So - are you all ready for some holiday inspiration??? First, I have to tell you a funny story. A few weeks ago a few of us were gathered around Debbie's desk discussing something (we always have a zillion projecs going) and something was said about Christmas. My mom's first response was something like "we are so past Christmas". We all just looked at each other and started laughing because we had just had halloween and in reality we were so far from Christmas. Right now our Valentines collection is at the printers, our new spring collection is designed and we're thinking of easter. That shows you how far in advance we have to work.
The day after Thanksgiving I was one of those crazy ladies who woke up too early (3:30 am) and hit the stores for good deals. I went through all the ads the night before and me, my MIL, and SIL knew exactly where we wanted to go and what times we needed to be there. The good news... I saved LOTS of money and the even better news... I got ALL my shopping DONE! I have a few more gifts that I want to make so I'll be sharing those with you throughout the next few weeks.
For all your Christmas decorating our new Christmas Joy Pattern Book is a must have! It is 36 pages and includes all the patterns for each project. If you would rather have us do the hard work - you can purchase the wood kits in our New Product section. Seriously - you'll love it!
My first project I want to share with you is our Countdown Magnet Board designed by our talented Eileen Workman. The metal board it painted with creme paint and then she glued down photos to the magnet board. Next, she glued our Christmas Countdown paper to chipboard and adhered magnets on the back. So, for each day you remove the number and a picture is revealed. Detailed instructions are included in the Pattern Book or if you purchase the wood ki. I want to make this for our house, but I think I'm going to put a nativity picture so on Christmas the entire nativity picture is revealed. Thanks Eileen for the fun idea!
I'll be back with lots of holiday posts soon! Just trying to get caught up on several deadlines. Promise the wait will be worth it! In the meantime read this great article that mentioned several good things about my class that put a great big grin on my face.
give thanks for 2007 is the title of my layout. i created this to get myself into the spirit of thanksgiving. i knew i wanted to journal all of the 'momentous' things for this year. after digging through one of my drawers i found this quote "Give thanks for everyday of your life. Each day holds a new assortment of life's lessons". It just fit my feeling for this year. I wrote the quote on the bottom left corner. I used our 21790 Field of Swirls patterned paper, 21788 Fall Leaves Stripe, our BRAND NEW STAMPS -90142 Picture Perfect, Green Foam Alphabets, Chocolate Foam Alphabets, and those adorable felt flowers are from K&Co. I want to wish everyone a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. We are heading to SLC to spend the day with my family. I plan on taking lots of pictures!! Oh yeah, can you keep a secret??? We'll be offering free shipping this next week on our website. Be watching your email for more details!
Loved all the great ideas you have sent my way - keep them coming. I have lots of great stuff coming your way the next few weeks. here's our first:
I need some inspiration for scrapbooking Thanksgiving. Everything from
Halloween to Christmas just blends together, so I need help setting
Thanksgiving apart. Megan
I agree - I feel like we just had Halloween last week and all of sudden there is Christmas music playing and Christmas lights already blazing. Thanksgiving does get lost. Last year I taught a Gratitude Memory Box (using our 4 drawer HideAway Box) class at BPS. Each drawer was filled with traditional Thanksgiving receipes, photos of each Thanksgiving shared, thoughts of gratitude on tags, and favorite gratitude quotes. It is a Memory Box made to be added to each year, making each Thanksgiving memorable and important. I suggest creating something similar that your family will enjoy. Another great idea was a project I made with my cute friend, Heather Taylor. We decorated a glass jar with patterned paper. Printed on the patterned paper "A heart full of thanks. Count your blessings. Gratitude Jar". Inside we filled it with strips of cardstock (fall colors) and each year we sit down and write everything we're grateful for. My favorite project I created this year was my Thankful Tag Album.
I have a layout to share tomorrow, so stay tuned. So whadda ya think? Should I give away some free Christmas Joy Pattern Books? The lucky winners are Holly Carruthers, Erin Taylor, and Megan. Please email me your addresses. Start thinking about what you're Thankful for this holiday.
so feeling stumped - don't know what to write about. so - i thought you could all give your input. what would you like me to post about? do you have questions that you'd like answered? products that you'd like to see ideas so you know how to use them? tips? leave your response in the comments or send me an email. i think i'll have to give some of these away to those who help me out. can't wait to hear from you!
if you're looking to take some fabulous holiday classes BPS has a great line up. Read all about the classes on the Scrap Big Blog. And you won't want to miss Giving Well (in two hours or less) by Kolette because I will be sharing my holiday gift idea - birthday books! Also, don't miss Linda Holley's class, we just met her this weekend and she is absolutely wonderful and creative! Head on over to BPS to check them out.