Today is the last day in our 2016 Countdown to Christmas, we hope you found some inspiration with all the projects the creative team has been sharing.
I wanted to create some small gifts for some friends this year, so I decided to make some homemade snow globes with the wire trees from the Snow & Cocoa collection. I think they turned out pretty cute.
I used some jars from the dollar store, some other craft supplies I had leftover from a craft project I did with my nieces & nephew, including fake snow & glitter spray. I also used a glue gun to keep everything stuck to the lid.
The star on the tree is wood veneer and the snowman was stamped, die-cut and I added a little colour with watercolour crayons. The last little addition once I put the jar on was a bit of twine on the lid.
If you’ve been creating some holiday projects we’ed love to see them, head over to our Friends page on Facebook and share. Happy holidays!
I love string art! Recently I saw somethin on pintererst and was inspired to give it a try.
I used a wood board plaque from Jillibean. I found a snowflake image on google that I used as my template. I positioned the template where I wanted it on the board and started hammering in the nails. I left the nails protruding a little.
Once all the nails were in place, I started wrapping the string. I wrapped each one twice as the baker’s twine was a little to fine.
Once the string was all wrapped, I tore the paper from underneath.
This is the finished product. I love how it turned out!
During the past month, even as I began doing holiday crafts and cards, I set a goal to start and complete an album documenting our summer trip. We have two boys, and we are all avid baseball fans, so we planned a trip to the U.S. to visit a couple of baseball stadiums and take in Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs games.
I decided on a 6×8 album, and luckily chose one with a 2″ spine as it ended up being a very thick album. I also decided to primarily use Shimelle’s recent “Go Now Go” collection for this project. Here are some things that I decided to do to organize my photos, stories and memorabilia.
Used Thickers to title the album cover.
Used two larger photos of baseball stadiums we visited and Amy Tan Thickers to create a title page.
Created dividers to introduce each new city/travel day. Each divider labeled the city we were travelling to, a map, and a few embellishments, including a Thicker phrase from Shimelle’s Let’s Go Foam Stickers.
Include memorabilia directly in the album. I punched holes in menus, tickets, and brochures and inserted them together with the photos and stories of those experiences. I like my albums having different sized papers and “out of pocket” pieces, so this works for me.
Print small photos or cut larger photos to fit into 2×2 pockets.
Finish the album with two large photos (6×8) that I liked best from the trip.
Use packaging from trip to hold other memorabilia. In my case, I had a great bag from a candy shop we went to, and I punched holes to include it at the end of the album, holding any additional tickets, menus, and brochures.
Thank you so much for looking! I hope you have fun documenting your travels. There are many great products in the SN Store to help you to do so.
I hope you all are getting into the Christmas spirit. We are slowly getting there (i am still battling this awful cold).
I am sure many of you took part in the Christmas Card Swap, Joy organized this year. Well I am not a card maker, but i did enjoy working on all the cards. Today, I am bringing you one of the designs I made for the swap (which means one of you ladies will be getting this card from me!).
For this card, I cut white card stock to form a 6x6in card. The plaid paper comes from the Comfort and Joy collection from My Mind’s Eye, and it was trimmed to fit within an eighth of the edge of the card. I looped twine (this one had silver thread in it), and run a tag from the same collection’s add-ons. I used foam adhesive to secure the tag to the patterned paper, and to glue the patterned paper to the card stock.
I used the WRMK envelope and bow punch to create a personalized envelope for the card (I do this for all my cards, I like them to be wrapped in pretty paper!). I used papers from an old MAMBI Christmas collection.
The card, took 5 minutes to put together. The hint was to find a very contrasting tag to the background paper.
Hello crafty friends,
Welcome to another Countdown to Christmas edition of SCS.
I have a few tags to share with you today using some Tim Holtz Distress inks and some Mini Layering Stencils. I like to add a little something homemade to gift bags and presents and a tags are usually quick to make especially when there’s only one layer. The tags below are decorated with ink, stencils and word stickers.
Simple layering of ink and stencils (or stamps) help make these tags quick to complete. The stencils did most of the work for me so all I had to do is come up with some designs.
Shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint were used for the trees on the tag above and gold ‘snow’ was added to the tag below with a splatter type stamp.
Kraft coloured paper and tags are a favourite of mine, white ink looks fabulous on it and when combined with red you have a classic holiday colour scheme. Can’t go wrong with that. 😀
If you have any questions post them in your comment. Thank you for visiting the SN blog today. Happy crafting!
I am sure most of us have had to make runs to a mall during the busy Holiday season! I sure have had my share of late visits to the mall, but i have learned to bring my kids with me (and enjoy the moments together). Even during those busy and crowded mall runs, I always make sure to stop at the Mall’s Christmas Tree display, and take pictures of the kids. They are not always the best quality picture, but I like seeing the beautiful colors and decorations, I call it Christmas Magical.
For today’s inspiration, I wanted to used one of those blurry pictures to document our busy mall excursions. Since time is limited through the holidays, I created this layout in less than an hour, by using the tree cut files from Scrapbook Nerd’s So Very Merry cut file. I simply backed the cut outs with papers from Crate Paper’s Snow and Cocoa collection, and attached to one of the papers from My Mind’s Eye Sugar Plum collection . I used the image on the paper to guide the placement of the trees.
The title comes from The Cut Shoppe’s Christmas Magic cutfile. I chose to use white card stock for all the cut-outs to keep a soft and contrasting look on the glittery patterned paper. Using the same papers from the Snow and Cocoa collection, I backed and layered the picture. Once the picture was glued, I used pieces from both collections to create small clusters around the picture. Here is the completed layout:
I love the softness of the page. I hope this inspires you to create a document about those blurry pictures we store. Go for a simple design; if you own a digital cutting machine, pull out some cut files and use them to create cut-outs for your project. If you don’t own a die cutting machine, then look through the papers and add-ons in a collection, you will be surprise to find a lot of images that could be used in the design
Let us know if you have any questions about this project. We hope our projects inspire you during the upcoming Holidays.
I can believe Christmas is just around the corner, and I am still working on documenting my Fall pictures. I find that every time i see a new paper collection, it inspires me to create. This month was the perfect example of being inspired by pretty paper. Here is an overview of my projects:
HEART EYES – The new Maggie Holmes collection, “Gather” along with some mixed media were ideal to document a fun memory of my niece on Thanksgiving
2. BE GRATEFUL BE THANKFUL BE BLESSED – The page was created using Fancy Pants Design’s “Golden Days” collection and a large stitched title. It highlights my sister and her kids with the beautiful fall colors in the background
3. FAMILY -You Are Completely Adorable – This was this month’s Silhouette Savvy entry. It is all about layering digital die cuts to create dimension in a project.
4. LISTEN! My favourite November layout is all about my son. The design is simple, but striking due to the papers in the new Bella Blvd. Alex collection.
5. HAPPY CAMPER – once again the Golden Days collection serves as the background for the beautiful picture of my baby on our Fall walks.
I have enjoyed working in each of these projects, and I hope they inspire you to visit the store and check all the new products the Nerds are stocking in their shelves.
This year will be my third year doing the December Daily project. I really enjoy looking back at previous years and seeing the different traditions and events from year to year, and how my boys are growing. I find that it also helps to ground me in being present and slowing down enough to enjoy the season as December busy-ness descends.
For those who are not familiar with this project, it typically involves telling one story through photos and journaling for each day of December (either until the 25th or 31st). Here are some reflections from my 2015 album, and some of the things I liked most about my album.
Decorative title page:
Full sized photos: I use a 6×8 album, and I really like the look of 6×8 photos.
Finding our tree
Trimming the tree
Out of pocket: though most of the album is in pockets, I really like breaking it up with back to back photos or cards outside of pockets.
4×6 photos back to back
Use the packaging: It is fun to use packaging, wrapping paper, etc.
Trader Joe bag with tea and cookies
Starbucks cup (ask for an extra)
Blessings and Joys: On Day 10, I wrote ten blessings in my life on tags, and then created a pocket in which to house them. Then, on Day 15, I asked both of my children to write a list of things that bring them joy. I love having something in their writing (besides their Santa letters).
10 blessings pocket
I stamped numbers on the front of the tags
tags with blessings and washi
Joy list (2)
I would love to hear from any of you who are doing a December project. Feel free to ask me any questions about my process.
I have started to prepare Christmas gifts for family and friends, and host/hostess gifts are on the list. I will often bring along a bottle of wine or other beverage as a thank you. These bottle tags are a great way to present the gift. The full tutorial is on the doodlebugblog.com tuesday -tutorial-holiday-bottle- tag