Monday, November 07, 2011

Paper Towels and planning

Believe it or not, we are into the Holidays... at least we are here at Donna Salazar Designs. This month we are sharing projects that you can make for the upcoming holiday season.
I don't know about you but thinking about the holidays already is getting me a bit stressed. Here is a little Holiday Planner I created . Planning and writing things down always seems to get me more organized and less stressed.
The little book is completely handmade from Pattern papers and cardstock with several embellishments, die cuts and bound together with lots of love and care as I am sure it will get its use this upcoming season!!
First, I die cut several dies out of pattern papers using Donna's Sprightly Sprockets and Carnation Creations dies. I added Mix'd Media Inx and Fairy Dust glitter to give them appropriate holiday shine.
Next I assembled the book  distressing and inking the edges of various pattern papers from the Weathered Winter line.
As I was getting ready to assemble my little book, I dropped my new (and very coveted) Smooch Spritz in Hollyberry!!!

Yikes... Instead of looking like a crime scene, I was able to absorb most of it onto a roll of papertowel.  Not wanting to waste any of that gorgeous stuff, I decided to have some fun with it instead!

I added some Evergreen smooch spritz with the Holly berry.
I hand cut leaves to make holly out of the spritzed and stained  dry paper towel.

Next, I created a little bow by carefully tying a strip of the paper towel. Once it is spritzed, it is a bit delicate. Allowing it to fully dry helps it absorb the liquid and hold together better. I snipped the ends to resemble a bow.
Thirdly, I rolled a small piece to form a teeny handmade flower bud.

I can't believe how many ideas I had just from a silly mistake!

I layered and bound the book using my bind it all.
Now I am a bit more ready to get my planning on ... and this little book will remind me to make even the challenges that come along into inspiring opportunities... a great lesson for a busy time of year!
Here's to a peaceful start and some inspiration to get thinking about the holidays.


Cardstock, Bazzill
           Pattern papers, Antiquities and Weathered Winter lines from Donna Salazar Designs, GCD, Pinecone Press
    Smooch Spritz in Evergreen and Holly Berry  Mix'd Media Inx in Chiffon and Jasmine

              Manila Tag, chipboard sticker from Jenni Bowlin
              Crafty Chronicle by Donna Salazar Designs, GCD
              Sheer tags, Making Memories, Chipboard pieces, Want 2 Scrap, ribbon, lace, buttons
              from craft supply

              Fairy Dust Glitter, Donna Salazar Designs, Clearsnap
              Die Cuts, Carnation Creations and Sprightly Sprockets, Donna Salazar designs for
              Bind It All,  and O Wires from Zutter
              Tiny christmas ornament, from Target
              Twine and ribbon, Offray

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