SATURDAY SCRAPLIFT: WHIMSY AND BRUSHWORK

When I grow up, I want to use brushes like Debbie (dfwest) does. Her signature style is almost a textbook in the skillful manipulation of brushes to support a page; every layout is worthy of study. When Debbie began posting her Days of December pages, I fell in love instantly. They’re clever, whimsical, and brush-filled. Even though the challenge was a little intimidating, Brenda, Liz T, and I took it on. Here’s how Debbie inspired us.

Debbie’s page:

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Brenda’s (bbe) page tells the story of an annual Christmas event that always gets her into the spirit of the season. I love the visual triangle of nutcrackers that grounds her design and the pops of red and green on her page.

lindassldecember12Credits: Seasons Finest Scatters, December Journal Labels No. 01, Botanist Workbook Journalers, Patterning Palettes: Taupe Paper Pack, Page Fades Clipping Masks No. 01, Christmas Carol Snips Brushes and Stamps, Merry Christmas Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Handdrawn Christmas Elements Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Handdrawn Winter Element Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Little Nutcracker Element Pack, Classic Side Lift Photo Frames No. 01, Letter Box Overlays No.04, Christmas Memories Element Pack, Scratchy Scribbles Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Cut Ups: Christmas No. 02, Merry Moments Brushes and Stamps, Musically Quotes Brushes and Stamps, Candy Striped Photo Frames, Ledger Grids Brushes and Stamps, ARTpacks: Winter Brushes and Stamps No. 02

Liz (lizziet5) focused on a single day – Christmas Eve – and journaled about why it’s her favorite day of the season. She channeled Debbie perfectly in her brushwork, and that string of lights is a great touch.

SSL121215_Best_Day_Ever_800Credits: Berry Fine Journalers No. 01, Scripted Border Lines Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Watery Typecast Sentiments Brushes and Stamps No. 04, Christmas Wishes Solids Paper Pack, Fat Cat Black Cat Solids Paper Pack, Pinned Pearls No. 02, Twisted Dots No. 01, Clock Parts No. 09, Key Strike Clusters Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Dated December Journalers Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Heart Strips Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Seasons Finest Element Pack, Cut Ups: Christmas No. 02, Cut Ups: Winter No. 02, Satin Stitched Flakes, Hanging by a Thread No. 04, Handdrawn Christmas Element Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Handdrawn Winter Elements Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Handdrawn Word Strips Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Flair Minis No. 01, Light Strings No. 02: Multicolored, Hello Holidays No. 01 Brushes and Stamps, Readymade Tall Strips: Christmas No. 01, Stems of Three: Holiday No. 01 Brushes and Stamps

Like Liz, I went photo-less for my design. As I thought about my page, I kept coming back to the idea of how busy December is. So I embraced the idea and centered in on a calendar of the month and all the accompanying activities.

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Credits: Notebook Paper Pack No. 07, Edge Overlays No. 06, Golden Glitter Splatters No. 01, Ledger Grids No. 02 Brushes and Stamps, Artsy Splatter Strokes Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Handdrawn Christmas Elements Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Handdrawn Winter Elements Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Thicker Inked December Brushes and Stamps No. 03, December Stories Element Pack, December Stories Add-on Paper Pack, Two Sides Layered Template, Around Words Frames December No. 01, Golden Arrows No. 01, December Journal Labels No. 01, Here Comes Santa Claus Mini Kit, December Stories Solids Paper Pack, Pocket Cards 2015 Calendar 4×6 Cards and Templates No. 01, Chalked Flakes Brushes and Stamps No. 01, Chalked Flakes Brushes and Stamps No. 02, Chalked Flakes Brushes and Stamps No. 03, Color My Love Element Pack, Washi Tapes: Lovely No. 01, Pinned: Enamel Stars No. 01, Seasons Finest Scatters, Drop Shadow Styles No. 02

Are you ready to break out some brushes from your stash and give this lift a whirl? I know Debbie’s terrific page will spark your imagination, and I can’t wait to see where it leads you. Don’t forget to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and in the December Challenge Participation Sign-in thread. Happy holidays!

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