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.
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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
Oh, this is really beautiful. The patterned paper is awesome! I love your family picture too! Thank you for joining us over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Thanks so much Macarena! I had a lot of fun scrapping this family picture. 🙂
Such a Joyful layout, I love the colors and your composition! I shop my stash too!Thank you so much for sharing your art with us at word Art Wednesday! Ginny M,DT
Thank so much Ginny! Isn’t it great when we can shop our stashes and feel accomplished not only in what we create, but also using those things we were so excited to buy when we bought them?! 😀 YAY
What a fabulous and happy layout. I love the bright colours and all the interesting details.
Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM, and I hope you will join us again soon.
Thank you so much Carol! This was truly a happy time and I had a lot of fun and really felt the love again while scrapping it! 🙂
Fabulous layout. Love the layers and all the wonderful details. Thank you for joining us at ATSM. All the very best and hope to see you again in our gallery soon. Nandini, DT
Awww you are so sweet Nandini! This was truly a joyful Christmas photo and time. 🙂
FABULOUS photo, even more fun with your fur babies & hearty editing for privacy!
FABULOUS layout too!
LOVE all your jingle bells on the paper and decorative accents!
Thank You for joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner 🙂
LOL Yep, I really try to protect Mr. CraftyPaws’ privacy and I thought the little heart cut from the music paper was a good way to do that (hopefully) without distracting too much from the visual aesthetics of the LO. 🙂
lovely and colourfull layout, thank you for joining us at Lil patch of crafty friends and hope to see you soon, good luck, hugs, Marion
Thank you so much Marion! It was a fun and joyful time then and again when I got to scrap this picture. 🙂
Gorgeous layout and cute pooches! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
DT Lynda x
Thanks so much Lynda! Yep, my pups make every picture better! 😀 lol
Beautiful page! Love the jingle bells, especially on the background dp. I’m delighted to see you playing in our “Anything Goes” challenge at Crafts Galore Encore this month and wish you good luck in the draw.
Thank you so much NanaConnie! I had so much fun scrapping this Christmas photo. I am really enjoying getting back into scrap booking!
Gorgeous layout Kristina! I love your New Year’s resolution to scrap at least one layout a month. I am so far behind on scrapping my photos,o9ne I did just before Christmas was of my youngest grandson’s birth, he’s now 5 years old!
Your little pets look so cute in their Christmas outfits, I love the patterned paper too.xx
Awww thanks so much Ann! I know! There are so many things to craft and so little time! I am fingers crossed I can keep up with this resolution! Good luck scrapping all your memories too! xoxo
Beautiful creation – thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and we hope to see you again for our next challenge soon.
Thank you so much, Helen, for stopping by!
A wonderful layout!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with optional add hearts” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT The Sketchy Challenges)
PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy the past couple of weeks…
Thanks so much Melanie! you’re a sweetheart!