Weekly Warm-Up: Creative Tree Accents

11/16/2009 at 8:49 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 9 Comments
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meganAre you one of those people who trim the tree the day after Thanksgiving? Or perhaps your tree is already up and dressed to the nines. Either way, our “Festive Techniques for Trimming the Trees” article in the December 2009 issue is going to get you in the spirit to not only decorate your home’s spruce but also to create bitty handmade trees for your layouts.

We have layouts featuring beaded trees, flocked trees, fabric trees, glittered branches, blinged beauties and so much more. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside the article. It’s a layout by the very talented Suzy Plantamura.


With the holiday season right around the corner, we thought we’d provide you with a bonus tree idea. Just call it our little gift to you.

Suzy covered the trees on her layout with flocking. Following her lead, I created the tree on this tag with flocking and foam-square adhesive. Since foam squares come in many different sizes, they naturally come together to form a cute tree shape.


Here’s how to get this look:

1. Dip the sticky side of foam squares in flocking. Tip: The lid of the flocking jar works perfectly as a dish when working with a small amount of flocking.


2. Adhere the flocked squares to your layout (or tag) in the shape of a tree. Tip: Create a tree trunk with faux stitching, created with a pen and a paper piercer.


Bonus Idea
I used a large office tag to create this accent. Since there’s so much extra space at the top of the tag, I decided to make it a gift-card holder by simply attaching a gift card to the top of the tag with a bitty clothespin. It’s an easy and unique way to give someone a little shopping spree!



What ideas do you have for creating decorated page accents this holiday season? We’d love to have you share your tidings and creative cheer here.

Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor



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  1. Don’t have any ideas running around loose in my head right now, but I absolutely love what you did with that tag. The tree is adorable! Never thought of using the foam dots for anything but lifting my embellishment! Thanks! Oh, and your faux sewing is so good that I was surprised to learn that it was not the real thing.

  2. Oh that tag with the gift card is too darn adorable!! LOVE it:)

    Decorated page accents??? Girlfriend.. If I get my Christmas Cards done and out in time I’m calling it a successful season! Along with the gifts, cookies, etc. etc.

    The pages have to wait… until after St. Nick!!

  3. CUTE idea Megan and lovely page Suzy…as always 🙂

  4. Very cute idea!

  5. I have to say this was my favorite article in this issue … and I love this bonus idea. And you have to have a closer up of the ‘faux’ stitches … it still looks real to me, it even ‘curves’ just a bit!

  6. OOHHH, and I also meant to say I love the gift card tag idea … a great and different way to present a gift card … thanks!

  7. Wow! Cool! You put my layout up there! Love your tag idea Megan! Suzy

  8. I love this gift card. Cute idea

  9. Fantastic post!

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