"My challenge for December. I love Christmas, everything about it. Decorating my house, making gifts, baking - I love it all. My challenge to you is what is Christmas to you? What is one thing that evokes special memories and truly brings out the Christmas spirit for you. It could be a decoration, photo, song, recipe. Perhaps it is a tradition that you did as a child and now your children do. Maybe it is in the 'special' dinnerware that comes out only at Christmas. Scrap it and tell us all about it. Now for those who don't celebrate Christmas, let's hear about a tradition that makes your celebration special."
There are so many different traditions that are a part of Christmas for me - baking cookies, our special hand-made Christmas stockings, our nativity set, special recipes used for Christmas dinner, going to Mass on Christmas Eve. But one of my favourite traditions is giving our two sons a nutcracker each Christmas! We love bringing them out each year and setting them up as part of our decorations. The nutcracker brigade stands tall and proud and they add such a festive feel to our home! I snapped a photo of them recently and this was the focus of my layout.
I worked with a Jillibean Soup circle placemat for my background. It started as a 12 x 12 sheet of circles that I cut down to resemble a tree shape.
I then used Bazzill Basics Countdown to Christmas papers to fill in the circles! I love the punch of black that is in this line of papers and the prints are just gorgeous! I hand-cut some of the stars from the paper to use as embellishments on my page.
A few sequins were added for some holiday sparkle and I did some stitching with my sewing machine.
A Heidi Swapp epoxy sticker was used for my title and I kept the journaling simple.
Guest designer: Christy Riopel