Sunday, December 04, 2016

Holly Jolly Elf | The Studio Challenges

Hey there! I am guesting over at The Studio Challenges this month and today I am sharing my first of 2 layouts with you! For this first challenge we are playing with a sketch which I am posting below. I have used the Mistletoe Kisses collection from Simple Stories, which  I seriously adore and am quickly depleting my stash!


The sketch suggested two photos which was perfect for these two photos of our Elf on the Shelf, taken last year. I included Buddy in our December Daily album last year, but I do not believe that I have ever scrapped him and since he is not returning to our house this year (he left to watch over our grandson), it seemed high time he made it onto a page. Plus there are these super cute Simple Stories elf embellishments that I needed (like really needed) to use!

I swapped out the circle shape on the sketch for this string art style Christmas ornament die cut that I created just for this page.


I backed the cut file with a mix of patterned papers, washi tape and a few of the square stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets, leaving some of the spaces empty.  Once that was done, I stitched around the shape and backed it with foam for dimension.  I coloured the ornament topper with a silver marker, opting for this lazier method of colouring it, than embossing would have been. I am super happy that it is still shiny, or else I may have had to have gone with plan B. Prior to adhering the cut file to my background, I added some water color paint splatters in teal, pink and green for a bit of colour


I relocated the title to the upper left side of my layout, because I opted for one that was a little larger than the sketch suggested.  These letters were part of a die cut from the Mistletoe Kisses ephemera pack that read "believe", I modified one of the "e's" to be an "f" by trimming off the bottom piece and adding back the white border with a white pen.  I love the way it turned out!


I did a small embellishment cluster including a phrase sticker where the title was suggested, to act as a subtitle of sorts.


And ten I played with more embellishments, creating a triangle around my photos.


Before calling this layout done, I added in some Smooch Spritz, hand journaling and some stickers beneath it.

As promised here is a look at the sketch..


Let me tell you why I love it and why it inspired me.  First off, it suggests using two smaller photos and I really like using smaller photos, but you could easily use one larger photo, too.  Secondly it has a large circular element and I love circles, but I also love changing up large shapes for other fun elements like the Christmas ornament I used - which is technically a circle, I know!  And lastly, it left the embellishing up to me which is my favourite part of scrapping! Ha!

I an sharing another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List:  Simple Stories patterned papers Oh What Fun!4x6 Horizontal Elements,  Holly Jolly and HO HO HO from the Mistletoe Kisses collection; Simple Stories Sn@p color vibes light in Blush, Combo Cardstock Sticker, 6x12 Chipboard, Bits & Pieces, Enamel Dots, Stickers, Washi Tape, and Decorative Clips all also from the Mistletoe Kisses collection; American Crafts textured white cardstock; Smooch Spritz in 'ice rink"; Leows water color paints; fine tip Sharpie for journaling; Le Marqueur silver marker; Hemptique twine; misc. crochet thread and buttons; string art Christmas ornament die cut by me; sketch by The Studio Challenges.

Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you play along!

2 comments:

  1. This is absolutely precious, Laura! So many fabulous details and a perfect take on the sketch! Thanks so much for joining us this week in The Studio! XOXO

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  2. Welcome to The Studio Challenges as GD Laura. Your take on our sketch is so creative! I just love how you incorporated the circle with an ornament. It turned out fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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