I had a lot of fun working on my January layout for The Scrapping Stamper. This is only the second time EVER that I've used lace on a layout. I love the soft look it gives here. I've had that lace for about 15 years, which is when my grandma passed all her sewing stuff on to me. Who knows how long she had it before then!
Here is the sketch that inspired the layout:
Some of the elements are in my layout: a single 4x6 horizontal photo at the center right, a strong horizontal strip anchoring the picture, the title in the bottom right, and horizontal trim at the top and bottom. I chose not to back the picture with the circle/star, and I moved my (non-tree) accents upward from the bottom left to the center left. I skipped the journaling (gasp! so unlike me!) but slid a blank journaling card behind the accent strip.
I really like how this turned out. I love working with sketches, keeping what works for my particular layout and changing what doesn't.