Sometimes, you need to shake things up a bit. The other day, I decided to experiment and do something wild and crazy: mixing patterns that usually wouldn't be seen on the same scrapbooking page. How would a bright, big and bold pattern look with soft and pretty papers? Time to bend the usual 'design' principles and take the plunge.

At first, I didn't know what to think. Instinctively, I liked my page. But the "should nots" and "must nots" were still spinning in my head. After a good nights sleep, I decided that I still liked the page. I think this could actually be working? What are your thoughts? :)

Another fun thing about this layout is that it has a Christmas theme, and a couple of the papers are Christmas papers, but most of the other items used are actually non-Christmas supplies. So this goes to show that you don't necessarily need to have a big Christmas stash to scrap the Holiday season. 

For this page I used the Star Bright January kit.

Papers: Auld Lang Syne and Midnight Clear from October Afternoon. Auld Lang Syne (the mice pattern) is still in stock (clearance sale) at Two Peas in a Bucket. Gold polka dot vellum from Dear Lizzy. Heart bokeh paper (Open Air) from Maggie Holmes' Flea Market - still in stock at Two Peas and Scrapbook.com. Bold print paper (Her Swatches) from Studio Calico's Printshop (buy at Two Peas).

Washi tape from Freckled Fawn. letter stickers from American Crafts, jewel stickers from Cosmo Cricket, star enamel shapes from October Afternoon (Eggnog), puffy stickers from Amy Tangerine and October Afternoon (Eggnog), word sticker from My Mind's Eye. The Eggnog enamel shapes and puffy stickers can be bought from Simon Says Stamp.

Camera paper clip (don't remember, could be from Freckled Fawn or Maya Road?), glitter stars from Freckled Fawn, buttons from October Afternoon and Webster's Pages, sequin circles from Webster's Pages, rub-ons from Pink Paislee's Luxe (buy them from Scrapbook.com), photo slide frame chipboard shape from Crate Paper's the Pier (buy them from Two Peas or Simon Says Stamp). Paper tab from a Studio Calico kit. Other embellishments are my own findings.

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