Thursday, 8 December 2016

8th December: Scrapbooking Twinkly Christmas Photographs

A couple of years ago, I attended a workshop at the Lomography shop; they sell vintage camera and equipment and their workshops are a great way of trying out the kit without the price tag of investing.  I LOVED it, and you can read about and see the pictures here.  Today I want to share the scrapbook page I made about the experience, which will go into my Christmas album.  I don't make a daily scrapbook layout in December; instead this blog is my record of my Christmas memories and I am really enjoying going back and working with photos and stories from previous years.

This page was inspired by the pretty Christmas stars in the photo.  I shot the decorations using a Petzval lens which has sharp areas of focus and makes everything else seem soft and delicate and twinkly.  Perfect for Christmas! As my photo was going to be the focus for the page, I wanted to create an intricate frame it that would really draw the eye.

I designed the frame by first drawing round the photo to get the size right and then doodling stars in the top left and bottom right corner.  Once I was happy with the placement, I cut it out and used this as a template.  I traced around my template onto white cardstock and used a craft knife to cut round it, and remove the little centres of the stars.

I love the way the sprinkling of the stars came out, and I think the frame really helps to lift the photo.  This is definitely not the fastest process, but I find as a scrapbooker I'm happiest making pages slowly and carefully with lots of little details.  It may mean I'm not prolific, but I get my favourite results working at this pace and creating something unique.

With the frame finished and laid in place, I looked to the colours and motifs in the photo to provide inspiration for the embellishments. I decided to stick to shades of blue and gold to complement the picture without overwhelming it, and also to use woodgrain and white as neutral accents.  Actually, I love the look of white on white and it's a look I use a lot.

To continue the theme of stars, I used my craft knife to cut star shapes out of patterned paper.  The lacy look of these stars matches the frame and allowed me to add texture and embellishment without too much weight.  I scattered them around the page, balancing out the frame and giving structure to the design.  A sprinkle of gold stars entwined through the other elements of the page tie it all together and add a bit of shimmer.

I had-cut my title with a craft knife, and added in the other words on little boxes made from white cardstock.  To finish off the page, I layered some patterned paper behind the photo and frame, and used black mist to add ink splatters to the design.

You may be thinking that this page has no space for journaling, but actually it is tucked away on a label in a pocket behind the photo. I thought the black text might look too heavy against the white of the design, but I can't make a page without journaling!  The story helps to give context to the page, explaining why I have taken the time to scrapbook a picture of department store Christmas ornaments.

I really enjoyed assembling this page, taking time in this busy festive season to slow down and craft a detailed and intricate series of elements.  Stars are definitely working for me at the moment as a Christmas motif and I hope to be able to incorporate some of the these techniques into my next page.
Kisses xxx

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!

P.P.S. This layout was featured in Jot Magazine, which was so exciting!

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