Friday, 30 December 2011

The Nativity - 2011 - OUAS, SFH and SYS Challenges

I know Christmas is over but this is the first chance I've had to write a post for a while. Family illness has loomed large this year, Mom has shingles since 23rd December, hubby not well at all and me just flagging with all the stress and strains.

The picture is of the Nativity I made for the Sunday School kiddies at my church. It is from the December Prima Nagazine in the UK, using toilet roll tubes, a cardboard box and some scrap stash. I used material scraps and paper to make the figures, finishing of with paper crowns and material headdresses held on with old scrunchies my grand kiddies have left here. The picture was taken before the kiddies demolished, sorry I mean decorated them, by adding faces and jewels to the kings' crowns.!! I took extra stash into the Sunday School so they could make their own and take them home if they wanted. I couldn't take a good photo once it was in the church as the lighting isn't very good. It did take pride of place on the Christmas table though.

That was all I was going to post yesterday, then I read Nadia's post over at Just My Scrappin World, about HOPE, and her words were so beautiful, she inspired me to do more! Using Nadia's sketch at OUAS I produced this LO. I based it on Kraft paper to represent the plain and lowly place where Jesus was born and used some printed tissue in red and gold for the Christmas Colours.

Out of all the traditions we have on Christmas Day, going to Church and celebrating the Birth of Christ is what I love.

I've hidden my journaling behind the tag but it reads like this....We open our presents on Christmas morning; after breakfast, the meat goes in the oven, veggies prepared and at 10.15 I go to Church. I love this service as we usually take in any unusual presents to show and the sermon is always a happy one, full of HOPE for the year ahead. I know that whatever happens, my strength is renewed by the love and support I receive from everyone there.

I made the Christmas roses from the kitchen roll paper I had used to mop up spray paints from making my Wedding Guest Book in a previous post.
I'm entering this for the Challenges at Once Upon A Sketch, Scrap For Help and Scrap Your Stash.Thank you everyone for looking and for your continued support and I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. xx


  1. oh my! Sorry to hear about the strain and the stress. Hope making this took that all away even for just a few minutes! I love this whole layout. It is very special.

  2. Lovely work again! Glad your religion gives you so much support, and hope that 2012 will be a better one for you! Valerie

  3. Gorgeous page!
    Love Big Flowers!
    Thank you for playing along at Once Upon A ....Sketch!

  4. it's lovely jean (didn't realise prima mag was still around)...

    I hope 2012 is a lot better for you, hugs..xx

    maria xx

  5. this is soooooooooooooo gorgeous Jean and I can feel the love and passion you have poured into it it so much ...xoxo
    sorry you are having such an awful time .. so draining and exhausting .... Baden is still having a tough time too... we are not having much sleep so we are both very tired ... will be soon over I hope .... shingles is so painful I have had that 3 times ...I remember it well !!!!
    take care Jean and look after yourself .. love Heather x

  6. What a great page - just gorgeous
    Thanks for playing along at Once Upon A Sketch and have a safe and happy new year!

  7. What a gorgeous page. Love how you made your roses - what a clever idea!!! Thanks for sharing with us your Christmas story at OUAS.

  8. Oh Jeanie,
    This is sooo beautiful! And I pray that your family will be feeling better really soon.

    Wishing you a Happy New Year ahead and sending ((((hugs)))) your way,

  9. Love your new creations Jean,both the nativity and your page.Those kids must have been delighted too. How kind of you!

    Thanks for sharing your story with us at OUAS again and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!!

  10. What a beautiful layout Jeanie! Those kitchen paper flowers are gorgeous :) Thanks for sharing with us at Once Upon a Sketch & Happy New Year :)

  11. What a stunning page. The flowers are just delightful and I love the red. Thanks for joining us at OUAS

  12. Lovely! The LO is gorgeous, love the flowers
    Happy New Year!

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  14. I hope every thing and every one is ok now..
    Beautiful work you have made the use of title and yummie flowers!


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