December 24, 2012

very last minute Christmas card ideas...

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Although, you know, Christmas starts tomorrow.  And the celebration continues for some weeks.  If you haven't made or sent a card to those you love, it is not too late.  I made the projects I'm sharing today for the Simple Stories blog.  I happen to love poinsettias.  I grew up in South Texas and they instantly remind me of Christmas.  I fell in love with this one and wanted to use it for a card.  Because it is such a bold flower, I kept the rest of the card very simple, and simple is good this time of year!

Next up, I made these gift card holders.  I wanted to challenge myself to use the Sn@p! line for Christmas.  I think the combination of the gray, red, green, and aqua is a fun twist on traditional Christmas colors.

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I used the basic pockets from Sn@p! but you could use any of the 3x4 pockets.

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I also used various papers from the Life Basics and Color Vibe 6x6 paper pads along with a couple of Sn@p! Life Stickers.

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The 3x4 pockets happen to be the perfect size for gift cards and these were super-quick to put together.  I think these would be fun stocking stuffers, don't you think?

I am almost done with all of my Christmas preparations.  I'm done with my baking, presents are almost all wrapped (still need to do daddy's!), and if I get a chance I'm going to make cannoli shells and the filling today... otherwise, it can wait until Wednesday. =) For now, I'm going to enjoy a late breakfast with my husband.

Until next time...

December 13, 2012

Document Christmas 2012 Cover

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Today on the Simple Stories blog the team has paired up with Helmar Adhesives and we are doing a blog swap.  You should stop by, of course, as there will be prizes given away and lots of Christmas inspiration from the team; tomorrow too.

I was lucky enough to be sent an assortment of Helmar's products and the timing was such that I decided to put them to use to finally finish the cover to my Document Christmas album.  You might remember that I couldn't decide between the red and the brown binding.  At first I wanted to go non-traditional, but then at the last minute after putting my color scheme together I knew I had to go with the red.

I'm using Simple Stories' Handmade Holiday as the base of my album's design and then I'm mixing in bits and pieces from my stash to add hints of black, kraft, silver and gold.  It took me a while, but I finally came up with a simple design that I love.  I've mentioned before that I like to keep the covers of my mini albums flat since I store them on the same shelves as my other scrapbook albums.  So while I wanted to play with layers, ultimately I chose to keep them to a minimum.  Two of my current favorite things did make the cut, doilies and snowflakes.

To adhere the decorate flair button to my album I removed the foam adhesive backing that it originally came with and used Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive instead.  I'm pretty sure that button is on there now for good!  Honestly, the foam adhesive that usually comes with embellishments is fine for layouts, but I've always found that for mini albums or cards you need something stronger.

I kept the cover raw too, since the kraft coordinates with a couple of kraft patterned papers I plan on including in the album.  Also, I thought the black and white striped ribbon was a perfect accent for the cover since it also pulls from my color scheme so the whole thing ties together very nicely.  The snowflake was cut using my Silhouette Cameo and I misted it with Studio Calico's Mister Huey Shine to add a pretty silver sparkle.  If you turn the album to just the right angle, you can see how it really does shine.

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If you'd like to find that particular snowflake, it is part of this design.

I want to give a big thank you to Helmar for the great adhesives they gave our team to work with, they were very generous.  Also, thank you for stopping by today.  Are you doing a special album to document your December or Christmas?

December 11, 2012

use what you have

I didn't mean to go almost two weeks between blog posts.  I might as well tell you right now, that while I have a ton of posts and ideas I'd like to share with you, I'm not sure I'll actually be able to.  We're doing a final push in our schooling until the Christmas break.  Then there are the usual Christmas preparations that must be done.  And of course, no winter would be complete without a sick baby.  Right?  Yeah, I could do without that too.  In fairness to said baby, he could be a lot grumpier than he is, so I'm going to give him credit where credit is due.

So it seems, I am always blogging about scrapbooking.  Though, I do try to throw some real life in here too...

Sometimes you will read a scrapbooker lament that all they ever worry about are assignments and deadlines.  They complain that they never have time to scrapbook, "just for fun."  Honestly, even if an assignment isn't what I'd like to be scrapbooking right at that moment, I am thankful for them, and for the deadlines.  If it weren't for that outside push I'm not sure I'd be scrapbooking much at all these days.  And then, sometimes, an assignment pushes me to scrapbook something that I wouldn't have otherwise.  Like the photo above, taken almost two years ago

We had a challenge this week to scrapbook a holiday layout using non-traditional colors.  I went through some old photos and thought that the blues, reds and grays in Seen & Noted would be a perfect match for these pictures of Nathan snacking on panettone. 

They were taken at my husband's parents' house in New Jersey.  We had just come inside from playing in the snow and Nathan didn't want to take his hat off.  I really can't blame him.  I mean, this is a little boy who has palm trees growing in his backyard.  In fact, I seem to remember that while he enjoyed playing in the snow he wanted to come in because the snow was "too cold."  Of course.

I loved this challenge because I actually like the traditional red and green of Christmas, and so I had to think outside the box a little.  In the end I went more with a winter layout, but still.  It also made me scrapbook a photo that I wouldn't have otherwise.  We had such an amazing time that year that I think I feel a lot of pressure to make pages that live up to that feeling.  Do you ever experience that?  This was perhaps the kick-start that I needed.  I also loved this challenge because it shows that you can use what you have.  I have a ton of Christmas paper - a ton of paper in general - but if you don't, make what you have work for you.  With that said, you should stop by the blog and see Emily's layout too.  It's pretty amazing.  So colorful and still has a definite Christmas feel, and yet, not a Christmas paper in sight. =)

Well, my quiet time will be up soon so I best get going.  Nathan and the baby are still sleeping, but I imagine not for much longer.

Have a lovely day!


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