Friday, June 20, 2014

The Wild Christmas Reindeer for Jingle Belles

This is so cool - my idea has been used for today's Jingle Belles Christmas card challenge. As a retired elementary school librarian, I love children's stories.

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A few years ago I saw a suggestion on Pinterest to wrap up 25 holiday picture books and open one each day during Advent. I no longer have small children who would enjoy opening the "gifts" each day, but I missed reading the many holiday stories at school. SOooooo, I do this each year for me! I gather 25 (or more) books and put them in a basket by the tree. Each day or so I read one of them, taking my time with the illustrations and remembering why I bought it in the first place. Everyone of these books is special to our family and I look forward to sharing the stories with our next generation.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer, by Jan Brett, has been a favorite for many years. I love her colorful illustrations. The borders help move the story along and are not simply decorative. I have heard Jan Brett speak several times, and she said that there are so many ideas for a story that do not fit in the appropriate number of pages for a picture book. Using borders, she is able to write a longer story that still fit the picture book format.

I made this card 4" x 9", to fit a long envelope. I used my Cricut Expression and the "A Quilted Christmas" cartridge for the reindeer and Teeka. The book is a Spellbinders Nestabilities-Labels Seven.

The possibilites are amazing and I already have a card for another popular book ready.

1 comment:

  1. hello, there! i know i already told you how much i *LOVE* both your idea for the current theme at JINGLE BELLES and also your wonderful card, but i thought i'd stop by and say so again. *LOVE* the idea of doing the books just for OURSELVES... i've also seen that as a plan for kids but never thought of adapting it for my own use. i will this year, though, for sure!!! thanks!!! :) :) :)