Friday, November 16, 2007

A Tradition of Ornaments

My family has a tradition of getting a new Christmas ornament every year. When my brothers and I were growing up Mom would buy us a new one every year. When I moved out on my own I had a small box of ornaments to take with me to my new home. Mom has continued to buy us, and now our spouses, a new ornament every year. Tim and I also started a tradition when we travel to new places, or places we love, of buying an ornament as our souvenir.

During the last Virtual Scrapbooking Night on splitcoaststampers, one of the challenges was to make a mini scrapbook using chipboard coasters as the cover. When I first looked at the challenge, I thought there was no way I could do that project in two hours. But it is a very quick little project. I didn't go overboard with the embellishments which helped keep it a quick project. On one side of the book I put photos of some of the ornaments my mom has given Tim and I since we've been married. The other side of the book is ornaments we've bought as souvenirs. I have more photos, so I will need to expand my book a little.

I used two pieces of pattern paper from Flair Designs along with Garden Green, Mellow Moss and Real Red cardstock from SU! The stamped labels are from the Label Classics stamp set, and the title is done with the Rough Edges alphabet. The stamped ornaments are from a set of stamps by EK Success my friend had just picked up for me at Big Lots. I used a little ribbon and a chipboard letter T on the cover. I used my circle punches to make a place to write the name of where the ornaments came from. Unfortunately, I don't have dates for most of them - I'll have to start keeping that information.
I love how my little book turned out, and now I can look at my pretty Christmas ornaments all year long.

1 comment:

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Such a great little book, Melanie!! And what a lovely tradition!!