Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Christmas in August???


Whew, another week has almost flown by!  Where does time go?

Today, I have a layout on the MME blog for their August Challenge #2.  We were challenged to use our new Holiday Paper for a non-Holiday layout!  This was a great challenge and I really enjoyed using the traditional, for the non-traditional.  It made me think 'outside the box' and create something fun!

Admit it....we all do it.  New Holiday collections get released and we buy up every last piece.  We create adorable Holiday projects, layouts, and cards, but yet we still have product left.  What should I do with it, you ask?  Just use it I say!  Just because the paper has snowflakes or cute little snowmen, doesn't mean you can't use it for a holiday project. 

Here are some ways I like to use Holiday collections for non-traditional projects.

1.  For holiday papers with typical holiday themes, cut them up!  Cut them into smaller sized pieces where the themed design isn't so obvious.  In my layout, I cut the snowflake paper into smaller pieces with my die-cut machine and adhered them to my page with pop dots.  Also, using Holiday paper with basic designs, such as dots and stripes can be used for any project.

2.  Hide Holiday words on embellishments.  For my layout, I love the 'Christmas Memories' chipboard banner, but I obviously didn't want the word Christmas.  So I hide the undesired word under my photo and you would never know it was a Holiday embellishment.  You can also do this with tags or die-cuts that contain holiday words or phrases.  Layer and hide the words.

3.  Mix up individual letters from phases or words to create your own, unique saying.  A great site to help you create new words is 'Scrabble Cheat'.  You enter the letters you have and possible words will be provided.  For example, you can enter the letters 'Merrychristmas' and you would get multiple words from those letters.  You can also use individual letters for unique meanings.  In my layout, I used the 'T' and  'S' from the 'Merry Christmas' stickers for initials of the people in the photo. 

4.  And who says red and green are for Christmas only.  These 2 colors look great together, so just use them!

I hope you enjoyed my ideas for using your Holiday theme papers and embellishments in non-traditional ways.  I can't wait to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by.



Ashley Horton said...

This page is so, so cute Tina!! Love the way you used the papers in a non-traditional way and the large white die-cut looks really awesome!!

Diana Waite said...

this looks GREAT! What an interesting challenge--I think you did a FANTASTIC job BTW! Oh, and I TOTALLy lifted you the other day! Can't share my take on your sketch just yet as it's for Elle's studio! ;)

Melinda said...

WOW how amazing does that white diecut look! Love your work Tina and this layout is gorgeous! :))xx

sandi said...

Oh wow! This is fabulous! It's starting to feel like! Love everything about this lo!

Helen Tilbury said...

Really cute page Tina - I love that big white diecut you used!!

Eila Sandberg said...

Geeez Tina you are so freaking clever! and the result looks so so amazing!!xoxo


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