Welcome to Celebrate December at Elle’s Studio! The month of December will be packed with holiday inspiration, projects, layouts, and gift ideas from many talented designers. So make sure to visit Elle’s Studio everyday for prizes, giveaways, and inspiration!

Today Emily Spahn is with us and sharing two holiday layouts!

meet jolly_emily spahn

Emily shares, “My kids have made snowmen the last two (or three?) years, yet I don’t think I’ve ever made a layout about a snowman!! The Winter Ephemera Pack, with its adorable wood veneer snowman and the cute snowman journaling card, was just begging to be put on a snowman layout…so here’s Jolly! I’m actually pretty sure this Snowman had about six different names, but I couldn’t fit them all on my layouts, so I just went with Jolly, which was his first name.

jolly1I decided to go with an overall cool color scheme in this layout, which was difficult because I had so many awesome pink and red items I loved. Luckily, there were just as many blue, green, and gray die cuts and papers calling my name!

jolly2I used a lot of items from the Winter Ephemera Pack, but I also included die cuts and wood veneer from various other kits. I love how the colors are consistent among the different lines and kits so they mix and match easily! The Good Cheer patterned papers were also a perfect fit, my favorite being the polka dotted background paper…it even looks like snow!

Very First Christmas_emily spahn

Confession: I am not a holiday layout lover. I don’t know why, but I have never been one to create a holiday layout using traditional Christmas colors. However, while I was searching through my photos and came across these ones of my son, I knew they would be perfect for a green and red layout using the fun Good Cheer collection.

veryfirst1 I incorporated a few gray elements to tie the colors together with his sweater. Also – photo taking tip…if you are going to take super adorable photos of your child at his first Christmas, make sure you don’t do it while he’s sitting in a carseat, thus making the giant, ugly carseat stickers and logo really noticeable in your photos! I was able to selectively crop these photos, but the middle one still had a bit of an unsightly warning label in the top left corner, so I did what any self-respecting scrapbooker would do…I covered it up with a cute transparency and a nice little star!

veryfirst2I had a really fun time making this layout. In fact, there were so many more cute red, green, and gray die cuts and elements that I had to cut myself off because I kept adding things and it was starting to look a little crazy! Again, I just love how all of my Elle’s products coordinate so well. It makes so so easy to create!”

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Entering is easy – just upload a project you created to our Member Gallery and tag the Elle’s Studio item used. Make sure you also mention in your project description that it is a “Celebrate December” entry!

And that’s it— we are keeping it super simple so everyone has a chance to enter! Start uploading NOW, and you can enter as many times as you want (must be a different project per entry). The three GRAND PRIZE winners will be drawn on December 31, 2014. All entries will have a chance to be featured on our blog.

You can also enter to win prizes on our blog posts all month long – just look for a giveaways on our Celebrate December posts and leave a comment to be entered to win!

We hope you are having a wonderful December!