• Caroline

Two Festive Layouts with Last Year's Trimcraft Collections

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

I have to confess, I'm one of those 'bah, humbug' crafters for whom Christmas crafting before December is a big no! I know that crafters like to get a head start when there are piles and piles of cards to make, but as I don't send out many there's not much need for me (I'm still hoarding most of the ones I made last year!) As a result, I don't typically buy many Christmas scrapbooking supplies, as there's only a short window in which I'm actually going to use them. Last year however I did treat myself to some Trimcraft goodies that took my eye, and I have plenty left to use; as the November challenge over on the Trimcraft Craft Blog involves Christmas crafting, it seemed like a great reason to break out the Christmas craft supplies a little early. (Plus, its exactly a month to go today, eeek!)

For the first layout, I used the First Edition 'All that Glistens' collection from 2018. I fell in love with the paper pad as soon as I saw it; I'm not a huge fan of traditional Christmas reds and greens so the gold, black and white really caught my eye as very elegant while still being festive.

The extent of my mixed media is usually a few paint splatters on a layout, so I challenged myself a little with this one. For the background, I ripped strips of decoupage paper and layered these using mod podge leaving a ripped and messy feel.

My photos were backed with papers from the 6x6 pad, then edged with black ink so they would stand out from the layout. I raised them slightly using foam and glued a strip of hessian underneath for some extra texture. I used the stickers from the Dovecraft 'Time to Sparkle' collection - the 'December 25th' one was just perfect as the pictures were taken during our Christmas dinner - and the sequins from the same range, which compliment this collection perfectly. I laid a thin base of while acrylic paint down where my title was to be placed, so it wouldn't get lost in the pattern. The title was die cut paper pad using a couple of different fonts, and lastly I added some black nuvo drops and some gilding to the edges of the layout for some extra shimmer.

For the second layout, I wanted to do something fun and cute with the Paper Addicts 'Magic Moments' pad, also from last year's release. I decided to scrap this photo of my family cat Marmite sitting under the Christmas tree.

For the background, I chose this snowy-looking paper, but I wanted the snow to be slightly more clustured around the photo so I added some white paint splatters. I added a strip of the string of stars paper to the right side of the layout. I then die cut tons of little stars from various papers, and arranged these in a cascading pattern, along with some fussy-cut cups of cocoa from one of my favourite papers in the pad.

I really wanted to include these Simply Creative felt penguins somewhere, as they are so cute and I thought with the cat being black and white, it could look as though he was pretending to be a penguin for the day!

I was really stuck for a title for this layout, then I thought in-keeping with the slight song theme I had going, why not use the title from the pad? It was a bit of a pain to fussy-cut, and I couldn't help myself keep whistling the tune from the Perry Como song as I was doing it, but I really love how it turned out. A fussy-cut Christmas tree, some pom-pom trim and some adhesive pearls later and my layout was finished!

Thanks for reading x

The Craft Blog by Trimcraft Christmas challenge - https://www.thecraftblog.com/blog/november-2019/november-trimcraft-craft-challenge-%E2%80%93-christmas

Products used:

First layout:

As the First Edition All that Glistens collection was from last year, the paper pad and deco mache sheets are no longer available online.

Dovecraft 'Time to Sparkle' dimensional stickers - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dovecraft-Premium-Sparkle-Christmas-Collection/dp/B074J7S5Y6/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=dovecraft+time+to+sparkle&qid=1574018902&sr=8-6

Dovecraft 'Time to Sparkle' sequins - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dovecraft-Premium-Sparkle-Christmas-Collection/dp/B074J9YBFW/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=dovecraft+time+to+sparkle&qid=1574018996&sr=8-10

Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-golden-jewel-gilding-flakes-200ml/638334-1000

Docrafts hessian squares - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Docrafts-8-Inch-Hessian-Squares-Basics/dp/B00MH5JVI8/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=hessian+squares&qid=1574019985&sr=8-2

Nuvo crystal drops - Ebony Black - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tonic-Studios-Crystal-Drops-3-17x3-17x8-89/dp/B00WG9ZC1K

Second layout:

Paper Addicts 'Magic Moments' 12x12 paper pad - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paper-Addicts-Pad-Multicolour/dp/B07G2JF9KY/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=magic%2Bmoments%2Bpaper%2Baddicts&qid=1574021092&sr=8-1&th=1

Simply Creative felt penguins - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simply-Creative-Trimcraft-Christmas-Basics/dp/B07XJ3FRSK/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=simply+creative+felt&qid=1574021155&sr=8-3

Simply Creative star metal cutting die - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simply-Creative-Christmas-Metal-Crafting/dp/B0747WJ8QR/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=simply+creative+star+die&qid=1574021235&sr=8-2

Pom-pom trim - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06WVDW9YF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Dovecraft adhesive pearls - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dovecraft-Floral-Muse-Collection-Adhesive/dp/B01CJG67OK/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=adhesive+pearls+dovecraft&qid=1574021820&sr=8-3

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