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!


  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

  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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