Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hip Hop {Thursday} & RAK!

Welcome to our Holiday Hip Hop!!!!! I hope you have had fun thus far! You should be joining me from Jennifer's awesome and amazing blog. If not, make sure you hop back to the beginning, the Unity blog. You definitely do not want to miss the hop today because I know there are lots of surprises along the way!

This week, I wanted to share with you three gifts I made for my mother and two of my aunts. We will all be together at Christmas, and I thought this would be the perfect time to present them with these personal journal jars. My dear friend Shanna Vineyard made one for a challenge she hosted. Basically, you present the person with a jar full of questions about themselves. They pull a question every day or once a week and journal about themselves. It is a wonderful history to pass down to children and grandchildren once it is complete. Shanna's jar contained 365 questions. I do not know how many questions my jars have but it is a lot. I took a lot of questions from a spectacular book called "To Our Children's Children" by Bob Greene. This book is FULL of nothing but questions. I am going to use the book to journal my own history. I won't need the jar for myself. The book will work just great. Here is what they look like: Shanna put the following on a tag hanging on the jar. I chose to change a few words and put it on the inside of the book instead.

"This little jar & journal celebrates someone dear—YOU!
If you follow a simple plan, you will find that
before this time next year you will have
a very PERSONAL history finished!
All you need to do is draw out one slip of
paper every day or once a week.
On it you will find a question. Spend a few minutes
and just enjoy remembering. Then paste the
question in your journal or rewrite it at the top
of the page and TELL about it. Don’t worry about
spelling, handwriting, etc. Just tell YOUR story
and remember you are loved!"


The stamps I used for these was the butterfly from the Unity September kit Friendship Love Miracles, and then all of the sentiments were from the Unity Our Life Our Stories kit. I purchased the jars and journals very inexpensively from Wal-Mart, and the papers are Basicy Grey and Creative Imaginations. I did emboss the title and butterfly. They really stand out pretty in person with the embossing. Overall, I kept the journals pretty simple, and I did not put ribbons on the wire binding because I knew they would be opened and used a lot. I hope you enjoy this.

And before you hop on to the next blog, I am offering some blog candy today! Please leave a comment in the comment section, and I will randomly draw a winner on Friday, Dec. 19th. The winner will receive the Unity Becoming Butterfly single!
Now, hop on over to Heather's awesome blog and be sure to wish her Happy Birthday! It was her birthday on the 16th (the same as my precious sister). Happy Birthday girls! And I pray that you have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!

96 comments:

KAP said...

Such an awesome idea Patter!! I so need to do this one for my SIL! I love it!

Anonymous said...

all wonderful..and now i feel like making them all! lol

TFS!

Jessica said...

what a great idea! very awesome!

buggin2stamp said...

I really like the idea of the jar. Thanks for sharing the link to the book you use. Your jar and story journals are beautiful. I hope to have a chance to follow all of the blog links for Unity's hip hop.

Jacqueline said...

beautiful creations!! Love these all!

JazzyH said...

Great projects

Rene said...

Wonderful gift ideas! Thanks for the blog candy opportunity!

Rene' Mewes
RM3116@charter,net

Tracey said...

Fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!!

A very Merry Christmas to you!

Stephanie said...

I wonder if I can make this in 3 days? Wonderful idea! Merry Christmas!

Ravengirl said...

What a wonderful idea! I am going to bookmark your post and try to do it for next year! I love the single you are offering as your blog candy today!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

What a fabulous idea! :)

Ashley said...

Patter! This is fantastic!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Great idea Patter!!!

Jacque B said...

What a great gift idea!\

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

StampinCathy said...

WoW Patter you have been busy making some awesome projects. I just love everything.
Happy Hip Hop Holiday to you and your fam.

Stampin Cats said...

What great projects. I love them all.

catdidit said...

wow Patter! What an awesome idea and project! Love this!

Sarah E. said...

You are so inspiring! What a wonderful idea! :) Happy Birthday to your sister too! :)

Paula Laird said...

Your gifts are fabulous! I love them and the recipients will flip!

Tink said...

I Love the idea of all the questions in a jar!

Tessa said...

Awe this is so wonderful!!!!! What a fabulous legacy to create and leave for your children!

Renee' Morris-Dezember said...

...your jars look darling...I've always wanted to make one! tfs

Kendra said...

These are beautiful gifts & they are from your heart - the best kind.

Katie Renz said...

Those are all awesome gifts/projects. Thank you!

KatyLynn said...

very neat idea! and such pretty jars! Merry Christmas!

Amy Johnson said...

Wow! What an awesome idea! I'll have to remember this for next year's xmas gifts since I've already made this year's gifts. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kristen said...

oh what a sweet idea. I am sure they are going to love this! :) I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

awendybird said...

What a fantastic idea! I think I'll make one for my sister!

Kathy H said...

Great projects! I'd love to add that stamp to my collection...Happy Hoidays!!! :)

Nicole said...

Very cute idea!

Maynes-Watt-Hayes Family said...

Great ideas! wow just stunning!

Jenn said...

Merry Christmas

Beautiful, simple beautiful

Jess said...

Patter, this is a fabulous idea! I will have to remember this for next year!

rae said...

Fabulous work Patter!!
(((holiday hugs))) to you!!

FibreJunky said...

That is a really neat idea. I wish I had been able to do something like that with my grandparents. I will definitely do it with my mom and the in-laws.

jan farnworth said...

what cute gifts and great ideas. have a very merry christmas.

alma said...

I wonder if I can make this in time for my sister's Christmas gift. What a wonderful idea!

Kerry said...

Wow! I love the personal journal jar idea...such a great gift for anyone, especially to pass on/share with your children. I need to think of some people I can give these too! :) Thanks for the great idea!

JenMarie said...

Lovely!!

Lisa F said...

What a wonderful idea! How great to get your family history this way - and you get to keep their handwriting too!

marla said...

wonderful projects and great stamp!!

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful idea! Love it.

Olde Country Creations said...

LOVE your work!! Fantastic as always!


Tonya

Tanis said...

What a FABULOUS IDEA!!!!!!!!
I'm saving this one in my favourites....maybe if I have a whole year to work on it, I'll be able to make some for my sisters for next Christmas!

Angela said...

What a great idea. I need to do something like this as well.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Lavonne (tweetygirl) said...

I love the idea of having a personal history. Is there any way to get a copy of the questions??
Great idea!

Allison said...

great project ideas they are awesome.

Colleen... Combat Cropper #2 said...

what an awesome idea... i wish i had time to make these for the teachers at school. maybe for end of the year gifts

Newstampinaddict said...

What a wonderful idea. thanks so much for sharing.

Jodi Clausen said...

WOW!!! I LOVE that idea for some gifts!!!! Now I am wondering if I have time......???????

You did such a GREAT JOB!!!!

Happy Holidays!!!!!

Michelle (mla1111) said...

what a lovely project...such a great idea!

Ally0005 said...

What a cool idea!

Sharla said...

How cute, I saw the one that Shanna did too, very cool gift. I would need something like that to "help" me tell my story since I'm not much for journaling.

Robin said...

Love the Journal Jar!! Great idea!!

Beate said...

I love that gift idea. It is so sentimental. It turned out beautifully too :)

Gina said...

What an Awesome gift idea! :)

Olivia M said...

As always your stuff is so unique and fun.

Becky Helwig said...

You always come up with the best ideas for gifts. I love reading your blog. Maybe I'll have to get busy and make one for my sister.

Shannon Hager said...

That stamp is adorable!

scrappycandy said...

Merry Christmas! I love your blog. And the stamp being given away is an awesome stamp. The journal idea is so terrific. I bought a commercial version for my dad eons ago and he finished about half before he passed away. I typed it up (to make it readable) and added it to a scrapbook for my brother which I just finished. It's still waiting to go out in the mail because we are SNOWED IN! LOL! He is going to go nuts when he sees it!

Shemaine said...

Hey Patter, beautiful projects this week!

JessicaK said...

lucky, lucky family members :D. And the patterns here would be great for any occasion too.

Maxine D said...

Love that journal concept - my daughter and I did a journal swap one year, that went well too. We exchanged the journals on the first of each month, so had an interesting book each at the end of it!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

OMGosh!! I LOVE that gift idea!!!! And what a truly beautiful presentation too!! Oh wow!! Thank you so much for sharing such a special and creative idea!!!

Maria Levine said...

Great idea! Nice job.

Joy said...

LOVE THEM, HIP HOP!

jennifer said...

What a wonderful idea! I better get to work on a few of these!

Sherry said...

Beautiful gifts, Patter!!

Lisa H. said...

wow! what a fabulous gift idea, love how you did them up!

Trace Geworsky said...

Thank you for providing us all with so much creative inspiration..you are amazing!!!!

Lynn said...

What a beautiful idea! Love it! Lynn :)

Lorie said...

Those are simply fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Patter, my daughter told me about your site and I love the scripture challenge. I started late, but will catch up next year. I like the idea of your journaling jars. I need to answer all these questions for my grandchildren and just need the inspiration to get going. I think you will have given the "nudge" that's needed with your cute gifts. Thank you for your inspiration to all of us.

shawnna said...

What great gifts :)
Beautiful!!!

The Parkers said...

WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!! This would be PERFECT for the Mommys in my family!!!

TFS!!!

Candace H said...

FABULOUS gifts - love the story jar/journals! HipHopHappyHolidays to you and yours!

HapEMomE said...

What a spectacular idea! I love it! And I just might have to pick up that book you mentioned... someone (wont mention names hehe) got me hooked on reading again and I am SOOO excited! Thanks girl ;). Beautiful journals and jars. Love this.
Merry Christmas my friend.
~Chelsea

Robynccgirl said...

Wow Patter ! I love that idea, I'm so going to make one now for my Mom and Mom-in-law! Merry Christmas!

mcbetty said...

What a treasure!
This caught my eye because my first grandson is coming in March.

Darlene said...

I have just recently discovered your blog and must say I love it. What a wonderful idea this is for a mother or grandmother. In fact I'm going to see if I can "pull one off" for my mom for Christmas. Thanks for sharing your project with us.
I love the sentiment on your give away - thanks for the chance to win.

Tanya said...

What an amazing idea for a present! I will be making one of these for my Mom & MIL!! Thanks for the (beautiful) inspiration!!

Stephanie Niavez said...

Great stuff, Patter.

liannallama said...

what a sweet and precious gift!

Rebecca Kvenvolden said...

FABULOUS idea Patter! and i looooove that stamp!

michele L. said...

I think i am going to have to make some of these this weekend. Very lovely.

Brooke said...

Totally COOL idea, Patter!! i LOVE this.. i always want to journal but i can't think of what to write or how to say it.. those prompting questions are PERRFECT.. they will love these gifts!

Lisa said...

What a creative way to help someone tell their story. I personally need something like this to help me get it all down on paper.

cathygalloway89 said...

I love your journaling jars!!

Rosemary said...

Neat idea! I love the sentiment of the stamp. Itis beautiful!

Connie said...

Very cute Blog and enjoy all of the goodies you show!

Expressions of a Creative Mind said...

I've seen the jars before & love this idea!!

Justme said...

Oh Beautiful! It's so nice, your blog, I don't know all of the forums to check out or how this all works. I have enjoyed the stamps I got from Angela. I was going to order 2 over Thanksgiving, we don't have much in the way of Holiday Celebrtions since I became ill. It makes me feel bad for my DH and grown children I know they hate seeing me sick and on the oxygen machine but we do have our love! The best gift of all. Lovely stamp, Verse stamps are my favorite, I'll have to check out the rest when I can get up again, this up 15 min an hour sucks! LOL
Happy Holidays, enjoy your beautiful families and good health!
Love Donna
donnalb@newsguy.com

KindredEsprit said...

I've never made a journal jar before, but it sounds like a great, inspiring gift that lasts all year! and thanks for sharing some tips on Q's for the jar.

LorieR said...

Great gift idea! Thanks for the chance at some Christmas Candy. We can all use a little more of that.!

Michelle said...

What a wonderful gift...both for the ladies receiving it now and those who will read the journals in the future. TFS such a great idea!

tirzahdawn said...

These are beautiful! I am making something similar.

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