Child's Play Challenge: What's Under the Christmas Tree Blog Hop

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hi, and welcome to the Child's Play Challenge: What's Under the Christmas Tree Blog Hop.  If you did not get here from Ashley's Blog, please go back to Child's Play Challenges and begin from there.

One lucky winner will win:

Here's what you need to do to enter:
1-check out each blog along the hop and leave a comment
2-post about the hop on your blog
3-link your post on our special "Blog Hop" linky in the sidebar by December 31st
4-BONUS!! Create a layout based on any of the DTs inspiration items and post that link for a second entry!!

I'm glad you stopped by. I'm excited to show you the toy I chose, why I chose it and the LO to showcase it. Here is the toy:
Gears mean a lot in this home. They are a favorite of my younger son and have been for over a year now.  They go where he goes, even to bed with him.  Here is the page I created:

This Boy & This Toy

(I apologize for the poor photo.  It's been rather dark and dreary here in the Pacific Northwest. I will try again later today)  

It is an extremely busy page, mostly due the photo itself. It was taken in the dark on a phone, and well, there is a lot going on in that blanket of his...On this particular night though, it was completely necessary to take this photo.  He had been particularly attached to the gears this week. They went to and from school with him.  Well, this day they did not make it home from school and it was a Friday.  We was cranky, out of sorts and would not stop looking for them. I called his teacher, and she offered to drop them by on her way home.  I was out with my friends and received this text message with photo.

I find using pre-printed paper difficult, but wanted to use it here.  I took some of his gears and used them as a mask, spraying brown, blue and yellow mist.  I cut around one of the gears in the paper, then tucked the photo under it.  The top felt empty, so I cut out some gears from some Cosmo Cricket paper and made a small banner.

 It is not the first, or second page that I have created about these infamous gears.  I thought I would share the others as well.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you will come back again. If you aren't a follower, please join me on my creative journey.  Your next stop is Karen W's blog.  Hope to see you soon back here and over at Child's Play Challenges


  1. Wow - what a fun colletion of him and his favorite set of toys. I like the way the layout came out with the pre-printed gears on it. Great creations.

  2. I love blog hops, I partecipate from Italy. thank you for the inspiration!

  3. love love all the gear work going on here!!!!

  4. wow I love gears for the boys and your layouts are so much about a boy.

  5. I can see the attraction - vey cute photo of him asleep with his precious gears - very sweet. x

  6. Oh, I LOVE this! My son used to play with these too. Look at that concentration, wow!! Good for him and his imagination to create!!

  7. Love gears...used to see my pre-k'ers love them! Love the die-cuts on your first layout!

  8. Oooh yes, I was nodding my head through out reading this post... My boys love the lego style Gears too!! They are a great way to keep them busy with the imagination flowing.. :)
    Thanks for sharing the extra LO's too!! Love them all!!

  9. He's going to love looking back at those scrap pages when he's older - especially if he turns out to be an engineer. Lovely LO's Devra