The Joy of Giving

The Joy of Giving
Hello, Simple Stories friends! It’s Jen today with a project documenting my favorite time of the year…Christmas. Gift giving is my love language, which is why Christmas is one of the holidays I most look forward to each year. Having the opportunity to shower those I care for with gifts brings me so much joy, and I loved using The Holiday Life to document this.
I knew when I began this project that I wanted to use patterned paper to emulate the rolls of wrapping paper in the photos. To begin, I chose the Magical Moments patterned paper as the base and machine stitched cream cardstock on top to tone down the background. To give more texture, I folded and the edges upward and distressed them.
Because I wanted to give the project the overall feel of having rolls of wrapping paper and gifts on it, I cut three strips of patterned paper and machine stitched them to the background at an angle to mimic my photo. Next, I printed the same photo in two sizes and layered them atop one another with foam squares. Additionally, I cut strips of paper and adhered them to the photos to look like ribbon. Last, I added a die cut bow and tag to finish the look.
After adhering the pictures, I added embellishments on and around the strips of patterned paper using rub-ons, die cuts, and stickers. I then used the chipboard numbers to indicate the year in which the picture was taken.
There are so many adorable pieces in this entire collection that it was hard not to use everything. I did, however, attempt to limit myself somewhat so it wouldn’t appear too busy.
To complete the project, I used foam stickers and alphabet stickers to create the title along the bottom of the layout. I’m loving this holiday-themed project!
Christmas is a special time of year, and I am happy to have this photo of the giftwrap I used in 2020 documented.
Be sure to grab the Simple Stories The Holiday Life Collection as we head into the holiday season! It is perfect for all of your Christmas projects. Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope you are inspired to create.
Supplies used:
The Holiday Life – Collection Kit         20500
The Holiday Life – 6x12 Chipboard                 20517
The Holiday Life – Bits & Pieces                      20518
The Holiday Life – Floral Bits & Pieces            20520
The Holiday Life – Sticker Book                       20521
The Holiday Life – Chipboard Numbers          20524
The Holiday Life – Foam Stickers                    20525
The Holiday Life – Rub Ons                             20526
The Holiday Life – Glitter Enamel Dots           20528
Color Vibe Textured Cardstock Kit – Basics    13406

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