And a very warm welcome to my newest followers, Robin and Tina - hope you continue to enjoy my little blog.
I've several layouts to share with you - all inspired by Prompt #6 of Shimelle's course.
The first is entitled Retro Girl and features one of my favourite snaps of my middle granddaughter, Jolene, taken in 2005 when she was only five years old.
Apart from the strips of polka-dotted pattern, and the base paper which is from Panduro Tilda Party collection, all the papers are from Papermania's Happy Days collection, chosen because the Baker Boy hat Jolene is wearing took me back to the sixties, when I was a teenager and this style of hat was very much in fashion. The bottle top embellishments were punched from one of the papers. The fabric flowers are also from Papermania - I've had them for a year or so - it was nice to finally find a use for them.
There is a large corner image on the Garden Party print which I felt did not work with the photograph so I've covered it up with the stack of Happy Days papers, you would never know it's there.
The second layout, Waiting to Meet Santa, shows a nervous and apprehensive Shari-Ann outside Santa's grotto, not too sure she really wanted to meet the big man in the red suit and white beard. That was in 2008 when she was tiny ... now she has no worries about meeting Santa.
None of the papers used are Christmas papers but because I've used a traditional colour combination of red, white and green, the effect is Christmassy.
The papers are SEI White Elegance, Daisy Bucket Playful Petals (the red polka dot) and Basic Grey Hello Luscious (the red and green strip). I've also been inspired to get out the Cuttlebug and die cut some holly and circles, and some stamps to make a few festive embellishments, e.g. the pile of packages is a stamped image coloured with ProMarkers, as is the Joy embellishment and the sentiment.