Hi everyone, today I thought I would share an in detail look at my sample layout for this months Monthly Challenge called ‘Peppermint Place’. Here is a picture of the challenge in case you missed it. 


Here is the layout that I created ‘Sweet Memories’. The subject of this layout is my gorgeous daughter and the arrival of our Elf Chippy. The excitement was real the day of his initial arrival. I wish I could capture these moments and keep them forever, thankfully we have memory keeping right! Since Chippy’s arrival to our home he has been a much anticipated and loved friend of our house, who dramatically changes the feel and keeps that Christmas spirit alive. It really is just beautiful and so special. 


As you can see from the mood board I was definitely inspired by the Christmas tones in the mood board, the red tones and foliage and greenery in the board. So so beautiful. I had a lot of elements to choose from. Initially I wanted to create a wreath style design for this layout similar to in the pictures. But when I saw the bauble cut files in the Cut to You store I decided to use those as the main inspiration and the uneven drop of the baubles mimicked the bells in the bottom left corner.


I matted the white card stock background in the Candy Stripe 12×12 patterned paper.I also added a simple white stitch with my sewing machine around the border.  I tell you what, I think Zoe should release a patterned paper pack of just woodgrains and diagonal stripes. They are hands down some of my favourite patterns in every collection. 

The baubles were backed with a variety of papers – both in the 12×12 designs and the 6×8″ paper pad. I chose to use the small print floral to back most of the bauble pieces. The berries in the Holly were created using the red in the diagonal stripe paper. I just love how these turned out. I adhered these to the page with a foam adhesive to give the layout some dimension. 

The photo of my daughter and the elf was actually matted in one of the 3×4 cards in the journal card pack. I loved the red and thought it tied the layout together nicely and complimented the challenge board well. 

When I design a layout I love to create an imaginary triangle where your eyes can travel around the page, from the focal point of the photo, to the journaling and embellishments. I created an embellishment cluster to the right of the photo using a variety of ephemera pieces and accessory stickers. I used foam and glue dots to adhere these to the page, creating dimension. 


An element that you will see on most of my layouts is typewritten journaling. I tend to just document what first pops into my head when I see a particular photo. It may be a reflection, it may be a retell of an event, or sometimes it is simply the specific details of what is in a photo. This layouts journaling is a reflection. 

It was so hard to choose which ephemera to use on this layout. There are always so many beautiful options. But thankfully, sometimes when you have the direction of an inspiration board this can be made so much easier. For me, I chose to use the floral elements as there was a foliage and greenery focus in the board. 

I hope that you have been inspired by this layout and enjoyed the in depth look at how I was inspired by the elements in the monthly challenge. Be sure to give it a go this month!

Raquel xxx

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