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Handmade Holidays: All Is Bright


For today’s handmade holiday project I wanted to document one of the sweetest pictures of my daughter Jonna from last year’s holiday season. It was the night before christmas and she was so nervous and exited that she wasn´t able to sleep in her own bed.  She came down in our living room and spent some time with us talking about her biggest christmas wish. After a while ahe fell asleep with the snuggling doggy in her arm….


This page will be remind us of her excitement and I am sure she won’t be able to get enough of hearing the story around her sleeping picture.


DSC_2207I found a fabulous snowflake die cutting template HERE and decided to use it to cover almost the entire background behind my photo!


The chipboard words in the Kre8v-Kit are just perfect for page titles.  I love the slight thickness it adds to my page.

Holiday Project Sheet #6: All Is Bright

Want to create this layout? Click the image below to download today’s FREE Project Sheet that includes step by step instructions and a complete supply list.


12 chances to win! (because we still love giving…)

Come back everyday thru 12/20/13 and answer the “question of the day” for your chance to win 1 of 12 Snow Village Kre8v-kits! These kits include 368 pieces of crafty goodness including 12×12 papers, border stickers, chipboard stickers & element stickers.  It will look great under the twinkling lights of your tree!


 Today’s question:  What do your kids do while waiting for Santa? Answer below to enter!


80 Responses to "Handmade Holidays: All Is Bright"

  • Melissa Carlin
    December 14, 2013 - 12:49 am

    Mine is only 3, so he will be sleeping.

  • Dana
    December 14, 2013 - 1:08 am

    My kids are older so they think they can convince us to have Christmas days before just so they can open their gifts early. NOT happening!

  • Vicki Parker
    December 14, 2013 - 1:36 am

    Will be arguing, eating and watching a DVD – not necessarily in that order. LOL. Mine are 18 and 21. 😉

  • Jennyfer l
    December 14, 2013 - 4:44 am

    Play in the living room until sleep comes knocking at their door lol

  • Laura G.Turcotte
    December 14, 2013 - 5:23 am

    We usually track Santa on the NORAD system, have snacks, sing and dance (and act more goofy than usual!) and with my younger one, I hope she’ll fall asleep at a good time!

  • mandysea
    December 14, 2013 - 6:11 am

    They’re sleeping…its ME that’s up…. and waking them up!!!!! Toooo exciting!

  • Kelly Humby-Tulk
    December 14, 2013 - 7:39 am

    They run and shout till their tired. Then fall asleep 😉

  • Penny Douphinett
    December 14, 2013 - 7:40 am

    Mine are all grown, so no waiting for Santa. When they were little they would go off to bed because they knew Santa would leave their stocking at the foot of their bed! This would get us an hour extra sleep, what a courteous Santa!

  • Theresa
    December 14, 2013 - 7:43 am

    We usually track Santa on Norad too. Have some hot chocolate, favorite munchies and watch Christmas shows.
    Love this page – so sweet and how gorgeous is that snowflake cut file!

  • marianne-g
    December 14, 2013 - 7:59 am

    Mine are all grown too. I always told them the sooner they went to sleep the sooner morning would come.

  • Kailash
    December 14, 2013 - 8:10 am

    My son is grown but he was little would get to bed extra early knowing the fun would start the next morning!!!

  • Shari Czerwinski
    December 14, 2013 - 8:19 am

    My kids are now 21 and 23 yrs. old, so they will be out with friends instead of waiting for Santa :)

  • Jenny D
    December 14, 2013 - 8:39 am

    We’ll be watching classic Christmas cartoons until bed time. (He’s only 2-1/2)

  • Wendy A
    December 14, 2013 - 8:52 am

    We don’t do santa so we will enjoy our Christmas Eve service, hang up our stockings, and then the kids go to bed so mommy and daddy can put the gifts around the tree.

  • Debbie Ford
    December 14, 2013 - 9:00 am

    When my kids were little, we watched Christmas programs, left cookies out for Santa and then to bed to sleep so we could get up at the crack of dawn. Mom was usually the one who was awake first, too excited to sleep, wanting to see the kids faces when they opened their gifts

  • Helene Monette
    December 14, 2013 - 9:01 am

    We go to mass then going to bed early for an early start on Christmas Day and lots of traveling.

  • Jean A Marmo
    December 14, 2013 - 9:04 am

    At 25 and 30, we play cards and hang out!

  • Carla Hundley
    December 14, 2013 - 9:18 am

    We don’t have any children,
    but as a child, I use to sit
    and gaze at the Christmas
    tree lights and loose track
    of the time just enjoying
    their magic.
    Carla from Utah

  • Maribel
    December 14, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Watch a Christmas movie, prepare cookies and milk for Santa and then go to sleep!

  • Cheryl Hutcherson
    December 14, 2013 - 9:30 am

    They drive me crazy asking, “Is it Christmas yet?!’ Love their wonder and anticipation, though!

  • Tammy McKenna
    December 14, 2013 - 9:37 am

    My Children are grown, but my G-Babies if waiting in line to visit with Santa they get all silly and antsy and start talking about what they are going to ask Santa for (My Kids did the same thing) then when they get up there they act all shy until they are buttered up by Santa then you can’t get them to be quiet. At home waiting for the BIG day, if the gifts are under the tree they ask every single day, Nammy (or Mommy when my kids were little) can we open “Just One” please? I think most kids do this. I can remember doing this as well as a child. This is why I started putting the gifts under the tree the last week before Christmas. This keeps them from getting their feelings hurt and upset on a daily basis when they hear NO. LOL
    Love the LO, the snowflakes are awesome. Thank you for the freebies!

  • tammy b
    December 14, 2013 - 9:52 am

    if things go as they traditionally do, mine will have a super hard time falling asleep!

  • Niki Willaert
    December 14, 2013 - 10:02 am

    Such a soft and beautiful page by Nina! Just precious and I love the snowflake background!
    We spend Christmas eve at my in-laws farm place and my kids are surrounding with their many cousins, lots of food and gifts from my hubby’s side of the family. So often there waiting for Santa is an hour long car ride back home while looking at Christmas lights and talking about their Christmas wishes.

  • Ange
    December 14, 2013 - 10:04 am

    What a beautiful page!! Love the subtle color and detail. Gorgeous!

    My kids get excited waiting and it’s hard for them to fall asleep, but we’ve not had anything out of the ordinary happen yet. I like to have everyone gather in one bed and read the Night Before Christmas and then we tuck them all in and wait for them to go to sleep.

  • Vanessa Miles
    December 14, 2013 - 10:18 am

    My only is now tooooo old to get excited, but he still hits the hay early and is up with the birds!

  • Janis in ID
    December 14, 2013 - 10:24 am

    My kids are grown and only one has kids yet, so they are busy doing their grown-up stuff. :)
    Thank you for the chance to win!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • Alexia Misso
    December 14, 2013 - 10:37 am

    My eldest is only 3 and youngest 1 so they will be asleep :)

  • Kari M
    December 14, 2013 - 11:40 am

    My only child is only 4 so he doesn’t get the concept of Santa Claus much…especially when he picked out some of his toys with me at a toy store…

  • Lynda
    December 14, 2013 - 11:55 am

    It depends on whether we stay in town or travel for Christmas, but either way they spend it with grandparents!

  • Krystal
    December 14, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    After dinner, they change into pjs and we read the Christmas story from the Bible and Twas the Night Before Christmas. Finally, they hang their stockings and off to bed. Of course, that doesn’t mean they go to sleep right away! At least our youngest will b/c he’s only a baby.

  • Randi Marque
    December 14, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    My twins are 6 and we go to grandmas for Christmas Eve with all the cousins. We come home put in new pajamas read Christmas stories and watch a movie untill they fall asleep waiting for Santa!

    I love your layout and the snowflakes!! Thanks for all the wonderful downloads!

  • Carol Douglass
    December 14, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    My kids are all grown up and gone, but as youngsters we celebrated at the in-laws on Christmas Eves, so by the time we got home, they were very pooped and ready for bed. They has just enough life to put out cookies and milk for the big guy,

  • Mel H
    December 14, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    We watch movies and throw out reindeer food on the lawn

  • Jennifer Reynard
    December 14, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Love, love, love the precious photo and layout! I would frame that and hang it on my wall for sure.
    My kids are older now, but when they were younger, we used to allow them to open 1 small
    present to satisfy their excitement. Now they just inspect all the presents and try to guess
    what each one is, and also, put the gifts that they are giving under the tree! They are still kids
    at heart in bigger bodies!! :)

  • Cristina
    December 14, 2013 - 3:14 pm

    No kids, but we love to sing Christmas carols!

  • Bethany Becker
    December 14, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    We don’t have kids yet, but we used to try to find Rudolph’s red nose in the sky. We would eventually fall asleep.

  • MichelleB
    December 14, 2013 - 3:57 pm

    No kids here…the dog just snores while we watch holiday shows and tease each other about the presents.

  • Bernice J
    December 14, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    My kids are 24 and 21 respectively, so they will likely be eating, looking at the tree, perhaps having a glass of wine and discussing whether their father will let them open “just one present” ahead of time! They can convince their father much easier than me!

  • Brrenda Lubrant
    December 14, 2013 - 5:16 pm

    I would always read the Night Before Christmas story before putting the kids to bed. They knew then that it was time to go to bed if they wanted Santa to stop at their house.

  • Jacqueline Moore
    December 14, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    My son is only 2 so on christmas eve he will sleep, though he is already excited for santa. He has been watching Mickey Mouse Christmas DVDs and asks when santas coming…. plays with all the decorations on the tree and points at it to say presents…. he even sings Christmas carols. Im sure he’s very excited even if he doesnt understand yet exactly when Xmas is or why we celebrate it.

  • Janetta Zeimetz
    December 14, 2013 - 6:05 pm

    I was silly and told them that santa wasn’t real. Kind of wish I hadn’t done that, but they are older now so they will be up while the old folks head to be.

  • Robyn Crowningshield
    December 14, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    After placing cookies and milk out for Santa and sprinkling reindeer food around outside……………they went to bed(around 10 p.m.). They did wake early to see the Santa results!

  • Ashley Horton
    December 14, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    Stunning layout!! I love the soft muted colors, and that they allow the photo to be the star of the layout!

  • Carrie Purkis
    December 14, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    After Christmas eve service at church, they usually watch some Christmas show, then off to bed.

  • Jenell S
    December 14, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    My children are all grown but when they were small children, we would go to church, then get the cookies, milk and carrots ready for Santa and the reindeer. We would read stories and hopefully they would get to bed early. I miss those years!

  • Denise Bryant
    December 14, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    Well… my daughter is 31 now! But she used to love to read! So I’ll say “curl up with a good book!”.

  • Heather Mills
    December 14, 2013 - 8:50 pm

    We don’t celebrate Santa, so this isn’t something that our kids are excited about. So far, they have gone to bed and gone right to sleep, but as they get a bit older (5 and 7) it might start to be too exciting to go to sleep early. Maybe we will let them stay up and watch a Christmas movie.

  • Shawn Wenrich
    December 14, 2013 - 9:45 pm

    Christmas Eve she sprinkles oats with glitter in our font yard for the reindeer and cookies and milk by the tree for Santa then tries to fall asleep, lol. Love this sweet photo and layout!

  • Robin Buchholz
    December 14, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    That layout is stunning, thanks for sharing! My kids like to leave out milk and cookies for Santa and food outside for the reindeer. Then we watch Christmas shows and put them to bed early.

  • Tammy Luiz
    December 14, 2013 - 11:58 pm

    Hopefully sleeping soundly. Not too sure if the 4 year old will be too good at that, but the 13 year old will be out cold shortly after 8 pm.

  • Jessica Canham
    December 15, 2013 - 1:50 am

    There are no children in our family now, but as kids we’d go to Christmas eve service, then come home to finger food snacks with Grandma and Grandad and place milk and cookies out for Santa. Then we’d go to bed and hope to fall asleep quickly so that morning would come!

  • Michelle Mac
    December 15, 2013 - 2:41 am

    My daughter puts out milk & cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer, then tries to stay awake until he arrives.

  • December 15, 2013 - 6:32 am

    I have no kids :(

  • Jean Bullock
    December 15, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    My kids are all grown, but when they were little, they were in bed and they had better be asleep if they wanted Santa to come. Never had a go to bed argument on Christmas Eve.

  • Denise Luscan
    December 15, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    My son is usually sleeping but this year (he’s almost 5) he told me he was going to wait up for Santa so he could see him. Oh my, time is flying by so fast! Gorgeous LO!

  • Dorina D
    December 15, 2013 - 11:13 pm

    Unfortunately, no kids, but……,when we were kids, on Christmas Eve after church we would go look at the Christmas lights and then come home for bed. However, by little sister and brother would get up about 4 am, go get their socks from Santa, open them, re-wrap them and put their sock back till it was time to get up. This happened every year, especially as they got older.

  • Ruby H
    December 16, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Watch Christmas cartoons then read the night before christmas and the little match girl then it was off to bed !

  • Tracey McNeely
    December 16, 2013 - 10:56 am

    My kids are pretty much grown up but still get super excited about Christmastime!
    They ask a million questions.

  • Barb
    December 16, 2013 - 11:06 am

    no kids here but usually sit near tree and listen to music

  • Tara McCarthy
    December 16, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    They go to bed. They are afraid that Santa will not come if they are still away LOL.

  • Tabitha
    December 16, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    we play games and watch all the christmas movies we own… christmas over load and then put our cookies and carrots for santa and the reindeer.

  • Debra Watson
    December 16, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    They love to watch all of the other kids………then they try to catch his eye and wave at Santa. They get very excited to go and have their turn.

  • karenladd
    December 16, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    My grand-daughter is counting the days until Santa comes and has actually been trying to sneak peeks at the gifts under the tree when her Mommy isn’t looking…!!

  • shartl
    December 16, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    If you mean what do they do while they stand in line to talk to Santa, that would be fidget and wave at Santa, lol!

  • Ruth G
    December 17, 2013 - 7:45 pm

    Such a pretty layout! I love the soft colors and the snowflakes add such wonderful detail and texture!

    My kids don’t believe in Santa any more, so they sleep while waiting for morning to come.

  • Yvette F.
    December 17, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    suppose to be sleeping, but my 9 year old daughter told me she always gets up in the middle of the night to check out the loot under the tree.

  • LinhC
    December 18, 2013 - 9:07 am

    My kids are now teenagers, so they will be on their electronic devices until the wee hours of the night.

  • laura
    December 18, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    All of mine are grown but the one that is home still waits up just in case.

  • Julie A. Shearer
    December 18, 2013 - 8:44 pm

    My kids are older so they wait patiently for Christmas Day .

  • auntie em
    December 19, 2013 - 5:47 am

    What a stunning LO. I am going to have to give this a try. I love the simplicity of the white and aqua with the little touch of pink in the tape, The photo is so precious it deserves such an awesome way to show it off.

    I use to let our children open a gift on Christmas eve and tried to get them to open a gift I knew would keep them busy for awhile until it was time to get ready for bed and hang their stockings, write a note and leave cookies for Santa. While those evenings were long for the kids, they seemed to fly by for me.

  • Caryn S. (Scrapnsing)
    December 19, 2013 - 11:41 am

    This LO is so pretty! Well, Christmas Eve for the past few years has been spent going to the Christmas Vigil Mass for children at my sister’s church in Delray Beach (where my youngest and her oldest were baptized, so it has a special connection for both of us). Santa comes at the end of Mass and gives the children a small gift and talks to them about the real meaning of Christmas. And they sing carols too. Then she throws a big Christmas party at her house afterwards complete with Santa handing out gifts! There’s usually a craft and cookie decorating station for the kids in the room too. It’s a wonderful time for the children and I almost never have trouble getting them to sleep after that!

  • Debbie Fisher
    December 19, 2013 - 7:56 pm

    What a precious layout! My children are grown now.

  • Lisa p
    December 20, 2013 - 12:59 am

    My kids are older now so things have changed. We always used to go put out the reindeer food as the last step before going to bed.

  • Linda Dreiling
    December 20, 2013 - 5:20 am

    My daughter is grown now but when she was little she used to watch out the window and at times I would say “listen, I think I heard jingle bells, I believe Santa is ready to land on the roof so you better be good”

  • Donna M.
    December 20, 2013 - 7:13 am

    No waiting @ my house anymore. I have great memories though of my son thinking he heard something outside, then hurrying to get into bed. Now Santa comes to his busy & full house.

  • Shelley Graham Turner
    December 20, 2013 - 8:11 am

    Well my kids are all parents themselves now but they are just like their mother (me)…they are up and waiting for their children to wake up to see what Santa left. When I was a kid I had to sit on the stairs and wait and wait until my parents would wake up – cruel and unusual punishments for kids LOL!

  • Tammy Lever
    December 20, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    This is gorgeous! My little guy usually watches Christmas movies on Christmas Eve to get ready for Santa. Then he picks out some cookies from our holiday baking and milk to leave out for him…he gets a carrot for the reindeer too! Then we read a Christmas book before heading to bed.

  • Melinda
    December 20, 2013 - 10:39 pm

    Thankfully mine are still young enough that 7pm is still bed time :) But before bed milk and cookies for Santa, reindeer food and this year our Elf on the Shelf (Pixie) will be leaving new Christmas books, PJ’s and a Christmas movie for us all to enjoy. Hopefully Pixie does the same for a few years to come 😉

  • Wendy Orme
    December 21, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    Our kids left at home are now 17 and 25 so we get to sleep in a little longer on Christmas now.

  • Gypsy
    December 21, 2013 - 6:56 pm

    Christmas Eve we have a water fight before dinner. Roast Chicken for dinner. Dance Party till it starts to get dark and then we head out with little boys in PJ’s to see the neighbourhood Christmas lights. They are generally asleep by the time we get home. (We’re in the Southern Hemisphere.)