I Love it When I Learn Something Completely New!

Aloha, all!

     I have to tell you from the start that this is not my typical blog post. Oh, it's "paper crafting" in a way, but not completely. You see, this week is a light work week for me, and I'm taking the time to catch up on some projects I've been neglecting. Most of those are scrapbooking, and all of them involve working with Project Life.

     For those of you who've never heard of Project Life, it's a way of scrapbooking things that go on all through the year using pocket pages for photos, journaling, and embellishments. I dabble in it enough to know I really like it, but I don't spend enough time on it to do it justice. Today I learned a whole new way to capture my memories with Project Life – going Digital! OK, digital Project Life has been around for a while now. But just today I jumped in to see what it's really like. Oh, man, was the ease with which I made two pages an eye-opener!


     To begin, I actually made two pages (one pocket sheet, front and back) to capture some photos and memories of two events in which my Family and Community Education (FCE) Club has been involved. But they are 12" x 12", to fit in an album that's ongoing with the group. But I really wanted to share what I've done with the group's members now rather than at the next meeting. With my light work schedule this week, I decided to find out more about the digital version.

     It. Is. So. Easy.  Now, having said that, you do have to have some rudimentary understand of how to use Photoshop Elements (the easy version of Photoshop). The good news is that the Becky Higgins websites have lots of videos to help you with this. And they helped me immensely today!


     The basic concept is that you can buy and download Photoshop templates and insert your own photos and journaling. Since I have that rudimentary knowledge of how to use Photoshop Elements, and I have a copy of the program already on my computer, I only had to go through a couple of videos. If you're starting from scratch, you may need a few more. But once you get the hang of this, the sky's the limit!

     These two pages have only photos and journaling. But there are also ways to embellish your pages, including with stamps (stamp brushes in Digital talk), to make them sparkle a bit more than these fairly plain pages do.

     There are two links you'll want to follow to get more information – including this FREE introductory kits that I used for today's project! It's not a Stampin' Up! kit, but it was free, to get me started.

  • The main Becky Higgins Digital Project Life website here. Be sure to check out the "Get Educated" tutorials on this page!
  • Description of the Stampin' Up! Digital Project kits here.

     If you already have Photoshop Elements, and you're interested in digital scrapbooking, I'd advise you to try out the free started kit that the Project Life folks have on their site. Then I'd definitely go check out all the Stampin' Up! digital kits available. You'll have great fun with it!


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Posted on : Oct 12 2016
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Happy 16th Birthday to Our Grandson!

Aloha, all!

     Today is the 16th birthday of our grandson, Quin. Of course I had to make him a special birthday card. I've already made him a scrapbook page to use with pictures from this special teenage birthday. But he still definitely needed a card!

Quin BD

     For this card, I felt that his name had to be included. I wouldn't want ANYone to think that I'd made just any old card and sent it off for this birthday (I'd never do that to our kids or grandkids!). I really like the size and fun shapes of the letters in the Layered Letters Alphabet Stamp Set. So that's the set I chose for this card. The set does not include numbers, so I had to leave the numbering to the scrapbook page I made for the birthday. More about that later.

     I looked through all the papers that I have that are current Stampin' Up! products, and didn't find any that screamed birthday (Stampin' Up! has such sets, but I've not yet bought them. Gasp!)  But as I was going through what I did have, I came across this sheet from the By The Shore Designer Series Paper set. OK – that's masculine enough for a 16-year old. And the colors work. So off I went with this as the color scheme: Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party.

    I'm showing off two punches in this proejct. The first is the Balloon Bouquet Punch, used to punch balloons in Dapper Denim and Calypso Coral. Then there's the new Duet Banner Punch, which I used to punch the banner for the Happy Birthday Greeting. Both the banner and the sentiment stamps are from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set. If you are looking at this stamp set, you might note that the words are all straight-line stamps. However, it's quite easy to bend photopolymer stamps to give them a light curve, as I did with the word "Birthday." "Happy" is a  short word, so I did not need to bend it to make it look as if it was meant for this banner stamped image.


     Now for the Project Life Scrapbook Page! I made this last Spring when I first thought about Quin's 16th Birthday. So the papers are now retired. But what is a lot of fun is the page with the small 2" squares in the Project Life Variety Pack 2, 12 x 12 Pages.. How perfect are these squares for inserting year numbers to mark a particular time period – such as 2000, the year Quin was born, and 2016, the year of his 16th Birthday. I'm going to send this to his mother for her to rummage through her photo stash to find pictures of this other birthdays.

     Oh, and those numbers! These are the numbers from the Number of Years Stamp Set. New in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog are matching letters, Letters for You. I could not use the letters from this set as well as the numbers in the first stamp set on a card because they're just too big! Yes, the "I" is thin. But the other letters and numbers are not. It would be a REALLY large card! So I've left the "16" to the scrapbook page!

     Here are the current products that I used for these projects. I hope you'll think about these when it's time for a special birthday celebration in your life – and come to my Stampin' Up! Store to buy what you need for YOUR projects!


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Posted on : Aug 27 2016
Posted under Family and Garden, Project Life, Punches, Scrapbooking, Stamping |

A Bit of Throwback Thursday!

Aloha, all!

     "Aloha" is filled with just a bit of cheer for me and my husband this month, as we finally are getting our house ready for a move back in 5 or 6 weeks.  Yes, the lava is still out there and still threatens to cross the road that links us to the rest of our island and the world.  BUT the lava is moving slowly, and no one can seem to predict what it is going to do.  So we're taking our chances and moving back home – our home and OUR garden!

     To get ready for the move, we decided to take the opportunity to paint the inside of the house – what better time to do that when most of our furniture is in another house!  The sad part for me is that I have had to remove all the old Stampin' Up! Decor Elements images from our walls. 


     Were you around in the stamping community when Stampin' Up! sold its own line of Vinyl images?  I LOVED them!  I hopped right on that bandwagon, and had decorations all over my house.  I even left the Christmas hanging ornament images up all year because just a bit of a different ribbon accenting them made them work well in any season.

     But my favorite vinyl images were the Inspire, Create and Share images, with their Stampin' Up! definitions.  I accented each of them with flowers and had them where anyone who entered my Craft Room would see them.  On the fourth wall, next to a bookcase, I even accented a photo collage of me and my sister with a Decor Elements Hostess set. 

     Sigh!  But now they're gone.  Gone but not forgotten as they now appear in one of my first 2015 Project Life Pages.  What a fun Project Life project this was! 

     As you can see, there are not any specific Project Life cards or accents in this page.  Eventually there may be.  But for now I just wanted to get these pictures cropped and put in a page.  In fact, that's what I'm doing with all my pictures so far this year.  I made a "resolution" to keep track of this year as it contains a significant birthday for me, and I'd like to look back on the year to see what I've made of it.

     So first things first – get the pictures into an album, with some basic accents (the Melon Mambo mat for the smaller 3" x 4" pockets) and at least one journaling card (I made this one up myself with a picture from an old catalog).  Down the road, when I have some more free time, I'll glitz the pages up a bit!

     For now – memories are captured!


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Posted on : Jan 22 2015
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Project Life – I Finished my Snorkel Trip Story!

Aloha, all!

     Oh, my, am I in love with the Project Life by Stampin' Up! product!  There have been so many mini-trips that my husband and I have taken in the last year, and I have scrapbooked NONE of them – because I don't have the time! 

     Well let me tell you that time is NOT an issue with Project Life.  As I may have mentioned, I've been intrigued by this idea since I started reading about it in magazines quite a while ago.  But I never gave it any serious thought because I really do try to keep my Craft Room all Stampin' Up! all the time.  I don't always succeed, but when I buy something that's not Stampin' Up!, it's always something small both in size and cost.  Project Life would have required too much of my resources both ways, so I let it be.

     Now I don't have to let it be!!!  And I just this morning completed my album pages for a snorkeling trip we took last month.



     As I'm sure you can see with these two pages, I haven't used much in the way of embellishments.  But I'm sure that embellishments are on the way. 

     The bottom page is on the back of the page that I shared with you yesterday.  Of course with this kind of album pocket page, you can see both through the front and the back of each page.  The top page is a different layout.  This is a Standard Project Life layout called, Design A. There is a similar layout where the larger (4" x 6") photos are portrait in orientation instead of landscape as this one is – it's called Design D.  I also used one of the cards that came in the new Stampin' Up! Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection.  The Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry colors went beautifully with this project. There are also some embellishments in the Accessory Pack that Stampin' Up! sells – and that I have!  But I was so excited to have these pages finished that I just left them alone.  Probably not next time.

     As with my last project, I printed draft wallet sized pictures of the photos I wanted to use and laid them out on top of the pocket pages.  I wrote on each photo what size and orientation it should be when I was finished printing.  Sometimes it's going to be the case that I can print all the photos the same size and manually crop them to the shape I want.  But I wanted close ups of the photos with the fish in them, so decided printing them to size was the right way to accomplish this project.


     You can see the backs of the photos and papers that I inserted into the other size of the page at the left – that's yesterday's project.  And I think that the back of the High Tide Designer Series Paper sheet that I used yesterday is perfect for today's page – imagine that! 

     We're going to take another snorkeling tour later this week, and I'm hoping that I have some new photos to put into a page – maybe two! – following these pages in my book.  I'll definitely have them done in no time!

     Here are the products I used in today's project.  You might recognize the "April 2014" image from yesterday.  I just left the photopolymer stamps on my clear block because I thought I might use it on today's project – and I did!  Now they're back in their stamp case.  I didn't do much else in the way of taking pictures in April except for this snorkeling trip, so no need for April 2014 any more!






Posted on : May 12 2014
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Back in Control – and Project Life!

Aloha, all!

     I am finally back in control of my Craft Room and I'm finally back crafting!  OK, that didn't take long – but it certainly felt like forever!  I won't go into the gory details.  Just let it be said that, while I confidently touted myself as a non-hoarder, my pulling stuff out of boxes and off shelves in my craft room proved me to be, well, less than truthful.  I had no idea!  Have you heard the phrase, "This would go so well with…."  That is SOOOO deceptive, especially when you put that little something in a drawer or on a shelf and then hide it behind the next "This would go so well with…" object. 

     Five big black bags of trash and four boxes of stuff to be mailed to friends later I have wrenched myself out of the mountains of stuff I've been saving, "Just in case."

     This all started when I got my new Project Life by Stampin' Up! products delivered last week.  I could hardly wait to rip that box open to see what I had.  Then I went to put the fun new products away and I had no place to put them.  I knew that this was going to be something that I was going to be working with and sharing frequently from now on.  And not to have a place for all the goodies was NOT acceptable.

     But now I have a place to put them and I have made my very first Project Life by Stampin' Up! "page."


     If you're a traditional scrapbooker, you may wonder what all the fuss is about.  But I am here to tell you that this, my VERY FIRST PROJECT LIFE BY STAMPIN' UP! PAGE took me 30 minutes to make.  And I took that long because I still wasn't sure how to get my pictures to print in the 3" x 4" style of the Project Life program.  I'm still not quite there, but I will be by tomorrow.  And tomorrow I'll have a couple more pages to share from this particular trip that my husband I took to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

     The Project Life by Stampin' Up! template that I used I could only find in the Stampin' Up! store.  All of the Project Life templates have letters designating the design. So far I do not know the letter designation for this template.  But I LIKE IT!  It was perfect for this layout.  There are two 4" wide x 6" high places for photos (or whatever you wish) to be inserted at the top. There is one such place on the bottom.  Between the top two 4" x 6" places at the top there are two 4" x 3" places for inserts. There are two of the same size on the left and right of the 4" x 6" insert on the bottom. 

     You may wonder how I even got started with this layout.  Wonder no more, because this is how I did it.

     As you may imagine – and as you probably do yourself – we had far more photos than we would want to place on one page.  So I picked the photos that I liked.  Then I printed them in draft mode on plain paper as large "thumbnails."  Then I pulled out the template I thought I'd  use and laid the large thumbnails out on it.


     All but one of the photos seemed to work well with the layout.  The one in the middle at the bottom would have been a landscape 6" x 4" sized photo.  But that spot needed a photo with a portrait orientation.  So I cut the photo in half and determined that it would be a portrait 4" x 6" print.  Um, that's called, "cropping."  Basic Scrapbook stuff!!

     Once I had the layout done, I went to my computer to print out the photos.  Depending on what software you're using, this is easy or not so easy.  I'm currently using Photoshop Elements 11.  I added a "new" project the size that I wanted my photos and then dragged my photos onto the "new" shape and resized until I got everthikng where I wanted it.

      Then I needed to fill in the "extra" spaces.  As I'd decided to use the High Tide Designer Series Paper Set for all my pages from this event, I picked a design that went well with all the photos I was using.  I cut the High Tide paper pattern into 3" x 4" pieces, and punched the corners with the new Project Life Corner Punch.  I then stamped some dates and images from two new Project Life Stamp Sets – Point and Click and Day to Day.  I also used the Geometrical Stamp Set for the "I Love You" stamp onto the High Tide paper.  As I still had not figured out how to get my pictures to be 3" x 4", I placed some of the High Tide Designer Series Paper behind those photos. They wil also be behind the photos from the next pages – the photos my husband took of tropical fish in the water!

     The final touch for this, my first Project Life page, was the journaling.  I was going to hand-write my thoughts from the day.  But then I thought, "why not just print it on cardsock?"  And so I did.  I have a fairly new HP printer, and it does beautifully with colored cardstock!  Calypso Coral was my choice, and I just printed away and finished the page!

     What a fun project this was!  The only thing that took a long time was getting my craft room table up and running so I could do the project!  I'll have more done by tomorrow and will share them with you.  I'm so excited to have gotten this far!

     Here are the products I used today.  The Project Life producs are new AND available!  So exicted as I've been reading about Project Life for several years and didn't get into it because it wasn't Stampin' Up!  Now it is and I'm into in BIG TIME!







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Absolutely Incredible Kid – A Digital Page!

Aloha, all!

     Today is this year's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day.  "Celebrating its 18th anniversary, Camp Fire's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day honors our nation's youth by asking adults to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to the incredible kids in their lives. It is a simple, meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. Lives are changed by this act of love and kindness."

    Once I heard about this celebration and the reason for it, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to express my own appreciation for an Absolutely Incredible Kid in my life, my grandson, Quin.  He's awesome in so many ways, but he's been especially awesome as he's blossomed into a wonderful performing artist.  His latest venture, with his performing arts academy's guidance, is in performing on stage as a singer, both as a soloist and with a group.  But what really woke me up to his incredible talent was his performance in his academy's production of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas this past winter.


     I'd never seen the movie on which this stage musical was based.  But, a month or so before the performances, while I was visiting on the U. S. mainland, my son and grandson sat us down to watch the movie.  I wondered how my grandson would play the role of Jack Skellington and wished I could have seen the play.  Once I saw photos of the production, I knew just how wonderfully he had nailed the role!

     Of course, now that I had the photos, I knew that I would have to make a scrapbook page or two memorializing this fab performance.  Today's page is one that I made using Stampin' Up!'s digital program, My Digital Studio.  This program is SO easy to use with just a bit of basic training courtesy of Stampin' Up!  In fact, you don't really need to have much in the way of skill in putting digital elements together.  You've probably never seen this exact layout no matter how much you use My Digital Studio.  But that's not because it's an original layout.  I took a pre-made layout originally meant for a Christmas Album and swapped out some (but not all) of the "papers" in the layout, along with the photo elements.  In the original there were two places for photos, for example.  In this modified layout there's just the one.

     I couldn't decide which of the photos I wanted to use as the main element in this project.  But I finally decided on the one that included a dance routine (my grandson takes dance lessons with the academy, too!), but went ahead and used the other two that I liked as background images. 

     And that's pretty much the way this whole page came to be.  I'd see something that would spark an idea and then I'd go looking for something in the My Digital Studio library on my computer that would help me put that idea on "paper."  Oh, and it's oh so much easier than it used to be to figure out what you have already purchased that would work for your projects.  I went into my Stampin' Up! digital download files, and there are actual pictures of the downloads.  So no guessing what images are in what downloads. 

     If you're at all interested in digital scrapbooking – or even making cards using My Digital Studio – I'll be more than happy to help you get started.  There's a free trial available for the basic program, and I'd love to help you download it and get to know the program. Just click here to get started!


Posted on : Mar 19 2014
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Another Scrapbook, More Pages – Even Easier!

Aloha, all!

     This is a continuation of my blog post of last Thursday, where I talked about making three scrapbooks for each of my three North Carolina grandchildren using My Digital Studio.

     Can you imagine making three traditional scrapbooks when you decide at the last minute that you need to take a scrapbook for each of three children when you go visit them in a few weeks?  I don't even want to go there.  I would be up until midnight for days in a row and NOTHING else would get done, including packing for my trip! 

     Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio to the rescue.

     To begin, I made one scrapbook using My Digital Studio, from start to finish.  That was the big project.  Figure out the papers, embellishments and basic layouts.  These are for children, after all, so I didn't need to crowd a lot of photos onto a page, and I didn't need a lot in the way of embellishments – just enough to make the final printed book look like some care had been taken to put it together.

     The book captured photos from a trip that my husband and I made to North Carolina last Spring when I took LOTS of photos.  Many of the photos were group photos, but many were also of just one child.  I wanted have a book that included the group photos, but also photos of just the child whose book this was. 

     So I made the first book with many of the groups photos – such as the two pages that I showed last Friday.  Then I included photos that featured the one child whose book this was to be. 

     For example, in this layout, the only child involved in the T-Ball game was Kiara.  So this is unique to her book. 

     But all three children were involved in her or his own way in the project to make birthday cards for their grandfather.  So the page layouts were the same for all three children, with different individual photos for each child's book. 

Making Cards - all 3 children

     The second and third pages took 5 minutes to do and most of that was in closing and opening files.  Those pages that were the same in all three books took NO time for the second and third book.  Can you even imagine all the work that would go into the second and third pages of a traditional scrapbook!?!  Neither can I.

     If you haven't tried out My Digital Studio, you can TRY IT OUT FOR FREE for 30 days!  Once you buy it from my Stampin' Up! online store, I'll be more than happy to help you out as you get to know this fun and easy program!

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Posted on : Oct 09 2012
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Digital Scrapbook Pages – Made Easy!

Aloha, all!

     For the easiest of all scrapbooks, Stampin' Up!'s digital program, My Digital Studio, is the best!  And it's become even easier by allowing two-page layouts to be viewed and edited side-by-side!  While my favorite new feature of MDS-2 is that you can color stamps with different "inks," being able to view and edit pages side-by-side is a close second in my voting for favorites!

     While it was possible from the beginning to unlock the page views and see two pages side-by-side, the new feature of MDS-2 is much better than that.  Now the pages sit side-by-side by design, and it's SOOO much easier to line up the elements in each page.

     This is how the pages of a recent scrapbook looked while I was editing them.  The first thing that was super easy was lining up the Border Embellishment from the Comfort Cafe Designer Kit.  Before I would have had to look at the positioning of each border vertically by using the Edit feature.  Copy the placement, open the other page, use the Edit feature, paste the placement number.   There were a couple of other ways I could do that, but none would show me how the two pages would look side-by-side.  Now I know visually that the two are lined up horizontally!

     This way of looking at the pages also allows me to place the photos and other elements in a way that looks pleasing to my eye.  Believe it or not, sometimes an angle of a photo just doesn't look right to me and I go fuss with it until my eye is comfortable with the placement. 

     As you can see with my designs, I like my scrapbook pages to be fairly clean and simple in their design.  I definitely oooh and aaaah over the fabulous pages done by the truly gifted designers.  But my focus is on the photos and getting them into a book that people will enjoy leafing through – to see the photos! 

     For my project last week, I was also doing THREE photobooks with a DEADLINE!  Had I thought to make these photobooks earlier in the year, I would have been in a bit less of a rush.  But once I decided that each of the three grandchildren involved in the story I am telling in this photobook had to have his or her OWN photobook,in JUST THREE WEEKS! things became a bit more complicated – and more of a rush.

     My Digital Studio to the rescue!  I now have all three photobooks at the printer and I should have them in plenty of time to show off at home and then pack for my trip to North Carolina later in the month. 

     And, no, it's not three copies of the same book!   Each books is different, and not just in small ways.  Check back here next Tuesday and I'll tell you more about them!

Breaking News:  A Price Reduction from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! has announced a PERMANENT REDUCTION IN PRINT PRICES for most of its My Digital Studio print projects, including the soft cover photobooks that I've designed for my three young grandchildren!  So instead of the basic price for these books being $24.95, they're now $19.95.  For 24 pages, including 2 that are printed as the front and back cover, that is a super deal.  I'm definitely going to be having more of these printed with that kind of a price reduction.  $60 sounds a lot better than $75 for three of these!  If you'd like to know more about My Digital Studio and they printed projects, just send me an e-mail and I'll be glad to help you!

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Posted on : Oct 04 2012
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A Scrapbook Page – Explosion Style!

Aloha, all!

     This blog post originally was part of the September 2012 SUDSOL blog hop.  SUDSOL – or "Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing OnLine") has a fantastic library of samples and patterns for me to use when I need something for a class or even just a day-to-day blog post!  This is what I showed off as my contribution to the blog hop.  I went looking through some old patterns to try to find something that I could make using up-to-date materials to add to the library.

Closed Box

     A BOX?????  What in the world is so special about a box?  Well, in this case it's what's INSIDE the box! 

Open Box

     It's a full 12" x 12" Scrapbook Page, is what!  The design was a contribution to SUDSOL by former Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Sherry Robinson, back in early 2010.  Lots has changed in the Stampin' Up! catalog since then, and so I updated Sherry's sample with products both from the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog as well as from the Stampin' Up! 2012 Holiday Catalog.  As you can see, there are seven panels where you can place a photograph as well as two panels that have a place to insert some journaling note.  Is that not cool?  And if you look REALLY closely you'll see my contribution to the blog hop from the Stampin' Up! 2012 Holiday Catalog!

     Here are two pictures that show how the page looks as I begin to fold it up…










…and as it's fully folded, ready for the lid to be placed on it.  (Well, it's actually sitting on the lid in this photo – the only way I could hold it closed AND take a photo!)

     Just quickly, I'll go over the Stampin' Up! products that I used for this project:  Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White Card Stock;    Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper; Fancy Fan Sizzix Embossing Folder; Sizzix Scallop Envelope Bigz Die; Tangerine Tango 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon; Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon;  the 1-3/4" Circle Punch; the stamp set, Bright Blossoms (on the journaling paper).

Oh, and that Holiday Catalog product?  It's the Window Frames Collection Sizzix Framelits.  That is one product from the catalog that has GOT to stay around.  I've been using it so much, it feels like a main catalog product!


If you were able to follow the blog hop, I'm sure you had a fun time looking at all the projects!  And if you're too late for that, you could go back one post in my blog and see yet another project that I made from a pattern in the SUDSOL Library! 

Posted on : Sep 05 2012
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Scrapbooking, Sizzix, Stamping |

A Fun Way to Capture Letters to Santa

This post was originally part of a blog tour for the online Stampin' Up! Demonstrators group, SUDSOL. 
You may still participate in the tour using the links at the bottom of this post.  Lots of great holiday projects – and you don't have to be Demonstrator to enjoy it!

Aloha, all!

     There are so many wonderful products in this year's Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog that I haven't been able even to start to use them all.  One that I finally decided I had to use (because I have grandchildren who are young enough to still believe in Santa) was the stamp set, Dear Santa.  I actually bought the set because I just had to have the "To:  From", Holly, and Snowflake stamps in the set.  I wasn't so sure about the "Dear Santa," but now I've figured out how to put even that stamp to good use.


     These are two "Letters to Santa" books that I've made for two of my grandchildren (would you guess that their names are Morgan and Kiara?).  These books are made from the 5" x 5" On Board Journal sold by Stampin' Up!  I covered them with paper from the Designer Series Paper Set, Holly Berry Bouquet and decorated the front with the Dear Santa Stamp Set.  

Journal Pages

     Inside each journal, I decorated pages on which the girls could write their letters to Santa – or this could be their Christmas Scrapbook!  Most of the pages are decorated with either the snowflake or the holly sprig from the Dear Santa Stamp Set.  But other pages I decorated with some of the stockings from the Stitched Stocking Stamp Set (also – you guessed it! – from the Holiday Mini Catalog!).

     I actually got the girls to help me out with this.  Last month, when I was visiting them, I asked if they'd each write a short letter to Santa so that I could use it when I was blogging about this project.  They jumped right into it – and they both wanted a puppy!  It was so touching, as they'd lost their last dog to an illness this summer, and you could tell right away that this was to be THE thing for this Christmas!

     For the very young people in your life, they wouldn't even have to write in the book!  Think about having them draw pictures of what they'd like, as Morgan drew a picture of the puppy she'd like.  Or have them cut or tear pictures out of catalogs and paste them onto the pages.  Hmmm, I might just have to cut some pictures out of the Stampin' Up! catalog to show Santa what I'D like this year!

     Finally, you could use the pages that are the journal as the basis for a Christmas Scrapbook.  You could make this into a fun 6" x 6" Scrapbook or even put the pages on a large 12" x 12" scrap layout.  This is a hybrid project – the background and lettering is done with My Digital Studio and the rest is the "real" stuff.  The stocking uses the Stocking Builder Punch and the candy cane is from the Sizzix Stocking Accents Die (both in the Holiday mini, of course!

Scrap Page

     And as for that puppy that my granddaughters had asked for for Christmas this year?  It turns out that this year Christmas came two and a half months early.  Their new puppy arrived three weeks ago and the whole family is absolutely thrilled. 

          I hope you've enjoyed reading about my idea for the Dear Santa Stamp Set!  I had a lot of fun with it and I'm sure that you will, too. 

If you're a member of the SUDSOL online Stampin' Up! Demonstrators group, click here find in the patterns section of the website a set of instructions for you to use as a tutorial or class handout, including a template to use to cut the holes through which the binding wires go and the measurements for the paper to use for the cover.  Demonstrators who are NOT a member of SUDSOL can access the instructions, too – with a FREE two-week trial membership to the group!  Why not try it out TODAY!!

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Posted on : Nov 02 2011
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