Love This | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and happy Monday!! Melinda here on the blog today and I have some fun Christmas inspiration to share with you!!

I was totally inspired by Gwen’s share using the same cut file , Christmas Tree Row and couldn’t wait to use that inspiration to make something of my own! If you’d like to see Gwen’s page click here, it’s very Gwen!

I was firstly inspired by the very soft and pretty water colour in the background of Gwen’s page so started thinking of colour ideas. I quickly remembered a very pretty sequin mix I have had in my stash for a few years that I just LOVE and that is where I came up with the idea of soft pink & blue, gold and a little splash of red.

With my colour scheme chosen it was time to build my page! With that sequin mix in mind I immediately thought SHAKER pocket!!! So I cut the Christmas Tree Row in textured white card stock and then backed that with some acetate. Next up, very thin strips of foam to have room for the sequins to move around. I filled up all the trees with my very pretty sequin mix and then backed that with a sheet of water colour looking pattern paper. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shaker pocket and am so excited I finally got those sequins on a page! I also added in a few red sequins.

Working with my colours in mind I added some white gesso to my background paper (a rather simple black and white pattern), worked out placement of my shaker pocket and photo and added in my beautiful soft pink background colour. Swoon! I just love it! And of course, lots of splatters in pink, blue, gold and tiny pops of red as well!

I just love the trees on this page and how they and my photo really stand out off that background. I chose to go pretty simple with the embellishing, a few older rubber charms from a Pink Fresh Christmas collection.

A couple of pattern papers behind my photo including that gorgeous red, pink and white candy cane stripe. One of my most favourite pattern papers of all time, ever!

To finish off my page I added in some wood veneer words – “love this” – for my title and also some sprinkly veneer pieces in circles, hearts and stars. I was going to leave them plain but decided I didn’t love the wood grain on the page so I used my gold paint to paint them with a little paint brush!

I added in my journalling under the trees which just says how nice it was to have all of the cousins together to celebrate Christmas. Seeing this photo though really made me realise just how much all of the kids are growing. How quickly time goes and makes me truly grateful for this memory keeping hobby I stumbled upon. And it makes me look forward to the new memories we will make and I can record this year! Especially with some of the gorgeous new cut files in the Christmas Shop on the website!

I do have a process video for you today, just click below! I hope you enjoy!

Remember, if you don’t have your own cutting machine Gwen can cut and post to you (anywhere in the world!!) any of the designs in the store that have the custom cut option! So awesome!!

I had so much fun creating this page and I really hope that you have enjoyed my process. I hope that you are inspired to maybe get a start on last years Christmas memories or heck, get a kick start for this years, in whichever way you choose to record your memories! It was interesting seeing Gwens pole the other week in the HQ group around Christmas. If you’re not already a part of the group click here and join in the fun!

Anyways, thanks so much for stopping by, until next time!
Melinda