8.5 x 11 | materials patterened paper (Sassafras) + flashcards (7 Gypsies, Elle’s Studio) + border sticker (Jenni Bowlin Studios) + chipboard alphabet (Heidi Swapp for Advantus) + cardstock alphabet stickers (October Afternoon) + calendar tag (Elle’s Studio) + machine stitching
A Note From Emily
Documenting December can be interpreted so many different ways, but this year I am going to take pictures of our decorations individually, make an 8.5 x 11 layout explaining the significance behind each one, and put them in their own album. When I’m done, I’ll have the stories recorded, the ones I know because I tell them to myself every year when I pull the decorations out. The stories could easily get lost, but this year I’m going to make sure they don’t. I decided to start with the little stuffed tree that I made for our first Christmas as a married couple. We lived in a tiny studio apartment and didn’t have room for a traditional Christmas tree.17 years later, it’s very dated looking and not so pretty anymore, but there are special memories associated with it, so we keep pulling it out. I’ve noticed the last couple of years that my husband will bring the tree into our bedroom instead of leaving it in the front room where someone has placed it. I think it brings back good memories for him. I wanted to document this story. Next story: our family stockings–made with muslin and potato stamped images–and their typical fillings.