It’s Double Double Toil & Trouble with this Two-Page Pumpkin Spice Halloween Scrapbook Layout

As Halloween creeps closer and closer, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to showcase all of the spooky photos you’ll be taking this year. Thankfully, the Pumpkin Spice collection has what you need to make boo-tiful layouts for all of your photos from the 31st. When you combine Pumpkin Spice with a few other tools and materials, you can make something that looks scary cute! Check out how blog contributor Glenda was able to make a spook-tacular two-page Halloween scrapbook spread using the Pumpkin Spice Collection!

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How’s This for a Fun Fall Craft? Create the Gather Together Wreath

Wreaths are traditionally used in autumn to show a welcoming home and create a pleasant fall aura. They go hand-in-hand with the season, just like the Gather Together collection! Although it is a “scrapbook collection,” you can use Gather Together for all sorts of fun fall crafts! Want to find out how to combine the two and make a beautiful DIY fall wreath project? Read on to learn how!

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Sugarplum Banner Hybrid Style

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I love decorating my scrapbook pages with banners, but I also love to decorate around my home with banners as well.  The Sugarplum Collection has so many beautiful pastel colours that can be used for Christmas, but lots of other occasions as well.

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‘Tis The Season for Sugarplum Borders

The new Sugarplum collection is so whimsical and cheerful, it has me smiling today! Guess you could say I’ve got visions of Sugarplums dancing in my head. Time to play with these fun papers and adorable stickers and create some holiday borders!

The borders I’ve made will look great either added to the beautiful Sugarplum Fast2Fab pre-designed album pages or any other layout you have in mind. I’ve added a matching title or journal box to add to a double page spread, or they can be adapted to make a card.

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Photo Tips – Top Things to Photograph at Christmas

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and it is most often surrounded by traditions and family.  I try every year to come up with a new photo idea, the topics usually remain the same, I just try to find a new perspective when snapping the photos.  Looking at the same things in a new way and capturing that moment to remember for a lifetime.

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Every year our family visits the Christmas tree lot where we cut our own tree and I take the same photo of the tree falling.  It is nice to look back and see the difference in the size of the children and who is cutting the tree.  It used to be my husband when the children were small and now that Ben is 16 he is doing lots of the work.  I took that same photo this year, but I think my favourite photo from the day was Lauren and Grant grabbing a selfie while Todd and Ben cut the tree.

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Digital Christmas Cards using Christmas Past Collection

Do you love receiving a personalized card?  I do and I love making them to send to my friends and family at Christmas and all through the year.  We receive so much electronic mail now and opening the mailbox to a personalized card is refreshing!

I grabbed the Digital Christmas Past Collection and added the Digital Ruby ABC/123 to make a card with the most recent photos of my children.  So quick and fun to create a card to share with friends and family at Christmastime.

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Painted Harvest Holiday Envelopes

Nothing makes me happier than using up my scrap paper to put together a card/envelope duo that is going to make a loved one’s day. Last week I shared with you some super fun and simple cards that you could put together using the Painted Harvest collection. Today we are going to make some coordinating envelopes!

For the blog post on how to make the cards jump over HERE!

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For instructions on how to make the envelope check out THIS blog from back in September. The instruction sheet can also be found in PDF form HERE.

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Painted Harvest Holiday Cards

What’s a girl to do when she loves a product collection so much that she just can’t get enough? Make holiday cards with it, that’s what!

Painted Harvest is just stunning with its bright colours and beautiful patterns. It would be a shame to pack it away after creating autumn layouts. The designer paper pack is incredibly versatile and works wonderfully in some fun and funky holiday cards.

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To create our cards you’ll need the following supplies:

Instructions:

Cut a Brown Cardstock card base to measure 4-1/4″ X 5-1/2″ (8-1/2″ X 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″). Cut a Royal Blue Cardstock mat to measure 4-1/8″ X 5-3/8″. Cut a Painted Harvest Patterned card layer to measure 4″ X 5-1/4″. Adhere these layers together with even borders around all four sides and then set off to the side.

To create your tree simply cut a triangle out of Royal Blue Cardstock using your 12-inch Paper Trimmer. Use scissors to free-hand cut a trunk for your tree using Brown Cardstock. Then use the smallest circle in the Circle Patterns for the Custom Cutting System along with the Blue Blade and cut some circles using papers from the Painted Harvest collection that have blue tones or accents in them. Next use the same papers and punch a few times using the Bubbles Cartridge from the Border Maker System. Use the circles cut and punched out to decorate the tree. Add rhinestones to bring some shine and sparkle to your holiday card!

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fullsizeoutput_99cFor the second card you will follow the first steps outlined above to create your card base and the card layer and mat.

To create the tree you will again cut a triangle out of the Royal Blue Cardstock and a trunk from Brown Cardstock using your scissors. To create the tree decoration, you will punch several snowflakes using the same blue toned/accented patterned paper from the Painted Harvest collection. You will then layer the snowflakes until you feel that the tree is sufficiently covered. Next use rhinestones to decorate your beautiful tree!

Be sure to check back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing how to make coordinating envelopes for these cards!

Take care!

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Christmas Past Scrapbooking Sampler

Here’s a project that will help you kick-start your holiday decorating.  This sampler made with our beautiful Christmas Past Collection and Gold Shimmer Cardstock evokes the warm cozy feelings of being”home for the holidays”.

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You can use the sampler with an easel on your mantle as I did, or it would also be great on your old Creative Memories Everyday Display.  After the holidays are over, use the sampler as a title page for your annual Christmas album or cut it apart into three vertical panels to use as borders on scrapbook pages.

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December Diary: Scrapbook Your Memories and Traditions

December is a BIG month in so many ways.  For most of the month much of North America celebrates the holiday season.  The memories and traditions are different for each of us. Some of us drink eggnog, while others sip hot chocolate by the fire while singing Christmas carols with the family.

How would you like to capture those memories and traditions this December for your family to look back on for many years to come?

Maybe you bake a certain cookie, in which the recipe was passed down from Aunt Betty, or you hang an ornament on the tree that was given to your grandmother by your grandfather the first year they were married. Documenting those important facts not only benefits you, but the generations to come.  Your family will appreciate those documented tid-bits year after year when you pull out your December Diary to display as part of your holiday decor.

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