Alternate Title: Project Life 2013: Week 17
Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop, inspiring you to get out your Christmas stash and use it before the new collections are introduced at CHA this month. Join the fun and create something, too. Don't forget to use the hashtag #scrapbookchristmas in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
My journey into papercrafting began with making Christmas cards. Over time, my interests evolved and I began scrapbooking when my family moved to Australia. Since then, I've also been documenting memories through Project Life.
Through all that, Christmas products have always held a special place in my heart. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and I love making things, be it cards, gift tags or a gift for someone. But it's also a very busy time of the year for our family and despite my best intentions to scrapbook the holidays or December Daily the month, all my Christmas supplies end up unused.
Take for example, the Studio Calico kits I bought last December.
The main kit and both add-ons I bought are still pretty much fully intact. So when Ruth proposed Christmas in July to use up my Christmas stash, I was all for it. Since I know that scrapbooking Christmas isn't my forte, I decided to look for ways to use up my Christmas stash in non-Christmas projects.
I recently received my order of photos for Project Life. I'm quite a few weeks behind so I had a lot to choose from and Week 17 seemed like it had the most red/green/brown coloured photos, which fits the traditional Christmas colour theme.
Then, I narrowed it down to the papers from the Kris Kringle add-on, just to make things easier for myself.
This is the final spread.
The cream coloured piece with brown script was perfect for the photos of the ice cream and crepes. I love that it makes my food look sorta classy.
The green paper with stars was a fun piece to use, it's green but not your traditional Christmas evergreen colour. It worked out really well for that piece with Caleb and his puzzles. It matched with the colour of some of his puzzles and on the reverse side was that awesome arrows paper which was the perfect background for that title.
I had no idea Caleb would be so interested in doing puzzles. Nathan never liked them and I almost didn't bother with Caleb, but I'm so glad I did because he absolutely loves them!
Except for the two red sheets, all the patterned papers could very easily be used for other occasions. I find that when papers are part of a kit, I can only see them as a whole. So instead of seeing a very versatile polkadot, script or pattern, I only see "Christmas paper".
By taking them out and holding them away from the rest of the kit, I could see them in a different way and incorporate them into a non-Christmas layout.
I hope this helped to inspire you to use up some of your Christmas stash!
Thanks for stopping by, your next stop is: Theresa.
In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Ruth - http://scrapmachine.com/
Bernice - http://btsoi.blogspot.com/
Theresa - http://himynameistheresa.com/
Holly - http://harmonydiy.blogspot.com/
Sandar - http://www.thecraftybunch.com.au/
Kimberly - http://kimberlymariekett.blogspot.com/
Stella - http://myscrapbliss.blogspot.com/
Margareta - http://www.paperpilekitten.com/
Taniesa - http://thecraftypickle.com/
Smitha - www.smilingcolors.com
Catherine - http://paperaddictcatherine.blogspot.com
Melissa - yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
Alison - http://magicalmesses.blogspot.com/
Manda - http://www.mandalikadesigns.com/
Madeleine - http://senoritaml.wordpress.com/
Melissa - http://www.scrappyjedi.com/