Anyone ready for the winter? I must admit - not me! The New England area has gone frigid and we are likely to get our first taste of snow this week. It's a good thing I've had some yummy Hot Chocolate by Fancy Pants to keep me warm! This line uses beautiful subtle colors in blue, brown, red and green and gorgeous plaid, argyle, polka dotted, and stripped patterns. Whether you have Christmas or winter photos or anything in between, this line is very versatile and warm. Since I've already taken a couple hundred photos this month about everything from decorating the tree, Santa photos, Christmas parties, and Gingerbread houses, I knew this line would be great for all of these layouts. This week, it was time to get to work.
Since decorating is my favorite part of the Christmas holiday, we always make a big deal over decorating the Christmas tree. This year while the kids were decorating, all they could talk about was that next Christmas we'll have another baby to share in the excitement. They both asked if they could hold the baby while he or she puts ornaments on the tree! A very sweet moment that I will always remember.
For the background of the layout, I used the Winter Park Paper and added a scalloped border at the bottom from the Hot Chocolate Border Strips paper. Other papers/embellishments used include the New Bird paper, the Journaling Card paper, rub-on's from Samantha Walker's Holiday Recipe line and the felt tree from Prima.
The kids asked for some big toys this year. Actually, only my daughter asked for an expensive toy - an ipod touch to be exact. As parents, we know every 8 year old kid should have a $250 request at Christmas because the next door neighbors have them. Hmmm, I think not! But, I was hoping that maybe the thought of Santa trying to get toys to everyone in the world on Christmas would encourage my daughter to ask for something a little more reasonable. lol. My thought completely backfired and of course Santa had her so excited that is all she could talk about. At least I got a great picture out of the night!
For the layout, I used the January paper and the Hot Chocolate Bracket paper as my background. I layered several smaller strips of paper from the Mint Truffle, Marshmallow Cocoa, Glistening Snow, and Elements Sticker sheet.
Who could ever resists bowls of chocolate, gum drops, marshmallows, fruit loops, and bags of icing? Certainly, not my kids! Locally, we are lucky enough to have a business owner who does a traveling Kitchen Kids program. She does house parties at Christmastime for Gingerbread Houses and cookies. Very reasonably priced, she brings absolutely everything, and even cleans up! This picture was taken in the midst of creating. I caught my son, Colin, completely red handed with his hands in the marshmallows and scooping up gobs of icing. Yummy! Such a priceless picture of him with his mouth wide open saying "hey, mom" while my daughter laughs in the background.
For the layout, I used the Warm Sweater paper and Hot Chocolate Flower Die-cut as the background papers. I added strips of paper from the Journaling Card, Marshmallow Cocoa, Mint Truffle paper, and Hot Chocolate Element Sticker sheet. This layout was based upon a December sketch from PageMaps and Becky Fleck.
This layout showcases the final photos of our Gingerbread Houses! My kids have been pretty good about only eating 2 or 3 small pieces off of it after dinner each day. So, they are still looking pretty good for Christmas. For the house that I created at the top of the layout, I waited until everyone went home and then sat down and created mine over 2 hours while listening to Christmas music. Heavenly and relaxing!
For the layout, I used the Iced Mocha paper as the background and used other papers such as the Mint Truffle, Journaling Card Paper, Glistening Snow, and the Sweets and Treats paper by Reminisce.
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beautiful job, Diane!
love your work
one of my fav new FP lines. love what you did with it. =)
wonderful job! I like what you did with all the goodies.
You rocked this line Diane!
What a great bunch of layouts! I really love this line for Christmas now!
These are beautiful. I love what you did with this line and all the great Christmas memories you are making!