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The Cut Shoppe – December Daily Spreads

Hello everyone! Enza here, and today I would like to share a few spreads in my December Daily album. I love using cut files to personalize the pages. Not only holiday-themed ones, but also sentiments and designs that go with the story of the day.

I really enjoyed using the Write This Down cut file. I like the arrow shape, and the sentiments are generic and can be easily adapted to any photo.

Creating dividers is also a lot of fun. Here, I cut four layers of the Make It Merry cut file and adhered them back-to-back, making sure to “sandwich” some patterned papers in between. It came out thick and sturdy. I love it! Just a technical note: since I wanted the textured side of the paper to show on both sides of the divider, I flipped one of the images horizontally in the Silhouette program before sending it to cut. That way the image was mirrored and worked perfectly for what I wanted.

Sometimes you don’t need a lot to accent a picture or a page. The sentiment “Celebrate” included in the It’s My Party cut file set, with its beautiful and delicate font, gives the right amount of color and detail to this photo.

The next page features the Snow Day cut file. I cut the snowflakes out of white glitter card stock, after modifying their sizes to create some variety.

Finally, I wanted flowers from the Flower Delivery cut file to be the focus of this mini scrapbook layout for day 9. Again, I cut them in different sizes and arranged them on the page. I kept it simple, with just a few embellishments around photo and flowers.

Here are the full spreads:

That is all for today. Cut files are a great way to personalize your December Daily album. Visit The Cut Shoppe Etsy store and get inspired by the beautiful and fun designs.

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Documenting December With Altenew Stamps And Dies

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 Hello, Altenew fans! As many other memory keepers out there, I document my December in a pocket-scrapbooking form. I enjoy this project very much, as it allows me to tell everyday stories and focus on the little things, while still being creative.

One of my favorite Altenew stamp sets is Bells and Bows. I have seen many gorgeous projects created with it, so I decided to incorporate it into my album. I started by stamping the bells in a variety of colors, and arranged them in clusters on a green patterned paper from the Our Family Scrapbook Collection. To achieve more dimension, I used foam adhesive to adhere them down, while to add texture I threaded jute into tiny holes I punched on the top of three of them. The little bows from the same stamp set add the finishing touch.

Since the spread is about my daughter playing her ukulele, I decided to incorporate some wood veneer music notes, which I heat-embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. The red dots you see around the design come from the Blooming Bouquet stamp set. I use them a lot, especially when I don’t have enamel dots that coordinate with other colors on the page.

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 The sentiment is from the December to Remember stamp set. I stamped it with Espresso Crisp Ink and quickly heat-embossed it with Translucent Pearl embossing powder.

For the journaling card on the left side of the spread, I used the Brush Alpha Die Set to cut the word “story”. I also typed my journaling onto one of the 3×4 cards that come in the Our Family Collection and cut it into strips.

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The wood veneer number in the other pocket was heat-embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder, as well. I wanted it to match the music notes on the opposite page.

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I hope you have enjoyed reading about my process and will feel inspired to incorporate some of these beautiful stamp sets into your December memory-keeping projects.

Have a lovely day!

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Altenew – Build-A-Flower: Poinsettia Release

Hello everyone! Altenew is releasing a new fabulous Build-A-Flower Stamp and Die set that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season.
Description:

“Poinsettias have been known to symbolize purity, good cheer, and success, but they are probably most recognized at Christmastime.  They are native to Central America and Mexico, and flower during the wintertime.  Some people even call them “Flores de Noche Buena,” or “Flowers of the Holy Night.”  Our gorgeous poinsettia can be stamped in four layers, and is accompanied by winter-themed sentiments.  Build-A-Flower: Poinsettia is sure to become a cherished part of your stamp collection!”

This stamp set is truly beautiful! It is perfect for card making but also scrapbook layouts. I used it to create the opening page for my December Daily album this year.
I wanted to achieve a soft, yet festive look, so I decided to pair the Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder with different shades of pink and cream. I started by heat-embossing the outline of the poinsettias. While I used the Altenew Frosty Pink to fill one of them up with color (the lower one), I opted to skip this layer on the other two as I wanted to keep the white background.
Next, I went in with the following colors of ink: Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Buttercream (for the middle one). I love how delicate they turned out.
Once the poinsettias were finished, I thought of adding some leaves. I heat-embossed the outline of the same poinsettia image on smooth white card stock, but this time I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades Crips Inks to color it in. I then fussy cut the petals and arranged them around the flowers. The sentiments you see around the page are from the same stamp set, while the stars come from the Night Before Christmas stamp set that was released in September.

I finished everything off with a layer of Wink Of Stella Shimmer Brush Pen and some alpha stickers from my stash for the title and date.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process. If you leave a comment on the Altenew Card or/and Scrapbook blogs you’ll get a chance to win one of THREE $30 gift certificates.
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