This Christmas DSP 2016 Scrapbook Layout

The more I use the This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP is an SU!  term for patterned paper) out of the Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog, the more I like it.  It is considered a specialty DSP because the weight of the paper is less than other DSP and card stock, but it is still a significant weight to hold up well.  The prints are great and I love that there are 24 sheets in the pack for $13.00 (US).  That is 4 each of the 6 double-sided designs.  I’ll be able to scrap a whole Christmas (I take A LOT of photos at Christmas time!) & still have some paper to make tags or cards.  I love that! It is item# 141628 if you are wondering.  I’m currently hoarding the music & snowflake prints for projects I have in my mind, but have started scrapbook pages with the rest.

Here is the first of my This Christmas DSP scrapbook layouts I’d like to share:

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As you can see, I only used a bit of this DSP on this page.

In addition to being pleased with this DSP, I am also VERY Happy SU! is offering larger 12″x12″ coordinating card stock packs in this holiday mini catalog.  It allows a scrapbooker more flexibility than buying multi-packs with only 2 each of the same color.  The Warmth & Cheer 12″x12″ card stock pack item # 141992 in the holiday catalog comes with 10 each of 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock & 12″x12″ Garden Green cardstock  which match the This Christmas DSP.  This Warmth & Cheer 12″x12″ pack will be gone when the holiday catalog ends- So, don’t wait to stock up if you make your layouts after the holiday season!    There is also a coordinating 8.5″x11″ card stock pack (cherry cobbler, garden green, & very vanilla) in the annual catalog, which is perfect for mats, embellishments, and card bases.

I used one of the four Seasonal Decorative Masks, also in the holiday catalog (item#141848), randomly on the Cherry Cobbler base with Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder.  This embossed look gives texture & interest to this page and is one of the reasons I got away with so little DSP on this layout.

I also made the rather large gift as an embellishment and area for hidden photos or journaling (I’ll decide that later)-Because sometimes you want to remember & document a memory, but you don’t want everyone who looks through your scrapbook album to instantly see it as part of the page.

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The Details:

  • Background card stock: Cherry Cobbler 12″x12″, embossed with Seasonal Decorative masks in 3 places (to provide texture/interest to photo mat area)
  • 1″x12″ strip of This Christmas DSP placed 1/2″ from left edge and allowing for 1″x11″ strip of coordinating This Christmas DSP to be tucked under approximately 1/8″
  • 2 photo mats in Garden Green card stock. 1: 4.25″x4.25″ and 1: 4.25″x6.25″
  • Gift Embellishment is made from a 4.25″x 9.75″ Garden Green card stock scored @4.25″&8.5″.  This Christmas DSP 4″x4″ and 1″x4″ was adhered to green base after folding to give the look of the gift.  An Early Espresso bow was created using the Sunshine wishes thinlets dies abstract flower.  A 1/2″x4.25″ Early Espresso strip finished the ribbon front and a velcro enclosure was added under this for opening and closing.
  • Below the photo mats 2 journal areas were created using Early Espresso and Very Vanilla card stock.  The Early Espresso Banners were made (both hand trimmed ends) from 5/8″x4.25″ & 5/8″x6.25″ to line up with the length of the mats.  The Very Vanilla strips were cut 3/8″x3.5″ & 3/8″x5.5″.

Of course this layout would look great for birthdays or other gift-giving celebrations too!  If any of you make this layout, I’d love to see your version in the comments. Changing up colors and patterns can make the same layout look completely different.  I frequently use layout designs I’ve made more than once in my scrapbooks and none of them look like repeats- Once I’ve gone to the trouble to make my own designs, it is nice to be able to reuse them!

Be crafty! 🙂

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Autumn Scrapbook Layout with Wondrous Wreath

The beauty of Autumn has arrived to my area of the world and this year I am determined to photograph some of the sites from my own wooded acre of the world.

In order to get myself to take more photos of the trees & other things around my property in the Autumn months, I decided to start by creating a scrapbook layout. I am more apt to get the photos developed if I already know the sizes to print and the layout on which I will use them.

First I needed a color scheme for the layout.  For that I turned to this photo which I took yesterday:

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After a bit of a struggle on which green I would use, I decided to use Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Soft Suede to work with this photo. I also wanted some colors that would add a bit more color to the page. So, I also added Calypso Coral and Rich Razzleberry when I stamped the Wondrous Wreath images.

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In case you want to recreate this layout, I’ll save you the time figuring out details.

The cutting measurements:

Left:

  • Basic Black CS: 2.25″x 12″ & 1″x 2.25″(cut banner into end)
  • Whisper White CS: 6.75″x 9.25″ – Plus enough for the wreath
  • Pear Pizzazz CS: 0.75″x 2.25″ (cut banner into end), 2 Photo Mats 4.25″x 6.25″
  • Soft Suede CS: 0.5″ x 1.5″ (cut banner into end)
  • Pop of Pink DSP from the 2016-2017 Annual catalog- Print= white with black plus signs: 12″ x 12″

Right:

  • Basic Black CS: 12″x 12″
  • Whisper White CS: 8.5″ x 11″ – Plus enough for 2 wreaths -1 wreath cut to form partial sections
  • Pear Pizzazz CS: 8.5″ x 2.5″
  • Soft Suede CS: 2 Photo Mats 4.25″x 6.25″
  • Pop of Pink DSP- white with black plus signs: 2″ x 12″ & 1″ x 12″

I’ll be taking more photos over the next few weeks & add to those I took yesterday to complete this layout.  Acorns, leaves, trees, and who knows what else.  I usually capture the wild animals grazing or crossing through my land, but  I forget to take pictures of the things I see routinely around my property. Some day I believe I may want to see photos of these every day or every Autumn things too.

Are you photographing special events more than your routine experiences?

Don’t forget to capture some every day events or things in your scrapbooks for variety.  Life isn’t just special events.  It is also making every day things into cherished memories.

Until next time…

-Joanne