Ok – I know I haven’t really been keeping this blog up. New year… new plans…. hoping to have time to keep it up.
I have been following a few new-to-me blogs in the last year. I started reading Ali Edwards blog about a year ago. At the time she was creating a December Daily album. LOVED the idea but at the time with a 2 year old who didn’t really “get” Christmas yet it just didn’t feel like the right time. Now Andy is 3 and it felt like a great time to document our holiday.
My friend Monika & I brought the idea up to a MOMS group we belong to…. a lot of non-scrappers. We thought it would be fun to try with a Smash Book product. Easy for a non-scrapper to use & understand right? I chose to use the Fancy Pants Brag Book in black. I also picked up the Bo Bunny Blitzen (kit + extras) plus some other accessories.
I also tore apart my Brag Book!
WHAT? NO! YES! The way the book is arranged most of the photo sleeves & pockets are all bunched together… I wanted them with the pages. I spent a lot of time figuring out how many of each & how to share them equally amongst the days and reassembled the book.
December started, I took pictures, I jotted down notes on post-its & I printed my first batch of pictures. And then I stared at the book. I just didn’t like the feel. I love what other crafters do with Kraft paper but it just is not my thing. Coincidentally I also put in an order to Stampin’Up! for some new Whisper White paper but I ordered Naturals White. Turns out I love this paper! It’s white, but has a very natural paper feel & a few “pulpie” flecks in it. So I took my book apart again & cut new pages with the Naturals White paper. Using my Cinch from We R Memory Keepers I cut holes that were perfectly spaced. This time I didn’t reassemble it. My initial thought was the rings had been through enough & I only wanted to rearrange it one more time. Best decision ever! I ended up putting the photo sleeves & pockets where I needed them – and I didn’t need them all. I also used more sheets of paper for some days than others.
That’s all for today – I have the book complete in layout through the 22nd & journaled for a week or so.