Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Weekend Ride / Simple Stories

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm here again today to share another new layout for Simple Stories using the Winter Wonderland collection.  This collection was definitely a challenge for me to use since so much of it is geared towards Winter.  Living in Florida means we have zero snow, so I can't really create true Winter pages.  I decided to pull items that seemed Fall-like and outdoorsy to create this page about riding 4-wheelers.  I think it turned out great, and you would never know that most of these products revolved around snow :)

I went minimal since I had to...so I started with white cardstock and a big title cut on my Cameo.  I used the Tall Type Alpha cut file from The Cut Shoppe and cut it on different papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad.  I had a white scribbly circle die cut in my stash, so I added it to the background for some interest and texture.  I used just a little bit of blue Shimmerz to create a subtle watercolor wash on the background.

I love using large titles like this, and these tall letters were perfect. I backed the open spots with a little bit of vellum and then used brown thread to stitch through each word.  I used a bit of foam adhesive under my photo as well as some tissue paper.  I love the pops of blue peeking out from behind the title and photo.

I combined a die cut tree from the Bits & Pieces pack with a tree sticker from the Fundamentals sticker sheet.  I love the color variation, and they worked really well layered like this.  I added a little flower and leaf sticker for a bright pop of color as well as some orange tangled thread.  I love how this creates a forest look and echos the trees in the photo.

I added another tree die cut over here and a cute tree stump sticker.  I fussy cut that little flower cluster out and added some golden yellow thread and some foam under the stump.  I love creating little clusters like this.

To finish up the top area, I hand cut a few clouds from patterned papers and stitched through the bottoms with blue thread.  I love how this turned out, and the texture is awesome since I can ruffle up the tops.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how you can use a heavily themed collection and make it work in a totally different way.  It's a challenge, for sure, but it can work if you get creative with it.

Thanks for stopping by!