Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here and I am sharing a new layout with you and capping off Christmas week here on the blog. Since Pink Paislee didn’t release a Christmas collection this year, I took the challenge for today’s layout to create a Christmas layout without using a themed Christmas collection. I had so much fun delving through my past Pink Paislee stash to find the perfect embellishments and papers for my layouts design.
Here is the layout that I created:
Here is the process video for how this layout came together:The story I am documenting today is a somewhat new tradition for our family. Two years ago we began Elf on the Shelf which filled our house with so much beautiful Christmas spirit. The photo on this layout is taken the morning our elves returned to our house last Christmas. They brought with them some friends (Reindeer for the kids to cuddle), Christmas pyjamas, and a few other treats. They were so excited to get their special start of December delivery from Santa Claus, that I wanted to make sure I told this story on a layout.
For the layout itself one of the main design elements was the wreath cut file, which is one of Paige Evans’ designs available here. I turned the wreath upside down so the bow was a feature on the bottom, it is such a pretty and intricate cut file and I love that it gives you the opportunity to back the individual leaves if you choose to. To back the leaves I used Paper 11 from Turn the Page as it was a beautiful traditional green perfect for a Christmas layout. I actually used my Silhouette to cut some of the green leaves by simply selecting the leaves I wanted to cut and offsetting the size so they were easy to adhere to the back of the cut file.
The next collection I delved into was Outfitters, I totally forgot about how perfect this one would be for documenting Christmas so it was a little like I struck gold when I found it. Happy dances were had all around. Especially when I found Paper 06 with the plaid design, it just screams Christmas and all that is currently hip and trendy in Christmas decor! I also used the 6×6″ version of Paper 07 from the collection as a lighter tone to the leaves.
For the bow in the cut file design there was another paper in the Turn the Page collection that was perfect, Paper 17. It is a beautiful, bright and vibrant red that kept with the traditional theme of the layout that I was aiming for. I backed it with the same Outfitters Paper 06 plaid design and topped it with a button from the Fancy Free collection.
I could not resist framing the whole layout in the stunning Paper 06 from Outfitters. Boy, I am so in love with that paper! To mat the photo I decided to use another paper from the Outfitters collection, this time from the 6×6 paper pad. I loved adding the element of warmth from the woodgrain and I feel again it suits a traditional Christmas theme well. I added my journaling and story on a tag from the Outfitters ephemera pack and slid it behind my photo.
The title of the page was a piece of ephemera from the Sweet Freedom collection. I told you I went into multiple collections! I thought the shine bright fitted well with the festive theme. I also struck gold again when I realised that Paper 06 had a camp scene on the reverse that included trees. To me they worked as Christmas trees, so I fussy cut a bunch and added them in a horizontal strip along the bottom of the page.
Thanks so much for stopping by the Pink Paislee blog today. I hope you have enjoyed the shares for Christmas week this week from the team.