Saturday, December 17, 2011

December Color Combo Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Color Combo Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Amy's blog but if not, the entire blog hop list is included at the end of this post. Every month a group of online friends hop away the day using the same color combo to create layouts, cards, maybe even a little photography - anything goes! This month we were given this color palette from Design Seeds.  
I used mainly shades of brown, red and white, but couldn't help letting a few more colors sneak their way onto my page....
I created this layout using what I call a "fill the page" design. The page is an unusual one for me because the title and journaling are very small!

These are Christmas photos, but the page is more focused on winter weather and how we like to cope with the cold and snow these days - by staying warm and busy inside!

Now you can hop on over to Scribble Monster's blog and continue the color combo fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Two-Page Tuesday: Re-Using a Sketch

For this month's edition of Two-Page Tuesday, I've used the same sketch for both layouts. I love using a sketch more than once because the second page always comes together so quickly! This one came from the Sketch Support Class I took last summer. Finally getting last Christmas scrapped, better late than never...

By choosing different background cardstock, patterned paper, journaling method and title work, I made this second layout. The photo size and placement and the embellishments are the same. I'd like to be more creative and make my own custom embellishments. But for now, I used up the pre-made stuff already in my stash.

These layouts will go in different albums, so I doubt that anyone but me will know they are the same design, and I'll probably forget that at some point! But it wouldn't bother me one bit to place them side-by-side in the same album. So if you are catching up on your Christmas scrapping, you might want to consider using the same basic design for several pages to speed up your process!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

My Christmas Present

I know December first is really early to be receiving a Christmas present. But when the store said they could deliver this yesterday, was I going to protest? No way!
I've been hunting for a curio for some time now. Last Friday, I was digging out Christmas decorations and once more coming across tubs of family glassware still hidden behind layers of bubble wrap. So I asked Phil if we could go to the furniture store and see if they had any good Black Friday sales. I think he knew what was coming.
I love the dental molding and simple, classic design of the oak curio we purchased.
Now I just had to figure out how to arrange all these treasures. 
Here's what we finally decided on. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to finally have these pieces out of storage and on display!
The lighting and mirror make everything sparkle. My mother is just as excited about all this as I am, and has already offered to give me more family pieces.  I so wish my grandmother were still alive to see this. She would be thrilled for me. I can hear her telling the story behind each item, and giving me advice on exactly where and how I should place it.
The red shelf is my favorite. One of the pieces is Fenton glass that was a gift from my great grandmother. And the little red paperweight in the corner was always sitting on my grandfather's desk.
The gold etching on this glass was done by my other grandmother, who worked at Tiffin Glass during the Depression. Her first husband died, leaving her with three small children to raise, so she went to work. Then she married my grandfather and he didn't want her to work. So she stayed home and raised my dad and uncle.
This cake plate is also Tiffin Glass, made by the husband of a dear family friend, also probably during the Depression or even earlier. It is a beautiful piece. The photo does not do it justice.
This cut glass is by far the most valuable piece in my collection, according to my mother. But I'll never sell! Thanks for indulging my little walk down memory lane and sharing my joy in such a wonderful Christmas present! Now I can enjoy it all throughout the holidays, and beyond!

Don't forget, I have a nice little giveaway going on for all my followers in honor of another exciting recent event in my life. You can see all the details here.