Saturday, November 19, 2011

Year in Review and a QK giveaway

It's been a fun year creating our calendar pages each month. With the pages complete, you'll need a first page for your album so that the two pages per month face each other in the album. 
Although this page uses some specific dies, they can be adjusted to what you have on hand. Giveaway details at the end of the post.

First, reflect on your photos taken this year and select 5-7 photos that you can crop to 2" square. Cut them to size and ink the edges with a black cat's eye. 

Die cut the months border die (or die cut individual letters to create a month border) from the cream cardstock. Cut 12 -2" square pieces from the cream cardstock. Adhere to page as shown.
Die cut the year numbers from the cream card stock. Use the font you have, it will be okay. I slipped a snowflake under the 0 and then attached it with a brad, adhering the 0 on top with mini glue dots. Three white brads are placed before the numbers to the left.

Then choose from the "leftovers" from the year, elements that will work with your photos.  Your techniques and elements will probably vary from that which I used. I added numbers to some of the birthday photos, buttons to the square with the fall leaf, and created a fall wreath using a 2" wreath die as the background with flower soft in two color ways glued to the wreath form. I looped a ribbon through the top and adhered it all to a square.
See the individual pictures for details and ideas.

Supplies I used:
Black and cream designer cardstock.
Black soot Tim Holtz distress ink pad
We r Memory Keepers paper piercing tool, piercing mat
Penny Black let is snow round stamp
Stampabilities O Holy night stamp
 Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Flower soft spring and russet red and flower soft glue
one white prima flower
assorted buttons 
2 tiny white brads one larger flower center brad
Dk brown embroidery floss

QK 4" assorted leaf die
QK 12" months border die
QK 2" wreath die
Number dies of choice

Up for grabs: one 4" QK Holly die

you must have a die cut machine to use this die
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Friday, November 11, 2011

December Calendar page

Red Calendar page
Red Calendar companion page
Assorted Christmas Papers as shown
Black ink pad: cat's eye and regular ink pad
Stamps: Stampabilities Merry Christmas; 
Recollections - hanging ornament as shown
Stampin Up - May the miracle
Unknown maker - pinecone and holly and holly stamps
Stickles: Xmas red,Platinum, Gold, Lime Green
Copic markers - R08 vermillion, G28 Ocean Green
Brown watercolor pencil and brush
Corner Rounder
Red and white twine by farmer's market
Assorted ribbons
snowflake, tree and bell buttons
Gold leafing pen
Pop dots, glue dots and adhesives

QK curly twig - companion page
QK 2" round and elongated ornament dies
QK 4" ornament die with both round and elongated
Cottage Cutz Elegant Christmas tree - or tree of choice
Spellbinders sled die

Stamp all images as shown. Color in the stamped ornaments with the red copic marker.
Loosely color in all ivy leaves with the green copic marker.
Die cut the ornaments, December, sled, tree as shown or as desired using a variety of papers.
Pop the large ornaments when they are attached.
adhere ribbon as hangers and bows using glue dots.

Die cut the branch out of black cardstock. The all black photo placeholders are 4 1/4 x 6 1/4"

Gold leaf the ornament hangers, the sled runners, and the star on top of the tree.

The 25th has the "may the miracle" stamped onto a pale paper, trimmed and corners rounded. Mount on slightly larger place cardstock. Trim corners. Punch hole in center top, tie a ribbon through hole. #25 was a found sticker.

Packages are cut to random sizes and tied with twine or ribbon. Insert into sled. Attach buttons with pop dots. Depending on your button type, it might be necessary to remove the shank with a pair of side cutters or nippers.

Color in the pinecones with the brown water color pencil. Paint over the top of your coloring with a damp paint brush to spread the color and lighten it. 

"Stickle" the holly dots on the ornaments and the holly stamped images. The plaid ornament has the green dots stickled on the green cross hatch. The red colored ornaments have been stickled on all dots with the green. 

Stay tuned for a QK die giveaway right after Thanksgivings, when the scrapbook opening page will be posted.