Sunday, 13 December 2020

Nuts About You - Simple Stories - Cozy Days

Hello, Rebecca here with you today. I had a small amount of the  Cozy Days Collection by Simple Stories left, so thought I'd pop by to share another layout with you. 

I've used a cutfile from Peartree Cutfiles as the basis of my layout and I've cut it on the B side of the '2x2 Elements' patterned paper. This paper is quite 'busy', and certainly more busy than I am usually comfortable working with, so using it to cut a cutfile was a great way to make it work for me. I've used a number of different coloured Bazzill cardstocks from the Matchmaker Pack to back the leaves and acorns in the file. 

I wanted to add some colour to my layout behind the cutfile, and had initially planned to add some mixed media, but instead opted to use a torn strip of the 'Happy Falliday' patterned paper (B side), with smaller strips of the 'Harvest Wishes' patterned paper behind both above and below.

I've adhered the outline of the cutfile flat to my layout, and used foam pads to replace the letters to add some dimension. I've also added foam pads behind the acorns and leaves.

I matted my photos onto white cardstock, with a layer of green bazzill cardstock behind to bring in more of the green colour I'd used to back the leaves of the cutfile. Behind my photos, I slotted some of the tags from the 'Tags' patterned paper. I distressed the edges with my scissors and threaded some Metallic Gold Thread through the holes several times to add interest and introduce some texture to the layout.

I've kept the embellishing to a minimum on this layout - mainly because I don't have a lot left! However, a lot of the patterned papers in this collection lend themselves perfectly to fussy-cutting so I was able to create my own embellishments very easily. I fussy-cut some elements from the 'Sweaters & Boots' patterned paper including the mustard sweater, the wellies and the take-away style hot drinks cup. 

I continued with the fussy-cutting and cut some elements from what I had left of the '2x2 elements' patterned paper, and arranged all these pieces into clusters around my photos. I also cut some leaves from the 'busy' B Side of the 2x2 elements paper to co-ordinate with my cutfile. I nestled those in among my clusters and added some more of the metallic gold thread in the form of clusters. I added a tab/label element from the Journal Bits & Pieces pack and have used this to detail the date and location of the photos.

I wanted to bring some colour to the top and bottom sections of the layout as I felt there was too much white, so I cut out a section from both, distressed the edges and used a Simple Stories Washi Tape to backfill the area. The finishing touch was to add a few gold jewels around the layout, and that was my layout complete. 

Thank you for reading, I hope you've enjoyed this layout. This collection is great for making a little go a long way - and fussy-cutting is your friend!

If you'd like to watch how the layout came together, there is a process video on my YouTube channel which you can find here.

I hope you are all staying safe and looking forward to Christmas. We are in full Christmas-swing in my house - the tree and decorations are already up and so it's only apt that my next few layouts will be 'Christmassy' ones using the Simple Stories 'Jingle All The Way' collection.

Until then, take care.

Rebecca x

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