Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Creating a Christmas Village by Mixing Doodlebug Collections

Hello there!  How are you?  Are you guys feeling ready for Christmas?  I know in so many ways I'm not, but I guess it's coming whether whether I get my act together or not... ;)

Today I'm sharing one last project for Christmas featuring a mixture of some darling papers from several of my favorite Doodlebug collections.

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Village Houses by Mendi Yoshikawa (using Sizzix Dies & Patterned Papers from various Doodlebug collections).

I have been wanting to create a Christmas village ever since I received these sweet Sizzix Village dies earlier this year.  I knew if I didn't do something with them now they might become buried under a pile of other things on my rapidly growing "someday" list.  

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Village Houses by Mendi Yoshikawa (using Sizzix Dies & Patterned Papers from various Doodlebug collections).

Knowing these would take some a bit of time to create and wanting them to last year after year, I started by first cutting my houses from some heavy weight chipboard.  I then cut them again from some of my favorite Doodlebug Petite prints and other small prints from various 6x6 paper pads.  Because of the thickness of the chipboard, I needed to cut my patterned papers apart at the corner seams so that the windows and other openings would line up properly on all four sides.  To get around this, I matched the patterns with a corner piece that I created for each corner using a small piece of paper, scored and folded in half.

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Village Houses by Mendi Yoshikawa (using Sizzix Dies & Patterned Papers from various Doodlebug collections).

To add a fun detail to my roofs, I turned to various scalloped border dies in my stash, cutting them from 1/2" wide strips of patterned paper.  To keep the layers from blending together, I inked each edge with a bit of distress ink using a foam applicator.

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Village Houses by Mendi Yoshikawa (using Sizzix Dies & Patterned Papers from various Doodlebug collections).

One of the die sets come with the pieces to cut the snowy rooftops.  I started by cutting them all from white cardstock and then coated them with a Marvy Uchida Snow Marker.  Before heating them with my heat gun to puff them up and make them look real, I sprinkled them with Doodlebug's Lily White Sugar Coating Glitter.  When heated, the glitter becomes permanently adhered and it left them looking so sparkly and pretty!

I completed my houses, with simple wreaths created with a couple metallic pipe cleaners wrapped around a pencil and adhered with a little liquid glue. I love how they added a touch of green and added even more sparkle to my scene!

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Village Houses by Mendi Yoshikawa (using Sizzix Dies & Patterned Papers from various Doodlebug collections).

To complete my scene I picked up some miniature trees and an iridescent garland 
at Michaels to act as a filler in the background, while hiding my miniature strand of battery powered lights.

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Village Houses by Mendi Yoshikawa (using Sizzix Dies & Patterned Papers from various Doodlebug collections).

I hope I've inspired you to think outside the box and mix papers from different collections on your next project.  ;)

Before I go, I would like to thank everyone at Doodlebug for allowing me the sincere pleasure of sharing projects using their adorable products for these past four years.  It has been a dream of mine since I first discovered Doodlebug back in 2003 and I while I must step away for now, I hope to be back again someday soon.  They are truly the best of the best and I feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with them!  

I would also like to wish each one of you a very merry Christmas filled with lots of wonderful memories!



Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)


5 comments:

  1. These are so cute!! One question - does the glitter go over the snow marker while it's still wet or do you need to use an adhesive? I am ordering a snow pen now to try this out!

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    1. Thank you. I sprinkled the glitter while the pen was still wet and then used my heat gun to puff it up and lock in the glitter. :)

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    2. Got it, thanks!! Hope to keep seeing your creations in 2018!

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  2. This little village is so AWESOME! I am in love with anything Doodlebug, and this is just precious. TFS and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you Eileen! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas too! :)

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