Hello all, I've got a bumper crop of projects to share for this month, using the very bright and happy Kaisercraft Mint Twist collection available at Pages 2 Scrap. This range is surprisingly versatile and is perfect for both your daggy, garishly bright childhood photos (see exhibit A below) and for more subtle, refined layouts and OTP projects - you really can use the collection in lots of ways.
First up, I have scrapped a pic of my little bro in this super bright layout using a lot of layered tags and the cute pennant-shaped alphas to spell 'elf'. I love this background 'Rudolf' paper but use it sparingly if you're prone to seizures! It sure is bright! Makes me crave candy canes though...
Next up, a simple layout to complement a Santa photo - the little Santa die cut adds a bit of fun, and I have just added some vintage sheet music and doilies to break up the background, and a Kaisercraft bingo card.
Next is a super simple card - I've used a 1" circle punch to punch two circles for each ornament, then just folded them in the middle to create a 3D effect. A bit of velvet ribbon and a rub-on sentiment from the kit and you've got a very easy to make yet striking Christmas card!
For this little kraft gift bag, I wanted to use the sweet die-cut stockings and washi tape to make it a bit more festive. The alphas are Thickers and I've used red and green washi tapes wrapped around the handles, and a Naughty or Nice tag from the Mint Twist collection.
Next, I've created a small altered art canvas using the Mint Twist collection in a more subtle way. I've stamped the background and used some small strips of striped paper to create a base layer, then added impasto medium, ink, glimmer mist, Kaisercraft bling, beads, paints and glitter glue to represent a stylised Christmas tree. The star on top is an embroidery patch from my stash, and the Prima birdy sits on a bit of driftwood I found on the beach. I've coated the inside of a tiny glass jar in glitter glue and attached it so that it is 'sprinkling magic' on the tree. :)
There's even some tiny tiny bells where the banner ties on to the driftwood. I've used some flyscreen in the background and some star brads and Dimensional Magic to add even more texture.
Ok, next! This is a simple, modern advent calendar which uses shipping tags as its starting point, and on most of them is a little sewn pocket just the right size for a chocolate coin.
I've used a range of papers and tags from the Mint Twist collection as well as a few die cuts, rub-ons and the numbered stickers. Then I've added a bit of bling here and there and sewn the lot together on some candy striped bias tape. This will hopefully solve the arguments between Miss 2 and Mr 4 who fight about who gets to take the chocolate out of the pocket... they have an advent calendar each now! I made this fabric one a few years back which I love, but it is really big and hangs a little too low so it can be raided too easily!
Anyway, back to the layouts... next I have used a scallop-edged 12x12 paper for a non-Christmas layout (told you it was a versatile collection!). I've actually used the plain white reverse of this paper to make a baby themed layout, fixing it to the blue background and adding some pink paper and book paper pieces to the underside of a couple of the ornament cut-outs. As this was the reverse of the paper, the Kaisercraft branding and barcode information was printed on the bottom so that's where I had to put my photo - one of Holly when she was a few hours old. I've added some Kaisercraft flowers and vintage lace for extra girliness, and softened the white background with some silver and blue Glimmermists.
Another layout using some of the die-cut shapes and sweet Rudolf tag with some glittery green ribbon for a bit of sparkle!
This next one is a clean modern layout, using the Christmas tree and wreath die cuts and a Kaisercraft wood flourish which I've misted in red. I've stitched a few flags down the page and added a bit of bling to make it sparkle.
And for my final project I've put together a mini album using this sweet linen covered album my sister in law gave me recently. It details the '12 essentials of Christmas' according to our family, and I've used a wide range of the Mint Twist papers and die cut shapes throughout the album, including this sweet string of stockings across the front cover.
You can click on the images below to get a better view of the inner pages. I found the Mint Twist collection great for this kind of album, there's lots of little fun bits and pieces perfect for conveying the hustle and bustle of Christmas with children!
Whew! That's it. I hope you are inspired by these projects and you pop in to Pages 2 Scrap soon to get a start on your Christmas layouts and gifts; the silly season will be here before we know it!