Merry Christmas – Photo Love Friday

I really wanted to scrapbook a photo I have of my sister and me as small children visiting with Santa. I have to admit, this layout gave me serious fits! Have you ever wanted to try something a bit outside of your normal scrap routine? That’s what I wanted to do….I wanted to make a layout without many layers. I wanted to still use an assortment of papers and embellishments, but to use them as a grid sort of layout instead of layered in a single stack. My brain was just not going in that direction! I tried for an hour to make it work…… I moved things around multiple times. Finally I walked away for a day. When I came back, I tried again. I realized that I needed to just go with the layers. I tried to re-use the papers I had already selected and cut and outlined for the layers. I ended up working on that for quite a while, too. It also wasn’t working. Finally I went back to what was familiar. I started over and didn’t push myself to use anything I had already selected for the previously frustrating layout. See, I was getting very frustrated, and that’s not what scrapping is about! Scrapbooking is my creative get away. It’s my recharging time. I ended up with a layout I love, even if it doesn’t have a clearly defined title!

Merry Christmas LO

I used Heidi Swapp gold lame spritz to give some small ink droplets to the background. I love this stuff! It does take a few minutes to dry, but it’s absolutely beautiful!

detail christmas

Did I mention I also did a process video for this layout? Hmmm…well, I sorta did…. I taped the first hour. Then walked away. Then I taped my second attempt. Walked away again. The third try, I also taped! I’ve not had a chance to edit the video, but when I do I’ll put a link here. It may end up being a three part video, so that you don’t have to watch me redo the process time and again! 😉

Have you ever had fits with a layout like this? Did you finally get it to work, or did you fall back on the tried and true? I do want to try to do an unlayered layout again one day. But maybe not today. 😉

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