Monday, November 21, 2011


While my friends in the U.S. are gearing up for their Thanksgiving and Christmas prep is well on its way here in Canada, it gets me to thinking about family. Through the good and the bad and the sees you through. For me, family has come to include my very bestest bud, Carey and her beautiful children. You may have heard me tell of our weirdly symbiotic relationship before, but very recently Practical Scrappers asked us to create a layout especially for them using old Christmas lines in a new way.  I chose a gorgeous photo from the talented photographer, Angela Smith of Waterloo.

I distressed the edges here quite a bit in keeping with the background and feel of the paper. I added brown and black inks together to tone down the white core-edges. I also sanded the large Bo Bunny Chipboard letters and added the brown and black ink to distress them and make them less shiny. The flourish is Bo Bunny too and was originally black so I sanded it down and added the black/brown ink. I also tied the black twine around the lower title area to create focus on the title and anchor the page.
The large circle and the two smaller ones are from Harmonie and are inked and sewn to the page! It's quite easy to get your needle to go over those larger elements on the machine. I had tea dyed a Fancy Pants doilie and placed it underneath too.

A final note, is the fussy cut white flower (a poinsettia!) added the acrylic bud and a gorgeous jewelled pin.

I am in love with the photo and I hope the layout does it justice. Carey really liked it and truth be told, that's why I did it.

Hope you are enjoying your holiday preparations whatever they may be,