Tuesday 16 December 2014

Barefoot Bakers - Challenge 41 Scrap Africa

Hello, hello - today I’m sharing a Design Team page for 
Scrap Africa, challenge 41.
to see what the rest of the team have created.

Create a project - layout, card or altered project that depicts what Christmas Time/ December Holidays/ Hannukah is like in your home, town, city or country....for some it's a snowy winter in Europe…
For us in Australia, it’s summer and usually hot.
So tell us what a traditional December is like for you.
I adapted a sketch by Susan Stringfellow from Sketch Savvy.
I know it's a busy time of the year,
but I hope you find a squidge of time to play along.
Last week, when we had the twins, they helped us decorated the tree and then they wanted to bake Anzac biscuits. They like to cook without too much quality control from me, so the biscuits come out of the oven in all shapes and sizes.  The bigger the better as far as they are concerned.
The paper range is from Authentique, "Wonder" and "Foundations"
some more treasures I found whilst rummaging around in my stash.
The lovely stars are from Scrapmatts CB 6081
They come in this lovely red and I just
 shimmered them up it bit with some glitter.
I did a bit of a Lizzy Hill and splashed some gold around,
but I might need remedial lessons from the gold Queen herself!
I did the journalling on a joined tag and slid it behind the photos.
The journalling reads:-

Christmas time for me is about family gathering to break bread together.   The Grandchildren trimming the tree, with ornaments which their Daddy used to hang.  It’s the smell of baking throughout the house.  Using the old bowl and the recipe handed down from my Mother to make the Christmas pudding.  It’s shopping for fresh seafood to eat outside under the verandah, hoping that it won’t be over 40C.  Singing Christmas carols, especially my favourite, “Silent Night”.   It means writing letters to friends far away, and hearing from them too, about their families activities for the year.  It’s remembering those no longer with us and giving thanks for the legacy of love they left behind.   It’s about thinking hard before choosing the perfect gift for each person. It’s the joy on the children’s faces, as they open their gifts. Christmas is also about donating to those less fortunate than ourselves and giving thanks for all that we have.   8 Dec 2014



  1. A stunning design Helen. So festive with the traditional colours and previous photos.
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  2. I bet the biscuits taste great no matter the size, it is so nice to see the kids cooking" love the journalling and that is a great take on the sketch! Love those stars! Merry Christmas!

  3. Helen, this is so gorgeous and your journaling hits the nail right on the head as to what Christmas is all about. The greatest gifts are the time and love we share with family and friends. I love the photo, your grandies are concentrating so hard on getting those biscuits just the way they like them ... so precious! Your page is stunning, it simply glows with the love you have put into it. I wish you and your family the most wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year as well. ox

  4. I almost INVARIABLY want to shout a big AMEN! after I read your journaling...particularly here. So, AMEN, heehee!!!! And go you....keep splash in' be bold about it;)!!!! Loooove this - especially the hanging stars (we are thinking alike here!!!!!).... A real Chrissy treat, this page is for me:):) btw.... When I was a kid cooking with my gf...for the life of us we couldn't figure out WHY you needed to cook the mixture. Tasted pretty darned good raw!!!!!

  5. Totally agree with you about what Christmas should be all about and I used to love baking with my boys years ago. This page has a lovely cosy Christmas atmosphere about it - perfect! :o) Happy Christmas Helen xxx

  6. Oh even this layout (well your journalling) has me all teary again. I feel so overwhelmed at the moment and not able to string a complete sentence coherently but when I read your journalling I am able to calm down and take a breath and know that it will be ok and that I am doing it right. It is so silly really but with all that has happened this year and now the wedding coming up. Simon tearing all the tendons and ligaments in his leg and then with my stupid accident and breaking ribs and spraining my wrist has left me feeling completely out of control. I have not been able to send out any cards this year because of the strike and that threw me too... I feel like I need to just take some time to breathe and get back on track...
    This Christmas is special two because of Spence and Paige and we have started a few new traditions too and it will just be family for Christmas day and I am sure it will be hot here too. This week is for baking and I can't wait till the twins are big enough to help.
    I love this layout with its wonderful colour and the stars are just lovely. Not to mention the two stars in the photo too. Merry Christmas Helen <3

    1. Sending hugs to you Val....have missed you in cyberspace lately xx

  7. Adorable layout Helen! So fun and festive! Such sweet photos capturing the magic of the holiday season! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Love this. Edge-to-edge delightful! :)

  9. What a perfect title! I love this! Wishing you more wonderful Christmas moments like this one Helen.

  10. Beautiful! So Christmassy & your photos are always adorable!!

  11. So beautiful Helen. Love the traditional colours, the design, the beautifully captured photos of the little bakers and your heartfelt journaling.. Always a treat visiting here and seeing what you have created....bet the Anzac biccies were beautiful too. You are such an amazing Granny.
    Wishing you and your beautiful Family a Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.
    I look forward to seeing more of your brilliant work in 2015.

  12. OMG !!!! Helen this is pure delight ... such a treasure to scrap these memories ... loveeeeeeeeeeee you and your work x

  13. Beautiful page....Love the papers you used and the sweet, sweet photo's! I love the journalling....awesome! I love the family time that Christmas brings...and this is certainly a special, special page! ;-)

  14. This is so pretty and so similar to our warm Christmas times. I love the red star ornaments and the two gorgeous little ones baking xx Trusting that you had a blessed time xx

  15. This is so pretty and so similar to our warm Christmas times. I love the red star ornaments and the two gorgeous little ones baking xx Trusting that you had a blessed time xx

  16. What different worlds we live in, you having +40C at Christmas and me -15C or even colder. But it's all about the same things no matter where we live on Mother Earth: love and family. Had to Google the cookies, can sure understand they boys thought they were better the larger the came out he he! Such a warm sweet feeling in the photos and as always you have scrapped the photo beautifully. Take care dearest Helen! xxx