Sunday, 15 November 2015

Festive papers or not festive papers? That is the question!

Welcome to the Frosty Festivities blog hop which is part of Jennifer Grace's Frosty Festivities 2015 event!



You should have arrived here from Jacky's blog but if not and you'd like to start the blog hop from the beginning or you're a little lost then it's time to visit Jennifer's blog at JenniferGraceCreates.

So in my post I thought I'd share a page that used some Christmas product but where the theme was not overly Christmas. The photos are from our visit to the Harry Potter studios last December where the great hall was decked out in all its Christmas glory. However I didn't want to go overboard with Christmas themed products as this is just one of many pages I'm scrapping about the visit and the others do not have any festive orientation what so ever! If I used too much Christmas product it would look very out of place. 

So my solution was to use some festive product but mix it with non-festive to get the balance right and I was really pleased with the result.   I started with a sketch from Stuck! Sketches.  I don't have a lot of spare time to scrap so a sketch always gets me started quickly...


And this is the result...


I added some red tickets, an ornate transparency to ground my title (which I've had for years!) and some tiny wooden stars that were all neutral embellishments. Then I used some American Craft "Frosty accents" reindeer rub ons which reminded me of Harry's stag patronus!



The most Christmassy bit was the "Deck the halls" sticker from Simple Stories but this fitted the theme perfectly so had to be used! The papers are old ones in my stash from Lily Bee Designs and Simple Stories, I think. 


And finally I'm re-posting a page I made a while back which is the opposite. A Christmas Day photo scrapped with non-Christmas themed products. 


You can read more about this page here.  Have you scrapped either of these ways? If so I'd love to see it.

I've added the full blog hop list below in case you've missed any...

And your not stop is Katherine's blog.

Jennifer Grace is giving away a prize pack of a Lawn Fawn stamp set and more...


Enter to win by commenting on all the blogs in the Frosty Festivities 2015 hop!  The giveaway closes on Sunday 6th December at 10pm GMT and is open internationally.

If this is your first time to my blog then thank you for staying a while and please come and say hello again soon. If you've been before then thanks for stopping by again.

Happy festive scrapping x

25 comments:

Katherine Sutton said...

Fab pages, I love the HP photos...and I hadn't thought of scrapping Christmas without Christmas papers...so thank you for the inspiration :)

Janis said...

Wonderful LOs! I am a cardmaker, not a scrapper, but I like sketches for the same reason you mentioned. They always help me get a jumpstart. I really like your first page where the papers are not overly Christmasy.....but with the very decorated subject, you never notice the toned down papers. Great idea!
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Shelley E said...

Great layouts! Thanks for sharing.

furrypig said...

I totally love Harry Potter and we visited last winter and the great hall looked amazing...deck the halls is perfect indeed. Fantastic pages.

Denise Bryant said...

Lovely pages with pretty details!

scrappyjacky said...

Love how the papers work with the photos....I often use non-christmas papers with christmas photos.

Daphne said...

I so love your page! The sketch is great to follow and it looks like it will fit easily in your album with the other photos of the visit to the Harry Potter Studios. I visited the place in March 2014, but seeing the festive hall really make me wanna go back during December again!

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

Great inspiration to use non traditional paper. I always like using a sketch too.

alexa said...

You've really taken that sketch and run with it - your page really does the experience and photos justice with all that colour and bright sparkle. I like the softer look too - I'm one for non-traditional myself :).

Claire Newcombe said...

Great LO, you have managed to get the perfect non/Christmassy balance. The photos are so busy with Christmas that you didn't need the papers to add any more. You have really done the photos justice.

It must have been a fabulous visit (I love Harry Potter too) x

Sian said...

The Great Hall must have looked absolutely amazing..what a fabulous subject to scrap. I'm a big fan of pages which aren't too themey: this is right up my street :)

Kirsty Frisby said...

Using them the opposite to usual has worked so well

Louise said...

those great hall photos are fantastic as is your take on the sketch x

mandysea said...

wow, look at the Christmas trees in the photos!! love they way you've sewn your title and the alpha's you've used! They look amazing. Sweet pastel second LO too!

Julene Matthews said...

Both layouts are fabulous but the HP one definitely gets me in the mood for Christmas.Well done.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your LOs are lovely! I am more of a cardmaker and not a scrapper but I would love to make a few special pages and frame them. It's been on my to do list for a while but I'm not sure where to start. Thanks for the inspiration!

Deb said...

Both of your pages are beautiful. Those trees in your photos look amazing.

Lizzy Hill said...

Lovely! Clever scrapping - the stitching over the Great Hall title looks brill & I REALLY like that transparency....I find them way hard to use! Thanks for sharing...hopping along...:):)

Clare Brown said...

wow two amazing pages and that great hall looks magnificent!

LCSmithSAVED said...

Very creative angle! Sometimes the Christmas - themed items simply don't suit, do they? Permission to go rogue : )

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

ohhh I love them both!!! I love when you can use non christmas products for the holidays!

Sheena said...

I really like both pages.
I find the photo colours are usually the basis for the pages I make.

Dolly B said...

a wonderful take on the sketch, a gorgeous layout.
Mary

Margot/NZ said...

I love to use sketches too. Your pages are lovely.

Jennifer Grace said...

Okay now I need to go to the HP Studio Tour at Christmas time, it looks amazing! I love the ornate transparency behind your title, it really makes the whole page feel special. Thank you so much for taking part in my blog hop, it was lovely to have your blog as a part of the event. x

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