Create an Easy December Mini Book!

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I said easy & I meant it!  Here’s what you do to create a simple 6″x6″ mini book, for any occasion.  I’m using my December Traditions Album to document some of the everyday things we do, like Black Friday shopping and putting up our tree right after.  St. Nick also visits our home and brings us goodies and a Christmas movie or two.

For this mini album, start with a couple 12″x12″ pieces of patterned paper.  I used double sided paper with a side I loved and a side I didn’t love.  I cut my wood grain sheet of paper in half to create two 6″x12″ pieces for my album pages.  Next, score the 6″x12″ piece at the 6″ mark, then fold in half as shown below.  {You can click on the individual pictures below to make them bigger.}

The next pictures in the gallery show the insides of album pages that I covered with Fancy Pants Home For Christmas 6×6″ papers.  I covered the crossword puzzle side of the papers and left the wood grain side exposed.

After arranging the order of my pages, I punched holes with my Crop A Dile.  Metal book rings are a great way to put together mini albums, tags albums and more!  Then, let the fun began!! I added Studio Calico Wood Veneers, May Arts Burlap String, tags, glassine bags, Mr Hueys Spray Ink, Washi tapes and more!

Now that you can see how easy it is, create one for your December traditions this year!  As a special THANK YOU for stopping by today, I have a special deal for you.  Buy 3 washi tapes in my Etsy Shop and one FREE!!!  Just message me with your FREE WASHI choice. 

You really can make time to scrapbook around the holidays, just keep it simple and scrap it!!

30% Off & More Ways to Use Wood Veneers this Holiday!

Well, that’s it.. I’m addicted ~ to Wood Veneers!!  And because of that addiction, I must find more ways to use them and bring those uses to YOU!! 
So, for the second easy way to use them.. Make them part of a scene or use as a symbol on your card or other project.  On this card I used one of the Studio Calico Birds to reinfornce the PEACE sentiment.  The word PEACE surrounds us during the Holiday season and what better way to accent the meaning than with a Wood Veneer Dove (Birdie).

Another easy way to accent your Holiday cards is witha simple, pretty ribbon.  I used this 1inch Sheer Ivory Ribbon to make a simple bow around my banner. 

Have a safe and wonderful Holidays!
I’ll keep the inspiration and special deals coming!!
You can also use coupon code THANKS30 for 30% off your entire purchase in my Etsy Shop through Christmas Eve.
Remember to mention the special promos whenever you make a purchase in my Etsy Shop so I know you visited me here.  These deals are not advertised elsewhere & are for YOU!

Ways to Use Wood Veneers on your Cards

Yes, you can use those super cute wood veneers on your handmade holiday cards!  They actually go through the mail just fine, from my recent experience. 

Here are a couple easy ways to use them!  First, color them!

I used the Studio Calico Asterisks and a red Sharpie to color them.  Easy peasy!

I also made my own with a sheet of wood veneer I bought at Michael’s Craft Store last year. I removed the paper backing and cut it on my Cricut using the highest settings for pressure and deapth.  Not too shabby hey!  I also used my favorite May Arts Burlap String to finish it off.  I have the same wonderful May Arts Burlap String in Red available now too!

Here’s a special deal just for YOU!  Buy any 3 wood veneers in my Etsy Shop and get one roll of FREE WASHI TAPE, your choice of patterns/color!!  Just leave me a comment when you make your purchase so I know which FREE WASHI you’d like.

Jazz it up a quik Christmas card…

Well, I drifted from usual paper addition to create my card from this sketch from Sketch Support.  Much to my surprise, I fell in love with the lovely Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage and Fancy Pants Home for Christmas lines.
To jazz up this card, I embossed my background and added some Crystal Stickles to the maroon rows.  I added some of my favorites too, Studio Calico Wood Veneers & Crochet Trim.


I hope you take time out this season to create!  I know we’re all busy, myself included, but we all deserve it! 
You can also do a little Black Friday shopping in my Etsy Shop!!  Buy 4 washi’s get 1 free, plus use coupon code HOLI15 for 15% off your whole order!!  Just convo me with which Washi Tape you’d like FREE!

Sketchy, Fast Holiday Cards

A little embossing and ribbon really go a long way to pretty-up this card.  The Sheer Ivory is 1 inch wide and the other must have ribbon is a 1/4 inch Brown Check.  These are ribbons I keep on hand and use for many different cards and other projects.

And here’s the sketch that made this holiday card oh, so, very fast and EASY!!  I’ll warn you, the spacing on the sketch placement is way too much, but I can’t fix it 🙁

Be back soon with more fast and easy holiday cards for you!

FREE 2013 Printable Calendar for YOU!

Hello, hello!!! 

For those who have attended my classes or crop recently, you may have seen the 2013 printable calendars I’m using.  Here’s a little different version I’ve created for you to use! 

Click and download it for FREE!!  I print mine on Kraft Cardstock and use them on the Blank, Create Your Own Desktop Calendars in my Esty shop.  But, you can use them for whatever your little creative heart desires!

Ta-ta for now… It’s time to get creating this weekend!