Monday, December 7, 2015

Merry Christmas Graphic Tree

I wanted to challenge myself to create a Christmas card with a non-Christmas set and created a kind of funky and graphic Christmas tree.

 Merry Christmas Tree

I pulled out What's Your Type? to  build the tree, and then the topper is from Best Day Ever, a retired set.

The triangle also served to create the background, and quick sentiment, enamel dot and washi tape finished off the card.

Merry Christmas Tree Close Up

Linking up to Just Us Girls for their Merry challenge and Tis the Season for the Christmas tree photo inspiration.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

After months of not blogging I've been trying to make more time to not only create but then to share my projects. I've also been making time to play with some of my favorite challenge sites!

  Oh Christmas Tree Gold 

I love how elegant black, gold and white are together so combined the color challenge at Color Throwdown with the sketch from MFT Card Challenges and the Christmas tree theme at Crazy 4 Challenges.

Oh Christmas Tree Close Up

I embossed the tree from Christmas Song and the background from Timeless Textures in gold and pulled in lots of bling with gold and black sequins, gold sequin trim and gold twine.

I love this time of year and love creating holiday cards!

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Celebrate the Season

Here’s a very quick and easy Christmas card with minimal details that comes together in a snap.

 Celebrate the Season

I used the challenge from Merry Monday to create a Christmas card with any kind of bird. I almost went with a penguin ;) but loved this stamp with the bird from Christmas Song.

Celebrate the Season Close Up

I used copics to color in the bird and branch, and just a touch of ribbon and sequins finished off the card. Keeping it quick so I can get this in before the challenge ends!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Hello

Do you have Adele’s song Hello running through your head after reading that title? I do. You’re welcome.

Heartsong HelloI pulled out my Skipping Stones Designs stamps this past weekend and used Heartsong 2 for this card.  Congrats to Heather on reopening the SSD store!

Hearsong Hello Close Up

I loved the color challenge at MFT and kept things pretty clean and simple.  I started with a white card base and stamped the roses in gray ink across the front. I colored the flowers with copics and then layered vellum over the images, leaving a small edge exposed. The “hello” was stamped in navy and adhered to the card front with enamel dots accenting the sentiment.

It’s been ages since I’ve stamped so it was a blast playing around!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Simple Scrapbooking Series:Christmas – Day Ten

If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

Today is the last day of my Simple Scrapbook Series: Christmas posts! I learned a lot about myself as a scrapbooker and felt like I challenged myself in new ways to get out of my own head focus on the photos more than agonizing over the final layout.

Since today is the final day I have a slight deviation from Christmas but think these Wintery pages tie in with the series and my overall goals, and can easily be translated to holiday photos. I also decided to share a bonus layout!

In fact, the first layout was inspired by a Christmas page that I turned into a wintery page.

 SnowStar Brady Snowboarding - (YEAR)

Taking a queue from this page, I started off by cutting my 12x12 papers into strips and loosely weaved them into a star shape. Super simple to do with straight lines! I trimmed off the excess after adhering them to the white background and then added in sequins and snowflakes. Remember yesterday how I talked about a visual triangle (and how I didn’t have one on my last page)? The embellishments frame the photo and create natural resting points for your eyes. The lines of the star also create triangles and lead towards the photo and embellishments.

 

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This bonus page resulted from having more photos but I reallllly loved the star so had to do a two page layout. Kind of broke one of my one rules about just doing one page layouts to get through them quicker, but since they were both so super fast I didn’t mind bending that rule. ;)

Using the same products already out, I cut the paper into banners, layered square cut photos on top, and then added in the title and embellishments. It’s an easy continuation to build upon the first page without reinventing the general concept.

So now that I’ve wrapped up the series and have posted all of these layouts it’s left me pretty inspired to get back into scrapbooking my family memories and keeping it simple.

Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

Merry, Merry, Merry

Fa La La

Traditions

XMas Jammies

Christmas & December Pages

Gingerbread HouseSSSChristmas

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas – Day Nine

If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

Last week I talked about making a “meh” layout. Once I just didn’t love. Today feels somewhat the same way. Now, there’s nothing really wrong with this page and I do like it, it just feels like I could have done a little more. It doesn’t really have that visual triangle across the page or draw you in. But, one of my rules was making quick and simple pages and this fits the bill.

I may not love it with all my heart, or even a small chunk of my heart, but that doesn’t make it a bad page. I’m glad my kiddos get to see it in their books and end of the day that’s why I do this hobby. I love seeing their faces light up remembering our fun family times. Sure, I could easily put them in an album without all the “scrapbooking” but that’s the creating fun part for me, so we all win. :)

ChristmasOrnaments Christmas Ornaments 2008 - Gwynie

I think I’ve always loved playing with embellishments and you can see a theme in my pages with those little clusters. Ha. If I had spaced a few more out and created groupings in two other spaces, creating the visual triangle where you eye rests and moves to the next area of focus, it would have balanced the page out better. Sometimes you break the rules and learn why they’re good guidelines. ;)

Tomorrow is my last layout of my Simple Scrapbook Series: Christmas posts. Have you been inspired to start scrapbooking Christmas or older photos you’ve been hanging onto?

Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

Merry, Merry, Merry

Fa La La

Traditions

XMas Jammies

Christmas & December Pages

Gingerbread HouseSSSChristmas

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas - Day Eight

If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

In yesterday’s post I told you I copied the layout for the page I am sharing today. I talked about doing “duplicate” layouts for my kiddos, but also the idea that if you like a layout design give yourself the freedom to copy it on another page.

NoelChristmas Ornaments/Noel – Gwynie

Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison of the two. When I broke it down it went something like this:

Patterned paper base, three vertical photos, border strips below photos and clustered embellishments below the photos. Super simple but also very easy to change up depending on the photos, papers or embellishments used.

This is also an example of using non-Christmas product on the page. Buttons, glittery heart and Thickers are the main components of the embellishments. It’s only the mini green starlight mint brad and white poinsettia flower that are somewhat Christmas products but could easily translate into entirely different themes given different photos or papers.

I have a feeling I’ll be going back to this layout often since it’s so simple but really showcases the photos.

Come back tomorrow as we’re one day closer to wrapping up this series!

Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

Merry, Merry, Merry

Fa La La

Traditions

XMas Jammies

Christmas & December Pages

Gingerbread House

SSSChristmas

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas – Day Seven

If you’ve been following along you have seen several new layouts in my Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas.

You can get the background here on the reasons why I started the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas for myself in this post and catch up on the previous layouts shared on the Simple Scrapbooking Series: Christmas tag.

In yesterday’s post I talked about doing “duplicate” layouts for my kiddos, but also the idea that if you like a layout design give yourself the freedom to copy it on another page.

TwastheNightChristmasChristmas Eve PJ’s 2008 - Gwynie

The layout I’ll share tomorrow is an exact copy of this design. I created this page and liked how quick and simple it was to create, but it was also a fun layout to do so I knew I wanted to copy the design. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time I’ve done this style or at least a variation of it before.

It goes like this: Patterned paper base, three vertical photos, border strips below photos and clustered embellishments below the photos. Super simple but also very easy to change up depending on the photos, papers or embellishments used.

Come back tomorrow for take two on this design! It’s almost a complete opposite with non-traditional Christmas colors and minimal Christmas supplies used!

Check out some older Christmas scrapbook posts:

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 1

Christmas Scrapbook Pages 2

Merry, Merry, Merry

Fa La La

Traditions

XMas Jammies

Christmas & December Pages

Gingerbread House

SSSChristmas