Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Special Thankful Project by designer Leanne Allinson

Hello everyone!  This month, I've been playing around with a seasonal, off the page, project.  My aim was to create a wall hanging using Mix the Media Wood Plank and a few branches found while out and about in our local neighborhood.

Jillibean Soup patterned papers are so beautiful to work with that I can easily combine several collections together and still have my project looking cohesive.  Those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are entering a time of beautiful orange and yellow coloring.  But, here is the Southern Hemisphere, we are also enjoying the seasonal change!  My color choices in paper reflect a universal outlook between the two seasons.  While I have predominantly included yellow and orange hues, the touch of blue freshens the project, injecting Spring into my home decor.

Firstly, we need to gather the supplies, including a few twiggy branches and the Jillibean Soup Mix the Media 12 x 12 Wood Plank.  Layer the branches diagonally across the Wood Plank surface.  Once you are happy with the positioning, use a hot glue gun (very carefully!!) to secure the branches in place.  The branches I had used already had fallen to the ground and were quite aged and dry.
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Next, I punched several 1-inch and 2-inch circles from the Jillibean Soup patterned paper collection.  I even punched circles from the Stampable Mini Woodgrain bags!
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Once you have enough varied patterned paper circles, using a hole punch, I placed a single hole near the top of each circle.  The small hole allows you to loop a thread through the hole to then secure it to your tree branch.
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I have also used different colored Jillibean Soup Baker's Twine to add that extra bit of texture to the wall hanging.  To complete the project, randomly loop the circles to the secured branches.  Add as many or as few circles you desire to the home decor.
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As an added bonus, you can ask your family and friends to add notes to your tree, detailing what they are thankful for over the season.
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Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper:  Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup/Sea Salt; Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup/Sew Fun, Sew Cool, Bite Size Bits; Soup Staples II/Yellow Salt; Soup Staples III/Blue Print; Country Pumpkin Chowder/Creamed Style Corn
Stampables:  Mini Woodgrain Bags
Mix the Media:  12 x 12 Wood Plank
Baker's Twine:  Orange/Yellow, Turquoise/Green

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