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It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Hi Pinkfresh friends!!  It's Ashley, and today I'm here to share some Christmas inspiration with you, using the Home for the Holidays collection.  Our family loves to start off Christmas in November!  We put up our decorations, start watching our favorite Christmas movies and head to our local tree lighting.  The Home for the Holidays collection is perfect for documenting all of your holiday memories, no matter how you choose to celebrate!

I'm sure we all have Christmas traditions that have been passed down through our families or new ones we've started ourselves.  We never did Christmas pajamas when I was growing up, and that was a tradition we wanted to start with our family.  The kids get to open their pajamas on Christmas Eve and then, of course, pose for photos!!

On my first layout, I knew I wanted to use a larger photo than I normally do.  I had the idea to create a banner look across the page, and cropped my photo into a tag shape.  Then I started pulling pieces from the Ephemera Pack, that I could use to create the banner look on the Peace and Love background paper.

I placed my photo first, and then arranged the ephemera pieces on each side of the photo.  Then I used my sewing machine to stitch down all of the pieces.  Adding embellishments is always my favorite part of working on a layout, and the ephemera pieces were the perfect spots for that.  I mixed in some pieces from the puffy sticker pack and the mixed embellishment pack.

Once I had everything in place, I thought I would just use the Joy piece from the Ephemera Pack as my title for the layout.  But I thought it would be fun to do something different.  So I decided to add the word "traditions" at the bottom of the page, using the Puffy Alphabet.  I love the contrast of the white letters on the pink background.

For my second layout, I used one of the Free Cut Files that can be found in the Pinkfresh Studio Fan Group on Facebook.  I normally cut my cut files from white cardstock and then back them.  This time I cut the Mandala Snowflake from the Advent Love patterned paper.

I wanted the cut file to really stand out, so I placed it on a white cardstock background.  Then to add more interest, I machine stitched around the outside edge of the cut file.  I also thought it would be fun to use a mix of the enamel dots inside the open spaces of the Mandala.  And I placed an epoxy sticker from the Mixed Embellishment pack in the center of the cut file.

I decided to create two clusters with my photo and embellishments, to keep from covering up too much of the cut file.  I placed my photo on the top right and used the Merry Christmas ephemera piece as the title of my layout.  The second cluster only includes embellishments, but I love the way it balances out the design of the layout.

I hope you've been inspired by my layouts today, with some ideas to use for your holiday crafting!  Make sure you pick up some of the Home for the Holidays collection to get a jump on your Christmas crafting!!

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