GUEST POST – Julie Kirk with a Fun Festive Layout
(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)
It’s time for the last guest post of the event, and it’s another fantastic project! We’re joined now by the amazing Julie Kirk of Notes On Paper. I have long loved Julie’s quirky style and humorous blog posts, she makes me chuckle on a regular basis, and inspires me to pull together an eclectic mix of papercraft supplies too – so visiting her blog is win-win! She’s sharing a fun festive layout today, putting some of my Happy Scatter items to good use, so I’ll hand over to Julie…
I decided to put my festive themed ‘Happy Scatter’ stencil, wood veneers and die-cuts to use on a scrapbook page documenting a relatively recent festive tradition for me: that of ‘Fake Christmas’. Fake Christmas is a now annual [so far] event where my friends and I meet up in that odd, dazed, unstructured time that exists between Christmas Day and New Year where we get to relive the best bits of ‘real’ Christmas [i.e. the gifts!] all over again. And the typed out tale, with all its quirks and etiquettes, makes up the main feature of the page:
So, that’s how the story goes … but let me tell you how I built a page around it.
I started by making my own backing design which involved Christmassifying [I don’t care if my spellchecker doesn’t believe that’s a word … I know you know what I mean] a plain sheet of 12×12 kraft cardstock by sponging white chalk ink through the Stars Of Wonder 6×6″ stencil:
Here’s the subtle, almost watermark, end result:
While the large chunk of journaling is actually the my main feature of my page I did add two small photos from which I also took inspiration for my colour palette selecting patterned papers to compliment the warm reds and cooler blues. And I used two of those papers to add colour behind the apertures in the reindeer card from Makes Me Merry Winter / Christmas Die Cut Cards set:
Once I had the key elements in place – photo/ story/ patterned papers – I began to embellish … by embellishing the embellishments! I dressed up several of the Wonderland Winter Wood Veneer Shapes with gilding flakes:
Well, if you can’t go overboard and add a touch of gold and silver bling at Christmas – albeit a fake Christmas – then when can you?
Once gilded I thought carefully about where to place the veneers on the page as I didn’t want a cluttered feel, with too many clumped together in one spot, but neither did I want what my friend refers to as ‘the sneeze effect’; where everything get scattered right across the page willy nilly! So finally I opted for something near enough a classic triangle layout which helped to create a flow and a path for the eye to move around the finished design, hopping between blingy wooden veneers along the way!
And that’s that! A scrapbook page featuring my photos, a story from my friends, and Jennifer’s embellishments; all of which worked together to create a fun, festive and very real document of a ‘fake’ Christmas!
More About Julie:
I’m a blogger, freelance magazine contributor and collector, curator and seller of vintage paper packs and slightly eccentric creative supplies via an Etsy shop. Throughout all those things I am motivated to either inspire others … or to make them laugh. Preferably both [as long as they’re not holding craft scissors when I make them laugh. That could be disastrous …]
I share a house, and a life, in the North East of England with a small mound of ephemera, an overflowing wardrobe, a stripy workroom and a man who doesn’t mind any of it.
Thank you Julie for your fun and sparkly layout, I can’t wait to try and gild some wood veneers!
Make your wood veneers extra sparkly with gilding flakes or glitter
Stencil all over the background of a layout or project
Add patterned papers behind a die-cut or punched aperture
Thanks for reading, let us know what you think in the comments!
See you again in one hour,