Thursday, July 21, 2011

Merry Christmas! - Christmas in July at HMITM

We have a fun challenge up at How Much Is Too Much! Fi gave us a "Christmas in July" challenge, and we had to use:

2 + photos [at least 2]
1 x Christmas tree image, any size
5 x patterned papers, i.e., Christmas patterns,
5 x metal embellishments, and any other embellishment in increments of 5

Scrapping Christmas pictures always presents a challenge for me. I always enjoy making the pages--trimming them with pretty decorations--but since I like the focus to be on storytelling, I don't always have stories to tell for the multitude of Christmas pictures we take. So I hemmed and hawed over what to do, and just decided to go for it and scrap these fun pictures of my mom and Gram with their "loot piles."
I used the current sketch at Once Upon a Sketch as inspiration for my page design. My pages always look different from the sketch since I scrap 8 x 8, and sometimes it's hard to shrink things down. I used the Bedford Falls kit from Noel Mignon, along with a couple of odds and ends from my stash.

I almost always put titles on my pages, but I just couldn't think of a good one (since I didn't have a story--my titles are usually drawn from the stories) and I didn't have a lot of space to work with (one of the problems of scrapping 8 x 8!), so I just decided it was okay to not have a title.
Here are some details. I cut the circles of the Santas out of one of the patterned papers in the kit--here's Santa holding a Christmas tree (to meet the Christmas tree part of the challenge). The rub-ons I used are pretty old, by K&Co.

The banner die-cuts were so pretty, and I prettied them up further with these gigantic pearls that I had in my stash.

This medallion design was on the edge of one the Pink Paislee papers, and I cut it out and tucked it behind the photos so you couldn't see the missing parts.

So, while this was, in some ways, a tricky challenge for me, I had a lot of fun using the Bedford Falls kit, which I just got on sale from Noel Mignon half price, and I'm happy that I finally scrapped these two pictures from Christmas before last. Go take a peek at what the rest of the team made for this challenge, and I hope you'll play along--you could end up in our How Awesome Is Too Awesome Hall of Fame and become our next Guest Designer!
Thank you for visiting my blog and reading about my page!


Murphy's Law said...

Merry Christmas!! I LOVE that paper!!! You totally rocked it.

Heather Jacob said...

gorgeous Debbi .. always such beautiful work here ... this sounds like fun I may have a go at it .. big hugz x

Jenny Evans said...

This is so beautiful Debbi!! Love your details!! It looks great with no title! Sometimes Titles are hard to work into a layout, lol

sandi said...

Oh wow Debbi this is fantastic! Yes! It's Christmas in July and you did one great lo!

Natalie said...

Oh Debbi this is such a gorgeous page

Irma said...

Debbi...I can use some winter snow now LOL...
Wonderful LO - a stand out!

FiKenward said...

I love your take on the Sketch Debbie its beautiful and how sweet is that banner.

phamil said...

Debbi, what a great Christmas page! This is gorgeous! Glad you could join us at OUAS!!!

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