One Little Bird Christmas | German Traditions

One Little Bird Christmas 2012

Welcome to another installment of the “It’s A One Little Bird Christmas” Guest Blog Party! From today until Christmas, you’ll find guest challenges, stories from the One Little Bird Designs creative team, and lots of other fun Christmas goodies! Be sure to participate in the challenges, especially, because they are all chances to win big with One Little Bird gift certificates! Come join the fun! 


Guten Tag! Kelly (Kelleanne) here with today’s guest Christmas blog post. As some of you may know, I had the privilege of living almost 7 years in Germany. We are approaching our second Christmas back in the states, but we haven’t forgotten all the wonderful German Christmas traditions that we enjoyed so much. From the numerous weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets) to the yumminess that is lebkuchen and glühwein, there is no doubt that Christmas in Germany is something that will always be one of my favorite things.

For our family, the holiday fun starts with the Laternenfest (or festival of lanterns). It is an old tradition in Germany that is well-loved by children because they get to carry hand-made lanterns and sing songs when it gets dark. It is usually celebrated every 11th of November to celebrate St. Martin’s Day. Here is a picture of my son with his little friend during a laternenfest from a couple years ago.

Then the fun continues on December 6th, or Nikolaustag.  That is the day when children leave their boots outside their door the night before and according to folklore, St. Nikolaus will appear overnight and leave goodies in their boots if they have been good or a bunch of twigs if they were naughty. My boys always insist on leaving their father’s boots outside instead of their own because according to their thinking, the bigger the boot, the more goodies that will fit inside. Smart kids :) Here’s what was waiting for them this Nikolaustag.

But I think my very favorite thing about Christmas in Germany were the Christmas markets or Weihnachtsmärkte.  The most famous is the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt which we had the good fortune to visit several times.

There are so many things about Christmas in Germany that I love and look forward too experiencing again when we return in a few years, but in the meantime I try to bring as much of Christmas in Germany to our home in Texas.

Have a wonderful day! And Frohe Weihnachten!!


Kelly is a stay at home mom to two boys and the wife of a soldier.  She has been scrapbooking for 6 years.  When she is not busy working on a layout you can find her either taking pictures, practicing karate, or with her nose in a good book.  You can connect with Kelly on Facebook and Pinterest

NEW | Photo Pockets No. 1 + A Challenge Winner!

Hello, everyone! We’ll start with the giveaway…

A big congratulations goes out to Amy! She’s the winner of last week’s Theme Challenge and has won $25 in One Little Bird product.

Thanks to everyone who participated – I loved looking through your pages. Our second holiday challenge is now up, make sure to enter your page by 12/17/12 (next Monday!) for another chance to win.


NEW | Photo Pockets No. 1

I’ve added a set of Photo Pockets to my store and they’re 50% off for one day only, 12/12/12. How groovy is that date?!

(Note: this product was previously offered as a free download to those who attended my store opening chat and also to Facebook Fans on DSD – so if you’re a loyal birdwatcher you’ll want to check to see whether you already have them!)

Photo Pockets No. 1 | One Little Bird

Photo Pockets are a set of layered kraft paper “pockets” with all sorts of fun little bits you can use to embellish them up. The product contains two pre-made envelopes (pictured) in PSD format – so you can still move things around and change them up, mix and match the pieces and tuck your own elements and memorabilia in there. Everything is also included as individual PNG files so you can build your own creation.

They’re a lot of fun, and a really unique way to add photos to your pages and your hybrid projects!

Inspiration

A couple of examples of Photo Pockets in action:

by Kelly S

by Margelz

 

by Sue

by Brynne Marie

One Little Bird Christmas | Unconventional Challenge

One Little Bird Christmas 2012

Welcome to another installment of the “It’s A One Little Bird Christmas” Guest Blog Party! From today until Christmas, you’ll find guest challenges, stories from the One Little Bird Designs creative team, and lots of other fun Christmas goodies! Be sure to participate in the challenges, especially, because they are all chances to win big with One Little Bird gift certificates! Come join the fun! 


Hi everyone! It’s Rachel here with your next page challenge. The winner of the first challenge will be announced here tomorrow!

I am a grinch. Well, not really, but I do get overwhelmed with all of the Christmas cards and kits that flood the shops right after Halloween. I was shocked this year when I walked into Walmart on October 15th and they already had their Christmas displays up. The Christmas season seems to go on for 3 months!

So, I have a challenge for you. If you are like me, you have many amazing Christmas kits in your stash. I want you to choose one of your Christmas themed kits, and scrap a non-Christmas page. Now go get creative!

My page:

Credits: All of December the Album by Amy Martin; Star on Top by One Little Bird & Amy Martin

 

Ready to take part in the challenge and have a chance to win $25 worth of One Little Bird product?

Here’s how to do it:

  • You must use 75% One Little Bird products to be eligible.
  • Create your layout, upload it to a gallery, and come back here and leave a link to your page in the comments by December 17th, 2012 (that’s next Monday!)

Rachel works full time as a project data manager, mother, wife, and taxi driver. She loves social networking! You can find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

New Release | Happygram

Hustle and bustle aside, one of the most thrilling things about this time of year is the perpetual stream of things that bring me joy. Holiday cards from family and friends, the near-daily appearance of the UPS man on my doorstep (online shopping … I adore you!), festive photos and stories from loved ones on their social media streams …

There are times when I feel as though I’m a little “too connected” to the world around me, but the holidays are not one of those times.

Happygram is my latest digital collection, and it celebrates all of life’s little parcels of joy. Whether it’s a long anticipated package waiting at your doorstep, a love note tucked into a lunch box or an email full of delightful news – the hand-drawn envelopes and postage stamps in Happygram are perfect for documenting good news.

It’s great for the holiday season – when your happiness cup overfloweth – or any time of year. I hope it inspires you to document your everyday moments of sheer delight.

Happygram Papers | One Little Bird | December BYOC

Happygram Papers | One Little Bird | December BYOC


Happygram Sale | One Little Bird

 

Save 25% On Happygram


Purchase Happygram Papers and the coordinating Happygram Elements by 12/9/2012 and save 25%!  Mix and match them with the rest of the products in the December BYOC to create your own custom collaboration.

Take Me Shopping!


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One Little Bird Christmas | Printable Washi Tape

One Little Bird Christmas 2012

Welcome to the “It’s A One Little Bird Christmas” Guest Blog Party! From today until Christmas, you’ll find guest challenges, stories from the One Little Bird Designs creative team, and lots of other fun Christmas goodies! Be sure to participate in the challenges, especially, because they are all chances to win big with One Little Bird gift certificates! Come join the fun! 


Hi Everyone! Christine (listgirl) here sharing a tip and printable download for you today!

Washi and patterned tape seem to be all the rage these days, but sometimes it’s hard to find the tape in local stores – or it’s only available in a pricey big roll.  However, you can easily create your own custom tape by printing on Avery labels at home!

All you need are Avery Return Address Labels (#8167 or #8867) and a home printer. (I purchased the Avery 8867 labels at Target for a very reasonable price.)

I used a few awesome One Little Bird digital patterned papers – from Happygram (available 12/7), Star on Top and Jubilee – and made this printable 8.5×11 PDF.

Printable Washi Tape | One Little Bird

Once you print it onto a label sheet you can peel the labels off of the sheet and use them just like washi tape. Look how cute these tapes are!

Printable Washi Tape | One Little Bird

Here are a few tips for varying the look of your tapes.

Printable Washi Tape | One Little Bird

Since this is the holiday gift wrapping season, I used them on plain kraft paper for gift wrapping.

Printable Washi Tape | One Little Bird

Tie it up with some twine and you’re all set!

Printable Washi Tape | One Little Bird

You can use these little tapes for more than gift wrapping. You can use them for sealing envelopes and on handmade greeting cards. You can use them on your Project Life journal cards, in mini books, or on scrapbook pages. The possibilities are endless! We would love to see how you use them on your projects.

Download The File Now

Happy holidays!


Christine is a full-time financial analyst and part-time digital/paper/hybrid scrapbooking junkie. She’s known Peppermint since 2008 and doesn’t mind being the One Little Bird hybrid/printable slave, as long as there are food rewards involved. You can find her blogging at The-Lilypad, Write Click Scrapbook, and on her own blog where she shares photos of food, running, scrapbooking and crafty projects.

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