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.
December's challenge for us and for you comes from the uber prolific Laurel Seabrook. Here's the challenge she posed:
" 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."
For me, Christmas is about family, about being together, about sharing, and about tradition. One of the things we have done every year since my youngest came home to us, is watch "The Santa Claus" movie every Christmas Eve, while we snuggle and munch on treats. I love that we make the effort to have a low key and stress free evening in the middle of what could be holiday hoopla. If my big boys are lucky enough not to be working, I love that they will take the time to snuggle with their little brother and give him this tradition. It is a very simple but meaningful tradition and gift of the season.
I wanted to use only one photo, but I also wanted to show both the movie and two of my boys enjoying the movie, so I photoshopped one photo onto the other, making one black and white and leaving the other in colour.
Here are a few close up shots....
Just the other day my youngest told my husband and I that he thinks he likes Christmas Eve the best, he said he likes "watching 'The Santa Claus' as a family and eating too many treats". Of course he clarified that and said he likes presents, too. What a kid!
I used the current sketch at Stuck?! Sketches to create my page...
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!
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