Welcome to the Wishing Well Creations blog for the 3rd post in our “12 Days of Crafty Christmas” December 2012 Blog Hop! …more on the hop down at the bottom of this post…
Sooo… a funny thing happened a week or two ago. A completely converted digi-only girl (that would be me)… began an utterly shocking new project:
Specifically, it was the Saturday after Thanksgiving when I fled my house to escape the Tiny Terrorists and the monotony of a rainy Saturday that had kept us stuck in our house together (and very bored) all day long. The minute my husband suggested that I leave and run some kid-free errands, I ran straight to the scrapbooking aisle in Michael’s with my 70% off post-Black-Friday coupons in hand… and made a very surprising decision…
…I was going to make a paper/hybrid album to document this December.
Nope, not a December Daily album. I am simply not disciplined enough for that. No sirree. This… this would be something else, I decided. It would be a way to put my favorite memories from this holiday season into an album, without the whole thing feeling too structured (in other words: not daily!). Maybe “The 12 Days of Christmas” (“12 Days in December”? …or “12 Things I Love About Christmas”?) or something like that.
So anyway… that evening in Michael’s, I grabbed a few fun new scrapbooky goodies at heavily discounted prices, and returned home actually feeling sorta excited about dragging out all of my old paper supplies to get all gluey and scissory this holiday season. Weird, right?! Yes, weird. And fun.
Why am I sharing this wacky lil’ story? Because you, too, can join in the fun and make a simple album out of papery goodness this December. Trust me, it’s not too late — it’s December 5, and I’m just now finishing up my foundation pages (I’ll reveal them in another blog post sometime next week). I’ll add my photos and journaling as the month goes on, whenever I have a few spare minutes. The key is that I’m not restricting myself by trying to follow any self-imposed rules — no “a photo a day” — no “documenting something every single day between now and Christmas” — no rules at all. No muss, no fuss. Easy peasy.
Here’s how I got started… what I have used so far… and how you can do this, too.
First, I chose a size/format. I went w/ 6″x6″ because I had found a great paper pad by My Mind’s Eye that I wanted to use (photo shown below, 3 images down…), and it meant I wouldn’t have to cut base papers again. I decided to use some old kraft notepad backs that I have hoarded through the years as the album’s pages, along with a canvas 6″x6″ metal-ring album I already had on hand.
Next, I started piling up random things from my everyday life that I thought might be cool to use for this album…
…a paper doily from a restaurant we went to a few weeks ago (it’s a sickness; I am constantly stuffing things like that into my purse “just in case”, haha)… some ticket stubs we got at a Christmas Tree lighting event over the weekend… a kraft paper tag and string that came on a new pair of pants I just bought… even some “Merry Christmas” washi tape that came attached to an order I received from Persnickety Prints earlier this week.
Then I started planning out a cover and some foundation pages, using some of the new items I grabbed at the store, as well as some old things I already had in my stash from my paper scrapping days.
In terms of mapping out my foundation pages… I knew I wanted to be able to use an eclectic mix of many different products (and even some printed digital papers/elements), while still maintaining a unified look and feel from page to page within the album. How? Well, one of the things I love to do is use my sewing machine on paper. Love. Love, love, love. I have no idea why, but I just love the texture and dimension that stitching adds to a paper project. And I knew that it would help make the pages flow together, even when I used different papers/colors/etc. from page to page. So… I also pulled out my sewing machine, and got to work.
In the end, I decided (very ironically, given that I just purchased a new 6″x6″ paper pad to use for this project, ha!) to use an old, old piece of 12″x12″ paper I had in my paper stash for the cover… a gorgeous distressed plaid in reds/pinks/oranges/greens — from a line that Zoe Pearn and Christy Lyle did for My Mind’s Eye a few years ago. I stitched it straight to the kraft cardstock I used for the cover (another irony — once I pulled out the sewing machine, I immediately ditched the idea of using the canvas cover… and will instead just be using just the kraft notepad cardstock along w/ the metal rings).
Then I used the aforementioned doily, along with some dimensional alpha stickers and a bit more stitching, to complete the cover.
So there you have it… my completed cover, and a peek at where my album is headed:
Again, I plan on revealing my foundation pages sometime next week… so stay tuned … but in the meantime, I challenge all of you to jump on board and create some sort of mini-album (or similar project) this December, too. Whether it’s a paper album… a hybrid mini-album… a completely digital album… it’s totally up to you. Choose something simple that you know you can stick to and complete.
Need some extra inspiration?
For those of you who might be considering doing a digital album this month (and/or for those who would consider printing digital papers/elements and using them for a hybrid paper album) — I’ve got a coupon code that can be used in my shop at The Digichick to grab any of my holiday products at a 40% discount.
DETAILS: expires 12/15/2012; one use per customer; valid on all holiday-related products that appear on the following list…
- Jingle Bell Rock Mini Kit (releasing Thurs 12/6 at The Digichick)
- Waiting For Santa Bundle (and/or all related separates)
- First Snowfall Winter Bundle (and/or all related separates)
- Holly Jolly Mini Kit
- Tis the Season Kit (and/or all related separates)
- Flakey Fasteners
- Cornucopia Bundle (and/or all related separates)
Want a chance to win everything shown above? Leave a comment here and let me know if you’ve ever done a December/holiday album before (and/or if you’re thinking of doing one this year). What was your favorite feature? I want to pick your brains for great ideas! I’ll choose one winner from all comments/entries received on/before December 15, 2012 (deadline for entry is 11:59pm ET on 12/15)… and that person will receive all of the products listed above (worth almost $43)!
Meanwhile, don’t miss the other posts that have already appeared so far this month in the “12 Days of Crafty Christmas” December 2012 Blog Hop:
- 12/1: Simple Jesse Tree Ornaments Tutorial (Pam Donnis / Keeping Life Creative)
- 12/3: 12 Days of Christmas is Back! (Mari Koegelenberg / My Digital Art Studio)
…and here’s the full list of contributors to this month’s blog hop:
- Pam Donnis (Keeping Life Creative)
- Mari Koegelenberg (My Digital Art Studio)
- Laura (that’s me!) (Wishing Well Creations)
- Kelleigh Ratzlaff (Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs)
- Melissa Wilson (Domesticated Lady)
- Jen Balding (Girl Boy Girl Designs)
We’ll be posting every other day throughout the month of December (i.e. Dec 1, Dec 3, Dec 5… and so on…), so check back to each of the above sites (and/or follow us each on Facebook, as we’ll be linking to the blog posts from there) to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun!