Today I have a little more Christmas scrapbooking to share as I have put together another layout for my Journal Your Christmas album. This page documents a day I gave to myself a couple years ago; I blogged about it here. I had kept the whole day free on purpose so I think I could have a Christmassy day in old London Town, and I went for breakfast at Selfridges (alcoholic hot chocolate and cake is a completely legitimate breakfast) and spent some time admiring the lights and the shopping displays before treating myself to a show in the West End. It was pretty perfect!
Anyway, as usual with my Christmas scrapbooking, I am blogging the things from this year, to keep up with photos and storytelling, but scrapbooking things from previous years. It works great for me as I have already printed all my photos, the stories are written and recorded right here on the blog and so I can focus purely on pretty, crafty items!
For this page, I wanted to create a clean, basic design and then top it with little scatters of festive embellishments. I included three blocks in a row for this layout: one for journaling, the central spot for a photo and the final one for a title. I layered each of these with different patterned papers and vellum to create texture, and I added a white cardstock frame to the photograph to highlight it.
I ended up making the title quite small; I felt something bigger would overwhelm the other details of the page. Writing it in black pen creates balance in the design, drawing together the journaling, the title and the little date block further down the page.
The main design feature of this page is the banner of stars, and I confess that I absolutely LOVE how this turned out. I made a template first by doodling lots of stars in a row, making sure they overlapped. I cut out my template and then drew round it onto white card with a faint grid pattern. I used a slight pattern to differentiate it slightly and lift it from the white background. The final stage was to cut out the design using a craft knife. As an embellishment, the trail of stars is lacy and delicate and adds a little bit of sophistication to the page.
I raised the stars on little foam squares so that they seem to float along the bottom of the patterned paper; the slight shadow they case creates a sense of dimension, adding another texture to the page.
I added one or two other touches of embellishment here and there to complement the main block of patterned paper and soften some of the straight edges. Repeating a little pink heart icon in several pages makes the layout more cohesive, and flowers fussy cut from patterned paper frame either end of the layered section.
To balance the page, I repeated some of the same elements lower down the page: the little hearts, flowers from patterned paper, black handwriting and a postage stamp punched out of yellow. The final touch was a sprinkling of tiny golden stars lending a little bit of Christmas sparkle.
I think this is one of my favourite pages I have ever made. There's something very satisfying about taking a simple design and making it magical with handmade details and intricate flourishes. This is my favourite kind of scrapbooking, and I will definitely aim to make more pages like this.
P.S. This post is one of my December series inspired by Shimelle’s scrapbooking class Journal Your Christmas. My aim is to blog every day throughout the month to document all the little moments that make the most wonderful time of the year. Merry Christmas!