Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

For the first project of the event I’m appropriately sharing a layout about getting ready for Christmas. It feels very Christmas-like here, what with all the festive projects I’ve been making, occasionally with merry tunes on in the background! The children were inspired to write their present wish-lists quite early after they saw my Frosty Festivities projects, so it feels like we’re almost ready for the 25th of December now!

The photos on this page are from last year though, we haven’t gone so far as to decorate the house this year yet, though hubby was tempted!

Ready For Christmas:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

For this page I decided to cut a giant Christmas tree aperture for the photos to sit behind, so it’s almost like peering through a window to Christmas past!

Here’s how to put it together …

Step 1: Start with a 12×12 sheet of paper (mine is from Teresa Collins Tinsel & Company). Draw a large triangle on it, by marking a dot 2″ from each side along the top edge of the bottom stripe on the pattern, and 6″ in (the middle of the paper) along the bottom edge of the top stripe, then use a pencil to join up the dots. If your patterned paper doesn’t have stripes, you can make sure the gap above and below the triangle is about 1″ deep:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut out the triangle:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Take a piece of cardstock (the colour doesn’t matter as you will be covering it up), and mark the bottom edge of your aperture onto the cardstock so you know where to stick your photos:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Adhere your photos to the cardstock, with the bottom edge of the photos going just over the line you drew:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Find a piece of patterned paper or a cut-apart card to fill the top of your triangle aperture, and stick this onto the cardstock, above the photos:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Adhere your aperture paper on top of the photos and cardstock:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Make a big bauble journaling card by drawing around a glass on a piece of grid paper:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Draw a rectangle at the top of the circle:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Cut the shape out, and rub out any pencil marks:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Ink the edges of the bauble (I used Fired Brick Distress Ink), then tie a piece of bakers twine to the top, and attach this to your layout:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Add a title and your main embellishments:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Write your journaling on the big bauble:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 13: If you want to, you can also add some gems for extra sparkle… you know I did!

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

This layout makes me long to get the ornaments down from the loft! We usually put our tree up either the last weekend of November or the first weekend of December, depending on my husband’s work schedule. If you have a tree, when do you put it up?

Be Inspired:

Cut a giant aperture on your next project

Make a journaling card or tag in the shape of a Christmas themed item

Stick a big flower at the top of a Christmas tree

Thanks for reading! If you like the projects you see during the event, please remember to pin or share them as it really makes my day!

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

17 Comments
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Super idea Jennifer!! I love Christmas….and love the way you spend the day decorating!!

    November 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm
  • I put the tree up once the youngest has gone to bed on Nov 30th. That way we all get up on the 1st December to the magic & beauty of the season

    November 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm
  • Magical LO! Love the aperture idea. I don’t scrap, but this is something I can use with a card, too. I am inspired! Thanks!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    November 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm
  • Great idea Jennifer. Our tree buying and decorating we fit around hubby’s shifts….but never before 1 December!

    November 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm
  • Jean Bullock
    Reply

    What a great idea to use the stylized Christmas tree shape for an aperture. You page is terrific.

    November 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm
  • I like the way this layout gives that “peek into Christmas past!” We typically put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving, unless we are traveling. In that case, we’ll usually decorate the day after we arrive home if possible.

    November 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm
  • really like the idea of the big triangle aperture…might even give it a go!

    November 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm
  • I’ve got last year’s Christmas photos on my desk waiting to be scrapped so will definitely have a go with some of this inspiration here. Love the aperture effect 🙂

    November 7, 2014 at 7:01 pm
  • We usually put ours up 2 weeks before christmas….and do all the decorating at the same time.
    Love how you’ve used the christmas tree shape.

    November 7, 2014 at 7:04 pm
  • LesleyG
    Reply

    Very clever.
    Always December 1st but it comes down on the 27th to give a week of no Christmas before The Child’s birthday

    November 7, 2014 at 7:23 pm
  • I fancy having a good at a big aperture…

    November 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm
  • Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeell, how cool is that! What a great idea – and love the thought of ‘looking’ through to whats happening behind the aperture! For sure will be joining in on this challenge!! Love it Jennifer!

    November 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm
    • oh forgot to say – we put our tree up after the 6th of December (my daughters birthday) she’s always since a little girl likes to feel like her birthday and Christmas is separate 🙂 I get that. She turns 18 this year!

      November 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm
  • Sarah
    Reply

    I really love this idea and I have “pinned” it for me to have a go at … maybe next weekend!! 🙂 We usually put our tree up and decorate the house the first weekend in december but I have a feeling it will be later this year as we will most likely still be finishing off decorating the dining room and I’ll probably wait until our new table has been delivered!!! xx

    November 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm
  • Sue D
    Reply

    Love the Christmas tree shape and the ornament for journaling.

    November 9, 2014 at 3:03 am
  • karenladd
    Reply

    Oooh, love this layout design! I’ll have to try this sometime on a layout, but for now I’m tucking this idea away for card making! We don’t usually put up a tree now since it’s just my hubby and myself, but when we did decorate we usually put it up about 3 weeks before Christmas.

    November 9, 2014 at 6:57 am
  • Julene
    Reply

    http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/giant-aperture-layout-for-jennifer-grace.html
    Here’s my layout. I hope it is acceptable!

    November 10, 2014 at 12:09 am

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