I had my Saturday all planned out earlier in the week, complete with which crafty project I wanted to work on. But when I was browsing through Facebook, chatting with my friends, on Friday afternoon I saw a fantastic sketch on the PRETTY LITTLE STUDIO Page that had me quickly revising my scrapbook plans and frantically hunting through my supply closet for some PLS goodies so I could play along. Want to see the sketch that had me so happy? Okay! Just click HERE.
Before I show you what I did, I want to tell you why I like PLS. Yes, they have all sorts of C-U-T-E ephemera - and we all know how much I luurrrrve pretty paper bits and pieces. But, most importantly (to me), they are located in my home state of South Carolina - just a hop, skip, and a jump away from my hometown, SUMTER, where I spent the first 19 years of my life (not to be confused with FORT SUMTER, which is actually located off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina and which is famously known as the fort upon which the initial shots that began the Civil War were fired.) Bet you didn't know you were going to get a geography and history lesson in addition to a few pictures of my layout, did you? Anyway, how can I NOT like a company that makes me think about my hometown and my roots every time I see its logo? So - you clicked on the link to see the sketch (you DID click on it, didn't you?) and now, here is my layout...ta-da!
I didn't have any of the suh-weet little tags featured on the PLS sketch, so I had to cheat and create my own using my Silhouette Cameo (Repeat after me: I. Love. My. Cameo!).
My papers are all by OCTOBER AFTERNOON (including the slightly crumpled background paper) because they have a similar vintage kind of feel to them as PLS. Can you tell which OA collection most of these papers come from? If you guessed the 9-5 Collection, give yourself a gold star. Yep - proof that you can make just about anything Christmas-y if you set your mind to it!
My banner was made from some PLS pennant flags that I am almost certain I have had for about two years. I remember I loved them when I first saw them and so I
hoarded bought several packages. I alternated sewing around the edges of each pennant with straight and zig zag stitches. Then I added chipboard letters for my title and glued a coordinating button to the tip of each pennant.
I also had a LOT of small PLS Bingo Cards (again, that
hoarding planning-ahead thing) in my crafty closet. Remember when Bingo Cards were being used on EVERYTHING a year or so ago? Yeah, that's when I stocked up. Then I discovered - I'm not really a Bingo Card kinda gal. But that's okay, because I AM the kind of gal who likes to use her Star punch. And these Bingo Cards? They make some wonderfully bright, festive, FUN stars!
See? They stand out and create a terrific top layer, especially with pop dots behind a few of them for added dimension.
And they, along with a couple of OA brads, compliment my cluster at the bottom corner of my photo perfectly! Don't you think?
So there you have it. The project that I HAD to drop everything for and complete RIGHT NOW. And now I have a few more plans for those Bingo Cards that I can't wait to get started on. Be sure to stay tuned...