Keeping with my New Year’s Resolution to do at least 1 scrapbook layout a month this year, I scrapped the family portrait we took of me, Mr. CraftyPaws (face covered to protect his privacy), Biscuit and Bandito on Christmas day last year. The pups are wearing their little Christmas jackets that I made out of Christmas stockings (see post HERE for details).
Given the color scheme of what we were wearing, I looked through my stash and found a 2013 Recollections Christmas paper pad called “Watercolors” that seemed a perfect match. To carry through the citron green color of the pups’ coats, I used a plain card stock (this might be 10+ years old!) to frame the whole layout as well as a 1/8th border on the 4th mat around the photo. For the main background, I used a fun jingle bell patterned paper from the paper pad. I also used a crimson text patterned paper that repeats, “jingle all the way” in white, a crimson, green and cream stripe patterned paper, giant jingle bell ornaments that I fussy cut from another paper, and a few of the images from the cut-a-parts page–all from this collection. It is hard to see in the pictures, but I also coated the small fussy cut bells and bows with Clear Wink of Stella to add shimmer and sparkle.
To add a contrasting vintage feel to the fairly modern and playful patterned papers, I also layered in some vintage music paper that I inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo as well as some torn black card stock to help the photo with all its mats pop from the busy background pattern. For the “JOYFUL” title, I used Fancy Pants Designs Black Chipboard Alphas, which tied in well with the torn black card stock matting.
For finishing touches, I added DMC metallic gold embroidery thread that I bunched up and tucked behind the music paper in two places as well as some vintage black, cream, and rhinestone (for SPARKLE) detailed buttons (the black and cream were used to maintain a consistent color story). Lastly, I decided to add some snowflakes die cut with Diemond Dies Icy Snowflakes Die Set, Winter Snowflakes Die Set, and Snowflake #1 Die and punched out with the Martha Stewart Himalayan Snowflake Punch in unexpected black card stock to tie in with the black accents throughout. I’m still super rusty at layouts, but I’m trying to keep my new years resolution and really enjoying the process.
The following is a process video sharing how I created this layout:
This layout is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Pets Corner Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Not Just Cards New Beginnings Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Add Some Sparkle Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Hearts Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More Make Your Mark Challenge