Only a few more days until it’s December!! eeeeeek! I’m so excited.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with Ali Edward‘s annual Christmas feature called December Daily, where she makes a mini book which documents the last month of the year and captures memories of this magical time. Last year I decided to join in the fun, and I embarked upon the wondrous adventure of making my own December Daily album.
I have to say that it wasn’t all easy; some days it was a struggle, after all this month is usually jam packed on the calendar. But on the most part, I found that project was fantastic. I decided to make a mini book which had lots of character, so lots of my pages are different sizes, and I was so thrilled with the end result.
With being pregnant plus buying a house, packing and moving all within the next week or so, I haven’t had a chance to prepare for a December Daily album this year, but I’m thinking that I will still journal the days and maybe I’ll revisit the idea when we are in the new house.
So I thought you might like to see the finished album from last year, and if you are going to take part in this years December Daily project, maybe you will get a few ideas for your own mini book. Enjoy the video!
I am getting into the Christmas swing of things now, how about you!? Although the calendar still says November, so I still feel a teeny weeny bit guilty about the excitement that is building inside! We went to a local town today and they even had their Christmas tree up in the square, and the lights were twinking, they were so pretty! Still… Craig wont let me play Christmas music until 1 December without fail, he even caught me singing Winter Wonderland in the shower this week and gave me the stink eye! HAHA!
I did realise something potentially depressing though!! We will be moving house in early December, so we may not be putting up decorations until we get into the new house! . I’m trying not to think about it too much, at least until we get a definite move in date, at least that way i can come to terms with waiting a few days. If the move isn’t going to happen until the middle of the month then there is NO WAY i am holding off until then!
And so today, I have some Christmas cards to share with you. I’ve used some embossing folders with my distress inks to give an almost letterpress look to the embossed backgrounds. The embossing folders give the paper depth, and the inks give a bold feel to the card, which I totally love! Once I had made a few backgrounds I really didn’t need much else to finish the card.
Mister Snowman however is one of my favourite stamps, and it was about time he made it off the shelf as he has been hibernating for many months now. I heat embossed a few stamped impressions, and then coloured in the design using Artquest Pearlescent paints which give a lovely shimmery, wintery effect! Yum!
I am definitely out of the swing of scrapbooking, but I have to admit that I was so pleased with myself that I was able to craft for longer than a few minutes without morning sickness ruining my fun! I’m glad to see that baby is cooperating a bit better now and hopefully has resigned himself/ herself to the fact that Mummy needs to craft.
And now that I was able to craft, I was so excited to be making my first layout about our big news. Even when I was peeing on these sticks I was wondering if these would be the ones that would be featuring on the inevitable ‘pregnancy test’ layout! Oh I am such a craft-geek through and through! I love it! ♥
I was so excited to get back in the crafty mood that I never really thought much about this layout, I just made it, so Im really happy with the result.
I just love rounding those corners with my corner chomper! Nom Nom Nom!! :0)
Bo bunny papers
heidi swapp acetate butterflies
American Crafts thickers
American Crafts paper
bling / gems
Slice Ledger paper pad
spellbinders scallop edge die
Maya Road ticket stamp
Tonic distresser tool
Tea dye distress ink and applicator tool
Random die cut butterfly shapes from my stash.
Metal butterfly shape – This was actually a candle embellishment but i cut off the spike with my wire cutters then used glue dots to hold securely in place.
I’m back, as promised, to share today’s Miss You Monday card. Today is a simple, generic card, perfect for almost any occasion, as it simply says ‘hi’. Sometimes you don’t need to say much more than that!
This card is inspired by the way that in the good ol’ days, when every little boy and girl wanted a paper round as their first job! The papers would come folded with a a little piece of paper wrapped around it to hold it secure.
The card is simply scored twice to create a trifold base, but to add a little bit of interest I cut away the right edge into curves so you can see the coloured insert peeping through! The sleeve of the card is the fun bit, because it can be decorated in anyway you want. I used some Heidi Swapp chipboard flower shapes, some buttons and string, along with a few stickers from my box of tricks, and for a little bit of pizzazz, I stamped a flourish into the inside using a heroarts stamp and distress ink. Above all I love the glittery card from the DCWV glitter stack, which is bright, colourful and summery.