First Christmas for the Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop

First Christmas for the Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop

Happy Sunday stampin' friends!  Today I'm participating in the Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop...get ready for some amazing projects because this is one talented group of scrapbookin' gals!  Our theme this month is "Firsts"...and we were told we could interpret that however we wanted.  I chose to go with first Christmas.  Here's my page:

This photograph was very recently a Christmas postcard.  I've had it hanging up in my office since I received it a year and a half ago because I just love it!  I always thought it would be good for a scrapbook page and since it is Maddi's first Christmas, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use it!

I'm wondering how you scrapbook.  Do you have an idea what your page will look like when you begin or are you a little more like me....I might have an idea of what I want to USE, but I never really know what a finished page will look like until it's finished.  This page is a good example of my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants scrapbook style.  The whole time I was working on it, I was trying things out, moving elements around, deciding what did and didn't work...basically working it out as I went.

I started this page on 12 x 12 Whisper White original plan was to have a white background but somewhere along the way I decided to use the beautiful wood grain from the Country Lane DSP collection from the Holiday catalog.  You can build a page on DSP if you plan to store it in protective sheets but I find that it's just not quite heavy enough so I attached it to the 12 x 12 Whisper White.  Both the pine DSP on the right side of the page, and the bunting flags, were created with DSP from the Under the Mistletoe collection, which you'll find in the current 2017-18 Stampin' Up! catalog.

To make the bunting flags, I cut a strip of DSP 3" wide, folded it in half lengthwise, cut it into 3/4" pieces then clipped the open ends with a "v".  I put adhesive inside each flag and wrapped it around a piece of linen thread.  When I was putting it on the top of the page, I didn't like the way it crossed and overlapped itself so I ended up cutting it into two pieces to adhere it to the page (this way it didn't end up overlapping at all).

I wanted to bring in just a few touches of gold so in addition to the title and that beautiful gold die-cut deer, I cut a strip of gold foil paper with the decorative ribbon border punch and tucked it under the pine DSP on the far right side.  The deer is from the Detailed Deer framelits and the title is cut with the Merry Christmas thinlits.

Because I wanted to use the gold deer, I wanted to pull in deer somewhere else on the page.  One of the things I tried that DIDN'T work was a piece of DSP from Under the Mistletoe that had tiny, white deer all over it.  I had it under the photo, where the Soft Sea Foam piece ended up.  No matter how big the mat of the photo was, it was just too busy and distracting.  When I decided to go with the Soft Sea Foam in it's place, I was still able to pull in a couple more deer images by stamping them.  One thing I kept was the Shaded Spruce mat behind the photo and I liked the added bit of wood texture from running it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.

Here's a couple of close-up photos...

And that's it!  So now you'll need to answer my do YOU scrapbook?  My style sure feels like some sort of organized chaos when I'm working on a page but since I'm generally happy with the end result, I guess I can say it works for me!

I hope you enjoyed this project...and my process for getting it done.  :)  Thank you so much for stopping by!  You can jump right to the next blog by clicking on the links below!



 I'll be back on Tuesday with a new project to share!

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