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Creative Christmas Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Creative Christmas Blog Hop! We hope you’ll enjoy a day of festive fun and inspiration as the Scrapbook Bundles designers showcase the products available in the Creative Christmas 2015 Bundle.

Click through all the blogs before 11:59 EST and be sure to leave a comment on each and every one, because at the end of the hop ONE lucky “hopper” will win a complete bundle before you can even buy it!

So grab a drink, flex your mouse-clickers, and relax. We’re going to bring you your most creative Christmas yet!

Let me tell you about the class I’ve included in the bundle, Scrapbook Christmas… in January!

Scrapbook Christmas… in January! Make Christmas easier by knowing you'll have the important details ready to scrap in January when Christmas is over!

Christmas is a busy time of year. The idea of scrapbooking every day, or capturing all of the special moments seems like a brilliant idea.

It is, but… who has the time? Shopping, wrapping presents, attending Christmas concerts and parties, decorating the house, baking holiday treats… are you worn out just thinking about it all?

And then on top of everything you are supposed to scrapbook it too?

Enough already!

Let’s scrapbook Christmas… in January!

In December you will receive:

  1. Short email prompts for 25 days with your daily mission of the Christmas moment you need to capture, and a link to the class page.
  2.  The daily class page will have more details about capturing the photos and journaling for the day, as well as alternate ideas or different ways to interpret the prompt.
  3. Daily tips help to keep you on track and be sure you are ready to scrapbook your memories in January.
  4. Organization Guide. These tips will help you plan your Christmas scrapbooking in a way that is super simple and easy to carry out during the month of December. You’ll learn how to do the bare minimum so you can scrapbook your memories in January.
  5. A PDF pocket guide checklist to keep you on track so you won’t forget to take important photos.

In January you will receive:

  1. Daily emails reminders to visit the class page. 😉
  2. Daily class pages with inspiration and tips to help you scrapbook your Christmas memory.
  3. Access to a Facebook group for sharing your layouts with others.

This class is perfect for all types of scrapbookers, traditional, pocket page, mini album or digi! Your style of scrapbooking isn’t important, it’s the memories you are capturing.

This class gives you the perfect opportunity to incorporate other products from the bundle!

Here’s a few ways that you can use the other bundle goodies in this class!

  • Use Karen’s templates or Alison’s sketches to design your layouts.
  • Schedule all of your Christmas activities, including daily reminders to take a photos, using Lisa’s Christmas Planner.
  • Create your layouts using Melissa’s gorgeous Good Cheer digital scrapbooking kit.
  • Edit your photos using Melissa Shanhun’s editing tips.

The Scrapbook Christmas in January class normally retails for $25. You can get the whole bundle for $29.99! It’s true!

Take a peek at what’s included in the bundle!

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1. 18 page Christmas planner from Lisa Harris at My Kreative Pursuits – retail value $15
2. Photo Editing for Absolute Beginners – Christmas Edition from Melissa Shanhun at Digital Scrapbooking HQ – retail value $30
3. The Big Score: Christmas Edition (a class about Christmas DIY projects that you can do with just a scor-board and a pair of scissors/trimmer) from Beth Soler at Scrapping Wonders – retail value – $15
4.  Holiday Gratitude Cards (printable journaling cards with writing prompts) from Margareta Carlsson – retail value $10
5.  Whimsical holiday printables (stickers) for scrapbooking and planners from Cara Vincens at The Hooting Pirate – retail value – $10
6.  4 Christmas SVG/PNG cut files from Ashley Calder – retail value $10.
7. 10 digi-templates in .page and .jpg files to be used in Artisan or as sketches + 2016 Flower Calendar as a bonus from Karen Fitting at Photos Kept Alive – retail value  $24.00
8. 12 layout sketches to tell your Holiday Stories + process videos and several bonuses along the way from Alison Day at Day Designs – retail value $25
9.  Holiday Printables Bundle from Jen Gallacher – retail value $10
10. Scrapbook Christmas in January class (class showing how to capture the important memories in December and scrapbook them in January) from Alice Boll at Scrapbook Wonderland – retail value $25
11.  “Good Cheer” a faith-inspired digital art kit (scrapbooking, crafting & art journaling) from Melissa Ohlson at Paper Pink Peppermints – retail value 21.95
12. Memory Planning 101 – how to use photos in your planner and journal the week from Jen Wright at Jen Wright Designs – retail value $20
13.  12 Cards of Christmas – 12 sketches/layered templates for cards/ envelope sets from Carole (Cassel) at Scrapbook Campus – retail value $10
14.  North Pole Breakfast themed printables from Connie Hanks at Clicky Chick Creates – retail value $15
Over $200 in retail value for just $29.99. Amazing!

Here are the links to the whole blog hop!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at EVERY site to be eligible to win one of the bundles!

Now go ahead and leave a comment… I’d love to hear what your favourite part of Christmas dinner is! Your next stop will take you to see Beth from Scrapping Wonders.


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Mailable Christmas Cards

MailableDo you make your own Christmas cards?

If cards aren’t flat enough they need extra postage and may even need to be processed as a parcel… yikes! I’m not paying for that!

If you follow these tips you can make mail-friendly, flat cards that have texture and dimension.

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Keeping cards flat can be a challenge. There are so many beautiful embellishments and sparkly things for decorating cards, it’s nearly impossible to resist all of the goodies. 😉

Here’s my top tips for making a beautiful, flat card that has texture and dimension.

Use touchable layers.

Add a little decadence to your cards by using materials like:

  • glossy or metallic paper
  • glitter paper
  • flocking
  • velvet
  • ribbon
  • lace
  • dry embossing
  • heat embossing with stamps
  • doilies

By adding textural elements you create texture and dimension. The great thing is that these kinds of elements don’t have to add a lot of bulk!

Create the look of dimension.

Use items that give visual dimension like:

  • washi tape
  • stamping
  • patterned paper
  • paper punches to create flat embellishments or decorative edging
  • glitter glue
  • Liquid glass or glossy accents
  • stitching or faux stitching

Avoid these chunky goodies. (even though they are wonderful!)

I know, they are gorgeous, but these embellishments will quickly make your card too thick and heavy, resulting in extra postage required!

  • buttons
  • bling and gems
  • wood veneers
  • chipboard
  • chunky bows or knots

Try to enjoy the process of making your Christmas cards! Soon they will be done and in the mail carrying your warm holiday wishes to the special people in your life.

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Creative Christmas Bundle 2015

Have you heard the exciting news? The Creative Christmas Bundle is back again this year and it’s better than ever! Included in the bundle are 14 festive projects from 14 fabulous designers… why yes, one of them is ME! 😉  Click here to view more details


Let your creativity shine!


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Inspired by Controversy

It’s been everywhere on the internet these past few days. People complaining about the Starbucks holiday cup.

The offending cup!

Oh no! It’s… red.

I think the whole thing is completely ridiculous, but that didn’t stop me from getting creative with it.

It’s a cup, people! You’re just going to drink out of it and then throw it away!

I decided that I would use the controversy as a jumping off point for a layout about the coffee I drink and my favourite cup!

This is a great way to add some current events, controversy, scandals or social media memes to your layouts, without actually discussing the actual event. (You can do that too of course!)

I used the cup design as a jumping off point for my layout, red background paper and a photo in a green circle.

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Journaling reads: What’s in my cup? It’s always a dark roast coffee with 2 milk. Lately I like Caffe Verona DARK from Starbucks. No matter the coffee it’s always in my Princess House cup!

I used white thickers for the title and a white gel pen (the only one I’ve ever found that actually works, the Signo Uni-ball) to add the journaling around the circle and some white detail lines around the edges.

This would have been a great way to play with the gold/white vs. blue/black dress that tormented social media this past February. (Why didn’t I think of this then? P.S. I still say it was gold/white.) 😉

Are you ready to use the next social media controversy for your scrapbook layouts? I’d love to hear your take on other controversies or memes and how you could use them to inspire your scrapbooking!

Let your creativity shine!


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How to Create a Simple Mini-Album Gift

Create a simple mini album giftAre you looking for a unique and meaningful gift idea?

Take a peek at this simple and easy to make mini-album I created as a gift for a Japanese exchange student that stayed at our house.

Koyata was only here with us for a week, and we really enjoyed our time with him. I wanted him to have something tangible to take home as a souvenir, and what would be better than a mini photo album?

Watch the video and then check out at all of the pages in the book!

Here’s a page by page look into the album.

At the end of the post I’ll share tips for creating your own simple mini-album gift.

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5 halloween photos to trick outIn the excitement of Halloween you can get a little busy! Don’t forget to take these 5 photos for your Halloween scrapbooking!

1. Costumes.

Take photos in your costume BEFORE you leave. It’s almost impossible to get photos later. Kids get cranky, adults get cranky, everyone has a sugar rush and is tired and ready for bed. Save yourself the hassle and get photos first! Bonus: Create a cool scene or arrange yourselves in a cool set up.

2. Your house.

Take a photo of your house, showing your cool decorations. If you took the time to put out some cool decorations that will invite all the ghosts and goblins to your house, be sure to take take a photo to give yourself some credit. If you only do a small decoration cluster… do a close up, so it looks more impressive. 😉

3. Jack o’lanterns.

You spend all that time creating your awesome, cool, Pinterest worthy pumpkins, so you’d better grab a photo of them. Okay, if you’re more like me your pumpkins look like you carved them with a steak knife and that you don’t have a creative bone in your body. That’s okay too. Take a photo of your pumpkins or Jack o’lanterns, you didn’t make all that mess, and clean it all up, for nothing!

4. Candy.

A big part of Halloween is the wonderful bags of candy. Don’t miss this classic part of Halloween! At the end of the night we like to scatter everything on the floor for a giant candy shot. It’s even better when you get your kids with the candy.

5. Trick or Treating.

Catch a piece of the fun and take an action shot of your kids trick or treating. One good cheating way to do this without getting a photo of the back of their costumes is to have them ‘practice’ trick or treating at your house!

Halloween wishes 2015


Need some more Halloween scrapbooking ideas?

Scrapbook Halloween Memories with these 3 tips…

Try a Creative Title like this one…


Have a safe and fun Halloween!


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