Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lisa: Mistletoe layout.

Good morning! (Albeit a slightly chilly one, though it looks as if the sun is trying to peek out. Fingers crossed!) Lisa here, with a recent layout I've made, using one of the August ranges from Kaisercraft: Mistletoe. Yup, a Christmas range already! But, because I'm nothing if not contrary (haha!) I decided that I was going to challenge myself to use the design to put together a NON-Christmas layout. It was actually surprisingly easy, which I think is testament to the versatility of Kaisercraft's designs. Plus, it's always fun to set yourself a challenge and see what you can come up with by thinking outside of the box. :)

Anyway, enough rambling-- my non-Christmas Christmas layout is below. :)

The patterned paper I used was picked because to my eye, it has a groovy kind of "retro" feel to it. I paired it with white cardstock as a base, and a recent shot of my husband and daughter at a rest area on the way to Fairlie. The "joy" letters were cut from one of the Collectables into individual letters so I could place them where I wanted on the page.

On the bottom right of the photograph, I placed a selection of offcuts from various other papers I'd worked with in the past, keeping to a limited palette. It's a great way of using up leftovers-- on my desk, I have a little tin I use specifically for this purpose: any scraps that are too nice to throw away get stashed away in there for use in future projects. Waste not, want not, as my dear Nana used to say. ;)

A couple of Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms (love those!) and another offcut featuring a map (to tie in with the loose "travel" theme) adds some interest to the left-hand corner.

Lastly, here's a closeup of the "joy" letters, along with a couple of Studio Calico wood veneers to finish things off.

And that's it-- my non-Christmas layout using some of the Mistletoe range! :) Lots of fun to put together, and it's ispired me to try and use other "themed" papers to create non-themed layouts. Why not have a try at something similar to join in with this month's theme of Colours and Costumes, and then upload it to the gallery so we can all be inspired? Great prizes to be won: your own pack of goodies from the Mistletoe collection! :)

I'll be back later in the month to share what I've made with another of the August releases: the fab Mix and Match. Until then, thanks for looking, and have a wonderful day (the sun's come out as I've been typing this. Yay!)

Lisa :)

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