Tuesday, 6 December 2011

tis the season to be jolly!

the Lost & Found Christmas line by My Minds' Eye is yet another set of papers that needs very little to make a beautiful page.

the design team really knocked this one out. we all have the same challenge. same papers. sometimes our embellishments are slightly different, but this month we all had the same materials to start with. it always amazes me how our personal styles and creativity sends us all in unique directions.

our challenge was to ALTER our embellishments. we had chipboard, acrylic, light metal foil and wood.

the real challenge is to choose the right photo. i had already used my tree on another layout. if my tree was an amazing work of art...perhaps i would have scrapped it twice. but that is not the reality. instead i got "real" and shared the reality of the 20 bad pictures behind the ONE GOOD ONE. for some reason i totally missed the "jolly-ness" in our kissing photo until i examined it more closely. the expressions on the kids' faces are priceless. the irony is that i don't think they knew we were smooching behind them! one day this layout is going to be sooooo embarrassing for them.....


the Maya Road wooden mini snowflakes are seriously so cute just on their own. but they do allow for some interesting altering!

the foil papers by Spellbinders are so neat. on their own they are dramatic. but they allow you to dress them up even more. the "wrong" sides of all the pages are silver. i used a red alcohol ink (cranberry) to change the brass to red. red is a strong colour and since it was in my photos, i decided to keep it strong in the rest of the layout.


on one of the whimsy circles i also added some red tinsel glitter. i love how it adhered itself! it looks like mini tinsel. a pleasant surprise.

for my lamp post i inked it in black. paint would have worked equally as well. then i painted it in Rock Candy Crackle Paint. next i inked it with Copper Mixative (alcohol ink metallic). i also used some of the blending solution to lighten it in areas. to finish it off i used some more black ink to ink up the edges.

micro beads came out again. i also combined them with alcohol inks.

the Danish ribbon was pretty bright for my palette, so i darkened it with some distress ink.

i can't believe this is the last layout for 2011. Jan had some excellent challenges for us. i have a special album for my design team projects at Urban Scrapbook. it is now full, so time to start another album. i love looking through it. it holds memories of the photos and stories. but also the memories of the theme or challenge for that month.

now i am working on Christmas cards and gift projects. fun stuff. we started our Christmas decorating....late this year. i loved pulling out some of the projects that i had made in years past.

my favourite from 2008 is this ornament. it is too large to hang on the tree. so it finds other homes around the house. still thrilled with this and this project from 2009. my most recent favourite from 2010. so happy to have it hanging in my house for the Christmas season this year! now what to make for 2011?!

i am very inspired by Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas. as well as the number of "keeners" who make a tag and post it within 4 hours! i have come across some amazing Russian blogs as a result....just wish i knew what they were writing!

i also walked through HomeSense today. lots of inspiration there too. my plan of buying gifts for other people backfired...big time. especially since i came home with items for me! the good news is that i did visit other stores and managed to succeed in my mission. phew!

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