It's my turn to host the next Method Playground challenge. So, since it's New Year's Eve, why not bring on the bling? Here's my layout for the challenge - the gas station down the street with every Christmas decoration known to man:
Thomas decided to emulate the boy from "The Santa Clause" and play Santa. He made nine sets of antlers, used various chairs and toys for the reindeer, and his dog "Max" as Rudolph. Then he yelled for Daddy to help him say the "on Dasher, on Dancer..." part.
Last night we took the kids to see the National Christmas tree in the Ellipse next to the White House. We parked in the Ronald Regan gov't bldg., which requires a security screening upon entry. So, when we enter into the lobby and Rachel sees the metal detector she looks at as and says, "But I didn't bring my luggage!" Then she proceeds to take off her shoes to put them on the belt. The men working got a nice laugh from all this.
Over at All Moments Remembered - I did a couple of make-and-takes for them for their big reopening today. You can find my New Year's resolution mini-book "I Resolve" here and my Christmas mini accordion album here.
I Resolve Made with a Fontwerks journaling stamp, some chipboard and patterned paper. A quick and easy way to jot down those resolutions!
Christmas Accordion Minialbum: Since we take only digi pics (which'll often sit on my computer for weeks) I wanted a quick and fast way to get a couple of pictures printed from Christmas day.
It's almost time for the unveiling of the new All Moments Remembered website. They've got a new logo, and there will be make & takes (including a few I did) and RAKs, and their design team will be announced from the finalist list. Here's a sneak peek ...
Yes, I know I'm a day late. See, my parents gave the kids a Webkins toy.... and I wasn't able to use my computer for the rest of the day. Sigh... thankfully Santa brought Tom a new iMac so the kids will soon have their own computer to use (and not mine anymore).
So, here's the scene yesterday morning. Rachel made it into our bed around 5 a.m. and started stirring around 8. We hear Thomas yell from his room, "Hey - it's morning time!" "Yes, Thomas." "That means it's not night time anymore!" "Yes, Thomas." "It's Christmas! Can we open presents now??" he asks, running into our room. "Well, why don't we have breakfast first, " I say. "No!" they yell. "How about a nice drive?" "No - I want to open presents!" "Hmm... let's go play outside in the yard for awhile..."
And with that Rachel decided to take matters into her own hands and race downstairs, with Thomas not too far behind. Then the present-opening orgy commenced. Thomas even had a note from Santa, apologizing that the toy he asked for wasn't there because one of the reindeer stepped on it when they were loading the sleigh. It did arrive today, and I'll have to get a picture up here - Thomas hasn't stopped playing with the thing all afternoon.
. . . until the big day - and Rachel's getting ready. This morning she was insistent on hanging her stocking ON the firesplace. Too bad the area was still messy from the chimney sweeps...
In the meantime, I've been finishing up gifts, working on a few projects and getting a little wrapping done.
We took the kids to a Mr. Knickknack sing-a-long yesterday. We haven't been to see his show regularly in a while so it was a nice treat. And then Santa showed up at the end. Amazingly, Rachel was right up in front chatting away with the Big Man - since she wouldn't go near him at the mall!
And, the January PageMaps is up early! You can get the newsletter here. I'm just tickled pink to have my first LO in this issue. Here's what I did:
of a day. First to scurry around to finish up the teacher's presents for Rachel, as well as look again unsuccessfully for the elusive singing Christmas tree that my son asked Santa for Christmas. Seriously what gives? Why on earth would a five year old come up with asking Santa for a singing Christmas tree??? But I digress... I made an ornament for each teacher and used Queen & Co. self-adhesive felt on one and Autumn Leaves felt from "A Rhonna Christmas" on the other. A little stamped Santa from October Afternoon and we're all set.
Then off to Rachel's preschool to help decorate gingerbread houses. Rachel soon figured out that you could EAT the frosting we were putting on the house, and that for the most part ended her "decorating." Yet, somehow she was the last one in the class to finish up.
Back home for a chimney inspection (just in time for Santa's visit!), only to be told we had some kind of big crack or something with an associated water leak - just a quick, albeit not cheap fix. A quick dash off to Recollections to scan my layout for the January Pagemaps (yahoo! my first time) and race back home before the bus dropped Thomas off from school. Whew!
And I was thrilled to find out that I'm a finalist for the All Moments Remembered design team! They're starting up a monthly kit in January in addition to their existing store. Join me on December 27th for the unveiling of their new website and message board. I'm working on a make-n-take or two for them for the event.
Finally, a little family time tonight as we did "dinner and a movie." We watched The Very First Noel - a real child-friendly animated version of the Nativity story. Just perfect and around 30 minutes it kept their attention. We also wrote letters to Santa. And much to my dismay, Thomas asked Santa for a Christmas tree toy. Argh! I have been searching high and low for this thing. I've found singing Santas, snowmen, polar bears, Herbie the elf, and Frosty's --- no trees anywhere. I'm stumped and getting desperate.
And we have Layle from Scenic Route as a guest host for this Method Playground challenge. The challenge is to stamp on raw chipboard. I used chipboard ornaments from Cosmo Cricket and decided to paint them first. The top ornament was stamped with Versamark watermark ink and embossed w/ Tim Holtz's Distress Embossing powders. The lower two were stamped using Staz-on ink. I also decided to print out my photo on a transparency - mostly b/c it helped hide the horrible paneled wall behind the tree! I deleted the background around the tree then desaturated the image somewhat before printing. Love the effect.
The next Scrapfaith challenge is up - scraping your holiday traditions and how your faith plays a role. I wanted to talk about two things we're trying to instill in the kids - that giving is more important than getting and that Christmas is to celebrate Jesus's birth (well, at this age it's easier for them to get Jesus's birthday...) And I have to say, the giving part has really caught on. Thomas is just thrilled to pick out presents for other people and seems more interested in that then what he wants. He's going through the art supplies making lots of "presents" for everyone and taping them up - pretty much everyday. Rachel, however, is more interested in making presents for herself. But she's only three so there's still time.
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