Friday, November 30, 2018

Christmas Town Advent Calendar | with Jennifer

Hello Doodlebug friends. Are you ready for Christmas? Well, today I have an advent calendar to share that will hopefully make the wait to the big day a bit more fun. This project features the Christmas Town collection, that is so, so cute. I especially love the Kraft paper addition to some of the papers. The paper color inspired the gingerbread styled house I created with the DB cutting file.
The house was made from layers of foam board. Chipboard was used for the details like the windows, door frame and door. I added some simple shaped trees in the background and some colorful Christmas trees on either side of the house.

The frame that holds the advent boxes is a refurbished piece. It originally had small doors with magnets, but most of them were missing or broken. So I decided to remove all the doors, give the frame a fresh coat of paint and make chipboard boxes to fit inside each slot.
Using the "Festive Flurry" page from the 6x6 paper pad and some coordinating papers from the collection, I was able to get most of the boxes done. Since box 24 and 25 were larger I used some cardstock and a few die-cuts to complete the countdown.
I simply adore the little blue bird sticker and found the perfect spot for her at the side of the house.

Both the round and snowflake sprinkles add more color, dimension and shine to the piece, which I love.
To give the wreath a more realistic look, I cut it out 4 times. I then layered the pieces together and scrunched it up a little, before adding the bow.
The Santa die-cut was mounted to chipboard then a few Doodlepop stickers were added for some more dimension.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope your "Countdown to Christmas" is a stress free one! :)

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christmas Town Cut File Cards | with Kathy

Christmas Card season is in full swing!!  When I saw the new Christmas Town Cut File Collection, I just knew I had to get cutting!  The only problem was how to narrow down my selections, all of the little icons are just too cute!  I will definitely be making more soon... but I was able to narrow it all down for these cards...
As soon as I saw the adorable Snowman Look Up File, I knew I had to use it!!  His cute little face was too much cuteness to resist!  I decided to make a shaped card, and added a little banner using the Snowflake cut file from the Milk & Cookies Collection.  I used some Lily White Teensy Type letters to add the word JOY to the banner. I used some of the new Dot-Stripe Petite Prints to piece him together.
My next card is a box card I created using the Present Mouse cut file.  I made a box of the present file and had the little mouse pop up from inside!  The tag is from the Christmas Town Chit Chat pieces.  I also added some Doodlebug Sequins in Ladybug to the holly berry for a bit of sparkle!

Since there were so many cute little icons, I wanted to make a little scene card to showcase more of them!  I made a center box card using the base from this cut file from Lori Whitlock and made my own little scene using the Squirrel, Red House, Winter Tree, Tree with Snow, and Snowman with Hat files. Take a peek...

I added some Stickles to the snow for some shine and topped it off with the 'Tis the Season Banner from the Chit Chat pieces.  I love how this card folds flat, but then opens up to such a fun dimensional look!
Be sure to check out all of the Christmas Town Cut files in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop Here and they will be coming soon to the Silhouette Store!  If you make something using one of the files, be sure to tag Doodlebug Design on Social media so we can see! That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas Town Pocket Pages | with Nathalie

I am excited to be back today to share with you how I have used the Christmas Town collection to make pocket pages in my 6x12 album. Whether you do it in the popular December album format or within your yearly album like I do, you will find that this collection is perfect to document the Holiday Season.

Once I had picked my photos for the week, I chose papers from the 6x6 Christmas Town paper pad to create 3x4 cards. I love the kraft touches in this collection so I included quite a bit of it in my spread.
I also found a great sticker on the 12x12 This & That sticker sheet to make my first statement:
After that, I just went through the Chit Chat and the Odds & Ends packs to select die-cuts that would work with my cards and photos. There's so many to choose from but I enjoy this process so much!
I adhered them with a bit of foam so that they have extra dimension. I added the journaling with my vintage typewriter on some Petite Print papers from the 6x6 Floral-Graph Rainbow pack.
For what is probably my favorite card, I found this tiny mouse sticker on the Icon sheet and paired it with a speech bubble from the Chit Chat pack and a couple Christmas Sprinkles. Isn't it the cutest?
My final touches were machine stitches here and there and a Holiday Cheer Jelly Clip:
I hope you feel inspired to have fun with your Holiday photos and the Christmas Town collection! When you do, make sure to add the #doodlebugdesign tag in your Instagram posts or leave us a link in the comments below. Happy crafting!
6150: christmas assortment sprinkles
6163: holiday cheer jelly clips
6166: christmas town odds & ends
6167: christmas town chit chat
6173: christmas town icons sticker
6175: christmas town this & that sticker
6183: christmas town 6x6 paper pad
6134: floral-graph rainbow petite prints 6x6 paper pad

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Christmas Town layout | with Virginia

I love Doodlebug patterned papers and especially when the 'B' sides are just as awesome as the 'A' sides.  Are you loving the newest Christmas Town patterned papers? I had so much fun 'B'-eing creative with these darling 'B' sides!

The kraft paper and elements are fabulous and really adds a lot of warmth to your projects! To make the title stand out from a busy pattern paper block I like to use a contrasting title mat.  Here I opted for  black cardstock,  it's great way to ground elements to your page.  I can never get enough chit chats- love these little sentiments!
Thanks for dropping by the blog today, hope you can fit a little Christmas crafting into your day!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Christmas Town Countdown Step Card Tutorial | with Kathy

I think that one of my favorite all time Doodlebug Products are the Odds & Ends packs!  They make it so easy to create fun little embellishment clusters and scenes!  I decided to combine them with a fun side step card base to create a fun Christmas Town Christmas Countdown card!  You could send this card to family & friends or just use it to count down to Christmas in your own house!  Take a peek...

How cute is this little calendar??  When my daughter was little it would be a big deal to change the countdown number every day!!  The card looks complicated, but it's really pretty simple to make.  I started with the base from this side step card by Lori Whitlock (SVG, Silhouette).  If you don't have an electronic cutter, you can still make the base with a score board or a trimmer and scoring tool.  I've done out the measurements for you here (the dotted lines are score lines, and the solid line is a cut line)

Once you've cut and scored the base piece, all that is really left is to decorate!!  For my card, I added the different Christmas Town Odds & Ends and Chit Chat pieces onto the different steps of the card to create a little scene.

For the numbers, I cut the lily white Dot-Stripe Petite Prints paper from the 6x6 pad into  0.75"x 1.5" pieces and added numbers from the Ladybug Abigail Stickers. (you will need 2 each of the numbers 1 & 2, then one each of 0 and 3-9 for a 25 day countdown) I cut a small frame for the countdown base, measuring 2"x3" and added some Limeade Teensy Type letters to the bottom. To hold the numbers on the card, I glued on one of the Christmas Mini Clothespins.  I used glossy accents to glue it to make it very secure. 

Finally I added a little pocket to the back of my card to hold the numbers.  I used this file from Lori Whitlock (SVG, Silhouette) which I re-sized to be approximately 2.25" x 3.25".  You could use a small envelope or bag as well.

I had so much fun making this card, I decided to make a couple of more to show the versatility! In place of the countdown you could also add your Christmas Photo like I did on this card.

I used a piece of transparency (available in your local office supply store) and glued it to the last step.  I added some snowflake stickers from the Christmas Town Icon Stickers.  They look like they are floating in the air above the card! I also used a piece behind the chit chat piece as well.   I just trimmed off the extra, but you could leave it if you didn't want to cut it.

Finally I just made a card featuring all Odds & Ends and Chit Chat pieces...

I used a transparency on this card as well to hold the Ho Ho Ho pieces.

These side step cards really are fun to make and when you combine them with the Chit Chat and Odds & Ends pieces, the creative possibilities are really endless!  If you decide to try one please be sure to tag @doodlebugdesign on social media so that we can see your creations!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Christmas Town Mini Tag Album | with Anita

Hi Doodlebug peeps it’s not that far away now till Christmas, who’s excited for the festive season.
The Christmas Town collection is just perfect for creating those beautiful Christmas crafts or just scrapbooking your favourite Christmas photos.. for my project today I decided to create a mini tag album 
I went and chose all the patterned papers I wanted to use for the mini tags and cut them all out then once I had them all machine stitched together I wanted to add a deer from the Christmas Town cut files I decided on the deer for my cover tag. I used kraft card stock that I cut out twice and added pink for her mouth and ears and black card stock for her eyes and nose then glued them together so all the little pieces I add where on the inside between both cuts then I coloured her hoofs in black with a pen and the antlers in gold then a little cute heart sprinkle for her cheek them popped it up on double sided foam tape and added it to the middle of the tag then I started embellishing the album with doodle pops and die cuts from the odds and ends and chitchat pack 

I punched out little circles and turned them into hole reinforcers 
Then using the 6x6 paper pad I add spots for photos and little extra bits of patterned paper to add more texture and colour on the backs of little pockets I made using the treat bags , brads and twine 

With some of the die cuts I punched holes and added them on the ring that binds the album together 
I also added a few little hidden pockets that you will see in this flip through video 

I hope I’ve given you some festive inspiration .

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