Happy December everyone! I'm sure many of you are knee deep in December Dailies, teacher gifts, handmade gifts for relatives, etc. I always have good intentions each October and November with ideas swirling in my head, but when it comes right down to it I drop the ball and hang my head in crafting shame throughout December. But that's my MO and I'm coming to terms with it at this point!
One thing I do notice about my holiday crafting is my use of not just non traditional papers and embellishments for holiday layouts, but also non traditional colors on my pages as well. I not normally drawn to holiday motifs unless they can be used for pages beyond the holiday so that's what I go with. Diane and Lisa were lent me some of their non traditional pages as well to showcase today.
One of the things I love to document about the holidays in non traditional color form are the details. Those little things that make the holiday special in our home. I love this calendar paper that came out a couple of years ago and used it as a back drop for all the decor and traditions around our house. Yes, I did use green, but a non holiday green paired with yellow and brown too.
Recently I created a layout about our little elf, Jed and all of his antics last Christmas season. On this layout I used a true holiday red, but instead paired it with aqua blue and black rather than green or even silver. I felt like it made it stand out a bit more with the darker colors.
Christmas of 2009 I was obviously feeling a yellow and brown phase for holiday photos and created these 2 photos focusing on completely other subjects than Santa and presents. I wanted to first highlight a tradition we started when my girls were little - making food for the reindeer.
That year also marked my oldest (7 at the time) getting to take part in the kitchen activities for our dinner. She helped with the dessert and was quite proud of her accomplishment!
Diane took 2 of her layouts to the pink/yellow dimension here to document a much coveted toy and a ski trip. I love the look of the blue, pink, green and yellows here. The red Elmo really pops against these more neutral, non traditional colors instead of going with a red and green theme.
Lisa is showing that not only do you not need to go with traditional holiday colors, but you don't need a lot of paper and embellishment to make a beautiful holiday layout to highlight your traditions and details.