Merry and Bright

As part of my New Year’s resolution, I decided I’m going to be better about documenting my year.  This scrapbook page commences that effort as I start a hybrid book that will contain traditional scrapbook pages, project life layouts, journaling, and some calligraphy.  I shall name this project –  Daunting! 😉

Ever fall in love with a paper?  This beautiful background paper by My Mind’s Eye is part of their Christmas on Market Street collection.  L.O.V.E.  In fact, I had the hardest time making a layout because I had so little desire to cover up the paper!  So in an effort to be a minimalist here is what I did:

The picture is 5×7, taking two pieces of complimentary green cardstock I die cut the edge of each piece and then cut them down to 5 inches to act as borders to the top and bottom of the photo.  Using the darker green paper I cut two banner dies that were placed on either side of the photo.  This did a few things for me: it allowed me to add a title to the page that would stand out agains the berries and branches, it added a design element following the ‘rule of thirds’, and lastly, I could tuck my die cut images behind it.

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I used the Altenew set Poinsettia and Pine for the berry and branch images and stamped them multiple times with Versafine ink.  Once I had cut all the images out with my Brother Scan n’ Cut I arranged them before adhering them down behind the banner dies.  (Note: the photo was one of the last things I placed on this page.  I measured out where the photo would be placed and then taped down the edge of both banner with washi so I could easily place the berries and branches.)  Next, the banner dies and the photo were adhered to the page.

The phrase ‘merry & bright’ is from an Ellen Hutson die set that I cut out multiple times, once on gold glitter wrapping paper and thrice more out of a Neenah brown card stock.  Once all of the layers were glued together I used Ranger multi medium matte to adhere them down.

For a final touch I added Tsukineko Pico Embellisher in Angel Pink to each of the berries for some added interest and shine.  And that, as they say, is that.

Wish me luck with Daunting! 😉

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