Hello there everyone! It’s Andrea here, and today I want to share with you the full reveal of our beautiful new specialty kit “Christmas-land,” which we have made special for our Fairytale Christmas Workshop to be held this Friday, the 21st (tickets still available)! It is such an amazing kit and just filled with the cutest, vintage-retro, Disney Christmas designs! I don’t know about you, but I love Disney, especially Disney at Christmas-time!!! There is so much Christmas-y goodness in this collection, and I can’t wait to show it all to you!
First, let’s talk about what the kit was inspired by and what it is all about. Whenever we have a special event, we do a special kit that is specifically made and themed for the event and the projects that goes with that event/class. In the past we have held our events at Disneyland, and, focusing on a particular Disney theme, they are always filled with Disney magic! For example, the theme for our most recent event was “The Wonderful World of Disney,” which was about vintage Disney and the opening of Disneyland in 1955. While this event isn’t happening at Disneyland, it is all about Disney at Christmas-time, and is therefore chock-full of that Disney magic! You’ll find loads of Christmas imagery but with a Disney spin, like our Mickey ears-wearing Santa, the Mickey ears wreath, our gingerbread mouse, and our festive Small World facade, just to name a few! For more examples, just below you can see a quick overview of the awesome embellishments in the kit (we’ll take a closer look later on)!
But first, let's take a look at all of the beautiful patterned papers in the kit. As you can see, the color scheme for this collection is composed of traditional Christmas reds and greens, combined with lovely pinks and blues, which reflects the colors you’ll actually see in the parks this time of year. This color scheme helps evoke the vintage-retro feeling I always get when I think about Disney, especially at Christmas-time.
This vintage-retro vibe especially comes through in the types of patterns in the collection, not just the colors. I love how the patterns came out in this collection. They are super duper cute! And oh so vintage Disney! Let’s talk about my favorites (it’s all of them). To start us off, we have the paper below, appropriately called, “Christmas-land." If you look closely on the front side, you’ll see the tops of the towers of the castle are covered in snow! I love that little detail! And on the back is an awesomely retro, geometric, tear-drop kind of pattern.
The next paper, cheekily titled “Do Ya Wanna Build a Snowmouse?”, is also one of my favorites (as I said earlier). Our little snowmouse on the front is so cute, don’t you think? And on the back is a Christmas stripe, perfect to use as a background for any of your Christmas projects.
The next paper, called “Holly Jolly,” features rows of cute, snow-covered houses, which, I have to say, look extremely cozy and inviting on the inside. And on the back is a familiar, festive script with a Disney twist, reading “have a holly jolly Disney.” I just love it!
This next paper really is one of my favorite favorites! It’s aptly titled “Gingerbread Mouse,” and it features the absolutely cutest gingerbread creation you’ll ever see, flanked, of course, by delicious candy canes. And on the back is a simple black bow pattern, with a lovely soft blue background.
The next paper, called “Christmas Mouse Club,” is obviously another one of my top picks, and you know this is true because we brought back a pattern from our last Disney collection and gave it a Christmas colors update. I love how the whole thing pops now! And on the back is a really neat, retro, circle pattern.
We’ve had a bit of fun with the name for the next paper: “Under the Mouseletoe.” ;-) Our retro Minnie and Mickey are poised and ready to smooch under that famous little plant. And on the back we have a clean and simple mistletoe and Christmas bells pattern, very much like the kind of cute wrapping paper you’d find back in the day.
“Holiday Cheer” is the name of our next paper, and it features a cute, Mickey head ornament on the front. The back though, has to be one of my absolute favorite patterns from this collection. Those two, cute reindeer in pink and blue are obviously smitten with each other (you can tell by the heart hovering between them).
To wrap up our review of the papers in this collection, let’s take a look at the cut-aparts. There is the first one, called “Christmas at the Park,” and the second one, called “All I Want for Christmas is a Castle!” They are filled with fabulous vintage Christmas images like my cute, ginger, Mouseketeer girl, the Christmas tree with the mickey head ornaments, the Sleeping Beauty castle with the snow-covered towers, the Disney Christmas stocking, Small World for Christmas, and vintage-retro Mickey and Minnie of course! And they each have some really pretty vintage-retro patterns on the back of them as well!
Alright, now that we have looked at the pretty patterned papers in the collection, let’s take a look at the embellishments in “Christmas-land,” as promised earlier. This collection has a few really cute embellishments in it. one of which is the ephemera pack. It has some really amazing bits and pieces in it, like my cute little Mickey ears hats, Disney Christmas stockings, and cool script words like “santa” and “Merry Christmas.” And that’s just to name a few!
These decorative pom-pom paperclips are an embellishment we’ve started including in the past few kits. This pack is slightly different, though (I think for the better!), in that these pom poms are 1” instead of 1.5”, and you get six instead of four. They are great to use as a statement piece on your project or layout and absolutely perfect for planners, mini albums, and December daily’s to highlight or mark your spot on specific pages. I love how the pom pom colors work perfectly with the rest of the collection, and the gold paperclips are a very elegant finishing touch.
Here we have our final embellishment pack for this collection! It’s another one we started including in our kits very recently. The response was very positive, so we decided to do it again, especially since this kind of variety pack works well for the workshop this collection was designed for. But honestly, the bits and pieces you’re getting in this pack will work really well in any Christmas project you happen to be working on. You get six buttons, three glitter star stickers, ten bells in various sizes, and a very healthy amount of awesome Christmas sequins. Not to mention the library card and holder back there! I really love how this variety pack turned out!
And finally, let’s return to paper and talk about the gorgeous planner divider pages that come in “Christmas-land!” In addition to featuring many of the amazing graphics we’ve talked about already, there are three pages with one side dedicated to taking notes/making lists for Christmas and one page with a side containing a cute, December calendar!
Let’s take a look at each planner divider individually. We begin with one of my favorites, my cute snowmouse! He looks so dapper in that red and blue scarf! And I love the expression at the top, “It’s a marshmallow world in the winter!” And on the back is a lined page perfect for writing down your favorite memories from this holiday season.
On this next planner page, we return to the Small World facade design originally feature in “The Wonderful World of Disney” collection, only it’s been given a “paint job,” if you will, for the Christmas season! And there’s another lined page on the back for writing down your holiday traditions. Perfect!
To finish up the series of lined note-taking dividers, we have this one meant to write down all your favorite things about this time of year. And on the front is that super-cute design of vintage Minnie and Mickey about to kiss under the mouseletoe, wishing you a “Merry Christmas!”
We continue with a divider featuring the Mickey ears Christmas wreath and a “Joy to the World” sentiment on the front, and that incredibly cute, blue reindeer design on the back. I just can’t get over the cuteness!
I love this phrase divider with the snow-covered Sleeping Beauty castle on the front. The sentiment on the back is a perfect encapsulation of what Christmas (especially a Disney Christmas) means to me.
Here we finally get to see the gingerbread mouse in all his glory! He’s just SO happy to see you! (Don’t tell him he’s about to get eaten all up!) And on the back is a collection of adorable, Christmas-themed Minnie ears. Speaking of which, don’t forget to order your Fairytale ears today (not just for Halloween or Christmas)!
This next planner divider is great because the sentiment on the back, “I love Disney at Christmas-time,” is pretty much the inspiration for the whole collection in one, simple sentence. And how cute is my redhead mouseketeer on the front? She’s so ready for Christmas!
Last but not least we have the planner page I mentioned earlier with the December calendar on the back. It’s great because it’s not pre-filled with any dates or years, so you can use it now, or you can save it for next year or the next or the next or…you get it. And of course, on the front we have my super-cute, psyched-for-Disney-Christmas Santa, sporting his mouseketeer hat on top of his Santa hat!!! Makes you wonder, is that hat just a part of his head at this point?
Alright, so that’s it for this reveal of the new “Christmas-land” collection. I hope you enjoyed it and are as excited about it and in love with it as I am! Of course we would love to see you at the class on Friday (you can still get tickets!), which includes this kit, but even if you can’t make it, you can still join the fun - the collection is up for sale now! Talk to you later everyone!
Hugs! — Andrea