Sunday, October 25, 2009

Brag Monday - A Visit From Saint Nicholas

Happy Monday.....I am linking today with Karen @ The Graphics Fairy for her wonderful "Brag Monday" party.  Karen has the best free graphics on her blog...perfect for art, crafts and DIY projects.  Go check out The Graphics Fairy and all the participants of her party here.

Last week Karen posted a wonderful cover of a vintage Christmas book.  Here's the image she posted.

I have several photos of my son visiting Santa every year before Christmas.  I have been wanting to create a scrapbook of these pictures and I thought this would be the perfect cover. 

Because the image that Karen posted was beautiful just as it was, I didn't want to do too much to it to "dress" it up.  I printed the image, inked the edges and adherered it to an 8.5" x 11" piece of patterned scrapbook paper.  I added a few embellishments.....ribbon, buttons, brads, sticker....and then adhered this to a heavy piece of 8.5" x 11" chipboard.  Here's  a picture of the finished cover of my "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" scrapbook.

Here are a few closeups of some of the elements I added:

Sticker and brads

Ribbon and buttons

Felt star and button

Now I have a wonderful scrapbook for these pictures of Alex visiting Santa Claus

Thanks to Karen for posting this great Christmas graphic.



  1. Awesome idea Jane! It's something that I really need to do too but the task just seems so daunting. Wish I had seen it years ago.

    Really fabulous.

  2. Here I just got into the Fall spirit and you are creating wonderful Christmas things. Beautiful, but I am so not ready yet!

  3. That turned out great, I just love the old world Santa. I like the personal touches you added, especially the felt star. Very inspiring.

  4. OH, those are so cute! I love the button detail! I really have a lot of fun making invitation postcards for our Christmas time cookie swap- this idea is perfect. THanks so much for sharing, and also for the link!!

  5. Beautiful scrapbook! I had started birthday albums for the kids, but never organized it all well enough. At one time I had started a Halloween scrapbook but that fell to the side too. This makes we want to get all those pictures and finally do something with them. Great idea! Best wishes, :) Tammy

  6. AWESOME Jane! I LOVE old world Santas. You did an excellent job on adding your own personal touch. Let the Christmas inspirations start....I'm so ready to see!

  7. Jane, I also printed that out...I printed it on fabric and cardstock, but have no idea what to do with it...I love what you did, but I am NO scrapbooker! Your cover came out great and the photos are adorable...I already have Christmas on my mind :-)

  8. Hi Jane,
    What a wonderful idea for this graphic!! How fun that you're putting all of the photos of your son, with Santa, in one book. I bet your family will enjoy looking at that every Christmas for years to come.
    I love the cute star that you used, and the way you used the brads, really makes that center image of Santa look like a separate piece of artwork!
    Thanks so much for playing along today for "Brag Monday" you always come up with the most amazing ideas.

  9. This was a great use for that graphic, Jane! I saved that image as well, although I couldn't think of how to use it yet {I still have Halloween and Fall on the brain at the moment}.

  10. What a cute idea for a scrapbook, love those graphics!

  11. Jane: this is beautiful!! It would be so gorgeous in a prominent place through the holidays!!

    Thank you for your support! I even HATE to exercise. I mean, I am moving all the time, but doesn't do me much good! They tell me I need to sweat! Eewwwww!

    I will keep you posted!!

    Lou Cinda

  12. Hi Jane,
    I love it! I love her site as well, she's very generous to share her images! I need to buy a colored cartridge for my printer so I can do something with that lovely image!

  13. I think Karen and her blog are the best thing since sliced bread. Maybe better! And you did some really cool stuff there, nicely done!
    Best of luck in my giveaway!
    All the best,

  14. Love it! Such a beautiful keepsake!
    Mama Holli at

  15. Great idea Jane. I love browsing thru everything the Graphics Fairy has!

  16. that is so creative...I just love that Santa image and it's perfect for your scrapbook! Wonderful keepsake for these precious memories.

  17. Hi Jane,
    Such great details on your scrapbook...makes it really special!
    Living it up at Lakewood,

  18. What a lovely idea and memory keeper!

  19. very cute -- i collect vintage santas - and have a huge display of them - will have to print this one to add to my collection - love what you did with it!

  20. That looks great! You are such a crafting inspiration! I love looking at your blog and all of your creations so much! I was bummed that I didn't win your leftovers giveaway, but if you have any more of those giveaways, i am entering for sure! I love your creations.

  21. Sweet friend,

    I received your sweet gift in the mail today. It made my day and looks so lovely sitting in my den. I think of you and your kindness when I see it. Makes me smile. I hope you will not mind that I share it?

    Thankyou for your generous spirit and thoughfulness.


  22. Hi Jane!

    what a nice little scrapbook that is will make!


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