Monday, September 8, 2014

My Christmas Wreath

Hello crafty friends,

I've had wreaths on my lately... maybe from too much time on Pinterest... LOL.   Last Christmas was a tough one for me, because for the first time in 13 years I was back to working outside the house and there just didn't seem to be enough time to do everything I was used to doing.   So when the Holidays ended and my house was un-christmas'ed (is that even a word?)... well, I'm making it a word.   Mentally I was done with Christmas and I never scrapbooked any of our Christmas photos.  Nine months later, I'm finally ready to work with my Christmas photos and start on my Christmas 2014 cards (more on this in a later post on my personal blog).

Therefore, today I have a Christmas layout to share with you.   For the past few years my husband's side of the family gathers at my In-Laws the Saturday before Christmas to celebrate the season and open our stockings.   This year in addition to our big family photo, I also took individual family photos.   When it came time to scrapbook them I want to include the individual family photos, but as supporting players to the large family photo.

The dies I used were not ones that were assigned to me, but dies I likes so much that I knew I would buy for myself.  Here's are the dies:

The Merry Christmas Whispers die is beautiful.  I love the font and the size.  For my layout, I die cut it once in non texture black cardstock, which I later coated with my black Wink of Stella pen.

I'm still toying with the idea of die cutting a couple more and stacking them to create a thicker element on my layour.  What do you think, check out the layout below and let me know if I should make it thicker?

The Holiday Icon Ornaments Whispers dies are so much fun and if you get them, please take my advise and get the Holiday Word Ornaments Whispers dies at the same time.  I didn't and regret it.

I used four of the six ornaments dies on my layout.  I die cut them from non texture black cardstock and from non texture white cardstock,   I hand cut the inside images from the white die cuts and color each of them a different colors.  I coated them with my clear Wink of Stella pen and glued them over their black cardstock counter parts. I coated the remaining ornament black rings with my black Wink of Stella pen.  

To create my layout, I started by printing my circle photos 2.5", because I wanted to them be just a little bigger than the ornaments dies. If you don't have a way to print circle shaped photos,  Print them normally and use a circle die or punch to create circle photos.

You may have to print a few tests photos to determine the best print size in order to get your desired circle size. And keep in mind, some photo just will not fit into a circle shape.  The large group photo on my layout, didn't fit into a circle, because there was not enough open space surrounding the people.  I tried, because initially I wanted a large group circle photo in the center.

Ok, once I had my photos and my dies ready.  I gathered up all the other wreath embellishments.  Since I couldn't get my main photo to print as a circle, I modified my plans and moved the wreath off center.  I went to the kitchen, got a large plate and drew a pencil circle to help me keep the circle shape as I added embellishments.

I started creating the wreath by placing the Merry Christmas Whispers die in the location I wanted. Next I added my circle photos on foam squares for dimension.  The Holiday Icon Ornaments Whispers dies came next.  Some I popped up with foam squares, some I place directly on the paper.  Once my basic wreath was form, I started adding other embellishments to fill it up. Surprisingly, creating the layout went fast.  It took me two hours to make this layout and that's not bad.  I love how it turned out.  If you are interested in the background pattern paper I used.  It's by Glitz, the B side of "Yours Truly Motif".  I'm currently crazy over wood grain pattern paper and I loved this white wash pattern so much I picked up a pack of 25 sheets at the Scrapbook Expo...LOL.

Well, that's it for me today.  I hope you have enjoyed your time here today.  I love feedback, so please leave me a comment.  Until next time...


  1. Mary ~ what a beautiful layout!!! I love how you incorporated all the family photos with the Holiday Icon Ornament dies!!

    1. Thank you Lori, for the kind words and for always finding time to leave a comment. Much appreciated <3

  2. Mary, you did a fab job n that wreath. It inspires me to get back to scrapping. Indeed to set up a small space in my house so I can scrap when I get extra time

    1. Lesa, thank you for the sweet comment and don't feel bad, this is my first layout in weeks. Sometimes there just isn't enough time or energy to do everything we want done.

  3. Wow, Mary, this is stunning!! I love the design and all of the details!! It's a masterpiece!!