It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means that it's time for another step-by-step monthly project sheet from Bella Blvd. The December project sheet is up, featuring the Christmas Cheer collection.
I borrowed some adorable photos taken by my good friend Krista Lund. She always sets up the cutest backdrops for taking holiday photos of her kiddos. I wish I could have left the entire backdrop she created in one of these pictures, as it was just gorgeous. But I felt like I needed to crop in more, to capture the cuteness of her children.
For someone that doesn't really have an easy time scrapping Christmas layouts, I think I pulled this one off pretty well. I did pull in two patterned papers from other collections for this layout. The first was this black dotted paper, from the Halloween Magic collection, as I wanted to add a touch of black to help the other colors "pop" and the photos had some black in the background as well.
I had printed my photos out before really coming up with a page design. I had printed the main photo as a 4x6" (but later re-printed it as a 3.5x5" photo), and then printed two photos at 2x3" and two photos at 2.5x2.5". This ended up working out really well, as I adhered the smaller photos to two narrow strips of patterned paper, and then added some little embellishments along with them.
The second patterned paper that is not from the Christmas Cheer collection is grey dotted patterned paper. It's from the Scattered Sprinkles collection, and I picked it to add a light, neutral backdrop for my title. I also lightly spritzed it with some black misting spray, to tie in a bit more black.
For my title, I used a mix of alpha stickers and the word "celebrate" which I hand cut out of a sheet of patterned paper. I really detest fussy cutting, but I'm totally willing to do it for these fun little words.
I knew I wasn't adding any journaling (other than the kids names and the year), so I needed a little something to fill up that bottom right corner. I cut a few strips of patterned papers, and made little notches in the bottoms to create banners. I layered them together and tucked them under the main photo.
You can download the December project sheet, which features a complete supply list and step-by-step directions, RIGHT HERE.