Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A day for honoring the dead

True Xoxo Girls November Challenge Page- swing by and participate!
MATERIALS: Ikea plastic cake doily (I know!), Core'Dinations Jenny Bowlin paper, Cosmo Cricket blackboard and naked chipboard, Prima flowers and leaves (painted black with acrylic paint), EK Success slim line border punch, Petallo velvet roses and Dahlia value packs (black and red), Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Oil Slick, Smooch Spritz in black and Silver
The Mexican holiday known as Dia De Los Muertos has always fascinated me. The tradition is a hybrid of long established rituals in Pre-Columbian Mexico and the Catholic religion brought in by Spanish invaders- oops- I mean- "Conquistadors". The celebration actually lasts 3 days and takes place during what is also known as "All Saints Day" and "All Souls Day"- a change brought by the Spanish when they found they could not destroy the practice outright.
Calaberas are the focus for Dod.
TIP- that's found fishing line in that circle-
guess where I'm off to scrap shop next?
I burned right through my black Prima and
Petaloo stash... LOVE the black velvet!!!

The colors, the pageantry, the flowers- Day of the Dead is wonderful!!!  Best of all- it's a time to remember those you loved and lost- to tell their stories and carry on their name.

I envy the cultural strength it takes to carry this tradition 500 hundred years into the present. I admire the joy it brings to what could be a sorrowful occasion. Perhaps you remember your Mother or your Abuelita today. Maybe you make an altar for Celia Cruz or Frieda Kahlo- Madame Curie or Helen Keller.
Untitled Day of the Dead page 2
MATERIALS: Gauche Alchemy Wedding Night White Mixed Media Kit, Bazzill Kraft paper, Mister Huey in Plum Thumb, Overdue and Hot Dog, Crate Random mini paper, Daisy D's rub on stitches (which have dried out and can't heat them up since they are on a roller- darn!)
These are my first Dia De Los Muertos projects and not remotely authentic as they don't commemorate anyone. I wanted to keep these light and showy since they are meant to grab your attention and hopefully draw you into this AWESOME Latin American tradition.
Gauche Alchemy Scarlet Fever Red Mixed Media Color Kit, some dollar store roses.
Traditional activities include
  • visiting family graves and decorating them with beautiful floral and paper displays 
  • making mini "altars" for your home and decorating them with colorful fruits and flowers 
  • gathering with friends and family and serving heaps of food 
  • making papier-mache, papel picado (cut tissue paper) or sugar sculptures
Photos came from a street art poster.
The Skull and crossbones cameo was found on Etsy.
Whatever you do, tell the tales of those who have passed on- do not weep- rather, weep and laugh and shout out with joy- your loved ones are now in a better place!

Results of a sugar skull workshop. Getting
those sequins to stick using only spit was
harder than it looked.

Today I commemorate
Leo the caretaker and bike rider.
Nakia who left us so young.
Neco and Maneca my great grand parents.
And Juan and Mita my grand parents.
Whom do you celebrate?
Whose memory do you sing praises to?

Hugs mi gente- pass it on.


  1. Love these so very much :) So much detail, they make my eyes so happy! I'd like to remember my grandparents...my grandma, who intro'd me to scrapbooking, and my grandfather, the best dentist there ever was (as I'm told by all that I meet who remember him!) I miss them both so very much each and ever day...in fact, my wedding anniversary is my grandmother's birthday. She passed in June the year we got married, and as she was looking forward to seeing me on my wedding day, I figured what better way than to get married on her birthday!

  2. Wow! Fabulous work! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Oh my fabulousness! I am loving your pages you made, especially that black one! I keep staring at it! And you KNOW I pinned this awesomeness!

  4. I don't even know where to begin with the amazingness of these. The black one has me staring to try to figure out all the little folds and secrets on there and the red one makes me happy! You never see such an awesome use of red mist/paint and on this page it is perfection!! Killer pages!

  5. these are seriously rad Michelle!! one of these years we are going to have a Day of the Dead celebration - bookmarking your pages for inspiration. xox

  6. Wow! I love the layers and textures on these! Just brilliant.

    I remember my grandfather.


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