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Christmas at Home by AMANDA KING
Hello Mad Scrappers! Amanda here with a new scrapbook page recording Christmas 2020. Our corner of the country was plunged into Tier 4 restrictions with ‘Christmas bubbles’ being abolished so it was a very quiet one and I’ll only be making a single 12x12 page. I chose Carta Bella’s Hello Christmas collection for my December scrapping as I am a big fan of traditional red and green collections. The 12x12 has sold out now unfortunately, but the 6x6 pad is still available in the shop along with two different ephemera packs and the enamel dots.
I love all the Christmassy icons on the Merry Christmas page, but I found it too busy to use in large quantities. I decided to split my background in two with 1/3 of Merry Christmas and 2/3 of the diagonal stripes on the back of Journalling Cards. This was still rather busy so I shrank things down to use the same papers with a 1” border on quicksand-coloured cardstock which calmed and confined the patterns. I covered the join between the two papers with a strip of green, the back of Christmas Village, which I edged on one side with a scalloped border punch.
Basic page construction done, I placed my photos side-by-side, towards the top, and started on the embellishment work. I knew all along that I wanted to use the snow globe picture on the 4x4 Journalling Cards paper as to me it was symbolic of us being isolated at home, but 4x4 was a bit large so I cut it down on the sides. I cut a couple of tags from the Holiday Tags paper to go alongside it sitting on a strip of red washi tape from my stash and added a bird from the sticker sheet for no better reason than it sat nicely in the space.
I used the gold puffy word ‘Christmas’ from Crate Paper’s Very Merry Phrase Thickers to start my title and added ‘at home’ and the year with red stickers from my stash, fitting the title in between my photos and my line of embellishment pieces. I then added gold puffy leaves to the end tag and turned my attention to creating a smaller matching cluster at the top of the page. This one’s made up of the top parts of two more tags from the Holiday Tags paper, more washi tape, a ‘Merry Christmas’ sticker and more gold puffy leaves.
I finished off with trios of enamel dots in both embellishment areas, a liberal scattering of gold mist, and my journalling which I ran around the edge of the papers, writing on the cardstock background.
I hope you enjoyed this look back at Christmas, but it’s February now and time to look forward. I’ll be here again later this month when I’ll be working with papers from 49 and Market. They are a new company to me, but their Vintage Artistry collections look divine and I’m really looking forward to creating with them.