Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Flamingo and The Elvis...

I have previously shared my current approach to a December Album. If you missed any of those posts, please check them out here, here, and here.

In addition to following along with Journal Your Christmas, I am also thrilled to be a part of Holiday Storyteller...where a group of Everyday Storytellers are bringing a photo prompt right to your inbox every day during the Christmas season. My prompt gets sent out to participants on the 14th. YAY!

For said prompt, I decided to include a photo of my all-time most favorite Christmas ornament and encourage everyone to document that in their own albums. 
I think it is super fun to think beyond the basics with this prompt...
Who gave it to you?
What does it say about their personality?
Or, did you buy it for yourself?
Why exactly is it your favorite?
Is it the shape, the colors, the whimsy, or the classic beauty?
For me, it is a humorous tale as this ornament is a lightbulb that has been painted with none other than a pink flamingo, complete with a "real" faux feather adorning it. In fact, the Aunt that gave it to me is equally as odd and quirky.

The connection to the one who gave it to me isn't what makes it my favorite, but the delight and whimsy that it brings. It really is a giggle to behold. And well, giggles are always good!

As you can see, I chose to do a full size layout for this story. Some stories that I am prompted to journal this season are going into my December Tag Album. Others, get their own page. Just depends. Depends on what, you say? Well... my mood, the length of story, the importance of the story, etc...
I used a technique from Wilna's Art Class 2 when creating this page and it helped use up some chipboard frames. Huzzah!

Since registration is closed for Holiday Storyteller, we are inviting everyone to join in the Facebook group. You won't find me over there as I don't do Facebook, but I know it would be fun to chat with lots of scrappers who are passionate about telling their Christmas stories!

Speaking of stories that get their own page, and ornaments... I should probably document my least favorite ornament as well, huh?

If you missed the story about this, be sure to have a listen to the latest episode of the Paperclipping Roundtable. There might even be a funny diddy about an Okra too!
So, what's my problem with Elvis. Well, nothing really. But, I am not a huge lover of celebrities turned ornaments. Especially when no one in the family is actually a fan. My husband is indeed from Memphis, but if there is anything I have learned about having ties to Memphis is that it doesn't mean you are automatically a fan of Elvis.
But, what makes this story even better, is that one year, my now 5 year old, found Elvis before he was able to be hidden on the back of the tree. She FELL.IN.LOVE. She has no clue and still has no idea who this Elvis guy is and the significance of him. But, she was indeed smitten. She carried him everywhere that Christmas season. I mean everywhere. Even to the bathtub! Well, as I am sure you can imagine, poor Elvis had a rough December that year and he was quickly reduced to nothing but a mere torso of his former self.

The perfect excuse for mommy to throw him away! YAY!

Luckily, by the next Christmas, she had forgotten about him. Well, after my chat with the PRT, I decided this story had to be scrapped. As luck would have it, I found a photo of the exact ornament we had online. Thank you Google Images!

I quickly set him up to print out and scrap. The first print was too large. But, wouldn't you know it... my sweet girl walked by my desk and saw the rejected image... to which she exclaimed "MY FAVORITE ORNAMENT!!!!" 

She didn't waste a second. He was cut out and she was posing for his portrait.
Elvis lives indeed! Well, flat Elvis does anyway :)


  1. LOL! What a great story and page. Love keepsakes like this!

  2. Love that you told the story of both ornaments, Ashli! The Pink Flamingo is definitely a fun one and the story behind the Elvis ornament is so funny! I love that she still remembered it as her favorite ornament and had to pose with "him" for a photo!! :)

  3. Haha great stories and great ornaments too.

  4. Hahaha LOVE IT!!! And your little daughter is gorgeous!! That is a fabulous picture, can't wait to see what you do with it ;) My husband is a HUGE Elvis fan. Maybe I should find this ornament =)

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