Friday, December 25, 2020

Christmas Gifts from The Cherry, More Festive Templates and Well Wishes For All

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

How awesome of you to take the time to visit our festive blog for this super special time of year.  I'm such a crazy, crazy fan of the winter holidays.  All of the houses decorated in their finery.  I've had my tree up since November this time.  I've been feeling so down with all of these restrictions, lockdowns and not being able to get a hair cut or hug my own darn mom.  Officially, I could choose to hug either my mom or my dad, but not both?!  What the hell kind of world are we living in?!  So, I've put my tree up super early and have immersed myself in activities around the house since I can't go out anywhere besides the grocery store.  I've found myself dressing up to go to the grocers lately!  Hehehe...I'll continue to blow the dust off of my new, unworn dress I bought this spring and hope that one day, I'll be able to wear it out.

Nothing helps get over these odd and unfortunate times like perusing delicious recipes, beautiful scrapbooking pages or even going through old scrapbooks and remembering when it completely normal to hug your students and neighbors.  Think of small chores you might be able to do in and outside of your own home.  Of course, if the hardware stores are closed, it could be tough, but then ya just gotta be creative.  We all need to be more creative, right now.

We have to find unconventional or different ways to find happiness and contentment.  I'm in the process of creating a list of things to do if you're suffering from the Quarantine Blues. (Feel free to comment if you've any ideas we can put on it.)

I've put a few templates in our Design Bundles shop that are Commercial Use friendly.  Pop over and see all of our goodies we've put in over the last few weeks.  They are ALL Commercial Use and I've put many products at 50% off, too.  For just a few dollars, you can get new, quality Commercial Use products.

These are today's new templates.  What do ya think of my hand drawn tree?  I had the first two templates in mind for so long.  The first one did not come out as I planned, but it's just the masks that bother me.  Keep reading to see what I and my team have done with it.  They are so clever.  The reason I drew my own tree was because I could not get just the right tree for template number 2.  I needed a huge one that was really wide and would provide enough space for all of these delightful pockets.  I tried once and failed.  Then came back a few days later and the entire thing just came all out really fast.  Feel free to use just the tree template as you like for any page.  

This first page is mine.  I left the masks, but they just ain't do'n it for me.  I'd prefer a slender frame or maybe even a Polaroid style frame with the numbers.  Hilary did something really cool with them, though.  Keep scrolling to see another great idea.

Gorgeous goodies from the Sweet Shoppe!  I finally broke into my DSD stash.

I just love this tiered tray rage.  I'm still on the hunt for the perfect one for in my own house.  I've got a huge island and I would give a pinky toe for the perfect fit on it.  I've only seen a very few and they were either way too small for the space or I'd have to sell a child to pay for it.  Hehehe...I suppose they are not all of the rage in Europe.  I found some glass, footed pie and fruit trays and stacked those.  It's very elegant and even practical.  

I envisioned this template full of cocoa goodies.  Tiny marshmallows, a whimsical mug or two, candy canes...I do love Anita's page.  A lovely traditional touch with a sprinkling of glam and yummy bubbly, too.  She knew I'd like that part.

If you know Cindy, then you'll recognize her sassy page.  Most fitting this time of year.

A Blagovesta kit from the Sweet Shoppe.

Here's a super, super idea on how to use the masks.  Move them around, merge them together and clip in a huge photo.  I just LOVE this idea.  You could use this template for any time of year, right?

More from the Sweet Shoppe and Traci Reed.

Here's our Charlotte stealing the show, again.  Dressed in her Christmas best and adorning the tree with cuteness.  What a super fun page.

Just look at all of that sparkling background effect with a touch of traditional pieces.  The page looks really fresh and luxurious.

I told my gang that I was not digging the masks and that they were very challenging for me and Kim just had to give them a try because of it.  I'd say her page is a jaw dropper.  Not only are the colors beyond fabulous and reminiscent of my home away from home, Florida but she also used our collaboration with Art & Life Scraps, Flamazing Christmas.  Whoo hoo!

She could easily change the date by simply duplicating the zero and ditching the 1.  I'm so glad I went back and change the template up a bit after using it.  I had all of the lights merged which did not lend to flexibility and easy use.  They are separate now.

This is another super fun page with a birthday theme and I find it just perfect.  A fantastic way to use the template, for sure.  Theresa is my star.

A kit from Connie Prince.

Retired goodies from Paty Greif.

How are you digging Felicity's page?  The team went a bit nuts over it.  The kit looks amazing as do the pictures and the overall vibe of the page.  The contrasting blue and red looks sizzling!

Gorgeousness from the Digital Scrapbooking Studio.

You are so lucky that GingerScraps is a having a Christmas sale, right now.  You've only a few more days, but ALL of our new holiday themed templates and kits are 40% off.  We've got well over a dozen products in the shop included in the sale.  Grab a cup or glass of something delicious and peruse our shop and take advantage of the last sale of the year.

Grab this FREE printable calendar from last week.

Here's your new gift.  A free template that is both Personal and Commercial use.  I was thinking you could use the large round ornaments as photo spots.  It might make a gorgeous card, poster, tag...

If you are a subscriber to our newsletter then you should have received all four links to this free kit by now.  If you are still not subscribed, make it your New Year's resolution to join our family and let us spoil you with our digital delights, challenges, anecdotes...

Next week, will be yet another free mini and yet another gift that you are sure to love.  Make sure to read that mail next Saturday so you do not miss out.  There will be a sweet surprise in there that will keep you scrapping for days at least.

Let me show off some holiday projects from older entries that might interest you.

I've got a tutorial on how to design a long card like this one.

Here's another tutorial on how to make a square card.  There's a free template and a free card there, too.

If you are still needing cards to get you through the weekend, check out these.  They are also FREE.

Again, thanks for giving us some of your time.  Especially, in these busy days.  Consider this an open invitation to join us in our scrap-a-licious group on Facebook, Instagram and our Pinterest is totally hopping.  I've got dozens of crafty, creative, homey boards over there.  Delicious recipes (including vegan recipes), gift ideas, freebies from around the web, DIY cosmetics and much much more.

If you have any questions, by all means hit us up.  We are here for your crafting scrapping needs as well as a friend.

I wish for you all a year full of smiles, health and joyful times.

Happy holidays and happy scrapping!


  1. Suggestion for beating the blues: Our daughter and her two boys live in SoCal. Even without COVID, I wouldn't normally make a special visit to do a craft project. However, COVID has brought forward our ability to video in order to stay connected. I found a super cute ornament project (reindeer made out of cork), bought the supplies and mailed to them. We set a Zoom craft date and had a blast! Going to continue this for other holiday events.

  2. Большое спасибо за прекрасный шаблон!

  3. Thank you for sharing this beautiful unique Christmas template -- I love the ornaments!! I hope that you had a beautiful Christmas & may you have a blessed new year!!