Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah come light the menorah. Let’s have a party . . .
Yep, that’s right, Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown! The Jewish “Festival of Lights” will last for 8 days. In honor of the holiday, I have some Hanukkah projects and ideas to share with you.
Although there are many Christmas scrapbooking papers and embellishments on the market, there aren’t as many Hanukkah scrapbooking products. This year I challenged myself to create a Hanukkah card with paper from a Christmas collection. I used papers from Prima’s North Country line (Christmas/winter themed) to create this Hanukkah card:
I couldn’t find any large Star of David scrapbook embellishments, so I made my own. I traced stars (printed from the internet) onto chipboard, cut them out, and then covered them with silver glitter glue (Ranger’s Stickles).
Hanukkah is filled with many wonderful traditions: lighting the candles, playing dreidel, eating latkes, and opening presents. Check out these Hanukkah photo tips to make the most of all these photo opportunities. Taking pictures of the menorah indoors at night can be somewhat tricky. I often end up with some “clunkers” – photos with poor lighting, distracting backgrounds, or unattractive shadows on people’s faces.
Sometimes photo editing software can provide the perfect fix. For example, I had a photo of my daughter gazing at the menorah, but the photo had a harsh yellow cast and unflattering shadows. My solution was to use a selective color technique. Using Photoshop Elements, I converted the photo to black and white and then colorized only the menorah. Problem solved! I used the color-selected photo on this layout:
8 Little Lights by Stacy Cohen, as seen in Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations.
Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays to everyone!
P.S. Creating Keepsakes has some great free Hanukkah downloads!