Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Town Layout | with Caroli

One thing I love about Christmas is the magic you can feel everywhere with little details. Every year I try to decorate the house, bake some cookies, listen to Christmas music, and keep the Christmas spirit alive and kicking! This is what this layout documents, some of the Christmas details I worked this year.
I had the idea of using some bug snowflakes, so I cut some using my Silhouette Cameo machine and patterned paper from the Petite Prints collections, and also used white cardstock. I added and extra special detail by stitching with my sewing machine on some of them.
Once again, I created a big die cut title using this tutorial, and this time I filled some of the letter with photos, I really LOVE how the came out. I'm always thinking about how could I include more photos on my layouts, and this is certainly an idea I will use again.
I wanted to use this beautiful dotted kraft patterned paper as background, but it was a bit dark to write my journaling right on it. for this reason, I paced a piece of vellum and then wrote my journaling on it. This is a great way of "partially" covering a busy background, but keeping the pattern.
Do you like t add special Christmas magic details to your house? If you do you really should document them, It's nice to see what you've created through years :)

Have a lovely day and Merry Christmas my dear Doodlebug friends!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Town Tag Album | with Traci Penrod

'Tis the season for gift giving, and gift cards are always a popular choice.  Here's a cute project to make giving gift cards a little more special...
This is a 4x6 folded tag album with 5 pockets.  I used the adorable Doodlebug Christmas Town collection and added Odds & Ends, sprinkles, and a cute "Do Not Open" sticker on the cover.

I love the little buildings in "Christmas Town" so I adhered one to the front of each pocket ... it reminds me of a cute little shopping village!  The papers I used for the pockets are from the 6x6 paper pad.  
I have included a DIY cut/score guide in this post.  The page above with the cute tree is the back of "page I" (and the first page you see when you open the cover) The front cover of the album is the back of "page A".   
DIY Guides:
For this project I used two sheets of 12x12 white card stock cut to 8"x12" each.   I scored each piece at 4" and 8", and then 2" up across the bottom to create a fold for the pockets.
After making your score lines, use scissors to cut out the pocket section (F) of page C.  Now adhere the back of page G to the front of page C.  
Once you have the pages adhered, fold them up together and make two cuts at the corners.  Cutting the corners together will ensure they are all the same angles when the album is folded.  Before cutting mine, I measured over 1" and down 1" and marked my cut line to get them symmetrical.
Once the white card stock portion of your album is cut and scored, adhere the pattern papers to the front and back of each "page".  The paper should be cut to 3 3/4" x 5 3/4".  After adding the backgrounds, adhere the flaps up on the right and left sides to create 5 pockets across the album.  The pattern paper for the pocket fronts should be 1 3/4" x 3 3/4".  
It's a really fun project that comes together pretty quickly.  Let me know if you decide to make one!  We'd love to see it so please share on social media and tag us #doodlebugdesigns and #artsyalbums!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas Town - December Birthday Layout | with Virginia

Raise your hand if you have a December birthday? As a Christmas Eve baby myself I am shouting out (with both jazz hands) 'Happy Birthday' to all those turning one year wiser this month!

I am in the midst of holiday paper crafting and it's no wonder my desk is piled high with Christmas themed supplies.  That being said I had the intention to make a festive December birthday layout without it being too Christmas-y.

I scrolled through the super cute Doodlebug Christmas Town digital cut files collection and this standing bear stood out (literally!).  What is better than a cute bear? how about a supersized 8-inch bear on your page!  This standing bear is perfect to hold a banner or sentiment to emphasize the celebration theme.  Imagine doing this for any happy occasion eg. Valentines day (with a heart string banner), baby birth announcement, retirement etc.

The circle die-cut background is from the Smitten Kitten collection and the patterned papers under the die-cut circles are from the Christmas Town 6x6 paper pad.  The smaller scaled patterns are a great way to add pops of colour to the background.  I added sequins and the #5 on to the circles to record this special boy's 5th birthday!

Thanks for dropping by the blog, hope you have a bear-y special day!

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