December 8: We purchased our Christmas tree and started decorating.
Right: The black page base is a piece of memorabilia that I cut down to include. I attached the photo directly on the back, embellished simply with Basic Grey 25th and Pine transparency piece.
December 9: An early Christmas celebration with my sister and Darren. Jenna wrapped her presents in black cardboard this year, creating individual labels in white pen. I made sure our wrapping came home with me so I could cut it down and include in the album.
There were a number of photos I wanted to include for this day so I added an extra page protector, cutting it down to 2 3x4 pockets, front and back.
I printed journaling on patterned paper and made a little pocket, cutting the page protector to make it easier to slip the tag in and out. A few staples through the top of the pocket and top of the page protector help hold thr pocket in place.
With Jenna to be in Adelaide for Christmas – the first time ever we won’t see each other Christmas Day – we decided to celebrate early.
Date: December 9, the latest date we could gather Jenna, Darren and Mike in the same room for an evening.
Venue: Jenna and Darren’s new place.
Food: Beetroot dip with pomegranates and pistachios. Two types of potatoes, including Darren’s special recipe that Jenna convinced him to share. Ham, grilled corn with aioli, meatballs and chipotle sausages. A grapefruit salad, fresh bread (our contribution) and Mum’s punch. And for dessert, chocolate and hazelnut icecream pops.
Mike and I arrived a little early, I was tasked to decorations. The confetti wall was simple and wonderful, the washi tape ‘Ho Ho’ didn’t even last the night.
Jenna loved our present, a wooden stool that she’d asked Mike to make. ‘Better than I’d hoped!’ She really was delighted. There’ll be a second stool to match, it’s just not ready yet. She splurged on us – a huge red chevron blanket from Country Road. We overwhelmed Darren with presents (his family don’t exchange many) and Mum surprised Mike and I, each with an early present to unwrap.
A wonderful night. Epic. And Jenna phoned the next day just to check. ;)
Left: With big circles of colour on the wall and pom poms on the table, enamel dots seemed the perfect embellishment for these pages.
Right: A family Christmas photo. For the last couple years we've taken a 'Christmas aftermath' group photo, generally surrounded to abandoned wrapping paper but this year it was the aftermath of the meal. Love it.
I added the stamp directly to the photo, and a cork star and some more dots.