Good morning! I don’t know about you but I’m positively awful at scrapbooking any Holiday related layouts. Don’t get me wrong. I have enough Christmas and winter papers to last me an absolute life time. I love them! I just have the hardest time putting them to use!

Today, Design Team member Arin Flynn gives us some great ideas on getting a head start on those Holiday layouts.

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It is Arin here and I don’t know about you, but each year during our annual Santa visit I leave with a slew of cute pictures for grandparents and other family, but my copy always has good intentions of heading into a frame, but ends up stashed in a random junk drawer, thanks to the “organized chaos” the Holiday’s bring. When I got Teresa Collin’s Santa’s List Collection, it sang to me and I knew right then and there what I was going to do with it. I pulled out last year’s Santa and company picture from the forgotten drawer and got my scrapping on!

Here is how I did it!

Templates Used:

  • Abbie Road: 1A,2A,3B
  • Nature 3
  • Tiny Shapes: 1T,4T,5T,8T
  • Holiday 6T

Step One: Building Layout. Using Teresa Collins Santa’s List 12×12 cardstock as a base, begin to build a layout before full execution takes effect. Once all pieces are in place, snap a photo for future reference and then start pulling off the Kiwi Lane templates to trace, cut and ink.

Step Two: Making Washi Tape Christmas Tree Embellishments. Using Kiwi Lane Design’s Tiny Shapes 1T , 5T and Nature 3 templates, trace and cut images onto a white piece of cardstock. Then begin to add the Teresa Collins Santa’s List Washi Tape to each of the templates being sure to secure the edges of each strip behind the template.

Step Three: Preparing Kiwi Lane Templates and Base for Photo. Using Teresa Collin’s Santa’s List 12×12 designer paper, trace, cut and ink Abbie Road: 1A,2A,3B and Tiny Shapes 4T and 8T. For the ornament (Holiday 6T), utilize some of the fun glittered textures and patterns in this collection for added instant interest and depth (added Baker’s Twine from Close to My Heart). Cut down a piece from this collection as the base for the photo and ink.

Step Four: Finishing Layout and Adding Finishing Embellishment. Using previously taken photo of my “rough” layout, rebuild and place using adhesive (ATG) and Pop Dots for needed height and dimension. Using Teresa Collins Santa’s List Die Cut Accessories, Decorative Brads, Sequins, and Baker’s Twine from Close to My Heart add the desired embellishments using adhesive (ATG) and Pop Dots for height and dimensions.






There you have it, a sweet and simply made keepsake that captures the true magic of Christmas. I have decided that this was soo easy to do; I will be doing this with each year!

Until Next Time!


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Your page is simply fabulous Arin! I have such a ridiculous stash of Christmas papers and never use them so maybe this year I will have to give your idea a try!

Be sure to swing by tomorrow for another awesome dose of inspiration.