Extending your Holiday Stash…

Happy Monday…Beth here! With autumn well under way in the northern hemisphere, my mind and heart start thinking holidays and I long to dig into my favorite winter kits… to record simple, everyday moments. No better time than the present (pun intended)!

Rain by Beth Ervin. Supplies here. Photo: SXC

Call me a rebel, but I love the challenge of turning my holiday stash into an artistic opportunity by altering seasonal pieces into functional year-round pieces. Challenge yourself to pull out your so called “winter” kits and create a layout that works wonderfully NOW.

This is much easier than you may think; it’s just a matter of looking at your supplies differently to find new ways to use them. Begin by forgetting about all your papers and embellishments for a moment and focus on photos. They are what bring back a memory, make you smile or bring a tear to your eye. That’s exactly what you want to capture regardless of color or theme.

Here are a few ideas to get started…

-look for embellishments that will serve any purpose…pins, ribbons, fibers, beads, glitter, buttons and tags work great any time of year!

Lollipop by Tonya Regular. Supplies here. Photo: SXC

-extend the creativity of your patterned papers by looking at them from an embellishment perspective, incorporating the non-seasonal portions of the designs into your layout

Blessings by Beth Ervin. Supplies here.

-change hues of any papers or elements (or blend into background) to give them a different feel

Magical Moment by Patti Senter. Supplies here.

-use more than one paper and play with different blend modes to create new, exciting designs

-look at shapes in new ways and do a little imaginary bending of their lines and curves to see new pieces

-mix with everyday neutral papers, as adding just one neutral often gives it an all-purpose feel!

Peace by Beth Ervin. Supplies here. Photo: SXC

By doing a bit of thinking outside the box, you’ll find yourself using your digital holiday kits throughout the year!

Below are more ideas from our team. Layout details can be found in our challenge gallery here.

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2 cute by Karen Wilhelm. Supplies here.

Sweet Little Things by Beth Ervin. Supplies here. Photo: SXC

Happy Birthday by Rachael Czepyha. Supplies here

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