Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Christmas Memories - Digital Page
There are just a few days left in February and my 6th Blog Anniversary Celebration and Giveaway is drawing to a close. It's been such fun to read all of the answers to the questions. If you have a chance, I hope you will take the time to see what some of the other readers have shared in their comments.
This is the digital page that I did for the Layout a Day (LOAD) challenge today. We were given an interesting challenge to mix up the order in which we ordinarily do things by throwing a die or drawing numbers. There were six steps of the process defined and we had to do them in a random order.
My sequence went like this:
1. Design - chose a template.
2. Photo - found this old photo from my childhood.
3. Story - wrote out the story about our stockings.
4. Paper - it took a long time to figure out papers for the template and I made some of them myself.
5. Little Stuff - added the snowflake overlay.
6.Title - well that was pretty easy at the end!
Here is a closer view of some of the layers and the journaling. It says
Mom made these huge red flannel Christmas stockings for our family with white rick-rack trim spelling out our names on the cuffs. The stocking always contained fruit (including a large grapefruit at the toe) nuts and small gifts. There might be a special chocolate bar but most of the other items were "things" like a hair barrette, small puzzle or some other game - she collected stocking items all year long. Some years all of the individual gifts inside the stockings were wrapped but that didn't happen every year - it depended on the amount of cookie baking that was necessary that year. I don't know what happened to these stockings. It would be great to find the pattern and make some for our family.
I have lots of fond memories of those stockings. It's too bad that they have disappeared. I wish I had better photos of the stockings in use (I might find some in my Dad's photos eventually).
I use the Artisan software from Panstoria for my digital pages. This used to be sold as StoryBook Creator by Creative Memories. It's easy to use but it also has lots of fairly sophisticated options if you like to try different designs and effects.
I realized that there were not any Christmas items in the boxes so I decided to add these chipboard tags from Graphic 45.
I'll have to do a test pack of the actual boxes these gifts will be sent in (remember, I have to use the medium box to fit the large paper pad and the rest of the things will fill in around the edges). Then I'll know just what else I can add in these last few days.
How do you play along in the blog celebration giveaway?
To enter for a chance to win one of the three boxes - see all of the details on the first blog celebration post HERE. Then come back and get your comments in on this post. Remember, if you sign up for the new newsletter (see the box at the top right of the page) I will be choosing one person from the subscribers as a box winner (you don't need to leave a comment here since I can see that list).
Today's question to answer in your comment is:
Is there a holiday tradition from your childhood that you'd like your family to carry on? Sometimes the rituals and customs from our holiday celebrations can be a great comfort as you remember the older family members who started the traditions. Do your traditions center around food, activities or both? Have you created any pages or albums to record these customs and traditions?
I hope you are having a great week. They say more snow is coming - I hope it goes right past us!
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