CASE-ing the Catty #287 – Christmas Tree Inspiration

Well, I think it has finally happened, people. I am feeling the Christmas crafting mojo coming on. I love Christmas but I don’t like to get too festive too early, lest you get sick of it before December. My two littlest kids are really, really, super into Halloween, and are prancing about in costumes and trying to pull out all the Halloween decorations already, and the wise ten year old keeps saying “jeez, people, it’s only September. CALM DOWN!” I can just imagine her reaction if I started on Christmas already!!

But there has been an ever increasing parade of gorgeous Christmas crafts coming across my social media feeds, and of course the weekly dose of inspiration that is CASE-ing the Catty. This week we are looking at leaf and tree projects from the 2020 Holiday Mini Catalogue.

Sometimes CASE-ing involves using a layout, a colour palette, a mix of design elements, or a technique. Sometimes it is just the spark of inspiration that sets you off down a creative path. This week it was definitely that for me – it was this project on page 22 that I kept coming back to.

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I just love the simple representation of a tree as a triangle, and the fun patterns on these. And what it reminded me of was something that I’ve seen kicking around on Pinterest and Instagram in the December Daily community particularly, that I’ve been wanting to try. So for my project this week I have this overlay that I’ve made to go in my December memory album, using some DSP triangle trees.

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The “trees” are layered onto a transparency sheet and cut from the Heartwarming Hugs DSP. I have to admit it took me ages to figure out how to cut the large triangles I needed (the sheet is 7″ x 8.25″ so the largest trees are 8.25″ tall). Then I woke up in the middle of the night and went “duh, cut rectangles, fold them in half, trim off one side at an angle” and felt pretty foolish for not realising earlier how simple it was. Clearly I’ve forgotten my kindergarten art classes.

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So after I cut a bunch of triangles at different heights I layered them in a pleasing fashion and adhered them all down with Tear’n’Tape. 

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It felt like there needed to be a little more detail at the bottom of the page, so I ended up settling on this tree hillside cut with the Home Together Dies (I love these dies so much). It also made for the perfect tab as it overhung the page a little, so I reinforced that overhang with a couple of layers of Thick Whisper White cardstock and some more DSP on the back. Whenever I have a full page or an insert in my albums I like to make a tab to turn it with like this. The ‘O Christmas Tree’ is cut from a Memories and More card from I think the 2018 holiday catalogue.

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Peeking through from behind the trees is part of this photo which is what you see when you turn the page. I printed part of the photo at a full page size as well – 7″ x 8.25″. It is one of my favourite photos from last December, when we had just put up the tree and Genevieve was so fascinated by the lights and decorations. 

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I plan on adding some journaling on the back side of the tree transparency layer as well, probably on a Memories and More card. The front of the trees was finished off with a few glittery stars out of my stash/

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As always, we love it when you join in the CASE-ing the Catty fun and share your creations with us over on the CTC Facebook page.

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Next up on the crew hop this week is Monique, hop on over with me to see what fabulousness she has in store for us this week.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Siobhan.