Hello and welcome! Today is one of those days with a real winter wonderland, thick snow on the branches of trees, a pretty cold temperature making the snow crunch when you walk, and sunny clear weather. Winter at its most beautiful. Very fittingly, our challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog is Let there be Snow.
Don't miss our special guest designer this month, Cate Dixson, who is 14 years old, and will share some really wonderful projects with you.
I was in the mood for a scrapbooking layout this week, inspired by some photos I took of the boys after the November snowstorm that we had. Leo's gingerbread outfit made me want to do something similar on the background of the layout. I also used quite a lot of layers and embellishments, trying to create a warm feeling of Christmas.
If you follow my blog, you might already know that I like to create snow, and today I used one of my favourite ways of doing so; embossed and torn vellum, with a tad of glitter. The SSS vellum was embossed in the Tim Holtz Bubble folder and after tearing it to create hills, I added some Stickles along the top edges.
I just couldn't help myself but to use some more DecoSheet, and here I placed it underneath words die cut from the woodgrain pattern from Tim's Tidings stash. I also used a couple of other papers from the paper pad, such as the one with the typewriter sentiments.
The photo is layered on patterned paper and I tucked a tag for my journaling in behind the papers. I used the WRMK Angle Corner Chomper tool to cut the angles on the tag, using a left-over piece of paper that I found on my floor (Leo had pulled out some papers from my bookshelf). The hole was punched with my Crop-a-Dile. Tinsel is such a festive way to tie a tag.
I wanted to use some of the small images on one of the papers in the Tidings pad and they are made to work perfectly together with Fragments. I glued them to the fragments with a small amount of Glossy Accents and when the glue was dry, trimmed the edges. Snow Cap alcohol ink mixative was sponged around the edges, for a snowy look.
Here are the other two fragments. They are hard to photograph and you don't really see the effect of the plastic here.
I also die cut snowflakes, from red and silver Deco Sheet. Adhere the Deco Sheet to a piece of cardstock first, then it cuts perfectly and is a little thicker too, making it easier to glue to the page.
A few pieces of ephemera are tucked in here and there.
For the background, I used Tim's Holiday Script and Holiday Knit stencils, together with gloss paste.
When the paste was dry, I painted the background with watercolours. I will post a video class on this technique in this week. I just need to edit the videos.
For more inspiration on techniques you can use to create the look of snow, check out my Winter Village Video, Birch Tree Canvas, and Deer Winter Shadow Box, among others.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Happy Christmas crafting!