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Die-Cutting Essentials Christmas Magazine

When Kirsty from Die-Cutting Essentials got in touch to discuss an article, I must admit, I did a little squeal. Well quite a big squeal actually. Having a project in a magazine has been on my creative bucket list since I first became interested in scrapbooking and my sister in law gave me a magazine to look out about 13 years ago. Since those heady days of a range of scrappy mags to choose from, the UK now has no specialist scrapbooking magazines at all. Although we all love the free content we can get on social media, I really miss flicking through an actual magazine with a cuppa. I’m not a card maker or a stamper really and it was one of my scrapbook layouts that I really wanted to see in print, so alas, I thought it would never happen.

But look what happened!

King layout Lisa Jane Johnson cropped 1024x1024 - Die-Cutting Essentials Christmas Magazine

Kirsty asked if I could design some Christmas cut files for readers to download and if the team and I could create some projects to show them off. The beauty of Die-Cutting Essentials is that it covers a whole range of paper-crafting styles so we could really go to town with different projects. In addition to the scrapbook page above that I created using the “Candy Cane Stripe Border” and the “Holly Sprig” cut files, I also created another scrapbook page, this time using the “It’s A Cracker” cut file.

Cracking layout Lisa Jane Johnson cropped 1024x1024 - Die-Cutting Essentials Christmas Magazine

Terri created a fantastic card suitable for however you might celebrate the festive season, using the “Warm Winter Wishes” cut file. She also used her sketch pen with our “Candy Striped Border” file.

DCE WWW card - Die-Cutting Essentials Christmas Magazine

I was inspired to create a card too and Laura was kind enough to send me some gorgeous woodgrain brown sequins to finish off the shaker element perfectly. I used the “Hot Chocolate Card kit” with the “holly sprig” and the sentiment from “Warm Winter Wishes” file.

DCE shaker cup - Die-Cutting Essentials Christmas Magazine

This cute mug doesn’t have to just be a card though. Laura had the fun idea to make it into a mini book, perfect for giving to someone special as a sticking present this Christmas.

DCE mini album front 1024x1024 - Die-Cutting Essentials Christmas Magazine

Terri also created a small format scrapbook page for her 6×8 Christmas journal. The sketch pen border (Candy Cane Stripe Border) is fantastic for mini projects such as Journal Your Christmas and December Daily etc because it adds interest without adding bulk to your albums. She added a ‘Holly Sprig’ for more dimension here too.

DCE 25 page - Die-Cutting Essentials Christmas Magazine

And finally in the magazine was my little place card using the ‘It’s A Cracker’ cut file which I popped up onto acetate to make it “float”.

DCE Place card - Die-Cutting Essentials Christmas Magazine

All of my projects were created using the Simple Stories Merry and Bright collection that I used for my Christmas Journal last year (and I’m still finishing). I loved it so much I might have to get some more for this year!

All of these cut files are available in our shop but in Issue 58 of the magazine you will find a code to download all 5 of our files here for free! You can also get instructions and supplies for all of our projects too.

We’ll be back later in the month with some other creations using these festive designs.

Happy creating!


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