December 2015 Blog Posts

Season’s Greetings friends! Rebecca Larson here to share with you a fun new holiday SN@P! Set that has recenetly been added to the digital shop! I was looking for a color pallet that could coordinate well with some black and white photos that I took of my daughter enjoying her first snowfall. We recenlty adopted her from the Philippines! Although this beautiful country is known to have the longest celebrated holiday season in the world, due to their island climate they lack the white stuff. So I was counting the minutes until I could introduce her to snow! Anyway, I was wanting some elements that were winter themed with a little mix of the Christmas holiday to highlight my photo. I found what I was looking for in the Tis the Season digital SN@P! SetAlthough the green and red are very much prominent in this kit, the aqua and gray can make any picture pop off the page!

I was first drawn to the cute snowman and snowflakes, and built the layout around that. I love the nontraditional holiday gray used here, and decided to also make the gray 4x6 snowflake cards a noteworthy part of my design.  

Using a crisp white sheet of paper (found at little from my stash for contrast, I continued to build my layout with the 4x6 and 3x4 cards as background frames (drawing the polkadots from my daughter's jacket, to the matching polkadot 4x6 cards). It gives the right amount of color and whimsical pop! I love the alphas in this set, they give the reader an instant draw to my title.

I finished off my layout with using some of the adorable elements in this pack! The hearts and arrows were my favorite to highlight the main photo (isn’t it the cutest??) I added a small text box in the corner, and some drop shadows to give it some dimension, and uploaded it to my favorite print shop! Cant wait to add it to my book of stories! Thanks for stopping by!

While working on a pocket page for this post, I realized just how perfect the graphic elements of Claus & Co. really are. The charcoal greys, clean/classic fonts and images all made this collection a huge hit in my book. A touch of retro, while not too vintage...the more I worked with it the more I wanted to use it!

When your daughter is 16, that means you've likely documented MANY 'traditional' Christmas topics...and it also means that things are a bit different. I chose a pocket page to remember a few of those things, and am glad to have gotten the photos + words into an album. Since two of the photos were of my daughter trying to wrestle with the strings of lights for our tree, I opted for the 'farm fresh Christmas tree' card to stand front and center. I wanted to keep this page simple, mainly because I loved the photos but also to allow the text + graphics of the cards stand out.

All I added were a few gold sequins from my stash...other than that, this pocket page is pretty clean and simple. I did layer the ledger side of one of the cards onto the polka dot card to allow for some journaling about my most awesome 'Mom' pin that was a Santa's Secret Shop gift from about 10 years ago. ;)

The left 2x12 pocket houses a title that I made by pairing the black alphabet stickers with the tone on tone black star paper. I like the subtlety of it, and it balances out the darker polka dot card that I used for the journaling I mentioned above. The little 2x2 cards that say 'trim' and 'hang' were mounted onto a piece of 2x4 cardstock before slipping them into  the pocket, just to keep them from moving around. Again, just a few simple phrase stickers were all I used to jazz up the photos.

While it's tempting to go overboard when working on holiday projects/pages, try limiting yourself to keeping it simple. I can't think of a better time of year to slow down and focus on the stories. :)