ETA: I won the "spotlight feature" at Once Upon a Sketch with this layout.
Now that my 2010 album is complete, I can relax and have a bit of playtime. I was inspired by the prompt this month at Once Upon a Sketch, which is "December means..." I created a layout called "December Romance."
Below you can see an image of the sketch for this challenge. Instead of using just one photo, I collaged together four little, cropped photos, plus some Christmas papers and die cuts. I united the whole assembly with a distressed, hand-stitched paper heart. I think that this collage, which is the centerpiece of the layout, sums up the sweetness of December "date nights."
My journaling [which I hope you do not find cheesy] says: "Our 'date nights' in December are usually simple: we hold hands and cuddle while looking at the tree and listening to soft, instrumental music. We de-stress after our busy December days. To some people this might sound like a boring way to spend Date Nights. But Scott and I love these 'dates!'"
I tried to incorporate lots of Christmas-related found objects into my layout.
Stars--my favorite "outer space" symbol--are also a great symbol of Christmas (what with the Star of Bethlehem and all), so I used some shiny, star-sprinkled wrapping paper to create my page border. This is used wrapping paper--I think that the wrinkles and unevenly-cut edges give it charm.
I also upcycled star wire, tabletop snowflake confetti, and a December calendar page in my design.
I used snow texture paste (which reminds me of stucco) and an old box to make my snowflake embellishment.
To represent the music that my husband and I listen to on our "date nights," I used an old disc (it's actually a dud DVD, doubling for a CD) as an embellishment. It too got a coating of snow texture paste, embellished with tabletop confetti, Liquid Pearls, and Distress Stain.
In fact, Liquid Pearls and Distress Stain make a few different appearances around the page. It's true--the mixed media bug has bitten me! :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog to look at my layout. It's almost 2013, so I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!