Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Domestic Bliss | Simple Stories

Hey scrappy friends! Today I am sharing my last post as part of the Simple Stories design team.  It has been an amazing year designing for this wonderful and generous company.  I consider it one of my many blessings and have happily crossed off a major item off of my scrappy bucket list!

I have created two layouts as well as a fun altered item using some of the new Domestic Bliss collection, which I was lucky enough to get hot off the press before the recent CHA/Creativation event!   I created this first layout (along with a process video) and the little altered room for the event and the second page was created afterward for this post.


Don't let the name of this collection fool you, it is for a lot more than documenting your chores! When I created this page, I wanted to share how versatile this collection is and how easily you can use it for every day life.  This photo of my youngest son and our new (at the time) puppy was just perfect for this collection, because of course being in the arms of someone that loves you is HOME.


I really wanted my layout to include a larger and multi font title, it was the jumping off point for my layout design, even though I added it to my page later in the assembly process.  I used a chipboard word from the Domestic Bliss collection, as well as some alphas from a SN@P Basics sticker sheet and the word "feels" that I die cut myself to create the title.  I love the way it looks!


As always, I took advantage of my design to add a few embellishment clusters. This collection has a super fun colour palette and includes all of our favourite types of embellishments!! If truth be told, I thought I was over stickers but Simple Stories had me falling in love with them all over again.  Stickers are so simple and versatile to use! I will be buying stickers for a long time to come!


As I mentioned, I created a process video for this page you can watch it below or on my You-Tube channel here.


Of course, I felt the need to document something to do with daily routines, as well. Well actually, I wanted to document how different some of the chores are now that we only have one child at home.  The "to do" lists are much lighter.  As my journalling says "I can hardly complain..." as back in the day when all three of our boys were at home, and we had four foster children in the house I would easily have 35 loads of laundry a week!  Now I often struggle to fill our weekly white load!


Anyway, about the page, I began by adding some Gelatos and Distress Crayons to my background as well as some splatters of mist.  I just felt like working on my technique on this particular day, I am still very intimidated by these products.


Then I cut a large laundry basket with my Cameo.  This cut file is available in the Silhouette store. It comes with several shapes that represent folded and layered laundry. I cut some of them from patterned paper, and wrapped others with some of the fun Washi tape, from this collection.  I added a bit of foam between the pile of "laundry" and the basket to give it some dimension.  Once adhered to my background, I hand stitched around it for fun!


I love adding tags to my layouts, its a bit of a thing really as I hardly ever write on them I just like the shape! I hand cut this pretty yellow one from a patterned paper and dolled it up with some crochet thread and a clear sticker.


I was on a roll with long titles the day I created this page too, using stickers and another die cut word to assemble it.


While this collection has plenty of "neutral" embellishments it also has some of the cutest themed embellishments!  How adorable are these laundry room inspired goodies!


I love combining die cuts, stickers, chipboard and brads to create my clusters and am especially fond of these clear stickers! I am so glad that Simple Stories has added them to their line up!


I went a little overboard and used 4 clusters of embellishments instead of the typical three to create a visual triangle but I think it still works and I really love this page!


I also wanted to share this fun little laundry room altered item that I created for the Simple Stories booth at Creativation.

I picked up the wooden house form at the dollar store and painted it out with a minty colour chalk paint.


I adorned most of the interior walls and the exterior walls with pretty patterned paper.


I also added some cork to the back wall inside the house.  I like the way the enamel dots look like they are little pins holding the bits and pieces in place.


I made multi patterned "shingles" for the roof by stitching rectangles of papers to a base piece of cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to my house.


Inside I used fun chipboard and ephemera pieces to create a little scene.


I popped up some of the elements with foam to create depth.


I even added "art" to the walls of my little room!

This project was so fun to create and I adore the way it turned out! 

Supply List:
Domestic Bliss 7800 Collection Kit ,7814 6x12 chipboard, 7816 Bits & Pieces, 7817 Enamel Dots, 7818 Domestic Bliss Clear Stickers, 7819 Domestic Bliss Epoxy Metal Clips, 7820 Domestic Bliss Decorative Brads, 7821 Bless This Mess Washi Tape, 7822 Home Sweet Home Washi Tape, 7824 Domestic Bliss Roller Stamp.

Other Supplies: American Crafts white cardstock; misc. cork: Americana Decor chalk paint; CTMH waxy flax; CTMH black ink; Hemptique button twine; misc. thread; mic. cardstock and vellum; crochet thread; Tiny Attacher; Tim Holtz peacock feathers Distress Crayon; Faber- Castell aqua dolce and banana Gelatos; Mr. Huey's water cooler mist; Smooch Spritz yellow mist.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today!  Be sure to follow Simple Stories on Instagram for loads of inspiration!
Laura
xo 

2 comments:

  1. Love your layouts and your cute little crafty creation!! The layering and the title work in the first one is fabulous!!

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