Are you ready for December? It's right around the corner so I'm sharing a couple of quick and fun projects to help you count down the days until Christmas. Scrapdoodles has a great selection of Christmas papers and I wanted to highlight one of my favorites - Echo Park's Reflections Christmas. There are so many beautiful and versatile pieces in this collection - I love the vintage images, traditional colors, and variety of patterns. Some of the sheets include border strips and project life style cards. Check out the collection here online and then stop by Scrapdoodles to see them in person and pick out all of your favorites. One of my favorite sheets is the beautifully detailed North Pole map paper. I used it as the background for a "Tracking Santa" layout. I added a border strip and a few other cut elements from the Reflections collection. (My title and santa sleight are cut with a die cut machine.) The fun arrows are wood veneer that I misted red (these are made by lily bee designs and are available in the store). Did you know that NORAD begins counting down and tracking Santa on December 1st? Check out their website HERE and add it to your family countdown activities. All you'll need to do is snap your photo of the kids at the computer and add it to your layout with your journaling - one more memory recorded!
The second project I am sharing is a simple countdown made from a 5x7 inch frame. To make this project, layer 3 rectangles of Echo Park Reflections Christmas papers: red base layer cut to 5x7, then green layer cut to 4x6, and on top of that a patterned piece cut to 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. Toward the bottom of this piece layer several stickers, including letter stickers "days 'til". Put this inside the frame. Outside the frame I added the large Christmas tag sticker with twine. To hold the countdown cards, attach a clothespin (dyed red and glittered) to the outside of the frame at the top. I used foam dots to support it over the glass and hot glue to secure it to the frame. Once the frame is done, you can set it aside and work on your countdown cards.