So, confessions first. Last year I bought quite the selection of December Daily supplies – basically everything Heidi Swap, Studio Calico and Shimelle Christmas themed that I could get shipped to Australia. Plus, a tonne of stuff from Spotlight while I was waiting for my overseas orders to arrive. I stalked the #decemberdaily hashtag on instagram. Watched countless youtube process videos. I had grand plans….And then I promptly completed one page.
And that was done in March of this year when I joined in a Paper Issues crop.
Now in those four 6×8 pages I have at least documented the highlights of our Christmas last year. Christmas morning. Presents. The skinny tree for our tiny apartment. A cherished family recipe for Christmas dinner. And a very special present being enjoyed with cookies and coffee.
Moreover, in my defense we left for a five week holiday in England, Scotland and Paris on Boxing Day. But still, almost a year has gone past, and despite having lots of cute photos left to scrap (scroll my Instagram if you’re interested) I haven’t felt the urge to finish that album.
Rather then stress, I’ve decided to start fresh this year, though with more intention than last year. Reading Ali Edwards’ post about Hopes for December Daily helped me regain my focus. Especially the line ‘magic is something we make’. I recommend taking a look at her post if you are struggling too.
“Magic is something we make”
The plan is to attempt to stay current. I have all my Christmas scrapbooking stuff in the Aussie version of an iris container, and I’ll use my cannon selphy to print a couple of pictures each day. I’m not going to pre-prepare my pages. Being a December daily novice, that kind of structure is beyond me. Ultimately, I am hoping that documenting my day, every day, will help me stay in the moment.
Now, on to the fun stuff. A mini tutorial for my title page…
The starting point for this page was the Studio Calico Magical Collection patterned paper (Seasonal Sights). It was a paper I bought last year but then became too scared to cut into, in the search for perfection, so this year I was determined to throw caution to the wind and actually use it.
I’m not certain what direction my album will take colour wise, so it seemed safe to stick with grey and rose gold, with a hint of red to echo the red in the paper.
I cut the paper down to just a few millimeters smaller than 6 x 8 inches. Then I sorted through the Heidi Swap Chipboard shapes and selected the falalala because of the colour and because I liked the idea of the word spreading across the page.
Next I hunted through my thicker stash, and again made decisions based on colour. The rose gold stickers are Francheivelle Alphabet Stickers from Spotlight and the numbers are
AC Sketchbook thickers. The positioning of the letters was set up to wrap around the red camera in the patterned paper. To settle on the location, I used the clear packaging technique and then my ruler to ensure a straight finish.
The snowflakes are from Heidi Swapp, from last year, although Spotlight is selling them again this year too. I used rose gold foil, and scattered them around the page.
After looking at the page as pictured above, I decided it needed something to acknowledge the ‘cuteness’ factor of Christmas. In my stash, I had some reindeers left over some last year’s cards (stamp set from Mama Elephant) so Rudolph was added to the end of the chipboard. A touch of Wink of Stella clear glitter to the antlers and some glossy accents brings the little guy to life.
To add some texture, I choose tiny wooden hearts and stars from Aussie supplier Corbett Creations Wood Veneers. Initially I scattered them all over the page, but looking at Rudolph ‘ s stance, I rearranged them to shadow the chipboard as if Rudolph is spreading the stars and hearts in cheer.
And that’s a wrap.