When I saw the elves in this SVG collection, I instantly knew I needed to make them - aren't they sooooooooo cute!!! I used the tree and the wrapped gifts from this collection too.
To make the handbook, I first found a book in my pile of stuff for a future garage sale (new use for something old!). Then I made a book cover using a brown grocery bag - this took me back to my school days when I covered all of my books this way! :)
I created the title for the handbook using Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) and fonts from Lettering Delights. The fonts I used are LD Woodland and Lollihop. Also, I used SCAL to create the background of the front cover and to design the cover! I have a tutorial on how to use SCAL to design a layout here. Designing in SCAL helps me visualize a project before using my materials and it usually saves me from cutting SVGs in a size that is less than ideal for my project.
The paper and accessories I used are by October Afternoon. I purchased these goodies at the October Afternoon Warehouse Sale a couple weeks ago! I just love the vintage/retro feel to October Afternoon's products and they worked perfectly for this handbook! The patterned papers, trims, and tin pins come from the Holiday Style and Cakewalk collections. I also used "Playtime" Sticky Keys Stickers and a button from the Sasparilla collection.
Other materials used:
Cardstock and Rhinestones by Recollections (Michael's brand)
Stampin' Up Embossing Folder - Elegant Lines
Stampin' Up Punch and Stamp Set - Tiny Tags (to embellish the gifts)
Scalloped Frame Die by Spellbinders
Rustic Jute Twine by Papertrey Ink
Stampin' Up Scalloped Circle Punch and 1 3/8" Circle Punch
Ranger Distress Ink in Tye Dye
Ballerina Pink chalk ink by Inkadinkado (to give the elve's rosy cheeks)
Here are some close-ups of my handbook! Hoping you fall in love with it and make one of your own!
I added a little something to the back cover of the book too......to make it official. :)
The Holly Jolly Christmas SVG collection is being released in The Digi Bistro store today and lucky for you, I am giving away one of these collections right here on my blog, courtesy of Cher at The Digi Bistro, along with a 12 Days of Christmas paper kit by My Mind's Eye, courtesy of My Mind's Eye!!!!! Awesome right!!!!!
All you have to do to enter this giveaway is:
Follow my blog and leave me a comment on this post. Giveaway ends Saturday, November 24th at Midnight!
If you love the new set, make sure to let Cher know by visiting the new The Digi Bistro blog too (this is not required for the giveaway, just a nice gesture if you like the set).
I am linking up this project in the following challenges:
Paper Issues - Any Holiday Project
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Linky Party