Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Advent fun continued! (WOYWW)

Not long to go now and I am possibly even more excited than Alex!  Today is his school nativity play in which he plays a traveller who has to say 'Bethlehem is far away'. Of course I was sat there with all the other parents bursting with pride at my little boy who spoke his line more clearly than anyone else.
That is why I am late in showing you my desk as part of WOYWW.  This is what it looked like yesterday evening not long before going to bed.  You will notice the chaos of Christmas papers and absence of my usual mug of tea...that is because my mug was sitting downstairs all washed up and ready for today! The chaos on my desk is a whole host of freebie papers that came with scrapbook magazine last year (and probably the previous year as well!).  I have decided to use them to make a mini scrapbook album of events that happened on the run up to Christmas this year.
This is the third page I have made so far using Bo Bunny papers and showcasing a rare picture of me (hugging Alex who is, as usual, pulling a very silly face!).  I am entering this into Kaboodle Doodles 'Christmas Anything goes' and the crazy challenge 'Christmas time'
The next page is of Alex meeting Santa last weekend.  I just love the panel that says 'Dear Santa, I can explain'!  I am entering this into SSSS 'giftspiration' (the whole album will be a gift for Alex and the page is about santa giving him a gift), My Time To Craft 'santa' and Lasting Memories 'be inspired by The Polar Express' (I was inspired by 'believe' - the background paper on my layout says 'i believe in santa).
Finally to finish I wanted to share this page from my faith album which is all about Advent.  On the lefthand side it is all about the things that Advent is not (stress, rushing, shopping, cleaning, cooking, a race to Dec 25th) and on the righthand side it is all about the things that Advent is...(expectant waiting, hopeful anticipation, and cheerful preparation of God coming into our lives).  Enjoy the rest of advent.


Annie said...

I'm just dropping in to say....
May you have a wonderful Christmas with everything that makes you happy.
A x #38

MrsC.x said...

what a lovely little shepard you have :)
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
TFS Happy WOYWW Mrs.C.xx #34

Helen said...

The pages are lovely and it is good to 'see' you too!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Helen (3)

Tracy Boobaloo said...

Beautiful, you have captured the memories so well ! Love the papers.

Thank you for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles this week. Merry Christmas x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Great idea to use those papers- your pages are looking good! Love the pic of your little actor! Have a lovely Christmas! Chris#65

Vanessa (aka V'ness, Nessa, oldschool) said...

great santa layout!!!
thanks so much for joining us at MTTC!!!

JoZart said...

Lovely post Caro and Alex looks so sweet. Well done to him no wonder you were so proud.
I agree with your thoguhts about advent and that is what it has been for me tihs year. I refused to be stressed and I've been so moved by the terrible event in Connecticut so we have so much to be grateful for.
Have a wonderful Christmas with your precious family and health and happiness for 2013.
Jo x

Laura said...

Super cute shepherd!
Love the double page spread on Advent.
Happy Christmas to you and yours

Michele said...

This is perfect Caro!! Love the Santa pictures. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Lasting Memories!!

MiniOwner said...

Awww how cute is your little traveller? Some great stuff to see in your post - thank you for sharing. Happy Wednesday and Happy Christmas, too. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@45)

Redanne said...

That pic of Alex is just so cute! Your scrapbook pages are wonderful and so are the papers that you used. I love the one about what Advent is not - very clever and oh so true for most. I am quite chilled this year, being retired helps as I can get everything done early... Hope you have a wonderful festive season. Hugs, Anne x #20

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous creation & what a fantastic keepsake for Alex!

Thank you for sharing with us at My Time To Craft this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Ann B said...

Thanks for dropping in yesterday - just catching up now. Beautiful desk and so much 'Christmas' on display this week.
Best wishes for Christmas and for a happy and peaceful New Year.
Ann B

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Caro,

What a little cutie pie! How proud you must be! Yep, I can see where the two of you would have fun making the peppermint bark!

Your scrapbook pages are great. I love that "Santa, I can explain" too. Tee hee.

Thanks for visiting!

Merry Christmas and Happy WOYWW
Kay #84

Sunshine Girl said...

Your shepherd looks lovely and I love your layouts too. Thanks for visiting me and I hope you have a lovely Christmas.

House of Bears said...

We love free papers, and free stamps, in fact we're suckers for magazine freebies. The trouble is, we have a stash of them waiting to be used now.

Thanks for visiting The House of Bears. :)

Anne said...

Hi Caro how lovely of you to leave a comment on my blog. I always look at yours and see how you and your family are. I'm afraid I never manage the Craft Forum these days and don't always manage to comment on all the blogs I look at.
Alex is growing up so quickly - just like my grandchildren. He made a fine traveler in the Nativity play. My grandson Sam ( the same age and year as Alex - his second name is Alex :-) ) was a King/Wiseman as was my granddaughter. Went to see Ella perform but was not able to get to see Sam.
Matthew my eldest son has now moved to Holmfirth so we are a little closer.
Auntie still managing to be quite independent!! We will be up in Sheffield again in the New Year for a check on her eye.
Well sorry for long post on your blog. Hope that you and your family enjoy a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year. Love from Anne x

Nan G said...

Handsome little man! Happy WOYWW and Happy Holidays! Nan 75

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ah, a little lad with a tea towel on his head!! Been there, done that! I was playing piano for two performances of the Nativity in school this week, the sheep were riotous!!
Love your beautiful LOs, such lovely memories. And you CAN make drawstring sacks. I lined mine but you don't have to - they're easy. Try for some great free patterns.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!
Hugs, LLJ #25 xx

Suzanne C said...

What a lovely album! He is sure to enjoy it as he grows. Sweet designs. Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

okienurse said...

great start to your book! Love Alex as a 'traveler'! Just stopping by to say I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Blessings to you and your family in the coming year. Vickie #100

Neet said...

Lovely to see those pictures of Alex and his lovely smile.
Have a wonderful Christmas (as I am sure you will with your little boy) and all the Best for the NEw Year.

Hugs, Neet 12 xxx

Toni Herron said...

Absolutely gorgeous and beautiful LO's... And lovely post!!
Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories this week!! I really want some of that "I belive in Santa" paper, so cool!
Toni - LMDT

April said...

Love the Faith pages! all very true :o) Looks like you've been having a great build up to xmas, love the scrapping. Have a great Christmas x April #53

lisa said...

I miss going to a Nativity now that DD is growing up, they always brought a tear to my eye and it was a brilliant part of the build up to Christmas.
Your pages look gorgeous and make a lovely memory of a great month.
Hope you have a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Crafty New Year.
hugs Lisax #44

Haven_mom4 said...

Wonderful creations all around. Thanks for sharing with us at lasting memories

MaggieC said...

Beautiful pictures beautifully presented. I have no time to craft until after the day now - unless I have another bad night's sleep (painting at 3 am - not to be recommended, I was so cold) Have a wonderful Christmas. xx Maggie #48

Julia Dunnit said...

The connection between Christmas and Shepherds is only made stronger by a tea towel! what a marvellous picture of your gorgeous boy! and don't be a stranger in your own scrapbook must show up I n it regularly as part of your family's life worth scrap booking! Happy Christmas!

Eliza said...

It's really nice to meet you in person . Love the layouts and the mandatory toilet paper roll on the desk

Merry Christmas

Denise Pustelniak said...

This so wonderful and creative and your son is just a doll! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories!