Echo Park Paper: Documenting Holiday Family Traditions

Several years ago, my mom decided that she wanted to create a family Christmas tradition for the grandchildren that would impress on them the meaning of the season. She spent hours sewing nativity costumes and writing a program so that each Christmas all of the children in our family could take part in our own family nativity play.
I’m so grateful for the memories we have made as we have had our family nativity each year! I was delighted to be able to use the Echo Park Paper Wise Men Still Seek Him collection to document this important tradition of our yearly family Christmas party.
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I used the Bethlehem city scene (Border Strips Paper) to stretch across the width of this two page layout and then lined up the photos of each of the kids in their costumes underneath on strips of Ebony Black Felt cardstock.
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The photos of the Nativity play with everyone participating are stacked together on a block tied with some rustic jute twine.
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I created my own journal block on the computer telling why this year was especially memorable for our family. I accented it with the floral branch sticker along the bottom and a few punched stars.
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The kids are growing up and starting to head off to college … in a few years, who is able to come to our family Christmas party is going to look a lot different. I’m grateful I captured this memory when I had the chance.
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Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas!

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Echo Park Paper: The Pure JOY of Christmas

Christmas is a time for traditions and today’s page features one of those for my kids … creating a candy train at school! I pulled out the “A Perfect Christmas” collection to document this fun day for my daughter.
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One of my favorite papers in this collection is the Merry Mistletoe paper. I love florals that I can cut out and use as accents on my layouts. I used several on this page and then added die cut pine branches behind them for more texture and depth.
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Besides snowflakes, pine boughs are my favorite dies to use at Christmas time! This one comes from the Be Merry Branch Die Set in this collection. Isn’t it gorgeous cut from the Classic Green Felt Designer Cardstock?!
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This fun embellishment cluster features my kids’ favorite part of Christmas … the presents! I added enamel dots to the center of each bow for a bit of shine.
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What school traditions have been carried through each child in your family? Do they deserve a spot in your memory book?
 
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Carta Bella Paper: You Could Even Say It Glows

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the magic of twinkling lights. Because of that I am always on the lookout for projects that are able to be lit with a battery-operated candle or light. With a bit of vellum, this Fireplace Box would be so cute placed on a mantel with a light inside! You could even give it to a friend with a treat inside and then include a light so they can use is as a decoration afterward.
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The idea for this project began with the darling large Santa from the Santa’s List paper of the Carta Bella A Very Merry collection. I LOVE him and just HAD to use him as a focal point for a project. I looked around the Silhouette Design Store and found a cut file for this Fireplace Box and knew he would look so cute next to it unloading Christmas presents for the family he was visiting.
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A beautiful paper bow created with the Scallop 3D Bow Die Set tops off this box. I also added several branches from the ‘Tis the Season Branch Die Set and holly from the Christmas Holly & Berries Die Set. All that foliage really makes this project feel special!
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The mantle of this fireplace is decorated with a sprinkling of stickers, along with a chipboard ornament and a bit of holly. The sparkle stickers surrounding this little cluster adds to the magical feel of this project!
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In the bottom left corner is a happy holiday greeting, layered over a jar of mouth-watering candy!
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Doesn’t it look festive with a light tucked inside! It makes me want to snuggle up with my kids and read them the classic story, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
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Do you enjoy creating dimensional papercrafts to decorate your home for the holidays? I love it! These kind of projects always add that magical touch to a room!
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Carta Bella Designer Cardstock:
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Campfire Cut File by Carta Bella (#180226 in the Silhouette Design Store)
Fireplace Box by Jennifer Rush (#109747 in the Silhouette Design Store)

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Simple Stories: Very Merry

Christmas can be a hectic time of year, but I always enjoy hunkering down in my craft room on a cold, snowy day for a bit of scrapbooking. Pulling out older holiday photos make me realize how quickly time passes by and to always savor each and every holiday spent with family and friends.
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I began the page with the Season’s Greetings paper from the Simple Stories Very Merry collection. I love the large floral in the corner! After placing my three photos in a triangle, the large floral perfectly fills the empty space and helps to frame the design.
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I placed two strips of patterned paper on the right hand side of the page to anchor my photo grouping (Let It Snow striped paper and the green confetti dot of the 3×4 Journaling Cards paper). I used my sewing machine to zig-zag stitch in between the two paper strips and then added some chipboard snowflakes and phrase stickers at the top for decoration.
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I could not resist adding that darling red truck from the Combo Stickers to this page. It’s almost as if the truck is delivery the presents that my family members are opening in the photo above! Ha! A fussy-cut floral piece from the Peace On Earth paper peeks out from behind the photo to finish things off.
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I cut another larger flower cluster from the Peace On Earth paper to accent the bottom of my main photo and fill the space above my sticker title.
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Finally, I added journaling to the left side of the page. Now this layout is ready to be put in our Family Album! I can’t wait to get together with family again this year. Christmas is such a beautiful time of year!
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