Sunday, December 15, 2013

It Wouldn't be Christmas Without...



You may recall that the purpose of the Inspiration Elevator challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to mature as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges at the Inspiration Elevator Blog.

We are thrilled to welcome guest artist Christy Riopel to Inspiration Elevator this month. You may recognize her work as she is a regular contributor/write for Canadian Scrapbooker magazine.  

I provided the challenge for December and here it is:
My challenge for December. I love Christmas, everything about it. Decorating my house, making gifts, baking - I love it all. My challenge to you is what is Christmas to you? What is one thing that evokes special memories and truly brings out the Christmas spirit for you. It could be a decoration, photo, song, recipe. Perhaps it is a tradition that you did as a child and now your children do. Maybe it is in the 'special' dinnerware that comes out only at Christmas. Scrap it and tell us all about it. Now for those who don't celebrate Christmas, let's hear about a tradition that makes your celebration special.

I used the Hello December collection from Glitz as I thought the sentinment on the yellow background paper was perfect for my challenge.  I have also tucked in bits of the Noel collection from Elle's Studio.  When I first thought of the challenge I was going to just do a page of what Christmas was for me but I knew it would mean so much more in the album if I had what it meant for each of us and I am so glad I did it.  Now for Jason it is the dinner so I have left a space for a photo.  We usually have everyone here for dinner but last Christmas our kitchen was being renovated - well just finished so we didn't have it.  I will add the photo from this year.





I love it because my favorite Christmas quote is:

"Perhaps Christmas doesn't come from a store,
Perhaps Christmas means a little bit more"

Would you like to see what the rest of our designers, and our guest designer, created with this challenge? Of course you would, so here are the links to each one's blog:
Guest designer: Christy Riopel
I hope you feel inspired to play along with our challenge this month, and when you do, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page. We'd LOVE to see what you made!

17 comments:

~amy~ said...

This is wonderful Laurel, such a keepsake with everybody's input :)

Cathy said...

I love this...love how it documents everybody's favorites!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love love this!! LOVING how you did the Q&A format!!!!

Tracey said...

This is absolutely fabulous Laurel!! Great page!!

Christa said...

Fabulous idea Laurel. I love your layout..a definate lift for me!

TesaB said...

What an AMAZING page, Laurel!!!

Lisa Spiegel said...

I love how you asked everyone and they are represented on the layout...so meaningful and fun!

Laura said...

wow i love that you asked all the family members about heir favourite part of the holiday! great idea and great page!

Joanne said...

I LOVE what you did with this challenge! What a wonderful keepsake this layout is - something you can look back on in the years to come! Awesome page :)
Joanne xo

LisaM said...

Love your take on this challenge Laurel and love that quote! Merry Christmas!

Ashley Horton said...

Awesome idea for your layout, Laurel!! Love the great design!!

yyam said...

Fun! What a great thing to keep on record!

Jeanne said...

Laurel, you are amazing! What a wonderful idea, to document what Christmas means to each member of the family? I'm going to have to remember that and do a layout for our family. I really like how you shared the ideas of each family member and the photos that go along with it. That's one cute ornament!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Audrey Pettit said...

This is SUCH a great idea for a holiday layout, Laurel! Love that you captured each family members favorite part of the holiday. I SO need to do this! And I'm totally using your design idea because this is stunning! :)

Ann said...

What a great idea for a page - love that you interviewed each member of your family and captured their fondest memories. I may have to incorporate this idea into my DD.

Ruth G said...

I love this idea! It is something that I did for Thanksgiving and somewhat what my December Daily album is about ("what I love about December")! Thanks so much for sharing!

Karen Pedersen said...

What a great layout! I am going to do this with my family now. GREAT idea!