by Shellye McDaniel
Hello! Shellye along with you today to share a sweet "traditions" layout. Like many of you, we have a day set aside during December when we do the majority of our baking and candy-making. Who needs supper when you've snacked on cookie dough, tasted fudge and finished off all of the broken dipped pretzels all day long? :)
For my 12X12 layout, I started with a sheet of Limeade Textured Cardstock for the base and then layered on patterned paper from the Home For the Holidays Collection. I die-cut my photos and then cut four panels that measured 1/2" larger; I added the pictures to the diagonal striped panels with foam adhesive (just around the edge of the photos).
Before attaching the panels to the background paper, I cut two paper doilies in half and created a border. Using the Tiny Type alphabet stickers, I mimicked the shape of the doily to create part of the title.
Next, I added two standard tags behind each picture. Because I only added foam adhesive around the four edges of the photos, I was able to tuck in the journaled tags behind them.
To give a finished look, I machine stitched in a zig-zag pattern around the background paper. A couple of stitched X's (with Lily White Twine) helps to break up the 'boxed' look and also gives a little soft texture.
I have several year's worth of 'baking day' photos with my daughter...I think an entire album dedicated to this tradition will be a nice keepsake to have on hand!
by Tiffany Hood
Our family has a lot of holiday traditions, we always to fondue on Christmas Eve, we go to a certain park with lights every year, we go to Temple Square to see the choir and the magnificent lights and scenes, and we always, always, always make our now "famous" caramel apples!
We've been making these since 2006, and we usually do them with my side of the family and the kids and cousins (and eat them all ourselves) and then later on, my husband and I have made it a tradition to make these for the neighbors- the cinnamon-sugar version.
The ones in the photos are mostly ones made by the kiddos, but the white chocolate cinnamon-sugar ones have become a perfected art, are very time consuming, and we only settle for perfect (or close to perfect) looking ones for our neighbors and friends. It's so much fun!
What are some of your holiday traditions?