This project features my little boy's first Christmas Day as a full participant, and I wanted to capture the fun of present opening with some vibrant colours and cheerful patterns, so this is a much busier layout than I'm normally comfortable with. The things that leapt out of the photos for me were red, blue and stripes, so I picked papers that featured all these. I really loved the little rhyme about Santa delivering presents on one of the papers too. The layout itself is based on a sketch from the September 2007 Pagemaps archive.
Here it is, I'd love to know what you think:
What I used:
Papers: DCWV Christmas Value Stack, DCWV glitter stack, Journal block paper
Embellishments: Doodlebug rub-on letters, Papermania chipboard sentiments, Forever Friends Cosy Christmas letters, Sparkly stocking bunting and Ho Ho Ho ribbon of long forgotten origin.
Tools: Forever Friends Handscript Numbers stamps, Marvy le Plume brush marker (persimmon), Studio g mini alphabet stamps.
- If you end up with a non square project, pick (or cut) a reference line that you know to be square. Make the opposite edge parallel by measuring up from the reference line at each edge. Line up your good edges on a cutting mat with a grid and stick down with low tack masking tape, then use the grid to cut the other edges square.
- None of my red inks were bright enough for the lettering once stamped, so I coloured over the stamped images with a dark red pen.
- The Studio g stamps I used (for the word "proper") are rubber stamps on wooden pegs. To position them properly, look from the side as you stamp.
- I didn't have a die or template large enough for the curved mat behind the last photo, so I made one from a smaller die like this:
- Trace around the photo onto scrap paper and fold along the horizontal and vertical halfway lines.
- Position the corner of the smaller die outside one corner of the photo space and draw around it. Extend the lines to the centre folds.
- Refold into quarters and cut round the template, through all four layers at once.
- I annotated my photos with rub-ons. Make sure you choose a brand that's easy to apply, as photos mark if you have to rub hard. I coloured the heart in using a permanent marker.
- To make a rosette, sew running stitch along one edge of your ribbon then pull up until you can make a nice circle. Sew or stick the ends together.