Are you deciding what Christmas products to add to your shopping cart?
I went on a Christmas scrapbook shopping spree last week.
I actually did not buy many Christmas-related products over the last few years so I was feeling the pinch when holiday scrapbooking. I figured a more extravagant shopping trip was in order this year.
So I decided to tell you what I think about the product I bought, both the good and the bad!
(Note: For ME, this is an unusually large amount of Christmas product to buy, but we’re all different. I’m curious to hear whether this seems large to you, too, or rather modest).
Paperclipping Vote for Best Christmas Collection Ever…
Shimelle’s Christmas Magic collection wins my vote!
- The images are so true to my experience of Christmas, both as a child and adult, that just by looking at the pieces I immediately remembered special Christmas stories that I never thought to document before.
- Shimelle’s images remind me of the Christmas images of my childhood more than other products I’ve seen.
- Shimelle’s thoughtful way of thinking about what she wants out of supplies while she’s scrapbooking translates to wonderful, clever, useful pieces in her own collection.
Other Favorite Christmas Embellishments…
Heidi Swapp’s Wood Pieces
The images are wonderful, but my favorite thing about these are the bold Christmas red! I will never understand why it is so rare to find Christmas-themed scrapbooking supplies in Christmas red.
Thank you, Heidi!
Lil B’s Nutcrackers
Of course, since I have a ballerina who dances yearly in the Nutcracker, I keep my eyes open for this icon. I am absolutely THRILLED with these little guys. They are the best I’ve found in my search of 4 years!
They are highly detailed, classic, intricate, layered, shiny, small enough to not overwhelm your page…they’re basically perfect.
If nutcrackers aren’t your thing, they have other similar supplies, but with different images that are also wonderful.
Products that almost hit the mark for me, but not quite…
American Crafts Glitter Stars
I was so excited about these stars. Glitter, dimension…love, love, love.
The problem: They’re TOO dimensional to be realistically used in scrapbooking, in my opinion.
The gold and silver stars are not quite as bad as the red and green, which are about a full inch in height and are very pointy. The gold and silver are about 3/4ths the height of the red and green and a little flatter at the point.
BUT…they look FANTASTIC, so if you love inch-thick dimension, or you have a different non-scrapbooky use for these, by all means, get them.
You can also do what I did in the video to be released next Monday — I altered them so they’re a bit flatter.
American Crafts Let It Snow Paper Pad
I like the patterns in this collection. My main beef goes back to the shade of red. It almost always comes down to the reds for me!
The cover makes these papers look like they have that beautiful vibrant Christmas red that I’m always looking for. Unfortunately, the actual papers in the pad are really a very dull red.
In the photo above you can see that the red on the paper pad is as vibrant as the red of Heidi Swapp’s wood veneer. But when you look at the actual paper there is a big difference…
If you don’t like a bright red, then this might be a plus for you. (But who in the world doesn’t love a true Christmas red at Christmas time?!)
It’s possible that the individual sheets (if they have them) are more vibrant. Paper pads come notoriously duller because they’re lower quality. Unfortunately, individual sheets were not offered where and when I was shopping, so I have no idea if they would be the true Christmas red we see on the cover.
Ways to get a true Christmas red when your products aren’t providing it for you
Are you also lamenting a lack of true, bold, bright Christmas red in patterned paper?
I have some ways to make up for this! Please stay tuned. I’ll be back with a video next Monday that shares some strategies for easily getting Christmas red into your albums when you can’t find it in your papers. :)
If you know of a Christmas paper collection that has a true vibrant Christmas red, please share!
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