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Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies

Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies

It’s hard to believe, but it’s December again! Time for our 8th edition of Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies (WWCSF).
When I started this, I never expected it to go on for this long. So glad we’ve got a wonderful bunch of designers who decided to participate this year. Some of them have been on this blog train from the beginning and I know I can always count on them. Thank you ladies, you know who you are 🙂

As I’m really into Pocket Letters these days, I wanted to create something that could be used for both scrapbooking and PLs and I came up with 30 different journal/pocket-letter cards. They are 2.5×3.5″, 300 dpi and if you print them on cardstock, you’re ready to go!

WWCSF

You can download it here (28.3 MB).

To see the complete list, please go to the Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies Blog, where you’ll find links to lots of goodies, created for you by designers from all over the world!

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season, a peaceful Christmas and I hope you enjoy the freebie!

xmascanesiggy

Pocket Letters #2 and #5

Hahaha! What happened to 3 and 4, I hear you ask. Well, I still haven’t sent #3 and forgot to take pics of #4, yep, that’s me 🙂 But the recipient of #4, the lovely and sweet Mary, assured me that she would take pics once it arrives (long story, but it’ll get there one day :D)

For #2 I signed up for a swap at the PocketLetterPals website, theme was Fall. I used a lot of wood veneer embellishments and coloured them with the StazOn Midi Ink Pads. A lovely neighbour donated a big part of her stock to me and I couldn’t wait to try them out. Such lovely colours!!

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Front

Back
Back

Close ups

Front Row 1
Front Row 1

Front Row 2
Front Row 2

Front Row 3
Front Row 3

Back Row 1
Back Row 1

Back Row 2
Back Row 2

Back Row 3
Back Row 3

I love all the fall colours and had fun making this one. Unfortunately I don’t know if my swap partner received this PocketLetter, nor if she liked it or not, as I haven’t heard from her since. She did sent a lovely PL, so I’m grateful for that. I’ve heard of people who sent out their PL, but never received one back. I honestly don’t understand why you would do that. I can understand if you sign up, something comes along and you’re not able to create one, but all you have to do is let your swap partner know. And, call me old fashioned, but I think a ‘thank you’ is just good manners, whether you like the PL you received or not.

I saw pics of PLs that weren’t to my taste, but I stepped in to this swapping thing with one thought on my mind: I want to create a PL I love, one *I* would love to receive, so that’s what I do. Not everyone is creative and I appreciate the work and time that goes in it. Okay, some PLs may be less elaborate than others, but it’s the thought and dedication that counts.

Okay, on to PL #5. I just HAD to sign up for this swap as the theme was: ‘My Country/Hometown’. My swap partner was Melody from Canada and she sent me an awesome PL with lots of goodies!! Happy Mail 🙂

I wanted to do something with the colours of the Dutch flag (red/white/blue) and came up with this..

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Front

Back
Back

Close ups

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Front Row 1

Front Row 2
Front Row 2

Front Row 3
Front Row 3

Back Row 1
Back Row 1

Back Row 2
Back Row 2

Back Row 3
Back Row 3

I always add a tea-bag with a Dutch Tea blend, but the packaging usually clashes with the papers, so I create a pocket using one of the PLs papers, and then it matches. COD you say? No comment!
The pair of mini wooden shoes (Back Row 3) is a fridge magnet 🙂 I love love love it! And of course the charms I picked: a bike and a Dutch house.

Had lots of fun with both PLs. I takes me hours, days, to put everything together, but that’s part of the fun!

More to come, as I’m on PL 14 already (behind with posting pics – as always!)

Pocket Letters

Pinterest keeps me entertained, most of the time. I love searching for new craft projects and while I think: “Oooo, I’m going to do this”, I hardly ever start a project.
Until I saw a pin that really got me interested: a pocket letter. What the heck was that?
I started searching the net and found all the info I needed on Janette Lane’s Blog, the ‘home’ of pocket letters. She explains it perfectly in this blogpost.

I joined the Pocket Letter Pals network, joined a few groups (one of them being ‘Christmas’, of course!!) and it wasn’t long before I found someone to swap with.
Aaaaarghh, panic.. – glue and me don’t go well together and I wasn’t sure if I could deliver. I mean, my head was full of ideas, but I’m a perfectionist and I want things to turn out just as I envision them (which often isn’t the case :p). But now I found a swap partner and I HAD to deliver!

So I started, a bit apprehensive. To my surprise I had a wonderful time, searching for the right papers and embellishments. I was so happy with the results, this was definitely something I wanted to do more!

Apart from the letter with information about me and my life, I wanted to add more personal stuff. So I started a Pinterest board with small projects, which would fit into the pockets.

I wanted to personalize the PLs I made, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to include my scrapbooking graphics (which were collecting dust) and I decided to add a special info graphic with the name and date to each PL. Yes, it’s more work, but I just love that personal touch.

The best thing about Pocket Letters is that each pocket is a small project (huge projects scare me off). You don’t need to finish the pocket letter in one go, you can take it a pocket a day 🙂

Here is the pocket letter I made for Leslie in Texas, USA – and I got a great pocket letter in return.

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Pocket Letter Front

Back
Pocket Letter Back

Close ups

Front Row 1
Front Row 1

Front Row 2
Front Row 2

Front Row 3
Front Row 3

Back Row 1
Back Row 1

Back Row 2
Back Row 2

Back Row 3
Back Row 3

And because you can’t send a Christmas Gift without wrapping it, here’s the PL ready to go

Christmas Package

If you’re into Pocket Letters already, consider joining the Pocket Letter Pals network. There are loads of swapping events being organized and many groups to join for special interests (Christmas, Harry Potter, Owls, Faeries, Countries, to name a few).
If this is all news to you, give it a try, I was hooked in seconds and I’m sure you will be too.

RIP Dad

Giving up doesn’t always mean that you’re weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go…

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These last five months were hard. Very hard for him and the ones he left behind. But also precious as we’ve talked about anything and everything. He arranged his memorial service from start to finish, which guests to invite, music, coffin. No flowers but everyone present was invited to place a pebble on the coffin (Jewish tradition). It was a sad but meaningful service, knowing he put his heart and soul into it. “You are allowed to cry”, he said, “but don’t mourn for too long. I’ve lived my life to the fullest, highs and lows, no regrets”.
We miss you Dad, you have no idea how much. . .


 

Jacquie Lawson

I guess there aren’t many people – if any – who haven’t heard of Jacquie Lawson. The gorgeous e-cards are a joy to receive (and send!). As always I bought their Advent Calendar and I can’t say enough how much joy it’s giving me each year. I love decorating trees, creating snowflakes and solving puzzles, but the best of all is the complete picture, which synchronizes to your computer clock, so when it’s night in your timezone, it’s night on the calendar’s main page as well. Each day images are added to that main page and by the end of the month there’s so much to see, it’s worth a picture 🙂

Here’s the one I made yesterday. And I’ll include the tree and ornaments I decorated (the ornaments are displayed on the bottom left of the calendar’s main page!)

calendar

This is the tree I decorated, it’s on display in the Family Room

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And yesterday I decorated five ornaments, here are two of them

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I am in no way affiliated with Jacquie Lawson’s website, but I can highly recommend it! There’s still time, head over and invest just a few bucks for a month of joy 🙂

Happy Holidays!

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