Love 67 Forever Holiday Layout: Case File #219

Christmas holiday scrapbooking layout using Sizzix Big Shot dies, lots of layers, corrugated cardboard, burlap, and distressing

This month's case file challenge at CSI looked so enticing, and I knew the perfect photo to scrap, a favorite of Zae this last winter in the hat my mom knitted for him and his sweet little chequed flannel snow suit. It was one of his first times out in one of our Minnesota snows. {he seemed about as enthused as I am about the whole winter thing.}



Here's the case file. You can see the gorgeous color palette. I couldn't help but get into the Christmas spirit with this sweet case file's vintage truck decked out for the holidays. This case obviously had to be solved. {after all, there are polka dots involved!} The other thing that inspires me about the CSI files is the emphasis on journaling. In my blogging past, I've examined my journaling and found it sorely lacking. Sometimes, nonexistent...I knew that had to change. There are so many things I want to pass on to Zae: memories, advice, philosophical thoughts... I am on a quest to share more in my journaling, and the prompts are a perfect way to start. 

Christmas holiday scrapbooking layout using Sizzix Big Shot dies, lots of layers, corrugated cardboard, burlap, and distressingThe other reason I am so in love with this project is the beautiful die cuts I used, after a dear scrappy friend encouraged me to get a Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine. So my husband "gave" me an early Christmas present {the lack of surprise was far overwhelmed by the excitement I've felt all month as I dig out every scrap I own and form it into beautiful shapes!}

Christmas holiday scrapbooking layout using Sizzix Big Shot dies, lots of layers, corrugated cardboard, burlap, and distressing

For the greenery, I used Tim Holtz's Handwritten Love and Garden Greens. I snipped off the leaves of the die with the little balls and used some red puff paint to create the effect of holly berries.

On to the "clues" we had to go on, including using all five of these colors: olive green, light khaki, white, black and bright red. Definitely the perfect Christmas palette. The "evidence" in play includes polka dots, stripes, plaid, holiday accents, snowflakes and burlap. I used some great papers from Jolee's, some polka dot burlap, and layered it all on a sheet of corrugated cardboard for another dose of rustic texture. I distressed the edges of everything to give it a little snow-spattered look.

Christmas holiday scrapbooking layout using Sizzix Big Shot dies, lots of layers, corrugated cardboard, burlap, and distressing

The journaling prompt I chose from the Christmas Prompts was #4: What does Christmas Spirit mean to you?

The journaling reads:

Christmas spirit lives in each of us. It is up to you to spread love and cheer, to help your family, friends, neighbors, and even those you may not yet know. Take the time to tell those you love what they mean to you. Give of yourself with no expectation of anything in return. The joy you bring to others is the balm to any wounded heart. There is no other gift that you will carry with you for the rest of your life, nor one that costs so little but is worth so much more than material goods. 

I wanted to encourage Zae to learn true Christmas spirit, and not to dwell on the materialism that inundates us during this season. I hope he always remembers that things are unimportant, but love sustains your heart and soul.


Christmas holiday scrapbooking layout using Sizzix Big Shot dies, lots of layers, corrugated cardboard, burlap, and distressing
The title reads "Love 67 Forever." I have mentioned the reference to "67" before, including at the bottom of my [very long] "About" page, but I'll explain it here quick, too, since it's especially fitting around Christmastime, when my grandparents met on Christmas Eve and the sentiment "Love 67" was born.

My grandpa was in Beacon, New York for a time during WWII. That Christmas, the local families invited a soldier home after Christmas mass for dinner and company. Fate played her hand, and my grandpa went home with my grandma's family. She was seventeen at the time, the oldest of 12 children. He was tall, dark, and so handsome {as evidenced in this layout I created using their wedding photos}. I imagine them walking home in a gentle snowfall, golden squares of light falling out of the windows, Christmas trees twinkling through the snowflakes. It would have been hard not to fall in love...

I am always saying "I can't believe it's already [insert month]", and now I'm saying it about Christmas. I can't believe it's almost Christmas!! I did my shopping online {thank you, Amazon Prime, for making my life so easy...one-click shopping and two-day shipping and I get to look forward to packages in the mail--guaranteed to get to me before I would get out to shop for them!}

And I have just one left to wrap. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season as we wind down 2016!

2 comments

  1. O-M-G!!! Zae's photo is breath taking!!! Your photos are always so unbelievable! I LOVE this layout!!!!! The journaling is so heart warming; the colors are so 'Christmas'; and the die cuts are super FABULOUS!!! I'm just 'beside myself'. I don't know if you made that flower, but it is TOO ADORABLE and SO PERFECT for this layout! Love it all!

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  2. What a gorgeous baby and page, Carrie! Your journaling is beautiful. Love your take on the sketch and those pretty sprigs of berries and holly and the little blocks you created. Beautiful textures on here. So happy to have you playing with us at CSI!

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Thanks for all your kind comments!