Merry and Bright Layout by Phil Donahue

Friday, December 30, 2022

Hello scrappy friends! Phil Donahue here back on the blog with a merry and bright layout featuring Paige's Christmas Tree Circles from the Christmas Cut Files 2019 along with papers and embellishments from her Garden Shoppe collection. This page showcases two black & white photos of my niece sitting next to the tree during her second Christmas ever.

To start, I resized the Christmas Tree Circles to about six-inches tall and duplicated it five times in Cricut Design Space. I cut them in two batches from white cardstock. After experimenting with the contour tool I created a backing file and cut each using a rainbow of five B-side patterned papers from the 12x12 Paper Pad. I aligned and adhered the cut file to each and set them aside to work on the background. The background was made using my favorite combination of papers: both sides of Paper 4. I used the white and rainbow heart side for the middle of the page and I placed a one-inch border of the rainbow woodgrain stripe on the top and bottom of the layout. I applied a layer of gesso to the white heart paper and painted clouds of coordinating Distress Oxides where I knew I'd place each circle tree. After applying the mixed media I glued a row of trees along the middle of the paper, popping alternate ones up with adhesive foam as well as the photos to create more interest and dimension. I decorated each tree with tone-on-tone embellishments from the 8-Page Sticker Book and from my stash of cut-out Paper 23 sentiments. I added enamel dots, gold puffy stickers, and a title from my stash to finish the page.

I hope you found some inspiration in this colorful layout! Thank you for stopping by and have a happy scrappy New Year!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: GARDEN SHOPPEwhite cardstockDistress Oxides; Cut file: Christmas Tree Circles from the Christmas Cut Files 2019 by Paige Evans

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