Saturday, 17 December 2011


as i said before i cannot believe how quickly this year has sped by. i had my 12th and final Year in Review class today. it was a few weeks early, due to Christmas. but still. that time of the year already?! wow!!

as a bonus to the participants who registered in the Year in Review for 2011.....i have two single page layouts for them to complete their album. it is also an exclusive class that is not available to other customers. they committed to the January to December classes...but this is optional. if you haven't told us that you want to be in the class, then let us know soon....i will be prepping the kits early in January.

i've shared these layouts with both now i will post them here:


pastel! this paper is by Fancy Pants and was designed for the end of summer....start of Fall. the doilies and the bare tree reminded me of snow piles. i guess after our record breaking amount of snow last year, it does not take much to remind me of snow! ha!!


i absolutely love this heavy duty die from Sizzix. it is the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Pine Cone. love. love. love it!


we used this die on our Floral Fantasy Christmas tree to make roses. Tim himself also demonstrated how it can be used to make rolled roses. i love dual purpose tools.

one of the techniques this year was using a sewing machine to sew on your layouts. we did discuss an alternative to sewing with a machine....and that was using the Sew Easy tool by We Are Memory Keepers. when it comes to price, it is much cheaper than buying a sewing machine and you get special stitches. the tool does not stitch for you, it just marks the spot. for the narrower sizes, it often makes the hole as well. since it is still a new tool and we hadn't used it yet....i thought this would be a fun opportunity. i used the zig zag and burst on the layouts.

here is the second layout of the set:


vintage. these are papers from Echo Park Paper Company, Times and Seasons. i used both sides of just two papers.


i was not interested in this poinsettia layered die by Spellbinders until i saw these lovely Christmas flowers on several projects. then i learned it was a special die. if it is possible to wear it out, i just may. it is easy to cut and emboss and sure makes a project lovely. plain paper or patterned.


are they not amazing?


the number plaquette from Tim Holtz Ideology and the plastic flower from Jenni Bowlin really add to the vintage look.


a bonus in the bonus! i'm going to do a tag technique as well. it will double as a spot for journalling.

so often my inking is done in a brown, grey or black. no colour. when i looked at the Fancy Pants pastel paper i realized that the Iced Spruce ink from Tim Holtz new limited edition Christmas collection would be a perfect match. then i realized that between the 2 layouts i could probably use all 3 colours. then my "could" do this turned into a personal challenge to step out of my comfort zone and use colours other than my non-colour inks! i did have to bring out some Vintage Photo. BUT!! i did it. they added nice colours to the poinsettia petals.

this will be great for those ladies who have bought the inks and want to use them outside of Christmas projects. the red is a perfect red. even better than Barn Door....never thought i'd say that. the green kind of reminds me of fir trees....not a true green...with a hint of blue. however i think my favourite is the Iced Spruce. kind of a blue-grey. love it! if you want to see more detail with these colours, check out this video made by Tim Holtz HERE. he also compares the colours to other colours in the collection. useful info. next goal is to make the first layout for the 2012 Year in Review class. i will share more information about that next week. i will also share the photos of the year in the same post. as well, i'll let you know what i have planned for this year. 2010 layouts were theme oriented. 2011 layouts were based on technique. 2012 has another new idea attached to it.

click here if you want to read what i wrote for 2010 and see the layouts from that year.

1 comment:

  1. Really beautiful pages, Roxanne! Hmmm..I just might have to put two dies on my Christmas wish list...the pine cone and poinsettia! Thanks for sharing :)


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