Warm Memories | Jen McMurtrey

 Hello friends!

The upcoming holiday season is my favorite time of year, and I am getting a head start documenting memories using the new Frosty Season collection. The colors and patterns are so beautiful and can be used in so many different ways.

For this first project, I created a 12 x 12 layout documenting this lovely photo of my son enjoying the Christmas tree. I love the soft colors of the collection and printed the photo in black and white to keep it from clashing with my paper choices.

To begin, I used embossing ink with several powders to stamp snowflake images on white cardstock. After heat embossing each of the images, I applied silver and blue inks over the top to make them stand out more.

Next, I tore several of the patterned papers and adhered them to the top half of the page. 

After adhering the photo to the cardstock, I selected several of the circle die cut ephemera and machine stitched them in place. Using pencil, I marked where the ornament chipboard and die cut pieces would be placed and stitched a straight line to that point. At the end of each stitched line, I adhered the chipboard and die cut ornaments, which makes them look as if they hanging from the top of the page.

To complete the project, I added more torn strips of patterned paper to the bottom-right side of the layout. To create the small title, I stamped "Little Things" and added a sentiment sticker below. Along the bottom of the page, I added a bit of hand-written journaling to document the story.

To complete the project, I added more paint splatters above the photo and clear dots (from my stash) to give more texture. They are difficult to see in the photos but add a little sparkle to finish the layout.

Next is a card I created using more elements from the Frosty Season collection. I love that I was able to create something with the collection that is not Christmas or winter themed. 

This card came together quickly and easily using the matching patterned papers and embellisments. I love the soft tones.

While I used what may be considered a Christmas-themed collection, you cannot tell. In fact, I plan to pop this in the mail later this week for a dear friend.

Well, there you have it  . . . two projects that are completely different from another despite being created with the same collection.

Thank you so much for visiting today, and I hope you've been inspired to create.

Have a great day!

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