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!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Town Advent Calendar Pocket Letter | with Nathalie

Advent pocket letters combine the excitement of counting down the days til Christmas and the joy brought on by happy mail. What could be better? Well, maybe making them is almost better than receiving them, especially when you get to play with the Christmas Town collection! I spent an afternoon immersed in this project and loved every second!
The base of my pocket letter is made of coin page protectors. They come with 20 pockets so I cut and taped an extra row in order to get 24 pockets. The next step was to cut twenty-four 2x2inches pieces of textured card-stock in four different colors. Then the fun began!
I worked on each square by selecting papers from the 6x6 Christmas Town pad (and sometimes the 6x6 Floral-Graph Petite Prints pad), stickers from the Icon and Mini icon sticker sheets but also die-cuts from the Chit Chat and the Odds & Ends packs. For the numbers, I used Teensy Type sheets in various colors. I made sure each square had some dimension by using foam dots and/or with embellishments like Sprinkles (dots and shaped) and sequins. I have also included a couple Doodle-Pops.
I covered the side of the letter (where the binder holes are) with a border sticker from the This & That sheet and made a tassel in matching colors with some Doodle Twine.
I went the crafty route and filled the pockets with small die-cuts and stickers, washi samples and other embellishments but they can also be filled with small chocolates or fun Holiday activities/prompts. And even if you are not into making pocket letters, why not use each of these squares as a starting point for gift tags? Either way, I am sure it will delight the recipient!
Thank you for stopping by! I wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Town Layout | with Anita

Not long now!! Who’s excited for Christmas Day?...
I know my daughter Eve is excited, she wants a new phone but what teen doesn't want some form of technology!!! I thought for this layout I would create a Christmas woodland with Christmas trees and little animals.
I started with white cardstock as my background 
Then using my cameo I cut out a cut file I had Designed with Christmas trees and a snowy hills
Backing it with ho ho ho and Christmas Town patterned paper 
And I decided on using the deer again because of the deer in the photo
you can find the christmas Town cut file collection here at Lori Whitlock's Shop
or at the Silhouette store

And for the snow I used the lily white floral-graph and the opposite side I cut out the snowflakes for the top of the layout then I added the festive flurry shape sprinkles to add in the center of the snowflakes 
I layered leftover scrap bits of patterned papers behind my photo.
Then using the stickers I added little animals in the trees and underneath and using the odds and ends and chit chat pack diecut pieces on my photo and around the trees , I also added a cute little deer doodle pop in between the 2 big trees .
Then using Ladybug Abigail Stickers I create my title 
Here is my process video 

I hope you have enjoyed my inspiration today!
Here are the products I’ve used on my layout 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Christmas Town Tags & Bags | with Kathy

Christmas is officially 15 days away!  Hopefully you have some shopping done... I'm actually in good shape this year, mostly because all of the "kids" I need to purchase for are in their 20's and 30's and prefer gift cards!  I don't love giving gift cards, but sometimes they really are the perfect gift, so I've made it a point to wrap them in something special!  This year I decided to wrap them in cute bags with some tags made with the Christmas Town Odds & Ends Pieces.  I made the tags for the gift bags, but they could be used for any gift!

For the tags (and bags), I used a few different cut files from Lori Whitlock's 2 on 12x12 Tag Bag Bundle, but there are plenty of cut files and dies you could use, or even create your own tags using a trimmer and punches.  Once I cut the tags from the Dot Strip Petite Prints, the fun began!  I had fun making little scenes with the Christmas Town Odds & Ends, along with some of the different sprinkles.  Here are some close-ups...

I added a To/From stamp to the backs of the tags to add the recipients' names.  I topped them off with some Doodlebug Chunky Twine.

These tags could be used for any gift at this point.  I added them to some small bags from the cut files, and some papers from the Christmas Town Collection. I filled them with some treats and the cards!

Now I just have to finish putting up my tree so that I can place them under it!  Have you made any tags, or gift wrap with the Christmas Town Collection?  We would love to see them!  Make sure to tag @doodlebugdesign on Instagram and Facebook!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Christmas Town Tags and Planner Pocket Storage| with Anabelle

December is one of those times of the year when gift giving is frequent! There have been many times when I've needed a quick gift and a card to go with it. So, I decided to create some little gift tags to keep on hand for just those times. And what better place to store them than in my December Planner. I created several tags and a pocket insert to hold them. I placed it into my Daily Doodle and now I'm ready to give them out at a moment's notice.
To create the pocket, I took a piece of patterned paper and cut it to 8 1/4 by 10 3/4 inches. Then I scored the bottom two inches to create the fold up flap. 

I added a strip of washi to finish off the edge and scored it down the center edge. I stitched the sides to seal off the pocket. Now it was ready to be placed into my notebook.
Now, I was ready to create my tags. I used my 6 by 6 papers for this. I like using small prints, or monochromatic colors for the tags so I can layer on top of them.
Each tag was decorated with the Die Cuts, some stickers and gems.

I love this little guy carrying the tree. I added some stickers and a gem pom pom on his hat!

This one uses one of the large stickers from the 12 by 12 sticker sheet. I love the little mice die cuts and thought they would look cute with it.
On this last tag, I created a little scene using a Doodlepop, some stickers and a Chit Chat. I love that adorable snowman. 
The tags look so sweet in their pocket home in my Daily Doodle. I almost don't want to give them away!
As you can see, these little tags will look great with any gift. Whether they are on a wrapped box, attached to a gift bag or tied to a bottle of wine, they are bound to steal the recipient's heart.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy Creating!
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