Christmas in July (using Project Life Baby Boy edition)

{ by Sandra Bunch }

Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop, inspiring you to get out your Christmas stash and use it before all the new collections are introduced this month. Join the fun and create something too, use the hashtag #scrapbookchristmas in Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


This blog hop has given me the opportunity to finish up last Christmas’ layouts before the next one arrives! {I had a 6 week old during Christmas 2012, so it’s no wonder I didn’t have much time to get through it.}

Although he’s not my first child, I still wanted my newborn son to have a dedicated ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ themed page for his Project Life album (I’m using Baby Boy edition). My beautiful friend, Kirsty Bell, took some gorgeous newborn photos soon before Christmas, and one of those photos is of him wearing a teeny tiny santa hat – so I planned on doing a 12×12″ layout highlighting that photo also.

Out of pure luck, the Baby Boy cards feature red and green, so I picked out all the papers and cards I thought would be suitable for a Christmas page, keeping in mind I intended to use some cards as background borders for the photos. (Not that you always need Christmas colours for a Christmas page, but for this, I thought it would be nice.)


I then chose, edited, printed and cropped my photos, then played around with the Project Life cards to where I was happy with colour and balance, and keeping room for journaling and a title card. The only pocket that wasn’t using one of the Baby Boy core kit cards is the top left, where I simply cut a 4×6 card from the full 12×12 sized paper.

{ Side note: I was so thankful that I could use the ‘Blessing’ card for something, as I knew I wouldn’t use it in my album. Yup, that’s it up at the top right – you would never know it }


Now, about that bottom right card… I decided at the last minute to include a photo of my older son opening Baby O’s presents, and included that in the journaling, which I anchored to the page with some gold star washi (one of my favourites!).


Now for the title card. Ideally I would have loved to use the same alphas for the title, and I absolutely adore the green glitter Thickers, but they are too big for the word ‘Christmas’ to fit on my card, and I didn’t want to use ‘Xmas’. Sooo… I chose some silver ones that would fit. Typically I wouldn’t use silver alphas with my gold washi, but hey, this challenge is all about using up old supplies anyway, so I’m using what I’ve got 😉

When it comes to titles, I use a rule or a pencil to gauge letter size and placement before adhering down (and undoubtedly making a mistake and ripping my paper). I then noticed that my silver really wasn’t going to stand out enough, so I sourced some washi (again, not my first preference of washi, but we’re using up the stash, people!), and voila – done!

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I then took to decorating. I pulled out my gorgeous Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine (that stuff is the BEST) and some dark green Smooch Spritz and coloured some Studio Calico wood veneer stars. There are more ways to colour, but lately I’ve simply been using the bottom of the nozzle pipe – too easy, and very little waste.


I tied all the cards together using more gold washi and some really old green rhinestones. Page complete!


Now to start on the 12×12 layout for the right hand side. Choosing the paper was quite simple, I used a full green, with the leftover red I had from the title card – no brainer. A simple placement of the photo, and I decided to use up some Studio Calico Christmas frames and printed out a second photo to add some interest.


I backed the other 2 frames with some Project Life grid cards. 1 frame for some journaling, and one where I could use up some old rub-ons. (You may notice, I snipped off the snowflake from the blue frame – no need for that in Australia at Christmas time)

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I placed down some washi to mark points for my visual triangle, where I could add embellishments.


I sprinkled some wood veneer shapes to tie both pages together. I coloured some red using GlimmerGlam that I bought over Christmas but never had the opportunity to use. I’m feeling pretty good about using up old product by now 😉

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Now I was ready for the title, so again I tied both pages in together by using the same Thickers, and used up another old rub-on. I also added some rhinestones for more cohesion.


I finished with my journaling and … all done! I was SO happy to be able to use up old stash, as well as make 2 Christmas themed layouts that both look consistent with the rest of my son’s baby album.


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And here’s the two pages side by side.



Thanks for stopping by to see how I’m using up my stash. Next up on the blog hop is Melissa at Digital Scrapbooking Headquarters. Enjoy your journey!

And a big thank you to Ruth at We all live in a Yellow Scrapmachine for organising this event. So much fun!

In case you get lost, here’s the full list of participants in this year’s Christmas in July Blog Hop

Ruth – http://scrapmachine.com/

Bernice – http://btsoi.blogspot.com/

Theresa – http://himynameistheresa.com/

Holly – http://harmonydiy.blogspot.com/

Sandra – http://www.thecraftybunch.com.au/  *** YOU ARE HERE ***

Melissa – http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/

Kimberly – http://kimberlymariekett.blogspot.com/

Stella – http://myscrapbliss.blogspot.com/

Alanna – http://scrapping-and-life.blogspot.com

Megan – http://meganlianesblog.blogspot.com/

Jen – http://myreillyboysandme.blogspot.com

Lisa – http://mykreativepursuits.blogspot.com

Margareta – http://www.paperpilekitten.com/

Taniesa – http://thecraftypickle.com/

Smitha – http://www.smilingcolors.com

Catherine – http://paperaddictcatherine.blogspot.com

Kate – http://www.funkytales.blogspot.co.uk

Tasha – http://tashascreativejuice.blogspot.com/

Melissa – http://yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz

Alison – http://magicalmesses.blogspot.com/

Cat – http://decisioninspired.com

Manda – http://www.mandalikadesigns.com/

Madeleine – http://senoritaml.wordpress.com/

Melissa – http://www.scrappyjedi.com/

Amanda – http://amandathemadscrapper.blogspot.com/

Ali – http://www.moloneystylestamping.wordpress.com

Jenny – http://scrappinjen-partyoffive.blogspot.com/

Ros – http://noteverypicturezperfect.blogspot.com.au/

Sue – http://themakingtable.blogspot.com.au/

Julie – http://plywthpper.blogspot.com/


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  1. ruth /

    OH I love how you paired the PL with a traditional layout, I never think of that, and it looks so awesome. You always rocked the SC polaroids! Love everyhting about this!!

    • admin /

      Thanks Ruth! My first love is traditional scrapbooking, so they make appearances in my PL albums often 🙂

  2. Allie S /

    Beautiful work SandRA 🙂
    I love your mix of PL and a 12×12 page. And I love all the sparkles!

    • admin /

      Thanks Allie! It looks like you had fun with this project too – love your work also 🙂

  3. Stella /

    I love the way you use both PL and regular pages side by side! I have not jumped into the PL style, primarily because I enjoy the traditional scrapping so much. Your mix proves to me that it is possible for me to do both. Maybe I need to give it a try!

    • admin /

      Hi Stella, thanks for stopping by. Yes I had a hard time getting my head around PL at first too – I still struggle with finding my PL style, but I’m not giving up 🙂 It sure is a great way to get a whole lot of photos onto 1 page in a clean, quick and easy way! Maybe just start with a small pack of pocket pages and see if you can work it into your normal albums? You can easily use up your existing scrapbooking stash to see if you like it 🙂

  4. KimberlyMarie /

    ADORABLE!! I love how you used the frames!!

  5. Tasha /

    Very sweet page! I’m liking this look the more I see it.

  6. Jenny Dziekan /

    Love the Christmas plus project life kit. Love the Polaroids plus washi too. Glad you did the blog hop! Such a fun thing!

  7. Sue K /

    beautiful layouts Sandra. I like combining my PL with my traditional too. I love how you used the baby boy core kit for a xmas theme, and your traditional layout is gorgeous. super cute photo of your little one in the santa hat.

    • admin /

      Thanks Sue – I can’t take credit for the photo though, a friend of mine took it 😉

  8. Kristie McK /

    Love these layouts Sandra! Have inspired me to get my girls first xmas’s done 🙂

  9. Melissa /

    Hi Sandra

    Um, can I say that your photos are just stunning?!?! I’m in love. I am totally putting PL and traditional (well 12×12 printed digi layouts) in the album.

    Such a gorgeous little boy 🙂

    • admin /

      Thank you Melissa, so sweet of you to say. He is certainly an easy bubba to photograph, a very happy little man. Well…he was little back then anyway. Enjoy playing with your PL & traditional mix!

  10. ros madley /

    Beautiful Sandra. It’s all gorgeous and a gorgeous little baby too ♥

  11. Melissa Vining /

    I love your pages, they are so beautiful!

  12. Manda /

    This is wonderful, love the mix of traditional and PL. I am so bad with my DD I think that might be the way to go. And that photo – WOW!

    • admin /

      Thanks so much Manda. He was 3 weeks which was the perfect time for some professional photos. So glad that Kirsty Bell was kind enough to take them for us 🙂

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