Hey everyone! I know it's been quiet here. I really do plan to get back to more blogging once we get past the holidays. I do have a new layout to share today. This was created for Kerri Bradford Studio, and I was waiting to share until her new site was up. She's still dealing with issues out of her control, so in the meantime, she's been sharing our projects on Instagram and Facebook this week!
After working really hard last year to catch up on years worth of Christmas layouts, and with Christmas 2016 just days away, I figured I had better get to documenting last year's Christmas photos. If you know me, you'll know that I'm all about getting as many of my photos on the page as I can. So for something like a Christmas family get-together, I turned to one of my go-to two page designs, getting 22 photos on the spread.
If this design looks familiar, it's because I have used it more times than I can count! I even used it on a few previous Christmas layouts. I use a full 12x12 photo collage on one side of the spread, and a smaller photo collage on the other side, leaving me plenty of room for my title, journaling, and sometimes, even a few more photos.
Kerri's Stoyboard templates are my go-to choices for creating photo collages, and the only ones I even use anymore. While I often tend to use the same ones over and over, she's got tons of choices to fit whatever your needs are, as far as how many photos, and size and orientation of photos.
I like to keep with a white background on the top half of my first page, since the two page spread is so photo heavy. Rather than a plain white background, I die cut a ton of stars from Kerri's Out Of This World kit, using white cardstock. The white on white adds interest, without being overwhelming.
Kerri has SO many choices for Christmas titles, so it can be a little hard deciding which to use. I usually start by looking for one that fits the space I have left for my title, as that usually narrows things down a bit. I decided on the "hello Christmas", from the Yuletide Greetings kit, and cut it both from patterned paper and black cardstock, to layer together for a little shadow effect.
When it came to picking out patterned papers for this layout, I came across these super old papers from Making Memories. They matched perfectly, so they were my obvious choice. Sometimes, I wonder why I hold onto things for so long, and other times, I'm so glad I did hold onto them for so long!
I don't always feel the need to journal on my Christmas layouts, and it's something I've talked before. I guess I feel the journaling would be almost the exact same every year. However, if I find myself with extra space to fill on a layout, I will add some journaling. And that's exactly what happened on this layout. I had a little space to fill, and rather than just filling it with more patterned paper, I added in a journaling strip that went the length of the page.