We are so excited to welcome Tessa Buys back for her second guest post! This week, she’s sharing an absolutely stunning Memorydex spinner created with the ‘Tis the Season collection. If you’re looking for an alternative way to document your December, you won’t want to miss this project!
Hello, Elle’s Studio friends! I am really excited to be sharing this project with you today. To document our December this year, I decided to fill a Heidi Swapp Memorydex Spinner with the fabulous ‘Tis the Season collection. I started by making a title card using patterned paper from the 6” x 6” paper stack, the Good Cheer acrylic, and a label from the ‘Tis the Season small blank labels.
Inspired by the typewriter font on so many pieces in the collection, I used my own typewriter to fill out the label with “25 Days of….” Next, I made cards for each day of the month leading up to Christmas, as well as extra cards for more photos, journaling, and decoration.
To make the daily cards, I used my one inch circle punch to punch the numbered circles from the “Countdown” patterned paper in the 12” x 12” paper collection, adding iridescent glitter to the numbers for some extra sparkle. When adhering the numbers to the cards, I used foam adhesive and added a bit of silver metallic thread to the back.
I used the other circles from the “Countdown” paper to make paper clips, adhering two circles back to back with foam adhesive, making sure the adhesive stuck to the top of the paper clip, too. I added silver tinsel trim to the edge of the circles for a festive, holiday touch.
Rather than follow a recipe of any kind, every card is different. I mainly used the 6” x 6” paper stack, since the scale of the patterns was better suited to the size of my cards. I saved every little bit of paper after matting photo spaces and cutting out cards. Smaller scraps were easily trimmed into pennants or adhered to cards as borders. In fact, I still have a pile of pieces to attach to photos as December comes and I print pictures to add to the spinner. The paper is just too cute to throw any little bit away!
Every card has a little bit of embellishing, using elements from the ‘Tis the Season puffy stickers to the die cuts in the ‘Tis the Season bits and pieces. For more texture and holiday sparkle, I added silver metallic tulle, pom poms and ribbon to more paper clips. I also used silver wire trim to make little wreaths that encircle more “Countdown” circles.
If you’d like to see the spinner in action, I invite you to check out my YouTube video. Besides taking through the spinner card by card, I also show you how to make the “Countdown” circles paper clip:
Thank you to Elle for the opportunity to guest design this month! I cannot wait to fill my spinner with memories. I’m going to enjoy flipping through these ‘Tis the Season decorated cards for years to come.
I live in Sacramento, California with my husband, three boys, and little girl. They’ve been the darlings of my scrapbook pages since I started a family, but I had been playing with paper and glue long before they came along. I currently design for Pink Paislee and We R Memory Keepers. I am also a creative team coordinator for Scrapbook Circle, where I host challenges and curate exclusive content for kit subscribers. When I’m not documenting life with pretty papers and embellishments, I’m getting creative in the studio teaching dance and setting choreography on competition students. I love the color combination of yellow, red and mint (a la my craft room), I survive on diet Dr. Pepper (I know, I should really quit), and I’m currently re-living high school by binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have been an Elle’s Studio fan for many years and feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a guest designer this month!
Please visit Tessa’s blog, Precocious Paper, Facebook page, Instagram and YouTube accounts to see more of her beautiful projects! Thank you so much for working with ES products this month, Tessa. We’ve been truly inspired!