Monday, October 1, 2012

Scrapbook Monday!! A little time to play!

Surprise! It's been a little while since I've posted a Scrapbook Monday, but I actually made a little time to play on Friday and managed to get a few pages done.  Several weeks ago I tried my hand at rolled fabric flowers and realized they can be quite addictive.  I liked them so well, I used them as my 'make and take' project at our team meeting.  There were a few strips of fabric left over and as I was cleaning my work space, I found them.  Hmmm.... So much for cleaning!  I pulled out a few sticky rounds and got busy making more rolled flowers.  

The fabric was from Candy Cane Christmas, but I didn't feel like making a Christmas project.  Instead, I chose a picture of 'the girls' getting ready to head out to our local Christkindlemarkt. *insert history lesson here*  Our surrounding communities were established by German immigrants and continue to have a strong German heritage.  A nearby town honors this history by holding a town-wide Christmas market the weekend before Thanksgiving.  It marks the beginning of advent as well as following an age old tradition of craftsmen, bakers, and artisans selling their wares in preparation of Christmas gift giving.  My Mom, sisters, daughters, and I go every year and have a wonderful time seeing all of the handmade crafts, tasting delicious foods, sampling wine from local wineries, and browsing the antique booths and shops.  We spend the entire day shopping and while we don't buy a whole lot, we have a fabulous time together.  My oldest DD has an amazing relationship with a milliner that sets up shop every year.  DD saves her money to buy a new hat and then spends some quality time trying on the various hats and visiting with the hat maker.  The hat she is wearing in the photo is one of Patrica's creations.  DD#2 waits patiently for our last stop where she buys a huge bag of kettle corn that is made on site in a HUGE copper kettle.  Warm kettle corn is also a bit addictive.  I have two downfalls at this annual event...

  1. wine tasting (I don't hit every booth (yikes!) but always have such a hard time deciding what to buy)
  2. antiques (see story below)

Last year I came across some old printing press letters.  I looked and looked at them and talked myself out of the complete alphabet set for $100 and settled for a few individual word blocks.  After I got home, I kicked myself for not buying the alphabet.  Especially after I actually inked up the word blocks.  The effect was so cool!  I am sure that somewhere an antique expert is freaking out that I inked up and used them, but what good would they be if I just let them sit?!

I am just as bad at the booth with the vintage post cards!  Good thing there are Grandma and Auntie to take the girls as my other sister (and partner in crime) spend an eternity looking at things!!

I hope you enjoyed my little story and learned a little about German history as well!  Have a wonderful week!!

Page recipe: Cardstock- real red, whisper white, garden green, Baja breeze, the DSP is SU, but I'm not sure which collection it came from..., Ink-basic black marker, Accessories- Candy Cane Christmas fabric, sticky round, blushing bride ruffled ribbon (ret), bird builder punch, and some letter stickers from my stash that amazingly enough matched the colors. *the large circle was made by tracing a saucer onto whisper white and cutting it out.  I drew the journaling lines with a basic black marker.


  1. Hi Margaret!!! what i love the most about your layout are the letters! i love the different patterns and color combination!!!oh and wine tasting sounds sooooo goooood!!! :D

  2. Your layout is fabulous and I love the story about the German festival and it makes me wish I lived closer to join you. I would love to look at all those antique postcards, especially the Christmas ones.

  3. Great page and love the rolled flower too! We have a similar type celebration in a near by town the same time of year.......yes, way too much shopping involved, but so fun!

  4. What a great layout, that rolled flower looks absolutely fabulous, and pefect how you highlighted the picture with it!

  5. Hey Margaret,
    Life has been crazy lately but wanted to stop by and say how much I love your LO and your fab flowers. I hope I have some time soon to give these flowers a go. I'll try to catch up properly soon but for now know that I love your work and always appreciate the kind comments you leave me. Oh, saw the challenge info and plan to link up a card. Thanks for the info!

  6. I loved reading your story Margaret-sounds like a fun market to visit and the family time is just priceless-and now you have it scrapped for a visual memory

  7. Ok, ok, ok, I'll try the rolled flowers!! LOL. Actually I saw several over this week and instantly thought of you. It's a sign, I shall make one next week!!! Gorgeous LO my friend, just wonderful. :)

  8. Thanks for sharing the "history lesson". I adore this project, but I especially the round journaling box with the round rolled fabric flower.


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