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Echo Park This & That Christmas

{Reported by Jennifer Larson}

Don't shoot me: I have to admit that I sometimes dread the appearance of Christmas, mainly because Target starts setting out Christmas supplies in September. Still, when I got to dig into Echo Park's This & That Christmas line, even this Grinch's heart grew two sizes and is now ready to scrap the holidays!

I played with the paper collection, chipboard, raised chipboard, and decorative brads.

What I liked:

1. The mixed patterns that meshed well. I love to mix patterned paper on pages, and these varied in pattern sizes, colors, and textures, so they looked good all mixed up.

2. Many words and phrases on the stickers and chipboard. I also love to group embellishments into clusters, and the varied words were a nice addition to the images and shapes in the collection. In addition, the words made it easy to use the accents for titles.

3. The collection works well on its own. Truthfully, I love mixing manufacturers when I scrap--I think it adds more interest to the page--but this collection looked interesting all by itself. That speaks to the interest in its design, I think.

4. The color scheme. It looks traditional, doesn't it? That makes it nicely Christmas. Still, look closely: do you see the hints of yellow and pink and spring green? That makes it unique.

What I disliked:

1. The letter sticker sizes. I like mixing big and small letters, and when I see a big letter sticker sheet with three different fonts and colors, I hope that they are different sized. These were basically all the same size. That disappointed me. Still, like many other scrappers, I have a die cutting system and many, many leftover Thickers, so this is a problem easily remedied.

2. Mostly horizontal stickers. I tend to fit embellishments and stickers in at the end of the design process, so I spent time looking for a thin, vertical sticker, only to find that there were mostly horizontal stickers and chipboard. This is a small point; I ended up using a pointsettia instead. Minor point.

3. Traditional colors. OK, I loved these, but I can see the limitations if you do not decorate in traditional colors. Still, I loved this traditional color set because of the peeks of new colors.

4. Unsticky chipboard. Nothing new here, and nothing new to Echo Park in particular, so I can't rate this flaw as big. I have glue dots. :-)

What I made:

Other supplies: Cardstock (Stampin' Up!), ink (Jenni Bowlin, Stampin' Up!), stamps (Studio Calico, Elle's Studio), Pen (American Crafts)

This page--my favorite!--came together so easily. I pulled papers, cut them, added photos, and filled in the rest. Less than an hour. This speaks well of how nicely coordinated the collection is.

Other Supplies: Cardstock (Bazzill), Ink (Jenni Bowlin), Pen (American Crafts)

I don't normally like the strips patterned paper that comes in so many collections, but I had fun fussy cutting this piece and using it as a banner. And I am so glad the paper collection had a tone-on-tone piece of red to use as a background to the photos.

Other supplies: Cardstock (Stampin' Up!), Jute (American Crafts)

If I were making cards en masse this Christmas, I would die cut the letters, but for this one card, the scrabble letters were so darn cute!

Where and How Much:
Product: This & That Christmas
Manufacturer:  Echo Park Paper
MSRP: $.89-$13.99
Available Online: 1. Two Peas in a Bucket: .79 (individual sheets)-13.99 (collection) 2. A Cherry on Top .89 (individual sheets)-13.95 (collection)  3. .89 (individual sheets)- 13.99 (collection)

Bottom Line:

This is a fabulous collection to work your holiday photos with, so don't be a Grinch (like I can be about scrapping holiday photos!) and embrace those traditional colors. They are fun and easy to work with.


ruth said...

I do really love this collection!

Houses Built of Cards said...

Oh - I love this collection! I love non-traditional colors, but sometimes it is nice to have the old standbys! And this feels a bit vintage to me, which I love!

Stephanie U said...

I love traditional colors! So, that automatically gives this one a leg up for me!

Miriam Prantner said...

I love traditional colors and I love all the woodgrain that was mixed in.

BethW said...

This is such a happy collection, it melted my heart too. Interesting to see someone else shared my opinion of the letter stickers in this-and many other manufacturer's letter stickers.

Ruth G said...

I am all about traditional colors and feel pretty sentimental when it comes to scrapping Christmas so this collection definitely is right up my alley!
Thanks for sharing and enlightening! I appreciate your honesty about how to overcome the cons - so very true that you can just use your own adhesive if things aren't sticky enough and use a die cut or other letters to fill the need for different sizes of letters!!!

{VICKI} said...

I love the This and That collections
I really like the traditional colors for Christmas---that's all I would ever use.

Jean said...

This is a wonderful collection - perfect for the season. I agree - the last collection I got from them I had so much trouble with the chipboard not sticking.

Wonderful inspiration!

Melinda said...

Love EP and love this holiday collection! Great layouts too!

sharon g said...

I wonder why the chipboard isn't sticky enough.....thanks for your review.

kate blue said...

I liked this collection too cause it wasn't "pink" lol...but after looking at the christmas stuff that I haven't used from christmases past, I had to restrain myself! Great review!

The Constant Scrapper said...

I bought a few pieces of this line when I first saw it, and I have to agree with your review, Jennifer. It's very usable; good colors and patterns; not over the top, which a lot of Christmas lines tend to be. Nice projects!
Janice :-)