International Trip - 12x12 Layout Process // Episode I - Summer of Stories

July 02, 2019

It's hard to believe it is already July! June flew by and we're already into the second month of Summer. While I am having a blast making summer memories, we're cooling it down this month as we dive into some chillier supplies. This month I'll be focusing on using some of my Christmas stash up. I have tons of 12x12 paper, embellishments, stickers, and more. So, I'd like to put a dent in it. Each week I'll be sharing one Christmas layout and one non-Christmas layout with Christmas supplies. So, get ready! 


Episode I is a really fun one. At first, I struggled with this letter. What the heck even begins with 'I'? Then I stumbled across this photo, ahh yes, international! Easy enough. Now pairing this with my Christmas themed supplies would surely be a challenge. Check out the process video below to learn more!


I found myself to be inspired by these non-traditional color schemes from Fancy Pants and Pinkfresh Studio. I decided to run with this pink and teal emphasis with accents of gold and red. I even dipped my toe back into mixed media for this page, woo! I used Heidi Swapp Texture Paste in metallic gold through a Teresa Collins triangle stencil. I then added some drips from my Tim Holtz Distress Paint.  


I used a few sheets of the Christmas papers to mat my photo. The bright red feels a teeny bit Christmasy, but you don't really notice unless you really look. The layers of tags and tabs gives it more of an office vibe and avoids Christmas altogether. I mixed in a few paper clips to give it texture and dimension.


I think the accents from outside of my kit really helped bring it together. I used some leatherette stickers from Pinkfresh Studio, a Paige Evans puffy sticker, and a Paper Studio acrylic globe. What really pulled the color scheme together however were the Christmas elements!


I think having a smaller title like this helps ground the page. It gives a place for your eye to rest and just be amongst all of the crazy layers and textures happening on this page. These stickers are from a sticker book I had picked up at Walmart! A great find!


Overall, I absolutely love how this page came out. It doesn't feel Christmasy at all based on first glance. I hope this inspires you to look at your Christmas supplies a bit differently and give this a whirl. Thanks for stopping by!

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