When I start designing, I normally know whether it will be a layout or an off the page project but I don't always have an idea of what the finished piece will look like. I tend to lay all the papers and embellishments in front of me and just start cutting. But as I knew it was going to be a paper tole piece, I knew it would have to go into a shadow box frame.
The first layer needed to be the children in the background. I used two prints to do them. I always like to add another head on people and of course the little hand up against the window needed to go on again. I used a lot of foam tape to create a space between the children layer and the room layer and to support the acetate sheet (window).
The next layer was the room with the window removed and the floor bent up.
I used one of the Prima vines and added some Green Tara flowers to make it more christmasy.