Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Here is my project using the Midnight Oil Perfectly Shaped Build A Book shaped chipboard and a Clearly Designed Show Off panel for the front cover--
Kwanzaa is based on the Nguzo Saba (seven guiding principles), one for each day of the observance, and is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st.
Umoja (oo-MO-jah) Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, "I am We," or "I am because We are."
Ujima (oo-GEE-mah) Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world.
Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.
Nia (NEE-yah) Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.
Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.
Imani (ee-MAH-nee) Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle.
Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah) Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.
For more information about Kwanzaa click here
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS,
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I can't believe another Christmas is already behind us. I am so blessed with love and happiness all around me, and it only gets better when I am able to celebrate family traditions....some old, and some new...but all just WONDERFUL:)
Another tradition is cookie baking...now for those that know me, I'm definitely NOT a domestic diva, so when it came to cookie making this year, I decided to do it the "easy" way...(you know, those refrigerator cookie bags with the cute "dough boy"?)...well that's how we started. I made a few batches of cookies with my grandsons, Dominic and Shane. We had a great time and didn't burn a SINGLE cookie!!!!! Now that is definitely a bonus for me:)
Gift giving/receiving time is always great, and we were so glad that Dominic was so happy with his new Leapster game. Whoo hoo:) Shane also loved his new helmet...did I tell you that at 1 1/2, he LOVES to skateboard????? No worries...they do make skateboards especially for his age...the wheels are pretty stiff and don't move quickly at all...whew!
We had to take a pic of the Christmas tree....that spent more time on the ground due to Shane's curiosity, lol.
Now for the good part...the supplies used for this album:)
--I started with a MOSD flip album. I love the way each page opens alternately from one side to the other.
--On the cover, I used an overlay with music notes and snowflakes to add dimension. I also used a swirl stamp with blazing red staz on ink to cover the album covers. I attached a leather and metal fastner to "lock" the book.
--I used papers and embellishments fromt he BoBunny 'Tis The Season line. I added a little bling, some paint and chipboard letters...oh yes...the chipboard letters all started out as orange...I just peeled off the top layer and painted them with various paint dabbers.
--The last thing I added was some stick-on swirls in black. I just LOVE stick-ons!
--I put the book together using my bind-it-all and voila...a really cute holiday traditions album:)
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Lori McCausland, your friendly frugal scrapper.
Friday, December 25, 2009
I used pages from the MOSD Build-a-Book set: 3 clear squares, 2 large scallop, 2 half circle, 1 chipboard square. I used a mix of papers and products for this album. Lots of glitter and buttons and flowers. Take a peek!
Here is the cover. I painted the edges of all the clear pages with acrylic paint and Stickles. I attached a piece of double sided paper to the clear cover using Xyron adhesive.Here is a view of the shaped pages.
And a top view.
I bound the album with the Bind-it-All and tied on lots of festive ribbons. I still have to add the photos and journaling, and maybe some titles. But I am notorious for making these mini albums, then waiting a long time to finish them!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
To replace the handles that I removed, I cut holes in the top with my Crop A Dile and then knotted a length of ribbon through each hole. Now I have pretty handles that match my bag.
You could make these bags as simple or as elaborate as your time allows. The MOSD chipboard pages add another shape to the bag, and some dimension to help your design stand out.
I hope you have a merry, festive, and peaceful Christmas. We'll be celebrating at home, thankful for all the blessings we've had this year.
Until next year,