Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Mandy's December Album Days 24 -25 Final

We've come to the last few pages of this December Album
But first a recap :
Covers finished....
You can find that basis of the album covers and plastic pocket pages HERE

And the MME Sleigh Bells Ring kit used throughout...(loved it!)
So last few pages:
DAY 24
Christmas Eve
Two little sleepy heads asleep in bed.... so  used the reindeer names washi tape
 (part of Sleigh Bells Ring Washi Tape Collection. You cant see it in the tube, but its there!)
The cardstock is Coredinations 'Antique Linen' (its more yellowy and lighter in real life)
Fabulous little black alpha - Teresa Collins, comes in a booklet
DAY 25!
This page is the reverse side of the pocket page above using cardstock
Coredinations 'Antique Linen' again.   Enamel Shapes which includes the '25'
And the gold lettering and sentiments are Tinsel & Co Alpha & Label Stickers
 (they are much 'gold-er' in real life than you see in the shop)

STILL Christmas day
(I usually have more than one page for the 25th)
This is my favourite paper from the Kit..  or you can buy it singularly 'Branches Paper
I've added a little bit of tiny pom pom trim on the edge. 
(put 'trim' into the search in the shop and there is a fabulous array of trims you could use as alternatives)

This packet of word dies is fantastic!! (but sold out now - sorry but there is THIS fabulous one)
 Double with sparkly glitter paper - ooh!

 The alpha and sentiments are from Simple Stories
That's it!!  All done!
To finish with...here's a side view of the album
 What a joy!
I hope you've managed to do some Holiday Season scrapping too!
 Look in the Christmas Shop HERE
December Daily Specials HERE
 You can see my December album from start to where to finish  HERE


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Mandy's December Album Days 21 - 23

Merry Christmas!!!
Do you love a shaker pocket?
I love a bit of bling in them for sure!
DAY 21
This is the reverse to day 20, and the long strip down the middle became a shaker using quite large gold sequins (put a 'sequins' in a search in the shop and look at all the options- some lovelies there)
The paper used for this is the reverse side used for day 20 as well
Sleighbells Ring 'Noel' paper  (also found in the Sleighbells Ring Kit)

 And cut to size to fit the pockets

I absolutely adore these Crazy Cat stamps!
They suit my very shy scaredy cat and his antics to avoid anything and everything at all cost!
Stamp the image onto the paper, and using a brush with a dab of water onto your mixed media mat, brush it over Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink, and place the tip into the dab of water...colour to the darkness of black (or other colour) you might like, then use that to paint your image.

Here it is finished and putting only half a piece of matching Ranger Coredinations  Forest Moss cardstock (don't be fooled by the colour in the shop..its quite green in real life) through
 with the 'Pine Branch' die, it created a hidey place for this cat too
Finished off with some embellishments from 'Candy Cane Lane Decorative Buttons' to make a little banner
and some of the fabulous 'Joyous' alpha from the green sheet in the packet
 (there's 6 other colour sheets too)
DAY 22
Another handmade page.  It doesn't take long to put these together
(there's eight different coloured sheets in the pack)

The background paper is the reverse side of  Sleighbells Ring 'Red Reindeer' Paper
 (also found in the Sleighbells Ring Kit)

The 'Black Soot' cardstock is glued to the back of the patterned paper.  This will become the next page for the 23rd once flipped over.
The   Ranger Coredinations  Forest Moss cardstock is torn and glued kind of like a side pocket wtih the photo slid somewhat into it.  This gives us a plain base to do something fun.
Especially for this 'Bare Christmas Tree' Die.  It has an array of little bits to put with the tree,
but I stuck with the little bows and cut quite a few along with the 'present box' which I turned into a container for the tree to stand up in!  Just needs a little ink :) 
The cardstock is my favourite - Tim Holtz Coredinations - Fired Brick and Pumice Stone (which is slightly more light olive than grey as shown in the product pic in shop)
Here it is decked out with its little bows.

 DAY 23
A 'cooking' day where each little picture says something especially when its became a tradition
And its a pretty straight forward easy page
With the use of Sleighbells Ring Washi tape that makes it look like each little photo is stuck up on a wall.  The number '23' is from a great red alpha font sheet 'Let's Party'  and the little alpha is from another fabulous sticker sheet 'Echo Park Season's Greetings'
 Getting very close now!!

Who's excited!

If you have some Christmas scrapping to do....

Look in the Christmas Shop HERE
December Daily Specials HERE
 You can see my December album from start to where we are now HERE

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!!



Thursday, December 22, 2016

Chris' 25th December Mini-Album Keepsake

Maybe you don't have time for a full-on December Daily,
maybe a smaller mini-album for just the 25th December
 of memories captured would be for you. 

Using a raw chipboard mini album.
There are lots of options found HERE

 Background paper is Theresa Collins Tinsel and Co
is a great way to add embellishments by cutting them out and 
using foam dots /spacers underneath.  Each tree on the page is different.  I have
actually bought several more of this paper to use in my 
Christmas layouts this season.
The background on this page is not paper at all,it is Teresa Collins Tinsel
 and Company Washi Tape collection
(put a 'washi' in a search in the shop and look at all the options
you could use for this technique)
Overlapped across the page, then inked around the edge.
The grey Washi Tape is folded in half lengthways and twisted
upon itself.  This is randomly placed over cute banners
are sprinkled around, looking all glossy and Christmassy.
Teresa Collins has a 12x12 sheet of cards ,Tinsel and Company
that can be cut down to 3"x4"each. These can be used in
a December Daily Pocket Album or Project life
or the words cut out, inked and arranged to fit into any sized mini album.
The black and white letters blended well with the background
of Candy Cane Lane(the reverse side of O Christmas Tree paper).
A Christmas tree is peeping from behind the letters
to give just a splash of colour.

   Using transparencies is a great way to add extra photos
                                                 to a project, without adding too much bulk.
                                           There is a cute little tab on the Tinsel and Company
                                                 It has a '25' on each end, so it fits perfectly on
                                                          both sides of the transparency.
The little words are Teresa Collins Signature Essentials.
There are 139 journalling snippets,
that can be used for so many themes.

Isn't Santa great!  He could be coloured in, of course,
but in this case he is just being subtle in the background.
The Merry Christmas and Santa stamps are from Candy Cane Lane.
 and the circles are Tinsel and Company.
                                                 The two collections mix and match very well.
                                   Putting foam dots /spacers under the circles gives the page some dimension.
The Alpha Stickers are the perfect size for a mini album and 
placing them inside a matching label sticker
creates a distinct title.
Two enamel dots either side draws the eye to the title.
Another use for Washi tape is fold it in half
and pleat it like ribbon.  Put down a line of double sided tape first,
then press into pleats as you go along.
'JOY' is one of the Decorative Stickers
The whole sheet is now all used, because they are so versatile.

Here are the stickers again made into a Christmas tree with the 
enamel shapes, sitting on a background paper, called Santa's List,
which blends in well with the other two Teresa Collin's 
papers, that  have been using in the mini album.

   A view of the album

                                                      From a different perspective - all finished!

 I have thoroughly enjoyed making this album.
 And wish you a Happy Christmas and New Year.