Friday, December 16, 2011

Guest Designer: Vicki Boutin + Bonus Workshop

We are so thrilled to welcome a dear friend and very talented designer Vicki Boutin to the Doodlebug blog today. She agreed to share a darling workshop she taught recently with you our followers and you're in for a TREAT!! Welcome Vicki!

Let me share a little bit about my friend Vicki....
Vicki Boutin comes from a background in graphic design and fine arts and she has always been passionate about creating pretty things! Her love of colour, texture, funky patterns and photography lead her to the discovery of scrapbooking and paper crafting. She has not looked back since! [Read more...]

Be sure to visit Vicki's darling blog for more great inspiration:

Now for Vicki's darling workshop featured the Santa's Workshop Collection.

Easy, Detail, Expert Layout Workshop Featuring Santa’s Workshop 
Supply List is at the end of these instructions.

Cutting instructions:
Swimming Pool dot Grid paper- 12” x 1” piece, 11 ½” x 4 ¾” piece, punch a 12” border piece                            and cut to 12” x ¾” strip, 7” x 4 ½” piece
Grasshopper dot-grid paper- 10 ½” x 4 ¼” piece, 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” mat
Ladybug daisy-stripe paper- 11” x 2” piece, three 3” x 3 ½” mats, ½” x 2 ½” piece
Santa’s Workshop Doodle-cut paper- cut a 6 ¾” piece and a 4 ¾” piece           
Santa’s Workshop Cut Outs (aqua side)-12” x 4 ¼” piece, 11 ½” x 6 ½” piece
Little Helpers paper- 4 ¼” x 3 ¼” mat, two 1 ½” circles
Candy Cane Lane paper- punch a 12” border piece and cut to 11 ¾” x 1”, cut a 7 ½” x 5” mat
Pretty Poinsettias paper- cut TWO 6” x 4” mat, punch two 1” circles    
Snowfall paper- punch a 12” border and cut to 12” x ½”, cut two 2 ½” x 2 ¼” mats, cut a 6 ½” x 3 5/8” mat, punch three 2” circles, two 1 ½” circles and one 1” circle from the striped side
White cardstock- 7” x 2 ½” piece

To create the Detail layout This Winterful Day:

  1. Add the 6 ½” x 11 ½” piece of the aqua circle patterned paper to the left side of the grid side of the Limeade dot-grid paper.
  2. Measure and mark 1”, 1 ¾” and 2 ½” from the top right edge and the bottom right edge of the 4 ¾” x 11 ½” Swimming pool dot paper.  Using a Crop-A-Dile or hole punch, create three notches at the top and bottom of the strip.  These notches will hold the twine.
  3. Stamp three large snowflakes on the 2” striped circles.  Stamp two medium sized snowflakes on the 1 ½” circles.  Stamp one small snowflake on the 1” striped circle.
  4. Add two green eyelets to the top and bottom of each stamped circle.  Cut three 12 ½” pieces of the red twine.  Thread the stamped circles on the twine and add them to the notched sections on the Swimming Pool dot paper.  Secure with tape. Add foam squares under the three large circles and adhere the remaining circles.
  5. Add the Swimming Pool dot paper to the right side of the layout.
  6. Round the top two corners of the 11” x 2” red striped paper and attach it vertically 4 ¾” from the right side of the layout. Slide the red scalloped reindeer diecut under the bottom left of the red striped paper.  It may need to be trimmed first. Layer the aqua grid punched border vertically 7 ¼” from the left side of the page.  Add the aqua snowflake border 4 ½” from the right side of the page.  Add the green striped glitter border on top of the punched borders.  Cut the red scalloped edge from the presents glitter border and add to the right of the green striped border.
  7. Add the “let it snow” diecut to the red scalloped diecut.
  8. Attach the 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” green dot mat and the 4 ¼” x 3 ¼” green grid mat.
  9. Punch three photo corners and add them to the green dot mat.
  10. Add title, red pearls to snowflakes, brads to red striped paper and journal strips.
  11. Photos: 4” x 6”, 4” x 3”
 To create the Easy layout Christmas:

  1. Attach the 12” x 1” strip of the Swimming Pool dot paper ½” from the bottom of the white grid paper.  Add 12” x 4 ¼” piece of aqua circle paper above the Swimming pool dot paper.  Layer the 4 ¾” piece of the green Doodle-cut paper to the top of the page.
  2. Slide the “Christmas” scalloped diecut under the top right corner of the Doodle-cut paper.
  3. Attach the pink striped glitter border along the bottom of the Swimming Pool dot paper and attach the red striped scalloped glitter border above the Swimming Pool dot paper.
  4. Add the green and white striped loopy border along the seem of the Doodle-cut paper.
  5. Add the green and red punched circles at the left side and right side of the Swimming Pool dot paper and add an aqua eyelet at each end.  Add two pieces of red twine and tie a bow.
  6. Round the upper left and upper right corners of the 6 ½” x 3 5/8” blue striped mat and attach it to the left side of the Doodle-cut paper at the top of the page.
  7. Round the upper left and upper right corners of the 6” x 4” red and white dot mat and layer over the blue striped mat.
  8. Add bracket diecuts and present stickers.
  9. Add twine to two buttons and attach to page.  Add journaling strips.
  10. Photo sizes: three 3” x 2 ½”, 5 ½” x 3 ½”
To create the Expert layout Our Christmas:

  1. Attach the green Doodle-cut paper to the bottom of the Aquamarine cardstock. 
  2. Round the top corners of the 10 ½” x 4 ¼” dark green dot paper and attach it to the top of the layout, above the Doodle-cut paper.
  3. Attach the 11 ¾” x 1” striped border vertically 4 7/8” from the top of the layout. 
  4. Add the 7 ½” x 5” pink and red flower mat ¼” from the top of the page a 1” from the right side of the page.
  5. Stamp the snowflake pattern on the 7” x 4 ½” aqua grid mat and layer it over the pink and red flower mat.
  6. Cut a wave horizontally through the 7” x 2 ½” white cardstock with a craft knife.  Layer the pieces at the bottom of the aqua grid mat.  Add the stickers and yellow star.  Add red pearls to large snowflakes.  Doodle on the two “snow” hills.  Attach four brads to the corners of the red and pink flowered mat.  Wrap aqua and green twine around the brads.  Add a bow.
  7. Trim the green bracket diecut and add the “Christmas” stickers.  Handwrite “photos”.  Slide the diecut under the winter “scene”.  Trim a piece of the pink and red scalloped diecut and add Thickers.  Attach it to the page.
  8. Trim a 3” piece and a ¾” piece of the white dotted glitter border and add them above the striped border.
  9. Add the 6” x 4” red and white dot mat and the two 2 ½” x 2 ¼” mats to the layout.
  10. Cut three flag banners and attach them to the upper left corner of the layout.
  11. Add twine to buttons and attach to the page.
  12. Add journaling strips.
  13. Photos: 5 ½” 3 ½”, two 2 ¼” x 2” 
Supplies Needed:
Doodlebug DesignsSanta’s Workshop 12 x 12 papers- Little Helpers, Candy Cane Lane, Pretty                                              Poinsettias, Snowfall
                                 Santa’s Workshop- Doodle-Cut, Cut outs, Cute Cuts, Fancy Frills and Icons
                                 Santa’s Workshop- buttons, brads
Doodlebug Designs: Petit prints-Grasshopper dot-grid, Limeade dot-grid, Ladybug daisy-stripe,
                                                         Swimming Pool dot-grid
Doodlebug Designs: twine- 3 yards each: ladybug, swimming pool and limeade
Core’dinations Cardstock: Aquamarine
American Crafts: Lax Thickers- Powder
Queen and Co: red pearls
Other: grid paper, white cardstock, yellow star

Shared product:
Hero Arts Stamps:  Snowflake CL562

Tools: Fiskars: Circle punches- 1”, 1 ½”, 2”, Upper Crest border punch, corner rounder
           Photo corner punch

Tools You'll Need: 12x12 paper trimmer, ruler, fine tipped scissors, Crop-A-Dile, black stamping ink, acrylic block, wet and dry adhesive, craft knife, cutting mat, adhesive foam squares, tape.


  1. Gorgeous layouts! Love all of those Doodlebug papers! =)

  2. Love all 3 of them! imay just have to do them all :)

  3. Wow, wow, wow! LOVE these pages!!!! :)

  4. Love all 3 layouts! Love how both color and b&w photos work so well with Santa's Workshop line!

  5. Love your layouts!! They are so happy and fun! Thanks for sharing the instructions!

  6. Thank you for sharing! You do fabulous work! Very inspiring.

  7. I attended this workshop @scrapfest2011 (oshawa), it was a blast and Vicki was a very enthusiastic and warm instructor. The 3 layouts that we made (above) are beyond fantastic. I totally recommend doing them for your Christmas or winter layouts! to tell you the truth the instructions are all there, so they should all be labeled as easy :)!!!


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