I started off by cutting the Floral Leaf design out of a Bazzill Swiss Dot Cardstock in Salt, which is one of my favorite cardstocks because of the texture. I added foam dots to every single leaf and to ensure I that when I glued it all down to the backing green cardstock, those leaves would really pop. I added lots of adhesive in the spaces between the rings.
I made sure to press down to get maximum adhesion, and those leaves did pop!
Then I built up a bunch of layers from scrap pieces of paper and vellum I have in my Christmas stash. I added a title made up of scripty puffy alphas from Freckled Fawn and a "magic" chipboard from one of the past December Daily kits. One of my layers is the top piece of a tag that I added twine to.
I also added a couple little stickers from a December Daily word sheet, a star clip from Felicity Jane, and I made a holly cluster out of felt balls from Amy Tangerine and two loops of ribbon.
I wanted the cut file background to be the star of this layout, besides my photos, so I sprinkled just a handful of acrylic shapes from Color Cast Designs and gold Heidi Swapp Colorshine. Then I typed up my journaling in Photoshop by making a circle path, saving and opening it in the Silhouette software, drawing two cut circles around the journaling, then doing a print and cut on vellum. That worked awesome for tucking the typed journaling within the leaf rings!
I had so much fun experimenting with new techniques to get the look I was going for with this cut file, which you can find in the shop! I made it look like Christmas wreaths, but you can line it with any color to get a whole different look!
Thanks for stopping by. I do plan to have a tutorial on how I created my journaling up on my youtube channel after I get back from vacation, so I invite you to bookmark this and come back to check it out in a couple of weeks.