Happy Adventure! by Jen McMurtrey

Happy Adventure! by Jen McMurtrey

Howdy, y’all! It’s Jen today with a rootin’ tootin’ fun layout using the adorable Howdy! collection.

When I am working with new product, the first thing I like to do is remove all of the papers and embellishments from the packaging and spread them out on my workspace. Doing this allows me to really look at everything and get a better idea of what I want to create. The small prints on several of the patterned papers reminded me of quilting fabrics, so I decided to make a quilt of sorts despite never having done so.

To design the page, I referred to Pinterest for quilt patterns and settled on one that I felt would be easy to cut and assemble. I began by cutting several patterned papers into 2-inch by 12-inch strips, which I then cut down to 2-inch by 2-inch squares. Next, I cut each square in half diagonally to create the triangles.

After cutting all of the triangles, I began piecing together the pattern on cardstock. This was the point when I decided I am not a quilter, nor will I ever be a quilter. LOL! I am a perfectionist and it was really stressing me out not being able to get everything lined up exactly, so I went to bed. The next day I was able to “let go” of my straight lines and tacked everything down the best I could.

Once I was satisfied (mostly) with the pattern placement, I machine stitched everything in place using diagonal lines that match up with the points on the triangles.

Originally, I intended to use the entire 12 x 12 quilt as the background for the project. However, it seemed too busy so I cut it down and placed it on white cardstock at an angle. Before adhering everything in place, I added a washy tape border to anchor everything. Next, I used several foam stickers to add the sentiments along the edges and journaled on the washy tape.

The photos were next, which I backed with a piece of SN@P! Basics Walnut/Cream Dot patterned paper. I used stickers from the Color Vibe Alpha Sticker Book – Woods and put each of my friends’ initials atop the photos.

After adhering the photos with foam squares; I added chipboard, die cuts, stickers, and decorative brads on and around the grid of photos.

It was fun using the collection to document a weekend away with my crafty friends, and it worked perfectly with this set of photos.

This project was a challenge for me and I have a newfound respect for any and all quilters. For now, I think I’ll stick with scrapbooking and sewing paper rather than fabric! Thank you for stopping by today, and I can’t wait to see what you create with the adorable Howdy! Collection.

Thank you for stopping by today, and I can’t wait to see what you create with the adorable Howdy! Collection.

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