Welcome to the 2nd Blog Hops with Heart blog hop! If you started from the beginning you would have come from Amie Kiger’s Blog, but if you’ve started here you can still make your way through the entire hop by clicking the link on the bottom of my post! This month we are featuring the CTMH White Pines Paper Packet with a “12 Days of Christmas” theme. My take on the hop this month is slightly modified. Modified in the way that I changed the lyrics to fit my project! Ha! Instead of “Partridge in a Pear Tree” I have a project highlighting us decorating our Christmas Tree. I did incorporate some gold into the layout so that counts for something, right?!?
I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe to create my background on a piece of B&T paper from the White Pines Paper Packet. I then backed the cut file with a piece of Colonial White Cardstock. Next I started layering other pieces of B&T and cardstock from the White Pines Paper Packet. I tore the edges to expose the white core of the papers. Once I had the general feel of how this layout was going to go down I started adding flair, including stickers from the White Pines Complements and Assortment. I added gold stitching around the layout and also tucked some messy leftover strands under the flair button. The title is another cut file from The Cut Shoppe and is painted in Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine. I finished with my journaling, a Heidi Swapp date stamp, and a few splashes of Gold Color Shine.
These photos are dear to my heart. This Christmas tree was the tree my siblings and I would decorate each year growing up. It’s one of those pain in the rear, fluff each branch, find the peg hole for the branch to fit in, not pre-lit Christmas trees. BUT I LOVE IT! So many memories tied into this tree. These photos were taken as I was walking into our living room, the french doors framing the scene, Aidan reaching up to place an ornament, me having a flashback of decorating the tree with my mom when I was his age. Maybe any tree would remind me of the memories of decorating the tree when I was younger but it seems that this tree is special.
Now make your way to Becca Whitham’s Blog to see what she has created using the White Pines Paper Packet.
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Oh how I love this! Your use of this paper is fabulous and your pictures are picture perfect!
Thank you so much Amy!!
I love that you use the tree you had growing up!!! SO many memories there in the branches. There you go tearing up your paper again, and I LOVE it! Super-clever journaling spot, and that gold stitching and title are awesome touches!!!
I’m a big fan of tearing the paper so you’ll see a lot more of it I’m sure! haha!!! Thanks for all your sweet compliments, Amie!
What a super cute page. I like the torn paper look too! Good memories, all of my sons are grown now so I had to decorate the tree by myself this year, made me miss these moments. Sweet page
Thank you so much Lela!
Love your layout, Kelly!!! That cut file is awesome, and I LOVE all the gold paint (yet another item on my wish list now!). Gorgeous! I love the way you added your journaling too, such sweet memories with your little guy! Really sweet that you use the same tree, and it shows you must have an abundance of love, and patience!
Thank you for those sweet comments Stephanie!
Our family tradition has always been to put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, too. No tree this year as we left almost all our Christmas decorations with my daughter when we moved to Alaska. I was feeling sorry for myself, but reading how special it is to share the same tree you used to decorate as a child with your own child has saved Christmas for me. And I’m not joking. Seriously, something just lifted in my heart.
Becca, thank you so much for sharing this! This is seriously the best, most heartfelt comment I have ever read on my blog and it means so very much to me! Thank you again for sharing your heart! *hugs from Indiana!*
hugs back atcha!