Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Almost Done!

We're in the home stretch now - cards have been mailed, the shopping & wrapping are done; baking is next on the list. There is no way all this would have been accomplished so smoothly without Phil's help.
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He sends out the Christmas cards and keeps addresses updated. He wraps presents 10 times neater than I do. He dips cookies in chocolate and coats the last one completely for himself. I'm so grateful for all his help. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pages from Christmas Past, Part 3

This is the third post in a 3-part series of Christmas layouts from past years. You can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Today, a project for after Christmas.

Christmas Cards. What do you do with all the cards and photos you receive? Seems a shame to just throw it all in the trash, yet I'm not enough of a pack rat to keep everything. So I use this idea. Pretty sure I first saw it on Ali Edward's blog.

Just put your square punch to work and create this mosaic. You can preserve the whole season on one page. I will definitely be doing this again at the end of December.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pages from Christmas Past, Part 2

This is the second post in a 3-part series of Christmas layouts from past years. You can see Part 1 here. Today, my pages focus on Christmas Day at my Mom and Dad's house.

Food traditions. Lately, this has meant grilled bacon-wrapped scallops for appetizers, then a lunch of lasagna, garlic bread, and 12-layer jello. Everyone brings Christmas cookies. I'm happy to report we'll be following the same menu again this year. (p.s. it doesn't matter how cold it is outside; Dad will be grilling)

Opening presents. The highlight is our annual Gift Exchange which has included the practical and the ridiculous. Just like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna git.

All The Rest. Those miscellaneous photos that just define family. 

With the obligatory visual triangle.

What are your Christmas traditions? Ours have certainly changed over the years as the family has grown up. The youngest child is now 14, so our Christmas celebration is decidedly more adult these days. We still have lots of fun being together.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pages from Christmas Past, Part 1

This week I'm posting a 3-part series of Christmas layouts from past years. Today, my pages focus on Christmas around our home.

The Tree. Last year Phil set up his tripod to capture this sequence. I love having a husband who loves photography!

The Music. A few years ago, I created this page about my favorite Christmas music. While I still pop in the occasional CD, this music is now downloaded on my computer and iPod for my listening pleasure. A big change in a short time.

The Family. Gatherings on the weekend before Christmas - our parents, son and daughter in-law. Always a fun and special time.

Christmas comes every year, yet each year is unique. I love going back over my layouts and remembering - "Oh yes! that was the year when......."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cool Colors

I've finished Nic Howard's Color Class over at Big Picture Classes. You can find my post on the warm colors here. The remaining colors were green, blue, purple, black and white. I love the 6x6 mini album, both for the visual appeal and the information I now have at my fingertips.
I love green. It was my grandmother's favorite color, and one that I can wear in many shades. Blue was my other grandmother's favorite color. I only wear royal or navy blue; other shades just don't do much for me. In scrapbooking, I like to combine these colors on layouts.
Purple. Growing up, I had a purple bedroom with pale purple walls, purple flowered wallpaper, purple shag carpet and a purple desk. It was the 70's, what can I say? I do love to wear a deep, royal purple, but I rarely use purple in my scrapping. Here is one layout where I love the touches of purple. The photos are so busy, so the minimal approach works for me.
The class ended with neutral colors, focusing on black and white. Meet my black cat, Chessie. I wear black almost every day; it's the color I build the rest of my wardrobe around. I like to wear a white turtleneck under a sweater, but that's about it. But I love a white background on my scrapbook pages.
We also touched on the neutral colors brown, kraft and grey. Love kraft and brown, don't use much grey. I think color is fascinating and love considering what color combinations to use on my pages and cards. Are you drawn to color when you create, or does some other element get your juices flowing?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Challenge

Today is the December Challenge reveal over at Scrapbookers Anonymous. This month the challenge is to use up some rub-ons, along with cardstock and embellishments. No patterned paper allowed! Here is my contribution as a member of the Design Team.

I'm pleased to have such a colorful layout without a scrap of patterned paper in sight! First, I used my rub-ons to create an L-shaped border and decorated that with embellishments from Basic Grey's Pyrus line.

I used my circle cutter, cardstock and rub-ons to create a simple title. This is one of those pages where I think the photos tell the whole story. The church kids couldn't believe it when the fire truck and firemen showed up to our Harvest Festival block party!

I hope you'll consider giving this challenge a try. You have until the end of the month and there is a great prize! You can see what the rest of the design team came up with here.