Wow - the last month of the year and I have a head full of things inspiring me! The splendor of the season, the sounds and sights, even the stress of trying to get my house clean for guests and family visits tends to inspire me. In this month's case - two distinctive things stood out to inspire my layout. First was my 14 year old daughter who is so with it and put together, all I can do is cringe at the memories from my life at her age. Second, with my cleaning and organizing, I was inspired to use my scrapbooking stash mixed with the Fa La La papers to create a layout that can be holiday as well as every day.
This layout is important to me. It explains how proud I am of my daughter's accomplishments as well as my amazement at her level head and smarts. I suppose it makes me feel good to know that somewhere along the line, I must have done something right! But this layout isn't just going in a scrapbook to be enjoyed every once in awhile. It will become part of my decor and the colors needed to match my Christmas decorations. As you can see, my U amaze me layout is front and center in my family room - where it should be for all to know what a wonderful girl Chloe is. It coordinates with the tree with just enough sparkle, but after the season has passed and the room is just a room again, it will still feel a part of the room.
This layout was created using papers and stickers from Making Memories' Fa La La line, papers from the 5th Ave. line, and glitter stickers and chipboard.
I just want to take the opportunity to tell you how grateful we at Making Memories are for the opportunity we have to help you create, preserve and display your cherished memories. At a time when every other investment seems to be declining in value, the worth of our families and our cherished relationships continue to grow and fill our lives with joy. This is the heart of what motivates us at making memories.
I will never forget an experience I had a few years ago with my two oldest sons. A gulf hurricane made it's way up north through Pennsylvania, and though the winds had died down, it caused wide-spread flooding and massive property damage. My boys and I volunteered with a church group to help the flood victims clean out their homes and recover anything of worth possible. We will never forget one of the older couples we helped. They lived in a single story house at the edge of a river where 4-5 feet f water had filled their home. Everything was water-damaged or destroyed. Car, garage utilities, furniture, T.V.s, appliances, computer, books - all was a total loss. The thing that impressed my boys and I most was seeing first-hand what this good couple valued most. It wasn't the items that cost the most money that caused their deepest despair. It was the loss of their photo's and their memories. We spent much of the afternoon searching the mess for a hand-made mother's-day card that her eight year old child had given to her the year that this same child died of leukemia. We never found the card. We would have done anything to take away this dear mother's pain of this single lost memory.
My Christmas wish to each of you is that this year might be a year when we all deepen our appreciation for that which has the most value. It is our families, our treasured friends and the hundreds of fleeting moments that fill our lives with joy. May we all be a little better at recognizing and capturing these moments in a way that will bless not only our lives, but generations to come!
In all of your holiday celebrations, don’t forget to take plenty of pictures to document those special occasions. Also be sure to check our blog for great layout ideas for all of your photos. This one comes from Laura Vegas:
This is just a sampling of what you can do with the Making Memories Fa La La line once you’ve developed those pictures.
With just one more day to go until Christmas, hopefully you’ve already taken care of all of your holiday shopping. But for those desperate few who may still be scrambling, here is one more money-saving gift idea.
This idea comes from Leah Fung, who has created personalized homemade gifts that are perfect for friends or neighbors. With some Making Memories Fa La La paper and embellishments, you can transform a plain tin box into a Christmas container. Whether or not you choose to recreate this gift tin or to come up with your own idea, you can personalize your neighbors’ gifts by labeling them with the Fa La La die-cut journaling stickers.
Do you have family members who live far away? Here’s a gift idea for them to remember you by. Laura Vegas created this Christmas home décor project using the Making Memories’ Fa La La line and some paper mache houses.