Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stollen not stolen - layout

I find that I scrap some odd things sometimes and while I think this is an odd thing to scrap it is something I want to always remember. My friend Larry, who lives in L.A., had a family tradition of having Stollen at Christmas. He told me this story a few years back and we talked about how nice it is to remember traditions and what good memories they can bring. Larry told me he was always so excited to have Stollen because "then I knew it was Christmas". Well now Larry has a loaf of Stollen sent to me every year from Dinkle's Bakery in Chicago and I am always so excited because now I think "It's Christmas!".

Last year Shiane was at home when the Stollen arrived in the mail and she wanted to know what it was. I reminded her about Larry sending me "Stollen bread" and she had an odd look on her face and asked "why does he steal it" so I had to explain to her "it's Stollen, not stolen".

Supplies Used:
Quarter Note cart
Cheerful Seasons cart
Fabulous Finds cart
From My Kitchen Cart
Patterned paper - Pink Paislee Santa's Workshop
Various Cardstock
Doodlebug Glitter
Doodlebug Flock
Cat Eye Chalk Ink
Signo UM 153 white gel pen
Star Brads

I am really happy with how the font on Quarter Note welds together. The tails on the lettering are generous enough to allow the word to flow well without making them to squished together like you have on some of the cursive fonts. I ran the white layer of the words upside down in my Xyron and then sprinkled with white Doodlebug glitter. You might need to click the picture to see the glittering and how well it turned out. On the little date tag I used a bread tag cut from Fabulous Finds. I added the star brads to attach to the picture because I thought they coordinated well with the stars on the patterned paper.

The holly leaves are from Cheerful Seasons, I am so lovin this cartridge! Again I would like to thank the mysterious "Cricut Circle Friend" who was so generous in sending this to me! The layering on the images is great. I always love a little flourish and on the holly it is fabulous. The little berries are cut out of Mica Stardream and I just added white dots with the gel pen where there were little circles cut.

The loaf of bread is a From My Kitchen cut. I had to hand cut the bottom a little to make it rounded and look more how Stollen looks. For the powdered sugar effect I cut a piece of cardstock to cover the area I didn't want flocked and then laid it on the loaf and ran the cut through my Xyron. I then removed the piece of scrap cardstock and sprinkled the cut with white Doodlebug Flock. It didn't turn out as sugary as looking as I wanted but I still think the effect works.

This is the last of the layouts from the kits I had prepared and I guess now I will have to find something else to work on...hhmm, what to do what to do *okie thinks and realizes she better get to crackin on getting stuff ready for her Annual Girlfriend Christmas party*. I think I will be having plenty to do for the next month!


  1. What a great idea for putting the extra paper on the cut to put it through the Xyron! I have often been confused as to how to make something like that work!! This is why I follow blogs. Not only to see everyones projects but to learn new tips!! Thanks, Okie!

  2. Wow my daughter lived in Chicago for many years. Wished I knew about this place. What a great story and the layout is stunning!

  3. Okie, I have so loved all of the layouts you have been doing. I have admired them all and have learned some great tips from reading your descriptions! Thank you as always for the inspiration you give me. God bless, Smoochie

  4. After reading the story behind this LO, I don't think you could have selected a better title. I've never had "Stollen" bread before, but you've made it sound and look delicious. Love the glittered letters and flocked bread ... it's a great look.

    BTW, thanx for sharing the "Stollen" story ... it sounds like a beautiful Christmas tradition.

  5. Okie this is great! Loved the story of Stollen!

  6. I loved Shiane's response "Why did he steal it?" Awesome. Great LO as usual Shirley!