers’

American Crafts white textured cardstock and bakers twine.

The mini handmade vellum envelope and handpainted magpie were a gift from my fellow CT member Claire Fader at our getaway, so sweet I had to use it on this layout!

Thanks for stopping by, do say hello in the comments, it’s always nice to see who came over. See you next month!

JO

7 Comments

  1. Ida Rosberg

    Great project life spreads! So fun to see your work… I really need to use more of those alpha stickers. I have a lot of those left! And all the journalling you do! Amazing!
    And I also love your layout! I will try to use my magpie too! So sweet!

  2. Sheena x

    Fabulous PL & Lo Jo x
    So many details to look at 🙂

  3. Julie taylor

    Lovely colourful project life pages Jo, lots to look at, & love your Layout, need to find a good home for my lovely magpie & vellum envelope

  4. Nat

    Stunning pages as usual Jo – love how you’ve combined the collections! But especially how you’ve used the I Am collection in week 13 and how you’ve layered all that ephemera on the HLM retreat page. Seriously lush! 😀