Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Sweet Xmas Layout – With a Christmas Star Template

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Hello! Today I’ve another scrapbook page to share with you – this Sweet Xmas layout with a Christmas Star Template you can download to help you cut the stars on the background…

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Every Christmas day I try to get a photo of my husband, the kids, and me. I want to make a special layout with each one, so I’ll know towards the end of each album (I file my layouts chronologically by year) I will find a Christmas page of us. So even though this photo isn’t the best quality – it was taken as the light was fading so it’s a bit blurry, and I don’t like myself in the picture as I was a bit overweight at the time – I still wanted to do it justice with a lovely page.

I definitely wanted to use the My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street collection, as it’s my favourite collection this year. But all the background 12×12″ pieces that I had were very busy, and at first I couldn’t work out how I could use them:

        Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I sat and thought about what big image I could cut from one of the papers. I didn’t want to cut a Christmas tree as I’d done that last year (On my Giant Aperture Christmas Layout). In the end I realised a star would look nice and magical:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I only did one star to start with, cutting it out from the template, then drawing around it on the back of the paper before cutting it out:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

But one star looked a little lonely by itself on the background cardstock that I’d chosen:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I re-designed the template and cut out a couple more stars – another from the same 12×12″ sheet, and one from a piece of 6×6″ paper:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s a few different sizes of star on the template for you to play with. If you’d like to download the Christmas Star Template PDF file just click HERE and you’ll be prompted to download it!

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the stars were done I decided I liked them so much I’d add some more stars! I used the Happy Scatter ‘Stars Of Wonder’ 6×6″ stencil and some Metallic Gold Texture Paste by Heidi Swapp to decorate the background cardstock:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

It gives a nice bit of shiny dimension:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stamped some more stars on too:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I chose some ephemera pieces to use:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I realised I had more space at the right and bottom than I did at the left and top, so I cut off the larger areas of space, and matted the page onto the Christmas On Market Street ‘Merry & Bright Foiled’ paper (after gutting the middle of it to be used at a later date of course!):

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just needed to add the title, and some glitter puffy stickers and enamel dots (both also from the Christmas On Market Street Collection) to finish off the page:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t write my journaling before photographing it because I want to write names on it, but it’s going to go on the banner at the bottom right.

Be Inspired:

Download the template and use it to make embellishments or a decoration

Put lots and lots of stars on your next project

Place items in a diagonal (eg top left to bottom right) cluster

Do you think I’ve manage to do the blurry but special photo justice?!

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I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 8am GMT with the next sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x

26 thoughts on “Sweet Xmas Layout – With a Christmas Star Template”

  1. This is a beautiful layout and using a slightly blurry photo just “keeps it real” for people like me. My photos are far from perfect but I’m sure my family will not mind that when they look at our scrapbooks. Thank you for the star template. I have your stars of wonder stencil so I am going to try something similar.

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  2. Well done on using the ‘busy’ paper!! I sometimes do the same with a busy paper that I like the colours/in a set that I really want to use and put a plain cardstock over the top!!! Multiple matting is good too….picking out the colours in the busy paper!! I also use photos that are not ‘staged’…best ones I think!!

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  3. I’ve got a heap of burry photos, especially pre-digital days and yet, hold memories, and have been used. Less than perfect is fine, with the help of a fabulous background… you’ve helped it work a treat. 🙂

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  4. I think it looks brill….. I often scrap not quite perfect photos, cos to me it’s about the memory making primarily – so if it’s about the time I spent, then it’s scrappable! I really, REALLY love how you’ve used the stars…..deffo joining in with this one. as I have that template! And love it:):) Great way to use ‘strong’ pp’s too:):)

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  5. Wow, your LO is absolutely gorgeous! You definitely did the photo justice! I love all the gold embossing and gold embellies! You, your hubby, and kids are all adorable – what a beautiful family you have!

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  6. I think it is a beautiful family photo, they don’t always have to be perfect. Most of my kids childhood photos are pretty unperfect, but it’s the memory of that moment in time. Love your layout and the use of the stars, really like the gold shimmer stars
    Mary

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  7. Wonderful LO!!! Love the stars, BIG and small….all over the place. The diagonal arrangement looks great along with vintage images. Your family portrait is terrific. I love the real-ness of it. I am not a scrapper because my life is too messy and flawed. Maybe I should scrap the not-so-perfect life I have, anyway…..
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow Jennifer, this is so festive, fun and absolutely lovely! Those textured stars are fabulous and I love that you used a casual but meaningful photo as your focus. Just beautiful in every way.

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  9. Such a lovely layout, christmas memories are lovely and often the best familiy photos are at christmas time, when everyone is relaxed.
    We have special photos that aren’t the best quality, but capture you all perfectly.

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