I found these wonderful pictures of my daughter from 2008 that had somehow never been scrapped, and decided to pair them with the Dear Santa collection from the brand new company Photo Play Paper (where I am social media manager).
Since I didn't have a circle die or punch the correct size, I reached for my Westcott brand microtip scissors to cut it by hand. With the small blades and the microtip, I had enough control of the scissors that you really can't tell that I cut it by hand!
Minor detail...I got into it and got to a point that I was happy with it and realized that absolutely nothing on the layout was glued down yet! This meant I would have to move the ephemera to glue down the patterned paper and photos! But my iPhone came to the rescue. I snapped a quick photo of the layout built how I wanted. I then started moving things to glue them, using the photo as a reference to get them back where I wanted them.
The last two items that went on to the collage are the ones at the very top of the page - the stickers that say "2008" and "Twas the night before Christmas". These elements date the layout without it having to have a formal journaling block.
While I am usually pretty adamant about including journaling blocks on my layouts, I deliberately chose to let these photos stand alone without a story attached this time. The thoughts that accompany these photos, for me, besides the context of time and place, have to do with my daughter's autism and her health issues. Sometimes, as the parent of a child with challenges, you don't want those challenges invading every memory. I decided to save those thoughts for another day/layout, and just for this layout appreciate these beautiful pictures of my daughter for what they are.
This little cutie is definitely on Santa's "nice" list!
- Scrap Free Scrapbooking eBook
- Photo Play Paper "Dear Santa" collection pack
- Tim Holtz idea-ology "Festive" ephemera pack
- Tim Holtz idea-ology "Occasions" Small Talk stickers
- Cricut Explore machine
- Teresa Collins "Santa" cut file from "December 25th" Cricut cartridge
- Colorbox Pigment Ink in Antique Pewter
- Xyron 505 machine
- Westcott 5" Pink Titanium Non-stick Scissors with Microtip