Magical Christmas Layout: The Unicorn Reimagined

The sun is shining, the bees are out, the flowers are blooming… and I am working on Christmas pages.  When Close to My Heart asked me to “reimagine” the Magical Unicorn layout in the Everyday Moments collection, the first thing that came mind was a Deer and, with all the bright colors in the Blue Skies collection, I knew that I needed to create a Christmas layout. 

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If you read my previous posts, you know that I was assigned the Magical Unicorn key from the Everyday Moments collection and was asked to create the original design (seen here on my blog) AND a reimagined design.  In true Miss. Carrie fashion, I broke the rules.  I chose to use the Blue Skies collection, which is intended for summer, with the Magical Unicorn, which is not at all Christmasy, and created a holiday layout. 

Are you able to pick-out which images I used from the original design?  In my video tutorial, I walk you through the creative process in Design Space so that you are able to see how I turned the unicorn into a deer.  There aren’t too many steps, and it’s a great tutorial for those who are learning to use their Cricut. 

As you can see here, the ears, flowers, title and stars are all from the original Magical Unicorn key.  I love how those flowers turned out! The Blue Skies cardstock I used has a raised pattern design which make those flowers just pop off the page. 

I paired the cardstock with vellum to soften the design some.  If you choose to use Vellum with these flower cuts, you are going to want to choose “Intricate Cardstock Design” in Design Space.  The vellum setting doesn’t cut those straw flowers as cleanly. 

Along with the Blue Skies cardstock, I also used the pattern paper and stickers.  All of these are intended for summer designs, but I felt like they were the perfect backdrop for my Christmas photos. 

One of the pattern papers I used had a sentiment design that didn’t quite match with the holiday theme, so I chose a sticker from the Blue Skies collection to cover it. Using the “Life is Sweet” sticker was a great way to stick to my holiday theme and add a little embellishment to the layout.  

There are still a few details, like journaling, that I need to add to the layout.  I am in the process of creating an extended story with these holiday photos, so I am waiting to finish the story writing process.  Once I have finished, I will show you the completed design and share it with you. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to take another look at the Magical Unicorn key in the Everyday Moments collection.  This Cricut collection is not available in Access or through the Cricut website – it is only available through my affiliate link below. 

While you are visiting this website, make sure to take a look at all FOUR exclusive Cricut collections I have to offer you.  Our two newest collections are designed to match our Aurora and Stitched Together paper packs – imagine all the possibilities!!!  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Paper Layering Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Layering Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of paper layering techniques that highlight a few of our Close to My Heart products!72479502_10156828828917934_6898018155151491072_o.jpg  If you have come here from Maz Wood’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

To me, paper layering means using a variety of products, from various collections, that all complement each other and use them on a single paper crafting project. This is my FAVORITE way to create.  I enjoy being able to just grab from my stash when construct a layout, like this Snow Cute page.MissCarriesCreations-SnowCuteLayoutSM.jpg

To often, we grab a background paper, like the one from Holly Jolly here, and think that we need to only using Holly Jolly products, without noticing that the Mix-Ins and Cedar & Pine have embellishments that match perfectly. When I am designing my layouts, I don’t even pay attention to the product line, I simply snag & grab everything that coordinates  with my photo and create.

If you look at the title of my layout, you will see that I used a combination of Complete Creativity Cricut™ cuts  and stickers from the Cedar & Pine Collection, yet the paper is from the Holly Jolly collection. These both match my photos and coordinate with each other.  

If you take a hard look at the other side of the layout, you will notice Cricut™ cuts from Flower Market, Your Are Here, & Complete Creativity along with stickers from the Holly Jolly collection.  Every piece I chose for this layout complements each other and the photos I am trying to highlight.  If you like, you can watch this short process video, and watch how I put together this Snow Cute page.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  I hope today’s post has encouraged you to start looking at your products in a whole new way.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Holly Jolly Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
Holly Jolly Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet

Mix-in Paper Packet
Mix-In Paper Packet

Mix-in Paper Packet
Mix In Paper Packet

Cedar & Pine Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
Cedar & Pine Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet

Cricut® collection image
Complete Creativity Collection

Sapphire Cardstock
12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

Glacier Cardstock
12 x 12 Glacier Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock
Ballerina Cardstock
12 x 12 Ballerina Cardstock
Cricut® collection image
Flower Market Collection
Z3553
Acrylic Hearts

Z1263
Bitty Sparkles

Z3293
Clear Shimmer Brush

Paper Tool Set
Paper Tool Set

Weeding Tool Set
Weeding Tool Set (Tweezers)

Z1151
Foam Tape

Z3341Foam Dots

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 370 Paper DistresserEdge Distresseser Tools

Z1836
MicroTip Scissors

Portable Trimmer, 12"
Portable Paper Trimmer

 

Remembering the Little Things

A Heart2Heart Papercrafting Challenge

It’s all about the little things. The little things matter. We miss the little things when they are gone. This week, we are asking you to join us at Heart2Heart and share the little things that matter to you.

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Whether you choose to use our New Every Little Thing products or showcase the little things that matter, we would love for you to link up your creation before September 30th.  This week, I am sharing a few little things that I miss. 

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“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”
(
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)  

Scrapbooking is a great way to remember the little things. Those things we took for granted like Green Jello Salad with pineapples at EVERY holiday dinner.  Or the smirk on an 80 year old woman’s face when she thought no one noticed her pinching a piece off the roll.  Scrapbooking our memories gives us the opportunity to write down the memories and share those “little things” with others.

When I began creating this page, I realized that the patterns from our Every Little Thing papers complemented the photos well. As I continued to pull paper patterns from my trays, I was able to also snag a few sheets from the Mix-Ins collectionI love how our collections are designed to complement each other. 

After designing the page, I retreated to Design Space™ to find some images and create the title.  After searching randomly for leaf images, I realized that the Layered Leaves Thin Cuts and Vellum Die-Cuts were a perfect addition to my layout.

I am so thankful that I was able to record the little things I remember from long ago. I hope that this page has inspired you to record your “little things” and share them on a scrapbook layout.  Please share your project with us at the Heart2Heart challenge. We always enjoy seeing your creations.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.