Friday, 2 December 2016

Advent with ATDML - Dec 2nd - Get organised - Christmas Planner

Are you the sort of person who has all their presents wrapped and cards written by October or are you dashing round the shops on Christmas Eve? Well, I suppose I'm somewhere in between and the start of December tends to be when I start to get organised for Christmas. If I've got a lot on then I need to keep track of things and I LOVE a list. Well, to be honest I love lots of lists and round about now I start writing lists of card recipients, presents - what am I going to get for each person, to-do lists and of course I plan out my menus and write lists for the supermarket.

So today I thought I would share a Christmas Planner. I started with a blank Prima book I'd had for a while then went shopping (ATDML of course!) and bought a lovely selection of the Simple Stories Classic Christmas papers, stickers and other lovely bits and pieces which you will find here in the shop.
With no plan and an evening of cutting and sticking I transformed my plain book from this...
 into this...











With a ready made book this did not take long to do - so why not give it a go and get yourself organised for Christmas?

Right - I'm off to start writing my lists...

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Advent with ATDML - Dec 1st - Photography prompts


Welcome to your 1st day of advent calendar with ATDML - a creative window to be opened each day, yes EVERY day, from now until the big day where your design team will bring you month long festive inspiration.

As always we start of the month with our photography prompts - the last set for 2016 and lets have some festive fun with these,



We look forward to having you join us each day to open your creative advent calendar with ATDML. See you tomorrow where Jayne will be sharing a little something festive with us all.

Advent with your ATDML Design team

Yay! It is the start of December which means your design team can reveal that we will be posting EVERY DAY up to Christmas eve sharing an advent of creativity with you. Pop here to the blog every day in December and open a virtual window into your advent calendar of papercraft!




All through to Christmas come and get some festive crafting inspiration from the team. We will be sharing layouts, cards, minibook pages, December Daily entries, elf antics and home decor items, plenty to inspire your festive makes.

Here is just a sneak at what we have in store for you.


Get ready to get your festive craft on with your favourite team! First up will be our photography prompts as always for the 1st of the month so pop back later for your last set for 2016.
Ho! Ho! Ho!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Tag Time

Just sneaking a quick post in here before we delve headlong into December madness. I know there are a few people following the tag project and I wouldn't be forgiven for leaving November out! So without further ado here is this month's tag - it's a shaker window tag...


To make the tag you will need the November Collective and Montage papers from Graphic 45 Children's hour collection, card for a 4"x8" tag, some brown paper to punch leaves, some thick card or foamboard, a small piece of acetate, super sticky tape, co-ordinating ribbon. You will also need a small leaf punch (or small circles or ovals will do!)

To start off, cover your tag using the paper as shown in the pictures below.


Cut out the frame and then cut a thick piece of card or foamboard to go beneath it. Attach the frame to the tag...

Add some leaves punched from russet brown paper - put them in the deep card frame then stick a rectangle of acetate on top and cover with the cut out frame (I used super sticky red tape for this)...


Cut out the boy and some of the decorative strips and apply as shown, layering them up...

Add the 'Leaves are falling...Autumn is calling' quote plus some cut out butterflies...
Finally add some coordinating ribbon and you are done.

Just one more tag to go this year! See you in December!





Saturday, 26 November 2016

Not just for Men....

With Movember drawing to a close - there is bound to be hilarious photos to be had kicking aound - however the 'taches don't always have to be real....

 The Theresa Collins 'He said she said' range is appears is  great for the men....and babies ... and ladies in your life - they are so neutral and so versatile it's fab to see what you can do with them... 



I cut 2 frames using my trimmer and used scraps, tags and tickets cut from the papers to frame the picture.


I also used the eraser of a pencil to stamp a bubble effect inbetween the two outer frames for a grubby grungy look.




As i said with so many t-shirts, bags and accessories out there with the moustache motif - they would also be great for teenage girls and babies...


I loved the little beige/black accent so used the style to replicate the edge of the paper by cutting a small strip and backing on to black card.  I also framed the circle in black to add a bit of punch to the neutral shades.




Thursday, 24 November 2016

Pretty Prima

Hello, lovely scrapbooking friends, Karen here with a quick post about the gorgeous papers I picked for this month's dt kit.

We are very lucky as we get to pick our own kits twice a year, at the retreat, and it is always very difficult with such a range of papers and embellishments to choose from.

This time I chose two Prima ranges - Rossibelle and Tales of You and Me plus a sheet of vellum from Shimelle which had lovely shimmery bronze spots on.  I also had some lovely little Prima bark butterflies and a selection of bling - well it would't be me without a little sparkle would it?

The first layout I made was SHINE BRIGHT, using Tales of You and Me - I used a much loved photo of Gracia and Kiera (oh how those two love each other), one I had used last month too - do you ever scrap the same photo multiple times and even twice in the same month or is it just me?





Next I used some Rossibelle to make -LOVE YOU- a layout featuring Gracia and me and our two best friends who just happen to be mother and daughter too.  We take the girls out for Afternoon Tea as a birthday treat each year (their birthdays are only five days apart) and this was a photo from this year's extravaganza.





I then returned to the Tales of You and Me for ROAD TRIP as it was perfect for a photograph of Gracia and I when we went on a Road Trip to see The Proclaimers, last year.




For my final - JOY - I used Rossibelle, the title was a Simple Stories sticker I had in my stash and I also used some of the photo acetates that we had in our retreat goodie bags.  A much loved photo of David and Gracia when we were in the Lake District in August this year.




So there we have it - four layouts using the oh so pretty Rossibelle and Tales of You and Me ranges.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

November Virtual Crop Class 3 - with Mel

Hi all, I hope you have enjoyed the classes so far today. I am bringing you the last class of the day; a three layout class featuring Simple Stories We Are... Family.






Here is one of the layouts, CLICK HERE to see the others and download the free instructions.

Don't forget if you have any comments or questions please stop by the ATDML # Create Facebook page.

Before I leave you just a quick reminder that the December Virtual Crop is the only one in the year NOT on the third Saturday of the month (it is often just that bit too close to Christmas) and instead it will take place on the second Saturday which this year is Saturday December 10th.

Happy Scrapping Everyone!