Hello and welcome! Hopefully you arrived from Christine's blog, http://scrappin-nanapuddin.blogspot.com/.
As you've probably heard by now, the "twist" is to not use traditional Christmas symbols like Santa or snowmen for today's hop. So I made a two page 12x12 scrapbook layout of our family opening presents last year! To add some fun, I also used the new Smiley Cards cartridge that was exclusive to the latest Gypsy update.
The first task was to arrange the presents on my Gypsy so that I could get them cut quickly. Here is a picture of my Gypsy screen. I used a 12x24 mat so I could cut everything at once. Note - I only cut the shadow, not the base image, as that would really just have been wasting a layer of paper for this project.
Next, I selected my papers and got them stuck onto the mat in all the correct places. All the papers were from Kaisercraft's two newest Christmas collections, Be Merry and Tis the Season.
Here's a shot of the cuts after they were completed.
I cut the presents at the following sizes:
- Red - 4"
- Brown - 3.5"
- Green stripe - 3.5"
- Candy cane - 3.0"
- Reindeer - 3"
Sadly, I only had one sheet of the Kaisercraft background paper that I wanted to use. Luckily, I had enough photos in my layout to cover the other half of the 12x12 area. So I cut my green patterned paper into pieces that would fit my layout:
I used two sheets of a light pattern that I would never use on anything (you know, pieces from that stack you have that you cannot for the life of you figure out why you bought it...) as my base paper to glue everything on to.
Next, I assembled everything using my ATG gun and Zip Dry two-way glue pens as my adhesives. A closer view of the presents assembled:
For my journaling on this layout, I used these two wishlists that were in the 6x6 pack of Kaisercraft's Be Merry collection. A closer view of those:
The final layout again:
I hope you have liked my layout and if you are still with me this far, you deserve a chance at my blog candy! :) I am giving away the gingerbread cart!
To be entered for a chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment with what gift you are most looking forward to giving this year and to whom. Also be sure to leave your email address or Cricut MB name in the comment so I can contact you if you win. Of course, if you would like to become a follower of my blog, I would appreciate it! I will announce the winner on Monday!
On to the next blog! Have fun visiting SeaSwan at http://seaswancreations.blogspot.com/.
Here is a complete list of today's blog hop participants in case you need it:
Thanks for visiting!!