Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Simple Stories Cozy Christmas Design Team Projects with Shelly Maxwell

Simple Stories Cozy Christmas is collection of double sided papers, glazed brads, cardstock bits and pieces of ephemera, enamel dots, 12x12 sticker sheet plus a TON of Holiday inspiration. 
 Christmas themes found in the Cozy Christmas collection such as poinsettias, presents, Dec. 25, mittens, snowflakes, red berries, ornaments, an old red pick-up truck with a tree in the back, Santa's hat, and lots of cheery sayings can be used throughout all of your projects. I created these cards using the double sided papers, twine, die cut pieces, and the brads:
 "No Peeking" is a phrase heard often this time of year, but it's ok to take a peek inside these cards. A sheet of journaling cards, and 4x12 title pieces made these cards come together quickly (and your's will too!).

I also wanted to share some layouts I recently created using photos my brother-in-law took when he was in high school back in the mid-70's. He was into photography and he tried a lot of effects with special camera lenses as you can see in the photo of the Maxwell family Christmas tree. I love the yellow hue the photo has.
  The die cut "dec 25" and faux polaroid picture frame paired with a brad to anchor it all to the page made a Christmas themed title for this page (and it was super easy). I used pop dots behind both to add some dimension.
 The second layout I wanted to share also features a die cut used as the title, and it also has a 3x12 title piece cut from the title paper included with this collection. I used diamond black self-adhesive photo corners to attach my photos to the page.
 The "Joy" and mittens along with the snowflakes are all pop-dotted for added dimension. I added the enamel dots to the snowflake's centers.
 Tags are a big part of the gift exchange custom associated with Christmas, and it's fun to create custom tags for your family and friends. It makes the gift even more special when the recipient opens it on Christmas day. This Graphic 45 Book Box with 3 Kraft Cards and a Binder Ring were my inspiration for this box of holiday tags:
 I sprayed the Graphic 45 Book Box with kraft exterior with Forever Red Perfect Pearls mist and then dried it, next I fussy cut the tree, and adhered it and several die cut pieces to the front, spine and inside of the box. Finally, I applied four layers of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium finish to seal and protect the outside of the box. I alternated brush stroke directions between horizontal and vertical with each coat to create a bit of texture with the medium. I kept the exterior fairly flat with little to now embellishments for easier storage.
Lastly I created about twenty or more tags using the three large kraft tags included in the box, plus several more tags I just happened to have in my "stash". I used all different colors and sizes.
 The Cozy Christmas brads and enamel pieces work great on tiny stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet also included in this collection.
 I love this holiday eye chart tag:
Washi tape was a fun addition to several of the tags. I decorated both sides of the tags (there were tons of embellishments to go around)and twine or ribbon was added to the top of each tag. Storage is convenient when the tags are all placed on the Binder Ring included with the box. It keeps them handy and tidy.

 Thanks for sneaking a peek at my design team projects. You can pick up all these goodies and check out all the projects in person at The Scrapbooking Studio, 1623 5th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265 309-736-7242. Check out their online shop at www.thescrapbookingstudio.com 

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