When it comes to documenting my December I have found that saving the actually scrapbooking until January makes for a much more pleasant December. So what my games plan is for the last couple of years is to take lots of photos, write down all my stores, and tuck away all my fun memorabilia. Then, after the Christmas dust settles and I have a chance to breath a little, I pull everything out and take my time creating an album that I am sure to love.
Just because I don't scrapbook my December memories in December, I still like to sit down and do a little scrapping. Plus I am always chopping at the bit to work with all my new goodies! Today I am going to share with you a spread I made using the "Hello, Christmas" kit.
Here is a look at my finished layout:
This was one of those layouts that I just got to sit down and scrap a pretty picture and play with my goodies because I didn't have a story to tell. These pages will be going into my daughters dance album that is a even mix of layouts that tell stories, and layouts that are just pretty. I am mostly a stories first scrapper, so it is always fun to sit down and just play every once in awhile.
The right side of my layout was going to highlight the photo of my daughter, so that left the left side wide open. I thought about a few different options, but quickly settled on a grid design because I knew I could use all those yummy patterned papers. I did end up bringing in a couple of tags from my stash to give my grid some variety and texture. The kit did come with plenty of tags I could have used, but I wanted to save those for my December album!
I love so many things about this grid. My favorite square is probably the one I created using some left over packaging and the super cute star sequence.
I didn't know how much those little stars would move around, and I didn't want all of them to just settle to the bottom. My solution was to glue some of the sequence down and leave the others just free to roam. That way the pocket will always look pretty, but you will still get the feeling of movement.
I decided to keep things on the right side of my page pretty simple. I layered some of the wood grain paper behind my photo, and created a small cluster with a couple of tags from the cut apart sheet, and some more star sequence. Just enough to bring the two pages together!
I love the way this spread ended up looking... but really how could you go wrong with a picture of a cute little dancer and a Felicity Jane kit. It was a winning combination!
If you would like to see how this layout came together, you can check out my process video below!