Monday, December 2, 2013

Giveaway + Pretty Little Studio Blog Hop

It's a holiday hop! So happy you've stopped in today. I have a couple of Pretty Little Studio projects I've created in celebration of this hop.

Woodland Christmas
I was delighted to receive pieces from this darling collection and put them to work on a few holly jolly projects.

Since Mr. Claus himself will be visiting in less than a month, I decided to help Maggie prepare her wish list. To do this, I created a pocket by stitching two of the Twas the Night Bookmark Tags together.



Before stitching, I added a few decorative embellishments to the pocket, including a slice of doily, a strip of washi tape, a sequin, and one of the Pretty Little Studio Balsam Fir Paper Ribbon.


To make sure this works as a pocket, I didn't stitch across the top. I left it open so a tag could be slipped inside for Santa.


I made sure to wrap part of the embellishment cluster around back, creating a quick front/back embellishment approach. To complete the back, I added Maggie's name, using stickers from BasicGrey, and sprinkled on a few small toppings (heart and star).



For Maggie's wish list, I simply noted a few things I knew she'd love using a Shipping Tag from Pretty Little Studio and my typewriter.


I then inserted the tag into my stitched pocket. Top things off with a little homemade popcorn ball and, of course, a glass of milk, and you've got a gift the big man in red will cherish.



My Layout
Now, time to go back in time to last Christmas. I'm so happy to finally have a layout done about that joyous time in our lives. This line was just the ticket for completing such a project.


I was immediately drawn to the various stars in this line and knew I wanted to incorporate them throughout. Since Maggie is our own little star, it only made sense that the page be about her. And no time shines quite like Christmas time, so it was a perfect pairing.



I cut strips from the 8x8 star paper to create the border on the left side of the page.



I used this same paper on one of my grid pieces, as well as a slice of doily and this darling Pretty Little Studio flair.


As fun as a good banner can be, I decided to turn one of these cute Spruce Pine Bunting Flags on its head instead, making it a Christmas tree.



The ornaments are dots to letter Is in my Making Memories sticker sheet. The trunk is a letter T from the same set.




These fun file-folder tabs offer much creative potential. Unfortunately, they were a bit large for my grid purposes. No problem. I simply altered them a bit to dress up a few of my pictures.



On a layout where I want to include as many photos as possible, I'm all for space-saving solutions when it comes to journaling, which is why I created this flip tag.

To create the journaling flap, I simply stitched one of the sassy Twas the Night Bookmark Tags to one of the Shipping Tags (similar to the tags shown below). By scoring along the seam before stitching, it created an easy-to-open door.




Finally, I added a little twinkle twinkle by punching a star from my cardstock, adding a few of the Woodgrain Star Stickers around the negative shape (area where I punched), and topping it with tracing paper. From there, I added a couple of stars on top of the tracing paper to complete this grid square.




Hop to shop! 
From this hop, you'll want to shop. The Pretty Little Studio shop has so much to choose from, and much of it is under $5, so this prize of five buckaroos will hook you up with a ticket to some new delights. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, Dec. 6.




Hey, kid, hop and roll; hop on!
Great news! Every hop stop has a giveaway attached, so you'll want to visit each of the sites and leave a love note at each stop along the way for more chances to win.



Next hop stop on the list: the incredible Maggie Holmes. Tell her I said hello while you're there, okay? :)

For a complete list of hopper bloggers, check out the Pretty Little Studio blog.

And don't forget to visit Pretty Little Studio for complete information on all the happiness happening today with their fabulous Cyber Monday sale. It's only a two-day event, so you'll want to act fast!


Thanks so much for visiting today! I always love hearing from you and appreciate your support!

Cheers!

29 comments:

Monique Liedtke said...

I adore your projects!!!! Love to see all the step-by-steps.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So gorgeous!!!! I love love love that tag and loving the grid design on your lo!!

Jessy Christopher said...

Gosh I love all your lil ideas!! You are just brilliant! Love the projects too :)

{VICKI} said...

Love your creations~
Thanks for sharing
This is my first stop---so gotta
get to hoppin!

KrissyClarkMcKee said...

Oh my goodness, these projects are so cute and I love the step-by-steps that you did!

Penny Smith said...

You SOOOO knocked it out of the park!! THANK you for your participation and for all your hard work and idea sharing!!

SarahA said...

Gotta love tags! Neat : )

Josie said...

Turning the flag into a tree is just so smart!! love your work… :)

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

So super cute! I love Maggie's list pocket and that darling layout!

Annette Hardy said...

Darling, darling, darling Megan, I am always inspired and you know how much i heart me some vintage! this layout is cuteness doubled!!! thanks! Annette Hardy

Vicki said...

Wow so much inspiration. Love the tag, and especially love the wee tree and using the letter T. Great ideas. :)

Aimee said...

thank you for the great ideas!

Under The Jenny Tree said...

LOVE... the collage style, typewriter, the hidden journaling... oh and the sweet precious baby so cute! PLS has amazing talent :)

Carolyn said...

love the creative uses of the banners and the star package. Can't wait to try some

Anonymous said...

Darling projects! Becky J abcjones@comcast.net

Kawine said...

OMG! All these projects! I'm inspired for sure now! And the tag with the message for santa, what a great idea! I'm adding your blog to my facorites!

paola jofre said...

I agree! very inspirational...great ideas..I need a sewing machine LOL ..WOW!

bearsmother said...

I really wish I still had that old manual typewriter. Hang on to it for dear life. Love the idea of the tag for a list for Santa. All of the projects were great. the layout is clean and simple - the best

Funky Finds said...

love your creations! happy holidays!

JennyKozar said...

Just beautiful! I love how you used so many elements.

Melissa Ferrell said...

Your project is adorable! I love how you made the tag. Such a wonderful idea!

KellyG said...

Super cute projects, love all the pockets and flaps! So creative!

jasmine said...

I love the journaling flap! Such a clever way to include journaling on your layout!

mk said...

Beautiful projects, Megan! Love how you made those little pockets. And of course... your daughter is so sweet.

Ashley Horton said...

So excited to see you guesting for Pretty Little Studio, Megan! Love the awesome projects you created with the PLS goodies!

gabriella said...

What a creative use of supplies, I especially love the Christmas trees

Alice Golden said...

This is so adorable Megan! I'm so excited for you to celebrate Maggie's first Christmas - so much fun!!

Chark said...

You're so clever! and she's a doll!

Zara said...

Great layout! Maggie is so adorable!