Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Winter Blog Hop with Creative Life Scrapbooking

Helloooo scrapbook world!  It's been awhile since you've heard from me!

I'm delighted to join in Creative Life Scrapbooking's Winter Blog Hop, and I know you'll find some inspiration for your projects from all these talented ladies.

My winter pictures so far have included a lot of snapshots taken in the backyard of our new house.  We live right along a forest preserve, and we really enjoy seeing the changing trees, plus birds, deer, raccoons, foxes and coyotes.  We had lots of snow right around the holidays, which made for some beautiful scenery.

For this layout, I used Creative Memories Christmas Past collection, which was introduced in 2016.  Maybe some of you own this gorgeous collection (or your CM advisor may have some to sell you! ) The nature-inspired greens, grays, creams and reds, plus classic images of greenery, animals, children and Christmas icons are the perfect backdrop for holiday and winter photos.

Some of the papers in this collection, like the one on the left with trees and deer, are just too pretty to cover up or cut up!  So I arranged my photos in order to see the deer - it gives a really pretty effect, almost 3-D.  I tried to balance the creams and greens on each page. 

I added hints of red and just a couple embellishments.  Those little red birds are printed on the paper! 

Now & then I order my prints with white borders - it gives a double-matted effect when layered with a paper mat.  These prints were ordered from Apple, directly from my MacBook. The quality is only OK....in my next post, I will be comparing photo prints from several different companies. 

I popped up a couple of the embellishments with foam squares, which makes things stand out -especially when using such neutral, soft colors.  Check out the buck in the lower photo...and can you see the coyote in the photo above it? Caught him running through our yard on Christmas morning! 

Stay tuned for my next post, in which I compare photo prints from six different printing services!  Let's see who offers the best quality and value!

And now, continue on your way by visiting Stefani Jone's blog, Crop with Stef

Here is the complete list of Creative Life Scrapbooking members who are in today's hop, click on any name to get to their post:

Noreen Smith
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe
Fran Allen Smitherman
Julie Tambrini (you are here now)
Stefani Jones
Lisa Brown Graham
Sarah Fitzgerald


  1. What a wonderful way to showcase those beautiful photos!

  2. These papers are prefect for these photos--I love it! They're so elegant and subtle, and wonderful for winter layouts. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Beautiful - Christmas Past is definitely NOT just for Christmas!

  4. I really love the paper and embellishments you used for those pictures. Beautiful.