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My Craft Goals for 2015

My Goals for 2015:

1. Update my goals for 2016 in January of 2016 :)
2. Maximize my crafting time!
3. Keep plugging away at scrapbooking photos!!
4. Learn how to Heat Press!!
5. Have fun!

Monday, January 14, 2013

We Three Trees

Today I am sharing this 2 page layout at The Bug Bytes!

Each year I photograph our Christmas Trees and make sure to scrapbook them.  To say we love decorating for Christmas is an understatement!!  In addition to these three trees, I have one in the basement for the daycare and a white tree we did not put up this year.  That one holds my snowman ornament collection.

The gold tree was my mother's parents tree.  My mom was born in Chicago, Illinois and my grandfather was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska when my mom was a junior in high school.  Grandpa came to Omaha before Christmas to start working and Grandma and the kids stayed in Chicago until the house sold.  Grandpa saw this tree on display at Brandeis (a clothing store that eventually was bought out by Younkers) and had to have it.  They were sold out, so they sold him the display from the window and he took it on the train to Chicago with him.

My mom passed away in 1989.  When her parents (my grandparents) passed away in 2002, my Aunts were going to throw this tree away.  I jumped at the chance to take it home!  This tree has a rotating base, plays music (one song over and over) and has two large spotlights.  I don't use the spotlights because I prefer white lights on the tree.  This tree has such good memories of my childhood Christmas celebrations at my Grandparents house.

This was my original idea.  I saw a layout on facebook that used ornaments to create a Christmas tree and had some branches on the other side with a couple more ornaments.  

When I cut out the ornaments, I really did not like them.  They were the wrong colors, too small - just looked wrong, so I went back to Gypsy and searched some more.

I found this tree in the Trim the Tree cartridge.  I sized it to 9 inches. 

We Three Trees came from Winter Woodland (love this font) and sized the letters 1" and 2".
Here are they layers to the tree and letters.

I cut out the layers in two shades of green.  I wrapped crinkle ribbon around the shadow of the tree and pop-dotted the top layer on.

I wanted to add something on the right page below the photos of trees.  My original thought was to put some presents, but like the ornaments, the papers I had did not really look good on the layout.  The patterns were too busy.

I opted for a gold ornament border that I found on Winter Frolic.  It is a border option and I welded three of them together and sized them to 11" wide.

I adhered them below the photos.

This tag came on a candle that I received in a Christmas gift basket.  I was so excited to see it was a Santa's Key!!  I had to use it in a layout!!!
I borrowed a branch die cut from my good friend Jenny.  She cut out these branches for me and I adhered them under the tag.

I journaled on the mat about each tree and where we placed them.

I added red stickle dots to the top layer of the tree cut. 

I cut two borders from Paper trimmings in red cardstock sized to 1".  I put the borders under the photo mats.

The left page showcases my Grandparents gold tinsel tree.

The right page showcases the entryway 12' tree and the live tree.
The layout all together.

Do you scrapbook your Christmas Trees?


papillon digital design said...

Wow! love the layout. That tree is awesome. Lovely story and a great way to scrapbook it . TFS

Design Originals by KC said...

Love this layout and love the story behind it.. thanks for sharing... as for your goals at the top of your blog... I don't think you are too cricut dependent.. you use them for embellishing your ideas but if you didn't use a die cut machine you would be buying embellishments ... homemade your style is MUCH better! Good luck with the rest of your goals... I just started making vids if I can help and once I got it figured out Sheila helped me put it in my blog! Yah! You can do it all! Kathi

Gaylynn said...

Yes, my kids always ask why I'm taking pictures of the tree, lol. Wonderful memories.
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abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great lay-out! Love that beautiful tree! Thanks for joining us over at 3 Girl Jam Challenges! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

Cheri said...

WOW! What a great story. Thanks for sharing it with us. I love to hear about memories like that. Your layout is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing it with us on 3 Girl JAM's challenge.

Cheri - 3GJ DT

3 Girl JAM said...

Such a beautiful layout Lori- and a wonderful story to go with it! Thanks for linking up with 3 Girl JAM.


Jessica Buffa said...

Wow, Lori, this is truly magnificent. Thank you for sharing the fun tips and step by step! Gorgeous use of the ribbon! Thanks for linking up with the 3GJ Challenge!
Jessica B

Jovan said...

Wonderful layout...thanks for joining 3 GIrl JAM!

jessica said...

Thanks for sharing and playing along with us over at the 3GJ Challenge Blog! Good luck in the drawing and hope you will join us for a brand new challenge beginning tomorrow :)