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Monday, 9 August 2010

A is for Apertures ....

... namely, Starbursts!  That is the first monthly scraplift challenge over at Scrapology, with a layout by Anita

I don't tend to do as many people focused layouts so this WAS a real challenge!  I have also done very few Christmas layouts, but I came across these photos of my mum and my niece celebrating her first Christmas.

All my Christmas stash is very old and this is the most ancient!  I was working my way through it for Christmas cards, but here it is, used on a page.  Someone kindly sent me a RAK of Christmas papers and bits many years ago, so it turns up here! 

I decided to keep the background simple as the photos are busy enough - I really should have made the circles bigger.  My niece grabbed the Santa hat off my mum's head, so my journalling reads " It has been Santa Grandma for many years now.  Seems like there has been a turf war, and the leadership has changed!" 

Papers, letters and stickers - Doodlebug, 2003.  I matted everything in that Kelly Green to give it some definition.  The "Baby" is using my Autumn Leaves freestyle alphabet, which was stamped, then embossed - some of it is coloured in white pen, and I stamped again onto scraps of patterned paper and used the inserts on the letters to give them a bit of impact.  Stitching done in the form of scrapper's floss round the edge of the baubles.  I even used the Christmas ribbon that was in the pack, too!

I do like the layout - it doesn't compare to some of the other stunning creations - but I strongly believe in using everything you have - even if it is out of fashion!  (Other personal references really not necessary, :lol!)

Till next month from Scrapology. 


  1. This is lovely Ali. It is a shame that photographs don't show the true colour and beauty of layouts isn't it.

  2. Gorgeous layout Ali! Love the baubles! I have plenty of 'old' christmas paper too that I am planning on using. Actually I have loads of old everything because I am such a slow scrapbooker. I am so unfashionable lol! :)

  3. This is fab Ali, I was blown away by those letter you created, i really thought they were bought embellies. It was also really nice to see a totally different take on the layout, its really striking in real life in those colours too.xx

  4. Sorry its been a while since I visited anyones blogs but having be a netbook down, laptop time was a constant fight, as always there is something wonderful to see here


  5. Love the baubles, stitching and the lettering. Thanks for being part of the team and taking part in this first projet.

  6. Love the papers and all the different elements - awesome!

  7. Pretty LO - I especially love the photo's inside the baubles x

  8. Fabulous layout - I love the baubles, it's such a great idea.

  9. Fab layout Ali - love how you have done baubles to display your photos in and a lovely story about your niece and the santa hat.