Maybe the last episode of Glitter Girl just got me into some sort of hot beverage trend, but it turns out it’s not the only page on that topic to hit my desk recently. I’ve been inspired by Kirsty Smith, so today we each have a hot mug and a layout to share with you! Kirsty’s first!
I LOVE Christmas. And by extension, scrapbooking about Christmas. I made this as my first Christmas page of the year last December and it was so exciting to dive in with sparkles and stars and all things twinkly. I like to make my own hot chocolate during the festive season, rich and spiced with wintery flavours of cinnamon and ginger, and this Christmas tradition was perfect for the subject of my page. I drew inspiration from the structure of one of Shimelle’s older pages, using a vertical column to anchor the design. As I typically like to keep areas of white space when I scrapbook, I used the beautiful vellum from Shimelle’s Starshine collection to keep the structure of the page soft, and to introduce a little gold sparkle.
I layered up my photo from there, replacing two photos in the design with one slightly larger photo of my own, framing it with layers of patterned papers from the Christmas Magic line. Cut-apart journaling cards a lovely for this, and I added in anything that fit with a colour scheme of pale greens and aqua, soft pinks and flashes of gold. This is a great colour palette for Christmas as it’s a more delicate take on the bolder reds, greens and golds that feel like traditional Christmas colours.
Embellishing this layout was my favourite part of the process: I hand cut lots of snowflakes out of patterned papers from Shimelle’s Christmas Magic collection, swirling them around the page, and tucking in snowflake sequins for a touch of shimmer. I finished off the design by adding in an extra-Christmassy golden sparkle with the glitter Thickers and a star or two. Merry Christmas; I hope this is the first of many a Christmas page this year!
I love Kirsty’s page but of course I just had to start with a patterned background. No matter how many pages I bookmark on a white background, it’s just not what’s right on my own desk. I compromised with a black and white patterned paper from Dear Lizzy’s latest collection, and added some white paint in the vertical column on the right to tone down the pattern behind the coffee cups.
I definitely didn’t have Kirsty’s patience with scissors this time around, and both the coffee cups and the title were cut files found in the Silhouette store – they both came up when I did a search for ‘coffee’ there, and I promise you’ll find plenty of options if you have a look there. Then I took more inspiration from Kirsty in choosing wood buttons (from Go Now Go) and wood veneer shapes (by Studio Calico) to scatter across the page, plus a few adhesive pearls as a finish touch.
I try to include at least one coffee-at-home layout in each year’s family album because it is such an ongoing theme in our home. I like trying to include the bag and the cup in the photo so I can document what we are drinking from where and how long we stick with favourite cups and such. It’s something we do at least once a day, so one or two layouts a year doesn’t seem over the top at all really.
Thanks so much Kirsty for helping me get this in my album – and reminding me that my Silhouette machine still works if I plug it in! We’d love to see what these designs inspire you to scrap – be it hot beverages or something else entirely. Happy crafting!