Fairytale Christmas Workshop Review

Hello everyone! It's me, Andrea, here today, and I want to share with you all a quick little review of our Fairytale Christmas Workshop that we had in December. It was so wonderful and magical and just filled with so much fun and creativity! I had such a wonderful time and I was so pleased to hear from the ladies that attended the workshop that they really, really enjoyed themselves as well!

So for those of you who don't know, whenever we can, we try, here at the Fairytale Club, to host fun events and classes for our awesome Fairytale Club Customers. We have done events at Disneyland in the past and we have done springtime events and Halloween events...but this time we thought we would try to do things a little bit differently and we decided to host a Christmas Workshop in Diamond Bar, CA and have a couple of classes with a couple of really awesome papercrafting projects for our guests to work on while they enjoyed a Fairytale themed Christmas party with yummy food, lots of prizes, a photobooth, and of course, an awesome Disney Christmas kit that was made especially for the event!

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The kit that I designed for this event, as a specialty kit/collection, is called "Christmas-land" and is all about Disneyland at Christmastime! It is so beautiful and filled with so many fun Disney-Christmas goodies like cute pics of Mickey and Minnie under the mistletoe, a Holiday version of Small World, and Santa with a Mickey Mouse hat on!

Each person at the Christmas Workshop received this very special kit with all the pretty 12x12 patterned papers and 6x8 decorative pages, and the cute embellishments like the ephemera pack and the variety pack and decorative paperclips! In addition to all those goodies, they also each received some chipboard covers and binder rings to build their Disney Christmas mini-album with (the first class project we worked on during the Workshop), and a white chipboard memorydex box (which was for the second class project).

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We all had the greatest time in both of the super fun Christmas classes that I and Carolee taught for the Workshop! We worked on my Mini-Album class first and then we moved on to Carolee's Memorydex class. In our classes we showed the ladies some fun and different ways to document the Holiday season! And we gave them some great tips and tricks to creating and decorating their mini-albums and memorydex boxes for Christmastime!

During the Workshop, while we crafted, we chatted and we ate and played Disney trivia and gave away prizes! It was such a fantastic time! Everyone walked away with at least one prize, if not more (and there were so many cool prizes -- disney prizes, scrapbook prizes, planner prizes, decorative prizes). And the Disney trivia game that we played to give the prizes out was so much fun and so funny -- some girls thought the questions were hard, other Disney experts in the group thought it was easy, but everyone got the answers right (with a little help here and there sometimes from friends :-) ) and everyone laughed and had a great time and everyone was a winner! Which is the best kind of game -- one where everyone wins!

Oh, and I have to talk to you about the photobooth!

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Our photobooth that we set up for the event was absolutely fantastic! It was our Fairytale Club Lemonade stand and we filled it with lots of pretty Christmas decorations! And we also had some really adorable decorative enlargements of some of our Disney Christmas pieces from our "Christmas-land" kit (like the Snow-Mouse and the Gingerbread-Mouse)!

The decor for the booth, and really the whole party, was vintage and Disney and Christmas themed and it was all so beautiful! There were trees and wreaths and garlands everywhere and cute little touches like little vintage reindeer and vintage Mickey Mouses here and there! It was all very, very cute and oh so magical!!! It was truly a Fairytale Christmas workshop!!!

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Alright, well I hope you have enjoyed this fun review of our Fairytale Christmas Workshop that we had in December. It was such a fun event with such cool classes and projects and such a lovely group of people that attended too! It was just wonderful!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Workshop and tomorrow we will be sharing some more up-close pictures of the magical Disney Christmas projects that we worked on in the classes so stay tuned for that too! And stay tuned for more of our Fairytale Club Christmas wrap up this week!

Huuuugs everyone!

Andrea Bethke

Founder/Owner/Designer

The Fairytale Club

Aimee's "Christmas-land" Mini Tag Album

Hey Fairytale Club Fans, this week our Design Team Members will be sharing some of their favorite projects they created this season using our 2 Christmas Kits “December Dreams” & “Christmas-land”!

First off we have Aimee with a Mini Tag Album using “Christmas-land”.


Hi there, Aimee here!

Have you all seen the Christmas-land kit? You know the one Andrea and Carolee did a workshop with.

Well it’s even better in person. Like way better! It’s so awesome, I made my husband take me to Disneyland on Christmas Day, just to take pictures so I could use the christmas-land kit and make this Album TRUE STORY!

And this mini tag album came out WAY better than I could have ever dreamed! For this album I used 2 of the 12x12 papers from the kit “Christmas at the Park” and “All I want for Christmas is a castle!” and some bookmark tags from my stash.

I printed all the photos I wanted to use with my Instax share printer. I cut up the 12x12 papers into the 3x4 journaling cards. I also used a few of the tags too.

I then placed the 3x4 cards with the bookmark tags and photos. Once I was happy with which tag went with what photo and what card, choose die cuts from the die cut pack that went with each pile of cards. When everything was placed, I adhered the photos to the bookmark tags. You can find a video of this on my YOU TUBE Channel.

I then stamped each photo with a different sentiment form a roller stamp. I also embellished each card/tag with puffy stickers and stickles to give them some added depth. Once I was happy with all of the embellishments, I punched a hole in the top of each card/tag.

I choose the “all I want for Christmas…” Journaling card as my cover for this album.

I attached a decorative pom pom paper clip to the top. I then placed all the cards on to a large binder ring and this created the album.

To create the bell dangle, I used a tassel from my stash along with some jump rings. I added 1 or 2 bells from the Christmas-land Variety pack to each jump ring and continued until I had used all the bells. I just love this addition to my album.

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I also made some shaker tags (with my fuse tool and all the goodies from the Christmas-land Variety pack). OMG I love these. I think by far this was the best addition to my mini. This was the first time making this type of tag, and I think it turned out so AWESOME. I just traced the bookmark tag with a sharpie, I then ran my fuse tool (against a ruler to keep my lines straight) on the inside of the sharpie, I fused 4 sides before adding all the goodies, and then sealed the tag from the top. To make the hole (so it would be closed and the glitter wouldn’t come out) I burned a hole through the sleeve with a rounded tip.

Do you enjoy making Mini Albums?

XOXO Aimee

Aimee's Santa Visit

Hi all Aimee here, hoping you had a great Christmas and New Year! Today I’m sharing a layout I made using the “December Dreams” Kit.

I took my little dog Jager to see Santa at the Mall and of course I had to scrap it!

My layout is an 8.5 x 11 and I used an A5 dashboard from the December Dreams kit as my back ground. Who knew that an A5 dashboard fits perfectly onto an 8.5 x 11 layout!

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I fussy cut the tree from another one of the A5 dashboards. Using some 3-d adhesive foam, I layered it over my photo. (Don’t forget that cute little deer that’s layered over the tree.) I also cut some scallops from “Land of Snowflakes” and stitched them to the top and bottom of that A5 dashboard.

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When I was stitching the scallops on to my cardstock, I also stitched on a snowflake and “ticket” from the die cut pack for fun. I also used 3-d foam adhesive to pop them up and layer them on top of my photo.

Next I took “Merry” + “Christmas,” and, using more 3-d foam adhesive, I placed these die cut words at the top of my page.

To finish off my layout I used a date roller stamp to date the visit to Santa.

Do you take your pets to see Santa?

XOXO Aimee

Solange's "December Dreams" Tags

Hey everyone, Solange here with another project using the “December Dreams” kit. I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season with tons of crafting.

In today’s project I made two tags which you can use as decor in packaging or include in a tag flip or just send as a goodie to a penpal.

To create the tags I simply cut them out of the 12x12 papers using another tag from my stash as a guide. Tags are super simple to decorate because they are small and therefore you’ll only need a few things to dress them up.

For the first tag, I fussy cut the reindeer from the cut apart sheet and then just added two ephemera pieces to finish it off .

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For the other tag I fussy cut a tree from the cut apart sheet and the big tree from the dashboards. I glued the big tree right onto the tag but I added foam tape to the smaller tree to make it stand out and give the tag some dimension. I also added the cute fairy from the ephemera pack on foam tape to make her the center of attention. To finish it off I added the beautiful tassel that came in the kit which gives the tag some texture and an interactive element.

I hope this has inspired you to make some cute and easy tags using your “December Dreams” kit and I’ll see you next time.

Xoxo, Solange .

Adeline's "December Dreams" Traveler's Notebook

Hi my Fairy friends,

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It's Adeline today for a merry, week layout in my traveler notebook. I use this traveler for my weekly planning so this week is the holidays : Christmas is coming! So let's see my week decor with the “December Dreams” kit - ephemera, paper, and flair buttons.

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I hope you enjoyed it! I wish a very merry Christmas to you and your family.

Kiss from France,

Adeline

Aimee's Disney "December Dreams" Layout

Hey all Aimee here on the eve x2 of Christmas Eve, Say What? Really it’s a thing!

Anyways, I am throwin’ it back today with a Christmas layout using the “December Dreams” kit.

This photo of my husband and I was taken at Disneyland in 2009. Look how skinny he was!

We started dating in 2009, so at that time he really didn’t say no to Disneyland. I remember dragging him to Disneyland the week of Thanksgiving that year. I think he about killed me. But I’m so happy I have these photos and memories.

I really went out of my comfort zone with this layout. I rarely use such a busy background for my layouts.

For my 8.5 x 11 layout, I started off my trimming down the clear acetate sheet “You Have the Key” to fit inside my white cardstock. Next I used one of the A5 dashboards to give my layout a nice pop of red.

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I layered some of the die cuts with 3-d adhesive foam, in different thicknesses at the bottom left corner of my page. For another added affect, I added some red eye lash thread amongst my die cuts. I used my tiny stapler to attach the thread to my layout.

And don’t forget the tiny die cut stars that I stapled to the top left side of my layout!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today, I’m sure you have a ton of things to get done before the BIG day next week.

Do you have all your shopping, decorating, crafting done?

XOXO, Aimee

Fairytale Christmas Workshop Special Event Kit, "Christmas-land," Full Reveal!!!

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.

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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)!

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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

Adeline's "December Dreams" Planner Setup

Hi my fairy friends,

It's Adeline today for the blog. So happy to be here again with you for the most beautiful time of the year with a Christmas planner project, using the "December Dreams" kit.

First I made my inside cover decor with so many cute things from the kit. I cut out a sheet of patterned paper, then I added ephemera and a ribbon of pom poms.

Then I slipped my paper into my cover to make a cute background, and I did the same with the gold keys acetate paper. I also added some die cuts to enhance this part of my set up.

Then I recycled the pretty packaging to not only decorate my cover but also to make a tag that I embellished with yarn and the silver glitter snowflake of the kit.

For the dashboard, I decided to create two parts: 1) the background which uses the swans paper (I am obsessed by them - they're so cute!), and 2) the layer just above that, which is the gold keys acetate paper.

I perforated my two sheets of paper and I inserted them in the planner. Then I decorated only the acetate paper with pieces of paper and die cuts.

In this kit, we also had pretty crystal snowflakes and charms in the Variety Pack, so I created a jewelry bookmark with string.

The last step was to put the pom pom paperclips on my pages.

I hope you like this set up! Enjoy the delights of Christmas!

Kiss from France,

Adeline

Project Life Instax Album - December Daily, with Aimee

Happy Saturday all, can you believe that there is only 9 days till Christmas. Wow!

This year for my December Daily, I’m using The Project Life, Instax Album. This is a fun size to use because you can use all different sizes of page protectors. The biggest bummer about this album, is that it’s a traditional album style, and there are no pockets for extra little trinkets like tags etc.

When I saw the Library Card Pocket form the “December Dreams” Kit, I just knew it was perfect for the inside of my album.

I used my typewriter to fill out the card, and it’s perfectly imperfect. Just like a library card would be. I choose myself as the author, cause I’m the one creating this book {look I totally messed up and put my name on the wrong line, did you even notice?}.

I choose the title of the book to be “December Daily 2018”. And for all the check-out days I but my name and date that I worked in the book. I love how I mixed it up with the red and black writing {you know, as if someone else was doing the checking out?}. I even forgot to capitalize the A on one of the lines.

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I also made some tags to slip in my DD using die cuts and the sequin mix from the “December Dreams” Kit. I just used my Fuse tool, metal die cuts to trace. I placed the “ingredients” inside of the fuse sleeve and placed my metal die over making sure all the “ingredients” fit within the die cut, and just fused around it! Viola . . . some custom tags!

Are you using the “December Dreams” in your December Daily?

XOXO, Aimee