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2019 Christmas Scrapbook Paper Collection Round-Up!

There’s a fall breeze in the air, and forget pumpkin spice and fall leaves…many crafters are already thinking Christmas! Most of the scrapbook manufacturers have already announced their 2019 Christmas scrapbooking products, and many of those products are already available on store shelves. Here in the Scrapbook Update 2019 Christmas Scrapbook Collection Round-Up, you won’t miss a single one!

2019 Christmas Scrapbook Papers

Disclosure: Some links contained in this article are affiliate links that pay this site a commission at no cost to you when a purchase is made after a click.

As evidenced by the huge number of collections – and their early release before the holiday – Christmas scrapbooking remains one of the most popular themes to create for many crafters. Whether creating cards & invitations, party decor, advent calendars, December scrapbooks, Christmas villages, or other projects, there’s so much crafting to be done around the holidays!

What are the trends for Christmas 2019?

Consolidation in the scrapbook industry is affecting virtually everything, and that includes industry trends. A total of two-thirds of the paper packs on this list are the products of only four industry companies (American Crafts, Simple Stories, Echo Park, Photo Play) through their associated brand names.

What does this mean for the trends? It largely kills them, at least as we knew trends a decade ago in the industry when they were flagrant and at times overwhelming. Comparing product lines from year to year, it’s apparent that most of these large companies design their Christmas products to fill a certain staple “slot” in the holiday product line-up. So, for instance…DCWV has a blue and white Christmas paper pad this year, and they had a blue and white Christmas paper pad last year. They are both beautiful, and different from each other, but the general look is similar. If you liked last year’s, you’ll like this year’s.

Overall, a few subtle trends are still apparent. That blue and white paper pad I just mentioned? Let’s take a closer look. Last year’s gingham pattern is replaced with two plaid designs. This is a reflection of two trends. First, it shows the conversion of plaid (which was a trend a few years back) into a holiday scrapbooking staple. And it also shows that the “farm” look is receding in the industry, replaced by mid-century modern. Look closely and you’ll see that last year the pad’s paper designs had a more classic look, and this year the designs are infused with just a bit of a mod direction.

One interesting thing to note this year is the number of “themed” collections within the Christmas offerings. Simple Stories has expanded their Say Cheese theme park line to Christmas, and Photo Play Paper is offering the dog-themed “Muttcracker”. Several companies (including Authentique, with a whole paper pad) have food & baking themed items – great for making items to accompany holiday treats.

If you know of a Christmas scrapbook paper collection that is new for 2019 that should be included here, please email nancy@nallystudios.com.

2019 Christmas Scrapbook Paper Collections

The collections below are arranged alphabetically by company:

Authentique: Calendar Collection – December

Size: 12×12, 6×6
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Authentique Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Authentique Calendar-December

Authentique: Rejoice

Size: 8×8, 12×12
Shipping: now
Wholesale: Authentique Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Authentique Rejoice

Avery Elle: The Holiday Collection

Size: 6×6
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Avery Elle
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Avery Elle The Holiday Collection

BoBunny: Christmas Treasures

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

BoBunny Christmas Treasures

Carta Bella: Buffalo Plaid

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Carta Bella Buffalo Plaid

Carta Bella: Christmas Market

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Carta Bella Christmas Market

Carta Bella: Merry Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Carta Bella Merry Christmas

Carta Bella: Snow Much Fun

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Catherine Pooler: Patterns & Pine

Size: 6×6
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Catherine Pooler
Retail: Catherine Pooler

Catherine Pooler Patterns and Pine

Color Play: One Night In Bethlehem by Becky Fleck Moore

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Color Play One Night in Bethlehem

Color Play: Dear Santa Recipe Cards

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Photo Play Dear Santa Recipe Cards

Crate Paper: Snowflake

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Crate Paper Snowflake

DCWV: Candy Cane Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Candy Cane Christmas 2

DCWV: Christmas Nutcracker

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Christmas Nutcracker

DCWV: Christmas Pals

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Christmas Pals

DCWV: Classic Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Classic Christmas

DCWV: Joyeux Noel

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Joyeux Noel

DCWV: Merry & Bright

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Merry & Bright

DCWV: Merry Mod Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Merry Mod Christmas

DCWV: Mrs Claus’ Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Mrs Claus' Kitchen

DCWV: O’ Christmas Tree

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV O' Christmas Tree

DCWV: Winter Wonder

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Winter Wonder

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Magic

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Doodlebug Design
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Doodlebug Christmas Magic

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Magic Petite Prints

Size: 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Doodlebug Design
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Doodlebug Christmas Magic Petite Prints

Dress My Craft: Christmas Bells

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Dress My Craft
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Dress My Craft Christmas Bells

Echo Park: A Cozy Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park A Cozy Christmas

Echo Park: Away In A Manger

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park Away in a Manger

Echo Park: Here Comes Santa Claus

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park Here Comes Santa Claus

Echo Park: My Favorite Christmas by Lori Whitlock

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park My Favorite Christmas

Echo Park: My Favorite Winter by Lori Whitlock

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Echo Park My Favorite Winter

Echo Park: Warm & Cozy

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Echo Park Warm and Cozy

Fancy Pants Designs: Home For Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Foundations Decor
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Fancy Pants Home for Christmas

Graphic 45: Joy To The World

Size: 8×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Graphic 45
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Graphic 45 Joy to the World collection

Graphic 45: Joy To The World Patterns & Solids

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Graphic 45
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Graphic 45 Joy to the World patterns solids

Heidi Swapp: Winter Wonderland

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland 2

Kaisercraft: Let It Snow

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Let It Snow

Kaisercraft: Peppermint Kisses

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Peppermint Kisses

Kaisercraft: Starry Night

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Starry Night

Kaisercraft: Under The Gum Leaves

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Under the Gum Leaves

My Mind’s Eye: Holly Jolly

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: My Mind’s Eye
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

My Minds Eye Holly Jolly

My Mind’s Eye: Yuletide

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: My Mind’s Eye
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

My Minds Eye Yuletide

Pebbles: Merry Little Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Pebbles Merry Little Christmas

Photo Play Paper: Christmas Memories by Becky Fleck Moore

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Christmas Memories

Photo Play Paper: Christmas Memories Solids Plus by Becky Fleck Moore

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Christmas Memories Solids Plus

Photo Play Paper: For The Love Of Winter by Michelle Coleman

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play For the Love of Winter

Photo Play Paper: Kringle & Co

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Kringle and Co

Photo Play Paper: Kringle & Co Solids Plus

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Kringle Solids Plus

Photo Play Paper: Muttcracker

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Muttcracker

Photo Play Paper: Muttcracker Solids Plus

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Muttcracker Solids Plus

Pink Paislee: Together for Christmas

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Pink Paislee Together for Christmas

Pinkfresh Studio: Home For The Holidays

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: now
Wholesale: Pinkfresh Studio
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Pinkfresh Home for the Holidays

Reminisce: Gold Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Reminisce Gold Christmas

Reminisce: North Pole Express

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Reminisce North Pole Express

Reminisce: Santa’s Sweater

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Reminisce Santas Sweater

Simple Stories: Simple Vintage Country Christmas by Katie Pertiet

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas

Simple Stories: Simple Vintage Country Christmas Simple Basics by Katie Pertiet

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Country Christmas Simple Basics

Simple Stories: Holly Jolly

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Holly Jolly

Simple Stories: Holly Jolly Simple Basics

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Holly Jolly Simple Basics

Simple Stories: Say Cheese Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Say Cheese Christmas

Simple Stories: Winter Farmhouse

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse

Simple Stories: Winter Farmhouse Simple Basics

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse Simple Basics

Tim Holtz idea-ology: Mini Christmas Stash

Size: 8×8
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Advantus
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Tim Holtz Mini Christmas Stash

Tonic Studios: Merry & Bright

Size: 6×6
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Tonic Studios
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Tonic Merry and Bright

What is your favorite new Christmas scrapbook paper collection of 2019?

2019 Christmas Scrapbook Paper Round Up

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Make DIY Holiday Gift Tags with Cricut Maker

I’m a big fan of the convenience of gift bags for my holiday gifts. (And they are environmentally friendly too, since I reuse them year after year!) Extra special DIY holiday gift tags are the perfect way to punch up simple gift bags and turn them into something fabulous!

[Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Cricut.]

These wood DIY holiday gift tags that I made with my Cricut Maker machine each have only three pieces to cut. But with this much style, no one will notice how simple they are!

Cricut DIY Holiday Gift Tags

These DIY holiday gift tags are really simple to make, because what makes them special is the material that is used. With the Knife Blade, the Cricut Maker is able to cut Basswood and Balsa Wood that is up to 3/32″ thick. The look of natural material, and the dimension that can be created, takes these tags to a whole new level!

Supplies Used:

Start your DIY holiday gift tags by using your Cricut Maker and the Cricut Knife Blade + Drive Housing to cut out all of the wood parts from the projects.

Cricut Maker cutting wood

Cutting the 1/16″ basswood with the Knife Blade requires using a Cricut Strong Grip Mat. You also need to fasten your wood down to the mat with plenty of painter’s masking tape. Don’t skimp on the masking tape, and make sure that it is pressed firmly down!

(Don’t forget to slide the white rings on your rollers to the right to get them out of the way of your wood as it passes under the rollers.)

Cricut Maker cutting wood

When you are done cutting the wood pieces, switch to the regular blade and a light hold mat to cut the two patterned paper pieces for the DIY gift tags.

When you are done, you should have these three pieces to make the Christmas tree gift tag. Use a glue like Mod Podge to assemble them into a sandwich in the order shown.

DIY Holiday Tag parts

You will also have these three pieces for the Christmas ornament DIY holiday gift tag. Paint the ornament base with black chalkboard paint, and paint the frame red.

(Here’s a great idea to customize this ornament tag – Instead of using chalkboard paint, paint the base with regular paint and cut a photo to fit in the center of the frame!)

DIY Holiday Tag parts

Use glue again to assemble these pieces with the patterned paper on one side of the ornament base, and the red frame on the other. (The patterned paper is optional, but sure brightens up the back of the tag.)

After the chalkboard paint is cured, rub it with a piece of chalk to prepare the surface for writing. Then you can write on your tag with chalk over and over!

DIY Holiday Gift Tag with chalkboard

Since they are made of wood, these durable DIY holiday gift tags can be used again and again. Or, after you use them, hang them on the Christmas tree as ornaments!

DIY Holiday Gift Tag

Attach your DIY holiday gift tags with a  loop of baker’s twine or ribbon and enjoy all the compliments that will come your way!

DIY Holiday Gift Tags

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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What To Buy The Scrapbooker Who Has Everything

Are you making your list and checking it twice…and don’t know quite what to get that special scrapbooker in your life? Or are you a scrapbooker looking for ideas for your wish list for Santa? I’ve got just the ideas you need for perfect gifts!

[Disclaimer: Some of the links in this article are affiliate or advertiser links.]

What to Get The Scrapbooker Who Has Everything_


We R Memory Keepers “Label It” Label Maker

Great for: Project Life fans, 12×12 layout scrappers, Card Makers
Retail Price: $30-$35
Sources: AmazonScrapbook.comacherryontop.com

We R Memory Keepers Label ItLabels are a fun way to add titles, sentiments, or bits of journaling to just about anything paper crafters make. This recent tool by We R Memory Keepers is a take on an old fashioned office labeler that creates embossed labels. But with interchangeable font wheels, trendy tape colors, and a choice of a mint or pink case, it is a much more creative option than the old office standard!

(For a more budget option in this tool category, check out the Dymo Organizer Xpress Pro. The previous version of that label maker is a go-to in my tool box!)


Ken Oliver Color Burst

Great for: Mixed media fans, card makers
Retail Price: $25-$35
Sources: AmazonScrapbook.comacherryontop.com

Ken Oliver Color Burst

Watercolor is hot, hot, hot right now! No one makes watercolor more fun and more accessible for paper crafters to play with than Ken Oliver through his Color Burst line. These little bottles of powder create gorgeous watercolor effects with just a squeeze and a spritz of water!


Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

Great for: Mixed media fans, stampers
Retail Price: $30-$35
Sources: AmazonScrapbook.comacherryontop.com

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

The rise of mixed media in scrapbooking means paint, ink…and more messes! The Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat has a central work area for holding a project, and a side palette area for holding materials. No matter what media you’re working in…this will stand up to it, and make clean-up easier.


Boutique Stamps

Great for: Stampers, card makers, Project Life, planner fans
Retail Price: $15-$20
Sources: Everyday Explorers, Kelly Purkey, Ink Road, Stamp Diva

The strength of the stamp industry is in the numerous small boutique companies that produce creative designs that never see mass market exposure. Often to buy these brands it is necessary to seek out the company’s own site or a small boutique retailer. If you are looking for a gift for a stamper, gifting stamps from one of these small companies can be both a unique gift and a way of supporting ongoing diversity in the industry.

Kelly Purkey Jenkins alpha

Kelly Purkey “Jenkins” alphabet stamps

Nobody does alphabet stamps like Kelly Purkey! Her beautiful, clean and detailed alphabets (like Jenkins above) are perfect for titles on scrapbook layouts, Project Life cards, and for customizing cards.

The Ink Road stamps

The Ink Road stamps

One of the things that boutique stamp companies can do that larger ones rarely attempt is to create stamps for niche themes…at The Ink Road you’ll find stamps for topics like blended families (above), Minecraft, and tv show fans.

Cat's Life Press stamps

Cat’s Life Press stamps

For fans of a quirky (and irreverent) vintage style, Cats Life Press is the perfect answer. Their little icon stamps are perfect for everything from Project Life to ATC cards! You can find their beautiful red rubber stamps both mounted and unmounted through small retailers like Stamp Diva.

Everyday Explorers stamps

Everyday Explorers stamps

If you loved Christina Herrin’s Wander kit for Project Life like I did, you’ll think you’re in heaven browsing her Everyday Explorers stamp store. Her clean and simple designs are perfect for Project Life, card making, and 12×12 layouts. As the name implies, travel is a heavy focus, but there’s plenty for other occasions (like the Thanksgiving set above) as well.

The above is just a sampling…there’s many more small stamp companies. Whatever the style, there’s someone creating beautiful stamps! Seek them out and support them!

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Easy DIY Holiday Cards with Cricut Maker

Hello Cricut lovers! The snow is flying up north and cooks across the country are prepping their Thanksgiving turkey menus, so that must mean it is time to talk DIY Holiday Cards!

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Cricut, but all opinions expressed are my own.]

Today, I’m bringing you two clean and simple DIY holiday card designs that, with the help of Cricut Maker and a few of my favorite Cricut tools, will make easy work of your handmade holiday cards without sacrificing creativity or style!

Cricut Merry Christmas house card

Supplies Needed:

The first step to making this handmade holiday card is to cut all of the pieces out on your Cricut Maker machine. The card base requires the use of both a Cricut pen and the single Scoring Wheel.

Creating Card Base on Cricut Maker

When you peel the card base off of the mat, some of the waste from those tiny faux stitching spots will cling in the holes. That just happens when a cut is so tiny. The piercer from the Cricut Papercrafting Tool Set is the perfect solution for getting rid of these hangers-on! Just use its tiny point to poke the pieces that need to be removed, and they will pop right out!

Using Cricut Scraper Tool

This homemade holiday card can be infinitely customized to create different looks using different cardstock and patterned papers…and it’s a great way to use up your scraps!

DIY Holiday Cards with Cricut Maker

Using the knife blade to cut basswood is simple if you remember a few simple things. It will cut up to 3/32″ thick, and your cuts can’t be smaller than 1/2″ in size. (That includes interior cuts in your shapes.)

To do the actual cutting, tape your basswood down to a purple (Strong Grip) Cricut cutting mat with masking tape. Make sure it is in the upper left hand corner of the measurement grid, but not outside it. See those little white wheels spread along the middle area of the steel roller bars? Slide those white wheels to the right so they are outside of the area where your basswood will pass under. Then you can load your Cricut Knife Blade in the adaptive tool system, and follow the on screen prompts in Cricut Design Space to select your material and load the mat into the machine.

Cutting Wood Veneer with Cricut Maker

After you have completed cutting all of your pieces, you should have all of these elements, ready to assemble your homemade holiday card! Layer your house together, and adhere it to the front of your card. Your DIY holiday card is complete!

DIY Holiday Card pieces

Mid-century modern, and the pastel Christmas that goes with it, is very trendy. The same techniques and Cricut tools that I used to make that cute country Christmas card above can be used to bring a taste of retro mid-century to your Christmas cards.

Retro DIY Holiday Cards with Cricut

Supplies Needed:

(If you like the design but aren’t a fan of pastel Christmas, try making this DIY holiday card with a dark background, and dark green or silver trees for a midnight on Christmas Eve look.)

To make this card, first cut out all of the elements of the handmade holiday card design using your Cricut Maker machine and the project file. (Follow the instructions above on how to cut out the wood tree from basswood for the left side of the card.)

Once all of the elements are cut out, paint the wooden tree with Plaid FolkArt Pickle Wash following the instructions on the bottle. (I chose that particular paint because it allows the grain of the wood to show through, so the person receiving your DIY holiday card can see that the tree is actually wood!)

Painting wood veneer for DIY Holiday Cards

While your paint dries, grab the Distresser tool from the Cricut Papercrafting Tool Set and get to work rubbing it along the edges of the tree with the sentiment on it! Distressing that edge gives it more dimension, and adds interest to that tree so that it can hold its own in the design with the other two elements.

distressed edge on diy holiday card

Once all of your elements are prepared, you can quickly assemble them.

Cutting the stars out of the Cricut Adhesive Foil means that these small items are easy to adhere. (Plus the foil cuts so beautifully at these miniature sizes!) The paper piercer from the Cricut Papercrafting Tool Set is your secret shortcut for getting perfect placement of tiny sticky items like this! No more getting them stuck to your fingers, or to each other… just pop the end of the piercer under them and use it as a tiny wand to lay them down with! Place them, put your finger on top to hold them in place, and slip the piercer out from underneath. (Do this carefully, because it is a piercer, after all!) Then just press and rub firmly to make sure the foil adheres well!

Cricut paper piercer

I can’t wait to see how you all customize these DIY holiday cards for your family and friends! Tag me at @scrapbookupdate on Instagram to share yours!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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2018 Christmas Scrapbook Collection Round-Up!

It’s July, and that means it’s Christmas time again in the scrapbook industry! Scrapbook manufacturers have been busy announcing their 2018 Christmas scrapbook collections. With the Scrapbook Update 2018 Christmas Scrapbook Collection Round-Up, you won’t miss a single one!

2018 Christmas Scrapbook Round-Up

[Disclosure: Some links contained in this article are links to our advertisers or are affiliate links that pay this site a commission at no cost to you when a purchase is made after a click.]

Christmas continues to be probably the most popular single theme for which to produce scrapbooking products. Virtually every company that produces paper is producing at least one Christmas paper collection (and many are producing more than one). I located a total of 36 new Christmas themed collections that are new for 2018. And that doesn’t count more generic winter themed lines that also can be used for Christmas holiday projects. Continue Reading →

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A First Look at the Cricut Scoring Wheel!

If you like to make cards and 3D items with your Cricut machine, there’s a new Cricut accessory that will make your projects easier and more beautiful: the Cricut Scoring Wheel.

[Note: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.]

I was thrilled to learn about the introduction of the Cricut Scoring Wheel. I’ve always been a fan of the Cricut Scoring Stylus but I’ve often wished it had more power to make stronger scores that are easier to fold, and that it worked on more materials. Now my wish has been answered!

Cricut Scoring Wheel

The Cricut Scoring Wheel is actually wheels plural – there are two different ones, as you can see in the photo above. The one labeled 01 has a single scoring wheel for scoring lighter materials like cardstock. The version labeled 02 above has two side-by-side scoring wheels that make two parallel scoring lines for clean folding of heavier materials without surface cracking. (There’s no guesswork, either, about which one is the correct one for your material – your Cricut Maker will tell you after you select your material setting.)

Cricut Scoring Wheel

The previous Scoring Stylus attached to your Cricut machine via the same accessory slot as the pens. The new Cricut Scoring Wheel is available only for the Cricut Maker machine because it attaches via the machine’s Adaptive Tool System. This means that it has up to 10x the pressure to score materials as the old stylus.

This crease line on this envelope I cut was so perfectly crisp that it started to perfectly fold itself when I peeled the paper off of the cutting mat!

Cricut Scoring Wheel

Since it’s Christmas in July time, let’s take a look at how the Cricut Scoring Wheel can make it so much easier to make your Christmas cards this year! The single wheel works wonderfully for cardmaking with 80lb cardstock. You can cut and fold this Merry & Bright Christmas Card in just moments, with perfect results!

Cricut Scoring Wheel Christmas CardI love making little goodies to go with cards, like lip balm or candy holders. They work best, though, from stiffer materials like this Cricut Foil Poster Board. Now with the double scoring wheel, I can get these beautiful double score lines that let me fold easily without cracking the surface of my foil!

Cricut Scoring Wheel

Fold it up, tie it up with some ribbon, and this lip balm folder is a beautiful companion for my Christmas card!

Cricut Scoring Wheel lip balm folder

And don’t forget to use the single Cricut Scoring Wheel to make a colorful lining from patterned paper for your lip balm holder. This fun little project will brighten someone’s holidays, and is so easy to make!

Cricut Scoring Wheel lip balm folder

Whether you are making gift wrap, cards, or decorations…the Cricut Scoring Wheel for Cricut Maker is a must-have for your holiday crafting projects. Maybe I’ll finally get around to making the Christmas village this year with my Cricut now that the scoring wheel has made it so easy!

Cricut Scoring Wheel Christmas card

Can’t wait to get your own Cricut Scoring Wheel for your Cricut Maker? You can – it’s launching today on HSN! Don’t miss out!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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