Thursday, December 01, 2011

Pages with Papertrey -- Challenge #4

I cannot believe it is December 1st today! I have my shopping done, but still need to...

1. put up my decorations
2. put up my tree
3. wrap my gifts and make tags
4. address & mail my Christmas cards (a photo card with a newsletter)-- today's goal
5. do some Christmas baking

So, in trying to come up with a suitable Pages With Papertrey Challenge for December, I've taken all the busyness of the seaon into account. So here's this month's challenge: create a layout in less than 30 minutes.

Now, for me, this means keeping things very simple and not deliberating too long (as I am apt to do) on product choices, etc. It also usually means handwritten journaling and for today's layout, no stitching.

You might notice that the design is similar to this layout that I posted yesterday. That's because I actually made today's layout on Tuesday evening and this layout yesterday morning. I had liked the simple design and figured, why reinvent the wheel? This layout will go in Sage's album and yesterday's layout will go in my family album, so it really doesn't matter if they're similar.

For my layout, I used PTI cardstock (rustic white, harvest gold), button, twine & dies (alphabet block, bloom builder #3). I also used Lily Bee and Fancy Pants pattterned paper & Offray ribbon, which I pleated for this week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink: ribbon pleating.

Another shortcut I used was to grab an already assembled bloom that I made earlier this fall.

If you'd like to play along with this month's Pages With Papertrey Challenge, just post a link to your layout here-- I'd love to see what you create!

Thanks for looking!


Joyce said...

You are so good about making these albums. I like the simple layout. I bet Sage just loves looking through her album. Cherish those toothless smiles. They won't last forever.

carol (krillsister) said...

Love that pattern paper. Gorgeous flower. Your handwriting in the sentiment is exquisite. You should design for PTI.

Kay D said...

Beautifully done! I love this color combo and the flower looks just stunning against the patterned paper and that lovely ribbon!

Deb said...

Love, love, love this! Simply beautiful, Leigh! Now I really have to get that alpha die. Great job with the ribbon and using supplies in your stash. My embellie bin seems to grow, so I will have to look into using it for this challenge.

Tammy said...

Beautiful! I love the light sponging you did on the side of the paper in yellow to tie it all together (or at least that is what it looks like you did).

glorygirl said...

Beautiful journaling. Less is definitely more on this layout!

AuroraDawn said...

Beautifully simple layout - love it.

Especially the handwritten sentiment!

Tracey McNeely said...

Another lovely layout Leigh, I really like your use of the alpha die.

Mayol said...

i love the simplicity, and then bam! - there's the beautiful bloom! :)

Jodi_E said...

Saw this challenge posted over at Papertrey Ink. I am fairly new there and don't post but I used Papertrey stamps this month on one of my layouts. I did a bit of ghost stamping with a flower stamp. Loved the effect. Here is the link and if I get time today I will get a close up posted.