Thursday, December 1, 2011

Have you been Inspired?

Your Auntie Em's Design Team has another reveal for you!  With Christmas just around the corner the December Page Maps from the Scrapbook & Cards Today Calendar was a great inspiration to me.   Emma (with a little influence from me) chose the Basic Grey "Jovial" collection from 2010 - I must admit this still remains my favorite Christmas line of all times!  Emma still has a little of it left in the store and this month all Basic Grey Jovial is 10% off when you mention that you have been "Inspired"

For my layout I choose a great photo of my daughter on her first Christmas.  I fussy cut (and those of you who know me, know how much I *love* to fussy cut) some of the snowmen and snowflakes from one of the patterned papers and popped them up on some of the circles.  I also used a Trinket from Bo Bunny and some Webster's Pages Trim.  The poinsettias are about as old as my stash is, they must be at least 6 years old - lets put it this way they are older than when Prima started dating everything on their tins; and since they don't even use tins anymore - they are old LOL!!

The journaling I snagged from an AWESOME 600+ page book available at Auntie Em's called "Inspiration Station" it is just full of verses and quotes and poems.  Also it has a whole section devoted to layout titles!  Great if you are stuck for writing something or just want to add a little bit of sophistication to your page.   You won't be disappointed with this book!

Again I used my sewing machine to stitch around the outside of my layout and inked with distress ink, um... just about everything!

Well that's it, I hope you enjoyed my take on this Page Map - remember to stop by the store and mention that you have been Inspired, and you will receive 10% off all Basic Grey Jovial collection!

Mellisa's take on the sketch:

Up front, I need to apologies for the quality of these photos.  While the convenience of taking photos with my iPhone is wonderful, the loss of a battery charger has rendered my beautiful DSLR unusable.  (I am assuming that I plugged it in to charge a battery somewhere and left without it ... ugh!)  This means that, while I wait for my new charger and battery to arrive (hopefully before Christmas), I have no choice but to iPhone it and deal with the outcome.  (breathe, Lorena ... BREATH!! I promise it'll be okay. *wink*)

Creating this layout was a bit of a challenge for me, I have to admit.  The sketch didn't 'speak' to me like others did but I also found that I just couldn't go beyond what I did.  Simplifying this simple sketch was all I could do no matter how many things I tried and how many embellishments I added (then removed); straight to the point with the title also expressing what my journalling would say ... that there is no place like being at home for the holidays.  By removing the bottom elements of the sketch, the eyes stay focused on what I perceive to be important ... a few elements of Christmas at home (mine & my Mom's) that represents what Christmas is to me ... with just one glance.

 I did a bit of Photoshopping on this photo, adding a red border and 'Season's Greetings' for a different effect.  Unbeknownst to me until I got home, the processing chopped off the bottom of the fancy G's.  Oops

 A few ornamental photos taken from my Mom's Christmas tree last year.  The flashed out photo is actually the dining room table all set for Christmas brunch .. an annual tradition at my Momma's house and my absolute
favourite part of Christmas.

I coloured this chipboard heart with my Fire Brick distress pad and stickled it for dimension before
adhering to another chipboard circle.

While I know that this isn't our last post of 2011, I recognize that things get very busy during this time of year between shopping, Christmas festivities, family and friends so, with that in mind, I would like to take a moment to say, on behalf of Emma, Laura, Lorena, Sue, Michelle and myself, that we wish all of you the very Merriest of Christmas' and the Happiest of New Years. Happy Holidays.

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