Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Cheer

Today I have a few little projects to share with you.

Something about the holiday season makes me want to be crafty!

The hard part is finding time to create in between school, kids' activities and holiday fun so the projects I share with you today are quick and easy to complete in a short amount of time.

All of these were made using the Gingerbread and Peppermint Daily Diary kit found here.

My first project is this altered wooden tree decoration:

For this I cut paper strips the width of the tree branches and glued them on with a tape roller adhesive. I used washi tape from the kit on a couple of the branches as well as green glitter tape on the base. I did use some gold tape from my craft supply for the star at the top of the tree. 

I also made a couple of quick cards using some My Mind's Eye journaling cards from the kit along with washi tape, puffy letters and some twine.

Have a wonderful day! 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Whitlow Family Christmas Tree

Last Sunday we headed out in the 'ol front wheel drive sleigh in search of the Whitlow family Christmas tree ;) 
We have some wonderful farms near us where we can go and cut down our tree so it makes for a fun tradition every year. 
For my layout I have layers of patterned paper, washi & embellishments from the Gingerbread and Peppermint Classic Kit to make my page festive! I had a hard time choosing between the different patterned papers since there were several with trees on that that would have looked great on my page. I eventually settled on the adorable Crate Paper trees. And can we talk about how cute that tiny washi is?! Can't get enough of it!

Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Daily part 2 with the Gingerbread and Peppermint Daily Diary Kit

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  It's Nicole back on the blog today sharing more of my December Daily album.  One big thing I have learned in doing this album the last few years is that some days are busy and entries can be super simple and other days if I have more time I can really spend more time embellishing.  Both have a place in my album and help me get the project as a whole finished. 

Day 5:  A very simple day.  I used a Tim Holtz plastic number (from my stash) and paired it with one of the small puffy stickers, a strip of cardstock, and a strip of the 6x6 pattern paper. 

Day 6:  Two 4x6 pictures from my sons honor band concert.  I typed the journaling on the photo before printing.  I used the red glitter washi tape along the top and bottom and the music die-cut and letters from the kit.  The chipboard number is from my stash.  

Decorative page:  I tend to include a few of these in my album to break up the pages of photos and journaling.  I used a sheet of pattern paper from the paper pack and cut it to fit my background cardstock.  I then used the chipboard stickers on top.  

Day 7 & 8:  I ended up getting sick the end of last week.  Steve our elf didn't move one of the days and so I decided to tell that story for the two days.  The story for both Day 7/8 and 9 were all small so I cut the page in half.  

I took the 3x4 tag and folded it in half.  I then cut pattern paper strips for the top and bottom.  
Chipboard numbers are from my stash.  

Day 9:  I was home sick again and ended up binge watching Netflix.  
I placed my journaling/picture over the top of the tag and then added the acrylic letters to spell out the word nine.  I finished it off with pattern paper strips and a puffy sticker.  

Day 10:  Family movie night.  I pulled the wood grain pattern paper from the paper pack and cut a strip to go between the photo and jouranling.  I then layered the die cuts and washi tape.  I finished off with chipboard from my stash.  

Day 11:  Last night we did gingerbread houses.  It ended up being a little competition between brothers.  I layered a PNG file by Kerri Bradford (town buildings) with a few fonts for my title.  

I used one of the little word flashcards to make a tab to lift the photo and placed a couple of gingerbread men on the bottom.  

I had three photos I wanted to include plus the other 4x6 photo with my title and journaling.  I used the washi tape to let the top two pictures hinge up to show the bottom two photos.  I then chose a couple of pattern papers to back the top two photos.  

I used a date stamp and StazOn ink to stamp the date on the top photos.  And with that entry done this afternoon I am all caught up with my album.  It feels nice to being able to stay somewhat on top of the project.  

How are you using this months kit?  There are some great pages being shared on the Noel Mignon Facebook Members group.  We would love to see what you are creating.  Oh, and if you haven't picked up your kits yet there are a few still available in the store.  

Monday, December 11, 2017

{BRR, it's Cold} Layout with the "Gingerbread & Peppermint" Kits

Hello friends, it's Meridy here with you, sharing a layout I made this weekend with the "Gingerbread & Peppermint" Daily Diary and Paper Add-On kits.  There are still a couple of these beautiful kits in the store, they are great for documenting winter and Christmas.  Today, I used some of the supplies from the kit that are not typically "classic" Christmas colors.  The colors worked great with my photos though.  

I started with the black and white background paper, and knew I wanted to add a little water color to the design to brighten it up a bit.  First, I laid out the photos and a few of the paper embellishments to get my approximate placement.  Then I removed those items and started painting the background.  The faster I painted, the better it turned out.  So I tried not to overthink my brushstrokes or color blending. 

Next, I decided that I wanted to paint the "BRR" and "Cold" wood veneers white, so they would pop against the background of the layout.  I used white acrylic paint.

Then I adhered all of the photos and paper layers that I had so far.  It looked a little bare in places, so I dressed everything up with some of the adhesive chipboard from the kit.  

Last, I sketched a double line around each piece of paper and added my journaling.  I left a small bit of white cardstock empty, just to journal in.  I try to plan my journaling as I am creating the layout, so it fits in and looks like it belongs on the layout.

And that wraps up my layout for today!  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Santa: Gingerbread and Peppermint Classic Kit

Hi!  Sarah here with a fun Santa layout.  Obviously, this kit was perfect since it is Christmas themed.  As soon as I saw the Pebbles paper with "Santa's Delivery List" on it, I knew I would use it for this year's Santa picture.

Like I said, the background paper is from Pebbles, along with the striped branding strip on the bottom of the layers.  I also used a Crate Paper kraft polka dot paper to help ground my 5x7 photo.  

The Thickers stand out nicely against the layers and holiday colors.  I used some of the circle stickers from My Mind's Eye and Echo Park.  The word tiles are from Pretty Little Studio.

I knew I wanted to use the chipboard "always believe" tile on here, it's just perfect!  I also did my journaling on the lines along the left side of the photo.

That Santa from the My Mind's Eye sticker sheet fit perfectly next to my paper layers.  I cut out a heart from one of the stickers and added it to his bag as well.  Some sprinkles of Heidi Swapp Colorshine in Tinsel (not in the kit) helped to finish it off.

I hope you enjoyed this layout!  Anyone else using this kit for their Santa pictures this year?  Please upload them to the FB page so we can see them!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Making a list, checking it twice...

Tis the time of year for gift giving...and lists! There's lots to keep track of this time of year and although there are apps for gift giving I have found that I prefer to have an actual notebook that I can jot everything down in.'s one more thing for me to decorate cute for Christmas, right?! And the Gingerbread and Peppermint Classic Kit was perfect for decorating my notebooks.

So I started with a couple notebooks that I purchased on Etsy a while back but I've also made these myself with some cardstock and grid paper. They are passport size, so just under 3x4. 

I ended up creating 3 different books, one for gift giving (including gift exchanges, teacher gifts, etc), one for treats (recipes I want to make this season including new ones I want to try, shopping lists, etc), and one for fun activities I want to do this season (including a screening of White Christmas at a historic theater here in town, viewing Christmas lights, going ice skating, etc).

After decorating my notebooks I put them all inside my Foxy Fix and adhered a red bow and a Tim Holtz metal charm. 


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December Daily Album with the Gingerbread and Peppermint Daily Diary kit

Hello everyone!  Nicole here on the blog today.  It has turned bitter cold here in UT (as I put together this post I am wearing about three layers of clothes) and it's starting to look a lot like Christmas.  This month Noel knocked it out of the park with the beautiful holiday kits.  I was so excited when mine arrived and knew that I would be using it to put together my December Daily.

This is my sixth year (?) putting together a December Daily album.  I would have had more but one year I found out I was pregnant and fatigue kicked my butt and last year I was sick for most of December.  Anyway . . . it's become one of my favorite holiday traditions and something that makes me reflect everyday on my surroundings and my favorite time of year.

I decided this year to try and make my own album and I'm totally winging this as I go.  I will share everything here in my blog posts for the week and you can see my progress as I go along.  Along with the daily diary kit this month I also picked up the extra papers/cardstock.  I used  a couple of pieces of cardstock from the paper pack and mat board to make my back and front covers.  The inside cardstock is #110 weight white cardstock that I cut to size.

My album size is about 7.5 x 9.5 with the inside cardstock pages cut to 6.75 x 8.75

I used an enlarged photo of my tree this year for the cover and then pulled items from the kit to embellish.  The tag die cut I covered with washi tape and then placed down a music die-cut, the s wood pieces, and chipboard numbers (from my stash).  Once those items in were in place it seemed a little plain so I pulled out the ribbon and tied a double bow.  I like the texture this adds to the top. 

The rest of the album will most days be pretty simple with one or two photos (maybe no photos), a few embellishments, and some journaling.

Day 1 and 2:

Day 1 was all about the return of Steve our Elf and Sprinkles his trusty reindeer sidekick.

I used a 4x6 photo that I added journaling onto and paired it with a 4x6 card from the kit.  I die-cut a few photo corners from one of the 6x6 pattern paper sheets and used a foam sticker alongside my number stickers (from my stash). 

Day 2 was a busy day for us.  I decided to print three photos and then had a lot of journaling to include so I printed that to lay over the top of my photos.  I attached the top with washi tape from the kit which allows it to hinge up to see the photos and reveals an invitation for the dinner we went to that night. 

Day 3.  A perfect example how photos don't have to be taken each day for this project.  I simple wrote down a few of my thoughts and it started snowing Sunday night so I included a few snowflake embellishments and strips of pattern paper.  

Day 4.  We had our first snowstorm overnight and had quite the accumulation of snow.  Of course we weren't exactly prepared and I made a 6 AM trip to the store to buy a snow shovel, ice melt, and new snow boots for my youngest. 

The journaling I typed up on my photo using Photoshop before printing.  I then used the chipboard in the kit and stickers to embellish. 

So that's it for my entries so far.  I will be back next week to share more and you can see how it comes together with each passing week until the big day.   If you have any questions let me know. 

Do you participate in December Daily?  If so I would love to have you share with all of us over on the Noel Mignon Facebook group. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!