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!
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.
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!
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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