12 days of Home for the Holidays, Day 8

It’s the 8th Day of 12 Days of Home for the Holidays. Welcome to my very special guest Yvonne Busdeker.

I “met” Yvonne on Worldwin’s blog, PaperCrazy when she was the Design Team Coordinator.  I loved the challenge of using nothing but cardstock so I frequented their blog.  Between questions and participating in their challenges Yvonne and I chatted a lot via email.  When I attended CHA for the first time Yvonne was there with WorldWin papers.  I introduced myself.  Yvonne was over the top nice.  I got the grand tour of the booth. She showed me each of the design team member’s work.  I loved everyone the on the design team as they are super talented.  Yvonne has a beautiful heart and a great love of crafting.  Yvonne is on Facebook so we are able to "keep up" with each other. 

Yvonne has been scrapbooking for more than 11 years, but scrapbooking is just one of her many gifts. She has worked for Wilton Industries, Epson, WorldWin and now owns her own commercial art design company, YB Scrapbooking.

You can find Yvonne at

Blog  Crafting Blog
Website  YB Scrapbooking
Latest Project: Memories Envelope Album at The Paper Mill Store/Crafter's Design Showcase
Free Digital Kits (I've already download the Blue Christmas)

Ms. Yvonne Busdeker

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year.  When my husband and I had kids I knew that traditions were going to be a HUGE part of being parts to us.  We've managed to blend from both families.  My absolute main tradition for is our Christmas Tree.

My family Christmas Tree I remember being a homemade type tree of a Charlie Brown nature. When we choose our tree there has to be spaces all over for hanging lights and ornaments from the inside out!

Each ornament on our tree had a story as it was given to us by someone special, made by one of us or purchased from a place we visited.   Last year we added to this tradition by having the boys pick out a new ornament to add to the tree, in addition to any ones they make.  The reason for this one is that it will give my boys something to take with them with they leave the house, as I did when I left my parents house. Each ornament speaks to their age and what was going on at the time, a way of looking back at their childhood. 

My youngest Charlie chose a Fisher Price Farm for his ornament, his favorite toy! My oldest Dawson chose Indiana Jones, his favorite movies that he discovered last year. I can't wait to see what they select this year to add to the tree. Each year when we put up our tree it's a walk down memory lane.

Everyone chooses their favorite ornaments to hang that they remember something about.

Several years back I decided to take photos of each Christmas ornament and decoration that we had and add to an album. We then record the history of each item. Fortunately I decided to start this the year before we had our tree crash and break numerous ornaments. All ornaments are documented, even the many we lost in the crash.

Thank you, Yvonne.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Tomorrow's Guest Nikki Silivas
Winner of the Kaiser Craft mini-board books is

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Gratitude List
1. life’s incredible journey
2. to believe
3. joy unspeakable
4. God’s Glory
5. everyday challenges that God gives me the strength to face


  1. Great interview and project!

  2. Great tradition. My tree is quite similar with many ornaments I got as a child still hanging on it. I really should document mine as well.

  3. That's a good story about the ornaments -- you just never know

  4. I'm sentimental about my ornaments too. They are are full of memories. I even have some that belonged to my parents & grandparents.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing Yvonne! I think maybe I'll start taking photos of my ornaments this year...it's a wonderful idea! We also have many that hold special memories and have meaningful stories behind them. It would be great to have that all documented. That is why we scrapbook, right?...Nancy :o)

  6. Tina S11:46 AM

    Sorry about the tree disaster but thankful that you were able to document the ornaments before they were broken. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Anonymous12:50 PM

    This is a great project.I love the project that you made.

    joan Fiskateer #808

  8. Nice to get accquainted with Yvonne. It is always fun to hear of others tradtions. Great projects!!

  9. i am def checking out yvonne's sites!

  10. Yvonne, you are full of wonderful ideas from documenting your Christmas ornaments to starting a collection for your sons. Love the card, too!

  11. I love the ornament tradition. We do that in my family also. My mom gets each person an ornament based on something about them,and then I also get the girls an ornament. I am thinking that in a couple of years when they start leaving my tree will start to look a little bit bare.

  12. Love the idea of photographing ornaments an logging their tales!!! Thanks so much for also sharing the blogs of everyone!!!

  13. Yvonne, I live in south Louisiana where we have been hit by a vast array of hurricanes since 2005 to date. I know the importance of documenting memories for my 2 sons to enjoy in the future as well. My sons are older but they still bring out the scrapbooks to brag on their memories when their friends come to visit. Know that you are making a legacy for you family!!!!

  14. It is so nice that you were able to document the ornaments! Memories are a treasure!Nice work!

  15. Over the years my husband and I have collected many special ornaments. I didn't really think they meant that much to my husband until the year I decided to "go fancy" and use only red and gold to decorate the tree. He didn't say anything then, but the next year, he said he would like to have all of the special ornaments back.

    I love your idea of a scrapbook for each decoration. I am so sorry your tree fell and many of your ornaments were broken, but it was a blessing that you had the book with a photo and documentation.

    Thank you for sharing!


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