Tuesday, December 14, 2010

hey! i'm doing this thing!

album cover
i decided, with some sweet encouragement from sara berry & heidi, to finally jump on the december daily/journal your christmas bandwagon! my original thought was to use two pages from an 8x8 maya road chipboard binder book as my front and back cover, but with just 9 pages done so far i can already tell that it's going to get a little too thick, so i've ordered an 8x8 american crafts modern album. i'm hoping that i'll be able to carefully peel, trim down and transfer this cover onto the new album when it arrives.

day one (manifesto)
day one: manifesto.
my reasons for needing/wanting to finally dive into this album this year.

day two (snow)
day two: snow
i took a super cheese ball approach to this one. i made little evidence markers to photograph my mug & hot chocolate with and wrote a formal apology letter for causing our first early snow. thank goodness for that label tulip coffee (turned hot chocolate) ring stamp from forever a go!

day three (roseland tree lighting)
day three: roseland's tree lighting
i forwent the prompt on this one and scrapped what we'd done this day. it was special for me because the boy and i went to the event together, instead of my usual meeting him there because he's on duty for the fire department. it was pretty chilly, but fun to see all the kids freak out when santa came!

day four (advent/25)


day four hidden journaling
day four: advent
(i flipped the prompts for days four & five)
i do love my "olive the other reindeer" pop-up advent calendar, but i decided to adapt this day's prompt to get a little crafty therapy down on paper. getting excited about the christmas countdown has been hard this year with the store closing exactly one week before christmas, but this page gave me a chance to get some of those feelings out of my system on paper and think about all the good things that have come from my time at scraptasia.

day five (decor)
day five: the perfect christmas
i decided to make this one a real quickie by fine tuning it down to dream holiday decor with some images i had seen fly past in my google reader over the past couple of weeks.

day six (to do list)
day six: to do list
(i shuffled days six, seven, eight & nine around also)
it was my original intention to list the gifts i still needed to buy up there in that shopping panel at the top left, but the boy is a peeker, so i stuck to generalities. each panel is it's own little section of to do's (shopping, activities & decor) i feel a little on top of this holiday, but there are still a bunch of things to do, even now, on day 15!

day seven (traditions)
day seven: traditions
this is really my first year combining christmases with the boy (last year we had only been dating for a couple of months) and since it's also our first christmas living together it's been really interesting combining our traditions. for this layout i focused on three of my family's traditions that i want to make sure are included in our new, combined version of christmas.

so, that's my first week of december dai;y/journal your christmas, i'm hoping to be totally caught up over the next couple of days, and then i'll be able to post days eight thru fourteen and then make it a weekly thing! i really am enjoying it so far, promise!

5 comments:

Erin said...

Cool, Morgan! As usual, I love your little details. The date stamp on the chipboard for December 7th--genius!

marge said...

I love the countdown layout. These are terrific

Heidi Joe said...

I love yours... I like how you put all your fun traditions in there. So cool.

HollyS said...

I love your work, Morgan!!! I Hope that you keep posting your beautiful projects for all of us to see.

Kim said...

You have such a creative, personal touch to your pages, I love them! :-)