This layout is the third in the scrapbook-a-layout-each-(week)day challenge I gave myself for the last week of September. I have to say, having the deadline of “finish this today!” really helped me to just make some decisions that otherwise might have stalled me.
I already had the photos printed for this layout (another one from before my daughter was born), and my only notes for them was a title: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” There really wasn’t a lot to say about them, since they really are just about our Christmas decor that year. I have a “before” and “after” photo of the living room of our condo, as well as three detail shots of our Nativities.
In some senses, one might say that the set of photos wasn’t worth scrapbooking, because there isn’t much of a story. However, I’d begun to forget what our condo looked like at Christmas– it was two homes ago now! In fact, when Husband looked at this layout, he confessed that when he looked at the photos, his first reaction was, “where was that again?” Haha! I’m glad to have this little snippet of our grad-student lives documented.
After a ton of hemming-and-hawwing (almost as much as can be fit into a naptime when your goal is to actually *finish* a layout that day!) I came up with this banner-under-the-main-photos configuration. I’ve already forgotten if there was anything to inspire it! I pulled out bits and pieces from my dwindling Christmas supply to embellish the banner.
The word “Christmas” is cut with my Silhouette using the “Bruselo Script” font from The Hungry JPEG (Crafter’s Bundle). Again, I used the layering trick, cutting two more layers from kraft cardstock and gluding them together to give dimensionality to the main title word.
Last but not least, I added a teeny cluster at the top of the page, and then it finally looked finished to me!
patterned paper: Echo Park “Times & Seasons 2” Numbers; Lily Bee “Christmas Town” Sleigh Ride; Lily Bee “Audrey” (don’t know the name!)
kraft cardstock, creamy white textured cardstock
alphas: Glitz Designs “Uncharted Waters” aqua stripe teeny alphas
embellishments: Lily Bee “Christmas Town” cardstock stickers; Making Memories fabric labels; Making Memories ribbon; Lily Bee “Christmas Town” rubons; crochet thread; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Silhouette SD: Bruselo Script with slight offset; tiny tag of my own design; print-and-cut labels modified from a Silhouette store design
other: tiny heart punch; Glossy Accents; Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen; Scotch ATG, Therm-O-Web foam adhesive