Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Premade Pages

I punched over 100 branches for the tree. There has to be an easier way to recreate this and not spend 2 days creating and finishing this layout. The ornaments on the tree I have had for some time. I purchased them to use on a Christmas tree for my dollhouse. However, when I had the idea for this layout I dug them out of my stash and used them here instead. I also used those fingernail stickers as ornaments. I look for them on clearance and add them to my stash for later use. The fireplace I received as a PIF and have been holding onto it for a couple years to use for a layout. The snowflake embellishments were given to me by my friend Amanda and have been sitting in my sticker stash. All of the papers I used in the Christmas layouts came from a clearance purchase. I paid $2.00 for the pads of Martha Stewart cardstock and bought 4 of them. The candle sticks were made by backing candy wrappers with sticker paper and free hand cut. The candles were cut from a Q-tip and highlighted with a gel pen on the tip. I highlighted the fire in the fireplace with some stickles. The little Nutcrackers came from a magazine I received in the mail during this layout and when I saw them I knew just what I wanted to do. I cut the picture out roughly. Backed it with cardstock and fussy cut those tiny images out. I then curled the long edges to make them look 3D and have dimension then attached a pop dot to the back. The teeny tiny Christmas cards were printed from online to use in dollhouses. They were the perfect size. Some of the presents I cut with my Cricut and some of the others wre gift tags that I purchased last year and decided they would be the perfect addition for my embellishment. The tree was made by cutting a triangle, punching and gluing branches of at least 3 green colored paper and cardstock. (I curled them a tough before attaching) I thoght I was finished and decided it needed more dimension when I cut ff the back of the angel pin and it still stood too far off the page. So I cut another triangle. I attached more branches to the edges and then added pop dots to bring it off the page. The angel pin was attached with pop dots and dimensional glaze.
My thoughts for this page was "The Perfect Tree". It seems everyone I know decorates theirs differently so I decorated 4 different trees I cut with my Cricut. I used beaded trim, beads, stickles, dew drops and some of those fingernail stickers. Since it was about decorations I then cut ornaments with my Cricut for page accents.
This was intended to be my quicky page just to see what the reindee looked like when cut. I beleive they are cute little fellas. Then of course I needed to cut a sleigh to make it make sense to have reindeer. The presents were a PIF I received some time ago that I was hanging onto for a future layout. I will add more embellishments to this page when I add photos.
I just think these gingerbread people are the cutest. When I found the cookie stickers in my stash from Mrs. Grossman I realized they matched the Martha Stewart papers perfectly. Imagine that. I used a little ribbon and some Christmas charms that I have. I still believe these gingerbread people need a little more. I will look through my SCAL files and see if I can find a spatula, mixing spoon, bowls or something to embellish further. Those little gingerbread people seem just plunked on the page and don't make sense why they are there.

I decided with the holidays fast approaching and both my husband and I working in retail that I would pre-make some holiday pages for our family photos. It seems like I never have the opportunity to scrap photos until well into February. I will add the journaling and page titles when I decide which pictures to use.

I welcome your comments.


Anonymous said...

OMG....BONNIE BONNIE BONNIE!!! These are AMAZING!!! I LOVE all the detail you've put into each page!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

ShellyRaeWood said...

They are great Bonnie!! I especially like the gingerbread men!! :) Great idea to plan ahead!! Shelly

Julie Ann said...

Wow, Bonnie!! What painstaking work you've done!!! Each of your pages looks great! And I love gingerbread people- you're are fabulous! :) *Hugs*

Tamara Putvin said...

Oh my goodness Bonnie, Your pages just keep getting better and better, they are beautiful..

Wishing you abundant blessings,