Harper turned 6 months old, so that was the big story. It has nothing to do with Christmas, but that's what's so great about this project. Not only do you document all of the holiday happenings, but you also capture the everyday happenings. Although, I think turning 6 months old is a big deal, and I love that it happened during the holiday season!
The "fantastic memories" is another digital brush from Ali Edwards and the journal card is from bananafish
Here is another example of a day when there wasn't really a "big" story to tell. I decided to document the weather because it was so unseasonably warm around here this year.
The background is some wrapping paper I was using for our gifts and wanted to include it in the book. This was the perfect page for it. The journal card is another one from bananafish studios.
Here I simply went to our local news channel's website and printed out the week's forecast. Normally the temps are about 30 degrees colder!Day 15:
The story for this day was about wrapping presents. I added it because we didn't have any gifts under the tree yet, so we had lots to do and I forced Jeremy to help.
This photo includes another one of Ali;s brushes.
This story is about our Christmas lights tour.
Here I created a pennant banner out of some leftover scrapbook paper from my advent calendar project and some Martha Stewart baker's twine. Oh, and some star brads from Archiver's that I bought a long time ago. The journal card is yet another from bananafish studios.
For me, this was the best day of the season. We made gingerbread houses. Well, actually graham cracker houses, but that doesn't matter. It was so much fun! I had never done that before, but it's now a annual tradition.
I created the 8.5x11 collage in Picasa and then transferred it to Gimp. The little round tag came from a garage sale signage kit that I bought from Target a few years ago. I figured they would come in handy at some point and I loved them for this project.
I used another circle tag on this page and another digital brush. Not only was this my favorite day, but it's also my favorite spread in the book. I really love all the colors.
Today I wanted to highlight the handmade projects that I made for the season.
The cream ribbon is from a package I ordered from West Elm and the circle tag is from bananafish studios.
One of Ali's prompts was to take a self portrait and since I'm always, well almost always the one behind the camera, I thought this photo suited me perfectly for the season!
I got the green paper at Archiver's and the words are cut from the back side of a different piece of cardstock from Archiver's.
I wanted to write a letter to each kiddo as one of my stories, so I did it for today.
The Christmas stickers are from Archiver's and are a little more cutsie than the rest of the embellishments in the book, but I liked them for this layout since it's about the kids and adds some playfulness and color to the page.
Today we had a picnic by the tree which was one of our Advent activities. Loved it and will definitely continue to do it every year!