Sunday, December 27, 2009

Family Traditions:)

Hello MOSD bloggers:)

I can't believe another Christmas is already behind us.  I am so blessed with love and happiness all around me, and it only gets better when I am able to celebrate family traditions....some old, and some new...but all just WONDERFUL:)

Another tradition is cookie for those that know me, I'm definitely NOT a domestic diva, so when it came to cookie making this year, I decided to do it the "easy" way...(you know, those refrigerator cookie bags with the cute "dough boy"?)...well that's how we started.  I made a few batches of cookies with my grandsons, Dominic and Shane.  We had a great time and didn't burn a SINGLE cookie!!!!!  Now that is definitely a bonus for me:)

Our visit to Santa this year was quite fun.  We were concerned about how my youngest grandson, Alex would respond to Santa, but were quite surprised when it was "tough little guy" Shane who wanted no parts of Santa.

Gift giving/receiving time is always great, and we were so glad that Dominic was so happy with his new Leapster game.  Whoo hoo:)  Shane also loved his new helmet...did I tell you that at 1 1/2, he LOVES to skateboard?????  No worries...they do make skateboards especially for his age...the wheels are pretty stiff and don't move quickly at all...whew!

We had to take a pic of the Christmas tree....that spent more time on the ground due to Shane's curiosity, lol.

Living here in southern California for almost 5 years now (originally from Philadelphia), we still revel in the fact that we can wear short sleeves to the beach at Christmastime. One of our "newer" traditions is to try to get family pictures taken at the beach during the holidays. Since I was making this mini album for my son and his family, I was very happy to get some really cute photos of them.

Now for the good part...the supplies used for this album:)

--I started with a MOSD flip album.  I love the way each page opens alternately from one side to the other. 

--On the cover, I used an overlay with music notes and snowflakes to add dimension.  I also used a swirl stamp with blazing red staz on ink to cover the album covers.  I attached a leather and metal fastner to "lock" the book.
--I used papers and embellishments fromt he BoBunny 'Tis The Season line.  I added a little bling, some paint and chipboard letters...oh yes...the chipboard letters all started out as orange...I just peeled off the top layer and painted them with various paint dabbers.
--The last thing I added was some stick-on swirls in black.  I just LOVE stick-ons!
--I put the book together using my bind-it-all and voila...a really cute holiday traditions album:)
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Lori McCausland, your friendly frugal scrapper.


Gloria Stengel said...

Great album, Lori. I love your beach photos. They turned out aweome!

Erica@ZunkyChic said...

This is beautiful! What a great way to capture those holiday moments.

Marisa said...

Love the gatefold design Lori!!

Carolyn Lontin said...

wow - love love this album Lori!

AmesOx said...

Lori, this is great!