By layering scraps (4 different patterned papers), I created the base for this layout. I then cropped my photos down to eliminate blank space in the photos. I selected the one of Kevin showing off the sparkling cider to highlight by double matting it. Then I arranged my photos. I tucked the remaining pieces of the Maya Road transparency doilies out from behind the photos in three spots (forming a visual triangle). Then I layered my mixed title (October Afternoon stickers, Maya Road "Merry", and Jillibean Soup corrugated alphas) over a couple of the photos.
To complete my page, I cut up one of the windowpane chipboard pieces to make photo corner for the outside edges of a few of my photos. And I used a striped piece of patterned paper to make journaling strips. My friend Mel is the greatest card maker I know. I channeled her while making this card. OK...maybe that's not the right thing to say...I was "inspired" by her use of a tree on one of her recent layouts (here).
I used the kraft paper from the kit for both the base of my card and also for the tree. I used green mist on the paper I cut for the tree. It slightly curled the paper, so I simply added my adhesive to the top of each portion of the tree, so the scalloped edges seem to fan out a bit. Kept the card simple. Simple is good. :)
I also pulled out an extra mini comp notebook I had on hand. Covered it with scrap paper and added a "Joy" chipboard title. The word came on a keychain, so to cover the hole in the "j" I tied on a piece of baker's twine.
Here's the backside of the notebook. I used a Martha Stewart border punch on the polka dot paper. It's almost too late to use this notebook this year, but it will find it's way into my purse next Christmas. I always seem to have a mini notebook in my purse. It's a great way to keep up with wishlists and budgets over the holidays!
My kit is now gone. But, once I have photos of the boys printed, I'll have a couple ornaments I started to share, too.
Have a great weekend!!!