Monday, November 19, 2012

An Elf's Handbook and A Giveaway!!!!

I recently got to play with the new Holly Jolly Christmas SVG collection at The Digi Bistro and here is what I made with it - a handbook for an elf!  All elves must have a handbook to make all of those toys and cookies, right?  ;)  Check the bottom of this post to see how you can enter to win this SVG collection right here on my blog!

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 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



  1. What an adorable collection, would be so happy to win it!


  2. That Elf Handbook is adorable! I luv the Tin Pin w/ the red, green & white swirls like a piece of candy:) This is such a clever & unique idea & a great way 2 "upcycle"! New follower of your blog~so glad I'm here 2~can't wait 2 c more projects from u:) Thanx 4 sharing & the yummy giveaway! ~prhmangel(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Oh my gosh, this is absolutely adorable!! I love the sweet elves!! Your design is fabulous!! What a creative it!! Have a great week :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. you are so creative and these files are so cute!! thanks for the fun giveaway:-)
    ikennic at q dot com

  5. Oh my gosh... you are just creative as ever, aren't you?! It was such a joy to see your sweet comment and I had to come see what you've been up to! The new blog, your new work, everything is just gorgeous! This handbook is genius, festive, and one of the sweetest projects I've seen! Amazing work on every tiny detail. This is magical. :o) Have a sparkly day, my friend!

    Hugs and blessings!

  6. Oh my goodness...this is absolutely delightful! What darling details!

  7. Oh my. This must be the cutest handbook ever!!!!:)

  8. WOWZERS Mel!!! This is awesome!!! You have done an awesome job with Cher's file!!!! Holy smokes I am blown away by how adorable this is!!!! I love all the attention to details...the twine, buttons, stickers and those CUTE cuts!!Awesome job!!!
    TFS :)

  9. This is just fantastic I love the idea of covering old books and it's so festive and CUTE!!!

  10. This is the cutest book cover ever! You did amazing with these papers, and love these files, too! I always LOVE your projects so much!

  11. This book cover is absolutely adorable, it's totally perfect, love how you layouted it out, I'm with Thienly love your projects!!

  12. Now that is what I call cute, cute, cute. I with Brigit and Thienly!!! Okay girls?

  13. this is super adorable!! love all the details.. tfs i'm a follower.

  14. Oh my goodness, this is the cutest thing ever!! I just found your blog and I am so glad I did it is awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win, I just became a follower.

  15. This would be a fabulous idea for those of us who do "Elf on the Shelf" hehe! Great job Melanie. That set is *so* cute and the MME paper one of my favs! :) Thanks for sharing and happy Thanksgiving!

  16. So adorable!! Now, I have to look up how to make the paperbag book covers - it's been many years since I made one! LOL :D

    - Mel

  17. This is amazing, something I will have to try! Thank you for the idea.

  18. This is just too cute!! Thank you for the chance to win.
    yoliejustcreate at gmail dot com

  19. What a cute project! I love the concept! We always put out a hard copy of the Night Before Christmas every year, and how cute would it be to have an Elves' Handbook sitting right next to it?! Thank you so much for the idea!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

  20. This is such a great project AND I ADORE Cher's SVGs! she rocks and so do you!