Saturday, 8 January 2022

'Deck the Halls' Holly Days, Simple Stories by Meg

Hey hey all you scrappy friends! I hope you had some fantastic festive celebrations and that you had a chance to wind down time over Christmas and New Year! 

Today I'm sharing another Christmas page using Holly Days by Simple Stories - I realised I haven't EVER tried out a classic green and red Christmas combo and this was the perfect opportunity to get one done, while it's still cold outside! 

So I started this page by pulling out the Tis The Season paper and the Mistletoe Memories paper. These two compliment each other so well, especially since the floral print is a large pattern and the polka dots on Mistletoe Memories are much smaller and contrast nicely. I cut them into wide strips, as well as a third strip from the Let's Get Cozy paper scraps I had left over from my previous projects. 

Originally I thought I might use the strips across the page horizontally, but I decided to cut the strips into thirds to create a 3x3 grid across my page. I realised I could use the 'Holly Days' and 'Comfort + Joy' elements from the 3x4 Elements paper, which matched the papers I'd chosen perfectly and added a little extra interest to the page. I trimmed the 3x4 Elements and arranged on the left and the right and used my photo on the lower right to create a sort of triangle around the page and keep the eye moving. 

After distressing and adhering the squares, I began creating a large cluster around my photo. I backed my photo with tags from the cut apart Tags paper and used 3D foam to pop up the photo and add dimension. The sweet little Christmas tree and polar bear were both fussy cut from the Tags paper too. 

I created a little banner using Bazills red cardstock, edging it with a white pen and using some little alphabet stamps with white paint to add the date to the banner. 

I finished the page with some puffy stickers, including the Vicki Boutins Warm Wishes Puffy Phrase 'Deck the Halls' thicker and hanging bauble, some fussy cut flowers from the Mistletoe Memories paper and some white and gold watercolour splatters peeking out each side. I really love this effect as it mimics the twinkling lights in my photo - I added quite a lot of little flat back gems and Bright Gold Nuvo Drops on top to really emphasise those twinkles! 

And there we have it, another paper made with the fun and festive Holly Days collection. I really enjoyed using these papers and I love how not a lot of product has ended up in a page just bursting with colour. 

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you have a wonderful start to the New Year! 

Stay safe, 

Meg x 

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