I have finally made some time to put together this Christmas album. I have vacillated about whether such an album is necessary, but in the end I decided to just go with it.
I started with a 12x12 chipboard American Crafts album that I cut off a few inches so that it would be accomodate 9x12 page protectors. When I worked within the scrapbooking industry I always created 8.5 x 11 inch pages. A square has always been difficult so when I saw someone online create this size (and now it's readily available) I knew I wanted to try it.
The wreath was a large tag from one of the gift bags that I cut away, added glitter and adhered. As I worked I remember how much I loved creating, reusing, and customizing.
It was strange starting again, or rather creating a regular scrapbook page and I found that it has taken me a while to get into the rhythm again.
I am intermixing pocket pages with regular pages and I am mixing up the sizes to suit my whims.
Along with using the products I have in my stash I am also using Ali Edwards December Daily kit and one by Kelly Purkey. I am slow letting the photos dictate the colors so you can find nearly every color of the rainbow in this Christmas album.
I saved some of the Christmas cards we received and used elements within the album.
Rock has been having some knee/leg pain and at his appointment we learned that he has a crazy range of motion with this legs. Thankfully he will not have to have surgery to correct the problems. In his latest appointment we found that his body is naturally correcting itself. What a great blessing for him... all of us.
Most of the pictures I had printed at Persnickety Prints. They have wonderful customer service and the quality is great. I appreciate being able to unusual sizes.
Some layouts require very little words. They are favorite traditions and the photos speak for themselves.
Others are filled with sentiment and additional stories need to be told.
In the past I have always sewn my page protectors, but I decided to give the Fuse Tool a try. I have not been disappointed. It has enabled me to add pockets in places I had not considered and it has save my sewing machine needles, although I have still sewn on plenty of these pages.
to be continued....