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:
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:
Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut out the triangle:
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:
Step 4: Adhere your photos to the cardstock, with the bottom edge of the photos going just over the line you drew:
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:
Step 6: Adhere your aperture paper on top of the photos and cardstock:
Step 7: Make a big bauble journaling card by drawing around a glass on a piece of grid paper:
Step 8: Draw a rectangle at the top of the circle:
Step 9: Cut the shape out, and rub out any pencil marks:
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:
Step 11: Add a title and your main embellishments:
Step 12: Write your journaling on the big bauble:
Step 13: If you want to, you can also add some gems for extra sparkle… you know I did!
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?
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!