Yesterday we introduced our first Hanukkah guest blogger, Keshet. Today we would like you to meet Aliza. Enjoy!
Hi! It’s Aliza Deutsch here, and I was so excited to work with MME products to help document some of our Chanukah traditions, as well as to take the Deutsch Family Chanukah décor up a notch.
I worked with the Cut and Paste and with Lost and Found- Record It collections. I was pretty shameless about mixing the two lines together; I couldn’t get enough of the grays, and vintage elements in Lost and Found, and then I liberally added pieces from the Cut & Paste collection for pops of holiday color and cheer.
Among the many Jewish holidays and traditions, Chanukah, first and foremost is just, plain fun. Compared to some other holidays, the preparations are minimal, there are presents involved, parties abound, and we traditionally eat food fried in oil. You can’t really go wrong with that culinary guideline.
Each night of Chanukah we light the candles together, and sing the blessings and the prayers. In my layouts, I like to capture the event, but I also liked to add a little detail that captures a little something about us as a family. So, I felt it important to record for posterity, that we are not very good singers- especially by day 8 of Chanukah, when the novelty has long worn off.
Supplies:Lost and Found Record It: Antique paper, chipboard elements, ephemera, alpha words and stickers, sticker accessories, decorative tape;Cut & Paste: enamel dots, decorative brads, chipboard stickers, buttons
As I mentioned, Chanukah food is pretty dang tasty, and while latkes get all the press, jelly doughnuts are a family favorite. We are lucky to live a block from a kosher bakery that sells fresh doughnuts each day of the holiday, and we are usually there first thing in the morning to buy our daily dose.
Supplies: Lost and Found Record it: cardstock paper;Cut and Paste-Charm:patterned paper, enamel dots, decorative brads, chipboard stickers, journal card, labels, tiny word stickers, layered stickers
Since there are so many traditions that happen every year, I decided to make a mini album as a home for this year’s photos. And just because it’s Chanukah, I made eight topics for my album; Thanksgivukkah, candles, singing, gifts, latkes, doughnuts, chagigah (a party), and a Chanukah story.
I tore right into the Lost and Found 6x6 paper pad for the base of the pages, and layered on elements from both collections. I am not an avid mini album maker, but this process was so quick and easy- everything just looked great together right away. All of my pages were ready before Chanukah even started, and as soon as the holiday is over, I can pick out my favorite photos and pop them right in.
Now here’s something you might not know about lighting menorah. It can be a messy ordeal. There are menorahs, matches, and candles. At our home, we also light an oil menorah, so we have a bottle of olive oil and wicks that we use each night. So, this year, after many years of good intentions, I decided to make all this “stuff” look prettier.
First I created a decorative bottle for the olive oil:
Supplies:Lost and Found Record It: ephemera, alpha words and stickers
Then a tin for all those little tiny wicks:
Supplies: Lost and Found Record It: Cardstock paper, ephemera, enamel dots;Cut and Paste: chipboard stickers;Decorative tape: Emerald and Blue
Inside that tin fits a cute, matching match box.
Supplies:Lost and Found Record It: Cardstock paper;Cut and Paste: buttons;Decorative tape: Emerald and Blue
Or the matches can be left out for this adorable little tableau.
And just because I was having fun, I made another matchbox too:
Lost and Found Record It:cardstock paper, sticker;Cut and Paste: Buttons, chipboard stickers;Decorative tape: Emerald and Blue
Thank you MME for giving me the opportunity to play with these collections! For years to come, Our Chanukahs will be prettier for it!
Happy Hoildays to All!