We obviously love paper chain countdowns in our house. We make them for everything and the kids and I love them. Before our Hawaii trip I had been thinking that a tropical themed countdown would be fun and I knew pineapples and flowers would be perfect.
I figured I would check Pinterest first to see if anyone else had done something similar and came across the cutest pineapple countdown by Short Stop Designs. I downloaded her free printable (you can too by clicking the link to her blog) and we made pineapples, but I still wanted to add some flowers into the mix. I found a free flower printable on Pinterest and used that too. I still felt it needed a bit more, so I cut out a smaller pink center for my flowers and made a stem using a snowflake punch and orange construction paper. To add these to your flowers, CLICK HERE to download my free printable. You can just print them out directly onto pink and orange construction paper, then cut them out and glue them to the center of your flowers.
I then used the Simple Stories Wish You Were Here Digital Collection to make the countdown sign. I let the boys cut the 1.5″ inch paper strips and they helped staple them together. Didn’t it turn out so cute?! I actually kept “forgetting” to have the boys pull chains off the countdown because I loved looking at it so much.
*This free printable from thecreativecopycat.com is for personal use only, you may not sell, share or link directly to this file.
Every year, we select a family ornament for our tree. They are some of my most treasured possessions and I love sharing stories about each one and admiring them on our tree all December long. The boys love ornaments and decorating the tree as much as I do, but they haven’t quite grasped the concept of fragile and irreplaceable yet, so on top of placing these at the top of our tree, for added insurance, I decided to document them. I love that these ornaments tell the story of our little family. Nic and I in love, finding out we were expecting just before Christmas, becoming a family of three and now our family of four. 🙂 I also included a special ornament from each of the boys’ first Christmas because I felt they were a key part of the story and I needed to fill a few more boxes. 😉 The kids select an ornament every year and at some point, I would like to make pages documenting all of our special ornaments, but for now, this is at least a start. 🙂
I got my layout inspiration from this gorgeous page by Katie Rose. I love collages and knew this would work perfect.
I took a picture of each ornament on white cardstock, then used befunky to place them into a collage. I left the center blank and printed this out at 8.5×8.5.
Then I selected papers and embellishments from the Bella Blvd Make it Merry, Holly Jolly and CHRISTmas collections. One quick tip, that you will love if you are a paper hoarder like me. If I am layering squares of paper, I always cut a square out of the bottom layer first using my trimmer and save it to use in another layout. This is what it looks like from the back. I usually play it safe so I make my square pretty small. Just slide your paper in your trimmer, pick up your blade until it is where you want to start your cut, then push it into the paper and pull it down, being sure to stop a few inches from the bottom of the paper. Turn your paper and repeat, until you have cut out your square.
Then I assembled my page using some pop dots for a little dimension. I’m so happy with how it turned out and now I can worry just a little less about my precious ornaments as I know that one way or another the story of them will be passed on for generations to come.