Today is a new Technique Challenge at the PRETTY LITTLE STUDIO BLOG, and you-know-who is up with this layout. It's a color pop challenge with an inspiration photo that made me want to turn on the Christmas carols, make some hot chocolate, and start crafting. Can you guess what color I chose for the "pop" on my layout? If you said red, I did it correctly! *smile*
I chose to create a simple grid pattern on my layout using Twas the Night Paper and Bookmark Journaling tag from the WOODLAND CHRISTMAS COLLECTION. I really wanted my red accents to, well, pop...so I kept my background a very simple white. To provide a little extra dimension, I made my grid on a smaller square of white cardstock which I then glued in the center of a 12 x 12 piece of white cardstock.
I am in love with the Red Circles Vellum paper included in the Woodland Christmas Collection. I keep cutting those vellum circles out and sewing them on my papers. I love how you can see the text of my paper through the vellum circles.
The little redbird die cut (also from the Woodland Christmas Collection) HAD to go on this layout. Many of my Christmas ornaments have been collected over the years and are treasured by me, even though the majority of them weren't expensive at all. They consist of things like a glittery snowman, handmade by my girls when they were teens and (I thought) too old to care about homemade ornaments; an angel made from felt and a popsicle stick by my oldest when she was in grade school; a stuffed goose, which my second daughter bought for me on a school trip to Washington, D.C. in the 5th grade rather than getting anything for herself. And redbirds - I have several old-fashioned redbird ornaments on my tree - some chipped, but still very much loved - because they were my grandmother's favorite. And I just know that she looks down and smiles that sweet smile I remember when I put my redbird ornaments on the tree each year. There are handmade beaded ornaments given to me by my mother-in-law, a superman ornament that I bought for my husband the first year we were married, a Starfish ornament purchased in Charleston years ago as a promise to myself that things would get better - the list and the memories go on.
So, where was I? Oh yes! Pretty Little Studio! Color Pop Technique CHALLENGE! Come play!!!