This is my latest layout for the Scrapping Stamper Design Team.
And here is Shannon's sketch.
With the exception of the black cardstock (Bazzill) and the numbers (Prima), everything is from a collection I won from SEI. I love the colors and the die cuts were so easy to work with. There's a lot of sparkle and shine that doesn't show in the scan, especially on the blue paper and the ornament.
This layout came together so quickly and easily. That was in part due to the great sketch, and also the fact that I had a complete collection with all the accessories to work with. But another major factor is that I didn't include journaling. That's really rare for me. I'd say 99% of my layouts have journaling, and often a lot of it. (That's what slows me down so much- figuring out how to squeeze in all that I want to say in an attractive manner.) But for the annual Christmas picture, I usually skip the journaling. It's obvious who we are because the layout is in the album with all the other properly-journaled layouts, and the date is there, so there's nothing else I really need to say. One day I'll have to do a layout with the outtakes from our photo sessions - I'd certainly have a lot to journal about that!