Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Holiday Layouts

I managed to take some pictures of my family at Christmas that I love because they are so happy. This has been a challenging holiday because of my mother-in-law's illness and passing, but she died as much at peace as was possible, and I am grateful that my husband and daughter were still able to find so much joy of the season.

I've used the last of my heart corsage pins - need to find more of these.

The papers I used are a mix of mostly Recollections "Twelve Days of Christmas" and "Naughty or Nice" stacks, with a little bit of The Robin's Nest "Fleur" and K & Company "Yuletide" (a couple of years old). "Twelve Days" especially has pages of journal tags and cut images, and they all have some nice built-in sparkle. I had a few printed die cuts in my stash - I think they are Mambi - and I added some of the same Sugar and Cream yarn that I used for my holiday cards, as well as Dew Drops, Rhinestones, a few brads from Making Memories.

Fussy cut image of our tree topper.

I wanted the focus to be on the images themselves, rather than crowding them out with embellishments, so I did a clean and simple collage style layout, adding interest with 3D elements - Eco board and my favorite craft foam. I put most of the embellishments in a border panel to one side of the photo collage.

I used Best Glue Ever throughout - placing tiny spots of glue on the cardstocks, photos, foam, fabric rick rack braid, and plastic bling elements. As usual BGE holds everything quickly and without wrinkling. I placed the tiny elements with my Embellie Gellie. All three layouts were finished very quickly over the course of two short sessions.

Stamped butterfly embellies, left over from cardmaking

The last step with each page was to remove my fingerprints from the glossy photos with my Perfect Cleaning Cloth. It is remarkable how quickly the very soft cloth cleans the photos. I have washed mine several times and they are still soft and effective.