Our theme in the Garden this month is Scrapbooking December. We've asked the Garden Girls to share a little more on this topic. Here is Lisa Dickinson!
What is a favorite photo of yours from the holiday or winter season? Why do you love this photo? One of my most treasured photos is the shot below of my two kids reading a copy of the classic Christmas tale, The Night Before Christmas. (This copy happened to belong to their grandpa when he was a boy!) I had just gotten a new camera a few weeks before and was taking some test shots of them in front of the tree. Since they were distracted with the book, I didn't get the usual cheesy grins or goofy looks. I love the peace and innocence that is reflected in this moment and it remains one of my very photos ever taken!
What is on your scrappy holiday wish list? I am always coveting new tools, especially those that I know will be workhorses in my scrap toolbox, like simple punches and alphabet stamps. I also like to stock up on holiday-themed papers to scrap all the photos I take this time of year. Here's three things I'm asking Santa for this year:
Does your love for paper crafts spill over into this season for you? How so? Share a photo with us! Definitely! I love using scrapbook paper, tags, and other embellishments to wrap small gifts and make gift cards more personalized. One of my go-to wrapping techniques for gift cards are these small pillow boxes, made from papers and stickers from the Lily Bee Design Christmas Cheer collection:
What are some favorite holiday or winter layouts or projects you've done in the past? Why do you love them? I always enjoy making seasonal cards, especially if they are quick and simple! This one features a tree made of punched stars clustered together in the shape of a tree. I added some machine stitching to mimic garland and scatterd hole-punched glitter cardstock as ornaments:
This was another fun project to create. Inspired by ornaments, I created various sized circles and layered patterned paper, stickers, tags, and embellishments to form detailed little groupings all over the page. I love incorporating lots of seaonal symbols and colors on holiday pages, and these embellished circles are a great way to do that!
Finally, one of my most beloved projects is my December Daily from 2012 (probably because it's the only holiday album I've ever completed!). I kept it simple with a photo per page, and journaling on tags that tuck behind each photo. Since this season is always super busy and chaotic, keeping my album as simple as possible was the key to getting it done!
Holidays and the winter season are what we're scrapping about in the Garden this month. Today Marcy Penner is sharing more with us!
What is a favorite photo of yours from the holiday or winter season? Why do you love this photo? One of my favourite holiday photos is this photo of my son making paper snowflakes last year. I love his concentration and see him totally involved. Puts a smile on my face every time.
What is on your scrappy holiday wish list? Can I wish for more time to scrapbook? Does that count? But product-wise I'm really excited to dig into is my latest Two Peas order… lots of Studio Calico Printshop and October Afternoon Silent Night… especially these guys:
Are you needing a quick holiday craft that comes together in minutes and is useful for that last-minute gift wrapping? Two Peas Digital Cut Files are a perfect way to create custom tags to top all your gifts, big or small!
I created several sets of simple, colorful tags with some of this month's festive cut files. For this set, I first cut the Christmas Tags from kraft cardstock. Then I edited the files to remove the lettering and cut another set from patterned paper to layer behind the kraft. I topped them with icons cut from the Seasonal Chevron Cut Files to add dimension.
The next set of tags use the same cut files as above, but with a few added embellishments:
And finally, I cut two of the Seasonal Sayings from white cardstock and adhered them to patterned paper tags:
Be sure to check out all the digital products available in the Two Peas Digital Store - some will only be around for a limited time! They make holiday scrapping fun, festive, and most important - FAST!
Browse items for these tags right here.
Let's face it. We likely all own at least one set of alphabet stamps. I certainly do. There are a few that I've kept over the years, including my very first set from PSX Stamps. A good set of alphabet stamps can be used for any kind of project, but they are especially fun for holiday gift tags.
Right now, I'm loving the hint of black and metallics I'm seeing in holiday wrap. With that in mind, I pulled out some of the following supplies to create some holiday tags:
Using tags, bags, and wood veneer cards as my foundation, I created the following tags. The first tag uses a woodgrain bag from Jillibean Soup. I decorated the outside of the bag with black patterned paper from Echo Park Paper, a wood veneer tree shape, some gold sequins, and the word "noel" embossed with gold embossing powder:
For the second tag, I inked an entire wood veneer card with Versamark stamping ink. Then I poured gold embossing ink over the top and embossed the card. I let it cool before decorating the rest of the tag. I die cut three flowers from the gold flecked tissue paper. I crumpled the flowers and then added a gold button to the center of the flower shapes. A few white embossed letters that spell "joy" finish off the card, along with, some grey and black washi tape. To make the wood veneer card into a tag, I simply added some looped ribbon to the top of the card:
For the final tag, I took a camping-themed tag from Pebbles, Inc. and recovered the top of the tag with black dot washi tape. I threaded this onto a silver ribbon and added the word "MOM" stamped and embossed with gold embossing ink on black cardstock to the bottom of the tag. To finish off the gift, I stapled a white doily, a pennant cut from black cardstock and gold tissue paper to the bag. I also added some more gold sequins to the bag:
Think of creative ways to add alpha stamps to your gift tags and gift bags. You can use metallic embossing powder, or colored inks to really mix it up and create just the look you're going for. You can find all of our stamps HERE in the store.
Paige Evans here today to share how to make an easy-peasy "I Can Do That!" paper garland and then I'll show you three different ways it can be used!
First - gather your supplies. I chose Christmas-themed patterned papers from American Crafts, Echo Park, and Elle's Studio. Double-sided papers work best so if the shapes flip over to the other side you'll still see a beautiful pattern. You'll also need a punch - I LOVE the new 1.5" pennant punch by American Crafts - and a sewing machine. That's it!
Punch 3-4 pennants from each of your patterned papers.
Start sewing the pennants together using a straight stitch.
Slow and steady wins the race! I left a few millimeters of thread between each pennant so they'll flap around and dangle better.
Your garland is finished and ready to display!
Here are three ideas for your fun paper garland:
1) Curl it around a stair banister.
2) Hang it on the wall in a three-tier banner:
3) Wrap it around your Christmas tree:
Fast, easy, fun, and pretty - my favorite kind of project!
The holidays are finally upon us. As busy as my family is, sometimes I don't take the time to soak up all of the festivities and just enjoy the journey. This year I'm hoping to change that a bit by making each gift for a friend or family member special. To do that, I'm planning on a few handmade holiday wraps just for them.
For inspiration I've been busily searching on Pinterst for some ideas. You can find all the ideas I pinned to our "Holiday/Winter Inspo" board HERE. There are so many awesome ideas I could share, but below are a few of my favorites.
Back-to-Nature Christmas Wrap:
Red Holiday Wrap:
Additional trends I noticed were black and white, glittered, and lots of kraft.
Pinterest isn't my only source of inspiration. Our amazing Peas create beautiful things every day. Here are a just a few holiday gift wrap ideas that I've bookmarked to try. You'll definitely want to check them out:
Source: scrappJedi (Garden Girl Melissa Stinson)
Want to find your own inspiration in our galleries? Simply search by words like "Christmas Wrap" or "Christmas Bag" or "Holiday Treat Box" to find additional ideas.
We'd love to see what you're creating for the holidays! Make sure to upload your latest work in our galleries to share it with those of who visit each day for inspiration!
If you folllow the blog here regularly, you may remember a mini album we put together for Garden Girl Elizabeth Kartchner. When Amy Tan welcomed her baby boy into the world, we had to make her one too!
A group of Garden Girls contributed to this mini album. Each page varied in size, but was no bigger than an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. They were told to use Amy's Cut and Paste collection as inspiration for colors in their pages, and to embellish front and back. The pile of finished pages was quite bulky, so we pierced holes and bound it with twine. Here's the album all together:
You can see it's made up of a mix of Cut & Paste, as well as Glitz Design's Finnley collection, and a sprinkling of our exclusives and digital products! Browse the supplies for this album here.
We can't wait to see how Amy fills her mini book!
Like many scrapbookers I love buying new supplies but as I live in Belgium shipping can take a while. The digital supplies in the TwoPeas store are heaven sent as they are all downloable and I can print them out instantly. I can start creating a project without having to wait for my products and I still fulfill the need for some new supplies. For the month of November I set my eyes on the following products:
They are very Christmas orientated and the picture I had printed out didn't fit the theme at all, but I like a challenge and decided to use elments from all three digital products on a layout. I picked the banner with the heart from the first printable, the joy card and the some of the circle elements from the second as they weren't too Christmassy. I also wanted to use the cut files and I cut out the deer and heart using my Silhouette Cameo. On my layout I used the deer. It symbolises the protective side that my son Robin has when he is with his younger brother. I kept the layout very simple and played with the photos, cutting them in circles. I love how easy it was to use the digital files and create a fun and meaningful layout.
Check out the full collection of digital products in the TwoPeasInABucket Digital Store.