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The soft blanket of snow that covered the yard last week is so beautiful and always makes me want to cozy up in my craft room and do a little creating. Hello, friends! It's Jana Eubank. Today I have two new cards to share with you using the Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse collection!

Not only is the Winter Farmhouse collection perfect for your winter projects, but they are lovely for your holiday creations as well! If you're looking for a collection WITHOUT Santa and his elves, or you just want the versatility to bounce back-and-forth from holiday projects to winter projects, this collection is a great choice!

On this first card, I used the papers from the 6x8 paper pad to build up my background. I then layered up several of the Journal Bits & Pieces and added the adorable red house from the Chipboard Sticker Sheet. A sprinkling of deep yellow enamel dots adds a bit of shine.

I couldn't help but feature the mitten banner from the Chipboard Stickers on this second card! They are so cozy and CUTE! Again, I used the 6x8 Paper Pad to build up my background and then added a cluster of Journal Bits & Pieces die cuts and a red chipboard house in the bottom right corner. 

There's nothing like creating cards on a snowy day as you listen to Christmas music and enjoy a mug of hot cocoa. These cards will be perfect to send as a holiday greeting or to warm up someone's heart in January if they are feeling bogged down by the winter blues.

I hope you'll take the time to treat yourself to a quiet afternoon of creating this winter. It's the perfect remedy for a cold, winter day!

Enjoy!

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Every year I look forward to the Christmas cards that come from family and friends. It's a wonderful way to send a small "gift" to someone each year letting them know that you are thinking about them and are grateful for the impact they have had in your life, even if you haven't seen then for awhile!

Hello! It's Jana Eubank and today I wanted to share a few Christmas card ideas using the beautiful Country Christmas collection.

When I am designing cards, I like to design the focal point of the card first and then move backwards to the paper layers and card base underneath.

I spread out the embellishments I plan on using over the surface of my desk. It looks best (and is the most fun!) to combine a variety of materials, like paper die cuts, stickers, and chipboard elements. From there, I shuffle things around, auditioning pieces in different ways to create a variety of embellishment clusters. Sometimes I start with a 3x4 card or a frame as a background; other times I choose my favorite Bits & Pieces die cut that I really want to use as the focal point of my design. The fun part is playing around and combining things together. Don't overthink it too much. Listen to your creative heart and go with the flow!

Once I have my clusters and focal points put together, I am ready to decide what size card base I should put them on. I try different colors of paper layers underneath each clusters and add decorative paper strips as colorful accents. My final step is to add additional detail, if needed, like twine, enamel dots, or buttons.

I hope you'll give this technique a try this year! Turn on your favorite holiday album or Christmas movie, keep a mug of hot cocoa nearby, and spend the afternoon playing with your supplies! It's a great way to create special cards (gift tags, too!) for loved ones.

Merry Christmas!

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Hello, Simple Stories Fans! It's Jana Eubank. Today I have a layout to share with you using the happy and cheerful So Happy Together collection.

For the title of this page, I fussy-cut the globe with the quote "Life is about the Journey" from the 6x8 paper pad and added it to the left of my photos.

I like this quote because my daughter had never taken a dance or tumbling class in her life, yet she was determined to try out for the cheerleading team at her school. I tried to prep her for the disappointment that would inevitably come, but to everyone's surprise her hard work paired with her incredible team spirit and sparkling personality earned her a spot on the team! It was quite the journey with a happy ending. I was so proud of her for persevering and going for her dream.

I used the "Hello Love" woodgrain paper as the background for this page and added a scalloped border piece across the top cut from the "Our Story" paper.

I added the photos to several different layers of patterned paper and then added several Journal Bits & pieces to the top to write the story about the day she received her uniform for the first time. I also used the 4x6 Clear Stamps to add a sentiment to the upper right corner of the journal blocks.

I used the 4x6 Clear Stamps again to stamp the phrase "life is beautiful" across the bottom of the globe. 

I layered together several flowers, hearts, and the word "HAPPY" from the Bits & Pieces in the lower right corner of the photos. I also fussy-cut the wreath from the 4x4 Elements paper and tucked it behind the right edge of the photos.

I love that scrapbooking gives me the opportunity to celebrate all of life's challenges, victories, and lessons. This page about my daughter achieving her goal will always serve as a reminder to *ME* to work hard for my dreams and goals, too, even when it seems impossible. I will always learn something along the way. Like the title for this page says, life is about the journey!

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