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January Guest Designer Lisa Gregory

 Hello. Its me, Lisa, back with another layout done with the beautiful January kit featuring 3 Quarter Designs paper collection, Christmas Wonderland. I wanted to show how sometimes, your holiday themed papers can be taken in a different direction, other than holiday.  Although you can still see remnants of snowflakes on the designer paper, nothing else reminds me of a holiday theme. I cut a strip of paper from one design, ran it through an embossing folder, and adhered it to my main background paper. I covered the paper with clear gesso so my spatters wouldn't bleed through the paper. I wanted the wood grain design on the paper show for the most part. Wood grain designs are among my favorite paper designs. 

For the photo frame, I die cut the frame using a lighter part of one of the papers. There is a faint design on the frame, but I like that it is mostly the lighter color. I cut the some corrugated cardboard using the same die. I adhered the die cut design paper on top of the cardboard cut out. This gave me a sturdy frame. I popped the frame up off of the page using some scrap corrugated cardboard underneath. I used the throwaway cut out oval from the middle of the frame, to use as a guide to cut out my photo. The chipboard on either side of the frame is also from Tres Jolie. It is the Corner Scroll Set. I painted it with white gesso, then heat embossed some white embossing powder over it. 

I mixed the 3 brands of flowers in the floral clusters. Little Birdie, Prima, and my favorite, 49 and Market. I took apart the Little Birdie flowers, as well as cutting apart the leaf cluster in the 49 and Market flower pack. This gave me more control over how I wanted to build my floral clusters.  For the title, I used one of the tear away parts of the paper. But I changed the words around. And one of the words was "search". I cut each letter apart, omitted the s, and created the word Reach. It worked for me on this layout. I used thinned out white gesso, and some distress stain, for the spatters on the layout. 

To add texture and depth, I dry brushed the flowers and leaves using a thick white gesso, without being watered down. I also used a leaf die cut using the rest of the paper that I cut apart. die cutting a few clusters, then cutting the clusters apart. I tucked in these leaves all around the floral clusters. I think it lightened the design on the paper. I do love leaves and flowers. I probably use them all of the time on my projects. Tres Jolie kits always have the most beautiful flowers! 
I want to thank Kim for inviting me to Guest Design at Tres Jolie. I had so much fun creating my projects with the beautiful January Kit. Thank you to the design team for making room for me this month! It was a pleasure working alongside all of you! I made some new friends, and connected with some old friends. I hope you are inspired to create some beautiful things with your kits. And check out the Tres Jolie blog for more inspiration from the design team. xo

Don't forget the Mood  Board challenge for a chance to win!! 
Here are the rules:
*This challenge is open to everyone*
*You can create any type of project for the challenge. 
*You MUST say what you were inspired by. 
*You MUST include the twist in your design. 
*We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 of Tres Jolie's products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
It MUST be a new project.
Here is the Mood board:
 The twist for this month is WINTER WONDERLAND

Place your entries in the January 2023 challenge folder on Tres Jolie Kit Club Cafe Facebook page. This challenge ends on January 31st at 11:59 pm CST. Winners will receive a gift certificate to our store (to have everyone eligible to win, we are limited the same winner to once every 3 months).

As always the designers will be revealing their projects on the Tres Jolie blog all month long. Make sure you join us for tons of inspiration, tips, tricks and video and photo tutorials. Also make sure you check out our newest products for sale.
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