ESAD Holiday Catalogue 2015 Blog Hop

I'm excited to be part of another ESAD Blog Hop, this time celebrating our new Holiday Catalogue.  You might be arriving from Narelle's blog, or you might be starting here, either way, welcome!

For my projects today, I am showing some scrapbooking and Project Life memory keeping, using the Home for Christmas DSP as my main focus. 

I've also purchased the Hello December 2015 Project Life bundle, which includes the card kit, accessory pack and a photopolymer stamp set.  The colours all coordinate beautifully, so today my emphasis is on the accessory pack, and adding to the suite using the Designer Series Paper.   

The very first thing I did with my paper pack was remove 1 sheet of each design, and use my paper trimmer to cut two 6x6" squares and two 3x4" rectangles (the size of the small pockets of our Design 1 Project Life pocket pages).   This gives me a sample from each side of the paper, to use in either my traditional scrapbooking or my Project Life.

For this layout, I have simply layered a few of the 6x6 pieces together to create a fun background for my Santa photo on this 12x12" page.  I've used Kraft cardstock as my background, and matted the 5x7" photo with Real Red, and adhered them with a strip of Washi Tape on each corner, from the accessory pack.

I have a confession to make here - my 2014 album was already completed, and as Christmas 2015 hasn't happened yet, I've temporarily borrowed some photos from 2014 to use in my examples, hence this photo is only loosely stuck down with the Washi Tape.  I will swap out the photo with a new one in December.  This is also why I haven't added a title or any journaling yet.

Here is some of the detail of my page.  I've used a few embellishments from the accessory pack, such as the sequins, gold string and Very Vanilla alphabet stickers.

The little tag was punched from Kraft paper again, with a gorgeous reindeer paperclip slipped on top.  The gold numbers are also from the accessory pack, and that is the Washi tape again too.  I just love those paperclips, they're adorable, and come in a pack of 8.

I had some of my cut up paper leftover, so next I started fussy cutting some of the oh-so-gorgeous vintage reindeer and Santa images.  These I popped onto some of the Hello December cards with snowflakes on them, to cover them up since we have Christmas in Summer.  I added more gold string, and a few enamel dots.  You can see the cute watercolour detail behind Santa still.

The enamel dots are in the same colours as the DSP and the Project Life bundle.

This little guy has a Real Red candy dot for a nose, I did try it with an enamel dot but the candy dot size worked better.

Next I got out my circle punches and started punching up my paper scraps.  From these I made a Project Life card (shown a few photos above) using the 3/4" circle; and with my 1" circle punch I made a cute gift card. 

I haven't bought any stamp sets with Christmas greetings this year (yet) so I've used Happy Wonderful Christmas from Wonderful Wreath in the Annual Catalogue.  This is gold embossed.  I also decided this card looked better when the circles were matted in Kraft, cut with the ever so slightly bigger circle from the Circles Framelits. 

Next I used a card from the Hello December card collection as a background for this PL card.  The gold overlay originally said "Hello Winter" but as we are celebrating in Summer, I removed the Winter banner with a few quick snips with my scissors.  I kept the offcut to use in Winter if I'm scrapping a trip to the snow or something.  I added the Christmas Tree sticker from the sticker sheet in the accessory pack as well.

Lastly I made a delightful little Shaker pocket using some sequins and a reindeer paperclip in a cello bag from the accessory pack, sealed with Washi tape and slid into a pocket.  I added a few star embellishments from the accessory pack too.

That's all I have time for today, but I'm well underway with cute pages for my Christmas album, and I still have more than half a pack of DSP left to use as well.  And of course all of the Hello December cards, which you can see some of them here.

You can visit the next blog here.  Emma Palonek

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ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship, and we're always there to help and support each other.  

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  1. Wow Emily, amazing projects. I can't pick a favourite. I love them all. So very clever. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What great projects with these products. More products that I didn't know I needed! So many ideas. Thanks for sharing them all.

  3. fabulous project, love how you have shown the versatility of the Project Life Kits and the papers. Great

  4. Gorgeous projects Emily. That paper is just the sweetest. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  5. Thanks so much for all the pain you went through to get your post sorted. I would have hated to have missed your projects.

  6. I love all of this! I'm so glad you used PLxSU - I have yet to start my album for this year so it is great inspiration! Looking forward to casing your gift card and PL card with the circles too so I have memories of this paper for years to come :D

  7. I'm so glad you're back sharing your wonderful projects again Emily. I love your work - so much inspiration here. Thanks for sharing, Kelly x

  8. Beautiful projects with lovely detail. Thanks so much for being part of the ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop.

  9. Beautiful projects with lovely detail. Thanks so much for being part of the ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop.

  10. Love what you've done with the PLxSU Hello December and that circle reindeer card is super cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Eek! I love your projects Emily! Such great use of the super cute Home For Christmas DSP which I adore. I love how you have shared with us an assortment of projects featuring a main element combining them all. They are all fabulous but I am drawn to your scrapbooking page as deep down, I am a scrapbooker at heart. It is a great page and has piqued my interest into getting a scrap page done using that DSP too.

  12. Great showcase of the paper and all the embellishments - more things to go on our lists! Thanks for sharing

  13. Love all your projects Emily! Love your pages and all the little elements! Great idea to use up some scraps with the circle card! Thanks for sharing! Rochelle xo

  14. Love this ensemble Emily, very cute :)


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