Like many of you, I spent last weekend decorating for the Christmas holiday season. I had thought I might dread it as I did last year but once I got started it was very enjoyable. Everyone at my house was in good spirits and helpful (no honey, that wasn't directed at you the biggest scrooge I know) plus I've been doing a few things here and there all week. I think it helps that our game plan this year was more organized and I wouldn't allow any boxes to be brought up from the storage room unless I knew I had time to unpack them and get stuff put where it needed to go. I should be able to put the finishing touches on our home this weekend.
It feels good to know that part is almost all finished.
Now... to the holiday shopping. I sure hope Santa comes this year because Mom is not doing so good in the gift-giving department! eek!
I've done nada, zero, zilch.
No, that's not true. I bought one child 1 thing online 2 days ago.
I didn't partake in Black Friday (I never do) or Cyber Monday (I was busy and didn't want to hunt down the good sales).
I did get wish lists from my kids yesterday and I have it on my to-do list to ask my sister-in-laws what their kids want/need.
That's a start, right?
To help get me motivated I put together this holiday layout featuring some favorite Christmas photos from a few years ago + fabulous die cut shapes from Kerri Bradford. I love reliving these memories as I scrapbook.
I wanted the page to have a more "rustic look and feel and chose to die cut Kerri's diagonal background from a 12x12 sheet of woodgrain paper and layered that over a sheet of burlap printed patterned paper for contrast.
A cute title created from word die cuts and a decorative die cut doily with embellishments add color and texture to the page.
I gave my photos a bit of a vintage feel with photo actions and dropped them into one of Kerri's templates for an eye-pleasing arrangement.
This page was completely inspired by the homemade Christmas trees I've seen where people create a "tree" to top a spool. I think they are just adorable and thought that the die cut trees and die cut spool shapes from Kerri's kits would make a cute page embellishment.
I added Glossy Accents to some of the stickers and the die cut word, "magic" to give them that glossy looking finish.Kits/Shapes Used for this layout (all linked below in the supplies):
- December Twenty-Five ("magic")
- Picture That Go Long (photo collage)
- Christmas Countdown (tree)
- Here Comes Santa Claus ("christmas")
- This & That Family (spool)
- XOXO (doily)
- Background Basics (diagonal background)
SUPPLIES (click on product photos for links):
- Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder Soup Label Stickers
Looking for some great new supplies to record all those upcoming Christmas season memories?
Here are some of my favorite holiday collections (that I own and love and use) at:
Make it Merry Collection by October Afternoon is available at Two Peas in a Bucket.
We have another busy weekend with 2 basketball games tomorrow back to back but then I hope to get my holiday decorating groove on!
Have a great weekend!