Hello There! It’s Mendi here today sharing a pocket style page. So I have a confession… This is a new style of scrapbooking for me which I have been a bit resistant to so I didn’t know quite where to start, but I discovered THIS wonderful sketch by the talented Allison Davis which gave me a great jumping off point.
To hold my journaling card I turned to one of the Home For Christmas cardstock tag pockets. It came with the words “To/From” printed on the front which I was able to easily disguise with a little strip of patterned paper.
I found that when I was able to think about the pockets as individual projects like little greeting cards, it made everything less intimidating for me. Following the sketch, I incorporated a tree for my largest pocket which I crafted from a piece of felt (see instructions below).
For my bottom pocket I chose to sting a trio of stockings, popping up the darkest green one so that it would stand out against the similar colored background.
Today’s project features We R Memory Keepers 1/16″ Power Punch which I was able to utilize in a couple of different ways. I first used it to punch tiny holes in my stocking die-cuts so that I could string them with embroidery floss. I am seriously excited to have a strong punch that punches this smaller sized circle! I can see this being useful for so many applications and it was perfect for these stockings that were simply too small to use with my Crop-a-Dile tool.
I used it again to create my homemade felt tree embellishment. I’ve put together a little visual tutorial below along with 10 simple steps on how you can create one too!
Step 1: Die-cut tree shape from thin chipboard (I did mine on my Silhouette using THIS cutting file which I widened a bit).
Step 2: Cut down felt to the rough shape of your tree and add liquid adhesive to the top portion of chipboard tree.
Step 3: Adhere chipboard tree to felt and press down firmly around the edges, removing any bubbles.
Step 4: Using scissors cut out felt around tree.
Step 5: Stitch around edge of felt tree using sewing machine (optional).
Step 6: Flip tree over and freehand garland in zig-zag pattern. Using a ruler, draw dots 3/16″ apart where your garland will go.
Step 7: Using We R Memory Keepers 1/16″ Power Punch, punch holes using your pencil dots as a guide.
Step 8: For stubborn felt that doesn’t want to punch out, squeeze punch a second time before fully releasing.
Step 9: To reduce bulk on the back of your tree, use a running stitch to stitch through the holes with all six strands of embroidery floss.
Step 10: When done, secure knots on the back of the tree, add woodgrain patterned paper to the truck and embellish with Candy Cane dots (using a little liquid adhesive).
I hope I’ve inspired you today to try making your own personalized embellishments! I had so much fun making mine! 🙂
Home For Christmas 12×12 Paper Pad 732678
Home For Christmas Christmas Cheer Cardstock PHFCP-32652
Home For Christmas O Christmas Tree Carstock PHFCP-32654
Home For Christmas Christmas Carol Cardstock PHFCP-32657
Home For Christmas Cardstock Stickers 732663
Home For Christmas Cardstock Tags 732666
Home For Christmas Chips Cardstock Die-cuts 732674
Home For Christmas Candy Cane Self Adhesive Dots 732676
We R Memory Keepers Power Punch 1/16″
Felt, Embroidery Floss, Thin Chipboard & Liquid Adhesive