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Do You Leave Santa Cookies? Sneek at First Guest for 12 Days of Home for the Holidays

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Are you ready?  I'm geared and excited about the first day of December.  12 Days of Home for the Holidays begin tomorrow.  12 days with inspiration, laughter, recipes, crafts and tutorials, and tradition.  Some of your favorite crafters will be joining you here at D's Paper Studio to share some of their traditions for the holidays.

At the end of each post I'll share with you who the next guest will be.  Today is the first day to announce tomorrows guest.  Oh, remember it is at the end of this post. 

Let your friends and family know it's time to make hot chocolate, get your favorite cookie or cake, and sit down to read what your favorite crafters are sharing about their holidays. 


Speaking of food.  Do you leave cookies for Santa Claus?  My children have always left Santa a plate of sugar cookies and a glass of milk.  Many times there would be a thank you letter to Santa.  As time goes on Santa's tastes have become more sophisticated.  I have it on good authority t…

Finally Finished My Foundation for December Daily, Giveaway Winner

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I'm finally finished with the foundation of my December Daily book.  I thought I had committed to too much.  But I didn't give up.


My short term goal was to use as much of the older stash as I could.  I put a big dent in my Christmas stash, but believe it or not I still have plenty.

Another goal was not to buy anything for this project.  When I realized I did not have enough transparencies to to place between each page I decided to make my own using paint and an acrylic sheet.  It is outstanding.

The challenge for me was to complete the design of my book without photos.  It was also a tough one for me to keep to my style of scrapbooking in a small size.  I actually ended up with a part1 and part 2 of the book due to the thickness.  I used Grungboard letters for each day and it really bulked up my book.

These are my foundation pages that I detailed cut, glimmered and shimmered, stamped, embossed, and added more elements that I can believe.

I created a photo page on Photoshop. …

"What Was I Looking For?"---Giveaway

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With age or motherhood comes moments of pause.  It's like "what was I looking for?" or "did I...."  What about the famous "why did I come in here?"  LOL  I think it is inherited from our children.

I had one of those moments where I purchased a Christmas stamp not remembering I already had the identical stamp.  Instead of taking it back I thought of you and decided to have a giveaway. 

Let's start the countdown before the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays here at D's Paper Studio.  We are at 9 days and counting before the Holiday fun commences.  Recap:  for 12 days 12 different crafters, artists, and photographers will be blogging about some of the traditions they have over the holidays.  I'm in the middle of receiving the posts.  I am so inspired. 

Two To Do
Help me countdown by leaving a comment each day between now and Thursday midnight (all time zones).  One comment per day please.  I'll let Random.org pick a winner of this beautiful …

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas-52 Weeks of Mail

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Dream of a White Christmas?  In South Carolina snow at Christmas is a dream.  Last year was the exception as Upstate did get snow on Christmas but the Midlands got snow the day after.  That was the first time I've ever seen snow at Christmas since living in South Carolina. 

I grew up in snow that started in October and ended in March.  As a child that was fun.

I Feel The December Overload!

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I have so much fun crafting through the holidays.  It's like my yearly "high!"

I plan on making Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas again this year, IF Tim decides to do it again.  I've been collecting Tim's products, Christmas stamps, ephemeral, paints, etc., etc., etc.  I love Tim's Tags.  It like having 12 days of classes with a Master Teacher.

Now I've decided to participate in Ali Edwards December Daily.  I've sort of tried to figure out the album, but I do get the drift of it:  document the first 25 days in December with photos.  The important thing is to create your book ahead of time.  This is exciting.

Tuesday I worked on the guts of the book.  I created my photo page in PSE.  I added my favorite and memorable Christmas songs on the bottom of my photo page, along with the day of the month. 

I've made my own transparencies by painting circles.  They look cool!

I need to work on my foundation pages.  I'm using a cream cardstock at the…

From Home Decor to Scrapbook Layout

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While waiting in the doctor's office last week I decided to go through 5 year old magazines.  In a home decorating magazine I found this stylish, beautiful wall.  I immediately wanted to do this for my home until I realized the cost and the fact that I just redecorated my walls. 

I decided to turn the wall decor into a scrapbook page.

The Story
The photos are another of our family Christmas tradition.  We have always taken pictures of the kids with the Christmas Tree.  It is really fun to go back and put them all together.  You really see how they've grown!

I added the words to the song O, Tunnenbaum in German.  When the kids were growing up I would sing it all the time to them.

The Layout
What I Learned
Home decor projects are fun to imitate on scrapbook layouts.I dislike my camera.  I can't get a correct photo.Stickers can add much to a page. I'm not a sticker person but the giant snowflake worked.The shapes all worked together.  Rectangle and circles together add an int…

Thanks To Our Veterans

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Operation Write Home is having a blog hop starting today to honor our Veterans.  There are 11 outstanding companies participating.  I urge you to check it out over the weekend.  Here is the link to the beginning of the blog hop:  Stars and Stripes Blog. The focus is thanking those who serve and have served in the USA military. I've already went to a few of the blogs and the inspiration is incredible!

This is a Thank You card I made in memory of my father, TSgt Otis C. Perkins USAF.  I'll be sending it to one of my friends that currently serve in the military. 

Products used: Graphic 45 Idea-ology Ranger Sizzix

 My Dad

Have a Crafty Weekend!

Gratitude List 1.  my dad who spent 22 years of his life serving our country
2.  my son who wants to follow in his footsteps
3.  John who currently serves stateside
4.  two mentors for my son, Chief Master Sergeant and Colonel both from LHS
5.  for the freedom afforded us by God and the men who protect and serve

Celebrate Tradition! Winners of X-Acto Giveaway

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I'm counting down to December 1st.  Why?  12 Days of Home for the Holidays begins!

This is the 3rd  year of what is now a Tradition at D's Paper Studio.

During the Holidays, traditions pull at our heart and memories.  Our family have several traditions that go back a few generations.

During December 1-12 there will be 12 amazing guests joining all of us here on D's Paper Studio.  Each day someone special will be my guest to share one or more of their Holiday Traditions.  I can tell who my guests are, but I'd rather be in the spirit of the Holidays and surprise you each day.  Hint:  there are 12 of them.

In the past my guests have shared recipes, crafts, photos, and ideas to add to your own family traditions.

I'm going to try and share with you each week until December 1st some of my family traditions in a layout.  This way my traditions will be preserved for another generation.

Help me spread this word by grabbing my 12 Days of Home for the Holidaysbadge and linki…

The Cutting Edge! Sponsored Giveaway, X-ACTO

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X-ACTO contacted me to show to how I use X-ACTO around my home.  Around my home includes my crafting studio where I've used X-ACTO for years.  It was probably the second tool I purchased when I started scrapbooking.

Each year I make a new Christmas Layout that is framed and hangs on the wall as part of our Christmas decorations.  This year the subject is Tabitha and her Grandmother in 1980.

How I Used My Designer Series #1 Craft Knife


Designer Series #1 Craft Knife has a more ergonomic grip.

I was able to do some precision cutting with more control with tight corners.

I fancy myself as great at using micro-tip scissors.  With precision cutting on photo paper I can't get it quiet as smooth.  The X-ACTO knife did a great job.  If you look at the layout the 1st and 2nd Reindeer are cut with X-ACTO and the third with micro-tip scissors.

Designer Series Gripster Craft Knife

Still lovin' Pink?  This X-ACTO knife is slim lined with a great grip around the middle.  It made is easy fo…

Thankful for Mail!

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I made it through October, the first month, of 52 Weeks of Mail.  You wouldn't think sending someone a piece of mail would not be that hard.  Just making a card is hard.  Then to find a stamp or buy one.  Oh, yeah my mailbox is a 5 minute walk from my house.  LOL  Have I listed enough excuses?

Last week I sent one to a friend and her family.  Actually she was one of my students when I taught at the University (CIU).  Her and her whole family are incredible and inspiring people.  My best memory of Julie is that she was not a morning person!  It was good to hear back that the kids really loved the Halloween card.  Makes my day.

Since I'm on a Congratulations spin this week I made a card for my niece who is making me a Great Aunt. 

The Story
I don't do cards...I don't do cards...I don't do cards.  Really, this is what it feels like to sit down and try to make a card.  I use to be the same way with stamping.  Mmmmm, can I say I'm a bit obsessed with stamps now?  Ho…

Congrats To My Baby Sister!

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My sister is going to be enjoying the thrill of being a grandmother.  As much as I love being a grandmother I know Cindi will enjoy it beyond her imagination.

I went through my older photos just remembering when Cindi was born.  My first memories of Cindi are her crib and above her crib was wall decorations of Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod.  My other early memory is that she cried a lot when she was put to bed.  Mom made me stand by the crib and pat Cindi on the back until she feel asleep.  Sometimes that was a long time.  LOL

I created this layout in honor of my sis.  The photo is my sister when she was less than a year old. 

Stuff in the Layout
Most of the product is older but works marvelously.  Ghost Flowers by Heidi Swapp and Rain Dots by Cloud Nine with Fiskars.  I added the Rain Dots to the flowers to define the flower itself and with the upper flower it gave it dimension. Rub-ons are from Foof-a-La.The photo corners are from Heidi Swapp.Clips and Brads from Making Memories.Stamp of t…