Saturday, November 28, 2020

NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR | with Jennifer

Hello, Doodlebug friends. Ready or not, Christmas is almost here. And what better way to countdown the days but with an advent calendar.
The Night Before Christmas collection is full of fun icons. But the one that "stole my heart" was Santa. He's just adorable and is the main focus of the project, along with his sleigh.

 
For this piece, I used a plain advent box.  A design of simple trees was cut from wood and attached to it as the background.
I made chipboard boxes for the box frame, so the designs from the 6x6 "cozy quilt" page would fit perfectly. 
Because my advent boxes were in a 4 x 6 grid instead of a 5x5 one. I rearranged the position of some of the designs.  But not a problem, I made some number stickers for each box.
As you can see, I had a lot of fun embellishing the calendar with sprinkles, doodle-pops and die-cuts.

The light shaped sprinkles are one of my favorites. What's yours?


Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting everyone!

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DOODLEBUG SUPPLIES:

Night Before Christmas Collection. 
Sleigh cutting file
Petite Prints
Textured cardstock

OTHER
 advent calendar
 wood
chipboard
glitter
paint




Friday, November 27, 2020

NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS SLIDING GIFT CARD HOLDER TUTORIAL | with Tya

Hello there! I am so happy to be with you today on this Friday! So today launches the holiday season here in the U.S. so I thought it would be fun to hit you guys up with a fun and easy gift card holder tutorial! I for one LOVE getting gift cards - and with the way the world is right now, I think that I will be giving A LOT of gift cards this year LOL! I always like to make my own holders for them and the adorable "Night Before Christmas" collection was perfect for the holders I had in mind! Here is a little peek at the four holders I made:


I decorated the front of the holders with some pattern papers from the collection. I then found 4 cute little kids, a present and some stars from the Odds and Ends. Aren't their little PJ's the cutest? Love them! I love the angled banner sentiments that come in the Chit Chat die cuts so I used those for my sentiments and they fit perfectly right in that top section of the card. I finished the holders off with a few Mini Jewels and some Chunky Twine.  




This is what the holder looks like with the top slid open.  This is such a fun interactive feature! After your done decorating, simply add some glue dots behind your gift card and slide it right inside the holder. Super easy! 

Here is a quick tutorial for you on how to make the base for these little cuties:

1-Start with a 9 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of cardstock. Using a scoring tool, on the 5 1/4 inch side score at 1/2 inch and 4 3/4 inch.


2- Turn the paper to the 9 1/4 inch side and score at 3 1/4 inch and 7 3/4 inch.

3- Now, this part is important - turn your paper so that it is on the 5 1/4 inch side. If you look closely at your score marks you made, there are 3 "boxes" in the center that you scored.  The middle box is self-explanatory :) You want to place the smaller "box" section at the top. The larger "box" is the bottom of the card. 
4- Now, you need to take your scissors and trim away the two small side sections that I marked with stripes. Do not go all the way down to the bottom section. Only cut away what is shown below. 
5- This is what your paper should look like up to this point. 
6- Snip the two top edges as shown below on an angle. This helps the card lay better when we add our adhesive. 
7- Now fold back the bottom edges and add some strong adhesive on the folded edges as shown. 
8- This is what your paper looks like at this point.

                                        
 
9- Fold down the top flap as shown below.


10- Next - take a 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 inch piece of cardstock and score it at 3/8 of an inch on the 3 3/4 inch side. 

11- Now, fold back this scored section, and add strong adhesive to the flap.

12- Finally, take the paper and adhere it to the center of the inside of the top panel of the card base. 

Well, that's all I have for today! I hope that I have inspired you to create a batch of these holders of your very own. They are great to make up a batch and then keep on hand when you need them! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Have a great weekend, crafty friends! 



DOODLEBUG PRODUCTS USED:
Night Before Christmas Collection
12x12 Pattern Paper
Chit Chat 
 Odds and Ends
Mini Jewels
Ladybug Chunky Twine

OTHER PRODUCT USED:
Kraft Cardstock
Scoring Tool
Scor-Tape


Thursday, November 26, 2020

NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS ALL IS CALM LAYOUT | with Erica

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  

Big title cut files are one of my favorite ways to start a layout. I knew I really wanted to showcase the colors and some of the pattern papers in the new Night Before Christmas collection from Doodlebug Design.  
 I used a large title cut file from my friend Lacey Ann Designs Etsy shop! I love the font and wider border of this cut file. It makes it easy and quick to back with pretty papers. I used papers from the Night Before Christmas 6x6 paper pad and some from one of the Doodlebug Design petite prints. I wanted to pull in some of the soft pink color in the collection.  
 I am documenting photos of our youngest Liam Jay and his first Christmas season. I know this is a boy layout but there is no reason why you can't use the color pink on your boy layouts! I love how all the colors are soft and sweet like the photos of baby Liam.  
 I added a few mini icon stickers around my photos and one of the banners in the Night Before Christmas chit chat pieces. When using a big title piece like the cut file I also like to add die cuts and stickers around the cut file. The little mice were perfect to add around my page! To finish off the page I trimmed down my white base to 11.50x11.50 and matted it on the beautiful Snow Magical pattern paper from Night Before Christmas. I used my We R Memory Keepers typewriter to type out my journaling and cut into strips to add to the bottom of my page. Here is a look at my completed page using the new Night Before Christmas collection.  


 Doodlebug Design Products Used 
 Night Before Christmas collection 
 Petite Prints 6x6 Gingham and Linen 

 Other Products Used 
 Silhouette Cameo 
 We R Memory Keepers Typewriter 
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