…for adding sparkle to your Christmas Layouts
What Traditions are on your Christmas List?
This week we will be featuring the Soft Diamond Die 3×3 and the 4×6 – 1” grid die. Our Grid paper is Cranberry from the Renaissance Collection and I’ve also used also Purple Cabbage Grid paper for this two single page layout options.
Do any of you remember the vintage ornaments of the 50’s and 60’s that had a recessed pattern on the sides? Maybe your parents or grandparents had these in their collections. That’s what came to my mind when I first saw the Soft Diamond die. It seemed like a perfect way to use this die in this post.
I’ve also used the 1” squares 4×6 die to cut the 1” squares for the page.
As is often the case what my plans were when I began a layout don’t always pan out in the end.
The Cranberry Grid was a perfect fit with the Photo Play Winter Meadow Collection papers I wanted to use for a vintage look. I added ivory and garnet glitter cardstocks from Doodlebug Designs and Core’dinations to bring that ornament sparkle to the page.
I thought it would be nice to focus on a Christmas List of things our family does to prepare for Christmas so I picked a pattern that I could include a list, journaling and a few photos. Pattern #218 fit the list and 3×3 spots I needed.
As I began to gather my photos I had what I considered to be a better idea. One of the things on my list is our annual Christmas box project. Over the years we’ve done different gift projects for nursing homes or the city mission and the past several years we’ve filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. We had several boxes ready to go but my granddaughter and I were going to shop for one box for a child her age, too.
Once I had the photos printed of our excursion I knew I had a huge problem. The colors in the photos clashed with papers that I had planned on working. What to do?
I tried Black and White prints of my photos. It was nice for a single photo on a page, but Christmas is full of colors. It’s just that I wasn’t happy about how the colors looked so a plan change was needed.
My list became a separate page with the list, a story, the die, a photo and a large title block with one of the journal cards from the Winter Meadow Collection on the Cranberry Grid paper.
I used the 3.25 x 1″ strip die to cut the strips for my list. I cut several 3/8″ strips for the list to top each strip. A liquid pearl bullet point added for color.
The 3×3 die has been cut once in glitter cardstock and twice in lightweight chipboard (cardstock layers will work too) for a layered look. I really wanted the depth in the center section to show. On a 3×3 base I added a chipboard die cut section. In the outer quarter circles I filled with cardstock and in the center the glitter paper section. I added another chipboard piece and added garnet glitter pieces to the outer quarter circles. The final layer is cut from the ivory glitter paper. I used a heavy hold adhesive, Scor-tape, to adhere to the grid.
My second page is a standalone from the first page but is still related to the list and I’ve used the die again, this time as a spot for journaling without taking away that sparkle ornament look. I’ve use pattern #229 flipped for this page on Purple Cabbage Grid paper. This color helps to tame those bright colors of the photos and tells the story of our shopping spree. The mats and paper tiles are in a medium perfect plum and continue to subdue the photo colors on the page.
The Soft Diamond Die section is made in glitter cardstock that are shades of purple and blue with a white center spot used to note the date and event. This time all the pieces are a single layer mounted on white cardstock leaving the center piece out and writing directly on the base.
My plan is to have five additional pages with photos from each of the events on my list. Each page will include the use of the Soft Diamond Die to carry the theme through but each page color combos may vary depending on the photos I take.
While this was to be a reflection of what we’ve already done I like that I can do a little pre-planning of the photos I want to take to remember this Christmas as well as things that have been our traditions in years past.
What photos will you take this Christmas? Are there special events that have deep meaning and contribute to how your family celebrates each year?
Be sure to be prepared with your own list and remember flexibility will go a long way!