Fabulous Favorite

I am so very excited and honored to have this be my very first post and very first challenge as a Senior Design Team member of PaperTrey Ink!!!  No words can describe the feeling really.  I am absolutely over the moon!

We have been asked to create a project this month using our favorite stamp set.  What?  EVERY PaperTrey set I own is my favorite.  I am not even kidding when I say that.  So it was really hard to choose.  Of course, since I had my hand in designing First Fruits, I thought of that first.  I have been wanting to make a very special present for my daughter though, and it had to do with Christmas. 

So I decided to pick a set that  was my favorite Christmas set to work with this month.  I chose to make a project with the stamp set ”Believe”.  I still can’t get over that elegant Santa and the absolutely stunning tree in this set.  Along with the fact that the small images that can be held by Santa or used on their own are so beautifully simple.  I wanted to make a book of Christmas Carols, which I could share with my readers as well as my children.  I made this book of 13 arrangements for any instrument in C.  So that means Flute, Volin, Recorder, Piano etc..  I made easy to read chord symbols for the accompaniment of piano or guitar and all in the format of a 5×7 space, so you can easily prepare a book using your favorite PTI card stock!  I am including one large PDF of all of the arrangements so you may print them out and get ready to use it for your own gifts next year!  Also…keep reading, because I will be giving this set away to a lucky person who chooses to leave a comment of thanks in this post!

You may click on all pictures for full-size images.

I loved making this book for Sophie.  I know she will use it for many years to come.  Even though it surely didn’t need it for stability, I matted each white page of music printed on Stamper’s Select White onto a Pure Poppy, Kraft or True Black color backing, allowing only for a slight edge to show which I scalloped using my Fiskars cutting wheel.  Above each carol I chose one of the various smaller stamps in this set to highlight above each title.  Allowing me to color a bit with my copics.  This added a nice touch, but didn’t interfere with the music itself, which worked well.  I used Polka Dot Basics stamp set and Fresh Snow ink to create a sweet background image for the cover, which complimented the stitching in the true black grosgrain.  I knew I wanted to use black to match our ebony and ivory recorder.  I wanted to do the Santas using the True black card stock, so I stamped them in fresh snow ink and colored them in with a white and red prismacolor pencil.  For the inside cover page, I wanted to write Sophia a note in my own handwriting, so she knows how much she means to me.  A personal touch that can add so much in the way of history down the road.  I hope you enjoyed my project today, and will use the PDF to make your own book of carols for you or your children next Christmas, or earlier so they can practice! 


Here is the link for the full PDF file of Christmas Carols.  christmas-carols 

(I chose to put my book in alphabetical order.  The order of the songs are alphabetical in the PDF file.) 

Also, here are some projects I have done previosly with this set:



Leave a comment of thanks for this post by 12 midnight EST, and one name will be chosen to recieve a complimentary “Believe” set straight from the warehouse!  The winners will be announced on Nichole’s Blog  HERE after 12pm EST time Feb.2nd!

Also, You won’t want to miss what the other senior design team members have in store for you today!  Go see!

Heather Nichols

Lauren Meader

Lisa Johnson

Michelle Wooderson

Also, the release team is having blog candy as well…today you have to go and visit everyone!!

Debbie Olson

Genevieve Cassady

Dawn McVey

Niki Estes

Betsy Veldman

Melissa Phillips





Stamps: Believe, Polka Dot Basics, Fresh Alphabet

Paper: Pure Poppy, True Black, Kraft, Stamper’s Select White

Ink: True Black, Fresh Snow, Ripe Avocado

Ribbon: True Black Stitched Grosgrain

Other: Wood board Book Covers and Rings (Bind-it-All), Fiskars Rotary Paper Cutter (Scalloped Wheel)


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1,020 Responses to Fabulous Favorite

  1. doris says:

    lovely songbook! great ideas:)

  2. Diana Cook says:

    wow I love what you can do with a little ink and paper

  3. Laura Bassen says:

    Thank you for all your inspiration!! I love your style, and your sense of humor!!

  4. Nicole M says:

    Christmas is my favorite Holiday of the year, hands down! Something about the air makes me feel renewed and hopeful. Time to make all the wrongs right, ya know?
    Love your blog!

  5. Maria M. says:

    Very nice project!! Congratulations on being a Senior Designer.

  6. Suzannne Milam says:

    Absolutely love your designs….congratulations on being on the Senior Design Team …

  7. Valerie C says:

    What amazing projects! You are so talented!!!! I love your projects.

  8. Jodie Reimink says:

    Love, love, love the designs & inspiration!

  9. Amy S. says:

    I love all the sets papertrey has. I just wish I could afford all. You make such nice cards. Hope I get to win a set.

  10. Margaret says:

    This IS a great set!

  11. Brittney A says:

    That book of carols is gorgeous!

  12. Jean RJ says:

    What a wonderful gift, as is the ability to make music, such a blessing.

  13. Jan says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this great music in a PDF. I have been thinking about doing something similar to this for a while. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Joy says:

    This is a beautiful set–and congrats on the senior design team!!!

  15. Wendella247 says:

    You have such beautiful projects using this set. It’s simply lovely–as is all of your work.

  16. Jana Amundson says:

    Love your book of carols!

  17. sharna says:

    Cute santa!

  18. Cheryll says:

    Beautiful Becky! I LOVE PTI!

  19. Dyan says:

    I love this set. I am thankful to be able to craft and create things for people I love and hopefully warm their hearts. Thank you.

  20. Becky, your Christmas Carol project is just fabulous as are all your older projects as well!!! You do such beautiful work!!! Love seeing the musical instruments in your photos!!!!

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