Is there anything better than scrapbooking, wrapping, crafting, or relaxing to really good music this time of year? Consider adding one of these albums to your holiday collection this weekend! All are available on both iTunes and Amazon, plus other sites/stores where music is sold. While you're listening, spend a few minutes making a playlist of songs you love! You might just need it for a special challenge next week. Happy listening!
Hanukkah begins tonight at sunset, but in the meantime we've collected a few inspiring things to share today! A special thanks to Sara Rivka Dahan of Creative Jewish Mom for granting permission to share some of her clever (and in some cases, downright gorgeous) Hanukkah crafts and projects. This is just a sampling—her site is filled with beautiful felt flowers, projects for other Jewish holidays in addition to Hanukkah, cooking and gardening tips, and more!
Thank you to imaginisce! for a fun and might we say, successful giveaway!! And thank you to all those from the collective for providing eye candy enjoyment. And to our sweet readers, thank you for your comments, and our condolences on not being selected! Though there will be more soon. Maybe not even a week away!Oooh, it's true! it's true!(Did I just spill the beans? uh-oh...)
Heather, please email us at writeclickscrapbook at gmail dot com before midnight Saturday so that we might get you your favorite new tool! and some stuff, too! Merry early Christmas!
Let's begin with a holiday song. Channel your best Jingle Bells Tune...
Dashing through the week Trying to stay ahead Getting little sleep Much to do when kids are in bed.
Make sure no one is missed There's wrapping still to do But today we here all insist That it is time for you.
Oh, GIVE AWAY GIVE AWAY It's GIVE.AWAY.DAY. This one's for you Some fun for you On this Holiday Countdown day!
Oh! GIVE AWAY GIVE AWAY It's GIVE.AWAY.DAY. Just for you Cuz' we love you A GIVE AWAY today!
For our giveaway today, we are excited to present
imaginisce is a longtime fan favorite and has some fun lines on current release. They kindly sent a sampling of their product to our designers so that we could work some of our magic with their lovelies. Here is what happens when great product meets some amazing talent:
page by Aly Dosdall
page by Erin Sweeney
page by Ann Costen
card by Celeste Smith
page by Cheryl Overton
page by Sara Winnick
page by Autumn Baldwin
page by Francine Clouden
page by Cheryl Overton
hot chocolate pouches by Aly Dosdall
page by Jody Wenke
page by Jody Wenke
candle decor by Cheryl Overton
mini-album by Francine Clouden
Christmas Organizer by Melissa Kaiserman
For our giveaway today, one lucky person will receive a sampling of imaginisce paper and products and the star on the tree is that the box will also include an
This amazing little tool creates brads in three sizes, allowing you to make all sorts of lovely projects. The i-top Brad Maker family includes the i-top Brad Maker, Brad Daddy blanks and paper punches in 3 sizes; 16mm, 22mm and 28mm. Now you can customize that extra little bit of texture and sweetness that brads provide. And not only can you use it on your scrapbook pages
page by Marnie Flores
but you will also quickly discover many other fun uses for covered brads.
headband by Marnie Flores
(First, cover headband in fabric. Next, stack 6 red imaginisce flowers on top of 2 green imaginisce flowers. Cover medium brad with same fabric used to cover headband using your i-top tool. Pierce flower centers with covered brad. Adhere to headband. Wear and enjoy!)
The imaginisce team has also done some amazing things with their i-tops. (WARNING: Once you click over you will get a bit lost in the wonder, so be sure to come back and leave your comment so you can win!)
If you would like to be considered for today's giveaway, please tell us what scrapbooking product you are hoping to get this holiday season. If it is something with a link, leave it so we can see it too! Comments will close at 8:00 pm PST and the lucky number will be posted tomorrow. Don't forget to check back to see if you are the lucky number as you only have until Saturday at midnight to claim your gift! Can't wait to see what's on your lists!
Being nearly 9 months pregnant this Christmas has definitely
meant I’ve been finding as many ways as possible to simplify our holiday
celebrations this year. One thing the kids always love to do is give their
friends a small Christmas gift the day before Christmas holidays begin; I
didn’t want to do away with the tradition altogether but certainly wanted to do
something quick and easy this year. This is what we came up with:
project by Rebecca Cooper
Some yummy jolly ranchers + a cute holiday
tag = easy yet fun holiday gift.
If you’d like to put together some of these
holiday treats yourself then feel free to download the tags here:
I’ve had a hard time in
years past getting a great picture of my Christmas tree. I’ve tried a few
different approaches and haven’t been really pleased, until I found
instructions for taking this cool out-of-focus-lights shot. I got this idea
from a thread on the photography board at twopeasinabucket.com. I can’t
remember who posted the original instructions (sorry!) so just be grateful to
the helpful people over there. Oh—and it looks even cooler with colored
lights. Here’s how to get this look using your DSLR:
Wait until evening, especially if your tree is
near a window. You don’t want extra light in the picture.
Use a lens with a low aperture setting (I used
a 50mm 1.8 lens), put the camera on AV setting, and set the aperture as
low as it can go. If you don’t have a low aperture lens, it’s a little
harder to get this effect, but it can be done. Stand as far away from the
tree as you can and zoom in until the tree (or just the top portion of the
tree) fills up the entire picture. The farther your lens is zoomed, the
more out of focus you’ll be able to get the picture (out of focus = bigger
circles of light).
Compose your shot and press your shutter button
halfway down to focus. Then find the little button on your lens that says
AF and MF, and change it to MF, which is manual focus.
Find your manual focus ring and start turning
it one way or the other to get the picture out of focus. As the picture
gets farther and farther out of focus, the tree lights will turn into
larger and larger circles. Snap a number of pictures, turning the focus
ring a little more for each one. Your shutter speed is going to be quite
slow, so be sure to brace yourself as you snap away. (Don’t worry about a tripod - a
little camera shake isn’t going to matter much since the picture is out of
Choose your favorite shot, and if desired, used
Photoshop Elements to brighten the picture and add “Merry Christmas” using
the free font New Romantics from dafont.com.
Do you have a cool
Christmas tree shot? Post it in our flickr gallery and tell us about it in the
Sometimes the simplest ornaments are the most fun to make.
For these personalized ornaments, I simply adhered Making Memories Glitter
Stickers and coated the stickers with metallic glitter. The boys love seeing
their name on the tree and I love the graphic punch.