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elf on the shelf visits australia…

elf on the shelf visits australia…

Surely you have heard stories of a certain Christmas Elf… he or she goes out on special assignment, straight from the North Pole to help Santa keep an eye on the kiddos! Maybe you have one of these special Elves that visit your home? Our elf came to visit for the first time last year… his name is Elvis…

I was just completely BLOWN away with this adorable little file-folder album that Kim Jeffress created to capture all the adorable circumstances their Elf found himself in!  OK…just grab a nice mug of hot chocolate and enjoy each and every little detail!

The Elf on the Shelf story and figurine is fast becoming a favourite tradition in our home with my two boys. Once we had read the story and began each day looking for Jame’s (our elf) it was enjoyable for me to see the innocence of childhood and the  anticipation and excitment in the wonder of Santa visiting our home. They giggled with delight as they raced around our house searching for him. I wanted to give the game a bit of an Aussie twist so I placed him in situations that defintely had a downunder flavour…eating vegemite on toast, swimming in the pool( since Christmas falls in our Summer) and making SAND angels to name just a few.

Please join me as I share with you my tale as The Elf on the Shelf visits Australia.

I began with a Vintage Chic Memory File  and created a gate fold opening for the file. I teamed this with Pink Paislee’s City Sidewalks collection. To hold the file closed when not in use  I wrapped a chevron ribbon around the entire folder and tied a bow.

I downloaded some of the digi words from the digi shop, cut them with my Silhouette cameo using white cardstock then spritzed them first with Tinsel and then Gold Lame Color Shine, it gives a rich metallic feel to my words which is very fitting for my Christmas project. I also added some

resist chipboard alphas for my title as well.

Inside the folder I began with  a  Mini Memory file. I added some Sugar Chic Digi banner delights and layered over some Pink Paislee Artisan

zig zag  Ribbon for  a bit of texture. For my pennant I spritzed a sheet of Color Magic paper with Sweet Cherry Color Shine then sprayed over the top a layer of Gold Lame Colorshine. This produced a shade that was closer to the red in my project that was needed. You will notice bits and pieces of this spritzed Color Magic paper throughout my project.

Inside the flap of my Mini File Folder again I have used the Color Magic paper and tucked a Vintage Chic note  under the photo mat and photo.

I wanted to add some different textures to my project so I grabbed a divided plastic sleeve from the Pink Paislee 6×9 Portfolio album and slipped in some  photos. This didin’t need much embellishing….a spritzed digi word and some wording. I typed out words and favourite exerts from the book, and printed these onto a sheet of 8×8 Vintage Chic pattern paper. I cut these up, inked the edges and cut notches in the ends to create banners. I then placed these throughout my project.

I wanted to include a letter my son wrote to the Elf so I found a red envelope and embellished it simply with some red and white twine and a mini instaframe


The final page of the Mini includes a large doily, scattered sequins and some Pink Paislee Artisan resistable stars ( sprayed in Tinsel then Gold Lame Color Shine)

Next I  added a large glassine bag which I cut a circle in using my fiskars circle cutter. I then used a sheet of Santas Workshop pattern paper from the City Sidewalks collection to create  a pull out banner….I adhered my photo to it and placed it inside the bag for a peekaboo effect. That cherub is actually a clip holding the bag and large tag in place.

I found a piece of thick acetate, cut it to size and embellished it with pattern paper and photos. I wanted to keep this simple to highlight the transparent nature of the acetate, I tried to mirror both sides of the clear sheet to create a uniform effect.

In my stash I had some coloured pattern baggies, I grabbed two red ones and added a photo to each. I kept one simple with a doily, digi word and clip. The other I had fun with some gold thread under the photo. I created that moustache banner using a Colour Magic tag that was spritzed again with Sweet Cherry and Gold lame,  I then used my silhouette to cut the moustache and added it to a skewer cut to size.

Here I used another of the divided sheet protectors from the Pink Paislee Portfolio 6×8 album and added some red glitter in one of the sections for some fun. I stitched across the top of that section with my sewing machine to keep the glitter inside.

Finally at the bottom of the File Folder I used a sheet of the Beautiful Songs pattern paper from the Vintage Chic collection to create a base for my final two photos.

You can see I punched holes through all the individual pieces and the Memory File folder and added a a jump ring through to hold them all together. I spritzed some ringlet reinforcments with Tinsel Color Shine to add over the punched circles these coordinate nicely with my Memory File.

I love the layers it creates when its all folded up …

I know I will treasure these memories in years to come when my boys are older and just a little bit wiser….(wink)


Last year, I didn’t take very many photos of Elvis…but I just love this idea of creating a magical photo album that would appear each year!  Kim… you have done it again! Thanks for this delightful bit of inspiration! Totally AMAZING! 

ps: working on a whole new set of HOLIDAY words and phrases… and FONTS!

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