Welcome back! This is Amy Sorensen with day three of one-topic scrapbooking. (Day one is HERE, or click HERE for day two.) Once all of the planning (and shopping!) is finished, it’s time to start actually scrapbooking. I’ve only been able to scrap for one day this month so far, but I was able to finish two layouts in the morning I had. (I also finished two cups of hot chocolate, but that’ll be our secret…)
To get myself in the scrapping-Christmas mood, I turned on some music (Sarah McLachlan’s Christmas album) and picked a couple of my favorite photos from my stack. For the first one, I went with traditional Christmas colors and embellishments:
Everything I needed was already in my stack of holiday supplies, and I’d been thinking about the journaling for a couple of days, so it came together really quickly. One tip: if you cut anything out with your electronic cutter, spend an extra three or four minutes to cut something else out of the paper or cardstock you’re using. It will use up your awkwardly-shaped scraps and give you some extra embellishments that will quite likely match another layout. When I cut out the title for the above layout, I also cut out a Christmas tree and some ornaments. If I don’t use them on a layout, I’ll make a card with them.
For my second layout, I went with less-traditional colors. I have three boys and one girl, so when I get the chance to play with feminine colors, I grab it. I did have to grab a few things out of my pink drawer to pull this all together, but it added almost zero time to the process. I like that I used a mix of new (the “Naughty or Nice” embellishment) and older (everything else).
I feel like this is a good start on my month of scrapbooking Christmas. I’m feeling hopeful that with this process, I’ll be able to wrap up all of 2004 and 2005 before January gets here.
Whatever holiday memory-keeping process you follow, I hope your December is magical and beautiful and full of great stories!