Honey, I’m Home

I love the little altered wooden houses that Lori makes…so much so that I wanted to put my own little spin on them.

I love mini ANYTHING so these are right up my alley.

I’ve used the new Pebbles - Simple Life by Jen Hadfield line that is available in the store. Actually, every single thing I used to make these houses is available in the store. This line is homey and cozy - perfect for the weather here in Southern Manitoba this weekend.

The whole line is available in-store but I used these products specifically:

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Gorgeous patterned papers.

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Diecuts & wood veneer.simple-life-puffy

I am loving puffy stickers right now, aren’t you? They add that extra bit of dimension that I love!

So I started out with 3 plain wooden houses - the perfect little canvas. I knew I wanted them to be a dark wood to match the woodgrain elements in the paper collection. I didn’t have walnut stain so I used watered down walnut stain distress ink to stain the wood. I am ecstatic about how it turned out. I applied it with a wide, flat brush and only needed one coat. Once the stain was dry I cut paper pieces to fit on the faces of the houses, adhered them with BeCreative tape (my fave double sided tape!), and sanded the edges a bit to match the distressed looking wood.

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Next came little strips of corrugated cardboard for the roofs (rooves?). I lightened up the edges of the cardboard with a bit of white Tim Holtz Distress paint as well.

Now the fun part - decorating.

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I tried to keep it simple (ahem, simple life, ahem) as far as embellishing went. Minimal embellishments to keep the layering clean with pieces going over the edges of the wood for interest. The “home” word on the grey house is from the wood veneer package; I just painted it with white distress paint to make it match.

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Let me just say, I’m not a big mixed media person and vintage/distress isn’t my preferred style, but I do love the Tim Holtz distress products. At first I was intimidated by them but now I’ve learnt how to adapt them to my scrapbooking style. I love that crafting products don’t have to be used for a specific thing/style and ANYONE can use them!

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The last step was adding a few Viva Decor Pearls (’member those??) to the tops to fill in the white space.

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Aren’t they sweet? They would make a perfect little gift for a housewarming or even Mother’s day. Maybe they should be a class? Either way, this line is lovely and next time you’re in the store be sure to check it out!

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Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa

Hey there!

Brooke here today…sharing what I’ve been working on over Christmas.

I had plenty of crafting time over Christmas as we just had a quiet, lazy holiday at home + a brutal snowstorm. When you’re snowed in (literally!) why not make stuff?

Please excuse the over-exposure of the pictures; I was snowed in after all.

First, I whipped up a little bit of packaging using the Crate Paper winter line, Snow & Cocoa. Crate Paper, pastels, AND gold glitter? Sold.

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I made coordinating packages complete with gold paint - stamped tissue paper. I tried to keep it simple and go with layering rather than techniques so it would come together quickly.

Oh, and the white polka dots are made with Tim Holtz distress paint. I LOVE that the little dabbers make great polka dots with no mess.

I also made a quick card to coordinate with the packages:

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Once I finished the packaging I was in the mood to scrapbook. Do you ever just get that urge to make stuff? A creative burst? When you get into a groove and you just know you need to create SOMETHING?

Me too.

Since I was snowed in and had a bunch of time on my hands, I decided to finally get my antique sewing machine working. I picked it up off VarageSale a few months back for $30 (a steal!) and finally got it going. Runs like a dream. And boy have I missed sewing on my scrapbook pages.

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I’ve started to scrapbook our wedding photos and can I just say that I really enjoy having an event to scrapbook? Those 200 photos are just begging to be documented.

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How cute is that acetate deer!? I mean, that little face…come on.

I finished off the page by adding phrase strips with an excerpt from my wedding vows typed on them.

For the next layout I really wanted to use my sewing machine as much as possible so figured I would use a grid. Can’t go wrong with a grid.

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I kept the page neutral with white space, vellum, and white foam Thickers.

crate paper snow and cocoa scrapbooking layout page brooke gorrell for love is in the details

I punched the circles with my 2 inch I think?? circle punch, splattered them with a bit of spray mist, and sewed them in that grid shape. Super quick with big impact.

crate paper snow and cocoa scrapbooking layout page brooke gorrell for love is in the details

The little house, mason jar snowglobe, and snowman are all fussy cut from a sheet in the 6×6 paper pad.

Some wood veneer & jewels completed the embellishment.

I’m really pleased with how these turned out and I love that I can use a themed line like this to document “unrelated” pictures. Maybe I need to try this with my Christmas lines.

Thanks for joining me today!

And Happy Holidays + whatever you like to celebrate!

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