Emily Branch

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This month, we are so pleased to have Emily Branch join us again as our Guest Designer!  Emily shares some wonderful party inspiration using the Family Fun collection, and a super creative book designed from the Vintage School Ephemera kit. So many ideas!!
About Emily:
I am a middle school art teacher by day, and a paper craft artist by night! I work mostly in a shabby vintage style and like to experiment with new and fresh techniques with paper and embellishments to explore new avenues in this style. My favorite part of paper-crafting is challenging myself to create projects for submission and to follow parameters that draw me out of my comfort zone. I have been published numerous times in Paper Crafts magazine and Cards magazine, and enjoy sharing my work and ideas on my blog at http://branchoutdesigns.blogspot.com. I live in Morgan Hill, Ca a small town south of San Jose surrounded by lush mountains and small wineries with my husband, and our pet parrot, Mr. Green.
PAPER DOLL PARTY ENSEMBLE: This is a fun idea for a little girl or the grown up “girl” who wants to relive the nostalgia of paper dolls. I played with paper dolls as a child, and always enjoyed trimming the little outfits and accessories, which is probably why I love fussy-cutting so much. You can add whatever your party calls for, whether that be cupcake toppers or a bingo game!
PAPER DOLLS PARTY FAVORS: The kit contains a family of “paper dolls” and matching accessories and clothes! The paper dolls fit perfectly in a vintage glassine bag, which is the perfect way to keep track of all the little bits and pieces of this party favor. Make sure to use larger glassine bags for the mom and dad paper doll.
PAPER DOLLS PARTY FAVORS_CLOSED BAG: Don’t forget to decorate the outside of the bag to “hide” the goodies inside!
PAPER DOLL PARTY FAVOR GIRL PATCHWORK SCALLOP: Make your own vintagey embellishments! This patchwork scalloped circle is super simple. Punch patterned paper into scalloped circles with a punch, trim and adhere together. The paper in this kit is perfect for this embellishment because on one side of each paper, there are fabulous patterns in pretty girl colors.
PAPER DOLL PARTY FAVOR BOY: Simple shapes like stars and circles complement the great patterns of the boy patterned paper in this pack.
PAPER DOLL PARTY INVITE: This is so simple and fun to make. The best part is that each invitation will be slightly different. The kit includes a sheet of envelope templates. Simply trim an envelope and assemble. Create an itty bitty invitation inside and  decorate with scallop patchwork circles. Include a little doll to get party-goers in the mood for little girl fun!
PAPER DOLL PARTY TABLE SETTING DECOR: These are perfect to place at each table setting! The little dolls come from the patterned paper backing of the kit! Don’t be afraid to use the product packaging. In this case, the packaging is thick, so the doll stands up perfectly!
PAPER DOLL PARTY TABLE SETTING DECOR_CLOSE UP: The base is a wooden vintage spool that I found at an antique store (I literally bought every spool they had!). The gorgeous Vintage Street Market twine is totally perfect for this project. Cover the spool by wrapping the pretty twine around the base, then trim a strip of patterned paper to fit around the center of base an adhere. Fussy cut a tag from the packaging the twine comes and affix to a skewer. Add a flowy twine boy to the tag. The cute little dolls come from the back of the kit’s packaging.
PAPER DOLL PARTY CANDY JAR: Use an old mason jar to hold candy or any other goody for your party. Tie it to the other pieces in this ensemble by using patchwork starburst circles to maintain unity in the embellishments!
VINTAGE SCHOOL NOTEBOOK COVER 1: I created the cover by adhering two vintage flashcards together. The cards are thick and smooth, which provide a PERFECT base! Since the numbers on the cards are pretty bold, you can decorate the cover simply and with fresh, bright colors and trinkets found in the kit.
VINTAGE SCHOOL NOTEBOOK COVER 2: I love it when journaling pages “peek” through the cover.
VINTAGE SCHOOL NOTEBOOK CLOSE UP: I love layering! This focal point of layered objects come from the kit and were a fun surprise! I didn’t even know they were in the cute little 3d school bus! When I took everything out of the bag, I could hear all the little goodies in there and the nostalgic items I found were a yoyo flower, wooden ice cream spoon, game pawn, bingo chips, scrabble tiles and a wooden “dog” bead, raffle tickets and buttons! YIPPEE! Some of those treasures grace the cover.
VINTAGE SCHOOL NOTEBOOK PAGE ONE: This fun fun fun kit came with a creamy page of cardstock, which I was thrilled about, so I used it as a base for the pages. I also “stitched” the twine on the side alternating the aqua and red–love those colors. The bottom border are simple raffle tickets with letter ephemera.
VINTAGE SCHOOL NOTEBOOK PAGE TWO: This kit comes with the coolest vintage writing, phonetic and word list worksheets ever! I punched stars from one of them and used the bingo chips to “embellish” the stars. They’re layered on a trimmed strip word list.
VNTAGE SCHOOL NOTEBOOK PAGE THREE: Oooooh, I just love BANNERS!! So, I trimmed banners and pennants from the vintage writing, phonetic and word list worksheets included in the kit and adhered them with different foam tapes for the banner, threading the wooden dog bead to the twine. I then adhered the cardstock and a strip of letters paper to the bingo journaling card, so the card could support the weight of the wooden bead.
VINTAGE SCHOOL NOTEBOOK FILLER PAGES: The kit includes that fun double lined paper. They’re very thin, so simple strips of vintage writing, phonetic and word list worksheets were adhered to the top and bottom. So much cuteness.
Thank you Emily for sharing such amazing projects!!!
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