Today I'm sharing a layout called "Apple Days" that I created for the latest Once Upon a ... Sketch challenge. The thing I love about OUAS sketches is that they always have lots of room for embellishments. I had so much fun fancying up my layout with embellies. Some of them are even handmade. I'll tell you more about them in a moment, but first, here is "Apple Days" (below).
Supplies: red patterned paper (Lily Bee Design); green patterned paper (October Afternoon); yellow patterned paper (Echo Park); maize patterned paper (My Mind's Eye); photo collage software (walgreens.com); journaling card, chipboard, buttons, stickers, rub-ons, faux tickets (all from October Afternoon); pen (Zig); bottle cap (Bottle Cap Inc.); wire (Artistic Wire); thread (DMC); green ink (Clear Snap); brown ink (Versa Color); repurposed items (used postage stamp, vintage wooden charms, metal charm from old charm bracelet, fabric & natural fibers from jelly jar lid, ribbons from Christmas wrappings); misc (seed beads).
The journaling reads: "Early last week our favorite local apple variety, Honeycrisps, hit store shelves. I brought a big sack home, and we gobbled them up. Then, over the weekend, we enjoyed the Apple Festival at historic Gibbs Farm. It was a yummy week!" It was pleasant to journal about the simple joys that autumn has brought to my family and me as of late.
I bought a jar of crabapple jelly at the Gibbs farm (you can see it in the upper left-hand photo in the collage), and its lid was covered with a decorative square of fabric and a loop of natural fibers. I decided to transform these decorative elements into custom embellishments for my page. First, I wrapped the loop of fibers with beading wire (too help it hold its shape), and it became the frame for my title work (see below).
Next, I made an apple-shaped yo-yo with the fabric, glued it stitched-side-down in the bottom corner of my layout, and embellished it with a ribbon bow and a metal charm (see photo below). That goose charm is from a charm bracelet that I had when I was a little girl. I figure that it will do me more good on display in my scrapbook than it was doing me buried at the bottom of my jewelry box.
I stuck with a vintage/farm theme for the rest of the page embellishments, as well. The wooden charms (see photo below) are vintage bingo game pieces, which I bought at Beadniks during ScrapFest last month. They are a bit like the vintage-look Tim Holtz bingo pieces, except that they are *actually* vintage. I placed them number-side-down on my layout, tied thread through their top-drilled holes, and added interest with rub-ons.
I had the idea that an upside down bottle cap looks a bit like a pie tin, so I filled one with seed beads, topped it off with an old apple postage stamp (lucky me, the cancellation mark hardly shows on that stamp), and used it as a sort of "apple pie" embellishment on my page (see photo below).
I'm pleased that these embellishments are not just decorations--they actually reinforce the theme of my page. I think they are representative of my style, since I often incorporate recycled elements into my projects. In fact, today I've added a new set of tags to my word cloud: postage stamps, bottle caps, beads, charms, and stitching. I use these items frequently, so I thought it would be nice to keep track of the posts that they are in.