Sunday, 30 December 2018

Bonus scraplift santa with Tricia

There's nothing like a little extra in your stocking so welcome today to your bonus scraplift santa!!!

I love Christmas traditions, even if they start out as jokes!  9 years ago my friends and I decided, with the aid of a Christmas countdown board, to celebrate advent together on Instagram and facebook. Much as I love new graphic styles Christmas is one of those times that you have to go vintage to truly celebrate the traditional stuff.

Nothing says traditional more than the Graphic 45 'Christmas magic collection' and Simple stories 'Vintage Christmas' so I used a mix of these to create the look of a stack of Christmas ephemera on a kitchen table.  I wanted to create a stack that looked like wrapping presents, Christmas cards and recipe books.  

The large sweeping title section came from Simple stories 'Dear Santa' paper which also features a vintage Ol' St Nick if you want to mix up your design.  

The back of this paper also features this gorgeous Jam jar lid gingham design for that old school vintage feel. 

The papers are filled with wonderful accents of holly, mistletoe and bows to scatter and accent your photos.

Have a go at create your own vintage inspired layout or why not dig out old Christmas photos and finally make a date to scrapbook them.  I hope you all had a happy and healthy Christmas and that you enjoy all that the New year brings!

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Scraplift Santa with Mel

Hello and welcome to the Boxing Day edition of Scraplift Santa brought to you by the ATDML Design Team!

Today my post is all about the white stuff. As I look out of the window typing this on Christmas Eve my garden is remarkably sunny and there seems to be a whole lot more greenery still around this Christmas. It got me thinking back to last winter when we had snow in December, January and February.

My layout features a favourite photo of Isabelle trying to catch snowflakes on her tongue! I started out planning to make a white on white layout but I decided I wanted to add some white sticker words and so I amended my plan to feature a whole lot of white embellishments on a simple kraft cardstock background.

To start with I cut some snowflakes on the silhouette and I also adapted a Paige Evans "Snow" title to include a space for the photo in the O.

Once the items were all cut I sorted through my embellishment and sticker boxes and hunted for clear bling, white stickers and words.

I added the photo behind my letter O and added the word title to the centre of the page before adding snowflakes above and below. I had some white doily stickers which I included and then I used lots of the white words from several packs of Simple Stories Photo Stickers.

I then added both crystal swirls and individual crystals to the page to give the snowflakes some sparkle and shine.

Join us on Saturday 29th for the Final Scraplift Santa and until then enjoy the rest of the festive season.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Scraplift Santa - Christmas Lights

Dolly here with another scraplift santa that I hope might get you scrapping over the festive period.

I used to find it hard to get good night shots of lights - crucial when it is Christmas - but with the phones these days they do take beautiful night pictures with little fuss. Hopefully over the festive season you will get some great pictures of the wonderful Christmas lights in your home and your area.

I love pages which use two 4" x 6"  photos that compliment each other because, whether they are portrait of landscape, they are so easy to scrap when they are a pair.

This page uses up some scraps. When you are putting papers behind photos and they are not seen you can often cheat and use up bits which, when put together, look like a much bigger piece of pretty paper, and I do so like to use up my scraps.

I used two different patterned papers from the Simple Stories Merry and Bright collection - the Christmas trees an the lovely floral paper.

The green dotted papers used for accents across the page is the reverse of the Christmas Tree paper (don't you love double sided papers)

I added some strips from the Graphic 45 Christmas Magic collection, and that is where the stamp came from too..

I kept the page simple - my pages always are I'm afraid - and just added punched circles with trees cut from the paper and decorated with tiny red enamel dots.

The title was stamped using two different sets of stamps.

Have fun with taking pictures of Christmas lights this year and I can't wait to see what you scrap. 

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Scrap lift Santa - Katherine and Layers

Hello everyone and welcome to another Scrap lift Santa page.  This one is a little messy,  with lots of die cuts and the Kaisercraft Letters to Santa collection with it's beautiful poinsettias.

I started the page with some gesso, and then stuck some art pebbles into the paint, adding some gold mist.  I layered up lots of the papers and then cut the Kaisercraft stickers into individual flowers - the sticker set has a huge banner of poinsettias.  I die cut some leaves from a mix of red and green papers in the range, layering them up, adding gauze and more stickers underneath.  So really just stickers and layers!

I like how you can see all the layers through the leaf die cuts.

I used a mix of spraying mist on the page and then adding some drips.  The gesso helps the mist to sit on top of the paint.

The title comes from some Pebbles Thickers made for Patio Party, but the woodgrain fits perfectly with this winter range.

I hope that has encouraged you to find your inner messy and dig out some paints for a scrap lift.  Do check out the gallery as there is lots more inspiration in there too.

Wishing you and all your family a lovely Christmas and New Year.


Sunday, 16 December 2018

December Virtual Crop class with Tricia

Hi there Campers!!

Welcome to my class for the December virtual crop, I hope you are enjoying the day. I'll be using the Twilight range from American crafts to create some snuggly autumn/winter layouts with purple, navy and peach. The papers are a mix match of patterns reminiscent of patchwork blankets and setting suns.

The sunset colour themes are mixed with a range of flora and fauna elements and the colours carry right through to the pearl details. The layouts and elements can be mixed around to suit your photos.

Thanks for taking part today, you can find the instructions here. I hope you enjoy the class. 

December Virtual Crop Class with Katherine

Hello everyone, welcome to my Christmas class using Kaisercraft's Mint Wishes.

For my first page we play with some watercolours - I use a mix of distress inks and stains - vintage photo for the brown, cracked pistachio for the first green, iced spruce for the grey, evergreen bough and then some silver in the form of brushed pewter.  It would be handy to have a snowflake punch and some silver glitter too, and any other Christmas embellishments that you have to hand.

I added little drops of silver glitter to the centre of my snowflakes to add a little bit of sparkle.

My second page is not so messy, with a little bit of fussy cutting and lots of layering.

There are lots of beautiful sentiments in this kit and I managed to make 4 cards with the left overs.  I hope you enjoy class, you can find it here.

December Virtual Crop with Ann

Happy Sunday crafty ones and welcome to your last virtual crop for 2018. I am up first today, a day later due to our Wednesday/Saturday Scraplift Santa posts for the month of December.

If you managed to get a kit go gran that now, otherwise I think if you have some other festive papers you could creative very similar pages, or indeed non-festive papers would also work treating the layouts at sketches rather than explicitly following along. 

There are two layouts in the class plus a bonus project and the instructions can be found HERE.

Pop back at Noon for a class with Katherine and then Tricia closes the virtual crop classes for today and 2018 at 2pm.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Scraplift Santa - Recording the Evidence with Debs

This season is my most favourite of all simply because I love the joy and excitement Christmas brings with it.The flip side is that it is such a busy time of year for a lot of us. And that brings me to this morning scraplift inspiration ... a few pages from my Christmas journal.
I love  that a journal allows us to plan and prepare pages in advance so that we can jot down notes and keep photos of all the moments of the season as we go along. I tend to set my journal with themed pages that feature every year:- What’s on my front door, advent calendars, Christmas wish lists from my girls, Christmas party with work colleagues, music playlists, decorating the tree, samples of this years wrapping paper and/or cards,envelope for receipts  and so on. I then leave pages to add the extras like tickets to pantomime or movies or shows, visits from friends, secret Santa gifts, BIG news this December, etc.

Our Facebook gallery is HERE  if you decide to join in any of the Scraplift Santa Challenges we have been posting. See you again on Saturday when our next challenge is up  

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Scraplift Santa - more festive inspiration from Ann

You don't always need Christmas papers or winter papers to make a seasonal layout. Grabbing a generic striped background, in this instance grey and white then adding a couple of seasonal stamps and some mist I've shown you can get seasonal without a themed paper. 

Why don't you have a dig through what you have, find some stamps you've perhaps not used for a while and see if you can Scraplift Santa Ann. And did you see I used small asterix Thickers to make snowflakes? Another Scraplift tip for you!

If you don't fancy a snowflakes and wintery themed layout for this challenge swap for brighter colours and stars or flowers. 

Our Facebook gallery is HERE  if you decide to join in any of the Scraplift Santa Challenges we have been posting. See you again on Saturday when our next challenge is up  

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Scraplift Santa Sketch Saturday

Dolly here and as always the second Saturday in the month sees a sketch from me and of course this time it has a Santa Scraplift twist.

First off here is your sketch for December.

Having been to Disney last Christmas I have so many photos I will be scrapping them for years. This is what I made from the sketch.

The Simple Stories Merry and Bright papers were perfect for the photo of the gingerbread family at Celebration. It's a really simple page just using cardstock in two colours and some of the gorgeous papers.

I really wanted a circle and I wanted it to be scalloped. It's a really easy effect to achieve. Cut your large circle and then in a contrasting colour punch a lot of circles and cut them in half. Slip them under the main piece all around the edge and, voila, a really cute scalloped circle. I made the scallop more prominent by dotting around the edges.

The title block is from Simple Stories Merry and Bright too. I added some die cuts and stickers and to finish off I made a little bunting banner and stamped a decorative edge around the page.

It is really a very simple page and I hope it might inspire you to scraplift something similar.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Scraplift Santa - Joy to the world

Much as I love traditional Christmas colours - I do like having a play around.  These cosy papers from Kaisercraft, Graphic 45 and Simple Stories come in a mix of beautiful warm shades with Nordic elements.

I love the combination of the navy from the Kaisercraft 'woodland' and red of Simple stories 'simple Christmas vintage' papers.  This teamed with the snowflake elements from the 'snow crystal' paper gives it a homespun feel.  The papers also come with some fab border elements on the back of the title strips.

The 12x12 'advent' paper from the Wonderland comes with some gorgeous foiled sections - perfect if you want to create a Christmas countdown or you want to complement photos of twinkling Christmas lights.

It also comes with surrounding border strips in contrasting colours. I used this alongside sections of Kaisercraft 'woodland snow crystals' which come with a variety of finishes and wordings. I layered these up around the photograph fluffing up the edges and using foam pads to create dimension

We have some great inspiration for the Christmas season - pop back throughout the month for new scraplift ideas.