Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Santa's Summer Vacation

Hi everyone. Bleubeard and Elizabeth are hosting over at Art Journal Journey this month with the themes My Favorite Season/Tis the Season. I can't say I've been making much art this month ( I did make a stack of Christmas cards last weekend-hurrah), but I did make a fun spread in my December journal that actually celebrates at least parts of summer.

I had this Santa photo in various sizes and I thought that it would be perfect for a late December page, since by then Santa has finished all his hard work for the year and most likely must be on a fun and relaxing vacation for a little bit. 
I first added some scraps of red striped paper to my pages as well as lots of pieces of this calendar washi tape. I usd a bit of gesso to damped down the red of the striped paper. On the right side I added a stripe of other holiday designed paper. All the paper on this page was leftover scraps  in my scrap box. After I added the Santa photos I glued down som redcloth ric rac trim (even though the glue does show through) and some white felt trip on the right too. Some stamping followed, as well as the little date sticker. I will do do my journaling on the 29th  in the white space on the right hand side.
And this page also happens to work for Try It On Tuesday with their challenge Guess Who's Coming: It's Santa, and I thought I would add a little more inspiration.
And Monday night after work I did a little more holiday baking.
I made 2 loaves of yummy Christmas bread with dried fruit and walnuts. I dusted it in powdered sugar.
Luckily bread can be frozen for a little bit so I won't be tempted to eat it all in a couple of days. No one else in my house will eat it because of the dried fruit in it, which means it is good for me and my taste buds but bad for me and my waistline.
Wishing everyone a wonderful day, and sending big thanks to you  for taking the time to stop by to visit.


Valerie-Jael said...

The journal pages are beautiful, but the fruit loaves are my absolute winner today, yummy! Who needs a waistline? Hugs, Valerie

CJ Kennedy said...

A fun Santa spread. Fun to think of Santa taking a vacation. Your Christmas bread looks delicious! Perfect for breakfast or with a cuppa in the afternoon.The kids at school must be hopping off the walls. 2 more sleeps until vacation?

froebelsternchen said...

Your pages are brilliant - I love how you use your scrap always in such a fantastic way - and those Santa is just priceless! Great to see him at Try It On Tuesday and at AJJ as well!
And wow - this Christmas bread looks delicious!!
Good that I am so far away from your Christmas bread just now - otherwise I would break down and give in that temptation.
Nearly work- break here for you - wow!
Big hugs and thanks a lot for joining AJJ and TioT again! We are so happy to have you as a designer at both challenges dear Erika!


Divers and Sundry said...

Santa will need a holiday, won't he, and this looks like a fun one :) Your Christmas bread looks delicious. If I were there you wouldn't have to freeze any ;)

Let's Art Journal said...

What fun pages! I love the Santa images you used, they really made me smile 😁. The fruit bread looks so yummy too! Thanks so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday and enjoy your week! J 😊 x

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love this Santa page - lovely details!! Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Your loaf does look delicious - wish I could pop round and save you from eating too much!! Hugs, Chrisx

Meggymay said...

A fantastic photo of Santa enjoying the water skis. It is a great page Erika and thank you for all your wonderful pages for the TioT's theme.
Your cake looks delicious, I love cakes with dried fruit in them as well.
Yvonne xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a fabulous spread, Erika. It's also appropriate for the after Christmas festivities.

Your bread looks great, but I'm not much of a dried fruit person. I guess that's why I don't care for most fruitcake.

Astrid Maclean said...

What a great collection of photos of Santa fishing, - no doubt well deserved after all his hard work....
A fun page, love the addition of the ric rac! Your yummy cake/bread looks like German Stollen, - one of my favourite Christmas treats, - enjoy!

Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan said...

May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter.

Cath Wilson said...

Haha, Erika. I LOVE the idea of Santa taking a well earned holiday! Great pages. Your fruit bread looks delicious - I'm so glad I can't smell it, too, or I may well be drooling by now... I haven't eaten sugar for six months and am so looking forward to sweet treats this Christmas time...

Thanks for sharing your art with us at TIOT and Merry Christmas from all of us!

Cath x

Jeanie said...

That Santa photo is totally fabulous. And I love the idea of Santa having a fun in the sun vacation after Christmas!

The bread looks wonderful. I love that you can freeze these things. It must be delicious with the fruit and walnuts! They don't know what they are missing.

Rosie said...

Wonderful pages, Erika

Thank you so much for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

Rike said...

Great idea to send Santa Claus on Summer vacation after he has done all his hard work! The perfect place for the last December pages in your calendar!
This Christmas bread looks very very yummy - I wish to bite into the monitor, haha :)
Big hugs-Rike

craftytrog said...

Your loaf looks delicious Erika, and your pages are wonderfully festive!
Christmas hugs,
Alison xox

Neet said...

I had a fruity tea bread in the freezer which I took out - like you I love it but it is not good for the waistline. Not as bad as some I must say though as it is a Slimming World recipe.
Love your Santa photos - I do hope he is relaxing before his mad dash around on his sleigh - love the ric rac braid - it all adds to the festive fun on this page.
Hugs, Neet xx