Christmas in July

I do so appreciate a good Christmas in July challenge.  For some reason, I don’t like to scrap Christmas layouts in the winter.  Let the temperature hit 90 degrees, and suddenly I am in the mood for the green and red of the holidays.  Fa la la la…

In this case, I was challenged to work from a sketch that was a bit unlike my normal layout.  The photo placement is not something I would have considered on my own.  I don’t think I have ever scrapped photos on a diagonal like this.  Sometimes it pays to stretch yourself.  Honestly, I very much like the final result.

Happy Holidays

Most of you know that I tend to use a lot of scraps on my layouts.  This time, I pulled mostly uncut papers.  I just didn’t have scraps in the colors I wanted for this page.  I was going for the greens and brick red that are found in the photos.  So I went through a stack of older papers, and found what I needed for the background along with the two large blocks in the middle.  The photo mats were cut from Photo Play’s Luke 2 6×6 pad.  I added one more tiny layer behind each mat from my scraps.  (You know I had to fit a scrap in there somewhere!)

Finding embellishments was a challenge as well.  Again, most of my embellishments were not the correct color.  Luckily, I had the reindeer diecut in my stash.  It did a nice job of filling space and connecting the photos.  I couldn’t find anything else that would work well, so I decided to pull some neutral pieces.  Wood veneers, gold sequins, and some naked chipboard snowflakes fit the bill quite well.

Happy Holidays2

The naked chipboard snowflakes didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted.  I planned on coloring the chipboard with Tim Holtz’s Bundled Sage distress inks.  Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t find that pad anywhere in all of my mess supplies.  Instead, I used Peeled Paint.  It was a bit darker than I was going for, but I thought it would be fine.  Then I used some clear thick embossing powder to make the snowflakes shiny.  Somehow that made the snowflakes look black.  If I ever use this technique again, I will make sure my ink is lighter than what I want as my final result.

There’s still a week left in July!  Anyone else want to get into the Christmas spirit?  Why not make a holiday layout or some cards?  Oh, I think cards are next!

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