I feel like I had an amazing revelation last week - I can use my scrapbooking supplies for more than just layouts and cards! Alright, of course I've known that for ages, it just never really sank in before. The other day I was typing up a little year-long chart to put on my fridge when I thought - why on earth would I print it on boring white office paper when I have more patterned paper than I can probably use in a lifetime? Out came some letter stickers and a border punch and now I'm pleased every time I notice that little chart.. And I love it.
On a roll, I also did something I've been meaning to do for ages - create a butterfly punch collage. It was a late night spur of the moment thing that took me barely anytime at all. I just used scraps of paper than I had floating around, no colour scheme in mind
With the butterflies complete I thought I would create a companion piece - authentic, my One Little Word for the year.
Here's a look at them hanging on my bedroom wall, with a bit of creative cropping so you can't see all the mess. I've still getting a buzz everytime I walk in and see them there.
In addition to the many photos, I wanted to include a copy of the song that my Mum wrote for the occasion. This was the second year she has rewritten the lyrics to The Twelve Days of Christmas, personalising them for us to sing along too. It's a good laugh and a great little snapshot of our lives. So I created this page with a pocket.
Day 13 blank so far. It will be a journaling page about thoughts on Christmas and working on a December Daily album. Of course I haven't written it yet. One thing it will say - next year my plan is to blog my December Daily entries on the day (or almost). I'll prepare the album pages ahead of time and if I scrapbook it too, great. If not, at least I have already selected my favourite photos and written the journaling. That's the plan.
I created this little insert so I could include a Christmas card.I liked the idea of having my address recorded here and that stamp, complete with price. It's a great little detail that wont be the same in a few years.
The page opposite my baking photos is still blank. I'm not sure if I will include the recipes, a photo of my Christmas tree lights or some memorabilia from the month.
Using the ticket to place the date was something that Ali Edwards did in 2009 and was something I really liked and wanted to include. Very glad that I found a place for it. :)
These photos are from Etsy. I haven't recorded the shops like I should but you like them like I do, let me know and I will find the address.
Day 17 is about celebrations at work. In the envelope there is a copy of a standard letter that I sent out, complete with the little Christmas gift tag sticker that I included that week. To there section, from my section. It got a laugh.
This little page is stapled to the back. Please excuse the blur - work needs a little privacy too. One thing I did want to mention though - the present I gave to a workmate. It was my Mum's suggestion - a double sided photo frame, with photos already included. His desk on one side, a collage of me, the sign on the door and the words 'Will you miss us?' on the other. It got a big laugh.
I'm loving the back of this envelope. The joy circle was something I kept turning to in my Christmas stash but hadn't managed to use yet and similar story with the packet of brads. Isn't it great when you use things you really like in a way that makes you happy?!
And that's is as far as I've got so far. 18 days done, 7 to go.