Tuesday, November 19, 2019


I love the size of my Micro Planner! I created it with the adorable Christmas Magic collection. My previous blog post shows how I designed the cover and the inserts. Today, I'm sharing how I made it chunky! I love the feel of a full planner and this one definitely doesn't disappoint.

The beauty of creating my own Micro planner is that I can choose exactly what I want to have in it. The Christmas Magic collection has so many adorable elements that it was hard to narrow down what I wanted to use! But, I did and I love how it looks. I'll be carrying this one with me throughout December. My goal is to make it my Christmas/Gratitude notebook. I want to keep track of things I'll need for the holidays, but also journal a bit about the true reason for the season each day. 

Here is a little fold out page with a picture of my son. Keeping his photo with me in my planner is only natural since he's the one I want to keep front and center during this holiday season. I started off my adding the gingerbread house die cut to the left of the page. Then, I cut a piece of patterned paper, folded it in half and punched the left hand sand. I added a tag and some washi along with a chit chat to the front. 
The inside of the page holds the picture and and a little tag that I embellished. 
The next page I added is a shaker page. I knew I wanted to have some sequins in my little planner and this was a fun way of doing it. I took a page protector and trimmed it to 3 by 5. I slide in the tag and sequins then added the strip of paper to the left side. I stitched down the paper and plastic to seal the pocket. Then, I punched the paper and added it to my little notebook. I love how cute that gingerbread man is!

I decided to use the cute number squares paper to decorate the pages of my planner. The ones from the 6 by 6 paper pad are the perfect size for these 3 by 4 pages. I decorated each page in a similar fashion.

Each page is trimmed with washi, has a stickers and the number square. I used the house washi on this page along with the the wreath and gift stickers.

I love how the candy cane striped washi looks on this page. I used two layered ornament stickers on the left page and like how that turned out!

This page has the Christmas tree washi and some more cute stickers. I used the Mini Icon ones on these pages as the size was just right!

The next insert page I added to my Micro Planner is a receipt pocket. This is the perfect place to hide my receipts! I used one of the cards from the Christmas Card pack. It was 4" tall so I trimmed it down to 3" wide. I added some Teensy Type stickers to the tab, stitched the one side shut and added the tag and stickers. The washi trim on the bottom made a perfect finishing touch.

My final insert is a pocket page that I designed. I love having pockets in my planner and this one turned out so cute. I cut a poece paper to 4 by 5.75 inches. I folded it almost in half, leaving the edge that I could hole punch. I opened it back up and trimmed the triangular piece off, creating a pocket. Then, I took the piece I cut and added it to the bottom, which made the second part of the pocket. I lightly tacked down the edges to hold it in place and stitched along the side and bottom. I added the die cuts and cute clip. 

I added a tag into the top part of the pocket. I love having blank tags in my planner.  You never know when you are going to need one!
As you can see, my little Micro Planner is ready to go. I am so excited to use it for December and can't wait to fill it up with happy thoughts and memories.  Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek!

Doodlebug Supplies:
Christmas Magic Collection
Bubblegum Teensy Type

Other Supplies:
Planner Discs
Planner Punch

Monday, November 18, 2019


Have you ever seen something in a store and said to yourself, "I could totally make that...?"  I always say this, but do I ever really make these items... not so much!  This year I saw the cutest Advent Calendar in a popular home furnishings catalog.  It was a "mountain" of little houses one for each day of December ...all lit up.  I decided I would make a Gingerbread House version using Christmas Magic!  Take a peek...

This was so a labor of love, but I'm thrilled with the results.  I started by making 25 of the little houses from some Kraft Petite Prints.   I thought they looked like gingerbread!  I added the little roofs using the papers from the Christmas Magic 6x6 pad.  I then set to decorating each of the houses using some Christmas Magic Doodle pops, Icon Stickers, Mini Icon Stickers and some of the Shaped Sprinkles.  Here are some close-ups of the individual houses...

For the doors I used Sprinkles Vellum.  The doorknobs on all of the houses are Peppermint Twist Shaped Sprinkles and the numbers are the Abigail Alphabet Stickers.   The layers between the houses were made from some Lily White Sugar Coated Cardstock.  All of the houses are "velcro'd " on so I can easily disassemble and pack away after the holidays.  To light it up, I added some remote control tea lights behind the houses... they're perfect because they don't get hot!  Even better, the doors of each of the houses open to hold a little treat!

Have you made any projects using Christmas Magic?  Be sure to tag Doodlebug Design on Facebook & Instagram!  We would love to see your creations.  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Doodlebug Products Used
Christmas Magic Collection
Dot Stripe Petite Prints
Gingham Linen Petite Prints
Floral Graph Petite Prints
Sprinkles Vellum
Sugar Coated Cardstock
Abigail Alphabets

Sunday, November 17, 2019


Have you seen the cute gingerbread house from the Christmas Magic collection? From the first moment I saw it I knew that I wanted to do a layout featuring this cute little house. I thought on using the Cookie Cottage doodle-popsTM, but even though it looked really cute, I wanted something bigger so it could cover more space on my layout. After thinking about some ideas, I decided to replicate the same house but do it on a bigger scale without using a cut file.

To do that, I pulled out some of my doodlebug cardstock and chose the cinnamon color from the Primary Cardstock Assortment to create my house. I drew each part with a pencil and then punched holes around some of the base pieces to add hand-stitching. For the other parts that didn’t need stitching, I used foam dots to stick them.

To embellish the house, I used some pieces from the Odds&EndsTM pack, cut the white border that they come with, and added some clear embossing powder to them so they could look more like real candies. I also fussy cut some elements from some of the 12 x 12” papers.

Once I finished the house, I created a scene on my page using the elements from before. In addition, I also added a Christmas tree and some other fun embellishments with the idea of building my own Santa’s Village.

Finally, I added my photos with some foam adhesive, the journaling at the bottom right side of the page, and some Chit ChatTM pieces for the title. 
Even though this layout took a lot of time to create, well, actually the little house was the one that used most of the time, I had so much fun creating it, and I really liked how it turned out! I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Also, don’t forget that if you have any questions just leave me a comment or send me an email. I’ll be really happy to help you.

Have an awesome day!

Doodlebug Products Used: 
Christmas Magic Collection
Sugar Coated 6 x 6 Paper Assortment - Pastel
12 x 12 Cardstock - Cinnamon, Pistachio, Sea Glass
Petite Prints Collection - Dot and Stripe - Pistachio

Friday, November 15, 2019


One of my favourite parts of Christmas are all the delicious treats that are a part of the season. Not just because I get to eat them, but also because I get to spend time with my two little gals baking and decorating to our heart's content. Christmas treats go hand-in-hand with family time, so I just love that they also play a starring role in Doodlebug's new Christmas Magic collection. Now I have another way to share the seasons's treats with those that are special in my life! Santa's Sweets is a darling new stamp set that Doodlebug released with this collection. Featuring everything from a darling gingerbread boy to gum drops and baked goods galore, this little stamp set is sweet in all sorts of ways! It became the inspiration behind this little scene that I created, featuring one of the great sentiment stamps that also comes with this set. With a bit of masking, the stamps perfectly complimented each other in theme and dimension. And for a little texture, I also used the darling tree stamp from the Christmas Magic stamp set, a set that was also created to coordinate with this collection. And can we just take a moment to admire these darling little mini heart Shape Sprinkles?!  
So, whether baking is part of your Christmas tradition or not, these stamps and this collection will definitely add a little (or a lot) of sweetness into your season. In the meantime, I hope this card sparks a bit of inspiration and adds a bit of sweetness to your day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Doodlebug Products Used:
Christmas Magic collection
 Christmas Magic Doodle Stamps Santa's Sweets
 Petite Prints
Other products:
Alcohol Markers
White Cardstock

Thursday, November 14, 2019


I absolutely love Christmas and so I couldn't wait to create projects with the new Christmas Magic collection. The mix of Santas, reindeer, gingerbread men, and adorable colors just makes me happy. I love creating fun cut out backgrounds for my pages, so I also used the tree cut file from the Doodlebug Design Santa in Car Cut File.

I used the tree cut file (again from the Doodlebug Santa in Car Cut File) to create a large background design of trees. I then backed each tree with fun patterned papers from the Christmas Magic collection. I used the adorable Tiny Heart Shape Sprinkles to give each tree a topper. This tree design turned out so pretty I almost didn't want to cover the trees up! I then used pieces of the Candy Stripe Washi Tape to embellish the top and bottom of the page.  
​ At the top, I added the banner sticker from the This & That Sticker Sheet and a reindeer sticker from the Mini Icons Stickers. I also used the Holly & Pine, Peppermint Twist, and Cookies & Candies Shape Sprinkles to embellish the Christmas tree background.

​ I added a few of the Peppermint Twist Shape Sprinkles to the scalloped circle sticker for some fun dimension. I further embellished it with Odds & Ends pieces and a Mini Icons Sticker reindeer. 

I used part of an Odds & Ends banner die cut to anchor my photos. I then used some Teensy Type number stickers in Limeade to put the year (2018) on the banner. And isn't that Santa and little elf die cut Odds & Ends piece just the cutest?! 
​ Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you are just as excited about scrapbooking Christmas layouts as much as I am! Have a great day!


Doodlebug Design Products Used
​ Christmas Magic Collection

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Oh Christmas Magic is in the air!  Today I'm sharing the sweetest little gingerbread-house-shaped-mini album.  I've used a steel-rule die to cut the shapes from chipboard and patterned paper, but any house die or template would work!

The die also cuts out the window's shutters and door, which worked perfectly for the cover.  After dressing with patterned papers, I added the Doodle Pop Santa so that he's peeking out from behind the door!  I also modified the roof-line by die-cutting just a portion of the roof and then trimming to size.  
Around the edge of the front and back covers, I trimmed with Chunky Twine.  To give a nice attachment, I've found that Glossy Accents holds the twine really well; a drop on the end of the twine also gives a good seal to prevent fraying.
For the inside pages I chose to cover the die-cut areas (window and door) by adding a circle of paper.  The size is perfect for adding small pictures to.
I love, love, love interactive pieces, so on the above two pages, I added a die-cut and tag that were adhered by one edge.  Everyone enjoys a cute peek-a-boo page!
Because the album is "mini" it's the perfect canvas for showing off those bitty stickers, tags and decorative brads.
I didn't have a large ring on hand to hold the pages together, so I used a white shower curtain ring instead...add a bit of ribbon and it works out just right!

Thank you for joining me today!

Doodlebug Design Products:
Christmas Magic Collection Kit
Christmas Magic 6X6 Paper Pad
Ladybug Chunky Twine
Jolly Holiday Sprinkle Shapes

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Thank you to everyone who entered our
Christmas Wreath cut file
giveaway and congratulations to
our lucky winners!


Every Christmas morning we get a photo of the kids in the hallway before they walk into the living room! They all know this tradition and the older kids help the younger kids get excited about it! After we take the photo they all enter the living room together and they get the biggest smiles on their faces! I wanted to scrap this photo from Liam's first Christmas! His first time in one of these photos! I pulled out the new Christmas Magic collection and started out my layout by die cutting this stocking! I ran it through my hand held die cutting machine using some pattern paper from the collection. I wanted my main background page to be white so I trimmed it down to 11x11. I also trimmed down the Christmas Love pattern paper to 11.5x11.5 and adhered to the Visions of Sugar Plums pattern paper.
I popped the die cut stocking up on some foam adhesive and adhered to the page. I found this super cute ephemera piece from the Odd & Ends back and it fit perfectly in the stocking! I tucked my photo in right next to the right of the stocking and added a cluster of embellishments to the right of my photo.

I used odds & ends, chit chat pieces, stickers and sprinkles to embellish the layout. I added this fun banner from the collection to the top of the page and pop up the wreath die cut in the middle! I love how it turned out!   

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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