It's a 'howdy' kind of day today! I think it's because I pulled out my cowgirl boots for the first time in awhile. Love them! In case you didn't figure it out yet, it's Jody here today! Speaking of pulling things out that I haven't used in awhile ..... I finally printed my Christmas photos, finally! Yup, I'm scrapbooking Christmas in April. Why not! There really shouldn't be any rules about this type of thing in scrapbooking, at least not in my text book. There's a time and place for chronological order, but not here my friends. Not when you're photos and papers inspire you to create with them, no matter what your subject or season happen to be.
On the note of breaking some rules today, I've created something for Christmas with our Spring kit, Debutante... What?! Yup, rule breaker alert! It's totally OK to use 'non-Christmas' papers to create a holiday project, in fact we highly encourage it!! I know some of my friends need a permission slip to do this sometimes, which is completely understand. I've been stuck in the "I have to scrapbook in order" rut, but no more. Case in point >>>> look below!
Does this black and white paper look familiar? It's the 'B' side to this Amy Tangerine paper, Soul Mate, which is in our Debutante Kit!! A few weeks back, I did a post about whether you were an 'A' or 'B' and shared that I'm mostly a B........side scrapper that is. So, which would you choose of the Soul Mate paper?
Here's my Christmas layout using the Soul Mate paper. You'll notice a difference in the color of the two images. This is just due to one being a digitized image from the website and the other is an actual photo. So, there's nothing wrong with your eye, at least today.
I love that our kits are colorful, but also have a great balance of neutrals. This is the beautiful thing about our kits peeps! All it took to get this layout into the holiday spirit were a few red elements. Easy peasy. My 'go-to' red string is by May Arts, which I also carry in my Etsy Shop here. It's a perfect 1/32 of an inch thick and adds just the right pop of color and texture on any project I'm working on. Next, I added some red metallic sequins, a bingo chip and a heart from Freckled Fawn (thank you again Gia!). I also added lots of die cuts from the exclusive cut files which came with the kit subscription. Speaking of those cut files & printables, they should be our Clique's email boxes right now!
Here are a few close ups too :) I love how the May Arts burlap string looks like it's floating across my layout. If you're wondering how in the world I attached the May Arts burlap string, it's pretty simple. I used a few daps of Aileen's Tacky Glue in several sections and let it dry for a bit. This is seriously one of my favorite glues everyone. It's great because it dries clear, not expensive at all and is thick so it really holds onto your embellishments such as wood veneers, sequins and ribbon! You can find it at any hobby store and use your coupon.
I hope you were inspired today! Go look at your Debutante kit, or through your stash, at those non-holiday papers. Now, really take a good look at them and I'm willing to bet that you can see them in a different light. I know you all have papers that you can totally use for those holiday photos even though your paper isn't specifically holiday themed!
I wanted to thank everyone who subscribed to our monthly kits!! We are so grateful and excited to be SOLD OUT through June. Don't worry, we are adding more subscriptions for July and onward! If you're interested in being on our growing waiting list, please go HERE and enter your info. This will help us in ordering supplies for our upcoming kits so you all can join our Clique and hang out!
Thank you again for spending your time with me today! Happy Scrapppin'!