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Christmas Mini Issue December 2013


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Christmas Mini Issue December 2013 Creative Director/Editor: Manda Moore Design Team: Ashley Horton Alex Gadji Allie Stewart Becki Adams Carol Piexoto Danielle De Konink Gina Lideros Leanne Allinson Louise Beerens Lucia Barabas Marielle LeBlanc Nina Stenzel Stephanie Grenouillat Project Life Design Team: Aimee Dow Bernii Miller Lisa Webb Sue Ko Contact Us:






Products Product Love.............................7 Featured Article Hello Ali Edwards.....................22 Galleries Design Team.............................8 Scrapbook...............................23 Mini Albums............................45 Cards......................................53 Finishing Touches....................66

Life.Paper.Scrapbook. Boutique

The LPS Boutique has released two mini kits to celebrate the silly season. Whether you like traditional colours or something a little brighter these kits are a great way of adding some festive cheer to your Christmas crafting.



As the year winds up I am taking time to reflect on the past 12 months and the wonderful things that have happened both for me and for LPS. Back in January LPS was just a fun idea I came up with, I wanted to see all different kinds of inspiration in one place and I wanted the rest of the world to remember that we scrap down under as well. I thought I would do a couple of issues and that would be it but the way you have all embraced it has been incredible (the last issue had over 1.4 million hits - a number I couldn’t have even comprehended 11 months ago) and I am so grateful for all the kind words and support I have had from readers around the world and have been lucky enough to “meet” so many people who are as passionate about scrapbooking and memory keeping as I am. May you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or special Holiday and I look forward to seeing all your work and inspiration in the new year.

Manda xxx


It’s the most wonderful time of the year... Well I think it is. I adore everything about Christmas - the decorations, the carols, giving presents and cards, spending time with family and friends and of course good food. This months mini issue is dedicated to the Holiday Season. We have lots of lovely layouts, cards, mini’s and other goodies. I also got to have a chat with the queen of the December Daily the lovely Ali Edwards. We also have some of her tips to help you get started and keep going with your album (something I need to read because I am hopeless at finishing them, even though I start off strong, see my cover for last year below).

December Daily Cover 2012 Manda Moore Materials: Simple Stories Sn@p Album, Crate Paper Sleigh Ride Tag, Crate Paper Wood Veneer Deer, Echo Park Paper Co Brads, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Stars and printables; Other - ribbon, doily.



Glitz Design’s Hello December collection adds a touch of sunny yellow to the traditional yule time colour pallette. Throw in a touch of woodgrain and you have the perfect collection for a bright and fun layout.

Ell’s Studio has been a favourite place for gorgeous tags and journal cards for a long time so when they went into stamps and patterned paper last year we were super excited. Their Noel collection includes this gorgeous stamp - perfect for adding touches to your December Daily, christmas cards or make cute tags for your gifts. 6

Flair is always a favourite here at LPS and new kid on the block Studio Fourteen40 doesn’t fail to impress with their awesome range of ‘Tis The Season Christmas flair. From adorable deer to a complete ser of numbers for you December Daily there is something for every project. We love Kelly Purkey’s stamps and this trendy Christmas set is no exception. Graphic patterns and cool phrases give a mondern twist to your Christmas stamping. Exclusive to Simon Says Stamp.

October Afternoon’s vintage inspired Silent Night collection is popping up everywhere. It features adorable deer and mice characters teamed with a lovely mix of red, aqua, green with a touch of gold.

Crate Paper’s Bundled Up collection is adorable. The great thing is the colours can be combined with their Close Knit Collection which means you can stretch your stash further. These Epoxy Buttons are a fabulous finishing touch to your projects. 7

December Days 2013 Add-on Kit


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The Ever Shrinking Christmas Tree Leanne Alinson - Australia

Cardstock - Kaisercraft; Paper - Bella Blvd: Daily Chevies; Christmas Countdown; Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Scallop; Arrows: Pickle Juice, Gulf; Ciao Chip: Sophisticates Stars & Hearts; Crochet Hearts: Bell Pepper, McIntosh, Saltwater; Sophisticates: Blue High Five Alphabets, Pink-Red High Five Alphabets, Yellow High Five Alphabets, Green High Five Alphabets; Designer Tape:Â Ice Stripe; Button Market: stars, wood mix. 9

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Our 1st Tree Allie Stewart - USA Materials: Patterned Paper: October Afternoon, Studio Calico, Echo Park; Embellishments: Studio Calico (wood veneers), Freckled Fawn (gems), October Afternoon (washi tape), American Crafts (thickers)


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Noel 2012 Alex Gadji - Sweden Materials: CSilent Night collection from October Afternoon; 3 present outlines cut file by Snapdragon Snippets


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Merry & Bright Ashley Horton - USA Materials: Patterned Paper, Cardstock & Bits: American Crafts; Tags & Rub-Ons:  Chic TagsStamp:  Hero Arts; Buttons:  October Afternoon; Washi Tape & Enamel Dots:  Freckled Fawn; Sequins:  The Paper Bakery; Color Shine:  Heidi Swapp; Wood Veneer Star: Studio Calico: Die Cut Machine:  Silhouette Cameo; Cut Files:  Silhouette 12

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Merry Christmas Carol Peixoto - Brazil Materials: Paper: Crate Paper Peppermint collection; Frame - Crate Paper The Pier collection; Reindeer, layering papers and stickers - Echo Park Everybody Loves Christmas collection; Alphas Doodlebug Design; Doily - Martha Stewart


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Merry Merry Gina Lideros - USA Materials: American Crafts Peppermint Express Collection - paper, die cuts, layered stickers, decorative tags, dimensional stars; American Crafts Halloween Collections - glitter star stickers, sequins; Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste Stitch Template; Studio Calico - wood veneer stars, Mister Huey; Other - twine, Silhouette Die Cut machine, embroidery floss.embroidery floss (craft supply) 14

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Christmas Greetings Louise Beerens - Australia Materials: Cardstock, patterned paper, stamp; embossing powder, machine stitching.


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December Daily Lucia Barabas - Slovakia Materials: Cardstock, tissue paper, dolies, bakers twine, machine stitching, star confetti, white mist, bell and American Craft Thickers.


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Kiss Me Manda Moore - Australia Materials: Cardstock - American Crafts; October Afternoon Silent Night Collection - paper, chip’n’stick, mini alphabets, die cut stickers, banners; Heidi Swapp Color Shine; machine stitching.


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Merry Christmas Nina Stenzel - Germany Materials: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, October Afternoon, Echo Park, Basic Grey for Studio Calico; Alphabet: American Crafts; Embellishments: Studio Calico, Crate Paper, American Crafts, Twine & Ink; Vellum: Studio Calico; Ink: Studio Calico, Tsukineko; Stamps: Studio Calico; Other: Doily 18

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8 Candles Ruth Bonser - Australia Materials (POLLY SCRAP KITS): Paper - My Mind’s Eye, Amy Tangerine, Studio Calico; Embellishments - Heidi Swapp, Teresa Collins, Echo Park Paper Co, Crate Paper, American Crafts, Polly Exclusive letterpress.


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Joyeux Noel Stéphanie Grenouillat - France Materials: Bazill Paper, Swirlcards; Stamps - Stampin’up, Craft Origine; Aladine tag Gaëlle Fauglas Création,masking tape and brads 20

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Advent Calendar Danielle DeKonink - LPS Designer Materials: papers: Webster’s Pages Allison Kreft It’s Christmas: Design: Lori Whitlock cut file for the Silhouette Cameo 21

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Project Life Spread Sue Ko - Australia



Meeting Santa Tanti Kuntoro - Germany Materials: Cardstock: American Crafts; Paper: Jillibean Soup “ Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup” Collection; Stickers: Jolee Boutique and Kars; Tag: Roobee; Polaroid frame die: Sizzix Framelitz; Alphabet die: Cuttlebug; Washi tapes: Paper Poetry; Stamps: Papermania Urban Stamps; Stamp ink: Staz On; Acrylic paint: Making Maemories; Metal frame: Crea Motion; Other: Twine, ribbon, paper clip, wooden clip, sequins. 25

Happy Place Shannon Morgan - USAÂ Materials: Heidi Swapp: Believe - paper, ephemera, epoxy stickers; Color Magic - jumbo banners, paper frames; chipboard alphabet; Color Shine - Chartreuse, Sweet Cherry, Tinsel, Tropicana Teal; SRM Stickers; Ephiphany Crafts - Shape Studio Tools and accessories; Other - Timeless Twine Tuxedo, Timeless Twine Olive Green, Vellum, jewels, Doodlebug Candy Cane Washi Tape, Glitz Design Washi Tape. 26

White Christmas Mandy Kay Starner - USA Materials: Cardstock- American Crafts; Patterned Paper- My Mind’s Eye; Kraft envelope, chipboard, paper twine, die cuts, transparency, paper clip, twine - Maya Road; Cardstock Alpha Stickers- BasicGrey; Washi Tape- MT and unknown; Ink - Prima; Mist - Maya Road


White Christmas Natalie Elphinstone- Australia Materials: Card: American Crafts; Paper: October Afternoon; Embellishments: October Afternoon Make It Merry Miscellany, buttons, stickers and washi tape; Jenni Bowlin Skinny Alphabet Stickers; Maya Road Chipboard snowflakes; Other: Gesso, mica flakes, embroidery thread. 28

Who’s Your Santa Brenda Ragsdale - USA

Materials: Lawn Fawn “ Peace, Joy, Love” Collection - Patterned Paper, and embellishments; Heidi Swapp & Lilly Bee alphabets; Misc - Buttons and Twine

Designer Tip Make your own background stamps from everyday objects. Lizzy used cardboard rolls and cotton reels and stamped them onto her background paper using acrylic paint.

Merry Lizzy Hill - Australia Materials: Paper – Prima, My Mind’s Eye, Simple Stories; Embellishments – SODAlicious wooden stars & arrows, My Mind’s Eye stickers & mini word stickers, Pink Paislee photo tabs, Hello Dreams badge, Typo photo corners, American Crafts micro beads, The Crafter’s Workshop mask, Golden molding paste, Heidi Swapp color shine spritz, Montmartre & Jo Sonja’s paints, staples. 29

Designer Tip I thought it would be fun to limit myself to cardstock as my background and then fill things in as I went. I approached each punched circle as a ‘frame’, and used foam adhesive for the center strip to help the title stand out.


Never Too Old For Santa Nicole Harper - USA Materials: Patterned paper, stickers, brads, chipboard, stamps, washi tape, die cuts: October Afternoon; Punches: Fiskars, Martha Stewart; Ink: Brilliance Gold Galaxy, Stampin Up, VersaMark’ Emossing powder: American Crafts Zing; Spray Mist: Studio Calico; machine sewing

Twinkle Twinkle Jenni Calma - USA (Scrapbook Circle December 2012 Kit – All Is Bright): American Crafts Cardstock; Crate Paper-Sleigh Ride, Gold Vellum Dot, Studio Calico-Wonderland; Pink PailseeCity Sidewalks Parcel Tags; My Mind’s Eye-Enamel Dots; Crate Paper-Sleigh Rise Border Stickers; American Crafts-Glitter Tape; Divine Twine-Red & White Twin, Red Striped Bag; Silhouette Cameo; EK Success Snowflake Punch, Swiss Cheese Punch; sewing machine & thread.

Letters to Santa Mary Pat Siehl - USA Materials: cardstock- Core’dinations; paper, bling, die cuts, tags -Imaginisce; vellum; alphabet stickers - jillibean soup. 31

Designer Tip Suz used a craft knife to cut triangles in the green patterned paper to reveal the woodgrain touches of the woodgrain paper beneath.


White Christmas Suz Mannecke - USA Materials: Elle’s Studio - Noel Collection, exclusive wood veneer. Zing - Embossing poweder; Silhouette die cut machine; Other machine stitching, doily.

Merry Lizzy Hill - Australia Materials: Paper – Teresa Collins, Studio Calico, Pink Paislee, Kesi’Art; Punch – Martha Stewart Star; Die – Memory Box ornament; Stamp – Stampin’ Up; Inks – Versamark, Stampin’ Up, Ranger Distress; Embellishments – American Crafts Thickers, brads, Washi Tape, Pink Paislee chip board arrow, Studio Calico & Teresa Collins die cuts, eyelets, paper string, Ranger Liquid Pearls & Glossy Accents, Zing embossing powder, Perfect Pearls & Tattered Angels ink mists.

Insta Decor Jenni Calma - USA Materials: Patterned Paper: Crate Paper-14, Pink Paislee-Secret Crush, Polka Dot Party Vellum; Elle’s Studio-Be Merry Large Journaling Tag, Elle’s StudioBe Merry Circle Tag, My Mind’s Eye-Miss Caroline Stick Pins, American Crafts Thickers -Wisecrack, Studio Calico-Darling Dear Grey Alpha Stickers, American CraftsGlitter Tape in red, American Crafts-Wow! Glitter in gold, Freckled Fawn-Gold Airmail Washi, Studio Calico Wood Veneer- mini stars & diamonds, Ranger-Stickles in gold. Other: EK Success Circle Punch, sewing machine & thread. 33


Xmas Lights Judit Gari - Spain (above) Materials: Paper: White cardstock,Kraft cardstock and vellum; Prima stamp collection Finnabair; Sodalicious wood veneer stars; dolly; Other - watercolors, gesso, clips, washi tape, black ink, embossing gold glitter and white.

Designer Tip Be inspired by the colours and shapes in your photo to make a background to compliment. Judit was inspired by the background light colors and used watercolor, gesso and a mask to ecreate the effect.

Shop Nicole Harper - USA (left) Materials: October Afternoon Silent Night Colelction; Other -vellum speech bubbles, sequins, machine stitching.


Traditions Shannon Morgan - USAÂ Materials List: Heidi Swapp Believe Collection - Paper, Banner Delights, Buzz Words Epoxy Stickers; Heidi Swapp Color Magic Jumbo Pennants; Heidi Swapp Chipboard Alphas With Resist, Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Chartreuse, Sweet Cherry,Tinsel, SRM Stickers; Epiphany Crafts - Shape Studio Tool Round 25, Shape Studio Tool Round 14, Shape Studio Tool Heart 25, Shape Studio Accessories Bubble Caps Round 25.


Christmas Eve PJ’s Stacia Brandt - USA Materials: Doodlebug Home for the Holiday Collection; Studio Calico - wood veneer; Elle;s Studio Tags; Other Stickles, sharpie, buttons.

Let’s Branch Out Lisa Rukin Swift - USA Materials: Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle; Diecuts: Jenni Bowlin (bingo card), KI Memories (red/green circle), The Paper Company (tag), Little Yellow Bicycle (all others); Stickers: Bella Blvd. (“family”, ‘12), Basic Grey (“Let’s), Jillibean Soup (“branch out”), Little Yellow Bicycle (all others); Chipboard: Scenic Route (photo corner), We R Memory Keepers (green circle), Little Yellow Bicycle (all others); Rub ons: Fancy Pants; Transparencies: Little Yellow Bicycle; Jewel and pearls: Doodlebug; Button: JoAnn’s; Ribbon: May Arts (silver), Unknown (red); Twine: Trendy Twine; Thread: Coats & Clark; Chalk: Craf-T; Punch: Fiskars 37

Married Little Chistmas Stephanie Ho - Canada Materials: Papers: Amy Tangerine (American Crafts), Crate Paper; Letter Stickers: American Crafts, Kelly Purkey; Embellishments: Maggie Holmes (Crate Paper), Studio Calico, DeSerres washi tape.

Holly Days Brenda Ragsdale - USA Â

Materials: Simple Stories Handmade Holiday paper, cardstock stickers, title. 38

L’arbre de Joie Isabelle Giasson - Canada Materials: Cardstock : BoBunny; Alphabet: Making Memories, Dymo; Chipboards:  K&Company; Ink: Tim Holtz; Journaling card:  Making Memories; Mask: homemade; Snow-Tex:  DecoArt; Ribbon:  unknown

Holly Days Heather Landry - USA http://miraclesmommadesigns. Materials: Basic Grey - Eskimo Kisses Collection. 39

Christmas Susan Scrapzones - Aust. Materials: Papers - EK Success Disney on Bazzill; Flourish - Chipboard, Dusty Attic and crystal by Prima; Alphas - Kymark Fundamentals; Flowers - Dusty Attic; Heart Kaiser; Punch - Martha Stewart; Lace

Holly Days Sue Taylor-Hill - Canada Materials: Bo Bunny- Snowfall Papers; Tim Holtz- Ribbon and metal snowflake; Maya Road- Pin; CoOrdinations- cardstock; Close To My Heart- Ink and Pearls; Studio Calicowood snowflake. 40

Big Picture Classes is the leading online education program for scrapbooking, photography, journaling and personal well-being classes worldwide. Their focus is to inspire anyone with a desire to capture memories, explore creativity and celebrate life Founder of Big Picture Classes and visionary, Stacy Julian’s simple, step by step thematic approach is incorporated into a wide range of convenient and imaginative on-demand projects and progressive multi-week workshops. Each offering gives students fresh ideas to unlock their creativity and help them to easily create stories that celebrate life’s special moments


Ali Edwards For many scrappers around the world it wouldn’t be December without taking part in some form of Ali Edward’s December Daily™. The daily documentation of the most wonderful time of the year has become a tradition for many people who have embraced Ali’s approach to memory keeping by documenting the everyday moments that make up our lives. Ali took some time out of her crazy schedule to chat to Manda about December, memory keeping and life in general. 42

How did you come up with the concept of the December Daily? Back in 2005 I participated in Shimelle Laine’s Journal Your Christmas workshop and I loved the idea of working on a December album. I paired the holiday album idea with my love of documenting everyday life details and the idea of creating your pages in advance to simplify the process to create my own version of a December album. The albums I’ve made over the last six years are some of my very favorites in my collection. My kids love getting them out and looking through them during December. You do both Project Life and December Daily, how do you separate the two? Do they overlap? For December Daily I focus on one story per day sometimes it’s holiday related and other times it’s just an everyday story. For Project Life I focus on a week at a glance so often there are more than one photo for a single day (and I fill my Project Life with all kinds of things including notes, receipts, cards, things the kids bring home, etc). There always seems to be enough for both projects. I think people often want to overcomplicate things by making it too rigid and too specific (this goes here and this goes here) - for me there’s a natural flow between the two. In December I work on December Daily each day and Project Life usually once a week. That also helps me see what extra things I can add to Project Life.

What is your favourite part of the holiday season? Feeling cozy. Twinkle lights. Seeing my kids light up. Making merry. The feeling of magic. Regardless of what kind of project you are working on, what do you think is the most important part of the memory keeping process? The words and the photos. Over the years I’ve really seen that what I love most when looking back at old projects are the words. The words give context to the photos and any other memorabilia. Those two things are at the heart of memory keeping for me.

Finally what are you hopes/plans or dreams for the new year? This next year I’m hoping to go back and finish up a bunch of travel albums that I’ve been putting off because I’ve just been too busy with the business side of things. I’ll be running online workshops again including One Little Word (on my website, Hello Story and 31 Things (both at I’m hoping for a calm, creative year.

Ali’s top 9 tips for getting started on your December Daily

Where or who do you look to for inspiration? Pinterest always has good stuff (sometimes too much). 1. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. This project is not meant to cause I also enjoy visiting the galleries at Studio Calico and additional stress or anxiety (there’s enough of that going Two Peas for inspiration. around as it is). Take it one day at a time, one story at a time. Consider it an opportunity to slow down and savor what you You are one busy lady with your design work, most love about the holidays through words and photos (and classes, blog, books and more. How do you find some other fun crafty stuff mixed in if you want). time to balance it all with family time? Just as many people go to a job from 9-5pm I try to 2. MAKE STUFF WHEN YOU CAN. Some days I put my layout treat my work the same way. This has evolved over time but I’ve gotten good about keeping my work to together first thing in the morning – a certain story will come to light and I’ll decide that will be the topic for the day. You regular work hours to be able to enjoy my kids and don’t have to wait until the end of the day to document a attempt to be present for them when they are home from school. I have an assistant/nanny who helps me piece of it. Most days I put my pages together in the evening – yes, it often means staying up a bit later than normal, but and family that also gets involved when I need to for me, it’s been worth it over the years. travel. I couldn’t do it without their help. 43


3. BE REALISTIC. I post everyday because I want to encourage you to keep going because the end result is really pretty awesome. You should have zero stress if you don’t/can’t/ decide not to “keep up” with the daily posting, uploading, etc. Don’t worry if you miss a couple days – you can always add them in when you have a bit more time.

8. THINK ABOUT PERSPECTIVE. Consider what you wish you knew about someone in your life and how they spent their holidays. What was their perspective, what did they love most? Get those types of stories into your book. I’m continually thinking from the perspective of what I wish I knew, and what I most want my kids to know down the road.

4. YOU DON’T HAVE TO CAPTURE EVERYTHING. I don’t approach December Daily™ the same way I approach Week In The Life. I’m not trying to document everything that happens from waking up to falling into bed. I look for ONE STORY per day – that’s it. Keep it simple – one little story per day adds up to a big collection of 25 at the end of the journey.


5. THIS IS NOT JUST A PROJECT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE STUFF GOING ON. And your life is not too boring to document. There’s so many things you could document in addition to where you end up on any given day.

Big Picture Classes offers a number of classes by Ali including Hello Story and 31 things:

For more about Ali’s approach to memory keeping and her various projects visit her website:

A limited number of Ali’s December Daily™ kit are 6. TAKE THE TERM “DAILY” WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. If you have still available through Studio Calico: TONS of stuff happening there’s no rule that says you have to tell the story only on the day it happened. Use the word december-daily-2013-with-ali-edwards “daily” loosely – as a guide – if you go to the Nutcracker on Sunday but already have a story you want to share for that day then tell the Nutcracker story on a different day. No big deal. 7. HAVE FUN. Yes, have fun. If it becomes not fun, switch things up. Do something different. Put your camera away and just write or put down your pen and just take photos or have a day where you just play with your products to create a cool collage of memories on the page.

Photo credits © Ali Edwards & Tracey Clarke Handwriting font © Ali Edwards


December Daily April Childs - Canada Materials: Cardstock - Bazzill, Patterned Paper - Echo Park, October Afternoon, Stickers - My Minds Eye, Echo Park, October Afternoon, Tickets - Tim Holtz, Jenni Bowlin, Chipboard - Teresa Collins, Recollections, other - envelopes, transparencies, misc. ribbon, product packaging 45


Xmas Album Judit Gari - Spain Materials: Material: Paper October Afternoon collection Silent Night, cloth binding, vellum, letter tickers, thread, buttons, golden thread, rubber golden snowflake golden gesso



December 2013 Sarah Lancaster - France Sarah explains how she made this adorable tag mini:For my December Mini album I was totally inspired by Marcy Penner. I used my Silhouette Cameo to weld two tags together. I added the numbers from 1-24 on each tag and then cut these on Kraft cardstock. I backed each number with some pretty paper and added a few embellishments next to the number, leaving the right hand side of the page/tag free for a little photo or journal lines about that day. I machine sewed around the numbers and some of the embellishments and lightly stuck the tags together. I added a piece of Christmas fabric along the spine and some red and white bakers twine through the holes to secure the mini album.



December Daily 2013 Alexandra Polyzou - Greece 48


Holiday Mini Album Yukie Sasaki - Japan 49


25 Days Tricia Romo - USA Materials: Studio Calico Exclusive December Daily Kit; October Afternoon Silent Night, Elle’s Studio Vellum, American Crafts wood veneer alphabet, sequin stars, washi tape, machine stitching. 50

Polly Scrap December Memories Kit Available now:

Oh Deer Me Kit by freckled fawn 52


Merry Christmas Card Debby Hughes - USA

Materials: Stencil – Simon Says Stamp snowflakes; Dies – Simon Says Stamp eliza snowflake, kate snowflake, merry Christmas; Card – Bazzill marshmallow, vellum; Ink – Distress Ink tumbled glass; Embossing Paste – Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi white; Glitters – Distress Stickles dry glitter clear rock candy, Stickles star dust. 53


Holiday Moment Card Natalie Elphinstone - Australia Materials: Card: American Crafts; Paper: October Afternoon; Embellishments: October Afternoon Make It Merry Chipboard sickers, Evalicious Large Tags, Snipsnip Tabs, Stickers and Stamps, Maya Road Chipboard snowflakes, Flourish With a Bling pearls 54


Winter Wonderland Card Tetiana Komarova - Ukraine Materials: Paper: Crate Paper; Brads: Karen Foster; Pearls: Melissa Frances; Acrylic paint: Americana; Other: fabric, twine, cardstock.



Peace On Earth Card Barbara Anders - USA


Materials: Stamps: MPD Starry Christmas, Inspired by Winter (MFT); Paper: Primitive White card stock, Kraft card stock, Sno Cone cardstock (MFT); chunky glitter paper; Ink: Timber Green ink, Hot Fudge ink (MFT) ; Accessories/tools: Vagabond; Snow Drift Dienamics, Let It Snowflake Dienamics, Sentiment Strips Die-namics, hemp cord, Timber Green button (MFT); foam tape, Copic markers

Designer Tip To give the impression of distance stamp the tree image once on a scrap of paper before stamping onto the background.


Nordic Christmas Card Victoria Petrenko - Ukraine Materials: Paper - Authentique; Embellishments - Sizzixs die-cut doily, punched brunches, lace, canvas for crossstitching, Divine Twine, sleigh bell, button, beads, a brunch of stamens; other - white acrylic paint, textural paste with crystals, hand stitching, white cardstock. 57


Happy Holidays Card Victoria Petrenko - Ukraine Materials: Paper - Dovecraft, First Edition and Echo Park; Embellishments - leftover from Spellbinders die-cut, plastic candycane (covered with white and red acrylic paint and glitter), Divine Twine, sleigh-bells, ribbon American crafts; Other - Distress Ink from Tim Holtz, foam squares, white cardstock. 58


Happy Holidays Card Tina Walker - USA

Materials: My Mind’s Eye Vintage Christmas: Chipboard Accessories, 6x6 Paper Pad, Decorative Brads, Layered Stickers, Decorative Tape, Faceted Gems, Decorative Buttons, Stamps Stickers Accessories; Collectable, Remarkable, ‘Beautiful’ Decorative Pins; Misc: Tags: XPress Tags, Distress Stain: Ranger, Gesso: Liquitex; Inka Gold Metallic Rub, Stencil: Crafters Workshop, Ribbon: Tim Holtz, Embossing Powder: Lindy’s Stamp Gang; Stamp: Market Street Stamps

Tina tells us about using tags and why she loves them: I LOVE tags! Tags are little canvases that can be used to try new techniques, try new product and can be used to create little works of art! Tags are always super fun and I could spend hours creating tags of all kinds. My favorite way to use tags is by experimenting with new products or by trying out new techniques. They are a relatively inexpensive way to fulfill your inner ‘artistic expression’. I keep all of my experiment tags and when I am looking for a special, one-of-a-kind embellishment, they are ready to use. These tags all started as a blank canvas, but by adding spray’s, inks, embossing powder and paste, I transformed the ordinary into something unique and special. I finish each tag by layering patterned paper, layered stickers, and chipboard embellishments. 59


Floral Wreath Card Irena Kowalczyk - Poland Materials: Stamp Set - UHK Gallery Poland; Dies - Poppy Stamps, Memory Box; Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads; Other - twine.

Designer Tip Chipboard need not add much bulk to your card, these filmstrip and word chipboards from Wycinanka are only 1mm thick.

Joy Card Sandy Ang - Singapore Materials: Paper - Kaisercraft, Crate Paper; Embellishment - Wycinanka; Ink - Prima Marketin 60


Christmas Subway Art Louise Beerens - LPS Designer Materials: Stamp Set - Technique Tuesday; Cardstock; Emblossing powder, machine stitching.

Merry Christmas Card Barbara Anders - USA (below) Materials: Stamps: Inspired by Holiday Botanicals, Striped Backgrounds, Clearly Sentimental About Christmas (MFT); Paper: Sweet Tooth card stock (MFT) ; Ink: Black Licorice ink (MFT); Memento Tuxedo Black ; Accessories/tools: foam tape, Copic markers, gold flat-backed pearls



Joy Card Marcia Harris - USA Materials: Blooming Poinsettia - Poppystamps Inc.; Leaping Deer - Die/Memory Box; Tags - Sizzix Scallop Combo #2; Papertrey Big Ticket Basics Die; Ink - Red Hot Felt/My Favorite Things

Happy Holiday Card Katherine Prefol - Australia Materials: Stamps - Tim Holtz; Cardstock; Ink. 62


Joy Card Lanette Erickson - USA (right) Materials: Imaginisce Cardstock (Peppermint Stripe & Holiday Wishes), Bazzil Kraft Cardstock; Stamp Imaginisce Holly Snag ‘Em; Kaisercraft Rhinestones; Glossy Accents; Copic Markers; Memento Ink; Machine Stitching

Merry and Bright Tag Tanti Kuntoro - Germany (below) Materials: Paper: Echo Park; Stamp: Nellie Snellen; Ink: Staz On; Cutting Dies: Sizzix Framelitz, Quickutz; Watercolour Pencils: Faber Castell; Embossing folder: Cuttlebug; Dymo label maker; Other: Kraft cardstock, white cardstock, ribbon.



Merry and Bright Tag & Ho Ho Ho Card Camille Robinson - USA Materials: Stamp: Merry and Bright Sentiment - Unity Stamp Company, Tim Holtz Tag Die, Crate Paper Pretty Party digital kit, Silhouette shape file and Die Cut machine, jute. Blythe image souced from

Materials: Krafty Premium Cardstock; Reindeer Train Digital Stamp - The Stamping Boutique;Â Peppermint Digital Paper Kit - Crate Silhouette Die Cut Machine; Other - Buttons. 64


Happy Holidays Tag Irit Shalom - Israel Materials: Tag - Kaisercraft; Cardstock - American Crafts, Robin’s Nest; Papers - Pretty Little Studio; Chipboards - Tando Creative; Stamps- Sweet Stamps; Inks Clearsnap; Dies - Spellbinders; Other: tapes, pearls, tulle.



Vintage Ornaments Michelle Price - USA Materials: Art Alternatives 3 x 3 Itty Canvas; Pink Paislee City Sidewalks (patterned papers, ephemera pack); Vintage Hymn Book Papers; Heidi Swapp (Christmas Printables, sentiment stickers, Color Magic hearts and arrows, Color Magic alphabet, Color Magic Banner Delights); Colorbox Ink: (red, brown); Advantus Corp Glitter; Queen & Co (rhinestones, decorative tapes); Hug Snug Seam Tape; May Arts Ribbon. 66

Designer Tip To give these ornaments a vintage feel Michelle lightly brushed glue across the finished ornament and sprinkles clear glitter over the top

Good Times Candy Pockets Audrey Pettit - USA Materials: Authentique Joyous Collection: patterned paper, accent sheet, circle and scallop stickers, titles and phrases; Core’dinations: Cardstock, Pearlescent Cardstock; Trim: May Arts; Ink: Clearsnap; Other: Buttons, Binder Clips, Kraft Wrapping Paper.

Why Audrey loves these bags: I love giving out sweets at the holiday, and I’m always on the lookout for new and unique ways to package them for gifting. These kraft paper pocket pouches are great for holding baked goods and sweets, and make a fabulous gift all by themselves, or as an extra treat tucked into a stocking. I filled mine with my kids favorite candies and clipped them closed at the top, but you could also leave them open and insert a glassine or cello bag filled with larger treats, too. I think candy canes peeking out the top would be adorable 67


Christmas Tags Michelle Price - USA Materials: Bazzill Basics Cardstock; Pazzles Craft Room Christmas Tag Cutting Files; Echo Park Season’s Greetings patterned papers, stickers; Bazzill Basics Chipboard Snowflakes; Americana Acrylic Paint; Pebbles Inc Trims; Lawn Fawn (Gold Hemp Cord, Sequins); Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Bronzer, Teal, Cherry); Prima Marketing Pearls; Misc Ephemera (tickets, wood number, brads) 68

Designer Tip Giving the finished tags a spritz of Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spray in Bronze gives them a vintage feel.


Christmas Tree Tags Irena Kowalczyk - Poland Materials: Materials: white cardstock, green cardstock, dies, stamps- Poppy Stamps: Ink Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad; Other: twine, ribbon. 69


Decrotive Hoops and Snowman Ornament Fleur Smith - Canada Hoops Materials:Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Tool Round 14, Epiphany Crafts Bubble Caps Round 14, Epiphany Crafts Charms, Patterned Paper, Chipboard and Stickers - Crate Paper Bundled Up, Doilies - Punky Sprouts, Embroidery hoops - Loops & Threads, Twine - Lawn Fawn Ornaments: Materials: Patterned Pape, chipboard – Crate Paper Bundled Up collection, Twine – Lawn Fawn, Recycled packaging – Imaginisce, Glitter – Glitterex Corp. 70


Fleur tells us how she made this adorable oranament: I love to recycle old packaging into pretty things, I made this ornament from some old packaging and created a snowy scene on the inside. I cut some trees and the cute little snowmen from patterned paper and used foam tape to add dimension.  I then added some snowy glitter and sealed up the back. To finish it off I wrapped the outside with some pretty silver and cream twine. 



Snowman and Star Olga Siedlecka - Poland (above) Materials: Snowman: foam form, gesso, glimmer mists, pencilshaped button, brads, vintage paper, pom poms. Star: foam form, gesso, glimmer mists, vintage paper, star-shaped embelishments, pom pons

Snowflake Ornament Irit Shalom - Israel Materials: Chipboards- Tando Creative; Embossing powdersWOW!; Ink: Ranger; Bling: Paper Studio, Prima; Ribbon: May Arts; Other: vintage button.



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