Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Art Journal Day 4

I have several shots of Day Four because I added some little details like a card insert and also a little mini page protector insert.


This is the first picture. The back of the day three page is a card front plus I added some three dimensional snowflakes. I also added the foam tag Santa. The Joy is also a card front which I thought was pretty. As you can see right now I still have the album bound with twine. I started out using those binder rings and they worked great...except as the album got chunkier they kept coming loose and it was difficult to turn pages. The next time I am at Michael's I am going to see if they have larger rings.


This second picture shows the back of the JOY card. I covered it with red and white polka dotted paper and some lace paper. I also cut out the Saint Charles insert from a paper we had describing the event. Inside the little Santa gift tag I glued a little paragraph I journaled/typed up about our day. On the opposite page you see a little two card plastic insert. It is holding two of the cards we collected from the Santas that day. They had Santa's from around the world and other characters like the reindeer instructor. Each one handed out cards.

This third picture shows the last part of page four. I used the red and white paper again and a small piece of a card and a glitter three dimensional holly leaf. Then I glued a card from the event that shows the Frontier Santa and an actual picture of Evan with the Frontier Santa that we took that day. You can see the backs of the cards that are in the insert. They decribe a little about whichever character is pictured on the card and they are also number. There are 33 cards to collect. We got a lot of cards but not all 33.  This is one of my favorite pages because it was such a fun Christmas outing and I like all the elements I had to add to this day!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Art Journal Day Three


This is shot one of Day Three. The page on the left is created with an old Christmas card front, some sticking lace trim and a little foam sticker that says Merry. the insert is another Christmas card front that is really pretty. The picture doesn't really show it but the snowflakes are foil like and are three dimensional.

This is the second shot...it shows the back of the card to which I attached a printed Victorian Santa picture. The other page highlights the silent auction item I made for our school Christmas party and fundraiser. We raise money for the local Adopt a Family Christmas. I used scrapbook paper, the cards I had printed for my basket and then added the silver star garland...it is also what I tied the basket up with! :)   I like this page more for the memories it evokes than for the actually "artsyness" of it.

With that being said, I had the most difficult time with days where I did not have a certain theme or event to work with. The whole idea of December Daily is to find an event or theme or idea from the day to work with. I didn't really follow the December Daily blog/ideas list etc for a reason. When I tried Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas a few years back I got totally overwhelmed with the GREATNESS everyone else was creating and I was either behind, short on creativity, or short on supplies...so this year I wanted to do it totally on my own using materials i had on hand. I still received the Journal Your Christmas prompts in my mailbox everday too because once you take the class you get the stuff every year which is awesome. I think I opened one to take a look. the rest are unopened. There are some cool printables etc so I am going to look at and print etc ones I want during Christmas in July....I will open an email each day and look at materials etc!

In 2012 I will most likely check the December Daily for inspiration but still do what ever strikes me. Who knows I might even open those Journal Your Christmas emails for even more creative inspiration. That's it for today. I discovered some other great things during the art journal process which I'll share with you as the "day" comes up where the thought actually hit me...lol.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Art Journal Day Two

So the front cover that I posted yesterday was actually Day One. The next time I do the Christmas Art Journal I will make a cover and then start Day One of the first page. So that is the first thing I learned from the process. It's NOT a must but something different I want to do next time. I was somewhat limited because I used the index card dividers and there were exactly 25 of those.  Another thing is I have a love-hate relationship with the little index tabs that stick out. I know a lot of Christmas journals I saw pictures of, have them, but some times they are hard to work with, blending them in some meaningful way into the art.

This is page two...it is one of those pages that evolved over time. The Dicken's quotation is on the back of the cover page. I originally wanted to just use pretty papers on the backs but then they looked so "empty" that I just couldn't leave them be.  The other page I consider a "cheat" because it is really the front of an old Christmas card...but I loved it...so I used it. In the future pages you will see more cards but most of them I used as inserts rather than as the page itself. 

Another thing I tried to "let go of" was the idea that the two pages had to "coordinate". See here the quotations page does not at all "match" the other page. This is another thing I have a love-hate relationship with.  I tend to want "matching looks" but then it appears more "scrapbooky" and less art journally. I find that the binding allows me to look at each page by itself so its less important. I also strived to use only materials I already had in my stash so that meant things did not always "match".

So I picked the card front because I loved it and the quotation because I loved it....how can one go wrong with things loved??

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Christmas Art Journal Project Day One

So I did it.....I completed the Christmas Art Journal 2011....it was a bit of a challenge....some pages I love...and some are just ho hum. A few days I had to really work at figuring out what in the world to focus on. December is always a little crazy....so I started writing about the art journal December 1st and 2nd and then stopped blogging....I had to choose to work on the journal or blog...couldn't manage both!!  I did post some pictures on Facebook along the way.  Often I'd find myself adding "one more thing" to a page so that sometimes the page transformed AFTER I took a picture. Since that is the case I thought it might be fun to blog about the pages during the dreary month of January...here at Rudolph Ramblings, Each post will show a picture or two of the journal pages. Something I hadn't taken into consideration was the 'backs" of the pages...I wanted to keep it simple and tried just focusing on the page but then the blank backs just didn't seem to work for me...so I ended up doing them also. In addition, I added inserts throughout....making this a chunky little book. I'm still not sure about the binding. I started out using rings but the book seems to have outgrown those so I used twine.

So the picture above is the chunky little book....I painted it using scrapbook paint and then added some details. I'm not completely satisfied with the cover but it is...what it is! I hope you'll join me here at Rudolph Ramblings....as we travel through the art journal and the process I went through in creating it.

Also over at Ginger's Journey....I'm going to participate in a 2012 creative challenge called Index Card a Day....this has been around for awhile but I'm always a day late and a dollar short....so I'm just getting into it starting January 1, 2012.

Friday, December 2, 2011

December 2nd Art Journal

Here it is....Day 2!  I feel like I need more "writing" so maybe Day 3 will include lots...I found a stash of the fronts of old cards from last year....so they are going to be a great resource for the art journal!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Art Journal

So today I found this package of index card dividers....they were the 5 x 8 size and I thought hmmm....maybe I could play around with these and create a Christmas Art Journal....they aren't as stiff as chipboard but they are cheap and easy to punch holes in for the rings or perhaps I'll use ribbon. December's a busy time but I am going to work on my art journal throughout December. It has 25 pages so perfect for one a day from here until Christmas...and if I miss a day I can do it the week after Christmas. My goal is 25 pages...I started out by painting the first page for today. It buckled up a little so I probably won't use any more paint although it was the scrap book paint so perhaps I can get it to flatten out. I'm waiting for it to dry. I'm going to use the little tabs to put a number 1-25 on them to chronical the month.

 

I'm not sure exactly what it will look like...it is an art journal afterall. :)  I printed off a black and white Victorian picture that I like but I'm not sure if or which day I'll use it. I will keep you updated on page one!


Update: It does seem to be flattening out as it dries but I may have to put a heavy book on it. I also cut a piece of paper to put on the back of page one...I'll add more of course once the page is ready to be handled more...


Finished page shown below....I am just going to cover the backs of each one with either Christmas scrap paper or wrapping paper....and leave the pretty designs. I want to add more artsy stuff to future pages but time was limited tonight and I was determined to do page one....why get behind the very first day!




Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Elf Door

So our elves have arrived in full force and this year they have their own little magic door.



I painted a simple piece of wood Christmas red...added a button door knob and a couple little scrapbook pieces for the hinges. The wreath is also a scrapbooking sticker put it's three dimensional not flat. Next I made a little sign to hang above the door that says Elves Only.  I put it near the basebooard in the living room. I can't wait for Evan to come over tomorrow night and discover it!  A whimsical magical little door.

My daughter (mother to Evan) pointed out that only the little elves can fit through it and not our two bigger ones but I told her that elves are magical so of course they can shrink down and fit right through!  I'm going to leave a little gift by the door for Evan to discover also!

More elf fun later!! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Advent Calendar Idea


Found this super cute advent calendar idea over at Makoodle.com  


It is really neat and you can find the printable numbers and little inside activity ideas FREE there too. I know it's impossible for me to pull this off for this Christmas but it is going on my list for next year. Do I need ANOTHER advent calendar? No! But I love them and I love this idea.

It uses Wilton 2 inch favor tins, some card stock, modge podge and a couple other things depending on if you want to make it a magnetic board in a frame. I'm not sure of I would do that or ??  Here's another version from Twig and Thistle that suggests putting them in a tree shape on the fridge!



Something to put on the Rudolph Day list for 2012!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rudolph Giveaway

For the next four weeks I will be giving away one of the little Rudolph Notebooks that I found at Target. I know some people are having trouble finding them at their Target so here's your chance to try and snag one to use in 2012 for Rudolph Day lists etc.

To enter, go to the forums at Magical Holiday Home. There will be a new thread each week and you can enter by posting in the thread.

Here's the thread for this week:   HERE

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pick Up Your Rudolph Day Book


Pick up your Rudolph Day 2012 book at Target Dollar Spot before they are gone...This makes a great little book for keeping track of Rudolph Days....It has enough pages to devote one Each month to that month's list and leave several blank pages after each one for your notes about how the day went!

I have mine and I hope it makes my 2012 Rudolph Days even better than 2011!!  You could of course always make one with a little notebook and stickers if you want!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Candy Bar Covers

One of my favorite blogs....It's All Fiddle Fart.  You simply MUST check it out. These are some cute candy bar covers she gives step by step directions for. There's also plenty of other Christmas stuff being posted....lovely tags and card ideas!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October Rudolph Day



I haven't been very inspired to blog of late. My goal was to blog every Rudolph Day here at Rudolph's Ramblings but thus far it hasn't happened!! Perhaps that will be my 2012 goal!  It would work better if I planned ahead and had posts ready and waiting...where they just publish on Rudolph Day...but to do that...one needs to be inspired AND organized. lol

I hope you had a GREAT October Rudolph Day and as we move into the most wonderful time of the year, I hope the peace and joy of Christmas is present EVERY DAY in your life! I used to joke that from November 25th till Christmas Day that EVERY DAY was Rudolph Day...perhaps I should make that from October Rudolph Day till Christmas.

We are also moving into the part of the year that for some reason I am less inclined to blog or even post over at MHH. I think I get so wrapped up in "living life" that I forget all about online activities. And that's not a bad thing really! :)

I hope you are "on track" for Christmas and enjoy your holiday season! 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Happy July Rudolph Day!


Merry Christmas in July!!  Life has messed up my plans to blog EVERY day in July....but I still consider it a pretty successful month....I've been able to share a lot!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

More Fun Coming Soon!

Having troble downloading picson Blogger today....so I'm just posting a reminder that the fun continues...

July 25th-Aug. 24th is Finish Up Your Stocking Stuffers Month!!

August 25th-Spet. 24th is the Month of  Elf

So stick around for more holiday fun in the weeks to come!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Charlie Brown Game



I wanted to share this game I came across. I thought it would be a fun addition to family game night for the holidays!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Week Three of Christmas in July

It's Week Three: A Small World Christmas.....around the world the celebration of Christmas is one of the most beautiful of all holidays! So this week please join us at Magical Holiday Home for "It's a Small World Christmas" as we check out celebrations around the world!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Christmas Fairy

Check out this 2010 Christmas Fairy....after all in Hollywood... Fairy Tales DO come true!  Take a closer look: HERE 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Something fun for the "younger" Hollywood set: A Gingerbread House Decorating Party. There's a fun little twist to this one....it's made from rice krispies. So for those of you that aren't fond of gingerbread....this is a new twist on an old tradition!

You can read the directions and see step by step pictures of how to create the house over at Rachael Ray   Whether you use her idea for a rice krispie house or use the traditional gingerbread one this party can be a success for kids and adults alike!  There are so many possibilities for colorful and clever decorating materials!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bundt Cake Anyone?

When I think fancy ....I don't necessarily think bundt cake....but this one has a classic look to it! With fluffy wintery white icing,  peppermint candies, and that sugar sparkling cake plate it says...CELEBRATE! You can find ideas for create this lovely cake, along with several others over at Southern Living.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Hollywood Christmas parade for the past 80 years raising money for Toys for Tots.....Hollywood in the spirit of Christmas.
Check out clips form the 2010 parade: HERE

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tablescapes

If you are looking for tablescapes, check out the ideas over at Inspire Bohemia  Not only does she share this little beauty but she has a dozens more! So lovely and creative!

Over at Dream Mom, you can check out a classic tablescape featuring red and gold.  So classic and there are lots more pictures so pop over and take a close up look!


Calfinder features a glitzy tablescape idea using trees!  The pretty colors and the ornament trees are unique and will bring make a special tea party even better!

If you like to entertain during the holidays, July is the time to start thinking!!  Remember to SIMPLIFY by using items and decor that you already have on hand. Use them in new or different ways, combine unusual pieces or display them in new places. You can bring glitzy to your Christmas without investing a lot of money. Use what you have and add a little sparkle from the dollar store!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Holiday Decor: A Christmas Carol


Since I posted about A Christmas Carol on the Magical Holiday Home page and at Rudolph Day.com I thought I'd make it a trio by posting about it here....with A Christmas Carol ornament round up! The ones pictures above are awesome although a little too pricey for me. They come from: Old World Christmas Treasures

A sign featured by Molly Mechant

An ornament featured over at Midwest Sass.

Then there's the Mickey version.....at Disney Cartoons.

Regardless of your choice of holiday decor....always remember....




Monday, July 11, 2011

It's A Grinch Roundup

I thought it would be fun to dive into Hollywood via the villian of Christmas....the Grinch! The lights featured above I found over at Nerd Approved.

Then there are personalized Grinch ornaments at Gifts.com
Or perhaps you could include your stuffed Grinch in a wreath creation! This is shown over at: Hubpages.com

Or maybe a game of Grinch Bingo. I picked this up one year after Christmas at Target and last year Evan loved playing it!!

And then over at Sugar Swings....we have the Grinch Cupcakes!! These are sure to please the kids!



No matter how you stack it...the Grinch is a classic Christmas icon...Thanks to Hollywood and the movie industry!



Sunday, July 10, 2011

Christmas Hollywood Style

Week Two and we are moving into Christmas Hollywood style. Look for lots of glitzy decor and gold. We are moving into tablescapes, recipes, and fancy trees. Along with all of it we will be looking at some Christmas favorites (movies) that come to us via Hollywood!

I hope you are enjoying Christmas in July and we hope you'll enjoy a serving of it Hollywood style!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rudolph Noses

There are many cute cute thrifty things to create and give as gifts over at It's All Fiddle Fart.

Check out these Rudolph Noses. So cute as a stocking stuffer or tucked in a gift basket, or as a hostess gift or a little treat for someone special. Maybe even as a gift from your magic elf!


And then suppose...just suppose....Rudolph had a Cold.......


Super cute and there are lots of other Christmasy ideas at her blog...so hop on over and check it out! You are sure to find something that suits your fancy!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Rudolph Cookies Roundup

I thought it would be fun to do my own little Rudolph cookies and candy roundup. Here's a quick sampling of what I found:

From MyLifeThroughMyLens


From: Plating Up


From: Big Oven



From: Cake Central



From: A Lady's Findings


There are lots more out there but these are some of my faves!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gum Drop Tree

This classic little gumdrop tree...looks so sweet with Christmas candy!  It would make a quick and easy centerpiece for the main table or on a buffet.

Here's another version of a Gumdrop Tree. I like the little star shooting out of the trees!
And then another take on the gum drop tree.....so dainty!


Isn't it amazing what creative takes one can find on candy....and nice that it can serve two purposes...decor and dessert!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sweet Gift Wraps

Isn't this sweet? Using candy to add to your gifts instead of bows. What an extra special little treat included with your gift. This idea comes to Rudolph Ramblings from Country Living.

I like the pretty red and white sucker and how it coordinates with the paper and ribbon, I think it would also be fun to get those little treat bags (cloth not paper) and tie them with ribbon to dangle off the gift. We throw away so much paper and bows that it would be fun to include something that will actually get used (eaten!)