Christmas in April

Recently I was cleaning up my scrap space and I came across a whole kit that I had not even opened yet. It was the December 2012 kit from Scrapbook Circle. This company has great kits! I have been receiving them for about last six months and I have never been disappointed with their products. However, before I realized that I would be getting a Christmas kit from Scrapbook Circle, I ordered a mini-book kit from Simple Scrapper for my December Daily album. (See this post for photos of the completed project.) So here I was, in the middle of April, with a brand new kit full of holiday items. I looked back through my Christmas photos, but found very few that I had not already used in my December Daily album. I started to put the kit away, saving it for next year. But as I looked through the papers and embellishments, I realized that by using the “B-sides” of the patterned papers and the embellishments that weren’t specifically holiday-themed, I could make several layouts from this kit.

Anna

 

The first layout I made is about the day that our friends brought their daughter (our goddaughter) home from China. The page has some red and green, but the B-side of one paper has blue which keeps the page from looking too Christmas-y. The tag I used is from a pack from Pink Paislee called City Sidewalks. Although the tags were from a Christmas pack, many of them were versatile enough to use on non-holiday pages.

Now That Is an Angry Bird

 

My son loves all things Angry Bird. He has made numerous craft projects featuring the famous birds and their nemeses the pigs. He made this mask of the red bird from notebook and construction paper and a red pen. This photo goes well with the red, green, and blue patterned papers and tag from the kit. I used another tag from the Pink Paislee pack.

Feeding Time

 

Even though this patterned paper is red and green, its colors are muted enough to go well with these photos of my kids outside. The tags are from the same Pink Paislee pack. I like how the black print on the tags echoes the black clothes my son is wearing.

Winter Wonderland

 

I loved this patterned paper when I pulled it from the box, but I also wondered how I would use such a large, busy pattern. Luckily, I had just run across a post on Shimelle Lane’s site addressing this very problem. She demonstrated in a video how to successfully use those pages with full-size designs. (I wish I could find the video again!) I had several photos from a recent snowstorm, and this one went perfectly with the patterned paper.

Winter

 

Last layout! Again these holiday-themed papers worked well with snow photos. The journaling cards were also part of the Pink Paislee pack. I definitely got my money’s worth from that particular product!

I love how versatile scrapbooking supplies are these days. Who knew I could get five non-holiday pages done from a Christmas kit? I’ll definitely be looking at my themed supplies more closely to see how many different ways these supplies can be used.

 

 


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