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Countdown 2 Christmas – Day 2

 Day2CountdownHello! Welcome to December 2nd; also the second day of our Pink Paislee Countdown 2 Christmas Extravaganza! If you are just joining us you might want to go back and read all about our 25 day event HERE and HERE.  We want you to be ‘in the know’ about all of the free printables and weekly giveaways!


I am so excited that I got to be a part of this, simply because the Pink Paislee Merry & Bright Collection is ah-maaazing!!! So festive I just love it! And did you see that gorgeous album?! So awesome! Our theme for today is “Start your naughty or nice list!” I giggled when I started thinking about who to put where…. I could have a lot of fun with this one… but instead of making a “list” I did mine a little differently and just chose one memory for each one. On the left we have “nice”, and on the right we have “naughty!”

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I found this super cute mug at Target that says “nice” on one side and “naughty” on the other, and I was like yessss so perfect! I love finding fun little props to use in my project pictures 😉 Plus a fresh cup of coffee with French vanilla creamer topped with whipped cream and sprinkles is really up there on my nice list lol!

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I love creating interactive elements in mini albums because the pages are all out in the open and they’re not behind page protectors, so that makes it fun to look through! The easiest way that I like to make an interactive piece is to use a slice of white cardstock and fold it to make a little card! I like to leave the back side a little longer than the front, this creates a layery look with different patterned papers. Plus it makes it easier to tell that there’s something to open 😉 I did this technique on both sides because then I could add a few more pictures than I normally would be able to use!

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I used my boys for my “nice” layout. They bring so much joy and laughter into my life and especially at the holidays! I journaled a little about that and how one of my favorite memories of them at Christmas time is watching them bring hot chocolate to the Salvation Army people standing out in the cold ringing their bells, purely out of the goodness of their hearts. I sooo love seeing my young men growing into loving and giving people, it just makes my heart so happy. I think that giving and taking care of others is one of the most important things we can teach our children! All the time, not just during the holidays.

Ok. Now for the naughty. When I thought of this word, and Christmastime, I immediately knew who I wanted to use. Don’t let his cute little fuzziness fool you… he was VERY naughty.

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Put yourself in this scenario…

You just spent hours and hours baking fresh delectable delights, among these are your favorites, deliciously warm and gooey ginger snaps sprinkled with sugar…There’s a heavenly aroma filling the air all throughout your cozy little home…. you leave the kitchen just for a moment to grab your robe before you sit and enjoy a fresh hot cup of happiness with one of these yummy confections… then BAM! YOU GLIDE BACK INTO THE KITCHEN WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE THAT QUICKLY TURNS SOUR AS YOU REALIZE YOUR NOT SO CUTE LITTLE BROWN PUPPY HAD EATEN EVERY. LAST. BITE.  NOTTA CRUMB LEFT.

Yep. That. Just. Happened. So meet the culprit, Chippy the Catahoula. Kyle named him Chippy because when he came out it looked like he was sprinkled with chocolate chips. Hm. Go figure.

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Look at him sittin there all cute.. lickin his chops… His little chalkboard sign says, “I ate 3 dozen cookies.” It’s kind of hard to read but I learned that when you are photographing your pets? Yeaahhhh it’s not that easy. You can’t really be too picky 😉 Here’s a few tricks I learned;

1. Bring treats (apparently they like cookies. ahem.)
2. If you’re using a chalkboard, bring chalk and eraser with you to fix what they lick off.
3. Bring your patience.
4. Have someone help you.

I took the picture of the naughty mug, half punched a circle out of the top and created a pocket out of it. Just another trick to hide some journaling or tags and what-not 😉
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So have fun pondering who will be on your naughty list… be creative! And don’t worry, there’s no shame in shaming your pets! Have fun creating your countdown MEMORIES and have a very very Merry Christmas!! – xoxo Sarah Bargo



Download Today’s Printable HERE


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Don’t forget to upload images to Instagram or Facebook using the Hashtag #PPC2C that fit the Naughty Or Nice theme to be entered to win the entire Bella Rouge Collection. Show us your lists or show us who has been naughty or nice. You can also show us the finished pages of your album to enter!  Good Luck!

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17 Responses to "Countdown 2 Christmas – Day 2"

  • Gail L
    December 2, 2014 - 4:36 am

    Wow Sarah! These pages are just stunning!

  • Laura Turcotte
    December 2, 2014 - 4:51 am

    LOL===Sorry for laughing, but that was cute!! Your pages are awesome!!!

  • Ruth Tacoma
    December 2, 2014 - 5:20 am

    Totally laughing here too….fun page!!!!

  • Tarracoscrap
    December 2, 2014 - 6:44 am

    I love these pages!!!


  • Doris Driver
    December 2, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Love your pages! Love Pink Paislee!

  • Kim Smith
    December 2, 2014 - 10:39 am

    Thanks so much for the freebie and the great story about Chippy! Love all of the inspiration here.

  • Jean Marmo
    December 2, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Haha – super cute!

  • Antonia Ritchie
    December 2, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    What a great story. The layout works perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sherri
    December 2, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Such a fun way to document a “sour” moment with the gingersnaps.

  • colette
    December 2, 2014 - 5:43 pm

    I love how you did your pages, Sarah- and what a fantastic Naughty Memory! Thats the stuff our lives are made of and you captured it perfectly!

  • Françoise
    December 3, 2014 - 9:57 am

    Bonjour de Belgique, très beau. Merci pour les 2 étiquettes.

  • Sheila
    December 3, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    Sarah, I love following you. Your style is awesome and fun. The black and white makes everything pop!

  • donna joy
    December 3, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    awesome pages!

  • Andi Walsh
    December 3, 2014 - 5:51 pm

    Oh my gosh.. LOVE the cookie eater! What a great page…. well, all of them are beautiful!

  • Julie A. Shearer
    December 3, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    Oh my goodness, such a Naughty Puppy! But very funny! Thanks for sharing, your pages are awesome!

  • Lisa Hodge
    December 4, 2014 - 8:29 am

    Wow!! Love these jump starters for Christmas documenting!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see each day and idea here!!
    Merry Christmas y’all!!!!

  • Tara McCarthy
    December 5, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Absolutely love the dimension on these pages. Love!