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Christmas Leftovers = 2012 DD Album!

Hi Everyone I was guest posting over on the Making Memories Blog last week – and I decided to use up all my Christmas scraps to make a super quick December Daily Album for 2012 – it will make a wonderful gift for someone or of course you can use it yourself…. Get Ahead for Next Year! Instead of packing away all the other Christmas leftovers, I decided to get the jump on next year and create a quick December Daily album. I also used a sheet of stickers from the Simple Stories “25 Days of Christmas” Collection for the numbers. Using all the scraps of paper, stickers, journal pages and embellishments I was quickly able to put together this book. I used plain white cardstock as the base and punched holes in each page so I could use book rings for binding, therefore make it easy to add to next year. I often find myself with tiny stickers left over on a sheet – and they are perfect for adding splashes of color to white-based pages. These stickers are so much fun and the  baubles add some great dimension to the cover. I used the left over pages from […]

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Neighbor Gift Idea (with Echo Park)

Hi Everyone – an easy neighbor gift to share today. It’s really two gifts in one as the decoration for  the main gift serves as a mini-gift too! First of all I have taken some of the Fa-La-La-La-La paper from the Holly Jolly Christmas Collection and used it to cover the lid of my jar.  You can see a tutorial on how to do that below – all it takes is a pair of scissors and some mod-podge!  I have also used some of the Element Stickers to add some extra detail around the edge.     I filled the jar with my Christmas bark and for decoration I created a few blank tags that could then be used be the recipient to decorate their Christmas gifts.     I used a few of the digital journal tags, printed them onto matte photo paper, and used double sided adhesive chipboard to give them some weight and add a plain paper backing so they can be written on. I secured them round the treat jar with a generous length of bakers twine that can be used to attach the tags to gifts. To make the Christmas Bark – melt some white chocolate, […]

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Stepper Card Tutorial (Echo Park Blog Hop)

Hi Everyone Please note that the Blog Hop and competitions previously detailed on this post have now closed. You can see who won the Echo Park giveaways on their blog here. You can see who won my giveaway here. Please see below a list of those who participated on the hop – I encourage you to visit their awesome blogs for heaps of fabulous inspiration! Simple Stepper Card I have created this super easy Stepper Card and I have a little tutorial at the end of the post showing exactly how I made it. I have used the fabulous Seasons Greetings Collection and have incorporated the papers, stickers, chipboard pieces and brads into this project. The wooden star(from Kaisercraft) has been sprayed with glimmermist and I placed a tiny chipboard star from the collection in the centre.  The tree has been painted and sprayed with glimmermist again to give a little texture and I used a few of the brads to add some dimension.  I cut the card 5″ wide (see below) and it fits easily into a 5.5″ square envelope Simple Stepper Card Tutorial This easy technique can be applied to make a card any width. The complete card […]

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Easy Edible Christmas Treats

Hi Everyone Just sharing a couple of edible Christmas treats that are really easy to make – and you can get the kids involved too if you are feeling adventurous!   White chocolate is such a great ingredient! Here I smashed up some candy canes, dipped some marshmallows in white chocolate and then the candy. Pretty much the same thing here – melt chocolate, thrown on the crushed candy canes, refrigerate and then break up for a really simple Christmas bark. If you want to get the kids involved – why not have them smash up some smarties or use cake sprinkles and dip some marshmallows in that. Here are my kids showing just how easy it is!! Heaps more Christmas ideas to come as Summer finally seems to be arriving here in New Zealand 🙂 Lowri I am linking up this project to these websites here.

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December Daily with Echo Park (Season’s Greetings)

Hi Everyone – Today I am sharing my “December Daily” album, created using a combination of the Echo Park Season’s Greetings paper and digital collections.  First of all I should tell you I had to google to find out what a December Daily was – and then when I saw some of the amazing examples online – I was totally intimidated at the thought of creating one! What I decided to do was take a little album I had started working on (seen here) and expand it into a Daily Journal.   December this year is going to be exceptionally busy so I have decided to just have a little space where I can write each day and easily just slot a photograph in when I take one of something special. To expand my existing book, I created some numbers from the Season’s Greetings Alphas and Borders and added them to each page. To create additional pages I printed some journaling tags from the Season’s Greetings Element Pack. I decided to create a few fold out pages within the book to allow for a series of photos to be added. This page with the Santa is for Christmas Eve where I […]

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Christmas Mini & Notebooks w/ Tutorial

Hi Everyone  I am Guest Designing this month for The Paper Bakery Kit Club and I wanted to share some notebooks and a mini-album I made with their fabulous November Add-On Kit – “Baby it’s Cold Outside”.   All the papers are from the Holly Jolly Christmas Collection from Echo Park and the tutorial for creating all the books can be seen at the bottom of the post. Christmas Wishes Mini Album In the kit were five gorgeous little envelopes so I began by cutting a piece of paper to fit inside each one. I have written each person’s Christmas wishes for 2011 on the inserts. Inside the front page I am going to write my New Year Resolutions on the vintage “Statement” page that came with the kit. Normally I am not a big fan of mini-letters as they never seem to line up – but these October Afternoon letters are perfectly printed so they look really neat. Christmas Notebooks These were created with the same technique as the album (see below) except I have used plain copier paper to make the pages. I am going to use them to keep all my Christmas Lists – and this year all […]

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Paper Covered Lids – Gift Idea & Tutorial

Hi Everyone I am showing this tutorial as Christmas is coming and this is a super simple way to jazz up plain jars for easy gifts. You can use any scraps of scrapbook paper and they look really neat when finished! You can see another example on my Neighbor gift post here. If you need to keep a good seal on the lid for your jars (for example if they contain perishable food) simply cut the paper a little smaller and then use a sticker or ribbon to hide the join without compromising the seal. (Take a look at the tutorial below and all will become clear!) Covered Lids Tutorial Cut a circle of paper (see Note* below for sizing information) Trace rim onto reverse of paper Make cuts as shown ¼” apart to centre line Using mod-podge, glue lid to paper Glue strips, one at a time overlapping as you go round Seal with 2 coats of mod podge all over Note* Cut circle to equal diameter of lid PLUS 2 x height of rim PLUS 1.5cm I would love for you to link back here if you give this a go and please post a comment with any […]

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Christmas Decor Frame (Kaisercraft)

Hi Everyone I have another project using the Merry Medley Collection from Kaisercraft. This collection is so bright and fun – perfect for Christmas projects and decor here down under when the sun is shining and many people have never seen snow! I have used an 8×8 frame from Dusty Attic as a base and have used white ink to break up the stark wooden surface a little. I have then simply added some patterned paper to the background of each mini-frame and decorated the frames with the stickers from the Goodies sticker sheet. I have used rhinestones to accent and highlight various elements in the paper. These projects are super-quick to come together as the frame needs no preparation at all. Here is another frame I did with Bo Bunny Papers – this time I painted the frame but you can certainly leave it raw if you like. I made this frame as a prize for a lady who won a blog contest of mine and whose son was entering the marines.  See the complete post here. Please post a comment if you have any questions. Lowri 🙂 I am linking up this project to these websites here.

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Advent Calendar (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone – I have my first Christmas Post to share today! I know it is early, but November is only days away and if you wanted to make an Advent Calendar – now would be a good time to start.  I created this project as part of my month as Fresh Face Designer on the Echo Park blog.  This fun project was a lot of work – but really worth it! The fabulous mix of colors in the collection make for a nostalgic feel and I am really excited about using this as a home for little treats during the Christmas countdown!  Each drawer front is decorated with paper squares, stickers from the Element Stickers Sheet and a Brad.  To create the centerpiece I have layered more stickers and made the little 3-d trees using symmetrical die-cuts I cut from the papers using Spellbinders. A chipboard “Merry Christmas” painted red completes the scene. I really wish you could see and touch this project in person – it was very hard to photograph and get a sense of dimension and I don’t feel the pictures do it justice! There are heaps of this type of project available now and a […]

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Bits and Pieces w/ Digital Collections

Hi Everyone – OK, So I know it’s not Christmas for 6 months but it is the middle of winter here in New Zealand and I love this collection so much I wanted to share a couple of projects I made – again using both the digital and paper collection from Cosmo Cricket. Christmas Notebooks I had run out of some of these papers so I just printed my own with the digital collection and used the chipboard pieces to add detail to the front. Party Favours Here are some favours I made for last year – again – I have printed out the covers using the digital collection – very cheap and easy to do! Just to finish off my Cosmo Cricket week – here are a couple of my favorite past projects using their collections… Click on the caption underneath to go the relevant blog post for more details on the projects. Heaps of them have tutorials too. Snorkel Card-Set Circa 1934 Drawer Set   Jolly by Golly Flowers  Earth Love Mini Album   Material Girl Set of Drawers Various Binder Album Earth Love Bookmarks    Jolly By Golly Flowers Earth Love Frame    Snorkel Mini Album Snorkel […]

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