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Hi, hello, guess who!  Yup, Norine again!

I’ve got another layout to share today.  Because I still have some winter pictures and some paper left from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line.  And I doubt that today’s layout will be the last!

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I’m going to share with you, some process photos of the cute evergreen branches and how I made them.  Because the photo has a pot planted at the side of the stairs, full of pines and evergreen boughs, and the paper line has some evergreen motifs included, I wanted to make an accent of that.

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I started with a piece of watercolor paper and I daubed on a variety of green colors and lots of water.  I pushed the color around for a bit and then let it dry.  Watercolor pigment dries lighter though, so when it did, I realized I needed more brown color.

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Had I started with more brown paint, I don’t think it would have dried with the distinct green undertones like it did, but rather would have blended together and ended up much muddier.  I really like this result.

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So, once it was dry, I ran it through the Big Shot die cutting machine, with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies called Holiday Greens.  Because I was cutting watercolor paper which is thicker and more textured than regular card stock, I found that I needed to add a shim of another piece of paper in addition to the acrylic cutting plate.  That little bit of extra thickness made all the difference.

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Et voila!

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Here’s how they looked on the finished layout.

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I’m kind of into the look of lots of layers of mat papers behind the photo.  In this case, I used one of the journaling cards cut from one of the papers in the kit to add a bit of blue plaid to the mix.  It’s unlikely I’d used it as a card front or journaling card for Project Life, so it feels extra productive to used it as a photo mat instead.

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I added my journaling straight to the layout after drawing lines in pencil to keep the text straight.  Then I stitched the lines on the sewing machine and erased the pencil lines.

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I kind of also like the look of layering up elements that don’t actually have anything to do with the theme of the layout, like the chipboard flower from Blue Fern Studios.  I dunno….it works in my head…

Other supplies used: Simple Stories alphabet stickers (AT), Photo Play alphabet stickers (HOME), Bella Blvd washi tape, Pebbles Inc - Jen Hadfield phrase stickers, Crate Paper label sticker, Evalicious puffy sticker.

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That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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Sledding Fun…

Hi, hello!

I’ve got another layout to share with you today!  Remember when I said I planned our New Years family activities with a certain paper line in mind?  And you rolled your eyes and thought I was kidding?  Well, nope!

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I was so happy to get these pictures off my daughter’s camera and get to play with the A Perfect Winter line, from Echo Park.  It has so many cute images and papers that easily work with any winter activity photos.

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I was also really pleased with that precious photo of my grandson (who is almost ready to turn 1!) sitting in his little red sled, and all the white snow that surrounds him.  It makes a perfect amount of white space (literally in this case) and I love the look of journaling right on a photo and with an American Crafts Slick Writer pen, it’s an easy thing to do.

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The weather was in the deep freeze for the week our whole family was together over New Years, so we were stymied in our attempts to get out to play.  But one afternoon, we just bundled up and went outside.  For 7 minutes.  But I got my pictures and Archie got a little tiny toboggan ride down the hill in front of his house.  Which was concerning for him at first but which he warmed up to (pun intended) after a couple of two-second long runs!  But to give him an idea of what was in store, I pulled him around the front yard a couple of times first.  And he thought it was ok!

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So this fun title detail was accomplished by the use of one of the stickers from the Perfect Winter line, and by stamping the alphabet letters with white paint, and the Tim Holtz/Ideology foam stamps onto kraft cardstock.  After it was dry, I just cut them out and adhered them to the bottom of the sledding sticker.  The clear enamel moose and mitten stickers are also from the Perfect Winter line.  Aren’t they so dear??

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All I’m thinking after this fun adventure, is 11 months is fun….but a year or two from now when he’s a little older and really gets the snow/skating/sledding thing, we are going to have SO. MUCH. FUN.

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you again on Wednesday!

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