Sunday 19 December 2010

Sunday Challenge: 19th December 2010

It's pretty snowy out there isn't it? So it's a great time to catch up on this month's challenges and get them uploaded with a link to the side bar on the right. Amanda's taken pity on us this week though in the run up to Christmas and given us a quick challenge.

I know that most people are ultra busy in the run up to Christmas, so this week your challenge is to take a photo of something that puts you in a Christmassy mood! Then, once all the festivities are over, you'll be able to go back and scrap the picture at your own leisure.

Here's a little look at what Christmas means to our design team:

I decided to share this picture of my son getting ready to decorate the tree. It's not perfect, and it's one of a string of about 30 pictures. None of them are any better. The thing I love is that the reason they're not perfect is because Lewis never stopped chattering throughout the whole lot. He gets so excited about decorating the tree, and his funny facial expression in the photo just reminds me of his excitement. :)

Our local Christmas Market in Bath always puts me in the festive mood at the beginning of December. We have made it a bit of a tradition to go and see it one evening every December. I love all the Christmas smells there like chestnuts, Christmas spices and mulled wine and to see all the little sheds lit up, it can't help but make you feel Christmassy!

Its 2 years now that Im part of an amazing local group, our ScrapFriends Curitiba group.
We have circle journals and monthly crops and I have made very special friends, some like my sisters at this special group.
Every year we have our closing crop, actually, croc :)
This year was no different and we met today (4.12). Is also our tradition to take a picture of the group every when we do this I always think about Xmas.
Its a signal its close and is usually the first party I have for season time.
That's why Ive choosen this picture for our 19/12 challenge.

For us, it doesn't get more Christmassy than this : )

A tradition that signals both the arrival of Christmas and gives me my first Christmassy feelings is when I buy one of these to put on the mantelpiece:


This year we went to see Father Christmas in LaplandUK. I have so many photos to scrap but my favourite is this one of Connor helping Mother Christmas decorate gingerbread men. Scrapbooking has turned me in to a bit of a freak! Every room I walked in to at LaplandUK I practically ran to get the best lit area. You've all been there though, right?? And I love the light in this photo.


Nothing signals the holidays like mandarin oranges. Growing up in snowy Utah, I would look forward to the boxes of mandarins that my grandparents would send at Christmastime from sunny California. Now that I live in California, I look forward to the cold weather that ripens the mandarins so that I can fill our home with the scent of oranges. Call me crazy, but I'd rather have one of these than a Christmas cookie any day!

This ornament belonged to my paternal grandmother, who I never met. I have have protected this ornament for years as it is the only one we have from her. It used to be on my mom's tree, and she passed it along to me. When it comes out of it's wrapping it always makes me smile, and definitely recharges my Christmas spirit!

and our GDT Julie Dix:

If I'm not already feeling Christmassy then I can guarantee that wrapping presents will always get me in the mood. To me, there's nothing better than a pile of beautifully wrapped presents under the tree, and so I surround myself every year with gorgeous paper, bows and curling ribbon - I love it!


Don't forget to get your entries in before midnight tomorrow for the DT call! Details here!


  1. What an AWESOME challenge!! I was just getting ready to do a post with a photo that is PERFECT for this!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. this is cool!! Christmas for me is the smell of baking cupcakes and decorating them with Tom :) :) :)


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