Holiday Fun With Paper!

Welcome to my version of the Scrapbook Update staff blog hop! This month we are taking holiday scrapbook supplies “off the page”.

Off the page immediately brings to mind holiday decor and packaging and entertaining for most people…but the holidays at our house this year are pretty low-key due to my husband being away. And I’ve never been big on 3D projects anyway.

But of course, anyone who follows this site knows that off the page for me means one thing to me: tags. I’ve become a serious tagging addict the past year! And we can’t have Christmas without cards – my other recent creative addiction – so I’ll be sharing some of those too.

But first…the tags! Tags are getting a lot of attention right now because Tim Holtz is running his annual 12 Tags of Christmas event on his blog. Of all the annual scrapbooking events that occur online, this is by far my favorite. It’s like taking a whole Tim workshop, if you really pay attention to the detail in the step-outs instead of just soaking in the finished products.

I’m a bit behind on completing my versions of the 12 tags (what else is new?) but here are my first two that are completed. Only four more to go to be caught up! Think I can finish them before midnight? Hmm…maybe not.

Tag #1

I recreated the background technique that from Tim’s tag #1, but using the texture trades snow flake embossing folder and only put the technique on part of the background. Then I created the snowbank in the bottom right corner with a similar technique by using the embossing ink pad direct-to-paper in that area. I also copied the glittered chipboard element, but just with a smaller die (and I inked the tree trunk). I topped the glitter with Distress Stickles in Picket Fence to give the tree a snow covered look. 


Additional supplies: Inkadinkado Season of Swirls stamp set, Jump Rings, Chipboard.

Tag #2

For working from Tim’s tag #2, I had to get a bit creative because I didn’t own nearly any of the supplies that he used. From the Kraft Resist paper background, I took inspiration for the color, texture and layout and used patterned paper by Graphic 45 and a new Tim Holtz sentiment stamp. I replaced the reindeer with a heart die – a very important theme in my life and in my holidays.

For the background, I inked over the patterned paper with Picket Fence Distress Stain just like Tim did on his tag. Then to add some texture I added several different spray inks down the left side, avoiding the area where I had stamped.


Additional supplies: Recollections rhinestones on a roll, and Celebrate It! Sheer Creations ribbon (both by Michael’s). Also Christmas Past – The Holly & The Ivy patterned paper by Graphic 45.

That’s the furthest that I’ve gotten so far in creating my way through Tim’s 12 tags of Christmas inspiration….but I do have a few cards to share as well that I’ve been gradually working on the past month or so. The cards are more in my signature simple style, unlike the tags that are more complex because of the inspiration from Tim’s detailed style.

“Magic of Christmas” card

In this card I used the gray that is so trendy right now, pairing it with the traditional holiday colors.

I kept the design simple through the use of pre-made elements. A few details like the wood buttons and a little inking give the card its finished look.


Additional supplies: Authentique Paper – Wonder Icons, Card blank.

Season’s Greetings card

This was another simple card created with pre-made embellishments. I love the detail that those Prima buttons provide so easily to a project! This card also uses the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium paper pad that I used in my day 2 tag above.

Although Ali Edwards’ signature style is much more graphic than the style of the rest of these supplies, her sentiment stamp still works with them very well for the card and gives it a handmade touch, placed on top of the typeset text paper.


Merry Christmas card

I did something on this card that I rarely do – I used foam tape for dimension on the hearts. I was pleased with the results of my experiment. I also took the time to hand stitch the edge of the one block of patterned paper. I was so pleased with that detail that it partially inpired my decision to buy a sewing machine over Thanksgiving weekend.

As you can see…I couldn’t resist slipping my favorite kraft paper into this cardmaking project! I love using that kraft core paper with kraft paper to coordinate.


Additional supplies: Close to My Heart “Holiday Commentary” stamp set, DMC black embroidery floss.

So…that’s my holiday trip off the page with my scrapbook supplies! Thanks for joining our holiday blog hop at Scrapbook Update! In case you missed the other entries in the hop….don’t forget to check them out as well:

10 Responses to Holiday Fun With Paper!

  1. Ali December 7, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Awesome tags, Nancy! Really enjoyed every one, and the embossed quote looks great! I have 5 more “special” Christmas cards to make today and yours inspired me. Thank You! A Merry Christmas to you and yours. :o) ~Ali

  2. Laura C - Michigan December 7, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    What great inspiration Nancy. I love how you simplified down the tags. I’m always so overwhelmed with TIm’s tags as being so labor intensive and I have so little time. Love his work but no time, especially during December. Yours are totally doable!

  3. Cindy deRosier December 7, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    I absolutely LOVE what you made!

  4. Candy December 7, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Very nice! I like the repetition and the soft colors and soft ‘look’. Makes me smile!

  5. Aimee December 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    All beautiful!!!
    But my favorite is that Let is Snow tag…just fabulous!

  6. Darcy December 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    All of these are great projects! I love parts of every one and will definitely be stealing some of your ideas! Thanks for sharing Nancy.

  7. Neysa December 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Love the cards and tag. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Gab December 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Gorgeous projects Nancy!

  9. Candy December 12, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I really like these tags…they just “pop”. I wanted to stop by and wish you “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” before time gets away from me. I will continue to pray for you and your family. God performs miracles every minute of every day. Hang in there!

  10. Donna C December 15, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Lovely Nancy….you make it REAL for the rest of us when it comes to recreating t!m’s work! Merry Christmas to you, Bridget and Mike. Hopefully time will fly by until Mike comes home. (((hugs))) (Of course, not so fast you can’t enjoy your life and Bridget in the mean time!)

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