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Deck the Halls — By: Laura Nicholas


Designer Tip: Laura's holiday layout is perfect for winter portraits. She used a well-known Christmas carol as her journaling block, then fashioned creative holly bunches out of torn paper and Button Brads!


  1. Glue a 2 1/2"-wide strip of green dotted paper even with the bottom edge of the red swirls paper. Glue the holly border cut-out overlapping the top edge of the dotted strip.
  2. Mat a 5 3/4"x8 1/2" photo on black cardstock and trim to 1/8". Mat again on green swirls paper and trim to 1/4". Mat a third time on black cardstock, trimming the mat to 1/8" and leaving the bottom edge unglued. Write the subject's name and the year on a blank tab cut-out and glue it under the bottom left edge of the green mat. Finish gluing the green mat, then glue the photo to the right side of the background.
  3. Computer journal a vertical block on white cardstock and ink the edges. Glue the journaling centered to the left of the photo.
  4. Tear five holly leaf shapes out of green swirls paper. (Tip: Sketch or trace a holly leaf on the back side of the paper before tearing. Make tearing easier by “drawing” along the pencil lines with a small damp paintbrush or cotton swab.) Glue two leaves overlapping and extending off the top edge of the journaling. Add a small button brad to the end of the leaves.
  5. Glue the remaining three leaves in the bottom right corner of the photo. Tie 10" of ribbon into a bow and insert three button brads in the center. Zot™ the bow in the center of the holly leaves.

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