The One with the Garden Girl Holiday-Themed Layout

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy December! It's the most wonderful time of the year!
The first of the month means new projects from the Garden Girls! The theme is HOLIDAY/WINTER. What could be more "holiday" than a Christmas tree?! Feast your eyes upon the cuteness that was Fox's 1st Christmas:
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Description: When I think of the holidays, especially Christmas, the first thing that comes to mind is Christmas trees! I love make Christmas tree-shaped designs on my Christmas-themed layouts. I chose to work with a pretty traditional color palette of green and red with a trendy chalkboard paper background and hints of pink, blue, and kraft. I really love traditional Christmas colors though so I'm all about the bright red and green! After adhering dozens of patterned paper strips in a triangle Christmas tree shape I defined the look by sewing around the edges and outlining the thread with silver glitter glue. I added a few wooden American Crafts buttons and Echo Park stickers as "ornaments" to complete the tree look. A clustering of fun holiday-themed embellishments helps round out the grouping of photos and journaling on the left edge. The Uniball Signo white pen writes like a dream on this Elle's Studio chalkboard paper! I like putting photo corner stickers on the corners of my layout to help keep eyes from wandering off the page and these photo corner stickers by Echo Park were just the ticket.

Journaling says: We had big plans to drive to Colorado for Christmas but when you got RSV the Dr. said NO. So we stayed home and had fun as a new family of 3! 12.25.10

How to: Trim dozens of holiday-themed patterned papers into pennants of different widths and lengths. Begin at the bottom of a chalkboard paper layout background and adhere a row of pennants across the bottom. Sew across the top edges of that row of pennants. Add another slightly shorter row of pennants above the first then sew across the top edges. Repeat until you reach the top edge and you have a Christmas tree shape. Top the tree with a star jewel stickpin. Sew a triangle over the tree to define the shape and outline the string with silver glitter glue. Place a trio of photos over a snowflake patterned vellum block on the bottom right edge then add a sticker title above and a label die cut and clustering of embellishments below the photos. Journal on the left edge of the layout using a white pen. Add a collage of embellishments on the upper right edge then place a photo corner sticker on each corner. Drop white spray mist by the journaling and photos to finish.

Supplies: Cardstock, buttons, glitter glue, adhesive: American Crafts; Patterned paper: American Crafts, Crate Paper, Echo Park Paper Co, Elle's Studio, Glitz Design, Studio Calico; Wooden veneer: Prima (rocking horse), Studio Calico (starburst); Stickers: American Crafts (glitter foam number, glitter star, snowflakes), Echo Park Paper Co (black mini alphabet, candy cane letters, photo corners, stars), Glitz Design (green letters), Studio Calico (dimensional sentiment banner); Die cuts: Elle's Studio ("Dear Santa"), Studio Calico (vellum label); Spray mist: Studio Calico; Pen: Uniball Signo; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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Crossing my fingers I'll make it for another year on the Garden Girl team and hopefully be back on January 1st with the next debut!


  1. You do the MOST AMAZING things with shapes!!! This is JUST GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeeee those sweet Fox photos and love love love that tree!!!!!

  2. WOW!!!!! Im floored....and stealing this idea! I swear, you are the bestest when it comes to finding creative uses for scraps!

  3. Amazing Paige!! Love how you used the banner shapes to create the Christmas tree!! Such a fun design!

  4. Beautiful, creative, festive....I could go on and on. I love it!


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