Freebie Friday – PHOTO PLAY PAPER – Dear Santa

Believe card by Jen Walker for Scrapbook Expo

Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Sometimes life gets in the way and if you are like me, life is about living. No more. No less.  This post is called Freebie Friday, but this week life got in the way and so let’s call it Freebie Friday on Saturday!

I am very excited to share the new Dear Santa collection from PHOTO PLAY PAPER with you today.  I love the upcoming holiday season. I love the beautiful winter wonderland that will grace us very soon.  I love the magic of the season, the excitement and the giving behaviour that comes to life over the holidays.

The Dear Santa collection has beautiful patterns that are well coordinated.  I love all the wonderful stickers and pocket page style cards as well.  The first card I created takes advantage of all the wonderful patterned papers as well as the word sticker “BELIEVE” that sums up so much of how I feel about the holiday seasons.  I believe in magic. I believe in the excitement that fills a room.  I believe that there is good in the world and that we all need to share what we can.

Believe card by Jen Walker for Scrapbook Expo

Along with wanting to create lots of beautiful cards to send to my family and friends, I also enjoy creating fun decorations using patterned paper.  The Dear Santa collection has a number of wonderful red patterns that I love.  I decided to take advantage of all of these papers and create 3D paper stars to hang on the wall in my office.

Paper Stars by Jen Walker for Scrapbook Expo

These stars are very simple to make.  Depending on your supplies and how you prefer to create your projects, there are lots of different ways to create these stars.  I chose to use the folding and cutting with scissors technique.  Some people use their scoring board to score the creases for the stars and their paper trimmer to create the shape.  The papers in this collection are nice and thick and make it super easy for the stars to hang with nice crisp edges.

The next project I created is a small snowman to hang on the Christmas tree.  The snowman was created by cutting out two sets of circles, folding them and gluing them together to create a circle.  For the hat, I cut a strip of patterned paper about 1.5 inches high.  I then folded it the same as you would to create a paper chain of dolls.  I then cut the hat in one fold and duplicated it throughout the chain.  Next I glued the creases together to create a circular top hat.  I pulled a length of embroidery floss through the centre of the three pieces and stacked them.

Snowman for Scrapbook Expo by Jen Walker

As you can see, this collection is perfect for the holiday season!  I did not use many stickers in these projects, but wow, I cannot wait to use them on other projects.

Friends of Scrapbook Expo
Our friends at PHOTO PLAY PAPER would like to give the Dear Santa collection pack to one lucky Scrapbook Expo friend.

Photo Play Dear Santa Collection

Learn more about PHOTO PLAY PAPER here:

For your chance to win this wonderful prize from our friends at PHOTO PLAY PAPER, leave a comment on this blog post. The giveaway runs until midnight on Thursday, November 26th.

Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! The giveaway was for a 2016 Creative Planner.

The winner is MargieH!


Congratulations Margie! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘2016 Creative Planner Prize Pack ’ in the subject line.

Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Don’t forget … if you want a chance to win the new Dear Santa collection from PHOTO PLAY PAPER, you need to leave a comment on this post.

Until I see you again next Friday, remember to join Scrapbook Expo on Pinterest, InstagramFacebook.and on the Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing inspiration.

~ Jen

123 thoughts on “Freebie Friday – PHOTO PLAY PAPER – Dear Santa

  1. Laurie B. says:

    Your snowman is so cute, that would be a fun project to make with the grandkids. Amazing prize, the Dear Santa collection by Photo Play looks terrific!

  2. snazzy jj says:

    Trying to find xmas paper with traditional red, green and white is a lot harder that you think – but this collection from Photo Play is IT!!!!! Love your fun projects too.

  3. Sweet April says:

    Ahh…Ohh… I love Christmas,it’s the most wonderful season of the year!!! Your projects are fabulous,colorful,cute and so so special; I loved those bright stars!

  4. Edwina Brown says:

    I love the card, snowman, and stars you made. The papers are beautiful. The sticker word believe looks terrific on your card. I would love to have these papers.

  5. barb macaskill says:

    LOVE the snowman and your card is so pretty!! I just checked out the Dear Santa collection and I am totally, head over heels in love with every single patterned paper! Let It Snow, Deck the Halls, FaLaLa, Dear Santa, Merry Christmas, Believe and Candy Cane are my favorites and the Element stickers are amazing!!
    I would feel like Santa had already come if I was the lucky winner of this awesome collection!! Sending a huge wish to Santa’s Elves in the hopes that they grant me my wish! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize! Off to give Photo Play Paper some love!!!

  6. Maria says:

    All the reds, silvers, greens just make the perfect canvas for scrapbooking memories of Christmas. I would thoroughly enjoy crafting with this kit. Thank you for the chance!

  7. Krystal brown says:

    I would love love love to win this beautiful paper!! So stunning I would definitely be using it for scrapbooking my 2 little ones books. Thank you all for the chance!!

  8. alyse says:

    its such fun to see your post every week I really look forward to your ideas and products you highlight for us- thanks for the chance to win that wonderful collection!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Love this collection. it would look great in my Christmas Scrapbook.

    Thanks for the chance to win this great stuff

  10. Jackie Edwards says:

    Love the colours of these papers…..real Christmas colours! Super looking Ssnta too!! Love your projects….snowman is super!!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  11. Denise Bryant says:

    Fabulous Christmas papers and fun projects! Really love that delightful snowman and the beautiful card!

  12. Donna Sue says:

    I love snowman crafts – yours is so cute! Great prize from Photo Play Paper – love the traditional colors.

  13. lori kelly says:

    Haven’t had a great year, dont really want christmas or decorate, saw the nice decorations, and would love to try and mske. Hopfully would get me in christmas spirit

  14. Denise says:

    What a beautiful assortment of papers! Thank you so much for the chance to win it! I’d love to make some Christmas decor items with it.

  15. Pat M says:

    Beautiful Christmas papers!!! Thank you for the great ideas. i love to make Christmas crafts and these papers are very inspiring.

  16. Nickey Mejia says:

    Love love love the snowman project! Can’t wait to make a bunch to ad to my Christmas gifts this year! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Alane Jackson says:

    Love the different directions you put the papers on the, “Believe”, card, it makes the card so interesting! Of course my favorites are the stars and the snowman because I always love dimensional items, and these look fairly easy to make, thank you for sharing these ideas!!

  18. Carol says:

    Your snowman project and card are so cute! Can’t wait to make one myself. We already have snow on the ground here and I’m excited to start decorating for Christmas. The Dear Santa collection is beautiful and I love the traditional colors.

  19. Sue Russell says:

    Dear Santa,
    How did you know I would love the beautiful paper collection named after you. I have been a good scrapper all year. Maybe I will even be lucky!

  20. Karla says:

    Saw your Freebie Friday card through the Weekly Scrapper. I think you have some winning papers! I hope you have a good time at the Scrapbook EXpo!

  21. Marissa says:

    Thank you Photo Play Paper for the opportunity to win this awesome Dear Santa paper pack. I would love to win this paper pack because I enjoy making mini scrapbooks for other people, and I could really make some great Pages with this paper! Thank you and good luck to everyone! 🙂

  22. Lisa W. says:

    Wonderful collection! It has a little of everything I love candy cane stripes, music, holly. This is a great collection for scrapbook pages, cards, tags and off the page projects! Love it!

  23. Connii says:

    This paper has really started the Christmas ideas flowing. Beautifully old Christmas designs really inspire me to start designing.

  24. Laua Phair says:

    This is one of the best Christmas collections I have seen in years. I can think f so many things to do with it.

  25. Shirley C. says:

    The card is so cute and I believe also! I love this time of year. The colors in this paper set are great and true to the season! Thank you for sharing

  26. Annabeth Robin says:

    Love the paper collection – and love the idea of creating a card with strips of coordinating paper.

  27. Lori says:

    This is my favorite time of year and love all the ideas you shared using this beautiful collection. The papers are perfect for all sorts of holiday projects. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Susan Janczewski says:

    I made 4 Christmas cards at a card making party today and this collection would help me keep going!

  29. Jaime Sunshine says:

    Dear Santa,
    My name is Jaime & I’ve been a very good girl this year. I don’t want any presents for x-mas, because I’d like others who are less fortunate to have an amazing day. Oh yeah & Santa… I’d love to win this collection so I can send more cards out to Our Troops & Elderly this x-mas. Thanks Santa!

  30. Marie Alkire says:

    Oh my goodness I love this paper pack! I have been going to all of our local stores and they have nothing interesting. This pack is perfect for what I need!

  31. Debbie Clever says:

    Love, love, love this paper line!! Love the designs, the colors and the chance to win!! Good luck to everyone!

  32. Laura Landreth says:

    I plan to make a Christmas scrapbook of my daughter’s Christmases and my grandchildren’s Christmases! This set would be perfect!

  33. Debbie Miranda says:

    Love this paper, & all the projects you showed. Love the card the most, something that can be used with so many other papers, co cool.

  34. Laura Turcotte says:

    Their other debut collection is absolutely gorgeous! this one is…wow!!! They are coming out strong!! loving the colors and designs!

  35. Barb brancel says:

    I love the card.. Your paper colors & combos are fantastic. And such high quality!! I would love to win!!

  36. Keely says:

    I love this new (to me) company’s Dear Santa collection!! The patterns and colors are perfect for documenting and decorating Christmas!!

  37. marylouh says:

    I would be thrilled to win this collection.
    The designs are wonderful and the colors are bright and cheerful.
    thanks for the chance.
    Love your little snowman ornament. Clever idea.

  38. Victoria says:

    This is such a beautuful collection. It reminds me of all things Christmas as a child. Very retro looking.

  39. Carey Nusbaum says:

    This paper collection is adorable! I also love your Believe card and ornament! I love making Christmas cards and projects for Christmas! Thanks for the inspiration and the opportunity to win this amazing paper!

  40. Trudie says:

    Loved your card, stars and snowman. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to receive the Photo Play paper. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  41. Melody Fielder Wong says:

    I love this collection. I really like the stars idea. I think they would be fun to use on a wreath.

  42. Marla says:

    These are Beautiful and fresh colors for Christmas. They will make a wonderful set of holiday layouts! Can’t wait!!

  43. Corina says:

    Hope I win, fingers cross, this paper would go good with the projects I like to work with during the holiday.

  44. June Sefscik says:

    I love the patchwork look of the card…all the papers are beautiful and would be fun to work with…so festive, bright and cheery.

  45. Deb Kane says:

    These papers are just so bright and festive!!! Love ’em. Those stars would be perfect for my Grandson’s bedroom window.

  46. Pat A says:

    I just love the christmas paper. I scrapbook all the photo cards we receive from friends and family each year. Great way to see how our friends families change over the years. Your paper would help brighten the pages from this year. Thanks for the freebie.

  47. Beverlee Mossman says:

    The designs in this are so very beautiful. Such a special time to celebrate. I would love to win this Thank you so very much for the chance.

  48. Deb says:

    Ohhhh my! What a beautiful collection of papers and embellishments! The person who wins this collection is surely going to be blessed. Thank you, Jen and the Scrapbook Expo staff for all you do for your followers. Love the creativity and the gifts you offer. Have a blessed Thanksgiving filled with family and friends.

  49. Acacia says:

    What a great collection, it would be fantastic for my home-made Christmas cards this year! Thank you for the chance 🙂

  50. Renee Cicero says:

    Starting my Christmas cards, but I need some inspiration. This paper will help get me in the mood. Sitting here in Michigan on Thanksgiving Day with temperatures in the 50’s. Not exactly the weather to inspire making Christmas cards.

  51. Karen Nickens says:

    I love the lovely papers for Christmas. I enjoy making cards and have scrap booking become interested in scrapbooking lately. My sister who lives in Florida (I am in MN) wants to teach me how to scrapbook via Skype. She is an avid scrapbooker, and if I don’t mind saying, she is so talented that her works should be displayed in a magazine or online. I can’t talk her into taking that step. Anyway, the Christmas paper would be a great start for me to make my first book. I would love to give the completed book to our parents filled with our Christmas memories from childhood to adults. Thank you for sharing your stunning work and allowing your followers to win such in awesome collection.

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