Monday, March 28, 2011

Talk about Non-Traditional!!

Christmas is probably the hardest holiday for me to scrap every year.  I feel like I get stuck in such a rut, with the green and red traditional Christmas-y papers and embellishments.  Needless to say, I still have several Christmas lo's to do that I have been putting off for months.  Well this week, Frosted Designs had a great sketch for their 3.22 Sketch Along challenge and I decided to join in and take a totally different twist on Christmas.  My photos were not great to begin with, because our dining room is painted a Terra Cotta color and it does not make a good backdrop for photos.  I once again used to add a vintage tint to the photos and I used some digital brushes for the black around each photo.  I found the green patterned paper with the circle design in some of my Scenic Route papers and thought how awesome would this be for a non-traditional Christmas lo!!  I did a lot of outling in black on this one and I love how it turned out.  I usually do some kind of outling, but usually not this bold.  I was inspired to go bolder with my outline after seeing Lisa's lo on her blog Taadaaaaaaaaaaaa  You can check her lo out here:
I definitely am loving the non-traditional Christmas I may be using it more frequently on the remaining lo's I have from 2010 Christmas!  :)

Here is the sketch provided by Frosted Designs.  There is still time to play along, if you would like to join in on the challenge:

Products Used:

Paper - K&Company & Scenic Route
Corrugated Alphas - Jillibean Soup
Tiny Type - Cosmo Cricket
Embossing - Cuttlebug
Embroidery Floss - Janlynn
Brads - Spare Parts & Recollections
Tag - EK Success
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Font - Ravie
Pen - Sakura


  1. Oh wow!! I love this xmas layout and probably cause its not the same ole same ole..LOL
    The title is way cute and I love the banner on the bottom.. Excellent job !!
    Thnx for playing along our Tuesday Sketch challenge over at Frosted Designs

  2. Love the not so typical Christmas layout! Love the Title too.
    Thanks for playing along with our Tuesday Sketch Challenge over at Frosted Designs.

  3. Oh Wow, I love how you did the title!! Super cute and creative!! And using the non-traditional papers worked out perfectly!!! I love it!!! Thanks for playing along with us over at Sketch Along Tuesday ~ Frosted Designs!! Hugs!!

  4. Love how you backed the letters with color! Great job Ashley :)

  5. Oh Ashley, what a wonderful page. Totally love the unexpected colors, yet the feel on the pics are so Christmas and yet not. Thank you for joining us at Sketch Along Tuesdays @ Frosted Designs


  6. I just love love how you did the title and what a great way to remember the holidays and all the effort into getting the tree all decorated and trimmed. Thanks for joing us at Sketch Along Tuesdays.

  7. Love the use of the non traditional Christmas colors on your layout!!! The outlining is perfect as it makes everything stand out!!! Cute banner!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesdays challenge!!!