Here we are with the last Art Journal Friday of the year on the very last day of the year! If you haven't played along before, maybe think about making yourself a New Year's Resolution to try something new this weekend :)
Friday, December 31, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Today was my day to share my favorite Christmas traditions or memories and I thought of a few but each and every one lead me back to things my Mom did or traditions she started. What I remember most about the holidays and Christmas Morning in particular was how special my Mom made it for us. She not only kept the spirit of Santa alive by always filling our stockings after we went to bed but she always made sure we had a wonderful mixture of things we needed wanted and loved. She knew how to shop for each one of us so well, it took me years to understand how important that was. It wasn't about the gifts themselves, although they were awesome, it was that she took the time to show us how much she loved us by knowing us so well and in turn always making it perfect! Whether money was tight or we were finicky teenagers, her ability to give the perfect gift was always a constant.
Stockings were her very favorite thing and to this day, my favorite thing and hopefully in years to come, my childrens favorite since I have carried on the tradition. As far as stockings go in our house, she made sure they were pouring over with lots of toys and candy. Every year we each got a book of lifesavers, never fail. The best part was each and every little thing, from the wooden toys from World Market to the socks and underwear, were all wrapped and with each small surprise a new smile.
The next best thing was her ability to make it fun. One year, we all received bikes for Christmas, but instead of just putting them in the garage or in front of the tree, we got miniature bikes in our stockings with notes that read, " find the real thing". And yes, we had to search the neighbors in our pajamas until we found them, good thing we lived on a small street in the country with only a few houses (and I think she gave us a hint). I carried on this tradition as well. When we bought out daughters a trampoline, we assembled it and put it over the hot tub, then disguised it with a tarp. On Christmas morning, they opened all of their gifts under the tree but there was one left, on the bench by the front door. It was a wrapped box, addressed to both with a string attached that went outside, through the courtyard, around the side yard, into the backyard and was attached to the trampoline. By the time the girls got half way I think they knew but I will never forget them starting to cry and hold hands as they rounded the corner and ran toward the tramp screaming and I have my wonderful, fun Mother to thank for that.
Mom was a baker and a cook at heart, if that was all she did all day long, she was her happiest. During the holidays however she was in rare form! From the rolled out peanut brittle on the top of the pull out dishwasher to the candy thermometers working overtime, to the roasted duck, pheasant and whatever else she could get her hands on, the girl got serious when it came to holiday cooking and baking! I have attempted to carry on this tradition as well. I am a fairly good cook, an average baker and a meek candy maker but I am getting better thanks to melt-able chocolate and sucker molds.
This year was kinda hectic and rushed but in the end I was done early, so my husband helped me make some goodies last night, he is quite possibly the best guy in the world btw, just sayin':) We made his favorite (probably why I got help) peanut butter cup cookies, My Grandmother's, Mom's and my favorite, Crescent Moon Cookies (Mexican Wedding cookies shaped like moons), Sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies. I have to say, baking with your husband, drinking champagne on Christmas Eve is a nice date if you can get it, I highly recommend it and am starting to get why Mom liked cooking so much :)
(Note to self, Hipstamatic not good for pictures of food, sorry!)
Our last tradition is, Christmas pajamas! When I was a kid we used to get our new Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve or by our bed Christmas morning (depending on how on top of wrapping Mom was) I have carried this tradition on as well but will not embarrass my family with the pictures of us in matching pj's, instead I will share a few from our day today.
Again, I hope your day was a fantastic one and you made many memories or started or carried on a few traditions. Merry Christmas!
PS. Our winner from yesterday's tradition question was Barbara,congrats! Please send us your address to firstname.lastname@example.org,thanks!
Friday, December 24, 2010
We had a very busy and blessed year and are looking forward to even more fun in the near future! Personally I was so happy when TST girls asked me to join the Design Team, I hope I can bring you Scrappy projects, tutorials and challenges that inspire you to create.
The BLUE challenge was such a successful charity challenge for World Pneumonia Day we are working on a few more for January and February that will be assisting the SPCA and Save the Children, so look out for more on those coming up soon!
The team is also working on a few new types of projects that will help organize and inspire us all through out the next year, sneak peeks for those are coming next week!
If you haven't checked out our new Groups on our scrappy community http://thescrappytree.ning.com/ take a peek and look for even more coming Mid January.
I am happy to be representing TST on this amazing Christmas Eve Blog Party. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, my husband and I have two traditions, on the 24th we go to midnight mass, sometimes we get to church a little early and listen to the beautiful concert the church’s chorus offers, our other tradition is on the morning of the 25th as soon as we wake up we go and check what is in our Christmas stockings, I’m sure that once we have kids we’ll be adding more lovely traditions to our holiday.
From our Scrappy Tree family to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy and Exciting New Year!
Don’t forget to continue the party in the rest of the Amazing Blogs:
Gayle - Altered Orchid http://alteredorchid.blogspot.com/
Julie - A Creative Journey Through Life http://julieboeck.blogspot.com/
Leanne - My Little Life Of Scrap http://littlelifeofscrap.blogspot.com/
Kristin - Places, Things & Me http://rurunews.blogspot.com/
Sherry - Sherry's Simple Blog http://sherrysimpleblog.blogspot.com/
Barbara - Baraginie And Co http://adventuresinyouke.blogspot.com/
Diana - The Scrappy Tree http://thescrappytree.blogspot.com/
Michelle - Happenings On This Side Of The River http://momma-paparazzi.blogspot.com
Kelly - Journal Journeys http://journaljourneys.typepad.com/
Congrats to our Christmas Carol Giveaway Winner: Heather Laundry :) please send us your address here: email@example.com so we can mail you your prize.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Well the countdown is on! There is about 1 - 2 days left (depending on what side of the world you are on) before the old guy with the white beard appears. We hope you are winding down your shopping, almost done with your piles of wrapping and ready to enjoy some well deserved time off with friends and family.
All of us here at The Scrappy Tree thought you could use an early Christmas gift, So share what your favorite Christmas song/carol is and why with us below and we will randomly pick a winner to receive our Scrappy bag with some fun scrappy supplies inside. Comment by 11pm PST 12/23, winner to be announced tomorrow and check back in then for another chance to win some more scrappy joy :)
Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Again I used the same design for all of them, it is a huge time saver, I decided to make 5 cards per set, once I picked the Paper, Adhesive Paper Borders and Ribbon it was just a matter of gluing everything together.
Ribbon and Lace: American Crafts
Border Punch: EK Success
And now my Announcement, I am so happy to be starting a new Segment here at TST, every 3rd Wednesday of the month I’ll be giving a Free Mini Album Tutorial.
I will be giving a complete supply list the day of the tutorial, but for now you can have the following ready
3-Ring Binder, I used a small 7"X9" but the size is up to you.
Canvas Fabric, again you can use any type of fabric of your choice.
Needle and Assorted colors of Floss
Stitching Template (Optional)
Sewing Machine (or you can hand sew)
12 pieces of cardstock cut to fit the inside of your binder
Your Choice of Pattern Paper and Embellishments to match
Distressing Ink or Chalk Ink
Variety of Border Punchers
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Hello! We're counting down the days to Christmas here, are you ready?? I am trying, really I am :) but the postman just doesn't like the unseasonably snowy weather we're getting here in the UK and he has some parcels I need to wrap!
At least I have some of the gifts here in the house (phew!) - thank goodness that there were supplies here to make gifts from! ;)
My project today is a calendar using family photos from the past year that I'm going to be giving to my Mum - I don't want to share too many pages because that will spoil the surprise if she spots this ;) but here's enough to give you an idea if you too are waiting for Santa to deliver your gifts on time!
January includes pictures of a trip me and Mum took to London to see Wicked the musical and shop in Harrods...
...and June simply had to include pictures from our eventful trip on a canal boat to Stratford (that's one family holiday we're sure to remember for a LONG time!)...
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Hello! It's Julie and it's my turn to share a Christmas memory. One thing we love to do in our house is to put up and then decorate the tree.
The kids are in charge of the tree for the most part. They help put it together and string lights. Then they make ornaments and tie bows on the tree! They really enjoy doing this each year!
In addition to a Christmas memory, I'd like to share something my daughter and I do each year...make little gifts for her teacher. My little crafter picked her paper, loaded a jar with holiday mints, and set to work!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I used the same stencil I used this year for my Christmas cards I and kept with the natural basics. Recycled paper and bags, white bags and off white canvas and felt and added a few rhinestones and cording for some shimmer and shine.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are done or nearly done with your shopping and can begin to enjoy your town or neighborhoods filled with lights, your children's excitement over Santa's impending visit, some hot chocolate or a hot toddy by a warm fire and some time off with friends and loved ones.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
We're nearly there folks, just over a week to go! :)
One of my favourite children's films at Christmas is Raymond Briggs' The Snowman; I have very fond memories of watching it as a kid :) so I was excited to see that Trimcraft brought out a craft line last year with lots of lovely images that certainly remind me of Christmas :) last year I just kept it and looked at it, this year I made some cards! :)
I kept it quite simple by cutting out and inking the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Ink, and then stamped some holiday sentiments using 7gypsies and Papermania Christmas stamps, followed by lots and LOTS of Icicle Stickles and a few jewels from my stash.
Most of these have gone to friends of a similar age who I know share the same childhood memories; I know that it will give them a smile :)
Hope you're having a scrappy Christmas! :)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Hello, Diana here, today I want to show you a few of the Christmas cards I made.
I enjoy making Christmas cards for my family and friends, I’ve heard from other scrappers that they prefer not to send hand made cards because most of the time they end up in the trash or people do not appreciate all the work put in to making them.
This is not how I think, sending out a hand made card is my way of saying: I remember you during this beautiful day and I care for you so much I took the time to make you this. My advice will be not to think of what will happen to the card in the future, but to think of the joy it will bring to the receiver when they first get it.
Every year my list has gotten bigger, so I figured that to save time I would make cards using the same design.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Happy Holidays Bloggers! This month's inspiration challenge takes a beautiful shabby chic Christmas image from pfeifferphotos as a jumping board for creativity this month! We'd love you to play along and use this image to make a card, atc, inchie, altered item, scrapbook page, or any thing else and upload to our COMMUNITY by Monday December 20th.
I was instantly inspired by the tinsel garland and I knew my Webster's Pages tinsel trim would be perfect for a little tag that I plan to attach to my daughter's Christmas present.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
In the run up to Christmas, each of us at The Scrappy Tree are going to talk a little about special things that for us really get that Christmas spirit going - today, it's my turn! This year for the first time I've been working on a December album, and it's really made me more alert to the things that happen in December that make me feel Christmasy :) Last weekend I went out to a Christmas party, and this weekend we decorated the house and put up our tree.
One of the things I really love are Christmas lights; at our house we only decorate inside, but I love how beautiful it looks when there are lights decorating the trees. I took this picture for my December album while we were at the Christmas party last weekend (does anyone else really enjoy driving around looking at all the lights and decorations people put up outside their houses??)
My favourite thing about putting the tree up and fairy lights all over the house is the cosy feeling of switching all the normal lights off and just sitting in the glow from the Christmas lights - is there anything that feels more festive? Get yourself a warm blanket, cup of hot chocolate (or glass of wine!) and put some Christmas music on - bliss!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
She has a very eclectic style and absolutely loved decorating her apartment. It's all bright colors, inspired by India fabrics and lanterns, she even covered a wall of her bedroom with violet lace and it looks incredible. So, needless to say that was my theme for her book. It may not hold up in the kitchen that well but she will have the family recipes and it will match her style, I hope!
The book is made with a chipboard front and back cover, natural corrugated paper as the dividers, all covered in DCWV Taj Mahal pattern paper. All the embellishments were random things from my stash that reminded me of her, some I had kept or collected thinking of her, so it was a perfect fit!
I used standard recipe cards that fit the colors of the rest of the book. The dividers tabs were chipboard titles with alpha buttons to mark the section of the book.
I added more bright colored papers to the backside of the corrugated paper, to match all the other color about in the piece and ran a colorful wide marker along the edges of the dividers to brighten up those as well.
This close up of some of the embellishments shows the beautiful pattern paper with elephants and camels parading as well.
Well that's it, on to the next Christmas gift on the list...
Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend. I hope it isn't spent inside a mall all day looking for gifts, fighting over parking stalls or shoveling snow.
Enjoy the season and be safe and happy!