Monday, November 2, 2009

Oh! You better watch out....

you better not cry, you better not pout I'm telling you why; Santa Clause is coming to town! That's right guys, Santa's coming to town. This year's Holiday Gift Set from Quickutz is called Santa's Workshop! But, if I were you, I wouldn't wait for Santa to bring it 'cause they won't last that long!

Santa's Workshop is all about mini albums! Inside this box you will receive the following:

Peppermint Mini Album with one page die, a belly band and an inset page mat. Peppermint's finished size measures 3 3/4" x 5 1/2".

Wintergreen Mini Album with a cover die, a page die and two inset page mats. Wintergreen's finished size measures 6" x 3 1/1".

Sugarplum Mini album with a cover die, a page die and two inset page mats. Sugarplum's finished size measures 4" x 3 3/4".

You also receive Santa's lowercase cookie cutter alphabet complete with numbers and 18 accessory dies including nesting labels, circles, squares ovals and more! All of the accessories are designed to work with all the albums.

But, that's not all!!! In addition to the Gift Set you can purchase spine sets, label shaped pages and folder (pocket) pages for Peppermint, Wintergreen and Sugarplum!

There's also a larger mini album, Gingerbread. It's finished size measures 5 3/4" x 5 1/4". Gingerbread comes with a cover die, a page die, two inset mats and two frame sets. It also has a spine set, label shaped die page and folder (pocket) page available for purchase separately.

And, as if that wasn't enough they've also release two cookie cutter die sets, Recipe and Heritage, to help you with your albums. The Heritage set has a family tree breakdown, silhouettes, and more. The Recipes collection contains fun food and utensil shapes to help you create fun mini recipe books.

And to help your mini books come to life Quickutz added new 3-D shapes. You can choose from the pop-up Flower set or the pop-up Window set.

Last but not least there are two mini accordian albums available. One square and one Circle. Each designed to coordinate with all the albums released.

All the albums and accessories in the Gift Set will work in the Revolution. Gingerbread, however, is for the Epic only...okay, it will also work in the Big Shot and the Cuttlebug. If you use it in the Cuttlebug, you will have to run it through the machine twice to get the complete cut. It works fine though...that's how I cut mine!

So, what do you think? Are you ready to see some projects? Jenn used Peppermint to create a Vacation Journal.

With Peppermint, the pages and cover are all the same size. Jenn created her cover and opted not to use the belly band. She did add the scallop spine from the Peppermint Spine Set. Now let's peek at her inside pages...

In addition to Peppermint, Jenn added shapes from the Relax Gift Set, retired Revolution phrase die, and a Sizzix sun. She also added one of the frames from the Gift Set. Here's Jenn's folder (pocket) pages...

Jenn's going to use these pages to house memorabilia from her trip. Plus, she can take it with her and add journaing to the pages to help her remember things from the trip! How fun!

With four kids and ever changing Christmas wish lists, it can be difficult to keep up. I decided to use Gingerbread to create a Christmas Wish Lists album.

For my cover, I used the scallop spine from the Gingerbread Spine Set and used the Santa's Workshop font for my title. Then I added the Revolution Christmas Tree. For fun I added rhinestones and Polar White Flower Soft (for snow) to my tree. I colored the star on top with my clear Copic Spica Glitter Pen.

Here's a peek at the inside cover and first page.

The December on the inside cover is from the retired Calendar set. To create the large scallop border on the bottom of the first page I used the Circle Mini Accordian album and cut it in half. When I glued it down, I only glued the bottom and sides so I could tuck a photo down into it.

Each child has a folder (pocket) page and a label page in between.

I added a plain mat to the back of the label page and used the other half of my Circle Mini Accordian album on the right side. To cover the score lines on my scallops I placed little bows there. I used the tab from the Gift Set on all the folder (pocket) pages to add the kids' names to and for Shelby, I added one of the labels from the Gift Set to the pocket.

On the backside of Shelby's folder (pocket) page I added a pop-up flower. I backed it with a different patterned paper for contrast. The next page is ready for photos.

For Brian's pocket, I layered the rectangle nameplate over the large oval from the Gift Set and adhered them to a piece of coordinating paper. Since the label page next to his pocket is a brighter and busier pattern, I left that page to embellish after I add photos.

For Seth's pocket, I took the large frame from the Gift Set and used the rectangles from the windows. I tied a ribbon around them to resemble gifts. A simple border on the label page and it's ready for photos.

Last but not least there's Cody's page. For his pocket, I put a piece from the coordinating paper line in a Glitter Rim and added a bow to the edge.

Each pocket page has two Revolution Notebook sheets in it. I will use these to add the kids' wishes to. Then, after Christmas I can add the photos of them opening their presents and I have a complete book!

When I first saw this release I honestly wasn't sure about it. But, the more I looked at it the more I liked it. And, if mini books aren't your thing, you could still get plenty of use out of this Gift Set. The accessories alone are great! I used the Wintergreen album to create this gift card holder...

I used the Wintergreen cover die, the label spine from the Wintergreen Spine Set and Santa's Workshop font for the sentiment. The poinsetta is from the Unity Hodge Podge of Happiness kit. I stamped it twice and layered it to get the red and green. The brad is from the Sassafras Lass Bungle Jungle brad set.

I adhered the folder (pocket) page inside because I wanted it to be more like a card. Then I added the larger label and smaller rectangle from the gift set to the inside left. The to/from stamp is from a Stampin' Up! set of stamps I bought late last year. Since I wanted it to be a card, I glued the spine closed on the inside but before I did, I used my Scor-Pal and scored the front cover so it would open past the holes.

Well, there you have it! The new Holiday Gift Set! Isn't it great?! Between you and me, I heard a rumor that Quickutz has already sold out of Gingerbread so if you have your eyes on that one, I would not wait to order it! They will go fast! And, be sure if you think you like the accessories and spine sets you grab them when you order your gift set! You would hate to decide later that you want them only to find out they're sold out! GASP! While you're here leave us a comment and let us know what you think about the release! Which one are you dying to get your hands on? Please feel free to email me if you have any questions regarding the release! Thanks for stoppin' by today! We'll be back tomorrow for With us Wednesday!


P.S. Jenn is our Font Queen! She very quickly found the TTF equivalent for Santa's Workshop font and it is called Mighty Tuxedo.


Tammy said...

You know I just bought mine, I {LOVE} mini albums! Great Christmas Wish List project, I am totally lifting that Katie (since all I hear from my kids lately is "I want that!")

Scrapendipity said...

Fabulous projects, ladies!! If anyone is on the fence about these sets, I suggest you jump off and order before they are gone. This is one fantastic release.

Anonymous said...

I loved this album on line when I first saw it. You did a beautiful job. I had the honor of seeing it in person this weekend in Seattle and WOW! It's even more beautiful in person. Great job! Love how you put it all together.