Friday, December 29, 2017

Winter: Gingerbread and Peppermint Classic Kit

Hi!  Sarah here with a layout from our Christmas card photo session.  I decided to use these pictures to talk about how crazy the weather here in New Mexico is.  It actually snows here!!!  We were shocked when we first moved here and it snowed in the winter.  It still blows my mind.

I knew I needed to use some of these gorgeous papers for this layout.  The plaid paper just plays perfectly with the plaid in the picture of my girls.  

The puffy sticker pack had the perfect title for the topic I was documenting, so I used a few stickers to create the title.  The little snowman was just too adorable!

The large flower was the perfect color to accent around the photos and help bring them together.  

The little bird with the scarf is just the cutest and my journaling on the bottom helped to finish it off.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  How is the winter weather where you live?  Have you taken a chance to document it?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Staying Warm with the Gingerbread and Peppermint Daily Diary kit

Happy after-Christmas! 

I hope that you had a merry time celebrating with friends and family. 

Today I have another project to share using the Gingerbread and Peppermint Daily Diary kit.  There is still another of this cute kit in the Noel Mignon shop as well as a few of this month's classic kit. 

For the title of my page I used one of the Tim Holtz holiday flash cards. I trimmed the words off of the card using some sharp scissors to get into the tight spots. I added a Crate Paper chipboard star to the end of the "y." 

I used the remainder of the Crate Paper "Hot Cocoa" patterned paper left over from another project to anchor my page. I tucked a little tag under the right side of my photo for a journaling spot and added lots of cute Crate Paper chipboard with foam adhesive on some to vary the height of the elements on my layout.  

I used a strip of green washi tape along the bottom of my photo to draw attention to it. 

The gold washi and twine are from my craft supply. 

I finished off the page with lots of Crate Paper word stickers tucked here and there on the page.

It's hard to believe that we are almost at the end of another year. 

I wish you the very best as we finish out 2017 and begin a new year. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Power Rangers: Gingerbread and Peppermint Classic Kit

Hi!  Sarah here with a Christmas layout for you using the December classic kit.  This picture was taking a couple of years ago.  My little Layla is normally a girly-girl...and then she will do something like ask for a Power Rangers playset for Christmas.  She also loves Ninja Turtles and Batman.  Whatever floats her boat!  She asked for a playset, she got a playset.  And she still loves it!

I went with the red and pink from the kit since the toy in the picture has red in it and I'm journaling about my little girl wanting a Power Rangers playset.  The colors seem to be natural.

I combined the Elle's Studio and the Thickers to make my title.  Since the Thickers are bold, they stand out against that busy paper nicely.  I layered up a few of the die cuts so that just the edges show to create a frame around the picture.

I cut out a Santa and some presents from some paper to create little die cuts.

A few of the puffy stickers and some banners up in the corner helped me to finish off the layout.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Baby it's cold outside

One of my favorite parts of the Gingerbread and Peppermint Daily Diary kit is the Crate Paper "Snow and Cocoa" collection chipboard shapes.

We are supposed to get some snow in west Texas this weekend and we are hoping so badly that the forecast comes true!

I decided to create a project around the Snow and Cocoa chipboard for this week:

I used part of the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa blue gingham patterned paper on the top of the page, then added my photos and tucked in lots of the Crate chipboard shapes here and there all over my layout.

I used some twine to help create motion on my page, tucking one end under the "let it snow" chipboard and the other under the photo on the left side of the page. 

I used the gold chipboard frame from the Crate Paper chipboard but cut it in half so that I could tuck part under each of my photos. 

I added a cute Pink Paislee black and white striped fabric bow to the chipboard polar bear and added some enamel dots from my craft supply to the centers of the snowflakes. 

I finished off the page with lots of Crate Paper phrase stickers.

Oh, and I also added the little holes in the alphas on the "BRRRR" chipboard.

A strip of plaid washi tape added just the right touch to the bottom of the layout.

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here? 

We are counting down the days!

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas pups

Hey all and Merry early Christmas!! We're in the home stretch and I still have decorating that I haven't finished yet but it's all good. When my kids get out of school I plan on making lots of cookies & enjoying all of the cheesy Hallmark movies that I can! lol
Today's layout is all about my pups who seem to (almost) love Christmas time as much as I do :) They love hanging out around the tree and are always right up in my business when I'm bringing in new decorations...they have to check everything out of course! 
I love that fun pom pom trim that was included in the Gingerbread and Peppermint Classic Kit and couldn't wait for an opportunity to use it on a layout. 

Happy Holidays everyone! I'll be back after Christmas to finish up some holiday projects before we jump into the new year!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Post 3 of December Daily using the Gingerbread and Peppermint Daily Diary

Less than a week before Christmas!  It's hard to believe the month and the holiday season are winding down already.  I have lost a little steam the last week, but have new entries to share today.  Just missing a few days over the last weekend that I haven't put together. 

This week I went through the last year of Noel Mignon kits and pulled out the number stickers from past kits.  A great way to use up some of those numbers :)  I also continued the simple approach to my spreads to get it done. 

Day 12:  My sons holiday band concert.  I thought the jingle bells 4x6 card was appropriate and I used washi tape to attach it to the side of the photos. 

It swings open and I included a strip of pattern paper, a chipboard star, and journaling

Days 13 and 14

Day 13:  I enlarged a photo.  It was taken with my cell phone and came out quite grainy, but I loved this shot so much I went with it.  The journaling I added in Photoshop before printing.  I then added the chipboard embellishment to the top with numbers from a past kit.  

I finished off the text with a few word strip stickers and a puffy red sticker (from a past kit).  

I decided to include another small half page for Day 14.  The journaling and 3x4 card are on the top of the half page.  

I backed the half page with woodgrain paper from the paper pack.  The gold foil stickers are from a past kit.  

Day 15:  Another enlarged photo.  I added the title and text in Photoshop before printing and simply added the numbers and a small puffy sticker from the kit.  

Day 16:  I had a lot of photos to add for Saturday.  I again went to the washi tape to create hinges for a fold out of pictures.  

There you have it.  I have so much enjoyed sharing my entries so far in my album and it has really pushed me to try and get my pages done every couple of days. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, December 18, 2017

{Snowflakes} Layout with the "Gingerbread & Peppermint" Kits

Hello friends!  It's Meridy here, I have another layout to share with you using the "Gingerbread & Peppermint" Daily Diary and paper add on kits.  I really love the Crate Paper chipboard and papers that were in the kits this month.  The colors are such a fresh change from the typical reds and greens of holiday lines.

I started with 3 3"x4" photos and this great background patterned paper.  I trimmed a few inches off of the top of the paper, and added a little subtle pink patterned paper on the top portion of this layout, to tone it down just a little and allow the photos to stand out.

Next, I pulled out the chipboard from the kit and started picking out my favorite pieces and placing them around the photos.  I overlapped them so they would look a little more coherent and well thought out.  

I created a journaling block with one of the chipboard frames and a scrap of white paper.

After I placed all of the chipboard embellishments, I still felt like the layout needed a little more texture.  So I pulled out some gold thread from my stash, and went to work hand stitching a few details on the layout.  I started with this "zig zag" stitch where the 2 patterned papers meet.

I used the patterned paper as a guide for the stitching on the bottom of the page.  I picked 2 areas to highlight, punched holes with a pushpin to mark where I wanted to stitch, and then sewed the gold thread on by hand.

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

Friday, December 15, 2017

UGA Shirts: Gingerbread & Peppermint Dec Classic Kit

Hi!  Sarah here with another layout using the December classic kit.  This week, I went off the Christmas theme again and did a Georgia Bulldogs layout.  We are HUGE Georgia fans in our house and we get the girls their own shirts when they need them.  This year they both got new shirts so we snapped some photos of them wearing them.  I wanted to make this one with this kit because of all of the black and red in the kit and to show you how you can use a themed kit in a different way.

I love the Crate Paper snowflake paper and it was perfect for this layout since it's black and white.  And since I covered up certain parts of it, it doesn't necessarily look like snowflakes.

I needed the "Most Awesome" Elle's Studio letter stickers to stand out against that pattern, so I put them on top of some black cardstock.

Using the "Season" chipboard was great because it shows how you don't have to be scrapping a holiday for it to apply - isn't football season a holiday???  And the black and red bow was perfect!

Instead of using twine or string for the tag, I used a piece of the tinsel wire through it.  I think it adds a fun little detail and a cute spin on how to use it.

Thanks so much for joining me today and be sure to check back daily for more design team inspiration!

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!!